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Get Ready California For The Cow Parade!

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It’s the largest and most successful public art event in the world, having been staged in 80 cities globally since 1999, featuring variously designed and painted, life-sized fiberglass cows.  And it will be arriving in California September 2015.  So mark your calendars!

The got milk? CowParade is partnering with educational nonprofits including THINK Together and STAR Education among others and will exhibit in select cities throughout the Golden State, promoting art, learning and celebrating the California dairy industry.  And if that’s not special enough, here’s a fact that Gia On The Move is excited about: no other state has hosted a public art event of this magnitude.  At the end of the exhibit period, the art pieces will be auctioned and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the organizations.

The got milk? CowParade will connect with adults and children. The goal is to have large art installations in Sacramento, San Francisco/San Jose, Fresno, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Palm Springs and San Diego.

Here’s another detail we LOVE:  National and internationally renowned artists and local talent as well as celebrity supporters will be invited to participate in the exhibitions.  So…California artists get your creative juices flowing and your skills on the table.  We’d like to see YOUR art in this one!  For participation and/or submission info, visit www.gotmilkcowparade.com.

CowParade New York City 2000 Frida Astaire and Ginger Rogers aka The Dancing Divas

CowParade New York City 2000 Frida Astaire and Ginger Rogers aka The Dancing Divas

“The got milk? CowParade is a fun, entertaining and whimsical art exhibit that highlights education and California’s thriving dairy industry,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. “At the same time it generates funds for educational groups that do important work for our students.”

Follow the got milk CowParade via social media on Facebook @gotmilk, Twitter @gotmilk and Instagram @officialgotmilk. Join the conversation via #gotmilkcowparade.

Past cities includeChicago (1999), New York City (2000), London (2002), Tokyo (2003), Dublin (2003), Stockholm (2004), Mexico City (2005), Sao Paulo (2005), Buenos Aires (2006), Boston (2006) Paris (2006), Milan (2007), Istanbul (2007),Taipei (2009), Rio de Janeiro (2011), Hong Kong (2013), and Shanghai (2014).  The cow sculptures, mounted on a 300 pound cement display base, are made of fiberglass with steel rebar reinforcement. The sculptures come in three basic positions – standing (head up), grazing (head down), reclining. The Standing Cow is 95″ long x 29″ wide x 57″ high, the Grazing Cow is 84″ long x 29″ wide x 48″ high, and the Reclining Cow is 88″ long x 44″ wide x 42″ high.

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About the CMPB

The California Milk Processor Board was established in 1993 to make milk more competitive and increase milk consumption in California. Awareness of got milk? is over 90% nationally and it is considered one of the most important and successful campaigns in history. Got milk? is a federally registered trademark that has been licensed by the national dairy boards since 1995. The CMPB’s Spanish-language campaign began in 1994 using the tagline “Familia, Amor y Leche” (Family, Love and Milk). The TOMA LECHE (Drink Milk) campaign replaced it in 2006, in order to better align the English and Spanish language work. The CMPB is funded by all Californiamilk processors and administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Body Holiday Love: Simple Raw Food Eating

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Photo Credit: RawFoodRecipes.com

Admit it.  You KNOW it’s on your mind…that nagging annual remorse centered on end of year festivities – indulging (and imbibing), weight gain, pop dieting and the dreaded New Year’s resolution that never seems to stick. You just can’t shake it.  Honestly, all that guilt is probably a good thing if the Top 20 Holiday Snacks list has almost replaced your regular meals entirely.  We’re not saying that’s a bad thing.  All those cheese plates, spreads and dips were certainly a better alternative to most of the carb and sugar loading.  But the salt!  My blood pressure is boiling already.  You?  Why not love yourself better and get back on track with healthier eating now? And why not make it easy?  Make it delicious. No pressure!

Here at Gia On The Move we are in love with “raw foods”.  So when we got these tips and recipes forwarded to us from Omega Nutrition and Excaliber companies, we definitely needed to share.

To reduce intake of processed food, incorporating natural and/or raw foods into your diet can improve health and aid in weight loss. While changing aspects of your current diet can seem a bit intimidating, taking small and simple steps to include raw fruits and vegetables into any meal can be easy and yes, even fun, with the right kitchen tools.

Below are a few tips to effectively start a raw food diet.

