Category Archives: Food

Interviews with chefs, nutritionists, etc.

welcoming good fortune… and saying goodbye


January 23, 2013

This week’s topic: Welcoming Good Fortune… and Saying Goodbye

Cora Wen, yoga instructor
Heather Askinosie, co-founder of Energy Muse Jewelry
Timmi Jandro, co-founder of Energy Muse Jewelry
Suzanne Bryant, yoga instructor and filmmaker of “Yoga Is”
C.C. White, musician

Featured Music:
Wandering with Shyam, DJ Drez feat. Marti Nikko
Arati Kunja, Shyamdas
The Song of Sweetness, Shyamdas
Shri Krishna Govinda, Shyamdas with Jai Uttal, Krishna Das & Friends

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of monks, MILFs, and the big mind


January 9, 2013

This week’s topic: Of Monks, MILFs, and the Big Mind

Erich Schiffmann, yoga instructor and author of “Have You Seen the Air Sparkle?”
Jessica Porter, author of “The MILF Diet”
Muni Natarajan, musician and author of “A Monk’s Tale”

Featured Music:
Satigur Prasad, Peter Kater & Snatam Kaur
Waheguru (Krishan Remix), Jai-Jagdeesh & DJ Krishan
Ma Chant (Kali), Wah!
Trance in Dance, Muni

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’tis the season for giving


December 5, 2012

This week’s topic: ‘Tis the Season for Giving

until i can figure out how to embed the podomatic player, click here to listen to the podcast.

Max Kanter, Volunteer Coordinator at Food Forward
Sarah Steffen, Marketing Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity, San Fernando / Santa Clarita Valleys
Nancy Shrodes, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator at Heal the Bay

Featured Music:
Sat Nam The Grace Within You, Gurutrang Singh Khalsa
Hari’s Rapture (Radha Ramana Hari Bol), Jai Uttal
Ayodhya Vasi Ram, Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits
You Gotta Move, Miten & Deva Premal

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help others fortune

(the fortune i found inside my fortune cookie earlier today — very apropos, don’t you think?)

if your mailbox looks like mine, especially during the holiday season, you find it overflowing with bills, mail order catalogs, and letters from nonprofits asking for donations. basically, they’re all saying the same thing: please send money.

unfortunately for many of those nonprofits, they often find themselves at the bottom of the priority list, behind paying bills and buying holiday gifts. so what can you do if you want to help but just don’t have enough money left over?

you volunteer. it costs you nothing — save for your time and energy — and it can actually be pretty fun, especially if you find yourself volunteering with a group of like-minded people who want to make a difference.

so for this episode, i reached out to nonprofits who accomplish the bulk of their mission through the work provided by volunteers:

food forward: volunteers pick fruit which is then distributed to food pantries and organizations helping those in need

habitat for humanity of the san fernando / santa clarity valleys: volunteers help build homes for veterans and low-income families

heal the bay: volunteers help with beach clean-up and/or become environmental advocates

and while we’re on the topic of banding together to accomplish a common goal, the music on the show all come from live recordings from yoga gatherings: sat nam fest, bhakti fest, chant4change, and omega ecstatic chant.

i hope this episode inspires you to go out, roll up your sleeves, and have a great time making the world a better place!

staying healthy through the holidays


November 28, 2012

This week’s topic: Staying Healthy Through the Holidays

until i can figure out how to embed the podomatic player, click here to listen to the podcast.

Andrea Marcum, yoga instructor and owner of UStudio Yoga
Jacki Carr, Recruitment Manager at lululemon athletica
Dr. Pedram Shojai, founder of and producer/director of “Vitality”

Featured Music:
Om Mani Padme Hum, Mercedes Bahleda
Om Mozart, Dave Eggar Quartet
Sat Narayan Wahe Guru, Dev Suroop Kaur
Carry Me, Peter Kater & Snatam Kaur

