NATURAL SOLUTIONS FOUNDATION
The Global Voice of Health & Food Freedom™
This is a pre-publication copy of a restaurant review which will appear in the Chiriqui Libre
The Valley of the Moon BeyondOrganic™ Restaurant.
By David Dell
This is the hardest restaurant review I have ever had to write. If I just had to describe, the food, service and ambiance, I could probably type that out in a few hours or so. There is so much more to this story and so much more about the two founders, It would almost take a book.
Let’s start with an appetizer of corporate intrigue and deception. For the main course there is a generous selection of government conspiracy. For desert, the not so sweet prospect of world population control by medical deception.
Valley of the Moon BeyonOrganic™ Restaurant is 1 kilometer West of the main avenue in Volcan. Just make a left turn at the no-name gas station and the octagonal restaurant and follow the signs.
If you Google in “Dr. Rima Laibow” you will come up with more than 48,000 Internet articles and pages. It would be fair comment to say that Rima Laibow and her husband retired Major General Bert Stubbelbine are among the globe’s leading crusaders for health freedom. They travel the world speaking at seminars, colleges, on television and radio and publicly opposing the questionable activities of governments and multinational pharmaceutical and mega food companies.
Their message is loud and clear, that unless we the people stand up and take action, our freedom of choice in matters of health, food and lifestyle will be taken away from us. For many this might sound like a story of two “conspiracy nuts” who started a restaurant. If it wasn’t for the experience I had as a television producer in Canada, I might agree. Working freelance for the Health Action Network Society in Vancouver, I produced many programs featuring doctors, lawyers and ex-government research scientists that detailed the corporate conspiracy in the health care and pharmaceutical field. These whistle-blowers also claimed involvement of various western government agencies.
Because of their concern about food and health freedom, Rima and Bert, who are the Medical Director and President of the Natural Solutions Foundation, an international NGO (www.GlobalHealthFreedom.org) decided to create the Valley of the Moon Eco Demonstration Project (www.MyValleyoftheMoon.org) to help reclaim the production of clean food worldwide. Part of that project includes opening what they describe as a “BeyondOrganic™” restaurant. When my wife and I drove up to the restaurant the first words from my wife’s mouth were “Wow, they have certainly done it right.” To the left of the main dining area is a thatched bohio with expensive rattan style chairs. With the-ever present threat of rain looming over us we decided to eat inside the formal dining room. Again the first impression was of a restaurant designed and decorated with great care. Large and colorful paintings adorn the walls. Just about everything says “5 star” –fortunately, the prices at Valley of the Moon are not.
An all-organic evening meal will cost you around $12.00. This includes soup starter, a main course, salad and desert. Finally if you have any room left they will bring out a French press and pour you a delicious cup of All Natural coffee. In my notes I wrote the soup was “wonderful” and the fresh, whole grain bread had me order a second basket full. The main course was salmon with green beans and a side salad. I distinctly remember muttering “excellent” with just about every mouthful I consumed.
One person you should meet is the head chef, “Gail.” This woman typifies everything that Rima and Bert stand for. Gail’s husband had “agent orange” defoliant sprayed on him while serving in the Vietnam war. Gail, later had a stillborn “agent orange” child. When Rima pointed out to Gail the same, active ingredient in agent orange was also in a domestically available herbicide – Gail immediately signed up to work for the organization. Sadly, Gail’s husband passed away last year. Undaunted, this bright, blue-eyed, woman puts love and caring into every dish that comes out of the Valley of the Moon kitchen.
The restaurant does not serve wine or beer, but for a corkage charge of $2.50 you can bring a bottle of your favorite beverage and they will happily pour it for you.
Rima Laibow and Bert Stubbelbine are two controversial characters. But if worldwide governments get their way, arrests could soon be made for growing tomatoes in your own back yard. The law could also change so that the only way you could get vitamins or supplements would be from a dealer on some street corner. The message from Rima Laibow and Bert Stubbelbine is, “Be informed and be active.” Valley of the Moon Restaurant in Volcan – great organic meals for the body, highly inspiring food for the mind, in a beautiful setting.