She Is French Granola

She Is French Granola

I've been on a decorating toast obsession lately. There are so many different types and varieties you can make with all fruits and vegetables and so many different ways to style the perfect toast! These sweet toasts are so simple and easy to make, not to mention super pretty topped with Turmeric Cashew She Is French granola.

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Prosciutto Bites with Sriracha Butter

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With the New Year coming up, this appetizer is perfect for a party and super simple to make. The saltiness from the prosciutto and the brie go together with the spiciness from the Sriracha butter and then pair with a perfect crunch bite from the cracker!

The Sriracha used to make the the butter is from Hatchery , as well as the Laguna Salt smoked salt topping. Hatchery  sends monthly boxes with tasting ingredients and by using the code LINDSEYEATS, you can get your first tasting box for $10. Recipe below! 

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Crackers (any kind you like) Brie Cheese Smoked Salt Sriracha Butter (softened, room temp) Salt Pepper Garlic Prosciutto

Mix the softened butter with the Sriracha and put some salt, pepper and garlic and mix around.

Assemble by placing the Sriracha butter and then a slice of brie cheese topped with the prosciutto and then sprinkle with the smoked salt.

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Doma Kitchen

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A sweet spot located in Manhattan Beach, Doma Kitchen is bringing amazing flavors filled with local and fresh ingredients.

I had a remarkable experience enjoying the beautiful decor and delicious Doma Kitchen staple dishes. The owner, Angie, is friendly and really passionate about food and her culture. The menu contains all different types of cuisine but has a strong emphasis on European & Central Asian dishes, some from her background in Ukraine. When food tastes good, even more than good, one can notice it's due to the amount of passion and love put into the meal and this shine through here at Doma Kitchen.

We tasted traditional dishes with a healthy and unique twist. Starting with Borscht, then Housemade Chicken Dumplings in Broth, Braised Rice "Plov" with veggies & herbs, Uzbeck style, and ended with tea and Pumpkin cake, marshmallow whipped cream & caramelized apples (gluten free!). Continue reading for photos and a full run down of the dishes.

We started off with some black and hibiscus iced tea served in cute mason jars. While waiting for Angie to arrive, I took a look at the menu. Serving happy hour from 3-6 on Monday-Friday with $1 off beer and wine as well as many discounted appetizers and sides. The menu is diverse and contains many Californian dishes like wraps, tartines, sandwiches and french fries and then some other dishes that are very cultural, these are the dishes we tried.

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First off was the Borscht. This is a Ukrainian style soup with beets, cabbage and local natural grass fed lamb, fresh dill, bavarian rye bread and a side of sour cream. Everything we tried was phenomenal, but this was by far my favorite dish. Doma Kitchen took on this Borscht and transformed it into a healthier dish. Normally, it is much heavier but this was light and with the grass fed lamb, it brought a strong and tender flavor. The flavor of the soup was sweet and savory, bringing pieces of cabbage and tender, tasty lamb. This dish is extremely light, yet filling, and the flavors just sing in unison. What you do is put some sour cream in the soup with some bread. They ship their Rye Bread from Germany, it is extremely fresh and delicious. When you have this soup with the sour cream, it brings it to another level. I cannot wait to come back here and get this soup again.

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Next was the dumpling soup. These are Siberian style housemade dumplings, local cage-free chicken, chicken broth, fresh dill and of course - a side of sour cream. The dumpling dough was made in-house and this shows through with the bite. It is velvety, soft, and extremely fresh. The dill gives the chicken inside and the broth a hearty flavor. I am a fan of chicken dumplings and these were some of the best I've had. The flavors of all the chicken with the chicken broth was fantastic. All the local and cage free, grass fed meat and poultry is a strong way to be healthy and to feel lighter when having a meal.

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After the soup, we tried Braised Rice "Plov" with veggies & herbs. It had veggies like Garbonzo Beans and a sauce as well as tomatoes and onions. There were also raisins in the rice dish and I am normally not a huge fan of raisins in rice, but this worked perfectly together. The turmeric and spice blend in the rice worked perfect and all the flavors acted with one another, making this a pretty awesome rice dish.

