Saturday, July 31, 2010

HOT SUMMER STREETS OF HARLEM

I was invited to go to the Harlem H&M Re-Opening VIP Party about a week ago and took my partner in crime with me. This is only our second time exploring Harlem this summer (our first trip here), but wow, we really love it. Quiet streets, old brownstones, friendly folks, big churches and just so much life.
We had some time before the party started so after a Happy Hour at Chom Chom we took the train uptown and just walked around.
I want one of these...
And then we get to the party; big discounts, cute DJ, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Here's photo gallery "Uptown's Finest" taken at the party.
Since the hors d'oeuvres weren't enough we went to Sylvia's nearby and waited for our food over an hour even the place was not even busy. This was my second time here (I was here first time in 2002...) and I don't think I'll ever come back. There are just so many other Soul Food restaurants that are so much better. Unfortunately Sylvia's has become a tourist trap and the quality has gone down the drain.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

EMAIL FROM MY MOM-IN-LAW


Don't break the elastic!




 In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday.
Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older.
And, there on television, she said it was 'exciting...'




Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every
 day.....like her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will
reach her waist, first The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is
 such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!
 Maya Angelou said this:
I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today,
 life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.'
 'I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she
 handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled
 Christmas tree lights.'
'I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents,
 you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.'
 'I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as making a life.'
 'I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.'
'I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt
 on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back...'
'I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I
 usually make the right decision..'
'I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one..'
'I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.
 People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back...'
> 'I've learned that I still have a lot to learn..'

 'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will
 forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them
feel.'

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

INDIAN BANGLES


In parts of India, when a woman is married it is customary for her to receive and wear white shell and red-colored bangles. This is because white bangles are symbolic of new beginnings, and red is symbolic of energy. Other colors also have meaning: yellow signifies happiness, blue signifies tranquility, and green signifies happiness.





Monday, July 19, 2010

ALKALIZING DIET

New thing contributing to my feeling good nowadays are these two containers that I found on my doorstep; Pure Hawaiian Spirulina and Greens First. I mix these two together in a bottle with Benefiber and filtered water, shake vigorously and drink fast. Taste is not the best, but not terrible bad either.

Greens First is a synergistic blend of 49 super foods, extracts and concentrates including super greens, organic fruits and vegetables, probiotics, soluble and insoluble fibers, herbs, spices, natural flavonoids and enzymes. Benefits include:

- Increase Energy Levels without Stimulants
- Boost the Immune System
- Promote Healthy Heart & Liver Function
- Assist in Weight Management
- Balance Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
- Promote Mental & Cognitive Acuity
- Alkalize and Balance Body pH
- Reduce Risk For Debilitating Chronic Health Conditions
- Reduce Inflammation, Relieve Stiff & Achy Joints
- Maintain Healthy Bones
- Detoxify and Increase Longevity
Spirulina supports cardiovascular, eye and brain health, boosts immunity and energy. It is the most complete food source in the world with over 100 nutrients, 60% protein content, the highest levels of carotenoids, and high in antioxidants known to promote health and longevity.
I've mentioned Dr. Graf and alkalizing diet here before and these two ingredients, greens powder and spirulina are integral part of the alkalizing cocktail that is to be taken each day. 
Here are some good pointers from Dr. Graf's book "Stop aging, Start living":

 3-1 Ratio: Eat a ratio of three alkalizing foods (leafy greens, vegetables, nuts and seeds, fruits) to every one acidic food throughout the day. Check here which foods are alkalizing and which ones are acidic.

 Take a calcium supplement. Because calcium is basic, the body uses it to balance an acidic environment. Even men need a calcium supplement daily to maintain healthy bone density and body pH. 

 Get more fiber. Start your day with a fiber supplement such as Benefiber.

