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Restaurant Review: Blu Ale House – Riverdale, NJ

Blu Alehouse tastefully combines New American dining, and an upscale sports bar atmosphere into one. Conveniently located on the crossroads of Route 23 and I-287- Blu Alehouse is equipped with a full New American menu, over 35 beers on tap, and 20 big screen TV’s. Blu Alehouse is one of New Jersey’s premier destinations- a family restaurant by day, and an unforgettable nightlife experience after dark, featuring one of the biggest bars in the tri-state. Come and explore all that Blu has to offer you.

Blu Alehouse
Parking: Parking Lot, Free Valet (During dinner hours)

Indoor / Outdoor Dining, Private Space / Lounge Room, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant and Takeout

We are Open 7 Days a Week for Lunch and Dinner

Sunday – Wednesday: 11AM – 2AM
Thursday – Saturday: 11AM – 3AM

92 Route 23N Riverdale NJ, 07457

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This place is hot! The industrial sheik ceiling with a fake big ass fan, to the garage door front that opens up the bar to an open air lounge.

The food is great and creative also! Gourmet burgers that you can’t get anywhere else!
I got the Maine Burger with asparagus and baby lobster tail and had them put in the bison meat from the Colorado burger. It was delicious!

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My father and sister got a new burger not on this menu, it’s was a Taylor ham egg and cheese on top of the burger, It looked great:

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The next time I go I will probably get the south beach check it out!

They aren’t just burgers they do have sophisticated entrees and cool appetizers also

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Check out the Blue Ale House in Riverdale NJ if you are close to the area, you will not be upset!


Events: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Coming soon!!


Recipe: Shrimp and Avocado Ceviche

In honor of Cevich here is a delicious Ceviche Recipe for Ceviche Tacos – for a healthy low carb meal substitute a small salad for the Tortillas!

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They give the nutritional value but I think it’s for the whole recipe with the 12 tortillas so it is skewed! Eliminate the Tortillas and who would eat 12 tortillas in one sitting, even I wouldn’t do that on a cheat day!

I can’t wait to try this! Stay tuned!


Gym Gear: Air King Industrial Fan – what better way to cool off your home gym! *

Coming Soon!

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It was 89 degrees out and I felt the fan clear across my gym (a 2 car garage) I still sweat but between sets I had 15-30 seconds of getting blasted by the fan! This thing is awesome (however; it’s quite loud!) my girlfriend asked if I am getting one next to the bed next?) lol maybe I will lol the noise will definitely put my to sleep! I was born in Da Bronx, NY and as a city baby I need noise to sleep!

As a teenager I would sleep with my Heavy Metal blasting and the light on lol

Anyway; back to the fan! I have to look at the CFMs but it’s definitely stronger than any non commercial fan! It moves a lot of air!


Workout: Battle Ropes – wiggle your way to jacked! *

Coming soon!

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Restaurant Review: Cevich – Union Square NYC

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Cevich brings a brand new healthy food option to Union Square as New York City’s first grab-n-go Ceviche restaurant. This small but modern and relaxing restaurant offers a variety of dishes that blend traditional Peruvian recipes along with other culinary influences. Cevich’s dishes are fresh, affordable, customizable and gluten-free. Located in one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods, Cevich is close to famous attractions such as the Flatiron Building and Madison Square Park, as well as many boutique and name brand shops. Under the direction of co-owners and operators Reina Laws and Lindsay Goldstein, Cevich will become a trusted brand of the Ceviche product in a rapidly growing food market.

Cevich offers a variety of dishes inspired by the ancient South American cuisine in which fresh fish and seafood is “cold cooked” in a marinade of citrus juices, spices and other ingredients such as chilies, red onions and cilantro. The origins can be traced to the coastal regions of South America and is believed to have been created after Spanish settlers brought citrus trees to the region and Japanese immigrants their new culinary techniques and flavors. Executive Chef Evelyn Alberto executes the menu with sauces made in house daily with local, fresh ingredients. Menu items range from ceviche burritos and tacos to 12 or 16 oz. ceviche bowls and entrée salads.

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I got the Ceviche bowl with coconut rice, lime n da coconut (hold the red onion) and shrimp with avocado (not worth the $2 extra couldn’t even find the microscopic pieces) and Rocoto Sofrito hot sauce (that was amazing)

I loved it all except the price welcome to NYC! The food was fresh and light! If you order it with greens it’s perfect for gluten free and low carb diets!

Check this place out for something out of the ordinary and delicious!


Sore sore sore – my knee has been bothering me and I can’t do cardio! Ugh what will I do!

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My knee has been sore due to working in dress shoes and not having the right insoles. I purchased a rebounder and can’t do cardio until it arrives, but what shall I do in the meantime? I am going to try a 30 day challenge! Lets do this! My suits getting tight and I can’t afford to buy new ones while I am injured! Lets do this! 100 crunches today! I got this!

I picked a challenge I can do anywhere and anytime! No gym needed! Although; I will still be working out at the gym.

Stay tuned for results!
Yesterday I did 150 crunches
Today 100 pushups not bad!


Workout Review: The Benefits of Rebounding – Bounce your way to a healthier you! *

Coming Soon!!
What I plan to do is an in-depth review and evaluation of rebounding and it’s benefits on the body and how I can increase it’s efficiency using various tools! For example weights and my elevation training mask 2.0!

What is a Rebounder and can I achieve my target heart rate to do steady state cardio for a prolonged time with 85% less impact than any other piece of cardio equipment! Will my size inhibit my workout as opposed to a women half my size? Will my added weight increase the time between jumps causing my cardio to not be as quick as hers thus not achieving the same cardio load or because of my size it requires a greater load and the same effect will be seen? What will happen? If I can’t achieve the same cardio load will the use of the elevation mask and less available oxygen increase the load on my body enough to see greater results. Will the use of weights help or inhibit my workout? Will aerobics class like moves keep it exciting and fresh or will I default to straight jumping? Will the dog freak out and try to bite me as I jump lol? Many questions to be asked and many more to follow!

Will my knees feel better on the rebounder? Will jumping alleviate the pain from my knees or will it just transfer to somewhere else? For example will my ankles hurt instead? Are there injuries associated with prolonged rebounding such as stress fractures etc…

What will the future hold? Stay tuned!


Restaurant Review: Alice’s Lake Hopatcong, NJ

Hours
Mon: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Tue: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Wed: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Thu: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Fri: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sat: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sun: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Additional Information:
Reservations are highly recommended. Please note, Alice’s does not take reservations for the deck, all outdoor seating is first-come, first served.
Cuisine
American – Contemporary
American – Traditional
Meals
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Business Description
“Fine lakeside cuisine & cocktails” Lake Hopatcong resident Alice Szigethy, opened Alice’s in 2009 to expand the selection of lake destinations. In this reinvention of a building that had been a series of eateries over several decades, this space features vaulted ceiling, reclaimed barn-wood walls, comfy booths, and a full bar that extends from the airy interior to the breezy deck. A mahogany bar, runs the length of the deck so guests can enjoy a clear panorama of the water, and awnings give the outdoor diners a shady place to enjoy the view, the breeze – and of course, the food.
More Menus
Dinner Menu
Dinner is served Monday-Saturday and Sunday 4-8pm.
Soup And Salad
$8.00
White Corn Bisque

charred kernels, herb oil, scallions (v)

$8.00
White Corn Bisque

charred kernels, herb oil, scallions (v)

$9.00
Watermelon and Kale Salad

goat cheese , peanuts, queso fresco, honey and lime vinaigrette (v)

$8.00
Caesar Salad

sliced romaine, garlic crostini, classic caesar dressing, parmesan

$7.00
Alice Salad

shaved apples, white balsamic dressing (v)

$8.00
Chilled Cucumber Soup

greek yogurt, pickled red onion

Appetizer
$7.00
Onion Fritters

thousand island dipping sauce (v)

$7.00
Fresh Pea Hummus

toasted pita bread, extra virgim olive oil, (v)

$7.00
Onion Fritters

thousand island dipping sauce (v)

$7.00
Fresh Pea Hummus

toasted pita bread, extra virgim olive oil, (v)

$7.00
Mexican Style Corn on the Cob

cotija cream, chili salt, scallions (v)

$12.00
Crab Cake

jicama slaw, herb oil

$10.00
Tio’s Empanadas

beef and potato filing, greens, herb oil

$14.00
Tuna Tartare

asian slaw, lime-white soy sauce, scallions, sesame seeds

$7.00
Onion Fritters

thousand island dipping sauce (v)

$7.00
Fresh Pea Hummus

toasted pita bread, extra virgim olive oil, (v)

$7.00
Mexican Style Corn on the Cob

cotija cream, chili salt, scallions (v)

$12.00
Crab Cake

jicama slaw, herb oil

$10.00
Tio’s Empanadas

beef and potato filing, greens, herb oil

$14.00
Tuna Tartare

asian slaw, lime-white soy sauce, scallions, sesame seeds

$8.00
Mac N’ Cheese

cheddar cheese, bread crumbs, thick cut bacon in a skillet

$12.00
Fried Calamari

spicy jersey tomato sauce, bitter greens

$11.00
Fried Chicken Wings

house made hot sauce or asian style

Pasta
add: shrimp $8, chicken $6, salmon $10

$24.00
Capellini Pasta

sautéed shrimp, arugula pesto, toasted walnuts, parmesan

$19.00
Handcrafted Agnolotti

lemon and ricotta filled ravioli, english peas, pea shoots, pancetta, butter, parmesan

