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This was the beautiful view of the rose gardens as we arrived at the NetKal Gala event….. gathering of Asian Americans in entertainment.

Styled by my favorite fashion designer Linda Loudermilk of all time, plus…she’s all about luxury eco! Makeup and hair by the best artist ever, Dorit Genazzani.

The beautiful Lisa Ling (Oprah Winfrey Network, Our America) and her husband Dr. Paul Song.

Bryan Tee from Fast and the Furious. I can count all of 2 Asian actors in film. At least they’re representing! Yeah.

From the TV show Dexter, actor C.S. Lee. Okay, this makes 2 Asian actors…one TV, one film, so far. I can think of one more Asian male from TV. Hopefully, you can too.

The NetKal Gala was held at USC at the Annenberg Center.

The event was catered by my friends at Good Gracious Catering. I met Pauline and Joanne at Sunset Magazine’s annual Celebration weekend event last spring, where I was invited along with Chef Rick Bayless (Frontera), Candace Nelson (Sprinkles), and Govind Armstrong (8oz Burger). So impressive they included vegan raw along side these TV celebrities.

The food was presented beautifully. And, my friends hooked me up with a vegan meal, of course!

Check out this space, there was a pool and water fountain in the center. It was cold that night though. The ladies were all freezing in their cocktail dresses. I had my coat on for dinner. Dinner was accompanied by performances by 3 Korean pop stars. Sort of made me giggle. USA and Korea entertainment is very different. An incredible event. And great conference the following day with discussions and inspiration for ways to encourage more diversity in the media. Some said it’ll take a few years. I’m not holding my breath though….

Thank you Nathan Nowack for these gorgeous photos. Please visit Nathan Nowack for more photos from this event.

 

Vitamix hosted a Mix + Mingle reception at Expo West where I signed another 100+ books in the evening. Earlier, I had signed 200+ books at the Vitamix booth.

These photos were all shot by the amazing talented Sherman Lee….love his photography!

They had the bartender make up my blended frozen Raspberry, Orange, and Lime mocktail.

Ken Spector of LivingEco.com has been a host for years, interviewing hundreds, if not thousands of people.

The beautiful Elenia Love, a long time friend.

Carolyn Scott, the Healthy Voyager. Look at her skin glow.

Debbie Merrill is super fit, and a rollar skating pro!

Bob Linden, host of Go Vegan Radio.

Chris Whitcoe, Vivapura…love their spirulina sprinkles, and John Kohler, Living-Foods.com.

My family attended too, here’s Max Phyo, my brother who runs GoSuperLife.com.

The Vitamix team that made this all happen. xoxo

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.

Ani Phyo at Biscuit / Toy Lofts Community Garden from pedalpatch on Vimeo.

Raw Food Star Ani Phyo with PPC Director Jason Boarde from pedalpatch on Vimeo.

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!

tyler golden, ani phyo, raw food essentials food photographer

Tyler Golden is the photographer responsible for the beautiful color food photos that grace the center pages of Ani’s Raw Food Essentials. Tyler had a show of his aerial photography last weekend. I stopped by to say hello and gave him a sneak peek copy of our book. He was thrilled with how his food photos turned out. They’re going to look even better in the final printing, out June 1st.

Tyler’s amazingly talented. He grew up helping his pops with his cookbooks taking photos and styling. His dad has an delicious NY Coney Island style pretzel company called San Diego Pretzel Company. If you like soft pretzels, definitely check these out. They’re the real deal.

white ani phyo raw food sambazon acai

I’m stoked Sambazon asked me to be a part of their new campaign. I had so much fun on the photo shoot last Friday in Hollywood. Sambazon draws together the most amazing people from pro surfers, mountain bikers, photographers, and artists, and I’m proud to be added into their mix.

make up ani phyo raw food

You can see Kai Lai and Kato Banks in the reflection of the mirror, and me having my makeup put on.

jeremy black, ani phyo, sambazon

Jeremy Black is the co-founder, along with his brother Ryan, of Sambazon. Jeremy looks like a Ralph Lauren model. Both he and his brother are the sweetest guys, plus handsome and radiant. Must be all that antioxidant rich acai.

photographers

The photographer JP Greenwood and the digital tech John Shin….celebrating after a long day. JPs other assistants, not in this photo, included Carlos Rios and Glen Chivens. JP was great to work with. He made sure I struck the right poses and made sure I looked gorgeous in all the shots. Magic of a good photographer and makeup!

This new campaign launches early June, and I can’t wait to see the photos from the shoot.

japan town los angeles, ca

Living in the center of Los Angeles, I walk and ride my bike around my neighborhood, rarely drive, and hardly ever make it downtown. Saturday, I decided to explore downtown LA. I started at by USC at the California Science Center and watched the new Hubble 3D IMAX. It was incredible to see images Hubble captured, and I recommend everyone to go see this film. It’s only 45 minutes long.

Next, I visited a new (to me) Japan Town mall in downtown LA where I stumbled upon a really cool bookstore and an Asian grocery store. I stocked up on my sea vegetables: Arame, Hijiki, Nori, and picked up a bottle of Yuzu (orange paste with green hot pepper). Sea veggies cost much less at the Asian market than at a natural food store. I even ran into an old friend who lives in Santa Monica who happened to be shopping downtown too.

The photo above was shot at dusk, so the sky is an amazing blue color. I’m learning that dawn and dusk are the money shots for architecture.

Los Angeles at night

I was with Benny, an amazing photographer who’s photos are found on many of the architecture magazine covers out there. Benny Chan’s aerial photo series are printed huge, maybe 10 ft tall, if I had to guess. Standing in front of the images makes me loose my stomach as if I was really flying up in the helicopter with him. Read about Benny’s show in the LA Times.

Benny’s been inspiring me to shoot dusk and nighttime city shots, especially from the top floor of high rises. You can even find the crescent moon in the photo above. It was a beautiful city scape on a warm LA evening.

On the way home, I stopped off to visit my friend Kato Space who was hosting an old school house party in Hollywood with special guest DJ Garth, from the Wicked Crew in San Francisco. I love dancing. Besides the prior evening at Pink Floyd, I hadn’t been out dancing for months.

Dancing directly raises my level of happiness and well being. It’s a spiritual practice for me to let go and to feel the flow. It was so much fun, but way past my bedtime.

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