A Look Back at 2011

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Admin, Holiday, Life

Here, in the final hours of 2011, I’m taking a few minutes to reflect on how the past year diverted from my expectations. In many ways, it was the year from hell. A few stupid nutritional decisions on my part started an avalanche of medical nightmares that almost ended up with me losing my life. While I recognized that I was getting weaker, I never suspected it was because I wasn’t getting enough protein. Still, despite my medical battles and the steep climb back up from the brink of the worst case scenario, I learned so much that I wouldn’t trade for the world – learning to let go and trust, learning who really mattered to me and learning who was there for me when the chips were down and things were the most bleak, learning how to advocate for myself and what I needed, learning that I could push myself physically far beyond what I thought I was capable of, and learning not to take life for granted were a few of the many lessons I learned in the six months or so I was in the hospital in the past year.

Recognizing that I needed to make my recovery a priority meant that the blog took a backseat to just about everything else this year. Many of you moved on, many others have stuck around and sent me emails of encouragement when I’ve needed them most, despite the infrequent updates. I can happily say that physically, mentally and emotionally, I’m in an even better place than where I started last year. I can do everything (and more) that I was doing before. It’s a miracle that the only real permanent damage from the whole ordeal is just a few scars. Losing all my hair taught me humility and how really not important vanity is to me. Being stuck in the hospital taught me to appreciate the little things in life – a meal out here, a farmers market there, going grocery shopping, driving a car, a nice hot shower, for example. I met so many awesome people – nurses, doctors, therapists, aides that made an unbearable situation bearable.

Today, in the beginning of 2012, I’m making a renewed commitment to this blog, which I’ve missed more than you know. Sometimes it was a matter of having to choose between attending an event or writing about it, because I didn’t have the energy for both. I’m slowly working my way up to doing a lot of the cooking again (I did a lot of the work putting holiday meals together). I’m far, far behind (even more so than usual) but will get caught up eventually. For those of you still reading, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have no idea how much you all mean to me.

New Look at antipsychotic side effect. (neuroleptic malignant syndrome)

Science News October 31, 1987 New look at antipsychotic side effect Psychiatrists at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass., recently reviewed patient records at their facility and found that, over one year, about 1.4 percent of the patients given antipsychotic drugs developed a potentially fatal side effect known as neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) (SN: 10/25/86, p.260). Initial signs of the reaction are fever, severe muscle rigidity and elevated heart rate and blood pressure. In some cases, coma, kidney failure, brain damage or even death can follow. web site nexium side effects

To check their “retrospective’ estimate, the researchers tracked new cases of NMS over 18 months at the hospital. NMS was diagnosed in six of 679 antipsychotic-treated patients, report Paul E. Keck Jr. and his colleagues in the Oct. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY. go to web site nexium side effects

Combined data from the prior review and the new survey point to an estimated NMS frequency of about 1 percent, they conclude. Nevertheless, diagnostic criteria for NMS, particularly in its early stages, remain nuclear to some investigators. The McLean psychiatrists say NMS may encompass a spectrum of physiological reactions to antipsychotic drugs, with mild and more severe forms.

Health Update

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Admin, Life

Recovering

You all may have wondered where I have been for the past three months. Many of you had a vague notion that I was sick but weren’t quite aware of how sick I was. Truth of the matter is that I was so sick that they didn’t think I would make through alive. I had a raging case of ARDS so bad that I was on a
ventilator in ICU for over 30 days. They transferred me to the current hospital
to wean me off the ventilator and tracheotomy. Unfortunately, while I was under sedation I sustained major nerve damage in my right arm (which is my dominant hand) which means that I’ve had to learn how to type, eat, and function all over again. After this, my next stop is an acute physical rehab so that I can learn to walk again.

While I am back doing Columbus Foodie full-time, it may be a little slow going
in the beginning until I’m fully recovered. I’ve bought a copy of voice
recognition software that will make things easier but it may be a while until
you hear my voice regularly. In the meantime, Paul has been picking up the
slack by being my photographer, proxy at events, and all-around great partner
in more ways than one.

While in a medically induced coma, I had some vivid bizarre dreams that caused me to confuse fantasy with reality. Maybe I will tell you all about that in a separate post, so detailed that it makes for a great story. Expect new content soon. Thanks to all for the well wishes, phone calls, and visits; they did more than you know to lift my spirits and keep me optimistic.

