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Make friends with friendly bacteria and improve your health! Come to our Kombucha Class :P

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OK PEEPS! Exciting News ! This Thursday 6p.m.-9p.m @ EDW Click here for their site!  we have special guest professor teaching us how to make KOMBUCHA & FLOWER WINE! If you can let me know before hand if your going to make it! Either by emailing troofood@gmail.com messaging or calling 6947686846!

H Κομπούχα ασχολείται με το αρχαίο λαϊκό φάρμακο Κομπούχα και τα μυστικά της προετοιμασίας του, της μεταχείρησης του και άλλα. Η Κομπούχα μύκητα φαίνεται σαν μεγάλη, παχύ τηγανίτα και είναι μια συμβίωση διαφορετικών μικροοργανισμών. Μία προφυλαγμένη συνταγή, η οποία ήταν ήδη γνωστή στην Κίνα πριν 2200 χρόνια, περιγράφει πως αναβράζεται πράσινο ή μαύρο τσαϊ με την βοήθεια της Κομπούχα μύκητα. Το αποτέλεσμα μετά από 8 με 10 μέρες: ένα υγεινό αναψυκτικό πολλών βιολογικών ενεργών μέσων – γεμάτο δύναμη ζωής. Από πάρα πολύ καιρό στην λαϊκή ιατρική έχει την φήμη ότι βοηθά σε αβλαβείς αρρώστιες και σοβαρές ασθένειες.

Kombucha is a living health drink made by fermenting tea and sugar with the kombucha culture. The result can taste like something between sparkling apple cider and champagne, depending on what kind of tea you use. It’s not what you’d imagine fermented tea to taste like.
The origins of Kombucha have become lost in the mists of time. It is thought to have originated in the Far East, probably China, and has been consumed there for at least two thousand years. The first recorded use of kombucha comes from China in 221 BC during the Tsin Dynasty. It was known as “The Tea of Immortality”.

It has been used in Eastern Europe, Russia and Japan for several centuries. It’s from Japan in 415 AD that the name kombucha is said to have come. A Korean physician called Kombu or Kambu treated the Emperor Inyko with the tea and it took his name, “Kombu” and “cha” meaning tea. Russia has a long tradition of using a healing drink called “Tea Kvass” made from a “Japanese Mushroom”.

From Russia it spread to Prussia, Poland, Germany and Denmark but it seems to have died out during World War Two. After the war Dr Rudolph Skelnar created renewed interest in kombucha in Germany when he used it in his practice to treat cancer patients, metabolic disorders, high blood pressure and diabetes.

The Kombucha Culture

The Kombucha culture looks like a beige or white rubbery pancake. It’s often called a ‘scoby’ which stands for ‘ symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts.The culture is placed in sweetened black or green tea and turns a bowl full of sweet tea into a bowl full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and health-giving organic acids.

As the Kombucha culture digests the sugar it produces a range of organic acids like glucuronic acid, gluconic acid, lactic acid, acetic acid, butyric acid, malic acid and usnic acid; vitamins, particularly B vitamins and vitamin C; as well as amino acids, enzymes. And of course there are all the benefits of the probiotic microorganisms themselves. The Kombucha culture is a biochemical powerhouse in your kitchen.

You might wonder if fermenting tea with yeasts would produce an alcoholic beverage. It’s a good question. The yeasts do produce alcohol but the bacteria in the culture turn the alcohol to organic acids. Only minute quantities of alcohol, typically 1% by volume remains in the kombucha brew.

With every brew you make the kombucha forms a new layer or scoby on the surface of the liquid. These can be left to thicken the scoby or can be divided, giving you spare cultures that you can store in some sweet tea in the fridge in case something should happen to your active culture. Or you might want to pass on spare Kombucha cultures to friends or use a new scoby to start another batch of kombucha.

Kombucha and Health

Many health claims are made for kombucha but there is less research on the benefits of kombucha than there is on fermented milk products. It has certainly been shown to have similar antibiotic, antiviral and anti fungal properties in lab tests. In rats it’s been shown to protect against stress and improve liver function. There is a lot of experiential evidence from people who have been using kombucha over many years. Many of the benefits reported include improvements in energy levels, metabolic disorders, allergies, cancer, digestive problems, candidiasis, hypertension, HIV, chronic fatigue and arthritis. It ‘s also used externally for skin problems and as a hair wash among other things.
The Organic Acids

Glucuronic acid

The body’s most important detoxifier. When toxins enter the liver this acid binds them to it and flushes them out through the kidneys. Once bound by glucuronic acid toxins cannot escape. A product of the oxidation process of glucose, glucuronic acid is one of the more significant constituents of Kombucha. As a detoxifying agent it’s one of the few agents that can cope with pollution from the products of the petroleum industry, including all the plastics, herbicides, pesticides and resins. It kidnaps the phenols in the liver, which are then eliminated easily by the kidneys. Kombucha can be very helpful for allergy sufferers. Another by-product of glucuronic acid are the glucosamines, the structures associated with cartilage, collagen and the fluids which lubricate the joints. It is this function that makes Kombucha so effective against arthritis.