Entrees
$26.00
Thyme Roasted Mahi Mahi

roasted portabella, tender leeks, sunchoke puree, mushroom vinaigrette

$27.00
Sautéed Scottish Salmon

summer vegetables, cavatelli, local herbs, tomato water broth, extra virgin olive oil

$26.00
Thyme Roasted Mahi Mahi

roasted portabella, tender leeks, sunchoke puree, mushroom vinaigrette

$27.00
Sautéed Scottish Salmon

summer vegetables, cavatelli, local herbs, tomato water broth, extra virgin olive oil

$29.00
Grilled Yellowfin Tuna

seared rare, warm tuscan white bean salad, broccolini, black olive oil

$23.00
Roasted Chicken Breast

chilled salad of wild rice, cranberries, pecans, lime vinaigrette

$26.00
Charred Hanger Steak

roasted red potatoes, arugula, green tomato and lime salsa

$26.00
Thyme Roasted Mahi Mahi

roasted portabella, tender leeks, sunchoke puree, mushroom vinaigrette

$27.00
Sautéed Scottish Salmon

summer vegetables, cavatelli, local herbs, tomato water broth, extra virgin olive oil

$29.00
Grilled Yellowfin Tuna

seared rare, warm tuscan white bean salad, broccolini, black olive oil

$23.00
Roasted Chicken Breast

chilled salad of wild rice, cranberries, pecans, lime vinaigrette

$26.00
Charred Hanger Steak

roasted red potatoes, arugula, green tomato and lime salsa

$27.00
10 oz. Pepper Crusted Flat Iron Steak

mashed potatoes, yellow wax beans, house made steak sauce

$17.00
Cornmeal Fried Catfish

pickled summer vegetables, greens, roasted garlic mayo

$19.00
Alice’s Meatloaf

fresh ground pork and beef, mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, local corn on the cob

$26.00
Thyme Roasted Mahi Mahi

roasted portabella, tender leeks, sunchoke puree, mushroom vinaigrette

$27.00
Sautéed Scottish Salmon

summer vegetables, cavatelli, local herbs, tomato water broth, extra virgin olive oil

$29.00
Grilled Yellowfin Tuna

seared rare, warm tuscan white bean salad, broccolini, black olive oil

$23.00
Roasted Chicken Breast

chilled salad of wild rice, cranberries, pecans, lime vinaigrette

$26.00
Charred Hanger Steak

roasted red potatoes, arugula, green tomato and lime salsa

$27.00
10 oz. Pepper Crusted Flat Iron Steak

mashed potatoes, yellow wax beans, house made steak sauce

$17.00
Cornmeal Fried Catfish

pickled summer vegetables, greens, roasted garlic mayo

$19.00
Alice’s Meatloaf

fresh ground pork and beef, mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, local corn on the cob

$18.00
Lobster Roll

toasted new england style roll, cucumbers, mayonnaise, tarragon, lemon, shoestring fries

$12.00
Pulled Smoked Chicken Sandwich

toasted biscuit, pickles, shoestring fries, red cabbage slaw

$12.00
Alice’s Burger

toasted potato bun, lettuce, red onion, mayonnaise, pickles, shoestring fries

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I got the tuna tartare and my girlfriend got the lobster roll. The tuna was great! Extremely fresh and tasted amazing! The Asian slaw underneath accented the tuna nicely and balanced the flavors! The lobster roll however was watery and had zero taste because of it! I believe in was a cooking error! I believe they boiled the lobster and didn’t steam it. When they boiled the lobster they didn’t allow it to drain before adding the mayo and other ingredients thus causing the lobster salad to be watery and lacking all flavor. Proper ingredients as it was busting with fresh lobster chunks, but poor execution made for a bad lunch on her part and her fathers (he ordered the same) I’m glad the tuna was amazing as poor raw tuna could have been a nightmare!

Check out this place! The surrounding meals looked great, mine tasted great and the atmosphere is serene as the restaurant sits perched above lake hopatcong giving you a nice view with a nice breeze off the lake!

The parking sucks! So if you have a smaller car and a larger one, take the smaller one lol!


Supplement Review: So Delicious Unflavored Vanilla Coconut Milk

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Unsweetened Vanilla
COCONUT MILK BEVERAGE

Slide over soymilk and move over milk, So Delicious Original Coconut Milk Beverage is here! This delicious beverage goes great over cereal, in coffee, mixed into recipes and poured into a tall glass. Available in shelf-stable quarts & refrigerated half gallons.

Serving Size 1 cup (240 mL)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 45
Calories from Fat 40
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.5g 7%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg %
Sodium 15mg 1%
Potassium 50mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugar 0g
Protein 0g
• Vitamin A10%• Vitamin C0%• Calcium10%• Iron4%• Vitamin D30%• Folate6%• Vitamin B1250%• Magnesium10%• Zinc4%• Selenium8%
** Comprised of 65% medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs)
Ingredients: INGREDIENTS: ORGANIC COCONUT MILK (WATER, ORGANIC COCONUT CREAM), VANILLA EXTRACT, NATURAL FLAVORS, CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, MAGNESIUM PHOSPHATE, CARRAGEENAN, GUAR GUM, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN D-2, L-SELENOMETHIONINE (SELENIUM), ZINC OXIDE, FOLIC ACID, VITAMIN B-12.
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I am sooooo addicted to this (thanks Nicole my baby) it is so delicious! Unsweetened is less carbs and sugar than real milk (even though real milk is naturally sweetened by the cow) this has more calcium than real milk and it has the healthy MCT’s from the coconut! This is a no brainer! Sooo love it! Yum!

Check it out! And maybe you will convert your milk habits also!

Btw make sure you get the unflavored! It tastes good and you don’t need the excess sugar and calories!! Use your calories in a wiser way than getting flavored! Unflavored vanilla tastes flavored lol


Recipe: VEGAN CHOCOLATE AND RASPBERRY CHIA PUDDING

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And now to today’s recipe.

Would you like to try a chocolate and raspberry dessert that:

- is so healthy you could eat it for breakfast?
– keeps your blood sugar in the happy range?
– is so delicious that you feel like you are dining at a fine restaurant?

Would you believe me if I told you that this dessert is very easy to make and requires no cooking? No messing around in the kitchen – just a little bit of blending and stirring, put it in the fridge and it’s done. Only 4 ingredients needed.

In addition, it turns out picture perfect. Every. Single. Time.

Are you dying to try it yet?

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CHOCOLATE AND RASPBERRY CHIA PUDDING
Rating: 5

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients:

6 Tbsp chia seeds
2 cups coconut milk beverage or any non-dairy milk
6 large squares dark chocolate (yield about 2 Tbsp melted + 4 Tbsp grated chocolate to decorate)
½ cup fresh or frozen raspberries + a few raspberries to decorate
Instructions:

In a small pot melt about 4 chocolate squares over low heat (should yield about 2 tablespoon melted chocolate). Add 1 cup of the coconut milk beverage or your favourite non-dairy milk and stir until combined making sure the mixture doesn’t become too hot. Turn off the heat and let it cool to the room temperature.
In the meantime, add the raspberries and 1 cup of coconut milk beverage or your favourite non-dairy milk to a blender and puree until smooth. Pour the mixture into a jar or a glass container and add 3 tablespoons of chia seeds. Mix well until all the chia seeds are covered with the liquid. Cover with a tight lid and place in the refrigerator.
Once the chocolate mixture is cool, pour it into a jar or a glass container and add 3 tablespoons of the chia seeds. Mix well until all the chia seeds are covered with the liquid. Cover with a tight lid and place in the refrigerator. Keep the chia seeds in the fridge over night or for at least 8 hours.
Once ready to prepare the pudding, check the consistency of the chocolate chia. If you find it too thick add 2 or 3 tablespoons of the milk of your choice and mix well.
Divide the chocolate chia in half and place each half into 2 small bowls or dessert glasses. Divide the raspberry chia in half and place on top of the chocolate chia.
Grate the remaining 2 squares of the dark chocolate using a grater or shave it with a knife. To decorate the chia pudding, add about 2 tablespoons of the shaved chocolate and a few raspberries to each dessert glass.
Notes:

This dessert keeps well in the fridge for up to 10 hours. This recipe makes 2 puddings about 1 cup each. You can also make 4 mini-puddings about 1/2 cup each.
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This looks delicious and amazing! I would add protein powder! To make it protein rich Raspberry Chocolate Chia Pudding!

I will definitely try this!

The best part about not being vegan is it can take this delicious recipe and add any protein I want! Do I want a quick uptake? Then I’ll use whey. Do I want a slow uptake? I’ll use casein. Do I want to keep it vegan? I can use plant/rice/hemp protein. Do I want to keep it organic grass fed? Then I’ll use grass fed organic whey etc…

The recipe is open to your lifestyle!