A Brief Note From Mr. Columbus Foodie

Author: paulboyer  //  Category: Admin, Life

Hello all. It’s me, Paul. Columbus Foodie’s husband.

Becke’s been in the hospital for several weeks now, and likely won’t be out of the hospital for quite a while. She’s currently unable to update columbusfoodie.com, so this blog will remain in archive mode until Becke’s able to begin posting again. I might post some articles she’s got in the queue ready to go, and I’ve got a couple of articles that I sent to her which were ready for publishing. We’ll see.

I’ve got a CarePages webpage up which has been tracking Becke’s condition since April 11th. It is located here.

Please keep Becke in your thoughts and prayers for her complete recovery.

I’m Back (Sorta)

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Admin, Life

Wow – that was a longer hiatus than I planned for. The truth of the matter is that I’ve been really, really sick. There was even a hospital stay in the midst of my time off.  It all started at the end of October/beginning of November when I went to San Francisco and found that I was unable to maneuver on steps. At the same time, I was dropping weight like crazy, and in my mind, I thought this was a good thing. I must have lost 30-40 lbs from November-end of January.

The past few weeks have been crazy – I took 3 major spills in as many weeks, each one worse than the one before it. This latest fall had me hitting the garage door rail with my face, and busting my lip wide open. Needless to say, eating was the last thing on my mind.

Around Christmas, I started having major problems with getting up from chairs that were lower than knee level. Luckily P. was around to give me a hand so we worked with my limitations the best we could. I was getting weaker by the day, and we had no idea why. I just had no energy at all, but we still managed.

Fast forward to last week, where I was so weak that my legs went out from under me completely when I tried to stand. P. insisted that I go to the ER, and I was in no shape to argue. I got there, where they admitted me immediately because I was so dehydrated and malnourished that my condition was critical. They spent the next few days pumping me full of saline and strong antibiotics (because they thought I had sepsis as well).

One of the diagnosis codes was anorexia, probably because in many ways, my eating is disordered. I may not count calories, but I had many of the same things going on as a late-stage anorexia. Just goes to show that any person at any weight can eat in a way that can be harmful.

I was released from the hospital later this week, and am extremely bloated (I’d say 30-40 lbs of water weight, easily), and now I’m trying to eat and drink the way I’m supposed to. I keep on being told I’m not eating enough, not getting enough water, so I’m struggling with both of those things. Part of it is that my lips still have open cuts on them and it burns like hell when I eat anything the least bit acidic or super spicy. For the most part, we won’t be making any new recipes this month, but I’ve still got a ton of older entries I have yet to post. And P. will be posting a few entries. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up on what’s going on with me.

Admin: Cleaning Out the Cobwebs

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Admin, Life

At the end of the year, I’ve realized that I’ve done so much, and rarely posted about any of it. The end result? A “drafts” folder with well over 100 entries in it. I’m going to use January to get all caught up, so you get the information when it’s still fresh and useful.

In the meantime, you may see some posts that are out of season  (summer farmers markets photos, for example), but bear with me – my resolution this year is to make blogging a priority.

Will start posting from the drafts soon.

A Brief Introduction

Author: paulboyer  //  Category: Admin

Original Post Date: 8/20/2009

I am Paul, aka Fat Bastard, your humble host.  I hope to inform and entertain you in my exploration of food — and my other interests — here in Columbus, OH.

Paul at Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace

What are my other interests?  I’m a dark beer, ale, and stout aficionado.  I also enjoy riding my semi-recumbent bicycle, a Day6 Dream 21.  I’m also an unrepentant nerd… so sue me.

Anyway, that’s enough for now.

Admin Note: Columbus Foodie + 1

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Admin

If you haven’t noticed, things around here have been rather quiet the past few months. Between almost nonstop travel and catching up with a bunch of much neglected administrative tasks, it has kept me from posting as often as I like. It’s just gotten to the point where in many ways, it was too much for me to handle all at once, especially since I’ve been feeling under the weather since spring.

I haven’t, even for a second, considered ending the blog or anything that drastic. Even after 5 years, I still love what I do here, and still have a passion for seeking out new experiences and foods to write about. There are still thousands of untold stories left in me.

