Jun 12

All Plastics Are Bad for Your Body, New Study Finds

Time to stop using plastics, if you haven’t already…

Excerpt from the Rodale article:
“WHAT IT MEANS: There really aren’t any “safer” plastics, and it’s hard to predict which ones will leach estrogenic chemicals into your food. As this study shows, different plastics containing different types of foods will leach chemicals at different levels. That’s largely because there are so many steps and additives in the plastic-making process, says George Bittner, PhD, professor of biology at the University of Texas in Austin and lead author of the study. “A plastic item can subsist of anywhere from five to 20 chemicals, some of which are additives, which are incorporated within the plastic polymer but not bound to the structure,” he says. Both the materials that make up the plastic resin and the additives can leach out of plastics, says Bittner, who’s also the CEO of CertiChem, the lab that tested the plastics in this study, and a consultant for PlastiPure, a company that works with plastic manufacturers to produce estrogenic-chemical-free plastics. You also have mold-release agents and colorants that are used to make or decorate the plastics, adds Mike Usey, CEO of PlastiPure, and those colorants tend to be highly estrogenic.”

May 11

Pour-over coffee

So…I’m a coffee nut. I’m in for the whole experience, taking what seem like silly amounts of time to research, purchase, and test coffee and coffee gear. Trying different combos of merchants, gear and coffee — I really do spend too much time on this. But have no intentions of stopping.
Never mind the amount of time I spend making & drinking the stuff…

Anyhoo, we’ve own lots of coffee makers (a couple regular drip machines, a Starbucks espresso maker, an Aeropress, multiple French presses, and a 1-cup Swiss Gold pour over).

But it’s pour-over coffee that has a hold on me lately. I like the simplicity and elemental nature of it. And the easy cleanup.
Above those considerations though, is the powerful, clear coffee taste from pour-overs — that’s what I like best.

So, my next purchase will be a Chemex pour-over coffee maker. Check it out in this video if you are so inclined:


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Aug 09

A new food deity has arisen

Paris. Beef bourguignon at Auberge de la Reine Blanche. Fantastic. ’nuff said