Thursday, May 31, 2012

808 Urban

808 Urban is a collective of "community cultural workers": artists, organizers, and volunteers committed to improving the quality of life for our communities through arts programming. The philosophy behind our programming places particular emphasis on mentoring youth, as we believe that they are a key component to systemic social transformation.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Marie's Pick: Jalapeno Jam

Kozlowski Farms Old Fashioned Jalapeno Jam. Marie uses it as an ingredients in stirfry and beans. It's also great as a glaze for chicken and fish, or combined with cheese on a cracker. The two-peppers are combined with pure cane sugar to achieve this unique and stunning Jalapeno Jam. It's just hot enough to use as a side dish condiment for pork and poultry. As an appetizer, pour generously over cream cheese and serve with crackers, toast, bagels or croissants. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Wall of Chocolate: Gnosis

Each Gnosis bar begins with ethically sourced RAW Cacao from Bali, Ecuador, Peru, Grenada, & Madagascar. They add low-glycemic sweeteners, nutrient-dense superfoods & medicinal herbs sourced fastidiously from the Amazon to the Himalayas. Gnosis products are Certified Organic, Vegan, and Kosher, and are free of soy, gluten, and dairy. The result is a functional, decadent chocolate that will delight your taste buds, awaken your senses & provide profound nourishment.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."  Joseph Campbell

Friday, May 25, 2012

Natural Beauty: Coral Kids

The key to healthy teeth is to maintain proper oral alkalinity and mineralization. Coral kids' is formulated with EcoSafeTM ionic coral minerals and is perhaps the most effective toothpaste for cavity protection, whitening teeth, freshening breath and shifting the pH of the mouth. And because of the unique whole food mineral complex from coral minerals along with xylitol, Coral kids' actually helps to remineralize tooth enamel. Coral Kids' (which contains ionic calcium and 73 trace minerals) contains
GLUTEN FREE! NO FLOURIDE, NO SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE and NO GLYCERIN. No toxins, means kids can accidentally swallow this toothpaste with NO HARMFUL effects.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Think Local: Filthy Surfer

Made on the Big Island, Filthy Surfer Soap from Filthy Farmgirl is onolicious, with tropical citrus and choke coconut.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Natural Beauty: Coral White Toothpaste

Brushing your teeth with CoralWhite® not only helps to prevent cavities, whitens teeth, and freshens breath, but because of the unique whole food mineral complex from CoralWhite's® above the sea fossilized stony coral minerals, it helps to re-mineralize the enamel. Combining hydrogen peroxide for its gentle whitening effect, the essence of Spearmint and Peppermint oils. Contains no Glycerin, Gluten,  Fluoride, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate,
Synthetic Colors, Flavors or Preservatives.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Think Local: Filthy Mermaid

Made in Hawaii Filthy Farmrgirl's Filthy Mermaid Cinnamon Temptation with notes of ylang ylang is sure make shower time extra luxurious.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Summer stone fruit is here!

 Now at Mana Foods: cherries, apricots, peaches and apriums. The delightful aprium is a complex plum-apricot hybrid that show more apricot traits, about 1 part plum and 3 parts apricot.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Think Local: Taro

We have amazing organic dryland taro from Kupa'a Farms, grown in Kula. “Kupa’a” means “firm” or “solid” in Hawaiian and although the name originated in reference to the rocky soil here, it now reflects the solid, life-giving practices that we use to grow food. The farm is 4 acres of cleared land in the dry leeward slopes of Halaekala. Soil is the heart of any agricultural operation and Kupa'a does their best to keep the soil alive and healthy and work hard to limit the amount of erosion. They use compost, compost tea, cover crops, perennial vegetative barriers to limit erosion, and by avoiding bare soil fallow. More about the farm here

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Think Local: Uber Super Duper Aloha Soap

Hawaii made Filthy Farmgirl's Aloha Soap has the most local ingredients sourced from the Big Island out of all of their soaps. It is loaded with Aloha, 100% Natural and contains no yucky stuff.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wall of Chocolate: Coco Polo Stevia Sweetened

