Peninsula Macrobiotic Network Newsletter Red Panda Chinese Acrobats!
Number 81 April / May 2000 Peninsula Macrobiotic Community

Gourmet Vegetarian Dinners

Chef Gary Alinder
Every Monday, 6:30 PM
First Baptist Church, Palo Alto
305 North California Avenue at Bryant
1/4 mile East of Alma
Sit Down or Take-out, $12.

Call 650 599-3320
by Sunday 9:30 PM

Reservations Required.

Coming Events

Mon Apr 10: Aaron Parnell speaks on Your Posture Is Everything.

Mon May 1: Michael Rossoff speaks on Healing The Heart—From Anatomy To Emotions.

Tue May 2 – Wed May 3: Consultations with Michael Rossoff, call 650 366-4285.

Mon May 8: Thirteenth Anniversary Dinner with a performance by the

Red Panda Chinese Acrobats!

Mon May 15: Patrick McCarty speaks on Digestion And Immunity Working Together.

Mon May 29: Memorial Day, No Dinner.


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Timing has an awful lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side and a dark side,and it holds the universe together.

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away,and you have their shoes.

Various E-mail detritus to help keep us honest

Thirteenth Anniversary Dinner

May 8, 2000

Spring Veggie Noodle Soup
Bulgar-Walnut Loaf with Onion Gravy
Baked Potatoes with Tofu Sour Cream
Peas and Carrots
Mixed Green Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette
Chocolate Cake withMocha Mousse and Strawberries
Chicory Grain Coffee


News and Announcements

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News and Announcements

Join us for our Thirteenth Anniversary Dinner on May 8, featuring a performance by the Red Panda Chinese Acrobats!

Macrobiotic Counselor and Acupuncturist Michael Rossoff will be available for personal consultations in Woodside on Tue May 2 and Wed May 3. Call 650 366-4285.

The 31st Annual French Meadows Summer Camp, featuring macrobiotic classes, delicious meals, the pristine wilderness of the Tahoe National Forest, and unforgettable memories with macro-pals, takes place July 15-23. Call 800 232-2372.

Thank you to Macrobiotic and Health Counselor Michelle Plumb, who donated the collections from her Feb 21 and July 26 (1999) lectures to the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community! Michelle teaches and counsels in the Bay Area, call 510 527-4367. To contribute to the PMC, see From The Editor.

Cooking Classes, Dinners

Patricia Becker offers Personal Nutritional Counseling and in-your-home cooking classes, for individuals or groups, with emphasis on delicious taste, new recipes, and good food combinations. Call 408 353-8854.

James Holloway, frequent Guest Chef at the Monday Dinners, does personal home cooking tailored to individual needs. He is experienced in macrobiotic and classical styles, call 650 941-7466.

Susanne Jensen offers vegetarian take- outs ($12) on Wednesdays in San Francisco, SF delivery available, reserve by 9 PM Tue, 415 661-4764.

Meredith McCarty teaches a cooking class "Gourmet Vegetarian...Spring Elegance on Your Table" at Draeger's San Mateo, Fri., April 7 at 6:30 PM, $45, call 650 685-3704 and sign up for class #SM0407. To reach Meredith, call 415 435-4102.

Carolyn Peters prepares Thursday Night Dinners—vegan, organic, and mostly macrobiotic—on Apr 13, 27, May 11, and 25; 7 PM; $12, reserve by Wednesday, 650 625-1994. Dinner is served at Bay Area Action, 265 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View. Take-outs available, volunteers needed.

The San Francisco Vegetarian Society sponsors VegFest 2000, a one-day Vegetarian Food Fair at the Nob Hill Masonic Center, featuring professional chefs, food samples, and speakers including Dr. John McDougall, Alan Goldhammer, D.C., and others. Sunday May 7, 10 AM-5 PM, 1111 California St near Powell Street BART, $5-$10 sliding scale. Info: or 415 273-5481.

Earth Day is April 22. For listings of local events, check

Check out, an online guide to vegetarian restaurants around the world. Post comments about vegetarian restaurants and become eligible for prizes!

After-Dinner Events

Speakers receive a gratuity collected from the audience; please show your support and appreciation with a donation ($5 suggested).

