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Good News…I’m FIRED!


March 27th, 2012

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More exciting developments! The other day I was doing an interview with a local radio station (coming very soon!!), and the question arose. What would you call yourself? Chef/Owner/Cheesemaker?

donaldI don’t remember exactly what I said. Something like Chef/Cheesemaker/Record Flipper/Former Shipping Specialist. I used to be a shipping specialist, but I fired myself. She thought that was so funny!  I guess it was kind of funny.  But I wasn’t kidding!  I really did fire myself.  Long story short…I ran a limited offer of my cheeses on my website.  And things quickly got out of control!  There were so many orders!  And shipping refrigerated items is well, kinda complicated.  I decided that I am ultimately better at making cheese than I am at shipping cheese.  So I got the axe.

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The good news is that VEGAN ESSENTIALS PICKED THEM UP! What’s more? They are great at shipping! So if you were mad at me for firing myself, mosey on over and say hello! I’m sure they’ll be glad to see you. :)

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VegNews VegPicks


February 14th, 2012

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More good news! This week, I’ve gotten an insane influx of orders. At first, I thought it was just because of my KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN. But then someone mentioned to me in an email that she had heard about me from an article in VEG NEWS. So it looks like this little snowball is gaining some momentum…(page 79!)

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FUNDING SUCCESSFUL! A Xanadu Moment


February 12th, 2012

From my KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN blog:

Hello out there!

Well, if you haven’t gotten the memo yet, our fundraising campaign was successful thanks to all of you! This has been a truly INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE. There are no words to express how grateful I am for this chance.

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I am getting a fresh start for my 40th year with my hand and my heart on the horizon.

Just wanted to recognize a few folks before I leave you with the first of your thank you gifts. Thank you, RUSSELL JAMES! For those who don’t know, Russell has been hailed as the UK’s leading raw food chef by THE TIMES. He was also one of my instructors in culinary school. Russell is an amazing talent and someone who I’ve looked up to for a long time. So as you might imagine, it’s been a great honor to be the recipient of a couple of his ‘sonic booms’ during this campaign.

I would also like to thank Zachary Vex (maker of of the world’s most amazing guitar pedals, Z VEX PEDALS). Z Vex is one of Minneapolis’ most esteemed entrepreneurs. He turned a creative idea into a wildly successful business venture while maintaining the highest standards of quality. I hope to learn from his example.

Thank you to my dear friend from childhood and beyond Jue (Jooyee) Chung. So happy the internet can now connect people who are on opposite sides of the globe!

And thank you to Logan Erickson, a connoisseur of music and technology, AND the guy who took this campaign over the goal! Thanks, Logan!

Thank you to my friends at Too Hot Too Stop. These ladies are an amazing bunch and I learn from them every day. ESPECIALLY during this campaign! Thank you TINA PRUITT (the Healthy LIfestylist), Lorri Kovitz, GRACE QUANTOCK, and Michalene Casey, DEBBIE YOUNG, Elle Blythe and everyone there). These ladies are all true survivors with their own amazing stories!

Thank you to my amazing family for seeing me through this ordeal! And thank you to my boyfriend, Tom! Thank you for supporting me when I needed a little extra help. And thank you for being a genius who inspires me every day.

out westOK. Now for a thank you gift. Starting with some music! This is a digital download of a not yet released track. It’s a cover of a Tom Waits song, GOIN’ OUT WEST. This was recorded right around the time that I started to lose my eighteen month mono infection. I had tried everything I could think of to shake it. And it became clear that I needed to make a big change. So I went out west to stay with some friends for a month or so. And I think it was the time off that finally allowed me to get ahead of it. So I was feeling pretty liberated at the time. (The picture was taken in my friend Erin’s basement which seemed significant as he was officially the final supporter of this campaign…getting in seconds before the end!)

Tomorrow, I will start sending out surveys regarding the individual packages for donors and when to expect them. Be on the lookout. :)

THANKS AGAIN TO EVERYONE! This campaign has done so much for me. Before this happened, I had taken some hard knocks from some people with bad intentions. Not only has this provided me a chance to rise above that. It has also shown me the best side of human nature and restored my faith in humanity. A priceless asset! Thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU!

