by Native Foods Cafe
Nina 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.
Where are you from? We are native California girls - grew up in the San Fernando Valley!
What is your sign? Virgo
When 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.
Do 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 best.
What 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.
What 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.
Who 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.
If you could only recommend one book to a vegan newbie, what would it be? Skinny Bitch - or any of John McDougall's books.
Do 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.
What 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 music.
If 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.
What is your favorite current menu item at Native Foods Café? Nina likes the Ensalada Azteca (pictured below), Randa likes the OC Chopper.
Favorite Native Foods’ dessert? We love the chocolate cupcake!
Do you have a signature dish you make at home? Randa makes a mean enchilada, Nina loves to make smoothies.
What are your favorite bands? We are both fans of James Taylor, John Denver, Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift and the Beatles.
Favorite song? Randa loves Bubbly by Colbie Caillat; Nina likes to listen to Fire and Rain by James Taylor.
What was your first concert ever? Andy Grammer was our first big concert.
Do you like to dance? Are you kidding? We LOVE to dance!
What 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.
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