A seasonal dessert was up next, Pumpkin cake, marshmallow whipped cream & caramelized apples (gluten free!). The fact that this dessert dish is gluten free really brings a smile to my face. Although I am not gluten, some people are allergic or that is their choice to not eat gluten and at restaurants especially, there are not a lot of gluten dessert options, and if they do have it, it's not very tasty. However, this was a great taste of marshmallow whipped cream with the cinnamon caramelized apples presented on a tree tray in a mason jar.

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Overall, this was an amazing spot. I enjoyed everything and every bite. The freshness was strong and the flavors all worked together. I left feeling full, and a good full. Not a full after a hamburger and french fries, this was the full we need to be. From a filling yet light and locally, free ranged and fresh lunch. Be sure to check out Doma Kitchen, maybe I'll see you there next time! Planning my next visit already.

Zucchini Pizza Bites with Ginger Tomato Sauce

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With a ginger tomato sauce from ginger juice that includes a lemony KICK from the American Juice Co. in my Hatchery box, this recipe is delicious, spicy, tangy, sweet and salty!

Continue reading for the full recipe and step by step with photos. Also, make sure to check out HATCHERY, a monthly tasting box subscription and use the code LINDSEYEATS to get your first box for $10!  

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Start by cutting 2 large zucchinis in rounds and pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Add salt, pepper, garlic, paprika and olive oil and mix with hands.

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Now, make your ginger tomato sauce. In a saucepan, simmer and boil mini grape tomatoes, salt, pepper, garlic, olive oil, American Juice Company Ginger juice and let it reduce and become a paste-like sauce! Pour over the zucchini

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Cut ciliegine mozzarella and pour over the top of the sauce and zucchini. Put it oven for about 15-20 minutes, until melted!

Recipe:

2 Zucchini 

  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic
  • 1/4 Tsp Paprika
  • 1 T Olive Oil

Sauce

  • 1 1/2 Cup sliced in 1/2 on mini grape tomatoes
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic
  • 2 1/2 T Ginger Juice

Mozzerella Cheese 1 Cup Cut 

Basil for Garnish 

  • Mix your zucchini spices with hands and make your tomato sauce and let simmer and turn into a paste, pour on the cut cheese and pop in oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted. Garnish with basil!

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Sweet & Sassy French Fries with Truffled Tarragon Aioli

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I am a french fry addict! Give me a sweet and savory rub from Chef Dave Martin in this months Hatchery box, I am going to make delicious, crunchy french fries. On top of that, I topped the fries with a peppery, truffled and tarragon aioli. This month's Hatchery box was awesome, filled with Red Pepper Jam, Ginger Juice & more! Continue reading to find out this recipe as well as an unboxing on the month's tasting ingredients.

Use the code LINDSEYEATS to get your FIRST Hatchery tasting box for only $10! Click HERE or https://hatchery.co/tasting-box/! Happy cooking! 

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BEFORE                                                                   AFTER 

Fries: 

  • 3T Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 T Rub
  • 3 Turns of Black Peppercorn
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 4 Large Russet Potatoes - cut like french fries or I used a french fry cutter!

How:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  • Assemble all the above ingredients and use your hands to mix all the spices and the olive oil together
  • Cook in oven for 40 minutes or until crunchy and potatoes are cooked all the way through

Sauce:

  • 2 Tsp White Truffle Oil
  • 1 Tsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Garlic Powder
  • 1 T Chopped Tarragon
  • 3 T Light Mayo

Mix all the ingredients for the sauce and dip when fries are ready. Garnish with parsley and tarragon!

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Dulce Caramel Chai Spice from Soft Peaks

Ginger Juice from the American Juice Company

Salad Dressing from Balsamo's Family Kitchen

Red Pepper Jam from Jammy Yummy

Sweet & Sassy Rub from Chef Dave Martin

Make sure you use the code LINDSEYEATS to get your first tasting box for $10! :)

Terrine Labor Day BBQ

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Labor Day was coming up and I was able to attend Terrine's all you can eat BBQ! With great ambience, fresh food off the grill and awesome weather, Monday night was a success. For just $35.00 a person excluding drinks & tax, you get to eat an endless amount of delicious food barbecued by Chef Morningstar of Terrine!  The selection was picked carefully and executed perfectly. From pickle brine fried chicken to mac n cheese and a tomato salad, everything paired well together! The flavors of every item had my mouth watering and wanting more and more. Continue reading to see more pictures and view the dishes through the all the day BBQ!

