Category Archives: Grub

Eats, treats, and probably no meats

THE GREAT DEBATE – Are Yoga and Meat-Eating Mutually Exclusive?

Back in June, Sadie Nardini, the edgy NYC core strength yogini, served up some food for thought on yoga and what’s on your plate in her Huffington Post flesh-eating confessional, in which many shared their ops.  Among the comments, there were some lovers and some haters, and now word on the street has it that Nardini and Gannon (of the animal-loving Jivamukti school) are laying down their mats for a duke ’em out debate  (in that peaceful yoga way, of course) via live video on the Huffington Post this Wednesday, 8/19.   Stay tuned for the official time to watch it live…

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Smoke Screen (Munchilicious Marijuana Movies)

posted by ebean

Okay boys and girls, grab some tasty crunchy snacks, refreshing drinks, and a comfy pillow as we unfold all films “purple-sticky-punge”.  The criteria?  Adventure, good times, chronic.  In other words, the film must involve a mission, marijuana, and a non-downer theme/happy ending.  Thus, the above clip from Bio Dome did not make the cut, but the films listed below did…

Cheech and Chong
Up in Smoke came first, but you don’t have to end the journey there, as they just keep on truckin’…

Pineapple Express

Friday
…and then the Friday After Next

Half Baked

Harold and Kumar
White Castle and Guantanamo are both hilarious.

Human Traffic


…got a fave that should be mentioned?

NYC Yoga Conferences: Splurge vs. Steal

by freebean

Like many ‘yoga’ categories these days, there are now a wide range of conferences (and price tags), luckily there are some a la carte options so that you can enjoy a little taste of everything.

The Splurge: This year is the first Yoga Journal Conference to hit NYC (May 15-May 18).  While some big wigs in the yoga world fill the schedule,  it is still rather spendy for most yogis (it could very well be the whole piggybank), however it is still cheaper than traveling to another city if you are a New York yogi.

Here are some worthy freebean-recommended happenings:

The Steal: After a weekend of YJC splurging, your wallet and asana will craving the low-budget yoga fix  NY Yoga & Raw Food Expo (May 29-May 31) promises to offer.  For a mere $20/day ($15 in advance) or just $35 for all 3 days ($30 in advance) you get full access to the expo and more!  Here are some of the highlights:

  • Swami Bua, America’s oldest living yogi (he’s supposedly 120 years old) makes a guest appearance (Does he really exist?  Check it out for yourself.)
  • FREE unlimited yoga classes and wellness lectures!
  • Raw cuisine by Kwatamani, the top Floridian (as in ‘from Florida’) raw food chef.
  • 50% off all books at the Expo’s New Age Bookstore.

Please share your findings if you attend – the good, the okay, the uplifting and even the not-so-good!

Hey NYC, Clean Your Plate


You can literally eat your way through the neighborhoods of NYC.  On just the small island of Manhattan alone, we are blessed with a variety of cuisines and price points on every block, but when it comes down to it, New Yorkers are not exactly known for their ‘home cooking.’ Fortunately they don’t have to be. Now, tastiness doesn’t have to come with a guilt-ridden calorie count, and with current obesity (and vanity) levels rising, even New Yorkers, the very ambulatory society, are still looking for healthier options that don’t require a cooking class to attain.

[enter: Clean Plates NYC]

Clean Plates NYC is a new guidebook to healthy eating without sacrificing flavor or neglecting your taste buds for those who do not just dine on bean sprouts and raw veggies. The lovechild of Jared Koch (nutiritionist and wellness counselor) and Alex Van Buren (food critic), Clean Plates NYC showcases the healthiest, tastiest and most sustainable restaurants in Manhattan, with 75 reviews and a list of 200+ places to satiate your palette.

Clean Plates NYC
retails for $13.95, which also includes full access to www.cleanplatesnyc.com, and they have offered an extra 10% off to us (use code: bendy)!

The interactive site features restaurant updates of Jared and Alex’s favorite spots, user forums and a database of all featured restaurants – so it is possible to find an approved restaurant even if you don’t have the book handy!  And listen up all you phone-dependent peops, a mobile application of Clean Plates NYC, listing the restaurants in the book is also available for on-the-go. The mobile application can be purchased through www.cleanplatesnyc.com as a stand-alone purchase for $9.95 or for $2 if buy it with the book.  All purchases through www.cleanplatesnyc.com also include free shipping.

So, Consider this your edible answer to healthy-eating, just in time for the upcoming beach body-baring days (Memorial Day is only days away!).  You’re welcome 🙂

Mean Beans & Other Brooklyn Flea Finds

Saturday was a magical spring day in NYC and the inaugural Brooklyn Flea of the season (in Fort Greene). The booths were a variety of hippie to hip, with the usual vintage clothing and ‘found’ treasures, but also  fresh new finds from newborn businesses – including beans!

