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Wedding: Food & Drink

November 29, 2012
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Our wedding catering was provided by the incredible Natasha Bailey of Eatable Swank. Natasha swooped in to rescue me from my catering conundrum (i.e. having a very hard time finding gluten-free vegan catering in Kansas City!) even though her new business wasn’t even fully set up yet. She basically let me design the menu top to bottom, and came through with the most delicious buffet food I’ve ever had…and our guests agreed. There were NO leftovers!

I am devastated to report, however, that I do not have photos of the vast majority of the food served that night. Our photographer had a medical emergency shortly after the ceremony and had to leave immediately, so we have no photos from dinner, including the toasts and speeches. (Later that evening, a photographer friend of the DJ’s came and snapped some reception photos, but only about an hour’s worth.) I was SO PROUD of the food we served, and everybody – literally everybody, full-blown carnivores and all – loved it and gushed about it. I wish with all my heart I had photos of everything to show you, but all I’ve got from the day of are a few shots from before the ceremony and two guests’ camera-phone shots of their plates. I do, however, have a few photos from our tasting sessions that I can show you, even though the final dishes may have been slightly different. So, onwards.

THE MENU

100% vegan and gluten-free buffet
• Fresh fruit cups & kebabs with vanilla-mint syrup
• Hummus with olive oil & Arabic spice
• Raw Caesar salad with avocado dressing & Brazilnut parmesan
• Tuscan spaghetti with pesto, white beans, & broccoli
• Thai-style stir-fry with noodles & mixed vegetables
• Indian chickpea curry with roasted cauliflower
• Choice of brown rice or quinoa
• Roasted baby potatoes with garlic & sea salt

Natasha attended to every detail, right down to the recycled, eco-friendly flatware, plates, and bowls.


Fresh fruit cups & kebabs with vanilla-mint syrup
We served these during cocktail hour. Matt and I didn’t even get to have one; sad!


Hummus with olive oil & Arabic spice
Natasha’s hummus was dreamily smooth and exotically spiced. Honestly some of the best hummus I’ve ever had.


The hummus was served with gluten-free rice chips.


Raw Caesar salad with avocado dressing & Brazilnut parmesan
No photo, sadly, but this Caesar salad was delectable. We served it with an optional scoop of olive tapenade on each portion. (Matt and I made all these namecards ourselves, by the way!)


Indian chickpea curry with roasted cauliflower
We served this with a choice of brown rice or quinoa. Even people inexperienced or unfamiliar with Indian food fell in love with this mild, saucy curry.
Tuscan spaghetti with pesto, white beans, & broccoli
Made with gluten-free corn noodles, this pasta with fresh basil pesto was bright-tasting and wonderful.


Thai-style stir-fry with noodles & mixed vegetables
Natasha came up with the perfect complex stir-fry sauce for this delicious mess of noodles and veggies.


Roasted baby potatoes with garlic & sea salt
BEST roasted potatoes Matt and I have ever had, period. The perfect amounts of olive oil, sea salt, and garlic. I can’t even describe how good these were! In fact, this was the first dish the buffet ran out of.


We provided an open bar that evening, with wines by The Vegan Vine.

I’ll conclude with two dinner photos taken by guests, plus one more photo from an earlier tasting session.

Our wedding buffet was everything I wanted it to be, and more. We and our guests all felt it was the best catered food we’d ever eaten. I wish I could eat it all again! A thousand thanks to Eatable Swank for making it all happen.

P.S. I’ll be featuring the cake(s) in a separate post. Just you wait. 😉

For more wedding posts, visit my Wedding tab!

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Practically Raw recipe: Almond Butter Sesame Noodles (raw OR cooked!)

November 27, 2012

Upon returning to the interwebs from Thanksgiving break, I was stunned to find my Google reader jam-packed with almost nothing but sweet holiday desserts. Don’t get me wrong, I adore those types of recipes (and have plenty still up my own sleeves), but immediately after Thanksgiving, I wanted some nutritious, clean eats to balance the weekend’s indulgence. Raw food to the rescue!

But it’s freezing here in the Midwest. Who wants to eat all-raw when the temps drop? I personally prefer to combine raw and cooked food for comfort’s sake, and you all know I’m not shy about cooking or heating my raw recipes. Today, I’m going to give you the best of both worlds.

