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Continued Education…Raw Chocolate 101

Today is the day!! Been looking forward to it for SO long–since the beginning of June to be exact! It came about in one of those serendipitous, will-never-happen again moments at a David Wolfe dinner I attended at The Black Olive here in Baltimore.
I was sitting, enjoying amazing company, and even more delicious raw food…writing down the numbers of new friends and the websites I wanted to be sure and check out. Now mind you the timing here was this: still counseling only on the side, still working my non-food related corporate job, one “raw” foray under my belt, looking forward to the next one that would be in a few weeks on the Summer solstice.
After the event, I got home and turned over the card that I had been haphazardly writing on all night, and saw this: Raw chocolate making class…
Ahhh! I immediately inquired as the delicious raw chocolate I had had at the dinner was still deliciously fresh on my tongue, and David’s enthusiasm and nearly religious convictions over the health and POWER of cacao was still in my head.
So I decided right then and there I would become a raw pastry/chocolate chef. And this class will be my first official stab at it! Who knows, maybe Living Light culinary is next!
Anyway, I’m so excited! It’s being held at Brad’s Chips in Pipersville PA, which is also pretty exciting to see their headquarters!
We’ll see what they think of my carob fig truffles…!


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A Few More Words on New York Raw

Now that I am coherent, and it’s not 3:00a in the morning!  So we ended up getting back to Baltimore around 4:00a last night.  Number one benefit of living Raw…ENERGY!  Our Baltimore Party of Five was zonked, but we were still alive!  Still buzzing about the unblievable experience we had just had, and still marveling over the delicious food that was in our bellies!  Can I say that Pure Food and Wine is America’s Raw hotspot?  Is that debateable by anyone?  I have been to enough raw restaurants in other states to really say that unequivocally, but I just can’t imagine there being any place that could beat it!  However, if there is, that’s fantastic, and I am booking a ticket today to go and eat there!  I mean avocado stuffed squash blossoms in a strawberry rhubarb broth!  King trumpet mushrooms done RIGHT…enchiladas and tacos you wouldn’t believe, cauliflower couscous spiked with with mint, and this savory, delicate puree of a soup with a nut creme drizzle that made Woody Harrelson who had declared he was fasting for the evening, break fast and join the delicious festvities!  I’m afraid if I even go into the desserts too much I’ll drool on my keyboard.  But let’s put it like this…creme brulee, cacao ganache with a fluffy, airy cacao mousse inside, and ginger blackberry cheesecake.  Yes.  That happened.

Talk about inspiration!  So we have our Raw food Happy Hour and our own sit down Chef’s dinner this Saturday night, and we’re pulling ALL the stops too!  Definitely have a delicious line up for the menu, filled with superfoods, and other dishes of yummy intrigue.  I can’t wait!  WIsh you all could come!  We’ve also managed to line up a few more special guests, so it’s definitely going to be a night to remember!  Not to be outdone, the next mornng will be our wake up with Vinyasa (taught by famed Phili instructors Dhyana and John Vitarelli!), followed by our open juice bar and delicious raw brunch items!


Where: The Black Olive @ 802 S. Caroline Street, Baltimore

When: 6/30 @ 6p and 7/1 @ 10a

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I’m Official! Food Official. Read and see!

So, I have made it official!  I’d been doing Nutrition Counseling on the side, but now I am combining it with two other objectives under my new name (old to us!): jinjisfoodlove!  Essentially I will be doing Whole Food Immersions.  WHat does that mean you may ask? (Oh, come on!  Humor me!) It’s three-pronged: I help individuals integrate whole foods into their diet through counseling, I work with restaurants and markets to integrate whole food recipes and concepts into their menus, and I create whole food event experiences!  This has really always been a dream of mine, so I am super excited.

The question that I will find out the answer to, in very short order is: Is Baltimore ready.  Are we ready to expand our palates and tastes to the beauty of whole foods?  And to the adventurous ones of us, how about raw foods?  Are we ready to go to restaurants and have the option of getting a whole food entree?  Colorful and bountiful of grains and veggies?  Again, maybe even a raw entree!  Perhaps a raw cacao truffle for when you finish.  Are we ready to explore?  Can we socialize over creative juices at happy hours, and delight in delicious raw pastries.  I think so!  And afterall, we need to catch-up.  New York is ready.  DC is ready.  LA was born ready.  This will be fun and delicious!  I will keep you all posted on the new baltimore scene!

First Event: Saturday June 30th :: Blend + Flo At The Black Olive with SoulBody Yoga :: 802 S. Caroline Street/Baltimore with special guest Woody Harrelson!

If I have any Marylanders out there, feel free to send me an email if you would like to stay in the loop with all upcoming events, tastes, and classes!

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