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Planted in Miami

Planted in Miami is a podcast about conscious living in the Magic City. Every other week, hosts Alex & Jeanette, speak with locals who are pushing Miami to new heights through their conscious companies, activism, community involvement, and inspiring projects.
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Nov 7, 2016

“I had to go to war to find peace.” – Hipolito ‘Beardman’ Arriaga

For many, joining the military is a way of making a better life for themselves and their families.  Putting on the uniform and representing this country is an incredibly noble, selfless, and heroic job that comes with its set of challenges and uncertainties.  Soldiers return to civilian life changed forever with limited resources or outlets where they can express what they saw and experienced in-country.  But for four combat veterans from Miami, the MDC Live Arts’ season-long veterans’ initiative was the impetus for the creation of The Combat Hippies.  Led by world renowned theater artist and director Teo Castellanos, The Combat Hippies consist of Hipolito ‘Beardman’ Arriaga, Anthony ‘I.E.D.’ Torres, Allen ‘Tatsel’ Minor, and Andrew ‘Dru Phoenix’ Cuthbert.  Backed by a soundtrack courtesy of local DJ Brimstone 127, The Combat Hippies show, “Conscience Under Fire” is heralded as a raw, funny, and honest look at what coming home from war feels like for four young combat veterans as they broach the subject of Post Traumatic Growth, a term coined by psychologists Richard G. Tedeschi and Lawrence G. Calhoun at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the mid 90’s.

These artists joined forces through the MDC Live Arts’ creative writing workshop for veterans’ in which they shared their experiences in an original spoken word piece, but Teo Castellano saw the immense potential of taking their words from the page to the stage.  Perhaps scarier than combat itself, these four wordsmiths summoned up the courage to step on stage for the first time and open their souls to an audience full of strangers to perform together at the Betsy Hotel Lounge.  Since then, The Combat Hippies have performed “Conscience Under Fire” multiple times, have become resident artists at the MDC Live Arts, and have been selected as finalists for a possible grant by the Knight Foundation.  (We’re rooting for you!)

It was a pleasure meeting these fine thespians at the beginning of their promising careers and we have a feeling they’re in for the long haul.  We want to thank Anthony and Hipolito for opening up to us and sharing their story so honestly with us.  Welcome to the Planted in Miami family.

We hope you enjoy the show,

Alex & Jeanette

For behind the scenes show notes, photos and more visit www.plantedinmiami.com.

Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @plantedinmiami

Oct 23, 2016

Millennials.  According to TIME magazine they've been dubbed the Me, Me, Me Generation - lazy, entitled narcissists who still live with their parents.  Ouch, Time magazine!  (Well, if you actually read the article you'll see why that's not exactly true)  And it's certainly not the case with our guests, Gigi and Ricky Gil, the brainchildren from Gold Lotus Brand.  In fact, it's quite the opposite.  Gigi and Ricky are young entrepreneurs who are laser-focused on making a mark in the Vegan clothing line game with their environmentally conscious, cruelty-free, PETA approved line of clothing.  Ricky went all-in and quit his day time gig so he could dedicate his time to the brand he envisioned when he was still a beardless youth in high school.  Together with his wife Gina (affectionately known as Gigi) they are the Gold Lotus Brand.  Their headquarters is their home where they live with their cat Einstein (and not their parents!) and where all the ideas, work, orders, and hustle take place.

Although still in its infancy, Gold Lotus Brand is the type of brand the world needs more of and they're more than happy to carry the torch.  Not only do they provide 100% certified organic, pesticide-free, made in the USA clothing, they will also have you thinking about where your clothes comes from, who made it, what materials were used, who or what was effected by making the product and how it impacts the environment, the animals, and the voiceless.

We hope you enjoy the podcast.

Alex & Jeanette

For behind the scenes photos, show notes and more visit www.plantedinmiami.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @plantedinimiami

Oct 10, 2016

What do you think a meat-free deli would sell?  Would pastrami on rye come to mind?  Or how about sausage marinara or burgers stacked high with tasty fixin's.  This is exactly what Ryan Bauhaus had in mind when he founded Atlas Meat-Free Delicatessen.  After meeting his vegetarian wife Amanda, Ryan slowly transitioned to eating less meat but struggled with giving up some of his favorite foods.

