Monday, June 9, 2014

My Visits to Bastyr University

Last summer, I visited Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington to introduce my gluten, dairy, and refined sugar-free cookbook, Delightfully Free. I really enjoyed seeing the beautiful campus and visiting with Marty Peterson from the University Bookstore where Delightfully Free is now carried:

Bastyr's beautiful 51 acre main campus in Kenmore, WA

Bastyr University is one of the most respected, premier schools for naturopathic medicine and an established jewel in the world of integrative health care. Located about 10 miles northeast of Seattle, Washington, Bastyr offers a picturesque, inviting atmosphere for its students to study and grow. I know first hand about the quality of Bastyr grads as I have talked with many of them in the course of introducing Delightfully Free as a resource for them to offer their patients. It gives me great satisfaction that Delightfully Free is now carried by over 150 integrative medical practices across the country.

I was excited to learn about the newly opened California campus located in San Diego.  Just last week, almost a year to the day after visiting the main campus in Kenmore, I visited the San Diego campus which is located about 15 miles north of downtown San Diego and a 5 minute drive from La Jolla, a beautiful coastal community with dramatic ocean views and wonderful restaurants and shops. It is home to many well know people such as Theodor Geisel who lived there until his recent death. Not familiar with Mr. Geisel? Bet you are once I tell you his more widely know name: Dr. Seuss!

Bastyr San Diego Campus

My visit to Bastyr's new San Diego campus was arranged by Alison Scott, the Associate Director of Admissions and Student Services. Once on campus, Jennifer Ruiz guided me to where I had the privilege of meeting and getting to know many of the students who will be the inaugural graduating class of 2016 and second graduating class of  2017. I so enjoyed the time I had with them! I am impressed with how knowledgeable and caring they are. We chatted and shared some Black Bean Brownies, which they loved :) and many of them were eager to have signed copies of Delightfully Free.  

Bastyr San Diego is bringing in 60 new students this fall and another 60 next year who will become the classes of 2018 and 2019. I hope to come back and visit with them.

If you are considering a degree in naturopathic medicine, Bastyr is a great choice! At the San Diego Campus, they currently offer only a program leading to a doctorate in naturopathic medicine. At the Kenmore campus, which has been around since 1996, they offer many different programs and dual degree options. I can see that we have a brighter future of increased wellness because of these promising students who will shortly be doctors of naturopathic medicine!

~Tracy

About Delightfully Free: Delightfully Free is a gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free cookbook of 141 recipes. It includes delicious resources for autism, Celiac disease, diabetes, lactose intolerance, obesity and just plain healthy living. It contains 114 color photographs, 114 vegetarian or vegetarian compatible recipes, and 103 vegan or vegan compatible recipes.



Monday, June 2, 2014

CDF National in Pasadena, CA

It's that time of year again in Pasadena, California...


No, not the Rose Parade...the year isn't flying by that fast!

But, it is time for the annual Celiac Disease Foundation National Convention being held again this year at the Pasadena Convention Center. Here are the particulars:


The address is 300 E Green Street, Pasadena, CA.

This photo is from last year's convention at the PCC:


~Tracy

About Delightfully Free: Delightfully Free is a gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free cookbook of 141 recipes. It includes delicious resources for autism, Celiac disease, diabetes, lactose intolerance, obesity and just plain healthy living. It contains 114 color photographs, 114 vegetarian or vegetarian compatible recipes, and 103 vegan or vegan compatible recipes.



Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Guten-Free Event at Keil's Food Store in San Diego, CA

If you're looking for gluten free offerings in San Diego area, you should give Keil's Fresh Food Stores a try. They have two locations:  3015 Clairemont Drive (ask for Greg if you have any questions) and their San Carlos store at 7403 Jackson Drive (ask for Ed).

Ed at the San Carlos store has dedicated 2 long aisles to gluten-free products and is passionate about making gf an important part of the store:


Here I am with Ed at Keil's San Carlos Store (He's the taller one ;)
 
Ed has also started having periodic events where he invites vendors who are sampling their products. The next one is this Saturday and I will be coming with Delightfully Free cookbooks to sell and Black Bean Brownies to sample. Here's all you need to know if you're thinking about dropping by:


 ~Tracy

About Delightfully Free: Delightfully Free is a gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free cookbook of 141 recipes. It includes delicious resources for autism, Celiac disease, diabetes, lactose intolerance, obesity and just plain healthy living. It contains 114 color photographs, 114 vegetarian or vegetarian compatible recipes, and 103 vegan or vegan compatible recipes.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Event at Ojai Valley Inn

A few years back I had the pleasure of staying at the spectacular Ojai Valley Inn and Spa in Ojai, California. It really is a restful and memorable place.


I will have the privilege of returning to the Inn this coming Sunday, May 4th from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm to introduce my gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free cookbook, Delightfully Free, to some of the guests.

The Inn, located at the outskirts of the charming town of Ojai, is nestled among 220 acres which invite pleasant strolls through the grounds. It is located at 905 Country Club Road. (Yes, it has a golf course as the address suggests.) It boasts a first rate spa and tennis courts as well.

Of course, there are several nice, restful places to eat and, if memory serves, they each offer some outside seating with scenic vistas. I especially enjoyed the breakfasts on outside patios shaded in many places by overhead tree branches or looking out at large oak trees a couple hundred years old. Check out the view below from the Oak Grill's patio. 

The view from the patio of the Oak Grill

The Inn is a very memorable destination. If you haven't been there, you should definitely look into staying there for some special occasion. They frequently run package deals. Or, a great way to spend a day is to visit the town and stop by the Inn for a meal. If you decide to do that this Sunday, please stop by and say hello.

~ Tracy

About Delightfully Free: Delightfully Free is a gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free cookbook of 141 recipes. It includes delicious resources for autism, Celiac disease, diabetes, lactose intolerance, obesity and just plain healthy living. It contains 114 color photographs, 114 vegetarian or vegetarian compatible recipes, and 103 vegan or vegan compatible recipes.