Quentin Navia : Singer, songwriter, restaurateur. By Sarah
“It is my belief that it is far better to begin, than to wait for a perfect result which never seems to come.”- Quentin
I recently moved back from San Francisco, where I had the pleasure of working alongside Quentin Navia, a beautiful woman whose spirit could fill an entire room of charisma and positivity. Her youthful attitude inspired me to self reflect and find inner happiness, but also to never let life become mundane. She toured the country playing music with a folk band, that opened for Peter Gabriel in the 70’s and somehow along the path she found herself opening “Pena Pachamama” a restaurant with the BEST raw vegan food I’ve had located in the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach, at one of the historic Speakeasy’s. She would always tell me the success was never forced, nor was opening a “business” but rather it formed naturally , and turned into a great success. She continues to play music every night at the restaurant along with her husband and son. She’s living proof that regardless of age, if you do what you love, you’ll feel and look forever young. She recently wrote a book titled “The Art of Raw living” where she offers many delicious raw- vegan recipes as well as an insider tip at how her restaurant came to be. Here’s a little preview of the book.
“Each search, each story is notable and remarkable, because each individual is unique, one of a kind. Each has taken this journey in the material realm and experienced its joys, adventures, struggles, sufferings and successes. And even if we lack writing skills, our stories can inspire and encourage our compañeros along the way.
We all draw from the experiences of each other. We all offer true lessons from our own experiences. We read others stories to be inspired by them but ultimately the journey is our own. There are no complete recipes or guidelines for the trip, no one has taken exactly the same path. But one thing is for certain, that if it is true, we are all bound to find the same thing.
As with a raw lifestyle, I believe I’m in it for life. It is the adventure, with the fun, innocence and creative enthusiasm of a child, (in the end we are all bound to find the same thing-if its real- and raw living organic vegan foods are the closest we can get.”