Kitchen Staples: Braggs Aminos

June 25, 2011

This is one of the only soy products we use, but it’s definitely a staple.

Bragg’s is like soy sauce, but with a milder taste.

We use Bragg's in place of sea salt when we want to add a rounder, umami flavor (Japanese for “pleasant savory taste”) to soups, salad dressings, sauces, and marinades. A small pump-spray bottle of Bragg's lives on our counter, next to the raw olive oil and nutritional yeast, so that we can swiftly use all three on our daily salad servings.

Available in every single health food store on earth.

If you're ready for an even higher quality umami seasoning, try Nama Shoyu—raw soy sauce.

Mulberry Science

June 23, 2011

It's mulberry season, and if you're lucky enough to find a tiny basket at the farmer's market, forget the pricetag, just DO IT!

Mulberries are gold—and you are worth it.

Of the morus genus, the family to which cannabis, fig, breadfruit, and rubber trees belong, mulberries are highly complex little structures. Where we have 46 chromosomes, the black mulberry has 308—get THAT in your body and let the mulberry do it's work as a blood and liver cleanser, kidney strengthener, anemia annihilator, Type-2 Diabetes controller, cancer fighter, and premature-grey hair remedy...all while you enjoy one of the best flavors you'll ever taste in life.

Thousands of years of use in Chinese medicine can't be bad.

Mr. Wiggles, Vegan Hip Hop Legend

June 20, 2011

If you don't know Mr. Wiggles, you're about to witness an international treasure, one of the original innovators of Hip Hop culture (interviewd here by his friend, my honey, Justin Bua). Best known for his popping, this South Bronx Puerto Rican grew up during the birth of Hip Hop and has fine-tuned his skills in ALL elements of Hip Hop as a member of three legendary forces in the culture: Rock Steady Crew, the Electric Boogaloos, and the Zulu Nation.

Wiggles' career spans decades, he's married with six kids, and he's still got the energy to dance circles around the planet year after year. WTF??? VEGAN FOR 20+ YEARS, that's what!

Wiggles was turned on to eating right in the 1970s by Afrika Bambaataa, one of the founding fathers of Hip Hop (Bam gave the culture its name). Bam took kids under his wing, but they had to abide by his rules of the Zulu Nation. Watch the first video and see what happened back in the days if you were caught eating pork while trying to be down with Zulu...

And here's Wiggles doing his thing—watch, the music dances to Wiggles, not the other way around!