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10-31-2005, 02:00 PM
Well not a total virgin.... my daughter and her friend in Salt lake City started a Raw Food Restaurant out there last July. My wife volunteered to go out in August and find out what it was all about. She came home after two weeks and looked so MARVELOUS that we have both been eating fresh since. I have lost about 35 pounds and she's down about 10. We both have a long way to go to get over about 45 years of hard living. We can use all the help and support we can get. Have gotten a vitamix and a dehyrdrator, looking for a juicer [tried Jack Lalane's from COSTCO - took it back] and I think we are totally ready to take it to the next level. I estimate we are 99 and 44/100 fresh - but we must continue to learn and not get bored or stuck in a rut. Have yet to find any groups in the NoVA area - will search the site. My wife spends a lot of time with her mom in Greenbelt, MD - I think I saw some folks out that way. All the best from Tom & Ann Bracken
10-31-2005, 02:25 PM
Welcome! Raw is indeed rawtastic! You will love it. I am all for jumping into it 100%, and sticking to a 30 day challenge... If you don't have Alissa's book and/or DVD, I highly recommend them.
10-31-2005, 05:08 PM
A warm welcome Tom and Ann. How beautiful that you are inspiring and supporting each other! I look forward to hearing about all your amazing discoveries along the way.
My best wishes~
10-31-2005, 05:13 PM
Welcome! I am in NoVA and I too am looking for maybe a group that does raw potlucks or something, but havn't had any luck. Glad to see you both on board and hear the progress you have made! May I ask where in No VA?
10-31-2005, 06:19 PM
We are so very interested in sharing food, recipes, and ideas about raw food in the Falls Church area - Tom 703-801-9011
10-31-2005, 06:31 PM
Falls Church, I was born there, but I don't remember it much. I don't hear the town mentioned too much so it caught me by surprize.
Welcome to the board. I look forward to reading your journals and posts!! It would be so cool if my wife would be raw with me.
10-31-2005, 07:26 PM
Welcome!!!! Just wondering what the name of your daughter's store is...and maybe if she a website or any info so that maybe I could get some advice for opening my own store, or maybe she'd let me come work for her! :p
Thanks so much and good luck on your RAW JOURNEY.
Blessings to your health, well being, and spiritual joy,
Ashley ~ From NY
11-01-2005, 06:52 AM
They are co-located with "Herbs for Health" in Sugar House, the Living Cuisine Raw Food Bar opened July 4. Owner Omar Abou-Ismail offers 'live' meals with no processed ingredients. Standouts include spicy curried seaweed roll, squash dill soup and the Lebanese sandwich. Omar, who quit his day job as a geophysicist to open the food bar, says he wants people to feel healthy and vibrant after eating his cuisine.
Living Cuisine Raw Food Bar. 2144 S. Highland Dr. Tel. 467-4082. Hours: Mon-Sat. 11:30am-9:30pm.
Ann [my wife] said she had NEVER tasted such wonderful food cooked or raw. And she knows her food! My daughter, Kara, is Omar's partner and either would be glad to share their experience with you
- especially on Sushi Night! ;)
Tom in Falls Church, Virginia
11-04-2005, 09:32 AM
Thanks so much for getting back to me! I couldn't find this post for a while (LOL). I really do appreciate the info. I'm just off on a major search...trying to locate a new place to live and a job in my field of nutrition and (I'm dying to be 100% raw and find people who live this lifestyle! Hopefully, I'll find a way to save enough to visit your daughter :p
11-04-2005, 11:37 AM
Someone has been trying to open a raw food cafe here in Dallas for over a year. (purerawcafe.com) but has been unsuccessful. They do weekly orders, however, and ship the raw food via fedex all around the country. I ordered 5 entres one week (or my wife did) for $135. We invited my sister and her husband over and killed a week's worth of raw in one meal. 5 entres split among 4 people.... large people.
It would be fun to have a raw cafe within driving distance.
Welcome to the board.......... Pepper!
11-05-2005, 12:25 PM
Just when I needed a boost there you are. I live in Salt Lake City-the Sugarhouse area. I am just trying to go raw again and needed some boost. And whamo there you are.
I will definitely visit your daughter's place. Do they have classes or lectures there on being raw? Do they offer any kind of support?
Thanks for you post -- it sure helped me when I needed it most.
11-05-2005, 02:26 PM
Someone has been trying to open a raw food cafe here in Dallas for over a year. (purerawcafe.com) but has been unsuccessful.
yes! I have emailed and phoned Cynthia in hopes of landing a job there since the word "hiring" was put out a year or so ago... I do wish they would open soon! not sure what is taking so long? :(
11-08-2005, 06:24 AM
I will be finding out about classes and stuff at the Living Cuisine Raw Food Bar in Salt Lake City - NEXT WEEK(!) when my wife and i fly out for a week-long visit. I don't believe they do at this time - because they are in a very small space - but i would think they are planning for some educational outings since they are getting excellent coverage by local TV and newspapers. Omar and Kara are always very willing to share with everyone their "raw knowledge" and delicious foods - from their own personal experiences and from others who have benefited.
11-08-2005, 11:14 AM
:: rollin on the floor ::
I like your loud entrance Tom....."RAW VIRGIN" :p great to have you and Ann.
11-14-2005, 04:17 PM
I had hoped that 'raw virgin" title might be an attention-getter. Ann and I need all the help we can get. Today is 74 days for me and 95 days for Ann. I am so looking forward to the totally delicious food we will be eating in Utah later this week. SUBJECT CHANGE = I am munching on raw chestnuts as I type this -- Kind of an odd [but interesting] flavor, but they feel like they could have some potential in our raw diet - esp since they are in season and cheap ($3/pound). Roasting is the tradition, but i am thinking soaking/marinating and then chopping might workout - anyone have any ideas? These are from Trader Joes here in Virginia - and one nut has already begun to sprout, so my raw confidence level is high.
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