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Episode: 107

Rage, rage against the dying of the fish


I was just in Florida for a few days so I’m talking about fish today, or rather the lack of fish in a place like Florida, or specifically in their “fish” restaurants…But I need to start with a few words about Joan Rivers. Having just spent four days locked in a gated senior community in South Florida, where I went to old lady aerobics with my mom and shopped at Publix and listened to poolside chatter about decrepit hips and crumbling backs and cancer and weakening hearts, I have to say one thing. And that is, that I, Erica Wides, for damn sure, will not go gentle into that good night. Like my recently departed idol, Joan Rivers, I plan to rage, rage against the dying of THAT light. Work up until the very end, like Joan did. Boy did I love her.

And that’s good, because retirement as we know is is about to become as extinct as tuna anyway, and my generation and all the post-boomers after me will never know the joy of spending one’s golden years in a gated condo fortress named for a Vatican Librarian…We’ll never be able to afford to stop working, anyway.

We won’t (can’t!) become extinct too soon, like the tuna and swordfish and marlin that show up, overcooked and paprika-sprinkled on so many middling restaurants. I don’t care how many baked potatoes and vegetables and salads come with it, life ends with the early-bird special, and I plan to stay up very late.

Episode: 106

Wanted: For Foodiness™ Crimes Against Their Families


Here in the Foodiness™ Fallout Shelter, we’re on a new mission. It’s about exposure, the big reveal. It’s time for a shakedown, for a little pulling back of the curtain and exposing those individuals who are guilty of Foodiness™ crimes against humanity. Actually, no, the food industry are the guilty ones there. WE expose them all the time, that’s our job and mission here on LGR. No, our new mission, The guys in our lineup today, are guilty of Foodiness™ crimes against themselves, or their families. Intelligent, highly successful people who despite my best efforts to set them straight, continue to violate the laws of REAL. Because it turns out, that here in the city of the best and the brightest, the “If you can make it there you’ll make it anywhere” town of super achievement, the town with $1500/hour SAT tutors and $50,000/year pre-schools, it turns out, that even the smartest people in NY, are still duped by Foodiness™. The richest, the brightest, the famous-est, all DUPED. All paying no attention to the man behind the curtain, all buying into the mythology, all paving the way to a life of statins and insulin.
So who are they, and what are they guilty of? Well, I’m not naming any names, ok? I can’t afford those sorts of legal fees these days, as the consulting work really slowed down this summer and nobody wants to book me for their commercials or voiceovers lately. All persons mentioned herein will be referred to anonymously, to protect their guilt. And to protect me from their wrath and their attorneys.

So, in our trial today of “super-smart-super-rich New Yorkers who should know better” (aka, my private clients), vs. The LGR Foodiness™ reeducation camp secret police (aka, me) I present, exhibit A…

Episode: 105

“And if it’s not made from cream, which comes from milk, which comes from a nipple, it’s not butter, either!”


On this episode of Let’s Get Real…”And if it’s not made from cream, which comes from milk, which comes from a nipple, it’s not butter, either!”…

Just a week has gone by since my rant about non-milk milks, and I’m still all fired up. About what this time, you say? Well, about other non-stuff-stuff. This time, it’s non-butter butters. Not just the easy targets like margarine and Country Crock-o-Sh*t spreads, but all the other non-butter butters, like nut butters, apple butter, body butter (what IS that?) and the most egregious, the most freakadelic of ’em all, COOKIE butter. Have we fallen into total anarchy? Is there no decency, are there no standards left on this shrinking, desiccated planet? Well, that might be a little reactionary, but wtf is cookie butter?
So, this week, it’s down into the Foodiness™ Fallout Shelter lab for some forensic investigating. Please don your lab coats and safety goggles, and follow me downstairs. Who knows whom we will run into? Kurt Vonnegut, perhaps? Hmmm…

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