Monthly Archives: November, 2016

Organic, Vegan, Raw Catering @ Wise Cicada

November 25th, 2016 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, Divine Desserts, Go Organic No Comment yet

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CATERING – We can cater for your raw organic vegan cake needs any time: This is what our last customer said:

“Just a quick message to say thank you so much for the beautiful Banoffee Cheesecake I ordered for my birthday.

All of my guests adored it and I went home with only ONE piece left – that’s a brilliant testament to how delicious it is!”” (from Rebekkah 23 Nov)

Thanks Rebekkah – We are glad you enjoyed – Wishing you a very Happy Birthday!

Give us a call to discuss options and prices 09 529 9529

Holistic Gift Ideas @ Wise Cicada

November 25th, 2016 Posted by Great Gift Ideas @ Wise Cicada No Comment yet

Fressko Flasks

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Fressko Flasks – These beautiful water and tea infusers, made from insulated double walled glass and bamboo are perfect for a stylish tea lover. BPA free. Leakproof. Bamboo Lid. Use for Tea, Coffee, Fruit Waters, Smoothies, Juices. Water. We also have a new range of coloured flasks.
View Range Here

Wise Cicada Gift Voucher

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Our gift vouchers can be loaded with whatever dollar value you choose – the in store voucher can be used in both shop and cafe. If you know someone who loves health food – it may just be the perfect option.
In Store Voucher $50
In Store Voucher $20
Online Voucher $20

Diaries

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A diary is always useful, we have the perennial favourite ‘Gratitude Diary’ in stock. We also have the ‘Moon Calendar Diary’ by Creative Cronies, a specialist gift, packed with astrological insights.
Purchase Here

Sukin Oil Kits

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Sukin Facial Oil Packs – $5 Off While Stock Lasts – These nourishing little gift packs are boxed prettily and carry the gift of goodness for your skin. Now $19.99  RRP $24.99
Purchase Here  – Favourites Pack  Glowing Complexion Pack  Hydration Pack

 

Nasturtiums – The Garnish We Should Always Eat!

November 21st, 2016 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, In Season No Comment yet

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Next time you are served a delicious organic vegan meal at Wise Cicada cafe and it happens to be garnished with a Nasturtium flower or leaf – be sure to eat it!

Here are a few very good reasons why….

Firstly, check out the colour of the flowers….. anthocyanins abound in the vibrant yellow and orange petals. Anthocyanins are powerful free radical negating antioxidants – helpful  and protective for our bodies in anti-inflammatory and immune system response.

Nasturtium (Tropaeolum Majus) originated in  South America (the Andean regions of Peru Columbia and Ecuador). The Spanish conquistadores introduced Nasturtium to Europe in the 16th century, where the herb became known as ‘Indian cress’.

Like the cress we know well, this ‘Indian cress’ also carries some heat –  it contains mustard oil (isothiocyanate).  As well as the peppery mustard ‘note’, Nasturtiums also contain glycoside (glucotrapaeoline) which hydrolyses to antibiotic and antifungal sulphur compounds. This makes Nasturtium an ideal infection fighting herb, both topically and internally. It may be helpful for respiratory system infections and digestive flora balance. It is also reputed to help promote red blood cell production.

One last addition to the great reasons listed for eating this flowery garnish – if  you are adding Nasturtium petals and leaves to your daily salad – you are also effectively topping up on your iron and vitamin C levels. So plant some in your garden today.

This pretty rambling plant flowers throughout most of the summer so enjoy it in abundance. If you want to preserve some Nasturtium goodness for the winter months here are two great recipes:

Nasturtium Capers
Pick enough Nasturtium buds to fill a jar (wash and dry on a paper towel then pack into jar)
Sprinkle in theses spices as you layer the buds (a dash of nutmeg, a few whole black peppercorns, a few cloves)
Pour organic vinegar over the buds, seal and leave for 6 weeks before opening.

Nasturtium Vinegar
Pick one cup of Nasturtium flowers and place them into a bottle with a peeled clove of garlic. Pour over 500ml of organic cider vinegar and ensure that all the nasturtium petals are covered by the liquid.  Leave for 4 weeks in a cool dark place, then strain and bottle.

Holistic Gifts Ideas @ Wise Cicada – The Shakti Mat

November 18th, 2016 Posted by Great Gift Ideas @ Wise Cicada No Comment yet

Struggling to think of some original gift ideas for your loved one? Here are a few health and wellbeing focused ideas from our shelves.

