Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lunch at Sun Cafe

Today I met a friend for lunch at Sun Cafe in Studio City. This place is organic and vegan and has some raw stuff on the menu. We both ordered the Raw Fiesta Burger - a seasoned patty topped with guacamole, pico de gallo, nacho "cheese, " cashew mayo, and jalepenos. I ordered it served on a raw "bun." The bun was a chewy, raw cracker that broke into pieces once I bit into it. That part wasn't great. If I ordered it again, I'd chose the other option and get it wrapped in a lettuce leaf. The burger part was good and held together in a way that most veggie burgers don't. With all the stuff on it, it was heavy and a bit rich.

Dessert was a raw lemon and blueberry cheesecake. It tasted strongly of coconut oil, as these things generally do, but it was good.

What I ate today:

• coffee
• raw oatmeal w/ maple syrup
• orange
• Raw Fiesta Burger
• green salad - arugula, lemon basil dressing
• green drink -  kale, celery, cucumber, spinach, apple
• banana
• steamed spinach with olive oil and garlic
• carrots
• kale salad


Thursday, January 15, 2015


I'd had a toothache for a few days before I finally got into the dentist on Tuesday. Apparently I have a tooth with a previous root canal that has become reinfected. I'm on antibiotics now which is helping to take away the pain and sensitivity to cold. The last few days of eating were the same thing over and over. Lots of soft stuff - bananas, avocados, and coconut milk yogurt.

Today I was finally ready for some non-soft food. I picked up a tempeh BLT at a cafe in the neighborhood. If you're not familiar, tempeh is a soy product, not unlike tofu, but with a more firm texture. It does not taste at all like bacon but it's good, in its way.

What I ate today:

• coffee
• 1/2 cup raw cashews
• 1 kiwi
• green drink - kale, cucumber, spinach, apple, lemon (Grassroots)
• tempeh BLT - tempeh bacon, lettuce, tomato, bread, veganaise (Fiore Market Cafe)
• 1 banana
• lightly sauteed tatsoi greens, red chard, tomatoes, and garbanzos w/ olive oil
• 1 orange

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Day After the Thing

The Prevention photo crew was terrific. (My kitchen and I have never looked so glamorous together!) Having a team of pros to make you up, dress you fancy, and light you in a flattering fashion is something I could get used to. But, they are gone now so it's just me and my kale hanging out together. Sigh.

Have you seen red spinach before? I picked some up at Trader Joe's. It tastes like green spinach but is a deep berry color. Fun to try for something different.

What I ate today:

• handful cashews
• 2 bananas
• coffee, you bet
• kale, red spinach, radicchio, green onion, pecan, dried cranberry salad w/ vinaigrette
• Satsuma mandarin orange - so good right now, you guys
• avocado w/ lemon, Himalayan pink salt
• vegetable red curry - cauliflower, tomatoes, potatoes, peas w/brown rice

Friday, January 2, 2015

Making It Happen

The photo above is evidence of some amazing grilled baby eggplant I had last week at my friend Jennifer's place. If you ever get the chance for Jennifer to make these for you, you should totally eat them.

I'm still here in Raw-V Land. Perhaps the holiday season brought a little less Raw and a little more V. Perhaps I'm feeling a tad squishy and off. Perhaps. One thing's for sure, the fastest way I know to get back on track is the knowledge that Prevention Magazine is coming to my house in four days to take pictures of my Raw-V self. The article about transformational clean eating will be out in a few months. I'll let you know when that happens.

Meanwhile, hello bananas. Howdy, avocados. Oh my glorious green drink, how I've missed you.

What I ate today:

• coffee
• 2 bananas
• 1/2 cup of Brazil nuts
• 1 avocado
• green drink - kale, spinach, cucumber, apple, lemon (Grassroots)
• mixed greens w/vinaigrette (Nicole's)
• cold lentils  (Nicole's)
• hearts of palm, artichoke hearts, tomatoes salad  (Nicole's)
• green salad - tomatoes, avocado, mixed greens, baby kale, slivered almonds, ginger vinaigrette