Travel

Samburu National Reserve, Kenya

Africa was more wonderful than I could have ever imagined. Our first night on safari was in Samburu. Samburu National Reserve is located in the northern part of Kenya on the Ewaso Ng'iro river. The camp shown below is the Elephant Bedroom Camp which is a very appropriate name since one night we had two elephants sleep right outside our tent; it was certainly a very exciting part of our trip. The Masai chief pictured was on the tv show Survivor. Notice the style details such as his 'ok' belt, the beautiful fabrics and the pattern mixing. The safari was booked with "Orgins Safari Company.[slideshow] I hope you enjoyed this post. I will also write a post about the Masai Mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

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Bazaar Miami

Jose Andre's is 43 years old, owns 14 restaurants, and is a winner of the 2011 James Beard award. Now he can also add dean of Spanish Studies at the International Culinary Center of Manhattan to his resume. Jose's focus is Putting Spain Back in Spanish Food. Andre's is not your typical Spanish chef. Dining at one of his restaurants is an innovative culinary experience. In my post about Washington D.C. I mentioned one of my favorite Jose Andre's restaurants Zaytinya. Recently I had the pleasure dining at another one of Andre's establishments Bazaar Miami. The cusine is what I would describe as deconstructed and innovative. Dragon Fruit Ceviche...tuna, pecans, lime and hibiscus. Delicious.Coquetas de Pollo...chicken be'chamel fritters.Ribs and mashed potatoesCuban coffee ice cream with dark-chocolate mousse cake.

The atmosphere was fun and festive and the food is really creative. It was an unusual dining experience. I can not wait to go back and try some of the little sandwiches. Have you eaten at any of Jose's restaurants? Leave a comment and let me know.

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July

Only a week left in July...where has the time gone? I was in Minnesota for 3 weeks and had grand ideas of blogging weekly. However, the internet would not cooperate. I found plenty of time to read a few books and watch some movies. Here are some highlights from my month.

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton.

In the novel, a child is found abandoned on a ship heading for Australia during WWI. The story covers three generations and takes place not only in Australia, but also the Cornish Coast of England. The Book Of Negroes by Lawrence Hill.

This is a historical novel that begins in the late 1700's. It is the story of Aminato Diallo and her journey from a small village in Africa to her life as a slave.

Moonrise Kingdom.

This movie takes you straight back to 1965. Every detail in film is stylized. Another great Wes Anderson film.Intouchables...based on a true story.

This movie touches all emotions. Omar Sy is amazing and some of the music is by Earth Wind and Fire. What more could you want in a film?

The First Grader....Based on a true story

The story of Maruge, an eighty+ year old Mau Mau veteran who is desperate to learn how to read. Millionairess.... Sophie Loren and Peter Sellers.

In this light and entertaining movie, the wardrobe of Sopie Loren is classically stunning. This will be added to my list of fashion movies. A new addition to my blogroll is Cookie + Kate.

Heidi Larsen has created Foodie Crush an online magazine that celebrates food blogs. Look at the article "Summer in a Jar".  What a creative and easy summer idea!

Hope everyone is enjoying your summer. What are your favorite books, movies, blogs or online magazines this summer?

Spring

We all have places where we have traveled to that feel special, like a part of our soul. Whether we just arrived there for the first time or we visit frequently, these places have special meaning. Northern Minnesota will always have a special place in my heart. Living in Florida, I do not get to experience an "authentic" spring. Being present on this day allowed me to pause and appreciate nature.

Where do you travel to that is part of your soul? X

How to make a green juice

Recently, friends have been inquiring about my daily juicing regime. I have been drinking a green juice daily for the past 6 years. I feel better when I eat healthy foods and have more energy when I have a green drink. I prefer to have my drink in the morning but you can have it whenever you want.It is a great way to get extra fruits, veggies, minerals and vitamins into your system. I am also hoping it will keep me young!

First, I started making my green drink in a blender. This way you get the benefits of all the fiber but the drink is more like a smoothy. Currently, I use the Breville juicer. It has a large feed tube so you are not spending a lot of time prepping your fruits and veggies. I also want to buy a Vitamix for juicing. This is a great option if you want a combination between a blender and a juicer. One can also make soups in the vitamix. There are endless variations of a green drink but here is my go to recipe:

5 leaves and stems of Kale(any variety) 1 cucumber peeled if not organic 1 knob of fresh ginger root 1 lemon( the ends and the peel removed) 3-4 stalks of celery 1 green granny smith apple A bunch of parsley *All ingredients should be organic if possible. The fresher the produce the better the drink.

Parasutra yoga offers a day of juicing every Thursday. Tracy Hritz, a licensed nutritionist, creates a variety of four delicious juices. In Miami, Coconut Grove Organic Market offers a wide variety of fresh pressed juices every Saturday. In New York City, I recommend The Juice Press and Organic Avenue. Both of these establishments will also ship.

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Do you juice? What are some of your favorite combinations? Have a lovely weekend. X

Elsa Schiaparelli

Coco Chanel's main rival, Elsa Schiaparelli, has been receiving a lot of press lately. The Metropolitan Museum in New York City currently has an exhibit on Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli called Impossible Conversation. Prada is a household name but few are familiar with Elsa Schiaparelli. Elsa was born in Rome and moved to Paris in her late 20's. She started as a knitwear designer and in 1927 her collection was featured in Vogue magazine. In 1928 she started designing sportswear inspired by American woman. By 1933 she was creating evening dresses. Elsa found that her evening gowns were easily being copied worldwide. This lead Schiaparelli to combine her two passions, art and fashion. She proceeded to work with artist friends such as Salvador Dali, Alberto Giacometti and Jean Cocteau. Her designs were whimsical and each fashion show was an art exhibit; this was an extremely unique concept during this time. Schiaparelli designs were known for shoulder pads, colored zippers and creative buttons. She designed for  Zsa Zsa Gabor, Mae West, Katherine Hepburn and Wallis Simpson (Duchess of Windsor). Has any one seen the exhibit? Please let me know what you thought.   X  [slideshow]

Washington D.C.

Jefferson Memorial
Washington MonumentWashington Memorial
Cherry Blossoms

Zaytinya Restaurant

Jose Andre's Zaytinya.
I was at Jose's restaurant almost 10 years ago and the food was incredible. I was excited  to dine at Zaytinya this trip and was a amazed by the delicious food. It has the best turkish/greek/lebanese tapas. Jose is opening Bazaar Miami in May 2012. Bazaar L.A. has received rave reviews. The restaurant will be designed by Philippe Starck and the cuisine will be latin/asian tapa's.
Georgetown CupcakesOne can not be in Washington D.C without stopping at Georgetown Cupcakes. The salty carmel cupcake was to die for.