Erika Pitera

I'm a freelance journalist and food writer in Orlando, FL. I love fine dining, gourmet and specialty foods, wine and spirits and cooking at home. But even more so, I love writing about it all!

Why Grass-Fed Beef is a Cut Above the Rest

Unfortunately, cattle are not always responsibly raised or slaughtered for our consumption in the U.S. Grass-fed cattle are more environmentally friendly, healthy and humanely treated; however, grass-fed beef is somewhat of a "rarity" in American markets. So how are grass-fed cattle different than other cattle? Grass is a natural food for cattle; feeding them grain can cause digestive issues - often necessitating antibiotics to maintain their health. ...more

Chocolate vs. Dermatology: Acne Care Debate

Eating chocolate can make those nasty pimples go away. At least that's what the people at Frutels, LLC are saying. Not surprisingly, this new chocolate nutraceutical that claims to clear up acne has some dermatologists up in arms. Frutels says its chocolate delivers an acne-fighting nutritional formula that works against the main causes of acne: hormones, diet and stress. Needless to say, this flies directly in the face of what dermatologists have long argued - that diet has nothing to do with the treatment of acne. ...more

New Foodie Blogger on the Scene

Hello everyone! I'm glad to be here at BlogHer and excited to meet other passionate bloggers who share my interests. My name is Erika Pitera, and I'm a freelance journalist and food writer living in the tourism capital of the world: Orlando, FL. I love to write, especially about food, wine, restaurants, cooking at home - anything and everything related to gourmet cuisine. ...more

Vitamin D and Heart Health?

According to research reported at the American Heart Association's Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Annual Conference 2008, low levels of vitamin D may be a factor in peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Studies conducted by the American Heart Association indicate that low levels of vitamin D may be associated with an increased risk for PAD, which occurs when the arteries in a person's legs narrow or become clogged with fat. The association estimates that 8 million Americans are affected by PAD. ...more