“The Future is Intersectional” – Interview with Filipina-Canadian Artist Han Han

Han Han

Photo by Patrick Estebar, Styling by Jodinand Aguillon, hair/make-up by Charm Torres

This Sunday, Stern Grove Festival is presenting the U.S. debut of Filipina-Canadian artist, Han Han, who is opening for Anoushka Shankar, Land of Gold. We caught up with her to talk about her background, influences, and creative process as she prepares a new work commissioned by Stern Grove Festival for her performance on July 15, 2018.

How would you describe your music?

It is generally hip-hop but can also be considered world music (whatever world music means!). The words are written in two main Filipino languages, Tagalog and Cebuano, with a hint of English. The music itself is contemporary and urban with integration of traditional Filipino instrument sounds blending together smoothly. You can hear gongs, kubing and bamboo kulintang sounds if you keenly listen to the songs. The music is a reflection of our identity as Filipinos. We are “mixed-mixed”, in general, like a Halo-Halo Filipino dessert where you mix different fruits and other ingredients resulting in a sweet tasty blend that melts in your mouth.

How does being a Filipina-Canadian woman influence the music that you make?

Becoming an immigrant definitely influenced and encouraged me to start writing poetry which I later translated into music. My experiences as an immigrant, as a woman, and as a child of a single mother who was a Live-In-Caregiver in Canada and an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) were the inspirations to the songs in my first self-titled album, Han Han. Some songs were my social commentary to my culture and my culture’s mentality. Some are personal songs with words that I would like to tell myself.

Having experienced being deprofessionalized as a first generation immigrant, discriminated (even within my own community) and being a child of OFW parents, I became this poster child of young Filipino immigrants. I have accepted it. Writing in my own mother tongues is what I consider my own resistance against assimilation. Language and culture are intertwined. I certainly do not want to lose that connection between where I was born and where I am living right now. Lucky enough, Canada which prides itself on diversity, and living in Toronto, which is a very multicultural city, give me courage to do what I do. I am also lucky to have found a group of amazing, talented and creative individuals who are also seeking to connect with their roots through the arts. Most of them are second generation Filipino-Canadians. And perhaps, through my performances and music, I can show that when first- and second-generation immigrants unite, they can make magic. I was given the platform and opportunity so I took it with both hands and brought my community with me.

Han Han

Photo by Yasmin Samray

What can people expect to see for this performance at Stern Grove Festival?

Magic! There is always this shock factor from people who see us for the first time. This is my official performance as Han Han in the United States. We have been rehearsing and honing our set to give them the best possible show we can give. I will be performing with members from my Toronto art family collaborators, DATU and HATAW. Aside from music, there will be a lot of dancing, choreographed mainly by Fly Lady Di. All I want the audience to take from our performance is respect for our culture and community as Filipinos, both in the diaspora and in the Philippines. I hope they will also feel empowered and inspired because those are really the goals of our shows. We are just proud echoes of our ancestors. Lastly, I hope they enjoy it!

Stern Grove Festival has asked you to commission a new song with local dancers. Tell us about the piece and your collaborators.

I wrote a new song called “Take A Muna” in collaboration with a female Filipina-American DJ and producer, Gingee, who happens to be from Los Angeles. I met her last year and it just seems fitting to feature local California artists in both the music and performance. Jae Teosico (Barangay Dance company) and Stephanie Herrera (Kariktan Dance Company), who are both Filipino folk dancers from San Francisco will be dancing with me and my Toronto crew for the piece. So it will be a Toronto x Los Angeles x San Francisco collaboration. I don’t think that has happened before so it will be a first for us and for our communities to unite in one performance piece.

Listen to a preview of “Take a Muna”:

California is home to the largest Filipino community outside of the Philippines. It is only right to feature local California artists. I’m glad they all agreed to this performance. I strongly believe in collaboration because it empowers communities. My hope is we can manifest that strength in our show.

The song is about remembering to take a break from all the chaos in life. Filipinos are one of the most hardworking and kindest people on earth. Some of them work double jobs just to make ends meet and because they feel responsible to do so. I have experienced it myself when I was new in Canada. I take pride in those Filipino virtues. But sometimes, Filipinos need to be reminded that they deserve to take a rest too and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Life is too short. The song is written both in Tagalog and Cebuano with a “Tag-Lish” play of words from the Filipino phrase “teka muna”, which means “wait a minute or in a while”. In addition, Jae and Stephanie will be dancing to my song SIGE in the first part of the show. I wanted to give them the spotlight in their own locality. I’m excited to see what they will do. I rarely perform this song and this will also be the first time that I am performing it with dancers.