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Hierloom Tomatoes with Cotija Cheese: This was a refreshing and soft part of the heavy, meat filled meal! It worked well with the hot meats and the mac n cheese. This was one of the dishes I kept going back to clear my palette and enjoy a refreshing bite.

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Crispy Potato & Hatch Chile Tacos: This was almost like an empanada and tasted amazing! The potatoes were crispy and also soft on the inside and the crispy taco worked well with the potato. This was also one of my favorites.

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Frito Pie with Texas Chile & Cheese 

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Potato Salad: I am a major fan of potato salad and this was one of the best I've EVER had! It was not a strong mayo taste like some potato salads may have. It was a very light salad, which is rare when potatoes are heavy and the sauce is normally heavy as well. This is definitely a recipe I want to snag. The potatoes were also cooked perfectly which sometimes restaurants may mess up. Overall, the potato salad, mac n cheese & the tomato salad had me coming back for more and more every time I got some meat from the BBQ!

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Swordfish Brochettes with Tomato Salsa 

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Ancient Age Bourbon, Grapefruit, Honey: This was a delicious, sweet but not SO sweet cocktail to go with the delicious BBQ! The grapefruit masked the bourbon but not too much and the honey gave it nice flavor as well.

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Sticky Toffee Cornbread: This was by FAR one of my favorites of the night. The cornbread was moist and full of flavor and then on top there was a gooey sticky toffee! It was sweet and paired PERFECT with the amazing cornbread. It was sweet, sticky and had an amazing taste, I had a lot of these!

Pictured above in the first photo was the Pickle Brine Fried Chicken. I've never in my life had fried chicken like this, and this is on their regular menu. The other items are just special for this occasion but on their day-to-day menu they have the Fried Chicken with Grits! The outside crust was crunchy and had a hint of sour from the pickle that gave it an amazing taste. And then when you bit into it, you taste soft and melt-in-your-mouth chicken. Best of the night!

Thanks Terrine for having me! It was truly a night to remember and I am looking forward to coming back soon!

Pictured below is the whole menu of the night:

Mains

Swordfish Brochettes with tomato salsa

Pickle Brine Fried Chicken

Texas-Style Smoked Beef Brisket

Housemade Hot Links

BBQ Pork Ribs

Crispy Potato & Hatch Chile Tacos

Sides

Frito Pie with Texas chili and cheese

Heirloom Tomatoes and cotija cheese

Squash Salad with feta, red onion, and garlic vinaigrette

Potato Salad

Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Desserts

Sticky Toffee Cornbread

Blondies with pecans

Magic Cookie Bars

11 Ways to Find Your Passion

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A Life With Peace strongly believes in following your dreams and reaching your highest potential. We believe each and every human being is on earth for a sole purpose and this purpose is found through a personal passion. A lot of people are sucked into the forms of society and believe that following their passion won't result in any success, because you need to pay the bills, you know! However, we are here to tell you that your passion can drive your financial stability. The world believes dreams can't be fulfilled due to the large amount of people that also want it or the fact that no money may be involved in it. You need to understand that with passion and knowing your passion, believing, working and not giving up, you will attain your passion. However, some people are uncertain on what their passion may be! Here are 11 ways you can start to figure it out.

