In this episode of the Running Raw Project: As a warm up for the Mt. Washington Road Race, Tim tests his mettle on the 8 mile road up 4,867′ Whiteface Mtn. in NY. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
In this episode of the running raw project: If you live in a temperate area like Florida, Southern California, or Southern Texas I don’t want to hear you complaining that a raw diet is too expensive – There are plenty of fresh fruits to forage for in the winter months. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Foggy City or Urban Green- Is San Fran the new eco-destination? Visiting Golden Gate Park by Jennifer Buonantony
Tired of June Gloom and the equally gloomy economic situation, I decided I needed a few days away. Ironically, I found myself heading to San Francisco.
After a day of activities- clam chowder in a bread bowl, a trolley to the Pier, and a baseball game on the bay- I had completed the traditional tourist fare. I was searching for an exciting recommendation when I was told about the newly re-opened California Academy of Sciences at Golden Gate Park.
A day indoors wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when given the suggestion, but I soon realized it wasn’t what Architect Renzo Piano had in mind either when he began work on this $500 million, almost ten-year renovation.
Yes- we look silly, but safety first!
I am happy to report that bike sharing has come to New York City again (it’s 2nd year)- where it is most welcomed and needed. Aside from all of the traffic congestion and pollution from the exhaust, most NYers or city dwellers do not have the space to keep a bike in their apartment and those left on the street -even with the biggest and most heavy duty locks very unfortunately get stolen or vandalized. A bike sharing system is great at helping to reduce the carbon footprint of commuters and enables users to become healthier through exercise.
Bike Sharing has been big in Europe for quite some time- most notably in Paris and Barcelona. Paris’s Velib’ bike sharing program is currently the largest, with a network of 20,000 specially designed bicycles distributed among 1450 stations throughout Paris. Barcelona’s bike sharing program, Bicing was launched in 2007 and has approximately 400 stations with 6,000 bicycles. While there this past year I saw many people taking advantage of the service. From what I gather their programs are either free or you pay a minimal fee. There are no attendants but rather a computer station where you check out and return your bike.
Bicing Bike Share in Barcelona- I was so impressed!
Photos by Dawn Sorace
If you didn’t know where to look or hadn’t heard the buzz of late… “High Line“, then you might just miss it. As you can see (from the picture below), other than some trees- it’s not really noticeable from street level.
But there is a big buzz about the High Line, because it is truly a wonderful and amazing thing to see, experience, and enjoy. It is even more special for residents of New York City, where public “green” spaces are quite limited. This and other movements toward the re-greening of NYC are very exciting… I know I am not alone in thinking we can more harmoniously mesh concrete living with more greenery and enjoy the best of both worlds.
Lots of photos after the jump
A couple weeks ago my husband and I headed to Mal Pais, Costa Rica for some fun in the sun. Our good friend and owner of Mary’s restaurant, a very popular seafood restaurant in Mal Pais, asked me if I wanted to come up with a raw food menu for a few nights. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity of creating a menu that utilized local ingredients but was still something special that no one else was doing in town.
Though there aren’t any exclusively raw food restaurants in the area there are a lot of vegans as well as raw options being offering at other eateries. I needed to reel the vegetarians in. My menu consisted of an appetizer of vegetable sushimaki made with coconut meat, avocado, carrots and cucumbers that came with bon bon sauce and sweet and spicy mango sauce. I also made hemp tabouli with zante currants and no-bean hummus. For my entrees, I made pistachio pesto pasta and beet ravioli with rosemary cashew cheese. For dessert, I made chocolate ganache with vanilla cream and a mango cheesecake. We put fliers up in the middle of town to lure the raw vegans and were surprised how many showed up to just to try out my offerings. It was so exciting! There’s talk now about coming back in January and February and making a nightly menu of raw specials. I’ll keep you posted!
As the cold, wet and dreary winter months creep upon us, it’s hard not to fantasize of hotter things – like a luxurious cruise ship heading to tropical locale. But even though cruising has become one of the fastest growing areas of the U.S. tourism industry, it’s also become one of the most highly criticized by environmental groups.
