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Where I’ve Been

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Where I’ve Been

This isn’t some stuffy essay (er…blog) about How I Spent My Christmas Vacation, on the contrary, it will be a very honest account of how many times I went up and down Fifth Ave in NYC, looking at all the Christmas window displays!  Let’s not forget how many times I stared at Rockefeller Plaza, gawking at the ice skaters, amazed at the Christmas Tree. Never mind all the lights on the tree, but all the tourists whose smiles were brighter than the season itself.  Spectacular. The break-dancers amazed, and were extra sweet, hugging me when I joyfully shouted, “Merry Christmas from New York”!

I couldn’t get enough, I was like….well a kid at Christmas!

St Patrick’s Cathedral captured my heart as well, with as many visits as possible, and visiting the famous crèche, albeit, the Baby Jesus was in its cradle Christmas Day (not before).  I visited every Saint, and marveled at all the prayer candles lit by the faithful, and the curious; then there was the Virgin of Guadalupe brimming with so many flowers, that the mere aroma intoxicated the alter with at least a thousand fragrance.  The special chapel devoted to Miraculous Mary, allows no pictures, and is almost silent with reverence when the Rosary is not taking place.  Every one had a special request at this  church, a Cathedral, but my presence was only to say one thing.

Thank You for letting me see another Christmas, and Holiday Season, in the craziest, most dynamic, diversified, beautiful city that I called home for most of my life!  Gratitude.  Total respect.  Organic?  Yes, organic.  The reason I shout out about organic was a trip to the hospital, after finding out that I had renal failure; not one kidney failed, but two (of course NYers have to go all the way)!

No one knows how my disease came about, except that stress is a killer, and at times silently catching up to all our hard work, and efforts.  So, I say to you that seeing NYC at Christmas was as marvelous, as being given a second chance at life, especially to shout out about organics, everything that you eat, drink, and stress out about.

Of course, I was with many helpful friends this past year (what I call my recovery year); people came out of no where, as though guided by my very Angels to speak to me, and teach me about my best approach to health.  If you didn’t know, kidney disease doesn’t just go away, it’s something that hangs around to remind you of your new limitations.  Eventually, if you get the right doses of rest, relax, and more, you will start to feel better; and those whopping episodes of fatigue will in themselves, perhaps become a memory of the past.

My Doctors,  who I owe so many thanks, an incredible team that will always be in my heart (I hope to inspire them about meditating, and the values of  organics),  and who are still part of my well care health regimen.  I learned so much from those guys, and what a humble bunch they are!

Whether I was at Bryant Park, Brooklyn, my old college, having a reunion with my BFF from high school, at every single moment I was at a very special place, called gratitude.

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Fall Garden Color

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Take a garden walk, enjoy the fall colors:

When to pick Edamame and How to Store them….and Pictures of the farm

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Never thoguht about growing Edamame, now I think I could!

Two Barn Farm

When Should I pick edamame or soybeans? Harvest soybeans the moment you see the bottom leaves start to turn yellow but the rest of the plant is green. The entire plant will turn rapidly so don’t waste any time because the beans will be too tough to eat. Pick em fast (see pics below) 1 day and they can turn brown.

How do I store fresh picked edamame or soybeans? Here are some easy steps to save edamame:
1. Bring pot of water to a boil. Boil beans for 5 minutes – This stops the enzymes and maturation process.
2. Remove from water and dry with a paper towel – By drying them they won’t all be stuck together in the freezer.
3. Place beans in freezer bag and store in freezer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great picture taken by Studio SPC


Stop……Pepper time!

 

 

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Study Finds Nations With Most Food May Lack Best Diets

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Poor Eating Habits Defeat Good Nutritionally Available Food:

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in ...

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in products such as soy milk and low-fat yogurt, has been shown to reduce breast cancer incidence laboratory tests.

Credits: Photo & Quote by Wikipedia

Gaye Crispin's Blog

An abundant food supply doesn’t guarantee that a nation will have the healthiest or safest diet, according to a study of global food security.

The U.S., Denmark, Norway and France are the world’s most “food-secure” countries in terms of availability, cost and nutrition value while Israel, 22nd overall, had the best quality and safety, according to the study released today by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Germany, while 10th in food security, ranked 21st in quality, measured by nutrient content and balance.

The Democratic Republic of Congo ranked last.

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The Process: Plant to Coffee

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Process of handpicking

depulping & washing

fermenting & drying

Coffee picker on Salvadoran cooperative Ciudad...

Coffee picker on Salvadoran cooperative Ciudad Barrios, certified by the Rainforest Alliance. Credit: Robert Goodier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

collection at local cooperative

transport to regional cooperative

receiving & inspection

patio drying

Sorting and pulping coffee beans at a fair tra...

Sorting and pulping coffee beans at a fair trade cooperative in Guatemala (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

de-husking & screening

quality controls

tasting, testing prior to export

packaged

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Vegan Rabbit’s Response to New York Times “Put Your Ethics Where Your Mouth Is”

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How You Spend Your Money Makes a Difference!

Vegan Rabbit

A contest called Put Your Ethics Where Your Mouth Is by The New York Times, has recently tried to figure out who can write the best argument supporting the idea that meat is ethical.  Panelled by Mark Bittman, Jonathan Safran Foer, Andrew Light, Michael Pollan, and Peter Singer, I was eager to read what their picks would be.

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