Gua Bao or Chinese Steamed Buns

Reading this post brought back vivid memories of my childhood. Funny how that works.


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During my stay in Toronto, I ate a lot of…..A LOT OF food out. Not because I didn’t have an access to a kitchen or  I didn’t have the time to cook – but because Toronto is a food mecca and there is an insane amount of vegetarian options available. I loved it! One of the places that I ate a lot at was Pho Hung in Chinatown. I love Vietnamese food and used to visit the restaurant very frequently for their stir fry, summer roll and pho. There was another placed that I went to – Banh Mi Boys on Queen street…I loved their sandwiches. Although there was only one option (vegetarian) for me (lemongrass tofu) I still enjoyed it very much and went there a few times to try the sandwich in different buns. One of my favorite was the steamed bun…..soft, airy and melt in mouth good. Ever since I had that…

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Johns Hopkins Health Alert – Updated Guidelines for Knee OA

Updated Guidelines for Knee Osteoarthritis

Many nonsurgical treatments are touted as being able to ease the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis, but which ones really work? Last year, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) issued revised recommendations, updating its 2009 guidelines. The group made two important changes that may affect the way you manage knee osteoarthritis.

  • First, if you use acetaminophen (Tylenol) for osteoarthritis pain relief, take no more than 3,000 mg per day. The AAOS formerly advised not exceeding 4,000 mg daily. The change was made to reflect the Food and Drug Administration’s current guidelines for safe use of acetaminophen.
  • Second, the AAOS found insufficient evidence that intra-articular hyaluronic acid provides significant symptom relief for knee osteoarthritis so the organization no longer recommends the therapy.

The AAOS continues to give a thumbs-up to some familiar commonsense strategies, such as exercising and a minimum 5 percent weight loss for people whose body mass index (BMI) is greater than 25.

Other highlights: The AAOS is unable to recommend for or against the use of bracing, growth factor injections and/or platelet-rich plasma knee osteoarthritis. In addition, although acupuncture continues to grow in popularity, there is not sufficient scientific evidence to support its use in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Published online in Treatment of Osteoarthritis of the Knee. Evidence-Based Guideline, 2nd Edition, May 18, 2013

CRAP… posted to the wrong blog!

The BBQ Chronicles: Franklin in Austin, TX

Bucket List destination?


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How does a pit master go from restaurant employee to roadside business owner to best barbeque in the world in just a few years? Okra’s Barbeque Chronicles decided to investigate.

We’re talking about Austin’s Franklin Barbeque. It has been named the top barbeque restaurant in Texas (to Texans that is synonymous with the world) by Texas Monthly and the top barbeque restaurant in the Country by Bon Appetit.

When Melinda and I were in Austin, we heard one should be at Frankin by 10 AM to get near the front of the line. We got there at 9:45 AM but the information must have been outdated. There was already a very long line. There was a carnival-like atmosphere. Employees of the restaurant peddled beer, water and soft drinks.

Another employee asked each group what they were ordering to assess who would be…

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