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North Florida Veg Fest!

Saturday Nov. 6th 10am-5pm

Greeting Health Fans,

If you haven’t heard already, Jacksonville, Florida is have its very first VegFest this Saturday at Riverside Park. I’llĀ  be doing a raw food demo on the main stage at noon and will have copies of Zen and the Art of Gadgeting available for purchase as well. The first annual North Florida VegFest is a very special event considering Jacksonville is once again without a single vegetarian restaurant. For a brief period (Oct. 2008 – Dec. 2009) Jacksonville had Shakti Life Kitchen in Atlantic Beach. Shakti cuisine can still be found at local retailers like Biomax, Native Sun and at some European Street locations, but that’s no substitute for not having a restaurant for vegetarians and vegans. The Sunday following VegFest is a 2 year anniversary celebration for Shakti being held at Skate Station in Mandarin. Click here to get more info about this tasty event.

What’s the big deal about being a vegetarian or vegan you may be asking? If you’re reading this blog most likely you are in the know about the health and environmental benefits of a plant based diet. For those of you that are just stumbling upon this site and who are new to veggie, vegan and raw foods just consider some of these factoids:

  • Reducing or eliminating your consumption of meat and dairy lowers your chances of heart disease, stroke, cancer and other degenerative diseases.
  • Reducing or eliminating meat from your diet limits your exposure to deadly food borne bacteria like Salmonella, E. Coli and Campylobacter which are responsible for thousands of yearly deaths.
  • Eating meat contributes to raised cholesterol levels, elevated cholesterol can contribute to erectile dysfunction aka, impotence.
  • Factory farming is major source of air and water pollution.
  • Factory farming uses excessive amounts of land, water, fossil fuels and pharmaceutical drugs.
  • Meat production is an inefficient use of resources; it takes 16 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of beef.

For more insights on the benefits of going vegetarian check out this article from Vegetarian Times.

Speaking of articles. Here’s a link to my latest post at Eighty Percent Raw. At the time that I’m posting this the recipe is not up, but I’m sure it will be posted soon. It’s a tasty breakfast cereal recipe that can be served warm or cold. Enjoy the video below that will walk you through how to prepare it.

Keep it Live!

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San Diego Wrap Up…

Noodles and Hemp Miso Sauce

Things are winding down in San Diego after an amazing raw food demo organized by the San Diego County Raw Vegan Meetup group. 20 healthy and happy folks were in attendance at a lovely location in Rancho Sante Fe. I’m not kidding when I say “lovely”… beautiful, exquisite and luxurious are also words that come to mind when I think of the amazing kitchen I had the opportunity to demo in. The home owner who hosted the event, Julie, has her own business selling eco-friendly personal utensil kits called “MyTensils”. Take a look at the varieties of travel sets that she has on her site. The utensils are made of light weight super strong titanium and a variety of stylish hemp fabric holsters. I have to extend thanks to Erika as well who is the meetup group organizer. She works with chef Perkunas at VeggieVibes.net. They offer a weekly menu of raw and vegan cooked food delivered to your door… in San Diego. And my last shout out goes my dear friend Robyn who put me in touch with Erika and got things rolling for this demo to manifest. Robyn hooked me up with this demo, a place to stay and even a surfboard so I could get water time while in San Diego. Much love to this West Coast Crew that made this demo happen.

Robyn, Adam, Erika and Julie

Featured recipes were the Apple-Avo Gadget and Coco-Banana Gadget, both recipes are in my book Zen and the Art of Gadgeting. I also demoed an almond miso spread which I turned into a soup along with a hemp miso sauce which we poured on top of kelp and zucchini noodles. There was enough yummy raw food goodness to go round and round and round.

Fun, food and information were at the heart of the demo and while me and the kitchen crew put together noodle bowls, the guests watched a DVD featuring Viktoras Kulvinskas. For those of you not familiar with Viktoras he’s one of the pillars of the raw food community. He founded Hippocrate’s Health Institute with Ann Wigmore back in the day and published a “must read” book, Survival in the 21st Century. The DVD was recorded at a lecture he gave in Palm Coast, Florida in October of 2009. It’s packed with useful information about health and longevity and is available for purchase online.

Stayed tuned for my next post which will feature raw pizza and Egyptian pie that Robyn and I made on my last day in San Diego… Keep it Live!

