Sunday, February 27, 2011

Quote of The Day

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Quote of the Day


“There are no traffic jams
along the extra mile.”


~Roger Staubach

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Quote of The Day


Beauty is about perception, not about make-up. I think the beginning of all beauty is knowing and liking oneself. You can't put on make-up, or dress yourself, or do you hair with any sort of fun or joy if you're doing it from a position of correction. ~Kevyn Aucoin


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wonderful New Yorker - Mr Leghead


It was nice meeting Mr Leghead on Prince Street.
I had seen him many times, riding his bike or skate around, full (4) legged.
Brilliant. Just brilliant.

Melting Brain of the day

Me and Cope...


...and a love letter:

Click link to watch the video (if link doesn't work, copy and paste)
http://vimeo.com/20273767

Quote of the Day


"In the depth of winter I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer"
Albert Camus

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Waking up to Calla Lilies

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Red Lady

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Winner of the 'Wonderful New Yorkers' post of the day.
This lady looked like she was in her 90's. Way to rock on granny!
Made my day.
(Please note the furry red boots)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Quote of The Day

flowers from a grave located in the tiny cemetery in Trancoso - Bahia

"Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you have decided to look beyond imperfections"- author unknown



Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Quote of The Day


The creative habit is like a drug. The particular obsession changes, but the excitement, the thrill of your creation lasts.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Winter morning

Winter morning

Click the link and vote for my little film that was selected for the iPhone Video Festival.
THANKS!!

FACEBOOK's made that choice for you, but do you want it? If not, change it~ (Instrucões tambem em português)


Have you noticed that even though you have lots of friends on FACEBOOK, you only seem to interact with the same group of friends? That's because FACEBOOK decided that for you as a default. There is a setting that you can click and decide if you want to only interact with the people you exchange posts and messages the most. If you want to be able to interact and see what your other friends are up to, all you have to do is to scroll down to the base of the main wall page and there will be a box that says on the left "OLDER POSTS" and on the right you will see a button that says "EDIT OPTIONS". Click that link and choose the option that you would like. And voilá, you will see your wall change!

Você já reparou que, mesmo você tendo vários amigos no FACEBOOK, você acaba só interagindo com as mesmas pessoas de sempre? Isso acontece por que o FACEBOOK tem um default no setting que decide que você deve só ver os status das pessoas que você mais interage. Ou seja, acaba ficando a mesma panelinha. Nem os seus outros amigos te vêem nem você os vê. Para mudar isso é simpes. Na base da pagina principal, do lado direito tem um linkzinho que se chama "EDIT OPTIONS" (o meu facebook é em inglês, mas acho que deve ser "editar opções" na versão em português) Clique lá e escolha que todos os seus amigos possam te ver. Pronto. Sua página ira mudar e você poderá ver muito mais atividades!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentines Day

****Aphrodísiac Recipes for your Valentines day



"L'image que tu m'as envoyée a aiguisé mon goût pour...les fraises"

S T R A W B E R R I E S

These fruits, rivaled only by the smooth cherry in innate sensuality, come as the harbinger of Summertime. In the wild the mix of tar and sweet red berries dots the landscape, swirling and twirling in a ticket of glory. In the store, they come packed by the carton, shoppers peering carefully through each clear box in hopes of finding the perfect, the red, the ultimate in strawberries. Not a bad choice for an evening of SEDUCTION, the strawberry has a green button top that fits easily between fingers. And more importantly, a berry that fits even more easily between parted lips. Imagine for just one moment, your partner as a strawberry, lightely dusted with confectioners sugar or slowly dipped in warm, creamy chocolate. Or just enjoy your lover as we most do the strawberry - plain at it's essence, beautifully ripe.

EASY STRAWBERRY EMPANADAS

I N G R E D I E N T S

1/4 cup cream cheese
4 tablespoons light brown sugar, divided
2/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh strawberries
1 (8 count) package refrigerated crescent rolls
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Blend the cream cheese and 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar in a bowl. Fold in the strawberries.
Unfold the crescent roll dough into 4 rectangles, smoothing the dough together along the diagonal dotted line. Divide the strawberry mixture among the 4 pieces, spooning onto the bottom half of the rectangle. Fold the dough over and crimp the edges with your fingers or the tines of a fork.
bake the rolls for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush the cooked empanadas with melted butter and dust with the remaining brown sugar before serving.