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Pumped Up Kicks


February 2nd, 2012

mpls tvHey, look at that! MPLS TV just wrote us up in the first installment of their new series, PUMPED UP KICKS! I love this piece. :) I was wondering how they would have heard of me. Just because I didn’t think I was really on their radar. But then, I noticed this picture on their site….
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Nowhere To Go But Up


August 21st, 2011

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Well, the best thing about HITTING BOTTOM is that there’s nowhere to go but up. A couple weeks ago, I had hit an impasse. But this week, I’m back in the game! In fact, I’m being featured right now in WINE AND FOOD TRAVEL magazine! I’m bouncing back in style.

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I’ve been getting by with a little help from my friends. It’s amazing. Just when I thought I was fully out of steam, I look up to find everyone rooting for me. Even people I didn’t realize. Not to get mushy, but it’s the kind of thing that makes a person get a little drippy in the eyes. Just finished a new video for PRL TV featuring MAKENA. Her mom is the genius behind KRISTEN’S FRONT PORCH GROCERY AND LOUNGE (a video on this is in the works)! These two ladies and I should start a band called ‘Survivor’. Ok. Maybe not. But how about ‘The Multidimensional Thread’? Kinda catchy, right? I play violin. Makena plays cello. And Kristen plays piano. Or at least, that’s how it’s starting out. We’ll see how it evolves.

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This is kitty’s new chair. I inherited it from someone in my building who left it behind. I love it. And so does kitty.

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It matches perfectly with the peppermint patties I’ve been addicted to lately from MATTHEW KENNEY’S DESSERT book. It’s harvest time around here. And right now I’m scrambling to figure out what to do with all this mint!

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The Gift Of The Absurd


June 27th, 2011

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Is it just me? Or does it seem like life has been getting more and more absurd lately? People have lost their grasp on reality. Or maybe reality is just too undesirable for people to see right now. So we create these barriers. The foundation for the most insanely absurd world ever to be. That’s what it feels like to me right now.

tsaExhibit A. This poor woman is dying. She’s 95 years old, and she was trying to get on a plane to visit family and share her final moments. She unwittingly became embroiled in a TSA scandal after they felt something funny in her depends. They literally forced her to remove her depends so they could be inspected. I actually got into an interesting discussion about this last night. I understand the reason for the increased security. Of course. We all want to be safe. But when our barriers get so high that we can’t see the pain we are inflicting on a dying 95 year old woman, it’s time to reflect. Isn’t it?

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I am going through something related to this. Five years ago, I was in perfect health. Then, I was exposed to toxic sewer gas in the home I was renting. I’ve gone into this IN MORE DETAIL in earlier posts. The medical aspect of it is absurd. It’s frustrating. And I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. I have struggled and fought hard for my health with mysterious issues that are debilitating and expensive. I swam upstream through a medical system that offered very little help or answers. But the most painful part of it to me is the injustice. This issue will more than likely cost me hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of my life and all so that my former landlord could save a few thousand dollars on maintenance. And while he admits to knowingly exposing me to this gas, I’m out of luck. They can’t prove what caused my illness because they don’t know what it is. A perfectly healthy person develops a bizarre immune system and/or liver disorder after being exposed to toxic gas, and he contends that it’s a coincidence. Are you kidding? Really? And the most insane part of it is that he gets away with it. And why? Because this world is absurd! Or perhaps, more realistically, because there is no money to be made from this particular incarnation of misfortune.

autoimmune epidemicI am not the first person this has happened to. Author, DONNA JACKSON NAKAZAWA, has written a book about this. That the incidence of autoimmune related illnesses is skyrocketing. She believes it is from the increasing onslaught of toxic substances that we are exposed to in the modern world. Our immune systems are breaking down, and the medical establishment is creating barriers because nobody is ready to deal with the issue. I am here to tell you though, these barriers are hurting innocent people! This is a problem that is not going to go away. You can only brush it under the rug for so long.

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Unfortunately, my problem is only one problem in a sea of problems that people are now attempting to brush under the rug. The foreclosure crisis is affecting many, many more.

