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It’s All About Light and Delicious at Gingersnap’s Organic in NYC

It's All About Light and Delicious at Gingersnap's Organic in NYC

(Gingersnap’s Organic closed its operations in March of 2017.) With so many new organic restaurants popping up all over NYC, it becomes harder and harder to know who is truly organic and who isn’t. I hear whispers about numerous organic places using conventional ingredients when they can’t get organic or when the cost of organic […]

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(Gingersnap’s Organic closed its operations in March of 2017.)

With so many new organic restaurants popping up all over NYC, it becomes harder and harder to know who is truly organic and who isn’t.

I hear whispers about numerous organic places using conventional ingredients when they can’t get organic or when the cost of organic is too high. And with only one restaurant in NYC that is actually USDA certified organic, it is hard to know who to trust.

When I go to Gingersnap’s Organic, however, I don’t have that worry at all. And neither should you.

Why? Read more »


My Analysis of Starbucks’ $30M Acquisition of Evolution Fresh, Getting into the Organic Juice Business

My Analysis of Starbucks' $30M Acquisition of Evolution Fresh, Getting into the Organic Juice Business

Yesterday, Starbucks announced that it had purchased Evolution Fresh for $30 million in cash and held a conference call formally disclosing its plans to enter the $50 billion health and wellness industry. Started by Jimmy Rosenberg, the original founder of Naked Juice, Evolution Fresh is a California-based company that sells a line of organic and […]

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Yesterday, Starbucks announced that it had purchased Evolution Fresh for $30 million in cash and held a conference call formally disclosing its plans to enter the $50 billion health and wellness industry.

Started by Jimmy Rosenberg, the original founder of Naked Juice, Evolution Fresh is a California-based company that sells a line of organic and non-organic pressed juices in retail locations on the West Coast.

This acquisition by Starbucks is just the first step of a large strategic initiative to tap into the growing health and wellness sector. Read more »


Organic Avenue Founder Denise Mari Talks About Her New Midtown Manhattan Location

Organic Avenue Founder Denise Mari Talks About Her New Midtown Manhattan Location

Last week, I spoke with Denise Mari, founder of Organic Avenue, about her brand new location that just opened up in Midtown Manhattan. Organic Avenue offers pressed organic juices, juice cleanses, and raw vegan food. It is a concept that is absolutely exploding in NYC and shows no slowdown in sight. Aside from its strong […]

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Last week, I spoke with Denise Mari, founder of Organic Avenue, about her brand new location that just opened up in Midtown Manhattan.

Organic Avenue offers pressed organic juices, juice cleanses, and raw vegan food. It is a concept that is absolutely exploding in NYC and shows no slowdown in sight.

Aside from its strong commitment to organic, Organic Avenue offers its pressed juices in glass bottles, something very important and incredibly rare. Read more »


My Recent Organic Dinner at Josie’s in NYC

My Recent Organic Dinner at Josie's in NYC

Last week, I was on the Upper West Side of Manhattan (which doesn’t happen too much since I spend a majority of my time downtown) and went to eat at Josie’s, a great organic restaurant. I like Josie’s a lot since the food is fresh, the service is excellent, and the menu is extensive. Here […]

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Last week, I was on the Upper West Side of Manhattan (which doesn’t happen too much since I spend a majority of my time downtown) and went to eat at Josie’s, a great organic restaurant.

I like Josie’s a lot since the food is fresh, the service is excellent, and the menu is extensive. Here is what I had.

ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP


This vegetarian and dairy-free soup was made from butternut squash and ginger with a pumpkin seed-basil pesto swirl on the top. Read more »


Inn at the Black Olive in Baltimore is the Most Organic Hotel I’ve Ever Visited

Inn at the Black Olive in Baltimore is the Most Organic Hotel I've Ever Visited

When I attended Natural Products Expo East, I stayed at the Inn at the Black Olive, a 12-suite boutique hotel in Baltimore. I had heard about the Inn at the Black Olive several months ago from David Wolfe when he was in town giving a seminar at Organic Avenue. David Wolfe couldn’t stop raving about […]

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When I attended Natural Products Expo East, I stayed at the Inn at the Black Olive, a 12-suite boutique hotel in Baltimore.

I had heard about the Inn at the Black Olive several months ago from David Wolfe when he was in town giving a seminar at Organic Avenue.

David Wolfe couldn’t stop raving about it and told everyone how the owner of the hotel made fresh juice for him and Woody Harrelson at 3:30AM.

Given that Expo East was in Baltimore this year, instead of Boston, I knew that this was absolutely the place I had to stay. Read more »


A False Advertising Lawsuit Against ConAgra Could Cause Major Problems for Genetically-Modified Food Companies

A False Advertising Lawsuit Against ConAgra Could Cause Major Problems for Genetically-Modified Food Companies

Earlier this year, I wrote a post about the important differences between “natural” and “organic”, and that “natural” really means nothing since it doesn’t have any strict regulations like we have with “organic”. Making matters worse is that our government does absolutely nothing to crack down on the rampant abuse of the word “natural”. As […]

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Earlier this year, I wrote a post about the important differences between “natural” and “organic”, and that “natural” really means nothing since it doesn’t have any strict regulations like we have with “organic”.

Making matters worse is that our government does absolutely nothing to crack down on the rampant abuse of the word “natural”.

As a result, major food companies aggressively push this marketing term onto consumers and try to coax them into thinking that “natural” means something healthy.

(Believe me, they are having tremendous success. People tell me all of the time that what they eat is “all-natural”, hoping to impress me. It doesn’t work.)

Well, this abuse might be coming to an end sometime very soon, and it is has nothing to do with the efforts of the people from the FTC, FDA or USDA.

It has everything to do with a major class-action litigation law firm, Milberg LLP, who sees the rights of consumers being violated by major corporate food companies.

THE LAWSUIT

Milberg LLP, a serious player when it comes to class action lawsuits, is suing ConAgra because it has been selling a line of Wesson Oils and advertising them as “100% Natural” on the labels. Read more »


My Saturday in Brooklyn at Smorgasburg – What a Great Day!!!

My Saturday in Brooklyn at Smorgasburg - What a Great Day!!!

Brooklyn Flea, which hosts some of the most popular flea markets in the city, recently expanded its offerings. The latest offshoot is called Smorgasburg, billed as a food market that “brings together New York State Greenmarket farmers and top New York City purveyors and chefs on the spectacular Williamsburg waterfront every Saturday.” Many of these […]

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Brooklyn Flea, which hosts some of the most popular flea markets in the city, recently expanded its offerings. The latest offshoot is called Smorgasburg, billed as a food market that “brings together New York State Greenmarket farmers and top New York City purveyors and chefs on the spectacular Williamsburg waterfront every Saturday.”

Many of these vendors were local food artisans but what interested me, of course, were the organic booths. Needless to say, the skyline of Manhattan and the gorgeous weather made for a spectacular afternoon at Smorgasburg.

These were the organic food vendors that I saw. Read more »