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MC día dos

The chills had set in after my evening “dinner” last night so decided to spend the rest of the night in the comforts of my bed and electric blanket.  Woke up nine hours later, 2.6 lbs. lighter and with a dull but manageable headache.  After my morning brew I opened the kitchen window to let […]

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MC day 1

I know I’ve said after cutting my last master cleanse short after three days, that I’ll never do that again. But here I am, on my second day, doing it again. I’ve done the full 10 days before so I know I can do it again.  Plus, a friend (who got me interested in the […]

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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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