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I'm running again. Jogging, actually. Pretty slowly. But four days a week, I'm lacing up the New Balance running shoes and hitting the road.

Some of you may remember that I've always been a jogger, and even have run two marathons in my life, but was forced to give it up after meniscus surgery on each of my knees. The doctor said that the left knee was developing yet another meniscus tear, and so, regretfully, I switched to going to the gym and using the eliptical machine, and riding my bicycle.

The problem was, every time I saw someone jogging, my heart hurt a little bit. I missed jogging, every day. No matter what else I did to exercise, it could not take the place of the simple act of jogging.

And so, a few weeks ago I decided to give jogging a try. Gingerly. Tentatively. I've slowly worked myself up to four miles a day, four days a week. I'm using an interval approach, alternating jogging and walking, and making sure that I walk the big hills so as not to put extra pressure on my knees. But I'm out there. (I'm also trying to alternate it with biking.)

Something interesting happened the other day. I was driving and I saw someone jogging, and my heart didn't hurt. I had to smile about that. Not sure I'm doing much for my knees, but for the moment I'm doing a lot for my heart and soul.

That has to be worth something.




I've been out in California this week, and yesterday got the nicest gastronomic surprise. It was a little place in Old Towne Orange, called Bruxies, where the sign said it served "gourmet waffle sandwiches."

Well, that was the understatement of the year. I ordered what the woman at the counter said was the most popular sandwich on the menu - the Bacon, Egg and Cheddar waffle sandwich, served with Tillamook Cheddar, Mayo, and Applewood Smoked Bacon. $6.50 ... and, folded inside a thick and hot waffle, it was absolutely delicious. I guess technically you could call this fast food, but it proves something I always write - that with a little effort and ingenuity, this kind of food can reach for the highest common denominator, not the lowest.

I can't wait to go back. As you can see by the menu here, there is a terrific looking selection.

My compliments to the chefs.




I also have a terrific wine to recommend to you this week - the 2010 Vionta Albariño, which is a bright and perfect summer wine, with a lovely balance of melon and grapefruit that pairs really well with seafood and spicy pasta.




That's it for this week. Have a great weekend, and I'll see you Monday.

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