Monday, November 26, 2012

It's Persimmon Season + recipe

As a little girl my Nana, an unlabeled vegetarian/ health nut/food activist. Introduced me to a world of organic, sustainable fruits and vegetables through her garden. She put her soul into her garden. On her knees, in the dirt, for hours she'd hum and sing as she planted collard greens, peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash. Not to mention our backyard had a peach, orange, and grape tree that we'd make pies, jellies, salads, and casseroles from. 

Nearby my Aunt Faye had trees full of pecans, figs, and persimmons, (what I thought were orange tomatoes). I lived like a country girl in the city which indirectly taught me the importance of organic farming, sustainability, and food justice.  Although, I had been exposed to a world full of delicious fruits and veggies the orange tomatoes stole my heart with their mild sweetness, hint of spice, and chewy texture.

There are two types of persimmons Fuyu and Hachiya. Fuyu persimmons are shaped like tomatoes, with a tough outer skin, with a mild sweetness, and can be eaten anytime. While Hachiya persimmons are acorn shaped, with a soft outer skin, and can only be eaten when very ripe (or you will get cotton mouth).

One of the great things about persimmons are their versatility. They can be eaten raw, baked with spices, canned and jellied, and even blended into a smoothie. One of my favorite persimmon treats is my Raw Vegan Persimmon Pudding.

I’ve included the recipe below:

2 Large, ripe persimmons
2 Frozen ripe bananas
4 Medjool dates
1 tsp. Vanilla
4 tbsp. Chia Seeds
4oz Coconut milk 

Combine all ingredients in a blender on low speed until liquefied. Remove from blender and pour in a container with a lid. Cover and put into freezer for 20 minutes. Remove from freezer, serve with a mint and Chia seeds for garnish. 
(Picture coming soon) 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Restaurant Review: Golden Lotus

Me and Thai Iced Tea
I love to eat. Although, many in my circle tease me for eating like a rabbit. Little do they know that not much can put a smile on my face like good quality food. My weeks are full of smoothies, fresh juices, salads, beans, quinoa, fruits, veggies and nuts- but sometimes- (like once every month for about a week)- I crave heavier, rich, filling foods. When these cravings come on there are few restaurants that meet my standards for quality, taste, and health under one roof.
Vegan Veggie Pot Stickers with Peanut Sauce
A place I often turn to when I have meat eating visitors or when my palate is craving faux meat is Golden Lotus Restaurant. One of Oakland, California’s most popular vegan restaurants. They are located in the heart of downtown open for lunch until late into the night. Their extensive menu will have you wishing you were hungrier, richer, or available to return the next day. The warm family style atmosphere is light and jovial. The wait staff is attentive and friendly. The Golden Lotus menu creatively names their dishes after popular meat dishes, although everything is vegan. This place is great for large groups, couples, and even a solo date. 
Sweet and Sour Chicken with Brown Rice
Gourmet Spicy Lemongrass Chicken

I have frequented this place for over six years now. After trying many different entrees still I return to my favorite: Special #16 Gourmet Spicy Lemongrass Chicken with a side of brown rice and a vegan Thai Ice Tea. I top it off with my favorite dessert of all time: Sweet Sticky Rice and Mango. YUMM!!!

Check this place out and share your experience here. Happy Eating!!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Life G.P.A

I want to thank everyone for their patience with me... I have an inbox full of messages, calls I have to return, a home I need to clean, a gym I need to attend, and a stack of assignments to complete. I chewed off a lot this year by deciding to return to school while balancing 2 jobs. Now, 2 ½ months into the first semester things are getting REAL.

At the end of a long week of studying for 3 days straight, flashcards, little sleep, and 2 jobs nothing feels better than to see an A on an exam. I live for the grade. When it’s all said and done the grade reaffirms that all of my hard work and sacrifice isn’t in vain. I find this need for a grade spilling over into my personal life. Now that I am back in school I find myself wanting an A-F grade for everything. How clean is my room? A-F, How neat is my handwriting? A-F, How is my outfit? A-F, How well do I kiss? A-F......Seems I always need to know the grade. Of course If it’s less than an A I’m hurt yet even more determined to earn one. I want a 4.0 in life (and a few AP courses wouldn’t hurt either).

I am a Capricorn, and we love to be productive, organized, and accomplished. Although, I am making A’s in my classes. The rest of my life report card is suffering:

School A+
Work A-
Gym B-
Returning Calls C
Returning Emails D
Cleaning House F-

My life G.P.A is not looking good. (Anybody want to calculate it?) Not, to mention I only posted one post last week which utterly hurts my heart. Whether I have a million followers or not this blog grounds me. In many ways it gives me balance and motivates me to continue on my own journey toward total health and wellness while inspiring others.

I believe goal setting is important and effective for success  yet  I can’t help but wonder if a grading scale is necessary for every aspect of my life. Is it healthy or unrealistic and ultimately detrimental to all of my efforts? What are your thoughts on it?

In the meantime, as I struggle/strive to make the grade I appreciate all of your patience, support, comments, emails, invites, and love. You are noticed and appreciated please check your inbox soon for a reply message from me.