I was in Dubai UAE for a business trip and wanted to share these pictures of some delicious foods from Crowne Plaza Dubai. :) Dessert First!
Gratitude Gourmet had the great opportunity to have dinner at Chambers in San Francisco. The retro comfortable environment included records from Phil Collins and music from Pet Shop Boys. Check out the Be Amazing sign in the back.
We started out with exquisite Cocktails:
Loving Cup (Green tea infused vodka, elder flower liqueur, fresh lemon juice, served up) and Midnight Rambler (Kentucky rye whisky, lagavulin scotch essence, fresh grapefruit juice, poured over ice)
Brussel Sprout Salad (Herbed goat cheese, walnut, Asian pear, arugula, pear vinaigrette)
Farro (Almond, friseesdad, Vadouvan French spiced delicate squash, Romanesco, Brocolli spignarillo, Red currants)
paired with sauvignon blanc Napa Valley 2014 and Acote pilot noir.
Dessert included an Apple Tart (Roasted apple, creme fraiche ice cream, creme anglaise)
paired with Anaba late harvest viogner Sonoma 2011.
French Press Coffee was perfect for the drive home.
Every item was flavorful and exquisitely prepared. Check out Chambers ... and 'BE AMAZING'!! :)
Check out this great new book SymmetryBreakfast: 100 Recipes for the Loving Cook by Michael Zee.
Pumpkin Aromatique Beer Float
2 ice cream scoops Vanilla Bean ice cream
1 ice cream scoop pure pumpkin purée
Mix and re-freeze
(you can also use pre-made pumpkin ice cream if you prefer)
Scoop ice cream into a tall glass
Add 1oz Aromatique
Top with Mother Earth Cali Creamin Vanilla Ale and ENJOY!
Mahatma®Rice recently introduced two new organic versions of their Whole Grain Brown Rice and Extra Long Grain White Rice varieties and its Non-GMO Project Verified and is available for purchase in grocery stores nationwide. The Non-GMO Project is the only entity in North America that offers third-party verification for products made according to best practices for GMO avoidance.
WHOLE COOKING AND NUTRITION An Everyday Superfoods Approach to Planning, Cooking, and Eating with Diabetes by Katie Cavuto
Nutritionist and wellness expert Katie Cavuto, MS, RD, has made it her life’s mission to use her distinctive background as a chef and integrative dietitian to teach others how easy and rewarding it can be to live a healthy lifestyle. She aims to inspire people to live well through messages of self-love, food enjoyment, mindfulness, and gratitude.
Some of the simple yet innovative recipes include:
Are you a fan of Milkshakes? Then checkout this new book Decadent Shakes - Milkshakes with more. Authors and Siblings Matthew, Sarah and Brendan Aouad are founders of The Vogue Café in Sydney. This family run business has made the world a happier place one decadent shake at a time. With experience from every facet of a business, each sibling brings an innovative flair to their shop and it was their dream to bring these treats to the people of the world.
From the infamous Nutella milkshake, to the awe-inspring Double Decker (toffee and vanilla ice cream with waffle cone bits and nuts), to Billy Bonka (Oreo cookies, Snickers bars, peanut butter, waffles, pretzels), there is something for everyone to enjoy and indulge. Of course you can use your favorite plant based ice cream ;) Enjoy!
In just mere hours, with Grace Parisi's straightforward and inventive recipes found in this gorgeous hardcover, Quick Pickle Cookbook, you can create delicious brines to transform fruits and vegetables into tasty quick pickles. She also includes ideas for using those pickles and brines in everything from drinks to desserts!
It was great to be back to District in San Francisco to try out its latest menu and cocktails for Happy Hour!
District’s décor still remains a great place for conversation with lounge and table seating within brick and timber architecture highlighted by the trademark center horseshoe bar made from reclaimed South American Peroba Rosa and its wine and whiskey tower.
District has announced the debut of full bar service with a focus on whiskey to marry with its wine program. District Wine & Spirits Director Caterina Mirabelli says "There is a natural marriage with wine and whiskey. They both change with age and have very complex flavor profiles. Ultimately they are both best enjoyed when sipped." She adds, "And like wine, whiskey makes interesting tasting flights and pairs well with food.".
Executive Chef Bob Cina's small plates menu is great.
Here is what Gratitude Gourmet enjoyed at District along with photos below. We hope you get the chance to try out the latest menu and spirits!!
