Category Archives: Food

Zombie Love? There’s a Tommy Bahama Cocktail For That

gia on the move zombiesIt doesn’t look very spooky. Nevertheless, Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar of New York City is calling up the Halloween spirits with a frighteningly sweet, brain-numbing Zombie cocktail recipe. Yes! Try this at home!


¾ part Flor de Caña 4-year rum
1 part Mount Gay Eclipse Rum
½ part Trader Vic’s Dark Rum
¾ part Cointreau
1 part pineapple juice
1 part lime juice
1 part grapefruit syrup
1 dash of Angostura Bitters
¼ part Mount Gay Overproof Rum

Instructions: Add all ingredients in a shaker except Mount Gay Overproof Rum and top with ice. Shake well until chilled, strain over fresh ice and top off with Mount Gay Overproof Rum.

Glassware: Collins, Belgian Beer or Hurricane

Ice: Crushed or cubes

Garnish: Mint sprig and pineapple wedge

3rd Annual Good Food Org Guide Names 46 California Groups

gia on the move food organicThe James Beard Foundation and Food Tank, along with a prestigious advisory group of more than 70 food system experts, has published the third annual Good Food Org Guide

The guide identifies and celebrates 1,000 U.S.-based groups who are cultivating a better food system in the areas of food and agriculture, nutrition and health, hunger and obesity, and food justice. At least 10 organizations were chosen from each of the 50 states so that wherever people live they can find nearby organizations working to cultivate a better food system.

The vision and objective of this annual publication is to focus attention on the hundreds of organizations who work every day in fields, kitchens, classrooms, laboratories, businesses, town halls, and Congress to create a better food system. Selected organizations and initiatives that spotlight efforts active in community building and engagement, advocacy, and service.

Distinguished experts, including past recipients of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award and food and agriculture leaders, collaborated to generate the list.

Included in the Guide are these 46 groups from California:

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch
  • HOPE Collaborative
  • California FarmLink
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
  • Ceres of Community Project
  • San Diego Food System Alliance
  • California Institute for Rural Studies
  • Nourish Wellness
  • San Francisco – Marin Food Bank
  • Orange County Food Access Coalition
  • La Cocina
  • L.A. Kitchen
  • Imperfect Produce
  • Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA)
  • Food Forward
  • ExtraFood
  • California Certified Organic Farmers Foundation (CCOF
  • Food Craft Institute
  • Community Food & Justice Coalition
  • TomKat Ranch
  • Alemany Farm
  • Sierra Harvest
  • California Alliance of Farmers’ Markets
  • Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project
  • California Food Literacy Center
  • California Women for Agriculture
  • Californians for Pesticide Reform
  • California Climate and Agriculture Network
  • California Endowment
  • City Slicker Farms
  • Community Alliance with Family Farmers
  • The Cooking Project
  • Dig Deep Farms & Produce
  • Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
  • The Center for Land-Based Learning
  • The Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture
  • Food Empowerment Project
  • Ecology Center
  • Farm to Fork
  • People’s Grocery
  • Roots of Change
  • Ubuntu Green
  • Life Lab
  • Long Beach Fresh
  • Los Angeles Food Policy Council
  • Hidden Villa

Regenerative ‘Superwheat’ Debuts in Long Root Ale

gia on the move beerKernza a “superwheat” perennial grain derived from an ancient form of wheatgrass is making its debut via Long Root Ale, a Northwest-Style Pale Ale made in partnership with Patagonia Provisions and Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, Oregon.

Long Root Ale is the first commercially available beer to be made with Kernza via organic regenerative agricultural practices that restore soil biodiversity, sequestering carbon and growing crops all without fertilizers or pesticides. The process is another step towards transforming agricultural practices and supporting sustainable farming.

gia on the move beerLong Root Ale is made with organic two-row barley, organic yeast and a blend of organic Northwest hops, resulting in a beer with resinous, grapefruit hop aromas and flavor and a balanced maltiness. The addition of 15 percent Kernza adds a slight spiciness to the dry, crisp finish.

Long Root Ale is available as of yesterday (September 3, 2016) in 16 oz cans in Whole Foods Market locations in California, Oregon and Washington. In addition, select Whole Foods Market bar-restaurants and both Hopworks locations will serve the beer on draft, as will the Miir Flagship Store in Seattle.


Get Your Free Haus Dogs in Pasadena on August 26

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To commemorate 6 years of delicious dogs, and recent menu additions of six new draught beers, Fosselman’s premium milkshakes and soft-serve, locals and long-time fans are invited to swing by Dog Haus located at 105 N. Hill Ave in Pasadena, California for a free Haus Dog on Friday, August 26th.

Guests can stop by from 11am-10pm and enjoy from a selection of Dog Haus’ seven hot dog creations featuring signature all beef skinless dogs served up on grilled Hawaiian rolls.

Options will include favorites like:

  • Sooo Cali, with arugula, tomato, crispy onions, spicy basil aioli and avocado
  • Downtown Dog, featuring a smoked bacon wrapped dog topped with caramelized onions, pickled peppers, mayo, mustard and ketchup;
  • or the new Free Bird turkey dog, with avocado, ranch, smoked bacon and fresh tomato.


