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Wednesday, July 08, 2009 | 3:28 PM

Updates (finally)!!

I've been terrible about updating this blog, but I promise to be better about it! Here's the latest:

*Went to Tahiti recently and had the opportunity to explore Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora. Lots of spectacular, fresh island food and some of the most gorgeous beaches I've ever seen. Am working on some stories right now!

*Profile of Chef Carolynn Spence of the Chateau Marmont is in the current issue of Intermezzo - on stands now! Check your local Barnes & Noble.

*In the "All-Italy" issue of Intermezzo, out in a couple of weeks, I have a profile on the infamous Fabio Viviano from Top Chef. Lots of funny Fabio quotes, I promise.

*Working on some Sonoma farm-to-table stories, and am pitching Keystone Colorado restaurant feature and/or Keystone weekend getaway feature to some magazines.

*Went to Palm Springs for the first time...hotter than hell (literally) but super fun. Riviera Hotel is fabulous!

*Working on updating the copywriting/marketing side of my site - should be launched in two weeks. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 | 1:39 PM

Narcissism, Slow Food, etc...
Been very busy writing the last couple of weeks, for which I am very grateful. I just finished the following stories:

-An article about pathological narcissism. I interviewed Professor Frederick Rhodewalt, who is considered to be one of the country's leading experts on the subject. The story will be out in the Nov/Dec. issue of Arts & Living California magazine.

-Ventura Weekend Getaway/Slow Food Scene: I spent the weekend in Ventura, CA a couple of months ago and discovered that this sleepy little beach town has quite a budding restaurant scene. Many of the chefs here embrace the Slow Food movement, which focuses on using local ingredients and products. Out in the Jan/Feb. issue of Intermezzo magazine.

-Chef Profile on Carolynn Spence: This tatted-up talent heads the kitchens of the famed Chateau Marmont hotel restaurant and the Bar Marmont gastropub next door, and her food is mind-blowing. I got to sample the best double-cut pork chop I have ever had, and that's no exaggeration (it comes with bacon-wrapped apples!?!). Coming soon in Intermezzo magazine.

-My Japan and Chef Josef Centeno stories will be out in the next issue of Intermezzo, which should be on stands in a few weeks (I was wrong about the dates last time I posted - sorry!).

-I'm off to New Zealand for two weeks to explore the food and food culture of this beautiful country. More when I return!


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Wednesday, September 03, 2008 | 10:02 AM

Brand New Website!
Today I just launched my new website. Thanks so much to designer Gerald Acosta for doing such an amazing job!!

Here's the latest on what I've been doing:

-Keep your eye out for Intermezzo Issue #20, which hits newsstands in a few weeks. You will find both my Osaka piece (with a focus on takoyaki and okonomiyaki) and profile on chef Josef Centeno in the issue.

-I will be traveling to New Zealand sometime this fall for a story.

-I'm currently working on a weekend getaway piece about Ventura, which will focus local chefs who embrace the Slow Food philosophy.

Stay tuned for more updates!


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Wednesday, January 23, 2008 | 8:43 AM

Manufacturing Consent: R.I.P. Heath Ledger
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When news broke yesterday of actor Heath Ledger's untimely death, everyone, including myself, started searching for answers. When? Where? How? And, for God's sake, Why? When someone so young, so full of talent and so adored by his peers leaves in this type of fashion, the immediate reaction is to find out how such a tragedy could occur.

But turning to CNN, MSNBC or Headline News for answers, as many of us did yesterday afternoon, proved to be an exercise in frustration. While I understand that these 24-hour news stations need to fill every second of the day with something, the oft-ridiculous banter that filled hours of coverage on Ledger's death yesterday left me with a bad taste in my mouth, as well as a certain level of embarrassment and regret. I'm paraphrasing here, but here is a sample of the "reporting" that I heard on Headline News yesterday:

Reporter #1: Well, I've seen Heath looking discheveled from time to time...he always looked somewhat unkempt.

Reporter #2: Yes, that's true - he was somewhat of a dark personality. Unkempt people tend to sometimes be unhappy...

Reporter #1: So true. I guess we never know what's going on behind the scenes. Maybe he was as unhappy as he looked.

With this 1-minute long exchange, the reporters are insinuating that A) Ledger was an unhappy person; B) He may have committed suicide; C) People with messy hair are generally unhappy and suicidal. There is no doubt that many viewers were nodding in agreement with this asinine assessment from two people who are barely anything more than pretty, talking heads.