. Arrangement - Four Roses Bourbon , Red Wine, Lemon Juice, Lavender Water and Simple Syrup
. District Buck - Four Roses Bourbon, Fernet Branca, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup & Ginger Beer
. Tempura Avocado - jalapeno lime, aoli, sweet n spicy sea salt
. Mushroom Pizza - roasted garlic and kale, fontina and parmesan cheese
. Artisan Cheese Plate - I selected these three:
1-Brillat-Savarin - cow's milk, triple creme - Normandy France
2-Vacherouse d Argental - cow's milk soft Lyon, France
3-Ossau-Iraty (raw) - ewe's milk, firm aged - Northern Basque, France
. Seasonal fruit crisp with vanilla ice cream
Gaea's Creamy Pumpkin Soup
· 4 cups pumpkin, peeled, seeded, and chopped
· 1 cup red pepper, seeded and chopped
· 1 cup zucchini, chopped
· 1 cup yellow onions, chopped
· 1⁄2 cup celery with stem, chopped
· 6 to 7 tablespoons Gaea Sitia extra-virgin olive oil
· 1⁄2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
· 1 cup crumbled goat cheese (or hard cheese)
· 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
Place the chopped pumpkin, zucchini, onions and celery in a large soup pot and add the vegetable stock until at least half the vegetables are covered. Bring the broth to a boil then let simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the soup cool to room temperature before pureeing vegetable and broth in a blender. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil to the pureed mixture and return the soup to the pot and let simmer for 15 minutes before serving in individual soup bowls. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the pumpkin seeds, crumbled cheese, and ginger.
These easy, foolproof desserts in Dump Cakes From Scratch by Jennifer Lee can be made in minutes and are ideal for people who love the taste of homemade, but don't want to spend hours in the kitchen. You simply "dump" in the ingredients, spread in the pan, and bake!
Unfortunately, most dump cake recipes use packaged cake mix and canned fruit instead of clean, fresh ingredients. That is...until now.
In Dump Cakes from Scratch, Jennifer Lee, author of the bestselling 5-Minute Mug Cakes, takes the speed and ease of dump cakes and shows you how to make them fresher and delicious. You'll find gluten-free cakes, single-portion cakes, low calorie cakes, and savory cakes. The best part? You use very few tools so clean up is super easy!
Check out this Recipe from th Book: Autumn Apple Crisp Recipe using the Spice Cake Mix formula.
Spice Cake Mix
2 cups (250 g) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon (15 ml) baking powder
1½ cups (300 g) granulated white sugar
½ cup (60 g) nonfat dry milk powder
¼ cup (32 g) cornstarch
4 teaspoons (20 ml) cinnamon
Yields approximately 4 cups (640 g) of cake mix
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir with a whisk until well mixed (about 20–30 strokes), making sure to occasionally lift and run the whisk along the sides of the bowl so that all ingredients are fully incorporated. Store in an airtight container in your pantry (or other cool, dark space) for up to three months, assuming all of the individual ingredients used have a shelf life longer than three months. If anything has a shorter shelf life, use your mix by the shortest shelf-life date.
Autumn Apple Crisp
Prep time: 15–20 minutes Cook time: 30–35 minutes Serves 12–15
Stanford: Deepwater Horizon oil spill impacted bluefin tuna spawning habitat in Gulf of Mexico, Stanford and NOAA researchers find
Check out this new Stanford Study - "Deepwater Horizon oil spill impacted bluefin tuna spawning habitat in Gulf of Mexico, Stanford and NOAA researchers find"
Garlicky Black Bean Spaghetti Spoons
Going on a hike? Check out this TrailMix from Sunkist Snacks. Flavors include Strawberry Banana Blend, Blueberry Apple Blend, Pineapple Coconut Blend, Mango Dark Chocolate Blend, and Breakfast Espresso & Granola Blend.
Recipe: Pumpkin cupcakes + Vanilla frosting
1 cup water
3 Tbsp oil
1 box Simple Mills Pumpkin Muffin Mix
1 tub of Simple Mills Vanilla Frosting
Cinnamon, for garnish (if desired)
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F
2. Whisk eggs, water, and oil in a large bowl. Add baking mix; whisk until well blended
3. Spoon batter into a lightly greased or paper-lined muffin tin, filling each 2/3 full
4. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. If using paper liners, let cool completely before eating to prevent muffins from sticking to paper.
5. Frost & garnish with cinnamon if desired
(Recipe courtesy Simple Mills)
Pure Organic, known for its nutritious snacks made from simple and organic ingredients, has announced the availability of its popular Fruit & Veggie Strips at Costco throughout the California Bay Area. This snack that includes 1/4 cup of organic fruit and vegetable purees and juices is available in a 36 pack for $11.09, with the instant rebate coupon. Like all Pure Organic products, the Fruit & Veggie Strips are USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, gluten-free, vegan and kosher. Pure Organic’s Fruit & Veggie Strips are available nationwide and throughout the California Bay Area at retailers, including Sprouts, select Safeway locations, Albertsons and Whole Foods, as well as many other natural food stores, major retailers and online at PureOrganic.com.
