Sunday, November 21, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

An Evening With Tim Van Orden

Tim has been one of the most influential people for me, ever since I got into healthier living and the raw food movement... he still is today. His passion, enthusiasm, compassion, holistic approach, and vast knowledge in athletics and health in general makes him one of the best lecturers today. 
At this talk he will be covering the topic of "Diet & Peak Performance"
Come out for a night of great music, food and of course an eye opening, inspirational and life changing talk. Hope to see you there!

For more information visit:

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Toronto Life Magazine

Toronto Life magazine came by Nature's Emporium for a visit, where I work as a Raw Chef. They left with such a positive impression of the store that an article had to come out of it. Read more below and enjoy the beautiful photo in the background, featuring *ahem* my raw pizza...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Love From The Middle East

I've recently received a very kind and flattering e-mail from a guy in Galilee named Ofek, sharing with me that some of my youtube videos have inspired him over the years of being raw. He is a part of the raw food community in Palestine and organizes hikes and foraging trips. You can find more information on his website - and watch the Green Smoothie video that he has put together (posted below). The amount of wild greens and fruit that grow around their house is incredible! I felt compelled to share this video and positive energy from a different part of the world with everyone, so enjoy:

Thanks Ofek for sharing this video and keep doing what you're doing!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Sunfood Not Raw?

This may be old news to some, but I came across this piece of information today and felt the need to share it. Straight from David Wolfe's Facebook page:

"Many of you may be aware that has been using my name and likeness on labels, online ads, on packages, videos, and articles WITHOUT MY PERMISSION. I have officially and repeatedly equested (since March 8, 2010) that they remove any reference to me or my work in all formats from 
their products, website, and YouTube site. They have refused. What do you think I should do???"

The following is taken straight from Quintessence's Raw Chef Dan's Blog.

"Do you Buy From Better think twice!
I have been meaning to post this for a month now and finally have found a moment to do so. 
As some of you know I have been investigating the raw cacao industry and raw powder and butter in particular. You heard it here first that basically every cacao product on the market today is actually cooked, and as of right now Essential Living Foods, Big Tree Organics and the paste from Ultimate Superfoods (not the powder) is actually a raw product.

Well, I have a grand finale to this story. After many conversations and emails I have discovered some important info about Sunfood, David Wolfes company.

First of all, it is not David Wolfes company.

As of at least 12 months ago, it has been owned by Doug Harbison, a non raw foodist non superhero cooked wonder bread old school business executive. David Wolfe makes no money off of Sunfood and owns no stock in Sunfood. He tried to get Sunfood off of cooked chocolate products and the owners would not listen to him. In fact, they have over 8 lawsuits against David Wolfe. 
I spoke to the current owner of Sunfood...

I spoke to the current owner of Sunfood multiple times and here is what he told me:
He does not care if the cacao powder and butter are agave and yacon are cooked products. He said that I am the only person who has called to complain so he thinks that people are still satisfied with these products. Hmmm...
He also told me that he believes that Essential living Foods is lying about their products being cooked. I asked him why a company would self destruct like this and he said he didnt know but he thought they were lying. I asked him why they would lose so many accounts and jeopardize their own investment and he said he didn't know but he really thought that their product was raw and they were making up a story about it being cooked.


He finally said that he was sending his buddy Brian from Sunfood down to investigate himself. I asked him why he thought that they would be let in to the manufacturing facility without being a customer, when Essential Living Foods who is actually a customer was not allowed to step foot into the facility. He could not answer me.
He promised to get back to me over month ago with a resolution for one customer, myself, who has spent a fortune on what I was told and promised was the best of the best and come to find out it was cooked and fraudulently sold to me. I havent had any reply.

They knew it was cooked. They still know it is cooked. He doesn't care!