This delectable recipe comes straight out of my cookbook Practically Raw. In fact, it’s on the cover of the book! Lest you forget, all the recipes in Practically Raw provide cooking/heating/baking directions for chilly days (or dehydrator-free kitchens), so you can get just as much use out of the book in the winter as you do in the warmer months.

These Almond Butter Sesame Noodles are a great example of a Practically Raw recipe that can be made raw or cooked.

I’ve always loved Asian noodle dishes with peanutty sauces. In this version, the more subdued flavor of almond butter produces a mild, nuanced sauce that’s the perfect match for the fresh veggies and somewhat-crunchy kelp noodles. If iodine-rich, nearly-calorie-free kelp noodles aren’t an option for you (or if you just want a hot cooked noodle dish), don’t fret; I provide tons of other noodle options below the recipe.

Almond Butter Sesame Noodles

From Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make by Amber Shea Crawley, (c) 2012. Used by permission.
raw, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free

For the almond butter sauce:
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup tamari
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1 small clove garlic, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
(or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger)
1 teaspoon sriracha hot sauce (optional)

For the noodles:
2 (12-ounce) bags kelp noodles, rinsed and drained
2 medium carrots, peeled if desired and cut into matchsticks
1 large red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into matchsticks
3 green onions, white and light green parts thinly sliced
1/4 cup dry cashews
(optional)
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

In a small bowl, whisk together all sauce ingredients.

In a large bowl, combine the noodles, carrot, and bell pepper. Add the almond butter sauce and toss to coat. Refrigerate for 2 hours, until chilled, or serve immediately. Garnish with the green onion, cashews, and sesame seeds just before serving.

Yield: 4 servings
Per serving: 265 calories, 19.2g fat (2g sat), 19.8g carbs, 4g fiber, 7.7g protein

Substitutions:
• Tamari: soy sauce, nama shoyu, or liquid aminos
• Agave nectar: coconut nectar or any other liquid sweetener
• Kelp noodles: see Chef’s Tips below
• Cashews: dry-roasted peanuts
• Sesame seeds: hempseeds

Chef’s Tips:
• You have numerous choices for what type of noodle to use in this dish. Here are some suggestions:
– 1 (8-ounce) package soba noodles
– 1 (8-ounce) package udon noodles
– 1 (8-ounce) package whole wheat spaghetti noodles
– 1 (8-ounce) package gluten-free brown rice noodles
– 2 (12-ounce) packages kelp noodles (no need to cook; just rinse and drain)
– 4 (8-ounce) packages tofu shirataki noodles
– 4 medium zucchini or yellow squash, peeled if desired, spiralized
• Remember to precook the noodles ahead of time for quick and easy assembly.
• If you don’t have agave nectar or another liquid sweetener on hand, you can use 1 tablespoon granulated sugar plus 1 teaspoon water instead.
• Feel free to add more veggies or change up which vegetables you use. Snow peas, sliced mushrooms, and shredded cabbage all make nice additions.

Variations:
• Peanut Butter Sesame Noodles: Use peanut butter and dry-roasted peanuts in place of the almond butter and cashews.
• Protein-Packed Sesame Noodles: Bulk this dish up by adding cubed baked tofu or tempeh.

I myself frequently make this dish with cooked noodles. In fact, I did so just last week! I tossed the almond butter sauce and crisp raw veggies with tender, warm soba noodles (see photos above and below). It was outrageously delicious.

Since all the recipes in Practically Raw can be cooked or warmed if desired, it’d make a great holiday gift for the cookbook lover in your life—or anyone who simply wants to eat healthier in the winter months. 😉

Review: Joulebody Wellness Cleanse

November 20, 2012

Today we’re stepping out of the drink-by-numbers juice cleansing box! This cleanse came to me courtesy of Joulebody out of New York City. Joulebody’s juice + food programs help you cleanse gently, without starving, and all their offerings are free of dairy, eggs, wheat, gluten, soy, and nuts.

Last Tuesday through Thursday, I completed their 3-day Active cleanse program.

Arrival: The package was delivered at 9:30am, having been sent with overnight shipping in an insulated box. The contents of the box were VERY securely packed, and everything arrived well-chilled.

Right off the bat, I noticed that all of Joulebody‘s juices and soups were packaged in glass jars. Love that! Everything else was packed in recyclable/eco-friendly packaging of varying types.

Options: When ordering a Joulebody cleanse, you choose between the On-The-Go Cleanse, Kickstart Cleanse, Active Cleanse, or Cheat Treat Cleanse. Since I’m a daily exerciser, I chose the Active. Your cleanse can be 3, 5, or even 20 days long (I did 3).