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Not to mention the impending financial doom that everyone can’t stop talking about. Is it just me? Or are people getting sick of seeing the bad guys winning? Over and over. Enough already! It’s insane.

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Today is officially the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of my BIG CRASH. A time to reflect. A time to look back at how far I’ve come. The last few weeks, I’ll admit I’ve been down and out. I get depressed and hopeless sometimes. It seems like the obstacles never end. Some days, I just want my old life back. Before all of this craziness. It seems so unfair. But what I’m realizing is that dwelling on that just sets me back further. Physically, it triggers my autoimmune issues. And emotionally, I just get depressed. I need to change my outlook. This is absurd. It’s insane. It’s hilarious! Really. It’s like Bill Clinton saying he didn’t inhale. Or Anthony Weiner sending weiner pictures to people on the internet. It makes no sense! So why am I taking it so seriously? No more! I am going to find away out of this mess. And the answers are going to be hilarious…and creative…and a gift! Mark my words.

Exhibit B
Exhibit B. This is my friend, Kristen. She is amazing! She is a musician and a single mom and a survivor. She is recovering from a brain tumor. But you would never know it. She has the most amazing gift for finding joy in every situation. This week, she has gifted me with one of her amazing, creative solutions. One of my big obstacles right now is getting around the limitations. I am selling my products in two wonderful venues, LIVE LIVE AND ORGANIC and the NE FARMER’S MARKET. I would do more, but I can’t. I physically can’t make that much product because of my issues. My leg goes numb if I stand too long, and I have to wear a pain machine the entire time I am working. I would hire someone to help me. But unfortunately, my landlord left me with a mortgage worth of bills to pay so I could save him a little money. I have to find a creative solution. Enter Kristen!

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Kristen started ‘Kristen’s Front Porch Grocery and Lounge’. She has brought some amazing people together. On her porch. There are a number of products available. KALE CHIPS. Tempeh. Fresh vegetables. A CSA drop. And salsa is coming soon, I hear. It’s about as local as you get! She is amazingly selling a LOT of chips! I am actually having trouble keeping up with the demand. But best of all, it is a low pressure gig. Perfect for healing!


Yesterday, she had a front porch social hour where I met Ryan (who makes the tempeh) and Sarah (who grows the veggies). It’s so inspiring to see people coming together and getting around the obstacles. We can do this! THANK YOU, KRISTEN for reminding me that we are empowered and enlightened beings. We have the answers! And we don’t need to give them away. Maybe the bad guys do always win. But their game is crashing and burning all around. And the good guys are rising from the ashes! VIVA LA REVOLUCION!

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Making It In The Big Apple


May 12th, 2011

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It’s official! My two product lines (KALE CHIPS and NUT MILK CHEESES) are now available in New York City at LIVE LIVE AND ORGANIC!!

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My boyfriend visited the store recently when was in town doing SOUND AT RADIO CITY. He said they had the most amazing selection of raw vegan goodies.

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If you live in the NYC area, check it out. They are at 261 E. 10th St, and they are doing free samples while supplies last.

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Make sure to pet the kitty while you are there…Needless to say, I am very excited. Because you know what they say about making it in New York! I’m taking this as an omen that my luck is starting to turn.

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In other New York news, FRANGIPANI AND GINGERLILY (one of my favorite blogs by NY chef, Shernelle Cooke) wrote an excellent review of my kale chips this week (AND she’s giving away a small box of my chips)! Check out her site for some amazing and unique recipes…

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Good Press


March 23rd, 2011

nut cheeseI’ve been feeling some love lately in the blog-osphere. THE RAW FOOD PROJECT did a really positive review of my NUT MILK CHEESES! (I should note that we are only taking cheese orders on our site until MARCH 28th as KALE CHIP SEASON is almost upon us). Check out the REVIEW HERE. It has a fancy video and everything…

This week, I was also listed in VSTREAM (the first ever vegan blog zine). I am listed as one of the 200 vegan blogs in the index at the back. If you are on the lookout for vegan blogs to follow, this is your resource. There are also a number of articles about social media, technology as it relates to blogging, getting started on your own blog, and how blogging has impacted the vegan movement. They have a fancy video too! Check it out…

