Sunday, November 22, 2015

Peet's Christmas Coffee Cup Design 2015

Does anyone else get freaked out by this?












Photo -Lady J in Lotus Pose ©2015

This year's theme seems to be "Merriment and LSD."

Pink and Green Fuels the Machine....or something

Watermelon and green apples.  I'm not one for Granny Apples,  but I decided to juice them, with the wa-wa, and it was a thrilling combination.  I felt the goodness inside.



















Photo - Lady J in Lotus Pose ©2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Polyphonic Spree and their 15th Anniversary Tour

Last night sparkled. The Polyphonic Spree ,  played at the El Rey in Los Angeles, as part of their 15th Anniversary Tour. For those of you who are familiar with the El Rey Theatre,  you know that it's a small venue. This excited me, as I knew this would create a sort of intimacy.

























Photo - Lady J in Lotus Pose © 2015

My first experience with The Polyphonic Spree took place at The Derby (R.I.P) in Hollywood.  The Derby was a landmark venue, and one of the several spots where I would swing dance.

The Derby was a tight squeeze, so watching this 20 piece band in such close quarters was intense.  After their first song, all was quiet. It was a...somebody say something kind of tension.  While we stood stunned,  one of my fellow attendees said;  "DID THAT JUST HAPPEN? !" The rest of us laughed, grateful for balloon -like release.

Since that night in 2002, The Polyphonic Spree has remained one of my favorite bands.



























Photos- Lady J in Lotus Pose © 2015

The Spree dressed in their most basic and recognizable garb, which they first fashioned at the time of their debut 15 years ago.

























Photo -Lady J in Lotus Pose  ©2015

After the band played their first album, The Beginning Stages of..., there was a quick wardrobe change,  and then and then a second set that included their current fine tuned psychedelic pop.

As the music whirled around me, as I look up at front man Tim Delaughter, and see a whimsical close-eyed smile, and a swaying- sailing frame, towered over me. It’s been so long since I've sren a person enjoy music that much. He even shushed the audience when a few strays got to be too gabby.

As I watched this man swell, I found myself remembering the 2002 Tim, who looked like the Messiah,  with his mid-length curly chestnut tresses and extatic calm. Yeah; that's what I'll call it. Prior to that show I read an article in the LA Weekly that offered a brief description of the band, and a clarification from the band. This may be a mis-quote, but I recall, "We are not a cult."

I'm never one to shout out song requests, or bouts of praise, but in my head I said, "Happy 15", and out loud, at the end of the night, I called out, "Thank you."

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Raw Zucchini Pasta with Garlic Tomatoe Sauce by This Rawsome Vegan Life

This recipe is from the raw food blog, This Rawsome Vegan Life. I love this girl's blog. Emily Von Euw is also the author of Rawsome Vegan Baking100 Best Juices, Smoothies, and Healthy Snacks; and on December 8th, she'll be releasing The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook. I  can't wait!

Now on to the recipe.

The Noodles:
3 spirilized zucchini.

The Sauce:
2 tomatoes
juice from 1/2 a lemon
1/2 an onion
1 garlic clove
2 dates
2 red bell peppers
1/4 cup walnuts

Blend!

Sometimes I'll add 1 jalapeño de-seeded.

The dish is topped with cut tomatoes,  cilantro,  and avocado.














Photos - Lady J in Lotus Pose  © 2015

If any of you are wondering,  the "Eat Raw" fork came from Milk and Honey Luxuries on Etsy.

To Slay the Dragon

I miss dragon fruit!!! Out of season!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Words From The Ill And Spectacular

I consider it to be a great compliment when someone in a raging state of psychosis tells me that I am a free spirit.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

I'm pretty sure mangoes love me

My mango stash is ripening fast, so down the hatch! Mangoes are a staple for me, so I buy a lot each week. Tonight I made a mono-meal of 5 huge Keitt Mangoes. So smooth that they practically melt in your mouth.

If I don't want to mono-meal mangoes I may add some cucumber,  cherry or grape tomatoes,  and drizzle lime on top . This is one of my favorite meals.

Depending on the size, one mango is 100 calories or a bit over. For the most part I know how many calories are in the fruits and vegetables I consume which makes calculations easier.