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1. The Shakti Acupressure Mat
Do you know someone  suffering from chronic muscle tension or pain?
Do you know someone who is practising meditation?
Do you know someone who is suffering from stress?

This may well be a life changing gift.  It can positively impact on sleep, headaches, back pain, muscle tension, arthritis, sciatica, poor circulation stiff joints and stress.

Acupressure is a natural and effective therapy similar to modern massage, reflexology and acupuncture. It stimulates pressure points to encourage healing in the body.
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After 2o minutes lying on a shakti mat deep relaxation is achieved while your whole body receives a therapeutic treatment.
How does it feel when you lie on a shakti mat? Most people feel a little discomfort when they first lie down, but is worth staying put, as within a few minutes the stimulation triggers your body to respond. First, a rush of circulation to the area radiates warmth through the muscles encouraging healing and flushing out toxins. Next the body releases endorphins – our own natural and effective pain relief. The endorphins relax the muscles and provide a profound sense of calm. After a 20 minute session the feeling is entirely different and you will feel pain free, relaxed and at ease lying on the shakti mat. Within the first week of use you may benefit from better sleep, reduced muscle tension, better circulation and a reduction in stress.

The effectiveness of The Shakti Mat is supported by medical experts, clinical research and trusted by world-class athletes.

Each mat is made by hand in a charity workshop in Varanasi, India. The women make them with good pay, good hours, meals, holiday pay and a safe and happy work environment. They are also provided free healthcare for themselves and their families.

There are three options to choose from light, original and advanced:

Sundays Live @ Wise Cicada

November 17th, 2016 Posted by Events No Comment yet

sundaylivewisecicadaAt 12pm every sunday some of Auckland’s Best Musicians …………… will be at Wise Cicada

…… performing their own original songs and some of your favourite covers. So, please grab your friends and make it your weekly meet up opportunity over an organic turmeric latte and a vegan organic meal.

Check out and share the profiles and good work of the musicians we have lined up for you in  December below.

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franko-heke ………………..of The Gaya Tree ………..once an international rock musician, Franko has metamorphosed into a mindful yogi, an alternative therapy healer running free ancient healing workshops using meditation, yoga, pranayama breathing, mantra as well as retreats & festivals under his organization True North.

Franko is also a member of The Gaya Tree an international performing group sharing their love of music to ignite the divine spark and remembrance within us all. Franko performs solo at Wise Cicada in December. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear him.

Wise Cicada Sun 11 Dec 12 pm
And Sun 18 Dec 12 pm

Ko Nga Tangata Maha, Kotahi Te Reo Ano – “Many people, One Voice”

https://www.facebook.com/frankofanpage/    www.truenorthcompass.com   www.thegayatree.com

Latest Album https://itunes.apple.com/nz/album/enchant/id1156931542

 

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monkparty…………..Father and son duo, Nelson and Pragunya practice daily meditation to keep themselves in a creative flow. Performing in North America and Australasia regularly at events including world/spiritual/festivals, yoga classes, meditation workshops, private functions, they also hold their own solo Monk Party concerts. Join us as they perform for you at:

Wise Cicada Sun (More Dates coming in 2017)

“Divine music is the music of the aspiring heart, illumining Soul, awakening body, expanding vital and dreaming mind” – Sri Chinmoy

 Album  http://monkparty.com/silence-flooded-trance-album/  

www.monkparty.com

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.aidankelly……………young, passionate singer / songwriter
…… and permaculturalist, Aidan is a very good reason to be at Wise Cicada:

Look out for more performance dates with Aidan @ Wise Cicada in 2017

Described as conscious artist and Eco Warrior, you will find his powerful acoustic alternative pop music is driven by his passion for Earth, sustainability and organic food.

Listen to him at  https://soundcloud.com/theaidankellyproject

 https://www.facebook.com/theaidankellyproject/?fref=ts

Photographed by Beverley Couper

premratna………..Premratna (Sarah Spence) is a singer/songwriter, kirtan artist and yoga teacher. A classically trained singer, her musical inspirations have included living and spending time at ashrams (residential yoga centres) in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India. Previously as a singer/songwriter, she used the name Sarah Marlowe.

