I Heart Fresno: Whole Farms Market

January 4, 2011 § 1 Comment

As you all know by now Dominique, my partner in crime, is a veggie who dabs in vegan. I thought it was time I one uped her and tried to be RAW vegan for a day. I only lasted an afternoon, but OMG I am like SO healthy now.

What is a “raw vegan” you ask? A raw vegan is someone who does not eat meat, dairy, or anything cooked over 104 degrees. I’ve never really had a desire to go vegan. Mostly because I am mildly (ok majorly) obsessed with gourmet cheese. I mean my fiance put aged gouda in my stocking. That must sound really sick to you, but I was more than pleased.

A few weeks ago, the explosion that is downtown got a new joint. It’s called Whole Farms Market. Which may be my only complaint about the place. A little too close to another “whole” name if you ask me. If I was naming a raw food cafe I would call it “Rawdiculous”, but that’s just me. I went on a little culinary adventure to check out what it’s like to go raw.

When I entered the space I was immediately greeted warmly by the family of farmers/owners. The ladies were so helpful and excited to share the world of raw with me. They have their own locally grown produce as well as produce from other local organic farmers. They had hummos for us to sample and their version of brownies made out of dates and walnuts which were actually really tasty! They encouraged me to try their version of “fettucini alfredo”. Let me tell you right now, this doesn’t taste anything like fettucini alfredo. It’s not bad, but it’s definitely not fettucini. Here it is.

It’s made out of kelp noodles and a cashew and coconut cream. When I say that it wasn’t bad, I mean it. The texture of the noodle is definitely an acquired taste. Unlike the richness and creaminess of fetticini alfredo, this was packed with spice. It had lots of nutmeg and cinnamon. Again, I need to emphasize it wasn’t bad, but it just wasn’t what I expected. The more I ate the more I enjoyed it. It just tasted more like a thai noodle to me than fetticini.

I was surprised by how full I was on very little. One of the chefs told me that when our body receives enough nutrients it sends the message to our brain that were full. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I do know I wasn’t hungry all afternoon and that I had a great level of energy. I don’t know if it was the placebo effect or if I was just riding the high of being totally more vegan than Dom for 5 minutes, but I felt good.

Stop by and give it a try for yourself. It was definitely an experience that was worth the trip.

Cast Your Vote For Fresno

December 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

We’ve been spamming you about voting for Fresno and for good reason. Walmart is going to give away one million dollars to feed the hunger to the community that has the most support. Currently Fresno is in the top spot, but the no. 2 city, Grand Rapids, is not too far behind. While it would be wonderful for any city to be able to feed people that are hungry in their area, I would love to see the money come here. As you heard from Mike Slayden, the director of Off The Front last Friday, we have the highest concentration of poverty in the nation! That alone would give us reason enough to support Fresno.

However, then I read Mike Oz’s article on the Beehive today and I was like, “Oh no he didn’t”. Not Mike Oz, he’s the man, but John Arnold. Who’s John Arnold you ask? He’s the director of the Grand Rapids chapter of Feeding America.  He told a Grand Rapids reporter this last week, “To lose to New York City would be expected but to lose to Fresno would be humiliating.”

“Oh no HE didn’t!” Well I think he’s already taken care of humiliating himself. I mean really, you work for feed AMERICA. Last time I checked, Fresno’s a part of America. Here’s where we come in. Let’s rally together. Let’s support our city. Let’s show all the John Arnold’s out there that Fresno cares and is a community that will do anything they can to help the homeless in our community. Take a second and cast your vote HERE by clicking “like”. When you’re done post it on your facebook, spam email people, twitter it, make a sandwich board sign and wear it around town, do whatever you can to get Fresno those one million buckaroos.

Let’s show this nation how much we HEART Fresno.

❤ Cambria

(dot) Net? or CA(dot)com?

November 5, 2010 § 10 Comments

How confusing does the title of this post look? I bet your eyes are crossing. Good, then I’ve done my job.

Cam and I are in a bit of a tough spot right now. We’d like to purchase a domain name to take “I Heart Fresno” to the next level, but when we went to grab the name, http://www.iheartfresno.com was taken! TAKEN! Sheesh!

So we came up with two alternatives.

Number One : I Heart Fresno (dot) NET
Number Two : I Heart Fresno CA (dot) com

Now, this is important ladies and gentlemen. Grab your kids, grab your wife, grab your husbands ‘cuz we be askin’ everybody out here. Yes, we want to know what YOU want, Fresno. We know it’s only a little change, but we are excited to start rolling with some new ideas at the I Heart Fresno headquarters and we’d like your input along the way, starting NOW.

I can’t figure out how to put an actual fancy poll on here so please just comment and let us know if you’re for choice one, or two.

Can we count on you, Fresno?

❤ Dominique & Cambria

Muniches on Wheels is Cool

October 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

***Disclaimer- I do not condone drinking to become drunk or smoking anything that is illegal.***

Now, with that disclaimer in mind, I need you to listen to me very carefully. Muniches on Wheels is 2% offensive, 1% weird and 100% brilliant. I don’t think I did the math right with that, but you get the idea. What is Muniches on Wheels? Well, the best way I can describe it is that it’s a Fresno based mobile convenience store, and they deliver!!! And not only that, if they don’t have what you’re looking for…they’ll go and grab it for you (if the restaurant is still open of course).

