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Dija Know… Joe’s Restaurant Newsletter -147 Autumn 2018

Dija Know… Joe’s Restaurant Newsletter -147 Autumn 2018


Putting along the Nivernais Canal in France

 

◆ We took a real vacation recently.  Two years of planning took us to France with our dear Canadian friends.  It was to celebrate our mutual 30th.  We returned refreshed and full of ideas!  I can tell you what you already know – the food…oh the food!  We rented a boat and navigated it down the canal for ten days stopping in the small towns along the way, picking up local foods – cheeses, meats, pates, butter, veggies, baguettes, croissant, pastries . . . and then the wines!  Vacations really need to be tax deductible under the therapycategory.  If this sort of vacation appeals to you, look up Locaboat http://locaboat.com/or Le Boat tours.  Highly recommended, not $$$.

 

◆ Flying over North Carolina recently, nothing appeared amiss.  The terrain was green green green – something you notice when you live in New Mexico. But no visible overflowing hog or chicken operations.  A little closer to ground level, however, the picture changes markedly.  Rick Dove, of the Waterkeeper Alliance, lives in NC.  From small planes, he’s been monitoring the billions of gallons of untreated animal waste overflowing across the state since Hurricane Florence struck.  Dove wrote about what he’s seen in the Washington Post:  “I’m a Marine vet who did two tours in Vietnam, but the devastation I’ve witnessed here still shocks and grieves me.  The 2.2 million hogs in one NC County alone produce twice as much manure as the waste produced by the entire New York City metro area—and not one ounce goes to a sewer plant.”  North Carolina is also a favorite location for industrial chicken farms  Dove writes: “I also saw how the industrial chicken production facilities had flooded…washing the waste from their floors down our streams. I didn’t see the corpses of animals, though I knew they were inside.   As we speak, companies like Costco are looking to expand industrial meat production, not curb it.  And while Costco has its sights set on Nebraska, not North Carolina, the damage to Nebraska’s already impaired waterways will be just as devastating.”      Factory farms must go. They are ruinous on so many levels – the waterways and aqua life, the air we breathe, as well as the collective conscience.  No one really wants the sustained suffering of animals. What can we do?Avoid the big producers like Jenny-O and Tyson.  Choose meat produced by local farmers who use ecologically protective methods – like Berry Ranch, LaMont’s Buffalo, Shepherd’s lamb and many other of our wonderful farms and ranches.
◆ Events: Coming soon is our annual fund-raiser for the Listening Horse Therapeutic Riding Program.  It will be in early November –  more on that later.  Then of course Joe’s will be busy preparing Thanksgiving To Gofor those who have chosen not to do all the work themselves this year.  We will have the menus and order charts printed for you in early November.

◆  Watch him work.  Richard Eeds broadcasts theRichard Eeds Show live from Joe’s each 1stFriday of the monthfrom 1-5pm on Hutton 1260 AM KTRC.  Richard knows everyone in New Mexico – and that is not hyperbole!  He keeps us abreast of all the New Mexico happenings.

 

◆  A Tuesday night tradition at Joe’s – Spaghetti and Chianti Night.  $34 for two will get you Caesar Salad, Spaghetti with homemade Bolognese and a ½ ltr of great Chianti.  Wadda deal!  The Bolognese sauce is made with our grass-fed-and-finished Berry Ranch beef.

 

◆  DiJa Know?  Monsanto is finally getting some comeuppance.  It comes, however, at the price of one known human life and many many more unknown or unreported.  Robert F. Kennedy, Jris championing some important causes – ridding the planet of Monsanto and its killer chemical RoundUp (glyphosate) is one of them.  In partnership with Organic Consumers Associationread what he says here: “Every day, for eight weeks, I sat in a San Francisco courtroom.  I listened as Dewayne “Lee” Johnson described, in excruciating detail, how non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a painful and potentially terminal cancer, robbed him of his health.   I watched the spectacle of Monsanto’s lawyers trying to deny that Roundup weed killer caused Lee’s cancer.   I watched Monsanto’s hired guns tap dance and dissemble, as they tried to explain Monsanto’s herculean 40-year campaign to hide the truth about Roundup’s deadly cancer-causing properties.  I know that my many friends like you, who support OCA, have been doing their part for years to expose Monsanto and to bring down this criminal enterprise.  That’s why this $289-million verdict for Lee Johnson is your victory, too. Every citizen has the right to a poison-free environment, to clean drinking water, to pesticide-free food.  And you have the right to the truth.  Sadly, using the strategies pioneered by Big Tobacco to escape accountability for its lethal product for 60 years, Monsanto captured our regulatory agencies, corrupted our public officials, bribed scientists, ghostwrote science and lied to consumers, farmers, gardeners and the public.  Our recent landmark trial is the turning point we’ve been waiting for.  Together, we must keep Monsanto in the news.  I promise not to abandon this big fist fight against Monsanto until glyphosate is relegated to history’s toxic dustheap, our children have safe food, and the butterflies,bees and songbirds can return to America’s fields and forests.   We can do this. Please help us.  Thank you.”  Robert F. Kennedy Jr.  https://www.organicconsumers.org/
Comment by Roland and Sheila:  I cannot tell you how happy this makes us.  We have been reporting on the dastardly deeds of this greedy power-drunk mega corporation for many years.  It’s death-grip on both ends of our food supply is criminal and egregious.