Is there such a thing as a green cruise ship? Well…
It’s no secret that cruise ships produce waste. After all, they’re like floating hotels, casinos, restaurants, and spas rolled into one. These “floating cities” carry with them thousands of passengers, tons of food, and hundreds of amenities all under one roof. Much of the appeal of cruising is the feeling of being pampered with countless activities at your fingertips doing so while en route to remote islands, historic cities, and multiple ports in a span of only a few days. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
The Welsh are famous for three things: their inclination to sing (the Welsh have a lot to answer for – after all, the hideous Eisteddfod originated there); their passion for rugby (more religion than a sport); and their love of leeks (which became a national symbol after Welsh soldiers identified themselves by placing leeks on their heads in the battle against the Saxons).
Now, it seems, a fourth can be added. Eco-travel.
Set in the ancient woodland of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the Bluestone luxury resort comprises a series of log cabins, studios and cottages — perfect for adventurous types who want the freedom of self-catering. Designed according to a typical Welsh village layout, the facilities include: sports club, crèche, restaurants and laundrette — everything you need for a relaxing vacation.
There’s nothing like sashaying down the slopes on a snowboard (or it you’re old school like me, a pair of skis). Armed only with a Chapstick and a chocolate bar, you really feel alive and at one with nature…
Unfortunately, that experience can come to an abrupt halt when you’re greeted by a fleet of snow-chained SUVs at the end of your run.
But if you can get your head around skiing in June, it doesn’t have to be this way. Falls Creek ski resort in Victoria, Australia, is the world’s first alpine resort to be recognized by Green Globe 21, an international accreditation scheme for ecologically and socially sustainable tourism. No cars are allowed in the village for the entire season to “ensure the resort is fully ski in, ski out”.
Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on February 14, 2009
I get excited whenever I’m in a new place and I learn there’s a green restaurant nearby. Being a vegetarian from Nashville, I’m accustomed to having to pre-think which restaurants will suit my dietary needs and still give my friends and family what they crave. Regardless of the city, it’s never any fun to have the orders go quickly around the table and then hold up the server for 10 minutes as I try to figure out if there’s a way to get spaghetti and meatballs without the meat or wheat. (But wheat’s a whole other story.)
So, when I hear about a restaurant with a focus on a vegetarian diet, I’m there. This time it was Chicago.
Long known for brats, beer and deep dish pizza, Chicago has also been leading the green way for many lifestyle choices. (There’s even a rickshaw taxi service!) This includes food as well. So, when my good friend, Nashville chef John Stephenson, and G Living’s Chicago-based chef, Vanessa Sherwood, recommended Green Zebra as one of their favorite vegetarian eateries, I just needed to know when and where. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
You know what I won’t be doing in three days time? Celebrating my least favorite holiday of the year — the highly irksome Valentine’s Day.
The annual amassment of cheap Chinese-made teddy bears and heart-shaped chocolates at my local supermarket turn my stomach, not my heart. Apart from all the waste Valentine’s Day generates – it’s the second largest card-sending holiday of the year – it’s plain cheesy.
The more I travel, the more I realize how amazing the USA is.
Let me be straight here.… I have been pretty harsh on US policies, mostly reflecting the past 8 years, and actually the past 60 years of America. So much wasted potential…so much needless suffering that just creates more suffering.
BUT… Ive been traveling around lately, and Im coming to realize just how great we have it back home.
I speak for Europe too. Especially as conscious eaters, we are so fortunate to live in countries where we can actually buy healthy stuff. If you travel to SE asia, you pretty much have to throw your organic standards right out the plane window before you land.
Its just not going to happen. Ive had to really make adjustments here, and I cannot tell you how great it will be to drink green smoothies again.
We went to a juice bar today, and their idea of “juice” was blended carrots with water in a half-assed blender. We talked them into making an avocado-mango smoothie, but had to tell them TWICE not to dump sugar in it like they usually do. Seriously. We had a coconut water at a restaurant today, and you could totally tell that they put syrup in it. WHAT THE HELL???