Friday, December 8, 2017


Posted by Lena Green
As the year goes by, I want to share the experience I had this past  summer, when I attended the International Herb Symposium-a Conference on Medicinal Herbs held in the beautiful Wheaton College, MA. I followed my family' traditional interest in the Botany, Herbalism and Medicine, including my own 'yogic' set of values.   

As it was said on the IHS website: “The International Herb Symposium represents a wide range of traditions, ideas, beliefs, and the various methods we have on working with healing plants from folkloric to ethnobotanical, clinical and scientific.The teachers and classes we’ve chosen for this year’s IHS represent some of the great diversity found amongst herbalists and herbalism in the world today” . 

It was exactly what I experienced in addition to meeting with many fantastic people, enthusiasts,  scientists and amateur learners of the “Dawn to Earth “ wisdom and spending a couple of days away from the busy and hassled NYC.  The amount of information I received was overwhelming and I will jump into the description of some resources I read,  in hope to engage more readers and book-clubbers into this discussion. 

One of the books that catches my attention was called "The Yoga Of Herbs - An Ayurvedic Guide To Herbal Medicine". By Dr. David Frawley and Dr. Vasant  Lad.
In the Preface of this book the authors stated that in Ayurveda, the medical science of India, yoga refers to the “right usage” and right combination of the herbs. After the above combination brings the body and the mind in balance then they call it yoga. 
Ayurveda believed in herbal energetics and the potencies of herbs,  and now many orthodox medical practitioners began to see that the regularly prescribed drugs and their side effects can be suppressed, interact, or even exchanged with the medical herbs of similar origin.  

The purpose of this book  is to introduce the Ayurveda and some Chinese herbs to the Western world, and make it practically applied system of Herbalism. The book is very difficult to read because it contains a different set of ideas, conclusions and observations as comparing to western mentality. But it has a "revolutionary spirit" and it aims to combat the rapid modernization, globalization, robotization, the tech domination and the devaluation of human values. It teaches  people  how to preserve a sense of unity, a spirit of integration and collaboration by approaching our own bodies and minds as a harmonic system of different (eight) limbs and it urges to find a way to think " Globally" in the Holistic way.  
The other resource I found attractive was a webiste called "The Herbarium" , check it out you will love it. 

On a practical note I want to share about the herb called  the "Valerian "  If using in moderation it has no side effects but many practical benefits-from suppressing some sleep disorders , insomnia and anxiety to treating asthma and all sorts of headaches. 
From the yogic point of view it is great to practice a couple of poses and then have a glass of warm Valerian tea before going to bed. Here is a sample of few beneficial yoga poses for better sleep. 

Janu Sirsasana (Head-of-the-Knee Pose)
1 minute [10–15 breaths], each side
Sit with extended legs. Place the sole of your left foot against your right inner thigh, right hand by your hip. Lift your left arm, exhale, and fold over the right leg, reaching for your foot or shin. Rest your head on a block. Switch sides.

Viparita Karani (Legs-up-the-Wall Pose)

3 minutes,  [30–45 breaths]

Fold a blanket into a narrow stack that’s the length of your spine. Sit close to a wall and place the blanket behind you, perpendicular to the wall. Lie back onto the blanket, then scoot your buttocks as close to the wall as possible and send your legs up. Rest with your arms by your sides.

What are you thinking about this stuff, people? Can herbs help to heal anyone in the future ? 
Is it only for aromatic qualities that we love using some herbs in our kitchens?

Share your thougts..

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017


According to the weather  forecast this winter in New York is promised to be warmer than usual. So our fellow New Yorkers and many visitors start making plans for the upcoming Holidays and vacations.  

Speaking on the phone with few of my relatives I discovered that they are coming to visit Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and they will travel through New York city. 

To my excitment and surprise I realized that I might see a dear part of my family I didn't meet for about 15 years! Needless to say I am booking reservations and purchasing tickets for them to make their stay in New York city happy and memorable!

Here I share a video that carries a festive spirit of the winter in New York and it showcases some of the yummy and luxury indulgences we might try. 

Happy Winter to all, 

Sunday, November 5, 2017


For the first time in the history, Italian city Florence crossed the boundaries and brought its most hidden treasures and crafts to showcase in New York. 
Held in one of the most significant districts of New York City  (Financial District - Maiden Lane), the Florence in New York Trade Show attracted a large number of local buyers, tourists, art, fashion, food and wine professionals, media journalists, and other visitors. Each artist was able to demonstrate his or her individuality and share some knowledge, creativity and personal stories of business’s success. 

