Juice Cleanse Redux
Oct05

Juice Cleanse Redux

Yes, I’m doing another juice cleanse. No, this isn’t going to be a regular thing with me. In my experience, a juice cleanse isn’t a weight loss technique. The weight you lose is mostly water and quickly comes back. Worse yet, any meaningful exercise program you have in place will have to be sidelined — both for the duration of the fast and for several days afterwards. Here’s where I think a juice fast is...

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Juice Cleanse: Day Three
Sep13

Juice Cleanse: Day Three

Here I am at the last day of a three day juice cleanse. And this is what I know for sure. No matter what they tell you about the healing, cleansing power of juice and nutrients, antioxidents yada yada, if you have a caffeine monkey on your back, it will kick juice’s ass and steal its lunch money. Most juice cleanse programs — and certainly Urban Remedy’s cleanse which I am using — suggest you stop caffeine...

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Juice Cleanse: Day Two
Sep12

Juice Cleanse: Day Two

Here’s the good news on a juice cleanse: you will not be hungry. Well, I’m going to amend that later on in the post. But in terms of physically getting enough calories, you will feel satisfied, at least on the program I chose: Urban Remedy’s 3 day juice cleanse. The juices range from 100 calories to 320 and total up to 1070 for the day. Not a lot, but not starvation. Especially given that you will — or should...

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Juice Cleanse: Day One
Sep11

Juice Cleanse: Day One

It all started when my friend Christine showed up glowing and visibly slimmer. She’d just done a seven day juice cleanse and was raving about how great she felt. She even hauled some of her own juice concoctions up to Sonoma. I guess she was using them to pre-detox because she chased them with the great lashings of wine which seem to be a feature of any event up here. Still, she had me intrigued. I’ve researched juice...

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Can To Nyad Be a Verb?
Sep05

Can To Nyad Be a Verb?

Did everyone see former Olympic medalist Diana Nyad clambering out on that Florida beach after an uninterrupted 110 swim from Cuba — the first person to do so without a shark cage? Oh, and you did catch that she is SIXTY FOUR years old? She’s tried this feat several times in the last several decades, but in a clear case of getting older and better, it took until now to be mentally and physically tough enough to make it. I...

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Keep on Truckin’
Sep03

Keep on Truckin’

I have been banking my Car Kharma for a long time now. For someone my age, I’ve had relatively few cars and, as Andy will tell you, they’ve all been “crap”. My first car was the cheapest stripped down Honda Civic. My second was one of the first Priuses off the assembly line. You know, back when they thought only poor hippies would drive one, so they had cloth seats, roll up windows and no amenities. Finally, a...

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Ketching Up
Aug26

Ketching Up

I’ve posted before about making ketchup. So, fair warning, this is not a recipe post. I’ll refer, as I have in the past, to the excellent Thane Prince cookbook, Jams, Jellies and Chutneys. It’s my go-to book for English style pickles and preserves. By now, I’ve made Thane’s ketchup recipe dozens of times. But I’m still finding out things she didn’t exactly warn me about. Perhaps these are...

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Two Terrier PRE-Hab
Aug14

Two Terrier PRE-Hab

I think at some point I vaguely promised to stop posting about the ex-employee who was evicted from Two Terrier Vineyards about two weeks ago. But Meth — which is what we think is the burned residue we found on the foil pieces he’d stashed under the cabin — is apparently the gift that keeps on giving. Just when you think you’ve seen and dealt with the worst and the last of it, it gets more and worse. And we...

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The Last Couple in London
May06

The Last Couple in London

A funny thing happened in London the past three days. First, it’s a three day weekend, a Bank Holiday. Secondly, England, which has been suffering through the coldest winter in fifty years, suddenly got Spring. Instantly. As in one day blizzard, the next day heat wave. I think as a result, three quarters of the population decamped for the sea or the countryside. Because London streets — both above ground and below —...

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We’re Going to Make Your Kitchen A Star
Apr10

We’re Going to Make Your Kitchen A Star

My kitchen didn’t exactly get discovered at Schwab’s Drug Store. I think the architect who designed it submitted it to a location scout and that’s how Rejuvenation Hardware came to me asking to use it for a catalog shoot. I should mention that none of this reflects on me and my taste or lack thereof. This kitchen is in the San Jose house which we took, as is, even with some of the furniture. (If some of you...

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