Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Friday Lunch w/ Judita in NYC – video

by Kristen Suzanne in new york

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Friday, June 5th, 2009

Candle Cafe, Cafe Blossom, and More… NY Vegan Restaurants

by Kristen Suzanne in green juice, new york

I love to travel. I love to eat. So, as you can guess, I’m one happy girl right now because I’m able to do both. I’ve been looking forward to coming to NY for a very long time because of the plethora of vegan (and Raw) food options. I came prepared with a long list of places that I want to try. While Raw items might be limited on some of the menus, I still wanted to try out a bunch of places. 

The first restaurant we visited Wednesday night was Candle Cafe (we went back Thursday for lunch). There are two restaurants in the city by these owners, Candle 79 (more upscale from what I understand) and Candle Cafe. We plan on checking out Candle 79’s brunch menu this weekend. The owners pride themselves on serving organic vegan food and I was stoked to try them out. We were not disappointed. It was fantastic. That’s a pic of my lovely green juice I had with lunch Thursday.

Then, for Thursday’s dinner, we went to Cafe Blossom in the upper west side, which is very close to our hotel (lucky me!!!). Like Candle Cafe, they were packed. The decor was beautiful and we loved our food. We will be going there many times during our visit here in NY. They’re under the same ownership as Blossom (supposedly more upscale). They were the winner of “Time Out NYC Eat Out Awards 2008 Best Vegetarian Restaurant” and I’m eager to try Blossom now as well.

Exciting Times with Exciting People!
I have a fantastically FUN schedule full of social get togethers with many Raw foodies while I’m here. Friday, I’m meeting the lovely and talented Judita for lunch at Pure Food & Takeaway (I’ve been dreaming of eating here for so long!). You can bet that I’ll be visiting this awesome place multiple times since I can’t eat everything on the menu in one visit, although I might try. 

Saturday afternoon, I’m meeting the uberly sweet and fun Gena (of Choosing Raw). She is fast becoming a great friend of mine and I can’t wait to give her a huge hug. We’re getting juiced up at Cafe Blossom. This won’t be our only visit together. Fortunately, we are staying not far from her, so we’ll be gal palling around more than once.

Saturday night, I’m meeting the super famously cool cat, Dhru (of We Like It Raw) at Pure Food & Wine (another place I can now check off of my life’s to-do list – whoot!). Again, I plan on going there a few times so I can try different things. In fact, I’ll be there next Thursday night (fingers crossed) to meet up with one of my girlfriends from culinary school. 

Next Friday, I’m excited to meet up with Michelle (of Raw Cool… Black is the new blog…). We’re getting some delicious grub at Quintessence. I’ve heard only great things about that place. Can’t wait! Good times!

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Friday, June 5th, 2009

My Raw Food On The Airplane To NY – My 1st Video!

by Kristen Suzanne in new york, prunes, travel, video

Yay! My first video on my blog. Big fun! I did this quickly while testing out my camera and learning to edit (uummm…. I have a long way to go – LOL – but at least I can get something up in a jiffy). 

So… here we go… 
I can’t stand airplane food… it’s total sh*t. As a result, I’m always prepared. Check out the goodies I brought along for my husband and myself on our plane ride to New York. 

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Whale Wars Series Starts June 5!!!

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

June 5…. the start of season two of Whale Wars with Paul Watson (of Sea Shepard) and his crew trying to save whales. Last season was amazing and I expect this one to be the same. Seeing whales hunted makes my blood boil and I’m thankful that Paul and his crew are out there trying to save as many as they can. Check out the following clips.

Note: The clips include raw footage thought by the network too graphic for anyone under the age of 18. While I agree it’s intense and brings out all kinds of emotions in me, I think it’s important for the world to see.

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Monday, June 1st, 2009

Cool News To Peruse

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Must See Documentary – June 2009 – (view trailer here) – Our nation’s food industry gets exposed in this exciting new documentary. I can’t wait to see it!

