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HTLA & LA Eats (part 2!)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

Let's go behind the scenes, shall we?

For HTLA, I had a lot of cooking to do! First up HH's Baked Onion Rings (from The Happy Herbivore Cookbook).

Just before they go in the oven!

200+ onion rings for dinner! Seriously--don't they look like the unhealthy kind? They're baked (totally fat-free) and made with wholesome ingredients! They were a huge hit. I was very proud.

Next was baking---a lot of baking--- almost 600 muffins and cupcakes!

Chef AJ's oven could handle 4 muffin trays at a time, so I was quadrupling my standard recipe -- never in my life have I cooked on such a grand scale! Just look at that commercial mixing bowl---wowza!

These are HH's Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

I also made HH's Carrot Cake Cupcakes and the No-Bake Cookies from The Happy Herbivore Cookbook!

But all that baking was worth it -- the grand finale at HTLA (my goodies!)

and here I am on stage with some of the other chefs -- it was a paparazzi moment for sure -- we all just stood there with hundreds of cameras flashing. I just kept thinking "I hope I don't fall off these steps!" 

Now that you've seen my food.... here are some other LA eats:

Chef AJ made me her "Easy Being Green" smoothie from her fabulous book Unprocessed. It's so delicious (and filling!). She made me one every morning I was in Los Angeles! We got only a few hours of sleep each night... I'm convinced the smoothies allowed me to function!

and she surprised Dr. Campbell, his lovely wife Karen & I with these cupcakes at the airport. Dr. Campbell is so cute---he ate his in the car. I love a man who loves his chocolate. lol!

The cupcake was so rich -- and reminded me of a peanut butter cup because it had peanut butter on the inside!

and now for the good stuff!

So what did Dr. Campbell and I blab about for hours? Writing books! He's writing his second book -- and I don't want to give too much away but let me tell you -- it is going to be AWESOME and blow your mind. I all but begged him to let me read the manuscript!He also told me he's working on a new study---and I think this study is going to have an even bigger impact than The China Study. He's so passionate, so inspiring! He is changing the world!! 

Look at us! two peas in a pod! LOL.

Let's see...what else? Oh! His favorite foods are simple foods like potatoes and kale. (He actually gave me that example!!)... and the man still runs 3 to 4 miles several days a week -- a testament to the power of eating plants!

If you've never had the chance to see him in person, you must MUST do it! His presentations and talks are always fascinating and stimulating -- he's so smart, and most importantly, so genuine and humble. I can aspire to be that polished!

HTLA (and I met T. Colin Campbell)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

Ohmigosh! I have so much to tell you -- and so many pictures to share -- from this crazy, but wonderful weekend!

For starters, I met T. Colin Campbell, for real. I not only got to sit next to him at dinner, I sat next to him all day yesterday! I'm still swooning. 

At one point my mom said the camera was on the crowd (HTLA was live, online), and there Dr. Campbell & I were, talking, my hands going a mile a minute. typical. 

See how close we were sitting at dinner:

Now on to the food!

Lentil Pate with dehydrated crackers by Chef Eric LeChasseur (he heads Seed Bistro which I blogged about the other day).

Duo of seasonal soups (butternut and parsnip) by Chef Ramses Bravo (executive chef True North)

Kale Salad by Chef Aj

Autumn Plate by Chef Eric Tucker (executive chef at Millennium in San Francisco)

and finally, Chocolate Cake by Chef AJ -- she made this for Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and his wife Ann, for their anniversary too!

Everything was plant-based, whole foods and no oil, sugar or salt! Yet it was the best meal I've ever had! 

I also got to meet and hang out with all of these chefs (plus Ann Gentry who runs Real Food Daily in Los Angeles) and I have to say they are all the most gracious, talented chefs--- I was inspired by them, in awe of them... in love with them.. lol! Seriously though, they were all just so lovely and I never felt weird, but welcomed. They all went to culinary school and own fabulous (and famous!) restaurants... and I was... well... a home cook... with a book and blog... but they were all amazing! and really made me feel like one of them.

Now, some pictures of me and my hero:

This one is fuzzy, but I think captures our likeness.

I also finally met the beautiful Julieanna Heaver (The Plant-Based Dietician) and the executive producer of Forks Over Knives who is a friend in email and now a friend in real life! 

More Dr. Campbell stories (you know you wanna know what we talked about!) and pictures soon--- come back later for part 2!

Watch me cook LIVE today @ HTLA

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: TravelVideo

HTLA will be streaming live all day here

The entire event runs from 9 to 5 (pacific time) but I'll come on around 3:45pm (6:45 EST)

I'll be making HH's chocolate zucchini muffins, carrot cake cupcakes with maple icing and the "instant" cookie dough from the Happy Herbivore Cookbook!

I hope you can tune in!