And even those stations who brought in psychiatrists to comment were doing a huge disservice to their viewers. I heard Dr. Drew Pinsky (media whore that he is) on one of the stations, commenting about sleeping pills and mixing them with various prescription drugs...I didn't get the full point because there was none. As with everyone else who was commenting on his death, he had no real knowledge of what happened. At that point, even the coroner hadn't showed up yet.

I felt embarrassed because I am guilty of doing the same thing. Well, I've done the same thing in the past. Though I have never reported on any celebrity deaths, I've certainly created images and emotions of celebrities based on nothing. As a reporter for certain entertainment magazines, I've manufactured all kinds of false notions. "[Big Hollywood Actress] was walking down Robertson, smiling and laughing and obviously having the best time with her gal pals." Yes, I've written crap like that. And yes, the person was laughing and smiling, but how the hell do I know what type of time she's having from a two-second glance? Maybe she was fake-laughing with her agent, who she was on the verge of firing. Or maybe she was having gas and was laughing to cover it up. In any case, I created that moment and readers everywhere smiled to themselves because they felt they knew [Big Hollywood Actress] a little better than they did before, which is a complete and total lie.

The most ironic part of this whole reflection is that I've actually reported on Ledger several times - all from a distance. I saw him around often, and, in my previous job, reported on what he was wearing, what his mood seemed like, who he was with, what he was eating and how he "seemed." I never spoke to him, so I had no right to report on who I thought he was. I had, and still have, no idea.

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007 | 2:40 PM

Men's Health Article
Here is a great and informative Men's Health article about the heart ailment that killed our dear friend Bill Goggins.

Click here to read.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007 | 4:01 PM

My Memory is Fading...

Last night, I was watching "No Reservations" (with Anthony Bourdain) on the Travel Channel and he was going around the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame with Marky Ramone, and it reminded me that I had met Joey Ramone many years ago. I know, how could I have forgotten such a memorable moment?

So, I'm writing it down for posterity's sake.

In any case, I met Joey backstage at Lollapolooza sometime in the mid-90s; actually, it was probably around 1996. I was a young music journalist, covering the live chats we were conducting back stage with the performing bands. The venue was the Shoreline Amphitheater near San Jose, California. It was kind of cloudy and cold that day.

My mentor, writer Jaan Uhelski, was walking around with Joey when she saw me. She waved me over and I approached. When I got within 20 feet, I realized it was Joey, in all his statuesque glory. He wore a yellow t-shirt and skin-tight, black jeans. His hair was longish and black, and he sported dark sunglasses. I recall thinking he kind of looked like a big, tall bumblebee in the black and yellow ensemble. His legs and arms were really thin, and he'd grown a bit of a gut, but otherwise he looked the same. I half expected him to grab Jaan and serenade her with "Rock 'N Roll High School" or the like.

"Joey, this is Clare Kleinedler. She's a great writer!" Jaan exclaimed, in her usual chipper manner. Great writer?!? Surely it blasphemous using the word "great" to describe anyone else in Joey's presence, no? But Joey smiled and stuck out his long, lanky arm and extended his hand toward me. "Hi Clare. Nice to meet you."

I know I shook his hand, because I was all too aware of the fact that my palms probably felt like cake batter to him. Still, he was nice and laid-back and chatted with me about the show, the weather and writing for a few minutes. Being 5'3, my neck was bent practically all the way back in order to make eye contact with him (well, as much as you can when both parties are wearing sunglasses). It was as if I was staring at the sky, talking to this God-like creature; a legend in our time.

He gently patted me on the back as he walked away, like a big brother would to a sister who was about to ride off into the sunset on her little tricycle. I stood and watched him swagger down the little hills behind the amphitheater, amazed that I was lucky enough to have a few moments with one of the only rockstars who actually earned that distinction.

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Monday, August 27, 2007 | 12:05 PM

Website Updates!!
Please check out all of the new additions on On the "Articles" page you'll find new pieces from People magazine, Health Breakthroughs and more. On the "Editing" page, please review the new detailed edit tests I've done, and on the "Copywriting" page you'll see some new product websites and brochures.

Thanks to fabulous designer Randy Horton for making the changes for me!

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