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En Español: Entrevista con Alberto González, Fundador de GustOrganics

En Español: Entrevista con Alberto González, Fundador de GustOrganics

En esta entrevista, hablo con Alberto González, el fundador de GustOrganics. GustOrganics es el único restaurante orgánico certificado en NYC. Conversamos sobre lo que es un restaurante orgánico certificado y nos explica todo acerca del proceso de certificación.

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En esta entrevista, hablo con Alberto González, el fundador de GustOrganics.

GustOrganics es el único restaurante orgánico certificado en NYC. Conversamos sobre lo que es un restaurante orgánico certificado y nos explica todo acerca del proceso de certificación.


GustOrganics’ Alberto Gonzalez on Having a Certified Organic Restaurant

GustOrganics' Alberto Gonzalez on Having a Certified Organic Restaurant

In this interview, I sit down with Alberto Gonzalez, the owner of GustOrganics. What makes GustOrganics very unusual is that it is a certified organic restaurant. While there are plenty of organic restaurants in NYC, GustOrganics is the only one that is certified as organic by a third-party certification agency, NOFA-NY. Alberto discusses with me […]

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In this interview, I sit down with Alberto Gonzalez, the owner of GustOrganics. What makes GustOrganics very unusual is that it is a certified organic restaurant.

While there are plenty of organic restaurants in NYC, GustOrganics is the only one that is certified as organic by a third-party certification agency, NOFA-NY.

Alberto discusses with me what it means to be certified organic, what percentage of his food is organic and what the process was like to become certified.

The fact that GustOrganics is certified clearly demonstrates his incredible commitment to organic. Well-done, Alberto! I hope many other restauranteurs follow your lead.


My Recent Dinner at One Lucky Duck

My Recent Dinner at One Lucky Duck

The other night I took an old friend of mine from Nantucket to One Lucky Duck, one of my favorite organic restaurants in NYC. About 20 years ago we used to work together at The Wauwinet Inn and after not seeing each other for more than a decade, I bumped into him on the street […]

NYC Raw Food Restaurant Visits/Pictures
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The other night I took an old friend of mine from Nantucket to One Lucky Duck, one of my favorite organic restaurants in NYC. About 20 years ago we used to work together at The Wauwinet Inn and after not seeing each other for more than a decade, I bumped into him on the street the other day. He’s a super guy who is now doing big things in the photography world and enjoys coming to organic places with me.

One Lucky Duck is the takeaway, less formal, much smaller part of Pure Food and Wine. There are only three tables (all close together) at One Lucky Duck, which makes for a very social environment. In fact, it is where I met one of my very dear friends, an amazing woman who lives in India but just happened to be visiting New York for a few weeks earlier this summer.

Now, onto the food. One Lucky Duck is a raw food restaurant, which means that nothing is cooked above 118 degrees and all the food is vegan. No meat, no dairy, no sugar. Read more »


My Dinner Last Night at Caravan of Dreams

My Dinner Last Night at Caravan of Dreams

Last night I met up with a old friend of mine for dinner at Caravan of Dreams in NYC. Caravan of Dreams is an organic restaurant in the East Village that has been around for almost 20 years. Here is what I like about the place. 1) The food is very, very good.  I never […]

NYC Organic Restaurants Raw Food Water
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Last night I met up with a old friend of mine for dinner at Caravan of Dreams in NYC. Caravan of Dreams is an organic restaurant in the East Village that has been around for almost 20 years.

Here is what I like about the place.

1) The food is very, very good.  I never ever have a bad meal there.

2) They have a big selection of cooked and raw food – the menu is extensive.

3) The smoothie menu is very strong and contains many super-food options.

4) I can drink the water there. Why? Because my close friend does their water filtration system and I know it is the best.

5) The service is always excellent. The people are down-to-earth, friendly and accommodating.

Here is what we had. Read more »


Another Reason Against GMO – Food Waste

Another Reason Against GMO - Food Waste

If you listen to pro-GMO advocates, the number one reason they tell you why we need genetically-modified food is because there is no other way to feed the world. Not for one second do I believe this claim and as I have mentioned before, hunger is a political issue. For example, the people in North […]

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If you listen to pro-GMO advocates, the number one reason they tell you why we need genetically-modified food is because there is no other way to feed the world.

Not for one second do I believe this claim and as I have mentioned before, hunger is a political issue. For example, the people in North Korea are starving because their leader doesn’t want to feed them. It has absolutely nothing to do with a lack of food.

I went to a fascinating talk yesterday co-hosted by Eating Liberally-NYC and Kitchen Table Talks where I learned yet another argument against the need for GMO — food waste.

At the lecture, Jonathan Bloom, author of the book American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food, talked about the tremendous amount of food wasted in this country and the statistics are staggering.

1) 40% of all food grown and produced in the U.S. is wasted.

2) 150 billion pounds of food each year is wasted.

3) The amount of food wasted each year has a value of approximately $150 billion. Read more »


Top 5 Organic Food Trends for 2011

Top 5 Organic Food Trends for 2011

With 2011 right around the corner, it is now time for my annual tradition of picking next year’s organic food trends. So, here we go. My top 5 organic food trends for 2011. CHIA SEEDS With people on a constant search for protein-rich food, chia seeds will become the popular choice. Again. Chia seeds were […]

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With 2011 right around the corner, it is now time for my annual tradition of picking next year’s organic food trends. So, here we go. My top 5 organic food trends for 2011.

CHIA SEEDS

With people on a constant search for protein-rich food, chia seeds will become the popular choice. Again.

Chia seeds were a central component of the Aztec and Mayan diets and supposedly were the main food that Aztec warriors carried with them when they went off to fight. It was considered a sacred food back then. Read more »


Organic Thanksgiving Ideas – Traditional, Vegan and Raw Options

Organic Thanksgiving Ideas - Traditional, Vegan and Raw Options

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, two thoughts come to mind. One, I am super-excited that my beloved New England Patriots will be playing the Detroit Lions on national television. Since Detroit has finally developed into a respectable team, the football game should be a good one. Two, I am trying to figure out exactly […]

Boston NYC Organic Holidays Raw Food
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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, two thoughts come to mind.

One, I am super-excited that my beloved New England Patriots will be playing the Detroit Lions on national television. Since Detroit has finally developed into a respectable team, the football game should be a good one.

Two, I am trying to figure out exactly which organic food I’ll be eating.

For me and many other people, holidays do not mean a vacation from organic food. Here are some of my best ideas for an organic Thanksgiving.

– DINNER –

Certified Organic Turkey

As we all know, the staple of traditional Thanksgiving dinners is turkey. Certified organic turkeys mean that:

– No antibiotics, chemicals or pesticides are used.

– All organic feed is used.

– They are pasture-raised, have had ample time to roam outdoors and are not confined to tight spaces.

There are many online vendors that sell certified organic turkeys, and local organic supermarkets have them as well. However, the following two farms offer something pretty unique.

**  Guttenberg Farms in Wisconsin offers certified organic heritage turkeys. Heritage turkeys are the ancestors of the common broad-breasted white industrial breed of turkey that comprises 99.99% of the supermarket turkeys sold today.

Heritage turkeys have a stronger flavor and darker color, dine on grass and insects, and require about 28 weeks to get to full size. Because it takes so long to grow to market weight, the turkeys have time to develop a thin layer of fat under their skin, which makes them “self basting.” Read more »