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Being half Asian and half Jewish, let’s just say that I’ve eaten a lot of mixed-up meals in my time.

Recently having rekindled my relationship with the blogging world, expect to see a lot of changes. My “new” blog will focus on coffee, food and its many dimensions (history, science, culture), travel adventures and some art and literature on the side.

Whether it’s food or coffee, I’ve come to the conclusion that my taste preferences are just plain odd: vinegar makes anything taste better (as does hot sauce), but adding sugar (or even worse, sweetener) to espresso (or anything, for that matter) makes me gag.

On the other hand, I subside on a lot of simple and bland food, like oatmeal and stir-fried vegetables.

I used to call myself a foodie, but now I’m starting to question the definition: how can I be a foodie if I sometimes choose how food makes me feel over how it tastes? I’m still learning how to achieve a balance between being an “ethical eater” and tasting everything, no matter how unhealthy/environmentally unfriendly it may be.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Erik Eckholm permalink
    August 24, 2009 12:53 am

    Hi Lida,

    What fun. What is the source of your blog’s title?

    Cara and Andrew (not allowed to call him Andy any more!) are in Italy now at the beach; I just took them to Greece for two weeks where we very quickly got tired of the food. (Tasty and novel for a couple of days, then gets monotonous.)
    I am in North Carolina for work and just dined at a BBQ place where they had a choice of 14 home-made BBQ sauces, mild to hot, red to mustard base. Best Erik Eckholm

  2. Joanne permalink
    November 11, 2010 5:22 pm


    I work for the Cooking Channel on the show Food(ography). I came across your website while doing research and we are interested in speaking with you about the possibility of including you in an upcoming segment. Please contact me if you are interested. I’d love to speak with you.


  3. Nate permalink
    December 28, 2010 7:10 pm

    Your blog rocks. Though I can’t say I have any talent (or motivation) in the kitchen, I can say that you do and I have every intention of referring the work of Octopus Gourmet to both of my more gustatory-minded parents.
    Keep it up,

  4. Susan H. Shapiro permalink
    January 5, 2011 12:32 am

    Great reading! I love the Christmas/shabbat menu. Yummy!

  5. January 25, 2011 4:14 pm

    Hi! I’m new to your blog today, I love it!

    I am working on a project and was wondering if you would be able to share a recipe for it. Can you e-mail me @ and I’ll give you the details.

    Thanks so much


  6. Naomi Koller Fishman permalink
    February 18, 2011 1:42 am

    Hi! Lida…it’s Ari’s mom…great blog!!

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