Variety: All 3 days of the Joulebody cleanse contain the same juice drinks, but different lunches and dinners.

9am: Juice Drink #1

Days 1-3: Joulebody Raw
Water, watermelon, apples, collards, Swiss chard, kale, Joulebody cleanse mix (chia seeds, hempseeds, turmeric, dandelion root, Himalayan salt, cayenne, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds), strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, lemon, apple juice
Each day of the cleanse begins with this juice drink. It’s really more of a thin smoothie than a juice (as are all of Joulebody‘s drinks). Despite the glut of berries it contains, I didn’t taste them very much, but I still liked the drink, especially after I added a few drops of stevia to it.

12pm: Lunch

Day 1: Mexican Fiesta Wrap
Adzuki beans, potassium broth, brown rice, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, cayenne, carrots, collards
Though the serving size is quite small, I was surprised at how filling this wrap was. The collard greens were just a little too tough for my taste, so I actually ended up dumping out the filling and eating it by itself. It was slightly spicy, with a faint tinge of curry-like flavor, and the tender adzuki beans were my favorite part.

Day 2: Vegan Risotto
Brown rice, potassium broth, cayenne, turmeric, mushroom, apple cider vinegar, celery, carrots
This non-traditional risotto is pleasantly earthy-tasting and just creamy enough.

Day 3: Calming Lentil Chamomile Salad
Lentils, potassium broth, cayenne, turmeric, chamomile, yam, herbs, spices, celery, carrots, kale
This was my favorite dish of the cleanse! It was perfectly seasoned and all-around satisfying.

3pm: Juice Drink #2

Days 1-3: Joulebody Green
Water, apples, collards, Swiss chard, kale, Joulebody cleanse mix (chia seeds, hempseeds, turmeric, dandelion root, Himalayan salt, cayenne, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds), lemon, grapes, apple juice
This drink is the thickest (and therefore, to me, the most filling) of the “juices.” I enjoyed the greens and cleansing seeds/spices better in this apple juice base than in the morning’s Joulebody Raw drink. Again, I added a few drops of stevia to brighten up the flavor, since it’s not very sweet on its own. This was probably my favorite drink of the day.

5pm: Juice Drink #3

Days 1-3: Joulebody Citrus
Water, lemon, ayurvedic tea, Joulebody cleanse mix (chia seeds, hempseeds, turmeric, dandelion root, Himalayan salt, cayenne, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds)
I was a little taken aback by how not-sweet this lemonade-like juice drink is—but I consider that a good thing! It contains no added sugars, yet it isn’t too tart, either. (I will admit, though, that I added a dash of stevia to sweeten it up a bit.) I like how it uses a tea, rather than water, base.

7pm: Dinner

Day 1: Brussels Sprout & Shiitake Soup
Brussels sprouts, potassium broth, adzuki beans, cayenne turmeric, carrot, celery, herbs, spices
I’ve been under the impression that I only enjoyed Brussels sprouts when they’re roasted—apparently I was wrong! The sprouts in this soup were tender and tasty, and paired well with the meaty shiitake mushrooms. The potassium broth is flavorful and not too salty. (Note: no oil is listed in the ingredient list, but the soup did appear to contain oil, though I could be wrong.)

Day 2: Curry Croquettes
Energize: pumpkin, potassium broth, chickpeas, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, celery, carrots, kale
Based on the ingredient list, I expected I’d like these, and I more or less did. I wish they’d been a little crisper on the outside, rather than mushy throughout, but the flavor was good. I’m glad the kale was there to provide some texture.

Day 3: Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin, potassium broth, squash, chickpeas, turmeric, ginger, apple cider vinegar, celery, carrots
This mildly gingery stew had huge chunks of tender pumpkin and carrots in it. Tasty.

Anytime: Snack

Day 1: Detoxifying Ginger Bar
Raw ginger, buckwheat flour, Joulebody cleanse mix (Himalayan salt, chia seeds, flaxseeds, turmeric), maple syrup, canola oil
I’m afraid did not like this. It looked ok, even with its turmeric-yellow hue (and despite the inclusion of canola oil, which I wasn’t thrilled about), but the unpleasant taste and dry texture just wasn’t good. Granted, I’m not a huge fan of ginger to begin with, but this bar seemed to have an overpowering amount of it.