Supplement Review: Nighttime anti catabolic sleep formula – Pure Factors *

Coming Soon!


Supplement Review: Pro IGF T 100 – Pure Factors *

Coming Soon!!


Supplement Review: Hydrosport by Pure Factors *

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HydroSport is a revolutionary pH balancing, mineral and electrolyte water additive that provides fulvic acid, humic acid, over 74 trace colloidal ionic minerals, amino acids, and B vitamins. This powerfol complex rehydrates and repowers all body systems.

Benefits beyond rehydration may include:

Increased muscular endurance
Increased absorption of nutrients and supplements
Detoxification of cells

Professional Hydrosport from Pure Solutions offers a powerful complex of ingredients that rehydrates and repowers your body. Staying hydrated is vital when athletes are competing at all levels. The majority of your body’s tissues adn organs, including your brain are composed of water. Good old H2O. Water effectively draws its many nutrients into the cells so they can continue to function properly.

Lacking just one of the 70 trace minerals in water can affect your mental and physical health. Even if your body is just 1% dehydrated, it can affect your performance and output by as much as 15%. It can also limit your flexibility and range of motion. Fight dehydration with the help of Pure Factors Professional Hydrosport at Psupplements.

Hydrosport Ultra Hydration Highlights Include:

Increases ATP, and Speeds up the bodily functions and reactions
Increases absorption and effects of all supplements
Charges,activates and detoxifies cells while improving nutrient function
Increases production and bioavailability of sex hormones
Increases production of hemoglobin,DNA and RNA
Regulates body pH levels

Hydrosport Complete Power Complex is a revolutionary alkalizing,cleansing and mineralizing water additive thae provides the body with electrolytes,amino acids,B Vitamins and enzymes.

Contains No Wheat,gluten,soy,corn,yeast,fish,egg,dary,lactose,artificial colors,flavors or preservatives.

Supplement Facts:
Serving Size: 30 Drops
Servings Per Container: 30

Amount Per Serving: % Daily Value

Proprietary Hydration Blend: 360mg*
Ionic Trace Minerals,Electrolytes,Plant Based Enzymes,Plant Based Amino Acids,40% Lycium Polysaccarides,100x Aloe Berbadensis

Trace Amounts Of:

Bio-Available Fulvic Acid
Bio-Available Humic Acids
Bio-Available Electrolytes
74 Bio-Available Ionic Macro and Ionic Micro
21 Bio-Available Plant Based Amino Acids
16 Bio-Available Vitamins: A,C and E,B1,B2,B3,B5,B6,B12,B16,B17,B22,Bp (Choline)
Unique Polysaccharides: LBP1,LBP2,LBP3,LBP4 and Beta-Glucomannans

*Daily Value Not Established

Other Ingredients: Purified Water,25% Organic Grape Alcohol
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Unlike Alkazone there is a slight taste and because of the Fulvic Acid it turns the water a little brown and dirty looking (not to the extent of Blk) but just slightly. I like the fact it uses fulvic acid and a few other ways. I think I will add it to my life stack along with alkazone and curcumin and just rotate it with the alkazone every other day.

I purposely didn’t have alkazone for 2 weeks along with no lemon water to get my body out of alkaline and I will be pH stripping on Friday night! I have been using Hydrosport all week! Stay tuned for the results!

Ok well; I did the pH test strip test that I conducted with Alkazone:

Test 1: I put the Hydrosport directly on the pH strip and it barely changed the pH as opposed to Alkazone’s instant off the chart change; so to me that says it doesn’t change the pH outside the body.

Test 2: I put the Hydrosport in water and allowed the water to sit overnight. No change was seen on the test strip. That confirms that it’s not Alkalizing on its own! Does it require the body to be alkalizing similar to lemons the body converts the acid of the lemons to alkaline in the body? I don’t know I’m not a scientist/biologist. All I know is, I can’t see it with my own eyes!

So I will be sticking to Alkazone for alkalizing the body.

It does however contain electrolytes, but so does Gatorade, Mio and even coconut water is good!


Restaurant Review: The Pavilion Market Cafe – Union Square NYC

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Check it out! Guess who’s here! Dule Hill – Gus from Psych! I love that show!

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Simon Oren (Marseille, Nice Matin) resurrected Union Square’s neoclassical colonnade as a café before summer hit in 2014. With 200 indoor and outdoor seats, heat lamps and lots of umbrellas, the lovely oasis stays open all day, every day, rain or shine, until October or so. Rattan furniture, verdant plants and flowers bring Paris to mind, but since it’s in the midst of the famed and busy Union Square Greenmarket on one side and a lively playground on the other, it’s classic New York City. The American-Mediterranean menu is uncomplicated, featuring an appealing line-up of raw bar items, salads, sandwiches, short rib ravioli, hanger steak and organic salmon pot au feu. There are market-day specials, ingredients straight from the farmers’ tables and an emphasis put on local sourcing of alcohol, too, from New York Distilling Company’s Dorothy Parker gin to Finger Lakes’ grüner veltliner from Dr. Konstantin Frank.
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I had hummus for lunch and got to meet and shake hands with Dule Hill of Psych (recently cancelled) on USA (so much better and funnier than the mentalist!) anyway; the food wasn’t bad, the atmosphere was awesome! A great way to spend your lunch or evening on a warm or cool day! One thing I had a problem with was; I asked for raw vegetables to dip instead of the bread, and I didn’t mind paying extra. The waitress first said: no we can’t do that; then I asked another waiter and she came back and said: I asked the kitchen and they said they can only give you cucumber and it’s $3 extra. Really! WTF! Cucumber is the only vegetable in your entire kitchen? I find that hard to believe! You can’t chop up a couple peppers? A piece of celery and a carrot or something? It’s that hard to please your guests?

Anyway; if you want to go there for the atmosphere or a couple drinks, check it out! If you want to go for food: don’t expect to get it your way! Which is ridiculous considering the amount of competition just in Union Square alone! Not even the outlying areas of the square or the rest of the city!

Check it out! At least once! By the way that’s the first time in years I have been told no by any restaurant! Usually they say no substitutions and I say; look I didn’t say give it to me, make up a fair price and give me what I want and they say sure! This place well we only have cucumbers! (Which I hate lol)


Recipe: Ripped Recipes – Avocado Chocolate Protein Pudding

Recipe provided by Katherine Allen

Avocado Chocolate Protein Pudding
Serves 3 People, takes 00:04 to prep and 00:03 to cook.

This pudding has more than 10g protein per serving and you can’t taste any avocado! It’s filled with HEALTHY fats, and is delicious and easy to make!

Ingredients

1 avocado, NS as to Florida or California Avocados
2 tbsp Cocoa Powder (Unsweetened)
1 serving (serving = 1 scoop) Jay Robb Chocolate Whey Protein
1.5 serving (serving = 1/4 cup) Walden Farms Calorie Free Pancake Syrup
1/4 serving (serving = 1 cup) Silk Pure Almond Milk – Unsweetened Original
10 serving (serving = 1 packet) SweetLeaf 100% Natural Stevia Sweetener
Directions

1 ripe avocado, 2 tbsp unsweetened cacao/cocoa powder, 2-3 tbsp unsweetened almond milk, 1 acoop chocolate whey protein, 1/2-3/4 cup of sweetener (I used 1/3 cup of stevia sweetener and around 1/3 cup sugarfree/calorie free maple syrup but honey would be good too).

I don’t remember exactly how much sweetener I used because I was just winging it but just adjust until you can’t taste the avocado anymore.

Mash up the avocado with a fork until completely smooth and creamy.
Then add in the other ingredients, along with almond milk to smooth out the consistency.
I wouldn’t recommend using a food processor if you’re only making a small amount because a lot of it will be stuck in the processor and some will go to waste.

Then once everything’s combined and tastes good put it in the fridge for a few hours if you want it to thicken a bit and be chilled.
NUTRITIONAL FACTS
per 1 serving size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 157Calories from Fat 95
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 10.5316.20%
Saturated Fat 1.728.60%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.27
Monounsaturated Fat 6.86
Cholesterol 0.000.00%
Sodium 116.174.84%
Potassium 512.58
Total Carbohydrate 8.092.70%
Dietary Fiber 5.7823.12%
Sugars 0.50
Protein 10.46
Vitamin A 2.83%Vitamin C 11.33%
Calcium 15.08%Iron 4.83%
* Nutritional Values are estimated and may vary
-rippedrecipes.com

My girlfriend has a recipe from one lucky duck for a vegan version of this recipe stay tuned! Lets compare!

The vegan version is awesome! I want to substitute a few ingredients:
Her recipe:
Avocados
almond milk
Cacao powder
Cinnamon
Maple syrup
I had her add protein she used vegan protein

I want to change to:
One scoop whey protein

one scoop any alternative protein: casein, egg, hemp, rice, goat, vegan etc

Maple syrup to xylitol

Almond milk to So Delicious -unsweetened vanilla coconut milk

Lets see how that tastes!

