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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…


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?


I still bought a bag.


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.


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“)


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


…LudoTruck’s Fried Chicken Balls


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


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.


Thought for food?

NYC on 9.02.10


My day in the Big Apple started off with a big, ripe peach.


A little history for new readers – I grew up in NJ (where I’m visiting my folks this week) – right across the George Washington Bridge. I also lived in Astoria, Queens for seven years; now that I call Los Angeles my home, it’s always bittersweet to go back to NYC, since things are constantly changing…

Like yesterday’s meetup location – this used to be a Tasti D but now it’s a TLC!

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Some attendees: Danielle (reader), Ada, Gabriela, and Caronae


The Lite Choice offers four ready-to-go flavors daily (I sampled the Brownie) …


…but you can also get anything off their menu, so I ordered the pumpkin.


The main difference between east and west coast frozen dessert bars – the toppings – no fruit/mochi/cake bits


Almonds on my medium cup


It was really tasty – and absolutely necessary, with the temperatures in the 90’s. We walked a bit through Central Park – joined by reader Katie and The Salad Girl, Maggie – before succumbing to the heat and sitting in a nearby cafe.

Aroma Espresso Bar gives a free treat with all their orders! I got a small iced mango decaf and saved my chocolate (I hope it didn’t melt in my bag, now that I’m thinking about it….)


Since it was my only day to catch up with New Yorkers, my buddy (and organic beauty blogger) Emily stopped by near the end of the meetup to escort me down to my next date in Madison Square Park – with some more friends (who are the founders of the Animal Rights Organization Our Hen House).

I bought some Mineral Water so we could sit in Bonobo’s.


I really did not taste/feel anything particularly special – certainly no magic in that $3 bottle. But the A/C was great!

After catching up with the super vegans I hopped on the 6 train to the Upper East Side for some carnivorous action with the family (sorry, Jasmin and Mariann). One of the things I miss most about New York is riding the subway, listening to music, and people watching.


Dinner was at a German place my Mom had seen on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations.


Heidelberg Restaurant kinda feels like stepping into an attraction at Epcot – circa 1985 – especially with all the servers dressed in lederhosen and dirndls.


This was my first time seeing my cousin Stephanie since we were little itty bitties! She grew up to be quite the lovely woman, both inside and out.


The bread basket was overflowing with all sorts of selections.


A taste of each. Not a butter fan, so it was pretty dry, but I was hungry so I ate it all.


My folks were the only ones to drink alcohol – I think this wasn’t even the “large” size?


For the four of us, we ordered 3 main entrees and one side dish to share. My mom kept talking about the Pig Knuckles that Anthony Bourdain tried, but when I ordered the “Eisben” the waitress informed me we probably wanted the Schweineshaxe. Danke!


The tray she brought out was so impressive we all oohed.


Also with the Roasted Pork Shank and Smoked Bratwurst came cabbage and potato dishes galore.

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My favorite were the potato pancakes with applesauce – perfectly fried, thick, and chewy.


Plate 1


Seconds on everything


Tons o’ mustard


I heart Heidelberg! None of us were especially impressed with the Bratwurst, which was a bit tough (my folks had issues with the pork too) but I thought everything else was delicious. The environment was unique and I liked the Andes chocolate mints that came with the check.


Thanks Mom and Dad for a fun dinner!


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