But my lack of posting means that you all get the short end of the stick, because even though I’m working like a dog behind the scenes, you don’t get any of the benefit of it. There are restaurants I’ve gone to and written reviews of but can’t post them because it’s been too long since my visit.

To that end, to relieve some of the load, and because he has his own stories to tell, my husband Paul will be coming aboard officially as an integral part of the Columbus Foodie site. He started his own food blog a while back, but his posts have been few and far between – i.e. he doesn’t generate enough content to warrant his own site, but definitely has enough to say that it’s a win-win situation for all of us (you readers included). He’s a craft beer and liquor aficionado, with a passion for making recipes that are so complex or time consuming that I’d be pulling my own hair out and running the other way. But he also has a fun side, which I’m sure will come out as you get to know him, in his own words, instead of vicariously through my posts.

He had a dozen or so posts on his own site, which I’ll be merging into this one – expect to see the posts of his that I import in the next day.

And thank you all for being so patient with me and for continuing to visit even when there haven’t been updates – I appreciate each and every one of you.

Lots of Exciting Things in Store for November!

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Admin, Columbus, Events, Restaurant Week, Travel

First off, an apology for not posting lately. It’s not for lack of drafts. When Bloglines announced they were discontinuing service,  what should have been easy (importing my subscriptions), turned into a nightmare. Since I subscribe to over 7,000 feeds, the file was too big to be imported, and I’ve had to resubscribe to them by hand in Google Reader. So I got really distracted by work in the back end, but have let a bit of time elapse since my last point).

But that will have to wait until Monday, Because I’ve caught the travel bug, folks. 24 hours from now I’ll be in San Francisco, chowing down on street foods at a welcome reception for those of us who are attending the 2nd Annual Foodbuzz Festival. I bought the ticket on a whim, even though I don’t know any of the people attending on a personal level. I always love meeting new people, so if you see me there, please say hi.  don’t bite, I promise. So I’ll be blogging regularly while I’m in San Francisco, about the things and bites I’ll experience over the weekend. I’m trying to tuck a couple extra experiences into the limited free time I have – like going to Japantown for a bowl of ramen that uses real homemade noodles and a broth that has been concentrated for 36 hours. I can’t wait! Also in the plans is a trip to the Ferry Market and it’s farmers market. I’m still feeling a little overwhelmed by BART and the Muni, so hopefully one or the other will take me where I want to go. I’m planning on documenting my experiences as I go along.

As soon as I return, Monday is the beginning of Dine Originals Week – a great opportunity to get a good deal,  (all meals are prix fixe at $10, $20, or $30 with several courses)  visit a restaurant that you love, or take this opportunity to try a new one. I’ve gone and written about it a few times  a while back, and for the most part, had an amazing experience. Visit their website (linked above) for more information.

One of the Dine Originals board members was kind enough to donate $30 in Dine Original Dollars, good at any of their member restaurants) to one of my readers. All you need to enter is to look at the menus, and decide which restaurant has a menu that makes your mouth water the most, and comment about it below. The contest runs until the 15th at noon, and will randomly pick a winner.Although I’m not going to go whole hog like I did with my posts on last year’s Dine Originals. Most likely going for lunches, to places I’ve never been to/reviewed before.  But next week, my restaurant experiences will be front and center.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday I’ll be going back to my hometowns (Vineland/Millville, MJ) to attend my 20 year high school reunion. I cannot believe that time has flown so much.

But while I’m there, I’m also going to be spending time with friends I haven’t seen years, my father who I likewise haven’t seen in years, and isn’t that what makes going home for the holidays worth it? Sad that I’m going to miss out on eating Thanksgiving dinner, but super psyched about exploring the area.

I swear, though – I need to spread out a bit. Vineland is the land of chains, and those that are not chains are places that have lots of fried food, pasta, pizza, subs, cheesesteaks, seafood (which unfortunately get ruined when they’re battered and fries.

So, inevitably there will be a few local pics, but I’ll end up somewhere else. Like Philadelphia, where I can get a cheesesteak at Jim’s Steaks, a romp through the Reading Terminal Market, somewhere at/near the shore – will see. The good news about Millville in winter is that Jim’s Lunch is open so I can get my burger fix.

