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Loving the colorul life of Peru

I’m not sure how many of you realize but I now live in Cuzco, Peru for a couple months.  still have my community in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, don’t you worry.. but felt a calling to Cuzco as soon as I arrived in Ecuador, so I packed my Vitamix and dehydrator and hopped a bus!

Vegetarians Rock!

The food here has impressed me many times over. For one, there are at least a dozen vegetarian restaurants and because most cater to toursits, most have at least one or two vegetarian options. I consider it completely progressive for South America… and the food is good vegetarian, or at least the handful of restaurants I tried. It’s been tough for a foodie like me. On one hand I want to save money and create recipes at the hostel I’m staying at.. BUT I also need inspiration so going out for a meal is important in the

San Pedro Market, Cuzco

whole scheme of things. Right now I’m really focusing on sauces and experimenting with ingredients I’ve never even heard of – but suddenly fell in love with. One of the biggest eye openers is the herb huaycatay. It looks like a pot plant with pot leaves but has this

Lots of Corn in Peruvian Dishes

sweet, mellow perfumy taste distinct on its own. It’s safe to say I got the Sisho cursh. When I went to Japan two flavors stood out to me, shiso.. which is a green or purple herb, most closely related to mint but sooooo not. The other was Yuzu.. which is a citrus taste, somewhere between a lemon and a grapefruit… but super distinct. I almost tried to smuggle in fresh Yuzu back into the country.. until a friend promised to send me some dried – love it!!

Now I’m having a totally crush on huacatay. Today I made a dessert using it and past it around to the 6 Peruvians, or Cuscennas as they call them here in Cuzco, to try. The all loved the dessert. One

Creating raw dishes in Peru

thing I find here in Peru is that they do have spice, they do have flavor and combinations that are good and (more…)

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It’s been a whirlwind week in North Carolina but with amazing experiences and  outcomes. I met so many fabulous like-minded people as I drove the

Teaching an "Experience Raw" class in Cary, NC

state teaching raw food classes – it solidifies my belief that raw food will help us succeed on this planet. I know it sounds so big picture, but that is the way I have to think these days. With some very detrimental months and years approaching where – well life could go any which

Kirsten given Raw in North Carolina

way…. I have to keep the bigger soulful journey as priority number one!

I remember when Jan said she wanted me to come back from Ecuador and that we should tour, North Carolina came jumping to mind. It was my decision to spread the word here. North Carolina will always hold a special place in my heart. I lived in Charlotte for 3 very big years, which brought a lot of change. Big lessons, life lessons. It’s also the place where I first felt I had my community. It’s more of a feeling than an actual location.

I arrived in Charlotte in such style, I couldn’t have dreamed it up myself. Just so happens my really close goddess friend Lori lives in Washington DC and was traveling to Charlotte for the weekend with her family. So from New York City, I caught the Amtrak down to DC and spent a few days hanging out with my gal and her spicy little girl and extremely cool husband. I love those places where I can just melt into someone else’s life, be mommied and I have such great friends who help me balance and slow down, smell the roses, play with their kids, remember what really counts in this world. If you didn’t know it by now, I’m a huge fan of public transportation. Trains are so super smooth, convenient, roomy and quick. I remember being in Japan and riding the bullet train for the first time – wow, that is the way to go. Japan has really paid attention to their public transportation and it is paying off. We on the other hand, at least in the west, haven’t experienced the sheer bliss of

My Soul Sista Kelly and her son

rapid transportation where you can safely multi-task. Europe, wow they have it down too.

