Enjoy, Wherever You are!

I’ve traveled a good amount. More than some and less than others.  I have some experience. More than some and less than others. I’ve seen many parts of this country many times. More than some and less than others. I’m a very happy person, more than some and less than others.

No matter where I am, I’m always amazed that if you take a minute to be present, REALLY present, well than it really doesn’t matter where you are does it. Because everything is perfect and just the way it’s supposed to be in that particular moment. If you practice being present, you will notice more and more of the incredible beauty surrounding you, not matter where you might find yourself.

 

The Williamsburg Bridge  around 6:50 am. Was a nice way to wake up with some exercise and quiet time. When it opened in 1903, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world.

The East River has much history.

 


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The Cookie Thief

How often are we utterly convinced of the truth?  “What IS”,  is VERY clear in OUR little brains. But we are not always right, are we? As a matter of fact, we can get ourselves SO worked up that that we loose the ability to be present. The difficult part is that it takes tremendous personal honesty to have the ears to see, the eyes to hear and the heart to listen and feel.

Try it sometime, our senses can be used in MANY ways. Let me know in the comments if you would like to hear more about this. As an example, we all know we can feel with our hands, but what if I told you, you can SEE with your hands also?  Something to think about on Wednesday.

But without further delay, here’s all little poem that I hope will improve your day 🙂

The Cookie Thief by Valerie Cox

A woman was waiting at an airport one night,
With several long hours before her flight.
She hunted for a book in the airport shops.
Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.

She was engrossed in her book but happened to see,
That the man sitting beside her, as bold as could be.
Grabbed a cookie or two from the bag in between,
Which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene.

So she munched the cookies and watched the clock,
As the gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock.
She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by,
Thinking, “If I wasn’t so nice, I would blacken his eye.”

With each cookie she took, he took one too,
When only one was left, she wondered what he would do.
With a smile on his face, and a nervous laugh,
He took the last cookie and broke it in half.

He offered her half, as he ate the other,
She snatched it from him and thought… oooh, brother.
This guy has some nerve and he’s also rude,
Why he didn’t even show any gratitude!

She had never known when she had been so galled,
And sighed with relief when her flight was called.
She gathered her belongings and headed to the gate,
Refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate.

She boarded the plane, and sank in her seat,
Then she sought her book, which was almost complete.
As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise,
There was her bag of cookies, in front of her eyes.

If mine are here, she moaned in despair,
The others were his, and he tried to share.
Too late to apologize, she realized with grief,
That she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief.


How many times in our lives,
have we absolutely known
that something was a certain way,
only to discover later that
what we believed to be true … was not?

 

This little VID is as TRUE as it gets, enjoy!

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Steak on the Grill, Tips and Tricks

It’s that time of year again…hopefully!

Weather should be getting warmer over the course of the next month and we will all start grilling a bit more perhaps.

A good steak on the grill is just so basic and so tasty. Don’t make it more complicated than it needs to be. Here’s my quick checklist to get yourself an awesome steak off your grill. The only caveat for this list is the nature of your meat. Grassfed and Grain fed. The grass fed steak needs just a  little bit shorter cook time. Watch it closely.

1. Let your steak come to room temp. Many say it’s not necessary, but I’m on the other side of the camp. It’s a must in my play book.

2. Season with a liberal sprinkle of salt and pepper and a tiny drizzle of olive oil on both sides of the steak. Do this right before putting the steak on the grill

3. Make sure grill is HOT, grate close to fire, WHITE coals or wood and no “fire/flame” visible from your coals/wood.

4.  Don’t turn steak until 3/4 of  grilling time has been completed. Turn only for last 1/4 of total cooking time. (don’t worry about fancy grill marks. We’re going for flavor here.) If you do notice that your steak is getting to “crisped” on one side, go ahead and turn it. If your fire is as described above, it shouldn’t happen though. Tongs are easiest for turning.

5. Let steak “rest” for 7 minutes before slicing. If you have a really fat porterhouse or 2.5 inch thick ribeye, the “resting” time before slicing will increase a few minutes (10).

That’s it. Simple and easy. Here’s a quick handy dandy cheat chart for cooking time for different size steaks.

 

Thickness Rare Medium Well Heat
1″ 6-8 8-10 10-14 High
1 1/2″ 8-10 10-12 12-16 High
2″ 12-16 16-20 20-24 Medium

Remember, don’t turn until 3/4 done.

 

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Crockpot Recipe

This one is real easy! You can replace wild boar/pork with chicken or beef.

 

I had a really nice piece of wild pork loin that I got from my father in law. If you don’t use or see “wild meat” often, it is simply remarkable how different the the meat looks. I won’t even go into the taste experience, because that would not be nice 🙂

I thinly sliced half an onion, 4-5 cloves of garlic and put that on the bottom of the crock. Add two tablespoons of Hatch green chillies (green chillies are perfect also). Drizzle with a bit of spicy olive oil. Next I gave the loin a rub with a bit of salt, pepper and garlic rub I had. Now slice the loin into strips. Next I took a tablespoon of tomato paste and mixed that in with a 1/3 cup water and added it to the crock. Stir gently, set it and forget it. On low for 6-8 hours. Check half way through and if it’s “dry” in your crock, add a few tablespoons of water or broth. I have rice cooling in the fridge (go go RG-RS) so that will accompany the meal made also with a bit of tomato paste and onion. A bit of “Spanish” rice if you will. Tomato and avocado salad will come to play also.