Dollarphotoclub_65850826-2Change Your Mind Set - Many people think of starting a diet as being deprived of tasty foods. However, incorporating raw foods into your meals is about taking steps to increase vitality and feed your body the fuel it needs to get and stay healthy. Fruits and vegetables taste good and are packed with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Think of including eating raw ingredients into your meals as a pleasurable experience that is both delicious and satisfying.

Dollarphotoclub_52146390Planning and Preparation – Be prepared to be a bit frustrated in the beginning. Your mind and body need time to process the change. Research raw food recipes (two provided below) and create grocery lists accordingly. To fulfill your urge to eat when traveling or running errands, keep raw snacks at your disposal such as raw nuts, fruit or baby carrots.

Get a Healthy Kitchen - Stocking your kitchen with the necessary cooking and preparation tools is an essential step in sticking to a healthy eating regimen. You may already own an immersion blender or steamer, which can be resourceful tools to puree soups or lightly cook vegetables. However, if you’re looking to get creative with your raw dishes, a food dehydrator or masticating style juicer are great ways to whip up exciting creations that harness the most nutrients and vitamins possible. From making homemade nut butters, nut milks, fruit and veggie juices and more, Omega’s Nutrition Centers are a versatile tool for transforming raw foods into culinary creations. Excalibur’s units on the other hand, help you re-create store bought favorites such as granola, yogurt and fruit leathers, right in your own home. These commercial grade units (now available to consumers) are making it easy and fun to create healthy meals at home

Join a Community – Whether it’s gathering a group of friends to take a trip to the farmer’s market or joining online communities via Facebook or forums, enlist the help and support of others on your journey to eat healthier.

Dining Out – Eating raw doesn’t have to alienate you from your friends and family. You can still enjoy meals out at restaurants. Be sure to check the menu prior to attending a restaurant to plan your meal options. Salad is always one of the safest choices if you are not eating at a strictly raw or vegan restaurant. Ask servers to hold the egg or cheese on salads.

***Always consult a physician prior to making major diet changes.

Tasty Raw Recipes

Raw Veggie Burger

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Photo Credit: RawFoodRecipes.com

Moderate  |  Time: 6 hours  |  Servings: 3-5

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Hemp Hearts (hemp seeds)
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts or Pecans
  • 1/4 cup ground Flax Seeds
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped Veggies (combination of celery, onion, fresh parsley, and/or red pepper – some of each is best, but ratio does not matter)
  • 2 tbsp ground Chia Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp dried Dill (optional)
  • 1 tbsp Nutritional Yeast (optional)
  • 1 set Paraflexx Sheets

Steps:

  • Add all ingredients except hemp hearts and veggies to your food processor
  • Process until well mixed and transfer into a large bowl
  • Add remaining ingredients to mixture in the large bowl
  • Mix with a spoon until thoroughly combined
  • Line your Excalbiur Food Dehydrator trays with paraflexx sheets
  • Form patties with your hands, similar to burger patties – about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick
  • Place on trays so patties do not touch each other
  •  Dehydrate on highest temperature for 1.5 hours
  • Reduce heat to 125 degrees F and dehydrate for another 5 hours
  • Once burger patties are holding together and firming nicely, remove paraflexx, and continue dehydrating until they reach desired veggie burger consistency

 

Liquid Pizza

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Servings : 2

Prep Time : 5m

Cook Time : 5m

Ready In : 5m

Ingredients

  • dash of ground dried Basil
  • 1/2 head of medium Cauliflower
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 2 cups of Cherry Tomatoes

Directions

Step 1: Wash produce well

Step 2: Juice all ingredients except for basil in your Omega Juicer

Step 3: Add basil and mix well

Step 4: Serve and enjoy!

Step 5: If you would prefer your juice warm, in a small pot add juice and basil. Steep for an hour for a warm, pizza-like drink. Mix well and enjoy!

