I’ll Swim Across the Riviera for a Delicious Lunch at Arterra!

Burger with sharp cheddar, crips bacon, onion strands and fries

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Did you know….

The World Health Organization said Monday that eating processed meat such as sausages and ham causes cancer, while unprocessed red meat may also be carcinogenic.

The WHO’s cancer research unit now classifies processed meat as “carcinogenic to humans” based on evidence from hundreds of studies, and linked it specifically to colon, or colorectal, cancer.

The report outlined that simply eating 50 grams of processed meat each day — the equivalent of two slices of ham — can increase the risk of such cancer by 18%. However, the authors say the risks are relatively small to begin with.

The organization defines processed meat as any type of meat that is salted, cured or smoked to enhance its flavor or preserve it. Processed meat generally contains pork or beef, but may also contain poultry.

The WHO now classifies processed meat in the same category as smoking and asbestos, based on its certainty of a link with cancer, but stressed that did not mean they were equally dangerous.

Unprocessed red meat such as steak and lamb shanks is classified as “probably carcinogenic.”(money.cnn.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Arterra – San Diego,Ca 

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

8.5

Recommended Dishes: 

Burger and the Crunchy French Toast! I didn’t try anything else on the breakfast, or lunch menu but my team said all of their meals were pretty good.

Before I get into this adventure I need to address the WHO for making this extremely harsh statement about red meat.

Now I think we all know that red meat is not the best option on the food menu when it relates to the body. Too much of it can raise cholesterol, give you high blood pressure and now confirmed from the WHO can  also cause cancer.

I learned awhile back that Sodium Nitrate which is found in just about every frozen or refrigerated item is one of the ingredients that causes cancer.

There are also other things that scientists say that cause cancer; that is if you get too much burnt layers on your toast, bagels or even barbecuing your meat can cause cancer.

Asbestos, mold in your house, drinking too much wine, beer or alcohol and many other things can cause cancer.

Moderation is key in everything, and the key to good health is making sure you have a diet that includes colorful cancer fighting veggies, (the more colorful the better), fiber to prevent diabetes to control your insulin flow and also proteins of course with exercise.

I am not the best in my eating plan but I try to follow this model above. I also make sure to eat things I want as well, like a burger, pizza, spaghetti, etc.

Life just ain’t worth living to me without it. So do your best to be healthy but enjoy life as well!

Ok.. Enough with that.

Let’s talk about Arterra

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I’ll take a Two Hour Traffic Jam just to get a taste of some Pho Van!

Pho - Meatball, Beef, Tripe and Veggies for Noodle Replacement

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Despite the fact that pho is a reflection of the culture and history of Vietnam, no one really knows how pho came to be. Restaurateur and author Mai Pham’s research on pho, as cited in Vietnamese culinary expert Andrea Nguyen’s blog, stated that there is nothing written about the early history of pho. All there is left are oral traditions handed down by elders. It is, however, agreed upon by many experts in Vietnamese cuisine, including Ms. Pham and Ms. Nguyen, that the history of pho began in Hanoi in northern Vietnam and that it started when the French colonized the country in the late 1880s.(lovingpho.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Pho Van – Santa Clara, Ca

Average Cost

Under $10

Rating (1-10)

9

Recommended Dishes: 

Pho Soup- Meatballs

It’s Friday and I’m looking for a tasty sinful dish to kick off the weekend!

What better way to kick off lunch than with a Kung Fu sodium punch to the face!

Let’s do it!

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Like a Dankhead to Ganja..This Foodie Loves Me Some Lasagna!!

Beef Lasgana

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Lasagna is believed to have originated in Italy. However, the term “lasagna” comes from the Greeks. The Italians used the word to refer to the dish in which lasagna is made. It wasn’t long before the name of the food took on the name of the serving dish.

Adding to the confusion about the origin of lasagna, the recipe was featured in the first cookbook ever written in England, leading to an urban legend that the dish originated in the British Isles. (populararticles.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Mom’s House – Tracy, Ca

Average Cost

Free! It’s mom’s house!