If you’re like me and you stay up late, you’re gonna want to check out Munchies on Wheels. When I first saw their business card I was impressed, I mean, I expect to see something like this in L.A., but not Fresno. Fresno just doesn’t have cool stuff like this, right? Wrong. I don’t know guys, I just feel like Fresno is getting cooler by the minute. Seriously. I keep finding fun stuff like this more and more. I love that people here are being inventive and taking advantage of the great potential that Fresno has. And next time I’m craving a late night snack, I know who to call.

Don’t forget to check out their WEBSITE and drool over all their goodies!

❤ Dominique

Online: Fashionably Bombed

September 28, 2010 § 1 Comment

I know it’s Tower Tuesday, and I’ll get to that in a post later today, but I wanted to share a fun Fresno based blog with you.  I quickly met Katherine Good at the Frebby’s last Thursday.  We sat next to each other and snuck in a quick introduction before the awards ceremony began. After they gave her blog an Honorable Mention (very cool) I asked for her blogness card (that’s my funny attempt to reference a business card). Unfortunately, I didn’t get to talk to her much after that, but I’m glad I know where to find her!

I checked out her blog www.fashionablybombed.com (how fun is that to say?? Say that three times fast!) and I loved it! First of all, it’s so stinkin’ cute. I LOVE the martini glass with the bomb coming out of it…I love the little bubblegum looking bubbles in the glass…seriously too cute. It’s basically a blog where Katherine and her sister show you how to make fun cocktails, and they look good doing it.

Don’t just take my word for it, check it out yourself!

www.fashionablybombed.com

❤ Dominique

The Frebby Awards

September 27, 2010 § 1 Comment

What are The Frebby Awards, you say?

The Frebby Awards debuted on September 23, 2010, recognizing Fresno-area creatives who are setting standards for how the web is used. (via Frebby Awards dot com <—They say it better than I could).

James Collier of Paprika Studios loves the web and wants to spread that love.  The Frebby Awards are his brain child.  This past Thursday was the first ever Frebby Awards, and let me tell you, it was SO fun.  The event was held at The Downtown Club  on Kern Street downtown. 

The first hour of the event was for mingling.  I enjoyed talking with other internet lovers while we drank and snacked on cheeses and various finger foods.  I finally met a couple of my Twitter friends in person!  The later half of the evening were the awards.  It was so awesome to see so many people gather for an event like this.  There is so much potential online, (especially in the Fresno area) and to recognize people who are already helping that movement made me all warm and fuzzy inside. 

Me and Chance hangin’

Me and Ashley (check out her yoga blog HERE)

Anyway, I feel like I’m yacking too much when all I wanted to do was introduce you to The Frebby Awards, It’s Creator, and The Winners for 2010.

Congrats to all the Frebby Winners, can’t wait for next year!

2010 Award Winners

Information/Education
Morgan Gable, Mrs. Priss blog, for DIY projects. www.mrspriss.com

Action
Google Fiber for Fresno team for their website, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and public relations campaign. www.fiberfresno.com

Commerce
Fadi Safadi, Savory App, a phone and Web application for restaurant specials and deals. www.savoryapp.com

Communication
Davier Interactive, Google Fiber Map, an online map allowing supporters to show where they live. www.davierinteractive.com/googleFiber

Inspiration
Ryan C. Jones, Ryan C. Jones Photography’s website, blog and use of social media. www.rcjonesphotography.com

Connection
Irma Olguin Jr., founder of 59 Days of Code application-writing competition. 59daysofcode.com

Frebby Favorite
Anti Laboratories – F.U.S.E. 2010 (Fresno Urban Sound Experience), overall project, including website and online fund-raising campaign. antilabs.net

❤ Dominique

Creative Fresno

September 6, 2010 § 2 Comments

Do you want to become more involved in the community?? Are you creative??

…Oh…you’re not?

It’s ok, because you don’t have to be creative to join Creative Fresno!

Creative Fresno is an organization that started in 2004 in hopes to bring people of the community together to help bring positive change to Fresno concerning the arts, civics and business. They host blenders for the community (anyone is welcome) the first Friday of every month.

Chance and I checked out Creative Fresno’s latest blender this past Friday. It was held at Shepherd’s Inn located downtown. The age range was about mid-twenties to early sixties. Everyone there was happy to be mixing and meeting new people and it was seriously fun. There’s so much going on in Fresno that I really had NO IDEA about. We are making great strides here, people! Fresno is a cool city, gosh darn it!

If you’d like to learn more about Creative Fresno visit their website HERE. And if you decide to become a member (cost is $20) you are also signing up to receive some fun discounts around town.

Wanna join the conversation?? Make sure you stay up to date with their twitter to find out where the next blender will be.

Go team, Fresno!

Gooooooooooo team, go team, GO!

❤ Dominique

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