Friday, April 29, 2011

What takes

“What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what gets you out of bed in the mornings, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.”

Pedro Arrupe

Voicing the joys from Brazil, Ceu brings distinct sounds of São Paulo to New York

From the Daily News

Stride down the grittier blocks of Rua Augusta in São Paulo, Brazil, and you'll spy prostitutes, crack addicts, street fights and, it just so happens, one of the most vibrant live music scenes in the world.

Like some Southern Hemisphere corollary to New York's East Village of the '70s, São Paulo has, over the last few years, incubated a scene that has spawned exciting exports like Curumin, CSS, Telepathique, Sonantes — and a solo singer who also fronts that last band: Ceu (pronounced cell).

Not that these acts sound at all like vintage New York punk — or even each other.

"The scene here isn't a movement that has ideologies," Ceu says. "It's just that we have so many bands writing their own songs and so many beautiful singers down here."

Ceu's own sound provides an ideal bridge between expected Brazilian styles — the airy and sensual lilts common to bossa nova — and a vast palette of modern sounds that reflect one of the world's most madly creative cities.

Her latest CD, "Vagarosa" ("easygoing" in Portuguese), weaves whiffs of traditional samba with Miles Davis' muted brand of mid-'60s jazz, undulating Jamaican dub, New York-style art-rock and ambient, synthesized sounds suggesting a Latin American corollary to '90s trip-hop.

"When I go into the studio, I don't think, ‘I'm going to do trip-hop or bossa nova or jazz or Afro-beat,'" says Ceu. "It's all inside me. What comes out is between me and the musicians and the producer. It happens naturally."

Ceu, who grew up in Brazil's commercial and cultural center of São Paulo, lived in Brooklyn for a year and a half in '98. "I wanted to study jazz in New York, and, coming from São Paulo, Manhattan felt like a neighbor," she says. "It's a city of freedom, where people are really expressing themselves."

Ceu moved back to São Paulo "to make music in my country," but half a decade later, she earned a point of distinction in the States. In 2006, she became the first international artist to have an album distributed by Starbucks' label at the time, Hear Music.

"At first I thought, ‘Oh my God, am I going to sell my work in a coffee break?' " she laughs. "But it was a great opportunity to show my work."

In fact, the disk earned both Latin and general Grammy nominations.

In 2008, Ceu recorded a far more adventurous work with the band Sonantes, which brings together some of the city's best musicians, including guitarist Gui Amabis (Ceu's husband and father of her 2-year-old daughter). Sonantes' disk also features great local guest stars like Curumin and Rodrigo Campos.

One of its standout cuts, "Espaconave," featured a fuzz-toned psychedelic guitar that referenced São Paulo's greatest band from the '60s, Os Mutantes.

The CD's vibe, as well as that on "Vagarosa," nails an essential irony of São Paulo.

"This is a crazy city with lots of corruption and horrible traffic," says Ceu. "But people here are able to deal with those difficulties in a very sensual way. Somehow that sensuality goes to our music and to the way we speak and to how we live our lives. This, I think, is not a bad way to live."

The Dress

I don't really care about royal weddings, really, but Kate Middleton did look
gorgeous. Her Sarah Burton / Alexander McQueen's dress was stunning!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Quote of The Day

If you just look for what’s right –

in others, in relationships,

in yourself and your journey –

you’ll always find it.

Same when looking for whats wrong.

~mom and mike dooley :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Turning Upside Down

Inspired by my spring 'cleansing' (the master cleanse) I decided to add a headstand to my daily tibetan rites practice ( I am pretty good at "listening" to my body...and I feel like my body was asking for a good inversion pose. It feels so good to do this particular asana after the 5 tibetan exercises, that I decided to look into all the benefits of the headstand and other inversions.

Here is what I found:

Turning Upside Down: the Benefits of Headstand and Shoulder Stand

A General Look at Inversions

Inverted poses are an extremely important group of asanas. Inverted asanas reverse the action of gravity on the body; instead of everything being pulled towards the feet, the orientation shifts towards the head. Similarly, on the emotional and psychic levels, inverted asanas turn everything upside down, throwing a new light on old patterns of behavior and being. Generally, these practices improve health, reduce anxiety and stress and increase self-confidence. They also increase mental power, concentration and stimulate the chakras.

There are four major systems in the body that the practice of inversions positively influences: cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, and endocrine.

