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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Hungry for Change ... Time to Create A Rainbow Kitchen

Available on DVD and/or Book
I recently watched a fabulous documentary called Hungry for Change (by the producers of Food Matters), which in my opinion should be required viewing for all kids and adults. The film details, in a very people friendly way, why we are dealing with an obesity epidemic in America. This in-depth look at today's food industry and how the dieting paradigm is flawed, is so revealing. I also appreciated the inspiring interviews and testimonials of those who were featured in the film who have struggled with obesity and/or major health issues, and how they have transformed their lives through better nutrition and changing their relationship with food. 

When I was fifteen, I went to work at a French restaurant in Beverly Hills as a part-time crepe cooker. Being their youngest employee, I became somewhat of a mascot to this quaint little restaurant. And because of my passion for cooking (and skills), I was quickly promoted to the main kitchen within 6 months where I began teaching managers in training how to prepare the signature dishes.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

What's on Your Holiday Wish List?


Happy holidays ... This past year I’ve come across some wonderful products and wanted to share a few of them with you as holiday gift ideas. (Also check out Expo West blog from earlier this year.)

Kanberra Gel – Are you or your pets experiencing allergies from indoor pollutants and poor air quality? Did you know that Christmas Trees have mold? Time to put this product on your holiday (or anytime) wish list.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

A Green Story - An American Dream


Van Vlahakis with daughter Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks
A Green Story (a biopic) is a rare glimpse inside the politics of the corporate world of the grocery business through the eyes of Van Vlahakis. You may not know his name, but chances are you’ve seen, or used his Award-Winning – truly all-natural cleaning products (found on most grocery store shelves). Vlahakis, known to most as Mr. Van, is the founder and CEO of Earth Friendly Products – one of the first (1967) company’s to produce safe and respectful cleaning products.


Vlahakis left Greece five decades ago with twenty-two dollars in his pocket in hopes of finding a better future for him and his family - an American Dream. A Green Story centers on the modern day Vlahakis (played by Ed O'Ross), who is diagnosed with cancer and given only a few months to live. During this time, Vlahakis reflects on his early life as an immigrant (played by George Finn) during the 1950's and ultimately decides to push himself to the limit by closing one final business deal that is the basis for his company's success.

Monday, March 25, 2013

What's Trending at Expo West 2013

Non-GMO were the trending words of this year's Expo West!!

As it should be ... this year's big push was for new labeling laws reflecting full transparency of foods in the marketplace that contain GMO ingredients.

We are not a science experiment - GMO, no thanks! Visually depicted by GMO expert and bestselling author Jeffrey M. Smith (Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods) and his lab rat. Jeffrey was there sharing his knowledge and promoting his brilliantly educational documentary, Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives (watch film online), which connects the dots between GMO's cancer, birth defects, infertility, allergies and autism. The documentary is narrated by Lisa Oz. A must see film!! To learn more visit www.GMOinside.org or www.nongmoproject.org

And while the adults were engaged in conversation about the potential health consequences of GMO's, the kids were enjoying a day at the (make-shift) beach contemplating what new foods they were going to try next (or secretly hoping for a surprise visit to Disneyland).