Category Archives: Eating

Barrel Room, Rockridge Oakland

The Barrel Room is a delightful wine bar cum restaurant in the Rockridge in Oakland. The focus rotates quarterly. When I dropped by the afternoon, it spotlight was on Italy. I had a flight of three crisp Italian wines. The … Continue reading

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The MAOI Patch and the Tyramine Diet

When MAOI Inhibitors were introduced as the first antidepressants in the early 50’s, they came in pill form. The pills were processed in part by the liver and this caused severe side effects in people who had ingested food containing … Continue reading

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Sentenced to boredom. Now what?

Today an otolaryngologist informed me that acid reflux is the irritant that’s underneath me clearing my throat incessantly for the last thirty or forty years. There’s nothing else wrong with my throat. Just this one irritated part. I told the … Continue reading

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Calories!

Click it. These photos are so useful that I pinned the foods I eat as a reminder.  The Calorie Calculator tells me I need 2,000 to maintain my weight, 1,600 to lose weight or 1,400 for “extreme fat loss.” = … Continue reading

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Downer

Damn. I mistook a blip for a new level. My weight’s not 161, it’s 165. It’s crazy how a little measuring device, my bathroom scale, can jerk my emotions around. I’ll keep eating my morning yoghurt and berries, but it’s … Continue reading

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The Berkeley Body

Yesterday I lunched on chicken Milanese at MUA in Oakland. Yummy, but hardly a health food dish. (Chicken Milanese is essentially flattened fried chicken.) MUA is a raucous, warehousy place run by the folks behind two of my all-time favorite … Continue reading

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Blue cheese tasting

This evening we tasted six blue cheeses. Roquefort is a creamy cheese with a fantastic sharp taste; it’s my all-time favorite. Maytag and Pt. Reyes Blue are not far behind; I could not tell them apart. Cambozola (a portmanteau name … Continue reading

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Eat Mindfully

When you eat, eat. Put the food on the table. Cut off the music. Light a candle. Stop talking. Take a deep breath. Again. Again. Silence the drunken monkey that is your consciousness. Be calm. Take another breath. Live in … Continue reading

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A personal coquillage

Where to eat after three hours wandering around the most inspiring art collection in the world, the La Musée d’Orsay? Monet, Cézanne, Degas, Van Gogh, Caillebotte, Renoir, Manet, and their pals were flashing through my mind. Paris was bone-chilling cold … Continue reading

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Mediterranean Switzerland

I’m spending a few days in Lugano, a charming lakeside town in the Ticino Canton in southern Switzerland. People here speak Italian and eat Italian. Despite its Alpine backdrop, the climate is Mediterranean. This is Italy without Italians. Food here … Continue reading

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