I felt happy to be invited and participate in the event, as I had a chance to speak to most of the presenters, traders and organizers of the show. 
Many crafts surprised me with originality and design  (jewelry), some of the cosmetics were fantastic as well (soaps and gold masks). 
The collection of shoes and bags were impressive and stylish, and the home made decor and wooden furniture reminded me of the wooden items and textures that we used in my father’s country house that he built and decorated all by himself.I always have nostalgic feelings for our fun field family summer vacations that we spent away from a big city where I was raised.  

Through generations Florence has been known for creativity and a freedom of artistic expression. 
While in New York, creativity and individuality of each artist expressed throughout his crafts marked this event as a very unique and inspiring. 

I captured and still remember the welcoming spirit, friendliness and the generosity that fulfilled every conversation that I had, and every moment of the event including its food tasting, music performances, lectures, fashion show, coffee breaks, gifts sharing and more. 

Come again to New York, Florence! Otherwise, I might visit you myself. From now on you are on my list of most desirable travel destinations!

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Pumpking Craze

I call this time of the year Pumpkin craze, not only because of the Halloween, but also because I see pumpkins almost everywhere I go: CVS, Schools, Libraries, Bookstores, Parks, or Restaurants. Not to mention Fresh Food and Farmer's Markets that display pumpkins of all sorts, colors and sizes in large amounts.  

But why do I ever bother writing about Pumpkin?  
It is Bright Yellow, just like sun, it vibrates, it is very healthy and is very affordable. Plus, by my family tradition I learned a secret of making some yummy dishes using pumpkin and its seeds. 
Here is one of my fav, simple but tasty..   

1 Whisk the yolks, 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, and 3/4 cup cream together in a medium saucepan. Heat while stirring continuously with a rubber spatula  over medium-low heat, for about 10 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Stir to cool.
2 Add pumpkin, vanilla, spices, and salt to the egg mixture. 
Stir 1 tablespoon rum and 1 teaspoon gelatin together in a small bowl. 
Heat the remaining tablespoon rum, and stir in to the gelatin mixture until dissolved. Gently whisk into the pumpkin mixture. 

Beat 1/2 cup cream to stiff peaks, and fold into pumpkin mixture. 
Pour into a shallow dish, cover and chill for about 8 hours or up to overnight.
3 Beat the remaining cream and sugar to stiff peaks. 
Alternately layer the pumpkin mousse and whipped cream in a glass serving dish. Sprinkle the chocolate shavings between top two layers. 
      Serve chilled.

  3-5 large egg yolks
1/2 c brown sugar/organic sugar 
2-3 c heavy cream
15 oz. Canned pumpkin or freshly cooked pumpkin pure 
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground ginger
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
¼ tsp. Kosher salt
2 tbsp. dark rum
1 tsp. powdered gelatin/organic
3 oz. shaved dark chocolate and walnuts 

Happy Fall To Y'a All !

Sunday, September 10, 2017


How to teach Technology to PreK-1st graders? How to turn your class into an epic adventure? How to get going with Google while teaching Social Studies to 5th graders? How to engage parents and families in a meaningful  conversation using apps, social media and video chat? Can my 13 y.o. teenager create his/her own application?  Run a podcast? Compose and record his music tune on his own portable Apple device? 

Are those Smart Boards only for smart students? How do I use a Smart Board  to differentiate between 5 groups of students with different learning  and intellectual abilities? What is in there for international students and other diverse learners? Can I teach health, yoga and nutritions to my teenage daughter using Tech and Apps? 

All these and many other questions were positively answered during the fantastic and fun field Summit run by the NYC Department of Education in July 2017 at the LaGuardia High School, that is located in the heart of Manhattan, NYC. 
Luckily, I was invited, and consequently, I am still busy digesting all the material I received and ideas I learned during the Conference. 

Is technological advancement a reality or we still need some support from those who are in charge of creating new products? YES and NO. YES, because the variety of products available on the market is rapidly growing. And, NO because most of the products have similarities and it only takes a courage and creative thinking to absorb a new challenge. 

