I adore eating out and lingering with friends over a meal. That’s my social eating, a time to taste everything.

But when I’m home alone, my food is different. I keep a classical, Chinese herbal medicine-inspired kitchen. This regimen is low-carb, gluten-free, wheat-free, sugar-free & dairy-free. That means lots of veggies, grains & some seafood.

To see what my food world looks like, please keep reading…   



on the blog:

RECIPES: Fast, cheap,  easy — and mostly nutritious.

HEALTH: I’m a huge fan of Chinese herbal medicine and other holistic marvels. I used to serve on the New York State Acupuncture Board.

DINING OUT: For me, restaurants = theater.

COOKING CLASSES: What I’ve learned as a student.

 MORE EXPERIENCES: And, food = community.

***************************************** restaurant reviews lists me as an “elite” reviewer — which just means that I post a lot. My motto: “Taste buds on a budget.” I’m sold on the value of this website and usually check out other Yelp reviews before trying a new restaurant. (P.S. — I am a recovering donut addict.)


eating for health

My favorite “cookbook” isn’t a cookbook at all. It’s actually a fascinating recipe for life and understanding the human body:

Between Heaven and Earth is the clearest and most inspiring book I’ve ever read about acupuncture, herbs and the 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.




paintings of food

Food is meant to be eaten — and painted. I enjoy the still-life-art-studio aspect of playing with food. Please go HERE to see more of my work.

By the way, this painting is now in the hands of my first collector. Want to see where he hung it in his house? Click here to see the photo at the end of one of my blog posts. And you can find more of my art here.


keeping the weight off is a great, free website for tracking daily food & exercise calories. I’ve always detested food journaling but this setup is easy.  My five-minute video shows how it works.




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

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