About Miss Ava

Fireworks exploded when Ava was born. Literally.

July 4, 2009. From that day forward I knew – as the mother to this amazing, innocent being, I couldn’t just stand on the sidelines any more. But what could I do?

After several months, the rumblings of my heart grew loud and clear – I wanted what every mother wants. For Ava to grow up in a peaceful world, with a compassionate heart. I wanted her to experience and celebrate the beauty of this world. By extension, I wanted that for all the children of this world.

It occurred to me that we create peace in this world when we learn about each other – when we understand one another. By learning about (and sampling) meals from around the world, Ava will grow up naturally celebrating other cultures, other ways, other possibilities. Her mind will be open. I wish the same for you.

Seven Fun Facts About Ava

  1. Ava will have tried something from every country in the world before she turns five.
  2. We started this Adventure her first month eating solids. She nibbled on soft pieces of Afghani chicken and loved them. She also had pureed versions of the food.
  3. Ava tried kangaroo meat before her first birthday.
  4. Much to our surprise, Ava is a fan of spicy food.
  5. Ava couldn’t so much look at bread without gagging for the first 18 months of life. Laxoox changed all that.
  6. Ava used baby sign language, making it easy for her to ask for more, her drink, or to say she’s all done.
  7. Today Ava uses chopsticks, her hands, silverware, and whatever else comes her way.


  1. Keith Glennon says

    “we create peace in this world when we learn about each other…”

    Tru Dat!

  2. Your newly designed website is fantastic! Congratulations!! How proud is this mother of Mr. Picky ! You guys are really reaching out to all those young couples who want to live a long and healthy life ! And of course I am proud of my darling granddaughter, who is the real star of the website!! Way to go , Martins!

  3. steve says

    we also taught our daughter “baby sign language”
    now that shes 3 she just tells us what she wants…
    and its amazing to watch her mind at work….

  4. Richard Westwell says

    I taught my children the wonders of trying other country’s food from the age of 2 now they and I are teaching their children, my grandson from the age of 11 months and 16 days had his first, all be it very mild, curry. He loved it!

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  7. Jackie says

    I think what you have done with your “adventures” is wonderful. My family is actually going to do the same thing starting this week, with Afghanistan. We are very excited!!

  8. How lovely to have spent such an amazing time travelling the World and exploring food. As a fellow World traveller I can underestand. Your daughter is indeed a lucky a girl. But it is a testamant to the true grit of Mom. I take my hat off to you. But to spend time with your child during these early years is something to remember. An adventure of a lifetime.

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