African Odyssey – Masa Mara

One and a half million wildebeest accompanied by vast numbers of zebra will attempt the crossing of the Mara River. An awesome sight as many get swept away or are taken by crocodiles in the fast flowing current. We also follow a pair of mating lions as they go through the process of mating 100’s of times, while two competing males follow the couple, waiting for a chance to mate as well.

On this edition we will see: Hyenas, Lions, Wildebeest, Antelope, Elephants, and many more.

African Odyssey – Victoria Falls/Hwange

We drive through the Zambezi National Park to Hwange National Park a 15000 square kilometres of Kalahari Sand country and home to a wider diversity of animals, because of the lack of predators. There are no lions in this park, Leopards are the only predator left in the park and is way to small to take down the large prey species, like the water buffalo. This is home to the great Victoria water falls.

On this edition we will see: Rhino, Buffalo, Zebra, Elephants, New Born Baby Elephants, termites.

Closet Chef Jake Gyllenhall Opening Organic Restaurant

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It’s good to have goals. And Jake Gyllenhaal, who my sources say is a wannabe chef trapped in the body of an acclaimed actor, has long vowed to open a restaurant before reaching the big three-oh. And, if all goes according to plan, that goal will soon become a reality.

The 27-year-old star of “Brokeback Mountain” and “Zodiac” is in the planning stages of launching an all-natural organic eatery in Los Angeles with his childhood friend, Babbo sous chef Chris Fischer.

Jake, who has twice guested on The Food Network’s Molto Mario, is a long time foodie who as a teenager washed dishes for well known chef Marco Canora at Tom Colicchio’s Craft in New York.

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Everybody Eats at One World

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In a country where commercialization and ever-expanding profits often triumph over basic necessities like food and health, it’s nice to find a world where human spirit and well-being still thrives… even in a place where separation of church and state is still… um… up for grabs.

I happened to stumble across such a place in Salt Lake City, One World Everybody Eats, where eating and building community have uniquely come together. An organization whose vision includes the elimination of both world hunger and waste in the food industry. Pretty “G”, if you ask me.

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Lapa Rios Ecolodge \ Relax in Costa Rica

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Say you lived in Minnesota but had dreams of relocating to the rainforest of Central America — what would you do? Well, if you’re John and Karen Lewis, you’d sell everything you owned, buy a small tract of rainforest in Costa Rica and build an eco-lodge that would enable others to experience nature at its finest.

Set in over 1,000 acres of the region’s “last remaining lowland tropical rainforest”, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the breathtaking Pacific Ocean and backs onto the Corcovado National Park. A conservation program by The Nature Conservancy and Cederena will ensure that this rainforest will be “preserved into perpetuity”.

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African Odyssey – Deception Valley Lodge, Botswana, Kalahari

Botswana, from the caravan ride i t appears to be a desertw/no sign of any surface water, yet it supports a vaired wildlife population. A refuge for bushmen,the last of hunters and gatherers descendents of Southern Africas earliest residents

Orchard Garden | The Greenest Hotel in San Francisco

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All this throwing around of the term “ecotourism” (and I’m just as culpable as the next guy; I’ve used it many times here on G Living) begs the question of just how sustainable a hotel can be. Some places offer to conserve water by not washing your sheets, others boast of utilizing solar (rare) or wind power (even rarer).

Certainly the concept of mass tourism collides with environmentalism on many levels. And a zero footprint for a hotel that employs a hundred or more people and services many more than that seems almost impossible. But it’s nice to see more and more making the effort – and to observe the ways in which they do it.

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African Odyssey – Uganda, East Africa, Semliki Wildlife Reserve

A remote area of diverse terrain and vegetation. Lake Albert where we hope to find the rare and elusive Schubyll. Semliki Lodge is a haven in the middle of a vast savanna. We stay at the reserve lodge, which is a classic safari lodge, with an open plan and thatched roofs.

Post Shimmy Veggie Bliss at NY’s Zen Palate

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Relocating to Los Angeles called my attention to the daily routines of New York living I once took for granted. Red brick sidewalks, seasons, and the ubiquitous round-the-clock subway system has now dissolved into freeways, studio lots and a coastline sunset.

Another staple routine I continue to miss is my Thursday night bellydance class on Lafayette Street – both because I enjoyed the class and because afterwards meant a post-shimmy meal at Zen Palate.

Established in 1990 by a group of Buddhist vegetarians, Zen Palate is gourmet “G” at its finest, and the ordering options are legion. Sometimes it was the delicately textured seaweed and soy crepes I craved after ninety minutes of veils and zills.

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African Odyssey – Sausage Tree Camp-Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

On this addition of African Odyssey, we fly into Jeki Air Strip followed by a 40 minute drive to camp observing the dry, wide open savannah. Sausage Tree Camp-Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia. We camp in rustic tents and enjoy the calmness of strolling along the river in the African bush.

The animals here in the park seem relaxed and worried about poachers. The local lions have a very unique trick, they can climb trees. In the rest of Africa you never see this, and in fact many animals climb trees just to escape lions.

Green Energy on the Emerald Isle

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Green is what comes to mind when I think of Ireland. Usually in terms of the landscape rather than energy, but that vision may change soon. Along the Emerald Isle’s east coast, the town of Dundalk has been charged with finding renewable energy that can be scaled up to meet the needs of larger populations.

It all starts with a 1.5 square-mile Sustainable Energy Zone, where experiments to both conserve old and create new energy are taking place. The project is funded in part by the European Union and is designed to find pilot projects that work and can be realistically expanded. Only two other towns — one in Austria and one in Switzerland – are involved in the program.

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African Odyssey – Impalila Island

The saline and mineral residue of the Pan and moisture from the summer rains attract an immense number and variety of game animals from the highly endangered black rhino to the elusive tiny damara dikdik and the rare endemic black faced impala.

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