Archive for July, 2012

Punk Rawk Labs, Inc.


July 19th, 2012

new shop
Well, in case you haven’t gotten the memo, Punk Rawk Labs is undergoing some big changes at the moment. Things just kind of BLEW UP RATHER SUDDENLY after our OFFICIAL LAUNCH. I’m in awe of the craziness that can ensue in this beautiful world if you remain open to change. I’m talkin’ straight out of the movies! I mean, a few months ago, I was literally destitute. My health problems had wiped out everything. I literally had no money, and I had lost my job due to my injuries. A lot of people had given up on me. Even members of my own family. But I’m happy to say that times have changed…
My cheeses started selling like crazy. All over the country. There were so many orders that it was way way beyond what my limited capacity body could handle. It was clear that something needed to change and fast. An unsettling moment to be sure. But a few good friends encouraged me to stick it out, hold on tight, and ride the wave. And now, just a few months later, I’m happy to announce that some very exciting developments have taken place!

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Punk Rawk Labs has now become Punk Rawk Labs, Inc. In order to meet the demand, it became necessary to expand production of our product line. Enter, my new partner, Julie. Here she is in front of our new shop. Julie is the perfect person to help take PRL to the next level. She’s an entrepreneur. In fact, she’s the former owner of HYMIE’S VINTAGE RECORD STORE on Lake St. here in Minneapolis (which incidentally was dubbed one of the 30 BEST RECORD STORES IN THE US by Rolling Stone magazine). Currently, she works in the food business.

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In fact, she just yesterday gave her notice at the SEWARD COOP where you might remember that I taught a CLASS WHEN I FIRST RETURNED FROM CULINARY SCHOOL. Julie actually helped me with that class as it was just a few months after my ACCIDENT, and I was still on crutches. In fact, I was actually on my way to a BBQ at Julie’s house with a bin full of kale chips when I got in the accident. Seems like the universe was trying to tell me something. But the universe didn’t stop there! At the beginning of this process, you could say I was pretty riddled with anxiety. I had to raise a lot of money to make this happen. And at that point, I really didn’t have any idea how I was going to do that. My friend Janice, who incidentally is a very talented healer (and creator of the FOUNDATIONS HEALING SYSTEM), told me to start taking a walk every day. That there was some place nearby where I would find the answers. And I would know it when I found it.

hanjin
Well, before long, I found myself walking every day to the train tracks near my house. There’s a big switchyard nearby. It’s kind of famous among those who like to jump trains. But I kept going to that spot. I think because it felt like I was connecting to something larger than myself. I was fascinated by the idea that there was a time when the trains were bringing all the information from the outside world. One thing I kept noticing there were these ‘Hanjin’ cars. And they really stuck out to me. As when I worked in Seattle, I worked at a seafood restaurant right on the pier of the Puget Sound. And these huge boats with these ‘Hanjin’ cars were always floating by.

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Well, interestingly, there was another party that was interested in helping with PRL’s expansion. A tech company from Korea called Penta Systems Technology based in Seoul. I got connected with them through a friend from childhood. We played violin in the orchestra together. Went to junior high, high school, and college together. And in fact, she lived across the street from me in college. And now, she is the Vice President of Penta. Small world, right? It gets smaller. A few weeks ago, I went to ship a package of kale chips to her to try. And she said, why don’t you ship them to me at work? I said, ‘Sounds good. What’s the address?’ It turns out that her office is located in the Hanjin Shipping Building in Seoul. Can you believe that?! The universe had spoken again! From the other side of the globe!

new windows
I am very happy to announce that Punk Rawk Labs has formed what might be described as a multinational corporation. And I am now the CEO of that corporation! Talk about a dramatic turnaround! I have to say, I can hardly believe it myself. It hasn’t really sunk in yet. I am so very honored to have joined forces with Julie and Penta Systems Technology to form a new improved Punk Rawk Labs!

wet tile
Our new shop is still under construction. But the buildout is coming along. In fact, it might be done as early as this week.

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The tile has been laid. Some beautiful grey quarry tile in accordance with state and local codes for commercial kitchens.

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The walls have been painted. Well, at least some of them anyway. We still have a few to go.

amber
We’ve even had at least one celebrity visit so far! Here I am with AMBER SHEA CRAWLEY (fellow MATTHEW KENNEY ACADEMY alum) and author of best selling vegan uncookbook, PRACTICALLY RAW.

practicallyI am feeling so happy about the next phase of our development. It really feels like the right people in the right place at the right time! There are so many amazing coincidences bringing this thing together at the moment that I am just soaking up every moment. Karma really does happen! And it is so freaking beautiful, that it might just burn my eyes. I am so looking forward to having some free time so I can try out some of Amber’s recipes! Free time!  It seems like such a far away concept.  :)  But it is coming soon to a theatre near me!  I’ll keep you posted on what develops…

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I Heart Ann


July 8th, 2012

ann curry
Well, in case you haven’t noticed by my flurry of outraged tweets, I’m a little bit upset about this Ann Curry debacle. Can I just tell you how much I love Ann Curry? Ann Curry is amazing. She’s intelligent, poised, hard working, beautiful, a world class journalist, classy, and in my opinion the best thing that’s happened to the TODAY SHOW. Needless to say, I was less than pleased when they announced that Ann Curry was being replaced for not being FLUFFY ENOUGH FOR MORNING TV.

ann and mattThis picture says a thousand words. Apparently, a lot of people didn’t think she had good chemistry with Matt Lauer. Rumor has it that Matt has a lot of chemistry issues with people on the show. But we don’t need to go there. There is always google. Suffice to say that Matt’s ego has gotten pretty healthy since Katie left. And I think it’s always hard for people to have good chemistry with big egos. Especially for a person who is as accomplished as Ann.

ann curryAnn clearly has very good karma. And she has a lot of supporters. And I’m sure that she will find a better situation where she is more appreciated. But it’s always disappointing to see someone you respect and admire get the shaft. I think that NBC’s reaction to this situation was pretty telling about the internal culture there. And I have to say, I don’t think it bodes well for the future of the Today Show. I know that I, personally, will be switching to GOOD MORNING AMERICA.

annI just want to put this out there. Ann Curry, you are great! I have looked up to you forever. I am half-Japanese, and I have to say that there aren’t a lot of half-Japanese role models out there in the public eye. But you have definitely set the bar very high. And I love you for that. I appreciate you for your work. And for your grace in handling this situation. You ARE a groundbreaker. And the finish line doesn’t matter. It’s how you play the game. And you played fair. With style and grace. You put your truth out there. And your fans are still here. We haven’t gone anywhere. THANK YOU for everything that you do!

cheese
I know what you’re thinking. I like Ann Curry, but what does this have to do with raw food? Isn’t this a raw food blog? Yes. It is. I digress. This happened once before. You doubted me over my LOVE FOR YOKO. But if you recall, it was related in the end. As is this. It’s a little tangential. But last week, I admit that I was obsessing about Ann. I was mad. So mad in fact, that I was even trolling TMZ looking at articles about her. And guess what I found? I found a VIDEO OF ANN ON THE STREETS OF NEW YORK CARRYING A ONE LUCKY DUCK BAG! Can you believe that? One Lucky Duck! One of the stores in NYC that CARRIES MY CHEESE! No wonder she looks so good. She obviously knows a thing or two about good food. :) So there. Related. See?

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