Thursday, March 17, 2005

The week's news

Fun article on nouveau cocktails in the San Francisco Weekly. Most of the examples are in Houston, of all places, which seems to be pretty innovative on the cocktail front. For example, "Saffron, the new Moroccan spot on Lexington, is serving an incredible almond milk martini and a delicate pomegranate-and-pear drink they call a pompar." Count me in.

I'm not sure Jonathan Gold's Vietnamese sampler was that comprehensive, but then I'm kind of new to Vietnamese food. I've heard mixed things about the Blue Hen, and I think Pho Cafe is completely tasteless. I might have gone with Brodard, Lee Kam Lee, Baguette Express, KP's Vietnamese Deli and Gingergrass.

5 comments:

LYT said...

Hmmm...link to the SF Weekly goes to the Houston Press.
I recommend them both because I write for them both, but...what's the deal?

Pat Saperstein said...

Well, SF Weekly had this in their Web-only section, linking directly to the Houston Press. I read the SF Weekly from time to time (for Meredith, you, Amy and Dan Savage) but I never get to the Houston Press.

Anonymous said...

In regarding to Pat Saperstein comment...At first, I would think Pho Cafe is not as good as others Pho but after a second and third trip, that completely changing my mind. The reason is Pho at Pho Cafe is fresh and no MSG in compare to others. Try it again and see.

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In the early 1970s in America Richard Bandler, then a young college student studied the work of Fritz Perls and later Virginia Satir and found that he could reproduce their high-level therapy skills to a degree that even surprised him. Bandler seemed to have a natural ability to mimic (model) the language patterns by Virginia and Fritz.

At the University of California at Santa Cruz, Bandler who was well versed in the teachings of patterns in mathematics and computers teamed up with a college professor, John Grinder to help him understand the processes that were at work. Soon Bandler and Grinder, who used what he knew about patterns in linguistics, created a new model for personal growth called NeuroLinguistic Programming.

Bandler and Grinder had set out to model the hypnotic skills of Milton Erickson. They had astounding results. They built a communication model about human "thinking" and "processing" and used that model of how we see images, hear sounds, reproduces smells and tactile experiences in our mind to track and model the structure of subjective experiences.

Sounds very complicated but really it works very simply. Here is an example as used by Paul McKenna - probably the best & most successful hypnotist in the world.

Close your eyes and think of a negative memory. Become involved in the situation as best as you can. Feel the emotions that you felt, see the things you saw and hear the things you heard.

Now take that memory and project it onto a mental screen seeing yourself in the picture. Put a frame around the picture and view it as if it is an old photograph. Next drain all the colour from the picture and shrink the screen to the size of a matchbox.

Have the feelings associated with the picture decreased in any way?

Another good example of NLP involves Anchors. Have you ever smelt a certain perfume or aftershave and had it remind you of a certain person or situation? Gone to a certain place that brings feelings long forgotten flooding back? Or been in any situation that creates emotional responses that would not normally be associated with it? Well if you can answer yes to any of these then you have experienced anchors. Some anchors are associated with positive feelings and some with negative emotions. However, you should be aware that anchors can be consciously installed or already existing ones altered. Here is an example:

Think of a time when you were really happy. If you can't think of one then imagine something that would make you feel really happy. See what you would see, hear what you would hear and feel what you would feel. Really get into the picture and try to experience it as though it were happening now.

Now brighten the colours and make them richer. Increase the volume. Make the picture bigger, brighter, louder. That's it and more and more....

Now press your first finger against your thumb and fully experience your happy feelings. Do this everyday for 2 weeks and you will create an anchor that will instantly recreate these feelings. Whenever you want to feel like that again just press your thumb and first finger together and wham the feelings will come flooding back! Don't believe me? Just try it and see!!! lucid dreaming