The circulatory system is comprised of the heart, lungs and the entire system of vessels that feed oxygen and collect carbon dioxide and other waste products from the cells. Arteries fan out in an intricate tributary system from the heart, which pumps freshly oxygenated blood from the lungs outward. Veins return blood to the heart and, unlike arteries, make up a low-pressure system that depends on muscular movement or gravity to move blood along. One-way valves at regular intervals prevent backwash and keep fluids moving towards the heart in a system know as venous return. Turning yourself upside down encourages venous return.

Inversions also ensure healthier and more effective lung tissue. When standing or sitting upright, gravity pulls our fluids earthward, and blood "perfuses" or saturates the lower lungs more thoroughly. The lower lung tissue is thus more compressed than the upper lungs. As a result, the air we inhale moves naturally into the open alveoli of the upper lungs. Unless we take a good, deep breath, we do not raise the ration of air to blood in the lower lungs. When we invert, blood perfuses the well-ventilated upper lobes of the lungs, thus ensuring more efficient oxygen-to-blood exchange and healthier lung tissue.

Inverting also gives the heart a break. The heart works persistently to ensure that freshly oxygenated blood makes its way up to the brain and its sensory organs. When inverting, the pressure differential across the body is reversed, and blood floods to the brain with little work from the heart.

The lymphatic system is responsible for waste removal, fluid balance, and immune system response. Lymph vessels arise among the capillary beds of the circulatory system, but comprise a separate system that transports stray proteins, waste materials, and extra fluids, filtering the fluid back through the lymph nodes and dumping what remains into the circulatory system at the subclavian veins, under the collarbones. The lymphatic system is analogous to a sewage system, an intricate, underground network tied to every house in town which keeps the citizens healthy.

Lymph, like the blood returning to your heart via the veins, is dependent upon muscular movement and gravity to facilitate its return. Because the lymphatic system is a closed pressure system and has one-way valves that keep lymph moving towards the heart, when one turns upside down, the entire lymphatic system is stimulated, thus strengthening your immune system. Viparita karani is a good example of this, as it is a mild inversion that one can enjoy with no stress on the body.

Inversions while Menstruating

During menstruation women are advised to avoid inversions. When the body is inverted, gravity causes the vessels supplying blood to the uterus to be partially blocked, and this can temporarily stop the flow. The energy of the body at this time in a woman's cycle is moving down into the earth. Going upside down during the menses disturbs this natural rhythm and can result in a feeling of shakiness, disorientation, or nausea. During your moon cycle, it is important to honor your body by going with, rather than against, this natural flow.

Headstand and Shoulder Stand

Headstand and shoulder stand are referred to as the king and queen of all yoga asanas. Headstand is referred to as the king of all poses, while shoulder stand is referred to as queen of all poses. Headstand develops the masculine qualities of will power, sharpness of the brain and clarity of thought, while shoulder stand develops the feminine qualities of patience and emotional stability. These two poses are opposites energetically. Headstand tends to heat the body and stimulate the nervous system and tones the neck muscles. Shoulder stand tends to cool or neutralize the body and sedate the nervous system while releasing the muscles of the neck and shoulders. In practice together, the logical sequence is to do headstand first, followed by shoulder stand either immediately after, or later in your practice session. Headstand can leave you feeling very stimulated, so once itÕs done you really are committed to doing the other. Shoulder stand can be safely practiced on its own as it has the amazing ability to neutralize the nervous system.

Shoulder Stand

The importance of sarvangasana cannot be over-emphasized. "It is one of the greatest boons conferred on humanity by our ancient sages," Mr. Iyengar states. It is the "mother of asana," as a mother strives for harmony and happiness in the home, so this asana strives for the harmony and happiness of the human system. It is a cure-all for most common ailments.

There are several endocrine organs or ductless glands in the human system, which bathe in blood, absorb the nutrients from the blood and secrete hormones for the proper functioning of a balanced and well-developed body and brain. If the glands fail to function properly, the hormones are not produced as they should be and the body starts to deteriorate. Many asanas have a direct effect on the glands and help them function properly. Sarvangasana does this for the thyroid and parathyroid glands, which are located in the neck region, since due to the firm chinlock their blood supply is increased. This ample supply of blood increases their efficiency in maintaining the body and the brain in good balance. Further, since the body is inverted the venous blood flows to the heart by force of gravity, without any strain. Healthy blood is allowed to circulate around the neck and chest. As a result, people suffering from breathlessness, palpitation, asthma, bronchitis and throat ailments get relief. As the head remains firm in this inverted position, and the supply of the blood to it is regulated by the firm chinlock, the nerves are soothed and headaches disappear.

