• Local Business: Angelica Xavier of GOODBITES

    Happy Thursday friends!

    Today I’m sharing an interview with an Angeleno who turned her health ailment into a new career path. Angelica Xavier created GOODBITES while getting back her health. She came across raw foodism and found this to be the key to getting herself healthy again. While on this diet she perfected different recipes and snacks to fit her new diet, one of those snacks being her GOODBITES product. (Word on the street is that Angelica also makes delicious smoothies! I’ll have to try one of those next time! ;)) Check out my interview with Angelica and find out what exactly is a “GOODBITE”!

    What are GOODBITES?

    “GOODBITES are a raw superfood truffle. They are raw organic gluten-free and non-GMO. They are low glycemic tree that is packed with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.”


    For those who aren’t familiar with what raw and superfood mean, could you please explain.

    “Raw foods are not heated above 117° this preserves the enzymes in the food. This makes them more nutrient dense than cooked foods.

    Superfoods are nutrient rich foods that are considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.”

    How did you discover raw food diet?

    “In an effort to heal myself and find a solution for a medical situation that could not be sufficiently addressed to Western medicine I literally stumbled upon raw foodism. Researching the results that other people addressing illnesses had found through raw food, resonated with me as a viable solution.” 

     

    How was the transition from your old diet to eating a high raw diet? 

    “I jumped right in. And 30 days into a total raw diet I was back feeling and looking as healthy as I had been before I was diagnosed.”

     

    Are you still currently eating a raw diet? If so, what’s your favorite raw meal to make and/or enjoy?

    “I do eat a raw diet. About twice a week I have non-raw meals. This doesn't seem to affect my energy and it makes it easy to be out with friends and family for meals.

    I'm not sure if I have a favorite raw meal but I do love raw wraps. It's a cross between a salad and a sandwich and is very satisfying and yummy.”

     

    What did you notice most when switching from your old diet to this super healthy and organic raw diet? (As far as energy levels, skin, etc.)

    “I was not in a good physical condition when I started the raw diet so immediately I felt more energy happier and back to feeling like my old self. The raw diet is good for appearance is well. Lots of people who embark on a raw diet notice that their skin glows.”

     

    I think it’s great how you’ve turned what some might consider a negative situation (being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s) into a positive. 

    What inspired you most to pursue creating GOODBITES through your experience with this health ailment?

    “After my son went to college last year I decided to focus my energies on making some of the tasty, healthy snacks I created. GOODBITES is the first of those snacks.

    Our food industry today is in need of a complete overhaul, and while people are constantly becoming more aware of the hazardous affects of GMO’s and processed foods, many areas of our diet are still dominated by these products. GOODBITES represents a shift in thinking about packaged foods, moving away from sugar and towards nutrients, and an emphasis on sustainability and health.” 

     

    Do you have any plans to create other raw superfood products?

    “GOODBITES are the cornerstone of our complete superfood line.” 

     Where can we buy your GOODBITES?

    GOODBITES are available on our website www.goodbites.co and at the locations below.

      

    Health and Specialty Stores

             • Erewhon

             • Co-opportunity

             • PC Greens

             • Artisian House

             • Urban Radish

             • The Oaks Gourmet

             • Artisian House

             • One Life Grocery

             • Lassens-Thousand Oaks

             • Lassens-Los Feliz

             • The Detox Market

             • Aura Shop

             • Farmacy

             • Simon's Market

     

    Juice Bars

             • earthbar West Hollywood

             • earthbar Sunset

             • earthbar Santa Monica

             • Sunlife Organics

             • Sunlife Organics Thousand Oaks

             • Naturewell

             • Naturewell Long Beach

             • Real Raw Live

             • Hot 8 Yoga

             • Open Source Organics

             • Om Nom

             • Local 1205 Venice

             • Real Raw Live

     

    Coffeebars and Cafes

              • Intelligentsia Venice

             • Intelligentsia Silverlake

             • Intelligentsia Pasadena

             • Kafe K

             • Bellissimo

    Credits:

    Written, Interviewed and Styled by: Kristen Tola Hettich

    Photographed by: Bethany Nauert

  • Restaurant Review: M.A.K.E. Santa Monica | Matthew Kenney Cuisine

    Happy Thursday everyone!