More Dates @ Wise Cicada Coming in 2017

Premratna’s original songs represent space between thoughts when creativity flows. They range from self-inspiration to Sanskrit mantras and lyrics based on sacred Sufi poetry. www.premratnamusic.net

Album https://open.spotify.com/album/1C9sVUpUwh8PUoS1hSGOQi

 

 

Organic Vegan Smoothie Bowls Made to Order @ Wise Cicada

November 9th, 2016 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, Events, Go Organic No Comment yet

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Join us Sunday 27 November for smoothie bowls made to order as we celebrate the beginning of summer.

More Info

Gaia Tribe Performance in Support of Standing Rock @ Wise Cicada

November 9th, 2016 Posted by Events No Comment yet

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received_10211679592886991Sunday 13 November 12-2pm – Kat Edwards & Gaia Tribe   Supporting Standing Rock

‘Water is Life’ Performance by Gaia Tribe in support of Standing Rock

12pm Water ceremony and music brought to you by GAIA TRIBE. Global beats and folktronic flavours from Chica Licorica, powerful vocal priestess Katana and acoustic jams woven in from the multi-talented Chewy Wilson.

Gather to acknowledge through sound, ceremony and dance, those standing to protect our sacred water at this time.

Please come along and bring all your friends. SHARE EVENT

 

Rosehip Oil – Your Anti-aging Daily Defence

November 8th, 2016 Posted by Great Gift Ideas @ Wise Cicada No Comment yet

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Why Use Repairing Rosehip Oil from The Herb Farm?

Buy any two skincare products from The Herb Farm range and receive a FREE 20ml Repairing Rosehip Oil RRP $23.90 (While Stocks Last)
View this Product      View the Herb Farm Range 

There’s been much clinical research into the oil pressed from this naturally occurring seed-filled package of vitamin C and omega goodness.

Used daily, it is reputed to help lessen fine lines and repair scars and vein damage. The oil, rich in essential fatty acids, can help improve your skin’s complexion. Research also suggests it may reduce the appearance of age spots and pigmentation.

Massaging a few drops of cold pressed vitamin C rich rosehip oil onto your skin regularly may help increase collagen production, tighten skin and provide some protection from free radical damage.

The Herb Farm is a New Zealand skincare company operating from rural Palmerston North, a family business founded in the 1990s out of a passion for plants and creating natural options, their 100% natural skincare products use the highest quality ingredients and are crafted with care and sustainability.

 

Smoothie Bowl Sunday @ Wise Cicada Sun 27 Nov 12pm (Bali Style)

November 8th, 2016 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, Events No Comment yet

smoothie-bowl-towel-petalsCelebrate the coming of summer with us – Organic  Vegan Smoothie Bowls, Live Music, Fun 12-3pm Sunday 27 November

Beautiful ‘Bali style’ organic, vegan smoothie bowls will be made to order for you by Maria of Wise Cicada cafe (just returned from Bali) and served in a fresh coconut bowl.

We also have live summer party music for you from Aidan Kelly 12pm followed by a relaxing Balinese sound track. So make it your Sunday meet-up destination. MORE INFO

Organic Raspberry and Coconut Smoothie Bowls with your choice of toppings  – made to order especially for you by the beautiful Maria.

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Sundays Live @ Wise Cicada

November 8th, 2016 Posted by Events No Comment yet

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12pm every Sunday some of Auckland’s best musicians will be at Wise Cicada performing their own original songs and some of your favourite covers.

So, please grab your friends and make it your weekly meet up opportunity over an organic turmeric latte and a vegan organic meal.

Check out and share the profiles and good work of the musicians we have lined up for you in November / December here.

received_10211679592886991Sunday 13 November 12-2pm – Kat Edwards & Gaia Tribe   Supporting Standing Rock

‘Water is Life’ Performance by Gaia Tribe in support of Standing Rock

12pm Water ceremony and music brought to you by GAIA TRIBE. Global beats and folktronic flavours from Chica Licorica, powerful vocal priestess Katana and acoustic jams woven in from the multi-talented Chewy Wilson.

Gather to acknowledge through sound, ceremony and dance, those standing to protect our sacred water at this time.

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Sunday 20 November 12pm – Monk Party

Sunday 27 November 12pm – Aidan Kelly    Celebrate Summer – Smoothie Bowl Sunday 12-3pm 

Sunday 4 December 12pm – Sarah Spence Premratna Music

Sunday 11 December 12pm – Franko Heke of The Gaya Tree

Sunday 18 December 12pm – Franko Heke of The Gaya Tree