Having a love for cooking from a young age, he decided to get in the kitchen and figure out how he could still eat the foods he loved without having to go to the butcher.  Ryan incorporated the seasonings and flavorings found in traditional meats (sausages, pastrami, burgers) and cheeses and made them all delicious and plant-based.  He tirelessly tested recipes to make sure he wasn't calling a sandwich by a name it didn't deserve.  If he was serving a pastrami sandwich, he wanted you to feel like you were eating pastrami.  And because of his endless hours in the kitchen and dedication to quality, wholesome food, Altas Meat-Free Deli has gained a tasty reputation in South Florida and a legion of dedicated followers including us!

Atlas has been in business at the Yellow Green Farmer's Market for a few years and now Ryan has decided to expand the company with a food truck at the Wynwood Yard during the month of October as well as opening Miami's First Plant-Based Butcher Shop in Little River in early 2017. We were super excited to grab a few moments with Ryan and we think you are going to love our conversation.

Alex & Jeanette

For behind the scenes photos, show notes and more visit www.plantedinmiami.com. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @plantedinmiami

Sep 26, 2016

In a busy, fast-paced world where Keurig machines and the like are as ubiquitous as Starbucks coffee shops, the guys over at JoJo Tea are on a mission to create a bona-fide American tea culture and show Miamian’s how to slow down, count their breaths, and experience drinking authentic tea as it was meant to be.

Michael Ortiz and Tico Aran are business partners and life-long friends and JoJo Tea, tucked away in an unlikely location off of LeJeune Road in swanky Coral Gables, is where they perform their magic – offering tea flights and traditional, genuine tea ceremonies to curious locals, tea connoisseurs, and novices alike.  Although the presentation from start to finish is meticulously crafted with attention to detail from the brewing of the water to the pouring of the tea into handmade tea cups courtesy of Tico, these tea guru’s intention is not to scare anyone away with their beautiful artistry.  Instead, they want to “demystify” as Michael says on the podcast, the “intimidation factor” of drinking tea.

Get ready to cleanse your pallets and make sure to “steep” yourself into a cozy chair while Michael and Tico take you on a journey into The Future of Tea.

For behind the scenes photos, show notes and more visit www.plantedinmiami.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @plantedinmiami.

Jun 5, 2016

Growing up in North East Los Angeles wasn't easy for our guest, Karina Rain.  Raised by her grandmother from the ripe age of five, she lost her mother to Multiple Sclerosis and had an abusive father who she lost last year from Multiple Myeloma Cancer.  As a teenager she became rebellious and self-destructive, experimenting with drugs and running away from her home in Elysian Valley.  She was homeless by age 15 and stuck in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend at the time.  But after turning 18 she had enough and decided that that life wasn't for her; her perspective on life had changed and she got a job, went back to school and started the difficult process of reinventing herself and turning her life around - and she did just that.

Karina is now an activist, a writer for Urban Native Magazine and she has her very own YouTube channel where she seeks to share her story with the world and help others who might be going through tough times in their lives.  She is also very active in the Native American community, educating others on Native American culture, stereotypes, and the plight they still face today.

Before we began recording this podcast she thanked us for inviting her to be on the show, but we want to thank her for sharing her story with us so we could get to know a little more about this beautiful soul, Karina Rain.

We hope you enjoy this episode,

Alex & Jeanette

For behind the scenes photos, show notes and more visit www.plantedinmiami.com.  Follow us on social @plantedinmiami on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

May 9, 2016

Meet Veronica Menin and Diego Tosoni, two of five partners from the newly opened Love Life Wellness Center in the hip and funky Wynwood district.  Love Life is a socially conscious “all-in-one” wellness center where you can get your yoga on, get a massage, experience reiki, enjoy a plant-based meal and even bring your dog in for a class of Doga. (Yoga for Dogs!)

