Last night, I had the privilege of attending yet another amazing raw dinner at the prestigious Black Olive in Baltimore, Maryland. If you read my post on my dinner with raw food guru David Wolfe, then you already know how great the Black Olive and The Olive Room are.
Known actor Woody Harrelson, is not just a vegan, but a lover of raw foods and a friend to the Black Olive. The restaurant arranged a glorious raw food dinner with limiting seating available and a fantastic view of Baltimore.
The evening of the event, Woody was coming in by train and ran into some bad luck when the train stopped as a result of a nearby accident. After jumping into a taxi and hopping on a plane from NY to D.C., he had hoped to make it to dinner on time, but managed to get stuck in some traffic. Needless to say, after much deterrent and patience, Harrelson made his way to Baltimore and dinner at the Olive Room. Luckily, there were so many amazing people attending the event, that we hardly noticed his delay in arrival. I had such a fantastic time meeting new and wonderful like-minded people throughout the evening.
Hors d’oeuvres were served early on during the mingling phase, so I didn’t catch a photo, but boy they were good! They included:
As we all made our way to the table, we were served a delightful guacamole (avocado, mango, onion, lime, and cilantro) along with raw corn tortilla chips (corn and cayenne).
Next up was the Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho. You may recognize this from my Dinner with David Wolfe, but I sure didn’t mind having it again.
The main course was a wonderful Butternut Squash lasagna. It consisted on layers of butternut squash divided by a cashew ricotta, marinated mushrooms, and basil pesto.
Finally, we finished off the meal with a delectable Strawberry and rhubarb ice cream served with a pistachio cocao truffle.
Wow, did I feel spoiled by the end of this meal!!
Thank you to the Black Olive for making me a part of your family!
Stop spending money on those fancy waters that you find in the stores and make your own. Today, I whipped up some orange, lemon flavored water. So simple to make, yummy to drink, and high in vitamin C!
Not to mention, the cancer fighting agents found in the pith.
You can make any water of your choicing and the kids have a blast getting involved!
So throw in some grapes, raspberries, cherries, pineapple, etc. Try a new flavor each day and get int those much needed nutrients!
I know, I know you are jealous right now. Don’t be. I was fortunate enough to attend a private dinner with raw food guru David Wolfe, but my opportunity to speak with him was just about nonexistent. Sure, I could have, with enough effort and forcefulness, made an adequate attempt to carry a conversation with David. But that’s just not my style.
With a dinner of about 70 attendees, I was more than happy to listen to what the raw foodie had to say, and was very much looking forward to his wise words. It was about an hour of mingling before everyone was in their seats. David made a quick speech and notified us that he would be speaking more throughout the dinner in addition to relocating his seat after each course. This was going to be great! Except that my immediate section was skipped right over, and David didn’t really speak very much to the group as a whole. Ah well. I had an amazing 7 course raw dinner, met some new and relatable people, and ate at an amazing restaurant in what David refers to as the “best hotel in the world”. Now that’s saying a lot, the man has traveled virtually everywhere!
Enough said, let’s talk about the menu:
We began with a Green Shot-Orange, grapefruit, avocado, pineapple, spinach, kale, and raw coconut water.
This was yum!
Next up was a shot of Fresh Nutmilk Cacao Smoothie-Sprouted almonds, hempseeds, spring water Wuyi tea, banana, cacao, maca, flaxseed, and fresh cocao nut.
There was a bit of a kick to this one on the spicy side, must have been the tea.
At this point people were starting to feel a bit hungry, and out came the Live Gazpacho Soup-tomato, cucumber, and lime. It was delicious.
Sprouted Enzyme Salad was next. It had an amazing dressing on top that everyone was raving about. The ingredients of the salad consisted of kale, red cabbage, carrot, red onion, alfalfa sprouts, shaved turmeric, Greek olive oil, sweet potato, and tahini/lime dressing.
This salad was rather large and at the end, we were all wondering how we were going to fit any more food into our bodies. Still three more courses to go!
Seems I missed the photo of this one-it was one small truffle that I popped in my mouth so quickly, the camera didn’t stand a chance.
It was nice to have a small sweet treat in between meals.
Up next, Raw Ravioli with house made vegan cheese-beet ravioli with fresh herbed cashew cheese and Cayenne yellow pepper basil sauce.
Oh-my-yum! I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t eaten many beets in my lifetime, my mother was never a fan, but boy was this good!
An finally, the rich and decadent Chia Mousse Tart! Made of avocado, blueberry, chia mousse on a sprouted walnut, almond, flaxseed, raw honey, date tart.
I’m not sure how the staff managed to make such a delectable meal for 70 people while maintaining the dignity of live and nutritious foods, but they did. Many thanks to the Olive Room, David Wolfe, and Dimitris, the owner of the Agora Market (located on the first floor of the hotel), for putting together such and amazing feast for us all.
And lucky me, I head back to the Olive Room for another raw dinner in a week. Keep your eyes peeled for the next review!
I’m not sure if I ever really had the flu before and if I have, it’s been quite some time. With the constant badgering from the government to get flu shots via commercials and other advertisements, it’s a wonder that people share a common fear of the dreaded flu.
I am anti-vaccine (a conversation we won’t get into right now), so needless to say, I did not get the flu shot. Nor have I ever gotten it for my son. So when the H1N1 arrived, let’s just say, I was a bit fearful.
