Restaurant Review: Arterra

At the bottom of a lovely overpriced Marriot hotel is the hip, modern and swanky restaurant/ bar/ patio lounge known as Arterra, with a fresh sushi bar and tight shirted waitresses and live music and hip low furniture and dark […]


Restaurant Review: Hunter’s Steakhouse

Usually, when I walk into a restaurant and I detect a faint moldy smell that’s about the time when I head for the door.  But Hunter’s Steakhouse is a historic landmark here in San Diego and how could I resist […]


Restaurant Review: Bite of Boston

You know, any day when you have to ask “Do I have lobster stuck in my teeth?” is a good day.  For me, that day was when I ate at Bite of Boston in beautiful La Jolla in San Diego.  […]


Restaurant Review: Max Brenner Las Vegas

You have to be in a particularly special state of mind to go into an all-dessert restaurant. I don’t mean it’s after dinner and you just want dessert. I mean the kind of restaurant where the owner has such a […]


Restaurant Review: McCormick & Schmicks

McCormick & Schmicks is one of those dark beefy places serving strong drinks with irrelevant descriptions and lighting too dark to see what you’re eating or what your date looks like.  One of those places that you can expect to find […]


Coffee Creamer Recipe

HOW TO make your own coffee creamer:

You will need

1 2/3 cups plus 2 tbs powdered milk

1 1/3 cups water

¾ cup sugar, white or brown




Melt 3 tbsp of butter in a sauté pan and stir in 3/4 cup of white or brown sugar. If you use brown sugar, your coffee creamer will have a butterscotch or butter rum flavor.


Add the first 1 cup plus 2 tbsp of powdered milk to the butter and sugar mixture and mix it well. Whisk in 1/3 cup of boiling water. In a small bowl or large drinking glass, add the remaining powdered milk to 1 cup of cold water and blend the mixture well.


Blend both mixtures together and add your flavoring of choice. Pour the coffee creamer into a liquid storage container and shake it well. Allow the coffee creamer to cool before refrigeration. Shake it vigorously before using.

Some of the flavors you can put in here are:

Flavored extracts- the kind you get at the grocery store, add ½ tsp first and then more after that to get the flavor just right:

Try:  Pistachio and cherry- this will make a spumoni kind of flavor

            Black licorice, plus food coloring if you’re feelin’ funky

            Black licorice and orange for a Canadian Tiger Tail ice cream flavor

            Orange and almond or cherry and almond

            Rum and vanilla or rum and pistachio

            Orange and cinnamon

            Molasses and lemon- it’s dark and muddy but tasty

            Coconut and hazelnut together are nice

Put in some tequila and vanilla for a nice present for the people you actually like, and skip the vanilla for the people you don’t like- basically its waaay better with the vanilla.

Toffee and banana.

Peanut butter and banana, and raspberry if you’re feelin’ kinda funky- I call it the big fat Elvis- not the skinny cool Elvis…

Chocolate and orange- you can do this with either chocolate extract or chocolate sauce- the extract tastes fine and has fewer calories.

Chocolate and raspberry- that’s a no-brainer.

You know what’s a really good flavor in coffee?  Whiskey! They don’t make an extract that’s easy to find though so you’re kinda stuck pouring real whiskey into your coffee…ooo…bummer…

Hazelnut and aniseed are great together, they taste like a biscotti cookie

Apple and caramel: tada! Caramel apple coffee!

Brandy and butterscotch are great, but apple brandy and banana butterscotch are even better.

Apple butter-rum is one of my favorites.

Chocolate mint, of course, but try orange and mint together- very neat flavor and really addictive.

Eggnog, which of course also goes with rum really well, and pistachio, groovy together.

Maple is kinda nice but tastes like you just poured maple syrup into your coffee and that’s a bit weird.

Nutmeg and cinnamon is awesome, but adding a little toffee makes it tremendous.


Also try our powdered coffee creamer recipe which is to take:

¾ cup confectioner’s sugar and ¾ cup powdered milk or powdered non-dairy cream, stir well, add a tsp ground cinnamon if you wish, maybe a dash of allspice or ground aniseed for a holiday flavor- but the most important step here –and why I like to do the powdered version as well even though the liquid ones give you more freedom of flavors and stir in more easily — it’s this one little reason:  you get powdered gold.  The 24k kind that French bakers use on their super fancy little treats. It comes in these tiny little tubs. It’s pure and finely ground so it won’t hurt you, it’s not food and your body won’t recognize it as food so it’ll pass right through your system without doing anything. You put in a teaspoon or more, depending on how blingy you want your creamer to be, stir it up, put it in a pretty jar or tin with a ribbon and give it as a gift.  Or, if you’re a selfish jerk you could just keep it for yourself and use it to impress guests.  Which is what I would do.

Dave the Vitamin Guy — Treating Diabetes

First of all, there are two types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes impacts the way that your body utilizes food. People who have type 1 diabetes are persons whose bodies destroy the cells in the pancreas that are responsible for insulin production. In most cases, this situation gets so severe that the pancreas is unable to produce any insulin. As a result, most people who are affected by this disease have to take at least one insulin shot a day to neutralize blood sugar levels.

Type 2 diabetes is the more common of the two types. People who have type 2 diabetes are persons whose pancreas either can’t produce enough insulin or whose bodies can’t properly utilize the insulin that the pancreas produces. This results in elevated blood sugar levels because the insulin is unable to transport blood sugar into the cells.

Chromium, particularly chromium picolonate, is one of the more popular supplements that persons use to combat this situation. In most cases of diabetes, chromium levels are low. Most persons who take supplemental chromium notice positive results in lowering blood sugar levels, lowering triglyceride levels, and facilitating the body’s utilization of insulin. Supplemental daily dosing of chromium is usually between 2000 and 5000 mcg.

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Food Fight Radio – October 20, 2013

On this week’s episode of Food Fight Radio…

  • Food that’s best eaten rotten or trash you can eat
  • How to get smells out of things
  • Marcus’ favorite nuts

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Restaurant Review: Broken Yolk Cafe Redux

broken yolk

If you are like me, you really look forward to breakfast foods. One of my favorite foods of all time is omelets. I fell in love with them when I had to cook them perfectly. You do not know eggs until they are done right. So when I took my daughter to The Broken Yolk Cafe in Mission Valley for her birthday, I was planning on letting her eat eggs and cheese (her two favorite foods of all time). Read more »

Restaurant Review: KJ Dim Sum and Seafood


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