STRAWBERRIES WITH BALSAMIC VINEGAR

I N G R E D I E N T S

1 pint of strawberries
2 tablespoons of good balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon of superfine sugar
1 teaspoon of grated orange zest

Wash and hull the berries, quarter them, add the balsamic vinegar,
and marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.
Combine the sugar and the zest and sprinkle over the berries. Mix and serve in pretty goblets





*source: 50 ways to feed your lover by Janeen Sarlin and J Saltiel & The new intercourses by Martha Hopkins and Randal Lockridge


Friday, February 11, 2011

Quote of the Day


The other night I was dozing off, watching the Oprah Show with one eye...(it was late) when she said something that I really liked. So much that I got up and wrote it down. Here's what she said:
She said that the best definition of FORGIVENESS that she had ever heard was:

"FORGIVENESS is GIVING UP THE HOPE THAT THE PAST COULD BE ANY DIFFERENT"

I think that is actually a great definition and so I decided to post it on my "Quote of the Day" page.

Too read and to keep

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Little Words with Absolutely Huge Meaning


I received this today and I liked it so much that I decided to share it.

Little Words with Absolutely Huge Meaning - Use Them


As children many of us hyped the statement, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Clearly, it doesn’t take long to realize that words have far more weight than we want to realize. They influence thoughts, feelings, actions and states of mind. Even little words often have big meaning.
Think about it. Whether you want to land your dream job, improve your friendships, save your marriage or retain your employees; the words you choose can make all the difference. The simplest little words, which we take for granted, have the power to hurt or heal, to inspire or discourage, to help or to hinder.
The list below includes 18 examples of little words that have big meaning in the most positive way.

Thank you
Because every single one of us longs to feel appreciated, words of gratitude make the heart sing. Thank you, I appreciate you, I’m grateful for you—these words are food for the soul.

I forgive you
We all screw up. Unintentionally, we may hurt our friends, children, co-workers, and others. Words of forgiveness heal the heart by lifting the crippling burden of guilt.

I love you
Quite possibly the greatest statement of all, nothing compares to, “I love you.” These words reflect the purest, most natural gift known to mankind: love. The only thing that beats saying the words I love you is showing love through action.

I was wrong
Few words have the power to ignite the flame of forgiveness like the unselfish, courageous admission of wrongdoing. When we’re hurt, we know that the past can’t be changed; yet acknowledgment of the pain that has been caused goes a long way towards improving the future.

You are beautiful
When we feel ugly inside or out, it means the world to hear that someone else still thinks we’re beautiful.

It’s okay
When we are worried, hurt, anxious or afraid, these words of reassurance help to bring about peace of mind. If you’ve ever cried on the shoulder of a friend, you know how good it feels to have someone remind you that everything is going to be just fine.

I understand
It’s human nature to try to relate to others, so nothing is more frustrating than feeling misunderstood. In times when we feel alone, misjudged or isolated in our beliefs; an understanding friend is much appreciated. We don’t necessarily need others to agree, but we long for someone who says, “I get it. I understand. I see your point.”

You’re safe
When we feel vulnerable and afraid, these words have the power to restore the sense of security and protection that we crave. Fear may disease the mind, but words of safety are a part of the antidote.

I admire you
Having someone look up to you, think highly of you, or aspire to follow in your footsteps is motivating beyond belief. Words of admiration are empowering, as they impart a sense of importance by reminding us that we’re making an impact.

I support you
When making a tough decision, which may or may not be the best, it means the world to know that someone is on your side no matter what. Statements like, “I’ll be there” and “I support you” encourage us to move forward with less fear of judgment.

You can do it
When you’re contemplating giving up or battling feelings of self-doubt, encouraging words make all the difference in the world. There’s something about knowing that someone else has faith in you that revitalizes the faith you should have in yourself.

You’re the one
These words say I choose you, you are it for me, you are special. Few things top the feeling that comes with knowing that you stand out in an exceptional way to someone.