Well without further ado, I managed to finally get the flu this past week, right in the first couple of days of June. Yup, it was 90 degrees outside and I was smacked with the flu virus. It started on a Saturday, I could feel what I thought were cold symptoms coming on. Sore throat, stuffy head, all things I had experienced before this season.
Admittedly, I’ve had a rough past few months, and lost my path of a good diet and nutrition. With the rise of a previous injury to my foot causing a lack of ability to run, my eating habits had gone south.
Stress from a divorce and child custody battle had caused me some emotional stress and I quickly started learning that I too (like most of my family) have an interest in emotional eating. I quickly packed on 15 pounds in a matter of months (just about 2), and my all around vested interest in good health had seemingly gotten lost.
So as soon as I started noticing symtoms of illness, I took no time to pop a few pills and medicate. I had a big work function approaching in a matter of days, and no time for illness. By Sunday night, I was sicker than I had felt in a long time. I was so bad that when I walked, I was dizzy. My breathing was heavy, my coughing caused an explosion of pain in my head, and the sheer thought of movement was dibilitating.
With a few words of advice from my boss (a raw foodie who is holistic and virtually against the use of drugs), I quickly realized that my approach was all wrong. I remembered a chapter the I had read Mayim Bialik‘s book, Beyond the Sling. She mentioned that the use of medication would only prolong an illness. That the drugs simply masked the symptoms and prevented the rapid healing that the body wanted to offer.
I made the decision in that moment, that I would stop the over-the-counters, and medicated holistically and alternatively through proper dietary choices. After all, ““Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” “. And with this knowledge, there is truth.
I started drinking a vegan sports hydration drink made by Vega. I juiced lemons (5 to be exact) and added it to water. I drank this a lot. I remembered when my boss was making a meal with lemons and as she squeezed the lemons in her hands, the juice squirted on her shirt, bleaching the color out of it. She had made the comment, “if the lemon juice could bleach my shirt, imagine how cleansing it is for your insides”. I kept this statement in my mind as I drank my lemon juice, and while it was pretty sour (I added no sweeteners), I know that it was healing.
In addition to the lemon juice, I made a green lemonade which I believe to be super healing I drank 2-3 of these for two days straight.
I used a dietary supplement called Sovereign Silver, a bio-active silver hydrosol. It’s an immune building and support supplement that can be taken in several forms. I purchased the nasal spray for immediate response by my system. (This product was recommended by my boss).
Recommended by my local organic market, I purchased a herbal cold and sinus blaster (store brand). They are drops that you add to water and tastes strongly of mint-very strongly. Some of the ingredients are horseradish root, echinacea, garlic, elderberry, cayenne fruit, licorce herb, and the list goes on. A dropper full of this in a glass of water, twice day, helped to clear the mucus out. But boy was it a bit of a challange to drink.
I also purchased some elderberry cough drops with Zinc in them.
I recently read on Healthy Bitch Daily that wheatgrass is so magical, that it can virtual heal a hangover, so I thought, “why not?, maybe it will heal the flu too”. Wheatgrass is available in the grass form by the tray or in frozen cubes in your freezer section. I had the cubes, so I thawed out 4-6 of them and drank through 20 in two days. I have to admit, within a hours of consuming both the wheatgrass shots and my magic healing exlixar (the green lemonade), I was feeling major improvements.
Within 24 hours of using the above methods, I felt a huge difference. I ate no solids, simply juiced. It was like magic, I felt 90% better and just in time to throw together the big party for work!
Do you have any natural healing secrets? I would love to hear other experiences with natural healing through foods.
This cake is so rich and delicious. Make sure you have a few people to share it with, you won’t be able to finish it on your own (although I could, but I won’t). It is so insanely delicious, it is like a combination of cheesecake and fudge, it’s blissful. I think I need to remove it from my house right now, otherwise my hips may be yelling at me in a few days.
Mix all ingredients until it is doughy. Press into a round cake pan lined with plastic wrap or parchment. A springfoam pan works best, making it easy to pop out the cake once it is ready. Refrigerate while preparing the filling.
Fruit of your choosing (I used strawberries)
Combine ingredients until smooth and creamy. Pour onto crust, add fruit on top, and return to refrigerator.
(my 4 year old son took on the job of mixing)
The cake is ready once firm.
Located in Chelsea, New York this seemingly hidden vegan restaurant provides an elegant setting without the extravagant prices.
If you aren’t looking for the exact address, you might just miss this hidden jewel.
Blossom was recommended by my cousin that lives close to Manhattan, but is a carnivore by all means, so I wasn’t sure at all what to expect.
I must say, I was in for a surprise, and so was my cousin (not only a carnivore, but a bit anti-veggie).
Check out the delectable menu we were fortunate enough to enjoy:
We each ordered a starter to split. I, the Seitan Empanadas and my cousin, the Black-eyed Pea Cake- crispy cake of Yukon gold potatoes, black eyed peas, chipotle aioli.
For the main course, I decided (after much decision making, everything sounded so amazing!) on the Pistachio & Pepper Dusted Tofu (I’m a huge fan of pistachios!)
(root vegetable crepe, lemon truffle emulsion, frisée in red beet vinaigrette)
Rob opted for the Seitan Scaloppini (pan-seared seitan cutlets, white wine, lemon & caper sauce garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed kale)
Dessert was just divine. We shared the Lavender Coconut Crème Brulée and the Chocolate Cake (?), couldn’t find this on the menu when I checked their website.
Definitely check out Blossom if you are ever in New York. They have three locations to choose from.