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9 scary facts about caffeine

April 3, 2014

A new book about caffeine has me feeling wary about this psychoactive drug found in coffee and soda. The facts are so disturbing that I’m wondering if it makes sense […]

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Gluten-free pasta-making class — photos & review

January 22, 2014

Now that gluten-free goodies are a booming multi-billion dollar industry, it’s no longer hard to find decent, wheat-free boxes of pasta at the supermarket. Even more exciting — it’s also […]

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Letting go of the kid so that we can both grow up

May 13, 2013

How did this all happen so fast? My daughter Gabi has only a few days left of high school. Then we’re into prom season, summer goodbyes and then…packing my only […]

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Who am I? Humor for self-awareness & identity issues

April 15, 2013

A good friend of mine says that reading my painful blog posts about childhood traumas and cultural issues is only bearable when I’m funny. Agreed! Humor goes a long way […]

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In praise of the suburbs, or, why I’m never moving back to NYC

February 18, 2013

I never thought I’d lived to see the day when anyone would call my life in the suburbs a hot trend. But that’s what The New York Times is saying, […]

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Chinese New Year: What to bring for dinner

January 21, 2013

Note: I just updated this tip sheet for Chinese New Year 2017 — with specifics on how to celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday with a Chinese crowd. Hope you […]

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How to drink scotch like a real badass Asian

December 20, 2012

I’ve always enjoyed Johnnie Walker Red. As a kid in Chinatown, it was the liquor of choice served during most of the 10-course Chinese restaurant banquets that we attended. But […]

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