Continued practice of this asana eradicates common colds and other nasal disturbances. Due to the soothing effect of the pose on the nerves, those suffering from irritation, shortness of temper, nervous breakdown and insomnia are relieved. The change in gravitational pull on the body also affects the abdominal organs so that the bowels move freely and constipation is relieved. The asana is recommended for urinary disorders and uterine displacement, menstrual trouble, and hernia. It also helps to relieve epilepsy, low vitality and anemia. It activates the abdominal organs and relieves people suffering from stomach and intestinal ulcers and severe pain in the abdomen.

Shoulder stand strengthens the upper body, legs and abdomen, opens the chest, and stretches the neck, shoulders and upper back muscles. Helps to relieve varicose veins and drains used blood from the legs, pelvis and abdominal area. It is very soothing to the nervous system and therefore good to practice when one is tense, upset, nervous, irritated, fatigued, or when suffering from insomnia.

It is no over-statement to say that if a person regularly practices sarvangasana they will feel new vigor and strength, and will be happy, confident and at peace. New life will flow into them; their mind will be at peace and will feel the joy of life.

People suffering from high blood pressure, detached retina, glaucoma, hernias, cardiovascular disease, cervical spondylitis, slipped discs should not practice shoulder stand. Those suffering from neck injuries should seek advice from an experienced yoga teacher before beginning to practice shoulder stand. It is advisable for women during menstruation to avoid inversions.


Sirsasana is one of the most important asanas in yoga. It revitalizes the entire body and stimulates the mind.

Headstand ensures a proper blood supply and stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands in the brain, glands that are responsible for growth and sex hormones. Our growth, health and vitality depend on the proper functioning of these two glands that control the chemical balance of the body.

Regular practice of sirsasana makes healthy pure blood flow through the brain cells. This rejuvenates them so that thinking power increases and thoughts become clearer. Headstand stimulates the nervous system, increasing mental alertness and clarity. It is a centering, calming and soothing pose. People suffering from loss of sleep, memory and vitality have recovered by the regular practice of this asana.

Headstand strengthens the spine, neck, shoulders and arms. The muscular system of the abdomen and legs are toned. Blood and lymph fluid is relieved from the legs and ankles and with regular practice prevents the buildup of fluid in the legs and feet. Coupled with shoulder stand it is a benefit to people suffering from constipation. The lung tissue is stimulated, which relieves colds, coughs, tonsillitis, bad breath and palpitations.

By reversing the pull of gravity on the organs, especially the intestines, it helps to cleanse them and overcome problems of the liver, kidneys, stomach, intestines and reproductive system. Headstand increases gastric fire and produces heat in the body. When done properly, headstand helps the spine become properly aligned, improving posture, facilitating good breathing and reducing muscular stress. The weight of the abdominal organs on the diaphragm encourages deep breathing, which gently massages the internal organs. Sirsasana is used to treat asthma, hay fever, diabetes, headaches, anxiety and menopausal imbalance.

Headstand provides an opportunity for experimenting safely with the unfamiliar and the fear it creates. Headstand can be scary; it literally turns your world upside down.

People suffering from high blood pressure, detached retina, glaucoma, hernias, cardiovascular disease, cervical spondylitis, thrombosis, arteriosclerosis, and kidney problems should not practice headstand. Those suffering from neck injuries should seek advice from an experienced yoga teacher before beginning to practice headstand. It is advisable for women during menstruation to avoid inversions.

Time spent upside down everyday, especially in sarvangasana and sirsasana, is one of the best things you could possibly do for yourself. These poses bring health and vitality to the body while calming and soothing the mind and spirit.


Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha Swami Satyananda Saraswati.

Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness. Donna Farhi

Light on Yoga. BKS Iyengar

Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness. Erich Schiffmann

Yoga: A Gem for Women. Geeta S. Iyengar

Quote of The Day

Quit apologizing for your greatness. If people can’t handle your light...

Hand them a pair of shades.”

