New Year’s Day 2012 I took a trip out to Pasadena’s Rose Bowl to help with the Donate Life float for the Rose Parade, which was on Jan 2nd this year. Donate Life is an amazing organization that raises awareness so we stick that pink dot onto our driver’s license, to help save lives by being an organ donor. My dad was a kidney recipient, so this organization rings very close to my heart.
This is the beautiful finished float. The folks sitting on it are the stars of the show…family members of donors from 2011. The stories I heard yesterday were so moving, and I broke into tears numerous times. One woman’s 9-year old daughter had gone to the hospital for an ear infection. The hospital misdiagnosed and mistreated her (not uncommon), and she died. Her mom was proud to share how her daughter lives on in others, literally, and that her daughter has saved many lives by being a donor. You can see the portraits of each donor on 6 clock faces, a total of 72 donors are honored.
My good friend Vicky is a ‘red jacket’ and one of the team leaders on this huge project. She’s been here working on the float for weeks from early morning until 11pm. A huge undertaking, whew.
We are all misting the flowers with water before the float is moved outdoors for judging. It was gorgeous in Pasadena, 80 degrees!
Everything on all of the floats in the Rose Parade are all organic! This means only living materials like flowers, leaves, seeds,…all put on by hand.
Look at this detail….mustard seeds painstakingly glued onto the surface. Wow.
Beans and flower petals have all been attached by hand.
This is the bed of roses underneath the clock with the moving hands at the front of the float.
Look closely and you can see each of these red roses has a wish tied onto them.
When the float moved outside into the sun, all the colors popped so brightly! You can see the driver of the float inside the open door. The driver can’t see a thing, and is guided by audio by someone outside the float.
At one point, everyone held hands in a circle around the float. It was very moving. And even the judges teared up and cried when they talked with the donor families and heard all the incredible stories. Today, I discovered (since I don’t have a TV to watch the parade myself) that our float won one of the top 3 trophies and the craftsmanship award for outstanding showmanship and dramatic impact over 55 feet! Yeah! I also heard that floats cost about a half a million dollars to build! Great exposure and for a wonderful cause.
This was one of the best, most memorable New Year Day’s of my life. What a way to spend the 1st day of the new year. Plus, I felt like it was in honor too of my dad, who was so very blessed to have had a kidney transplant, which helped extended his life another 10 or 12 years. I learned that a liver lives for 100 years, so even after someone passes from old age, a liver can be donated to help another person live. Amazing.
I’ve chosen to be an organ donor for as long as I can remember, and I hope you will also consider joining me in helping save lives so someone else may live one more day! For more information check out Donate Life.
Labor Day marks the weekend my Rhodesian Ridgeback, Kanga, and I rescued one another….9-years ago! How time flies. (and yes, I cake sunblock on my face, as you can see).
Kanga had been at the Humane Society for over 2 weeks, and no one adopted her. Surprising, since she is a beautiful specimen of this breed. Plus, she came fully trained, so someone had spent a lot of time and energy with her. She was skin and bone, and 50+ pounds underweight with kennel cough and dusty fur. Poor baby.
Luckily, a truck intercepted 20 dogs on their way to get euthanized, and brought them back to a no-kill shelter in Portland, OR called Family Dogs NW. This was where I found Kanga early the very next morning. I applied the same raw food principles to Kanga as I do for human healing, and over the next month or two she gained 50 pounds and regained radiant health on a Raw Food diet. You can read more about her journey in Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen, where Kanga has her own dog food chapter.
My brother Max saw this photo of Kanga and said she looks like she’s “mugging”. I had to ask him what the heck that means. Max said “mugging = posing, like rappers do for pics”. Hahaa. Yup, Kanga is a superstar, and very popular too. Folks always stop us to pet her, especially young children.
Kanga’s from Rhodesia, which is now Zimbabwe Rhodesia, and the Sahara so she loves the sun, warmth, and sand. She hates water, but it was so hot out that Kanga got her paws wet. I love dog beach because here she can roam off-leash, and run free to play with other dogs.
Kanga and I love laying in the sand and soaking up the sun. It’s never hot enough for us, and soaking up sun is one of our favorite past times. I’m happy I got to take Kanga to Huntington Dog Beach yesterday on the final hot day of the summer (it was 90 F) to celebrate her 9-year Bday and Dogversary with me. Thank you Kanga for being my family, love, and for hanging out with me for the past 9-years! I love you.
I made it to San Diego Tuesday for the launch of Sambazon’s Warrior Up campaign… and to see my new billboard in person. I found it at 30th and Adams, in the Hillcrest area of town, supposedly where all the hipsters hang out. Kato and I screamed and giggled when we first spotted it. What a feeling!
Sambazon is helping to promote organizations that give back to our communities and to the world, and Pedal Patch Community in downtown LA is the non-profit I’m working with. Jason Eugene Boarde is the Director of PPC, and is pictured to the right above at one of the community gardens.