Lactic Acid

Essential for the digestive system. Assist blood circulation, helps prevent bowel decay and constipation. Aids in balancing acids and alkaline in the body and believed to help in the prevention of cancer by helping to regulate blood pH levels.

Acetic Acid

A powerful preservative and it inhibits harmful bacteria.

Usnic Acid

A natural antibiotic that can be effective against many viruses.

Oxalic Acid

An effective preservative and encourages the intercellular production of energy.

Malic acid

Helps detoxify the liver.

Gluconic Acid

Produced by the bacteria, it can break down to caprylic acid is of great benefit to sufferers of candidiasis and other yeast infections such as thrush.

Butyric acid

Produced by the yeast, protects human cellular membranes and combined with Gluconic acid strengthens the walls of the gut to combat yeast infections like candida.

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Η Τροφή ως Πολιτική Πράξη!

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Το Slow Food και το Troo-Food-Liberation σας προσκαλεί σε μία καινούρια σχέση με το φαγητό σας.

Όταν η Τροφή σέβεται τη μνήμη, τον πολιτισμό, τους ανθρώπους και τη γη, τότε επανέρχεται ως πανάρχαιο στοιχείο και ιερό κομμάτι της ύπαρξής μας. Αναμειγνύοντας την εμπειρία μας με εκείνη της φύσης μας. Γίνεται ένας τρόπος αυτο-έκφρασης, μία ένδειξη αμοιβαίου σεβασμού, που προσπερνά τον βομβαρδισμό της υπερ-κατανάλωσης. Που είναι πάνω απ’ όλα αυτό που πραγματικά είμαστε, ανεξάρτητα από τις διαφορές που χαρακτηρίζουν τις ιδέες και τις ταυτότητές μας.

Σήμερα, το να αποκαταστήσουμε την ελληνική Τροφή στον φυσικό, πρωταρχικό ρόλο της είναι εξόχως και μία πράξη με μεγάλη πολιτική σημασία. Ως ένα βαθμό είναι μια επαναστατική πράξη. Ή καλύτερα μία νέα Αναγέννηση: αυτή της ελληνικής υπαίθρου.

Παρουσίαση: Παύλος Γεωργιάδης, Εθνοβιολόγος

Πού- Κωσταντινουπόλεως 44 Γκάζι πιό κοντινός σταθμός μετρό ΚΕΡΑΜΙΚΟΣ

Πότε- Τρίτη 13 Μαρτίου στίς 6-8 τό απόγευμα

New Begginings: A T//F//L Workshop in Eumelia :)

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Καινούργια αρχές!

Στις 4 με 8 ιανουαρίου, η “Ευμέλια” ένα βιολογικό αγρόκτημα στίς Γούβες Λακωνίας στήν Πελλοπόνησο, θα φιλοξενήσει ένα εντατικό εκπαιδευτικό, αποτοξινωτικό και μοναδικό εργαστήρι ωμής μαγειρικής! Οί δυναμικοί και χαρισματικοί Τroo Fooders κεντρίζουν ενεργητικά το πνεύμα και τους γευστικούς κάλυκες της γλώσσας ανεξαρτήτως ηλικίας στην Αθήνα και άλλα μέρη της Ελλάδας και του κόσμου, διδάσκοντας νέα, πιο υγειή προσέγγιση στη διατροφή.

Τι καλύτερο απο το να ξεκινήσεις τη χρονια σου μαθαίνοντας να φέρεσαι στο σώμα σου;

Η υπερθρεπτική, αδυνατιστική και εξωραϊζουσα ωμή τροφή είναι πολύ δημιουργική και ενδιαφέρουσα από μία σαλάτα ή ένα φρούτο και στο εργαστήρι του TFL θα συμμετέχουν από αρχάριοι μέχρι και προχωρημένοι. Κάποιες από τις προγραμματισμένες δράσεις:

*πρωινό μάθημα Yoga πιστοποιημένο από Iyenegar από τη Χάρις Λυρώνη

*εντατικά μαθήματα ωμοφαγικής μαγειρικής-πρωινά,σνάκς, μεσημεριανό, βραδυνό…

*προβολές ταινιών τά βράδυα και επιδρομές στήν φύση

Για πληροφορίες γία την Έυμελια δείτε¨ at info@eumelia.comwww.eumelia.com & +30.6959.00.47.47 or +30.213.03.69.814

Γιά κρατήσεις: troofood@gmail.com ή πάρτε τηλέφωνο τήν Δανάη @ 6947686846

NEW BEGINNINGS
On January 4th-8th, Eumelia organic farm will be hosting an intensive, deeply educational, fun and unique workshop in raw food preparation, taught by Troo Food Liberation (TFL)!

