3 Minute Curryavos | Organic Paleo Raw GF Snacks

What's a curryavo? 

Have you heard of curryavos yet? Probably not because we just kind of invented them as a way to spice up one of our favorite paleo snacks- avocados. These tasty fruits (yep- avocados are technically a fruit!) not only taste amazing, but we also love that they are gluten free, sugar free, dairy free.. and a highly recommended food from folks like Dr. Cate Shanahan. In fact, it's part of the 4th pillar of Dr. Shanahan's four pillars of nutrition: Fresh, Uncooked Ingredients.  Avocados are packing some pretty rocking nutritional power.

  • Meat on the Bone
  • Organ meats
  • Fermented and sprouted foods
  • Fresh, uncooked ingredients

An incredibly tasty, raw ingredient snack

1- Avocados contain fat. 77% of it is fat, in fact. We all used to think fat was bad, but science has proven otherwise- and it turns out that some fats are actually nutritional superstars. Avos have oleic acid in them- a monounsaturated fatty acid that is proven to keep your heart healthy.

2- The fat in avocados will help you absorb fat soluble nutrients better. Which means you'll get more antioxidants and vitamins out of the salad & other organic veggies you pair with it. Yes, please!

3- Avocados have been linked to fighting cancer, helping our eyes (they contain eye loving compounds Lutein and Zeaxanthin), and reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

How to make Curryavos

Recipe preparation time & type: 3-5minutes - Super quick paleo morning or afternoon snack, or pack it for lunch.

1. Cut a ripe organic avocado in half. I recommend Hass avocados for their flavor!
2. Spice it up, and get creative: Add little sprinkles of fun organic spices: curry powder, cumin, basil, cilantro, turmeric- feel free to experiment!
3. Optional: Add a dash sea salt & pepper to flavor. If you work out and sweat a lot, it's great to replenish salts- within moderation of course!

**Paleo Protein pairing: Avocados go great with canned red salmon, soft boiled eggs, diced or sliced bacon, and grass fed beef!

What's in a Name? | Help us with our Farm Share business idea!

Hey everyone! We've been brainstorming names for the past few weeks as we start on the next chapter in our life experiment. The list of possibilities is narrowed down, now we need your help picking the perfect one for our new business :)

Our project isn't so much to make an app/website as it is to create a way to connect people, as many of the best businesses do. Currently there's a huge disconnect between local farmers and the consumers that want their produce, which we believe is one of the biggest limiting factors preventing further growth of small farms. Right now we're seeing a resurgence of small local farms, backyard gardens, and DIY chicken coops; the challenge is to efficiently utilize these resources and get any surplus produce to consumers before they spoil.

Farm Share Business Name Survey

We're envisioning an Airbnb level app and/or web platform, with farmers instead of hosts and produce instead of rooms. Let's help to bring the localvore movement to the 21st century!

Share your thoughts Here!

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Original text by Joshua Titus and Shaina Deciryan, with images by organic lifestyle photographer Shaina DeCiryan © 2015 Orlando, Viera, Rockledge, Florida

Expereview Week #5 || Compression Fails! Or does it?


Can you tell the difference between these 3 audio tracks? 

Check out the 3 samples provided, and pick the best sounding track for each sample. You might be surprised at the results:

How Well Can You Hear Audio Quality? - NPR Music

Today we're diving into a bit of a different topic than usual, audio quality. Audio quality affects all of us every day, whether good or bad, and with the increased proliferation of steaming services (Pandora, Spotify, Podcasts, etc.) the type and amount of compression used will continue to be an important consideration. I've read articles on this subject before, but NPR has put together one of the best side by side compilations I've ever seen/heard. So, sit back and relax in front of your best sound system (or ear buds) and let me know what you think in the comments. Personally, I got as many wrong as I got right, haha.

Compression algorithms have come a long way since the old 128 kbps mp3s, with optimized low and high frequency cutoffs, variable bit rate (VBR), and bass recovery. In the end, it often comes down to the quality of your audio equipment and even how well you actually hear. Find Out

Speaking of sound and vibrations, these guys developed a method of extracting sound from video captured on a high speed camera by tracking the vibrations in a plant! Definitely not high quality, but also taken from outside a soundproof room using line-of-sight. Jason Borne would love this:

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Basil Mint Tequila | Fresh picks for Cinco de Mayo from our organic garden

Feliz cinco de mayo, from the photographer's garden! Spice up your favorite tequila with some fresh picked herbal flavors like basil & mint! Finish it off with himalayan rock salt.

We don't drink often, but when we do it's great to enjoy something fresh, organic and (relatively) low sugar. Traditionally celebrated in Mexico and by Mexican Americans, Cinco de Mayo is not actually the Mexican Independence day as many people believe, but instead commemorates a landmark military victory by the underdog Mexican army over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862. 

I can't wait to try this basil, mint, lemon + tequila concoction tonight for Cinco de Mayo,
 especially with our colossal organically home grown sweet basil leaves. Ever since we added our fish emulsion and worm juice fertilizers from our vermiculture boxes, our basil plants have been thriving! And no, they aren't the same sort of worms that are in mezcal tequila! :) 

Cinco de Mayo Basil Mint Tequila Shots Makes shots for two
  • 2 shots of 100% Agave Tequila (Kah Tequila Reposado)
  • 2 Leaves of Basil
  • 4 Mint leaves
  • Himalayan Rock Salt 
  • Optional: Lemon or Lime!

How to make: Dip the rim of your shot glasses in rock salt- we used Real Salt Himalayan Pink, then add your freshly picked Basil and Mint leaves. Pour in 2 shots of your favorite tequila and cheers!