On the 80/10/10 low fat, high carb, raw vegan diet  (that's a mouth full,  and very eye roll worthy), I typically consume anywhere between 1500 - 2000 a day, depending on how active I am.  The more ballet, swing dancing, and dance cardio, I do on any given day,  the more I need to eat. Fruit is fuel.








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Monday, September 7, 2015

Strawberry Kombucha Smoothie by Julie Morris

I put my drink in a flower pot. . la la la. . .la la la. This is the closest I get to drinking alcohol. Should I feel like a big girl when I crack open a bottle of the booch? This here is, Strawberry Kombucha Smoothie. I need to add some exclamation marks here, gimme a second.. ! ! ! ! There, I feel better. SO good!

2 cups Original flavor GT Kombucha
2 cups Frozen Strawberries
2 tsp Maqui Berry Powder.

Recipe yields two 14oz servings.

You can use any brand of original flavor kombucha that you desire, however, GT is the only brand I drink .

This recipe was created by the talented Julie Morris of Superfood Smoothies.

















All photos by Lady J in Lotus Pose © 2015

I highly suggest you check out Julie Morris ' other recipe books, Superfood JuicesSuperfood Kitchen, and her most recent publication,  Superfood Snacks.

Gold & Amethyst

Liquid gold. Oh. Jay. Pretty, perfect, pure, and simple. Feeling so appreciative.































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Hubris

"I like the word 'hubris'. Sounds like the name of a man who pretended to be a god and as punishment  was turned into a dog.  I should use it more."
--Anis Mojgani (Slam Poet)

Saturday, September 5, 2015

MONCHIE BAR by ONCH MOVEMENT

Thank you,  Onch of ONCH MOVEMENT ( jewelry designer. I actually have one of his quirky pieces. also; formerly on that Paris Hilton reality show where people competed for BFF status ).  He created something so Willy Wonka meets Candyland meets Rainbow Bright that I can't not be dazzled. Now, ordinarily I'm a person who fiercely dislikes white chocolate. Yes, fiercely. It's a fist shaking in the air, struggling hard to not hurt the feelings of freak children who have it in their smiling mouths kind of aggravation. I'm dark chocolate all the way. But then ONCH birthed something miraculous that this uptight, undeserving girl, wasn't even asking for. A white chocolate bar wiiiiiith. . . Sour Patch Kids, Gummy Bears, and Fruity Pebbles. Aaah! Needless to say,  I broke eating raw for this today.  Thus far I don't feel sick. Knock on wood.










All photos Lady J in Lotus Pose ©2015

Visit ONCH MOVEMENT ! ! !

Sunburst Juice by Fully Raw Kristina












Photo by Lady J in Lotus Pose ©2015

2 Pineapples
7 Fugi Apples
7 Oranges
1 Lemon
2 strips Green Curly Kale

Yields 64oz.  This was my breakfast.

Lunch












Photo by Lady J in Lotus Pose  ©2015

Curly Kale munching snail. He's getting in his protein.  Yes, I've decided he is a he, and his name is Champ.

Devoted Hearts







Photo: Lady J in Lotus Pose ©2015

Grew together.  They stayed together.  Both benevolent and brilliant,  and both nourished and nurtured me, green stems and all.  Thank you.

Fruit Jar








All photos Lady J in Lotus Pose ©2015

64oz mason full to the brim with love.

Watermelon
Pineapple
Blood Oranges
Cotton Candy Grapes
Keitt Mangoes
Dragonfruit
Strawberries

Writing on the Wall, Revamped

A couple of days ago,  I was listening to an Abraham-Hicks/Law of Attraction audio while on my way to work.  Abraham was speaking to a man who was disappointed with certain circumstances that were holding him back from what he wanted.  Abraham stated that he must learn to train expectation. To expect the universe to deliver what is wanted,  and to get into the receiving mode.

Suddenly I saw a huge truck beside me with writing on the side of it that said,

 "EXPECT MORE. . . WE DELIVER. "

Monday, August 17, 2015

Dragonfruit is Magic

A year ago I fell in love with dragonfruit. I found a few at Whole Foods  aka Whole Paycheck for.... $9.98 each!  Gasp. I know.  I picked it up,  sat it down, circled the aisle. Picked it up, sat it down, circled the aisle. 15 minutes later I justified it to myself and I bought it. It was worth it. It was small, pretty, and magenta.








