Have you ever done something and wonder just seconds later what the hell were you thinking? Well, I have to admit, that is basically the default way my brain functions. It just spits out ideas and my body says what the hell, lets do it and it just starts to go into action before the brain can actually re-adjust and make the right choices. This gets me into more trouble then I would like to admit. For example, the brain spitted out an idea to pack up and move to a location known as hell on earth and my body had packed, moved and unpacked before the brain could say, hey… just joking.
Yes, now my body with my brain lives in hell. Well, not the actual hell, because I don’t believe that one exist, but a place trying to do its damnedest to be as hot as it thinks hell would be. Yes, you guessed it, I live in the oven known as Palm Desert (Palm Springs). Everyone says the 126 degree temperatures will cool down in just a few more weeks and then everything it will be like that other fictional place, Heaven, all nice and sweet. Well, until the heaven sweetness arrives, I have been hiding out indoors with the air on because I have a fear of melting. But I am really itching to get out and sight see a little, because surprising enough, I just found out there is an ACE Hotel just down the street. Crazy right? I say that because, I think I love the Ace Hotels and to think something so cool is a few minutes away gives me hope for this place. I was just in New York City for a week and I went to the Ace Hotels bar and it’s coffee shop on two different occasions, and both were totally hip and so welcoming. I hope the Ace out here is even half as nice. We will see. I am going to reach out to them and see if they will hook G Living Up and give us a room to test out, if you know what I mean. Wish me luck. Until then, here is a totally cool video showing off some of the retro / hip goodness they are known for. Also, tossing in some photos.
As the saying goes, you have to repeat your actions, your issues, over and over and f-ing over again until you finally get IT. Until IT, the lesson, sinks into your being fully and completely and you have your AH HA moment. And it’s not until that moment of awakening you realize, all those moments before…the struggling…the suffering…was worth it. Was worth it because now you know. Now you FINALLY know what you want and what you don’t ever want to repeat again. And all those struggles, painful as they may be, make the awakening that much sweeter.
The ever changing, ever present, ever lasting obstacles of life deliciously presented to us all the time. Knocking on our doors to see if we see them, hear them and if so how we react to them. To see if we have changed, grown or need another repeating. And make sure you don’t get too comfortable in your accomplishments of conquering challenges cause the next challenge is right around the corner so you better be ready. Makes life interesting, though. Always exciting. Always shifting. That is, if you choose to see it. Explore it. Embrace it. I am doing just that these days. Have been really for the past 4 months. Embracing with fearless courage and excitement and sometimes patience (I’m working on that one…heee heee) my obstacle rich journey. Finally, interested in excavating why and how and what I do over and over and over again. And ultimately, realizing I have a choice if I want to continue doing what ever it is I choose to continue or not.
Last day of cooking school. If I was rocking more sleep (4 hrs last night) these days I would be feeling a bit better but I have not been able to get my beauty sleep this past week. And I am not one to have trouble sleeping soundly. Normally I am out like a light within minutes from my head touching that pillow. But, unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case here. It must be a combination of the haunted B&B I am staying at, the fact that the air conditioning unit in my room is right above my bed so the condensation from the heat f-ing drips on my head when I finally do fall asleep waking my ass back up, the insane amount of mosquito bites all around my right angle, the espressos (yes that is plural!), eating late and drinking like a f-ing alky. Ha! I wouldn’t change a thing though. It’s been wonderfully imbalanced and oh so wonderfully perfect. It’s important to shake things up a bit.
And so today we, of course, are ending this glorious week with a….FISH LUNCH! Oh yeah. Bring back those ‘shit’ eaters. I’m ready…Huh.
We go to the fish market and get the fish. Sticky. Fish markets are very very very stinky! But Silverstro reassures me that the fish were just caught and killed within the hour. ‘Great’, I say with a smile, ‘I’m gonna wait outside’.
Would you go to a hotel which has no rooms? A hotel designed using only 4 colors? A hotel which stacks it guest into pods to sleep for no more than 9 hours. If you have said yes to all the above, welcome to Hotel 9h Tokyo Japan
If ever you have dreamed, as I have, about doing what I am doing, I could not recommend this school enough. I have begun my delightfully authentic incredibly charming cooking school here in Lecce, which is named with utter perfection, The Awaiting Table.
First you must, read all about them on their website awaitingtable.com and then, if the school moves you as much as it did me, get your ass on a plane and come here. It’s time. If not now, when. This has been my motto as of late and that is exactly why I am here. Happy and beautifully blissed out in Italia!
Silverstro, the charming creator and chef and wine extraordinaire, welcomed me with the open arms of an old friend I haven’t seen in years because he decided to move to Italy. He’s passionate and fun and loves, not only a lot of amazing food and incredible wine, but also his authentic appreciation for the Italian culture is contagious and I find myself feeling like a local, integrated into this lovely town of Lecce. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
To answer the obvious question, The Good Home in Maui is good because it is the greenest home in Hawaii. It’s successful in meeting three of the most demanding green building standards: the Hawaiian BuiltGreen rating (three star), the National Association of Home Builders (gold) and it’s the only home built in Hawaii under the LEED for Homes Pilot Program, where they’re expecting a gold rating. Those are some Good ratings.
The Good Home is designed to be environmentally friendly in every way. Even during construction, they only used a portion of the site for construction activities and took care to separate and recycle materials. Drought tolerant plants are used for landscaping to reduce water use. Trees and shrubs are used as natural air conditioners to cool the air around the house.
