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  1. Diana

    Ani looks amazing!! She probably looked better in person than in pictures. I am beyond jealous that you got to meet her. Haha I don’t think you look that pale…. they just look really dark 😛 That banana split looks delish! By the way what exactly is the Academy?

  2. katiivey

    I’m so jealous of your dinner with Ani! It looks so amazing and you worked hard to get there 🙂 I need to get back to making raw desserts out of her cookbook I have. Also, you’re gorgeous! :>

  3. Hannah

    You are such a liar. That so isn’t a drove-all-day-little-sleep look! You’d just got out of a beauty salon, hadn’t you? In other words: you’re frickin’ gorgeous, love.

    I also love that all that food is out-of-the-ordinary for me not just in being raw, but because those aren’t at all the typical foods I’d see/eat in Australia. And, erm, Amber? Nut-ball joker-extraodinaire? How is it that you didn’t comment on the aesthetics of the banana split dessert? 😀 😀

    I do know how you feel about what you desperately want feeling out of reach. That’s how I feel about wanting to live in America, and also just wanting to know what to do with my life. But I have faith that you’ll find a way – and I can’t wait to read about it when you do. xoxo

  4. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

    Best post ever.

    “He was so kind, gracious, and intelligent, and it was a privilege and a pleasure to finally meet him.”–and he’s freakin hot, don’t forget that tidbit 🙂

    And Ani, omg what a gorgeous, radiant beauty. It just SCREAMS off the screen. And the one of you in the middle where you said you’re pale…you look amazing 🙂

    I am not into root beer at all either. Fizzy raw intrigue, though!

    And wanting something so bad but cant…omg I could tell you stories but please know that YES I have been there! Elated and depressed by the prospect…everything from yoga trips to india to home ownership and tons in between.

    I love this post, Amber. I so wish i could have been there!

  5. Matt

    So happy that everything went well there! We’ll figure out a way to get you to the academy.

    I have a feeling I would have liked the food that night. But then, I’m a comfort food lover.

    And you’re not pale, you’re like a beautiful porcelain doll!


  6. GirlonRaw

    I know what you mean Amber, I attended 105 in April and had been trying to get there ever since it opened. Between trying to afford it, get the time of work and make my way half way across the world (I am Aussie but live in Saudi Arabia) somehow one day it just happened. If you want something hard enough it will happen, just don’t think about the how or why, just have faith. So exciting. Also pleased you got to meet Jacki. I have spoken to her over email a few times.

    Hang in there darling you will make it there!!! You are much closer to it than me!!!


  7. GirlonRaw

    Just re read my post and spelling and grammar issues….oh sorry 🙂

  8. Cathy

    Hi Amber

    Just to say how AMAZING the photos are! SO CLEAR !! What camera to you have? The food sounded AND looked wonderful. How fortuante to have been in attendance that evening, Ani sure is glam ! What a great ambasador for the raw movement, maybe one day will get to meet her also..

    Cathy from London

  9. BitterSweet

    How incredible! Between the food and the company, that sounds like a dream dinner alright!

  10. Amanda

    You lucky duck! I was in Sarasota when Ani was there for an event, but it happened to fall on the same night & time as my friend’s bachelorette party. (My maid of honor duties took precedence.) Still, I was a little sad about missing such a golden opportunity.

    I’m fascinated by raw foods. Though I’m not raw myself, I do prepare raw foods from time to time and love visiting raw restaurants. I would love to be a certified raw foods chef, but that kind of training will have to wait for a day when I can afford to do such a thing.

  11. hihorosie

    Wow! How cool are you?! What an event full of awesomeness in every way! Food looks heavenly and well, Matthew and Ani – just goes without sayin’. I love root beer so I’d be curious about that treat and French onion soup is one of my all time faves (I miss it sometimes *sniff*) but hey a healthy version, oh yeah! You look so calm and cool in the photos, I’d probably be so nervous next to either of these super stars I’d look like a robot! Anyway, fun post. Hope you realize your dream one day!

  12. Rachel

    That is VERY cool Amber! If you had taken me, I would have definitely finished your root beer float for you! Haha, the other things (besides the banana split, of course) looked like a bit of a stretch for me to try…but if you had insisted, I would haver. 🙂 Love ya girl!

    And that is a great opportunity to chat it up with a level 1 instructor at the Academy! You will make it there chica! I know you have the potential, most definitely!

  13. Amanda

    Miss Amber you have been sooo busy! I’m sorry I missed some of these posts in real time, you’ve been eating fabulously as usual and it seems like totally rubbing shoulders! 🙂 Ever get that you look like Evan Rachel Wood? 🙂