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i had originally planned to call the episode: “surviving the holidays”, then realized that it had a somewhat negative connotation — like the holiday season is something we should dread. while it should be a time of visiting with friends and family, exchanging of gifts and warm wishes, and partaking of delicious food and drink, there’s a chance we’ll be trying to figure out how to squeeze all those visitors into a tiny one-bedroom apartment, squeeze the parties, shopping, and work into a few short weeks, and sadly, squeeze ourselves into our jeans once the merrymaking is all over. see what i mean?

trying to put a more positive spin on it, i decided to call on some friends to talk about their tips on minimizing stress during the holidays.

andrea marcum is a yoga teacher and owner of U studio yoga in LA. she’s written a number of articles for various websites, with her most recent one about santosha, or contentment, at greenster.comSecret Santa-tosha: Finding Peace for the Holidays

during the course of our conversation, i mentioned to andrea that i had just found out that the flight i was booked on to visit my family in the philippines was going to take a whopping 30 HOURS when it usually should take almost half the time (i should mention that it was booked using airline miles, so it ended up being the maximum inconvenience for the minimum cost)! she then shared her tips on surviving a long plane flight (there’s that word “survive” again) and later sent me the article she wrote about it, also on greenster: Return to Your Upright Position – Yoga Takes Flight

jacki carr has worked with lululemon athletica for a number of years now and has moved up in the ranks from sales associate to recruitment manager. she travels a lot for her job and has moved from one city to another a few times since i first met her. jacki also leads workshops on goal-setting at yoga conferences, so having her on the show to share her experiences seemed like a perfect fit.

on the show, jacki and i talked about making realistic plans and about how trying to aim for goals that initially seem out of reach may not necessarily be a bad idea. by the way, contrary to what i said on the show, jacki IS back in LA. i keep forgetting that she lives just a few miles from me because i rarely see her… and we’ve vowed to fix that 🙂

dr. pedram shojai is the founder of and the producer/director of a new documentary on living well called “vitality“. i had heard about him when yogaworks screened his film earlier this month at their main street studio. “vitality” talks about the current healthcare system, which focuses on treating diseases rather than preventing them. so i invited pedram to talk about his thoughts on health and vitality, and later in the conversation, we found ourselves talking about the depression that’s sometimes triggered during the holidays.

all the music on the show were new “gifts” that i’m sharing with all — either from demo CDs or free downloads from websites, thanks to white swan records and spirit voyage:

– “path to bliss: chants of tibetan heart yoga” by mercedes bahleda

– “meditative massage music: healing instrumentals for peace & quiet” by various artists

– “essence” by dev suroop kaur

– “heart of the universe” by peter kater & snatam kaur


let the holiday merrymaking begin!

capturing the essence of yoga on film


September 5, 2012

This week’s topic: Capturing the Essence of Yoga on Film

until i can figure out how to embed the podomatic player, click here to listen to the podcast.

Ron Fricke, director of ‘Samsara’
Mark Magidson, producer of ‘Samsara’
Jahnava Hausner, producer of ‘Women of Bhakti’
Pete Hoffman, winemaker at Aum Wine Cellars and featured in ‘Aum: You Are What You Drink’

Featured Music:
Cebu, Michael Stearns
Modern Life, Michael Stearns
Devaki, Karnamrita Dasi
My Body is a Temple (Krishna Murari), Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits

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happy september! happy yoga month!

i don’t know if it’s just me, but there seems to be an abundance of yoga-themed documentaries catering to the growing yoga market these days. so i decided to highlight a few of those films in this week’s episode, preferably those just hitting the market. i started scouring the internet for these new releases.

while listening to KCRW last month, i’d heard that a meditation-inspired release, ‘samsara‘, had been selected for the august screening of matt’s movies, a film series curated for an indie film-loving crowd. at that point, i knew i just HAD to feature it on the show. luckily, it was also reviewed in the september issue of LA yoga magazine, so i had the article’s author put me in touch with the filmmakers, ron fricke and mark magidson. and the rest, as they say, is history.

at around the same time, a local yoga studio hosted a screening of ‘women of bhakti‘ (which, unfortunately, i couldn’t make), so i sent a request to the filmmakers via the film’s website, and soon after, producer jahnava hausner sent a message back and said she’d be happy to talk about the film.