Days 2 and 3: Detoxifying Brownie Bar
Cacao, buckwheat flour, Joulebody cleanse mix (Himalayan salt, chia seeds, flaxseeds, turmeric, cayenne), maple syrup, canola oil
Although I didn’t fall in completely love with this bar, it was much better than the ginger bar. It still had a bit of a funny taste from the turmeric, so I ended up smearing a little peanut butter on it to make it tastier.

Extras: Besides the reusable glass bottles and jars, Joulebody also sends you a folder of information on the contents of your cleanse.

Cost: 3-day Joulebody cleanses cost anywhere from $58 to $90 a day (depending on which cleanse you choose). Shipping costs vary widely depending on where in the country you live; it can be as little as $20 (in or around New York City) or much as $95 (to Los Angeles, for instance) per 3-day cleanse. This brings the total price of a 3-day cleanse to anywhere from $195 to $370, or $65 to $120 per day.
(Full disclosure: Joulebody sent me this cleanse “on the house.”)

Support: Joulebody sends you pre- and post-cleanse emails containing cleansing tips and guidelines.

How to Order: Online.

Final thoughts:
At the beginning of my Joulebody cleanse, I wasn’t totally jazzed by the juice drinks, but by day 3, I was actually craving them. Ditto for the food—though some of it seemed a little bland at first, it actually helped awaken my taste buds over the course of three days to become more finely tuned and able to detect subtle, natural flavors. All in all, this cleanse was very different from the juice cleanses I’ve done, not only because it includes solid food, but because it was so low in sugar (even natural sugars). The benefits were different from other cleanses, too—though it didn’t “clean me out” the way pure juice can, it helped retrain my body and mind to expect and enjoy milder, “healthy-tasting” food. If a Joulebody cleanse is within your budget, I think it’s a unique and worthwhile way to reset your tastebuds and help you move away from excessive sugar, salt, and fat in your diet.

BONUS: Joulebody is extending an exclusive 10% discount to Chef Amber Shea readers! Use coupon code 11ALMOSTVEGANJB at checkout to get 10% off any cleanse purchase.

Happy early Thanksgiving (to those of you here in the U.S.)! See you next week.

Salad-free ways to eat more leafy greens

November 15, 2012
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This article appears in the fall 2012 issue of Chickpea Magazine
as ‘More Than Just Rabbit Food.’

I have a confession to make (though many of you know this already): I am a raw/vegan chef and cookbook author and a high-raw foodist, and I don’t care much for salads.

It’s true! For my entire life, I’ve had a hard time stomaching the bare taste and, especially, texture of most leafy greens, at least in salad form. As much as I’d like to, I just don’t often delight in a big pile of greens the way other raw foodies do.


Kale-Tahini Salad from Practically Raw: a salad I LOVE!

On the bright side, this “leaf aversion” of mine has led me to find numerous other ways to incorporate the stellar nutrition of greens into my daily diet. From the basics to a few unusual ideas, here are some creative ways to eat more leafy greens without chomping on salads all day long.

Smoothies This one’s a no-brainer—every time you make a smoothie, be sure to throw in a handful of spinach or a couple destemmed kale or chard leaves. If you’re worried about altering the taste of your smoothie (especially when using tougher greens such as kale), include a handful of fresh or frozen berries. I find that seedy varieties, such as raspberries and blackberries, do a particularly excellent job of covering up the taste of greens.

Juice When I first started juicing, I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed green drinks! I love to make myself a tall glass of green juice first thing in the morning. My favorite blend is romaine lettuce, kale (stems and all!), cucumber, celery (include the nutritious leafy tops), green apple or pear, lemon, and ginger.


Pizza Kale Chips
 from Practically Raw

Kale Chips Is there anything better than crunchy, snackable raw kale chips? When encased in a delicious coating and dehydrated until crisp, kale morphs from a fibrous leafy green into delectable finger food. Eating a whole pile of greens can be as easy as picking up a storebought bag of raw kale chips, or – even better – making your own! (I included an entire chapter of kale chips in my cookbook Practically Raw.) Using cashews, sunflower seeds, or hempseeds as a base, blended together with vegetables, herbs, spices, or even sweeteners, the possibilities for kale chip flavors are endless.

Wraps Discovering raw wraps was a green revelation for me. Dollop some of your favorite ingredients or fillings onto romaine leaves, destemmed collard or Swiss chard leaves, Belgian endive, or cabbage leaves, and you have handheld party food at its finest. A couple of my favorites are raw taco nutmeat, nacho cheeze, and salsa in romaine leaves, and raw hummus, sundried tomatoes, diced cucumber, and Kalamata olives in collard leaves.

