Vol. 2: It’s a bird, it’s a plane… No wait, it’s “ALKALINE BOY”!NikTerrace
by featured contributor Nik Tyler




. of not getting enough sleep? Or feeling foggy? Sluggish in the morning? Crashing in the middle of the day? Dealing with problematic skin? Damaged, crazy hair? Poor digestion? Sore muscles? Aching back? Feeling stressed? Feeling stressed about feeling stressed? No, this isn’t a late-night infomercial – this is literally how I felt for years. I finally found the true cause of these all-too-common health afflictions, and I want to share the truth with you. Get ready; the cause of illness as I have come to know it The pH Miracle: Paperbackis (drum roll, please)… SUGAR & ACIDIC FOOD! Though simple may it seem, I learned this during a transformative health retreat where I had the fortune of spending 12 days cleansing at Dr. Robert Young‘s Rancho De Sol in Valley Center, near San Diego. Dr. Young, a world renowned scientist and lecturer, is the author of several books, including “The pH Miracle” and because of him, I am soaring! So here’s my story:


The basis of Dr. Young’s scientific philosophy is that of adopting an “Alkalarian” lifestyle and diet (, a way of eating and thinking where essentially your meals consists of 80% alkaline foods and 20% acidic. Choosing to consume primarily alkaline foods and limiting the intake of meat, dairy, high sugar fruits & certain carbohydrates, we can maintain an internal alkaline level of 7.2 (striving for 8), which, strengthens the immune system. Who knew?


Milk of Human Kindness?

Everyone knows that in order to make milk, cows have to be impregnated, like any other mammal. This creates the veal industry  – and just four days ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture shut down a veal slaughter facility in Vermont.

When Shakespeare wrote down the phase “Milk of human kindness” in Macbeth, he was unaware of the irony this phrase would have almost 400 years later.  The care and compassion for others he speaks of does not extend to dairy cows or their calves, who are the subjects of the latest undercover investigation from the HSUS, who continue to open our eyes to the atrocities committed out-of-sight for something as simple as a glass of milk.

Videotape from the investigation reveals that veal calves only a few days old—many with their umbilical cords still hanging from their bodies—were unable to stand or walk on their own. The tape shows that the animals were kicked, slapped and repeatedly shocked with electric prods and subjected to other mistreatment.

The worst part is, this is not uncommon. Approximately 700,000 veal calves are slaughtered in the US annually. The even worse part? We’re not baby cows – and we don’t need to drink cows’ milk any more than we need to drink giraffes’ milk. There are other things to put in our coffee and cereal, and every time we take a sip of milk or a bite of cheese – as the late Gretchyn Wyler once said, “We must not refuse to see with our eyes what they must endure with their bodies.”

Bi-Coastal Brunching

It’s almost weekend brunch time! I was in San Francisco recently, visiting my sister and working on a Thanksgiving campaign for Farm Sanctuary featuring Ginnifer Goodwin (I’ll be posting the photos by Ryan Pfluger, and the videos by Yours Truly very soon!) and I got to stop by Herbivore for brunch not once, but twice. How come nobody told me they had doughnuts?! These cake doughnuts can blow Dunkin’ D’s out of the water (and who wants to support them anyway, now that we’ve seen how they treat egg-laying chickens).


These were my delectable brunches of Blueberry Glazed & Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts, and Spinach-Mushroom Scrambled Tofu with House Potatoes. Yum!

Back in New York, I swung by Sacred Chow, who also does an amazing brunch, with everything from biscuits n’ gravy to waffles and thick, yummy french toast drenched in blueberry sauce.


Where are your favorite places to brunch? We’d love to hear to where you make your weekend pilgrimage, or what you make at home. Leave us a comment and tell us!

Goof-Proof Ice Cream Cake

Do you have childhood memories of Carvel Cakes filled with chocolate crunchies and stacked with creamy layers? My roommate Alyssa made me an amazing Vegan Ice Cream Cake for my birthday last week – and it looked so gorgeous, and tasted even better, but was a cinch to make! That’s why we’re passing on the secret to you…


What You’ll Need:


  1. 1. Allow the 4 pints of ice cream to soften for about 20 minutes at room temperature. Don’t let it get too melty or the cake will be icy when re-frozen.
  2. 2. In a blender or processor, turn the cookies to crumbs! For a smoother, smaller crumble, process longer.
  3. 3. In your pan, make a base layer of cookie crumbles about 1/4 inch thick.
  4. 4. Using a spoon, scoop alternate layers of ice cream flavors and cookie crumbles as you please.
  5. 5. once you’ve reached the top of your pan or your desired cake thickness, cover with plastic and put it in the freezer to set for at least 45 minutes .
  6. 6. You can decorate the top anyway you want! Icing, writing, crumbles, etc…

Stone Brogue, Brown Oxford

You already know why leather sucks. This “Kama” Brogue and “Apis” oxford were named after the Hindu god of love, and the Egyptian god of fertility. I wouldn’t mind walking in their shoes. A round toe, and constructed in microfibre faux-leather – these shoes are perfect dressed down with jeans or with a suit on the red carpet. Also available in tan, wine, and black: $156 at BurgeoisBoheme Thanks to reader Gareth for the tip!