Tell us a bit about your creative process.

My creative process is not linear at all. Sometimes it starts with words then music, sometimes it is the beat that moves me to write. My inspiration is mostly drawn from my own experiences. For the most part, it’s all catharsis and introspection. I also like criticizing my own culture, sometimes with humor and sarcasm. Literature is also a source of inspiration for me. For example, the lyrics to World Gong Crazy has a lot of references to Jose Rizal’s and Lualhati Bautista’s novels. I wrote the song KaNaDyan in Balagtasan format to symbolize the tension between the dual identities of being Filipino immigrant to a foreign land (Balagtasan is a Filipino debate in poetic verses). So it all really depends on what I want to write about. The hardest part about creating something new is deciding if it is good enough to be heard by people or not. It’s scary. I’m a little insecure about my writing so I have to have a second or third ear to listen to it first as reassurance. I’m blessed to have Alexander Junior, my mentor and producer, be that ear. I trust his judgment.

What are you looking forward to for this performance?

It is one of our biggest shows yet, let alone outside the comfort of home in Toronto, Canada. I’m excited to see what San Francisco audiences are like. Also, I would like to see Filipinos in the crowd in as much as I want to see a very diverse audience. I think it is through music and the arts, in general, that we can bridge differences between cultures. The future is intersectional so I’m looking forward to the intersection of colors.

Han Han opens the concert on July 15 at 2 p.m. with Anoushka Shankar Land of Gold at Stern Grove Festival.

Meet Your Office Yoga Instructor: Cindy Raspiller

Cindy RaspillerJoin Office Yoga for a fun yoga flow this Sunday, from 12 – 1:00 p.m. in the West Meadow. Explore new movements with Cindy Raspiller, certified Office Yoga instructor before performances by Mexican Institute of Sound and Ginkgoa.

Cindy has been teaching for many years throughout the Bay Area. Learn more about Cindy and what you can expect on Sunday below:

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you start teaching yoga?

I started teaching yoga because I wanted to help others experience this wonderful practice. I pretty much started from zero (I couldn’t touch my toes for most of my life and have never been an athletic person) and found strength, flexibility, and a confidence in my body that I had no idea was there. Giving my students the tools to find their inner strength and feel comfortable in their own bodies brings me immeasurable joy.

2) What can Stern Grove Yogis expect from your class on Sunday?

Be prepared to have fun and move in creative ways! I incorporate unique transitions between poses into my yoga classes so that students can explore new movements and ranges of motion. It’s not all serious—I like to make my classes easy-going, fun, and maybe a little bit silly.

3) What do you love about teaching Office Yoga?

I love Office Yoga because it’s an opportunity to teach and reach students who really need functional movement—office workers! Sitting all day wreaks havoc on your body, and taking a break to move your body and calm your mind makes you feel soooo good—inside and out.

4) What’s your most memorable teaching moment?

I taught a class for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy at Land’s End—it was early morning, we were right on the ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge was in the background, the sea was full of boats and whales and seals, and my students were just in the zone. It was such an amazing moment—practicing in the great outdoors with great people just reminds you that we are all connected and everything is beautiful.

5) What pose do you love most right now and why?

The humble forward fold. Forward fold while standing. While sitting. While laying on my back. It’s about so much more than just your hamstrings—you can find length in your spine, stretch your shoulders, your hips. Give it a try. Stand up, fold in half, and hang out for a bit. Take your hands behind your head, or grab opposite elbows, or bring your palms under your feet. See where you can find length and ease. Ahhhhhh….

6) What can people find you doing when you’re not teaching yoga?

By day I work as a graphic and web designer—I have wonderful clients all over the Bay Area and the US. When I’m not yoga-ing I love to hike, read and cook, and I am a connoisseur of craft beer.

Classes are kid friendly and all levels. Spare mats provided by Office Yoga and Lululemon. See you in the West Meadow, Stern Grove Yogis!

Meet Your Office Yoga Instructor: Raquel Seeley

Office Yoga is hosting another yoga class this Sunday, July 1 from 12-1PM in the West Meadow. Raquel Seeley, certified Office Yoga instructor, will be leading a fun and playful flow before performances by M. Ward and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Yoga has been such a great source of connection for Raquel. Listen more on what she has to share with you!