We first introduced you to Veronica in Episode 3 where she spoke about her former company, Peace A’ Cake and how she broke into the vegan bakery business.  After making the decision to step away from Peace A’ Cake, she contemplated moving, getting far away and clearing her mind.  But before she could hop on a plane, an opportunity presented itself to her that she couldn’t ignore.  Spurred by her yoga teacher, Megan Elizabeth to create a juice bar/yoga studio, Love Life Wellness Center was born thanks to the collective minds of Megan, Nick, Veronica, Joe and Diego – Love Life’s backbone and guiding forces.

Diego first met Veronica earlier in his life but as fate would have it, their paths crossed again years later and now Diego is an integral piece of the Love Life equation.  As we affectionately refer to him,  he is the “Diego Of All Trades” because he contributes in so many different facets to Love Life’s look – from the mural on the front of the building to the tables and artwork that you see inside.  His creative eye and artistic touch is sprinkled all over Love Life in obvious and not so obvious places and together, Veronica and Diego are each other’s Yin and Yang.

With the Wynwood Walls as its backdrop, Love Life Wellness Center could not have found a better place to open its door to the community and offering a sanctuary for people who want to connect more closely with themselves and others.  Together with partners Megan, Nick and Joe they are helping to bring practices and food that are healing to the body as well as the soul.

We hope you enjoy the podcast,

Alex & Jeanette

For behind the scenes show notes, photos and more visit www.plantedinmiami.com.

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Apr 24, 2016

As Queen B so beautifully taught us this weekend, when life gives you lemons you must make lemonade.  For the first time in Planted in Miami history, we do not have an interview portion of the show.  Due to technical issues (i.e. computers losing their minds) our file was corrupted.  But as we all know, sh*t happens so we decided to practice the art of letting go and just have fun with it.  We'll be back to our regular schedule in two weeks, in the meantime, we hope you enjoy this episode!

Alex & Jeanette

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For behind the scenes photos, show notes and more visit www.plantedinmiami.com.

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Apr 12, 2016

After a long and fast-paced stint in the corporate marketing and advertising world, Melanie Oliva left the harsh winters of Chicago and her nine-to-five with her husband and two cats and moved to Miami so she could reconnect with her fine arts roots and enjoy the endless summers of South Florida. With Miami as her new muse, she began to focus her creative energy on painting again and we’re sure glad she did because when you’re inspired you can change the world.

This eco-artist and activist might seem soft-spoken, but her passion to bring awareness to the environmental issues facing our planet as well as all of its inhabitants is loud and clear. With every brushstroke, Melanie is giving a voice to the plants, animals, and insects that are in need of an empathetic advocate to help secure their futures. Through Inspiration Pollination, a group comprised of over 600 artists from around the world, she hopes to shine a light on the very serious state pollinators, such as bees, are in and why they play such a pivotal role in our ecosystem.

Her paintings are vibrant, colorful, and bright and many of them showcase the various species she is helping to protect.  With Melanie’s advocacy and through the help of the many artists she has collaborated with to bring this important subject to the masses, she is well on her way in leaving her mark on this planet we all call home.

For behind the scenes photos, show notes and more visit www.plantedinmiami.com

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Mar 28, 2016

Who Saved Who?  This ubiquitous bumper sticker can be seen on the cars of those lucky pet owners that have adopted a dog or a cat from a rescue shelter. In this episode we sit down with Caroline and Isaac Saiz, the husband and wife team behind the local Save The Strays Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to  rescuing stray animals, placing them in foster and/or permanent homes and educating the public on animal-welfare issues.

Caroline and Isaac are animal advocates with a variety of experience in business, law, and marketing and their love and respect for animals is a common bond they both deeply share.  Save The Strays is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization and all donations and adoption fees go to the care of the rescues and operating expenses.  Because they rely heavily on loving homes in order to save more animals, they ask that you reach out to them if you can foster any animals or if you are ready to provide a permanent home for them.

Caroline and Isaac are truly inspiring locals who are pushing our city forward through their fantastic foundation and selfless devotion to animals.  We hope you enjoy the podcast and become inspired to become a foster parent or to rescue one of the many dogs or cats that are in need of loving owners and homes.