I don’t like the walden farms above because it’s loaded with chemicals! I rather have the xylitol


Controversy: Nickelodean cancels Sam & Cat allegedly over Bra & Panty pics

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Popular Nickelodeon show “Sam and Cat” will air it’s final episode on Saturday evening and many blame Jennette McCurdy for it’s cancellation. The starlet recently caused a bit of scandal when almost nude pictures surfaced on social media. According to Hollywood News Daily on Friday, McCurdy will be leaving Nickelodeon over the leaked picture scandal.

Back in April, pictures of Jennette McCurdy were leaked online. The near nude photos of Jennette show the star in just a bra and panties. She was not exposing anything x-rated but the photos still got people talking. McCurdy, who is very much an adult at 21-years old, plays a teenager on the “Sam and Cat.”

The pictures of McCurdy leaked just before the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. Everyone assumed that was why she did not attend the event. Jennette even took to Twitter and told fans why she would not be in attendance. “I was put in an uncomfortable, compromising, unfair situation and I had to look out for me. I chose to not go because sticking up for what is right and what is fair is what my mom taught me is ALWAYS the most important thing.”

In the aftermath of the picture scandal, news that “Sam and Cat” was cancelled was also announced. Although a reason for the cancellation was never made public, everyone knew it was because of the drama with Jennette McCurdy. There is just no other explanation for it. The show was one of Nickelodeon’s most popular teen sitcoms and the ratings were great.

Nickelodeon reps aren’t confirming or denying an actual cancellation at this point. They say they are taking an extended break in this released statement:

“We are wrapping up what was an unusually long production cycle of ‘Sam & Cat,’ and everyone is understandably tired. We are going into our production hiatus next week which will give everyone on the show a much needed rest.”
That much is true. The cast filmed 20 episodes of the popular show initially. It was so popular that they immediately shot 20 more and there was a much longer than normal production cycle for the show.

There are other rumors of internal issues with the cast of “Sam and Cat.” Ariana Grande, who co-stars with McCurdy, is seeing much success with her music career. It’s quite possible that she’s ready to move on as well. There have been rumors that McCurdy and Grande have not been getting along and this photo scandal might have just pushed everyone over the edge.
-examiner.com

Nick cancelled its number one rated show due to stupid pics! It’s not like she was nude! She is 21 years old! If she wants to post pics like that, which allegedly she didn’t, she could!

The fans are the ones that have to pay, because Nick is being ridiculous!

How about this pic of Ariana Grande?

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How bout side boob?

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How about Nathalia Ramos, star of Nickelodeon’s House of Anubis:

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Back to Ariana

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How about Victoria Justice

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Were Jeanette’s pics really that bad? Bad enough to cancel the number one show on the network? NO!!


Controversy: Hoarding: is it a disease? Why do people hoard? Get the inside truth!

Hoarding: what is it and why do people do it?

Compulsive hoarding (more accurately described as “hoarding disorder”) is a pattern of behavior that is characterized by the excessive acquisition of and inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that cover the living areas of the home and cause significant distress or impairment. Compulsive hoarding behavior has been associated with health risks, impaired functioning, economic burden, and adverse effects on friends and family members. When clinically significant enough to impair functioning, hoarding can prevent typical uses of space so as to limit activities such as cooking, cleaning, moving through the house, and sleeping. It can also be dangerous if it puts the individual or others at risk from fire, falling, poor sanitation, and other health concerns.

Researchers have only recently begun to study hoarding, and it was first defined as a mental disorder in the 5th edition of the DSM in 2013. It is not clear whether “compulsive” hoarding is a separate, isolated disorder, or rather a symptom of another condition, such as OCD.[7] Prevalence rates have been estimated at 2-5% in adults,[8] though the condition typically manifests in childhood with symptoms worsening in advanced age when collected items have grown excessive and family members who would otherwise help to maintain and control the levels of clutter either die or move away. Hoarding appears to be more common in people with psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Other factors often associated with hoarding include alcohol dependence as well as paranoid, schizotypal, and avoidance traits. Family histories show strong positive correlations.

In 2008 a study was conducted to determine if there is a significant link between hoarding and interference in occupational and social functioning. Hoarding behavior is often severe because of poor insight of the hoarding patients in that they do not recognize it as a problem. Without this insight, it is much harder for behavioral therapy to be the key to the successful treatment of compulsive hoarders. The results found that hoarders were significantly less likely to see a problem in a hoarding situation than a friend or a relative might. This is independent of OCD symptoms as patients with OCD are often very aware of their disorder.
-Wikipedia

Hoarding is a general term for a behavior that leads people or animals to accumulate food or other items during periods of scarcity.

Civil unrest or natural disaster may lead people to hoard foodstuffs, water, gasoline and other essentials which they believe, rightly or wrongly, will soon be in short supply. Survivalists, also known as preppers, often stockpile large supplies of these items in anticipation of a large-scale disaster event.

Some hoarding in humans may be a form of an anxiety disorder such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), where the perceived importance of the hoarded items far exceeds their true value.[citation needed]Humans may lose the desire to throw away unneeded items because of a feeling of attachment to these items. In severe cases, houses belonging to such people may become a fire hazard (due to blocked exits and stacked papers) or a health hazard (due to vermin infestation, excreta and detritus from excessive pets, hoarded food and garbage or the risk of stacks of items collapsing on the occupants and blocking exit routes).
-Wikipedia

That gives you a couple definitions. However; I believe there are 2 types of hoarders! Well maybe 3.

The 3rd being the Doomsday Prepper.
That’s a cool hoarder and not the topic of discussion!

The 2nd Hoarder is the popular Hoarder as of late: the Extreme Hoarder what they boil down to is a feeling of self worth! They believe everything is worth money and you can’t get rid of their possessions! The Super Extreme ones you see on tv on shows like Hoarders, American Pickers and occasional Storage Wars they get so extreme that they start collecting everything even junk like candy and food wrappers! That’s crazy and also not the topic of discussion, although it is sometimes fun to watch.

The Hoarder I am talking about is the average everyday Hoarder! What is that? Well it’s probably your mother or father or close relative! Why do they Hoard? What’s wrong with them? Why do they clutter up the house and hold on to junk? Will you please throw that crap out!

I have recently emptied my storage shed that I have had for many years. In doing so, I have learned the root cause of the Hoarding and why they do it! It wasn’t easy to do it, let me tell you!

First of all they are not hoarding junk! They are not hoarding garbage! They are not cluttering the house with useless stuff!

You say hold on! Yes they are! The place is a mess! I don’t believe you! I can see it with my own eyes! No, no you really can’t!

So; if they aren’t Hoarding junk what are they doing?

They are Hoarding Memories! I can tell you when emptying my storage shed except for all the empty boxes I had; (yes I had a bunch of empty boxes, I’ll get to that later lol) everything thing in there I can tell you a story about! “Do you see this Tshirt? I got it at the first concert my uncle took me to when I was a kid! We had a great time and he was actually like an older brother! I love him so much!”

You see they are Hoarding memories! So next time you want to yell at them, think about it first and ask them about their items! They may be able to tell you why they have it and in sharing the memory they may be able to let go of the item and throw it out.

Then again you have the combo Borderline Hoarders like myself! Who I like to refer to are collectors! I have a few collections: Guns, Swords… Weapons that’s due to my military and martial art background. Popular collections such as: Star Wars toys, baseball cards, comic books, autographs etc… That stuff is the extreme hoarder side: it’s worth money!

I did however; learn a few things along the way: baseball cards and comic books are anal! It must look like it’s never been touched by human hands in order to be worth real money, so don’t go overboard! One little dinged corner and it’s shit! If it’s a little discolored… Shit! I hope you have an air tight vacuum sealed vault!

The solution is this: look at my previous posts for example the Restaurant Review: One Lucky Duck in there I share a quote: everything in moderation!

It’s ok to do all the above, but do it in moderation! Save some memories, save some monetary possessions and be a Doomsday Prepper! But, when it starts to consume your life, remember everything in moderation! Don’t go to extremes!

This goes for everything! Collections, sex, religion, politics, food all the taboo subjects lol

Anything and everything!

Remember what I learned from the Dalai Lama: compassion! Have compassion for the hoarder in your life! Try to understand why they do it and have a little patience! Share in the memories! Unless it’s a memory of a past lover, in that case you can ignore the Dalai Lama and kick their ass! Lol

“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

Bonus: Why was my storage shed loaded with empty boxes? Because; I am a little OCD and I knew I was going to be moving again, so I kept the original boxes to put it back in when I move so nothing gets damaged.