Rating (1-10)

10

Mom’s Recipe: 

Frances Dampier’s TasteBook Recipe

It’s the weekend and aren’t we happy that we don’t have to wake up early in the morning and get on a freeway full of traffic and agitation..

I love to wake up on a Saturday and have a warm love filled breakfast like bacon, eggs and pancakes, adding to that, I also love a soul food dinner for an enlightened fulfillment of peace and joy.

What better meal to have at your mother’s house than a fat slice of a juicy, taste bursting, Van gogh designer creation piece of lasagna!

Lasagna has always been an American favorite and next to pizza, this is one of my favorite Italian dishes.

You can eat it by itself, you can eat it with a salad, or you can eat it with Garlic Bread..

Eating it with all three accessories is the best way to go..Don’t forget to add red wine and now you are good to go!

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Happy Easter everyone! What’s on your dinner plate?

Steak Soup, Garlic Bread, Pinot Noir

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The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the foundation of the Christian system (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:14ff). If there was no resurrection, Christianity is a hoax, and we are wasting our time. But the truth is, the event of Jesus’ resurrection is incontrovertible. Professor Thomas Arnold of Rugby, a world-renowned historian, once said that Christ’s resurrection from the dead is the “best-attested fact in human history” (1939, 2569). This being the case, just what is the significance of Jesus’ resurrection? Think about these matters.

First, the resurrection is one of the major evidences that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Paul affirmed that Christ is “declared to be the Son of God with power . . . by the resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:4).

Second, Jesus’ resurrection represents an assurance that we can have forgiveness from our sins. Paul contended: “[I]f Christ hath not been raised, our faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17). The reverse of the apostle’s affirmation would be this: if Jesus was raised, sins will be forgiven when we obey the gospel (Acts 2:38; 22:16).

Third, the resurrection tells the world that the kingdom of God is ruled by a living sovereign. The founder of Islam is dead and his bones lie dormant in the earth. But the founder of Christianity—sixty years after his death—appeared to John on the island of Patmos and said: “I am the first and the last, and the Living one; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive for evermore” (Revelation 1:17-18).

Fourth, Jesus’ resurrection proves that physical death is not the termination of human existence. God, who is the giver of life (1 Timothy 6:13), has the power to reanimate the human body. Christ’s triumph over the grave is Heaven’s pledge to us that we too shall be raised. This is why Jesus is referred to as the “firstfruits of them that are asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20,23).

Fifth, the Lord’s resurrection previewed the ultimate victory of Christianity over all its enemies. In the book of Revelation, Jesus is depicted as a lamb that had been slain, but was standing again (5:6). This same Lord was “the lion of the tribe of Judah” that had overcome his foes (5:5). Christians too will overcome as a result of the Lamb’s sacrifice and victory over death (cf. Revelation 12:11).

The resurrection of the Son of God should be a constant reminder to us of these wonderful biblical truths. We honor our Master’s victory over death—not once a year, but every week!(christiancourier.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Trev’s House – San Jose, Ca

Average Cost

Less than $20

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

Steak or beef soup, garlic bread

Today’s Recipe

http://m.allrecipes.com/recipe/214556/steak-soup/?page=0

Happy Easter or Happy Resurrection Day to my Christian brothers and sisters!

For this glorious day of celebration for the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; I ask you how are you doing your celebration?

Did you have a big BBQ with the family and hearing the sounds of kids laughing searching for Easter eggs?

Did you go to church this morning and plan to eat a nice dinner at a gourmet restaurant?

Or are you at home snuggling and cooking a nice home cooked meal?

Whatever you are doing, please make sure today that you do your best to let the stress fall away. Enjoy life! It is too short to let days pass away in misery rather than enjoying the little things in life.

You are still breathing..you still have purpose..there is still hope…there is still liveactioneating.com. 🙂

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If you catch an Ox then do it by the tail!!

