Sushi to Dai for ~ It’s all in the spelling

If you only hear the name of this restaurant, and not see the spelling, the name strikes a reluctant chord in your head for not wanting to go there…

As someone who doesn’t eat fish (of any kind), there’s also a reluctance – one would think – for a non-fish eater to want to go to any sushi house.

Anyone who’s finicky will tell you, however, in every restaurant there’s at least one dish that we can find that we’ll end up loving and ordering over-and-over again in any restaurant, Sushi included for anyone who doesn’t eat fish.

Teriyaki chicken… This is my passion.

Extreme focused behavior like this makes one an expert with the specific dish, because of the frequency of enjoying. I can tell anyone, therefore, where to find the best teriyaki chicken in the Santa Rosa, California area…

And I just found it last night at Sushi to Dai for.

My test for the best? When I overeat.

How often do I over eat in a year? About three or four time.

I’m constantly battling with my body to not be as fat as it wants to be. If my body had its way, we’d be gaining about a pound a week. So, I live on my scale, I push food away, I exercise regularly, and I rarely, rarely overeat.

This means that I’m going to have to be very careful how often I go to Sushi to Dai for, but I will return, because “Sushi to Dai” for create teriyaki chicken to die for!


Slow Food Diet ~ You are what you eat… always

There’s no need to say anything, because this picture is worth more than a 1,000 words.

This image can be found on this Website…

Foods That Are Great For You

According to Tara Parker-Pope, in an article that she published in The New York Times, “Nutritionist and author Jonny Bowden has created several lists of healthful foods people should be eating but aren’t. But some of his favorites, like purslane, guava and goji berries, aren’t always available at regular grocery stores. I asked Dr. Bowden, author of “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth,” to update his list with some favorite foods that are easy to find but don’t always find their way into our shopping carts.”

I’m just going to give you her short list, and direct you to her article for the entire list with the full explanations of what makes these power food

  1. Beets
  2. Cabbage
  3. Swiss chard
  4. Cinnamon
  5. Pomegranate juice
  6. Dried plums
  7. Pumpkin seeds
  8. Sardines (fish oil serves the same purpose)
  9. Turmeric
  10. Frozen blueberries
  11. Canned pumpkin

In her story, Tara not only lists why the foods are good, but also give you suggestions for how to enjoy them.

In researching all of this, I’ve just learned that Dr. Johnny Bowden is someone worth any Finickie Foodie’s attention, because finickies are that way for a reason, and I honestly think it’s our innate ability to know what our bodies need instinctively. For instance, I didn’t know I was allergic to most fish until I was tested for food allergies when I was in my 40’s. I didn’t need anyone telling me that when I was in my adolescence… I just knew the smell of fish turned my stomach, and when forced to eat it, I gagged… period. Later, the science followed my body’s signals. I can substitute fish oil for fish, and recently heard that Flax seed oil is good for vegetarians – versus fish oil.

Navigating our way through life…

The link to Tara Parker-Pope entire story: The 11 Best Foods You Aren’t Eating

Eating Well ~ Where Good Taste Meets Good Health

The cover of Eating Well magazine is so gorgeous for the June 2008 issue… Not because I need another magazine, nor even want one; but because the current cover’s issue is so delicious, I just bought it!

The cover put me over the top.

For someone as finickie as I am, less is always more. The simplistic image made my soul hungry… and I ate with my eyes.

Succulent green peas in an equally appealing pea pod with tendrils embracing the concept… So inviting that I spent $4.99 without even thinking about what I was doing… Which is giving myself even more to read – in an environment of over-reading and over-writing.

So, food for thought…

I’ve long loved this magazine, because of its simple approach to food.

“How Much Could You Eat if You Didn’t Have That Drink” on Page 14…

  • Pina Colada = 403 calories
  • Margarita = 375 calories
  • Beer = 153 calories
  • the list goes on, and it tells you what you could have had that’s an equal caloric amount

Pulling for Pollination on Page 16… The buzz is we need those bees, if you’ve been living in a cave!

And then, Page 45… Nutrition ~ News to live by… “DRINK WINE:”

Okay… I’m in heaven and off to read some more. If you’re one of us, this magazine is pure food for thought… and will sustain you in so many ways beyond calories and cholesterol.

¡Buen Provecho!

Clean Plate Club

I first heard those dreaded three words when I was a kid.

“You won’t get dessert if you don’t eat everything on your plate. Don’t you want to be a member of the Clean Plate Club?”