Supplement Review: Part Three – Stack Test Booster & Fat Burner – 360 Sport: 360lean 360test and 360Sport *

360LEAN:

THERMOGENIC FORMULA

OPTIMAL FAT BURNING PERFORMANCE*
BOOSTS ENERGY PRODUCTION AND
EXERCISE ENDURANCE*
PROMOTES MENTAL FOCUS, MEMORY
AND POSITIVE MOOD*
BURN DOWN
TO YOUR BEST BODY!
Let’s be honest. Supplements will never replace a healthy diet and good old-fashioned sweat. But 360Lean’s safe, well-rounded blend of scientifically tested ingredients can kick-start your metabolism to help you burn more calories and shed fat faster. The result? Support a leaner, fitter physique with energy to spare.*

BENEFITS

Thermogenic formula stimulates optimal fat burning performance*
Boosts energy production and exercise endurance*
Promotes mental focus, memory and positive mood*
KEY INGREDIENTS

Glucuronolactone
a naturally occurring component in the body’s connective tissue, boosts energy, enhances mental alertness and memory and has been linked to significant improvements in aerobic performance.*

Caffeine
is a mild metabolic stimulant used to reduce physical fatigue and reinvigorate the mind and body while stimulating the breakdown of fatty tissue.*

White Willow Bark Extract
used throughout the centuries it is believed to help support a health inflammatory response after training.*

Cayenne Pepper
along with its many culinary uses, cayenne is a natural thermogenic that helps raise body temperature and heighten metabolism while promoting cardiovascular, circulatory and digestive health.*

Yohimbine
commonly used to enhance blood flow to the extremities, helps kick-start fat burning and weight loss.*

Sulbutiamine
effectively boosts energy, athletic performance, mental focus and mood.*

Theobromine
also found in chocolate and tea, helps improve focus and decrease appetite.*

7-Keto DHEA
production in the body gradually slows with age. When reintroduced as a supplement, this documented thermogenic is a metabolism booster that helps build lean body mass, support thyroid function, promote memory and healthy aging.*

Bioperine
a concentrated form of black pepper’s active ingredient (piperine), helps improve absorption of key nutrients in 360Lean.*

Toothed Clubmoss Herb Extract
has been suggested to support memory, learning and concentration.*

360TEST

TESTOSTERONE OPTIMIZER

PROMOTES TESTOSTERONE PRODUCTION*
SUPPORTS REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND
PROMOTES SEXUAL HEALTH*
PROMOTES LEAN MUSCLE MASS / IMPROVED ENERGY*
LIFT. EAT. SLEEP. BOOST!
You lift weights. Get good sleep. Eat well. But if you’re only using these traditional methods of weight loss or muscle building, you’re missing out. Big. 360Test’s blend of naturally sourced nutrients builds on these strong, healthy habits to help your body boost healthy testosterone production and encourage sustainable gains.* The result? Promote lean muscle mass, sexual health and the energy you need to keep going and going.*

BENEFITS

Natural male performance formula promotes healthy testosterone production*
Supports reproductive health and promotes sexual health*
Promotes lean muscle mass and improved energy levels*
KEY INGREDIENTS

D-Aspartic Acid
Occurs naturally in the pituitary gland, testes and hypothalamus, has been shown to help stimulate the release of leutinizing hormone (LH) leading to boosts in testosterone production. Also supports increased muscle strength and healthy metabolic rates*

Maca Root
Long used by indigenous Peruvians to promote stamina and improve energy, supports hormonal balance and reproductive health.*

Epimedium Herb Extract
Suggested to increase circulating testosterone levels while supporting sexual health.*

Mucuna Pruriens Seed Extract
Boasts high concentrations of levodopa (L-Dopa) that help boost dopamine in the brain, elevate mood, and support healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels already in healthy range.* This supplement also encourages your body’s natural production of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and testosterone.*

Long Jack Root Extract
Works to help increase free testosterone levels by inhibiting the testosterone-blocking hormone called sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) and has been shown to help enhance strength, lean muscle mass, sexual performance and general well-being.*

Indole-3 Carbinol
Found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale and cauliflower, helps support a healthy hormone balance.*

Bulbine Natalensis Extract
Seen wide-spread use in traditional African medicine and has been suggested to help boost the body’s natural testosterone and support sexual health while promoting a healthy estrogen balance in the body.*

360SPORT

BCAA SPORT FORMULA

GREAT TASTING FORMULA BOOSTS ENERGY,
ENDURANCE AND MUSCLE RECOVERY*
ALL NATURAL MCT OIL PROMOTES LEAN
MUSCLE MASS PRODUCTION AND FAT BURNING*
ENERGY. ENDURANCE. VICTORY.
When you train, you train to win. To outrun, outpower and outlast. But to get the very best out of your body, you need to put the best in. That’s where 360Sport comes in. 360Sport is scientifically formulated to meet the specific physical demands of fierce competitors, delivering fast-absorbing fuel to hard-working muscles, improving blood flow for increased energy and endurance, and promoting rapid muscle repair and recovery.* All so you can push harder. Go longer. And win bigger than ever before.

BENEFITS

Great tasting formula promotes optimal athletic performance for men
and women*
All natural MCT oil promotes lean muscle mass production/fat burning*
Boosts energy, endurance and muscle recovery*
KEY INGREDIENTS

BCAAs (L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine)
are the building blocks of protein and critical components in muscle recovery, growth, strength and overall athletic performance. They provide a readily available fuel source for muscles leading to greater endurance and improved mental focus.*

MCT Oil
a lower calorie fatty acid, has been suggested to increase the body’s calorie burning potential while helping improve the body’s ability to repair muscle tissue after a grueling workout.*

L-Citrulline Malate
has been suggested to promote nitric oxide production, which leads to improved blood flow to exercising muscles, reduced muscle fatigue and improved energy and endurance levels.*
-360cut.com

I took my first one pill dosage this morning to try it out and so far so good! I have plenty of energy and no side effects.

Their dosage is pretty weird: 2 pills am empty stomach, then one before lunch and one later on. But of course one at first to gauge tolerance.

That dosage schedule is the best for continued energy throughout the day. I am going to take the last pill preworkout to see if it helps pump up my workout, because I am working out much later than normal due to my commute.

The downside of that dosage schedule is: it may interfere with my sleep! Will my sleep schedule be thrown off due to the stimulants?

The white willow bark might have helped alleviate the pain in my shoulder from my Biceps & Shoulder workout

About to take my 2nd dosage!
No side effects seen! So far so good!

**Update** July 9th 2014
First dosage and 2nd down and plenty of energy with no side effects! Awaiting 3rd dosage later approx 5pm


Supplement Review: Fire Cider – Tweefontein Herb Farm *

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Stimulate the senses and kickstart the immune system with Tweefontein’s housemade Fire Cider, a spicy blend of medicinal herbs, roots and Thai peppers infused in a base of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Fire Cider makes a tasty and nutritious salad dressing and an exquisite hot sauce. Enjoy Fire Cider as an alternative to alcohol based tinctures for a cold remedy or immune tonic, use about 1 TBS, 3-5 times daily for best results. Packaged in 5oz. bottles.
Ingredients: Organic Cider Vinegar, Ginger Root, Chives, Horseraddish Root, Garlic, Garlic Mustard Root, Thai Peppers, Oregano, Rosemary, Black Peppercorn
-tweeherbs.com

It’s pretty strong! The Apple cider vinegar, ginger and garlic are strong! People use it as a tonic for when the aren’t feeling good, I think it’s good to take every couple days! As a metabolic booster. I want to try to make my own and see how it is matched against theirs.

Recipe: Fire Cider
Have you heard of fire cider? The first time I encountered this traditional folk recipe, I have to admit I was terrified. Horseradish, garlic, onion, ginger, and hot peppers infused in vinegar? To drink? It took me years before I tried it, but you can be braver than me. It’s worth it! Plus you can use fire cider in so many ways — from cold cure to cooking to cocktails.

Hot, pungent, sour, and sweet, fire cider is certainly not for the faint of heart. Yet this fiery concoction has been revered for generations as a simple and effective remedy to relieve sinus congestion, ward off colds and flus, aid digestion, and increase circulation. Fire cider can be sipped neat on its own, mixed with other beverages, or used in cooking. (You might think of it like a savory shrub.) It’s especially useful to have fire cider on hand in cold weather.

As a folk remedy there are countless variations, but most fire cider recipes include ingredients like fresh horseradish, garlic, onion, ginger, and chile pepper. These are infused in apple cider vinegar (vinegar draws out many plant constituents), which is then strained and sweetened with honey. My recipe is based on the one popularized by herbalist Rosemary Gladstar (see her video and recipe here). In addition to the ingredients mentioned above, I like to add turmeric, citrus, and herbs like parsley, rosemary, and thyme. Together they form a potent punch that is immune-boosting, antibacterial, antiviral, congestion clearing, and warming.

I really encourage you to have fun and create your own fire cider according to your tastes and available ingredients. In fact, I make it a little different every time. In some batches I use spices like cinnamon and cardamom or add vitamin C-rich rose hips. Other times I use ground cayenne or dried chiles rather than fresh habaneros or jalapenos. If you use ground chile, start with a small pinch; you can always add more to taste after you strain the vinegar.

If you’re a fan of spicy foods, you might take to fire cider right away, tossing back shots to get your blood flowing on a cold winter day. If you have a more timid palate, you might want to dial back on the chile, sweeten with extra honey, and start with small dashes of fire cider in your food rather than drinking it straight.

