T-Shirts to help clean the Gulf

May 22nd, 2010

Shirt by Weebeetwees. Available on Etsy.com

From Weebeetees:

The devastation that the BP oil ‘spill’ is causing on the ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico is tragic. Every day 5,000 barrels of oil are gushing into our waters with no end in sight. With your purchase of the Anti BeePee Tee, all proceeds will go directly to organizations that are spearheading the clean up efforts along the Gulf Coast. Weebeetees’ goal is to raise $10,000 in funds to help correct this massive disaster. With each sale we are closer to our goal of 1000 strong against BP; save a turtle, buy a shirt.

The front says: BP filling the Gulf
and the back says: I’m cleaning it up

Cruelty-free Fashion

May 13th, 2010

Cruelty-free fashion is where it’s at. I love, love, love Moo Shoes. They don’t just have shoes – they have belts, bags, shirts, sweatshirts and more. They are also vegan owned and operated.

The mens shoe selection is great. If you don’t want traditional combat boots because of the leather – try these! They have a big selection of seriously super cute and high fashion womens shoes too. 

Moo Shoes has a store in NYC or you can shop online at www.mooshoes.com

Mushroom and Millet Faux Risotto. Veggie/Vegan

May 13th, 2010

This recipe contains no rice or wheat, and it’s vegan and veggie. I found it on chaiandyoga.com.

Millet and Mushroom Risotto

1 cup millet
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cups water

2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 red onion
2 cups sliced mushrooms
2 cups chopped tomatoes
1 cup garbanzo beans (rinse well if canned)
Handful chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. First cook the millet: Toast the millet in the olive oil for a few minutes until it smells fragrant. Add water and bring to a boil, let simmer for 20-25 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a pan on medium heat and sauté the onion for about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 5 minutes. Finally add the tomatoes and garbanzo beans, and keep cooking until the tomatoes are soft. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the millet and add cilantro.

Veggie Prom!

May 12th, 2010

Veggie Conquest’s Veggie Prom promises to be better than your high school prom!

Veggie Prom is 8 p.m. Friday, May 14, 2010. It will be at Littlefield in Park Slope: 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. 21 and over.

Avocados – super food!

May 11th, 2010

One of my fave foods! Delicious. Healthy. Creamy. Versatile. This is the avocado.

Veggie, vegan, or raw, there are a number of recipes where you can reap the benefits of this heart healthy, nutrient rich fruit.  Here’s a recipe for vegan mayo from Dr. Ben Kim’s website.

Avocado and Basil Mayonnaise Recipe

Serves 4-6


2 ripe avocados, halved, pitted, scooped out of skins, and cubed
Large handful of fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh lemon or lime juice
1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste


1. Combine basil, garlic, and a pinch of sea salt in a small food processor and blend until ingredients form a paste.

2. Add avocados and process until smooth. Blend in the oil and lemon or lime juice, and then season with sea salt and pepper.

Use this delicious avocado and basil mayonnaise in place of regular mayonnaise. It also makes a wonderful dip for baked crackers.

What do I always say?

May 10th, 2010

Yoga is for everyone! This amazing Australian woman is now 84 years young and is a total Yogi!

Yoga on the beach – St. Lucia

May 7th, 2010

Partner Scorpion pose. Reef Beach, St.Lucia.

Fashion can have a conscience

May 6th, 2010

I am a big fan of the clothing designer John Bartlett. Not only are his collections fantastic, he has a great blog. I was very excited to read about his recent Vegan transformation. Starting in September 2010 he won’t be using leather in his designs, but instead leather alternatives. BRAVO! Look good- feel good, and feel good – look good.

Brown Rice Family

May 5th, 2010

I was on my way to teach Yoga, on the 6 platform at Union Square. As I walked I began to hear music, serious jamming, with such a soulful vocal. Everyone on the platform was into it. It was the Brown Rice Family, performing “I Feel like Dancing.” I bought their CD and use their music in some of my classes. They call themselves a “world roots” band and have members from Korea, Japan, Jamaica, Nigeria, South Africa, and the USA. They also make organic handmade soaps. Only in NYC!

Best Vegan Eats in Brooklyn

April 29th, 2010

Sun In Bloom restaurant is one of Brooklyn’s best kept secrets. They serve delicious, fresh, locally grown vegan cuisine. Located near several Yoga studios on Bergen Street in Park Slope, it is perfect for an after Yoga meal. The staff is super friendly. Aimee, the lovely owner is herself a certified Yoga instructor, specializing in Bikram.

From fans of veggies to vegan to raw there is something for everyone! They have live food that is full of enzymes and life energy. After eating at Sun In Bloom I feel my soul, body, and mind have been nourished. You can follow them on Twitter @suninbloom.

All the cuisine served is farm to table. It is all local grown organic food. It feels good to know you have eaten responsibly, and it tastes fantastic. The sweets are out of this world! My favorite is the red velvet truffle pumpkin spice cup cake with brandy frosting. Hard to believe it’s gluten free and totally vegan!

My favorite soup is the carrot with ginger, it warms the body up. Ginger is great for blood circulation and controlling cholesterol.

They make amazing juices too. Check out their menu! Even better, head on down to 460 Bergen Street and tell them Charles sent you.