More information on the above highlighted raw food tools:

Untitled 1Omega Nutrition Center 800 and 900. Nutrition Centers are masticating style juice extractors that have the ability to juice at low speeds to minimize heat build-up and oxidation that destroy nutrients. The machine is engineered with powerful components that can easy extract juice from wheatgrass and leafy vegetables. Nutrition Centers are not just for juicing; they turn nuts into nut butter, extrude pasta, grind coffee and spices, mince herbs and garlic, make baby food, and whip up soy milk in a flash. $379.95
excaliburDehydrating offers a better way to dry and preserve food while maintaining vitamin content and antioxidants.   Excalibur Dehydrators, offers commercial-grade results. Equipped with patented Parallex™ Horizontal Air Flow and Hyperwave™ Fluctuation Technology, Excalibur allows the most efficient heating and drying combination on the market. Additionally, its adjustable Thermostat (95◦F to 155◦F) keeps the temperature range low enough to preserve active enzymes but high enough to meet safety standards for dehydrating meat products. Available in 4,5,9 and 10 Tray. Price range: $129.00 – $999.95

Bierbeisl Pop Up: Street Food Fun!

Last minute reminder…

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On Monday, December 8 and Tuesday, December 9, Chef Bernhard Mairinger will be cooking an “Austrian vs. Thai Street Food Dinner “ with the team at Silaa Thai from 5-10pm.

The menu will feature traditional Austrian and Thai street dishes and the cost is $65/person  – and guests will be able to try all of the dishes in “street” setting.

Reservations are required at reservation@silaathai.com.  The restaurant is located at  1128 S. Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035.  http://silaathai.com/

Check out the amazing menu!

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Coupons and Causes for the Holidays — Right Here!

9 Early Holiday Deals to Help you Save on Gift Shopping and Make a Difference too!

With the holidays fast approaching, people are thinking about the perfect gifts to buy for their loved ones, and the best stores to find the deals for those gifts. As demonstrated in the infographic below, however, shoppers aren’t just thinking about savings – they’re also passionate about giving back this holiday season.

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The best part is, with Goodshop.com, people can do their holiday shopping AND give back at the same time. Goodshop is a site that gets shoppers the best deals and coupons at thousands of retailers, and donates a percentage of all purchases to the cause of the shoppers’ choice!

So, buying a new Apple iPhone for your niece or nephew, could raise enough to feed a shelter animal for a day. Shopping for a warm scarf from Land’s End for your best friend, could raise enough to fund vaccinations for kids in need. There are thousands of deals to save with and more than 110,000 nonprofits and schools to support.

Below is a list of early Holiday deals.  Save money and give back with Goodshop!

christmas-boxshoppingKohl’s – Save 10% on any order of $75 or more.
Expires: 01-02-2015. 2% Donation
 
Ralph Lauren - Up to 25% off select kid’s styles, plus free shipping at the new Holiday Savings event!
Expires: 12-31-2014. 5% Donation
 
Dell - Get 20% off Dell electronics and accessories with free shipping.
Expires: 11-17-2014. 3% Donation
 
Sundance Catalog – Free shipping on orders over $100 (offer valid on full price purchases only)!
Expires: 11-16-2014. Up to 5% Donation
 
Edible Arrangements - $5 off your Edible Arrangements order.
Expires: 11-16-2014. 1% Donation
 
Amazon – 20% off purchases over $75 in clothing and apparel!
Expires: 11-20-2014. 1.5% Donation
 
Best Buy – Up to 25% off laptops
Expires: 01-01-2015. 7.5% Donation
 
Express - Take 40% off your $200 purchase, 30% off your $100 purchase, or 20% off your $50 purchase.
Expires: 11-16-2014. 7% Donation
 
Office Depot & Office Max - $20 off your qualifying purchase of $125.
Expires 11-17-2014. 3% Donation

There’s A New App In Town and It’s Got FLAVOUR!

Flavour LogoRestaurant Discovery App Flavour elegantly and quickly helps diners discover the best cuisine in New York, San Francisco and Chicago

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Flavour, an elegant restaurant discovery app, which launched this week in the App Store, aggregates recommendations from trusted sources to help discerning diners discover and explore over 1,600 of the most notable restaurants by neighborhood, cuisine or notable feature in New York, San Francisco and Chicago, with more cities launching soon.

Flavour’s restaurant list is distilled from the finest ingredients – recognized food critics, local publications and industry experts – to provide the best of what you want to eat, when you want to eat, where you want to eat, most visited and most popular places to dine.

Unlike other platforms, Flavour’s restaurants are not ranked by unreviewed user check ins or opinions. Nor are restaurants promoted based on paid advertising. So it eliminates the need to research multiple sources to find the right place to eat.