Cooking with your smart phone is a lot tastier when you can see recipes easier, but since electronics and tomato sauce don’t mix well check out The Holding Cell, a device that will help keep your Smart Phone free of cooking ingredients and protect it from splashes and keeps your cell phone in a designated spot so you can easily see it. All you need to do is secure it to the wall with screws, Velcro, or even foam tape and then insert the phone cord in the holder, and slide to adjust to fit the phone. At home chefs will absolutely love this new device!
Larry Olmsted, author of Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating & What You Can Do About It, is a fascinating look into food fakery in the United States, from Michelin star-winning restaurants to farms and producers to your local supermarket. Did you know Truffle oil is a fake product? Truffles do not infuse oil with flavor when steeped, and almost no oil sold in the world contains any truffles. What consumers think of as truffle oil is actually 2,4-dithiapentane, manufactured in labs.
Larry’s book also tells us how to find the real stuff, like true Italian olive oil, and authentic port from Portugal. He gives us suggestions on where to shop, what to avoid on restaurant menus, and which third-party certifications to look for to be sure you’re buying the real thing.
FORKS OVER KNIVES FAMILY: Every Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy Kids on a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet is a great new book by the husband and wife doctor team Matthew Lederman, M.D. and Alona Pulde, M.D. They also appeared in the Forks Over Knives documentary and are authors of the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan (Touchstone).
FORKS OVER KNIVES FAMILY is simply for today’s families who want their kids to eat healthier.
The book shares relatable insights into the Drs. Pulde and Lederman’s own journey of raising two young daughters on a whole-food, plant-based diet and covers topics such as:
This year marks the 5th anniversary of the release of the Forks Over Knives film which made the convincing case that modern diseases can be prevented and often reversed by removing meat, dairy, and highly refined foods from one’s diet. The documentary sparked a medical and nutritional revolution, leading more and more people to adopt a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle—including celebrities like Ariana Grande, Dr. Oz, and Katy Perry.
"Read this book! It will improve the health and lives of your kids. And it has great kid-friendly recipes such as chocolate chip pancakes, lentil fries, and mashed potatoes!" —Jay Gordon, MD, Pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
"An informative, nutritionally balanced guide and recipe book so that you can feed your family a plant-based diet that is delicious, cost-effective, and easy." —Mayim Bialik, author of Mayim's Vegan Table
"One of the most wonderful things you can do for your kids is to feed them healthy plant-based foods that they’ll enjoy eating. Forks Over Knives Family shows you how. Highly recommended!" —Dean Ornish, MD, Founder & President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute
"Forks Over Knives Family serves up delicious, whole food recipes that everyone in your house will enjoy!" —Michelle and Matt, authors of the New York Times bestseller Thug Kitchen
"An essential book to protect the health and future of your family." —Michael Greger, MD FACLM, founder of NutritionFacts.org and author of How Not to Die
Christian Felber is founder of the The Economy For The Common Good based in Austria, a movement uniting over 10,000 supporters in 40 nations and backed by 2,000 companies whose mission is to eliminate the fundamental contradiction between business’ values and social well-being. The 2013 Guardian Review has a nice review of the The Economy For The Common Good concept. He is the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Change Everything: Creating an Economy For The Common Good (Zed Books-UK, 2015; distributed in the U.S. by the University of Chicago Press) which gives real world case studies of business and economic activity that can thrive based on cooperation:
1. Mondragon - The World's Largest Cooperative (in the Basque Region of Spain)
2. Sekem - Organic Farming in the Desert (Egypt)
3. Gottin Des Glucks ("Goddess of Fortune" and Craft Aid - Eco-Fair Textiles (Mauritius/Austria)
4. Fair Trade - Appreciating the People Behind the Products (58 Producing Countries)
5. Semco- "Industrial Democracy" (Brazil)
6. Community-Supported Agriculture (USA and Worldwide)
7. Regionalwert AG - Regional Equity Capital (Germany)
8. Ethical Banks in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, The Netherlands, and Austria
9. John Lewis - A Role Model For Employee Ownership (UK)
10. Open Source - Global
An internationally renowned speaker, Christian has given TEDx talks in Brussels and Vienna, and has addressed the European Economic and Social Committee as well as the U.K.’s Royal Society For the Arts. He is an adjunct lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.