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Day 60. Bikram Yoga Challenge


February 11th, 2011

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Well, I reached a big landmark today. It was my 60th day in a row of Bikram Yoga. All I can say is WOW. It’s been an interesting ride. I initally EMBARKED ON THIS ADVENTURE as a means of addressing a number of health issues. I wasn’t sure what to expect in the beginning. I wasn’t even sure if I could do it. I was reluctant to commit to it. The outcome was not at all what I was expecting, but I can say for sure that it has had a positive impact on my issues.

triangle poseThis is triangle pose, and it is my big triumph so far. When I started, I couldn’t do this pose at all. This pose is all about hip muscles for stability. My hip muscles were really weak starting back (as I BROKE MY PELVIS). My physical therapist really worked with me on my hip muscles, and now look! This pose gives me hope that I can resolve all my issues eventually. I have to admit though that the left side is not so pretty. But it’s getting there. My left side sustained most of the impact in the CRASH. So there’s a lot to work out there. But the muscles on both sides get weak when you’re not walking.  So, I couldn’t do it either way at first.  Maybe next time I check in, I’ll have the left side nailed down.

standing head to kneeThis is a pose that I’m still working with. It’s my nemesis right now. It’s standing head to knee pose. I can actually kick my leg out alright, but I don’t have much stamina or stability on one leg. I think a lot of this harkens back to my hip issues. But there’s some wankiness in my lower back too that I haven’t figured out yet. This pose starts out with the extended leg bent. Then, you kick it out (like in this picture). Once you get good there, you touch your forehead to your knee. Obviously, I’m not there yet. The first part of this posture (bent leg) feels really good for my lower back. It’s stretching out something in a good way. This yoga has been stretching out a lot of bad juju in good ways.

magnet Here is sweaty, stinky me with my completely filled in magnet! I’m actually shocked that I made it to this point. It was definitely challenging on a number of levels. The detox is brutal. I’m not going to lie. It’s as hard as it is rewarding. I actually found out I have an ulcer in the middle of this challenge, and I was really tempted to stop. But I didn’t. I thought about it a lot. The main issue motivating me to do this is that I have chronic pain from the impact of the crash. It’s mostly caused by super tweaked muscles. My doctor recommended trigger point injections for the pain. I’m really reluctant to try that though as I have a lot of issues with my LIVER. I mean, I can’t even eat food with additives. So as you might imagine, medicines of any kind are not without unpleasant consequences. I was kind of hoping that I would have worked through the pain and back to normal at the end of sixty days. That may have been an overly optimistic expectation. BUT things are definitely starting to loosen up. The other day, I had my massage therapy, and I cried the whole time. This sounds bad, but it’s actually GREAT. Things are finally starting to break up a bit. In the beginning, my massage therapist said she’d be bearing all her weight into me, and I wouldn’t feel a thing.

At my last appointment, I asked my doctor if the pain was an issue that would go away eventually or if it was permanent. He didn’t really answer. He kind of changed the subject.  I’m interpreting that as meaning that I’m really going to have to work on this. It’s not going to come easy.  But basically, yoga is what is keeping me off pain meds right now.  If I stop, I’ll have to find some other way of managing the pain.  My thought was that whatever that was would be just as stressful to my body (if not more) as yoga.  So, I decided to just stick with it.  Sometimes you have to go through the fire.  There is no other way.  It might hurt.  You might get burned.  But the fire will transform you.  And maybe that’s a beautiful thing.  Not something to be afraid of.  The fire is where all the important lessons are.

That’s what I keep telling myself anyway.

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Feeling the Love


July 26th, 2010

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Look at this lovely cartoon that came on a package in my mail recently. It’s from non other than Sam, my half-Asian soul sister out West.

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Being a BROKEN HIPSTER does have it’s perks. It affords a person time for philosophizing and getting lovely packages in the mail.

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Look at these yummy snacks I got in the mail for DEBBIE DOES RAW!! The raw cheeze-its were featured in this VIDEO on RAW MODEL ANTHONY’S page.

I can tell you that mine didn’t last long either. You should try some…

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