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HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Here’s what I have been up to!

Happy New Year!

I am very excited right now because I have located the files for two of the books I was working on (and had almost finished)!  I had thought they were sealed up forever and lost on my computer that died a few month ago, but, with some time off, and some careful sleuthing, I have located them and gotten to work on finishing up at least one of those books!  Hurray!  It is going to be a good year! I just know it is, especially since it is starting off so well.

I’ve just checked and seen that my CSA delivery will come on Thursday.  Cool!  I need food, and I am always curious to see what will be in the box.  Just in time!  Yippee!  I will go to the farm website on Tuesday to see what they plan to deliver.  I know there will be apples and apple cider, and I can’t wait!

Today, I have been updating the blog with two new pages: a listing of New York City raw restaurants, and, also, a listing of foods which should only be used if organic.  I’ve been busy!



This afternoon, I discovered a very lovely new raw restaurant
Sal Anthony’s The City Gardener. Someone at work had dropped a menu from the place, and when I saw the word RAW, I scooped it up. Interestingly, the name of one of my students was written on it, so I was doubly intrigued.

I decided to go down to the place today, since it is just off Union Square, and today is a farmer’s market day, so I could troll for interesting vegetables.

The City Gardener is at 119 E. 17th St. btween Irving Pl. and Park Ave. South, in Manhattan. The locale is cozy, with a cafe/diner atmosphere. The front ceiling to floor glass doors are folded open onto the street in good weather lending a nice atmosphere – today was a bit cool, so I hid at table behind a shelf of dried raspberries.

I ordered the Dagwood Sun Burger because they said it was on a flat bread – my only complaint is that they should have said it was a sandwich between two crackers – let’s remember that I am the lazy chewer– I ended up eating it with a fork and knife and eating the crackers separately. The taste was fabulous. I did eat one bite of the burger cum “flat bread”, which was a very tasty experience. The burger on its own with the residue of the avocado dressing and the tomato, was scrumptious. The “bread/cracker” was equally delicious. The tastes complemented one another nicely.

While I was eating, I was surprised to see my student working there. He sent me a wonderful Lacuma Brownie” on the house. That made it taste even better. I do not usually eat dessert type foods, so it was a real treat.

On the way out, I decided to get an order of lasagna to share with my room-mate for dinner tonight. What a good idea – the lasagna was quite tasty. I want the recipe.

The prices at this cozy restaurant are highly competitive with any of the raw restaurants in town. I highly recommend you visit it soon.

RAW SOUL: Unique New York City Raw Food Training

One of the best raw food training programs I have seen is the one offered by Lillian Butler, and her husband Eddie, through their wonderful restaurant, Raw Soul, in Harlem, in New York City.

I have followed a raw food lifestyle pretty much since the early 1970s. Among the earliest books I discovered on the subject were Ann Wigmore’s and Viktoras Kulvinskas’ books, so I have always felt fairly well versed in their theories.

I signed up for the Raw Soul program in the fall of 2006, as soon as I discovered it, as it was a Wigmore-based program, and, also, because it was the only raw food program in the City. Attending involved a trek to a new neighborhood for me (always a nervous-making experience – will I get lost? Will I arrive late? Will I be able to locate the place once I am in the neighborhood?) I needn’t have worried – Raw Soul is less than a block from the 145th Street Station on the E train,, and the Raw Soul sign is big.

That first lesson, an introduction to the living foods lifestyle, was very informative. While it was structured and targeted for people who might or might not understand the concept of living foods, and likely had little background, I found a great deal of inspiration. The materials Lillian provided (an extensive training manual, actually), were thorough and well-written. Lillian was a gracious and patient instructor… It would have been difficult for anyone not to be infected with and inspired by her joy and enthusiasm. I eagerly looked forward to the next lesson, even though I was giving up my beloved yoga classes to attend this program!!!

The program, delivered weekly, over four Monday nights, thoroughly covered the raw food lifestyle, and an added benefit was that we were all treated to a raw meal each time we came!!!!

There was homework not just reading, but actually doing!!! We even had to make Rejuvelac and bring it in for critique!!! As an instructor, myself, I was thoroughly impressed with how Lillian had managed to incorporate hands-on training into such a compact program!!! She somehow managed to not only get all of us to understand Rejuvelac and wheat-grass growing basics, but also to have a healthy knowledge of the various things that can be done with a food processor, a VitaMix, a dehydrator, and a spirooli (I had never heard of one before). Lillian even covered more esoteric program basics (like enemas– no, we did not have hands-on practice in class). In the last class, we received recipes, and all of the students worked cooperatively to make our “graduation dinner”. What a treat!!!!

One of the nicest things about the training, for me, was to meet, in a warm atmosphere, “real-time” people from all walks of life who are interested in a raw food lifestyle. That experience, alone, my first since I began to follow a raw food lifestyle, has been tremendously inspirational (I simply never knew that so many people were doing what I was doing).

There are no words to recommend the Raw Soul program highly enough. Lillian, like many others, took an Ann Wigmore-based training, yet she has been inspired to bring what she has learned to the community in which she lives, in an accessible, do-able way. I cannot thank or praise her enough for her work. There is, as far as I know, no other work such as hers. Her company is very aptly named “Labor of Love”.

While the price has risen since I took part in the program, it is still a bargain. Each night, participants partake of a delicious raw food meal before the lesson. This pleasant feature of the course offers students a chance to hobnob with classmates, and learn what each other is doing, has discovered, or wants to check out next. Those moments were priceless for me.

Raw Soul is located at:
348 W. 145th Street (btw St. Nicholas & Edgecombe Aves.)
145th St. Station on the E line.
New York, NY 10039
T: 212-491-5859
348 W. 145th Street
(between St. Nicholas and Edgecombe Avenues)
New York, NY 10039
T: 212-491-5859
email: rawsoul@rawsoul.com