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“Dear Starbucks”, A Coffee ‘Exchange’: The IRONIC

| April 26, 2011 | 4 Comments
“Dear Starbucks”, A Coffee ‘Exchange’:  The IRONIC




  From: “AE” <xxxxx@gmail.com> Received: 10/7/10 8:23:48 AM MDT To: <sbxinfo@buf.sitel.net> Subject: other Dear Starbucks: Do you want your more nutrition-conscious customers (diabetics, low-glycemic index consumers, health nuts) to like you a lot more? Instead of the array of crap sweeteners you stock (or in addition to them), start offering stevia. It’s made from a […]

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‘Unprocessed’ Processed Food? Sunshine Burgers: The IRONIC

| April 19, 2011 | 12 Comments
‘Unprocessed’ Processed Food? Sunshine Burgers: The IRONIC




When it comes to food, most people agree that fresh is best and whole is blessed. But, um, I have two small children and a couple of full-time jobs. And so I’ve grown comfortable with the reality that there is never any such thing as perfection. There are not that many processed foods that get […]

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The IRONIC: Chaos Theory

| April 13, 2011 | 9 Comments
The IRONIC: Chaos Theory




There are two types of people in this world: the type who read and follow instructions, and the type who don’t, who just kind of wing it. I’m prone to the latter—or, as my mother likes to call it, to “half-assin’ it.” In my defense, though, said half-assin’ is often done out of necessity. I […]

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The IRONIC: “Tray Gourmet” Eats & Two Italian Cousins

| April 5, 2011 | 7 Comments
The IRONIC:  “Tray Gourmet” Eats & Two Italian Cousins




You are going to walk in during one of those random San Francisco outings with the out-of-town relatives. You will have reservations about eating there in the first place because the joint has always looked a bit tourist-trappy to you. As if to illustrate that probability, a large herd of people will meander by the […]

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Advanced Superfood: Vanilla Chia (Pet) Pudding Recipe

| April 3, 2011 | 26 Comments
Advanced Superfood: Vanilla Chia (Pet) Pudding Recipe




You will either love it or hate it. Either way you will probably joke and sing a ditty about it. And it’s not like it’s new or anything. Why, Oprah has already proclaimed it a “superfood.” But, hey, it’s new to me (thanks, Ruhiyyih!) and, boy, am I excited about it—in large part because I’m […]

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The IRONIC: ‘A Prescription’ for Health, Beet & Green Apple Smoothie

| March 30, 2011 | 15 Comments
The IRONIC:   ‘A Prescription’ for Health, Beet & Green Apple Smoothie




Is it odd that before I was ever diagnosed with serious illness, I knew two people who had beaten cancer using quite unconventional means? And by unconventional I mean fruits and vegetables, though to be sure there is a universe of treatments—some evidence-based and some rather outlandish—all crowded together under the umbrella of unconventionality. At […]

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The IRONIC: Sweet Recollections

| March 23, 2011 | 9 Comments
The IRONIC:  Sweet Recollections




I escaped Iran alone as a child in 1978—just a few months before the country burst into revolutionary flames. I went on to live in four countries in five years before I landed in the U.S. and reunited with my parents. In many ways my recollections of those early years in Iran and traveling around […]

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A Welcome to the IRONIC

| March 15, 2011 | 5 Comments
A Welcome to the IRONIC




I am a young person who almost died young. I’m healthy today—and have been for several years. The illness I survived four years ago does not define me. As with many tests in life, however, it did change the way I see lots of things. And especially food. There’s a quote from my faith that […]

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