Your Majesty, The Canine

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Bonjour mes petits amis!
Here is an article I came across on Huffington Post a few days ago. It’s adorable, hilarious and about dogs – so it’s pretty much a guaranteed win. Per usual, I’ll copy and paste a few pictures, but please click here to actually see it in its entirety. Good stuff, I promise!

Behold the majestic dog.

Yes, the dog is perfectly elegant in every way…

Maintaining unflappable focus…

Derp.

Whether in motion…

Or at rest…

Daaawwww <3 Stay grand!

Human Experience Is A Powerful Thing

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Hi Babes!

HAPPY FRIDAY!!! I actually have tomorrow off so it’s sort of like a real Friday for me — wahoo!
Anyway, I just wanted to share some beautiful pictures with you lovely people (no I did not take them). The title of the article is “The 60 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken That Perfectly Capture The Human Experience”, and I think Ms. McCann did a great job compiling all of these.

I’m posting the first few pictures below, but please click here to see the rest of the article — I highly recommend it!

17 year old Jan Rose Kasmir offers a flower to soldiers during the Pentagon anti-war protest in 1967.

17 year old Jan Rose Kasmir offers a flower to soldiers during the Pentagon anti-war protest in 1967.

Marc Riboud

A Brazilian protester stands before gunfire during protests against corruption and police brutality.

A Brazilian protester stands before gunfire during protests against corruption and police brutality.

Huffington Post

Sergeant Frank Praytor looks after a two-week old kitten during the height of the Korean War.

Sergeant Frank Praytor looks after a two-week old kitten during the height of the Korean War.

A North Korean waves at his South Korean brother after inter-Korean temporary family reunions.

A North Korean waves at his South Korean brother after inter-Korean temporary family reunions.

Thania Sayne leans on the headstone of her husband the day before their wedding anniversary on 16 October 2013.

Thania Sayne leans on the headstone of her husband the day before their wedding anniversary on 16 October 2013.

Manuel Balce Ceneta

Have a great rest of the work day, and remember to enjoy yourself tonight! o_O

Detox Your Socks Off: Cleansing Through Juices

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Hello my loves!

As a precursor to this blog post, I should probably warn you that I have had a Heady Topper with my dinner. Don’t know what a Heady Topper is? I am truly sorry. It is greatness in a can that is only brewed in one of my favorite states: Vermont. It has the extreme hoppiness of an IPA and well, it is my favorite beer that exists on this planet. Here’s the packaging to get a gist for what this beer really entails.

Heady Label bottle

Anyway. I know I should be catching you up with my West Coast escapades, but I want to mix it up a little bit tonight and tell you about my juice cleanse that I just finished yesterday. First of all, let me tell you: IT WAS BRUTAL. If you ever talk to someone who tells you that going on a detox juice cleanse is easy, they are lying to you.

As you may know, I currently work at an amazing juice bar, and I recently accepted a job (that starts next week!) where I am actually co-founding a new juice bar in Rhode Island, so juicing definitely has its claws in my life. We offer a detox juice cleanse at Raw Bobs, so I am constantly giving people advice throughout their cleanses, but I had never actually given it a try for myself.

After my travels, I  came down with a persistent cold, and I figured this was as good a time as ever to actually practice what I preach… hence the start of my juice cleanse!

Here’s the breakdown:

I did a three-day cleanse. I had hopes to do five days, but let’s face it: I love food. I love making it, I love looking at it, and I especially love eating it, so three days was as much as I could bear.

When doing a cleanse, please be sure to not exert a ton of energy. You are healing your body from the inside, so it is crucial to not kill yourself physically — give your lovely self those days to relax; let your body recuperate. I went rock climbing on my second day, but it was an easy climb. I just couldn’t stay inactive. I have a problem; oh well. I probably wouldn’t recommend that to everyone though. You must remember.. I work at a juice bar. Juicing is a huge part of my life, so going on a cleanse was not as difficult for me as it is for the general public.

ANYWAY. Here are the rules of my juice cleanse: for 3 days, drink five 16 oz juices (six if you are a male), followed by 32 ounces of water per juice. This way, you are keeping yourself hydrated, as well as flushing out all that nastiness that calls your body its home.

A Quick Pic From Portland

A Quick Pic From Portland

Below, I will post my personal juices that I used, but don’t feel obligated to use those on your own cleanse. Yes, mine are quite ideal because they are super low in calories and are jam-packed with nutrients, but I can’t boast that they taste mega-delicious. I tried to make them as yummy as possible for me, but it’s a detox cleanse; it is not all rainbows and unicorns. If you do decide to deviate from my menu, please try and avoid fruits — sugar is a no-go! Stick with the greens, and have as many veggies in your juices as possible.

