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  • Milk Mandala [VIDEO]

    By Rob Eshman

    August 14, 2009 | 2:41 pm

    I’ve been absolutely stupendously busy, and this blog, favorite of all my blogs, has suffered.  So here’s a quick fun post, because Foodaism teaches us that you have to grab those quiet moments where and when you can.

    Running between meetings three days ago, I stopped at a tiny... read on

  • How to Make Challah (and Why)  [VIDEO]

    By Rob Eshman

    August 12, 2009 | 3:00 am

    Just when things seem to be on the verge of coming together—or a split second from spinning wildly out of control—that’s when a lot of people would turn to God and pray for strength, wisdom, guidance.

    I don’t.

    It’s not even that I don’t believe in God—it’s just that... read on

  • Rob and Julia

    By Rob Eshman

    August 10, 2009 | 7:51 pm

    In the Foodaism pantheon, She is as close to deity as you get.

    I learned to cook by watching her shows and working my way, recipe by recipe, through The French Chef Cookbook.  I was 11. I took a paperback copy with me to college, to San Francisco, to LA.  When I needed comfort, I... read on

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  • Our Lady of the Holy Avocado

    By Rob Eshman

    August 7, 2009 | 7:07 pm

    If you read my post on how a small, quiet restaurant can be as quiet and holy a place for me as a sanctuary, you won’t be surprised that a fruit and sundries vendor at the corner of Harvard St. and James Wood (the developer, not the actor) took the idea a step farther, making his... read on

  • Is Kosher Kosher?  [VIDEO]

    By Rob Eshman

    August 6, 2009 | 3:18 pm

    Sue Fishkoff reports on JTA that Subway is now the largest kosher chain restaurant in the world.

    This proves one thing: kosher may be at a higher ethical standard than non-kosher, but it is not at the highest ethical standard.  Kosher is not as kosher as people think it is, or as... read on

  • Tiny Smelly Fish

    By Rob Eshman

    August 5, 2009 | 9:23 pm

    Last night, just past sunset, Naomi and I took a walk on the Venice pier.  It was jammed with fishermen—men, women, kids, black, white Korean, Latino. All it needed was a velvet rope by the lifeguard station and you’d think it was the most popular club in LA.

    It was a warm... read on

  • My Backyard Chicken Craze

    By Rob Eshman

    August 4, 2009 | 9:05 pm

    The New York Times finally got around to writing about the backyard chicken- raising craze, which makes it official: there’s a backyard chicken-raising craze.

    My own personal backyard chicken raising craze started a bit earlier, in June of 1992.

    Naomi and I were living in a... read on

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