Check out a great review of it here.

Tori Spelling Makes Baby Food For Her Little One – view here.

Curcumin may delay the spread of fat tissue – read more here.

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Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Tuesday’s Raw Food Intake :)

It’s been a pretty lean day… I estimate that I took in about 1200 calories.

3 cups watermelon (I love watermelon!)

4 cups watermelon

1/2 cup raw organic sauerkraut from Gold Mine Natural Foods

Protein Shake (3 T Sun Warrior Raw Rice Protein Powder, 1 heaping T Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein Powder, 2 cups water, dash cinnamon)

Salad (3 cups romaine lettuce, 1 red bell pepper, 1/4 cup sauerkraut, 1.5 T of Mustard Seed Dill Dressing – YUM! love that dressing – my husband was licking his bowl – will post recipe in the future)

Protein Shake (3 T Sun Warrior Raw Rice Protein Powder, 1 heaping T Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein Powder, 2 cups water, dash cinnamon)

4 cups watermelon

Salad (4 cups romaine lettuce, 1/2 yellow bell pepper, 2 T sauerkraut – this time it was from my homemade batch!, 1.5 T of Mustard Seed Dill Dressing)
1/2 cup broccoli on the side

Small Protein Shake (2 T Sun Warrior Raw Rice Protein Powder, 2 cups water, dash cinnamon)

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Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Harvesting My Sauerkraut – Holy Heck!

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne, sauerkraut

Tuesday was the big day! I opened up my fancy shmancy sauerkraut pot to see if I actually had edible sauerkraut after waiting (somewhat patiently) for 4 weeks. The recommended time to allow veggies to ferment is at least 3 weeks, with 4-5 being better.) Check out my post about making the sauerkraut here.

Let me tell you, I was actually scared to take the lid off. I’m kind of a wuss when it comes to mold, dark unknown things, cold, damp, etc. I had visions of finding a human head in there or a bunch of creepy crawly things coming out. My mind got a little carried away. I was also a little fearful that the sauerkraut wasn’t a success.

So, while my husband was at a meeting today, I marched into the kitchen, determined and brave as all get out, and I lifted the lid off. Hhhmmm… nothing jumped out to bite me. Nothing exploded in my face. I put my nose closer and took a whiff. It was pleasant and mildly sweet and not at all gross. OK… I’m off to a good start. However, I stopped there. When I looked down in the pot at the stone weights on top of my sauerkraut, which were submerged with brine, I got weak in the knees again. I was afraid to stick my hand in there. Better wait until my husband comes home and ask him to do it!

Fast forward to my husband coming home… I was able to talk him into putting his hand in there and taking out the stones and leaves of cabbage that were placed on top of the sauerkraut. I sniffed again and took a closer look. I didn’t see any mold. My spirits were lifting by the second. It was time to taste it. Uummmm…. “Honey, you go first.” Nope, he wouldn’t do it – LOL. So, I took a tiny nibble of a piece that was accidentally flung on the counter. OMG! It was so good!!!! I took an actual bite. Wowee!!!! Success!!! I gave a fork full to my husband and he was majorly impressed. What a relief!

I transfered it all to my quart size glass mason jars (I filled 6 of them!) and sealed them with my Food Saver (using my glass mason jar attachment). I’m so happy! It worked! It’s homemade! It’s extra healthy! It’s locally grown and organic! It’s made with massive love.

The picture above features my beautiful organic, raw, unpasteurized sauerkraut in the front bowl – I love the gorgeous golden-yellow color. The bowl in the back is holding some fermented raw veggies from Rejuvenative that I bought at Whole Foods. Sorry, that stuff doesn’t hold a candle to my homemade goodness.