All in all, I recommend that everyone try this at least once in their lives. I’ve got to say, this nipped my cold in the butt AND I lost 7 pounds in 3 days!! BOO-YAH. If you want anymore information about juice cleanses, please don’t hesitate to ask me.

Les Juices:
Day One: Green apple, kale, lemon, ginger, cayenne (2 juices)
Kale, celery, cucumber, grapefruit, cilantro, basil (2 juices)
Beet, dandelion, lemon, turmeric, mint (1 juice)

Day Two: Celery, tomato, mint, ginger, beet greens, mango (2 juices)
Kale, lemon, cucumber, burdock, apple, cayenne (2 juices)
Beet, dandelion, lemon, ginger, mint, pear (1 juice)

Day Three: Celery, tomato, basil, spinach, lime (1 juice)
Kale, lemon, cayenne, red pepper, pineapple, parsley, cilantro (1 juice)
Beet, apple, carrot, lemon, ginger (1 juice)
Red pepper, cilantro, ginger, cucumber, celery, blackberries (1 juice)
Dandelion, green apple, burdock, celery, lemon (1 juice)

You are all awesome; stay that way! :D

Livin’ Life Like An Oregonian

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Friday, March 28th: I’m not going to lie, I was incredibly sore after my multiple hikes in Washington Park in Portland, Oregon… so I had a late start to this Friday. Also, it was a pretty rainy morning, which meant that I took my sweet time getting ready for the day ahead. After I was sufficiently prepared (did some stretching and breakfast eating), I made moves for my last full day in Portland. Sad. I walked to the bus stop, took the bus to the Max un autre fois, and found myself in downtown Portland once again.

I had a goal to find a new pair of rain-boots considering mine had shit the bed. After visiting countless outdoors stores and the like (Portland is full of them – I loved it), I stumbled upon a Dr. Marten store and you guessed it, found my new babies there. Check them out, I find them to be pretty fresh!

What The Doctor Ordered

What The Doctor Ordered

Sweet kicks, eh? I also discovered another juice bar called Greenleaf, where I sucked down a SUPER hot juice with jalapeno and ginger inside, it was a nice compliment to the Indian food I had eaten for lunch from one of the many food trucks that reside in Portland (I loooooved that aspect).

Spicy Leaf Juice
Some of you may or may not know that I happen to be a HUGE Game Of Thrones fan, so of course after seeing this street sign, I had to take a picture in the family’s memory *tear*. I do want to talk about the coming season since Episode 1 has already aired, so expect that in the near future! Here she is:

House Stark

House Stark

Gallivanting around is pretty much how I spent my Friday in Portland; at least until Natasha was done with work. She got out around 5, so I met her at Portland City Grill, a place that was absolutely bumping during happy hour – which happened to run until 7! I slugged back some amazingly priced local wine, and soon Natasha, her friend and I had scored highly coveted seats in the bar for a brilliant view of the city.

Portland

Rainbow!

Rainbow!

Pretty phenomenal view, don’t you think? That place was packed, but Natasha was courageous enough to ask these gentlemen for their seats since they appeared to be cashing out; they were charming and let us sit down with them until they left. Having an actual table gave us the opportunity to order food (which was also mega-cheap), and we all split Rice Paper Spring Rolls and then I had Creole Shrimp and Grits – which was creamy polenta, roasted red pepper sauce and white cheddar with a ton of shrimp nestled within. It was amazing and I definitely recommend it if you ever stop in there for some grub!

YUM

YUM

We stayed at Portland City Grill for a little while longer, then it was time for us to make moves to Natasha’s friend and co-workers house, Dawn. She’s a bit older than we are, so she’s more put together — when we arrived her and her friends were chef-ing up a phenomenal meal of sauteed spinach with garlic, salmon, brussel sprouts with seasonings and olive oil, tomato and onion salad, and a few other things that I can’t remember anymore. I HAD to eat some brussel sprouts and salad since I am addicted to vegetables, and they were awesome.

Dawn's Floor Decor

Dawn’s Floor Decor

We also brought some local beer to the gathering, and there was plenty of wine to go around. Needless to say it was a grand time, especially when we started playing Cards Against Humanity; a dirty version of Apples to Apples, and a game I definitely encourage you to try out for a night of comedic relief.

teehee

teehee

Well, that was my final day and night in Portland! It couldn’t have ended any better in my opinion: good food, drink and company are all ingredients for awesomeness in my book.

Saturday, March 29th: The final day in Portland! Natasha and I slept in a little bit since it was the weekend, and after I had packed up all my belongings we set out in search of some good ole Portland grub. Natasha wanted to take me to a place called Slappy Cakes, where you can make your own pancakes on your table which doubles as a griddle/grille, but the wait was about 2 hours and I had a train to catch at 12:15… so that was a big fat negatory.