[“Well, since you’re asking, that would be a great big fat, ‘No.'”]

Clean Plate Club membership is the road to hell for any Finickie foodie.

We’d rather not eat what we don’t like, than force it down just to get some sugar that’s cleverly disguised as something edible.

Needless to say, I gave up lots of dessert.

I also learned – when in a desperate mood – to put food into my mouth, pretend to be eating it, then take it out of my mouth when no one was looking, and feed my dog who was standing under the table knowing that the fish was coming his way… Any fish…

He loved it all, and I hated it all. We were a perfect team… And we’d both get dessert (of our own making and design).

And what about forcing kids to eat more than they should for calories, that will then add on even more calories?

Maybe all these things contribute to a Finickie Foodie?

Leftovers ~ What’s to Love?

[Photo by Jose Diaz]

Honestly, I’d love to say, “Leftovers, YUM!”

Alas, I can’t. I’m a finickie foodie… after all.

Here’s the deal, just give me a small portion and I’m a happy camper.

If I don’t finish a meal in a restaurant, I’ve decided – right-here-and-now – I don’t want to take it home in styrofoam, or any other container, even if it’s “green” friendly.

Nothing, a-b-s-o-l-u-t-e-l-y nothing, tastes as good as it does when it’s just been prepared.

To prove that point, it took my husband about 20 years to figure out I’m a pretty good cook with just my normal stir frying. That’s because when we were raising the girls, he’s come home from work at night about 8:00 p.m. By then, his food had slipped from just prepared to “leftovers,” simply by waiting for him for three hours. I fed the girls early and they were already off to bed, with school the next day.

Now that we both work out of the house, he’s getting to taste my cooking right after I prepared it; however, these days that’s slim, because I cooked myself into a corner as a stay at home mom, and I can’t now work a 12 hour day then get jazzed to stand behind a stove… Priorities have been reset.

When I do cook, though, he’s got his knife and fork at the ready… I also try to portion it out so there’s nothing left over… What’s to love in left overs?

Gluten Free Dining at PF Changs ~ Who Knew?

Having just dined at the Corte Madera PF Changs, on a very busy Saturday evening, we had a wonderful experience. I decided to Email the restaurant’s management, because – as we all know – feedback is generally when someone’s all irritated about something that didn’t meet his or her expectations.

So, on 2008-05-20 I wrote the following:
“I just gave you publicity on a food blog that I recently launched. I’m in the wine business, and have a wine blog ( My wine blog gets over 20,000 hits a month. I miss not being able to also talk about food (because the other is so focused on wine as a wine publicist), so I’ve just launched I know Mark Miller, the design consultant/restaurateur who has played a major role in developing the PF Changs chain. I just blogged about our excellent service – given the challenges that my family/party always presents… having so many allergies and food aversions. Your staff was excellent, and deserves the spot light. Enjoy!

For me, it’s an amazing thing to actually have someone actually get back to me. I write tons of things, give people publicity wherever I go. Many of my comments seem to go into a black hole. When they don’t, I know I’ve found a keeper! I just received the following thoughtful response from one of the Corte Madera partners, Nicole Thornberg.

Dear Jo, Thank you so much for the positive comments that you have posted for us on both you web site and your blog. I have not had an opportunity to read much of your blog but I did enjoy what you had to say on you web site It was also refreshing to see the main image from our new website posted as well, it is a new look for us and the exposure is a wonderful help. I am also glad to hear that our gluten free menu was able to help you with your family`s allergies and dietary restrictions. I’ve tried the Sweet and Sour Chicken without batter as well and it is delicious but I have some other great recommendations for those with celiac disease that you might be interested in. Our Singapore Street noodles for instance are my absolute favorite off of our Gluten free menu and are great for kids as well. As I`m sure you know, we have some other wonderful selections so explore and enjoy. Thank you again for your time and your wonderful compliments, and if there is ever anything you need don`t hesitate to contact either myself or my partner in the Corte Madera store, David Bromberger.


Nicole Thornburg
Market Partner

Now, there’s a great response about the restaurant having a gluten free menu. We didn’t know that at the time of our visit, or we wouldn’t have thought twice… My daughter would have asked for the gluten free version, and I would have also been thrilled to read it. I know, having raised my children on stir-frying their dinners meals, I would have found some of my really favorite foods there… Just based on Nicole’s recommendations.

Thanks, Nicole… Now we all know!