~Lisa Nichols

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Quote of The Day

Easter is not a time for groping through dusty, musty tomes or tombs to disprove spontaneous generation or even to prove life eternal. It is a day to fan the ashes of dead hope, a day to banish doubts and seek the slopes where the sun is rising, to revel in the faith which transports us out of ourselves and the dead past into the vast and inviting unknown.
~Author unknown, as quoted in the Lewiston Tribune

Fats Waller - Ain't Misbehavin'

Not only was Fats Waller one of the greatest pianists jazz has ever known, he was also one of its most exuberantly funny entertainers -- and as so often happens, one facet tends to obscure the other. His extraordinarily light and flexible touch belied his ample physical girth; he could swing as hard as any pianist alive or dead in his classic James P. Johnson - derived stride manner, with a powerful left hand delivering the octaves and tenths in a tireless, rapid, seamless stream. Waller also pioneered the use of the pipe organ and Hammond organ in jazz -- he called the pipe organ the "God box" -- adapting his irresistible sense of swing to the pedals and a staccato right hand while making imaginative changes of the registration. As a composer and improviser, his melodic invention rarely flagged, and he contributed fistfuls of joyous yet paradoxically winsome songs like "Honeysuckle Rose," "Ain't Misbehavin,'" "Keepin' Out of Mischief Now," "Blue Turning Grey Over You" and the extraordinary "Jitterbug Waltz" to the jazz repertoire.

During his lifetime and afterwards, though, Fats Waller was best known to the world for his outsized comic personality and sly vocals, where he would send up trashy tunes that Victor Records made him record with his nifty combo, Fats Waller & His Rhythm.

source: pandora



Terça feira na
Fundação Eva Klabin, e quarta feira na Galeria Silvia Cintra + Box4.
Rio de Janeiro

Friday, April 22, 2011

How to Deal with Mistakes

Let’s face it. Mistakes occur. And when they do, there are five basic response options, five different approaches you and your team members can take:

  1. You can ignore it. (The I-Couldn’t-Care-Less Approach)
  2. You can hide it. (The Cover-Up Approach)
  3. You can blame others. (The Deflection Approach)
  4. You can blame circumstances. (The Excuses Approach)
  5. You can admit to it, fix it, and learn from it – accepting any appropriate consequences like an adult. ( The RESPONSIBLE Approach)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Coconut - Final Round

1973 Ferrari 365 GTB4

if you like cars, like I might dig this
It's all about the SOUND

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Pay Your Taxes? These 10 Companies Didn't.

Come April 15, everybody ponies up their fair share, right? Not so much. Thanks to corporate tax cuts and loopholes, these big companies will be rollin’ in the green instead of paying Uncle Sam.

Originally submitted by volunteer editors Carole S., Toni S., Laura S. and Brandon W. Found on

Quote of The Day

We acquire the strength we have overcome.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Jimmie Rowles & Stan Getz : The Peacocks


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Solução para os brasileiros que não tem o Maple Syrup

Para o pessoal do Brasil que se interessou pelo jejum do Master Cleanse:

Achei no livro original uma substituição para o Maple Syrup!

Olha só, extraido do livro do Stanley Burroughs:

An ideal formula involves freshly extracted juice from the sugar cane (SUCO DE CANA!)

10 oz.(300ml) fresh sugar cane juice (suco de cana)

2tbsp.(2 colheres de sobremesa) fresh lime or lemon juice (suco de limão)

cayenne (red pepper) to taste (a gosto) (pimenta cayena - ai tem)

Agora não tem desculpa!


A receita do salt flush e outras informações estão no blog

clique em "HEALTH" no menu do lado direito

Monday, April 18, 2011

Quote of The Day

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.

~John Wooden

Spike Jonze Presents: Lil Buck and Yo-Yo Ma

Award-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma and LA street dancer Lil’ Buck recently put on a miraculous performance together at an event supporting arts education. Yo-Yo Ma played an excerpt of “The Dying Swan” from Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals and Lil’ Buck shared his own interpretation of the piece by dancing along. Apparently, this performance came about when a friend of Yo-Yo Ma saw Lil’ Buck’s YouTube videos and got the two of them together. Luckily, Spike Jonze was there to film the whole thing. Click through for an amazing collaboration between old style and new style that creates something wholly original and beautiful.

source: flavorwire

Sunday, April 17, 2011

My Fasting - The MASTER CLEANSE - Redux

Twice a year I fast for 10 days. It's a way to cleanse my body and bring it to balance again after all the WINTER and SUMMER indulgences! I have been doing this particular cleanse for 5 years now and I love the way it makes me feel. If you would like to know about it, here is a more concise version of my previous Master Cleanse post (for those of you who, like me, are a little A.D.D. )

My Fasting of Choice: The Master Cleanse

What is the Master Cleanse?