  1. Start by visualizing. Remove any doubt attached, especially the "I cant's". Imagine a world where anything is possible, and no matter what, financially, you will be stable. Think of any hobby or interest that comes to mind, anything? What do you like to do in this moment? Do you like sports? Working out? Painting? Being with family? It can be the smallest thing you enjoy doing.
  2. If nothing comes to your mind, go back to your childhood, what did you like to do? Is there something specific you said you wanted to do when you were a kid? Did you do any extra curricular activities that you enjoyed doing? Sometimes as a child that loves something so much and then growing up being taught it may not be unattainable can turn off the interest, however, revisit it.
  3. If nothing comes to mind, in the next few days, start observing your surroundings. Start looking at people, start reading, researching, anything to give you ideas to what you may be interested in.
  4. Take a piece of paper and write anything you like to do and don't think about it, just write. Sometimes it helps more to get it out on paper than to think it. It allows your brain activity to move faster and not skip.
  5. Think of people you've met, seen or observed that you were inspired by. Talk to them if you can, research them and see what they're about. Find out how they got there, why they got to where they are, and what they are doing. Most of the time, they will have some strong advice to share. By looking at people that inspire you, you may catch a glimpse of something you'd love to do as well.
  6. Meditate. Often times when you meditate and sit silently and quiet your mind, the answers will just come to you. It might just be a tiny thought that will spark a huge change in your life.
  7. Is there anything that you do that makes you lose track of time? It can be something like video games, singing. Anything that you know passes the time fast. That is a definite sign of a strong passion.
  8. If you really don't have anything you are interested in, try something crazy and new. Go out of your comfort zone and maybe that is what your passion is. Being comfortable in your discomfort is an important tool to utilize when following your passions and dreams.
  9. Open your heart to new things. Sometimes living a life with a closed heart with distract you from ever finding your passion. You need to release any resistance, hate, regret and forgive your life and the past and move forward. Not finding your passion may be an indicator you might need to evaluate yourself and your values and beliefs.
  10. Ask yourself, if I had NOTHING stopping me and someone told me I can do anything and everything I want right now, what would that be? The first thing you think of is usually an indication.
  11. Don't put too much pressure on yourself, just let go and have fun! The answers WILL come! When you are having fun, you are allowing. When you are allowing, your body and mind are relaxed and all things flow naturally to you!

If you have a passion, comment below what it is! We'd love to read! :)

~ A Life With Peace

Blueberry & Lavender Honey Lemonade

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In this month's Hatchery box, I received something special, Lavender Honey! I am a sucker for anything flowery tasting so this was PERFECT for me! I decided it would go extremely well with a lemonade, and then also wanted to add blueberry for extra flavor and color. This lemonade is perfect for the end of summer, especially since today in Los Angeles, it was HOT out.

Hatchery is a monthly subscription tasting from $20.00 that delivers taste testing ingredients. You can also buy separately so when you taste something you LOVE, you can buy it bigger! It is truly an amazing company and I am so thankful I'm part of the Hatchery Family! All the products that I've tasted so far have me crawling back wanting more and makes my juices flow with endless recipes for you guys! If you haven't checked out Hatchery, click HERE!

or: hatchery.co!

Click read more to view the full recipe and BENEFITS (yes, benefits! This recipe is great for your systems especially for flus, colds or energy!) for this lemonade as well as an unboxing and description in what is in this month's box of ingredients.

Blueberry Lavender Honey Lemonade

Makes about 4-6 cups

What you'll need:

  • 5 Cups Water
  • Juice of 2 Lemons
  • 2 T Honey Lavender (or to taste, at the end I drizzled a little more in)
  • Pink Himalayan SEA salt (any other type of sea salt is fine)
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries

How:

  • In a pot on medium heat, simmer the blueberries, 1 cup of water and 1/4 of sugar until it boils and the sugar is dissolved
  • Bring the heat to low and add in the 2 T of lavender honey
  • Let sit for a couple of minutes, turn off the fire and add in a little less than 1/2 tsp of sea salt
  • Allow the syrup mixture to sit for about 10-20 minutes
  • Meanwhile, in a pitcher, juice your 2 lemons and add 4 cups of water, stir
  • Strain the blueberry honey mixture into the pitcher and place in the fridge until cooled
  • You can add more water to dilute it depending on how sour/sweet you want your lemonade
  • Save some blueberries and lemon slices for garnish, and pour some ice cubes in a glass and pour!
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Benefits:

  • Lavender Honey is rich in Tyrosine. Tyrosine is used to make neurotransmitters and these can help prevent brain conditions. The Lavender Honey from New Kirk Honey is raw, unfiltered so it still contains all of its original enzymes and nutrients. Benefits of honey in general give you energy, helps with allergies, helps memory, helps with sleep and more! Just to name a few!
  • Blueberries are antioxidants. They can also help prevent aging, may lower blood pressure and heart disease and give a great dose vitamin C.
  • Lemon relieves anxiety, cleans blood, weight loss and helps digestion.
  • If you wanted you can substitute the sugar for more honey to make this even healthier.