    Last week I had the opportunity to dine at the Matthew Kenney restaurant, M.A.K.E. in Santa Monica. M.A.K.E. is located in the new mall area, Santa Monica Place, at the end of the 3rd Street Promenade on the top level in The Market. Matthew Kenney has written 11 books on raw recipes. Raw is any food that is cooked below 118 degrees Fahrenheit, usually at 105 degrees, depending who you talk to! ;) As someone who has tried a raw vegan diet, I can honestly say how great such a diet made feel mentally and physically. Although, I no longer follow this type of diet I still can appreciate and enjoy it! And that’s exactly what I did while dining at M.A.K.E. in Santa Monica!

    M.A.K.E. 

    396 Santa Monica Place

    Santa Monica, CA 90401

    310-394-7046

    www.MatthewKenneyCuisine.com/Restaurants

    First Impression:

    Immediately when I saw M.A.K.E. I was impressed with the design aesthetic. It had it’s very own unique vibe to it, it definitely stood out from the other restaurants in The Market.

    Taste:

    I first have to say I was overly impressed not only with the taste of every single thing I tried but also by the presentation! So beautiful! It was almost too pretty to eat! (But I’m glad I did because it was all extremely delicious!) I think it’s safe for me to say that even if you are not a raw vegan, you would really enjoy the food here and probably not even be able to tell it was raw and/or vegan! That’s how good it was!

    The first thing I tried was an amuse-bouche. This hors d’oeuvre was made up of a walnuts and apples wrapped in a nasturtium leaf. So delicious! Thank you chef! :)

    To drink Bethany had the Sweet Green Juice, which is made up of Green Apple, Kale, Cucumber, Celery, Lemon and Lime. She said it was very tasty and would definitely order again! I tried the Tropical Green smoothie, which had Pineapple, Kale, Ginger, Coconut Butter and Almond Milk. This smoothie was one of the best ones I’ve had in a while! Very good! I too would definitely order this again!

    Our second course was two items from their share plates, the Tree Nut Cheeses with Pears and Pickled Cauliflower, Sweet & Spicy Mustard seeds and Fennel Crisps and Mushroom Pate with celeriac (which is a root vegetable) served with Herb Mustard Crackers. Both dishes were very good! I have to say out of the two I really enjoyed the Tree Nut cheese dish the most, as I am not a huge mushroom person. Bethany and I were really impressed at how the “cheeses” tasted exactly like cheese but were obviously not!

    Next, we had the Kimchi Dumplings with Ginger foam and Coriander. I absolutely loved this dish! So tasty!

    For the main course we had two of their most popular dishes, the Black Pepper Kelp Noodles made with Mushroom Snap Peas, olive crumb and pea vine. The other dish was their Market Tomato Lasagna made with Zucchini, Macadamia, Santa Barbara Pistachio and Basil. One word….AMAZING! So impressed with the presentation and the taste of both of these dishes! I would come back just to have either of these! If I were to pick one over the other though, it would be a hard choice, but I’d have to say I liked the Black Pepper Kelp Noodles the best!

    For dessert we had their Chocolate Cake and their Peppermint Ice Cream. Again, two amazing dishes and as someone who LOVES sweets I really enjoyed both of these! It made me wonder why anyone would want to eat “regular” cake or store bought, unhealthy ice cream when you can have sweets like this that are way better for you and leave you with little to no guilt!

    Décor:

    M.A.K.E. has a modern yet rustic vibe, which I think is definitely cohesive with the focus of their menu being raw vegan. It feels earthy but also clean and has feel of being a little upscale. Not the stuffy, uptight upscale but not your typical vegan restaurant either. There is a lot of wood in the restaurant, dark accents and succulents on each table and on the wall by the kitchen. Each table is also made of wood but to add that sense of modernism to the restaurant they have iron chairs and bar stools and a marble countertop at the bar.

     

    Price:

    I think for the quality of food you get along with the vibe of an upper scale vegan restaurant, I think it’s very reasonable! You can expect your main course to run you about $15-$18.

    Service:

    Great service! Everyone at M.A.K.E. is very friendly and polite!

    Ambiance:

    Very quiet and relaxing. I was also dining here during rush hour in LA, so that might have had something to do with that! ;) I do think though that M.A.K.E. is probably pretty low key as it’s located in The Market area away from the other food court, so you most likely will experience that type of ambiance while dining here. Not super noisy or pretentious. It feels cozy in there because of the wood, which also makes it feel darker in there but with all the windows it keeps it pretty well lit!

     

    Overall Experience:

    Amazing! I was really impressed with how good the food was and the presentation of it! It is definitely worth taking a visit to try! Or you can always grab a smoothie, juice or dessert from, M.A.K.E. OUT, their stand alone shop adjacent to M.A.K.E.!

    Credits:

    Written & Reviewed by: Kristen Tola Hettich

    Photographed by: Bethany Nauert