I've been to Feel Good Guru twice in the past week, it would have been thrice had they been open yesterday mid afternoon. The location is so awesome, their food is delicious and portion sizes are impressive for a raw vegan cafe. And while I find the staff in most vegan places to be friendly this group is exceptionally outgoing. They love to talk about the food and offer up bits of interesting information (i.e. SlimCado wtf?) which makes for a feel good experience... no joke. The place is set up for takeout, with a few stools at the front. They make everything on the spot so don't expect to be out of there in under 15 minutes. While they do have a cooler with drinks, the good stuff needs to be assembled by hand so you can watch them layer all those beautiful, local ingredients. The avocado and cheese sandwich is wow at first bite, it was my Mum's first go at raw restaurant food and she loved it. The Eco Taco is perfectly spicy and in the words of Grande Jean "I didn't know a raw taco could taste like that, so fcuking good!", while the Blueberry Crumble was quickly devoured, the Rainbow Wraps proved perfect for walking and eating. It's just what the West Queen West area needed, takeout food that's truly good for you.

Photo Cred Lisa I've been itching to check out Belmonte Raw in Leslieville, so Cat and I popped in for an shared bite on a hot day. And I must say we were super impressed with everything we ordered! The Chili Fries were amazing, like I-need-to-make-those-at-home amazing. The Wealth juice was so tasty it inspired me to use sweet potoato in my Fuzzy Peach recipe  and their Peanut Butter Thimbles, with 24k gold sprinkles, make you ask reese's who? I seriously suggest checking Belmonte out. While it was pretty hot in the cafe, the atmosphere was relaxed and the staff very friendly and attentive. With a cooler of freshly made foods and bottled juices, it makes for a quick grab and go. Or you can order drinks and food to be made on the spot. It's so good to see raw joints popping up in all corners of the city, just another example of the growing demand for real food.

Photo Cred Lisa Had a few friends for dinner this evening, one of them is on WW... for those of you unfamiliar we're talkin Weight Watchers. I know a lot of of chicks who've had "weight loss" good fortune with WW, myself included. I'm not up to date on their new point system, but from what I understand the points have been lowered for plant food, and increased for processed, which is a good improvement. So ANYWAY my goal was to make a seasonal dinner that would be low points, which meant easy on the oil, nuts, or seeds. With the local produce in high gear I chose these three recipes, Corn & Blueberry Salad with Creamy Cilantro Soup and Fresh Picked Strawberry Sorbet. Pulled from the Matthew Kenney's July 4 Newsletter: Corn, Blueberry, Cucumber Salad - 6 servings, 4 WW points a serving 5 ears fresh sweet corn, husked & shaved 1 pint fresh blueberries 1 cucumber, sliced 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1 jalapeno, seeded & minced 1 lime, juiced 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1 tbsp agave 1/2 tsp sea salt In a serving bowl combine shaved corn, blueberries, cucumber, cilantro, and jalapeno. In a separate bowl, combine lime juice, oil, agave, cumin, and salt. Stir well to combine. Add to salad & toss.  Serve and enjoy! The cilantro soup, by Elaina Love: Creamy Cilantro Soup - 4 servings, 3 WW points 2 cups zucchini, chopped 2 cups cilantro leaves 1 pepper, red OR yellow OR orange 1/2 apple, chopped 1 tbsp tamari 1 tsp Himalayan salt 1/2 tsp cumin powder 1 tsp onion powder 1/8 tsp cayenne 1 cup avocado, scooped Blend everything, but the avocado, until nice and smooth. Drop in the avocado and finish blending. Add water if needed, but it should be thick and smooth. Strawberry Sorbet - 4 servings, 0 WW points 1 pint fresh picked strawberries, 3/4 frozen Wash strawberries, remove tops, freeze. Blend unfrozen 1/4 pint until smooth, add remaining 3/4 frozen one at a time until strawberries are incorporated and frozen. If you're using a Vitamix when hear the motor sound change, your sorbet is ready!

Photo Cred Lisa People who know me might think of me as klutz, maybe they're right. Who am I to say. So what would you do if you accidentally dumped a 1/2 pint of green smoothie onto your laptop? I think I'd do the following: 1. quickly turn the device off, obviously remove power source 2. blot the moisture with a paper towel, careful not to mash into the keyboard 3. pull all the keys off, rinse them 4. leave the computer to dry for several hours 5. pull the dried smoothie fiber out of the nooks and crannies with tweezers 6. reassemble the keys by memory... 7. cross your damn fingers, turn it back on I'm just saying that's what I'd probably do if it ever happened to me.