Alex & Jeanette

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For behind the scenes photos, show notes and more visit www.plantedinmiami.com

Mar 13, 2016

When Miami native, Ellen Kanner isn’t blogging, writing books, hosting plant-based feasts or educating locals on the power of plants through her syndicated column in the Miami Herald, The Edgy Veggie, you can probably find her in the kitchen developing recipes or lounging around her house reviewing books.

Ellen was an early adopter of the veggie lifestyle and she made the switch at the ripe, young age of 13 because of her love of animals.  Since then, she has been a powerful and influential spokesperson in the South Florida community, introducing others to this sustainable, healthy lifestyle and spreading its many benefits to a mass audience.  (Thank you, Ellen!)  She believes learning about your food and how it’s sourced is important, no matter what kind of diet you may subscribe to and the real magic is in food’s ability to bring people together; and isn’t that what’s it’s all about?

It’s possible that some of the greatest conversations have occurred while breaking bread around a table with good company and we think our conversation with The Edgy Veggie is just that.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Alex & Jeanette

For behind the scenes photos, show notes and more, visit www.plantedinmiami.com

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Feb 29, 2016

Sabra Seligman is a fireball of energy and maybe that’s because the food she is serving at her new plant-based restaurant, Manna Life Food, is giving her all of that divine nourishment.

With her background deeply rooted in the wellness industry, Sabra set out to open a Wellness Center in Miami after spending a majority of her life living abroad. But she quickly came to realize that the last thing Miami needed was another spa. Instead, she set her sights higher and created Manna Life Food, a space where people can connect with mind, body and soul.

Born in West Africa from parents of Canadian and Colombian descent and under the tutelage of Chef Mark Reinfeld, she has drawn from her extensive travels and experiences to offer menu items and flavor combinations as diverse as all of the exotic places she's lived and visited.

With Manna Life Food slated to open on March 7th, Sabra has worked dutifully to offer Miami’s residents and visitors a healthy alternative in Downtown Miami to those that want to taste a little piece of heaven.

For behind the scenes photos, show notes and more visit www.plantedinmiami.com.

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Feb 15, 2016

Back in Episode 4, we sat down with Alexis Garcia to discuss his upcoming challenge of running across the entire island of Cuba. Now he's back for Round 2 on the podcast to tell us all about this amazing feat and he brought his side-kick and planner extraordinaire wife, Marlene.  After dealing with arduous conditions, the Cuban police and scarce resources, they completed the goal of running the entire island, 1,000 miles in less than 35 days.  We talk all about their adventures and the upcoming documentary that they filmed of their experience.  This is a laugh out loud episode that you don't want to miss.

For behind the scene photos, show notes and more visit www.plantedinmiami.com

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Feb 1, 2016

Be Bold. Be Daring. Be Relevant. Maybe this is a phrase you would expect to hear from a cutting edge sports apparel line or from some new age inspirational Guru; but not from a small, local community theatre. But the Main Street Players is just that.

As they prepare to kick off their 2016 season, we sit down with Robert Coppel and Dennis Lyzniak, the Artistic Director and Playhouse Manager, respectively, and talk about how they got started in the theatre business as well as the impact theatre can have in our lives and our community and everything in between.

The Main Street Players Community Theatre is a hidden gem located in the quaint town of Miami Lakes. For as little as $25 per show, you can watch Pulitzer Prize winning plays for a fraction of the cost of the big, professional theatre’s while simultaneously supporting small business and up-and-coming actors. Their season opens with the award winning play, Water by the Spoonful, by Quiara Algería Hudes, directed by Robert Coppel and continues with Stage Kiss, Songs for a New World, and closes with another Pulitzer Prize winning play, Clybourne Park.

Affectionately coined (by us) the Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak of the local theatre scene, Robert brings his love and passion of acting, directing and theatre to bring bold, daring and relevant plays to his audience. And Dennis, a.k.a. the Theatre god (lowercase g) brings his structural engineering background and years of business acumen to build the sets, handle the cash flow and so much more. The Main Street Players is most definitely a success because of this dynamic theatre duo, but also because of all the volunteers behind the scenes and on stage who are making theatre going accessible to the masses.