A few serving suggestions:
Straight up: Rosemary Gladstar recommends taking 1 to 2 tablespoons at the first sign of a cold, and then repeating every 3 to 4 hours until symptoms subside. Some people also take fire cider as a preventative during cold and flu season.
Mix with lemonade or orange juice
Mix with hot water and extra honey to make a tea
Use in place of vinegar in salad dressings and condiments (like this fire cider honey mustard at Salt+Fat+Whiskey)
Drizzle on steamed vegetables or sautéed greens
Use in marinades for meat, tofu, and tempeh
Add to soups and chilis
Try a couple of dashes in a cocktail, such as a Bloody Mary

Are you inspired to make fire cider now? I’d love to hear what you put in yours and how you use it.

Note: As with any health concern you should, of course, listen to your own body and the advice of your health practitioner. If you’re curious about the research associated with some of these ingredients, check out the University of Maryland Medical Center’s guides to garlic, ginger, and cayenne/capsaicin.

Fire Cider
Makes 1 pint or more

1/2 cup peeled and diced horseradish
1/2 cup peeled and diced garlic
1/2 cup peeled and diced onion
1/4 cup peeled and diced ginger
1/4 cup peeled and diced turmeric
1 habanero chile, split in half
1 orange, quartered and thinly sliced crosswise
1/2 lemon, quartered and thinly sliced crosswise
1/2 cup chopped parsley
2 tablespoons chopped rosemary
2 tablespoons chopped thyme
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 to 3 cups raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (at least 5% acidity)
1/4 cup raw honey, or more to taste

Place all of the vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices in a clean 1-quart jar. Fill the jar with vinegar, covering all the ingredients and making sure there are no air bubbles. Cap the jar. If using a metal lid, place a piece of parchment or wax paper between the jar and the lid to prevent corrosion from the vinegar. Shake well.

Let the jar sit for 3 to 6 weeks, shaking daily (or as often as you remember).

Strain the vinegar into a clean jar. Add honey to taste. Refrigerate and use within a year.
-Thekitchn.com

Sounds pretty good! Lets give this a whirl! Stay tuned!


Restaurant Review: Organic Avenue – cold-pressed juices to grab and go plus!

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Organic Avenue is the only organic plant-based grab-and-go brand in the U.S., providing fresh breakfast, lunch and light dinner entrees and cold-pressed juices that make healthy eating easily accessible and delicious. With an engaging community atmosphere across 12 New York City stores, including a new flagship at 5 Bryant Park, Organic Avenue offers flavor-focused hot and cold wraps, hot grain bowls, soups, oatmeals and juices that blend tasty options with optimal nutritional benefits. Customers are encouraged to interact with Wellness Concierges and knowledgeable store advisors, who provide a welcoming experience with their nutritional and lifestyle information and interactive community events. Organic Avenue is owned by Weld North, an investment company concentrating on education, health and wellness, consumer services and marketing businesses.
Follow Organic Avenue on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Denise Mari, Founder

Denise founded Organic Avenue in 2000, combining her passion for whole foods, healing, vegetarianism and entrepreneurship. She is the author of Organic Avenue: Recipes for Life, Made with LOVE* and continues to be inspired by the implications of a Live, Organic, Vegan, Experience.

I was surprised at how delicious all the food was! The coconut yogurt (fake yogurt like substance) tasted like yogurt even though the wasn’t any dairy in it! The Chocolate Mousse didn’t taste like Chocolate Mousse but it was delicious and the base ingredient is avocado! Which is a staple in my current diet! The Matcha Tea and Chia seed was also delicious! It’s flavors were layered nicely! At $6-8 I would buy all of the products again, but not too often!

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The Dragon’s Breath was $4 and wasn’t bad the flavors were layered first the lemon then the ginger and pow the cayenne! I saved it for preworkout and it was nice!
I want to try to reverse engineer it for myself! It seems easy enough to make.


Restaurant Review: Liquiteria – smoothies plus!

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In 1996 Liquiteria pioneered the original cold pressed juice in
New York City, delivering health and balance to our devoted guests
who quickly become a part of the Liquiteria extended family.

Our cold pressed juice is packed with easily digestible raw vitamins, minerals and enzymes from fresh fruits and vegetables, flooding your body with wholesome nutrition and the nourishment you crave.

We are committed to offering the finest nutritional options available. Our stores are a healthy oasis, delivering a fun, vibrant, and comfortable atmosphere. Sit back and relax with friends, hang out with our team, or just pop in, grab and go—we’ve got something for everyone.

Our Cleansing Coaches and Ambassadors are energetic, approachable and knowledgeable. This passionate team strives to personalize your Liquiteria experience; they’re always on hand to guide you and answer your questions, no matter your health goals or lifestyle.

The Liquiteria menu offers a wide range of cold pressed juices, cleansing options, superfood smoothies, herbal supplements, healthy snacks and remarkably fresh and wholesome grab and go options. Our menu is custom designed to ensure that you don’t just survive, you thrive.

Liquiteria is about inclusion—we welcome everyone. We believe balance and not extremism is the key to reaching your full potential. No matter your current lifestyle, our mission is simply to inspire you to live a life filled with health and vitality.

What is Cleansing?
The cleansing process allows your digestive system to rest while fully nourishing your body with live enzymes and nutrients. Our cleanse programs are designed to rejuvenate and alkalize your body. The reward of a successful cleanse is enhanced well-being at all levels: you will feel leaner, have a glowing complexion and live each day with increased vitality and energy.

The duration of a cleanse varies based on your current level of health and prior experience with cleansing and cold pressed juice. We offer four options for beginners and expert cleansers alike. In addition, our Cleansing Coaches are available to personalize a program to suit your individual needs.

Why Cleanse?
Is your body functioning at its optimum health? We can all benefit from recharging our systems by eliminating toxins and flooding our bodies with nutrients. During a fresh juice cleanse, your digestive system has the opportunity to rest, allowing your body to utilize the energy normally required for digestion to restore your entire system.

Positive effects of a cold pressed juice cleanse include:

Increased energy
Improved mental clarity
Reduced bloating
Boosted immune system
Heightened senses
Rejuvenated skin
Normalized digestion
Reduced inflammation
Improved metabolic function
Deeper and more restful sleep
Weight loss
Reduced cravings for unhealthy foods
Restored alkalinity
Toxin release
Before a Cleanse
To ensure you get the best results from your cleanse, we suggest modifying your diet up to a week before you begin.

We recommend eliminating:

Caffeine
Alcohol
Nicotine
Refined Sugar
Wheat
Processed Foods
In place of these items, we suggest consuming 80% raw foods, including fresh fruit and vegetables and an ample amount of water to keep you hydrated. To introduce the juices to your system before cleansing, you can also drink two to four cold pressed juices during the day and enjoy a dinner consisting of salad, steamed vegetables and a serving of lean protein.

During
Drinking a juice every two to three hours ensures that you flood your body with rich nutrition throughout the day.

Water is extremely important during your cleanse as it flushes your organs and blood system of toxins. Juices drench your body with live nutrients, encouraging your cells to release toxins and allowing the water to carry them away.

As you become a more experienced cleanser, you will learn how your body responds best. The process of periodic cleansing will become easier over time and your results will enhance every time you cleanse.

For the best results during your cleanse:

Drink all of your daily cold-pressed juices in the order as directed
Drink your bodyweight in ounces of water daily
Drink one juice every 2½ to 3 hours
Rest when you’re tired
Exercise lightly to promote blood circulation; try yoga, deep breathing and gentle cardio
Exfoliate your skin, take saunas and hot baths
Post
Coming off your cleanse properly is important. The first day after a cold pressed juice cleanse, drink juices and smoothies, eat soups and consume lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. At this point, your body will feel deeply rejuvenated—take this new experience to build momentum toward a healthier lifestyle.

Lifestyle
Cleansing is a remarkable and effective process that heals and nourishes your body. Once you have achieved your desired results, maintaining is simple if you follow what you learned during your cleanse.

The best maintenance program includes keeping your diet clean:

Drink 2 to 3 fresh cold-pressed juices daily
Keep your food intake at 80% fresh fruits and vegetables
Drink your body weight in ounces of water daily
Exercise regularly
Exfoliate your skin regularly
Alkalinity
We suggest your dietary goal be to maintain an alkalinity of 7.36, as your body performs best when the blood is slightly alkaline.

The body’s pH is measured on a scale of 0–14. At 7.36 your pH is balanced and anything below 7.36 too acidic. An acidic body is prone to fatigue, stress and inflammation, and can experience a loss of lean muscle mass and weight gain. Keeping your body’s alkalinity at 7.36 or above is optimal and achievable with a balanced diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruit and cold pressed green juice.

Alkalization is the process of alkalizing your body, allowing it to thrive and ward off disease.

To achieve an optimal alkaline balance:

Drink nutrient-dense, live green juices full of chlorophyll
Drink your body weight in ounces of pure water per day
Maintain 80% of your diet with fresh fruits and vegetables
The paramount way to reset your alkalinity is to complete a 3 to 5 day cleanse with fresh cold pressed juice.

our menu
we deliver in new york city

Smoothies
Liquiteria smoothies deliver dense nutrition to your body; they are rich and velvety—a pleasing result of fresh fruits, vegetables and superfoods.

MEAN GREEN
kale, spinach, mango, bananas, golden pineapple & fresh golden pineapple juice

Benefits: The only smoothie on the menu with fresh leafy greens blended inside! Great source of vitamin C and packs a big energy boost.