It was such a new experience for me traveling with a family on the go. At one time I think both Peter and Lori were on the phone, their daughter was in the back watching a movie on the computer and I had headphones in.  Sure isn’t like they used to do it, playing eye-spy along the road, the ABC game and other made-up time consumers. I was excited to spend time with them all. They are my family and they were taking me to my other family, depositing me at the door of Kelly and Bill and offspring ☺ And two of my favorite sisters were going to meet, kids running all around, a whirlwind of energy as I landed on Willow Oak drive. Lots of hugs and a big sigh – I was back, back to familiar. There’s a different feeling when you return to a place you used to live. I knew the street names and directions. It felt like  nothing had changed.. but everything had changed. It was my first introduction to the newest member of their family – he’s already 3 years old. I couldn’t believe I was meeting him for the first time. I had seen so many pictures of  him, the latest – when he decided he was going to ride his bike – and so he did.  I had the best time hanging with the kids, watching their sleepy rises  every morning, they’re reading time before bed but after bath and the various appointments and practices through the day.  It took know time to get into the swing of things. It’s vital to have friends that allow for you to be fully into it when you are present, but that are ok with weeks of no communication when you are gone. That’s what good friends do for seeking Sagittarius like myself! Then when the reading time was over, Kelly, Bill and I could congregate in the living room with a few cool brewskies and discuss what’s going on in the world and how our opinions have changed the older we get. It felt so familiar like old times, but truly in a new exciting way.

Charlotte was my home base for the raw food classes in North Carolina.. but I spent a good portion

Spreading the Raw Love in the South

of time driving the state. It’s nice for me to drive alone, good time to think. And since I haven’t owned a car for two years and don’t drive in Ecuador, it’s was kind of nice being at the wheel.

First a lovely class in Winston-Salem. Meghan and Noel of New Planet Yoga http://www.newplanetyoga.com/were so lovely. Their studio is very zen with hard wood floors, lots of light and warm colors. They are energetic and present and we could have talked the night away. The group got very active in class – which is how I like it. I truly think they all will follow through with incorporating some of the recipes. I receive one of my biggest compliments. One client called me the food whisperer! She said that she could feel my connection and energy with the food. One of the biggest parts of my class is the re-introduction to food and the wonderful ways to  use natural ingredients for raw creations.

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I finally – by popular demand – started some raw food classes down here in Vilcabamba. It’s such a sweet and conscious minded community, I

The gang right on task!

am honored to be helping these lovely individuals learn some new skills on their way to optimum health.

Word started getting around town that I was a gourmet raw food chef. Actually I think it was catering the Raw Food World Conference that helped introduce Jan and I to the ex-pat and Ecuadorian community. Once they tasted what we can do, they are ready to listen and learn… one of those idealistic times to teach. I decided a 4-class series would be a good introduction.. and I wanted them to be a celebration, so Friday evening, it was “Raw and Ready” time. Although I have non of my own yet, children are of utmost importance to me. I want to teach them and hopefully change the bad pattern that’s happening all over the world. Children today are a product of the knowledge we grew up on. We thought we were doing right, we thought we could trust that great information was getting past onto us. I now know that wasn’t so.. and still isn’t. If I’ve learned anything on my journey toward optimum health, it’s been think for yourself. Read and investigate all you can, then experiment and settle somewhat on an opinion, with full rights to change at any moment in time. I made sure my clients know that children always come free.  I had many of my friends bring

Casiopia was the best roller in the class

their Ecuadorian friends and employees too. My Spanish is not so good.. but I appreciate the

Fernanda & little bold Amar.. the youngest raw student

challenge and they appreciate my effort. It’s been a couple weeks now worth of classes and I look forward to every one of  them. What a fantastic set of energy that lands in the house every Friday night. All happy, open and loving. Our first week was a quick introduction where I taught my personal favorite breakfast.. a green drink extra-ordinaire. My motto is stick everything and anything you can in your mouth at all times of the day. Seriously, it’s the color of the milenium! It’s the only way to optimum health. I also taught them wonderful nut milk, kale salad and some other goodies.

The next week  I met guests with  challenge of  stuffed mushrooms, wraps and sushi. I honestly only believe in hands-on when it comes to raw food prep. The entire experience is one of texture, feel and balance. Although many people are aware and LOVE wraps, those rice papers and nori sheets can be intimidating and difficult without proper instruction. This is one of the classes I find (more…)

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Catering for the Raw Food World Conference, Ecuador

All I can say is… fully present, in the moment and practicing a lot of just “be”. Oh yea, and I changed countries. I’ve been here in Ecuador for more or less 6 months and it has been an amazing journey in all sorts of aspects of my life.. mostly the areas I didn’t know existed or certain nooks which needed some cleaning out. This new peace and balance I’ve welcomed into my life has been paying off in a good karma way.. on a daily basis. I’m learning the power of manifestation and how to accutely tune in to my inner-self.. and to be aware of where emotions come from and accepting them as a new lesson.