Classes are beginner and kids friendly. Spare mats provided by Office Yoga and Lululemon. See you in the West Meadow this Sunday, July 1!
Read more about Raquel here.

Meet Your Office Yoga Instructor: Michelle McManus

Every Sunday this summer, Stern Grove Festival presents a free yoga class in the West Meadow, thanks to our friends at Office Yoga. This Sunday’s class will be led by instructor Michelle McManus, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. before the concert with Ziggy Marley & Jennifer Johns. Get to know Michelle and what you can expect from the class this week.

Sessions are beginner and kid friendly. Spare mats available at a first come, first serve basis.

Michelle McManusHow did you start teaching yoga? 

I went through an awful break-up, and at the time, the only thing I knew that I loved to do was practice yoga. I ended up in Stephanie Snyder’s class at Urban Flow serendipitously and by the end of class I knew I had to sign up for her teacher training. After which everything just clicked!

Why yoga? Why not Zumba? Or TRX? 

I practice both yoga and TRX! They are excellent parallels and really support each discipline. Yoga is my first love, though, for the sake of the sacred texts. The sacred texts are the guiding factors to the physical practice of yoga, and they have improved my life beyond description. For a type-A rule follower, they provide just the right amount of guidance, and freedom, in my life.

What do you LOVE MOST about teaching yoga? 

I love the a-ha moments. As soon as a student locks into a pose, or takes a huge sigh, or just softens a little bit more… You can see they’ve found refuge. It’s such a magical moment!

What do you LOVE MOST about teaching Office Yoga? 

Office Yogis are the BEST. They’re always smiling and excited to practice.

What can Stern Grove Festival Yogis expect from your class? 

Movement, breath work, and most importantly, fun times. I’m a high energy teacher—I’ll be sure to perk you up before Ziggy Marley, that’s for sure!

Anything else you would like to share? 

My spirit food is Swiss Chard.

Festival Fashion with Macy’s and Girl and the Bay Blogger Mandana Ansari

Macy'sJoin us at the Impulse Department at Macy’s Union Square on Thursday, June 21 for a shopping party and check out the latest in festival fashion with local blogger Mandana Ansari of Girl and the Bay. Enjoy sips and sweets plus great gift-with-purchase treats!

While you’re there, enter for a chance to win* reserved picnic table seats and parking for you and five of your friends at Stern Grove Festival’s July 1st concert featuring M. Ward and Thao and the Get Down Stay Down.

RSVP: macyssterngrovefestival.eventbrite.com

*No purchase necessary to enter. See store for complete details.

Announcing the Food Truck Line Up for the Summer

Calling all Festival Foodies!

This summer, Stern Grove Festival is rolling in local food trucks every Sunday to round out your picnic in the Grove.

Phat Thai

From samosas to sundaes, falafel to chicken and waffles, tacos to Thai, there’s something to tempt your palate. Stop by the West Meadow at every concert for an array of tasty treats!

You can also visit Tante’s in the Esplanade for classic festival fare like garlic fries, burgers, chicken skewers, and more.

 

Here’s the food truck line-up for this summer:

June 17, 2018
Curry Up Now, The Waffle Roost, Frozen Kuhsterd

June 24, 2018
Little Green Cyclo, Caribbean Spices, Cochinita, Frozen Kuhsterd

July 1, 2018
Sajj Mediterranean, El Porteño, Humphry Slocombe

July 8, 2018
Phat Thai, Cochinita, Frozen Kuhsterd

July 15, 2018
The Waffle Roost, Curry Up NowTaqueria Angelica’s

July 22, 2018
Sajj Mediterranean, El Porteño

July 29, 2018
Curry Up Now, J-Shack, Frozen Kuhsterd

August 5, 2018
Caribbean Spices, El Porteño, Humphry Slocombe

August 12, 2018
Curry Up Now, J-Shack, Cochinita

August 19, 2018
Phat Thai, The Chairman, Humphry Slocombe

Food trucks are subject to change.

New This Summer – Free Yoga Classes at the Grove

Yoga at the Grove
Every Sunday at Stern Grove Festival

This summer, Stern Grove Festival is excited to announce a new series of free on-site yoga classes, provided by local business Office Yoga.

Office Yoga Building off the Festival’s belief that the arts help strengthen our community, Office Yoga will provide a fun, active opportunity for people to connect with each other, nature, and themselves. Yoga classes in the natural beauty of the Grove are a perfect way to strengthen minds, bodies, and our community. And, as with all of the Festival’s programs, the classes are completely admission-free to the public.

