Dark buildings hulked around them, remnants of the 1700s and 1800s, full of hidden stories of the city’s Catholic past, and struggles between English, French, and the First Nations people who were already here. At this summer night disco party, I couldn’t dwell on the past. But I spent subsequent days checking out both the old and the new that this fantastic city has to offer, from its early history to art to spas, and its astonishing number of vegetarian restaurants.
The shamans of old discovered how to hack our biology to turn on the free radical scavenging systems and the longevity genes after nature had turned them off. They became wise with a diet rich in brain-building omega-3s and through prayer and fasting. They ate a primarily plant based diet that switched on the Sirtuins. And they discovered that when they attained this natural wisdom, the universe conspired on their behalf to maintain their health. They were able to get their healthspan to equal their lifespan.
Certifying restaurants is important, because an average restaurant uses 300,000 gallons of water every year, and throws out 150,000 pounds of garbage.
The galleries and quaint shops lining Canyon Road, a comfortable walk from the hotel, will keep you busy all day. Cutting-edge New York–style galleries are also easily accessible in the Railroad District.
A much publicized study by the University of California-Davis’ Olive Center found that more than two-thirds of imported oils labeled extra virgin, the highest possible grade, failed to meet the extra virgin legal requirements.
As gorgeous and relaxing as it is, there is even more to be thrilled about here from an earth-friendly perspective.
We all know the proverb: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” In Derek’s teaching kitchen, those words have never been more powerfully apropos. When students with “multiple barriers to employment” learn how to cook an exceptional fish, they not only can feed thousands, they can attain their own sustainable career and self-worth for a lifetime.
Many cultures recognize something special and mystic happening from October 31 to November 2. Some say the veil between worlds is thinnest that time of year, so that the living can visit with the dead.
“Seed” painstakingly but entertainingly takes us through the history of seeds, showing us their beauty in myriad shapes and colors. You owe it to yourself to see this film so that, if nothing else, you can appreciate their gorgeous diversity, as well as how threatened they truly are.
Do-it-yourself advice on throwing an eco-holiday fete, from where to find environmentally conscious party accoutrements, how to avoid a carbon footprint, to supporting local vendors we love—all the while giving a major nod to Mother Earth.