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Topel Winery
Tuesday August 31, 2010
A show-and-tell about the responsible, cost-effective use of organic agriculture and solar energy. And how they come together to produce strikingly delicious wine. What are you drinking on Labor Day?
Stretch of the Week: Spinal Balance
Monday August 30, 2010
We loosened up your back with Knees-To-Chest and Spinal Twist. We gave your hamstrings, quadriceps and calves a good long stretch. We flexed and strengthened your ankles. We strengthened your core and back with Shoulder Bridges and Ab Crunches. Today we achieve (Spinal) Balance.

Slower Sunday: In San Francisco
August 29, 2010
Thought you might like to join me here. I'm part way through The Walk That Ate San Francisco. The part where you have a picnic on Baker Beach. The waves are coming in slowly - about the pace of long, slow breaths. Press play. Two minutes to breathe deeply and get ready for your Sunday.
The Walk That Ate San Francisco
Saturday August 28, 2010
The Better.Cheaper.Slower map to a great way to spend the day in San Francisco. Eat a bunch of delicious, healthy foods while you burn way more calories than you consume on a spectacularly scenic walking tour of San Francisco.
To the Summit of Sargent Mountain
Friday August 27, 2010
It goes up - quickly and steeply - to 1379 feet. The elevation's not much compared with mountains out West - but the hiking can be as challenging. Check out these views. I bet you want to go here. Or someplace a lot like here. Take a nice long walk.
Soda Pop: Watermelon-Lime-Mint
Thursday August 26, 2010
Mix up these thoroughly healthy and flavorful ingredients; squirt in some of the bubbly water you just made. You get a better, cheaper soda that's great with chips and anything off the grill. Today I'm mixing watermelon, lime and mint to make a soda inspired by a fruit ceviche. Chili pepper optional.
Pizza: Farm Eggplant & Leek
Wednesday August 25, 2010
This caramelized eggplant & leek pizza is a perfect example of Better being Cheaper. It's not just a great $2 pizza. It's a great pizza, period. Inexpensive, seasonal vegetables and 34 cents worth of pizza crust. Or polenta for a beautiful wheat-free version.
Garden Watch #8: Grow Your Own Salsa
Tuesday August 24, 2010
A salsa garden is amazingly space efficient. You can grow tomatoes, peppers, cilantro and parsley in a single pot. Sure, it's a little crowded - but the stuff actually grows well with six to eight hours a day of summer sun.
StretchOfTheWeek: calling this a stretch
Monday August 23, 2010
We loosened up your back with Knees-To-Chest and Spinal Twist. We gave your hamstrings, quadriceps and calves a good long stretch. We flexed and strengthened your ankles. We began to strengthen your core and back with Shoulder Bridge. Let's continue with your Abs.
Slower Sunday: Look at that
August 22, 2010
I thought about the totally weird and beautiful skyline of New Mexico's Tent Rocks National Monument while I walked down the suddenly and strangely magical Park Avenue last Saturday when it was a 3-mile pedestrian mall.
Ice cream or cheese for dessert?
Saturday August 21, 2010
Here's one solution to the old dessert dilemna, sweet or savory. Ice cream and fruit. Cheese and fruit. If you have a cheese grater and an ice cream machine, you can have it all in one scoop of Parmigiano Gelato.
Strange Skylines: Three Magical Miles
Friday August 20, 2010
Take a long walk this weekend. With or without the magic. I was thinking about the totally weird and beautiful skyline of New Mexico's Tent Rocks while I walked down the suddenly magical Park Avenue on one of three summer Saturdays when it's a 2.8-mile pedestrian mall. If you were a Cochiti Indian who'd never left home, this would be one strange hike.
Chard again? Now what?
Thursday August 19, 2010
Swiss Chard. It's everywhere again. Might be in your CSA farm share, it's at the Farmers Markets. When I told you about my addictive (all leaves, no stems) flash-roasted Chard Chips, I promised a delectable use for the colorful, nutritious stems. Pickled Chard Stems!
Ripe Now: Plums. Pudding? Uh, no. Pizza!
Wednesday August 18, 2010
Lots of plums this week. All sizes, shapes and colors. So I'm making a 4-Plum Pizza for brunch. If you have kids or a significant other with bad eating habits, pizza crust is a great platform for healthy ingredients. I mean, who doesn't want pizza?
Garden Watch #7: Tomato History
Tuesday August 17, 2010
It may be too hot for humans this summer, but it's been great for tomatoes. Today's Garden Watch starts and ends in the kitchen. The first day of Spring, March 20, I put some seeds in a little starter kit. Last night, I sliced some of the tomatoes they grew into and made a luscious basil pesto-tomato pizza.