Initially, Festival Executive Director Bob Fiedler approached Office Yoga to develop a plan for Festival staff to help ease stress in the whirlwind of activity leading up to the season. When Maryam Sharifzadeh, CEO of Office Yoga, met with Bob to develop a plan for the staff, they also saw an opportunity to provide free yoga classes for Stern Grove Festival attendees.

Maryam says, “I believe in Stern Grove Festival’s mission of providing affordable events for residents and visitors of San Francisco while also maintaining the cultural reputation of this city. I’m humbled to be collaborating with such a historic event and enhancing the on-site experience through yoga.”

Festival staff have benefited already from Maryam’s stress-relieving classes in our office. We’re excited to collaborate with Maryam and the entire Office Yoga team to share yoga with Festival audiences this summer.

ABOUT YOGA AT STERN GROVE FESTIVAL

When are the classes?

Yoga classes will be held from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. before each Sunday concert, June 17 – August 19, 2018.

Where are the classes?

The West Meadow at Stern Grove Festival.

Who teaches the classes?

Classes will be taught by certified Office Yoga Instructors and other reputable teachers in the Bay Area:

June 17: Brandi Zorzy

June 24: Michelle McManus

July 1: Raquel Seeley

July 8: Cindy Raspillar

July 15: Neil Wadhawan

July 22: Chelseah Healey & Ege Sanli

July 29: Martin Scott & Ege Sanli

August 5: Betsy Peterson

August 12: Charlotte Birkett

August 19: Maryam Sharifzadeh

 

Who can participate?

  • Anyone! No prior experience is necessary and all levels and ages are welcome.

What do I need to bring?

  • Please bring your own yoga mat if you can. A limited number of yoga mats will be provided.
  • Comfortable clothes and water.

 

 

 

Local Artist Commission Series: Kev Choice Ensemble

We couldn’t me more happy to introduce the fourth and final artist featured in the 80th Season’s Local Artist Commission Series: Oakland-based pianist, rapper, emcee, and music historian Kev Choice. Together with a handful of talented musicians, the Kev Choice Ensemble will perform a never-before-heard song at their Stern Grove Festival performance this Sunday, August 27, when they open for the legendary Mavis Staples.

Pulling inspiration from the strength it takes to push forward during tough times, Kev Choice’s brand new song, “Strong As Us”, reminds us that there is more to come from love than from hate, and that those who band together during tough times are sure to prevail. Read on to learn more about Kev Choice as a musician, the Kev Choice Ensemble sound, and what to look forward to when you come to the closing concert of Stern Grove Festival’s 80th Season this Sunday.

SGF: Tell us a bit about yourself as a musician/performer. Where/when did you first begin practicing music, and where did your passion take you from there?

Kev Choice: I was exposed to great music just from listening to my mom’s records at an early age. I first started taking formal piano lessons at age 11 in 7th grade at Westlake Junior High School in Oakland. I was deeply dedicated to getting better and it led me to the Young Musicians Program at U.C. Berkeley. I was also writing poems and formulating my first raps at that time. My keyboard skills helped me be able to produce and write my first songs. From there I continued to perform in Jazz Band and Orchestra at Skyline High in Oakland while also doing hip-hop shows around town. After high school, my piano training helped me gain a scholarship to Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana. I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree from there and then went on to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale to obtain my Master’s degree in Piano Performance. After college, I came home and established myself on the local scene and then began to tour with artists such as Michael Franti and Spearhead, Goapele, The Coup, Lyrics Born, Zion I, Too Short, Lauryn Hill, and more.

SGF: What is the Kev Choice Ensemble? How did you form the group?

Kev Choice Ensemble is the band I formed back in 2007 as a vehicle to perform my original music that I produce, write, and arrange. I had just finished touring with Lauryn Hill, and had the confidence and inspiration to really go full steam pushing my own music and own style combining elements of hip-hop, jazz, soul, R&B, classical, funk, and other contemporary styles of music. I wanted to showcase some of the dope young musicians on the East Bay scene as well. I was playing a lot at that time, but other people’s music or in cover bands, and I didn’t want to do that the rest of my life. I wanted to get my music heard and spread my message because I felt it was as dope and valid as anyone else’s.

SGF: Who is in the Ensemble?

Currently my Ensemble consists of:
Kev Choice – Keys, synths, lead vocals
John “Omayga” Adams – Drums
Kenshay Gooden – Bass
Andrew Levin – Guitar
Daniel Riera – EWI, Flute, Sax
Viveca Hawkins – Vocals

SGF: What sort of music should the audience expect this Sunday?