I don’t care how green you are, if you’re going to live in Wailuku, you have to have a view of the water. Unfortunately, with the east and south facing windows, there is come significant solar heat gain. In The Good Home, you don’t have to sacrifice; the designers at Zilber, Ltd. just threw on some hanging lanais and deep overhangs, and the problem was significantly minimized.
You’re keeping your nutritional needs met in good shape at home now that you’ve worked out a diet that includes all the elements required for good health. You’ve also found the best stores and online sites where you can find them, and you’ve become pretty expert at preparing them, even the sprouts that play such an important role in balancing your nutritional requirements. However, you’re hitting the road now, and you don’t want to waver from your raw-foods diet. Also, you don’t want to jeopardize your health because you might not be able to obtain the nutritional elements your body needs. Following are ten foods to take with you so you can be sure to stay healthy.
1. Bee Pollen: Bee pollen packs a load of nutrition in a small package. Pollen can provide the following nutritional support when you’re traveling:
Assure that your diet includes all major nutritional components.
Improve physical and intellectual output.
Strengthen resistance to disease.
Heal disorders such as those in the gastrointestinal system, glands, and vital organs.
Restore equilibrium to all bodily functions.
Cleanse by eliminating sludge and waste materials.
If you’ve never eaten bee pollen before, test it out for sensitivity. If you’re extremely sensitive to bee stings, you may have a reaction when it gets into your system. Try just a small amount and be prepared to take an antihistamine in case you do get a strong reaction and go to the emergency room if you find yourself in respiratory distress. If you don’t have a reaction, try a little more the next day, increasing how much you’re getting up to a teaspoonful. If you haven’t reacted after five days, you are probably not going to have a problem with it.
Finally a truly forward thinking design here in America that incorporates both old and new, molding seamlessly into the landscape. The Living Museum, due to open this fall in Golden Gate Park, should push forward all sorts of public building design, and it should be the largest public building to earn a LEED platinum rating (which only 70 buildings worldwide have received so far).
The building is made up of three “domes” built into the ground and topped with 2.5 acres of native plants growing on a sod-style roof, an ancient technology that is making a modest comeback in green circles. From above, it looks like a series of small hills, except for several skylights that dot each hill and provide natural lighting below.
A modern green gem rising up out of the Sonoran desert. That might be the best way to describe the Miraval. A resort spa designed by the architecture firm Miraval. Mithun’s design of 16 new single family villas at Miraval’s Tucson, Arizona resort combine the desert’s rich human history with environmentally intelligent practices and brings Miraval’s physical environment in line with its award-winning spa experience, so their site says.
The interesting part of the villa’s design for me are the Rammed Earth walls. Using the dirt from the property to create the walls, the architects, where able to give the villa’s a timeless feeling. Rammed Earth is one of the oldest building techniques known to man. But unfortunately isn’t used very often in modern buildings, because of strict city building codes.
Details about the resort:
Nestled at the base of the stunning Catalina Mountains, Miraval Arizona’s 400 acres of lush Sonoran Desert creates an inspiring backdrop that is warm and welcoming any time of the year. The luxurious accommodations and world renowned spa, have lead the readers of Travel & Leisure, SpaFinder and Conde Nast to vote Miraval the #1 spa in the world, year after year. The award winning cuisine is created with our fundamental belief that healthy ingredients can also mean exquisite flavor. A complete selection of daily programs, both indoor and outdoor, in areas such as fitness, meditation, nutrition, relationships and more, help individuals learn new ways to live and feel better. For time to relax or explore, to spend time with loved ones or with yourself, Miraval provides hundreds of experiences that make every individual’s time at Miraval unique and unforgettable.
Here’s a new definition of ghetto fabulous. Have you ever fantasized about sleeping in a park like a stowaway with no running water, electricity or a bathroom? Well, if you’re a visitor to the Austrian city of Linz, your dreams can come true. You can spend a night (or more) at Dasparkhotel, where you’ll sleep in a recycled concrete cylinder set in the middle of a beautiful flora-filled park on the banks of the Danube river.
Each individual hotel room pipe comes with a bed, linens, a light and a side table as well as an eye-catching mural by local artist Andreas Strauss, who helped transform these concrete pods into functional accommodations. A restaurant and communal bathrooms are nearby.
How green can you be if every time you head out to the backcountry for some hiking and camping you take along some normal nylon tent. Isn’t that what your thinking? I know it’s so sad. How dare you use a tent made from some thin nylon fabric. Don’t worry, you can feel better about your self by spending $350 on the Salt Creek 2, recycled tent. A winter cabin for two, you can haul in on your back. It weights just 6.4 pounds and takes less than 2 minute to fully assemble. It’s white because they also skipped dyeing it with toxic colors.
I actually do think this is a pretty cool tent with a very modern black and white color scheme. If you want to make your inner green camper happy for the holidays, buy them this cool tent and kick them out the door for a week and don’t let them back in. That is true love. You can buy the tent online at bigagnes.com
Hunting down a gazillion different organic ingredients at the market and slaving away in a hot kitchen all day might be some people’s idea of a great time, and all part of the familiar ritual of the big holiday dinner – but for most of us, we’d rather just enjoy our food and the company of our family without the fuss. Quite frankly, the idea of spending the entire day in the kitchen whipping up 10 different recipes bores me. If you don’t even trust yourself with a kitchen knife, or you’re just a lazy cook like me, the best idea is to order your meal from a local organic restaurant. That is if you are lucky enough to live near one. If you are in L.A. or NYC, you are indeed in luck. If you have a Whole Foods Market near you, you can also order an organic holiday meal from their catering menu. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos