I was first introduced to raw cuisine in 1999 at a gathering in San Francisco. I had been up all night prior, and was feeling exhausted and not so into being social. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a man making raw nori rolls on top of a cooler. I was hungry, so I decided to have one. After taking my first bite, I suddenly felt a burst of energy, and all of my sluggishness immediately went away. That was when my interest in raw food first began.

I played with different kinds of raw food for the next six years. In 2005, I went to the Optimum Health Institute in San Diego to do a three week raw food cleanse. It was one of the most intense experiences I have ever encountered. I felt all the toxins that had been accumulating in my body throughout most of my life disappear, and I began to feel more vibrant and alive and eager to try out being a raw foodist full on.

It wasn't so easy at first. Having close companions who were not raw made it a bit challenging for me to stay focused. I continued to make visits to O.H.I periodically, but it wasn't until I did the volunteer work program there last autumn that my ability to be 100% raw fully kicked in.

Even though I went back and forth with eating cooked foods over the years, I still was very interested in raw cuisine. In the beginning, I made raw nori rolls and raw fruit pies. Later, I began recreating my favorite cooked dishes into raw ones. I have a knack for finding raw counterparts for any cooked food item and turning it into a gourmet raw meal. Some of the foods I've made (that are my own recipes and have been a favorite of my friends) are the following:

Mushroom Nut Loaf

Pizza

Vegan Sushi

Nachos

Vegetable Pot Pie

Raw Savory Mashed "Potatoes"

Cinnamon Yams

Mushroom Gravy

Pesto Pasta

Stuffed Tomatoes with Jalapeno Cashew Cheese

Carrot Almond Dip

Seed Cereal

Raw Carrot Cake

Apple Cobbler

Fruit Pie

Chocolate Cream Pie

Kale Chips

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*NOTE: I don't usually make raw dishes by measurments, I just go with what tastes good. So of some of the recipes don't taste as flavorful or have too much of something, feel free to add or subtract different amounts of ingredients as you go. And have fun!

If you are interested in either learning more about raw food or having me cater for you or for an event, please contact me and I'll be happy to connect with you!