Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Beach Cruiser

Not only am I trying to live a ‘greener’ lifestyle, but with the vintage bicycle style coming back I can't help but want to jump on to the bandwagon with this trend. When I read the article on the bike revolution in Body and Soul , I was inspired to start riding again. You’re decreasing your carbon foot print, getting in a light exercise, getting the chance to smell fresh air and reunite with nature, it forces you to be in the moment. 

Just Keep Swimming



Now that I live 2500 miles away from home and didn't appreciate the pool in my own backyard, I never thought I'd miss swimming. I grew up being a river rat where water skiing, boating and doing black flips off the diving board happened every weekend. My dad literally had me in the pool just a few weeks after I was born and as soon as I could, my parents signed me up for swim lessons. The smell of the chlorine and the calming sound of the water is so inviting. Growing up in Southern California where pools were on every corner, it was easy to just grab your suit, hop the fence and spend the rest of your afternoon at your friends house hanging by the pool. Over the last few years I have become more aware of my love for the water and have realized that the relationship between the two of us is strangely my strongest relationship. As soon as I begin to step into a slightly chilled pool, I feel this surge of energy and I begin to smile, knowing that I’m in my happy place. The water gives me a sense of life and meaning and without it, I definitely would not be myself. 

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Raspberry and Pomegranate Souffle

As a college student with little to no cooking skills, I came home one winter break and recorded every Giada cooking episode I could hoping it would spark an interest in cooking. With trips to the local kitchen goods store which has a  beautiful space for cooking classes, the foodie in me was ready to get more hands on in the kitchen. I had no idea where to start! There were so many things I was interested in making from Italian foods and Japanese (my absolute favorite!) to deserts. So after watching a few episodes I decided to try the raspberry souffle Giada made in her light Parisian lunch recipe. For a first timer making a souffle, I'm surprised to say it tasted like absolute heaven.


(image via giada de laurentiis)

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