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Yukimi Nagano Portrait

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Delicious Almond Milk Recipe

This is the simplest, purest, healthiest, and most delicious almond milk recipe I have ever tasted.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups raw unpasteurized almonds
  • 3 Cups coconut water from young coconuts
  • 1 Cup pure, filtered water or spring water
  • Additional pure, filtered water or spring water, enough to soak and rinse almonds

Equipment:

  • High speed blender
  • Nut milk bag
  • Large bowl

Soak the almonds for 24 hours in pure, filtered water or spring water, changing the water and rinsing the almonds every few hours or so.
Add almonds to high speed blender
Add coconut water and regular water to blender
Blend until smooth
Pour through nut milk bag into large bowl
Squeeze all excess liquid out of the nut milk bag into the bowl
Transfer almond milk into pitcher or mason jar for easy storage
Enjoy immediately or keep in fridge for up to 2 days

opened coconuts

almonds-in-blender

almond-milk in mason jar

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M.A.K.E. Santa Monica

In Los Angeles, we are blessed with many different restaurants that serve raw vegan gourmet food, with a dense concentration in the Santa Monica area. M.A.K.E. is probably the fanciest one. The location isn’t too uptight, but the food they serve is very beautifully presented, and complex flavor combinations comprise every dish on the menu.

I have been to M.A.K.E. a total of three times, and each time I have thoroughly enjoyed my meals. The first two times however, I ended up having a tummy ache later. Many of their dishes include nuts and fruit, which is not the best combination for efficient digestion. I tend to have a delicate digestive system, so on my third visit, I decided to avoid the fruit that was in the dishes I ordered. I ended up feeling great afterwards.

During my most recent visit, I ordered the carrot gnocchi, which were carefully shaped like tiny, little carrots with pea shoots sticking out the tops. Adorable! I also ordered a salad which was very beautifully placed on half of the plate, so it looked like only half a salad. lol! Gibran ordered kimchi dumplings, and some kind of bahn mi thing with little radish slices on the side that looked like tiny watermelon slices. So cute!

M.A.K.E. sells the most delicious-looking chocolate chip cookies. I say delicious-looking because I am allergic to chocolate. I know, don’t cry, it’s ok. If you live in the Los Angeles area though and are not allergic to chocolate, please go there and try them and report back!

Raw Vegan Plant-Based Carrot Gnocchi

Radishes That Look Like Tiny Watermelon Slices

Raw Vegan Plant-Based Kimchi Dumpling

Half a Salad

There is also a culinary school at the same location, so you can learn how to make these dishes. The owner of this restaurant and culinary school has also put out some recipe books:


           

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Masticating Juicer Vs. Centrifugal

We just got a new juicer. We have been very happily using a Breville Juice Fountain for a couple of years, but I recently read somewhere that this juicer and any other centrifugal type juicer oxidizes the juice almost instantly, causing most of the nutrients to be lost. After further research, I started to feel like I was the only one who was unaware of this.

The whole point of drinking green juice is to get all of the nutrients without having to spend all that time eating and digesting a huge pile of veggies. If I wasn’t getting all of the nutrients out of my juice, then what was the point? I decided we must get a masticating juicer as soon as possible.

We researched masticating juicers online and asked friends which ones they liked, and finally decided on the Omega J8004 Nutrition Center Commercial Masticating Juicer, in white. There is a chrome one too, but it was slightly more expensive, and I imagined it would just get streaks and fingerprints on it and that would drive me crazy.

Our new Omega juicer arrived in the morning, and I was super eager to try it out. The whole juicing process took a lot longer than I am used to for the following reasons:

  1. The feed hole on the Omega juicer is narrow compared to the Breville, so all the veggies had to be cut up a bit more so they could fit in
  2. The Omega actually juices slower than the Breville

Clean up was however a lot quicker, I think, mostly because the screen that needs to be scrubbed is a lot smaller, and it didn’t seem like the pulp got nearly as caked on there either. We also use a nut milk bag to remove any fiber that might have gotten through, and the Omega did a lot better job of keeping the fiber out of the juice, so the nut milk bag was a breeze to clean as well.

I noticed that we got a lot more juice out of the leafy greens and the herbs we juiced with the Omega compared to what we were used to getting out of them using the Breville.

My first sip of green juice from the Omega was pure heaven. The difference was definitely noticeable. I felt like I could literally feel the nutrients seeping into my entire body, alkalizing it. I felt very relaxed.

I love our little Breville, and I am grateful to it for its years of service, but from now on I will be drinking juice from the Omega every day, as long as I have anything to say about it. If you’d like to try this magical juicer in white or chrome, I’ve added some links below for you.


         

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Free Shipping on Society6

Society6 is currently offering a free shipping coupon on all orders from my store* when you click this link:

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This coupon will be good until July 14th, 2013 at midnight Pacific time. This is really great timing because I just added an awesome new design to my store; a pretty, rainbow-colored Sri Yantra. ^_^

*Offer excludes Framed Art Prints, Stretched Canvases and Throw Pillows with insert.

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Quick Easy Raw Vegan Sprouted Pumpkin Seed Cheese

Yesterday I had some pumpkin seeds that I sprouted and wasn’t sure what to do with. Pumpkin seeds do not keep for very long, so I had to figure out something to do with them fast. What they turned into was extremely delicious, so I thought I would share!

  • handful or two of sprouted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 or 2 garlic cloves
  • dulse to taste
  • vegan probiotics

Put all ingredients in the blender or food processor with just enough water or other liquid so that it will blend up nicely. I used aloe juice. You could also use some kind of nut milk.