Soups and Sauces Similar to smoothies, puréed raw soups and sauces are a great vehicle for leafy greens. Sure, it’ll change the color a little, but the added nutrition will more than make up for that. Blend one or two destemmed kale or chard leaves into your next savory raw soup, or include a handful of spinach or beet greens in a batch of raw marinara sauce.


Spinach-Walnut Pesto Pasta from Practically Raw

Pesto Pesto can be made with more than just basil! Replace half (or more) of the basil in any pesto recipe with the leafy green of your choice. I find that tender baby spinach leaves taste best to me, but feel free to get adventurous and experiment with stronger-tasting greens such as arugula, watercress, or mustard greens. (Hint: change up the nuts and herbs too! Instead of pine nuts, try walnuts or pistachios, and/or use parsley or even cilantro in place of basil.)

Hummus and Guac Just half a cup of spinach in your next batch of hummus will lend it a lovely green hue (not to mention bonus micronutrients) without adding any unwanted bitterness. Similarly, if you purée your guacamole (as opposed to fork-crushing it), a handful of leafy greens makes a great addition. I also love to use romaine or butter lettuce leaves in place of chips or crackers to scoop up my hummus and guac.

Kimchi Cabbage definitely counts as a leafy green! Get your daily dose in the form of kimchi, an often-spicy fermented Korean condiment commonly made of napa cabbage. Scoop some into a wrap or on top of raw “stir fried” vegetables. Sauerkraut and coleslaw are two more great ways to enjoy this nutritious crucifer.

Garnishes A great way to hide leafy greens in plain sight is to very finely shred them and sprinkle them into or on top of other dishes. I combine broccoli stems, watercress, and flat-leaf parsley in my food processor and pulse them to oblivion, then use them like a garnish. Include a bit of nutritional yeast, fresh garlic, and/or sea salt for extra flavor.


Cocoa Corruption Smoothie from Practically Raw

Chocolate Yes, seriously! A mild green like spinach will blend seamlessly into chocolate desserts, where the assertiveness of the cacao will disguise any hint of leafiness. Try adding a handful next time you make chocolate mousse, a chocolate milkshake, or even raw chocolate frosting or ganache.

As you can see, despite living a relatively low-salad lifestyle, I still provide my body with plenty of leafy green nourishment on a daily basis. Even if you’re a bona fide salad lover, try adding a few of these ideas into your rotation—the fact is, when it comes to greens, there’s no such thing as too much!

Wedding: Rings

November 14, 2012
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Just like with the rest of our wedding, Matt and I chose unique and different (and “dark,” if you will) styles for our wedding rings.

Matt’s ring was made by Naturaleza out of organic, sustainably-collected wood. We purchased it from their Etsy store.

My ring was made by Art Masters out of black rhodium alloy on white gold with a cubic zirconia “white sapphire” stone.

We love our out-of-the-ordinary rings!

For more wedding posts, visit my Wedding tab!

Juice Cleanse Review: The Real Juice

November 12, 2012

Today’s post is the ninth in a series of reviews of delivered-to-your-door 3-day juice cleanses from companies that offer home delivery on their fresh, raw juices.
See also: reviews #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, and #8.

That’s right…I’ve got a couple more juice cleanse reviews for you all, coming up in the next month or two. Surprised? Me too! I thought I was going to stop at eight and then write a big compare-and-contrast post weighing the benefits of each juice cleansing company, but I’ve since had a few more cleanses offered to me, and some of them sounded too good to pass up. Besides, I want to be fair and include as many different companies as possible in my final roundup. I can’t say yet when I’ll have that published, but I promise, it’ll happen. Meanwhile, more JUICE!

This juice cleanse came to me courtesy of The Real Juice out of West Hollywood, CA. The Real Juice uses Norwalk hydraulic presses to extract their juices with no heat or friction, and are currently only available for delivery in and around Los Angeles. They use naturally and organically grown (even if not USDA certified) local produce to make their drinks.

Last Tuesday through Thursday, I completed their 3-day Level II juice cleanse program.

Arrival: The package was delivered around 10am, having been sent with overnight shipping in an insulated box. The contents of the box were securely packed, and everything arrived well-chilled.

I had cleared plenty of space for these round bottles in my fridge.

