Saturday, August 9, 2008

Fresh Intentions: santa monica's farmer's market + Juliano's Planet Raw

Italian plums, those flying saucer peaches + California strawberries

I am radically particular about my photography.

The photo shown above is the only photo (in this post) I find technically 'yeah, that's okay for now' enough to publish.

The photos shown thereafter in this post, were all taken in haste as I will explain further as you read. But at least it will give you an idea of what I have been getting myself into. So ahead of time ~ my apologies for the photos below.....

While in Southern California, I loved shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables at Trader Joe's and the farmer's markets. I am presently going through withdrawels of not having access to Trader Joes at this present moment.

The fruit platter shown above is a perfect example of how I started my mornings while visiting at my mom's house. It's how my mornings got started upon arrival of our vacation to SoCal!

The plums were sugary sweet and the strawberries melted in your mouth like cotton candy.

Well as I mentioned, this is how I got started with good intentions in mind......

courgettes in bloom

We happened to be in Santa Monica on a Wednesday so we took advantage of their mid-week farmer's market.

You can find more details about this insanely heavenly event here.

* s e a * of artichokes with lengthy stems attached too.

I took all of these photos in haste.

It was day #5 of our vacation and in the midst of the farmer's market, she had decided it was time to go home.

She decided in the middle of this communal fruitopian/vegetable hoopla she was well ready to call it a day and head back home.

Thus, initiation of the breakdown......

I snapped photos quickly, bought a basket of precious looking strawberries that were ruby red alongside plump apricots + plums.

variety of carrots ~ more colors than imagineable. The twine~like melange of root vegetables have always been a favorite of mine to illustrate when I used to draw in pen + ink years back. It often times reminds me of how we desire to hold onto dear things we are familiar with like the soil embedded deeply below the earth.....

There was an abundance of vegetable, fruit, herb, pastry stalls and more. I was overwhelmed as I had not been back to a *real* farmer's market since last year when I went to the GreenMarket at Union Square Park in New York.

But no time was wasted here to *be* in the moment.

A breakdown was already in session........

On another day we ventured to a raw restaurant Juliano's Planet Raw on Broadway in Santa Monica.

Smoothies: Mango Tango & Strawberry Shake for the kids. The green one on the far right is ALIEN BLOOD for hubs + I. It was quite lush.

ALIEN BLOOD smoothie combines a thick blend of field greens, burdock, cucumber, seaweed, black olive, zucchini, red bell & spirulina.

Not for the faint of heart.

spring rolls made of coconut curry wrapper with shredded vegetables & Thai herbs served with no-peanut Thai

For those of you that have read my blog prior, I have pretty much been balancing a raw food diet at 80% of the day combined with 20% of cooked foods (for the most part vegan, and on some days I can be a bit more decadent than that......I like to have fun and with the craziness in my life ~ so important to be at E A S E to avoid combustion).

So, I have eased my family into it as well with their positive response.

But this was the first time the munchkins tried raw dining in a restaurant.

Raw Nachos made with dairy free nut cheese, guacamole, salsa, dairy free sour cream, veggies and served with dehydrated flax chips

I ordered this for the munchkins and when it arrived to the table, it just about put them over the edge.

They completely freaked and would not go near this gorgeous creation.

this was some sort of sushi roll aka monster roll filled with nut cheese (dairy free), greens, sea veggies and even kimchi.

I have dined in raw restaurants prior and I have to say this was an enlightening experience. Yet the methodry was a bit heavy for my tastes at the moment. There is quite a bit of use of raw nuts + seeds made into dairy free 'cheese', soups, creams, etc. which I found a bit too rich for me.

It was a delight to experience this type of food preparation from a completely vegan and raw approach.

It was extreme.

I love extreme!

There was a nice SoCal open air vibe to our dining experience as well......I had missed that immensely ~ it was nice to be back.

Anyways, this is how things got started on our vacation.

I really shouldn't complain about heavy foods just now.......

beginnings of The Korean post