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My brother-in-law Tom and I hit the town on Day 1. We visited a Wet Market which is a glorified Farmer’s Market, went to Tom’s work building and had lunch at the Four Seasons. Here are some photos of my first day in Hong Kong.
                                                                                                              “Just leido!”
                                                                        Lan Kwai Fong morning after. Love the Budweiser signs.
                                                          Traditional Chinese Tea Apothocary (come with an ailment, leave with a cure)

                                                                                                       Fresh Bean Sprouts.                                                                            Look closely on the right rack… Meatballs…..
                                                                                                                    Hungry?
                   My brother-in-law framing the “Create and Annoy” sign which he later wanted to name his in-home esspresso bar.
                                        Preserved/Thousand Year Old Eggs. Duck eggs preserved in a clay-like plaster for [more like] 100 days.                                                                                             Quail eggs resting on Chicken eggs.                          If the fish isn’t alive when bought they’re thought to be too old. Fresh is an understatement here.                                                            What would you like for dinner tonight?  Pig Hooves, Intestines or Tounge?                                                                                                               The old and the new.
                                        The view from my brother-in-law’s 52nd Floor office. You can see my reflection a tad, oops.
            View of the Four Season’s Pool looking from the IFC Two (above) and vise-versa looking up at the IFC Two in the one below.

Another portrait of another dear friend today. Meet Emma. These beautiful and natural portraits truly represent who Emma is and how Emma has been raised. While I grew up in junk-food haven; Emma, who was down the road, grew up in a Macrobiotic home. Her fridge, which I plan on documenting, looks like a science project. While her mother’s views of the world were once a bizarre mystery to me I now find fascinating.

Macrobiotic is a dietary practice which involves eating whole grains, local vegetables and focuses on how the food is prepared and stored. It is a practice that dates back to the late 1800 but in this day in age it’s rare to come across someone who has devoted their life to this regime. Emma’s mother has done so and raised 4 beautiful children who have taken parts of this discipline into their own lives. Emma is a certified Yoga instructor and studying nutrition to become a Dietitian.

I’ve decided to post about things I am interested in as well as my regular photographic activity.

I’ve always been interested in health & well-being (I even have an entire portfolio dedicated to the subject). Recently, however, I have been getting creative in the kitchen, pushing myself in my athletic endevors and learning more about all the different diet lifestyles out there. I’m not an extremist and honestly don’t have enough faith in myself to dedicate entirely to one practice. I cannot see it easy eating Raw or even Vegan. I do like educating myself about the practices and feel that if I can adapt certain prinicples from each approach I can achieve greater health and energy.

I’m not sure if these bars are considered Raw or not. Where is the threshold on Raw cooking. Is it zero or a little? (please feel free to educate me on this!) These bars are put in the oven at 325 degrees for 25 minutes. Raw or not- they’re delicious, filling and yes, healthy! I found this recipe on Muliply Delicious.

The [Almost, Maybe, I think?] Raw Granola Bars

Ingredients:

2 cups old fashion rolled oats

1/2 cup millet

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon cloves

1/3 cup maple syrup (Darker if you like sweet, Lighter if you are so-so)

1/4 cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup medjool dates, pitted

1/3 cup pecans, chopped

1/3 cup roasted unsalted almonds

1/3 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper with edges coming over sides.  Set aside.

In a large bowl toss together oats, millet, pecans, almonds, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, and mini chocolate chips.

In a bowl of a food processor, combine the maple syrup, honey, vanilla, and dates.  Pulse together.  Add cinnamon, ground ginger, salt, nutmeg, and cloves.  Puree mixture.

Add date mixture to oat mixture and stir to combined.  If mixture is not wet enough add a tablespoon at a time of maple syrup.

Press the oat mixture into prepared baking pan.  Bake for 25 minutes.

Remove pan from oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely.  Once cooled, lift sides of parchment paper to release from pan.  Place on cutting board and cut granola bar.

Bars can be stored in refrigerator or even frozen.

 

Makes 8 to 10 bars.