Their commitment to this challenging but cathartic art form is apparent when they speak and they live up to their motto: Be bold, be daring, be relevant.

We hope you enjoy the interview.

See behind the scenes photos and show notes at www.plantedinmiami.com

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Jan 18, 2016

For Oscar Fuentes, a.k.a. The Biscayne Poet, Miami has served as a beautiful, motivating inspiration. His love of jazz and poetry were intensified after a brief stint in New York but Miami with all of it’s passion, culture and mystery was the muse he needed to fully expand his art. He’s commonly seen at events with one of his 11 typewriters creating poems on the spot or performing beat poetry with latin jazz group, The Oscar Fuentes Combo. We talk about how he overcomes his vulnerabilities to courageously share his work, what’s the deal behind his signature look and why Miami’s culture is richer than we believe.  We hope you enjoy the convo.

For behind the scenes photos, shows notes and more visit www.plantedinmiami.com.

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Jan 3, 2016

If you think vegans are all tree hugging, pachouli oil wearing hippies (not that’s there’s anything wrong with that) then you’re wrong. Enter John Lewis, more commonly known as Bad Ass Vegan. John is a 6’6 powerhouse who created the brand Bad Ass Vegan (BAV) to bust the stereotypes of what vegans look like and to prove that begin vegan is cool.

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, John wasn’t exposed to vegetarianism until he moved to Florida and discovered foods like avocados, plantains and mangos. When his mother was diagnosed with colon cancer and her doctor told him that too much animal protein was to blame, he finished making the transition to veganism. Now, nearly 10 years laster, John is a successful entrepreneur who has taken the BAV brand he thought of while out on a run one day to nationwide and worldwide prominence.

Through personal training, consultations and his popular 'Midnight Motivation' on Instagram, John has been able to help motivate and inspire countless individuals to transition to a vegan lifestyle and live a more healthy and conscious life. His outspoken, straightforward approach is both refreshing and captivating and we had a blast interviewing Miami’s own Bad Ass Vegan.

For behind the scenes photos, show notes and more visit www.plantedinmiami.com.

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Dec 20, 2015

When Dr. Dribble's father packed away his video games and told him to go play outside, he had no idea that years later, his son would be traveling the country running marathons while dribbling two basketballs for charity. Darren Weissman's love of the game of basketball has propelled him into a career of helping people on and off the courts.

After a dare a few years back from some friends, Dr. Dribble ran his first full marathon dribbling two balls and crushing the existing Guiness World Record.  Prior to the event, he knew nothing of the actual distance of the race nor any information on a previous world record.  He just did the race for a good time.  It was later that he created his charity, Doctor Dribble's Helping Hands, where he raises money to help at-risk youth or those dealing with difficult times.

This episode is full of great stories and lessons Darren has learned along the way. We hope you enjoy it.

For behind the scenes photos, show notes and more visit www.plantedinmiami.com

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Dec 14, 2015

In this special "Bonus McGonus" episode, we recount Alex's experience at his very first marathon - the Baton Rouge Beach Marathon on December 5, 2015.  Jeanette and I want to thank everyone who offered their support and words of encouragement, especially Bart Yasso, Vincent Antounez (we hope we spelled that correctly!) and Paula Boone.

We had a great time putting this together for you so we hope you enjoy it.

This one's for you, Dad.

For behind the scenes photos, show notes and more visit www.plantedinmiami.com

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Dec 7, 2015

A ‘Busker’ is any type of street performer: musician, comedian, dancer, juggler, acrobat artist, etc. In most metropolitan areas, cultural programs dedicated to promoting the arts coordinate Buskers throughout the city in subway stations, street corners and other high traffic areas. The mission is to expose residents and visitors to a variety of talent and give an experience of connection through music, dance and more.

