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Jean-Georges Vongerichten – An Unexpected Conversation with One of the World’s Best Chefs

Jean-Georges Vongerichten - An Unexpected Conversation with One of the World's Best Chefs

Yesterday, I went to Organic Avenue‘s store in the West Village and something pretty unexpected happened. After drinking my shot of E3 Live, I sat on the bench outside and started gazing into the sun. Increasing my Vitamin D levels is a real priority these days. As I was sitting there, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, one of […]

Celebrity Interviews NYC Pressed Juice
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Yesterday, I went to Organic Avenue‘s store in the West Village and something pretty unexpected happened.

After drinking my shot of E3 Live, I sat on the bench outside and started gazing into the sun. Increasing my Vitamin D levels is a real priority these days.

As I was sitting there, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, one of the world’s most famous chefs, walked by me and went into the store to return his glass bottles of juice. On his way out, I stopped him and asked him a few questions.

The one that immediately came to mind was whether Organic Avenue’s pressed juice was now for sale in his restaurants. When I interviewed Denise Mari, founder of Organic Avenue, at Fashion Week a few months ago, she mentioned that they would soon be selling them there.

Jean-Georges confirmed that they are available at three of his restaurants, including ABC Kitchen, his fantastic upscale organic one, and that they are selling very well. I wondered whether he would eventually press the juice himself in-house but he said no. He appeared to be very happy with the current arrangement and didn’t seem interested in dealing with the glass bottles. Read more »


Maria Rodale on the State of Organic Food in the U.S.

Maria Rodale on the State of Organic Food in the U.S.

I went to a fantastic organic food symposium last week in NYC and got a chance to interview Maria Rodale, the CEO of Rodale Inc. and author of the recently released Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World and Keep us Safe. Maria gave me her thoughts as to where […]

Celebrity Interviews NYC Organic Video
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I went to a fantastic organic food symposium last week in NYC and got a chance to interview Maria Rodale, the CEO of Rodale Inc. and author of the recently released Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World and Keep us Safe.

Maria gave me her thoughts as to where organic food is heading in our country and shared some other very interesting information.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Rodale name, it carries a lot of weight in the organic food industry. Maria Rodale is the granddaughter of J.I. Rodale, the person who started the organic food movement in the U.S. in the 1940s.


How Organic Food Played a Crucial Role in My Decision to Quit 11 Years of Antidepressants

How Organic Food Played a Crucial Role in My Decision to Quit 11 Years of Antidepressants

In the summer of 2001 and at the urging of my then-girlfriend, I went for an appointment to go see her naturopathic doctor in New York City, the place where we were both living at the time. Having done acupuncture since high school, I had always been open to alternative medicine and was curious what […]

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In the summer of 2001 and at the urging of my then-girlfriend, I went for an appointment to go see her naturopathic doctor in New York City, the place where we were both living at the time.

Having done acupuncture since high school, I had always been open to alternative medicine and was curious what this woman could do for me.

During our session, she asked me about all of my health and dietary habits – eating, drinking, smoking, drugs, exercise. Everything. In the midst of this conversation, the topic of organic food somehow arose. I remember that I had some notion about what organic food was but wasn’t overly familiar with it. Read more »


The Coolest Organic Product I’ve Ever Seen – Grower Pete’s Lettuce

The Coolest Organic Product I've Ever Seen - Grower Pete's Lettuce

In 1974, music critic Jon Landau proclaimed “I saw Rock and Roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen.” Rarely has such a prophetic statement been made. Well, last week when I walked into my local organic market here in NYC, Integral Yoga Natural Foods, I had a similar feeling. I took one look at […]

Company Stories NYC Soil
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In 1974, music critic Jon Landau proclaimed “I saw Rock and Roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen.” Rarely has such a prophetic statement been made.

Well, last week when I walked into my local organic market here in NYC, Integral Yoga Natural Foods, I had a similar feeling. I took one look at Grower Pete’s Red and Green Leaf Lettuce and said to myself  “this is the future of organic lettuce.”

And, I also said to myself that this is the coolest organic product I’ve ever seen.

What makes Grower Pete’s Lettuce so fantastic is that it is sold in a plastic container with its roots potted in soil. (If I had to guess, the container is probably made out of some eco-material.) Never have I seen this before. Lettuce has always been cut and sold without the soil.

The fact that the lettuce contains the soil, in which it was grown, means that it is still alive. Read more »


Sacred Chow – One of the Top NYC Organic Restaurants

Sacred Chow - One of the Top NYC Organic Restaurants

In this organic restaurant review, I am presenting one of my all-time favorites in NYC — Sacred Chow. Sacred Chow is an organic, vegan and kosher restaurant located in the heart of Greenwich Village, right near NYU. The restaurant is an true gem, and several years ago CitySearch named it the top vegetarian restaurant in […]

NYC Organic Restaurants Video Restaurant Reviews
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In this organic restaurant review, I am presenting one of my all-time favorites in NYC — Sacred Chow.

Sacred Chow is an organic, vegan and kosher restaurant located in the heart of Greenwich Village, right near NYU. The restaurant is an true gem, and several years ago CitySearch named it the top vegetarian restaurant in NYC.

Despite the fact that I am not a vegan, I do love the vegan food that is served there. Chef/owner Cliff Preefer is an absolute genius, especially when it comes to tofu, and serves some of the most inventive and creative dishes I have ever come across.

In this video, I showcase three of my favorites at the restaurant: grilled western tofu, root vegetable latkes with Indonesian date butter and black olive seitan.

If you’re in Manhattan, definitely stop by Sacred Chow.

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Sacred Chow is located at 227 Sullivan Street between West 3rd & Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village.

www.sacredchow.com


Rockin' Raw in Brooklyn – Video Restaurant Review

Rockin' Raw in Brooklyn - Video Restaurant Review

Here is my very first video restaurant review.  On this trip, I crossed the bridge (actually I took the subway, which goes underneath the water) over to Brooklyn to check out Rockin’ Raw. As the name explains, Rockin’ Raw is a raw food restaurant with a very distinct twist to it. The cuisine is a […]

NYC Raw Food Video Restaurant Reviews
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Here is my very first video restaurant review.  On this trip, I crossed the bridge (actually I took the subway, which goes underneath the water) over to Brooklyn to check out Rockin’ Raw.

As the name explains, Rockin’ Raw is a raw food restaurant with a very distinct twist to it. The cuisine is a combination of New Orleans/Peruvian/Creole all wrapped into one.

A lot of times you go to raw food restaurants and you see many of the same dishes.  Not here. There were items on the menu that I had never seen before and probably won’t again.

Key highlights:

– Unique, interesting dishes.  Many items were brand new to me and I’ve eaten at my fair share of raw food restaurants all over the country.

– Very spicy. If you like hot, this is your place.

– Excellent service. The waiter even played cameraman for me in the opening shot on the street. Read more »