Travels to the US… and an Wee Bit of Choccie!
Time to head south again! Yippee! It's that time of year... the cold weather is coming in, the leaves are turning, and the wind is blowing. Brrr... I think the birds have the right idea!
I'm in total countdown mode right now (I know I know - live in the moment, but with an insane trip looming right in front of me, it's all I seem to think about these days!) In 2 weeks, I'll fly down to NYC to spend a week in the area. At long last, my dream of eating at Pure Food and Wine is coming true! I want to eat there as many times as it requires to try everything on the menu! Hehe! Is that possible? Well in case I don't get to the whole menu, please feel free to share any recommendations if you've eaten there. I look forward to a splendid week of seeing friends, dining out, going shopping, doing yoga, and touring the city! If you know of any good yoga studios, restos, or "must do" activities, I'm all ears!
I'll continue my journey south with a 10 day (or so) visit to Jacksonville Florida where I'll be participating in a group juice feast for 7 days - on the beach no less! My friend Adam from The Live Food Experience is organizing this event if you're interested. I am soooo excited - the ocean is one of my favorite places - I find it extremely healing. Afterwards I'll be in Arizona for a week, for Epic Eden Retreat - which looks absolutely amaaazing! California is on the list next... probably to the San Diego area, perhaps Santa Barbara... and then back up to NYC again before flying home. Whew! All of this in the span of 5 weeks!
Even though I've made some plans, I really want to leave things open enough to go with the flow. In fact, as you probably already know, Carmi and Don from The Sunny Raw Kitchen will also be taking some travels through the country and we're hoping to meet up! Where? Who knows! It's not exactly clear at this point - maybe Washington DC...or perhaps Florida, or even California. I can see it already "The Divas Eat at Cafe Gratitude". We've gotten excited at the idea since we're such fans of the resto/ recipes.
If anyone wants to meet up in the places I've just mentioned, for a meal, a walk, or yoga, anything, it would be fabulous! I love love love to meet up with other raw foodies! Real treat for me since there are none of "my kind" at home here.
Moving onto a food note... here's a hearty meal I enjoyed for dinner yesterday. With all the cold weather my body is asking for yams and squash!
On the plate we've got: 2 kinds of raw crackers - basic flax, zucchini "ritz", baked yam sticks, my home grown sprouts, tabouli, and zucchini hummus.
2 cups peeled zucchini, chopped
4 Tbs. olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
3/4 cup ground sesame seeds
1 clove garlic
Himalayan salt, to taste
1 tsp ground cumin
Blend all ingredients until smooth.
2 large tomatoes
1/2 red bell pepper
1 large parsnip
1 small bunch parsley
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Himalayan salt, to taste
Drizzle olive oil
Dice the tomatoes, cuke, and pepper. Process the parsnip into fine bits. Mince the parsley. Toss it all together and adjust the seasoning to taste! I would have added fresh mint and chives if I'd had them. You can replace the parsnip bits with hemp seeds or sprouted quinoa.
No meal is complete without dessert! Here's the inside of that choccie cup from above...choccie and nuts (cashews and macadamias) - always a great combo!
That's all for now! Have a great weekend!