Elaina Love If you've been following The Goods for a while you've heard me mentioned Elaina Love, some of you even met her. Many of our best recipes are hers or inspired by her and she is the beautiful soul who taught me everything I know about the raw world. There are some people who come into your life and change you forever. Elaina is one of those people for me, I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing today if it wasn't for her and the academy. I don't think I've ever know someone who's light radiates out, in all directions across the entire planet like Elaina Love's does. It was her birthday yesterday, I would have loved to spend it with her. But I must be patient, waiting in anticipation for our next chance to team up, in some capacity, which I don't doubt will shake up things for me again. She is the queen bee, head witch, mother of raw, goddess of green and I'm blessed to call her my friend and teacher. Happy belated birthday Elaina Love. x

photo cred Cat We had a wonderful class last night with a spectacular bunch of ladies. The Goods hosted a raw Mexican Fiesta class based on the recipes of the famous and fabulous Elaina Love (through whom all of this was made possible). It was such a pleasure cooking and teaching these lovely ladies. The class was set up by Nadine for her friends. When one friend was told about the upcoming class the reaction was this " What that f***? Raw Mexican?". Needless to say, she was one of our more enthusiastic participants. The food was next level. Talk about guilt-free second helpings. The biggest takeaway from the night was that it's all about adding to your diet not taking away. Add that smoothie, add those gorgeous local fruits and veggies and the rest will follow. Trust me. Check out more of Elaina's easy, delicious and so damn good for you recipes on our blog like this and this.

What a wonderful night of eating, delicious, healing foods during Elaina Love's Pure Joy Academy Mexican Night. Big thanks to everyone who came out, such a fun high energy group. I will be hosting a Pure Joy Dessert night in the coming weeks, please email me if you're interested. I feel Sunday will be easier than a weekday for most of the downtown group. The recipes on the menu: Key Lime Pie Chocolate Mousse Torte Apple Cobbler with Pecan Crumble Sky High Whipped Cream Superfood Chocolate Clusters Blueberry Cheesecake So happy to be part of this movement, it really is so good.

For all of you that still don't know, Elaina Love from Pure Joy Academy will be in Toronto for a 2 night RAW extravaganza.  Tomorrow night will be her "Raw Mexican Fiesta" class and Wednesday night will be her "Raw Decadent Desserts" class...whaaaaaaaaaat?  I'm going to be there, Lisa is going to be there, a group of pretty cool cats are going to be there.  So what's stopping you?  It's a win, win sitch my friends.  Guaranteed GT's. Only a few spots remain so please register now through: Lisa@PureJoyAcademy.com

I'm excited to announce that Elaina Love of Pure Joy Academy is coming to Toronto! She'll be in our city October 16 and 17 teaching two evening courses. Tuesday night will feature her incredible raw, vegan Mexican food followed by her world famous desserts on Wednesday night. I've been completing my teacher training under Elaina this month in Arizona and was certified by her through the academy in Bali this past April. I've had raw food all over North America and I can tell you her recipes are THE best. Space is limited, hope to see you there. Click above image for more information.