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Breakfast Idea

Having always been a coffee drinker, I really enjoy “warm liquid” in the morning hours. Lately I have been having a bit of a different breakfast and thought I’d share in case you are looking for ideas..

– 1-1 1/2 cup chicken broth (preferably home made)

– half a small avocado cubed

– 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil

Heat up your broth, add coconut oil and avocado, let rest for a minute before drinking. Just a really nice way to start the day.

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Food, Friends & Flora/Fauna

Tasty and special food is and always has been part of life and enjoyment in our family. I have said it before, but more and more I’m so disappointed when I go out to eat.   Price point for the good stuff has just gotten too high in my opinion. Which is perhaps a topic for another post. How to be frugal and still enjoy the finer things in life.

So for us, when it’s time for some special treats on a Saturday night for example, we like to go to the special stores/markets and just buy some really yummy treats. Splurge  on a good bottle of red wine, quality aged cheese, duck pate, olives, salumi. For a 1/4 of the price you will have as good if not better than what you would get at a restaurant and more of it. My beautiful wife and I had this just the other Saturday.

 

I had a BIG wooden tray, so the olives not showing. 3 delicious different varieties.

Next…

Relationships… it does a body good. It’s been written about plenty, and I for one tend to agree. Quality relationships are a key factor for your overall well being. Love your family. With all their quirks and craziness. Love your friends, don’t judge, LISTEN and be present. Share your love.

Was good to be with our friends.

It’s a special spot on the rocks we always walk to when we are there.

Lastly, let nature grab a hold of you every now and then. For ME, the finest art can be found right outside, not in museums. But hey, that’s me 🙂

This little guy below is called “Bird of Paradise”

I don’t know if you can see it well in the picture, but what I love about these, is that when you walk by, it actually seems like a bird is hiding in the plant.

 

Enjoy the day and BE HAPPY 

 

 

Daily Staples

“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.”

True words. So thought I’d share what I consume consistently and I very much believe (who knows, maybe that’s where the real magic lies, our belief, but hey I digress)  it contributes strongly to my overall well being.

Daily Staples:

Yes, a daily staple. Practically every day I eat, green onions, garlic and carrots. Sometimes fresh ginger joins the party also. Sometimes raw, sometimes sauteed, sometimes slow cooked, but this little trio is always around once a day. We know garlic has some confirmed medicinal properties and very much suspected preventive properties also. I believe that over time, the essence of this plant actually becomes a part of you. The quick fix doesn’t exist. Research the Sardinians and Centenarians from that part of the world all you want. It’s the garlic, it’s the olive oil, it’s the beans… so desperate the research is for uncovering that ONE magic factor, that super ingredient… IT DOESN’T EXIST FOLKS! What does exist is the choice to daily choose foods, exercise/activities AND thoughts that contribute. That’s all. No big whoop. I suspect that those Centenarians ate garlic and onion everyday, they also walked every day, did chores everyday and most likely said a few rosaries throughout the day. Every day… plain simple food, exercise and thoughts (prayers if so inclined) that contribute to keeping you going another day.

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Shredded a bit of lettuce for texture and after sauteing the dream team trio (with ginger this time) in a bit of miso paste and coconut oil, I added some ready to go chicken thighs. (cut up your pieces, velvet the chicken and cook in separate pan)

In case you’re dying to know who I quoted at the top of the post…

It’s Mr. Tony Robbins.

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Day In, Day Out

Diet not working for you maybe?

Too much, not enough calories, fat, protein, carbs? Sure, sure and SURE. All of it… I guess.

Still not were you want to be weight wise?

I just came back from a 4 day “biz trip” to NYC. I used to live there. I know it well… intimately well. After all these years, it still amazes me. ESPECIALLY the “grab and go” food culture. For those that have been and know, well, it’s amazing isn’t it? For those that have never been and don’t know…

Everything and ANYTHING you can imagine food wise is pretty much available in NYC.  The essence of lightening fast, to go breakfast, lunch, dinner and service oriented banter is elevated to art form and sheer obnoxious excess in New York City. You thought the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld was just “shtick”? It Wasn’t! Years ago when I was there one of my friends was indeed not given bread as she was to slow in ordering. It’s truly something very unique and this ” NYC Food Extravaganza” is something that has to be seen and experienced to understand.

I did leave me with a bit of an “aha” moment this past week for those still struggling a bit with their weight. Most of the people that I know and deal with in NYC, simply NEVER cook. That’s right NEVER. It’s not hard to accomplish really… remember, I just said EVERYTHING you can imagine is basically available anytime. (from hearty organic kale soup to authentic bistro steak & frites, to macrobiotic fair, to true salumi and cheese, and EVERYTHING in  between)

As I went from lunch place to lunch place over the course of last week….I couldn’t believe how anyone could fit in their favorite jeans for too long. The temptation and sheer selection is endless!

Waking up my last day hungry for breakfast, I enjoyed the heckles out of this breakfast staple:

Toasted everything bagel with scallion cream cheese and smoked salmon.

So day in, day out of  “commercial food” is simply a recipe for disaster.  It’s too tasty, has too many calories, has very little “nutritional” value and is simply to hard to resist.

Even though a vegetable soup and half  a sandwhich sounds sensible enough…it’s only sensible when you make it yourself at home. Day in, day out… eat at home. Your body will thank you. (day in day out of commercial food will catch up to you and you won’t be doing the happy dance when it does.)

Don’t say never…save your indulgences for places that serve the best of the best, make it an exception and enjoy the heck out of it when you do!

 

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