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Oh my, my, my lovely life!! I’ve been on the road spreading love through raw food creations for more than a month and in two different countries and I feel absolutely blessed to be home in Venice, California. I’m super excited to jump back into life and to promote raw vibrant living foods! I mean, could I ask for a better life? I get to introduce people to something healthy and delicious, to open eyes, to awaken the soul and to help people heal!!!

My beautiful flow continues with the opportunity to reach people locally here in Santa Monica this weekend at the Market at Santa Monica Place. Please come visit me at 2:30pm. I’ll be doing a demo and showing how to make a quick, simple kale salad.. and a lovely raw cacao mousse!! I’m also giving away a free personal raw food class for those in attendance!!! Please check the flyer for more information!!! This Saturday at Santa Monica Place. The demo is in conjunction with the Grand Opening of the Gourmandise School of Savory and Sweets!!!! My how times are changing… you can come take raw food classes from me.. and do a little shop therapy!!!

Love, love, LOVE this life!! Click below for the details of my demo & directions!!!

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The crew enjoying a raw meal

The crew enjoying a raw meal

I have to say I jump at any chance to convert someone over to even an occasional raw foodie. Most come to me skeptical and leave smiling, full and hopeful. I got the chance to show how yummy raw foods can be and explain the beautiful benefits for eating raw to a local television host just yesterday. Natalie Horton hosts a show called Be Green. Don’t ask me how we got introduced. I think it was through Nancy at Sustainable Works in Santa Monica ( a fabulous 6 week program which shows residents ways to become green in all aspects of their lives).  Anyhow, Natalie knew a little bit about raw foods – her younger sister is a vegetarian who’s trying to get more into raw – but admitted to me she’d tried it and wasn’t thrilled. I, of course ,in my typical way said come over to my house and I will show you how it’s done. My patio and raw foods have opened dozens of eyes to a new way of eating – it’s like this magical place where hearts and minds open up, tension melts away and I can connect – truly connect with (more…)

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Artisana booth - mixing up a storm!

Artisana booth - mixing up a storm!

One of my favorite things about raw expos is all the interesting like minded people you get to meet. It’s kind of like a support group for raw foodies – or at least that’s how I see it. You know a lot of us have chosen a lifestyle which is poo  poo’d by many of our friends, simply because they don’t understand it or get it. I’m fortunate enough to have an extremely supportive roommate and close friends – and heck, my guy friends love coming to my house because they’ll eat whatever I make them – they dig raw foods, as long as they don’t have to put the time in. That’s the funny thing, if you are organized, it doesn’t take much time at all – but that’s a whole different blog, right? Back to the expo. I have to say a big highlight in my day on Friday was meeting Cole with Artisana – a fabulous company that makes amazing live organic orgasmic nut butters. One of my favorite is Goji Bliss.. which I just found out they are discontinuing!! Uuugh. Here I was having an amazing conversation with Cole – who is quite the funny and charismatic man – when he dropped the bomb. Nope, it’s going away. Why I screamed?

Sandwiched between two redhead raw food chefs - he's in heaven!

Sandwiched between two redhead raw food chefs - he's in heaven!

I guess when the two tastes sit together for a while – well the company just wasn’t happy with the flavor. Of course it’s not the end of the world, since I can mix my own Coconut butter and goji berries together – but I thought it was one of their best sellers!! See, you get inside information when you go to these expo’s and start chatting up the reps!! Cole did show me how to mix a couple products together to make what taste very similar to peanut butter – I happened to tell him about my obsession with pb from childhood. He also slid me a new recipe for a yummy pudding which I’m not ready to divulge until I try it myself 🙂 Got to say, if you haven’t tried Artisana products yet, go to their website and pick up a few butters. The company does an exceptional job with every product they put out.. and of course, like all raw food and ingredients, it’s all made with love. If you see Cole at an expo, please stop and chat – he’s a people lover and always has some great stories, not to mention free samples. He’s like the wizard of oz.. all in his green jacket!!!

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raw lemon-poppyseed cake

raw lemon-poppyseed cake

I’m embarrassed its been so long since I’ve made an entry, how rude of me. Well I’m happy to say I’m fresh back from the Vibrant Living Expo in Ft. Bragg and gotta say you missed out if you weren’t there. I was chosen a couple months ago as one of the new raw food chefs in the world to demonstrate one of my original creations. It’s a recipe I created while up at school and damn if I do say so myself, it’s yummy as hell. Ok, the dish is Coconut Hoisin Glazed Tropical Gyozas.. and they are good no matter what time of day. I use coconut wraps and a tropical filling to create a little surprise burst of flavor in your mouth. The demo went well thanks to my good friend and now business partner Jan Zerr. She’s a fellow chef who I met a year ago. We are now starting up our own company.. but more on that later, it’s not yet complete!

 

It was so nice to be back at Living Light and see all my friends. I not only gave a demo but spent all day Saturday in the kitchen helping with all sorts of prep. It was crazy busy, but I thrive on that. I absolutely love a production

Making zucchini spaghetti

Making zucchini spaghetti

and being on deadline, I know, call me crazy. It can be so much fun though if you’re with a great group of people. Matt Samuelson, who’s the head chef at LL and Martine who manages the kitchen are just incredible to work with. I met so many wonderful chefs and speakers and was finally able to put faces to names I’ve heard many times. 

 

I also learned some crazy new recipes so stay tune to my website for those!! Yum, yum in my tum, tum. I’m still rocking it hard when it comes to raw food and feeling like a rock star with all this energy I have.

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