A Brief Guide to Alcohol Metabolism and Blood Glucose

A Brief Guide to Alcohol Metabolism and Blood Glucose

As a type 1 diabetic who loves a good IPA, I often get asked how alcohol affects blood glucose. The answer I give is not what most would expect.Alcohol does not equal CarbohydratesMost people lump alcohol in with carbohydrates. They expect alcohol itself to act as sugar and raise blood glucose.  Many alcoholic beverages contain [...]

Mussels, Vanadium, and a Bed of Mache Rossettes

Mussels, Vanadium, and a Bed of Mache Rossettes

  You don't often hear the mineral Vanadium thrown about with regards to food.  Vanadium to most is an obscure transition metal on the periodic table, not something dietary along the lines of calcium or iron.  Vanadium is not an essential mineral, meaning our bodies don't rely on Vanadium to perform functions such as blood clotting (calcium [...]

Is Alcohol Both a Stimulant and a Depressant?

Is Alcohol Both a Stimulant and a Depressant?

The other day I was drinking with a bunch of friends and discussing the effects of alcohol, and one such friend tried to convince me that hard alcohol differs from wine and beer  not only in alcohol content but also in that it acts as a stimulant rather than a depressant.  This rang slightly off, but I [...]

A Little Sicily Feast

A Little Sicily Feast

If you know me or read my blog, you probably know that I am obsessed with Sicily, and consider myself a Sicilian at heart. When considering my Sunday plans, I jumped on the opportunity to attend the 21st annual Sicilian Festival in downtown San Diego's Little Italy.  I prepared myself for the inevitable feasting and [...]

The Vineyard Chronicles: El Buen Vino de Ensenada

The Vineyard Chronicles: El Buen Vino de Ensenada

Chianti, Marlborough Bay, Provence, Napa, La Rioja, Chile, Valle de Guadalupe.  Valle de Guadalupe is the wine region that makes up a part of Ensenada, Mexico about eighty miles south of the Tijuana border.  Ensenada has always housed a few vineyards, but it’s not until the past couple of years that Ensenada has truly emerged as [...]

A San Franciscan Beer Butt Chicken

A San Franciscan Beer Butt Chicken

The best kind of parties are those that involve good company, wine, and a crowded kitchen.  This particular party included all of those with special points in the crowded kitchen division.  Extra credit is given in the good company and wine as well. The bittersweet part is that this party did not take place in [...]