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October 20, 2009
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There must be two kinds of people in the world – those who get home from a trip and immediately unpack their suitcase, and those who sort of half live out of the suitcase until it’s empty, leave it out to trip over for another week and finally go ahead and stick it back in the closet after stubbing their toe on its wheel one too many times.

I’m in the latter category. (And yes, that’s my white noise machine in the suitcase. I sleep like a baby with that thing!)

This past weekend was my first Immersion Conference with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in New York City. It’s really an awesome deal – after you pay to attend the school, you can apply for a free second year. And you can do that second year any time, not necessarily right after you graduate from the main program. I’m so happy I was accepted! It’s a bit of an honor, really, because as Immersionists we act as mentors to the incoming class. It’s nice to feel trusted with that responsibility.

Clearly, IIN doesn’t know about how poorly I manage suitcase unpacking or else they may not have picked me. (hehe)

Anyway, this past weekend all 300-some Immersionists gathered in New York and it was a really welcome, inspirational weekend. *Happy sigh*

While we were there we ate some yummy dinners, of course. Candle Cafe was new to me and I really loved it. What an extensive menu! If you ever thought vegans had few options, check out this place. I had a southern inspired dish of layered millet, black beans and sweet potatoes over steamed greens, served with gravy. Ate. Every. Bite.


My friend Laura had a tofu entree – I forget exactly what was in there but the tofu was crusted with sesame seeds and it came with kim chee.


Now that we’re back home, I can’t wait to start working with the incoming students from this year’s IIN class. This is the very first year that there are in-person classes in New York AND distance learning classes happening worldwide. The internet is pure magic, I tell you. Now more people can access the awesome experience of IIN without having to travel to New York. (I mean, people do it. I met a girl from Japan who came to New York specifically for IIN. Whoa, right?)

If you love food and nutrition and can’t get enough of learning about this stuff, you may want to check out IIN. Especially if you feel a career change coming on. Especially if you find yourself always giving nutrition advice to friends anyway. Here’s a post I wrote about my experience. And I am always, always happy to chat over email or phone if you have questions. Sometimes it’s nice to hear from a “real” person’s perspective. And, here’s a pretty cool thing – they gave us a special offer to extend to…well, YOU. Enroll by 11/16/09 and save $500 off tuition!

Sweet. Email me!

  • Erica

    Sounds like a lot of fun! I have heard SO many good things about Candle. I really want to try it. Very cool that you got accepted to the second year- congrats!! Hope your neck feels better

  • Penina Bareket

    Candle Cafe is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. It is close to where I used to live and was one of my go-to’s for special occasions. Glad you both enjoyed your meals!

  • Juliana

    It seems that you had a lot of fun…will keep in mind of Candle Cafe on my next trip to NYC :-)

  • Ricki

    So funny–I’m an “unpack immediately” person while my honey is “leave it out till it’s empty”–and I HAVE tripped over his suitcase! Sounds like an awesome weekend–I’d love to go to Candle Cafe!

  • carla

    I’m the type of person who takes a week to unpack when Steve does it ASAP. I would love to try the Candle Cafe, but unfortunately cant eat soy (the menu is full of it), but I know my guy would love it though!

  • Heather

    Your meals sound great – Candle Cafe is amazing and you just reminded me I have to check it out again! Gobo is terrific too – have you been there yet? Happy unpacking!

  • sophia

    Wow, that is a pretty good deal. I’m so glad you had an inspiring time there, and a great meal at Candle Cafe too! How the heck did I miss that the last time I was in NYC?

  • the epicurean’s market

    ha! I’m so guilty of doing that too. There have been times where I’ve left my suitcase unpack for months (gasp!). Sounds like a great cafe.

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