Abbot Kinney was covered in summer celebrators yesterday. It is nice to see that “the coolest block in America” lives up to Its reputation, If we believe GQ Magazine.
Some of them seemed to be from Sweden. We chatted with a family over some good grub at G.T.A and It seems like they have four great weeks ahead of them – driving all the way up to Yosemite from L.A. We wish you an awesome trip!
Lamb Sausage Pizza - Gjelina style. Can’t go wrong. Best ingredients and made with so much luv
And a plate with fresh veggies: Heirloom carrots and asparagus with dill and eggs.
I am completely in love with chia pudding and I promise that you will get hooked too, if you gave it a try cuz It can’t be easier to make. All you have to do it stir the seeds in some liquid and then wait while they are doing their magic.
You need: 2 cups milk. I used coconut milk for this bowl. Almond or cashew milk are great too. 3 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp raw honey, 1 tsp vanilla extract. 1 tsp coconut extract or more if you like it stronger. Mix everything together in a bowl and let rest. I had this for about three hours in the fridge. I like it extra fluffy and chilled. Some raspberries and fresh mint on top made it even more delicious. Coconut Vanilla Chia Pudding!
This could be the most quiet spot in L.A. It’s a beautiful place just a few blocks from the ocean in Pacific Palisades. People come here to meditate or just take a stroll around the lake to listen to the sound of nothing, or the ducks and swans.
I don’t meditate but I do like to think about my breathing, at least. If you think about it – how often do we take the time to concentrate on proper breathing? Inhaaaaaale and exhaaaaaale deeply brings oxygen to every cell of the body and cells require oxygen to transform nutrients into fresh energy. This is a great place for those kinds of activities. This has become one of my favorite “hidden gems” in L.A.
Lake Shrine – Self Realization Center if you’re looking for a touch of quiet and to charge up your mind.
What to do with all the strawberries we have laying around in the fridge? I know! Throw them in the blender together with some other berries, acai, honey, maca, coconut palm sugar, almond milk and vanilla. There you have a antioxidant rich and energizing smoothie.
What is Maca?
The Maca Root is a “miracle food” if we believe the Incas and Peruvian and has been proven for centuries to increase energy levels, stabilize the hormonal system and increase stamina. To put one teaspoon in our smoothies everyday could be a great thing for us. It can help with all these things: Energy, fertility, migraines, memory, stress, strengthening skin, hair and our overall wellbeing because it is very balancing. The taste? Ehhh…..It’s not the yummiest thing in the world. It has kind of a nutty flavor but one teaspoon is fine and you hopefully have other ingredients to kill the earthy flavor with.
To drive thru the canyons in Malibu is a treat. It’s deep and beautiful and surrounded by hills and ranches and if you drive slowly you will see horses or a cute donkeyface sticking up from the white wooden fence. And hopefully there is a fresh fruit stand alongside the road that will offer fresh picked berries from the farms in Oxnard. I have a truck guy there that I really like. Everything he has is always so fresh and his strawberries are best in town……well…..except from the Throne Family Farm, of course.
Cute horses getting some shade while I’m eating strawberries.
I have so many “hidden gems” up here. I shared a few with you but there is more to come. Stay tuned
I got a “favorite smoothie recipe” request. I have lots and lots of them, but one that I always make is green with cinnamon taste.
1 banana, 1 cup mango, a handful baby spinach, 2 cups unsweetened almond milk, 2 tsp flax seeds, 1 pinch cinnamon and vanilla extract for a more lovely taste. If you like it sweeter you can add a few drops of stevia. Garnish with fresh mint and some berries. Salut!
I am sitting outside Juice Ranch in Santa Barbara, sipping on a “Love Potion #9″ which is a pressed juice with apple, raw apple cider vinegar, cinnamon and maca. It tastes delicious. It’s afternoon and It’s starting to get busy here and soon there is a line out on the sidewalk with thirsty SB locals. Juice Ranch offers organic green vegetable and fruit juices and shots like “E3 live” and “barley” and cleansing programs tailored to your needs as well. I’m here to meet with Erin Gomez, the owner of the shop to hear her vision and thoughts about juicing and why It’s so important for us. And I hope that you will be inspired to get into juicing, If you haven’t yet.
What was your vision when you decided to open up your Juice Shop? the first one in Santa Barbara.
My passion has always been about that food is medicine. Santa Barbara is a pretty health oriented town but there isn’t that many options when it comes to health food. I used to live in Guatemala and when I was down there I was cooking and I was around food and herbs all the time and I loved it and I love being in the kitchen. So I found that juice is like is the confusion of love – medicine is food, food is medicine. I wanted to bring that to Santa Barbara, because there was a need for it. I got my boyfriend and my friends into it and they loved it and then this spot opend up so…. why not just do it.
How Important is it for you to get the produce for your juices from local sources?
That’s one of our high standards – organic, locally sourced and using glass bottles. Local is really important to us and SB is such a community driven town, we live off of eachother and we help eachother out. We just got awarded because 90% of our produce are locally sourced. And actually, we will be growing our own food in the future. We just rented a few green houses on the Gaviota Coast, so growing our own food is a dream, I love gardening.
What can costumers expect to find when they visit Juice Ranch?
They can expect amazing friendly service, everything organic, different flavors. I put a lot of energy and time into my juices and my whole vision was that I wanted people who are new to juicing that haven’t done it before to find something on the menu that they can enjoy, I am very much of a visual, I love things bright and beautiful, so If it can be healthy, beautiful and taste good. That was my hope for coming in and experience that.
You also have cleansing programs, what’s the benefits from them?
We tailor them for everyones needs. If you never cleansed before or if you have, there is something for everyone. I think that with our juices you don’t really miss eating food because they are really good and filling. We don’t water down our juices so you are getting lots of nutrition. It’s six juices plus two hydration waters – which is one Aloe Vera water and one E3live Chlorophyll water. We use alkaline water for it. I think our cleanses are a little bit stronger than most cleanses, so if you really want to detox and heal I feel like our juices are tailored for that.
What would you say is a “quickfix” for the body for someone who is not used to drinking veggie juices?
As far as the juice I would say the “Greens n’ Ginger” here you have the greens but there is a little apple, lemon and ginger to sneak in there which is anti-inflammatory and nourishes the body and the first time that people try it, they enjoy it and they feel the difference. That’s the most popular one.
If you have one message to people , what would that be?
Whether you are buying it from us or anyone else, I think everyone should get into juicing, it’s such a great way to get three or four pounds of produce with all those nutrients, enzymes and vitamins into the system and really make a change. If you start with juicing you will also notice that your body starts to crave it so you make healthier choices. I think it’s a great and simple way and that’s what we are trying to provide. Easy accessible fast food nutritions.
What is your “hidden gems” in Santa Barbara where you go to relax and reload?
There is Lotusland, It’s a hidden gem. It’s a beautiful 40 acre garden in Montecito. That’s one of my favorite places to go. The Gaviota Coast is also another one. I love to surf and being in the water and take the boat out. I love being in the nature.
You will find Juice Ranch in downtown Santa Barbara on 33 Parker Way.
Happy Healthy Juicing!