All posts tagged: Los Angeles

In EcoKatLA’s Medicinal Garden & Growing Medicinals In The CA Drought

It’s been a tough year for most of our growing friends- especially ones who grow plants used for medicines. Many had to make challenging decisions due to the exceptionally dry conditions. Our friend Kat, joining us today from LA today is no exception. Without optimal soil nourishment, the drought had her thinking twice about how she’d be wise with her resources this season, yet still grow the healing plants she’s known for providing the greater Los Angeles community. We caught up with Kat in her medicinal garden for a chat on what her season looked like. Garden Eats: What new herbs or plants are you growing this year Kat? Kat: We’re growing a few new varieties this year that will add to the resiliency of our gardens. One was gifted to us by a friend, an Ice Cream Bean tree (Inga edulis), which is a fast-growing, nitrogen- fixing and drought-tolerant shade tree that bares bean pods after about three years. The pods are filled with beans and surrounding them is this cottony white filling that …

COLD Food Therapy Soup For The Chalkboard Magazine Styled By Livesstyled

While most parts of the country are cooling off to make way for fall weather, in true Southern California fashion, we’re experiencing yet another heat wave, typical of late summer and early autumn. Our need for hydration not only doubles, but the heat also compromises immunity, resulting in those all-too-familiar pesky coughs and dry, sore throats. Traditional Chinese medical food therapy has long supplied the remedies for regional, seasonal health concerns such as the “summer heat” or “dry heat” virus. Taking a cue from this wisdom, we’ve been able to adapt traditional recipes for our modern needs with the inclusion of readily available superfoods… Read more at The Chalkboard Magazine. Thanks to the talents of Hannah Betts + Maryn Holcomb of Livvestyled out of Rochester, New York for styling and shooting my recipe! Watch for an interview with the ladies next month where we’ll be catching up to discuss their muses and inspiration for the art and curation behind their food and lifestyle designs.

PhilosophieMAMA Sophie Jaffe

Today we’re joined by new friend and raw food chef, the beaming Sophie Jaffe, founder of Philosophie Superfoods. We’re always gushing over the photos Sophie shares of her adorable kids on Instagram. When we’re not going, “awhhhh” at those cute photos, we’re feeling inspired by her live-freely-in-the-moment lifestyle. Because of her dedication to helping others live well through real food we wanted to introduce you guys to her. Sophie created Philosophie to bring vitality and vibrancy to people near and far with her superfood powders. She offers newcomers the superfood challenge- “add a superfood blend to your diet every day for a week to experience increased energy, clarity and balance.” And, in case you’re wondering, Sophie and her beautiful family are living the Philosophie every day. We had an opportunity to chat about Sophie bonding with her kids over food, how her travels help shape Philosophie and what sustainability means to her family. Garden Eats: Did you grow up around food and plants? Sophie: Yes! My mom always, always had a garden. We moved around …

Reclaimed Micro Gardens Joins Garden Eats Today

Today we’re welcoming Nick Warnes, the founder of Reclaimed Micro Gardens (RMG). Nick has started numerous non-profits and RMG is his first shot at creating a for-profit with a purpose we love- edible table-side gardens! Nick is reinforcing the idea that a garden can be grown just about anywhere. Garden Eats: Did you grow up around plants? Nick (RMG): My love for plants started in the woods of Michigan, where I grew up. That continued into a degree in biology where the wonder of gardening began to take hold. GE: We noticed you’re located around downtown Los Angeles. What about urban living inspired you to create your design? RMG: People are short on space in Los Angeles. Many people would like to garden but cannot because they live in apartments or condos. We wanted to create a product that everyone could utilize to practice their green thumbs. GE: We love everything about microgreens- why did you choose this focus and what interesting information did you come across in your research? RMG: Our initial products were …

Sesame Crusted Ahi With Cold Soba By Guest Chef Bryant Durst

Today we’re joined by my friend & chef, Bryant to offer us a tasty twist on everyone’s seared favorite, ahi! Offering seasonal variety like bell peppers and sugar snap peas, this fresh, crisp dish makes the perfect almost-summer stamina appetizer or lunch to share with friends! Enjoy! This recipe will serve 2-3 What You’ll Need: 10-10oz Tuna 1package Buckwheat Soba noodles- or your favorite Asian style noodle ½ Orange or Red Bell Pepper- thinly sliced ½ cup Sugar Snap peas- Cut into 1” pieces 1/3 cup Napa or Red Cabbage- julienne ¼ cup Daikon Radish- julienne ¼ cup green onions- thinly sliced ½ bunch Chopped Cilantro- or more to taste 1.5oz (3TBSP) Yuzu Ponzu sauce- can also use yuzu paste if desired. 1.5 tsp Rice Wine Vinegar 3-4oz Extra Light Olive Oil 1TBSP+ 2tsp Sesame Oil – Divided Sesame seeds- as needed Chili flakes- optional in dressing Putting It Altogether: 1) Bring 4 cups of water to a boil over medium-high heat in a medium sized pot. 2) In a 2 qt sauce pot bring …