Mitzi Dulan – America's Nutrition Expert
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Media Tour 2008- Continued
by Mitzi Dulan, RD, America’s Nutrition Expert®
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Sorry I haven’t posted for so long! I have been traveling non-stop since March 21. I had beautiful weather in Arizona for my weekend of Spring Training with the Royals. I just met with some of the players to help them improve their diets so they can have better energy and lose/gain weight. I get to stay at a lovely resort called the Wigwam Resort and Spa but work pretty long hours whenever I am in Arizona.

I flew from Phoenix to Sacramento last Sunday night for my Monday morning interview in Sacramento. This was a fun interview. It was actually in a mall. The noon NBC show has an satellite in the Arden Fair Mall. The interviews are done almost Today Show style. With the carousel going around next to me and lots of people standing behind it was a new experience for me. It was really fun. Other good news. I forgot my eyelash curler for the trip. I like the Shu Umera one and when I went to pick one up at Target on Sunday…CLOSED for Easter. I knew I couldn’t do the rest of the tour with uncurled lashes so I was in great luck when the mall had a Sephora!! I have never went shopping minutes before my tv interview. After my interview a car service took me to San Jose. I was able to meet my very good friend Alison for dinner in Palo Alto. The next morning I did an interview on NBC in San Jose. After the interview my media escort took me by my friend’s cupcake place We went to high school together. Her business is doing great and I was excited to get a cupcake and t-shirt when I stopped by and surprised her. We actually lived only a few blocks from each other in San Francisco but went to high school together in Topeka KS.

Next stop, Minneaspolis, got in late Tuesday night, did my interview Wednesday morning on FOX and then flew back to San Diego. I love San Diego and stayed at one of my favorite hotels, Kimpton Hotel Solamar. The Kimptons are awesome. They are pet friendly and stand for a lot of great social issues. They offer free wine from 5-6 pm every night and LOccitane products. The decor is clean and modern which I love. When I got in I had a quick drink at the outdoor bar by the pool and then I had dinner at Oceanaire and I had a sensational ahi tuna recommended by my nice waiter, James. I had to get to bed since I woke up at 4:15 the next morning. I did my interview on NBC on Thursday morning.

We did the interview outside at about 6:45 am so I was done working by 7 am and had the rest of the day to play in San Diego. I went for a walk by the water and then just relaxed in the sun. I had an amazing salmon fish taco at Tin Fish by the Padres ballpark. One of the Chiefs players players recommended that I try Mr. A’s in San Diego. The view was outstanding. It was a little chilly but they brought a heat lamp over by me and my nice waiter, Chris, took good care of me. I enjoyed my meal but my scenary even better. I sat outside and could see the water and the planes coming in at the airport. This was my “free day” as I didn’t have an interview on Friday morning so I stayed an extra night in San Diego.

I got to sleep in on Friday and then go do a quick workout and go get ANOTHER fish taco since it was so yummy! Now it was time to go to Houston. I got upgraded to first class which is always nice. I got to Houston and stayed at the new, sleek and sexy Hotel Zaza. It had a great vibe and my room was spectacular. Too bad I will only be there a few hours. I went to Monarch which is the hotel restaurant/club. I grabbed a drink and a quick bite to eat. I could tell it really is a hot place in Houston to hang out but I needed my sleep as I had to get up at 4:45 am. Maybe next time but this is definitely a hotel to remember!

Interview in Houston went well. The anchor was very sweet. Then I headed straight to the airport and Washington DC. I am staying in a Kimpton again so happy about that. However, this was a brand new one and not the one I stayed in before in DC. I had a great room. I had a free glass of wine and then went to Al Tiramisu which was recommended by the concierge and media escort. I sat at the bar and had a great conversation with owner Luigi. He was so much fun. He ran a 1/2 marathon yesterday morning! My food was excellent and sitting at the bar chatting with Luigi for a few hours was a joy. A couple from Minnesota also joined us at the bar a little later and also a few folks from Ohio who want my opinion on improving nutrition for our schools.

Today, I took a train from D.C. to Philly. I have a nice room in a Hilton but I am exhausted from my travels. I took a shower and just relaxing. I ordered room service for lunch and might for dinner as well. I’m not downtown and I don’t feel like grabbing a taxi tonight.

The great news is I get to go home tomorrow as I miss my family a lot! I’ve had a fun tour this year so far but definitely ready to see the family. Next Friday I make a quick trip to Phoenix to complete my final city of the 10-city tour.

I do think traveling offers so many cool experiences and feel very lucky that I have the opportunity to travel with my work.


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