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costa rica yoga retreatThe raw food yoga retreat in Costa Rica with chef Eric Rivken and yoga instructor Marsha White has a few more spaces left.  Marsha tells me that there is still time.  If you're interested in attending, please let me know and I'll have Marsha or Eric give you a call.

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restaurant reviews recommendationsLooking for a certain type of food?  Want personal restaurant recommendations? 

Foodio54 is a new site that offers you personal restaurant recommendations based on the type of food you like. 

Andrew and Mike have built a large database of restaurants (currently only in the US) that collects rating data about those restaurants.  Foodio54 will then make predictions about restaurants you might like.  You can also find restaurant reviews, get maps, restauarant addresses, and connect with other members.  This is a cool idea, and I think Foodio54 is especially helpful for people who travel.

Check it out here: get personal restaurant recommendations and find the food you want—wherever you're located.

 

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vegan restaurants kansasMissouri has its first 100% vegan restaurant.  Heidi VanPelt has opened a completely vegan restaurant in Kansas City called FUD (pronounced "food").  The restaurant serves both cooked dishes and raw food—and everything is organic.  If you live in Kansas, go check it out.

Thanks to Barbara for the tip.

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raw vegan restaurants los angelesI'm sad to report that the Los Angeles raw food restaurant, A Taste of the Goddess, has closed. 

The reason for closing is unknown, but the restaurant is no longer open to the public.  I've been told that A Taste of the Goddess will offer catering for private parties and events, but it will no longer serve food to the public.

Thanks to Sunil for the tip.

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chicago raw food restaurants

In an earlier post, I wrote about the new Chicago raw food restaurant called Borrowed Earth.  Today, Borrowed Earth officially opened.  The owners—Danny and Kathy Living—wrote:

We're open!  We got the okay from the Village of Downers Grove Monday morning.  The credit card and sign company guys were milling around in the front, and two people came in and said, "Are you open?"  and I said, "Yes, we just opened!"  The people coming in have been wonderful, and there's already been several repeat customers.

The local paper did a front-page story on Borrowed Earth this past Wednesday.  If you're in the Chicago area, be sure to stop-by.

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raw food restaurants - vspotThe V-Spot—a 100% vegan restaurant in Brooklyn—serves some raw food items including nori rolls, salads and wraps.  Located on 5th Ave. in Park Slope, the restaurant is trying to encourage more people to become vegan. 

They're offering the public 100 free meals ($10 maximum, and you must be at least 14 years of age).  The only catch is, you must have NEVER tried vegan food before.  According to V-Spot, the goal is "to break negative stereotypes that the public may have about vegan cuisine." 

That's a unique marketing campaign—and I hope the V-spot succeeds in getting more people to try vegan dishes.  The V-Spot has been added to The Raw Food Restaurant Guide.  Thanks to Lisa for the tip.

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I just got back from a trip to NYC.  While I was there, I visited some of my favorite raw vegan restaurants with my trusty Macbook Pro in tow.  Since I was in NYC on business, I took advantage of the free WiFi connection (thanks to my employer) and combined two of my favorite things—delicious raw vegan food and fast, efficient computing.  In the midst of mouthfuls of food, I was able to get a good deal of work accomplished.

In the process, I discovered that raw vegan restaurants and my new Macbook Pro have a lot in common…

1.  Fast Speed and Easy to Digest.  
The raw vegan dishes served at my favorite restaurants are quick and easy to digest.  Likewise, the intuitive applications and features of my new Macbook Pro make life on the road a lot easier.  Instead of struggling to digest convoluted applications, I can use the built-in features of the Macbook to get more accomplished in less time.  I don’t have to struggle with a bloated OS, upgrade nightmares, or lots of software that I don’t need.

2.  Free of Malware, Spyware, and Other Nasty “Additives.”
 
Both raw vegan restaurants and my new Macbook Pro are free of nasty additives.  Macbook Pro was designed for high security, so it isn’t plagued by constant attacks from viruses and malware like most PCs.  Most importantly, I don’t have to fight against the never-ending security dialog boxes in Vista.  Likewise, raw vegan food is pure and never contains artificial preservatives, colors, antibiotics, MSG, or other harmful additives.   

3.  Both are designed for life on the road.  
Raw vegan restaurants make traveling a lot easier.  I can stop-by, and grab some delicious raw food that’s healthy for me – without having to worry about fixing it myself.  Likewise, my Macbook Pro allows me to work efficiently when I’m on the road – it’s light (5.4 pounds), and easily holds all my important files and documents.  I can always find what I need quickly, no matter where I am.      

4.  The bright, vibrant colors of the Macbook screen remind me of the shockingly bright colors of raw vegan dishes.

If you’ve never had a raw vegan meal, you don’t realize how bright and colorful raw food dishes are.  Similarly, my Macbook Pro displays colors beautifully. 

5.  Both help me stay productive without unnecessary downtime.  
Since I’m eating healthy delicious food that’s easily digested, I don’t have to worry about getting sick while I’m traveling (or feeling sluggish after a meal).  Raw food digests quickly and easily – and provides me with tons of energy to get things done.  Likewise, my Macbook Pro helps me stay productive since it’s plug-n-play and works without hassle.  The Macbook has a built-in antenna for wireless networks, so getting on the internet from anywhere is a simply a matter of turning on the laptop.  No reconfiguring your network settings. No plugging in some clunky wireless card and refreshing available networks.

I’m trying not to gush, but the Macbook Pro is, by far, the best laptop I’ve ever owned.  Highly recommended for anyone who likes easy, efficient, nicely designed technology.  And, if you like your food the same way you like your technology—easy, efficient, and first-rate—then you should visit a raw vegan restaurant the next time you’re in New York City.  You'll be glad you did.  

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bluegreenorganicjuicecafe.gifBlue Green Organic Juice Cafes (which also served raw food dishes) have closed.  There were four locations – two in New York City, one in Brooklyn, and one in Darien, CT.  Sad to hear this.

Thanks to Natalie for the tip!

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chacocanyoncafe.gifChaco Canyon (in Seattle, WA) has moved to a new address.  The restaurant is now located at 4757 12th Avenue NE at the corner of 50th and 12th.

Thanks to Megan for the tip.  Megan told me that when she
visited Chaco Canyon (at the old address) the building was vacant. 

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sanfrancisco raw food restaurants.gifFeel Real Cafe (on Judah Street in San Francisco) closed its doors at the end of October. Unfortunately, this restaurant will no longer be serving organic vegan food to Bay area residents. :-(

Thanks to Cindy for the tip. 

 

 

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