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Gastro Friday Essay: Why My Baby Hates My Stomach

By on Mar 4, 2011 in Essays, Gastro Fridays, The Gastronomical Leena | 3 comments

Goodbye jelly doughnuts, hello blood sugar meter. Ah, the joys of pregnancy. diabetic blood sugar kit from Crestock High Quality Images   So I’m pretty sure my unborn child is entirely against my culinary happiness. Hear me out on this one. For the first four months of pregnancy, I had severe nausea. I’m talking puking morning till night, so doped up on reglan and zofran all I could do is sleep and shove a few crackers down my throat the few minutes I was awake. Culinary happiness? Around -10. When I finally regained control of my Linda-Blair-esque stomach pyrotechnics, months 4-6, I had a ridiculous appetite. More than your average, I’m pregnant and want to eat everything-appetite. More like, I just ate an entire Thanksgiving dinner and yet I feel empty sort of deal. Which might sound like its fun, but it made me feel uncomfortably full, and even worse–it...

Leena Eats: More cupcakes from Love At First Bite!

By on Dec 1, 2010 in Berkeley, California, Leena Eats | 0 comments

I heart cupcake pron. What else do you need to know? Love At First Bite is in North Berkeley, around the corner from Chez Panisse. More cupcake pron after the jump. Who hates a good cupcake? NOT ME. ~LTG! ************************** Love At First Bite 1510 Walnut Street Berkeley, CA 94709 (510) 848-5727 Their website

Leena Eats: Bouchon Bakery

By on Nov 3, 2010 in California, Leena Eats | 0 comments

Ah, northern California, home to dozens of chef-celebrities and some crazy ridiculously delicious food. It’s a hard life I lead. Chef Thomas Keller, owner of The French Laundry, Bouchon Cafe and Ad Hoc restaurants, knows how to feed a bitch. Since I am years away from being able to afford his fancier restaurants, I decided to splurge on a trip to his gourmet bakery in the tiny picturesque town of Yountville. Heaps of food porn after the jump! And here is our haul from that morning: I highly recommend this place, whether you drive there for a quick breakfast, or even to get a picnic lunch to enjoy in the town (which is super cute, sort of what I imagine the town of Mayberry to be like, but with better restaurants and higher prices. I love me some Bouchon Bakery! ~LTG! ****************************** Bouchon Bakery 6528 Washington Yountville, CA 94599 (707) 944-2253 Their...