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.

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.
Tabouli
2 large tomatoes
1 cucumber
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!
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28 Comments
  1. October 2, 2009 at 08:04
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    Have a great trip! And YUM, that chocolate cup has me drooling for sure!

  2. October 2, 2009 at 12:30
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    Have a great trip! How'd you make the yam sticks? They look delicious!

  3. October 2, 2009 at 13:34
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    Any chance that you'll be stopping by Atlanta! That is where I live!

  4. October 2, 2009 at 13:40
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    Make sure to stop at Jivamukti Yoga School on Broadway between 13/14. Best studio ever! <br /><br />Also you must check out Quintessance for food, sooo yummy! If you are going to brooklyn go to Raw Star and Rockin' Raw. <br /><br />Have so much fun!! Let me know if I can help anymore!<br /><br />Marisa<br />marisashealthykitchen.com

  5. October 2, 2009 at 14:02
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    No raw foodies where you are - where in Ontario are you??? I'm near London, ON. There's a small raw food movement going on here. Sounds like you have an exciting few weeks ahead of you. Enjoy your trips. ^_^

  6. October 2, 2009 at 15:02
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    Thanks for your blog I really enjoy it. Good luck on your trip. Could I ask what you do for a living?

  7. October 2, 2009 at 21:33
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    Heathy! That's fabulous -- I'd love to see you when you're here!! What are the dates?? Carmi and Don will be here in my home for a raw vacation the first week of November!!<br /><br />Eva Rawposa<br />www.rawvacation.com<br />:-)

  8. October 2, 2009 at 22:18
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    Thanks Voracious - you've tried that chocolate recipe, right??!<br /><br />Leah - I just peeled, chopped the yam into sticks, and baked in the oven! Nothing on it, but you could add seasonings. I enjoyed dipping them into the zucchini hummus! Mmmmm<br /><br />April!!! Oh man, I'd so love to visit you! Hmmm, never thought about Atlanta - but I will seriously consider it! My agenda is pretty open!<br /><br />Marisa - Thanks for the suggestions. Ive always wanted to try Jivamukti! I have a friend who raves about it! Do you go there often? Perhaps we could meet up for a class and a smoothie afterwards!<br />Quintessence is on my list, but Ive never heard of the other 2 places. Thanks! <br /><br />Angel - Sadly, no other raw foodies where I am. Im fortunate enough to get people out to my classes though! I live way up in northwestern Ontario... reeeally far from London (I went to college there!)<br /><br />Gigi - thanks! Im a chef for The Ministry of Natural Resources, at one of their summer camps for teenage girls. The rest of the year I play as a yoga instructor, and personal chef/caterer.

  9. October 2, 2009 at 22:23
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    Eva!!! OMG i didn't know that you're in Jacksonville! I'll be there! Yes, we must get together! I will be there the first week of Nov - how perfect! Yay, we can all meet up! Im so excited!

  10. October 2, 2009 at 22:54
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    I cannot believe just how perfect it is!!!!!!!!!!<br /><br />We have to uncook together! <br /><br />And Adam is a friend of mine too -- he's even been to one of my classes. <br /><br />This is my hometown. I head to Brazil right after you all are here. :-)<br /><br />OMG, I'm so excited!!<br /><br />Off to a par-tay with some chai spice chocolate cheeeeezecake!<br /><br />xxo Eva

  11. October 3, 2009 at 17:59
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    Okay, that looks so yum! Thanks fr the recipes! <br /><br />A juice feast on the beach and a retreat? Now that's how it's done!

  12. October 3, 2009 at 22:16
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    The chocolate cup looks sooooo good.

  13. October 4, 2009 at 15:12
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    Eva! I know that you do Bikram! I must must must come to some classes with you! Yipppeeee!!!!!<br /><br />FitnessFreak - yes indeed! Thats' how its done - wanna join us?!?!?! :D<br /><br />Thanks Debra!

  14. October 4, 2009 at 17:44
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    Wow, that's a crazy packed trip you have planned! The juice feast on the beach sounds amazing!!! Good luck!

  15. October 5, 2009 at 02:56
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    I absolutely love your work! Your recipes always look delicious!! <br />I would love to take your classes... Where do you teach them??<br />I am a Brazilian living in North Carolina, and also am the only raw foodie(besides my mom) around here. I know exactly how you feel.<br />Too bad I just came back from Florida and California, otherwise I would love to meet a new raw foodie =]<br />Enjoy your trip!

  16. October 5, 2009 at 12:57
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    yay, i am excited for you Pure, is to live for and Eden is truly heaven on earth! Definitely stop by High Vibe in the East Village NYC if you need any supplies, and tell Dagger that Heather sent yah, he is the best! have the best time ever!!!

  17. October 5, 2009 at 19:46
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    Will you be coming to Houston, TX?! We'd love to have you! Or Austin...I can make the drive :)

  18. October 6, 2009 at 20:02
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    If you make it near Raleigh, NC, that is where I live and would love to meet you! Hope you have safe travels, it all sounds exciting!