PEACHES AND DREAM
peaches, strawberries, bananas, apple cider, aloe vera, energy memory & cinnamon

Benefits: This smoothie has aloe used for detoxifying the digestive tract and skin, energy memory for a boost in mental energy and clarity plus cinnamon for circulation.

BERRY POWERFUL
blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, bananas, vanilla almond milk, vanilla whey protein & flax seeds

Benefits: This smoothie is packed with antioxidants from the berries to build muscle and burn fat. It’s a great meal replacement!

HANGOVER CURE
papaya, peaches, bananas, apple cider, vanilla almond milk, coconut, vitamin c, liver-kidney-lymph detox & honey

Benefits: Papayas are high in enzymes that aid in digestion.

BULLDOZER
bananas, peanut butter, vanilla almond milk & chocolate whey protein

Benefits: Our highest protein content smoothie. Very filling.

POWER PIÑA COLADA
golden pineapple, strawberries, bananas, apple cider, coconut & bee pollen

Benefits: Bee pollen is one of nature’s perfect foods, high in amino acids and protein. This smoothie is also high in vitamin C.

COFFEE AND CACAO
fair-trade coffee, raw cacao, almond butter, bananas, chocolate almond milk, chocolate whey protein & raw coconut sugar

Benefits: One of the healthiest smoothies on the menu. This combination of high quality, raw ingredients ensures you are receiving the most nutrient-rich smoothie possible.

DEEP BLUE AÇAÍ
acai, blueberries, mango, vanilla almond milk, orange juice, ginger, vitamin c & raw coconut sugar

Benefits: High in antioxidants and vitamin C, this smoothie has anti-inflammatory properties and boosts the immune system.

“GREEN” MONSTER
blueberries, strawberries, bananas, apple cider, super green food & vegan protein

Benefits: Super Green Food – chock-full of vegetable, grass and sprout powders, high in nutrients and amino acids. Vegan protein, berries and apple cider make it incredibly nutritious yet light enough before exercise.

MUDSLIDE
blueberries, bananas, vegan protein, spirulina & vanilla almond milk

Benefits: High in protein, vitamins and amino acids. Recommended for building muscle and boosting the immune system. Our lowest calorie smoothie.

SKINNY
bananas, strawberries, apple cider, fat burner & vegan protein

Benefits: Great way to start the day and burn fat. Rich in vitamin C and a solid meal replacement.

Boosters
Our boosters include a mix of superfoods and organic herbal blends designed to enhance your overall health.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

FAT BURNER
Accelerates the fat-burning process, increases energy and decreases sugar cravings.

IMMUNITY NOW
Strengthens the immune system.

FRESH GINGER
Relieves nausea and indigestion.

ENERGY MEMORY
Fights fatigue and rebuilds energy.

LIVER-KIDNEY-LYMPH DETOX
Increases rate at which your body removes toxins.

COLD & SINUS BLASTER
Increases immunity with a focus on the common cold and sinuses.

GRASS-FED WHEY PROTEIN
Burns fat and builds muscle, gluten and soy-free (choice of vanilla or chocolate).

PLANT BASED VEGAN PROTEIN
Rich in essential amino acids, gluten and soy-free.

SPIRULINA
Antioxidant rich, boosts energy and supports cellular health.

VITAMIN C
Strengthens Immune System.

ALOE VERA
Pure digestive healer

BEE POLLEN
Promotes vitality and stamina.

CAYENNE
Revitalizes respiratory system.

FLAX SEED OIL
Benefits cardiovascular system.

HONEY
Fights allergies and soothes sore throats.

SUPER GREEN FOOD
Blend of greens, fiber, enzymes and antioxidants.

Grab-n-Go
Our chef and nutritionist has developed a revolutionary menu based on solid, contemporary nutritional principles, using ingredients assured to energize and keep you balanced. Our menu appeals to everyone: vegans, vegetarians, carnivores – we have what your body craves. All items are prepared daily using only the freshest gluten and dairy-free ingredients. Our menu includes wholesome, nutritious soups, salads, entrees, snacks and desserts.

HOT OATMEAL
Your choice of milk: regular, rice or almond milk.
Choice of toppings: walnuts, cinnamon, raisins, honey, brown sugar, green apple, banana, strawberries, blueberries and honey.

PEANUT BUTTER AÇAÍ BOWL
Açaí blended blended with apple cider, almond milk and banana, topped with granola and a big scoop of peanut butter.

MEAN GREEN AÇAÍ BOWL
Açaí blended with spirulina, super green food, apple cider, vanilla almond milk and banana, topped with sliced banana, fresh blueberries & granola.

AÇAÍ TOPPINGS
Choice of additional toppings:
fresh berries
sliced banana
peanut or almond butter
boosters

-liquidteria.com

This place was really cool, fun and bright! But highly overpriced!

The Raw Chocolate Chia pudding was extremely tiny and about $8.00

The PEANUT BUTTER AÇAÍ BOWL was $7.50 and twice the size of the Chia pudding.

All that being said they were both delicious! The pudding was creamy and with the fresh raspberries the flavor just jumped out unexpectedly when you bit them. Would I get it again? Absolutely! But not very often due to the price!

The PEANUT BUTTER AÇAÍ BOWL was totally marketed wrong! I wasn’t sure exactly what I was getting! It turned out to be like frozen yogurt. I wasn’t sure if it was hot or cold, or just a bowl of fruit in a bowl with peanut butter on top.

They also had almond butter for those that prefer that.

Overall; check this place out! There are numerous locations around NYC. If you are in the area stop by!

**Update** July 7th 2014
I had a fee products over the weekend. The Killer XX juice was potent and it’s kind of like fire cider, but it’s more gentle due to the apple in it, but the cayenne and ginger is still strong! I liked it a lot.

The quinoa brownie was dry and tasted like wood chips just like the carrot cake both I can do without!

Now comes the smoothie!
The Blue Velvet is amazing! The nut butter is strong and the berries enhance the flavor overall it’s probably one of the best tasting and healthiest shakes I have ever had! I love it and will definitely get it again! However; I want to see how much whey protein they add next time!


Attractions: Union Square NYC Farmer’s Market

Union Square in Manhattan has a year round Farmers Market. Yes; you heard it correctly! Year round! In the dead of winter they are still there freezing their butts off to bring you farm fresh products! They have a huge selection of products from bee pollen and honey to edible flowers! Yes edible flowers! They have all kinds of cheese, meats, and fish as well!

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Whatever your wants and needs, chances are you will find it here!


Restaurant Review: One Lucky Duck NYC – Raw Vegan

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Gramercy Menu:
savory

spicy thai lettuce wraps – 12
mango, carrot, cabbage, cashews, basil, mint, cilantro, pea shoots, tamarind sauce (3 wraps per order)

sushi rolls – 14
marinated shiitake, avocado, asparagus, red pepper, jicama rice, tamari NF

falafel with tabhouli – 16
over whole romaine leaves, lemon tahini, red pepper hot sauce

tortilla wraps – 19
spicy sun-dried tomato filling, corn cilantro guacamole, tomato-lime salsa, cashew sour cream

zucchini and tomato lasagna – 19
sun-dried tomato sauce, pistachio basil pesto, pumpkin seed macadamia ricotta

portabella and hemp seed burger – 15
sprouted manna bread*, lapsang tea smoked cashew cheese, house-made mustard, pickled pink onions, caraway kraut
(*manna bread is neither raw nor gluten free)

house-made chips & guacamole – 15
corn cilantro guacamole, chili-lime chips NF

side of guacamole Small (4oz) $5 – Medium (8oz) $9 – Large (16oz) $15

salads

caesar salad – 14
romaine lettuce, nori, pumpkin seed macadamia parmesan, lemon, caesar dressing
+ half an avocado $3

spicy sesame salad – 13
shredded cabbage, beets, jicama, daikon, cashew sesame crunch, wasabi aioli, cilantro, sesame dressing

pumpkin seed and herb salad – 14
greens, kale, parsley, cilantro, mint, hemp seeds, pumpkin seed macadamia parmesan, pumpkin seed lemon dressing

mediterranean salad – 15
arugula and kale, kalamata olives, tomatoes, pumpkin seed macadamia parmesan, balsamic vinaigrette

tuscan kale and radicchio salad – 15
golden raisins, pine nuts, grapes, macadamia pumpkin seed parmesan, lemon caper dressing

falafel salad – 16
mixed greens, tabhouli, lemon tahini, red pepper hot sauce

s&m salad – 16
greens, avocado, hemp seeds, dulse, rosemary crackers, pumpkin seed lemon dressing

taco salad – 17
romaine lettuce, spicy taco crumble, pico de gallo, guacamole, cashew sour cream, cilantro-lime dressing

side of manna bread – 3
(*manna bread is neither raw nor gluten free)

add on salads

fresh organic greens – 7

- add ons -
beet, carrot, cucumber, daikon, jicama, mushrooms, scallions
(+ 1 each)

cashews, chewy dulse, cilantro, basil, dried cranberries, hijiki, kale, nori, parsley, pumpkin seeds, raisins, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, sweet pea shoots, tomato, walnuts
(+ 2 each)