March 2010 Roundup

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Admin, Meta, Monthly Roundup, Recipes

Even though I broke my hiatus with a few posts over the past couple of weeks, the truth is I had put blogging on the back burner. I’m officially back from hiatus now, although my postings might be a little light over the next couple of months – I’m taking an anatomy class this quarter that is kicking my ass, and occupying much of my free time to study and memorize more terminology than I think my old brain can handle. I have been really good with keeping up with other blogs, though – so for once, my monthly roundup is timely.

In savory recipes, Baby Bok Choy and Garlic Soup from 30 Bucks a Week, Chicken Souvlaki from A Stove with a House Around It, Buffalo Chicken Burger and Blue Cheese Potato Salad from A Taste of Home Cooking, Vietnamese Caramelized Chicken (Ga Kho) from A Work in Progress, Orange Honey Mustard Glazed Corned Beef from The Adventures of Kitchen Girl, Island Spice Pork Tenderloin from Annie’s Eats, Minced Pork and Shiitake Noodles from Appetite for China, Shrimp and Grits with Bacon and Spinach from The Bacon Show, Bertolli Spring Pasta with Four Cheese Rosa from The Bad Girl’s Kitchen, Vietnamese-Style Spring Rolls from Bewitching Kitchen, Marinated Chicken with an Onion-Pepper-Almond Sauce from Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen, Bangers and Tatties Robin Sue’s Way from Big Red Kitchen, Tunisian-Inspired Braised Short Ribs from The Bitten Word, Baked Tilapia Enchiladas from Bread + Butter, Reuben Risotto from Burp! Recipes, Slow Cooker Pepper Steak and Open-Faced Texas Burgers from Cassie Craves…, Rosemary Brown Butter Soda Bread from Caviar and Codfish, Chopped Liver from Chefdruck Musings, Spicy Blood Orange Vinaigrette from ChiliCheeseFries.net, Old Bay Shrimp Pasta from chowmama, Chicken Satay Quesadillas with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce and Guacamole Omelette with Salsa and Spinach and Feta Quinoa Salad from Closet Cooking, Drunken Noodles from Coconut & Lime, Stuffed Mussels from Cook (almost) Anything at Least Once, Lighter General Tso’s Chicken from Cook Like a Champion, Grilled Halloumi Cheese with Zaa’tar and Roasted Red Pepper Coulis from Cook sister!, Baked Orzo with Fragrant Lamb from Cooking Claire,
5 Layer Chicken Enchiladas from Cooking During Stolen Moments,Garlicky Chicken Breasts from Cooking for Comfort, Greek Chicken with Everything Orzo from Cooking My Way to Happiness with Rachael Ray, Cornmeal Crusted Tilapia with Avocado Cream from Cooking with Cristine, Coq au Vin (French Chicken in Red Wine Sauce) from Culinspiration, Southwestern Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie from Cupcake Punk, Moroccan Spiced Couscous with Puy Lentils from Daily Musings, Greek Chicken Roulades and Creamy Orzo with Feta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes from The Days are Just Packed, Herbed Lamb Chops with Lentils from Dinner Diary, Brie and Caramelized Onion Stuffed Chicken from Dinners for a Year and Beyond, Japchae with Beef Bulgogi from Dishing Up Delights, Meatballs in Almond Sauce from Dulcedo, Grilled Soy Sauce Salmon on Garlic Spinach from East Meets West, Slow Roast Wild Boar Belly with Cider & Puy Lentils from eat like a girl, Cod Fish Cakes and Tartar Sauce from The English Kitchen, BLT’s with Caesar Mayo from evil chef mom, Pickapeppa Meatloaf from Fat Johnny’s Front Porch, Reuben Chowder from Food o’ del Mundo, Spicy Crab Stuffed Mushrooms from The Food Addicts, Bánh Cuon from Food for Four, Crockpot Nachos from Full Bellies, Happy Kids, Dijon Rosemary Chicken and Roasted Beet Salad with Horseradish Cream from Guilty Kitchen, Leek, Bacon and Feta Frittata from Jam and Clotted Cream, Tuscan Garlic Chicken and Mushroom Marsala Risotto from Joelen’s Culinary Adventures, Beef Cheek Ragu from Just Cook It, Corned Beef with Veggies and Horseradish Sauce from Kalyn’s Kitchen, Thai Meatballs with Peanut Sauce from Kathy’s Kitchen, Kimchi Stew from Kits Chow, Blue Cheese-Stuffed Chicken with Buffalo Sauce from The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch, Scallops in Champagne Cream Sauce with Truffle Salt from Life’s a Feast, Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders and Shrimp and Corn Chowder from Life’s Ambrosia, Tex-Mex Stuffed Shells from Lindsey’s Kitchen, Garlic Knots from Madame Menu, Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Creamy Dijon Sauce from Made by Melissa, Apple Cider and Spicy Mustard Roasted Pork from Madeline’s Adaptations, Quinoa Cakes with Ham, Onion and Chard from Meet Me in the Kitchen, Tinga from Mexico: Food, Drinks and More!, Moroccan-Inspired Chicken over Couscous from Missy’s Recipes, Sweet and Spicy Jibarito-Style Grilled Cheese from My Vegetable Blog, Lobster Rolls with Lemon Vinaigrette and Garlic Butter from Noble Pig, Chicken Marsala from One Couple’s Kitchen, Chicken Mole Poblano and Yucatan-Style Chicken, Lime and Orzo Soup from One Perfect Bite, Palak Paneer from Palate Desires, Roasted Vegetable & Toasted Orzo Soup from Patio Daddio BBQ, Mexican Chicken and “Rice” from Perrys’ Plate, Sundried Tomato Risotto and Murphy’s Hot Hamburger from The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Avocado and Poblano Pepper Omelette from Prijatno, Brothy Chinese Noodles from Rachel’s Bite, Pan Seared Scallops with Fettuccine in Bacon Fennel Cream Sauce from Rock Recipes, Minced Pork with Soba Noodles and Green Pea Hummus from Serious Eats, Ham and Cheese Pretzel Bites and Grilled Chicken Salad with Brie and Baby Spinach from Simply Satisfying, Chicken Mole Enchiladas from Splash of Gourmet, Chicken Scallopine with Saffron Cream Sauce from Stirring the Pot, Greek Baked Beans with Honey and Dill from Superspark, Northstar Cafe Veggie Burger from Sweet Peas and Pumpkins, Chicken Tequila Burgers from Taste & See, Asian-Style Salmon Cakes from Trader Joe’s Fan, “Fried” Cheese Sticks from Two Bites in Suburbia, Pasta Paella from Vanilla Bean, Roasted Pork Belly Banh Mi from Viet World Kitchen, Chicken Parmesan Burgers from Weeknight Gourmet, and Mexican Torta from Wives with Knives,