Buskerfest Miami, created in 2013, was founded with this idea in mind to bring local performers (and beyond) to Downtown Miami. On Friday, December 11, Buskerfest Miami will showcase over 40 acts and will include a variety of talent and different genres of music. 




We sat down with two of the founding members, Justin Trieger and Amy Cozette San Pedro, to discuss how Buskerfest was created and what we can expect from this year’s event. We also discuss the Miami arts scene and how you can get involved with this ever-changing landscape.

Listen on iTunes or Stitcher


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Nov 23, 2015

In this episode, Jeanette and I talk about our experience at the 2nd annual Seed Food & Wine Festival (or as Jeanette likes to call it, the Super Bowl for Vegans) held in Mana Wynwood.  

This year Seed was bigger and better than the year before with top-notch speakers, cooking demonstrations, a Burger Battle, so many wonderful plant-based and vegan restaurants and vendors and much, much more.  

We were happy to see all of the people who came out to support this event and thankful to all of the participants who are doing their part to raise the awareness and consciousness of this plant-based movement.

To see behind the scenes photos, show notes and more visit www.plantedinmiami.com.

Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @plantedinmiami 

Thanks for listening!

Nov 9, 2015

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

This now ancient but powerful quote from Hippocrates couldn’t ring more true than with our next guest, Rosanne Calabrese, A.P.

After battling chronic fatigue syndrome, allergies, digestive issues and chronic headaches over 20 years ago with no resolution, Rosanne took matters into her own hands and learned how to use nutrition, herbs and homeopathy to heal her body and achieve optimal wellness.

Inspired by the healing properties of food and herbs, Rosanne returned to school to study acupuncture and traditional Chinese Medicine and eventually opened her practice, Partners in Healing, a true Holistic Health Center that dedicates itself to the reversal of the disease process and the prevention of illness, relief from pain and a host of other maladies.

Rosanne’s story will empower you to take back control of your health and underscores the impressive capacity our bodies have to heal themselves naturally.

For behind the scenes photos, show notes and more visit www.plantedinmiami.com

Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @plantedinmiami.  

Thanks for listening!

Oct 26, 2015

With more and more people moving to Miami everyday, congestion is everywhere – on the major thoroughfares as well as the neighborhood streets.  In this episode, local architects and cycling enthusiasts, Victor Dover and Maricé Chael, are encouraging more people to ditch their cars and hop on public transportation and bicycles to get to where they want to go and make better use of their time.

As architects and urban planners, Victor and Maricé know that a city’s design can have major implications on how people choose to commute and enjoy the outdoors. They also believe that with some small changes we will be able to not only improve how we get around South Florida but also improve our personal lives by using our local transit system and bicycles.

One way they are bringing awareness and exposing more people to these alternate forms of transportation is an event they are behind called Wheels. Taking place November 11th through November 15th, you can learn how to bike, walk, and use the public transit system to get around Miami.  There will be a conference, a Family Festival, the first-ever Bike-in Street Bash with live bands and more. Plus it’s all free!

We hope you enjoy listening to this passionate couple and that you’ll be inspired to go outside, enjoy the great outdoors and the Miami Bike Scene.

Listen on iTunes or Stitcher

For behind the scenes photos, show notes and more, visit our website at www.plantedinmiami.com.

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Oct 12, 2015

Hip hop is everywhere nowadays…television, advertisements, billboards and even the slang that’s become a natural part of our lexicon.  Why has this music permeated our culture in such a powerful way?  This music, which was founded in the streets of New York City as a form of expression in the urban communities, has cemented its status as a successful and profitable genre.

Eric F. Narciandi or DJ EFN, began his love affair with hip hop as a kid growing up in the 80’s/90’s in Miami’s Kendall neighborhood. Inspired by groups such as NWA and Public Enemy, he knew he wanted to be involved in the hip hop scene so he created Crazy Hood Productions after graduating from high school. He helped put Miami on the map as a legitimate hip hop city, bringing its special flavor to the masses.

In 2012, after learning of a thriving hip hop scene in Cuba, he decided to explore his roots through his passion of music and from this the ‘Coming Home: Cuba’ documentary was birthed.  Now with two more films under his belt and a planned trip to Vietnam to start filming his fourth, DJ EFN is on a mission to unearth and share with us hip hop communities and cultures that are worlds away.

