Thursday, June 17, 2010

Yoga and Raw Food Expo 2010

Classmates and Amazing Health Coaches Liz Hall, Lisa Chin, Bettina Ridley and Me

I had the incredible delight to attend this year's Yoga and Raw Food Expo hosted at the Hotel New Yorker. This is something that as a yoga practitioner I have dreamed about for years! This was my year though to be thoroughly immersed in the amazing efforts and products that people have been creating to further the wellness industry.

I attended the Saturday afternoon/evening of the 3-day expo and must say that I was impressed with the amount of information and vendors they had there! I came across a few fantastic companies that I feel the need to plug here as I support their efforts and believe that they are the key people to catapult wellness to the forefront of the media and people's minds.


Davina Reeves, Miss New York USA & Consultant for Tumeric...and me!

Excerpt from their Story:

"Each bottle is artisanally crafted with a purpose and a destination. We strongly believe that our vision, guided by great passion and Love for our product, will manifest change and improve the lives of many. Our goal is to enable people to realize and activate their fullest health potential through awareness, education, and experience. Tumeric- is committed to offering the very best in natural, sustainable health resources and practices."

How do you get this fantastic elixir?

Visit one of their locations in the New York Area

Zen Bottle

Founder Lindsay Noel Kemp, her colleague and me holding up just a few of the great Zen Bottle designs


Providing superior products for optimal health and to encourage the general public to take responsibility for their health and environment by making conscious choices.

Enlighten Your Bottle Mind & Spirit - Not only for health and vitality, but expansion, transformation of consciousness, and eventually, transcendence.

Enlightened Bottle - the superior water bottle is a reusable glass bottle. Glass is the only known material not to leach. Reusable helps heal the body & the environment.

Enlightened Mind - making a conscious choice to take responsibility for your choices… even down to your water bottle

Enlightened Spirit. - feel connected and enlightened as your intentions reflect in the water you drink

How do you get these great bottles?

Order off the website or in person at shows- call 888-ZEN BOTTLE for more info

Natural Nourishment

Founder Mike Monaco

Excerpt from their website:

Our goal is to provide the best quality food for you dog. We make our food every week. Quality assurance comes from the simple fact that my two dogs are eating the same food that we make for your dogs. All our ingredients are human grade and many are organic. Even the bones come from chicken backs that restaurants use to make stock. The meat is from a local butcher and the vegetables are from local markets. I believe that commercial grade dry and wet dog food is the worst thing we can feed our dogs. If we didn't believe this, we would have never spent the hours involved to start making raw food for our dogs.

How do you make sure your pups are getting the best food they can?

Contact the founder and chef himself, Mike Monaco at or 631-


Scale Down Cookware

Excerpt from their website:

ScaleDown LLC offers the best in non-stick titanium cookware. Each pot and pan has exceeded rigorous German quality-control standards and won the prestigious German TUV independent Technical Control Association Product Safety stamp of approval for durability. This cookware offers even heat distribution and requires little or no oil, grease or water to cook your foods perfectly—what could be healthier or easier?

How can you get the supplies to literally bake a cake on the top of a burner?

Call or email them to put in your order: 518-587-6130, 888-905-1122,

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Beating the NYC Heat Wave

Whew! NYC in the summer time can sure get ridiculously warm. The best thing to do when the going gets hot around here is to cool down with some seriously seriously delicious bring your core temp down foods. In the photo above there is a delicious cooling meal. Shrimp with artichokes fresh basil and olive oil (really- that's all that is!) and some cool cool Gazpacho topped with grapes and almonds! The tea is part of the Twinings of London line of Iced Teas where you can actually brew the tea bags in cool water instead of hot and then icing it. My fridge will not be without pitcher after pitcher of this delicious stuff.
In other news- while camping this weekend at a music festival in Hunter Mountain, NY I proposed to my now future husband. Talk about making your intentions a reality- it's all happening!

White Gazpacho with Grapes and Toasted Almonds
Recipe by: Ellie Krieger of the Food Network show Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger
Prepared by Cara and Tim: June 1, 2010
  • 2 large English cucumbers (or 3 large regular cucumbers), peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 slices white bread, crusts removed
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 6 scallions, whites only, divided
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar or Sherry vinegar, plus more, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 cup plus 4 teaspoons slivered almonds, lightly toasted, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup green grapes, halved


Set aside 1 cup of chopped cucumber for a garnish. Soak the bread in water until soft, about 2 minutes. Place soaked bread, the rest of the cucumber, garlic, 3 of the scallions, vinegar, lemon juice, 1/4 cup of the almonds, salt and 3 tablespoons of olive oil in the bowl of a food processor and process until cucumbers are completely blended and liquid and almonds are almost completely invisible, about 1 to 2 minutes. Season with additional salt and vinegar, if desired.

To serve, ladle 1 cup gazpacho into a bowl. Mound 1/4 cup reserved chopped cucumber, 1 tablespoon scallions, 2 tablespoons grapes and 1 teaspoon almonds in the center of the soup

Enjoy with all of your summer sisters and brothers out there!