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We have two exciting announcements to make!

First, we are proud to partner with our hyper local online news source Sacramento Press. The staff goes above and beyond to profile local businesses and community leaders that make a positive contribution inspiring folks to raise the standards for better quality programs, products and services in our area. That is the true spirit of community.

They have asked us to participate in their Journalism Open, an exciting writing contest, and we would like to extend this invitation to you, our readers! It is open to all levels of writers and the prizes are huge! We will definitely be participating in this community event. For more information on the prizes and rules, here is the link to the contest. The deadline is January 31, 2012.

Our second announcement is that we were recently featured on a local news source YubaNet.com “Delivering News to the Sierra”, and have been asked to syndicate all of our posts on their site. We thank Yubanet.com for their support. Click here to read the full story introducing Eat well, live free.

Stay tuned for new recipes utilizing the preserved lemons next week!

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A note of gratitude

This year has been abundantly joyous. So many unbelievable gifts in my life that make me smile at random.  I am ever so grateful this Thanksgiving.

I got married this year, to the most perfect human being. My husband, Marcos, has brought me such resounding happiness, peace and stability that I may never be able to fully articulate.  Above all, I am grateful for him and our marriage.

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Marcos and Jillena

New food blog aims to promote vegetarian lifestyle in Sacramento

by William Ratliff, published on October 16, 2011 at 12:54 PM

The new vegetarian food blog, “Eat Well, Live Free,” launched earlier this month in Sacramento. Since it went online, the site has garnered more than 400 unique visitors, said co-creator Marcos Hernández.

Jillena and Marcos Hernández, the married duo that created the blog, said the idea behind the blog is to provide local vegetarians with information about recipes and restaurants that cater to vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.

“We’re just trying to spread awareness and make it easier for vegetarians,” Marcos Hernández said.

Jillena Hernández is a vegetarian, while Marcos Hernández is a meat-eater. While the two differ in that respect, they work well together in combining their skills for the blog.

Jillena Hernández is the writer and chef while her husband takes the photos and builds the website.

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The Bittermans

Marcos and I recently sat down to interview Mark Bitterman, who with his wife Jennifer Turner Bitterman, owns The Meadow a salt, chocolate, drink and flower shop with locations in Portland and New York.  Mark is a selmelier, or an expert in finishing salts and salting techniques.

He is also the author of Salted: A Manifesto on the World’s Most Essential Mineral, with Recipes. His book is stunning.  It is being given the attention that it deserves with the 2011 James Beard Foundation Award and the Christian Science Monitor named it one of the six best food books coming this Fall.  Needless to say, we were extremely lucky to meet with Mark.  He gave us a great deal of history and instruction on salts, and discussed his passion for cooking and life.  

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A Consumer Report from 2010, testing the top 15 protein supplement products noted, “All drinks in our tests had at least one sample containing one or more of the following contaminants: arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury.”  Read the full article here.

This article got me thinking about what kind of toxins I was letting into my body. Many vegetarians, especially those of us who follow serious work out regiments, use protein supplements.  For years, I have trusted in the Luna bars and more recently the Luna Protein bars. These bars are free of trans fats, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup; artificial sweeteners, flavors or preservatives; and ingredients sourced from GMOs. To be honest, I am impressed that all the ingredients listed are recognizable. I still feel that they are the best choice if I absolutely feel the need to supplement.

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