His passion for this art form that many said was just a fad is apparent and it was a real pleasure getting to know him. We hope you enjoy the show.

For behind the scenes photos, show notes and more, visit our website at www.plantedinmiami.com

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Sep 28, 2015

As with most drastic changes in life, the impetus arrives through necessity. Just years after Alison Burgo’s acquired a debilitating auto-immune disease, her life’s work of charity and event planning took on an entirely different meaning.  Witnessing first hand the power of healing foods and the bodies ability to heal itself under the right conditions, Alison alongside her partner and wife, Michelle, founded the Seed Food and Wine Festival, the first 100% plant-based food festival in the country.

Now approaching it’s second year, this year’s festival promises to be bigger and better with more events that invite the community to experience the plant-based lifestyle on an entirely different level. Because Miami is known for trendsetting parties and restaurants, Seed has invited chefs from all walks of life to participate and show that eating your veggies can be really sexy.

There is definitely something for everyone this year with events ranging from burger battles to movie night, a 5k run, yoga classes, elegant dinners and more.

Alison’s passion for planting seeds of change in the city is apparent in everything she does.  Her enthusiasm is contagious and we can't wait for you to hear this interview.

For behind the scenes photos, show notes and more, visit our website at www.plantedinmiami.com

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Sep 14, 2015

Before he had a successful podcast with millions of downloads, an induction to the Podcast Hall of Fame, a feature in Forbes Magazine and a deal with Playit, a CBS affiliated company, Danny “Godfree” Peña was just an 80’s kid playing his Atari 2600, gifted to him by his grandmother. His introduction to the world of gaming captured his imagination and interest and instantly cemented a place in his heart.

After dabbling successfully for some time in the music industry as a hip-hop promoter in the 90’s, his passion for gaming kept burning inside of him and propelled him to create a show about video games on MP3.com which led him to cover the launch of the first Xbox and rub controllers with Bill Gates.  But it was in 2005 when he would create Gamertag Radio (GTR) with his brother and set off on a journey that would turn out to be the most successful gaming podcast to date.

With his team of gaming experts, they’ve had the opportunity to travel the world reviewing games and providing honest feedback to their legions of loyal fans.  This year, Gamertag Radio celebrated their 500th episode and 10th anniversary.  We are stoked to have one of the original ‘Podfather’s’ sit down with us to discuss his story of passion, commitment and the love for this new medium of podcasting. Even if you’re not a gamer, Danny’s words of wisdom apply to any pursuit you may have in life.

For behind the scenes photos, show notes and more visit www.plantedinmiami.com

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Aug 31, 2015

Compared to other well established plant-based, vegan and vegetarian cities in America, Miami may not be one that people think of as a non-meat lovers haven, but today’s guests, Alex Cuevas and Lori Zito have set out on a mission to change that. Alex is the founder and owner of Choices Organic Cafe and Lori is the President and backbone of the operations. With three locations in Miami, Alex and Lori have their sights set on opening 100 Choices locations throughout the country.

Growing up the son of a Rancher in San Jose, CA, Alex ate the standard American diet of burgers and pizza as well as the rice, beans and burritos typical of his Mexican descent. But after making the connection of how the food he was eating made its way to the table he had an “awakening” and made the decision to never eat animals again. This realization would set in motion a series of events that would eventually culminate in opening a restaurant that inspires compassionate choices by serving delicious, healthy, and organic plant-based food prepared with love for people, animals and the planet.

And behind every great man there is a great(er) woman; enter Lori Zito. Raised in up-state New York and of Italian-Irish descent, Lori was not always a vegan but her love of animals eventually led her to see the same connection her counterpart, Alex did. Together, Alex and Lori have helped put Miami on the map as a plant-based/vegan friendly city with their very popular restaurants and this is only the beginning for them.

We are happy to share with you their story of how they turned their vision into a reality that is helping make a difference in people’s lives and our community.

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