Coco Polo makes Stevia sweetened chocolates that are sugar free, gluten free and Non-GMO. We carry several of their 70% cocoa bars, including ginger, cherries, cocoa nibs, whole almonds and elderberry.  Now you can indulge in rich chocolates, without the sugar!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Two Moms in the Raw

Try the Cranberry or Goji Berry Nut Bar from Two Moms in the Raw Nut Bar. They like to call their nut bars a cinnamon roll without the roll. They are a great combination of Nuts, Fruit and Spices that provide a sweet, nutty treat for after a workout, during a long day on the job or to give you the boost you need for an over-the-top recess.
Founded in 2006 by Shari and Marsha (daughter and mom team). Two Moms in the Raw uses only Organic, Kosher, Gluten Free, Vegan ingredients in the production of their Granola Bars, Nut Bars, Sea Crackers, Truffles and Cereals.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Marie's Pic: Journey Bars

Finally! A savory trail bar packed full of energy & nutrition. Often when I am hiking on a hot day, I can't handle the sweetness of most of the trail bars. The Rosemary is my favorite, while the Coconut Curry is the best seller for the company. The other flavors we carry are Parmesan Romano, Pizza Marinara and Hickory Barbecue. All bars are Soy and GMO free.    

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Delicious Living: Chocolate-Date-Nut Bars

12 medjool dates (pitted) , 1/2 cup almonds, 1/2 cup hazelnuts (no need to remove skins) ,  4-ounce bar dark chocolate (60% cocoa works well, broken into small pieces), 2 tablespoons hemp seeds, 2 tablespoons chia seed.

Place dates in a food processor and pulse until well chopped. Add almonds and hazelnuts and pulse until chopped, but a few large pieces remain. Remove cover and make a circular trough in the mixture with the back of a small spoon.

Place chocolate pieces in a small bowl over hot but not boiling water. Stir until melted. Carefully pour melted chocolate into prepared trough in date-nut mixture. Replace cover and pulse a few times, until just combined.

Scrape mixture onto a cutting board and form a rough rectangle. Cut into eight equal pieces. Combine hemp and chia seeds on a small plate. Mold each of the cut pieces into evenly shaped bars, warming mixture with your hands. Press bars gently into seeds to coat. Place on a small tray, cover with plastic, and refrigerate for about an hour, or until very firm. Once firm, bars may be individually wrapped and kept at room temperature.

Recipe courtesy of Delicious Living

Friday, May 11, 2012

Wall of Chocolate: Sacred Chocolate

Raw chocolates, perfect for Mother's Day. We have 2 varieties of the Raw Chocolate Hearts: the Amazonian has 52% Cacao with exotic power herbs like Maca, Acai, and Yerba Mate, while the other variety, India Sunset, has 61% Cacao with ginger, cardamom and saffron.
In addition to the hearts, we have 4 varieties of the Raw bars: Twilight Dark, Coconut % Nibs, Mylk and White with Lemon & Coconut. All Raw Sacred Chocolate is certified organic and is Dairy, Gluten, Soy and cane sugar free.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thai Beef Salad recipe

Anne Gale's award winning  
6 New York steaks
1 medium red onion
1 basket cherry tomatoes
3 stalks of lemongrass
½ bunch cilantro
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 limes
1 tablespoon red chili flakes (more to taste if you like)
4-6 tablespoons olive oil
Lettuce for garnish
Slice of red bell pepper for garnish
Sear 6 NY steaks with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil.  Slice thinly and set aside. Chop cilantro and lemongrass, mix with fish sauce, red chili flakes, juice of two limes, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  Thinly slice the red onion and cherry tomatoes.  Toss with herb mixture.  Add steak.  Serve on a bed of lettuce and garnish with a slice of red pepper. Serves 6-8 people.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wall of Chocolate: Indahphoria Chcocolatier

Indahphoria translates to "Carry the Beauty" in a cross between the Indonesian language and Latin.  We have several of their chocolate bars including Queso de Cabra, which is Dark Chocolate with Tumalo Farms Classico Reserve Artisan Goat Cheese, Turkish Figs and a hint of Cayenne. The goat flavor really comes through in this limited edition chocolate bar. Other varieties we carry are La Pura Vida, Aphrodite, Chili Spice, Go Banana's Over Coconut and Himalayan Salt.