PPC is a community supported social enterprise advocating innovative, community-based solutions to hunger, food insecurity and sustainability. PPC works with at-risk youth and develops edible landscapes and garden communities that focus on positive land use, eco-literacy, food system sustainability, food security matters and community involvement. We’re launching a series of talks and events called Food Stuff LA on August 21st, 2010 designed around a panel of experts providing a healthy dose of wellness, good food, and ardent discussion to raise awareness around healthy sustainable food options and food security and safety issues.
Now, on to the PARTY!…later that evening, we headed to downtown San Diego for the launch and press event. It was in a warehouse with beautiful exposed brick walls. The 11 warrior images were posted on opposing walls, and the space was transformed into a hip art gallery.
I felt so honored to be in a line up with Jack Rose and free surfer celebrity Jon Rose. They both work to make clean drinking water available to those in the world who need it most through their non-profits Rain Catcher and Waves for Water. Currently, they’re traveling into Haiti every other week with ceramic water filters and buckets to set up water filtration systems to save lives. I’m in awe of this father and son team. They both have beautiful spirits, fiery passion and drive, and amazing stories.
To the right is master surfer Rob Machado who’s non-profit, Rob Machado Foundation, funds educational programs to help kids better understand their contribution towards a healthy planet. Programs include community gardens on school grounds.
Hans Rey, the pioneer in trails mountain biking and all time legend, provides bikes for people in developing countries in need of transportation to get to work or school through his non-profit Wheels 4 Life. We’ve had mutual friends in common for a couple years, and it’s always awesome to finally meet in person.
Kassia Meador is a real beauty. Kassia is a pro surfer, Roxy swimsuit model, and is a spokeswoman for Keep a Breast. Keep A Breast is a non-profit organization that exposes young people to methods of prevention, early detection, and support through development of habits that will benefit their long term health and well-being. Kassia and I share the same ideas for preventative care, eating right, and decreasing toxic load on the body.
Jeremy Black is one of the founding brothers of Sambazon.
And, Ryan Black is the other brother. Both are super handsome, smart, sweet, and doing really great things on the planet like making anti-oxidant rich Acai available for us here in the U.S.A. while giving back by creating sustainable projects in the Amazon.
Here’s the man behind the camera, responsible for all the beautiful photos in this campaign…JP Greenwood. He was laying low all evening, and I needed help finding him in the crowd..he’s super talented, and so modest!
And, here’s 2 of the magic makers at Sambazon….Kaia, to the left, and Alana, to the right. They’re the dynamic duo. Kato Banks has been a very good friend for many years from back in my San Francisco days.
This was a hugely successful event and launch of an amazing new campaign, which is no surprise since everything Sambazon does rocks!
This is a book trailer for Ani’s Raw Food Essentials.
Watch as I show you how easy is is to make my Coconut Cake with Nutella Hazelnut Sauce, from page 271.
A book trailer for Ani’s Raw Food Essentials for a naturally effervescent probiotic drink called Water Kefir from page 56.
This healthy drink is simple to make using water kefir grains that you can purchase online. I include resources in my book, and recommend going straight to the source for the living grains. Avoid the processed, dried, packaged grains because they are not as vital as the living grains. Plus, the dry grains only brew maybe three batches before you have to go and buy more dried grains again.
It takes just 48 hours to brew Water Kefir, and it’s full of friendly bacteria for building healthy intestinal flora. It helps me with digestion, assimilation of nutrients, and elimination. I enjoy Water Kefir with and after meals to help with digestion. I drink a cup on an empty stomach before bed to balance my intestinal flora.
In this video, I use a variation of the recipe in my book.
Place water into a glass jar. Add sugars, ginger, pear, and stir. Add grains. Close lid, and store in cabinet for 48 hours to brew.
Pour brew through a plastic sieve to catch the grains. Remove ginger and pear. Store brew in glass bottles at room temperature to increase vitamin B levels. Or, store in fridge to chill.
Start your next batch immediately.
On Day 3 of my SF book tour, I visited the vibrant Spencer Christian and beautiful Janelle Wang for a return appearance on their afternoon talk show The View from the Bay. Spencer already loves raw vegan foods, and this visit, we may have won Janelle over to our side with my Jap Chae Korean No-Cook Stir Fry Noodles and Berry Kream Tartlets. (The recipes follow below).
It’s always fun to be made up by a professional make up artist. Skye said she’s been working weeks without one day off. A perfect candidate for the raw vegan diet.
Abbeba kicked off this show with her dehydrated crackers and salsa. I like to remind folks raw dishes like guacamole, salsa, gazpacho, and salads are already popular, so raw foods really aren’t that much of a stretch from what we’re already eating.
I met this pretty teen last year on my Ani’s Raw Food Desserts tour. She seems to have grown a foot or more, and has the coolest parents. Her pops brought her to the Ferry Building for my talk on Saturday, and her mom brought her to the TV station. She’s thriving on raw, and is continuing to convert and inspire her friends. What an inspiration.
The 2 recipes I made on air were for my Jap Chae, page 224, and Custard Tartletts, page 267. Jap chae is one of my favorite Korean noodle dishes, and it’s traditionally made with rice noodles. This recipe was inspired by my mother, who pointed out how similar kelp noodles are to rice noodles. Mom helped me figure out how to season my noodles with pretty much the same ingredients as the cooked version.