We play a mixture of conscious Hip-Hop, Soul, Jazz, R&B, Funk, and other contemporary styles of music like Electronic and Trap.

SGF: Have you ever attended Stern Grove Festival to see a concert? If yes, what stood out to you about the experience?

I have and what stood out to me is just the amount of people in attendance and how people really have a great energy and come to enjoy the environment and the music. It’s a great atmosphere to perform in because people really appreciate the music and being surrounded by nature adds a beautiful dynamic.

SGF: What do you—as a performer—look forward to during your Festival performance?

I look forward to really giving a ton of energy to the crowd and really connecting with them, especially those who haven’t seen me perform. I want it to be fun, to showcase my band’s amazing musicianship and inspire and express with the message I try to convey in the music. I also look forward to exposing the new fans to my repertoire from my five albums that I’ve released and the new piece I’ve been working on. I also look forward to looking out and seeing all those beautiful people in the audience.

SGF:  In what ways has living in the Bay Area shaped or influenced your music or musicianship?

Living in the Bay Area, especially Oakland, has influenced me in many ways as an artist and musician. With so many legendary artists from here and so many great artists here now, it really makes me push hard to create music at a high level to live up to that legacy and continue to push the boundaries of our scene. There is also a certain feel, that is associated with the Bay that is recognized around the world, influenced by funk, soul, hip-hop, gospel, rock and more. There is also the legacy of artists using their music to express their opinions or take on issues of social justice that we see in our environment. I definitely want my music to be the voice of the people in my community that I represent and love so dearly.

SGF: Tell us about your new piece, part of the Festival’s local artist commission series. What is the song title, and is there any story behind the piece, or anything special you’d like to share?

The new song is titled, “Strong As Us”. It’s just about me pushing forward through adversity and staying positive about everything I go through and equating it to what I see happening in our country right now. It’s pretty disheartening with the recent events in Charlottesville. I felt like there is a lot of negative energy surrounding this coming from the media and the government and hate groups. As an artist, I always want to use my music as a voice of a positive perspective and inspiration. Sometimes I feel like going out and being confrontational but I realize that that can lead to a dangerous and non-productive situation. I wanted to remind people that we are stronger united and together and spreading love is much more powerful than hate.

SGF: Tell us a bit about your creative processes. Where do you tend to pull inspiration from when starting a new piece? Do you have a general process you follow, or does the piece come together more randomly?

Musically, I love to listen to vinyl and old records. I’ve collected all genres of records since junior high school. I especially love music from the 70’s so I turn on records a lot to get inspiration. I also use many current forms of looking up music like Soundcloud, YouTube, and streaming sites. Lyrically, just what I go through in life and what I see happening in my community inspires me.

Sometimes I start by playing around on the piano or keyboard, trying to find a motif or progression. I use programs on my computer so I often search through sounds and drums and see if anything touches me. I could also be inspired by a sample that I find on a record.

SGF: Do you have any advice for younger musicians in the Bay Area who are looking to move forward with their careers?

My advice would be always work on your craft, always be a student and continue to learn. Stay up on all forms of current promotion, marketing, production, and watch the greats as well. Also, never get deterred, every artist has a different path to success and the best thing to do is stay persistent and patient.

SGF:  Is there anything else you’d like to share with your current or soon-to-be fans?

I’m heavily involved in arts education, teaching at Oakland School For The Arts in Oakland and I’m working on a piece for the Oakland Symphony to premiere in March 2018.

Sponsor Spotlight: Wells Fargo

This Monday, we were proud to stand alongside Wells Fargo, our longtime sponsor, as they celebrated the opening of their latest branch at 1183 Ocean Avenue in San Francisco, the fourth branch to open in San Francisco this year. At the opening ceremony, Wells Fargo presented a $50,000 grant to Stern Grove Festival as part of their long-running commitment to sustain the performing arts in the Bay Area. The grant funds the Festival’s 80th Season education and outreach programs.

Ocean Avenue Wells Fargo Ribbon Cutting on Monday, August 7, 2017

“Stern Grove Festival and Wells Fargo have enjoyed an incredible relationship which has spanned decades,” said Bob Fiedler, executive director of the Stern Grove Festival Association. “During this time, Wells Fargo has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to support the Festival’s free concerts and arts education programs. These programs would not be possible without Wells Fargo’s ongoing investment in the community.”