So, I have Doug Harbisons private email and cell phone number. I would like all 286 members on this site to personally call this inflated buffoon and let hm know that you do in fact care that his products are being sold fraudulently, that his raw chocolate is not raw, and that you will no longer support Sunfood nor will you purchase their products anymore. Let him know that what could be the impetus for the tipping point on this planet is being turned into a farce by a few corrupt and greedy individuals such as himself, and that many curious and in need people are being turned off of the raw food movement as a tool for health and consciousness because they dont feel that it is trust worthy and anything other than a hoax. Say whatever you want actually but let this man know that you are not sheeple and will demand truth, integrity, and quality ad will vote with your dollars. Lets not let one bad apple spoil the beauty and truth of this lifestyle choice.

Fill up and flood this mans email and voicemail with your voices!!!!

In my opinion, Sunfood has lost the plot, and is completely out of integrity and should not be supported in any manner and the word should be spread like wild fire through the Superhero network.
I happily provide you now with his private contact information.


Repost this on as many forums as you can folks. Ready-Set-GO!!!"

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Upcoming Events for June 2010

Hey Raw Foodies,
Hot weather is here and that means festivals, festivals, festivals... and other cool events :)

Thursday, June 10th - Pedja's Raw Food Demo
Nature's Emporium, 16655 Yonge st. Newmarket, Ontario @ 1pm
Come and learn how to make a decadent Raspberry Chocolate Mousse Cake!

Friday, June 11th - Green Monkey Environmental Store Grand Opening
227 Main Street South, Newmarket, Ontario (one block north of Water street) @ 7pm
"Come celebrate all things earth friendly. Enjoy healthy organic treats and spirits. Join in our environmental auction. Enjoy some great entertainment by local musicians Amanda McFadyen & Joe Alaras."

Saturday, June 12th-13th - Windfall Ecology Festival
Fairy Lake Park, 500 Water st. Newmarket, Ontario @ 10am-5pm
Windfall Ecology Centre presents the 9th Annual Windfall Ecology Festival, York Regions largest Environmental and Energy Conservation Exposition! Learn, share & experience live music, local & organic foods, buskers, Kids Fun Zone, Workshops and so much more. An outdoor event for the whole family in a beautiful park setting.
Special Ticketed Event
"Did you know your food can travel as much as 1,500 miles just to reach your plate? These travelling miles are referred to as “food miles” and they have a profound impact on farming practices, the quality of your food, and the environment.
The 'Food Philanthropy: Connection with People, Food and Culture’ event will discuss eating healthy, natural & organic foods, nutrition, and explain how purchasing products locally benefits our health, and benefits the health of the environment.
Watch Andrew Muto and the Nature’s Emporium Team, including Raw Food chef Pedja Milosavljevic, while they prepare and serve you a delicious three-course luncheon.
Also receive a specially prepared goodie bag presented by Nature’s Emporium just for attending the workshop.
Food sampling to follow the luncheon.
Tickets are $25.00 (adults) and $10.00 (children under 12)
Space is limited, so purchase your tickets before they sell out.
Tickets can be purchased here, at Nature’s Emporium, or by calling 416-465-6333 ext.152."

Saturday, June 19th - Simply Raw Festival
Central Park, 19 Clemow Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario @ 10am - 9pm
"This year's festival aims to promote healthy lifestyles through raw vegan food and active living. Our famous raw vegan pie contest will be back for another rawsome year, with a panel of local celebrity judges; the event will also feature a range of seminars on healthy living topics by a number of celebrated speakers from across North America; bring together local and regional businesses and organizations with healthy living as the core value of their mission; and a range of other exciting activities and events throughout the day."
Thursday, June 24th - Pedja's Raw Food Demo
Nature's Emporium, 16655 Yonge st. Newmarket, Ontario @ 1pm
Come and learn how to prepare a delicious raw vegan concoction (tba)

Friday, June 25th - "Love The Skin You're In" - June Potluck
Mahalo Naturopathic Centre, 19938 Yonge Street, Holland Landing, Ontario @ 6:30pm
"With the warm months already approaching, the excitement for spending time in the sun is rising!
Should we wear sunscreen? How beneficial is being exposed to U.V. rays? Why is vitamin D good for us?
This month we're fortunate to have Carley Simandl (bio coming soon) answer those questions for us and cover much more!
For those of you that haven't checked out our our potlucks yet, I have to say that the food is getting better and better and the company of like minded individuals with stimulating conversations is better than ever!
Don't forget to bring Organic food, since many of us wish to avoid toxins from conventional produce; and please read through the "About" section carefully before stopping by :)"

Thanks for reading if you made it this far down and hope to see you at one or more of these awesome events!