Options: When ordering a Real Juice cleanse, you choose between the Levels I and II. I did Level II since, well, I’ve done a few juice cleanses before. 😉 Your cleanse can be 1, 2, 3, or 5 days long (I did 3).

Each cleanse contains a pre-selected set of 6 daily juices (i.e. you don’t have the option to choose individual juice flavors). Each bottle is labeled with a number to indicate the order in which you should drink them. Beyond that, you get to decide how quickly and at what times of day you drink each of them.

Variety: All 3 days of the Real Juice cleanse consist of identical sets of juices.

The Juices…

Fantasize: carrot, apple, pineapple, orange
Each day of the cleanse begins with this juice. It’s a nice, sweet, fruity (+carroty) blend that I had to force myself to sip slowly—it was so tasty, I couldn’t stop drinking it! This is the first time I’ve seen this particular combo, and even though I’m not usually a fan of oranges, I loved this juice.

Energize: kale, cucumber, apple, celery, lemon
The second, fourth, and fifth juice of the day was this pleasant green drink. It’s not SUPER sweet, but has more than enough apple to take the edge off the kale. It does have a fairly strong celery flavor, but I found it yummy enough that I didn’t mind drinking it three times a day for three days.

Replenish: carrot, beet, apple, orange, pineapple, parsley
Beet juice can sometimes be a turn-off to me, so I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical before I opened this juice. I had nothing at all to worry about, though—this drink is fantastic! The flavor of the beets is present, but so beautifully complemented by the fruit juice blend that I couldn’t stop drinking it.

Indulge: filtered water, cashews, dates, vanilla bean, sea salt
Not surprisingly, this was my favorite drink of the day. I have one word for you: MILKSHAKE! Smooth, creamy, sweet-but-not-too-sweet, and utterly craveworthy. I love that it’s sweetened with dates instead of agave and contains real vanilla bean rather than vanilla extract. “Indulgent” really is the perfect word for it.

Extras: The Real Juice includes a handy insulated tote bag (featuring a zip top, side pocket, and stable bottom panel) to keep your juices chilled while you’re on the go. It’s roomy enough to fit a whole day’s worth of juice inside.

Another extremely handy extra they include is a 28-page informational e-book to guide you through your cleanse. (More info on that under “Support” below.)

Cost: The Real Juice cleanses cost $65 a day, with free hand delivery provided in and around Los Angeles. (They cannot currently ship their cleanses nationwide.) This brings the total price of a 3-day cleanse to $195.
(Full disclosure: The Real Juice sent me this cleanse “on the house.”)

Support: The Real Juice sends you a pre-cleanse email along with a 28-page e-book (in the form of a .pdf file). This “roadmap” booklet answers common cleansing questions, walks you through your cleanse day by day, explains the ingredients of each juice, gives lots of handy tips and ideas for getting through the cleanse smoothly, and much more. I think this booklet is a major thing that sets The Real Juice apart from other juice cleansing companies that simply don’t offer you such a wealth of information and guidance with your cleanse.

How to Order: Online or by phone (323-212-5211). They are currently serving only Los Angeles, CA and surrounding areas.

Final thoughts:
I was really pleased with the quality of The Real Juice cleanse. Every juice of the day was great-tasting, satisfying, and nutrient-rich. (Did you notice there’s no inexpensive “Master Cleanse” agave-and-lemon-juice drink thrown in there? Hallelujah!) Though it might’ve been nice to have a couple different green juices for variety, I did enjoy the three Energize green juices per day. The cashew milk was the icing on the cake for me! Perhaps most importantly, The Real Juice offers unparalleled cleansing guidance via the informative e-book they sent to all cleansers. Reading through it during your cleanse will keep you inspired and knowledgeable about the entire cleansing process. It’s a shame they can’t ship nationwide yet, but hopefully in the future, they will reach that point.

Wedding: Music

November 9, 2012
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We hired DJ Jason Reinhard to emcee our reception and handle all the music in our wedding, from beginning to end. Matt and I are VERY particular about our music – we hand-picked every single song – and Jason was totally on board with giving us exactly what we wanted out of a wedding DJ. He “researched” our songs ahead of time and did a spectacular job reading the crowd throughout the night. If you’re looking for a DJ for a wedding (or anything else) in Kansas City, I highly recommend you contact Jason.