still in search of a third film to round out the show line-up, i happened upon a film-in-process about yoga and wine called ‘aum: you are what you drink‘ and through a combination of social media tweeting, facebooking, and emailing, i got in touch with the film production person who put me in touch with pete hoffman, the winemaker from aum wine cellars who was featured in the documentary.

the guest line-up was pretty much in place two weeks before air date, so i half expected that after i’d finalized the music (from the films’ soundtracks), it would be nothing but clear sailing from that point on.

of course, right as i was about to cue up the opening track, i discovered that the CD player was emitting strange clicking sounds. and right as i was about to switch CD players, the phone rang. my first guests were calling in while i was in mid-transfer. while i was broadcasting nothing but dead air. and in that brief moment of madness, i completely forgot what i had planned to ask them. perfect.

there was another technical glitch later on that only those listening live would’ve heard: i thought i was playing music from my laptop but all that was coming out was dead silence. and just as i was about to troubleshoot the cause of the problem, my next guests called in on a conference call… and their phone connection was likewise problematic! thank god for lewis victor, another DJ who happened to be in the studio at the time; he figured out the solution to the sound problem while i tried to resolve the phone problem. and thank god for audio editing tools, because none of that ended up on the podcast! my apologies, though, to brandon ross, one of the producers of  ‘aum‘, who had to drop off the conference call just so pete hoffman and i could hear each other well enough for the interview.

and in one last instance of where-did-i-leave-my-brain-today, i forgot to intro the closing track of the show, which came from the soundtrack to ‘women of bhakti’. so here it is, belatedly — it’s ‘my body is a temple’ by gaura vani & as kindred spirits.

to give you a better idea of the films themselves, here are links to their trailers…

‘samsara’ – produced by mark magidson, directed by ron fricke, musical direction by michael stearns and mark magidson

‘women of bhakti’ – written and produced by jahnava hausner, cinematography by hillary tapper

‘aum: you are what you drink’ – produced by reading in the dark productions

taking it on the road


July 25, 2012

This week’s topic: Taking It On the Road

until i can figure out how to embed the podomatic player, click here to listen to the podcast.

Krishna Prem, author of “Gee You Are You”
Robert Galinsky, Vice-President of Social Marketing at Terra Fossil Wines
Sara Landas, co-director of “The Goddess Project”
Holli Thomas, co-director of “The Goddess Project”

Featured Music:
So Alive, Wade Imre Morissette
Barrelman, Brian Chartrand
Rise in Me (C.K. Remix), Suzanne Sterling
This is the Day, Jaya Lakshmi

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sometimes you have to trust that the universe is going to give you exactly what you need when you need it.

at a kirtan a few months ago, my friend darshana thacker introduced me to krishna prem, an osho follower just like herself. he was a very gregarious guy and had just published his book “Gee yoU aRe yoU” (it spells GURU – get it?). darshana thought he’d make a great guest on the show, so we exchanged information and i told him i’d touch base with him the next time he was in town. and as what usually happens when i have too many things on the brain, i forgot all about him… until i spotted his book sitting in a stack by my computer.  i reached out to him, and luckily for me, he happened to be in town and was available for a guest spot. whew!

with KP on the guest list, i thought it’d be nice to have a book-centric show, so i contacted other authors (including one “celebrity” vegan cookbook author who never seems to have time for me; so be it), but nothing panned out. i also contacted maria santoferraro to make good on my promise to have her on the show for an update on the ongoing yoga book club. unfortunately, she had just returned from a family vacation and needed time to decompress. she did tweetroduce me (is there such a word?) to sara landas and holli thomas, two women traveling the country in a vegetable oil-powered schoolbus in search of goddesses with stories to tell. they were excited to share their own story about the goddess project and i was excited to have them!

while checking my email inbox for responses to the inquiries i sent out, i came across a message from NYC-based robert galinsky about an upcoming happy hour mixer in burbank which will feature terra fossil wines and an eclectic list of speakers. one of them is a kundalini yoga teacher who does health consulting and the others are involved in social media and filmmaking. not only did it hint at stimulating conversation, but it was also FREE. i was definitely on board!

