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My awesome sis in law bought Raw Food Real World for me for my birthday and this book is amazing! Twice this week I made the samosa filling and mango chutney. The first time (pictured below) I scooped the samosa filling in to romaine leaves and then added the chunky and very spicy chutney (so spicy in fact I chopped in half a banana) to the top like my own little indian tacos. Crazy! The second time I made these two dishes I let the chutney run in the blender longer to make it less like a salsa and well, more like a true chutney/dressing. I tore up a bunch of romaine and made a big indian salad, sorry no photo. I'm over the moon with these two recipes. So tasty! 

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Today is my raw food class with one of my favorites, Elaina Love! I'm so happy and excited that she's here in Portland that I'm simply not going to even think about the ridiculous snow outside right now.

In the last week I've made some great raw vegan food from my current fav uncook books: Raw Food Real World and Ani Phyo's, Ani's Raw Food Kitchen. Here are my photos of Ani's donut holes made by me. Dried pineapple, dates, vanilla, coconut, and almonds and they are so lovely and easy to make.

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More later! Have a beautiful day!


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Raw Food Dream Dinner Guest List! In no particular fabulous order!

Cathy Silvers
Tonya Kay
Karen Knowler
Brendan Brazier
Ani Phyo
Kristin Suzanne
David Wolfe
Robert Cheeke
Elaina Love
Gala Darling
Rod Rotondi
Matt Amsden
Gabriel Cousens
Philip Mccluskey
Matt Monarch
Kris Carr
Natalia Rose
Rory Freedman
Tim Van Orden
Jason Mraz

Oh my, now who would prepare the food??

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Delicious Green Smoothie with the hows and the whys!

I cup water- get it moving
4 big handfuls of spinach -Protein! Vitamin A, C, E, K and calcium and iron!
1 cup frozen mango -makes it creamy and vitamin A, C, more B vitamins, potassium, and even a little calcium and iron!
1 banana -makes it creamy and potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and more!
cinnamon to taste -yum
vanilla extract to taste -sweetness
1 tablespoon raw honey -sweetness
3 tablespoons Manitoba Harvest hemp vanilla protein powder -for the protein after a 30 minute rebounder workout duh!
optional: sprinkle of vegan chocolate chips -cause I love chocolate!

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Before our trip to SoCal I blogged a list of things I wanted to do so here's what I got to (almost everything!):

*family -check

*sunshine -check

*the ocean -in Santa Barbara after a great lunch at the Chamomile Cafe in Carpinteria

*Christmas -check

*birthdays -check

*new year -check

*loads of raw restaurants!! -check

*Camarillo outlets: Betsey Johnson, AG, and more! -check

*Santa Monica promenade -twice!

*Juliano's Raw -loads more then I should admit!

*Rawvolution -oh my goodness the raw chocolate mint cheesecake! I even bought a tank top!

*Real Food Daily -tasty with some raw options!

*Disneyland -check. Way busier then we hoped but we had so much fun. Eliot keeps asking when we can go back.
                    He was so fearless! Eliot went on Tower of Terror, Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain. Seriously.

*Malibu- Cross Creek -nope

*gym -Yes and no… I didn't go to 24 Hour Fitness as I had planned but rather went to a yoga/pilates studio in the valley with my mother-in-law. Her instructor kicks all kinds of butt! So love her! I also had fantastic workouts running through Woodland Hills and later in Ojai. Can I tell you about the difference in air quality? Wow.

*Au Lac- nope.

*Cru -Wow. Amazing service, amazing food, beautiful atmosphere at night. I really liked this little place in Silverlake.

*Santa Monica stairs -Yes! Gorgeous foggy Santa Monica day. As those who live there know it can be sunny and bright
                                    at 14th Street but at 7th completely cold and foggy. The stairs are at the end of 4th. Pretty
                                    crowded for a chilly December day! Loved it!

*The beach -drove by it, sat in the sand, loved it.

*Tarina Tarantino -Brought in an online coupon for a discount. I bought a few hair accessories.

*Marc by Marc Jacobs -Love the cheapy stuff. I bought compacts and fingerless mittens, an umbrella with hearts all
                                      over it and more. Score.

*friends! -Tried so hard to see people and very thankful for a couple meet ups with familiar smiling faces. Hugs!

*Leaf -I only got here once when I thought it'd be my staple while staying in the valley. Just got so busy! Still great!
          Funny story: As I was ordering a very impatient LA girl was waiting so I told her to go ahead of me but
          guy had already started my stuff so she huffed and puffed shifting the weight on her feet saying, "Shit" under
          her breath. (But still audibly, hello?) Anyway, sorta typical regional behavior. When she did get her drink she
          turned into evryone's best friend with a flashy smile and big "Thank you!" Are you kidding me? ha

*Madeleine Bistro -Had a brunch here with just me and the husband which was nice and then extra extra lovely was
                              when my (not vegan) inlaws took us back for a beautiful dinner. The food was incredible!!!
                              Thank you again!!

*Montana Ave -Met a dear friend here for girl talk and people watching. One of my favorite places for people and dog
                         watching in LA.

*Ojai -So wonderful! The park, sweet Catherine and her equally groovy daughter Molly at Bhavantu, ran in the sun,
          the Sunday farmer's market, Serendipity toy store and all!!

