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Drawing Hands

Lithograph by Dutch artist, M.C. Escher, February, One of four original lithographs that adorn the walls of Don's Digital Café. It is an example of the paradoxical act of "drawing one's self into extistence".

Known as "creating something from nothing", it's what our artists and writers do every day.

Battlestar Galactica

Edward James Olmos as Commander Bill Adama, of Battlestar Galactica.The overall look and feel of our site was inspired by the Syfy channel series, Battlestar Galactica, a reimagining of the original 1978 TV series.

When viewing Battlestar (and the spin-off series, Caprica), if you look closely, you will notice that all publications (including photos) are printed on paper with the corners cut off at 45 degree angles.

This was most likely done as a way to make an advanced, future and alien civiliazation look different than the ours. We want our websites to look different than others, so a lot of the graphic elements and photos have the corners cut off.

Imagination = Creativity

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)"Imagination is more important than intelleigence" ~ Albert Einstein

Laser engraved inscription on the back of Don Cook's iPod.

2010: A Business Odyssey

Keir Dullea ("Dave", from the Motion Pictures, "2001: A Space Odyssey", and "2010: Odyssey Two").Don Cook was fortunate enough to have a Physics teacher in High School who played the movie, "2001: A Space Odyssey", starring Keir Dullea, for his class. This was a life changing experience.

Another life changing experience for Don was the launching of Don's Digital Café in the year 2010.

Keir Dullea also starred in the movie sequel, "2010: Odyssey Two". Both movies were based on novels writen by Arthur C. Clarke, Don's favorite author.

Vertical Panorama

A Vertical Panorama of the Antelope Canyon, Sonoran Desert, Arizona, by Alain Briot.This photo demonstrates the power and magic of light as it enters a camera lens.

It is called a "LIght Dance" by the photographer, Alain Briot.

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Twit Cottage

The inspiration for Don's Digital Café came from Leo Laporte and his innovative TWiT Cottage.

Leo (also know as the "Tech Guy") hosts and produces some of the most popular podcasts and netcasts in the world.

Don's Digital Café will be similar to the TWiT Cottage, only with a more hi-tech look (lots of glass, chrome, brushed aluminum, and . . . no wood).

Also, instead of computers (Leo uses Mac minis) hooked up to four different monitors, we use computers (Macs and PeeCees) connected to one large HD monitor using a Quad Splitter.

Like Leo, we will have a presence on YouTube, iTunes, and a ROKU Channel called, "Don's Digital Café".

Graham Kerr

Some of the inpiration for Don Cook's Mini-Max Fusion Vegan Cuisine came from Graham Kerr, also known as the "Galloping Gourmet".

The origin of his "Galloping Gourmet" persona stemmed from a 1967 book that he co-authored with wine expert Len Evans, The Galloping Gourmets. They got their nickname from a 35-day worldwide trek to the finest restaurants around the globe.

During "The Galloping Gourmet's" successful run, Graham became a worldwide sensation, wrote an abundance of cookbooks, and earned two Emmy Award nominations. The series was known for its lighthearted humour, tomfoolery and the copious use of clarified butter, cream and fat.

After his wife Treena's stroke, then heart attack in 1986, Kerr was prompted to create a new style of cooking that he dubbed "Minimax". This new method of food preparation minimized ("Mini") fat and cholesterol, while it maximized ("max") aroma, colour, texture and taste. Just what we do at Bistro 150.

"Minimax" led to the successful Graham Kerr show, originally produced at KING-TV in Seattle in 1990 and 1991, it was later syndicated to local stations and to the Discovery Channel. Minimax also led to three successful cookbooks: "Graham Kerr's Smart Cooking", "Graham Kerr's Minimax Cookbook", and "Graham Kerr's Creative Choices".

In 1995, Graham Kerr appeared in a PBS special with Julia Child called Cooking in Concert: Julia Child & Graham Kerr.

In 2005, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Culinary Nutrition, the first to receive that award in any category. In 2008 he began working on his latest book, “Growing at the Speed of Life” in which he journals his daily encounter with his first ever kitchen garden and beheld a whole new reason for his fabled enthusiasm for creativity and change.

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Mountain Rose Herbs

Mountain Rose Herbs

Micro-Farming.

::: Fresh, organic food from small places.
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+ Urban Plantation: San Diego, CA, USA / Don's Digital Café

Eating organic doesn't necessarily mean having to buy organic. You can grow your own. And it's cheaper than anything you'll find at the store (a $2 tomato seedling can produce 10 pounds of tomatoes over a season). Organic tomatoes at my local market are over $3 a pound.

Even if you've never done it before. Even if you think you don't have the time. Even if you don't have a yard. Even if you live in an apartment. We encourage you to do so, as the results are so gratifying: Cheap, healthy food; eating the fruits of your own labor; using fresh herbs in your cooking; the benefits of the vitamins and minerals added to your diet.

For all of you greenhorn gardeners, here are four tips for getting started.

  1. Pick a pot and a place. You don't need green acres or a plow to have a healthy harvest. You don't even need to have a yard. You can grow a wide variety of herbs, vegetables, and even fruits in containers (on your roof, fire escape, patio, or windowsill). R.J. Ruppenthal, author of Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardener's Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting, even has tips for using closets and empty bathtubs. Your only limitation is your imagination.
  2. Start simple. Ensure immediate success by beginning with surefire winners like herbs, sprouts and lettuce. Take it up a tiny notch by growing a pizza garden (basil, oregano, cherry tomatoes) or a salsa garden (cilantro, onion, tomatoes, peppers). There are specific varieties of vegetables and fruits that fare best in containers. You can find a list of them and the specific size of container they need at Garden Guides.
  3. Enjoy the experiment. Gardening is all about experimentation and even the most adept grower sometimes has a failed crop. It doesn't mean you have a brown thumb. Keep a journal of your successes and failures (including details like type of container, type of soil, lighting conditions, watering schedule, etc), so you won't make the same mistake twice.
  4. Get some help. Pick up some books from your library, like Organic Crops in Pots by Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell. Join the growing community of home gardeners by visiting websites like Gardenaut. Call your local extension services with questions (for some immediate troubleshooting tips visit Texas University Extension Services).

OK, here's the biggest challenge: After being used to a diet high it fat, salt and sugar, it may be difficult to make changes. Maybe it wouldn't be so difficult if the vegetables actually tasted like they're supposed to, flavorful and delicious.

You don't get this from anything in a can. Canned foods have generally been cooked to the point that they have no flavor, so copius amounts of salt and/or sugar are added to make them palitable.

Once you taste your own homegrown organic produce, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. So, go for it. We encourage you to grow your own.

Who knows, maybe you'll also pass on the added salt, fat and sugar also (your body will thank you).

Note from Raster Master: If you decide to buy organic (instead of growing it), click here for some excellent tips.

:: Source: [Healthy Child, Healthy World, Los Angeles, CA, USA]
:: Image Credit: [Don Cook, Don's Digital Cafe, San Diego, CA, USA]
:: Innovation: The best food for you on this (or any other) planet.
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:: Cost: $Priceless.