Dija Know… Joe’s Restaurant Newsletter -136 March 2017

Dija Know… Joe’s Restaurant Newsletter -136 March 2017

Joe’s now-famous Corned Beef and Cabbage


♦  March – an unpredictable month.  The winds can undo you.  Late snows can decimate your blooming bulbs.  Hail can put a pretty pattern on your car.  Yet it promises Spring and with Spring come St. Paddy’s Day!  What so darned special about that, you say?  Well at Joe’s we take St. Paddy’s Day so seriously that we stretch out the celebration for several days.  From Monday March 13 through Friday March 17, you can enjoy Joe’s inimitable and now-famous Corned Beef and Cabbage.  If you’ve tasted it in previous years, you’ll be salivating now.  If you haven’t yet tasted it – – oh my, you’re in for a treat!  Pair it with a pint of Guinness and you’ve got a delicious savory meal.  Roland slow cooks about a ½ ton of corned beef each year at this time.  He serves it with boiled new red potatoes and a wedge of tender cabbage.  We both plan on enjoying it several times that week!


♦ Local artists’ works are displayed on Joe’s walls.  The three artists now showing at Joe’s – Mary Olivea’s ever-creative quilts can be viewed along the ramp. Chris Pennington’s colorful equine paintings are in the Red Room.  Nancy Nickerson’s landscapes and charming chickens hang in the main dining room.  As well there are artists’ greeting cards for sale at the red counter.


Richard Eeds broadcasts the Morning Show live from Joe’s each 1st Friday of the month from 7:30 – 11am,on Hutton FM 101.5.  Richard keeps New Mexicans abreast of the times. During the broadcast get a surprise discount on your breakfast.  Just ask!


  Joe’s Red Room is always perfect for your parties and meetings, seating 30-36 people comfortably.  Call 471-3800 to reserve all or part of it

 DiJa know . . . bone density can be maintained and even recovered.  Muscle atrophy can reverse.  Balance can improve.  Joints can regain stability.  And dem’s de facts!  Hip fractures are devastating to both quality and length of life.  It’s a good idea to have regular (every 18-24 months) bone density scans (aka DEXA).  Find out the status of your bones or bone loss.  It’s not something you feel …until you experience a fracture.  I won’t depress you with those statistics here.  DancingBones wellness studio right here in Rodeo Plaza is dedicated to achieving measurable positive results countering bone loss, muscle atrophy, balance and joint stability.  After opening for just a few weeks, clients are reporting some impressive benefits.  We employ 3 sophisticated science-based technologies to create a synergistic program that is safe, drug-free, non-invasive and measurable.  The client receives a computerized, objective performance report each week.  As little as 20 minutes a week without changing clothes, without sweat and arduous workouts, have produced real changes.  I have been overheard to say, “there is no fluff at this studio.”  No feel-good devices that do little or nothing.  I chose every component to be effective and efficient.  Including a few select nutraceuticals.  I want trackable results for my clients.  It gives me enormous satisfaction to be able to facilitate such a life-changing program for those who are interested in being the best they can be.  Pick up a flyer at the desk on your way out.  When you’re ready to start feeling better, enjoy an introductory session.  Here’s to “living and moving with ageless vitality!” www.DancingBones.us


