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Blissmo: The Groupon for Organics but Mission-Driven

Blissmo: The Groupon for Organics but Mission-Driven

The other day I was speaking to my good friend David, who lives in San Francisco, and I said to him “what do you think of the idea of a Groupon for the organic food industry?” He replied “I think it’s a great idea. And I know someone who just started a company that’s doing […]

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The other day I was speaking to my good friend David, who lives in San Francisco, and I said to him “what do you think of the idea of a Groupon for the organic food industry?”

He replied “I think it’s a great idea. And I know someone who just started a company that’s doing that.”

Well, that person is Sundeep Ahuja and his company is called Blissmo.

Blissmo is a group buying site for products that are people/planet positive with a focus on organic and sustainable. So, it is not just organic food but also everyday products such as skincare, baby toys and clothing. 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 »


Runa Guayusa Tea – A Fantastic New Organic Tea

Runa Guayusa Tea - A Fantastic New Organic Tea

Whether it is all the trade shows that I go to, all the people that I am connected with on social networks, or all of the emails that I receive, I come across tons and tons of different teas. So, the first question I always ask is “what makes this tea different than all of […]

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Whether it is all the trade shows that I go to, all the people that I am connected with on social networks, or all of the emails that I receive, I come across tons and tons of different teas.

So, the first question I always ask is “what makes this tea different than all of the other ones?”

Runa guayusa organic tea is something truly unique. Dervied from the Amazon in Ecuador, guayusa does not contain tannins. This results in a taste that is very, very smooth and one that is not astringent. Furthermore, the company claims that it has twice the amount of antioxidants than green tea.

There is a tremendous social element to Runa as well. The company is having a major impact on the lives of the local farm workers in Ecuador and the demand for this product is raising their incomes significantly. Read more »


Vermont Soap Organics – My Favorite Fruit and Vegetable Wash

Vermont Soap Organics - My Favorite Fruit and Vegetable Wash

At the recent 2010 Natural Products Expo East Trade Show in Boston, I spoke with Larry Plesent, the founder of Vermont Soap Organics. Vermont Soap Organics makes my absolute favorite fruit and vegetable wash. Yes, washing with water is just not enough. It is important to use a produce wash but not just any one. […]

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At the recent 2010 Natural Products Expo East Trade Show in Boston, I spoke with Larry Plesent, the founder of Vermont Soap Organics.

Vermont Soap Organics makes my absolute favorite fruit and vegetable wash. Yes, washing with water is just not enough. It is important to use a produce wash but not just any one.

In this video, Larry explains the benefits of using a produce wash and discusses the main ingredients in his product.

Please be aware that not all produce washes are created equally. Many contain an ingredient called grapefruit seed extract. There is a good deal of controversy around grapefruit seed extract and it is something that I try to avoid.

If you want to order this fanastic produce wash, click HERE.


Top 5 Organic Food Products at the 2010 Natural Products Expo East Trade Show

Top 5 Organic Food Products at the 2010 Natural Products Expo East Trade Show

Last week, I went to the Natural Products Expo East Trade Show in Boston. I just absolutely love these shows. Not only do I get to meet some fantastic people but I have the opportunity to see the newest products on the market. These are the best organic food products that I came across. SIPP […]

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Last week, I went to the Natural Products Expo East Trade Show in Boston. I just absolutely love these shows. Not only do I get to meet some fantastic people but I have the opportunity to see the newest products on the market.

These are the best organic food products that I came across.

SIPP – GINGER BLOSSOM SODA

I can only describe Sipp’s ginger blossom soda in one word – WOW.

When I first took a sip, I experienced the ginger. Then literally within one second, the ginger vanished and vanilla poured in. It was like Houdini played a trick on me.

The aftertaste was where things calmed down and I could reflect on what was in my mouth. If I could compare it to anything, I’d say this drink tastes like a cream soda. The few ingredients include ginger, lime, vanilla and agave nectar.

I am not a huge organic soda drinker but this beverage was simply outstanding. It was very, very hard to put down. Read more »


Purely Elizabeth Founder Elizabeth Stein Talks with Me at the 2010 Expo East Trade Show

Purely Elizabeth Founder Elizabeth Stein Talks with Me at the 2010 Expo East Trade Show

At the 2010 Natural Products Expo East Trade Show, I came across a fantastic new baking product called Purely Elizabeth. In this video, I speak with Elizabeth Stein, the founder of Purely Elizabeth and a fellow NYC resident. There were two things that I loved about this product: 1) The Ingredients – Aside from being […]

Company Stories Expo East Video Product Reviews
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At the 2010 Natural Products Expo East Trade Show, I came across a fantastic new baking product called Purely Elizabeth.

In this video, I speak with Elizabeth Stein, the founder of Purely Elizabeth and a fellow NYC resident.

There were two things that I loved about this product:

1) The Ingredients – Aside from being wheat-free and gluten-free, Purely Elizabeth uses great organic ingredients such as chia seeds and palm sugar.

2) The Packaging – The design and branding are spectacular.

Keep an eye on Purely Elizabeth. This is a young company that is going to garner a lot of attention in the organic space.