Now, I know at least some of you are familiar with Matt’s and my characteristically eclectic and excellent taste in music, and are dying to know what we played…so this one’s for you! Creating our playlist was an exercise in pure torture for us—we started out by making a list of our “absolute, no-negotiations, must-have” songs, and ended up with 11 hours of music. Um, not gonna work! We spent weeks whittling it down little by little until we had a playlist we were both happy with. Even so, there are many bands that had to be cut entirely from the night—I’m still sad we didn’t have time to play Tool (Jambi or Cold and Ugly), DevilDriver (Sin and Sacrifice), Rob Zombie (Living Dead Girl), Hole (Violet), 311 (Salsa or Flowing), The Distillers (Blackheart), Opeth (April Ethereal), Drain STH (Crack the Liar’s Smile), and more.

Anyway! I’ll start with all the “important moment” songs, and then give you the entire playlist for the night.


CEREMONY: Entrance of bride and groom
Guyamas Sonora, Beirut


CEREMONY: Exit of bride and groom
Just Like You Imagined, Nine Inch Nails

RECEPTION: Entrance of the bride and groom
Our Diabolikal Rapture, H.I.M.


RECEPTION: First dance
All The Love In The World, Nine Inch Nails


RECEPTION: Cake cutting
Love You To Death, Type O Negative


RECEPTION: Bouquet toss
Raspberry Swirl, Tori Amos


RECEPTION: Garter toss
Get Down Make Love (cover), Nine Inch Nails

COMPLETE PLAYLIST

Pre-Ceremony
Angel, Massive Attack
Deep In Velvet, Aphex Twin
Clubbed To Death, Rob D
Lost In Moments, Ulver
Pilgrimage, Nine Inch Nails
20 Ghosts III, Nine Inch Nails
9 Ghosts I, Nine Inch Nails
31 Ghosts IV, Nine Inch Nails

Ceremony
Guyamas Sonora, Beirut
Just Like You Imagined, Nine Inch Nails

Cocktail Hour
Cold Beverage, G. Love & Special Sauce
Razorblade Romance, H.I.M.
1901, Phoenix
Judith, A Perfect Circle
Daylight, Matt & Kim
We’re In This Together, Nine Inch Nails
Stockholm Syndrome, Muse
Our Diabolikal Rapture, H.I.M.

Dinner Hour
Without You I’m Nothing, Placebo
Ex-Lover’s Lover, Voltaire
Map of the Problematique, Muse
Join Me In Death, H.I.M.
Elephant Gun, Beirut
Burgundy, Coal Chamber
Fur Lined, How To Destroy Angels
Church, 2 Bears
Come Back To Me, Razed In Black

Early Reception
All The Love In The World, Nine Inch Nails
Death Is In Love With Us, H.I.M.
Every You, Every Me, Placebo
I’m Afraid of Americans, Nine Inch Nails w/David Bowie
Haunting Me, Stabbing Westward
I’m Not Your Toy, La Roux
This Boy’s In Love, The Presets
Sin, Nine Inch Nails
Weekend, Skrillex
Once In a Lifetime, Wolfsheim
Strange Love, Depeche Mode
37mm, A.F.I.
Discipline, Nine Inch Nails
A Crow Left of the Murder, Incubus
Glass Danse, The Faint
Dead Stars, Covenant
Burning Up, Ladytron
Love You To Death, Type O Negative

Late Reception
Raspberry Swirl, Tori Amos
Get Down Make Love (cover), Nine Inch Nails
Tear You Apart, She Wants Revenge
Snakecharmer, Rage Against The Machine
The Perfect Drug, Nine Inch Nails
Wolfmoon, Type O Negative
Rev 22:20, Puscifer
Spank, kidneythieves
Grind, Angelspit
Inhuman, Aesthetic Perfection
What I See, Lacuna Coil
Minus, Ohgr
Cruel, Tori Amos
My People, The Presets
Lust Worthy, Angelspit
Du Riechst So Gut, Rammstein
The Only Time, Nine Inch Nails
Protest, Skinny Puppy
mOBSCENE, Marilyn Manson
Two Months Off, Underworld
Living The Wasted Life, Aesthetic Perfection
Creepy Green Light, Type O Negative
Mein Teil, Rammstein

Very Late Reception
Rise of the Pentagram, Cradle of Filth
Progenies of the Great Apocalypse, Dimmu Borgir
This Sh*t Will F*ck You Up, CombiChrist
A.D.I.D.A.S., Korn
F*ck the Pain Away, Peaches
Closer, Nine Inch Nails

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