Sharing a laugh with Jan!

Intention, manifestation and creation.. raw food creations. Ok, this may sounds a tad weird.. but my creations both planned and impulsive have been spot on – like I was somehow told the combination and proportions in the middle of the night. There are dozens of times in the past few weeks that I wake up at 5am and head right to the kitchen to try some random recipe floating in my head. I know in the past,  I usually mull or simmer some things for a couple days before trying them.. but, it’s like I can’t create fast enough!

I think it all started when I decided to get social and meet some others living in the

Eating straight from the garden - everything grows so well here

area. This is the type of place where (more…)

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Come to Ecuador - Raw Trips!!

I know this isn’t news to some of you.. but RAW FOOD IS A MOVEMENT HAPPENING ALL OVER THE WORLD!  The demand for new and accurate knowledge about healthy eating is at an all time high as people realize they’ve been lied to about what they are eating. That is why I’m trying to reach out everywhere and get the word out – raw food is a win/win situation – good for your body, good for your mind, good for your mouth! This isn’t about carrot sticks and celery… this is about creating delicious gourmet meals that are giving your body what it needs to function at optimum level!! Can you tell I’m super jacked this morning!!! Loving life, it’s beautiful to exist on this planet!

My mom I think is in constant amazement about where raw foods is taking me. I told her I was heading to Canada to teach with Jan and she was so surprised.. another country again Kirsten? Yep mom, I’ll go where ever people need me – I’m here to help spread the word to help people make some changes in their diet!

Jan and Kirsten in full action!

Jan is from Canada so heading to Calgary and Red Deer was a very good decision. Her friends had been begging her to come up and teach, so I flew from Ecuador and met Jan on a Thursday night. The plan was to prep as much as we could for both class on Saturday and Sunday. Of course when teaching, you have to expect the unexpected. Jan went shopping earlier in the day and was shell shocked! One thing we didn’t take into consideration (more…)

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A home with a view

Yes, it’s been a while since I found time to sit and catch you all up on my life. Whirlwind is a good description. I like staying busy, but it cracks me up when it comes in fully concentrated bursts of demands, schedules and projects!! Wonderful observations – no complaints!

So 2010 started off with a new home and new country for me. I’ve moved down to Ecuador to get me and my business partner’s raw food health retreat up and running. You must come check it out! The website is rawtrips.com – it’s not completely finished (because I’m doing it myself – first timer) but will soon be updated and spruced up. I’m absolutely thrilled with this opportunity to help heal.. and do it in a relaxed and blissful manner. Jan bought land in Ecuador many years ago with the dream of (more…)

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Celebrating with Miyumi

Shizouka is one of those cities off the beaten tourist track, but I’m not here to sight see – although I did take an afternoon to go stare at Mt. Fuji (see my “Au Naturel” blog kirstengum.com). I’m here to teach a class for my student and friend Miyumi. Miyumi has a food studio called “Anne Duex”

Food Studio, Shizouka, Japan

where she regularly teaches raw and vegetarian cooking courses. It’s named after her nickname “Anne” which I refused to call her and her cute little pup named “Duex”. Talk about a great facility, this woman has really put some time, effort and money into her studio. A commercial kitchen with two big stainless steal working tables and a cute little reception area. She’s also planning on opening up her own raw food restaurant in Shizouka some time in the spring.

I felt like I was in heaven. Truly I wish I owned a facility like this to teach classes in every week, no

Fantastic Studio to teach in!

more lugging all my ingredients to random places.. just bring the students here – it’s awesome and I’m completely jealous and happy for her at the same time. Miyumi and I decided not to do a dessert course but a recipe quick and easy – and of course healthy. She had a potluck party planned after my demonstration. When we arrived she had two assistants there to help me get prepped… what? help? I’m in heaven!! Students started arriving early so they could prep their own creations for the party.

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