The dynamic, charismatic Troo Fooders have been actively stimulating the minds and tastebuds of people young and old around Athens & other parts of Greece and the world, teaching new, healthier approaches to eating. What better way to start the year than by learning to actually treat your body as your temple? Super-nutritious, slimming and beautifying raw food is far, far more creative and exciting than a salad or fruit, and the TFL workshop will take participants from beginners to advanced levels. Some of the action to take place at Eumelia includes:

* Morning yoga class taught by certified Iyengar yoga teacher Haris Lyroni

* Intensive course offering profound knowledge in theory (nutritional & detoxifying benefits and other factors), ingredients, equipment and techniques required

* How to create a raw food menu – practice making breakfast, lunch, dinner and meals for special occasions

* Understanding & practicing texture, flavour and appearance principles

* Film screenings & games, excursions

For information on Eumelia Organic Agrotourism Farm & Guest House please contact us at info@eumelia.comwww.eumelia.com & +30.6959.00.47.47 or +30.213.03.69.814

For information & reservation email troofood@gmail.com or call Danae to ensure your place @ 6947686846

TEDX Athens: T//F//L Cooks for The Art of Disruption!

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TEDx Athens returns on December 3rdto present the secrets and the art of disruption. The event starts at 9 a.m. and is located at ‘Iδρυμα Μείζονος ‘Ελληνισμου, Πειραιώς 254, Ταύρος 177 78. And who better to cater the event but T//F//L!

TROO FOOD LIBERATION: Fighting food crime since 2009

A love for food, a respect for the environment and an understanding that everyone can make a difference unites all the members of the collective. Troo Food rebels came from different directions, bringing with them different experiences, knowledge and interests. Their common goal is to raise awareness about food issues, about how to become more conscious consumers, to remind people that food is their medicine. We all need to realize, and keep reminding each other, that we can make a difference. If we each live our lives in a good way change is possible and so is a better future for our children.

When we really understand that food is our medicine, the way our elders did, we can easily make better decisions about our consumption and nutrition. Our decisions need to respect all life, human, animal, and plant. Each choice we make is a vote. We either support a farmer that loves the earth or an industry that only cares about money. Danae, Elly, and Daphne will be preparing delicious, raw, vegan, savory and sweet treats for TEDxAthens. They will show you how healthy food can taste great, and make you feel amazing, each bite contains nature’s life force within it.

Miss Jaggle Tree (aka Danae) loves teaching, is a passionate activist defending all beings, human, animal, plant. No injustice can pass her by. Tinkle Bell’s (aka Elly) loves music. Every one of her songs is a prayer or a praise to nature, for nature, the elements, the beauty of life. She can change people’s consciousness with her songs. Both Danae and Elly are certified raw chefs. Honey Bee (aka Daphne) loves making things, anything. She sews, she knits, she crochets. Using mainly recycled materials parallel worlds come to be. Her love for food and health comes from seeing first hand the healing power of food and herbs, all the things nature has to teach and offer us. She shares a special relationship with bees. There are other Troo Food Rebels working hard around the world to support the cause. All the Super Foodies love traveling, learning new things, learning from the elders, from different cultures and are happy to share that knowledge that keeps growing and evolving.

Troo Food Liberation Menu
Beetroot Raviolli with Spinach-Pistachio Pesto and a Nut Cream drizzle
Oyster Mushroom Ceviche and Bitter Orange-Lime sauce
Radicchio stuffed with Sunflower Paté
Truffle Cashew Cream on Linseed Tartlet

Pumpkin seed & Sesame seed Pastelli dipped in Raw Chocolate
Sweet Linseed & Apple Crisp with Orange Marmalade
Tahini & Coconut Truffles
Chocolate & Vanilla Napoleon with Macademia Crisp & Pear

Today the need to discover new paths for a creative change in our lives is stronger than ever. From finance and business, to society overall and our little daily habits, there is the belief that creative and at the same time subversive ideas and initiatives have the potential to give new impetus and transform our world. We can’t achieve substantial changes by continuing to function the same way as before.

It is now the time to rewrite the “rules of the game” and change. Everything. For more info on TED X Athens push here!

FLOW: For Love of Water

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When: 2nd of November

What: Screening FLOW: For Love of Water

Where: Avocado, Nikkis 30 Syntagma

Time: 7p.m.

Watch the trailer here!

Irena Salina’s award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century – The World Water Crisis.

Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.

Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question “CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?”

Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.

Mexica Thali @ Avocado!

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On Thursday, 3rd of November @ 7pm Avocado is hosting Troo Food Liberation Vegan Mexican Thali Platters. Each Thali Platter will contain individual bowls of the following dishes:

1. Wild rice with corn and cilantro
2. Chili con walnuts
3. Cashew sour cream
4. Salad with cacao nibs and avocado dressing
5. Cream of corn and mushroom soup
6. Potatoes baked in tequila
7. Cacao chili shot

The price is 15 Euros per Thali Platter.

Avocado is at Nikkis 30 in Syntagma
Downtown Athens

Our Chocolate :)

We have been wanting to do  a post about our chocolate for months – because we love it! Ergo, it is our pride and joy to work with the people that make and trade our precious chocolate with so much care.

We have a new shipment of the delicious stuff coming in so now is the perfect time to reveal the people behind our international chocolate operation – watch the following video:

To order Horizontal Trade Delicious Cacao, call us on 6947686846 or email troofood@gmail.com