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Farm to Yoga at Suzie’s Farm
On Sunday my Mom & I ventured down to Suzie’s Farm, a local organic produce farm, & the CSA which I am a member of, for San Diego’s second “Farm to Yoga” event with Suzie’s Farm, Green Truck, & Sarah Clark Wellawareness Yoga. Three of my favorite things - my CSA, vegan food, & yoga - I certainly couldn’t pass that up!
Farm to Yoga was founded in New York by yogi, farmer, & healthy foodie Abby Paloma, whose goal is to “unite yoga communities with their local farmers & farmers with their local yogis.” As Abby is a San Diego native, & our city has a growing number of organic farms, a thriving yoga community, & passionate locavore chefs, it was only natural that Abby bring the Farm to Yoga experience here.
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for this fun farm adventure. We began the afternoon with a lovely yoga practice completely outdoors - under the blue sky, the trees, & in the warm spring breeze. The closest I’d practiced yoga outdoors was in a palapa in Costa Rica., which was awesome, but this was even better! I couldn’t help but leave my eyes open during savasana & focus meditatively on the trees above me. So peaceful! Sarah is one of my absolute favorite teachers in San Diego & I was lucky enough to spend 3 weeks with her in January during an intensive “Living Yoga Immersion” at Pilgrimage of the Heart.
After yoga, we toured the farm, foraged & nibbled edible weeds like “Lamb’s Ear,” & experienced “Amcella Oleracea” aka, the “Toothache Plant,” an edible flowerhead that causes a novocain like numbing sensation in the mouth. It’s acrid ignition causes extreme salivation, followed by a few moments of numbness, then a stimulating tingling sensation. Wow. It was quite a fun experience for me, a CSA member of Suzie’s, to walk the among the rows & rows of gorgeous organic vegetables & see where the nourishing food I prepare my meals with is actually grown. Standing there on that farm I could really seeing the heart that goes into cultivating the land really reaffirmed my mission to eat locally, as locally & organically as possible. As I often hear, “we vote with our dollars,” & my vote is for supporting local farmers’ & farmers’ markets.
After the farm tour we were treated to a lovely “al fresco” vegan meal prepared by Green Truck who serves fresh, local, organic food out of their veggie oil truck & solar powered kitchen! San Diego’s Green Truck sources much of their produce for their menu from Suzie’s Farm, & 98% of the meal created for us that day was made from Suzie’s produce.
“Green Truck’s Farm to Yoga Menu”
- “Kale Coconut Curry Salad” - curly kale, watermelon radish, raw beet, quinoa, coconut curry dressing, & crispy curry cashews
- “Garlic Green & Yellow Beans” - steamed & seared in California EVOO, Bragg liquid aminos, & red chiles
- “Baby Broccoli Tacos” - grilled baby broccoli, fresh lemon, almond chile romesco sauce, local fresh corn tortilla
- “The Farm Pesto” - grilled Floridor squash, balsamic wilted spinach, basil & nettle pesto, white arugula flower
- “Fresh Suzie’s Strawberries & Lemon Verbena” - simple as that!
The meal was amazing! So fresh & flavorful. I am already planning a recreation of that kale salad. And those tacos? Perfection! I know what I’ll be doing with my next bunch of Suzie’s baby broccoli. I absolutely leapt off the bench at the opportunity for seconds! Yum.
It was a truly unique & wonderful experience, & I can’t wait to do it again! Thank you to Abby, Sarah, Suzie’s Farm, & Green Truck for a magical day!
Farm to Table Vegan Dinner For Non Toxic Revolution
Attention San Diegans with charitable hearts! JoinKeep A Breast/Non Toxic Revolution for a very special evening in Encinitas! Come out & enjoy a 5 course Prix-Fixe vegan, organic, & local farm to table dinner, craft cocktails with organic gin & vodka, fresh pressed local organic juices. Details:
This event sounds all kinds of awesome, if only it wasn’t $200 a ticket! I’ve got about that to last me to the end of the month! But I sure do wish I could make it happen because the menu looks out-of-this-vegan-world. We’re talking “Caribbean Coconut Spring Rolls with a Spiced Brazil Nut Pate Heirloom Tomato Stacks with a Pistachio Pesto, Raw Mozzarella, & an Aged Balsamic Glaze.” I mean!