The Master Cleanse is a body and mind detoxification program created by alternative medicine performer Stanley Burroughs in 1941. Burroughs states that “this fasting is a detoxification program that aids in the removal of harmful toxins like pesticides, hormones, prescription drugs, chemical fertilizers, heavy metals and congestion that have built up in the body.”

What are the benefits of this cleanse?

Break unhealthy habits.

Cleanse your body of years of built up waste.

Give you a major energy boost.

Increase mental clarity and focus.

Make you look younger.

Strengthen your immune system.
­Give you more strength and stamina.

Relieve aches and pains.
Help fight insomnia.

Cleanse the kidneys and digestive system.
Purify the glands and cells throughout the entire body.
Eliminate all unusable waste and hardened material in the joints and muscles.
Relieve pressure and irritation in the nerves, arteries, and blood vessels
Build a healthy blood system.
Keep your youth and elasticity regardless of your years.

Even revitalize your sex life.
The lemonade fasting gives your body a much needed rest. By only consuming the lemonade, your body can take a break from the usual digesting, assimilating and breaking down food, detoxing, filtering, and other activities it endures when you are eating your normal diet.
This allows your body to turn its attention on the internal impurities, and work at getting rid of them which in the 10 days on the lemonade diet, it will.

Main Ingredients:
Pure Filtered Water
Grade B Organic Maple Syrup
Organic Cayenne Pepper
Organic Lemons
Sea salt - Unrefined, (Not iodized)
It’s important that you use the exact mentioned products! Don’t make any substitutions.

The Master Cleanse Recipe

The Master Cleanse works just how it sounds; you consume primarily lemonade for the entire time you’re fasting. The recipes for the diet itself are fairly simple. You should drink a minimum of 60 oz (6 to 12 cups) of lemonade a day, but you can drink more if you like. You can also drink as much water as you want.
Below are two different recipes. The first is for a single serving of the master cleanse lemonade. The second will make 6 servings
#1 (single serving):
2 Tablespoons of organic lemon Juice (about 1/2 a Lemon)
2 Tablespoons of Organic grade B maple syrup
about 1/10 Teaspoon Cayenne pepper powder
10 oz (1.25 cups or 300ml) of filtered or spring water
#2 (daily serving):
60 oz. (about 8 cups) of filtered or spring water
12 Tablespoons of organic grade B maple syrup
12 Tablespoons of organic lemon juice
about 1/2 Teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
There are a couple important things to remember when preparing the lemonade. For one, the lemon juice used must be fresh squeezed. This cannot be emphasized enough. Canned juice won’t work and will erase most of the benefits of using the master cleanser diet.
Also, the maple syrup must be grade B maple syrup, not grade A nor the sugar filled syrup that is used at the breakfast table.
The cayenne pepper might seem unnecessary, but it is actually very important. Not only does it help to add a bit of a kick, but the pepper helps to break up mucus and increases healthy blood flow. It also is a good source of B and C vitamins, commonly referred to as Super Vitamins due to their many benefits for the body. I recommend adding the cayenne pepper right before drinking the juice. The longer it soaks up the liquid, the spicier it gets.
While you are doing the fasting you can drink Herbal teas. Just make sure it’s decaffeinated tea because caffeine can restrict blood vessels and we want to keep your body passages as open as possible.

Flush Out Your System, a very important part of this cleanse
Every morning, on an empty stomach, you will be drinking 2 level teaspoons of unrefined non-iodized sea salt mixed with 32oz (a quart) of water to flush out your system. This is the method for cleaning the colonic tract. I’ve found it easier to drink the water at LUKE WARM temperature.
The salt water has the same specific gravity as the blood, hence the kidneys cannot pick up the water and the blood can not pick the salt.
I advise that you give yourself at least an hour before you go out when you do this. The salt water flush will work fast, and you will discover why you should probably be at home near a bathroom when you use them.
You will go to the bathroom a few times and then it will stop and you can get on with your day.
Ps: You will be surprised to find that even after many days without any solid food, you will still be going number 2! Can you just imagine what has been stuck inside of you? Yeah, let’s get rid of all that junk!