◆ I’m lazy. I admit it.  And staying fit and healthy takes a lot of work.  So anything that makes it easier, faster, more efficient – I’m all for.  For some time I have been sharing with my wellness studio clients my personal favorite formula for maintaining or building strength – slow motion, perfect form, low reps with high resistance and very short duration.  I have found it to be the most efficient and safest way to build strength, keep bone density, activate the central nervous system for a cascade of biological benefits. I first discovered it through chatting with Fred Hahn about his SlowBurnfitness facilities in NYC.  It just made sense to me and after buying his book and following his program for at least a year, I was very happy with the strength I was building with shamefully little time and effort.  Another proponent of this type of strength training is Doug McGuff MD.  His book Body by Scienceillustrates his SuperSlow exercise program.  These modalities most succinct description would be – high intensity short duration slow motion resistance training.  And the results are brilliant.  Users of these methods are throwing away their walkers and canes.  Recovery time is given great importance with users find they are spacing their work-outs further apart.  Typically 5, 7, even occasionally 14 days apart.  See why it appeals to lazy me?!  And this is one of the reasons the bioDensity program is so appealing.  A recent finding reports that falls by the elderlyis now the number one cause of emergency room visits.  Not auto accidents, not cardiac arrests, not drug OD’s. And why is this?  Loss of functional strength.  Sarcopenia (muscle loss through atrophy) once only in the over 60 crowd, has begun now in 20 and 30 year-olds.  And it starts largely due to lifestyle choices – sitting and crap food. But there is a solution.  And believe it or not, it doesn’t take hours in a sweaty gym.  You can always choose to sweat it out in a gym 3 or 4 times a week.  Nothing wrong with that.  But it’s good to know you can achieve even better results and faster with far less time.  High intensity is a phrase that need not scare you.  A good high intensity program is safe, slow and is typically as little as 5, 7, up to 15 minutes duration once a week.  You CAN be lazy and fit!  Look up Slow Burn (Fred Hahn), Super Slow (Doug McGuff), www.bioDensity.com,  www.dancingbones.us.

 

◆  Some of the farmers & ranchers who supply Joe’s: They get their seeds from heirloom seed banks, family and friends, their fertilizer from animals and compost and their agronomic advice from tradition:  Monte Vista Organics, BerryBeef Ranch, Jacona Farms, Green Tractor, Camino de Paz, Synergia Ranch, Romero Farms, Shepherd’s Lamb, LaMont’s Buffalo, Sweetgrass Co-op,  Susan’s Sprouts and others.

◆  Why are we at Joe’s so persistent about this “buy local” stuff?  Many factors are out of our hands when it comes to our food supply. Most of what ends up on the American dinner table derives from a shockingly few giant agribusinesses. Their reach is long- from designing

the (GMO) seeds to planting, fertilizing, processing and shipping. We as consumers just cannot hand over the entire stewardship of our food to these few multinationals.  Our passion here at Joe’s is for a local sustainable food supply – food produced by growers who are accountable for what they grow.  KYG – Know Your Grower.  We are able to look our local farmer in the eye and ask him about his growing practices or even visit his operation. This gives us the confidence that we are eating food that is healthy,wholesome, non-genetically engineered, often better than organic, humanely treated and minimally processed.  It is grown with a smaller energy-use footprint and transported short distances. We cannot divorce human health, the economy, ecology, personal (perhaps spiritual) satisfaction or honorable work from food.  Food is fundamental.  What we eat, where it comes from, the stewardship of food animals, the nurturing and building of soils – all these factors affect us at a cellular and visceral level.  Santa Fe is fortunate to have one of the very best Farmers Markets in the nation.  Here at Joe’s we offer this bounty to you, keeping dollars in the community.  In the interest of transparency, in 2008 Joe’s spent $30,000 on local foods.  Each year that expenditure has grown.  We currently far exceed $100,000 per annum (well over 30% of our food purchases).  Land, economy, health – inseparable.

Joe’s will give you $10.  What’s the catch?  Well the way we figure it, if you cut out the middleman by NOT using a credit card, we can give that back to you and then some.  Credit cards costs the retail merchant about 3-5% and extra time & paperwork. Now let’s be real – in today’s world you can’t function without them.  But there are alternatives that reduce our dependency on the Big Banks and actually save all of us money.  We have a couple of suggestions: (1.) Joe’s Check List –If you are a “regular” and wish to pay by check, please ask your waiter to get you on the list.  (2.) Joe’s gift card– purchase $100 gift card with cashor checkand get an extra $10 value!

 

Giggles: How to live forever

I met a magical fairy yesterday who said she would grant me one wish.

“I wish to live forever,” I said.

“Sorry,” said the fairy, “I’m not allowed to grant that particular wish.”

“Fine,” I said, “then I want to die the day after Congress is filled with honest, hard-working, bipartisan men and women who act only in the people’s best interests!”

“You crafty bastard,” replied the fairy.

Joe’s Dining
2801 Rodeo Rd (at Zia Rd) Santa Fe, NM   87507
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