As part of their Community Mural program, Wells Fargo also unveiled a new mural located inside the branch, depicting the history of the Ingleside neighborhood.

Wells Fargo presents a grant to Stern Grove Festival’s Executive Director Bob Fiedler (middle) and Director of Development Jessica Zeidman (middle-right) on Monday, August 7, 2017.

According a press release from Wells Fargo, “Through our Community Mural program, some branches feature murals that respect the history of local communities. Since the company is committed to strengthening local communities, we are glad to present a donation to a local community organization.”

And we are glad to partner with a company that cares about local arts institutions and their patrons. Thank you to Wells Fargo for its support of Stern Grove Festival’s mission as we celebrate our eighth decade!

 

Healthy Summer Habits: Food Demo this Sunday with Kaiser Permanente

This Sunday we’re partnering with Kaiser Permanente to promote a healthy body and a healthy mind. When you come to the Festival on Sunday, you’ll be treating your mind to the worldly, upbeat music of Amadou & Mariam and enjoying the natural beauty at Stern Grove.

So when you’re there treating your mind right, stop by the Esplanade to treat your body right with the help of Kaiser Permanente and Nutrition Health Coach Heather D’Eliso Gordon, RD, CSSD. Heather will lead a food preparation demonstration from noon to 1 p.m. in the Esplanade, featuring two summer dishes that are easy, fast, delicious, and sure to impress. Check out the recipes below and stop by on Sunday!


Summer Black Bean Salad
Time: 15 minutes
Makes ~8, ½ cup servings

Ingredients:
Dressing
1 clove of garlic, minced, then mashed with some course sea salt
Juice of 2 limes
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ avocado, mashed

Salad:
2 ears fresh corn kernels ( cut them off in a bowl so they don’t scatter all over your kitchen)
1 orange bell pepper, diced (could be red or purple)
½ small red onion, chopped finely
1, 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed or 1½ cups beans cooked, from dry
½ pint cherry tomatoes, halved
¾ ripe avocado, diced (the remaining avocado used for dressing)
¼ cup cilantro, chopped finely
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Lettuce leaves to cover six salad plates

Technique:
In a jar with a tight fitting lid, add the lime juice and avocado to the mashed garlic. Add chili powder and cumin. Mix all the other ingredients, with the exception of the lettuce and toss with the avocado vinaigrette. Season to taste. Scoop onto a bed of lettuce leaves for each plate.

Nutrition Notes:
This salad is rich in antioxidants, fiber, protein, essential fatty acids and calcium.

Recipe adapted from Food for Health Blog, Dr. Preston Maring July 24 2013. Image courtesy of Leigh Angel (httpsgfe.st2vmKqX2). https://foodforhealth.kaiserpermanente.org/recipes/black-bean-salad/


Peach Salsa
Time: 15 minutes
Makes ~8, ¼ cup servings

Ingredients:
3 large peaches, pit removed, diced
1 red onion, finely diced
1 lime, juiced
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped
Sea salt, to taste

Technique:
In a medium bowl, add all ingredients except cilantro and salt; mix to combine.
Add sea salt to taste, mix gently, then add cilantro and mix again. Enjoy as a snack with baked corn tortilla chips or as part of a main meal in a grain bowl or on top baked tofu, chicken, fish or shrimp.

Nutrition Notes:
This refreshing salsa is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber and even calcium.

Recipe from: Dr. Rajiv Misquitta and Dr. Cathi Misquitta.Healthy Heart, Healthy Planet: Delicious Plant-Based Recipes and Tips to Reduce Heart Disease, Lose Weight, and Preserve the Environment Paperback – November 11, 2014. Image courtesy of Becky Striepe (http://sgfe.st/2waY6C2).


About the Author:
Heather D’Eliso Gordon, RD, CSSD

Heather has been a resident of San Francisco since 1994 where she completed her studies to become a Registered Dietitian in 2003. For the past 10 years, she practices as the Nutrition Health Coach for Kaiser Permanente’s Health Education Department in San Francisco. Heather coaches clients and patients on eating for health, weight management, chronic disease reversal and sports performance using a Food as Medicine approach. She also develops and facilitates engaging nutrition programs and cooking demonstrations for corporate wellness client. Her passion for healthy, whole, plant-based foods gives her an edge when coaching clients on eating optimally for overall health and easing chronic disease.

Prepared by Heather D’Eliso Gordon, RD, CSSD
Nutrition Health Coach, Sports Dietitian
Health Education Department, Kaiser Permanente San Francisco
415 833-7800