Green Monkey Grand Opening!

Green Monkey 
Environmental Store
Friday June 11th at 7pm
227 Main Street South, Newmarket, Ontario
one block north of Water street

Come celebrate all things earth friendly
Enjoy healthy organic treats and spirits
Join in our environmental auction 
Enjoy some great entertainment by local
musicians Amanda McFadyen & Joe Alaras

Looking forward to having you help us officially launch
Green Monkey 
Sincerely Karen Dawnn and David Scott
“As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, 
will we prove ourselves to be imaginative beings capable of 
creating a better and greener world?” 
                                                                —David Suzuki

Catering in the form of mini raw vegan chocolate "cheese" cakes, by yours truly :)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Raw Soup Trio

I had another fun food demo at Nature's Emporium today! 
Here are the recipes of the soups I demoed:

Red Pepper - Ginger Devotion
makes 6 servings

2 Red Bell Peppers
1 Small Leek
2 Garlic Cloves
3 Medjool Dates - Pitted
1cm Piece of Ginger
2 tbsp Paprika
Sea Salt to Taste
2-3 Cups Water

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth and decorate with chopped parsley or your favourite sprouts!

Cantaloupe - Cucumber Californication
makes 6 servings

1 Small Cantaloupe
1/2 Cucumber
1 Shallot
2 Garlic Cloves
4 Sprigs of Mint
1/4 Cup Chopped Cilantro
Pinch of Cayenne
Pinch Of Sea Salt

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender roughly and decorate with whole cilantro or mint leaves. For extra points, hollow out one half of the cantaloupe carefully so that you could use it as a serving bowl!

Thai Coconut Noodle Soup
makes 6 servings

2 Young Thai Coconuts
1 Zucchini
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Mango
1 Garlic Clove
2 Green Onions
1/4 Chopped Cilantro
1/2 Cup Loosely Packed Basil
Juice of 4 Limes
Pinch of Cayenne
Pinch Of Sea Salt

In a high speed blender, blend the flesh and the water of two young coconuts with all the other ingredients, leaving out only the bell pepper, zucchini, mango and the green halves of the green onions. Julienne the red pepper and mango; slice the green onion halves diagonally and spiralize the zucchini using a Spirooli Slicer (making noodles). To serve, start off by putting a desired amount of zucchini noodles at the bottom of your bowl. Pour the soup broth over the noodles and top with julienned peppers, mango and green onions. Enjoy!

Smoothie Trio

As a part of the 'Naturopathic Medicine Week', I was invited to the Mahalo Naturopathic Centre for their open house on Mother's Day, to showcase and serve some of my smoothies. I decided to share the recipes with those of you that were curious about them at the open house, as well as the rest of you that would like to try them out at home! Here they are:

(All recipes make two 12oz smoothies)

Chocolate Superfood Smoothie

20oz Horsetail & Stinging Nettle Tea
3 Bananas
4 tbsp Cacao Powder
2 tbsp Maca Powder
2 tbsp Mesquite Powder
2-4 tbsp Goji Berries
4 Medjool Dates
Pinch of Cayenne
Pinch of Sea Salt

Alkalizing Green Smoothie

3 Bananas
8 Kale Leaves
2 tsp Spirulina
Pinch of Sea Salt

Beautifying Smoothie

3 Bananas
2 tbsp MSM Powder
Pinch of Cayenne
Pinch of Sea Salt