Daily Archives: February 2, 2012

Clean Up on Aisle 4

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Of course I have my opinions, but in general, I choose to leave all politics – even food ones – off of this blog.

However…this is just…wrong…

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I never go down the baby aisle but I usually DO swing by the candy one to see if there’s anything new. I was shocked to see that at this particular Ralph’s, both were in the same section. What are we teaching our children?

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I still bought a bag.

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Probably the reason I don’t talk about food politics is because I’m well aware that I’m a hypocrite, as I’m discovering most people who work in this world are.

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Even with all of Paula Deen’s controversies, I’d like to have faith that she and her family are trying (like with her son’s new cooking show, “Not My Mama’s Meals“)

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Even her famous rival, Anthony Bourdain, can’t seem to keep his mouth off of “the food that is killing us.”

I watched him ingest some if it on his new show, “The Layover.” And I know this stuff isn’t “healthy,” because I’ve experienced a lot of it first-hand.

In-N-Out Burger and Fries

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…LudoTruck’s Fried Chicken Balls

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…and an eating fest with Roy Choi (of Kogi Taco fame) – all in less than 48 hours.

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I cannot tell you how many folks I know who (literally) write the book about organic, all-natural, locally grown and sustainable food – but don’t practice what they preach on a regular basis. They can’t. If you were to be THAT perfect, you wouldn’t be a human being.

Personally, I try to be conscious and live by my ideals. But for the most part, I can’t overanalyze things, because black-and-white, all-or-nothing thinking is what got me in trouble for many years. Yes, I am aware of environmental, human, animal, and health factors when it comes to what I choose to support and ingest. But is that the case 100% of the time? Not even close. Does that mean I need to feel guilty or less worthy if I can’t?

I don’t really have a point here (see this is why I don’t bring this crap up usually) but I can tell you this – after merely thinking about what I was going to write in this post, I lost my craving for the Aisle 4 Lollipop.

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Thought for food?

Birthday Pie

dessert - dinner - salads - vegetarian

Happy birthday to our buddy Jake!!! While wrapping his gift yesterday afternoon I sipped on a cup of miso

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…held me over quite nicely til a late dinner. No wine for me, obviously, but I felt drunk just looking at these wobbly glasses!

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Jake and Jen just got a new grill – their dog stood watch as the food was cooked…

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…some a little crispier than others (he’s still figuring out the settings!)

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The salmon turned out perfect – coated in olive oil and “Magic Dust” seasoning (from “The Hitching Post” restaurant in “Sideways“)

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Also super delicious – the tofu, coated in TJ’s mustard aioli, honey, soy sauce…

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…and a vegan brown rice with Earth Balance, walnuts, and raisins

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Arugula, pear, and avocado rounded out the meal

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I went fishing on the first round…

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…and reeled in a second, vegetarian plate (I actually really liked the “blackened” broccolini!)

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What’s better than birthday cake?

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Birthday PIE!!!

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Whole Foods’ Apple Crumble, served with frozen desserts…

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…I had both (along with two slices)

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Waiter, there’s a chocolate-coated-praline-pecan in my vegan ice cream

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So nice to celebrate and catch up with old friends! I’ve known Jake for as long as Abe and I have been together (almost 15 years!!!) and it was fun to hear his eyewitness account of our first “date.”