The name of the blog is “Food Near Snellville”.
Snellville, Georgia is a town of about 20,000 on the northeast side of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. If you were to draw a line between Atlanta, Georgia, and Athens, Georgia (home of the University of Georgia), then Snellville would fall about 40% of the way from Atlanta to Athens. It is a nice, quiet, but rapidly growing community. The schools in the area are exceptional.
As for me, I’m 53, a Unix systems administrator, was educated here, here and here, and I’ve had a fascination with food since childhood. So this blog will be about cooking, where to eat and where to shop around Snellville, with an occasional foray into gardening and food history. It’s hard, however, to do tech jobs and keep the hours I do and also cook. Consequently, I claim no mastery of anything, just a deep and enduring fascination with food.
I am in agreement with Chloe Morris on single visit reviews. I make no money from this and I pay for my own meals. If you own/manage/cook/serve (for) a restaurant, you get one chance with me.
I’m not the kind of person, however, who walks into a restaurant and then does bad reviews. If I don’t like your restaurant, in general I won’t give it space on these pages. If I like what I see and eat (in varying degrees), I’ll write about it. I don’t mind mixed reviews. I may like a lot of what you do and critique what I don’t like. That said, some restaurant experiences are bad enough I will comment on them. At present I’d say I’ve done perhaps one or two bad reviews, in over 750 posts.
I didn’t start this blog to have any focus on dieting methods, but as of February, 2010, I’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. This means I must manage my diet. Everyone I’ve been speaking to uses the exchange diet when dealing with this disease. Please understand that the intelligent diabetic doesn’t ever feast. They eat like rabbits, with many small meals during the day.
How does diabetes affect this blog?
To a first approximation, diabetics eat the same foods a normal person does. Portion control, though, is utterly essential to remaining healthy. We have to be extremely careful of sweets, especially high fructose corn syrup. I only eat small amounts of products with a low glycemic index (i.e. agave nectar), or sugars mixed with plenty of fat (high cocoa chocolates). Starches are essential but in carefully measured amounts. Things like hot dogs, hamburgers and sandwiches are very convenient because they have it all in a mostly right sized package. We avoid the three Ws: white sugar, white flour, white rice. We avoid huge meals. We avoid meats and vegetables covered in sweet sauces. Unfortunately, that means most barbecue sauces (brown sugar) and sweet and sour pork are out.
The rigors of this life style mean most diabetics either don’t eat out, or they don’t often talk about it. Diabetics who describe themselves as foodies generally spend most of their time cooking. Therefore, this blog is rather unique: a blog of someone who loves food, who eats out, and who also happens to be diabetic.
One final word: each diabetic is a metabolic snowflake, as unique as can be. Each has foods they can’t tolerate that other diabetics can. Some can’t handle brussels sprouts. Others react poorly to pasta. Some can eat bread, others cannot. Some can’t eat fruits at all, others can with a dab of peanut butter (there is that sugar mixed with fat connection again). I’m saying this because what I eat and tolerate is unique to me. Each diabetic needs to be treated individually, in terms of their diet.
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