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now that’s just mean

One of the motivating factors of the juicing was watching the documentary, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.  Laying in bed, nursing a migraine, jaw pain, the chills, and overall body soreness (I surmised these were all symptoms of the beginning of the Master Cleanse), I popped open my laptop to watch anything interesting on Hulu.  […]

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so beet me already

After a disastrous Master Cleanse attempt, (just five weeks after a successful ten-day MC), I decided to start juicing – another fervid endeavor to eat more healthily.  With the help of a friend who kindly loaned me his Omega VRT350 masticating juicer, (this favor may turn out costing me $350), I plunged into the world […]

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mom’s spaghet

I can safely say that when my siblings, myself included, moved out of the house the one thing we all missed was eating my mom’s spaghetti.  It was a sauceless pasta, though chock full of flavor from bacon, lap cheong (Chinese smoked sausage), onion, stewed tomatoes and Monterey Jack cheese, served with a few slices […]

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a lady of spain, an american in paris: my food-driven vacation

Ten years of dreaming, six months of planning, 12 days of traveling, 11 days of being sick.

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First stop

Grand Central Oyster Bar

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Heaven in Venice Beach

Woke up early this Sunday morning to hit up Intelligentsia on Abbott Kinney before the beach throngs arrived. I’m in heaven as I sit at the coffee bar looking down to the main floor sipping a fine cup of Burundi Ngogomo, watching the uber-hip baristas do their magic.

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out of africa

Before I get into how I found out I was  making coffee the wrong way, I want to briefly mention two recent epiphanies. The first happened last weekend at my local java haunt, Beachside Coffee Bar.  I noticed they were pouring an intriguing Uganda Bugisu. In all my years of coffee drinking I can safely […]

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the wrong way

After 32 years of drinking coffee, 25+ years of making my own in a conventional coffeemaker, and 4 days of roasting and brewing the suggested professional way, I realized I’ve been doing it all wrong. More later…

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bean there, doing that

Can a person be in love with their kitchen gadgets?  Yes.  And I am.  Introducing my Hario manual coffee mill and Chemex drip brewer.  The grinder has ceramic conical burrs that don’t  generate potentially damaging heat to the beans and produces no annoying noises that you get with an electric grinder.  The brewer is not […]

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A gift from a friend who knows what my culinary dream is…baby eels in Spain. Though this is to baby eel as krab is to crab, it’s the closest i’ll get to the real deal served at Asador Etxebarri in Spain. Can’t wait to cook it up.

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