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Monday, May 25th, 2009

Raw Vegan Recipe: Hempin’ Around Chia Pudding

by Kristen Suzanne in chia seeds, hemp seeds

I made a new chia pudding recipe with the Creamy Dreamy Hemp Milk I made the other day. I decided I needed to share it with y’all, especially since there was a request for recipes made with Raw Vegan Milk. So, here is my latest chia pudding recipe, Hempin’ Around Chia Pudding. It’s yummy! I love how the hemp seed flavor shines through. When I asked my husband what he thought of it, he exclaimed, “AWESOME!” (He’s a huge hemp seed fan.) If you’d like it sweeter, then by all means, add some more sweetness to it. The way the recipe is, it’s not super sweet, making this a good snack or breakfast.

Hempin’ Around Chia Pudding
By Kristen Suzanne of
Yield 3 cups

3 cups Creamy Dreamy Hemp Milk*
4 Medjool dates, pitted (or more)
2 tablespoons lucuma powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup shredded coconut, dried and unsweetened

Blend the Creamy Dreamy Hemp Milk along with the dates, lucuma, cinnamon, and almond extract until creamy. Place the chia seeds and coconut into a bowl and add the blended hemp milk mixture. Stir thoroughly and wait a couple of minutes. Stir again and wait another couple of minutes. Stir again. At this point you can eat it or place it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve it. Hempin’ Around Chia Pudding will stay fresh in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to five days.

* I made my Creamy Dreamy Hemp Milk with dates. The dates listed in this recipe are in addition to the dates already included in the hemp milk.

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Friday, May 22nd, 2009

How To Make Raw Vegan Milk

Raw vegan milk, made with raw nuts or seeds, is easy, healthy, and wonderful. It’s cholesterol free, full of nutrients, and it’s much easier on the planet. Raw vegan milk is perfect for drinking by itself, adding to smoothies, or eating with Raw granola (or any cereal!). Yum!

When I make a nut or seed milk I usually make it with hemp seeds, because they’re packed with nutrition, I love their flavor, and no presoaking is required. Hemp seeds’ amino acid profile dominates with the 8 essential amino acids (10 if you’re elderly or a child), making it an excellent vegetarian source of “complete” protein. Go hemp!

However, you can make Raw vegan milk out of a variety of nuts/seeds. Here are some things to keep in mind. Always try to get raw, organic nuts and seeds if you can. When using cashews, hemp seeds, macadamia nuts or Brazil nuts, you basically don’t have to soak them before hand. Just put them in the blender with the following ingredients in the recipe below, and blend. Based on the consistency that you (and your family) like, you can simply increase or decrease the amount of water and sweetness. If you don’t have a high powered blender you might want to briefly chop the cashews, macadamia nuts, and/or Brazil nuts before blending to make it easier.

If you’re using pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, etc… then the general rule is to soak them before blending them for 6-8 hours (or overnight). This is done to release the enzyme inhibitors and make them easier to digest. Simply put them in a bowl on your counter, with enough water to cover by about an inch. After 6-8 hours, drain and rinse. Then, you’re ready to use them in your Raw vegan milk recipe.

Raw vegan milk will stay fresh in your refrigerator for up to five days. It’ll separate when it’s been sitting in your refrigerator so simply shake it up before serving. It also freezes pretty well (you might want to make a couple of batches at once and freeze them in glass mason jars).

By Kristen Suzanne of
Yield 4 cups

2 1/2 cups water, more if desired
1 1/2 cups hemp seeds
1 – 2 tablespoons raw agave nectar or 2 – 3 dates, pitted (optional)

Blend all of the ingredients until creamy and smooth.

- Make it vanilla by adding the seeds of a vanilla bean or some vanilla extract

- Make it chocolate by adding 1-2 tablespoons (or more!) of raw chocolate powder :)

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Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Zosimos Botanicals Coupon – Great Beauty Products

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

A while back I wrote about some beauty products I like from a company called Zosimos Botanicals.
GREAT NEWS! They have a coupon promo going on right now. Get 15% of everything when you use the coupon code: SUMMER
To take advantage of this, visit Zosimos Botanicals. You have until May 25th.

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