Friday, September 18, 2015

High and Dry Friday

What a week this has been! Running around, getting things done, finishing the week with the last Friday Happy Hour with one of my co-workers and friend, who is leaving for greener pastures. This weekend the plan is going to the beach, hoping the sun will finally come out after three days of rain and grey skies.

I leave you this week with a great song by Pete Kuzma, featuring Bilal (Amazon link). It is a version of "High and Dry" by Radiohead, but with a cool and sexy rhythm that makes you want to curl into a hammock with a glass of wine and unwind, listening to the music.

Have a cool weekend!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Not Just for Pesto

I have never had much of a green thumb, but over the past few months I've been growing a beautiful basil plant that is so beautiful, I feel bad when I take any leaves from it.
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I have always enjoyed the fresh, sweet flavor of this popular herb, because you can use it in your favorite pasta, as an addition to your salad, and even as a desert - I've had basil ice cream and it was delicious!

When using basil in ho dishes, chop it julienne style or by shredding it into the food directly... However, add it when you are ready to serve your dish so it has enough time to release its flavor, but it does not wilt with the heat of the dish. 

Per my personal experience, keep your plant in a place where it gets about 4 hours of direct sunlight, keep the dirt wet  but not soaking with water, and in a place where insects don't munch on them, as mine was victim of a dark grasshopper that was enjoying it during lunch and dinner.

Have a sweet day!

Monday, September 14, 2015

On Relaxation

I have always been amazed at how difficult Mondays can be, especially after a relaxing weekend. The best would be if could maintain the same positive and relaxing attitude at the start of the week that would take us through the rest of the days. For today's links I wanted to offer eveyone a few notes on how to relax everywhere, even at work.

This article by the Harvard Business Review talks about the relationship between sleeping, technology and the anxiety that comes with them that leads to sleep deprivation... very interesting!

This weekend I went on a shopping spree to make my own relaxing oil and spays, where the most important ingredient is Lavender. Quick tip... add as few drops to a carrier oil and put it on your pulse points for the smell to rise and relax you! 

One technique to start the day on a good note is to do Sun Salutations first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach and before you sower. I try to do it as often as I can and besides contributing to relive stress, this practices gives me clarity and that boost of energy to start my day.

Have a fantastic week!

Friday, September 11, 2015

A Day of Remembrance

Today, I want to honor the lives lost fourteen years ago in New York. As we remember where we were, what we were doing and how we found out, we should send a prayer for those that are no longer here, and to their families that miss them terribly.

In times like these, when so many people are suffering, I hope we can find a way to leave behind those things that separate us, and find common ground to build a better future.

Have a good day!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

A Greek in Florida

Part of my Labor Day weekend trip to Saint Pete included a drive up to Tarpon Springs, a place I have heard a lot of. This little town, just north of the Tampa Bay area, was founded mostly by people coming from Greece with a rich tradition for fishing and everything coming from the ocean.

One of the main attractives of this place is the sponge docks, a street by the canal lined with stored that sell all kinds of marine products, especially sea sponges of all sizes and shapes.

Stores are decorated with the sponges, creating garlands and displays showcasing them along with beauty products made with Greek olive oil and goat's milk.

 Foolishly, I didn't get anythings as I was fully concentrated on smelling every single bar of soap, and capture with my camera all the different products from the bottom of the ocean as a I could.

 I could see the little starfishes decorating my Christmas tree this year and the sea urchins being great vessels for tealights... they would've looked great with some of the decoration in my apartment, as they would have reminded me of this out of the ordinary trip.

Of course, no trip to an area well known for its Greek heritage is to end without trying its good food. My favorite, as always, was the delicious spreads traditional of their cuisine, with warm and soft pita bread. Definitely a delicious treat for a trip to be remembered!

Have a delicious day!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Dream World

As part of my visit to the Dali Museum over the Labor Day weekend was the actual exhibit of the artist. As an arts major, I have always admired his work, but after seeing for the first time one of his paintings in real life, I was amazed that so much detail went into such a small work of art.

One of the things that always called for my attention was the way everything flowed, like the eggs, water and things that looked like they were melting. One the other hand the things that sort of scared me were the desolated landscapes, the people without faces and the mysticism that governed most of the artwork.

Then, when I started studying and learning Dali's life, what motivated and interested him, the fear was replaced by curiosity, which lead to find the symbolism and details in every scene. For example, in many of his works of art you can see his wife, Gala, everywhere. She was his muse, and the driving force that made him explore many facets throughout his career.

One painting that became one of my favorites was the woman with roses head, which I got to see on a trip to Spain years ago. So, when I saw the one of the ladies with the skin of an orchestra, I have to say I fell in love all over again... and have to admit making plans to take it home with me... haha!

To end the tour, I tagged along with the guide that explained this painting that was over 10 feet tall (about 5 meters). Beyond the amazing details of the painting, what caught my attention the most was the symbolism, the hidden characters and friends of the artist hidden within the painting, and the many historical references and homages to the world that surrounded him.

If you have not seen any Dali paintings in your life, I thoroughly encourage you to include a museum that contains his art in your trip... You will be amazed by his mastery and the beauty that each brush stroke expressed.

Have a colorful day!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Surreal World

Hope everyone has a good weekend, especially those that enjoyed on the U.S. extended one. I got on my little Fiat 500 and drive to Saint Petersburg to enjoy the Florida Gulf Coast. Even though the place was really beautiful, the thins that hit the spot with me was my visit the Dali Museum.

The building is a perfect concrete box surrounded by s large bubble like glass window, made of several triangular panes that allow a view of the gardens, the marina across the street and allow plenty of natural light the wash the interior space.

Besides the art, I went to take a yoga class there. I thought of nothing more inspiring and conducive to well being than being surrounded by the genius are housed within the wall of the large building. As I arrived early for the class, I took a walk around the gardens that are full of surprises and little details symbolic to Dali and his mastery.

The visit to the gardens must be done with an open mind to find all the details hidden there. My favorite was the little bird with the mustached sitting on a large rock that had been flattened for people to sit on it. I thought he was there to tell you stories in your ear about the artist's life, his love for nature, mathematics and the world of dreams.

Everything in the garden points to Pi, which was one of Dali's obsessions, and one he shared with many of his contemporaries, such as M.C. Escher. I name Escher, because the current exhibit at the museum was of his work, one I have always admired due to his use of space and illusions of the world.

Even though I was not able to get the #dalistache famous selfie, I couldn't leave the place knowing I didn't have a picture of the gigantic recreation of Dali's mustache.

Finally, as I awaited for my class, I took some time to gaze at the Tampa Bay, where vacationers leisurely glided on their boats over the water, bathing under the sun. I was ready for my class and enjoy the amazing art from the second largest Dali collection in the world, outside of Spain.

Have a nice one and see you tomorrow with more art...!