It’s all about you
Most days in life aren’t all about self, but we never forget the days that are. On occasions like birthdays, graduations and weddings; we thrive in the knowledge that it’s our own special day. It feels great to have unselfish friends who allow your special days to be absolutely 100% about you.

I’m here for you
If you’ve ever needed a shoulder to cry on, you know the power of these words. They remind us that we are not alone, that someone is there to help us through pain, loss, and all of life’s struggles. Even those who appear to have life under control need someone dependable in their corner.

Great job
Great job. Congratulations. Job well done. Whether or not we admit it, most of us delight in others’ recognition of our efforts. Words of praise and recognition inspire us to do more, to work harder and to feel a sense of pride.

I miss you
We can’t always be present with those that we love, yet it means so much to know that we are missed during our absence. This is a way of saying, I love your company and I can’t wait until we’re together again.

You matter
We all want to feel that we are important to someone or something other than ourselves. To hear that you are valued by another person, particularly at times when you feel useless or insignificant, is extra special.

I’m sorry
When the heart aches, a sincere apology sets the stage for forgiveness and healing. I’m sorry, please forgive me, I apologize—these are all statements that show recognition of the damage caused and a desire to ease the pain.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these little words with big meaning. As you continue with your day, take care to speak wisely and to use those words that you’d love to have spoken in return. Finally, remember something - people don't know how you feel unless you say it; don't assume they do!


Written on 2/6/2010 by Nea Joy. Nea is the creator of Self Improvement Saga, a blog that promotes personal growth and outrageous joy through positive self improvement ideas. You may also find Nea on Twitter at @NeaLOAPhoto Credit: dotbenjamin

Monday, February 7, 2011

Chet Baker - Alone Together

Desnuda



Today I am going to talk about Desnuda.
Desnuda is a tiny Wine Bar and Cevicheria tucked away in my neighborhood; only visible to the real New Yorkers. I love this hidden gem! I love the ambient, with it's dim lights and the super cool fans on the walls.
As you get there they will serve you with a basket with free truffle popcorn as a welcome treat while you check out the simple and yet very special menu of delicious ceviches. Peter, the co-owner, always with a big smile on his face, and the executive chef, Christian, will be glad to suggest a wine from their list of interesting, and rather unusual wines. They serve great wines from Patagonia, Uruguay, Spain and Chile.
Armed with a sushi-bar-style cooler of fish, knifes, a cutting board, spices, a blowtorch, and a little burner, the two of them command the "kitchen". Well, there is no kitchen. They prepare everything behind the counter and you get to watch the action.
I would try the salmon with aji amarillo chile, red bell peppers, and lime, topped with salty salmon roe. Also the dive scallops are to die for. And do order the smoked oysters. The best part of this dish is to watch them prepare it. The chef whips out a makeshift gravity bong and packs it with Lapsang souchong tea and Szechuan peppercorns. While holding the bong over a bucket filled with water, he lights a blowtorch and singes the tea-packed bowl. He will then collect the thick white smoke in a glass dome, which he places over the freshly shucked oysters.
The last time I was there we ordered 2 dishes each and it was plenty for two people, but as long as you are hungry the boys, will keep feeding you tasty and very creative dishes.

Try and get there early because there are probably only about 20 seats at the bar, and the bar is all there is! No tables.
This place is only great if you can have a seat at the bar. I would not recommend standing behind the people at the bar in hopes for a seat. They will probably be there for a long time! Arrive early.



122 E 7th St
(between 1st Ave & Avenue A)
East Village

Nearest Transit:

Astor Place (6)

1st Ave-14th St (L) 2nd Ave-Houston St (F, V)


Hours:

Mon-Sat 6 pm - 2 am / Sun 2 pm - 1 am






Ella Wheeler Wilcox


There's one sad truth in life I've found
While journeying east and west -
The only folks we really wound
Are those we love the best.
We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best.


~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Quote of The Day


Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Shaving Sweaters


Mom just taught me a trick for getting rid of lint balls in sweaters. Did you know that you can get rid of those little ugly lint balls by simply shaving your sweater with a disposable razor? Just be careful not to push hard because you don't want to actually cut a hole in the sweater, just enough pressure to remove the lint balls. It works! Thanks mom!