fair and balanced

August 19, 2003: My weight = 202 lbs. Today I am starting a low-carbohydrate Atkins diet
July 30, 2003: My weight = 203 lbs. (Height = 6-feet 3.75-inches; Age = 52
July 28, 2003: My Cholesterol, Total = 174; HDL & LDL not measured
April 23, 2003: My Cholesterol, Total = 185; HDL Cholesterol = 45; Cholesterol/HDL ratio 4.1; LDL Cholesterol = 112.
Thank you, Zocor!

Saturday, May 31, 2003

Hot dog and Italian sausage

Papa Romano's Pizza (temporary vendor stand) at Street Dreams Tour 2003, Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan.
Big dog hot dog and Italian sausage on a sesame seed bug and Diet Pepsi. $10.00

Today's lunch is the second one sponsored by Kathleen Richard, Boston, who donated another $10 to the Boston Rescue Mission.

posted by Allen 10:07 PM

Friday, May 30, 2003

Wendy's Super Value Menu

Wendy's, 30332 Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak, Michigan
Junior cheeseburger deluxe, side salad with no dressing, and medium Diet Pepsi. $2.97 + .18 tax.

Today's lunch sponsored by Charles Keith, Akron, Ohio, who sent me a money order for $2.97 cents and stipulated that I use it to buy 3 items off of Wendy's Super Value Menu. Chuck is a singer/songwriter and occasional leader of The Hi-Fi's and currently heads up the Akron chapter of the ultra-Christian Fast for Bush campaign.

posted by Allen 6:08 PM

Thursday, May 29, 2003

Ham & cheese sandwich

Outdoors at Cosi, 101 North Woodward Avenue, Birmingham, Michigan
Ham, swiss cheese, dijon mustard, and romaine lettuce on cosi bread, chips, & iced tea. $7.74.

Today's lunch sponsored by Deck Top Productions, Birmingham, Michigan.

posted by Allen 12:03 AM

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Pepperoni pizza and salad

25th floor conference room at work, Troy, Michigan
Pepperoni & cheese pizza, antipasto salad, bread stix (catered by Cottage Inn 3520 Rochester Road, Troy, Michigan), coffee & Diet Coke

Today's lunch provided by Strategic Planning Department, McCann-Erickson Detroit.

posted by Allen 3:30 PM

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Coney Dog

The Messner's of Royal Oak, at the kitchen table with Paula, Charlotte, Rebecca, and Rob, Royal Oak, Michigan
Coney dog with mustard, ketchup, and onion, potato salad, cole slaw, tortilla chips--all on a Mickey-Mouse-head shaped paper plate, and Diet Coke. Insert photo: Grandma Boufford's Pokey Cake (cake in which you poke holes with your fingers and then pour jello in the holes) and candy (I had some Smarties).

Today's lunch sponsored by (and provided by) Paula Messner, suburban mother and much-decorated Detroit rocker--Vertical Pillows and Motor Dolls. Current project: putting together The Candy Band...4 moms with 2-year olds (+ 5 other kids) who play children's nursey rhymes (e.g., Three blind mice) like the Ramones. Plan to play at elementary schools, birthday parties...wherever kids and candy gather.

posted by Allen 5:43 PM

Monday, May 26, 2003

Chicken noodle soup and bagel with lox

Steve's Deli, 6646 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Bowl of chicken noodle soup and toasted onion bagel with lox, cucumber, onion, cream cheese, pickles, carrot stick, and Diet Coke. $12.06
2:40 pm

Today's lunch sponsored by Gooch! magazine.

posted by Allen 6:55 PM

Sunday, May 25, 2003

Cheese omelette

Home, kitchen table, Birmingham, Michigan
Ceddar cheese omelette with chives from our garden, Johnsonville sausage links, and Diet Coke.

posted by Allen 11:30 PM

Saturday, May 24, 2003

Gyro sandwich

Demetri's Original Gyros (temporary vendor booth) at Movement--Detroit's Electronic Music Festival, Hart Plaza, Detroit, Michigan. More information about this year's festival.
Gyro sandwich (actually ordered as "shish-ka-bob in a pita") and Diet Pepsi. $9.00

Detroit and Detroit River in foreground. Windsor, Canada, in background.