Now onto the items in this month's HATCHERY BOX! 

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Yai's Thai Medium Thai Salsa http://www.yaisthai.com/

Salsaology Ancho Chile & Tamarind Sauce http://salsa-ology.com/

Newkirk Honey Lavender Honey http://www.newkirkhoney.com/

Greenpoint Trading Co. Jerk Seasoning http://www.greenpointtrading.co/

Sir Kensington's Classic Ketchup http://sirkensingtons.com/

And of course, hatchery.co to sign up for monthly subscriptions!

Smoked Turkey Chopped Salad with Apricot Vinaigrette

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Total: 40 minutes

Dressing: 10 minutes

Prep: 30 minutes

Vegetables

  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
  • 2 Persian Cucumbers
  • 1 Tomato
  • ½ Red Onion
  • 3 Slices of Smoked Turkey
  • ¼ cup Shredded Cheese
  • 2 tsp dill
  • 2 tsp lemon basil
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Dressing

  • 2 ½ tsp apricot spread from Just Jans
  • 5 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ lemon juice
  • ½ lemon zest
  • 1 tsp distilled vinegar
  • ½ tsp Dijon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic
  • 2 tsp water
  1. Prep and cut all vegetables
  2. Mix all the dressing components and chill complete dressing for 15-20 minutes or until ready
  3. Assemble the vegetables for the salad and pour over the dressing, sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic over the salad before mixing
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The Power of Thoughts

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We can mold, shape and change our life through our thoughts. Our thoughts shape everything we experience and shape the way we react to any experience. We need to understand that our thoughts are important in shaping our present and future. With power over our thoughts, we have power over anything in our life and this is sometimes something hard to grasp. This is because we constantly like to blame other people for our actions or their actions, when really, it is all through our experience and our thoughts. When you have control over your thoughts, you are in a vulnerable state which is why some people choose to not shape their thoughts, however, no matter what, your thoughts are always there. By shifting your thoughts to positive ones, you can bet your experience will be positive. 

Our happiness depends on a few factors:

-50% genetic

-10% the circumstance you are in

-40% your thoughts

Your experience in the moment is based on 40% of your happiness. This means that almost 50% of your experience can be changed JUST THROUGH the change of your thoughts. You can also rewire your genealogy and through your thoughts your circumstances CAN change, so you don’t just have a 40% chance for happiness, it can get to 100%. But to start, you begin with molding your 40% of thoughts and the rest will solve itself. 

How to shift your thoughts:

Marci Shimoff, the author of Happy for No Reason states that our negative thoughts are like velcro. When our negative thoughts come, we must feel them and acknowledge them and then let them go. If we hold on to them or choose to ignore them, then nothing will be solved. We cling to our negative emotions but when you choose to overcome them, endless possibilities will come to the surface. 

Taken from page 83 in Happy For No Reason, Shimoff stated that we have 60,000 thoughts per day

-60,000 thoughts per day

-1 thought a second

-95% are the same thoughts you had yesterday

-80% are negative

-Over 45K negative thoughts 

This clearly show how much we as humans live in the past and don’t live in the present moment because we are constantly thinking of thoughts we have the day before and constantly having negative thoughts. However, through some extra effort, this can be rewired.

In the book, Shimoff shows a method to shift your thoughts called “The Work”. This exercise is a series of questions to allow you to get in touch with your feelings and your beliefs and to allow to to release your thoughts.

(There are many ways to shift your thoughts and this is just one method) 

Ask yourself these questions about a specific Belief/Thought: 

  1. Is it true?
  2. Can you absolutely believe it’s true?
  3. How do you react when you believe that thought? What happens?
  4. What would you be without that thought?

This is a method to allow you to release your thoughts or belief and realize it may have had a negative impact on you so you can realize it shouldn’t matter to believe in it. Other methods to shift our thoughts is to:

  1. Express gratitude daily
  2. Do something you love to do to distract your mind from the negative mind
  3. Meditation, yoga, chanting, exercise to release toxins, relieve stress, help your negative thoughts 
  4. Do what makes you happy - it can be anything from cooking to organizing to learning etc 

A Life With Peace Gets Invited to a Thrillist Culinary Road Trip

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^Mortadella Sandwich from Lardo, click Read More to see more pictures! 

