2018 BMW X2 xDrive28i: X + Dynamic = Proficiency

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Welcome to the BMW Performance Center West, Thermal Club in Palm Springs, California for test driving of the first ever BMW X2 compact and premium Sports Activity Coupe (SAC). With consumers clamoring for smaller but fully complete, stylish, efficient and intelligent vehicles automakers are meeting the demand with a plethora of new options such as Bavarian Motor Works’ latest X-mobile that is about to hit the streets. [Read more…]

Visit Gracias Madre in West Hollywood, California

After a cadre of recommendations from business associates while visiting LA it was a must that we visit Gracias Madre in West Hollywood for some delicious Mexican vegan food. The jackfruit tacos were our main choice and came with barbecue jackfruit, cashew cream, pickled cabbage, crispy onions, and black beans. They were absolutely amazing. Additionally, the crowd was eclectic, the vibe super chill, and the music trendy. Enjoy!

 

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT 4X4: Cali Roots Certified

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Music festivals are cherished events worldwide that bring people together through energetic vibrations and classics tunes to create fond memories amongst friends and family. Well, the 2017 California Roots Music and Arts Festival in Monterey is no different, but unique in the fact that the theme is all reggae with a focus on overall wellness and fitness. To that point my partner and I drove down one of the fittest performance SUVs on the streets otherwise known as the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT 4X4. [Read more…]

4th Annual International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference

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Join Fit Fathers for the 4th annual Int’l Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference set for September 21-24, 2016 at the Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, California. Earn up to 24 CMEs and enjoy nine delicious plant-based meals, as you learn from luminaries like Dr. Ornish, Campbell, Esselstyn, Greger and many of the other leading experts in preventive, nutritional medicine.  With a keen focus on the evidence that supports the efficacy, learn the “How” of effectively integrating food as medicine into your practice.

Promoting whole food, plant-based nutrition as a therapeutic intervention to prevent, arrest and reverse disease is the greatest gift you can give to your patients—the gift of health, hope and healing.  It’s the prescription with only positive side effects!

Take advantage of introductory pricing that expires on May 9! Register now! For more information, visit http://pbnhc.com.  Questions? Write info@pbnhc.com or call (203) 594-1632.

Who should attend?

Physicians representing each and every practice specialty area, nurses and all allied health practitioners—those who are dedicated to empowering patients and clients with the ultimate prescription. Visit www.pbnhc.com, watch videos of last year’s attendees and faculty members, and register to be part of a medical education event that many have said was “life changing”— for themselves, for their families and for their medical practices and patients.

Conference Faculty

Learn from the leading experts and researchers about the preventive and healing power of plant-based nutrition. Speakers include:

Robynne Chutkan, MD, author of bestsellers Gutbliss and The Microbiome Solution. She has been on the faculty of Georgetown University Hospital since 1997 and is the founder of the Digestive Center for Women, an integrative gastroenterology practice that incorporates nutritional optimization as part of the therapeutic approach of digestive disorders.

Bharat Aggarwal, PhD, author of the bestseller Healing Spices is a Ransome Horne, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Cancer Research, Professor of Cancer Medicine, Professor of Immunology, Professor of Biochemistry and Professor of Experimental Therapeutics with the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Brenda Davis, RD has worked as a public health nutritionist, clinical nutrition specialist, nutrition consultant and academic nutrition instructor; she’s a leader in her field and internationally acclaimed speaker. The nine award-winning, bestselling books she’s co-authored have over 750,000 copies in print in eight languages.

William C. Roberts, MD has been editor in chief of the American Journal of Cardiology since 1982 and is executive director of the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute of Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX. Having published over 1400 articles, authored or edited 24 books and lectured in over 2000 cities, he is the most prolific oral historian of cardiology in history.

With nearly 600 in attendance at last year’s event, we look forward to yet another exceptional medical education event, focused on the science that overwhelmingly supports the efficacy of whole food, plant-based nutrition in its ability to prevent, treat, and, often, reverse chronic and select autoimmune disease.

CME Accreditation

CME Accreditation for The International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference has been coordinated by Rush University Medical Center, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Rush University Medical Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity. For more information, visit the Faculty & Accreditation section at www.pbnhc.com.

4th Annual International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference

Location

The quality of the conference is reflected in the exceptional caliber of the host venue, the Anaheim Marriott, located in Anaheim, California. Arrive early or stay after the conference to take a trip to the beach, play at Disneyland or explore southern California. Learn from the leading experts and researchers about the preventive and healing power of plant-based nutrition.

Delicious, health-promoting, gourmet cuisine

The conference kicks off on Wednesday evening with the official Welcome Dinner, concluding on Saturday, following lunch. In all, nine delicious, chef-prepared plant-based meals are included in your conference registration, served at a venue that’s second to none.

On behalf of our entire Plantrician Project team, we look forward to seeing you in September in beautiful Southern California!

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Family Vacation

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Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Welcome to the palatial villas at the idyllic Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, California for a fun, family spring break getaway with the all-new and innovative 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan for new age families. Tooled with a vehicle that set the standard for group travel with its myriad of infotainment features, cozy seats, European-like drive and storage for days, Team Rawlins set sail for an extended weekend full of excitement, entertainment and bonding. Suffice it to say life was amazing on the West Coast for four glorious days with my wife and two daughters who absolutely adore the Golden State! [Read more…]

2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country: Urbane Adventure Seekers

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Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

I’m an adventurous individual and seek thrills and excitement in all aspects of my lifestyle from family rearing and nomadic travel to sports and entertainment activities. Energizing my physique while stimulating brain cells is routine for the life I live. Transfer that equation into the transportation world and the same rules apply. For these reasons and more, a vehicle that offers the capabilities adequate enough regarding the aforementioned essentials will always win my affection. This is why I respect and enjoy the capabilities of the all-new 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country.