Today's lunch sponsored by Kathleen Richard, Boston, who donated $10 to the Boston Rescue Mission. Great idea!

posted by Allen 6:43 PM

Friday, May 23, 2003

Vegetarian lunch

Inn Season Cafe, 500 East Fourth Street, Royal Oak, Michigan.
Rising Sun--organic noodles, spinach, tofu, carrots, scallions, ginger, sesame oil, daikon, and garnished with nori strips, and San Pellegrino sparkling water. $13.20

Today's lunch sponsored by Rod Stasick, composer/performer/archivist living In Dallas, Texas, composing event-systems for various ensembles, instruments and situations.
posted by Allen 10:09 PM

Thursday, May 22, 2003

Soup and peanut butter and crackers

Home, kitchen table, Birmingham, Michigan
Progresso Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, crackers, butter, peanut butter, San Pellegrino water and Diet Coke.

posted by Allen 4:17 PM

Wednesday, May 21, 2003


City Cellar, 201 Hamilton Avenue, Birmingham, Michigan.
Linguine with shrimp, rapini, eggplant, crushed red pepper, roasted garlic, smoked red onion and pine nuts and San Pellegrino sparkling water. $20.12

Today's lunch sponsored by Charles Nixon, Editor of The Coon Rapids Enterprise--the best little paper in Iowa. Click here to subscribe (only $28 a year by mail!).

posted by Allen 5:16 PM

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Cheeseburger and fries

Big going-away party and lunch for Zacky Salie, who is leaving my company to return to Sri Lanka.
Bennigan's, 32787 Stephenson Highway, Madison Heights, Michigan
Southwest eggroll and quesadilla appetizer. The American--classic burger comes with American cheese, mustard, pickles, and fries and Diet Coke. $8.52.

posted by Allen 7:42 PM

Monday, May 19, 2003

Pork tenderloin and fries

Darrell's Place, 4010 1st Street (a block west off Highway 71), Hamlin, Iowa
Tenderloin--fresh cut pork loin hand breaded to order and fried to a golden brown--with onion, pickles, and mustard, french fries and ketchup, water, and Diet Coke. $5.46
2:00pm [CDT]

Today's lunch sponsored by The Fluxus Indian Museum located south and east of Coon Rapids, Iowa.

posted by Allen 10:47 PM

Sunday, May 18, 2003

Breaded pork tenderloin sandwich

The Dairy Mart, corner of Colorado and Highway 30, Glidden, Iowa
Homemade Jumbo Tenderloin with mustard and pickles, onion rings, Diet Pepsi (and chocoloate milk shake to go -- not shown, but boy was it good). $9.82
1:15pm [CDT]

Today's lunch sponsored by Craig Nelson, 1968 Graduate of Coon Rapids High School, Coon Rapids, Iowa, and currently a crisis intervention Psychologist living in Seattle, Washington.

posted by Allen 6:43 PM

Saturday, May 17, 2003

Apple & Pork Sausages

Vivace, 1108 Howard Street, Omaha, Nebraska
Apple & Pork Sausages -- grilled links served on a bed of sliced red potatoes, apple slices, and sauerkraut, small Ceaser salad, San Pellegrino sparkling water and Diet Coke. Not shown: shared hummus appetizer--served on grilled pita bread with Calamata olives, crumbled feta and basil oil. $17.12
3:15pm [CDT]

Today's lunch sponsored by Richard Klug, Commercial Filmmaker, formerly of The Guys (circa 1969), Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Want good looking food? Call Richard Klug.

posted by Allen 11:18 PM

Friday, May 16, 2003

Hamburger Coney Dog

Athens Coney Island, 32657 Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak, Michigan.
Combo with cheese --natural casing frank with melted American cheese, spicy loose hamburger, and onions--Greek salad, and Diet Coke. $8.06

Today's lunch sponsored by Peter DeLorenzo, President,

posted by Allen 4:36 PM

Thursday, May 15, 2003

Ham & cheese sandwich

Cosi, 101 North Woodward Avenue, Birmingham, Michigan
Ham, swiss cheese, dijon mustard, and romaine lettuce on cosi bread, chips, & iced tea. $7.74.

