America’s Walking City & Cape Elizabeth

What are you doing when you feel the itching to explore the East Coast? In our case, we call our friends in Portland, ME and ask if they would host us and would show us some new hidden treasures. So we started last week to our little Trip to Boston, the City with thousands of nicknames and even while we have been accompanied with rain showers most walkable city we have visited so far. We arrived pretty late at our sweet Airbnb Apartment and our host was incredible and told us as from an great Indian Food Place and I  can say we ate the most delicious sweet and spicy Indian Food at Punjabi Dhaba. [Show thumbnails] On the next day, we put layers on, raincoat plus umbrella accompanied us and took the T and even pregnant we walked from late morning until in the evening and explored the whole city almost by foot.  Certainly, I read three books upfront about teatime and libraries upfront and we have been lucky and got the last table in the Courtyard Restaurant at Pubic Library for Afternoon Tea. ( Reservation are highly recommend).  When you follow me a while, you will know that I am regular tea drinker and would say I know a little bit about quality and taste. The overall experience would be excellent, the food was amazing and the staff was super friendly.  The tea itself has been quite good, nothing outstanding, the tea could have been a little warmer but this is my personal preference.   On the next day we took the coachbus up to Portland, ME and visited our friends and we had a wonderful relaxing time. My hubby and I jumped pretty spontaneous on a island tour and saw some beautiful mansions, the rest of the Indian Summer and the sweet little Art District. On our last Day we explored with our friends Cape Elizabeth and ate really yummy local fish and chips. Even it when it rainy, we had the most fabulous time on our trip. Enough said and written, look for yourself

Tea

If you ask Zen people they will say tea is not something that you pour with unawareness and drink like any other drink. It is not a drink, it is meditation; it is prayer. So they listen to the kettle creating a melody, and in that listening they become more silent, more alert. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh   [Show thumbnails]

Work in Progress

                                                        You don’t have to experience what you want to serve for the remainder of your life, you simply have to recognize what you want to do next. Life is a journey and the little roads can get you just as far as the highway, it just takes a little longer, but it is also more interesting. – Jo Geralski There are times when you simply want to throw up your hands because it’s just too damn difficult. A few weeks ago, I enjoyed an eye-opening conversation with one of my closest friends. You know the person who is always really honest with you. From raising an eyebrow when you want to wear your favorite striped sweater with your leopard heels to understanding instinctively when words won’t suffice and you just need a good hug.

Noir and white Impressions

Noir and White Photography, has and will always something which keeps me fascinated. Collecting memories in our rushed world is priceless and timeless.  Even a glass of water,  featured in noir& white or grey & white, has an positive impact on us. Vibrant places, vibrant life, vibrant moments preserved in white and grey, let us reliving these moments and has an rejuvenating effect on our mind. [Show thumbnails]  

Sarah Hart& Hannah Sullivan- Alma Chocolate

                                                                                                 ALMA Chocolate Sarah Hart& Hannah Sullivan When I met with Sarah Hart and her daughter Hannah Sullivan in their new kitchen at NE 6th Ave, they offered me a sample of their “ Salted Peanut Butter Cup”. Literally, in the moment you bite into this sweet and salty chocolate creation and you are a chocoholic like me, you stop a moment out of the daily routine. Why does chocolate make us happy? It isn’t an imagination that we desire chocolate mostly in stressful times or crave after it when we crave to feel relaxed or happy. Chocolate causes the brain to release endorphins, chemicals that let us feel good.

Tiffin Asha- Colorful Journey

Tiffin Asha A food journey to South India When we think of Indian food, we mostly associate it with curries of North India. Elizabeth, owner of Tiffin Asha, a food cart on NE Mississippi and Beech, Portland, introduces us to the overlooked food of South India. Tiffin means, “a snack” or “light meal” and Asha means, “hope” or “wish”. Elizabeth, born in California and raised in Washington, was first introduced to the food of South India by her wife. She felt immediately in love with the unique flavors, the lightness of the cuisine and the techniques of preparation.

Ana Chaud& Christopher Handford – Garden Bar

  Arugula with caramelized onions, shredded beets, cucumber, olive, sesame seeds and avocado, served with a carrot-ginger vinaigrette. Mmmm. A far cry from your normal Caesaror Garden salad from the grocery store, am I right? You would suppose it would cost you a lot, but the build-your-own-bowl version is nice for the price and full of a great quantity of fresh healthy vegetables. Garden Bar is located in downtown’s most food traffic district, across from Powell’s Books. A delicious, salad-centric haven where you can savor healthy, diverse, fresh cuisine without overspending. Ana Chaud and her business partner Christopher Handford, the yin and yang masterminds behind Garden Bar opened the new restaurant in 2013, with the goal of putting salad in its rightful place as a modern entrée.

Christy Goldsby- Honey Mama’s

       Nourish. Satisfy. As I compose this article, I am sitting in my sweet backyard indulging in a half bar of Honey Mama’s “ Dutch Nectar Fudge.” The elegant, smooth cacao-honey sweetness melts in your mouth, giving your taste buds an opportunity to experience a sweet treat with a pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt and a touch of a La Vencedora Vanilla. I could not better agree with the quote on their website. Honey Mama’s truly is, “ Redefining fudge one decadent, body loving bite at a time.

Katherine Deumling- Cook With What You Have

Katherine Deumling- Founder at Cook with what you have Your weekly CSA delivery arrives and you’re bored. You do your weekly shopping but find yourself buying the same items, over and over. Day by day, evening follows evening where you are confronted with the daily dilemma: how will I create a quick and creative dinner plate for my family without always using the same ingredients?

Stephanie Pearson- Daily Nectar

Stephanie Pearson – Daily Nectar An inspiring woman with a true dedication for food As I started to think the portrait series about inspiring people in Portland, Stephanie was the first one who came to my mind. I’ve known Stephanie a while now, both as a nutrition professional and as a true friend. With her rich knowledge and passion about nutrition and essential oils, I can say she is definitely my mentor.