Combine the dynamics of two very unique products and the end result is a vehicle with special DNA and defining characteristics welcoming for those looking for true luxury and “go anywhere” dynamics. Volvo’s heralded Cross Country range has already revolutionized crossover wagons with the capabilities of SUVs. The universal S60 sports sedan also holds its own against a crowded field of special European, Japanese, American, and now Korean performance sedans that offer style, opulence, and the latest technological wizardry. Yet, can they compete against both the S60 and the Cross Country when you commingle their traits into one vehicle? Not really.

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To explore the tangibles of the new S60 Cross Country the Fit Fathers and Automotive Rhythms teams were invited by Volvo to Sausalito, California for summer drive opportunities of this vehicle as well as the 2016 S60 Inscription and 2016 V60 Cross Country. Situated at the Cavallopoint Lodge at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, I felt right at home in an area ripe with activities appeasing to my needs. The former U.S. Army post at Fort Baker immediately became reminiscent of morning boot camps and afternoon drills. Surely the S60 Cross Country would not have a problem challenging the hills and landscape of the Bay Area. Without hesitation I ran the 6-mile round trip trek from base camp, up to the bridge, across the bridge, and back. Now I was ready to drive!

What’s not to like about a Scandinavian designed ride? Volvos are savvy, unique, multi-talented, and of course safe as a bank. Known for its line of family wagons and SUVs, the Chinese owned automaker has already elevated the XC90 to elite status with continuous orders piling in. So the product assault continues. “The S60 Cross Country is the sole contender in the luxury crossover sedan segment. We have identified a clear niche in the market for a more capable sedan with rugged styling cues and a higher stance. The S60 Cross Country will appeal to people that are searching for an exciting and capable sedan, whilst enjoying the clear benefits that a crossover offers,” said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Sales, Marketing and Customer Service.

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At a first look the Swedish vehicle is similar, yet smaller, to the silhouette of BMX’s X6. Basically, I view them as SUV Coupes. While the design is appealing to early adapters, it will have to wear on others who enjoy traditional vehicular features. With 7.9” of ground clearance, all-wheel drive with Instant Traction, and Hill Descent Control (HDC) you will have no problem traversing through national parks, campgrounds, gravel paths, muddy trails, or shallow beds of water. HDC is advantageous for climbing downhill since the vehicle takes control of the braking and slow acceleration while the driver steers the ship in the right direction. Keep in mind the steering wheel adjustments are manual, not electronic like you would expect in a vehicle of this caliber.

The urbane, yet tough packaging of the S60 Cross Country is perfect. Our $49,775 ($41,000 MSRP) Platinum Edition came replete with 19” BOR Matte Black Rims ($750) tucked in Pirelli Scorpion 235/45 R19 rubber (18” standard), a Honeycomb grille, front and rear skid plates with dual embedded exhausts tips, black mirror caps, a sunroof, and black fender flare extensions. Powered by a 2.5-liter 20-valve inline 5-cylinder turbo engine, the Volvo spits out 250-horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed Geartronic auto transmission with Adv Quick Shift (allows you to use the gear lever for manual shifting) is mated to the 2.5-liter. Power is good in all gears but steering feels a little floaty and the suspension is too soft for my taste. In regards to efficiency, the 2-liter in the Inscription achieves 37 highway mpg while the Cross Country accomplishes 28 mpg even though the 2.5-liter is only 10-horsepower stronger. Volvo says this is due to the new advancements in the 2-liter.

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Inside, the interior is as palpable as the exterior. In my opinion Volvo has some — if not the top — contour seats in the business. They ascertain your drive is comfortable, safe, and ergonomic for long hauls. Yet I would have enjoyed the additional 3” of rear legroom in the Cross Country that the S60 Inscription received. Thus far the Inscription has the most comfortable rear cabin I’ve spent extended time in within the sports sedan category. The intermix of clean metals, wood inlays, and “Agnes” leather makes for attractive quarters. The vertical and digital tachometer is refreshing but takes a bit adjusting to. For the first hour of exploration through Northern California I couldn’t place my site on the gear indicator which is embedded within the RPM gauge.

Safety and technology is always a highlight when you purchase a Volvo. The Harmon Kardon premium sound system that comes with the Platinum package is stellar and concert like, while Volvo On Call lets you start the engine remotely, lock and unlock the doors, check the trip computer, and integrate your iPhone into the navigation. Wi-Fi hot spot comes in handy when cellular data is out of range and Web surfing is still required. Additional advancements are offered in the form of the $925 Blind Spot Information System Package, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Pedestrian/Cyclist Detection w/Auto Brake and much more. The S60 Cross Country is just too smart for its own good.

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With over 200,000 Cross Country vehicles sold since 1997 the S60 variant adds another competitive contender to the lineup with amenities worthy for the most adventurous nomad. High consumer loyalty for the Cross Country will be key to the S60 Cross Country’s sales success. I’m betting on a winner.