Travel Beautiful

Travel Beautiful

Beauty is a combination of factors; looks, style and attitude! Anybody can look beautiful, if they feel beautiful. It’s no big secret…it’s as simple as that. Yet even what we know is simple can be a challenge to actually practice. So how should we accomplish feeling beautiful? Shopping? Spa?…Travel? Gym? They are all worth pursuing. Each has its benefits and particularity for women its critical to schedule time in our busy lives to take care of our own beauty and development. The fact is…your in charge of your life. Your in charge of being beautiful…feeling worthwhile. Are you the person you want to be? Do you feel beautiful, engaged and fulfilled in the life your leading? The single most important step you can take is to schedule time for all the things that you have held in your heart or on your bucket list for self fulfillment and improvement. One that is probably the most challenging and easiest to excuse is travel. I don’t have time, I don’t want to go alone, I don’t know where to go, stay, eat, the language or how to get there…sound familiar? Taking time in a distant land to rejuvenate can be wonderful, offering growth and the ability to live for the experience each day brings. It is an important experience in self discovery and learning to love…because its one of the fastest ways to love yourself. When getting away we want to feel at ease with ourselves, pleased with our daily reflection as the glow of new experiences sparkles in our eyes. We want time to ourselves and social experiences with others....
Negotiating Treasure

Negotiating Treasure

Finding myself in Paris again and what do I do…go to the “Puces” of course!! I have long figured out how to negotiate at the Flea Market! Over the years I have used the same 4 step process with much success. The first key is that you pick the right time to do your buying. This is important because the vendor must be in need of sales. Come on we all know what it is to hit quota for the day! Typically I pick Saturday afternoon…not too late just enough to gage the crowd. Say 3:00-4:00pm.   Then I use the 4 steps: Step 1: Desire…when you first encounter something you want make sure you evaluate the item. Loads of copies here…which is ok but just be certain you’re getting what you pay for? Comprenez-vous? Step 2: Pout…Make sure the seller understands that you want the item but cannot spend more than a set amount…pout…I want it so bad would you take… €200? No! S’il vous plaît! Ok I understand…now POUT! Facial expression only! Step 3: WALK AWAY! Yes, walk away. You may love it but remember two things the seller may come down and you may find something else just as wonderful around the next corner!! Step 4: Give it 30 minutes (minimum) and up to 1 hour (maximum). Find your way back to the stall…look around do not ask about the piece just look around…If the seller say’s nothing then the deal will never happen BUT don’t be surprised at how often they come around. I SWEAR IT WORKS! Like a charm…of course if the seller does...
Experience a Piece of World Heritage

Experience a Piece of World Heritage

We all know that french cuisine is one of the best in the world, but did you know that in 2010 the French style of preparing cuisine known as “French gastronomy” officially earned a spot on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. This list includes 981 aspects of cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value… needless to say it’s no pick-nick getting put on that list! That’s right French cuisine is not only amazingly delicious but also considered such an important part of our world culture that measures have been taken to insure its survival. In fact the significance of preserving this cuisine style is considered on par with monuments such as the Great Wall of China. .. yep its that good! Technically it is not just the method with which the food is prepared, but the pairing of the food and wine. Knowledge of the correct pairing of wine with the flavors incorporated in the food is a fundamental aspect of what is considered French gastronomy. Acquiring this technique requires that the chef have not only knowledge of cuisine technique but wine and wine paring in addition to the delicious food. But wait there is more! In addition to the food and drink there is a social aspect here too. A true French gastronomic meal includes high social interaction with the individuals you are sharing the meal with. The gastronomic meal emphasizes togetherness, while drinking wine and an exquisite meal. Here in Winter Park, FL we are very lucky in that we have the ability to try this piece of our heritage in our...
Chefs are the New Rock Stars and Food is their Music

Chefs are the New Rock Stars and Food is their Music

Food has always been a symbol of culture. It is the one thing we all have in common our love for a good meal. But the culinary world is changing, food is no longer just for nourishment it has become an art form. …And chefs are the artist People pay thousands of dollars and travel across the globe just to experience food prepared by a particular chef. In 2012 the food network had an average of 1.1 million viewers per night in America alone. We don’t even care about eating the food…as long as we can see chefs make it! Just as every painting is different, every plate is unique. Each chef has his or her own form of expression, style and background. Each explores flavor, technique and visual to create their own individual kind of food. It is the creation of visual edible art. Not to get too flowery on you but… there is also something even more amazing about each dish that you eat because it is immediately destroyed. Even if the dish can be recreated it will never be exactly the same. Every culinary experience is completely different, just like every song, painting and sculpture. It has the power to make us happy, sad, excited and frustrated. It is the thing closest to our hearts. It is what literally keeps us going. To every great chef and those aspiring to become one I say “bravo” and “encore!” Who’s...
Men Love Paris?

Men Love Paris?

While patrolling the internet for anything to do with Paris I found an article on AskMen which suggested that the average man cringes at the thought of traveling to Paris. For them the “City of Light” lacks luster, as they see it Paris is “a city filled with America-hating wimps who sit around all day in cafes drinking wine and writing poems.” Of course It doesn’t help that half the time they are being dragged there by their better half in search of a romantic getaway. NOT the typical Man’s cup of café… non? I am sad to say that I find this often to be true. The problem is that there is a great deal of very masculine oriented aspects about Paris that often men seem to forget or not know about… For one, did you know that the Eiffel Tower was only meant to stand for 20 years? When first erected many thought the Eiffel Tower was an eyesore… WHAT a giant metal phallic monument that overshadows Paris an eyesore?  Funny that it is now a symbol of Paris and France for that matter!  The only reason it survived was because the French military realized it was an amazing long-range radio. Thankfully this amazing monument was saved even if only because it is very tall! Another très cool thing about this monument; for a period of 40 years the Eiffel Tower was at 10,000 feet the tallest structure in the world… also the base pillars are oriented with the four points of the compass. Pretty sweet! I am sure every man can appreciate this one, Paris was the birth place of...