by Native Foods Cafe
and Randa Nelson are super cool ladies with a whole lot of talent. They can sing, dance, act… and they are fabulous cooks too! We caught up with them for our June Native Newsletter… here is the full interview. And be sure to check out their work at www.ninaandranda.com.
are you from? We are native California girls – grew up in the San Fernando
is your sign? Virgo
did you start singing & performing? We started singing and dancing
before we could walk, and started taking ballet when we were just five. In
other words, most of our lives.
you prefer acting or performing music? We LOVE music. We spend most of our
waking moments singing or playing our guitars. But acting is a lot of fun too.
Sometimes the singing and acting and dancing can be combined, and that's the
has been your most memorable performance so far? And why? Maybe Nina's most
memorable moment was when her pants came off on stage while she was performing
the Russian dance in the Nutcracker – to her credit, she just pulled up her
pants without missing a beat, and kept dancing. She got a lot of applause on
that one. Every performance is memorable for one reason or another, though.
We're hoping that the most memorable one hasn't happened yet.
inspired you to become vegan/ vegetarian? We were raised vegan, so we didn't
make the choice to be vegan when we were small. Now that we are old enough to
make our own decisions, we are vegan because it's a great lifestyle. It's good
for the animals, good for the planet, and good for us.
or what do you think has had the most impact on the growing vegan/ vegetarian
movement? This is a tough question, considering that our parents (VegSource) have been
active in the movement for so many years. Let's just say that it is important
to have really great food available – like you can get at Native Foods.
you could only recommend one book to a vegan newbie, what would it be? Skinny
Bitch – or any of John McDougall's books.
you have any pets? If so, what kind and what are their names? We have
two wonderful pets – an amazing Aby cat named Jaki, and a pretty little rescue
dog of unknown parentage named Penny. Jaki and Penny are actually best friends.
If you were to come back as an animal what would you like it to be? Nina would like to be a dolphin, so she could learn more about the underwater world; Randa would like to be a cheetah, so she could run really fast and travel the whole savanna.
Native Foods Cafe vegan restaurant uses this image courtesy of National Geographic.
do you want to be when you “grow-up”? Who said anything about growing up?
Hopefully we will be able to continue doing what we love, which is making
you could live anywhere, where would it be and why? California will always
be our home, but we would love to be able to live in Kauai, HI. Kauai is a magical
island, with an energy unlike any other place. However long you're there, it's
never long enough.
is your favorite current menu item at Native Foods Café? Nina likes
the Ensalada Azteca (pictured below), Randa likes the OC Chopper.
Native Foods’ dessert? We love the chocolate cupcake!
you have a signature dish you make at home? Randa makes a mean
enchilada, Nina loves to make smoothies.
are your favorite bands? We are both fans of James Taylor, John Denver,
Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift and the Beatles.
song? Randa loves Bubbly by Colbie Caillat; Nina likes to listen to Fire and
Rain by James Taylor.
was your first concert ever? Andy Grammer was our first big concert.
you like to dance? Are you kidding? We LOVE to dance!
do you do in your free time? We like to go to hot yoga, hang out with our
family and friends, and work on our music.
Native Foods Cafe, vegan, vegan food, vegan restaurant, Nina and Randa Nelson, VegSource