Some people are social drinkers. I’m a social eater. When I’m out with friends, I’ll scarf down anything and everything. But at home, it’s a different story.
As much as possible, I try to stick close to nature by cooking fresh, locally-grown seasonal goodies. Meat is used sparingly. The emphasis is on veggies, grains, nuts, seeds, limited fruit and some seafood.
My regimen is also low-carb, gluten-free, wheat-free, sugar-free & dairy-free. I started this lifestyle in the ’90s, when people thought I was a freak for avoiding wheat and sugar. Now, decades later, I’m enjoying exceptionally good health for my age. (Turning 60 in ’16…where did the time go?)
Most of what I know comes from classical, Chinese herbal medicine and a mashup of Western and other holistic concepts. I studied briefly with the legendary Chinese medicine master Jeffrey Yuen, who continues to inspire me as a friend. I also learned a lot while serving on the New York State Acupuncture Board.
So, welcome to my food world! Below is a itemized breakout of what you’ll find on this blog.
- Delicious recipe for radish greens
- Healthy, easy gluten-free, sugar-free salad dressing
- Must-have kitchen item: Bragg Amino Acids (healthy soy sauce substitute)
- Vegan, gluten-free Rice Crispie treats: recipe
- Connecting with quinoa
- Fast and easy miso soup
- The best sesame noodles ever
- Idiot-proof Asian-style salmon
- Sshhh, I also do junk food: Orange cake: fast, easy, cheap & sublime
- What to bring to a Chinese Lunar New Year dinner
- Dining tips: How to know which bread plate & glass are yours
- How to eat in Paris for $38 a day
- How to budget a Miami vacation and not feel like a loser
- How to vacation with a dog in Vermont
- How and where to eat Korean food
- How and where to eat Vietnamese food
- My favorite Chinese vegetarian restaurant in Chinatown
- Enjoy a Chinese banquet but boycott the evil of shark fin soup
- The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai
- Photos from three weeks of cooking & eating in India
- 3 ways to stretch your dollars at Mohonk Mountain House
- How to drink scotch like a real badass Asian
Cooking classes that I’ve taken
- Vegan dessert porn
- Making gluten-free pasta with my daughter
- Chinese dumplings with Kian Lam Kho at the ICE
- Jeffrey Yuen’s classical approach to acupuncture & Chinese herbs — Meet the noted Chinese medicine master Jeffrey Yuen. He’s a good friend, an amazing teacher and a great resource.
- Chinese medicine master Jeffrey Yuen’s essential health & beauty diet regimen — Jeffrey believes in food as medicine. Here’s a comprehensive list of the foods he recommends.
- A cheap, holistic way to get rid of allergies — Jeffrey’s solution involves sinus cleansing.
- Simple, dietary approach to skin issues — How Jeffrey addressed my chronic skin problems.
- Healthy? “Organic” and “milk” products are phoney-baloney — An important, infuriating issue.
- 4 reasons to avoid sugar — My reaction to a powerful National Geographic piece on the evils of sugar.
- 9 scary facts about caffeine — Reflections on a book that examines the impact of coffee and soda.
- Planting my first vegetable garden :)
- Green Expo 2015 — new food & home products
- How to compete in a food eating contest (with YouTube video)
- Flushing’s NY Chinese food scene — both yum and yuck
- Sky Foods — 2nd big box food store in Flushing, Queens
- Dumpling Night at MoCA (with event video)
- Feeding the homeless: Thanksgiving 2011
You can also find me online in other places
- Yelp.com — This site is an imperfect resource because people say whatever they want, sometimes irresponsibly. But I still Yelp to find restaurants. I also post my own Yelp reviews. My motto: “Taste buds on a budget.”
- Instagram — My go-to spot for posting about: “Plates, places, peeps & pets.”
- Pinterest — I maintain boards for pinning food porn photos, gluten-free and vegan recipes, holistic health and more.
By the way, my favorite “cookbook” isn’t a cookbook at all. Between Heaven and Earth is the clearest and most inspiring book I’ve ever read about acupuncture, herbs and the It’s actually a fascinating recipe for life and understanding the human body. Five Element Theory of Chinese medicine. As part of their presentation, the authors grapple with “you-are-what-you-eat-issues” in a powerful way. And yes, theories here form the core of my approach to maintaining good health.
And finally, click HERE to see some of my art. I like painting pictures of food.
Well, that’s it for the food tour. Hope you’ll click around the rest of my website. Ciao for now! Or maybe I should say, “Chow!” xo