And it is for such a good cause! If you’re not familiar with KABNTR here is a little background:
Non Toxic Revolution’s mission is to inform, educate & inspire young people to revolt against the dangers of toxic chemicals in their environment & food supply especially those linked to the initiation of breast cancer. Its aim is to focus on prevention as a means to maintaining long-term health & well-being. NTR also provides alternative choices so that young people everywhere can make smart changes. NTR is part of The Keep A Breast Foundation’s mission to encourage youth to embrace prevention as a deterrent to breast cancer & other breast diseases & cancers.
It’s such an awesome cause & such an important issue for women of all ages. If you can afford the ticket price I highly encourage you to lend your support!
For menu, more information & tickets click: HERE
S.D. Animal Aid Unlimited Fundraiser
Hey compassionate San Diego peeps, this is for you! Martinis Above 4th is hosting an “Animal Aid Unlimited Fundraiser” on Tuesday June 4th, with special guest, Belinda Carlisle! Belinda was my absolute idol when I was in the 6th grade, & yes, I’m dating myself, but “Mad About You” was my jam! Charity, Belinda, Martinis? Sign me up!
Come & support Animal Aid Unlimited & the homeless street animals they serve at an event featuring special guest Belinda Carlisle along with Spencer Day. Tuesday, June 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m. VIP tickets are $125, includes a pre-event reception beginning at 5:30, two drink tickets & vegetarian dinner. General Admission is $85, doors open at 6:00 & includes one signature martini & vegetarian dinner. Bring your credit card to the event for the silent auction!Animal Aid Unlimited is a US-based charitable organization that runs a busy animal hospital & shelter in Udaipur, Rajasthan India, where ownerless street animals are rescued, healed, loved, & returned to the neighborhoods from where they came. Dedicated volunteers from all over the world work with Animal Aid’s staff who serve fallen angels with tenderness, respect, & joy. Animal Aid’s purpose is to both bring relief to suffering animals, & to awaken compassion among people.
Farm to Yoga Returns!
Attention fellow San Diego yogis & healthy foodies! Farm To Yoga returns to San Diego, May 19th! Spend a relaxing day at the farm & indulge in the best of San Diego’s year long harvest season. Tour the farm & permaculture sites of Suzie’s Organic Farm (my CSA!) with with Suzie’s farmers & Farm to Yoga founder Abby Paloma. Stretch out in the sunshine with a yoga class lead by my favorite teacher, the amazing Sarah Clark of Wellawareness Yoga. Following yoga, nourish your body with an “ultra-ganic” meal grown in Suzie’s field & prepared by San Diego’s Green Truck!
I was all signed up & ready to go to the first one in January, but ended up with an upper respiratory infection that left me bedridden that weekend! Boooo! This event, however, I will not miss!
Sunshine, fresh air, heart centering yoga, a delicious meal, amazing people, supporting your local farmers, does it get any better? Click here to reserve your spot!
A Taste of Vegan, San Diego
Listen up locals, there is an awesome event coming our way! This Saturday, March 30, the SD chapter of Last Chance for Animals will be hosting “A Taste of Vegan,” a FREE vegan festival full of vegan food samplings, informative speakers, cooking demos, trivia games, children’s activities, discounted vegan merchandise & a screening of Vegucated!
“A TASTE OF VEGAN”
- SATURDAY, MARCH 30,
- 11 AM–7 PM
- LOCATION: Joyce Beers Community Center, 1230 Cleveland Ave., San Diego 92103 (Hillcrest–across from Trader Joe’s).
- FREE ADMISSION FOR EVERYONE!
Food tasting demos will be provided by: Cups, Daiya, Evolution Fast Food, Jyoti Bihanga, Mary’s Gone Crackers, Muzita Abyssinian Bistro, Native Foods, Ocean Beach People’s Food Co-op, Plumeria, Ranchos Cocina, San Diego Soy Dairy, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, & Wayfare Foods!
In addition to the food & fun, there will be a “1/2 PRICE ALL VEGAN BOUTIQUE’S LEFTOVER MERCHANDISE SALE.” Limited sizes are left, but there are still over 600 pairs of shoes, pro-veg & animal rights tees, wallets & purses from Bungalow 360, Engage Green, Matt & Nat, & more. Everything will be 50% off the lowest marked price. CASH ONLY!!!
For more info about the festival & the event line up visit atasteofvegan.org.
LOVELIKEBEER’s Cornucopia Menu!