Exiting the Master Cleanse
The first day of ending the diet is when you should still only consume liquids. Start drinking a lot of orange juice and water. (Fresh orange juice please! Stay away from Tropicana and the like!) Drink slowly and let it settle. Orange juice is good for helping the body to adjust back to digesting regular food. More water never hurt anybody, so drink plenty.
On the second day, continue drinking orange juice and lots of water. Now you can add in light soups to the diet plan. It is best to use vegetable soup as this is healthy and very light. (no canned soup please!)
On day three you can add in fruits, vegetables, and salad. These foods are still easy on the stomach and very healthy.
For the next couple days follow this sort of plan and ease yourself back into a normal diet. Don’t rush it; let your stomach calibrate itself. Also, avoid meats and milk for a while.
Here are some frequently asked questions about The Master Cleanse:

Will I feel hungry?

The lemonade is a complete balance of minerals and vitamins, plus it is a true ‘appetite suppressant’. You should not feel hungry, but if you do, take a sip of your juice and your hunger should subside. (during the fasting I usually keep a thermo with lemonade for when I feel hungry)
How many days should I follow the diet?
It is suggested that your follow the diet for a minimum of 10 days.
Does the diet supply the nutrients necessary for the body?
Yes, the lemons provide the richest source of minerals and vitamins of any food. Maple has a large variety of minerals and vitamins, and the Cayenne pepper adds many of the B and C Vitamins. This lemonade is food in liquid form.

Can I exercise during the cleansing?

Absolutely! You will feel very energised, specially after the 3rd day. I personally exercise 5 tp 6 times a week when I am doing the cleanse. Believe-me, if you are doing the cleanse correctly, you will feel very powerful!

Will my sleep be affected?
Yes! You will sleep like a baby!
How much weight will I lose?
That varies from person to person. I never lost more than 5lb (2-3Kgs) when doing the cleanse but I have friends that have lost 10 to 14lb (5-6Kgs). Basically, the more weight you have to lose the more you will lose.
Please feel free to leave me a comment with any questions you might have. I do love the way this fast makes me feel and will be glad to share any information that I have about it.
Here's a link to Stanley Burrough's book - I think it is a good idea to read it. :)

The Rhino on the Bottle

Early on this evening, I was in a special know when EVERYTHING you do seems to come out absolutely perfect? Despite the rain, I had a really nice and productive day that ended up with an amazing massage (@ Acqua Spa with Tommy -
After my massage I went shopping for some fish & veggies for dinner (right next door actually @ good'ol'no lines'Garden of Eden - who needs Wholefoods!?) and stopped by USQ Wines ( where I grabbed a bottle of 2007 Ca'DiPian - Barbera D'asti. Even though I was having fish I decided to stick to a bold wine. I can't help it...I am a bold wine girl. And my wine drinking choices usually go with what the weather is like and also my state of mind more so than the food I am eating it with. Sue me. the weather was truly awful. As my friend Sofia says, we had monsoonic style rain. That is the kind of weather that when you are out, walking around, all you can think of is the moment that you will you walk into your cozy home and take off your wet clothes, put your feet up and chill. Barbera D'asti seemed like the wine of choice. I got home and I could hear the crazy strong winds coming though the crack of my kitchen window. I live on the 9th floor, with no obstruction views on a 360 radius. That also means that my building gets hit first by the weather. Well let's just say... we New Yorkers had some intense rain this evening. Time to open that wine bottle and play some good music to go with the mood - I chose Oscar Peterson.
At Garden of Eden I bought a beautiful piece of organic salmon that I cooked in the most simple way possible: Place the salmon filet in an aluminum foil. Generously coat the fish with olive oil and himalayan sea salt (yeah, that makes a difference - wrap it, and place it in a pre-heated toaster oven ( I used a toaster oven because it is faster but you can use the conventional oven as well)
Let it cook for 15 minutes. I also made myself some broccoli, just because I LOVE broccoli and because it goes really well with salmon. I steamed the broccoli and sprinkled it with a really flavorful olive oil. Done. After a short while, I had a perfect meal. Low fat, beautiful, flavorful, healthy and can we call it FAST FOOD? All it took was 20 minutes. Boy that salmon was cooked to perfection! :) So full of flavor too! It needed nothing, no herbs, no pepper, no lemon. Just salt and olive oil...
So back to the wine and the rhino. The wine that I chose to drink with my dinner was such a beauty of a wine, that I decided to post a little picture of the bottle on my Facebook page. I had my dinner, I chilled, and I waited to see if the rain would subside in time for me to go to a friends party on the Lower East Side. If you are a New Yorker, you must know how absolutely impossible it is to find a taxi when the weather goes bonkers like this. I was not looking forward to standing on a corner for hours, getting soaked and I waited...and waited... Finally after 12am the rain thinned out a bit, and I decided to go for it. When I came home, after the party, I saw a comment that a friend posted about the label on the wine bottle that I was drinking with my dinner. My friend was wondering why someone would use a Rhinoceros on their wine label.
That question intrigued myself as well. Since I was also curious about this somewhat inexpensive but yet absolutely delicious wine I had, I decided to investigate. Here is what I found out about the wine, the winery and the rhino:

