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About this blog: I've been attracted to food for good and bad reasons for many years. From eating disorder to east coast culinary school, food has been my passion, profession & nemesis. I've been a sugar addict, a 17-year vegetarian, a food and en... (More)
About this blog: I've been attracted to food for good and bad reasons for many years. From eating disorder to east coast culinary school, food has been my passion, profession & nemesis. I've been a sugar addict, a 17-year vegetarian, a food and environment pioneer, macrobiotic, Master Cleanser, ayurvedic, and officially-designated health-nut or party-girl (depending on the year). Professionally, I've worn many industry hats including: line cook, corporate chef, Food Coach, caterer, product developer, restaurant reviewer, culinary school teacher, corporate wellness educator, food co-op clerk, author, and even Cirque-du-Soleil lead popcorn concessioner! For years I managed an outdoor kitchen, deep in the bear-infested woods of Tahoe, and also for hospitals (the most unhealthy kitchen I ever worked in?), Singapore high-rises, mule-pack trips, Canadian catholic rectories, and more events than I could ever recall. Yet I still keep discovering. Actually, I adapt everyday by new lessons learned from teachers, customers and students. However there is one food truth I now hold sacrosanct: Eaters are motivated by pleasure. So no matter what we discuss here - recipes or restaurants, food politics or pairings, local events, food as art, or even as God, I will always come from a high-vibe, party perspective. Oh I do still long to change the world with great tasting food, but know in my heart, "If it ain't fun, it don't get done!" So - wanna come to the Food Party? By the way - it's a potluck. (Hide)
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Squirrel vs. Pumpkin
Uploaded: Nov 6, 2015
Everybody deserves to eat, but what’s with the squirrels lately? I’ve been putting decorative pumpkins around house for years with no competition from neighbors. But this season something very different is happening – the squirrels keep attacking the pumpkins. It starts with an innocent nibble and proceeds to a total evisceration of the orange orb.
They’ve demolished 3 pumpkins around the house, and now I am seeing others around the hood suffering from the same cruel demise. I brought the remaining three survivors inside.
Hey, I don’t want to deprive anyone of a decent meal – you are more than welcome to feast AFTER Thanksgiving. But not before! Don’t mess with the decorations guys.
I wonder if this unneighborly behavior might be due to the drought? The trees don’t have enough birr to produce juicy seeds, forcing the squirrels to look for take out.
So it’s odd – why this year, and not the rest?
On a happier note, if you are looking for a fun event next weekend, try the Beer and Bacon Classic
. That baneful bacon has certainly gotten a bad wrap lately, but every thing in moderation. This was one of the best parties I attended last year – creative bacon- inspired, awesomesauce tastes, and a lot of local craft brews and ciders. There’s also music, games, photo opps; all while you saunter through the classic Municipal Stadium in San Jose – a perfect venue for the event. THE event for all you brocavores.
Beer and Bacon Classic
Municipal Stadium – Home of the San Jose Giants
588 East Alma Ave, San Jose
Brunch session 10 - 4 PM
Evening session 7 – 10 PM
What is it worth to you?
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