 California by Joni Mitchell

Sitting in a park in Paris France
Reading the news and it sure looks bad
They won't give peace a chance
That was just a dream some of us had
Still a lot of lands to see
But I wouldn't want to stay here
It's too old and cold and settled in its ways here
Oh but California

California I'm coming home
I'm going to see the folks I dig
I'll even kiss a Sunset pig
California I'm coming home

I met a redneck on a Grecian isle
Who did the goat dance very well
He gave me back my smile
But he kept my camera to sell
Oh the rogue the red red rogue
He cooked good omelettes and stews
And I might have stayed on with him there
But my heart cried out for you California

Oh California I'm coming home
Oh make me feel good rock 'n' roll band
I'm your biggest fan
California I'm coming home

Oh it gets so lonely
When you're walking
And the streets are full of strangers
All the news of home you read
Just gives you the blues
Just gives you the blues
So I bought me a ticket
I caught a plane to Spain
Went to a party down a red dirt road
There were lots of pretty people there
Reading Rolling Stone reading Vogue
They said "How long can you hang around?"
I said a week maybe two
Just until my skin turns brown
Then I'm going home to California

California I'm coming home
Oh will you take me as I am
Strung out on another man
California I'm coming home

Oh it gets so lonely
When you're walking
And the streets are full of strangers
All the news of home you read
More about the war
And the bloody changes
Oh will you take me as I am?
Will you take me as I am?
Will you?

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Kelp Noodles!

Tonight I gave Sea Tangle Kelp Noodles a go in my own kitchen. I've had them prepared for me in raw vegan restaurants but this was the first time I found them and brought them home! First I soaked them in warm water for about 30 minutes (I've read that soaking them for about half the day gets them soft like glass noodles) while I threw together the following (measurements are rough, sorry I just eyeball it):

1/2 avocado
1/2 garlic clove
dash of cayenne
onion powder
pink salt
shredded carrots
apple cider vinegar
balsamic vinegar
1/2 squeezed lemon
fresh parsley
dulse flakes


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My healthiest holiday drink ever!

one cup water
one cup frozen mango
one large banana or two small bananas
two tablespoons hemp seeds
two large handfuls of spinach
to your taste: vanilla, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon

Blend it all up. Creamy wow!

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Big Love For One Lucky Duck!!!

I just received my third order from One Lucky Duck and need to express my appreciation. I really admire a company who knows who they are and knows their audience- me. All of my raw goodies are lovingly packaged in hot pink tissue paper with trademark stickers, a handwritten thank you, a free treat and a postcard. And not to mention all I've ordered!

In the last ten months from the Duck I've purchased:
Chocolate Crispies- a raw cereal
Cinnamon Crispies- a raw cereal
Raspberry Thumbprint cookies- the most expensive thing I think and they are perfection!
Blueberry Oatmeal cookies
Chocolate truffles
Chocolate Truffle Butter
E3 Live
Blonde Macaroons
Chocolate Macaroons
Cheesey Quackers
Goji Berries
Mesquite Powder
Raw Carob Powder
Raw Cacao Nibs
Wild Atlantic Wakame
Virgin Oil De Coco Creme
You Can't Zit Here- a Blemish banishing foaming wash that says it's first ingredients are "Unconditional Love and Gratitude". And the directions say to "Lovingly massage into damp skin…"
And they sent me a One Lucky Duck tote bag! For free!

So I just wanted to say if you want to try something from the Duck it is a wonderful company! They have bamboo towels, supplements, beauty supplies, snacks, ingredients and tons more.

Thank you One Lucky Duck!!


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I went to see Paul Nison speak tonight and here are three strong messages I got from the evening:

1. Anything you love you have discipline for

2. Formula for health: Power – Obstruction = Vitality

3. Enthusiasm is very important!

Nison is a raw foods chef, author, teacher (notably at the HIppocrates Institute in Florida), speaker and he cured himself of Crohn's disease through eating a raw foods diet. He's been a raw foodist for over 15 years. Nison says it's not for everyone but believes strongly that people should eat more greens, sleep and get exercise. He was very funny and had a strong New Yorker accent which I really like to listen to! Apparently he's a religious man and some are turned off by him. In my opinion his beliefs definitely came through but were not distracting from his very interesting back story and present ideas.

As for the above his points were often punctuated by humor. For instance number one, and I'm paraphrasing, anything you love you have discipline for- if you like to watch American Idol and you want to see who's getting eliminated this week- you make the time to do it. So make time to eat well and get sleep! And my number two- the obstructions he's referring to are foods that don't digest well, in this case being a raw vegan he's talking about eating animals and animal products. But even more important are the stressful obstructions in our lives and the toll they take on our health and well being.  Everything from watching the news to a tone in someones voice. Worry worry worry. Eating too late at night, needing stimulants in the morning to wake up and then throughout the day to keep you going and then you're so exhausted by the end of the day that you collapse but you can't sleep. As for number three, with any change in your life you've got to have enthusiasm! You must be excited and want it because then you will truly do it! 

Like Michael Pollen- more of the same overall message- eat less each day and make sure it's organic. Mentioning also the abundance of good food you can find in Oregon.

I think I'll check out his book reviews on Amazon and his website. He speaks all over so check him out if he's in your area!

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Congratulations to Ani Phyo and her new column on The Huffington Post!

I like Ani a lot. Her website is great, her raw cook book is easy and fun and she's well spoken. I'm so inspired and excited  to see her keep moving forward and sharing her green messages of vegan and raw. Rock it Ani!

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