i seemed to find myself sitting on a wealth of new music — a mantra dance CD that was gifted to me by wade imre morissette, as well as some newly-downloaded playlists from yogitunes and white swan / black swan records — so i spent a quiet tuesday night listening to some 40 tracks and picked four to feature on the show.

did i mention that we finally have a new sound board at the studio that actually works? which means i’ll probably spend less time editing the sound levels on my podcasts! awesome.

here’s the video of the goddess gals on their indiegogo website:

here’s the link to the eventbrite ticket site for the the panel of new ideas happy hour in burbank on wednesday, august 1st at 7pm.

and here’s the exclusive online discount code for tickets to next weekend’s moksha festival in santa monica on august 4th and 5th: JYUNG

i hope to see you at either or both of those events!

living sustainably


July 18, 2012

This week’s topic: Living Sustainably

until i can figure out how to embed the podomatic player, click here to listen to the podcast.

Rishi Kumar, founder of The Growing Home
Ryan Mlynarczyk, director of “Within Reach”
Mandy Creighton, producer of “Within Reach”
Rob McFarland, co-founder of HoneyLove

Featured Music:
Hara Hara Shankara, Steve Ross
Jaya Sita Rama, Wade Imre Morissette
I Am, Guru Singh with Seal & Friends
Mukunda Madhava Govinda Bol, C.C. White

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since this is a weekly show, I try to keep things simple by sticking to one recipe:

– find 3 guests.
– add 4 songs.
– throw in a few random items to spice things up.
– toss gently.
– serve.

while getting dressed this past monday morning, i realized i hadn’t reached out to anyone, nor had anyone reached out to me (that i could remember, anyway) for this week’s show. needless to say, i had already gone through my stack of flyers for last week’s show and was totally stumped. i considered taking the week off; after all, i had done a show on the 4th of july holiday, so didn’t that earn me time off? besides, i’m the boss of me, right?  🙂

ah, but no such luck. the obsessive-compulsive side of me insisted that i hunker down and find some guests, whatever it takes to do it. i fired up my computer and started researching possibles.

so the question was: how do i  find out what’s new and exciting in town? by checking out what my friends were up to, of course.

i scanned my news feed.

hmmm. alice strong (a fellow cyclist) just commented on a post on the growing home’s facebook page, so i checked it out. rishi kumar, the growing home‘s founder, has been growing fruits and vegetables in his backyard and is now offering workshops to other aspiring backyard farmers.  i reached out to him and he said yes! so that’s one…

joe linton (another cyclist; in fact, one of the organizers of ciclavia) joined the facebook event “within reach movie LA premiere“. could it be another bikey movie? i checked it out and found out that not only was about two people touring the country by bike, but it was about their search for sustainable communities. do i see a trend here? i left some messages and hoped for the best.

i spotted george langworthy (co-director/producer of the documentary “vanishing of the bees“) on my online chat list and asked him if he could be interviewed. no response. he was probably busy…

come tuesday morning, ryan mlynarczyk from “within reach” got back to me. he was going to call in AND get his co-star, mandy creighton, to call in, too! and now i had two…

george eventually got back to me; unfortunately, he couldn’t be on the show. but he suggested i call rob and chelsea mcfarland of honeylove; they’re advocates for urban beekeeping. i did as he said, left messages and waited. finally, rob responded and said he was available. and that makes three!

once i had the guests, the music was relatively easy. i had counted around SIX kirtans happening around town this coming weekend, so i knew i’d be able to find tracks from at least four of them. and i did — there’s something from steve ross, wade imre morissette (thanks to bhakti babe for sharing!), guru singh, and c.c. white.

as it turns out, all my guests had something to promote on the show:

the growing home has their one-year anniversary party and fundraiser on saturday, july 28th.

the “within reach” premiere will be held at the LA eco village on tuesday, july 24th, with other screenings scheduled in other cities. here’s the trailer from their website:

honeylove will be celebrating national honey bee awareness day on saturday, august 18th, and will be hosting workshops, too. check their schedule here.

overall, i’d have to say that i learned a lot during the show and it’s inspired me to look into finding ways to live more sustainably. i hope you get as much out of it as i did!