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A Place at the Table 

During this Lenten season, our church community has been journeying through A Place at the Table, by Chris Seay.

I love the heart behind this movement: That our fasting would draw us near to God and join us to His redemptive purposes in the world.


A few words about fasting that I shared with our church (for more, you can visit our church community’s site):

Fasting is a spiritual discipline that has been practiced by followers of Christ from the beginning of the church. In fasting, we withdraw temporarily from food — a good gift from God — to remind ourselves that God Himself is our soul’s greatest hunger.

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The other day, my daughter said that she would get breakfast ready for all of us.

She decided to prepare peanut butter & jelly sandwiches.  My wife told me that as they were prepping together in the kitchen, she heard our daughter start saying:

First, you wait patiently while Mommy gets the bread out.  Today, we’re using wheat bread, but you can use any kind of bread you’d like to make your own sandwich…

Spoken like a true celebrity chef!  Maybe we’ll see her taking on Morimoto on Iron Chef or throwing down with Bobby Flay.  My daughter already has her favorites from Top Chef and Top Chef Masters.

While I like Chick-fil-A sandwiches, their ads have always given me the creeps.  Something about the scrawled “hand”-written messages seems kind of unhinged.  It’s like LOLcats, but not cute or funny. Yes, I am definitely over-thinking this!

In what could exponentially increase the ick-factor for me, Chick-fil-A will be hosting their 5th Annual Cow Appreciation Day this Friday, July 10th. Come into a Chick-fil-A dressed as a cow and receive a free meal (and, probably, make a bunch of kids cry!). Just imagine a restaurant filled with cows eating fried chicken.

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NOTE: Since this freebie is running this Friday I thought I’d publish this blog post a little early. That should give you enought time to make your own scary cow costume.

For awhile, those “My experimental year” books were all the rage:  One year  …living without products made in Chinafollowing the Bible as literally as possibleeating locallymore eating locallyliving with lessgiving up unnecessary shoppingworking minimum wage jobs …and on and on…

To start the new year, I have noticed a mini-theme emerging on television:  Travel shows revolving around a quirky theme.

Adam Richman, host of the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food, travels the nation, attempting to eat an array of enormously-proportioned food, including a 2.5 lb Dagwood sandwich (he finished!) and a 7.5 lb hamburger (not quite!).   Here’s a list of his food travels, in case you’re interested in following the fullness.

Wreckreation Nation, from Discovery, features host Dave Mordal travelling the nation, searching out unusual competitions and traditions such as lawnmower racing and catfish grabbing.

Looks like many of these travel with a theme jobs are already well-staffed:  Eating (thanks a lot, Andrew and Tony!), visiting various haunted places (no thanks!), solving ancient mysteries, treasure hunting, visiting the most eco-friendly homes.  If I’m going to host one of these shows, then I’ll have to find some obscure niche somewhere… maybe I’ll bring Sufjan Stevens around to the 48 states he hasn’t written albums about yet for inspiration and hijinks.


My wife, being a foodie and an excellent “cooker” (according to the first-hand testimonial of our four-year old daughter), always knows about great places to eat. For my birthday, she took us to a place called Sushi Wasabi in Tustin. It reminded me of eating at Nozawa in Studio City — it’s all about the sushi. Both places are located in nondescript strip malls with pleasant, but forgettable, interiors. But man, oh man, was the fish good!

While some have referred these two chefs as “Sushi Nazis,” my experience at both restaurants was fantastic. Our family tried one of those fancy-pants sushi fusion places in LA once — designer decor, hip neighborhood, lovely presentation (not to mention crazy expensive), but I definitely prefer eating at these places.

Actually, my favorite sushi restaurant is Ojiya, way out in the sticks of Chino Hills (where, incidentally, my wife and I saw Snoop Dogg once at the McDonald’s drive-thru). Before we ate there, we used to crack up because they had a sign outside that said “Best Sushi In Town,” to which one of us would always say, “More like only sushi in town!” Seriously, though, the sushi there is amazing. If, for some reason, you find yourself waaay inside the Inland Empire — and you love sushi — go eat there.

This sign is from Sushi Wasabi. (Apologies for the low quality — it’s from my cell phone again. Anyone wanna buy me a 2 mp iPhone? Anyone? You can find some higher quality images of the Wasabi signs here and here.) I’m guessing that this is what has earned the chef there the “Sushi Nazi” label — which is totally off-base, because he and his wife were friendly and attentive throughout our entire experience. This, despite having a tired, hungry and cranky four-year old in tow. And the sushi was amazing. The giant clam almost had me in tears.

Actually, I think it’s pretty nice of them to put these signs on the door. That way, people know what they are getting into. In other words, if California rolls are your thing, then you would probably be better off finding another place to eat. However, I highly recommend eating omakase here. Try ordering that way at your local favorite sushi joint sometime — usually, the chef there will send the best & freshest fish your way.