Saturday, November 22, 2008

Phoenix Reunion

Well, the Arizona desert is still beautiful and lush and the turnout for my book signing and tasting (another 100 grape leaves were rolled) was a delight. Friends, family and strangers turned out in numbers as chairs were added to accommodate them. I greeted people I had not seen in years. Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe is a true delight and no wonder it was chosen as the Publisher's Weekly Bookseller of the Year for 2007.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Hippies Get It Right

So, the election is over and I can finally get back to work on my next book and actually writing something on my blog. And in the midst of all the Obama fever, there have been some amazing goings on. Writing a memoir and having it out in the world can actually help old friends find you and several I haven't been in contact with for the past 35+ years have made reappearances.
I just got an email from one of my Argentinian buddies from Ibiza, Hector Milberg, who is back in Buenos Aires running a gourmet catering company with his wife Fernanda and had no idea he was mentioned in Siren's Feast. Nice to discover so many hippies have become foodies. We were on to something all those years ago with our yoga, meditation, organic health food, natural healing, herbs, vegetarianism, recycling.

Then thumbing through an issue of Gourmet magazine I came upon a lovely article on the fellow whose macrobiotic restaurant I managed in London back in the day. He always was a true entrepreneur since he owned the first macrobiotic shop on Portobello Road in London back in the late 60's. Well, Craig Sams went on to become chairman of Britain's prestigious Soil Association and was the founder of Green & Black's organic chocolate. And Cadbury bought the company in 2005 for $52 mil. Not bad for an oldish hippie, I'd say. LSD didn't rot our brains after all.
You can read the article for yourself here:

Friday, November 7, 2008


Marc Cooper of the LA Weekly always writes a great column. His most recent says it all so well.