The Key to Weight Loss Is Diet Quality, Not Quantity, a New Study Finds – The New York Times

People who cut back on added sugar, refined grains and processed foods lost weight without worrying about calories or portion size.


Just a spoonful of sugar.

Just a spoonful of sugar.

Souvenir from Garfunkel’s, a restaurant in London’s Piccadilly Circus. I wanted to have it sitting on an image of Mary Poppins, but couldn’t get the lighting right.

I ate at Garfunkel’s right after an apparent bomb threat in Piccadilly Circus in August 1998, and perhaps during it. I had just been taking a photo of one of the square’s statues and when I looked around I found I was in the middle of a taped-off area. For some reason the police didn’t notice me there in plain sight. Troops were marching into the square and I quickly got on the good side of the tape. Police were pushing everyone further and further back from the area, and when I asked an officer how far we should go, he said, “It depends on how much you want to live.” They stopped pushing just before Garfunkel’s, and it was supper time, so I supped there. The staff told me bomb threats were a common occurrence and everyone had a sheet of questions to ask anyone calling in with a threat. I couldn’t find anything in the news about the incident afterward.

I was in London for the Babylon 5 Wrap Party. Harlan Ellison served me black pudding in his pajamas there, and I got to put a tipsy James White to bed one night.

The statue photo was the last one on the roll and didn’t turn out, of course.


The Pantry

The Pantry

It’s hard to learn on an empty stomach. Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT has a foodshare program called The Pantry, where food donations are collected and distributed to students who should be more hungry for knowledge than for food.

Donated food and household supplies go from bins around the campus to an actual pantry where “insecure” students can get them to help them through the semester.


Barbecue station

Barbecue station

At Tony Ringtail’s 2011 Memorial Day barbecue in West Windsor, NJ.

This setup has everything. Grills, prep tables, coolers, hot pots, ingredients, salsa made on the spot, burgers, grilled veggies, grilled pineapple, shiny utensils and pans, a good arrangement… THIS is a barbecue.


Coyoty eats a jalapeño cheddar bison bratwurst with onion rings.

At Cabela’s in East Hartford, CT.

Jalapeño cheddar bison bratwurst with onion rings


Coyoty eats steamed Maine lobster with roasted potatoes and corn on the cob.

At Carbone’s Ristorante in Hartford, CT.

Steamed Maine lobster with roasted potatoes and corn on the cob


Summer berry shortcake

Summer berry shortcake. Apparently they’re good judges of how much their guests can eat. The shortcake was tiny and I would have wished it were bigger if I had any room left.

Clam chowder

Clam chowder with chives and bacon. Extremely good.



Dry negroni

Dry negroni.

Autographed celebrity photos

Autographed celebrity photos. Chubby Checker, Harry Anderson, and two I don’t recognize.



Carbone's bar

Carbone’s bar.


Coyoty eats a spicy Italian pizza with pineapple.

Spicy Italian pizza with pineapple

Pineapple, pepperoni, hot capicolla ham, mozzarella, meatballs, jalapeño, and garlic.

At Filomena’s Pizzeria in Manchester, CT.