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Altra Instinct 1.5


Originally submitted at All the benefits of Altra’s award-winning minimalist running shoe are back with a hot, new look in the Altra Instinct 1.5 barefoot-inspired sneaker. This men’s athletic shoe boasts a quick-drying air mesh upper with a Dri-Lex collar lining and full-length, streamlined seaming…(Read More)

Greasy Wiener


As the cafeteria at G’s workplace has been closed for remodeling over the past few months, the company has invited food trucks onto the premises. One day, it was a hot dog truck. The name didn’t sound that enticing, but she opted to give it a go. Behold! “New Jersey Style Fried Hot…(Read More)

Wine from Rancho Cucamonga


Yes, somewhere between downtown Los Angeles and San Bernardino (and I’d suspect it near Rancho Cucamonga) is an AVA I’d never heard of. An AVA is a geographic description like Napa or Carneros or Champagne, for that matter. Vines have been a part of southern California since the Mission days. This vines here…(Read More)

Despite the suggestion of roaster Greg of Trystero, as soon as I made it home I popped some beans into the grinder. He’d said I should wait a few days to let the beans settle/rest/de-air (something). However, he had also hinted that if I were so impatient, I should grind the…(Read More)

Reason for this Ryme


Stopped into wineshop Domaine LA for the first time to pick up some wines ordered at a winemaker dinner @almarestaurant last week. While there, decided to look around a bit. Having spotted a pinot grigio by Viarta, I asked if Domaine LA had the ribolla gialla. Nope, but they did have an unfined unfiltered Napa…(Read More)

Back to Le Comptoir


It had been a while since G & I dined with @garyMenes #lecomtpoirla and enjoyed his meticulously prepared cuisine. Our meal ended with this seemingly simple dessert of fruits and a doughnut. It was so packed with flavor due to the various techniques involved (dehydrating, stewing, roasting, burning, frying or whatever), truly memorable. Next to…(Read More)

Turkish Tourism Poster


    Happy memories. The second trip G & I took together was to Turkey. That would be about a hundred years ago now, but Turkey in general, and Istanbul in particular, still evokes very strong memories. Food markets, jumping on the tramway, dining in the flower passage. Toward the end of our stay, already…(Read More)

Our First Visit to Alma


  This is the first time we’ve eaten at Alma, chef Ari Taymor’s highly praised newish downtown restaurant. We opted to go with the tasting menu and were not disappointed. Delicious from the beginning and it only improved with each course. Be sure to ask for the tasting menu 48 hours in advance…(Read More)



For me, at least, it took a couple days to warm to Barcelona. We entered Barcelona with high anticipation while knowing that our trip would be over soon. Toledo was a fun place to set our feet first. Madrid featured amazing museums and an introduction to the tapas culture. Then there was Zaragoza with its…(Read More)