Elaina Love Gazpacho Soup Hey hey! THE GOODS is taking next week off! Well we're stepping away from our usual duties for a few days to take care of a growing To-Do List. Exciting to switch up our routine nonetheless. On that note, why not try this recipe! A fantastic summer soup from Elaina Love, my dear teacher, magic worker and raw chef extraordinaire. She posted it on her Facebook page yesterday.  Raw Gazpacho Soup 4-6 medium to large ripe tomatoes, purée in blender 1 large tomato, dice 1 medium stalk celery, dice ½ cucumber, peel, seed, dice ¼ red bell pepper, dice 4 radishes, thinly slice 1 green onion, thinly slice 1-2 tbsp parsley, mince 4 tsp lemon juice 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil 1 clove of garlic, mince Mineral salt or to taste Cayenne pepper to taste Avocado (optional) Cilantro (optional) Blend only the first 4-6 tomatoes until smooth. In a bowl, combine the rest of the chopped veggies and spices including the blended tomatoes. Cover and chill for an hour or more, it tastes even more amazing the next day. Prior to serving, top each bowl with 2 tbsp chopped avocados and a bit of cilantro if you like.  I will be eating this all next week. See you September 9... the new menu has been posted if you wanna place your order.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKR2hEoodgA&w=560&h=315] Summer produce is coming, forget the wheat or corn tortillas and go for leaves. The good stuff is inside anyway right! If you're looking for some really great raw summer recipes, check out Ani Phyo. She is a fellow Canadian living in LA and a fantastic chef with loads of recipes and resources on her site.

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.

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.