One of the examples of the products that we liked was the product called "Genius Plaza".  Genius Plaza provides access to culturally relevant, personalized learning content in math and the English Language Art for students from Pre-K to 12th grade. 

As we  learned it from our conversation with the owners: "Students move from passive learners to protagonists of their learning journey. As the first multicultural educational platform built for diverse communities, Genius Plaza has expanded its reach to close the academic achievement gap among students of different languages across the globe. The company was created by a diverse group of educators, programmers, designers, and leaders who believe that education is the only sustainable development vehicle that is available to all, with access as the only barrier".

We agree with the last statement and fully support the initiatives. We asked our friends and their families to join Coffee District for our first collaborative and 
( Free !) workshop to create some of the Tech products that will be available on your iPhones in the nearest future! Many Thanks to our sponsors and friends at !  

More articles, podcasts and interviews with inspiring people are in the works, so keep reading!

Thank you for visiting our page.  
Health and Peace, 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

How to plan a Successful Event - a Case Study

A few weeks ago I met with many fantastic business owners and idea makers during the event called "Techsytalk" that took place in New York on June 2.2017. The event was organized by the event industry top specialist, and the NYU instructor Liz King. 

Imagine a large group of people is getting together to learn, collaborate, exchange and promote each other’  businesses.  The creative entrepreneurs from many different corners of the event planning industry dwelled as a family sharing mutual enthusiasm, ideas, knowledge and plans. The experience was great as the level of thinkers and doers invited to the event exceeded my expectations. The collaboration was well structured and well prepared, and I met speakers and event planning managers from all corners of this industry. 

I set next to and exchanged ideas with the business owner Liz Castelli while listening and learning from the FOX TV guest speaker female entrepreneur Becca Brown (Co-Founder 'The Solemates").
I learned from Alon Alroy and Dan Berger following their impressive speeches while exchanging ideas with other members of the "Bizzabo". I had a cup of coffee with other five business owners. Together we ate our lunches that were graciously offered by the event organizers. At the end of the event I had a chat with Liz King learning from her own experiences and thanking her for her generous invitation. 
Click here to see the complete list of speakers:

I would give a special applause and tell a couple of words about the fantastic food treats that were offered throughout the day.  Delicious breakfast included organic yogurts, bagels, cheeses, jelly, fruit salads, buttery scrambling eggs, and more followed by lunch, that included various salads and bites to accommodate all tastes and dietary restrictions.  

The cocktail and the tea bar were available throughout the day and the live musicians and a photo booth worked around the clock. 
In some brief terms I can say that the event delivered the best out of best, and the entertainment, the engagement of speakers, the food and space management were fantastic without any doubts.

I realized I was connected to many creative entrepreneurs and I felt overwhelmed with the amount of useful information I learned throughout the day. 
I implemented many strategies in my own event that my digital agency  Coffee District held in our SoHo office,  and it went fabulous! 
The purpose of our event was to connect some of my clients - the local organic food producers with a couple of private Bilingual schools in Manhattan to offer our children the best school breakfasts/lunches in the history! I had a moderate number of participants, we reached the agreements and we will continue with the effort in the future. 

In the conclusion I‘ll say that sharing is caring and the interconnectivity vs the strict individualism is the path to success. I am sure that the "Techsytalk" event had a positive impact on many peoples’ lives and I wish we could continue our collaboration, learning and exchange in the future. 

To find out more about the Techsytalk and Liz please visit her website:

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Friday, June 9, 2017

To Eat or Not to Eat - How our choices affect our life, culture and the world.

By Elena Green. 

During the last couple of weeks the New York city hosted various events that were brought to the USA by the multiple companies, designers, food and wine distributors and their supporters. In this article I will share some insights about these events along with some recommendations and facts to educate and make our friendly New York city consumers aware of the new brands, businesses  and the choices they have.

Slow Wine NYC, 2017 

With visits in the USA, Russia, Canada, and other countries including the  participation in the international trade  events, the Slow Wine 2017 NYC event   introduced a selection of best wines from Italy according to the Slow Wine guide. 

During the event, various producers offered some treats of the Italian cuisine, coffee and chocolates and suggested a different perspective on Italian wines, food and culture. It was a pleasure to join the event and meet the people behind the selected Italian wineries that represented Slow Wine and Slow Food values. 