A few weeks ago I shared the exciting news that LOVELIKEBEER’s first event of 2013 is on the books for April 3rd at The Linkery in North Park! This event will feature “Meso-American Inspired Vegan Cuisine” dreamed up by chefs Keith Adams & Max Bonacci, & custom cask ales from San Diego’s own AleSmith Brewing Co. If that doesn’t get your tummies growling (& mouths watering), feast your eyes on the final release of the entire menu above! And in LOVELIKEBEER’s true charitable fashion, 15% of the sales from this event will benefit the San Diego Chapter of Engineers Without Borders.
No advanced tix, or pre-fixe menus. Items will be available “a la carte” so you can lightly graze, or stuff yourselves silly (I highly recommend the latter!). Come one, come all & RSVP! Also be sure to follow LOVELIKEBEER on Facebook for up-to-date event info, FAQs, photos & more.
Fantastic vegan food, beer, friends, & philanthropy? Sounds like a party to me. Hope to see you there!
Spanish Vegan Cooking Class
Well, hey there! I’ve been meaning to recap this Spanish themed vegan cooking class for quite sometime, but I’ve just been swamped! A few weekends ago, my Mom & I attended another awesome vegan cooking class with Chef Jenn at Sea Rocket Bistro. People always question, “a VEGAN cooking class at a SEAFOOD restaurant?” The answer is “yes.” Kinda kooky at first thought, I know, but this is vegan friendly joint - in addition to these seasonal vegan cooking classes, they hosted the first ever LOVELIKEBEER event, launched the first dish in LLB’s permanent menu series, recently hosted an all vegan brunch, & always have a handful of vegan items on the menu. Needless to say, it’s a great place to take a mixed crowd, as there is something for everyone, & I appreciate that!
Anyway, back to the class. This Spanish inspired all vegan menu was built around small plates served “tapas” style, a main course of Quinoa Paella, & a delicious Spanish style coconut custard! Yum. Here’s a bit more detail!
- Warm Almonds with Mixed Olives: “Assorted olives mixed with garlic, herbs, citrus, red pepper flakes, & olive oil, served with warm toasted almonds.” These were wonderful! I could’ve eaten these all day! Perfect to snack on with a lovely cocktail, or glass of spanish rose.
- Grilled Eggplant in Tomato Vinaigrette: “Thick rounds of Japanese eggplant slightly grilled & topped with a “sauce” of raw roma tomatoes, Spanish olive oil, sherry vinegar, green onions, capers, garlic, & basil.” This is such light & refreshing dish. This would be a perfect appetizer to serve at a summer soiree when eggplant is in its peak season.I love eggplant, but my mom has never been an eggplant fan, but this dish made her a believer!
- Patatas Bravas: “New potatoes roasted with fresh chives & parsley & topped with a Spanish style “brava” sauce of pureed tomatoes, onion, carrot, garlic, white wine, sherry vinegar, olive oil, Tabasco, agave, sweet pimenton, cumin, & fresh thyme.” The brava sauce was delicious - slightly sweet with a bit of heat! I wanted to put this sauce on everything from toasted bread, to roasted veggies.
- Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic Aioli: “Cauliflower florets simply roasted with olive oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper, topped with a vegan take on aioli - a blend of pine nuts, garlic, lemon juice, evoo, salt & pepper.” I think cauliflower gets a bum rap! To any of you who think it tastes like dirty gym socks, I dare you to roast it until it’s tender & caramelized! Simply delicious & even better with a creamy aioli!
- Vegetable Quinoa Paella: “Quinoa toasted & simmered in white wine, vegetable stock, & saffron, served with piquillo peppers, roma tomatoes, fresh peas, garbanzo beans, & thinly sliced fennel.” I loved this healthful twist on “traditional” paella, which utilizes protein rich quinoa in place of rice. My favorite NYE tradition is whipping up a pot of paella to serve with champagne, & will definitely be making this again. I enjoyed the combination of vegetables in this recipe, but you can substitute with whatever your little heart desires. And…who else cannot get enough of saffron? So rich & fragrant!
- “Natillas” Spanish Style Custard: ”Almond milk, coconut milk, & coconut cream infused with vanilla,cinnamon, lemon & lime zest, thickened with silken tofu & blended into a creamy pudding. Served chilled & topped with cinnamon & fresh strawberries.” Natillas is a Spanish term referring to a custard dish made with milk & eggs. Isn’t it wonderful that we can veganize almost anything these days. I’m obsessed with dessert, especially dessert that consists of coconut cream! This rich & creamy custard was a delightful end to our meal. I really love strawberries, & am so excited to see them arriving at the farmers’ markets, but this custard would be lovely top with any seasonal fruit variety!
