Celebrity Health & Wellness Expert and Eco-Stylist

Community Gardens in South Los Angeles

During my silent 10-day Vipassina mediation last October, I had a vision to work with kids in underprivileged neighborhoods teaching them how to garden, grow food, and make healthy food. These neighborhoods lack fresh produce or healthy food options. The only way to save lives is to teach kids about food, real food. Growing our food builds confidence and self reliance. It’s important for kids to understand where their food comes from.

Neelam Sharma is the Executive Director of Community Services Unlimited, Inc. and is largely responsible for the development of CSU’s food justice and youth training programs. She helped create The Healthy School Food Coalition, The LA Food Justice Network, and the California Food Justice Coalition. An inspirational lady…passionate, intelligent, and beautiful.

Neelam and I met at the Expo Center garden, where I first met Dana Clay, the Urban Farm Assistant responsible for this beautiful garden. I found a curry tree for the first time, and the leaves tasted pungent, like curry.

They even had a cherimoya tree! Yum. The last time I saw a cherimoya tree was in Baja. I love cherimoya, and just picked up 3 at the local farmer’s market. Visit CSU’s weekly Farm Stand in front of the Expo Center on Menlo just north of MLK on Thursdays from 3-6pm.

Find more about Community Services Unlimited events, and how you can volunteer on their website. A special thanks to my good friend Bryant Terry for introducing me to Neelam and CSU, inc.

Tyler Golden’s Raw Food Photography

Tyler Golden shot the beautiful color food photos that grace the center pages of Ani's Raw Food Essentials. Tyler had a show of his aerial photography last weekend. I stopped by to say hello and gave him a sneak peek copy of our book.
By |April 27th, 2010|LIFESTYLE|1 Comment|

Ani’s Vital Juice Spa + Synchro Swim Weekend

Read about the raw food lunch I enjoyed with Vital Juice, Los Angeles editor Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh and Kimberly Miguel Mullen.

Dance, Raw Food, & Good Friends

Last night I met up with DJ Andy Caldwell and a bunch of old school friends. Andy was spinning in Los Angeles.
By |April 13th, 2010|Health, LIFESTYLE, Music|0 Comments|

Moby in LA for ‘Gristle’ & Frances Fisher

Moby, one of my favorite musicians, was at the Skirball Cultural Center last night on tour speaking about his new book Gristle.....
By |March 24th, 2010|Events, Health, LIFESTYLE|7 Comments|

Post Genesis Awards Brunch

Sunday was the annual post Genesis Awards Vegan Lovers Brunch hosted by Chef Moira Nordholt and Ron at their lovely home on the beach in Venice.
By |March 23rd, 2010|Events, Health, LIFESTYLE|0 Comments|

Downtown LA on a Saturday Night

Living in the center of Los Angeles, I walk and ride my bike around my neighborhood, rarely drive, and hardly ever make it downtown. Saturday, I visited a new (to me) Japan Town mall in downtown LA where I stumbled upon a really cool bookstore and an Asian grocery store.
By |March 22nd, 2010|Health, LIFESTYLE, Music|1 Comment|

A Pink Floyd Flashback

I went to see a Pink Floyd cover band for Phillip's birthday in the Valley. I haven't partied in the Valley before, and was pleasantly surprised at how great the band was. The club was packed with fans too.
By |March 20th, 2010|LIFESTYLE, Music|1 Comment|

At the Veggie Grill with Kevin and Joe

I met up with the the publisher of VegNews Magazine, Joe Connelly, and the owner of Veggie Grill, Kevin Boyland, in West Hollywood for dinner last night.

Hiking LA in the Canyons in the Sun

After a night of rain, it's sunny and clear today in Los Angeles. The perfect day for outdoor play. To avoid using my Prius, Kanga and I ran a few miles to the canyon, hiked up what feels like an 80 degree cliff face, then ran down and back home. You can see the ocean in the right side of the photo above.
By |February 20th, 2010|Fitness, LIFESTYLE|1 Comment|