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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.

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Philly Cheeze Fake

Philly Cheeze Fake Foo Shizzly!
Philly Cheeze Fake Foo Shizzly!

Take a look at this divinely inspired creation that is a synergy of marinated eggplant, breaded dehydrated onions, cashew cheese, walnut pate and tomatoes. This was the featured entree the other night at Conscious Media Tuesday at Shakti. The turn out was the lowest but the entree was the bestest! I’m debating whether to do “Philly Cheese Fake” 2 weeks in a row. Send me an email if you want specifics on the recipe.

I’ve got a video in the works of the assembly. Here are the basics in photo form:

Lay out the eggplant
Lay out the eggplant
Add walnut pate and breaded onions
Add walnut pate and breaded onions
Cheeze it
Cheeze it
Wrap it
Wrap it
Decorate it
Decorate it
Blam It!
Blam It!
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Being Present at The Present Moment Cafe

Flower Child chowing down at The Present Moment Cafe
Flower Child chowing down at The Present Moment Cafe

Never miss an opportunity to help manifest someones dream, especially if it involves delicious vegan live food in the oldest city in the United States. This morning my friend Valerie casually mentioned she’d never been to The Present Moment Cafe in St. Augustine. Bummer I thought, continuing with the onion dehydrating project I had started. It took a moment for me to realize the opportunity at hand, the carpe diem, grab the reins by the bull kinda gusto that should be part of a life lived in the Present Moment. She had to work at 2pm at Shakti Life Kitchen in Atlantic Beach (North Florida’s other premiere vegan live food option)… it was totally doable… in the car by 11, we were at the Present Moment by 12 noon… our bellies were full and we were back on the road by 1pm.

With all that said, what tasty treats did we partake in at The Present Moment Cafe? We started out with an amazing Thai style soup with mushrooms, sesame seeds, onions and a hint of lemon grass… I could be totally wrong though on the ingredient list. That’s was my take on it and I neglected to ask for the break down. One things for sure, it wasn’t clam chowder and it was really good.

Yummy Thai Soup
Yummy Thai Soup

Next up was a massive Cesar salad and 2 stuffed portabellos with a creamy spinach filling, very rich and Frenchy style.

We ain’t done yet… a sampler platter with guacamole, salsa and a refried beans creation (no beans or refrying of course) To accompany the platter was a massive sunlight burger all drippy with cashew provolone… wait, there’s more… a mound of creamy white truffle pesto pasta. This was some serious eating and proof to this fact is that we walked with a to go container… unheard of when sit down to eat. To my defense I showed some restraint so I would have the slightest bit of room left for dessert…

Ceasar Salad and Stuffed Shroom
Ceasar Salad and Stuffed Shroom

Warm Pecan Apple Cobbler with a scoop of cashew vanilla ice cream… no to go’s on dessert.

On a scale of “1” to “damn that’s so good I wet my organic cotton briefs”… post meal I would be running to the bathroom to rinse my drawers in the sink… that is if I wore any. All joking aside, The Present Moment Cafe is a boot shooting chart topper with amazing food and very reasonable prices. The pictures don’t lie… portions and plating are superb, staff is wonderful and the atmosphere is so cozy that you’d consider moving in.

White Truffle Pesto Pasta, Chip and Dip sampler, Sunshine Burger
White Truffle Pesto Pasta, Chip and Dip sampler, Sunshine Burger

On the down side there’s a bunch of road work being done in front of the restaurant. Noise wasn’t an issue but the only access has been converted to one-way which sends you looking for a western route to India. Once you arrive in the Promise Land all your worries melt away like cacao butter basking in the sun.

If you’re ever in North Florida or even the South East you owe it to yourself to visit the Present Moment Cafe in St. Augustine, Florida. Check out there details here:

www.thepresentmomentcafe.com

Keep It Live, Adam

Pecan Apple Cobbler and Ice Cream

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Keep It Live!

East coast raw food, live food, vegan high life… I’m just trying to sort things out and live to my highest potential. This path isn’t easy… actually it is if you can be clear enough to get out of your own way. I’d like to manifest for 2009 a solid mission statement, focused goals and a support team to help to make The Live Food Experience the best it can be.

Love and Blessings, Adam

Aho!
Aho!