The Odd Duck

I’m not sure how many Nia students, or Nia teachers for that matter, view Nia as a lifestyle practice.  For me, Nia runs so fluidly parallel with my own spirituality and way of living that it just IS a lifestyle practice.   I never questioned it.

Along with Nia inviting me to be more aware of my physical health…muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones, the way my body moves, etc.,  I’ve also become more aware of my eating habits.  I’m a choco-holic.  I love a good glass of cab.  I like my red meat on occasion.  My husband and I follow the Weston A. Price Foundation nutritional guideline and since doing so (we started about 7 years ago), my energy has remarkably increased.  We don’t eat out alot since many of the restaurants do not have gluten- or dairy-free options.  However, we ate at a restaurant last night that is unparalleled, IMHO, in food preparation and in customer service.  The Odd Duck is located in Milwaukee on Kinnikinnic Avenue, not far from the Lake.  Many of the items on their very unusual menu can be prepared gluten free.   We had ourselves a feast, ending with GOAT CHEESE cheesecake AND french press coffee (my favorite).  My husband is lactose intolerant, so cheese (which he dearly loves) is taboo.  However, goat and sheep cheese — not being dairy — he can have.  We have never been to a restaurant that actually offers a goat cheese cheesecake dessert.  This was a first for us.  And it was divine — the whole experience actually.  From the moment we walked in the door, being greeted by the owner, Melissa, to being served graciously and attentively by the ultimate server, India, we were impressed.  Being impressed didn’t stop for the entire time we were there.  I don’t know that we’ve ever said that about any other restaurant experience.  Sublime it was.

So, for all of you gourmet foodies out there in Milwaukee and surrounding areas, please give the Odd Duck a whirl.  I doubt seriously that you will be disappointed.

And now, the day after such a sublime dining experience, it’s time for me to prepare for my Nia class tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m.   I absolutely believe that I imbue my Nia classes with the same care and love that Melissa, India and the entire staff at the Odd Duck imbue into their restaurant experience.   I want my students to leave feeling not only satisfied with their experience, but truly feeling loved.

Thanks Odd Duck for being one of a kind.  It’s my experience that Nia is one of a kind, too.

Give your body the love it desires … through the sacred essence of life itself — wholesome, delicious food for the body, mind, emotions and spirit.  Nia…and the Odd Duck!  Quite a pair!!!l



11 responses to “The Odd Duck

  1. JIll

    Thank you for your kind words sbout Odd Duck. You are a wonderful NIA teacher. I love coming to class. I just love to dance. I forwarded your post to Melissa.

  2. In the San Francisco Bay Area almost every restaurant has at least one Gluten Free thing on the menu. We have many GF restaurants. I’m not so certain about the dairy part because that is not as publicized as Gluten Free.

    Your dining experience sounds so yummy.

    I thought cheese was made from dairy and I am wanting more information about your statement that goat and sheep cheese not being dairy. Is the cheese not made from their milk? Or is their milk not considered dairy? So what makes something dairy? Do tell . . . . .

    • Hi Terre, The whole “dairy” thing is bovine-related (cow); therefore, cheese made from the milk of goat or sheep does not affect someone (or at least Frank) who is lactose intolerant. There are lots of wonderful goat and sheep cheeses around! Thanks for commenting and asking the question!

      • Ok, so technically, commercially, and food category-wise it is still dairy (milk = dairy), but since some people that are bothered with cow’s milk can drink it some don’t call it “dairy”?

        I think I have had goat cheese cheesecake before . . .

    • So I learn something new every day…yes goat and sheep is considered dairy since it is “milk” — for some reason it does not affect some folks who are lactose intolerant if it is not “cow’s” milk.

      • I founds a site that says, “It’s believed, though, that the casein in goat of sheep’s milk, the A2 form instead of A1, causes less or no problems.” It’s not a scientific site, but it could be a clue. It does also state that some cow’s milk might have the A2, but not usually. I don’t know what the A2 or one is, but it sounds like it’s the stuff that “bothers” people.

        I learn stuff every day, too! Love it! XOXOXO

  3. How delightful! I would love to try that cheese cake! I too am lactose sensitive and gluten-free. I am a green smoothie junkie along with various (lazy) raw food habits. So a night out at a restaurant like the Odd Duck sounds right up my alley!

  4. How delightful! I too am lactose sensitive and GF and have become a nutrition info and Green Smoothie junkie! I am a fan of the lazy, low prep raw food options too (cucumber for lunch; cherries for snacks; blended soup for dinner), so a description of the Odd Duck and cheese cake I could eat is something I’d love to taste!

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