Rick’s Picks – offering samples and special prices for the flea flockers, give all of their pickled picks a try – and be sure to take at least one home. My pick was a jar of mean beans (only $8 at the flea, $10.99 online) – a spicy addition to my brunch bloody mary – the leftover brine can also be reused to pickle thinly sliced carrots.

Crop To Cup – a Brooklyn based biz that works with farmers in Uganda to provide a selection of brew-able beans while supporting the livelihood of the Bagisu tribe. I imbibed a cup of their french pressed coffee for $2 for a java jumpstart to my day.

Kumquat Cupcakery – although not a bean, these petite cakes are completely adorable and oh-so-tasty; they really look as though they should be in a dollhouse for afternoon tea. Their small stature enables one to rationalize eating a cupcake morning, noon, and night – as well as snacking on a few between…. Keavy and the cupcakery offer over 17 flavors and honor custom orders, but bring just a few flavors to showcase at the Flea (I gobbled up a blueberry one) and at just a dollar for a mini-delight, my sugar craving was satiated and my wallet saved.

Visit the Brooklyn Flea each Saturday, with a unique selection of Indie vendors to visit up each time. Check out the website for new additions.

Enlightenment (American-Style): Ayahuasca

Two drug tourists on a spirit journey or is it just fast food spirituality?  Visit National Geographic to watch this short documentary on Ayahuasca.  There is also “Extreme Celebrity Ayahuasca” if you can’t get enough…

Animation doesn’t pay the bills: Donald Duck lays an egg

posted by eb

read more at Treehugger

The Dirty World of Cleanses

posted by eb

The Dirty World of Cleanses
The Blueprint Cleanse continues to hook new addicts, but JOSHUA DAVID STEIN questions why women continue paying to starve.

Sharon Raider, a 43-year-old fashion designer from Brooklyn, steps forward and grabs her bags. Before she even gets to the car, she’s ripped one open and twists the cap from a 6-ounce green bottle to greedily suck down the contents. A fleck of green juice is all that mars her otherwise perfectly made-up face.

Welcome to ground zero of a new New York addiction: The Blueprint Cleanse.  read more at NY Press

POM is Wonderful/Alternative Uses for Pomegranate Juice

posted by ebean

Dear Good People of POM Wonderful,

I’d like to take this moment to thank you for sending the promo case of pomegranate juice to all us ElephantBeans.  Being as we are all tree hugging hippie types that are trying to change the world while we drink fresh juices and eat healthy, local, and organic food, we appreciated that your 100% Pomegranate Juice is in fact 100% pomegranate juice.  And it tastes good too.

Although we enjoyed reading and learning about the many health benefits and recipes listed on your website, we would like to add some of our own adventures with Pom…

  • Juicybean used her bottle of POM Wonderful as an all-natural hair dye.  Sexy!
  • Alcmaeonid prefers to use his for mouthwash.
  • Wherehaveyoubean discovered that pouring a bottle of POM on the ice-covered sidewalk was a dog-friendly alternative to rock salt.  Good thinking Wherehaveyoubean!
  • Unsinkablemoo was short on cash and out of liquid laundy detergent.  To her amazement, POM was colorsafe and even removed the ring-around-the-collar!
  • Upon reading this article, Freebean was thoughtful enough to send a bottle to Bob Dole.  No more Viagra!
  • Lalabean’s special effects pal confessed that POM is the secret ingredient in the industry’s best horror film gore
  • …Which, of course, inspired Danbean to try it out as a bullfighter-style diversion for hungry vampires.  Turns out it also works on bulls and snakes for some odd reason.  Go figure.
  • Somehow, Seabean discovered that POM is an excellent stain remover and now is the proud owner of a squeaky clean toilet bowl.

  • Beanism is currently driving across the fine state of Rhode Island in a POM powered car.

Yeah.

I’m not sure how much of this really happened because as I write this, I am really fucking high on POM.

Blog of the day: Eco Yogini

posted by ebeans

“Because off the mat, into the world” also includes what yoga mat you’re on, where it’s from and where it’s going…

“Water Bottles; Eco and Ethics” from Eco Yogini

Ugh, drinking water has been SO difficult! I gotta say that unlike some fantastical water-drinkers out there, I have to almost have a water-drinking schedule in order to get that stuff into my system.  But I do it, as water is essential. 98.73% of the molecules in our bodies are made of water. In order to survive human beings need water, it is the basis for life itself.

As yogi/ni’s and individuals who are mostly physically active (ok, so really yoga is IT for me!) we drink a LOT of water and increasingly water is becoming a commodity to buy and sell in our global community. In 2005 in Canada bottled water consumption was an estimated 60 litres per person with sales worth 652.7 million! That’s a LOT of plastic. The US is the top consumer at 33.4 BILLION litres a year- in Toronto alone an estimated 100 million bottles are thrown out a year with only 65% being captured by recycling programs (cbc). From my previous post here we know that plastic lasts a loooong time. This plastic can leach harmful chemicals and additives into the water that you drink while working out or practicing yoga to be healthy (hmmm).

So that’s the environmental perspective, but what about the human essential right to water? read more