JAP CHAE – Korean No-Cook Kelp Noodles with Vegetables
Place the onion and mushrooms in a large mixing bowl and toss with salt or soy sauce until mixed well. Nama Shoyu is a raw unpasturized soy sauce, and Bragg’s Liquid Aminos is a live food. Another wheat free soy is tamari, if you prefer that. Set aside for at least 15-20 minutes to marinade and soften. Add the carrot and sesame oil. Mix well. Add the noodles and toss to mix well.
CRUST (food processor):
CASHEW KREAM (blended)
To make crust, add nuts and salt into your food processor, and process into small pieces. Add dates to bind together your batter.
Line tartlet pan with plastic wrap. Press 2 tablespoons of the batter into pan. Remove tartlet crust, and place on plate.
Make kream by blending cashews with vanilla and water until smooth.
Scoop into tartlet crust. Top with fresh berry, and serve.
We’re offering a special on raw cashews and kelp noodles this month in celebration of my newest book. For organic ingredients and my favorite kitchen tools, visit my estore at: www.GoSuperLife.com
On day 2 of my SF book tour I joined Dixie Mahy and Sharon at their combined SF Life and SF Vegetarian Society potluck in the Mission District for a book signing. I demonstrated my recipe for Pad Thai with Kelp Noodles, from page 227 of Ani’s Raw Food Essentials (recipe is below). Dixie, the host, is well into her 70s, and full of fire and good energy. She’s a testament to the vegan lifestyle.
The Mission was my old stomping ground in the early 90s, I lived at Treat Street and 24th Street. I was happy to see that much of the neighborhood seems to have kept its charm over the years.
Three beautiful ladies were excited to recently discover raw foods. Common questions were about weight loss and ingredients like agave. What I answer is to be happy, live in moderation, and have an attitude of gratitude. Stressing out about whether a goji berry has been dried 10 degrees too hot adds stress. We are blessed to have the knowledge we do to make informed decisions when it comes to what we choose to eat. We’re privileged be able to decline food when people are starving in other countries. Keep perspective, and be happy. Happiness is a reflection of our inner health.
This lovely lady told me how her mom had been sent home to die over 40 years prior. Her mom instantly changed her diet to raw vegan, and has been thriving ever since! I believe illnesses comes from the accumulation of garbage in our body. Enjoying more raw vegan food, which are naturally cleansing and detoxifying, helps to decrease our toxic load along with our overall stress, boosts are immune system, and fuels longevity.
Here she is, thriving after 40+ years on raw vegan foods! She made by day by telling me I was going to save the world. That’s a tall order.
A great group of people in SF, where I lived 8 years through the 90s. I miss all my friends and the culture of SF including electronic music, design, fashion, art, and the vibrant community culture. I didn’t get to go dancing this trip, so I’ll need to visit again soon, socially next time, just to hang out and absorb the beauty of SF.
Pad Thai with Kelp Noodles
Blend all sauce ingredients and toss with noodle ingredients. Enjoy!
For organic ingredients, visit my estore GoSuperLife.com, where we are running specials on Cashews and Kelp Noodles to celebrate my new book!
Video TRT: 4 min, 34 sec
I had the honor of appearing on Spencer Christian and Janelle Wang’s show The View from the Bay, ABC Channel 7 along my San Francisco book tour for Ani’s Raw Food Essentials. This was my 3rd appearance on the show, and I adore the hosts. Spencer loves raw food, and I think we’ve finally won Janelle over with these two recipes for Korean Stir-Fried Kelp Noodles with Vegetables (Jap Chae), page 224, and Custard Tartlets, page 267.
For organic ingredients and kitchen tools, visit my estore and Go Super Life! We’re running a special on Kelp Noodles and Cashews for the month of June to celebrate my new book!
Video TRT: 4 min, 42 sec
This is a book trailer for my latest book Ani’s Raw Food Essentials. In it, I show you how easy it is to make a delicious, fast, raw food Tomato Chili with Taco Nut Meat, from pages 145-146.
Tomato Chili with Taco Nut Meat (bean-free)
A vegetable chili made with chopped tomatoes, bell peppers, celery, mushrooms, and corn kernels. Spiced with cumin, and oregano for a real chili flavor similar to the cooked bean version. Top with Taco Nut Meat for an added layer of texture and south west flavor.
Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl, and mix well. Scoop about 1/3 of the mixture into blender and puree. Scoop puree back into mixing bowl.
To serve, scoop into 4 serving bowls. Top with Taco Nut Meat, and enjoy.
Taco Nut Meat
Walnuts are ground and spiced with cumin and coriander to make this taco flavored nut meat crumble. Use it to top salads, soups, and inside wraps to add taco flavor and texture.
Place walnuts into food processor, and process into small pieces. Add remaining ingredients, pulse to mix well.
Will keep for 1 week in fridge.
For organic ingredients and kitchen tools, visit my estore and Go Super Life!
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