Here’s How to Make Sure No Kid Goes Hungry Today

Today’s Goal:
Serve one million pancakes to make an impact in the lives of hungry children across America.

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At least one in every five children (over sixteen million) across the U.S. struggles to get the food they need to grow and thrive.

gia on the move pancakesSo today, Tuesday August 23 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., IHOP restaurants and No Kid Hungry will come together again in the fight against child hood hunger. nationwide will offer a short stack of their world-famous buttermilk pancakes for just $1 with 100% of the proceeds benefiting No Kid Hungry.

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Participating IHOP Restaurants in the United States

Hansen Natural Soda ‘Takin’ it to the Street – Art’

gia on the move natural foods graffitiOn Friday night, August 12, 2016, Hansens Natural Soda celebrated art and people by partnering with the Mar Vista Art Department in Venice, California with a one-night-only opening of Hansens House designed to bring west coast street art artists, musicians and other adventure seekers together to create one-of-a-kind originality at its one-of-a-kind party.

gia on the move natural foods graffitiWhile we could describe in words just how cool the Pedicab transporters, high-octane sets by Stones Throw Records DJ Peanut Butter Wolf & J-Rocc, party games, pinball, skate boarder giveaways, inspired cuisine by Chef Steven Fretz and California’s own original beverage (since 1935) were, show and tell is so much better!

Five premier L.A. street artists demonstrated once again with breath-taking live-painting murals that ‘All the worlds a canvas stage’ most specifically on the streets of Venice.  And you can see them right now for yourself by visiting the area.

#HansensHouse      #OriginalTaste

Here are the artists:

Apexer –
His work has been shown extensively both in the Bay Area and abroad. Recent group exhibitions include Calligraffiti: Writing in Contemporary Chinese and Latino Art, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA (2009); Bay Area Now 4, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2005), White Walls and the Luggage Store Gallery. He was the artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts (2007), and was featured in documentaries and publications regarding the Mission District in San Francisco.

gia on the move natural foods graffitiStarfightera –
Venice-based artist, street artist, photographer, producer and gallerist. She currently owns and operates StarFighter Studios, a gallery and production studio in Venice and California.

MadSteez –
After being born blind in his left eye and given 3hree first names (Mark Paul Deren), MADSTEEZ is a multi-faceted artist/designer based in WEENSV!LLE, CA. Growing up on the outskirts of Washington DC, surrounded by nicknames and the oh so frequent game of biscuit, his HEYD!K sense of humor emerged.

CANLOVE has exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, Miami and London and they continue to gain global interest and momentum. Their work combines innovation, chaos, process, pain, curiosity, passion, wonder, whimsy and purpose. It fits somewhere within the merging worlds of art, sustainability, community and design.

Wyatt Mills –
Since moving to Los Angeles over two years ago, Mills has exhibited with Project Gallery, Sam Francis Gallery, Superchief Gallery, at Bergamot Station and at Miami Project with Visual Arts Gallery.

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Summer Pops, Pies and Dairy-Free ‘Frozen Paleo’ Treats

gia on the move paleo foodOn Summer days like the ones we’ve had, “I scream, you scream, we all scream,” for something sweet and cold to relieve the heat.

Scream no more except with delight! A new book,  Frozen Paleo: Dairy-Free Ice Cream, Pops, Pies, Granitas, Sorbets, & More  is now on the market with recipes to satisfy cravings and dietary restrictions.

Using whole ingredients like coconut milk, fruit, nuts and chocolate—with no refined sugar, dairy, gluten, or processed ingredients, these recipes are not only perfect for those on a Paleo or “clean eating” diet, but for anyone with a dairy allergy or lactose intolerance, or just someone who wants a better-for-you frozen treat!  And because they’re “do-it-yourself” treats, you’ll also be getting plenty of nutrition in every bite.

With flavors like Maple Caramel, Mint Chip, Key Lime and Chocolate Almond, plus quick-and-easy frozen treats like popsicles, frozen pies, granitas, and more, there is something here for everyone, like this antioxidant-rich recipe below:

Blueberry Pomegranate Popsicles

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2 cups frozen blueberries (240 g)
3 tablespoons raw honey (45 ml), divided
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (10 ml)
¹⁄8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice (240 ml)

1. In a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan heat the blueberries, 2 tablespoons honey, lemon juice, and cinnamon over medium heat. Cook the mixture and stir occasionally until it begins to thicken and get bubbly. Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool to room temperature.

2. Pour the blueberry mixture into a food processor or blender and buzz until mixture is smooth.

3. Now pour this mixture into your popsicle molds. Place the molds into the freezer. If you’d like, you can tip the molds on an angle, so that you’ll get blueberry in every bite. Freeze for 2 hours.

4. Add the pomegranate juice and 1 tablespoon honey to a heavy-bottomed saucepan and heat over medium heat. Cook until the honey has melted and combined with the juice. You’ll need to stir this a little while the honey is melting. Remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool to room temperature.

5. Pull your popsicles from the freezer and carefully pour pomegranate juice into the molds. Place the popsicles back into the freezer and freeze for
2 hours. Remove the molds from the freezer and insert popsicle sticks. Put the molds back into the freezer and freeze overnight.