In sweet recipes, Three-Tone Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse Cups from Almost Bourdain, Salted Rocky Road Fudge from Always Order Desert, Oatmeal Raspberry Scones from Annie’s Eats, Coconut Cream Pie from Arctic Garden Studio, Raspberry and Oat Cookie Bars from Bake-a-holic, Cannoli Cakes from Bakers’ Banter, Tropical Pineapple Coconut Banana Smoothie from Baking Bites, Basic Brown Scones from Beach Eats, Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes from Big City Cooking, Quick Rice Krispy Cookies from Confessions of a City Eater, Balsamic Candied Pecans from Cook Like a Champion, Blueberry Blintzes from CookiePie, Chambord Strawberry Shortcakes from The Cooking Photographer, Brown Butter Waffles from Daydreamer Desserts, Butter Brickle Pecan Cookies from Eat at Home, Oatmeal Streusel Date Bars from Food for Hungry Soul, Banana Nut Buttermilk Waffles from Full Bellies, Happy Kids, Berry Yoghurt Bake from Half a Pot of Cream, Mini Cheesecakes with Fresh Berries from Healthy Indulgences, Carrot Pineapple Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting from Kara’s Kitchen Creations, Greek Yogurt Pancakes from Macheesmo, Ranger Cookies from Mom’s Fridge, Oatmeal Pancakes from The Recipe Swap, Sassy Maple-Sweet Potato Sandies from Sugar Plum, Tiramisu Pancakes from Vanilla Basil, and Liege Sugar Waffles from Whipped.

Hiatus

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Admin

Just going dark for a couple of weeks – I just really need to regroup and renew and rethink a few things, and need to take some time away from blogging do that. I’ll be back sometime soon, I hope. If you need to get in touch with me in the meantime, you can do so through email: columbusfoodie AT gmail DOT com