Raw Food Adventures, Restaurant Review

Winter Travels 2013/2014

Carl in KitchenTime flies when you’re buried in snow. It seems like only a few weeks ago I was down in Florida enjoying the ocean and the sun. Months have passed but the memories remain. I took a road trip with my former girl friend and now good friend Stacia down to Bradenton, Florida in mid December. We spent Christmas with her cousin Tess Challis and family. Tess is a vegan chef and author who is also the co-founder of Get Waisted, a healthy vegan version of weight watchers. Tess’ husband Carl is the head chef at a raw food cafe in Sarasota called Ionie. I spent a day in the kitchen Tess and Carl… tasty good times.

 

raw pizzaNow I’m back in Michigan at Camp Rawnora. There’s no shortage of snow in these parts. I’m looking forward to the start of the 2014 season here at the camp. We still have 2014 Raw Recipe calendars available. It’s never too late to pick one up.

2014 Raw CalendarOur first event this year is the March Maple Water Fast beginning on Wednesday March 19th through Sunday March 23rd.

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New Mexico – Good Eats in Santa Fe

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Soup in Santa Fe

Greetings Health Fans and Happy 2013. I hope everyone is well in the new year. Has everyone out there picked up their RAW 2013 calendar? Visit the Camp Rawnora site to get your copy complete with 13 raw recipes. This is a calendar that is useful even after 2013 is a thing of the past. Some of the recipes featured are: Black Raspberry Pie, Choco-Maca-Roons, Holiday Stuffing, Almond Cauliflower Tabouli and more…

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RAW 2013 Calendar

Currently I’m at Camp Rawnora in Watervliet, MI. It was a balmy 40F today. A bit of a change from the freezing temperatures and snowy days. Things are about to change though. On Saturday January 12th I’ll be on a plane to Jamaica to spend 7 days preparing food for a raw food retreat. I’ll be sure to post some pictures and my newest tropical creations. Until then please enjoy this restaurant review from my recent adventure in New Mexico.

Santa Fe, New Mexico has a surprising number of raw/vegan eating options. While visiting I had a chance to visit BODY of Santa Fe which has a menu that includes raw vegan, vegetarian and cooked meat options. Believe it or not I arrived without much of an appetite and had no room for dessert. Enjoy this review and Keep it Live!

 

 

Raw Food Adventures, Restaurant Review

In the Raw… good eats in Highland Park, IL

Recently while in Chicago I went up to Highland Park with my friend Cindy to visit a new raw restaurant set up by Matthew Kenney. “In the Raw” is the manifestation of Beth Taussig’s desire to bring raw foods to her local community. She spent some time chatting with us about her journey into raw foods and the experience of opening a restaurant. I remember my raw food restaurant opening experience when I helped to open Shakti Life Kitchen in Atlantic Beach, FL back in… actually I can’t quite remember… October of 2008 maybe. A lot has happened since then… European tour, Canadian adventures, visit to Kauai and much more.

Now I’m up in Michigan running a retreat center (Camp Rawnora), growing a garden and living a blessed life. I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to. Drop me a line with the details and enjoy pictures from my gardens and my restaurant review of In the Raw.

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2012 Here We Come

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The beginning of 2012 is only days away. Are you ready? Do you have your RAW 2012 Calendar? It’s loaded with 13 raw recipes from me.

It’s likely that 2012 will be the most over-hyped year I will see in my lifetime, second only to the uneventful year 2000 and all the Y2K foolishness. Anyone living above ground and keeping up with headlines is well aware that things are heating up on all fronts… economic, political, social, agricultural, spiritual… if you can name it, it’s likely that it’s changing dramatically for better or for worse. We all must do our best to see the big picture regarding the changes that are occurring. In isolation, the news headlines can be a bit scary and I believe that’s the whole point, to scare the public. We need to look beyond the manufactured headlines and try to see the whole picture. I see antiquated, exploitative, unsustainable, unbalanced, unhealthy, unfair and unethical systems being dismantled. The news media isn’t going to point this out because they’re an important part of this dysfunctional system that is on the way out. So it is our responsibility as conscious and accountable individuals to read between the lines and move in the direction of positive change. If you’re reading this then what I’m saying most likely resonates with you, and life is all about resonance and the vibration of things.

One of the best ways I’ve found to raise my vibration is by my food choices. We eat food for energy and energy is vibration so the foods with the highest vibration are the best sources of energy. These foods are fresh, naturally grown, whole foods which include fruits, vegetables, sprouts, nuts, seeds and sea veggies. Fermented foods like miso, kombucha, sauerkraut and kimchi are also high in vibration.

Things to avoid are low vibration foods or foods with dissonant vibrations. These foods stress the body and create imbalances that eventually lead to disease. To be avoided are flesh foods (meat, fish, eggs), dairy, fried foods, processed foods, white sugar, white flour, corn syrup, hydrogenated fats, synthetic drugs, alcohol, tobacco, coffee, soft drinks and anything made with genetically modified ingredients. I like to say, “if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it.” Stress is a dissonant frequency that should be avoided as well. This is often easier said than done being that almost anything can be a potential stressor. Just remember to breath and be grateful. We are truly blessed. Thoughts and intention have been shown to have an effect on the vibration of things. With this in mind think positively and bless your food and drink with intention when ever possible.

Speaking of being blessed, I recently toured Los Angeles, California and visited an array of raw food restaurants. Here’s a rundown of some of the spots I visited:

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1521 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 / tel: (323) 667-1551

Silverlake is a hip section of LA which is home to Cru, a raw vegan cafe featuring some fine raw cuisine.The decor inside Cru is minimal and sparse but the food is full of flavor and color. I dined that evening with my friend Robyn who was nursing a broken jaw. She ordered a fresh green juice while I enjoyed a young Thai coconut and ordered the evening special – Jicama Raviolis. The presentation was divine, price was right and the portion ample. Oh yeah and it delicious as well.

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I followed up the entree with a slice of blueberry/strawberry pie which was great… not a religious experience like pie at Cafe Gratitude, but good. In keeping with the minimal decor, the slice was decorated with a strawberry fraiche.  I’m not one to pass on dessert and I didn’t pass on this one, plate was licked clean.

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Nice Slice

Better Life Cuisine

717 Broadway Ave. Santa Monica, Ca 90401 / Tel: 310-458-7620

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Gigantoid Burrito

Better Life Cuisine is home of the “big a$$ burrito”. Enter with an appetite and leave satisfied and with a “to go” container. I enjoyed not only the fried bean burrito but also a durian smoothie, cinnamon bun and kale chips. Everything was fresh, tasty and well priced. The only challenge was finding the place. We had blindly followed the directions from the GPS which had us driving in circles in Venice. Fortunately we didn’t give up on our quest. Check out my video review below and remember to Keep It Live!