This recipe would be amazing to dip veggies in, or spread onto a sandwich. I personally just ate it with a spoon because I did not have much in the fridge at the time. It was delicious on its own of course, but I would have loved to dip some cucumber slices in it or little pieces of celery! Enjoy!

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A Vacation Within A Vacation

I’ve been in Chiang Mai, Thailand for the past month or so. One of the reasons I came here was to get outside into nature and enjoy the tropical climate. The condo I rented however, is in the city, and not very close to any parks. As much as I love the condo and the part of town that it’s in, I decided to take a short vacation from my vacation, and stay at a hotel about 20 minutes outside of the city by taxi so I could enjoy the jungle.

Upon arriving, the very first thing I did was accidentally step in a busy line of big, red, fire ants. Two of them bit me right away, and I knew I had indeed arrived in the wilderness.

The hotel grounds were beautiful, with trees and grass everywhere, as well as some tropical flowers, and sounds of birds and other animals I’d never heard before. The air was much cleaner and smelled a lot nicer than the city air I had been breathing. I didn’t smell the slightest hint of exhaust, cigarette smoke, or even cooking meat.

Once in my room, I found a lovely little private patio with a table and chairs. I wanted to keep the door open to let all of that wonderful fresh air in, but unfortunately there was no screen. The hotel had opted for a solution much cheaper than putting screens in all of the rooms; a sticker on the patio door advised guests to keep the door closed in order to keep insects out. By this point, I had noticed that there were definitely a lot more insects out here than there had been in the city, so I reluctantly heeded the sticker’s advice.

There were actually so many insects that I did not feel safe putting my feet in the grass for too long. I was bitten by mosquitoes about ten times over the course of my two night stay, but luckily did not contract malaria that I am aware of. I noticed a gecko in my room on the first night. He probably helped to keep the indoor bug population down a bit. Who knows how many times I would have been bitten without him around.

At night there were several different animals making sounds that I had never heard before, and I honestly couldn’t begin to imagine what these animals looked like. One of the animals made a sound like someone was tapping on my patio door, which was a little disconcerting until I realized that it was an animal, and not an actual person tapping on my patio door.

This hotel had the most gorgeous, epically huge salt water pool ever. It was the best pool I have ever been in. I think salt water pools are the standard in Thailand, which is great. I really think more people in the US should have them. I don’t understand the idea of swimming in chlorine… why would you want to do that?

olympic salt water pool

poolside umbrella Chiang Mai Thailand

htoel in the jungle Chiang Mai Thailand

tropical flowers Chiang Mai Thailand

a sticker instead of a screen saves lots of money

trees Chiang Mai Thailand

elephant fountain Chiang Mai Thailand

koi pond Chiang Mai Thailand

statue Chiang Mai Thailand

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Nong Bok Hat Park, Chiang Mai

There is a beautiful, little park in Chiang Mai, in the bottom left corner of the square. I would love to visit it every day, but due to its distance from my condo, I haven’t made it over there more than once during the entire month I have been here.

The park has lovely bodies of water with fountains, many trees, and a lot of grass to relax on and read a book or catch some sun. Toward the North side of the park, there is a man with bamboo mats that you can rent while you are there. I normally wouldn’t want anything between me and the grass, but I did sit directly on this grass and for some reason it left faint little brown spots on my clothing. I’m not sure what that is about, but you probably want to rent a bamboo mat so the same doesn’t happen to your clothing.

I sat in the park for long enough to devour a package of durian, and sew up some holes that needed repairing on my purse. My feet were planted very happily in the grass the entire time.

All of the grass I have seen in Chiang Mai has been huge compared to the grass I am used to seeing in Los Angeles. Each blade is very wide. I wonder if this has more to do with the awesome tropical weather, or just the variety of the grass. If you have any insight about this, please leave a comment.

Grass in Chiang Mai

Nong Bok Hat Park Chiang Mai Thailand

Nong Bok Hat Park Chiang Mai Thailand

Nong Bok Hat Park Chiang Mai Thailand

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Random Chiang Mai Photos

I haven’t been posting blogs as much as when I first got here. This is mostly because I already feel comfortable here. I guess I’m kind of taking it for granted, and daily life doesn’t seem quite as interesting anymore. Another day, another tuk-tuk ride, another durian. I realize this stuff is all still pretty awesome and weird, but to me it just feels normal. What can I do? Maybe it’s time to take another vacation within this vacation.

In the meantime, here are some recent photos. If you want to see my photos soon after I post them, rather than waiting for me to blog them, please follow me on instagram. (username anamanae)

lanterns-night-market

rainbow-light-balls

rooftop-hillside

wooden-residence

orange-flowers

building on laundry day

tuktuk-driver-with-hand-tattoo

graffiti-selfie

koi-pond-waterfall-blue-diamond

golden-horse-temple

my-view

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Durian Love

The first time I tried frozen durian, I was REALLY not into it. I tried so hard to like it, but it just wasn’t happening. After that, I attended a fruitluck where there was a lot of frozen durian and the smell had me running away.

Since then i tried some that came in a package, rather than straight out of the spiky shell. For some reason, that one was really tasty. I loved durian from that moment on and began buying whole frozen durian to enjoy at home.

Every durian is very different both in flavor and texture, and sometimes they are really yummy, and other times they are a little weird. I’ve even gotten one that was absolutely inedible, which kind of turned me off for a little while.

In Thailand, of course, I get to eat fresh durian, not the frozen kind. The first fresh durian I ate was so amazingly delicious that I don’t think I can ever go back to eating the frozen kind. I have also been hearing that the frozen kind is treated with a bunch of nasty chemicals, making it even less desirable. I guess I will just have to come back to Thailand at least once a year. Maybe next time I will plan to stay longer so I can be sure to get my fill.

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