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About NolaCaine

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    Spicy Crawfish
  • Birthday 11/24/1973

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    I enjoy eating, cooking, and shopping at grocery stores. I also, hike, bike, and walk a lot. At any one time, I am reading two or three books. I garden in good weather but forget to water...Diagnosed with food allergies at 40 (milk protein, nuts). EOE is aka Eosinophilic esophagitis AKA allergic oesophagitis, is an allergic inflammatory condition of the esophagus that involves eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, narrowing the esophagus. Symptoms are swallowing difficulty, food impaction, and vomiting.
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  1. I told my kids about booting up a computer with a tape recorder...and then explained what a tape recorder used to be... 1984... I just have to watch this again. My first computer...or my dad's actually.
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    Anthony Bourdain (1956-2018) Dies at Age 61

    I'd like to reiterate that depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder and the like, all suck. Many things* can help. But here's the important part: If you see a friend who is depressed or anxious, reach out to them. They might not know where to start. Also, if your friend is harder and harder to nail down for a lunch or conversation, check in. Many years ago, I talked someone down from the proverbial ledge. He reached out to me again Wednesday and I am glad to be here for that guy. At this point, I think he's going to battle bipolar disorder his entire life but hope that I am always here for him or reach out to him when he goes quite for too long. NIH's mental health starting point: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/index.shtml *minor depressive mood, for example, can be lifted with moderate exercise. Other disorders, like bipolar, likely need medical intervention. For Don's periodic table project I offer Li https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium
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    Foods that Should Not Be Paired

    but what about the side of sushi... Doesn't that seem too far?
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    Food Trucks and Food Carts

    Just saw Pepe, food truck by Jose Andres on Farragut Sq today.
  5. Maybe this explains it: National Academies (of Science) releases report on sexual harassment of women, by men, throughout science. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sexual-harassment-of-women-report-release-registration-46108403476 And Nat Geo says men can do it and not lose their jobs. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/05/sexual-harassment-science-me-too-essay/
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    Mario Batali - Sexual Misconduct

    I"m starting to think that maybe we should ENFORCE THE LAWS we have already on the books.
  7. I am very pleased most every time I eat at Central and Oyamel. Also, I"m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I am often invited to Hamilton for lunch and really like it. I think it's too big and the menu too eclectic to be honestly good, but then again, I can't think of a disappointing lunch. It's vastly huge so am pretty sure you can always get a seat.
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    Foods that Should Not Be Paired

    Now my curiosity is all activated..
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    Foods that Should Not Be Paired

    I went to a sushi/lobster pound in Maine once. Or maybe it as Cape Cod. Good, but weird. I had lobster, of course. I was thinking about this last night: I don't love the bagged crawfish thing here the DMV has going on....but I've not noticed another option, other than self boil. (the crawfish, not self)...I"m ready for a long weekend.
  10. It's been about 4 years and it's still open and still good. Currently I am eating some lintel/veggie thing and I have a side of tomato gazpacho for later. As mentioned in a thread earlier this week, I have food allergies and was exposed to the allergen so am having trouble swallowing. While I am not, at all, vegan or kosher, I love having a go-to place for healthy, clearly labeled soft squishy food when I need it. As to survivability: It has and many times I have seen groups of Jewish conventioneers in there so I think it serves more than just the downtown crowd. My absolute favorite is the beet gazpacho which is seasonal and I haven't seen it yet. That stuff is worth its weight in gold...I also wonder how it would be as a base for a bloody mary.
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    Foods that Should Not Be Paired

    Not my imagination! I really thought, after posting this, that the sign was just there to promote renting the space. I was wrong. Asiatique is having it's soft opening so all of us can see just what sushi and cajun pairing is like. https://www.facebook.com/Asiatique-240180763394919/ To quote the guy right above me...We're !@#$%^
  12. Could not figure out where to put this but also think that just a general rant thread for food allergies is warranted. Lunch, National Press Club. I know the event planner who ordered a no food allergy lunch for me without asking. Thank you Nicole! WHen I got the plate, it looked like it had dairy. However, I did also notice that the other plates were similar, but different from mine and it tasted like a coconut curry so I ate it. (my allergies are nuts, milk, cream, cheese, basically milk protein that has not been denatured.) Before dinner was done, I COULD NOT swallow! Why, oh why is dairy not taken seriously as a food allergy? Nuts they get, but not dairy. Also, I realize that "could not swallow" doesn't seem like a big deal but have you spit up (not vomited) in a public toilet? I have. All over DC. #$%^! Thank you for reading.
  13. "Men Disproportioniately Win NIH's Plum Award for Young Scientists" by Meredith Wadman on sciencemag.org