Adventures

Lovin’

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I wanted to start the week with a little something positive, a little something different.  After a world wind of emotions and events, there are a few things I have remained faithful to, admired, and learned to love through out my blogging years.

Sometime soon, I would love for this to become a weekend thing.  There are just so many randoms and pictures I take within a week and never get to share!  For now this will do!

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Food Blogs!

Ya’ll know, or will soon know, I started as a daily blogger of food.  From that, it turned into how I experimented in the kitchen, baking, trying new recipes, and different types of food.  Some came from books, but I’ve always been big on food blogs!  They taught me to love the process, presentation, and of course taste of homemade kickass creations.  Some of my favorites:

How Sweet It Is.  Love! Making mouthwatering, drool worthy, gluttonous(?) creations.  Seriously think peanut butter and bacon cookies.  Wha?!?!

Joy the Baker.  A California girl with a southern heart in my eyes.  Basically how I perceive my North Eastern self in love with all things tropical.

A Cozy Kitchen.  The name says it all.  Beauty and taste all in one.

Lady and Pups.  I really just look at this blog as a dreamer.  Goddamn so intricate, but looks so worth it.  Just need to find someone to cook for me like this 😉

IMG_3453Sweet Potato Bread with Pecan Streusel.  My very own, and can’t wait to recreate this month! Keep a look out!

Healthy Living Blogs!

My roots.  How it all began.  I wanted to be healthy!  Feel confident!  What went from more physical, became all mental.  Mindbodygreen and Elephant Journal are a great start for everyday love and curiosity of the healthy living soul searcher!

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Basically I love to feel and look amazing.  From the inside out of course, but sometimes even when feeling like crap, I learned to pull myself together and go about my day.  It actually helps.  I won’t lie I feel a little more confident with a little mascara, lipstick, and/or a cute simple outfit.

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Maybe it’s the industry of retail that has bitten my behind after 10 years, or just the extra time I have available to put a little something together.  Either way, I find it fun and interesting to play with!

IMG_0990Wining and Dining!

Yep, I still love to eat out.  An amazing mix of company, atmosphere, and food, I can never resist those opportunities.  And give a little of everything,  appetizer, drink, and an amazing course… Please and thank you!

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Well I hope you enjoyed!  Just a general post of what turns your girl on 😉 Food, fashion, photography.  I’m a girl who just wants to keep things beautiful.  All with perspective and personal touch.  But, don’t be fooled!  Behind all the pizza and beer, I still eat my salads and keep inspired with badass quotes.  Now all I need is a new book… Recommendations??

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Stay fun and funky, my beauties!

 

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Tampa Bae

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Cheesy title?  Clever title?  Well, I thoroughly enjoy it.  I’m a sucker for silly “pun intended” use of words.  Ya’ dig?

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IMG_7520January 6, 2015. New Jersey.

Anywayssss, so I don’t know if I ever posted on my blog, but I am a born and bred Jersey girl.  I have dealt with beautiful, hot, and humid summers, that come with a side of Jersey Shore dirty water and boardwalks.  And more recently, very cold, snowy winters, which I think now appealed to my younger years of snow days.   I hadn’t realize till now, what a love-hate relationship I had with New Jersey.  If my title hadn’t gave it away, I now reside in the Sunshine State, Florida. More specifically, the ever so growing and moving, suburban-city of Tampa.

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IMG_7559January 9, 2015. Tampa, Florida.

So how does it feel?

Honestly? Bittersweet.

I always said I would be happier in warmer weather.  To be able to hang out outside, not have to worry about layers of clothing, boots, and snow to shovel (even though I never shovel).  I’m a sucker for local produce, raw fruits and veggies, and minimal clothing as possible.  I like to spend money on $5 dollar tshirts, more than $40 dollar sweaters.  Can we talk about the local Florida avocados?

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 I’ve been exploring the area a bit more.  Thankful to have a super helpful uncle to inform and show us around.  I like to take frequent trips to different grocery stores.  I have a Whole Foods Market, Walmart, Publix, and local health food store one minute from each other.  Literally.  It’s a pretty busy and crowded area, with every store and chain imaginable around the corner on a main highway.  I wouldn’t say I love it, but I don’t hate it.  It’s convenient and a nice excuse to take an easy ride.

