photo cred Cat I recently spent 4 glorious days in Soho (NYC) as an incredible birthday surprise from Kods.  Not only was it beyond expectation, we naturally sought out good-for-you food rather than filling our bellies with crap.  This is now the second time this summer I have managed to go away and not put on the usual 5-8lbs.  In fact, I lost 1 lbs yet still managed to eat a ton (of course walking everywhere, I'm sure, helped too)  Some of the stand-outs for me were: 1. Organic Avenue - Had a fantastic raw oatmeal (which I promise to recreate and share the recipe) and a super green juice (maybe too green for my liking but it sure gave me the fuel to walk 8 hours that day). 2. Local - Sampled their fair-trade tea and muffins in the morning.  Had a great convo with the owner and he had petitioned the neighbourhood to take over 1 parking spot outside his restaurant so that he could convert it to a beautiful outside sitting area open to the public. Amaze-balls. 3. Souen - Had a gorgeous lemon pesto covered salmon with seaweed and steamed greens. Outstanding price for the amount of food. If ever in Soho - do yourself a solid and try them out.

20120725-085430 I've been playing around with the corn and blueberry side salad from a few weeks ago, and I've nailed it down as a hardy lunch or dinner main. Kale, Corn & Blueberry Salad 6-7 kale leaves, chiffonade 3 cobs of sweet corn, husked & shaved 1 pint blueberries 1-2 med tomates, seeded & chopped 1 cucumber, sliced 1/4+ cup fresh cilantro, chopped In a serving bowl combine ingredients, set aside. Chili Lime Dressing 3 tbs fresh lime juice OR lemon 1 tbs unpasteurized honey 1/2 tsp crushed chilies 1/4 tsp ground cumin 1 clove garlic, minced 1/8 cup cold-pressed olive oil 1/8 cup flax oil Mix ingredients well either by hand or in a blender. Add to salad, toss and enjoy all that summertime goodness! This will make at least 4 servings, it's great option for lunches Monday to Friday!

I'm sad to say I missed the entire event! My weekend was packed, I rushed over to the festival after teaching an Intro to Real Foods on Sunday and walked up as everyone was packing up. So disapointing, this is the second year in a row I missed out. Next year I'll be there when the doors open. I heard good things from BlogTO though.