Dija Know… Joe’s Restaurant Newsletter -84 March 2013

Norwegian Icebreaker heralds the beginning of Spring

The image of a Norwegian Senior in bathing suit breaking the ice with an ax has been removed







Fatty foods that make you skinny.  Continuing our series, here is yet another wonderful food that has many health benefits. Coconut and coconut oil are emerging from ignominy, shunned for decades because of   misinformation.*  Coconut is high in medium chain fatty acids, the main one of which is lauric acid.  Lauric acid fights bacteria and normalizes cholesterol.**  Here’s an interesting study published in Lipids where they found that coconut oil actually reduced belly fat.  Of participants, half were given 2 tablespoons of coconut oil daily, the other half soybean oil.  Both groups experienced overall weight loss, however only the coconut oil group’s waistlines shrunk.
(* Misinformation put forth by giant agra-business interests in crops like genetically engineered corn, soy and canola.)

**Please refer to newsletter #77 for the truth about cholesterol.


Joe’s now-famous St. Paddy’s Day mouth-watering corned beef and cabbage will be available not just on March 17th, but the whole week leading up to March 17th.  Don’t miss it.  Customers rave.
u Our right to know.  Most processed foods contain well over 1% genetically engineered material. In December, Senator Peter Wirth pre-filed a proposed amendment to the New Mexico Food Act that would require the labeling of genetically engineered food and feed products. Most of us would agree we have a right to know what is in the food we eat.  Evidently our NM legislators did not agree. The amendment did not even make it to the table for a vote!  What in heavens name do those folks do at the Round House in January!?  This amendment is a simple logical no-brainer.  It could have been reviewed then passed in a hummingbird’s heartbeat.  A similar GMO labeling law was defeated in CA last November.  What?!  Over 40 countries have such labeling laws in place.  The US is dragging its feet in protecting our food supply.  Why? Look no further than the mega-corporate interest$ and their lobbie$ for the answer.  Can you say Monsanto?  Cargill?  Tyson? ADM?  If the scientific evidence is correct, and GMO is responsible for multiple diseases including cancer, birth defects and infertility, then surely the effort of labeling GMO foods is worth it.

Thanks goes to La Montanita Co-op for the following information.  In 2005 Monsanto bought out Seminis Seed Company.  Seminis controls about 40% of the US vegetable seed market, its biggest profits coming from tomato, pepper, cucumber and bean seeds.  Many large seed companies source from Seminis.  By buying Seminis you are supporting Monsanto and therefore GMO seed-grown foods.  Get a detailed list of Seminis-supplied seed companies at seedalliance.org.  Here are just a few of the better known names to avoid in a surprisingly long list: Audubon, Breck’s, Burpee, Ferry Morse, Gardens Alive, Park Seed and Bulbs, Seeds for the World, Stokes and Tomato Growers Supply.

The good news is there are sources of good organic food and flower seeds.  The Family Farm Seed Co-op is one such source.  The benefits to gardeners of using FFSC seed is that they have been grown on organic farms, they are selected to work best on land that’s using compost and organic sources of nutrients, they are able to deter or tolerate pests and they emphasize flavor.  So gardeners, save your seeds and what you don’t have, buy from the Family Farm Seed Co-op.


The long arm of Monsanto doesn’t stop with our seeds and food supply.  As reported recently in The Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe’s water supply is at risk of being contaminated soon with Roundup, Monsanto’s ubiquitous herbicide.  The Forest Service is considering applying Roundup to 42 acres around the Buckman water intake.  The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health states “Roundup is highly toxic to human cells at concentrations far below the recommended use levels.”  Contact Forest Service project manager Sandy Hurlocker at 505-753-7331 and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan.

Here’s a jaw-dropping statistic – in 2010, one in 5 breakfasts was eaten at McDonald’s.  We should take the cue here and buy lots of stock in drugstores and pharmaceutical companies.  Draw your own conclusions.

Here’s one hint – if you have seen the film Supersize Me, you’ll know why we say this.  Supersize Me is a 2004 documentary film directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, an American independent filmmaker. Spurlock’s film follows a 30-day period from February 1 to March 2, 2003 during which he ate only McDonald’s food.
An early start in learning to garden for kids in the ABQ and Rio Rancho region – March 11-15 there will be a very affordable Spring Break Farm Camp for kids kindergarten through grade 5.  Hosted by Rio Grande Community Farm and the Village of Los Ranchos, campers will learn how food is grown and learn about farm animals.  There will be hands on learning in the greenhouse, hoop house and vegetable garden.  Find out more by emailing education@riograndefarm.org.

The Red Room is the perfect place for festive events, business networking, power breakfast meetings.  Seats 15 – 30 comfortably.  Ask Roland about large group and party discounts.

Dianne Dumas, local artist, brings her love affair with New Mexico landscapes to Joe’s walls.  A native New Mexican, Dianne attended Mississippi Women’s University and is a graduate of Southwest School of Art.  Dianne’s works have been exhibited in many venues in New Mexico and Texas.


Why is locally grown food so very important to Joe’s?  Why do we keep hammering on this “buy local” theme? There are many factors that 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 influence reaches from designing the (GMO) seeds to planting, harvesting, processing and shipping.  We as consumers cannot with confidence hand over the entirestewardship 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 … whether we slow down enough to be aware of it or not. We are fortunate in Santa Fe to have a dedicated farm base producing a wonderful array of goods.  Here at Joe’s we do our best to 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 that increased to $60,000.  And for 2012 we have exceeded $100,000.  During the growing season as much as 95% f our menu is locally sourced.
Land, economy, health – inseparable.


Tuesday is Spaghetti and Chianti Night at Joe’s.  Still $29.95 for two!  That will get two of you Caesar salad, Spaghetti Bolognese (made with our grass-finished local beef) and a great ½ liter of Chianti. Wadda deal! Finish your meal elegantly with Sandeman’s Reserve Porto and/or Joe’s silky tiramisu.

♥ Joe’s hand-made French chocolate truffles.  They are close to divine.  Who do you know who would love a little red bag of truffles?  $1.99 @ or for the price of 5, get 6 for $9.95.
Tired of still paying for BB’s (big banks) bailouts? Tired of lining the pockets of the uber-rich Wall Street bankers? Subsidizing their mega bonuses, greens fees etc? Every time we use a credit card part of that 3%-5% fee contributes to the above.  Now let’s be real – in today’s world no one can function without a cc, but there are still (legal) alternatives that can save us all money and reduce our subsidies to the BB’s.  We have a couple of suggestions: (1.) Are you on 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 “frequent diner” or gift card – when you purchase $100 gift card with cash or check, get a $10 card free!

Watch for Roland’s special prix fixe Easter Sunday MenuIt will be posted on the website -joesdining.com, click on upcoming events.

           Laughter at government’s expense:
We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress.     –  Will Rogers
Democrats are sexy.  Who ever heard of a nice piece of elephant?
Please don’t tell Obama what comes after a trillion.
This year I listed the federal government as a dependant on my W-2.
Politicians, like diapers should be changed often and for the same reason.


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