Instead, we wound up eating at a restaurant called Radio Room where I ordered and devoured their “Boss Hogg Benedict”, which was melted brie, bacon slices and poached eggs topped with hollandaise sauce and home fries on the side. <3 ‘Twas fantastic, especially paired with the hot chocolate I ordered. Have I mentioned that I love Portland and it’s local food community? I couldn’t get enough!

After brunch, I had to say goodbye to Natasha :( . She dropped me off at the Portland train station and I was off to Olympia, Washington to stay with my friend Kaitlyn! I don’t want to overwhelm all you lovely humans with an overly long post, so I’ll stop here for now. Stay tuned for the last legs of my westward journey!

Stay beautiful, all of you.

Whale Horror —> Happiness

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I recently watched Blackfish — a movie about the EVILNESS of Sea World and how the aquatics entertainment industry makes millions off of stealing baby Orca Whales from the wild and pretty much torturing them their entire lives — who have the same lifespan as humans, by the way.

Basically, after watching this movie I remained pretty angry and depressed about the whole thing for a few days (who am I kidding, I’m still fuming about it), and my faith in some humans was utterly depleted.
However, my friend Kaitlyn introduced me to this video, and it put a smile on my face — something that was much needed for me personally.

Please, watch and enjoy… and if you get a chance, definitely watch Blackfish. That way, we can all join forces and bring SeaWorld to the ground. Lord knows they deserve to be smoked.

Portlandia

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Hello, loves!

Sorry I haven’t been so awesome at blogging lately. However, I was on vacation and didn’t always have computer access or time, so hopefully you all forgive me a teensy bit. Now, I’m just busy with life big decisions – more on that later. Anyway, want to hear more about my time in Portland?

Thursday, March 27th: Woke up at a pretty decent time, showered and gathered myself up for another day of adventuring in Portland, Oregon!

Portland FlowersThe weather was quite lovely, so I wanted to take advantage of that, which meant that my destination was Washington Park. It was absolutely stunning!! Such amazing trails; I was out and about hiking on them for at least 2.5 hours, touching and smelling all the trees that I could. I can’t help it, I feel at best when I’m in touch with nature, especially nature as breathtaking as the Oregon woods.

Washington Park

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So Majestic <3

Hairy Woman

Hairy Woman

After I explored all the trails that I could before my legs felt like they were about to fall off, I entered the Portland Japanese Garden, which was gorgeous. Just look at the pictures I captured! It was a little slice of tranquility; I even took some time to munch on a baby avocado that I had brought, just taking in the sights, smells and sounds. I loved it.

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Baby Avocado

Baby Avocado

Once I had my fill of the Japanese Garden, my final stop in Washington Park was the International Rose Test Garden. Sadly, there were no roses or even buds, but it was the end of March, so I wasn’t expecting anything. It was still cool to see all the different species of roses that they grow there, and there was a pretty amazing amphitheater on the edge of the garden. There also happened to be an older couple dancing on the stage of the theater… it was so heartwarming and just made my fall in love with the West Coast that much more.

IMG_5668Eventually, I had to bring my trailblazing to an end. Mostly because I was hungry and needed to sit down for a little bit to give my hardworking legs a bit of a break.

After getting directions from a lovely woman working at the Rose Garden Shoppe (she gave me rose tea — so tasty), I was surprised as to how close I was to downtown Portland! I didn’t even have to take the Max; I wound up walking down a giant hill with lovely houses lining it and was spit out onto Burnside – a very main street in Portland, one that I spent a great deal of time exploring.

Considering I was feeling quite hungry, I had to stop for lunch. I walked into a restaurant called Pizzicato, where I ordered a sandwich with turkey, homemade pesto and tomato with a side salad and homemade balsamic vinegar dressing. It was delicious and cost me about $6, score! Pizzicato also had the most adorable artwork on the wall, check them out below. I also went into a chocolate and sweets shop, Moonstruck and ohhh man it was mouth-watering! I had a tiramisu macaroon and a dark chocolate espresso treat. Stop by this place if you are ever in the area.

Mmmmm

Mmmmm

Gold Digger

Gold Digger

Garlic-A-Scent

Garlic-A-Scent

Tasty Treats

Tasty Treats

Let’s see; I spent the next hour or so just soaking in the sights and sounds of Portland, and then met up with Natasha and did some grocery shopping for our dinner. We wound up making steak fajitas with homemade guacamole with all the fix-in’s that our hearts desired. Plus, we paired it with some pear wine — which was quite tasty! Then we just hung out and watched some Grey’s Anatomy before bed. Second full day = success.

I swear I’ll catch you up fully soon!