Stretch of the Week: Shoulder Bridge
Monday August 16, 2010
We loosened up your lower back with Knees-To-Chest and Spinal Twist. We gave your hamstrings, quadriceps and calves a good long stretch. We flexed and strengthened your ankles. Now we'll strengthen your core to support your lower back and hamstrings.
Slower Sunday: Listen to your beach
August 15, 2010
There's a small beach on California's Big Sur coast that's unmarked, unnamed and unvisited. Nobody goes there. If you do, it's your private beach. When you get there, for real, it's like a fantasy. Press play and fantasize for 90 seconds. Slowly.
Soda Pop: Surf's Up
Saturday August 14, 2010
Mix up these thoroughly healthy and flavorful ingredients; squirt in some of the bubbly water you just made. You get a better, cheaper soda - or wine - replacement. Today I'm mixing fresh pineapple, lime and mint to make a soda that's even more delicious than it is refreshing.
Big Sur: Your private beach. For free.
Friday August 13, 2010
Yours for the walking. One hour. Two and a half miles along a bluff overlooking the Pacific; down a winding unmarked trail to a really beautiful beach. Walk to the end. Get brave for a few seconds, time the waves, wade around the rocks. All yours.
Pass the corn. Hold the butter.
Thursday August 12, 2010
Love fresh corn on the cob but don't want the butter or salt? Try one of these: Chili-Lime Corn Gloss or Mustard Lemon Dressing. Whisk up three ingredients in two minutes. Get a super flavorful sauce that brings out the sweetness of summer corn without overpowering it.
Ripe Now: Tomatoes. Bake a Cake.
Wednesday August 11, 2010
Nothing much better than a great tomato. We're loving them daily, so sometimes you just have to do something to keep it interesting. Here's an easy, make-ahead recipe for a substantial and thoroughly delicious meal for less than five dollars: Tomato-Onion Polenta Layer Cake.
Garden Watch #6: Green Beans & Cukes
Tuesday August 10, 2010
Here's a great salad that just happened one day. The garden made me do it. It was time to pick the first green beans. A bunch of cucumbers were ready, too. I brought a bunch into the kitchen and remembered we had some feta cheese in the fridge. And then I did this.
Stretch of the Week: Ankle Lifts
Monday August 09, 2010
You've loosened up your lower back with Knees-To-Chest and Spinal Twist. You've given your hamstrings, quadriceps and calves a good long stretch. Now let's take a couple of minutes to strengthen and flex your ankles to improve your balance.
Slower Sunday: 150 Seconds in Kauai
August 08, 2010
A two and a half-minute vacation. 150 seconds in slow motion. A good Sunday pace. Look at a breathtakingly beautiful place. And do nothing else. It's just a couple of minutes. And it's Sunday. Just press Play.
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Saturday August 07, 2010
This was all set to be a totally seasonal, local peach upside down cake until yesterday's virtual hike on the Nu'Alolo trail put me in a Hawaii state of mind. Here's an incredibly delicious dessert, brunch or breakfast that works just as well with the season's peaches, nectarines, plums and berries.
Walk To The Very Edge:The Nu'alolo Trail
Friday August 06, 2010
A beautiful, free 7.5-mile walk. Three hours outdoors; three hours outside the routines of your mostly indoor life. Let this be an example of three or four hours well spent and a thousand or so calories burned.
Farro and Purslane:
Thursday August 05, 2010
Super Grain meets Super Weed in a bowl. I made a salad with a nutritional profile that reads like a piece of salmon. It doesn't taste like one, but it's delicious and satisfying; really easy to make; and way cheaper than salmon.
Pizza: Caramelized Farm Squash & Onions
Wednesday August 04, 2010
This caramelized squash & onion pizza is a perfect example of Better being Cheaper. It's not just that it's a great under-$2 pizza. It's a great pizza, period. A summer squash, an onion, some grated cheese, and 34 cents worth of crust.
Garden Watch #5: Corngasm
Tuesday August 03, 2010
OK, it's not better than sex. But it's great for corn. If you missed the prequel, Corn Sex In The City, I have to tell you that I never really thought I could grow corn in a container. So picking my first ear of home-grown was a pretty exciting moment.
Stretch of the Week: Calf Muscles
Monday August 02, 2010
You've loosened up your lower back; you've given your hamstrings and quadriceps a good long stretch. Now stretch your calf muscles, Achilles tendons and the muscle fascia that surround your heels.
Slower Sunday: Smell This
August 01, 2010
The heat wave broke. Everything looks better and, here in town, smells better. Really fresh air. Like June, when the gardenia was in blossom and walking near it was like instant aromatherapy. It's Sunday. Take a break. Press Play. Breathe. Slower.
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