  19. October 6, 2009 at 22:01
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    Thanks garlic girl :) You must love garlic ;)<br /><br />Carla - I teach the classes in a small town in northern Ontario, Canada.... in the boonies! :) Introducing raw to all the meat and potato eatin peoples!<br /><br />Zephyr - thanks for the new restaurant ideas! Will def try to make it to them - i wanna get to as many as possible :) Hehe, you know my full name is Heather too?!?!<br /><br />Racy - Won't be making it to Texas this time around but perhaps in the future! Would be fun to meet up with you!<br /><br />Pure2Raw - OMG! I love you guys! Just started reading your blog as you wrote about your experience at 105. I soooooo wanna go there! I'll make it one day! I was going to be in NC, but now I don't think so... if i do, ill be sure to let you know. Love your bakery!

  20. October 7, 2009 at 16:26
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    Do the tasting menu at Pure. At some point get the Sundae for dessert. Go to Pure Juice and Takeaway(around the corner) and get a malomar, Nick's No. 7, a taco salad with macnut cheese, passion fruit kombucha and oreo icecream. (not all at once):) <br /><br />If you go to Quintessence for brunch try the Fofu Benedict. It is amazing. They really serve up big portions too.<br /><br />If you need an eating buddy, send me an email. I don't normally comment, but i love your blog.

  21. October 8, 2009 at 01:59
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    Wow Mary!!! Thanks for the very detailed recommendation! I love it! I can't wait to try all those things. <br />Would love to meet up with you for a meal! Im not sure how to send you an email, as it didn't show when i clicked on your name. I def wanna check out Quintessence too!

  22. October 8, 2009 at 02:04
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    Like Mary I too live in NYC. Okay she covered the Malomar at Pure Juice & Takeaway (its around the corner - it's amazing and will knock your socks off). The Almond Joy is also pretty amazing (it takes me five days to eat it if I am good). I would also add the S&M salad to the menu at the juice bar and do pea shoots, beets and extra dulse as add ons (it's really good). The menu at the restaurant proper is really good right now. Try the mushroom ravioli and the carpaccio thing and the classic lasagna (what they are famous for). I would skip the samosas because for the BEST raw samosas you go to Organic Avenue (which needs to be added to your list - on Stanton between Orchard and Ludlow in the Lower East Side) call to order it as they only carry some days of the week --- other things to get there are the dandelion cream salad, the arugula sprout salad (they make this nut cheese that tastes like pizza!) and the seaweed salad. They also have great juices and smoothies and the best wheatgrass shot in the city, i promise. As a raw vegan I buy here practically daily. i am also down for meeting up to eat if you want to do a larger dinner at pure. i am certain that Sarma the owner will accomodate. She loves out of town rawfoodies. Enjoy your time and let me know what you try - unfortunately Pure changes the menu seasonally ---or just another excuse to come back. their desserts at the restaurant are also pretty amazing, though i agree with mary that the malomar at the juice bar takes the cake.

  23. October 8, 2009 at 18:24
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    My email is crowley.maryk@gmail.com<br /><br />For yoga in NY try Yoga to the People. I have not been, but my sis-in-law used to go before she moved to Brooklyn. She loved it. They are donation based and have multiple locations around the city.<br />Are you staying in Manhattan?<br /><br />http://www.yogatothepeople.com/new-york-yoga.shtml<br /><br />Cubanita and Heathy, it would be fun to get a few people together for dinner.

  24. October 9, 2009 at 05:54
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    Cubanita! OMG thank you so much for all the ideas. I will be SURE to check them all out! My mouth is watering just reading it!<br />Would love to meet up with you for dinner - im just not sure how to contact you, as i clicked on your blog and there was no email or posts to comment on. <br />As Mary suggested, it would be fun to get together for dinner! Can we?!<br /><br />Mary, thanks for your email, I will be in contact so we can arrange something! Yay! I will also check out that yoga studio. It's such a treat to enjoy many studios when i visit the city!

  25. October 15, 2009 at 12:16
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    Nice food photos, I can't help feeling hungry just looking at it.

  26. October 15, 2009 at 16:49
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    I would also check out Caravan of Dreams which is in the East Village... 1st Ave and 6th St. And Bonobos on 23rd between Broadway and Madison. These two, along with Pure Food and Quintessence, are my favorite raw places in NYC.<br /><br />I have never tried Rockin Raw but I hear it is good.

  27. Anonymous
    October 17, 2009 at 06:35
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    Hi Heathy,<br />My name is Dreux and I am one of the Chefs in the Cafe Gratitude Central Kitchen (and I'm also an ex-pat Canadian!) If you do make it to San Francisco on your travels, let me know and I would be happy to give you a little tour of the Central Kitchen if you're interested. It's also very close to the original restaurant! My email is dreux@live.it<br />peace!

  28. October 26, 2009 at 14:41
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    Thanks so much for the recommendations everyone! I appreciate it!<br />I ate at Pure Food twice and Quintessence twice, with 2 trips to One Lucky Duck.... but the trip ain't over yet! When I go back for another week, I'll be eating at Caravan of Dreams, and def wanna make it to Organic Avenue and Rawkin Raw. <br /><br />Cheers!

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