In a little less than a decade, Giorgio Rivetti, owner and winemaker of La Spinetta in Barbaresco, has become one of the leading forces in Piedmont. He’s making exciting ripe, fruit-forward Nebbiolos that would give many highly rated New World wines a run for their money. Now he’s making waves in Barolo….Rivetti is first and foremost a winemaker—one of the best and most innovative winemakers in Piedmont today. But he is also in tune with today’s consumer, whom he believes shares his preference for wines that are more approachable on release.” -- The Wine Spectator

"This is a very strong set of releases from La Spinetta and proprietor Giorgio Rivetti. The 2004 Barbarescos are easily the best of his career. The wines still see 100% new French oak, but toast levels have been reduced and the Barbarescos now spend 12 months in oak rather than the 18 months they saw in previous vintages. Both changes have had a remarkably positive effect in allowing more site-specific character and Nebbiolo fruit to come through. The 2003 Barolo Campè shows that Rivetti is making important strides with this wine as well...In the past La Spinetta was an estate that relied just as much on style as substance. The 2004 Barbarescos, and especially the Starderi, are the first wines that truly live up to the glamorous image that Giorgio Rivetti has masterfully succeeded in creating." -- The Wine Advocate, Oct 2007

Giorgio Rivetti’s magic touch with Moscato, Barbera and then Nebbiolo took the world by storm. He produces approachable yet age-worthy wines that capture the attention of wine critics and consumers year in and year out with their lushness, concentration, aromatics and length. Rivetti’s path, from Moscato producer, to Barbaresco and then Barolo vigneron, is studded with success,The genius of La Spinetta encompasses a vast array of great wines, all boasting Giorgio Rivetti’s inimitably approachable and voluptuous style. From Moscato to Nebbiolo to Sangiovese, whatever Giorgio touches turns to gold. His pioneering single-vineyard Barberas and Barbera/Nebbiolo blend Pin are considered to be the best of the Langhe. His Barbarescos and Barolo are the Ne Plus Ultra of their category, as confirmed by the Wine Spectator, which recently awarded the 2003 Barolo 95 points – one of the highest for the vintage! Let it never be said, however, that the greatness of La Spinetta is unavailable to the average consumer: from the long-time favorite Barbera d’Asti “Ca’ di Pian”, recently named #2 on a New York Times list of the Top 10 Barbera to the Langhe Nebbiolo, a bottling of young-vine fruit from the famed Starderi vineyard in Barbaresco, La Spinetta offers incredible opportunities to experience the beauty of La Spinetta’s best crus at a fraction of the cost.

Why the rhinoceros?

... is certainly the question we get asked most often. The animal that decorates our bottles catches people’s attention. Quite frankly there is no real connection between this animal and LA SPINETTA. There remains the unspectacular truth of Giorgio Rivetti always having had great admiration of this celebrated drawing and woodcut by the German artist Albrecht Dürer.

Although there is no rhino story of LA SPINETTA, there certainly is a great story behind this particular rhino, which perhaps is one of the reasons why Giorgio fell in love with this artwork.

The drawing records the arrival of an Indian rhinoceros in Lisbon, Portugal in 1515. It was the first animal of its kind to be seen in Europe. As a gift by the governor of Portuguese India to the king of Portugal, it was arranged that the rhino fought an elephant. The elephant apparently turned and fled.

A description of the rhino soon reached Germany, presumably with sketches, from which Dürer prepared this drawing and woodcut without ever having seen the actual animal.

So convincing was Dürer’s fanciful creation that for the next 300 years European illustrators borrowed from his work, even after they had seen living rhinos without plates and scales.

For our first Barolo Campè, we also chose a pencil drawing by Dürer, the lion. As Barolo is generally known as the king of Italian reds, we thought that the king of all animals was a fitting match. Website: