a new morning: part 2

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  10 easy steps to a new morning and a new YOU.  BUENAS DIAS: When healing, pregnant, elderly and/or sick allow your body to sleep. If not, try waking as the sun is rising. TRANQUILO: As you awake be gentle on yourself. Check in with your breath, your body and mind. Give thanks for another morning. Try to keep the chatter to minimum. Wait to open your computer until after you have nourished yourself on all levels. It can wait. ( Unplug your wireless internet before you go to bed. Wait to rev it back up until  after you check in with YOU. TOOTH CARE: brush: Try circular motions with soft bristles. Easy on the gums. floss – Someone once told me to care for your teeth as you would your bum. Give attention to the surface, but what lies between the cracks is equally as important. Floss those teeth. oil pulling: Swoosh coconut oil in your mouth to remove toxins and whiten teeth. I like to do while cleaning or reading. Swoosh for at least… Read More…

a new morning: part 1

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The sun peaking over the horizon, the lush jungle waking up, a cool breeze ripples through the palm fronds as the birds orchestrate delicious songs. As we sleep, the majestic sea crashes throughout the night. The sun peaking over the horizon, leaving my dream world into this one. Stretching tall feeling my body uncoil, my eyes still adjusting, a new day. My mind racing with that endless list, the waves always pulling me. My computer closed, I glance over, the eyes of the opaque apple glaring, piercing my mind. YOU can wait. Stop taunting me. I come back to my center, clearing my mind for the day to come, a journey in itself.  Finding a rhythm in the morning is truly an art, one that takes work. If utilized consciously that first golden hour of the day can be potent nourishment for the body, mind and soul. This evolutionary process takes discipline and patience. Daily routine, also known as dinacharya in Sanskrit, can help us make positive changes in our lives. Ayurvedic medicine encourages setting a… Read More…

envision this

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Our cars packed to the brim with pots, pans, a stove, knives, machetes, bags of beans,racks of coconuts, kilos of rice, and a pile of surfboards strapped to the top of the car. 3 jungle sisters and a handsome photographer embarking on a journey to bring Jungle Soul Table to the Envision Festival. With thousands of people pouring into Uvita, we trekked north to cocreate and nourish the masses. My phone ringing every few minutes with different food distributors calling to sell or coordinate pick up and delivery of the local goods was quite hilarious. Exchanging and bartering for food, meeting in parking lots, farms and grocery stores throughout the day into night, sourcing the yum…. 4 days of cooking, dancing, yoga and surfing. An experience of a lifetime, one we will never forget. People from all over the world collaborating in the jungle to cocreate for a weekend of self expression.  Still struggling to fully capture the experience into words, hope you can taste a snippet from our photos. I feel our mission was… Read More…

under the moon

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      Another magical night under the moon. Beautiful souls poured through the front door eager for knowledge and locally sourced, handcrafted, love food.  We all came to the table in the middle of the jungle for our second JST event. Sold out the day before and half way booked for the next one on March 15th, continues to remind me that people are hungry for more. Ocean crashing in the background, perfect warm cool breeze and sweet sounds of all beings vibrating together, harmonizing, envisioning… our beverage for the evening: Fresh pressed Cane Juice with Lime, Tamarind and Orange. with a side of Tequila  nibbles to begin: Yuca Coconut Fritters with fresh fennel drizzled with a Green Aioli Pejibaye in glass jars immersed in sweet Olive oil, Rosemary and Garlic Lemongrass, Chile and Ginger Jackfruit Salad with Jungle Peanut, Mint and Buckwheat Sprouts wrapped in papaya leaves served with Zion Food’s pita the main event: Coconut Crusted Pargo Wild Rice and Quinoa cooked in Coconut Water with Avocado and Fresh Herbs Mantequila Beans… Read More…

Vibrant Soul Food

"The glory of gardening: hands in dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul" -Alfred Austin

  The heart of Jungle Soul Table is utilizing the local abundance, creating dishes around what’s available.  In the spirit of local food, we were invited to Mrs. Dancing Sassy Blossom’s magical garden. Everyone in the town of Pavones knows Sassy for her kind genuine spirit and loving heart, but also her scrumptious love creations, especially her handmade bread.  Sassy’s garden, a delicious utopia for all beings who venture through, an experience indeed. She immediately snaps a big collard green and says, “Would you like to make a garden taco?” A big smile ripples across my face, this is it. This is the good stuff right here. We walked barefoot through her garden, chatting, filling our collard with the all sorts of greens. Oh me, oh my… spicy mustards and arugula, zesty parsley, lemon basil, thai basil, lemongrass, ginger, sweet lemons, fennel and insanely delicious katuk had my mind twirling with menu ideas. Our baskets piled high with green goodness, she sent us on our way. We jumped into the back of Laura’s truck,  off… Read More…

Jungle Soul Table: Numero 2

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Sun is setting over the gorgeous sea. Sky a symphony of blues, oranges and pinks. The sounds of the jungle orchestrating delicious sounds that resonate deep in my soul. I’m back. The jungle has welcomed me back with open arms. The quality of genuine people in this little slice of heaven blow me away on many levels. Waves are small, but the sea warm and my soul at peace. We are gearing up for our first Jungle Soul Table event of the season. Working on the menu today, just received an email from a local farmer with a list of his available goods, which inspired these thoughts. Final menu will be posted soon!   jerk jackfruit skewers with spicy mint jungle peanut chutney yuca fritters with a green aioil katuk cabbage slaw with a tahini lime cilantro dressing citrus lemongrass ginger and coconut pargo ( red snapper) over an open flame raw fruit tarts: coconut macadamian nut crust, banana lemon cream, fresh tropical fruit raw cacao truffles… Live MUSIC on this beautiful stage….by a SURPRISE… Read More…

the meeting place

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Scruffy and I reunite in the kitchen, once again, moving and grooving like time never passed.  Along side, mini Scruff, Lydia and Jane, another dear Colorado sister.  Wood burning stove roaring, Nina Simone wailing in the background, sweet clouds of warmth and deliciousness fill the air. With Lydia on my hip as she intently watches me and her mama cooking up a storm. Making a simple, nourishing and full flavor meal for the New Year to come. Steaming collards and stirring a pot of  black eyed peas, keeping a close eye on the delicate Sole in the oven smothered in fresh dill, cilantro and the  juice of a sumo orange and a meyer lemon ( from my mama’s trees). Scruffy whipping up a meyer lemon rum meringue pie with a ginger snap crust, drool.  So scrumptious! Hand whipping her egg whites with a hand cranked beater, sprinkling, pouring and grinding different ingredients. She bakes the way I cook, no recipe. Still dreaming of that luscious creation and even better the next day cold. Samson pacing back… Read More…

hip beverages

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Elixirs, lattes, gourmet/fair trade/organic coffee, superfood smoothies, green drinks, fine gourmet teas, local wines, homemade brews and fermented beverages are just a few of the innovative and abundant beverages around these parts. You could sip your days worth of calories and spend a pretty penny on fancy sipable ( is that even a word?!) delights here in California.  Since me ladies have been in town we have savored and sampled  unthinkable flavors and combinations. Daily  lattes, kombucha on tap, afternoon wine tastings, chocolate green nectar goodness, turmeric coconut floats, what??!!! To say the least this town is hipper than hip. I might be white bread up in here, and the homeless dudes dress pretty fly, just sayin’.  It’s common to hear that one has candida, a gluten intolerance, drinks something green everyday, carries big glass jugs of alkaline water, sips on fizzy fermented beverages and super foods are on the daily…. Here are few that stood out: Dhyana Center: Apothecary Bar, Sebastapol, California: From the Dhyana site: “A replication of the old world Apothecary, where… Read More…

art and a taco.

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  ( above photos taken by: Melissa Henderson aka. Scruffy) San Francisco on a budget?! Yes, my friends it’s possible. Check out Pancho Villa in the Mission District for some tasty Mexican food and stroll down Clarion Alley for some inspiration. A lady playing Mariachi right next to our table, Mexican soul food piled high on red plastic baskets with white wax paper, made me forget I was in the city.  Freshly fried, feather light corn tortillas  with a sprinkling of salt were the perfect match to the world renowned  salsa bar, an experience in itself.   I particularly enjoyed the creamy jalapeño lime and cilantro salsa, but you must try them all even if you have to ask for more chips! Scruffy and I shared the red snapper dinner plate with black beans, rice, guacamole, salad and corn tortillas. We also indulged in a prawn taco.  The fish, beans and guacamole hit the spot.  Lydia started to imitate my moaning, as I made sounds with each bite.  Chris had the chicken quesadilla, which was quite… Read More…

as days drift into night

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So here we are.  Well on our way into what’s gonna be the best year yet. I can feel it. Witnessing and experiencing a shift in the way people move through their days with more awareness and intent. Breathing deep, holding on because we’re just getting started. The twist and turns, the mysterious and the magic, humbled and inspired, I am. The beautiful souls that have appeared and reappeared in my life this past year have activated  my heart and soul on a multitude of levels and for that alone, I feel so blessed. Finding peace in the chaos, as life on the road has its moments, surrendering to the chatter and the uncontrollable.  Lessons over the stove, in the ocean, weaving through different cultures, climates and communities has me bursting with inspiration.  Absorbing the knowledge around me, offering what I know, experiencing it all, tasting every last bite. Out with the old and in with new. Wow! 2013 you were crazy beautiful, but I’m happy to be moving forward.  Samson and I were on… Read More…