Archive | April, 2012

Green Monkey

30 Apr

Do you live in South Miami, Midtown or Miami Beach? Are you looking for a good yoga class? Well, Green Monkey is just the place for you. While at Boston College, I frequented a yoga class called “Hip Hop Yoga”. No, we were not doing yoga to the sounds of Ludacris or Ja Rule; instead, it was more mellow bands such as Coldplay, Counting Crows, Incubus, etc.

Ever since I got back from BC, I was searching for a comparable class and had not found anything. A year and a half ago, I decided to venture into a community class at Green Monkey. I chose this class because it was most friendly to my wallet, $7 compared to the normal $15. Also, its at 8:15pm which is more than enough time to make it to the class after work. As a result, I became loyal to the class because I loved it so much and it had the touch of my favorite class back at Boston College. Inclusively, the instructor, Heather, guides you step by step and helps you throughout the entire class. You leave the class feeling so relaxed and happy hearted!

Check out the class schedule if you’re interested in trying a new class!

Don’t Give Up

30 Apr

Early this morning, I stumbled upon a lovely post from Vanisha’s Life in… Australia. It was just what I needed this morning to get myself through another jam-packed week.

What most resonated with me was a photo quote at the beginning of the post. There have been days where I get discouraged or don’t look at my end goal in the right light. This quote got my wheels turning and my goal for this week and the future is to never give up! No one can take what’s rightfully planned for you in the future away from you!! One must have faith and will see everything will work out as planned.

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Source:Vanisha’s Life in… Australia

Chocolate Covered Red Velvet Cake Bites & Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

29 Apr

This weekend was my friend Ale’s birthday party. She stated in the invite that there would be drinking, dancing, and desserts. As a result, I made a few desserts in celebration for her birthday. Below you will find pictures of the Chocolate Covered Red Velvet Cake Bites and Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes, as well as their respective packaging!

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The recipes will be posted soon!

Thirsty Thursday

26 Apr

Recently, I have been trying different wines in an attempt to expand my wine palette. Some of my favorites have been:

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Hermanos, a Torrontes wine from Argentina and Jam Jar, a Moscato from South Africa.

Roasted Pepper & Garlic Chicken Sausage Lettuce Wraps

25 Apr

I took my leftover pasta to work today and the taste of the sauce the day after was spectacular! I was left satisfied, but, paradoxically, craving more. Of course, finishing lunch meant I had to begin thinking about what I was going to eat for dinner.

Since I had a more carb enriched lunch, I decided I wanted a lighter dinner. Quite honestly, I never thought the concoction I created for dinner would occur, but it did, and it was great! Also, it was SO easy.

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Ingredients

1 Avocado

1/2 Cucumber

3 Chicken Sausages (The Original Brat Hans – Roasted Red Pepper & Garlic)

Cooked Chickpeas

Balsamic Vinegar

Garlic Powder

Completo Sazon

Cilantro

Cinnamon

Prep

1. Take an avocado and half a cucumber and chop it into small pieces. Combine into a small bowl.

2. Make the dressing for the veggies. (I winged it, but I would say its approximately 2 TBs balsamic vinegar, 1 ts garlic powder, 1 ts completo sazon, pinch of cilantro, pinch of cinnamon <– adding that hint of cinnamon added balance to the acidity of the vinegar)

3. Boil chicken sausage for 10 minutes. Once cooked, cut into small pieces.

Wrap

1. Take lettuce pieces. I only had Romaine – definitely better to use Iceberg pieces for a more convenient grip.

2. Add pieces of sausage, veggies, and chickpea mixture. (The chickpea was cooked earlier in the day with a combination of tomato sauce, onions and cut up bell peppers)

3. Wrap up and enjoy!

Lettuce Wraps

This was enough for my Mom, Dad and myself. Everyone enjoyed it and went for a little more after, so I don’t think they ate it just because they’re my family and felt obliged. They’d be the first to tell me they didn’t like it. Such love!

Ain’t That the Truth

25 Apr

While searching through Pinterest I found this picture quote and truly connected with it. This image tells the story of how people should act with others because you never know the whole story. Originally, Sean Sutherland designed this poster as well as a series of other inspi­ra­tional posters for use in his fiancé’s office as a guid­ance coun­selor at a mid­dle school.

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Source: Design Work Life

Cookin’ Mamma Maria Style

24 Apr

I don’t know how many of you have eaten at Mamma Maria in the North End of Boston, but if you haven’t, you probably should. Mamma Maria is the epitome of an Italian family dining experience and boy is the food goooood! Hands down, I can rely on having my favorite lobster ravioli every time. On the menu, you can find it as Lobster Pasta: “Silky pasta agnolotti filled with fresh Maine lobster, – finished with pan-roasted wild mushrooms, and crumbled guancale.”

Reminiscing back to my days in Boston, I decided I wanted to make an Italian dish for dinner.

For starters I made a basic bruschetta on top of bagel chips. So delish!

Stumbling upon Life as a Lofthouse, I saw an Easy Spaghetti Sauce and voila, it was decided! I was going to try this new recipe and put it on top of a good portion of whole wheat pasta! Man was this a good and fulfilling recipe! The aggregation of sugar into the recipe gave it a different, savory taste that I was not familiar with but truly enjoyed.

I modified the recipe to add some components I liked more but I will put the initial items from the recipe in parenthesis:

1 pound lean ground beef
1 Tablespoon chopped basil (dried parsley)
1 Tablespoon finely chopped raw onion (dried minced onion)
1 Tablespoon Badia Completo Sazon (Italian seasoning)
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 24-oz can Prego Roasted Garlic & Herb (3 (15 ounce) cans) tomato sauce

Ingredients

Meat Seasoning

DIRECTIONS:  In a large pot, combine ground beef and all ingredients except tomato sauce. Stir and break up the ground beef over medium-high heat, until fully cooked.

Easy Sauce

Slowly stir in the tomato sauce and heat to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer 1 hour. Serve over spaghetti or your favorite noodles. Enjoy!

Final Product