Organic Vs. Conventional Produce- Minerals Count!

Sometimes we may think we are saving money by refraining from purchasing organic produce. There is definitely a big taste difference in the conventional items which have much less flavor, and it’s easy to forget how many minerals we lose when consuming conventional veggies and fruits. The more we lack minerals, the greater chance of […]

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

San Francisco Charms – Updated

San Francisco not only teases the senses with colorful Victorian homes, amazing bay views, and abundant arts and culture, but is a vegetarian travel haven. One  highlight is being treated to dinner at the classic gourmet Millennium Restaurant. It seems the best way to experience Millennium’s many offerings is by sharing several items with your […]

Monday, November 14th, 2011

San Diego Farmer’s Markets Shine

I was excited to experience my first all-vegetarian farmer’s market in Imperial Beach, which I had heard about through fellow San Diegan and vegetable lover George Vutetakis. In the spirit of fresh summer produce and all the inspiration for cooking that can go along with that, I am reprinting his article and photos about San […]

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Tempted by Fair Trade Chocolate

Literally the day my holistic health doctor told me to cut out chocolate and sugar for two weeks to kill the lingering cough so many people have this year, I came home to find packages from two local and fair trade chocolate companies. The torture. Yet it was a joy winning a Valentine’s “Share Your […]

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Slow Food an Eco-Friendly and Calmer Way to Dine

My friend, a fellow vegan beginning a path of spirituality, returned from a 5-day meditation retreat saying it was a life-changing event. One of the lessons he wanted to integrate into daily life was “setting the fork down after every bite, eating mindfully, fully enjoying every bite and honoring the hard work that went into […]

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Vegan Dessert Expert and Personal Chef to Boot

At the recent Compassion Bash, I was charmed by delicious pumpkin spiced cupcakes with cinnamon “buttercream” and candied maple pecans. The vegan dessert was a creation of Mickey’s Bakery, which started in Berkeley, CA in 2002, although Mickey Walker had been baking vegan items since attending The Natural Gourmet Institute and working as a chef […]

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

San Francisco Charms with Vegetarian Travel Options

San Francisco not only teases the senses with colorful Victorian homes, amazing bay views, and abundant arts and culture, but is a vegetarian travel haven. One  highlight is always being treated to dinner at the classic gourmet Millennium Restaurant. It seems the best way to experience Millennium’s many offerings is by sharing several items with […]

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Navitas Naturals Impresses with Organic Vegan Products

It was an exciting day when the box from Navitas Naturals arrived. I had no idea how much I would like the certified organic and Kosher vegan products popular among raw foodists. The package contained a multicultural array of superfoods no worldly woman could resist. First came the goji berries, the Himalayan superfruit known to […]

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Enamored with a Farmer’s Market

I fell in love today. Surprisingly the culprit was a Farmer’s Market. San Diego has 40 markets I am slowly exploring. The one that got to my heart was in Little Italy. This was three or four blocks of sunshiny heaven, where live jazz and Latin music played and people spilled out of nearby European-style […]

Thursday, September 10th, 2009