avocado, kale, cayenne-dulse almond crumbs, hemp seeds, kalamata olives, red pepper, taco crumble
(+ 3 each)

macadamia cheddar – 3.5 macadamia pumpkin seed parmesan – 4

- dressings –

all NF
pumpkin seed lemon – balsamic vinaigrette – caesar – flax italian – ginger tahini – sweet miso

sweets

tiramisu – 15
vanilla cream layered with coffee-sake almond cake

mallomar – 6
chocolate coated pecan cookie with vanilla cream

moon pie – 9
chocolate brownie vanilla cream sandwich

fig bar – 5
fig sandwich cookie NF (contains coconut)

lemon bar – 8
almond coconut crust, tart lemon custard

chocolate caramel bar – 5
chocolate dipped pecan caramel bar

chocolate ganache tart – 14
chocolate ganache filling, chocolate crust

orreo cookie – 3.5
vanilla cream filled chocolate cookie

thin mint cookie – 3.5
chocolate peppermint dipped cookie

linzer cookie – 5
spiced hazelnut and almond cookie sandwich, raspberry jam

rainbow cookie – 7
tri-colored almond cake, raspberry jam

raspberry cheesecake pop – 9
chocolate dipped, raspberry jam

snickers cupcake – 8
peanut butter frosting and cookies, caramel and ganache sauces

chewy chocolate honey bunches – 10
chocolate dipped buckwheat granola bar (contains coconut)

puddings – 10
mango, chocolate, vanilla – NF (contains coconut)

yogurt parfait – 11
buckwheat, hemp seed & dried fruit granola with seasonal fruit

ice cream

half pint / pint of ice cream – 8/16
vanilla – chocolate – almond buttercup – vanilla mint chip – strawberry – orreo cookie – special: cake and cream

classic sundae / ice cream sandwich – 16/11
vanilla and chocolate ice creams, chocolate and cherry framboise sauces, sliced bananas, candied almonds, and vanilla cream

mint sundae / ice cream sandwich– 16/11
chocolate, fresh mint, and mint chip ice creams, mint chocolate cookies, chocolate sauce, and vanilla cream

juices

*Made-to-order drinks are only available until 10:30pm

lemonade – 6
house made, agave sweetened

fresh coconut water – 7/13
16oz / full 1L bottle

hot pink – 9
beet, pineapple, pear, ginger

fruit spice – 9
pineapple, pear, ginger

bunny brew – 10
carrot, apple, ginger

blue grape – 10
grapefruit, blue-green algae

green spice – 10
greens, lemon, ginger

thai green – 10
greens, pineapple, cilantro, lime

draft kombucha* – varies
seasonal flavors (*not available for take out)

wheatgrass – 2.5/4.5
1 oz or 2 oz

ginger shot – 4
2 oz

almond milk – 8/15
16 / 32 oz

cashew milk – 8/15
16 / 32 oz

cinnamon almond milk – 11
filtered water, almonds, cinnamon, dates, salt

pressed juices

green apple – 11
apple, cucumber, celery, mint, lime, spinach

mean greens – 11
kale, chard, celery, cucumber, lemon, parsley, ginger

red ginger – 11
apple, orange, grapefruit, ginger, beet, pineapple

swan greens – 11
cucumber, spinach, dandelion, pear, grapefruit, tarragon, spearmint, yuzu

orange or grapefruit juice – 8

shakes

*Made-to-order drinks are only available until 10:30

banana nut – 10
banana, cashew milk, vanilla, cinnamon

calypso – 11
mango, raspberry, lemonade, vanilla

avocolada – 11
avocado, pineapple, coconut water, lime, vanilla

cacao or carob latte – 11
banana, cashew milk, cacao or carob, vanilla

blue sunset – 11
pineapple, mango, banana, blueberry, coconut water, vanilla

strawberry blonde – 11
strawberries, pineapple, banana, coconut water, vanilla

green mango – 11
mango, cucumber, cilantro, coconut water, lime

goji high – 12
goji berries, blueberries, cashew milk, vanilla

piña colada – 12
fresh coconut, coconut water, pineapple

berry blue – 12
mixed berries, banana, coconut water, blue-green algae

spanking – 12
fresh coconut, blueberry, banana, cashew milk, cinnamon, vanilla

tropical snow – 13
fresh coconut, coconut water, vanilla

sarma’s favorite green shake – 14
grapefruit, pineapple, cucumber, chard, kale, cilantro, parsley, stevia, and a pinch of salt

the rich but not that rich milkshake – 12
almond or cashew milk with any half pint of ice cream

millionaire’s milkshake – 22
whole pint of ice cream, cashew milk

supplements & add-ins

- supplements –
ground flax (1),bee pollen (2), blue-green algae (2), green powder (2), hemp protein (2), maca powder (2), spirulina (2), tocos (2), moringa (3)

- additions -
cacao nibs (1), cacao powder (1), goji berries (2), coconut meat (3)

shakes are not sweetened – please ask if you would like stevia or agave nectar added!

NF – nut free
*on site consumption only

View Our Chelsea Market Menu
everything at one lucky duck is prepared at pure food and wine, new york’s raw, vegan, and organic restaurant, and kept below 118 degrees to preserve nutrients and enzymes. all of our ingredients are gluten free with noted exceptions where manna bread is an option.
please inform us of any allergies!!
ask for daily specials!!

-oneluckyduck.com

This is the takeout for pure food and wine restaurant. Check out this site it also has an online store.

I went there today skeptical… And had the chocolate pudding: first off it’s not pudding! You vegans can’t steal our names and make your food ours!

Pudding is pudding! If you want to call yours pudding-like substance ok! Ps the same goes for yogurt, veggie burger, tiramisu, ice cream, moon pies and definitely Cheesecake! Make up your own names! No piggybacking!

That being said; I had the pudding like substance from One Lucky Duck and let me tell you it was amazing! That being said; I am not giving up meat! But I can add some of their products to my diet!

Does it taste like pudding? No! It was delicious and tastes totally different. Like nothing you have had. Does it have a pudding consistency? No! It’s slightly thicker. Does it look like pudding? Yes. Will I buy it again? Yes, but at $11 that’s crazy! Maybe once in a blue moon! Will I try to reengineer it? Yes!

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I’ll just have to sneak in a ziplock bag of grilled chicken to make these dishes perfect! 😝

Seriously; try it and you will be amazed at how delicious raw food can be!

If you think hard enough there are plenty of foods that are delicious, fruits, veggies, Nutbutters, coconut etc.. However; my body and lifestyle demands way more protein on a daily basis! 1-1.5g of protein per pound of bodyweight! At 250lbs It would cost me a fortune to eat enough protein, with vegan proteins normally come carbs, carbs for my body-type are the Devil! So for me; I couldn’t totally switch. Nor do I want to! But like I said; it won’t hurt for me to integrate a little in my diet.

Remember the phrase:
Everything in moderation! Too much of one thing isn’t good for you! The same goes for not enough of everything also isn’t good!

Check it out! And stay tuned for more from them!

The only problem with this place is the prices are insane! Not crazy…insane! If the pudding was a reasonable $6-6:50 each I would be in everyday!

That’s a guaranteed $32.50 a week! And I would most likely buy more stuff as I go and look. But at $11 each maybe one a week if they are lucky!

If only they were reasonable! I could probably get a lot more people to go! Even those of us that aren’t vegan!

**Update** July 7th 2014

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I got the infamous Mint Ice Cream sundae!

For being raw vegan and zero dairy it wasn’t that bad! The mint pseudo ice cream tasted like ice cream but the other flavor and the brownie chunks were noticeably different, but as a whole it was delicious and I would get it again. However; the chocolate pseudo pudding is by far my favorite! It tastes like real pudding and I wouldn’t mind eating it daily! If only it was more affordable!

**Update** July 10th 2014
Last night my girlfriend made the avocado Pseudo pudding recipe from here and she hit the nail on the head! She has all the cookbooks from Pure Food and Wine, so It was exactly the same consistency, color and flavor! It was delicious, lucky for me she made a big batch, so I can enjoy it for the next couple days! I had a little this morning for breakfast!

It’s great for battling a sweet tooth while staying on your diet! The best part is the recipe is raw, so how hard can it be! Avocados, cocoa and probably a few other ingredients together and boom yummy pudding like substance! It satisfies your healthy omega requirements and gives you a treat at the same time!

Check out Pure Food & Wine as well as One Lucky Duck! I promise you won’t be upset even though it’s raw vegan! If you happen to be raw vegan however; it may ruin your life! The products are soo good it may ruin other places for you and make you go broke only eating their food! I am not sure if they still sell cookbooks, but if they do, invest in them and take your raw vegan lifestyle to the next level! If you aren’t raw vegan like myself, some of the recipes will give you another tool for your toolbox on your way to a healthy balanced lifestyle!

Remember my catch phrase: Everything in moderation! That goes for anything and everything in life! If you can stick by that, you will have a happy, healthy and fun life! That’s my recipe for success!

It’s on my when we go to extremes that we get in trouble! Think about that!

**Note** Stay tuned July 19th for more!


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