Cinco de Mayo Basil Tequila Lemonade Recipe
Makes 1 glass
  • 2 shots of 100% Agave Tequila (Kah Tequila Reposado)
  • 1 or 2 Large Basil leaves
  • Mint sprig
  • 1 cup Soda water
  • Fresh Lemon or Lime juice
  • 1 tsp Agave Nectar

How to make: Mix Tequila, basil, mint, lemon or lime juice with ice, then add on top of the soda water in a Tom Collins glass! Add a basil leaf or lime garnish and enjoy!

About Kah Tequila Reposado
If you're interested in checking out this great Dia de Los Muertos inspired aged Tequila by Kah, check out Tequila.net's full review of Kah Tequila Reposado (110 Proof). This tequila has a great full bodied taste, and is made with a highly traditional method by true Tequila craftsman.
Agave Region
Oven Type
Extraction Method
Distillation Method
Barrel - Cask
Tasting Awards
2011 TEQUILA.net Awards - "Best of the Best" Best High-Proof Tequila

Feliz Cinco de Mayo, from the Experivida team!

TEDx Tokyo: The Future is Calling us to Greatness

Amanda Ravenhill is graduate of Presidio's Sustainable Business program, a TEDx Japan presenter, a burning man aficionado, co-author to the upcoming book Drawdown with Paul Hawken, an Americorp Fellow, head of business partnerships at 350.org co-founder of The Hero Hatchery, with her husband Ryan Kushner, and she spends her summer's teaching kids on her native Maine island traditional boatbuilding skills.

She's one of those larger than life human beings, who is pouring her heart into creating a better world. I know this because she happens to be my cousin.

I've been proudly watching her journey to becoming the courageous advocate for the environment that she is. She has recently been interviewed by Entheos on her work as part of their "The Future is Calling us to Greatness" campaign.
Big ideas in this session:
  • Why the Drawdown Project may be the single most important project on Earth
  • Her TEDx talk on the business of nature evolving and the evolving nature of business
  • The Hero Hatchery, 350.org, and sustainable business schools

2015 Nepal Earthquake aid: Donate to Sam's House, a children's aid non-profit in Pokhara

I have no idea how it feels to have so many familiar faces and places ripped out from your life. Many folks in Nepal have experienced just this lately with the powerful earthquakes that hit in April 2015 that I'm sure you've heard about. The BBC released estimates of over 3,000 lives lost in the regions of Pokhara and Kathmandu. I've only visited Nepal on the pages of National Geographics and their amazing photo essays, but I'm sure that a disaster of this scale would be hard on any community- let alone one with as little infrastructure as Nepal for rebuilding and moving on with life. Especially for the little ones!

Expereview Week #4 || Earth Day! - Celebrating the Synergy between Animals, Plants and Nature

Let's Celebrate Earth Day this year by appreciating our ENTIRE ecosystem; the animals, plants and natural environment in which we all live together!

No one piece can survive without the others, we thrive or perish together on this tiny blue spec in the vastness of the universe. Allan Savory's story is tragic, following traditional wisdom and doing what he thought was right resulted in the deaths of 40,000 elephants... all in the name of saving the Earth.

"That was the saddest and greatest blunder of my life... and I will carry that to my grave" - Allan Savory 

He could have just ended his career there, devastated by the failure, but he didn't stop. Instead, he has dedicated his life to re-educating the public on the symbiotic relationship between plants and animals. Allan Savory says it best, watch his TED talk below and Happy Earth Day!

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Expereview Week #3 || Insurance - Plant the Seed!

Most people cringe when the topic of insurance comes up, but used in the proper way insurance can be a powerful driver of good in the world!

Believe it or not, at its core the idea behind insurance is benevolent and, dare I say, altruistic in nature... which is in stark contrast to most insurance offerings today, where profit and low payout ratios take precedence over helping people in need.

I've seen many cases where instead of being the safety net after a tragic event, it's a fight to receive the coverage you've been paying for and promised (or maybe not, there's a lot of fine print - my homeowners insurance documentation was 50+ pages long of exceptions/addendums). Instead of fighting for you, the insurance company is fighting with you to find a reason to deny or reduce your claim... Maybe you've had a similar issues, hopefully not, but there is a better way!

There is light at the end of the tunnel, at least in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the people arguably need the help more than we do in the US. Rose Goslinga shows us how insurance should be run, and how smart data and intuitive thinking can take a problem and provide an economical solution for everyone:

When profit is not the objective, it's amazing the difference it can make! Free market capitalism works well to optimize efficiency and profit, but when these aren't the objectives it behooves us to take a different approach. Nonprofit (NPO) insurance should be the standard, not the exception. After all, aren't we insuring people's success, not profiting from their loss?

ps - Oh what I would do for a ride on one of these! Jetman!

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Expereview Week #2 || Beautiful Brains - Unknown or Unknowable?

What is Consciousness and where does it come from?

A question pondered by many since the beginning of time, we might be a few steps closer to having an answer as this week's podcast from NPR TED Radio Hour dives deeply into The Unknown Brain.

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte-Taylor walks us through what it's like to survive a stroke, from a scientist's perspective, and how amazing the brain is at re-wiring again.

Ever wanted to make brain soup? Neither have I, but neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel is a pro at it! For Science!

Are there parts of the brain specifically for different functions? Seeing faces, picking out colors, hearing sounds? Nancy Kanwisher researched this topic by studying her own brain in an fMRI while she asks herself these same questions.

And finally, we get philosophical with David Chalmers and explore our sense of self and the nature of consciousness. Hear the full take below:

[NPR: TED Radio Hour Podcast] The Unknown Brain => 
Listen to the Full Podcast
(working on embedding a player, harder than it seems... in the meantime follow the link or right-click "save as")

Watch the full TED Talk by Nancy Kanwisher and see the areas of the brain she's talking about!

ps - Dreaming of New Zealand... and mountain biking, match made in heaven! 

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