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So with beautiful weather, local produce, and city vibe, what may be the downfall? Well, the people that aren’t here with me.  I swore I needed the change, I needed something to shake me.  And boy, did Florida shake the fuck out of me.   I believe the stars had forewarned me, as the universe created it.  I never once been away from home for more than a week.  And usually while I was gone, I was surround by family or friends.  I’ve always been a more shy and reserved person when in a new environment.  It’s not till I become comfortable are you privilege to see my crazy, loud, smart-mouthing side 😉

I now wish I can  enjoy this weather and change with everyone I care about.  On one hand, who I know I can count on is here with me. We help each other and can count on each other for a lot, and I really value that right now.  But, girlfriend time over coffee and wine will be limited.  Family birthdays and special events won’t be as easy.  Phone calls, must replace the human interaction I find incredibly special and important.  Touch and sight.  Is this what you call homesick?

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I tell myself this is the perfect opportunity to do things I always found harder to do while in Jersey.  With less people around I can focus most of my time with work and activities.  Full-time work and this thing called healthy living as my side hustle.  I can blog now all day and talk about my new experiences and informations with y’all.  I’m excited for what’s to come with this.

You know that quote, “money can’t buy happiness,”?  I’ve never believed so much in the money, even though now, I am trying to do this crazy hard thing called saving.  #adultthangs.  Right now, I’m banking on the Vitamin D to bring me some happiness.  C’mon sun! Warm my soul and give me a tan already!

Will you stick around and see what’s good with Tampa Bay?  Family and friends, if you can’t be here with me, then read along with me.  I always said I wanted to travel and explore something new.  Well I got what I ask for, and hopefully this is just my first stop.

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So here is to change, Florida avocados, humidity, positive vibes, and day dreams.

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Namaste,

yesenia

If We Went On a Coffee Date….

I would probably go on for hours….

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Can I pay you in coffee to listen?  We could go to Whole Foods for an almond latte and scone, and just do it up.

I would talk about how much I really have been enjoying the summer!  Even though, I work almost everyday and may not be able to go to the beach as much as I would like, I’m in love.  From the fresh produce in season (tomatoes, come soon please), to night-time chit chats outside, juices and smoothies, cocktails and beers during the day, red wine on a late night girls night… I love it all.

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They say attachment is bad, as in, you only loose something when you are attached to it, but in all honesty I don’t care.  I love my fresh fruits, warm weather, and not wearing pants.  And I say and show it proudly.

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I’ve come to the conclusion that I really love kids, to the point when sometimes I wonder if I can ever really have my own.  Does that make sense?  It does to me.  I had my cousins visiting from Florida.  They are young, vivacious, and love to eat and ask questions.  It was great to teach a fresh mind, play like child, and come home to faces excited to see you.  I fell in love.

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I guess this would be the time to admit that I almost gave up.  Not so much on my passion, but my dream(s).  You know those dreams where you see yourself doing something you love in the future, living in a place that was meant for you, meeting people you were destined to meet.  Yea, those ones.  I still kept my passion for my everyday healthy thangs, my yoga practice, and the practice of everyday kindness (I tried for that one), but in a sense that started to mean less when I wasn’t doing that for another purpose.

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I believe in the power of Now.  Focusing on the present moment, living everyday that it is a gift.  I seriously made myself believe that the sun was shining, the weather was great, and I was able to have a green juice before work, so in a sense, life was great.  Until, I felt stuck.  I want to really live once in a while.  Travel, drive around, dance around outside in the middle of the night, even day.  Yes, you can make your mind believe anything, but you can’t make your heart feel something else.

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That kinda reminded me of a quote that I fell in love with:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou

It’s the truth, your fucking heart is the smartest thing (organ?) you will ever have.  Don’t loose it.

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Oh yea, and I started cooking!  Kind of.  I like to make roasted veggies and mix it with something.  Like noodles.  I got’s to say, I was pretty impressed with myself.  Different from my usual rice and beans.  Would you like the recipe?  It needs some tweaking, but I would be happy to share 🙂

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Didn’t I mention I love summer?

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So why don’t we just try this again.  My name is Yesenia.  I love food, in the form that nourishes my body and soul.  I love yoga.  I want to teach and help people become healthier and inspiring beings.  I still believe that even with all the crazy sad shit going on in the world, we can all find peace within ourselves and meditate on an intention to help something/someone.  I want to share my everyday nonsense, inform you the yumminess of sprouts and tacos, teach about the wonders of coconut oil in the summer, AND of course learn from everyone else, all of you.

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If you made it this far, I hope I made it worth your while.  Thanks for having coffee (or tea) with me.

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yesenia

PS.  I literally rambled.  Didn’t grammar/spell check.  Put some pictures up.  This was pure expression.  Sorry I’m not sorry.