The Slow Food international movement officially began when delegates from 15 countries endorsed their manifesto, written by founding member Folco Portinari, on December 10, 1989. 
Slow Food stands against the disappearance of local food traditions and people's dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect our health, culture and the rest of the world.
In their manifesto the Slow Food organization wrote: “ Let us rediscover the flavors and savors of regional cooking and banish the degrading effects of Fast Food”. 

The Slow Wine Magazine introduced the Slow Food NYC - the New York City chapter of Slow Food, a non-profit organization located in Brooklyn that counteracts the culture of fast food through various events, publications and other initiatives.
Slow Wine 2017 tasting event was a great networking opportunity and I met some local organic (USA/NYC) food and wine producers and farmers from Vermont, Pensilvania and others who support similar values, produce and promote USA local, organic, non GMO products to the NYC /NYS consumers. 

"B Corporation" VIP Party, June 2017

On June 8th 'B Corporation' held an event conveniently located in the Helen Mills Event Space and Theater on 137 West 26th Street New York, NY 10001.
Many local organic food producers and sponsors gathered together for an evening of meaningful conversations, tasting and mingling to emphasize the role of sustainable farming and healthy products in the NYC. 

Sustainable farming focuses on raising food that is healthy for consumers. Industrially raised food is grown with many pesticides or chemicals and is processed with additives and preservatives. These toxins have been affiliated with a range of diseases and disorders including neurosis, cancer, heart deceases and diabetes. Industrial food is also refrigerated and shipped from long distances, decreasing its nutritional value. I totally agree with the B Corporation' motto (Bethechange), and the assertion that by supporting sustainable farmers and producers we are promoting farming practices that do not endanger public health.
I can’t help but express my deep gratitude to the farmers, hard working employees and managers who use their time, expertise and energy to make the world a better place. My special thanks to the organizers of the VIP event , their invitation, hospitality, and generous and healthy gifts.   

The Wines of Greece, May 2017.

The Wines of Greece events  ( Taste of Greece)  in the NYC are always successful, due to the well organized planning, awesome location, and exemplary hospitality that accompanied New Yorkers during the last few years. The 2017 event was the 4th in the row and, fortunately there are more to come. It is hard to analyze the Greek grapes varieties and the quality of Greek wines as Greece produces wines for centuries and the landscape, the climate and the quality of grapes are superior, as the majority of Greek wines. 

Wines from Santorini for instance, have a greate fresh taste due to the rare grapes ( Assyrtiko) and the volcanic soil used by the winemakers to cultivate the grapes. The taste of sparkling wines from Santorini is refreshing and it leaves clean, mineral, and sophisticated aftertaste. 

There are many wine guides written by wine critics, sommeliers, but in my opinion, you'd better catch the moment when The Wines of Greece ( "Taste of Greece") are back to the NYC, so that you can visit the cite, savour the wines and make your own opinion about the products. 
Click here ..... if you want to read a couple of my articles written about the past and most recent Greek Wine tasting Events held in the NYC in 2015, 2016 and 2017.   

USA International Trade Wine Tasting Expo, May 2017 

Spring time is always a busy time for international companies who aim to introduce their products to the USA consumers. Thanks to the USA International Trade Commision that helps the consumers, the approved traders and wine makers to meet and work with each other. The United States International Trade Commission is an independent, bipartisan, federal agency of the United States that provides trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches. 
The agency determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries and directs actions against unfair trade practices, such as subsidies, patent, trademark, dumping, and copyright infringement. 

Visiting the USA International Trade Wine tasting events is always a joy and a great experience. 

During the recent 2017 tasting event I’ve spotted a bottle of white sparkling (floral) Italian wine  in a bottle that was creatively designed by one of the gratify artist from LA, and I thought to myself- how great it can be to decorate a table with wines that cherish a good taste for drinks and a good taste for arts at once. 
Many thanks to the USA International Trade Commission for inviting the Coffee District Media over!

As Virginia Woolf mentioned once in her speech: "Language is wine upon your lips”. So drink wisely so that your language is clear and your mind is bright .
Savour the meaningful conversation, get ready to close your business deal, or share a good joke and a good laugh with your friends.

Watch our Promo video that Coffee District Media created to greet all wine enthusiasts and sustainable wine lovers.  Click here ....

Stay tuned for more updates on the events, concerts and contests held in the NYC in Spring -Summer  2017.