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Raw Spirit and San Diego Fun

We got noodles and kraut

The Live Food Experience is on the road again. This time I went to Raw Spirit Festival in Prescott, AZ and now I’m in San Diego to see family, friends, surf and teach a class. At Raw Spirit Fest I teamed up with my friend Savrah of “Savrakraut” and we were vendors. Our booth featured kelp noodles with a hemp miso sauce and 6 different kinds of sauerkraut. Savrah is a good friend from back in Tree of Life days. Currently she lives in LA where she makes her hand-crafted fermented veggies. The flavors we featured at the fest were classic, kimchi, lemon garlic dill, fennel, garlic pickled veggies and goji Chinese 5 spice. During the festival I also taught a food prep demo. The fest was a good time but unfortunately attendance was pretty low. It almost seemed like staff, vendors and volunteers out numbered guests. In the end I was able to make my money back from the fest but it is unlikely that I’ll be a vendor in the future.

Friday Night Demo

Why the low attendance? For one thing Raw Spirit Fest is a niche event so many mainstream people just can’t bring themselves to attend. Another reason may be that this years line up of speakers and presenters was pretty bland. On top of all that the biggest name at the event Viktoras Kulvinskas canceled due to a “family emergency”. Oh yeah, and the Longevity Conference with David Wolfe was the exact same weekend. You add all of these factors together and you have quite a challenge on your hands. No regrets though. I really enjoyed myself and made some new friends, like Bud from the Arizona health department who resembled a cross between Matt Damon and Ron Howard. He paid us quite a compliment in trying our food… which he enjoyed. Most everyone enjoyed Savrah’s kraut and the kelp noodles. We actually sold out of noodles on the last day.

After the fest I headed to San Diego where we arrived at 2am. A slight hiccup in plans had me back in LA the next day and evening. While there I was able to catch up with an old friend (Hara) who I had met in Chicago years ago. She’s an actor, writer and director who has been slugging it out in the LA trenches for the past 10 years. We spent the evening catching up and the next morning I caught a ride back to San Diego with a rideshare that was listed on Craigslist.

Bud from AZ Health Dept.

Once back in San Diego at my friend Robyn’s place I was able to relax. I threw together a kale spinach salad dinner with Robyn and her roomie and that evening I dreamed of West Coast surf… The next morning after an early morning green juice, my dreams came true. I headed down to Swami’s in Encinitas and surfed Robyn’s 10 foot long board. I’ve never paddled a board this big but it treated me just fine. Next up, more surf and a raw food demo on Saturday for the San Diego County Raw Foods Meetup group.

Here’s the recipe for the delicious hemp miso sauce that was on the kelp noodles we served:

  • 1/2 C hemp seeds
  • 2 T miso – unpasteurized
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 t fresh ginger
  • salt to taste

Blend all the ingredients smooth. Add water if too thick.

More to come… Keep it Live!

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Writing Project

Meetup Feast

Raw Resources

Greetings everyone. I hope you’re enjoying the end of your summer. I have been traveling about these past few months, but unfortunately I haven’t been doing much teaching. It’s quite draining not to teach when you’re a teacher. I have been spending most of my time on a contract writing project. Yeah, this is bigger than a self-published memoir recipe book. It’s a paid project… at least in theory. The publisher has yet to deliver a check even though I have over half of the book complete. This paid writing gig is for The Complete Idiot’s Guide… not to be confused with the “Dummies”. You can tell the difference between Idiot’s and Dummies because Idiot’s books are orange and blue while Dummies books are yellow and black. If only you could distinguish idiots and dummies that easy in the rest of your life. The official book title is The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox. I have to give thanks to Kelly Jad’on of Basil and Spice and Mark Reinfeld, coauthor of Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Raw… and Facebook as well. This triangle of thanks is partially responsible for me getting me this writing gig.

So the writing project has taken up most of my time these days. I have still been able to squeeze in some traveling and raw food mischief like potlucks and visits to The Present Moment Cafe. Next week the mischief continues at Raw Spirit Festival and then in San Diego where I’ll be doing a demo and teaching a class. After San Diego events and projects are a bit scattered at the moment. I’m planning on moving out of the lovely Atlantic Beach guest house I have been living in for close to 2 years. Wow, time flies when you’re living in the Barbie Beach House. I’ve been told I’m crazy for leaving what I like to refer to as my “Magnum P.I.” set up complete with ocean front guest house, Ferrari and drooling guard cat. But you’ve got to make room for expansion and personal growth and that’s what has to happen. Where will my new home be? Will I remain in Jacksonville? I plan on it, but nothing is solid at the moment. And like a good friend likes to say when I talk of “plans,” he says “making plans” is the best way to make God laugh.

WholeFoods Meetup
Present Moment Cafe

Enough about making plans, let’s make some raw food. Here’s a fun video that shows you how simple it is to make a collard wrap. Enjoy and Keep it Live!