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For each listing, Flavour includes a selection of highly recommended dishes, links to a full menu and the ability to share by text or email. Users can also place reservations through OpenTable or by calling the restaurant directly. Additional cities and features are coming soon.

What we like about this app at Gia On The Move: Flavour is free to download and to use.  Flavour also proudly supports the efforts of Food Bank For New York City.

Our only disappointment so far:  The Flavour app is available exclusively on the iPhone.  Android users will still be stuck fending for themselves unless Flavour decides to includes them.  Let’s hope.

Find Them on Twitter and Instagram, @GetFlavour.
Follow Your Cravings at www.getflavour.com.

About Flavour
Flavour is an elegant mobile application that instantly connects you to the right restaurants in New York,Chicago and San Francisco.  With just a few taps, you can search neighborhoods, browse menus, and book tables based on cuisine, location or occasion. From award-winning fare to hidden gems and local favorites, Flavour serves your city on a plate.  Flavour has been developed by veteran investor Emily Keeton and award-winning developers, Rohit Gupta and Khalid Meniri.

http://www.getflavour.com/

 

 

It’s a Sweet Ho-Ho-Holiday Season at IHOP

Get into the Holiday Spirit with New Caramel Bon Bon Pancakes, New Pumpkin Cheesecake Pancakes and the return of Raspberry White Chocolate Chip Pancakes.

IHOP’s NEW Caramel Bon Bon Pancakes

It’s not exactly the healthy menu we like to promote here at Gia On The Move. But holidays are for celebrating and just a little bit of indulging.  And…tis the season…so really…go out and treat yourself!

For IHOP lovers the holidays have begun.  They (and most likely you) can’t think of a better way to start it off than by enjoying a terrific meal.  So IHOP has once again introduced their special holiday signature pancakes along with a sweet new desert!

Ok, so they started serving them on November 3.  (We only just got the info!)  But you will be able to enjoy this tradition all the way through January 1, 2015!

To capture the magic of the season in a delicious way, IHOP restaurants will be offering guests their version of a season’s greeting with 3 delicious holiday hotcakes:

IHOP's New holiday hotcakes

  • New Caramel Bon Bon Pancakes: A sweet treat of buttermilk pancakes layered with dulce de leche cream then topped with a drizzle of caramel sauce and whipped topping.
  • New Pumpkin Cheesecake Pancakes: Our most popular seasonal pumpkin pancakes filled with luscious cheesecake bites and topped with creamy whipped topping.
  • Raspberry White Chocolate Chip Pancakes – The return of last year’s favorite holiday signature pancake: Buttermilk pancakes filled with sweet white chocolate chips then crowned with raspberry topping, cream cheese icing and whipped topping.

And once again, IHOP restaurants will feature Traditional and Craveable Holiday Dinners & Dessert:

  • Classic Ham Dinner: A seasonal favorite made with hickory smoked ham, glazed with sweet caramel sauce and topped with cinnamon apples. Served with sweet potato fries and broccoli.
  • Classic Roasted Turkey Dinner: Sliced roasted turkey breast, layered on a bed of stuffing and topped with warm turkey gravy. Served with mashed potatoes, green beans with bacon and a side of lingonberry jam
  • Belgian Chocolate Mousse Crepe: Light and fluffy Belgian Chocolate mousse folded into a cool crepe and topped with raspberries, whipped topping and powdered sugar.

For more information about International House of Pancakes, LLC or to find an IHOP restaurant near you, please visit www.IHOP.com.  Follow IHOP on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram.

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IHOP’s NEW! Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

What Happens When Kids “Flip Out” on Masterchef Junior?

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In a flipping awesome pre-challenge, the junior home cooks will race to see who can flip and stack the most pancakes, and then the judges get syruped! The judges then task the kids with creating their best citrus cream pie. Find out which kids make the most successful cream pies and advance to the next round in the all-new “Flip it!” episode of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR airing Tuesday, Nov. 11 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.   Watch the preview here:

OFFICIAL SHOW WEBSITEwww.fox.com/masterchef-junior
OFFICIAL SHOW FACEBOOKwww.facebook.com/MasterchefJuniorFOX
OFFICIAL SHOW TWITTER@MasterChefJrFOX & Join the Discussion: #masterchefjunior
Host/Judge Gordon Ramsay: @gordonramsay
Judge Joe Bastianich: @jbastianich
Judge Graham Elliot: @grahamelliot