  DiJa know – GERD, AKA acid reflux, is a very common condition that prevents us from fully enjoying our favorite foods and meals, even very healthy foods.  Unfortunately, it’s not just junk food that aggravates these conditions.  We are tempted by aggressive and persuasive ads to use quick fixes for fast relief.  Proton Pump Inhibitors are now readily available OTC –  Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium.  But are they a permanent fix?  Does it really get to the cause and do these drugs have dangerous long-term effects?  What do you think?  I quote Dr. Mercola, “It’s important to realize that PPIs may actually do more harm than good, as they are associated with a greater risk of bone fractures, kidney disease, cognitive dysfunction and more.”  Holy cow!  All that from simply trying to reduce your stomach acid.  PPIs actually exacerbate the problem by decreasing acid.  What?!  That seems counterintuitive.  But the acid, at its proper level in the stomach is pretty strong. (a low ph reading is appropriate) And it’s meant to be.  The problem begins when it starts sneaking into tissues not designed to take that degree of acid.  That’s when things get uncomfortable and the vicious cycle begins.  You eat, it causes heartburn, you take something to relieve the “excess” acid and all seems well.  But not so.  The acids are there to break down proteins.  If the normal acid levels are reduced, proteins do not get properly broken down.  The balance of the gut microbiome gets “way out of whack” (in scientific medical terms!).  The proteins ferment in your intestines and become food for ugly pathogens.  This may trigger further abdominal pain, diarrhea and allergies, and can lead to leaky gut.  Are you in for more?  No? well skip to the next article then.
OK, back to leaky gut … secondary effects from LG are autism in children, fat you just cannot lose, and most shocking of all, they (you know, “they” – the researchers) are finding a hard-to-dispute link between leaky gut and Alzheimers, dementia and cognitive changes after even short-term use of PPI’s.  One 7-day study on 60 “healthy” PPI-users found impairments in the participants’ executive functions, visual memory and planning ability.  A large study published in JAMA found a causative link between regular use of PPIs and Alzheimer’s in the nearly 74,000 participants, who did not have dementia at the start of the study.  Then there’s evidence linking PPI’s to chronic kidney disease and increased risk of fracture.  Fracture risk because calcium absorption is reduced (affecting osteoclast and osteoblast activity – that is the proper ongoing remodeling of bone tissue).

What to do?

Here’s what not to do – NEVER stop taking a PPI’s cold turkey.  You must work with your health care practitioner to wean you off.

And here are some simple suggestions anyone can employ: eat fermented foods daily – sauerkraut, yogurt, feta, fermented cheeses, kombucha, dill pickles, natto and others.  Apple cider vinegar, a tablespoon diluted in water, before each meal helps many people.  Elevate the head of your bed.  Eliminate your heartburn triggers: coffee? spicy foods? alcohol? onions?– different for everyone.  And IMO, the two most effective natural cures for GI issues are a good quality probiotic and digestive enzymes.  In today’s world it’s easy to get off track with your health.  But with a little research and some common sense, we can also recover and return to robust vitality!


A Tuesday night tradition at Joe’s – Spaghetti and Chianti Night.  $29.95 for two will get you Caesar Salad, Spaghetti with homemade Bolognese and a great ½ ltr of Chianti.  Quite a deal!  The Bolognese sauce is made with our grass-fed-and-finished regional beef.
  ❤  Joe’s fresh dark French chocolate truffles are a perfect gift for any and all of your loved ones.  Mocha or hazelnut?  Ask your waiter.
  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 cannot with confidence 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.  In 2009, $60,000.  Each year since 2012 we have far exceeded $100,000 per annum (over 30% of our 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.  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 cash or check or silver or gold coin, get a $10 free bonus! Your $100 gift card will actually buy you $110 worth of meals at Joe’s. 

Giggles – warning: another blonde joke

An old, blind cowboy wanders into an all-girl biker bar by mistake.  After a drink or two, he pipes up, “Hey, anyone wanna hear a blonde joke?”  Dead silence.  The woman next to him pokes him, “Before you tell that joke, Cowboy, since you’re blind, I think I should warn you of five things.
The bartender is a blonde girl with a baseball bat.
The bouncer is a blonde girl.
I’m a six-foot, 175-pound blonde woman with a black belt in karate.
The woman next to me is blonde and a professional weightlifter.
The lady to your right is a blonde professional wrestler.
Now, think about it, Cowboy. Do you still wanna tell that blonde joke?”  The blind cowboy thinks for a second, shakes his head and mutters, Well, no! Not if I’m gonna have to explain it five times!


Joe’s Dining
2801 Rodeo Rd (at Zia Rd) Santa Fe, NM   87507
505-471-3800       www.JoesDining.com
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