Wednesday, April 9, 2008


I signed up for an Introduction to Yoga/ Workshop atLiving Yoga Center .
When I lived in New York City in the 90's, once I discovered Yoga, its philosphy my life changed. I went Vegetarian for a few years.
I was practicing at the Sivananda Center located on 24th Street NYC ( West Side), every time I stepped in the entrance: the encens scent, the music, the food they were cooking everything was so appealing that you wanted to be a part of this community.
I had several teachers/ instructors and each time it was a revelation. Always great teachers, beautiful voices, very sweet people. It was my sanctuary for years.
Life in New York was difficult. I was running my own Travel Business and stress was present all day and night long. But I remember perfectly when I was leaving my Yoga class and that I was walking home ( 23 rd street and 3rd) I was almost flying, I was feeling so light and so happy. There were no stress, no noise, no pollution anymore I was walking feeling alive and happy.
But since we moved to Southern California Yoga was not a priority and a way of life anymore.
But I am so out of shape and my body is craving for good streching and a better spirit that I decided to give a try. So yesterday I went to the class it was class # 2( I completly forgot about the 1st session you can see how I am busy and my life is crazy). So I went there on time. My husband was taking care of the kids. The session was OK a little short usually you need 1 1/2 hours, for this worshop the session lasts only 1 hour. But I felt good afterward when I left.
In the car I was promising myself that I will be good with my body, I will do yoga at least twice a week and I will eat only good things ( not chocolate, no sugar and will cut on my meat eating).
The kids were in bed when I came in and my husband was reading them a story.
I was exausted and I went straight to bed with only a glass of milk in my stomach. The only thing I wanted. I slept all night long like a baby. I wake up this morning when the sun was raising....

Monday, April 7, 2008

Go Green Day 1

When we moved from NYC to San Diego, CA seven years ago being surrounded by such a beautiful setting and landscape I became more aware of a clean environment. There were more and more articles in the press about beeing Green.
First of all we had a Vegetables garden. It was a small one but we got tomatoes, onions, salads, carrots, thyme, basil, parsley. I canned my tomatoes and made delicious Tomatoes sauce.
The flower garden was full of Cosmos, Sun Flowers and roses.
There was this new generation of Organic Grocery Stores : Whole Foods, Henry's Market,and Trader Joe's. We had also a great Farmer's Market every Saturday at La Jolla. It was a pure joy discovring this colorful place full of delicious fruits and vegetables.
Then when I became pregant with my Twins, I wanted to start with a clean body.
I was eating only Organic meats, poultry, vegetables and fruits. I was drinking a lot of Spring Evian water. I was taking long walk along the Ocean. I was able to practice Yoga up to my 6th month of pregancy.
Then I breastfeed my babies until they were 9 months. When we started giving them solid food it was homemade, from scratch using exclusively Organic ingredients.
I am so glad today we did and we still cook from scratch with natural, locally grown ingredients. Now living inland we have a bigger vegetables garden this year we will grow a large variety of vegetables: Green Beans, Tomatoes, salad, cabbage, onion, carrots, all herbs, cumvumber, zuchini, eggplants....
GO GREEN Day 1: I take very short showers and we use drip irrigation in the vegetable garden no sprinklers.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Sunday, Sunny Sunday

In this new Blog, I will review products, ingredients, local grocery shops and boutiques that I like for me and my family.
Furthermore, I have decided to go " Green" , I will share some ideas, in order to provide a clean and clear world.

At last, as a mother of twin todlers,I’ve decided to share my menu plans here each week. My menus are kids tested.

Menu Planning done for the week: April 6 - April 11, 2008

Sunday Lunch ( Today) - Roasted vegetables ( Sweet potatoes, potatoes, Bruxelles Sprouts) and Organic Chicken. Pineaple upsidedown cake.
Sunday Dinner: Eggs - Oeufs Cocotte with Italian Rosemary Ham - Pineaple upsidedown cake leftover

Monday Lunch: GReen salad -Sunday 's leftover - Organic fresh pears
Pineaple upsidedown cake.
Monday Dinner :Pasta with fresh mushrooms, cream, Provence herbs and Lemon. Tj's European style Whole yogurt

Tuesday Lunch: Green Salad with Goat cheese and oranges - Chicken Club sandwich-
Tuesday Dinner :Minestrone soup with Creme Caramel

Wednesday Lunch : Meatloaf and Mashed potatoes - Comte Cheese-
Wednesday Dinner: Herbs omelet and Goat cheese on crostini with Olive Oil- Tj's Vanilla and Bluesberries Yogurt

Thursday Lunch : Sausage, potatoe and Green Cabbage - Baked apples
Thursday Dinner : An idea from my friend Jocelyne, Once a week we eat only leftovers this way we do not waste any food.
Friday Lunch : Sole Fish with Quinoa - Fruits Crumble
Friday Dinner : Onion tart with French Beans salad

Some recipes and pictures will be posted when possible.