Indahphoria Chocolate bars are the culmination of the creator's world experiences.  They are inspired by his background growing up and exploring Southeast Asia, his love for organic farming practices, natural medicine, love for adventure and well crafted chocolate. These chocolate bars, are all handcrafted using only Fair-Trade and Organic ingredients. All bars are sweetened with coconut nectar.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Delicious Living: Kiwi-Cucumber Cooler

6 kiwifruit, 1 large cucumber (peeled and cut into chunks), 16 fresh mint leaves, 1 1/2 cups coconut water, Juice of 1 lime, Several ice cubes, 4 teaspoons agave nectar (or to taste).
Cut kiwi in half crosswise and scoop out flesh with a spoon; place in a blender. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.

Recipe courtesy of Delicious Living 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Gluten Freedom: 10 Minute Fish Tacos

1 package of Simply Organic Fish Taco seasoning, ¼ C warm water, 1 tsp. olive oil, 1 pound of cod or halibut, 1 large lime, GF corn tortillas, chopped cabbage, chopped red onions
Mix contents of packet with ¼ C warm water into a bowl. Place ½” strips of fish in a plastic bag. Add 2 Tbsp of vegetable oil and coat  fish thoroughly. Add taco marinade and coat fish again.
In a  large skillet, cook marinated fish completely. Squeeze 1 large lime onto fish before serving. Makes 4, 2 taco servings. Serve with a big salad and you have a lovely meal

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Gluten Freedom: Goodies

For a quick gluten free dessert, check out our selection in the freezer: Julies: Ice Cream sandwiches made with Glutenfreeda cookies. French Meadow: Chocolate Chip Cookie dough and Fudge Brownies. Udi’s: Cinnamon rolls, Chocolate Chia Muffin Tops, Brownie Bites and Chocolate chip cookies. Pamela’s: Coffee Cake and Chocolate Fudge Cake. Kinnikinnick: Cinnamon Sugar and Chocolate Donuts.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Gluten Freedom: 20 minute Vegetarian Chili

Simply Organic vegetarian chili mix, 1-15oz can kidney beans, 1-15oz can of pinto beans, 1-28oz can of diced tomatoes
Drain beans. In a large saucepan, add beans, and can of tomatoes. In a bowl, mix chili packet contents with  ¼ C warm water, stirring until completely dissolved. Add seasoning liquid to the beans and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, turn down heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes or until desired thickness is reached. Makes 6 servings. Serve over rice and a side of coleslaw and you’re good to go!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Gluten Freedom: 15 minute Pad Thai

Tasty Bite Pad Thai cooking sauce, 1 Tbs coconut oil, 1 C cubed chicken, Rice Noodles ( I like Annie Chun's Pad Thai noodles), handful of roasted peanuts, fresh chopped cilantro, wedges of lime                    
Heat a pan to high, Add oil , When hot, add chicken and sear for 2 minutes
Pour entire pouch of Tasty Bite Pad Thai Sauce into pan and stir. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. While the sauce is cooking, make the noodles according to instructions on the package. After the noodles are drained, plate and pour sauce over the bed of noodles, Garnish with lime, cilantro and peanuts. Serve with steamed veggies tossed in minced garlic, coconut aminos and sesame oil and you have a tasty meal

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Gluten Freedom: Breakfast Chia Bowl

2 Tbs chia seeds, 1 C milk (cow, almond, coconut), 1/3 C seasonal fruit, 1 Tbs chopped nuts            
This can be made this night before. In a bowl combine chia seeds with milk.  Stir and let sit for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid clumping. Once chia seeds have thickened, add remaining ingredients. Depending on your preference, you may want to add sweetener such as honey or agave. You can also mix it up with spices, cacao powder, dried fruits, shredded coconut, seeds, or nuts.