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In pioneer days, oxen were used primarily as beasts of burden, and only slaughtered for their meat after they could no longer work. That’s when people made two discoveries: Oxtails were not only delicious but tasted even better when the male oxen they’d been attached to were castrated — steers. Even though oxtails now come from cattle, and not necessarily males, the name stuck. In the Caribbean, oxtail stew occupies pride of place as a down-home classic. The theory, says cookbook author Jessica B. Harris, is that oxtails were considered a throwaway meat, given to slaves after the masters had butchered the most desirable cuts for themselves. (everydaylife.globalpost.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Mom’s Kitchen – Tracy, Ca

Average Cost

Less than $20

Rating (1-10)

10

Slap Ya Mama Oxtail Recipe: 

Ingredients

1/2 cup sliced celery

1 whole onion sliced

1/2 cup yellow bell peppers

1/2 cup green bell peppers

1 cup All Purpose Flour

4 cups of water

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or minced garlic

Directions

1. Season Ox Tails with Pappy’s or Cajun Seasoning

2. Flour the Ox Tails

3. Add oil to skillet and brown the ox tails on medium heat by cooking on the stove for about 10-15 minutes

4. Place Oxtails in a crock pot and add water that fills crock pot halfway

5. Turn heat up to 350 degrees and cook for 1 hour

6. Add 2 cups of chicken or beef stock and then place back in oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes

7. Salt and Pepper to taste

If you love beef then you are in for a treat!

Ox tails are a unique way to eat beef. It is a trendy southern way of dining and hits every inch of your taste buds.

Flavorful, tender and scrumptious! It will make your dining delight a festivity of elaborate vision and delicacy. Definitely something you should try if you have never experienced it.

It goes great with cabbage, rice and corn bread and a southern treat!

“Trevis, that sounds like it would be gamey. What does it taste like?”

You inquisitive mind you..I’m glad you asked.  🙂

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Holy Mole!!

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A common legend of its creation takes place at the Convent of Santa Rosa in Puebla early in the colonial period. Upon hearing that the archbishop was going to visit, the convent nuns went into a panic because they were poor and had almost nothing to prepare.

The nuns prayed and brought together the little bits of what they did have, including chili peppers, spices, day-old bread, nuts, and a little chocolate. They killed an old turkey, cooked it and put the sauce on top; the archbishop loved it.

When the nun was asked the name of the dish, she replied, “I made a mole.” Mole was the ancient word for mix; now this word mostly refers to the dish, and rarely is used to signify other kinds of mixes in Spanish. (wikipedia)

Today’s Restaurant

Cascal Restaurant – Mountain View, Ca

Average Cost

$10-15

Rating (1-10)

9.5

Recommended Dishes an drinks: 

Beef Short Rib Adobo, Mexican Gorditas,Peruvian Ceviche, The House Margarita, Raspberry Caipirinha

It’s Friday night and time to end the week with a bang! One of my favorite places to go for drinks and ridiculous tasty Spanish food is Cascal Restaurant in Mountain View, Ca.

I am one of those foodie types where I need a variety of different foods throughout the week. Journeying to the same part of the world of food two to three times a week is not my style so I’m always experimenting and dining on something new. I’ve learned in the past that when you want Mexican food you should find a good hole in the wall restaurant to go get it because that is where the best tasting food will be.

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Oops! I was supposed to eat salad today…

Nation's Hamburgers

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Nation’s began with from a man, a Buick and a hot dog stand. Actually, it’s how Harvey’s began. Russ Harvey traded his 1948 Buick for a ten-foot wide, six-stool hot dog stand in San Pablo.(nationsrestaurants)

Today’s Restaurant

Nation’s Restaurant – 39180 Fremont Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538

Average Cost

Around $5- $8 per serving depending on the dish

Rating (1-10)

7.5

Recommended Dishes: 

Bacon Cheeseburger, Fries, Breakfast

Darn it! This drug of sinful delectable beef won again! I can’t win for losing against this tender piece of intimacy, she gets me every time!

Oh well. It is what it is. I was supposed to eat salad today (at least that is what I told my coworker when he asked me what I was doing for lunch today) but I ended up on a completely different path.

You see, I try my best to eat a salad at least 2-3 times a week for lunch, so that way I can gratify myself with more carb generous foods throughout the week. Looks like I failed that mission. (waaa waaaa waaaaaaaaaa…)

I tell you what though, living ain’t living unless you live by this quote by J.K Rowling which states: It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default. 

Now that’s live action living J.K. Rowling! Good quote!  🙂

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