:: Freestyling in the Kitchen Video ::

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Homegrown Blends crewmate, Jo-iLL, is nice when it comes to Dj’ing and Design. Did you know he can throw down in the kitchen too? Feed your passions: shophgb.com


:: Pho Garden Pho Challenge Video ::

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:: 5 Natural Ways To Avoid Getting Sick ::

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We hate getting sick. When there is work to be done, mouths to feed, functions to attend, being sick isn’t on my To-Do list. I’m sure it’s not on your list either. Alternative medicine might be all that you need when it comes to prevention or curing an illness. For the past few years I’ve adopted these techniques and my body has been chugging along with no major speed bumps. No flu shot either. So, if you’re looking for a few natural ways to avoid getting sick this year please keep reading.

Wash your hands. You hear this time and time again but I’m here to tell you once more. Our hands carry germs and viruses freely like a carpool lane. A bit of soap and scrubbing will easily turn that carpool lane into the slow lane. Also, don’t forget to exercise, take vitamins, and get some proper shut eye.

Originally from the Ayurvedic/yoga medical tradition, this ceramic pot looks like a cross between a small teapot and Aladdin’s magic lamp. Magical indeed. When you want relief for your sinus problems look no further than the Neti Pot. This treatment thins the mucus and flushes out your nasal passages using a water and salt mixture. A bit tricky to use at first but the relief is instant.

My mom used make her own version of this for me every time I had a sore throat or came down with a cold. Now that I think about it this tonic is similiar to the infamous Master Cleanse. Ginger is know to ease digestion and nausea. Lemons are high in potassium and vitamin C so its a good antioxidant and helps flush out toxins. Honey is a natural energy booster and great for building immunity. Cayenne Pepper has capsaicin, which has been proven effective against pain. Better than chicken soup!

1 cup water
1″ or so ginger root, peeled and smashed or grated
1 lemon wedge, or to taste
1 teaspoon honey, or to taste
Dash of cayenne pepper

Directions: Microwave the water for 1-2 minutes. Add ginger, lemon (squeeze it into the water then drop the whole thing in), honey, and cayenne to water and stir.  Sip while hot and drink to good health.

Remember my video for this recipe? This shake has been a part of my daily diet for the past few years. I used to get in that midday slump, around 2pm, where a nap was very necessary. However, with this in rotation I can keep pounding the pavement with a clear mind. The key ingredients in this recipe are Wheat Germ and Flax Seeds. These wonder “foods”, well, do wonders for your heart, digestive system, skin, and are packed with many of the vitamins and minerals to keep your body functioning.

1 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 banana
1 TB whole flax seed
2 TB wheat germ
1 handful of kale or spinach
1/2 cup pineapple or other fruit
1 1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup water

Directions: Combine all ingredients in order in a blender. Blend well and until the flax seeds are finely ground, about 10 seconds. Serve and enjoy that wholesome goodness. Makes 4 servings.

I take one of these if I feel my body may be coming down with a cold. Supposedly the zinc formula releases zinc ions to fight your cold virus. This in turn will help decrease the severity of the cold and shorten the length of time you are sick. No more being out of commission for two to three days with a cold.

So there you have it, my personal playbook I use to defend against the pathogens of this world. What other remedies do you have to prevent or cure your sickness? Please share in the comments section.


:: FREE SJ Poster Giveaway ::

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Like the design above? Do you want a FREE 16″w x 20″h poster of it? Just follow the steps below and enter for your chance to win the goods. Winner will be chosen Friday, September 30th.

1. Submit a comment below telling us your favorite food spot in San Jose.
2. Make sure to leave a valid email address so we can contact you.
3. Upload the design above to FaceBook and tag @Steve FlavorInnovator Ha.

Yes, t-shirts will be getting printed up in the near future as well. Thanks for your support folks!


:: East Side Taco Festival of Innovation Logo ::

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Took on the opportunity to develop the Identity for what will be known as “The largest taco event in America”. They wanted artsy and urban with a touch of San Jose and the Southwest. Up to 30 of the most innovative food trucks selling Mexican tacos, Korean tacos, ice cream tacos, and more! Incredible live music, and a “Food Truck Startup” pavilion with everyone you would need to work with to get your dream going. Plus, they are launching a taco into space!

Event Info: East Side Taco Festival of Innovation


:: The Freelancer’s Home Workout ::

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Do you work from the comfort of your own home or studio? Want to exercise but not pay tons of money for the gym? If you are like me then keep reading. Below are two DVD home workout programs I have enlisted in for the past two years. What I like most is the variety of workouts and how everything is outlined. I do slack off some days, but I’m just trying to stay in shape here not enter a bodybuilding competition. An essential part to staying healthy is your diet … it’s probably more important than exercising. These programs do a great job at outlining what foods to eat and when to eat them so you can stay fueled throughout the day.  Of course some motivation and self discipline is needed. Like my man Ratha says, “just show up.”

I use this program for my exterior. Building muscle, getting lean, gaining strength, getting ripped, you can do it all with P90X. All you need is a set of dumbbells or resistance bands, a pull-up bar, and about an hour a day. No gym membership required. P90X is driven by the science of Muscle Confusion. With Muscle Confusion your body keeps adapting and growing through the workout.

I use this program for better cardio, core strength, stamina, and energy. Basically to feel good internally. No equipment or weights needed. The secret to this workout is MAX Interval Training where you perform long bursts of ultra-high intensity moves followed by brief periods of rest. Due to this fact, each workout keeps your body fully engaged as you rotate between aerobic and anaerobic intervals.

P90X/Insanity Hybrid
Currently this is my regiment which I started this earlier this year after finishing both P90x and Insanity twice over. It combines the best of both worlds and has given me optimum results. I can now climb freeway walls and run faster from the police. Jokes. I have noticed an increase in overall strength and cardio compared to doing the two programs independently.

Mini-Exercises and Stretches
Read this article to find out what moves you can do to keep blood flowing at work. Simple and effective.

Top 50 Foods to Fuel Your Workout
This article outlines what foods you need to eat before and after to get the most from your workout.

I know there are many different  exercise programs such as CrossFit, Tabata Training, Zumba and the likes so find one that suits you. More so, push yourself hard, eat right, and stay focused. Want to get inspired? Watch this video.

Have any home workout tips or advice? Please leave a comment.


:: Weekend in Review ::

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Going to start a new series where I recap the musings of my weekend … a visual journal to help me remember these moments. Also, a way for visitors to get a more personal look at life behind the mask so to speak. Photos were shot with iPod Touch using Instagram app.


:: FlavorInnovator Shakerton ::

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To hold true to the FlavorInnovator name I am going to write from time to time about flavorful food finds, recipes, and such. In this first installment I want to introduce to you a recipe that’s been in my daily diet for the past two years. I used to get in that midday slump, around 2pm, where a nap was very necessary. However, with this in rotation I can keep pounding the pavement with a clear mind.

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