It was mildly sweet which made the fruit all the more interesting. Being that it's such a spectacle, I would have expected different.

I was dying to find the variety that features white inside flesh.  I had heard that it was sweeter. I did some investigating and learned that an Asian market called the 99 Ranch Market sold dragonfruit. The closest location to me is in Gardena, CA.  15 -20 minute drive.  Quick!

Here's what happened.








I wish I could see what's happening to your faces right now. My jaw dropped.








Nature!

There is so much to appreciate here. I bought 6! $2.99 each! I got a white one!











Like rising buildings or a toss of the dice. Instead of scooping out the flesh I cut it mango-style as I once saw Wendi Phan from Wendiland do. The fruit skin didn't allow for the fruit to peel out, so it rose instead. A a weird, quirky, glorious vision.

Fresh, sweet, light , delicate crunch from the barely-there seeds, and color color color. It was indeed sweeter than the magenta flesh fruit, but I'm also adding in the fact this shipment is far superior to what I had found at Whole Foods.

Filled to the brim with gratitude and contentment. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I'll be back next week!



All photos by Lady J © Aug 2015

Eat!








Grapes! I'm surprised these wormy things don't make my squirm. I'm actually content to sit hexing in the corner with a bowl full of these Witches Fingers. Are these in season in October?  They'd be perfect for Halloween.

All images by Lady J in Lotus Pose  ©2015

Raw Orange Creamsicle Smoothie by Megan Elizabeth

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie by Megan Elizabeth at Easy To Be Raw.















64 oz of wow.


























4 cups fresh OJ
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen mangoes
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
optional : a dash of sea salt

Large blue glass smoothie strae from Strawesome.

All images by Lady J in Lotus Pose ©2015

Exactly

Get ready for the...chew-chew-chew... oh, wow!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Cherry Almond Smoothie

Cherry Almond Smoothie. Fresh frozen bananas, cherries, dates, oranges, almond milk. Look at this color! Move over, Skittles, THIS is tasting the rainbow. The lavender glass straw is from Strawsome. I drink my smoothies  (and juices) in mason jars. This drinkware makes the experience that more wonderful. To our health!
             
Image by Lady J in Lotus Pose ©2015

wonder for my insides














Image by Lady J ©

I had stars for lunch.

Monday, March 23, 2015

the never ending argument


"Punk rock died when the first kid said,
'Punk's not dead!
Punk's not dead!'"

- David Berman (Silver Jews), "Tennessee"


Sunday, March 15, 2015

If Black People Said The Stuff White People Say

I get excited whenever my buddy Burl is featured in a project. Great job.


 If Black People Said The Stuff White People Say


Starring:
Burl Moseley
http://imdb.me/burlmoseley
https://twitter.com/BurlMoseley

Chelsea Harris
http://www.imdb.me/ChelseaHarris
http://instagram.com/ChelseaHarris31

Music:
Ridin High
Licensed via Warner Chappell Production Music Inc.

I Seem to Attract Butterflies. Why?























I built this one up.

80% 10% 10%


please stop























Had a conversation with a friend about humility and this man came up

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Livin' Free

Uplifting song from Evan Rock and Charles Haines. Both moved to the big island of Hawaii a few years ago as I understand it, to explore a life of sustainability via minimilism,  spirituality, an tropical fruit.

Evan Rock is currently putting together retreats that are centered around 80/10/10 low fat raw vegan eating,  as well as an embracing of spiritual growth. All good stuff.

One of the elements that catches my attention and interest is their willingness to harvest play and silliness.  Keep on keepin' on boys.


Livin' Free by Evan Rock and Charles Haines- The Love Ambassadors




Sh*t Raw Foodists Say by Desi Domo

Hilarious.  A great example of not taking yourself too seriously.

(I can embrace this humor minus one comment about Lupus that I find to be a bit insensitive. I trust that there were no bad intentions from the actress.)






Thursday, March 12, 2015