Thanks and a tip of the fork to The Jaye Design Group for being my first lunch sponsor!

posted by Allen 7:36 PM

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Cheeseburgers and fries

Hunter House Hamburgers, 35075 Woodward Avenue, Birmingham, Michigan
Two cheeseburgers with sauteed onions, pickle, mustard and ketchup, French fries & Diet Pepsi. $7.38.
Note: Forgot to take picture of lunch until after I was done. Was able to pull together enough remnants for this photo. My deepest apologies.

posted by Allen 6:31 PM

Tuesday, May 13, 2003


Home, kitchen table, Birmingham, Michigan, take out from Papa Joe's Market, 34244 Woodward Avenue, Birmingham, Michigan
Tuna and salmon sushi, California rolls, soy sauce & Diet Coke (from home refrigerator). $6.15
2:20 pm

Interested bystander: Pookie the black cat. "Mr. Food."

posted by Allen 7:40 PM

Monday, May 12, 2003

Soup and crackers

Home, kitchen table, Birmingham, Michigan
Progresso Chicken Noodle Soup, crackers, butter, and Diet Coke.

posted by Allen 3:37 PM

Sunday, May 11, 2003

Mother's Day Brunch

Home, kitchen table, Birmingham, Michigan (with Janice, her mom and dad)
Golden Malted waffles, Land O'Lakes Unsalted Butter, Stonewall Kitchen's Maine Maple Syrup, crisp Niman Ranch bacon, strawberry, water and Great Northern Roasting Company coffee with Borden whole milk and Equal sweetner.

posted by Allen 2:25 PM

Saturday, May 10, 2003

Tuna Salad

Einstein's Brothers' Bagels, John R Road & 16 Mile, 1925 East Big Beaver Road, Troy, Michigan
Tuna Salad--100% albacore tuna on a bed of mixed greens & Diet Coke. $6.56

posted by Allen 6:19 PM

Friday, May 09, 2003

Pad Thai

Rexy's Bangkok Cuisine, 30923 Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak, Michigan
Pad Thai with scallops (sauteed rice noodles with egg, bean sprouts, and green onions topped with crushed peanuts), hot and sour soup, and Diet Pepsi. $9.75
3:40 pm

posted by Allen 6:05 PM

Thursday, May 08, 2003

Ham and Cheese Bagel Sandwich

Lunch in my office. Take out from Einstein's Brothers' Bagels, 3043 Crooks Road, Troy, MI.
Ham and cheddar cheese with deli mustard on an untoasted sesame bagel, chips, pickle, Neighborhood Blend Coffee (+ 2% milk and Equal) & Einstein's Spontenaitea green tea. $8.66

posted by Allen 2:56 PM

Wednesday, May 07, 2003

Baked Kibbee

La Shish in Troy, 3720 Rochester Road, Troy, Michigan
Baked Kibbee--sautéed lamb and onions are then baked between layers of cracked wheat, yogurt, salad & Diet Pepsi. $11.07
2:20 pm

posted by Allen 6:30 PM

Tuesday, May 06, 2003


Papa Joe's Market, 34244 Woodward Avenue, Birmingham, Michigan
Tuna and fresh water eel sushi, California rolls, soy sauce & Diet Coke. $7.34
3:15 pm

posted by Allen 4:35 PM

Monday, May 05, 2003

Grilled cheese sandwich and soup

Home, kitchen table, Birmingham, Michigan
Grilled cheese sandwich on sourdough bread with Tillamook Cheddar, Progresso Chicken & Wild Rice Soup and Diet Coke.

Click here to view alternate lunch photo showing Pookie the black cat.

posted by Allen 3:16 PM

Sunday, May 04, 2003

Sausage links, cheese and crackers

Home, outside on backyard deck, Birmingham, Michigan
Andouille chicken sausages, assorted cheeses & crackers, olives, cornichons, San Pellegrino Chinotto soda and Diet Coke

posted by Allen 11:54 PM

Saturday, May 3, 2003

Cheese burger and Onion Rings

Red Knapp's, 304 North Main, Rochester, Michigan
Cheddar cheese burger, pickles, mustard & ketchup on homemade bun, onion rings & Diet Coke. $8.90

posted by Allen 1:21 AM

Friday, May 02, 2003

Hamburger Coney Dog

Athens Coney Island, 32657 Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak, Michigan.
Coney with cheese --natural casing frank with melted American cheese, spicy loose hamburger, and onions--French fries, and Diet Coke. $xxx

posted by Allen 4:52 PM

Thursday, May 01, 2003

Ham Sub Sandwich

Studio at Roche Photo, 1307-C Allen Drive, Troy, Michigan. Food catered in from Troy Deli, 3293 Rochester Road, Troy, Michigan
The James Dean Submarine sandwich--ham, Swiss cheese, tartar sauce, and shredded lettuce on a sour dough bun and Diet Coke.
1:40 pm

posted by Allen 11:50 PM

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