Friday, May 9, 2008


It's no secret that I have nothing but disdain for vegans, micro-bidioticts, and most nutsoid diets, but i completely despise Raw Foodists, not so much for the yen to eat uncooked food (but that's enough for me to think you're nuts), but more for their insane claims as to what thie diet does for you. As I've written, I love pork, but I make no claims that eating a pork chop will give you longer life, or that bacon will cure blindness.
Anyway, the insanity of raw foodism was once again nailed into me by my raw food friend who lives in Houston, and was given deranged dietary advice by her advisor, or whatever. For one thing, she was drinking up to 2/3 a cup of olive oil a day! Now, I love olive oil, but it is oil, it's not a protein, and it is a fat. Among other side effects, my friend's teeth & gums discoloured, like she was malnourished. Plus, from all her enemas, her intestinal bacteria got out of whack, and riddled her body with yeast infections! As someone who never got over the humiliation of anal thermometers, I have a completely hands off attitude to my asshole. It doesn't bother me, so I don't bother it. I've never put anything in my ass. So the idea of enemas seems horrifying to me, especially if you're digestive tract works on its own. All you're doing is washing out the good bacteria you need to digest food, and in my friend's case, leaving the bad stuff unchecked. Of course, the fault is not raw food's, it's the advice she got. Needless to say, she's been trying to cleanse for over 10 years now, with no end in sight.
As Bugs Bunny says, "Personally, I prefer hamburger!"

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Still here....

I know, I'm a bad blogger! But life interferes with cyber life, what can you do?
Just a few new Bests, for those interested:
BEST COFFEE ICE CREAM: Stonyfield Farms Gotta Have Coffee (formerly Javalicious), & Double Rainbow's Coffee.
BEST VANILLA ICE CREAM: Green & Black's Vanilla. Really wonderful, deep flavor.
BEST SOUR CREAM: Nancy's Organic. If you can't find it Horizon is okay, but Nancy's has a great flavor and is really rich.
FAVORITE CHOCOLATE BAR, MILK: Chocolove's Milk Chocolate with Toffee and Almonds. I don't hate dark chocolate, but I must confess, I prefer milk chocolate.
BEST TOMATO JUICE: Luvli Juices makes, without a doubt, the best tomato juice I've ever tried. It comes spicy and regular. I like the spicy, but the regular has a better tomato flavor.
BEST CRANBERRY DRINK: Knudsens makes a sparkling cranberry juice that is fantastic, I only wish it came in a bigger bottle.
That's all for now, hope everyone is well.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Thanksgiving and Its Contents

I know I'm posting this late, but I love Thanksgiving. I love the traditional feast: turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and that's allI really need. This year I was blessed in that the turkey had extra stuff packaged with it: an extra liver, and an extra pope's nose, probably my favorite part of the bird. And I like plain bread stuffing, nothiing fancy or gussied up: breadcrumbs, celery, onions, sometimes giblets, and I'm happy.
This winter has been good, eating wise. I had a meal recently at the Old Heidelberg, perhaps the last remnant of the German population of the Upper East Side, and ate an excellent Jaeger Schnitzel (schnitzels covered in cream & mushroom sauce), and some extremely light spaetzle. I"ve written before of my fondness for German cuisine, untouched as it is by any fads or newfangled notions of eatin'. I ate with a friend who was baffled by a bowl of brussels sprouts ("What're those?" he asked me with a worried expresssion). He also didn't recognize sliced apples or kiwi fruit, which came with our dessert of chocolate fondue. ANyway, a soul satisfying meal indeed.
I've discovered a new treat: spreadable goat chese, called Chevrion. I'm a huge fan of goat cheese, and this stuff is great. You can find it at Fairway.
Another delight this Season was a friend of mine got me a 30 year bottle of Port. I'm not much of wine drinker, or indeed a drinker, but I do love Port, and this stuff is delightful. I have no way of knowing what other fancy ports taste like, but I am enjoying this bottle.
Another Seasonal pleasure was to be found at the Time Warner Mall, where food trucks were selling dishes of food from restaurants in the Mall, for 1 to 3 bucks a plate. I had a plate of oversalted Italian food (orrechiette in a cream sauce), a really delicious Chicken Tikka Masala, and a delicious chocolate dessert from Bouchon. These trucks haven't been back, so maybe it was just a special thing.
I had a delicious cup of coffee at the Chelsea Market from 9th St. Espresso, truly wonderful, and far superior to Starbucks. Wish they were on every corner.
Anyway, that's all the food news for now, hope everyone is enjoying the holidays!!

Friday, November 16, 2007

I'm Back!!

It's been a bit since my last post, guess I'm not much of a blogger. Had a Belgian waffle from a truck the other week, and it was deliicious! Hadn't had on of those in a long time. Also discovered a new coffee ice cream I love, Julie's organic Mocha Java, almost like drinking a cup of coffee, in frozen form. That makes 3 coffee ice creams I love: Julie's, Stonyfield Farms (renamed from Javalicious to Gotta Have Java), and Double Rainbow's Coffee, which is only at Trader Joe's. It's a SF brand.
Back in August had an excellent meal in Chinatown with a few of my pals at Shanghai Something or another, a restaurant at the Western edge of Bayard Street. Excellent sesame noodles, sesame pancakes, and other stuff. A swell time was had by all.
Tonight I had a nice carnitas taco from a Mexican truck that parks by 8th & 14th. Love this stuff, and they were gone for awhile, which worried me, but now thery're back, and all is right with the world.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

New Food Craving

I recently ate at Otafaku, a small Japanese place in the East Village that offers what I'm guessing is Japanese fast food. It's been around for years, but I never ate there until the other week, and I now have a new food craving: Japanese egg and cabbage called okonomiyaki. I love 'em! I believe their replacing my lust for the sesame wontons at Plump Dumpling. You can also get yakisoba, which is sort of like Japanese lo mein, and these fried balls with a bit of octopus in the center. I like those too, but I love the pancakes, which are like Japanese egg foo yung. Also, I usually dislike unsweetened iced tea, but I love the unsweetened iced tea here, which is called muggi chai or some such, and it's a barley tea, which a great flavor, very satisfying.
Anyway, always like to expand my food horizons.

Manhattan Special Comes to Inwood! Joy!!!!!!!

I live up in Inwood, and have for about 20 years. I like the neighborhood, it has the most parks of any Manhattan neighborhood, and it is pretty solidly working and middle class with little chance of genitrification. There's no Starbucks up here, hell, there isn't even a Dunkin Donuts!! But the local C Town has begun carrying food times I love, including Murray's Organic chickens, Pellegrino sodas, Stonyfield Farms ice cream (there Javaliciousi is the best commercial ice cream on the market), San Benedetto iced tea (my favortie brand), and recently Manhattan Special Coffee Soda. Those not in the know may not know that Manhattan Special, made in Brooklyn, was for years available only in Brooklyn and lower Manhattan. Only in the past few years have they been distributing it above 14th St., and now up in my neck of the woods. I love this stuff, the best espresso soda there is, not that there's much competition for this title. Now, if they'd only start carrying Boylan's Black Cherry soda...