I’ve been to almost all of Chef Jenn’s classes, & this was one of my favorites to date! If you are a San Diegan & haven’t attended a class yet I highly encourage you to join us. The classes are hands-on - so you learn A LOT. It’s also a great way to meet new friends. What better way to connect with others than cooking a meal together? The best part is, after all that prep & cooking, everyone sits communal style to enjoy the meal, paired with thoughtfully selected craft beer or wine. Oftentimes, we even make enough for leftovers to take home. Be sure to check Chef Jenn’s website for upcoming classes. I believe the next one will be scheduled for the spring. We’re hoping it’s for Easter brunch!
LOVELIKEBEER PRESENTS CORNUCOPIA
Listen up San Diego, & So Cal friends! LOVELIKEBEER, the San Diego organization dedicated to creating inspiring “Vegan Food & Craft Beer” events, has just announced the date & location of their 7th event!
“LOVELIKEBEER presents “CORNUCOPIA” -
- WEDNESDAY, APRIL 03 / 5:30PM - 11:00PM
- MESO-AMERICAN INSPIRED VEGAN CUISINE W/ CUSTOM CASK ALES FROM ALESMITH
- ONE NIGHT ONLY - NO COVER - A LA CARTE
- THE LINKERY, 3794 30TH STREET, NORTH PARK
- 15% OF PROCEEDS BENEFIT ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS – SAN DIEGO
- MENU AND MORE AT LOVELIKEBEER.COM
- (no tickets required)
Win a Trip to Native Food’s Grand Opening in San Diego!
The day I’ve been waiting so patiently for is about to arrive! That’s right, we’re getting a Native Foods in San Diego! Next weekend they’re hosting a very special “VIP Grand Opening Party,” & I am desperately trying to work my way on the guest list. Wish you were here in sunny San Diego to celebrate this awesomeness? Well, Native Foods is offering to make that happen with a Facebook contest.
- TO ENTER: create a video telling about your favorite menu item at Native Foods Café & post it on our Facebook Wall! Creativity counts & weirdness is totally embraced.
- Grand Prize wins airfare for two, hotel, spending cash, a Pirate’s Adventure on the San Diego Bay & tickets to the Grand Opening VIP party!
- 25 runners-up will win some really cool prizes too!
Hurry, hurry! The contest ends Monday, January 21st at 12pm PST. That’s TOMORROW! Check the Events Page for full details. Good luck!
Ooooh, & if you win, please invite me as your date!!!
Farm to Yoga Dinner
Farm to Yoga is coming to San Diego & couldn’t be more excited. How does this sound? Spend a relaxing day at the farm & indulge in the best of San Diego’s year long harvest season. Tour the garden of Emerald Village with Abby Paloma. Stretch out in the sunshine with a yoga class lead by one of my favorite & amazing teachers, Sarah Clark. Following yoga, nourish your body with an “ultra-ganic” meal grown in the field & prepared by holistic Chef Gage & Cocina Club. Wow, right?
**this is a family friendly event!
- When: 1pm-5:30pm Sunday, January 27th 2013
- Where: Emerald Village gardens & grounds Vista, CA
- Exchange: $65 (full experience) $45 (dinner & tour) $85 (Gold plate)
GENERAL DAY PLAN
- 1pm friends arrive with local snacks
- 1:30pm grounds tour & plant walk with Abby Paloma
- 2:30pm yoga with Sarah Clark
- 4pm dinner served with the Cocina Club
Every dinner is different as what is ripe in the field changes. Meals are all locally sourced with vegetarian, vegan, & gluten free options.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO BUY TICKETS GO TO: WWW.FARMTOYOGA.COM
Or, go straight to the ticketing link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/311735?date=760990
Those of you that know me personally know that I am a dedicated yoga practitioner, & as all of you know as readers of this blog, eating a compassionate plant-based diet is also just as near & dear to my heart. How wonderful is it that the two things that I am so passionate about are so deeply interwoven? Vegetarianism & moral living are both aspects of “ahimsa,” Sanskrit for “to do no harm,” & is the first of the five Yamas in the eight limbs of ”classical” Yoga. It’s no wonder that yoga, so aligned with my personal principals, has become a guiding force in my life.
An afternoon on the farm, doing yoga in the fresh air & sunshine, & a delicious vegan meal sounds like my kind of day! I was so delighted to receive an invitation to this event & had to share it here for all of my fellow San Diegans. I hope to see you there!