 Have a positive attitude. Guilt and other negative emotions cause acidity in the body. So even if you do indulge in a chocolate martini over a slice of cheesecake every once in awhile, enjoy every bite!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

AQUAVIT NYC

 Yep, it's NY Restaurant Week again and we had reservations today for Aquavit. For those who don't know, Restaurant Week offers three course lunches for $24 and dinners for  $35.
Aquavit is located in midtown East 55th St. and offers contemporary Scandinavian cuisine. And they sell Kopparberg cider
 I was happy our fabulous waiter Jarrett asked us in the beginning if we had any allergies because Scandinavian restaurants are known for seafood and I'm very allergic. For some strange reason I can eat canned tuna though. Maybe it's not real tuna at all. Have I just discovered something major?
For appetizer I had very refreshing chilled green tomato soup. For main course I had Asparagus "Barlotto" which is basically like risotto, but made with barley. Forgot to take a photo. C'mon, I was really hungry and couldn't wait.
For dessert we had cardamon cake with strawberries and lemon ice cream and the chocolate budapest cake. Desserts are always to share for.
The restaurant was gorgeous and very large, portions like pieces of art work, but very tiny. Although more than enough for me, but I could see some big guy complain that the portions didn't suppress his hunger.
All and all Aquavit was good experience. Service was extremely polished and courteous and we got our food fast even the restaurant was packed. Many new flavors and taste experiences  made these two foodies happy. That's what we live for. Good food and conversation.
I was wearing earrings that my grandmother gave me when I was a small child. I believe she got these earrings from Tunis. It matches my new ring perfectly.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

WORDS OF WISDOM

Owls are patient messengers, bringers of information and the holders of wisdom, and they are capable of seeing the unseen. 
With their keen eyesight, they can glance into the soul to discern meaning and motive, and they are totems of truth.
In other news; I visited Borders the other day and made some great finds. "Natural Cures "They" don't want you to know about" by Kevin Trudeau is an eye opener. He explains how taking drugs just makes us more sick (and by consuming more drugs pharmaceutical companies are making billions of dollars) and why FDA does not allow natural remedies to be patented and therefore cannot claim to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease (even they clearly do). Check out my fellow Finn in NYC Nita's blog posting about Kevin Trudeau.
I saw the trailer for "Eat, Pray, Love" when I went to see the Sex & the City 2 and loved it. Seems like a very inspirational movie. Since it's not out yet, I'm excited to read the book first. 

Sunday, July 11, 2010

LOOK! I JUST GOT A BARGAIN!

There's something about dark and small spaces that my children love. Paper bags, plastic bags, closets, suitcases, cardboard boxes and drawers are just few places where I've found these two monkeys hiding in. 
Last night we had quick dinner with my sister-in-law and her husband at our favorite restaurant by our house and once again it was outstanding. It's all local, organic, sustainable produce, plenty stuff for vegetarian to choose from and especially their desserts are to die for. Restaurant was too dark to take any photos, but I'll be sure to snap some when we go there for brunch next time.

Friday, July 9, 2010

REDHEAD SAVES THE WORLD AGAIN!

I wandered off to my favorite store Ricky's again and got few packets of Surya Henna to give my hair summer makeover. I love how shiny and thick henna makes the hair. Surya is against animal testing as well. It is 100% natural plant product and does not contain peroxide, ammonia, PPD, parabens or heavy metals.  
One step further creating life without poisons. Step by step. Slowly but surely.
I also had a lovely meal at Otarian.
This time I had some spicy vegetarian biryani rice with veggies and raita. This is how all fast-food restaurants should feel and look like. For those unfamiliar with Otarian, it serves vegetarian fast food in midtown Manhattan.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

4TH OF JULY VEGETARIAN BBQ

4th of July weekend was quite hot and we spent it at home traditionally grilling and drinking. :)
I marinated some bell peppers and zucchinis and we also had corn on the cob and potatoes grilling. I just love anything grilled. The aroma is to die for. Besides the grilled stuff I made some simmered peanut butter kale, minty napa cabbage and baked beans. Totally guilt free meal. 
Mr. drinks only red wine, but I made some very refreshing watermelon cocktails from mushed watermelon and champagne.  Just throw fresh watermelon in the blender, pour it in the glass and add champagne. So good.