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Restaurant Review: Seasons 52

Good morning everyone!

Hope you all had a great weekend, and if you live in the north east coast, maybe snow day!  Weekend was pretty eventful, but I must say it started out pretty amazing.  Good food, good drinks, but most importantly amazing company, it’s all you really need for a great night.

Seasons 52

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Menu

Nowadays, most of us look at the menu before we go somewhere new to eat.  I used to for vegetarian/vegan options to healthier/lighter entree selections.  Whether it’s because you want to know there is some good food or a special diet.  Menu’s say it all (until you actually taste it).

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Any place that has a seasonal menu, in my eyes, already has my heart.  The fact the restaurant is aware on how produce and taste change with in seasons is a great thing!  The cooks are already one step closer to appeasing their customers who want to enjoy a great satisfying meal.  Winter salads filled with beets and nuts and soups and chills made with winter squash is comforting during these colder months.

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And the organics?  Even if the whole menu isn’t there yet, a little goes a long way.  I didn’t have any of there organic entrees, but I did have their organic drinks….

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Drinks and Food

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We decided to start out with a drink so I chose a little something like the Grapefruit Martini.  To be honest, it tasted like grapefruit juice.  Not sure if that was good or bad, but still was delicious.

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IMG_4987Warm Beet Goat Cheese Salad with Pistachios

The food was very tasty.  You tasted every ingredient.  The veggies were prominent, and the more bold ingredients such as the cheese was not overpowering.  I think the meals could have been fresher, as in just warmer.  Maybe a little gooeyness to the cheese?  Juicier mushrooms?  Obviously I am no restaurant critic.  Regardless I enjoyed everything, and my favorite being the Beet and Goat Cheese Salad.

And to wash down our meal?

IMG_4980Vodka infused Ginger Beer!  So delicious and the lime added was perfect.  Definitely felt this one and was tempted for another, until the bill came out!

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Very nice!  Felt classy without being too stuffy.  We sat at the bar and I love the way it presented itself there.  Didn’t feel crowded even though the bar was full.  With live music and attentive service, we felt pretty comfortable and enjoyed ourselves the whole time.  Even after we had our fill we were able to stick around while the music played on!

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Till next time, loves,

 

yesenia

Wanderlust Block Party: Philadelphia and Restaurant Review

Good Morning ya’ll!

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Happy Monday.  Can I tell you how not miserable I am about today, Monday?  After a busy and indulgent week and weekend that had past, I am ready to take it a little easier this week.  With one day off and a strict budget, I don’t have much of a choice.  Makes things a little easier, no?

 One of the things I did over the weekend, was attend my first yoga festival.  Filled with music, food stands, acrobatics (yoga, of course), and classes all day for all to attend, it was definitely an experience.  Worth the three hours to get there.  *it should have taken a little over an hour, but we like to get lost and take pit stops instead… more scenery that way 😉

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The class itself was pretty different, but none the less I enjoyed it.  The music was spot on, for a good flow.  We danced (not my favorite part, but fun none the less!), supported each other (got really personal with your neighbor), and just really enjoyed ourselves.  Nothing better than yoga outdoors with an amazing community.  One of the reason I love going to these events is because once in a while, it’s great to be surrounded by very similar, like minded people.  MOST of us want to share, smile, give, and inspire.  We try so hard to get in touch with our inner feelings and heart, so that we may touch others.  Maybe in different ways, but similar in the way that a little can make a big difference.  And we are free to talk about it!  Meditate about!  Through our movements and breath we intend to do something for ourself or others and dedicate to those who truly need a little something more.   

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In the madness of the world, it’s great to see those who are willing to open there hearts to something more beautiful.   

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And then of course there was food.  We were a couple of  hungry yogis…

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We went to a place called El Caminos Real.  I highly recommend this.  Really good food. Reasonable pricing.  And generous offers.  Alittle more than your typical tex mex place.  I think because the mexican food was a little more… mexican?  It didn’t taste cheap and typical.  The menu offers vegan, vegetarian, and even organic for there meats.  Once again, any place that does that already gets a good rating just for the options. 

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IMG_1908Amazing spiced chips and generous guacamole

IMG_1914Cactus and sweet potato with crema.

IMG_1916Seitan and a bit of queso fresco.

IMG_1920Alittle bit of each with some rice and beans.  Too good.

And that is how you leave full and happy.  Yoga and mexican food.  I like to say it’s a bad-ass match-made in heaven.  

Till next time, my dears

 

yesenia

 

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