On April 10, Aaron Parnell speaks on Your Posture Is Everything. Aaron started a career in bodywork in 1980, with training in Swedish massage, Shiatsu, Trager, and Polarity therapy. Specializing in sports massage, he was one of a select few chosen to be an official masseur at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, where he did hundreds of massages on dozens of world-class athletes with different body types. Hoping to benefit the normal person from his experience with Olympians, Aaron was inspired to develop a system of stretches and massage techniques designed to restore balance and flexibility to the body--Reposturing Dynamics. RD uses natural laws to help your body achieve the freedom of movement, proper alignment, balance, and good posture that it naturally wants. When your body becomes realigned, energy, stamina, and self-esteem increase, and major changes start happening in other areas of your life. And when the changes start, Aaron also assists in making life and workstyle choices for wholeness, fulfillment, and optimum vitality. For info, call Aaron at 650 347-4565 or see

On May 1, Macrobiotic Counselor and Acupuncturist Michael Rossoff speaks on Healing The Heart--From Anatomy To Emotions ($5 - $10 suggested due to travel distance). Heart diseases and circulatory troubles threaten the lives of an increasing number of people. The heart—the body’s life pump—is vital to our physical and emotional health. In Chinese Medicine, the heart con- trols the mind and commands the entire energetic system. Michael will examine the relationship of the heart to other organs, on both physiological and energetic levels. In this context, he will evaluate some common heart ailments—including high blood presure, cold feet, palpitations, and a "broken" heart—and explore ways to heal the heart on all levels.

Macrobiotic for 31 years, Michael has been practicing acupuncture for 25 years. He is world-renowned for his counseling, especially in his blending of macrobiotics, acupuncture, and Oriental Medicine; and for the clarity of his explanations. Recently he became Academic Dean of a new acupuncture school near his home in Asheville, N.C.

At our Anniversary Dinner on May 8, Wayne and Nancy Huey, a dynamic husband and wife team of Chinese acrobats, will wow us! Wayne was born in the United States and raised in San Francisco, where he studied martial arts and gymnastics; one teacher was Dixie Mahy of the San Francisco Vegetarian Society. Wayne was the first non-native to apply for admission to China's government-run Shanghai Acrobatic/Circus School, training ground for the prestigious Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe. Officials there were skeptical of foreigners, but he won entrance to the school. Their skepticism continued over his age and vegetarian eating habits, which set him apart. Wayne's determination got him through two years at the school; there he met his future wife Nancy, a member of the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe and the daughter of professional acrobats in northern China. Wayne studied an additional two years with Nancy’s parents; Wayne and Nancy returned to the United States in 1992 and formed the Red Panda Acrobatic Troupe. Nancy holds two records in the Guinness Book of World Records: 1) she can kick six rice bowls at a time into the air and catch them on her head—while balancing on one leg atop a 7-1/2 foot tall unicycle, 2) she can stack 31 bowls—kicking them up three or four at a time—on her head while on her unicycle! They have an active performance schedule; venues include local schools, the Epcot Center in Disney World, and various NBA arenas during halftime of games. For more info, see

On May 15, Macrobiotic Counselor Patrick McCarty speaks on Digestion And Immunity Working Together. Ever feel heavy, bloated, and/or uncomfortable after eating? Are you embarrassed by your digestive system? In this informative lecture Patrick will explain how the digestive system works, and how you can improve its operation—especially useful for those with digestive disorders. He will also explain the close relationship between the digestive and immune systems.

Patrick’s background includes study at the Kushi Institute in Boston and the Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He co-directed the East-West Center for Macrobiotics in Eureka for nearly 20 years. He has lectured and taught at locations around the world, and readily shares the knowledge and experience he’s gained from his very active counseling practice. He is known for his always-fresh and enthusiastic approach to health, living, and macrobiotics. Patrick now teaches and lectures at the Macrobiotic Foundation of Florida, where he and his family live.

Arame with Shiitake Mushrooms

serves 4

  • 1 package dried Arame (about 1 1/2 oz.), rinsed and rehydrated
  • 1/4 cup dried Shiitake Mushrooms, rinsed, rehydrated, sliced, stems removed
  • 1 small onion, julienned
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 1 slice fresh ginger root, julienned
  • 1/2 piece firm tofu, cubed (about 5 oz.)
  • 1 TBS. olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Dark toasted sesame oil
  • Soy sauce, to taste
  • 1 TBS. black sesame seeds
  • Soba noodles, rice or other grain, cooked

1. Rehydrate arame and mushrooms by soaking in boiled water for 20 minutes, saving soaking liquid for later use. When cool to the touch, remove stems from the mushrooms and slice them 1/4 inch thick.

2. Sauté onion, carrot, ginger and tofu in olive oil over med. heat in a deep skillet for 5 minutes. Add garlic, arame and mushrooms with 1 cup of soaking liquid and simmer covered for 20 minutes. Add a few drops of sesame oil and sesame seeds to flavor. Add soy sauce to taste and cook another 3 minutes.

3. Serve over noodles or grains.

by Carolyn Peters, Thursday Dinner Chef

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