People often travel around the country to try some of the most famous and well-known restaurants and dives. With this event, we are able to have the most famous restaurants in one place, without having to travel anywhere! From places in the East Coast like New York and Philadelphia, this event brought all the goods from around the country. This extremely well-organized, trendy and wonderful event left me feeling full, satisfied and happy!

Taking place a whole weekend in Hollywood, California at the Siren Studios at Orange, this venue was spacious and awesome! The walls were white and were able to be written on!

When you walk in, you get a punch card with all the different foods and as you make your way down, it gets checked off! The first stop I took was Sweetgreen. Originally famous in Washington D.C, Sweetgreen just opened recently in Los Angeles on 3rd street, and now I know why. The salad served was a Rad Thai Salad with fresh greens, cucumbers, carrots and other fresh ingredients! This was an amazing appetizer to start off the adventure of the night. It was crisp, light and exactly what a salad should be. It really kicked off the rest of the event.

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Second stop was Black Seed Bagels from New York City. I've only had a New York bagel one time in my life and this would count as the second and it was DELICIOUS! There is just SOMETHING about New York bagels… The bagel was a sesame seed bagel with cucumbers, dill, cream cheese, capers and red onion. The bagels were soft and the toppings paired perfectly. The taste from the fresh dill paired with the sourness and tartness of the caper was a great combination. The crunch of the cucumbers with the creamy cream cheese hit the spot! I could have had a ton of these! But, there was A LOT more to go and I did NOT want to get full just yet!

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So far, I loved the ambience, the colors, the music, as well as the grass designs all over the venue. Each stop had it's own unique style and lighting. After the bagels and salad, I wanted to get right in there and try Lardo’s grilled Mortadella Sandwich from Portland. This sandwich was my favorite of the night. It had so many components to it, the first bite, I fell in love! The Mortadella sandwich was crispy, crunchy and spicy! The bread was soft and all the component of this sandwich worked so well together. The Mortadella was grilled and crusted to perfection that gave it a nice smoky flavor and a bit of crunch! The greens didn’t get soggy and also provided a crunch. The sauce and grilled vegetables completed the sandwich and left me oh so satisfied! Definitely looking forward to trying this again if I am ever in Portland. Really good and delicious sandwich.

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After this, we grabbed some complimentary boxed water and headed to New England for Luke’s Lobsters. I am a sucker for a good lobster roll and I was surprised and satisfied with the taste of this one. I’ve always got hot and steamy lobster rolls but this one was cold and really provided a new flavor. It was peppery, buttery and lemony, really the 3 best things if you ask me! Who doesn’t love butter and pepper? And lemon just adds all the components of a dish together. You can tell the lobster was fresh and creamy and crunchy. It was paired with a soft roll and the sauces and mayo with the pepper, lemon and butter on the lobster was really amazing. My favorites of the whole night would have to be this lobster roll, in addition with Lardo’s sandwich.

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After the lobster roll, we went to try some deep-dish pizza from Chicago, something I’ve never tried before! The sauces on the pizzas were delicious and the sausages paired great with the sauces, the crust was crunchy and doughy at the same time. It was heavy and delicious! I liked this pizza, but it was not one of my favorites stops of the night. They had three pizzas to try from so it was cool they gave a variety!

After all this heavy, greasy, fresh and DELICIOUS food, we decided to slow it down a little. In the middle of the second room there is a “Rest Stop” where they were handing out root beer and chips! The route beer and chips were from “Route Beer 66” and I got Dill Pickle chips and the Lightly Salted chips. Regular lightly salted chips are always good but what I enjoyed the most was the Dill Pickle chips. These were delicious! They were vinegar tasting and really tasted like a dill pickle. The chips were crunchy and flavorful, I wish I could have picked up more bags of these! The root beer was also delicious, it is made from real sugar cane and is caffeine free! I really enjoyed this refreshing beverage before heading to the next main food stop before dessert.

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Next, we went to Philly to try some Philly cheesesteaks. There were two types to pick from, a simple rib eye Philly cheesesteak with American cheese or slow roasted pork with sautéed broccoli rabe, sharp provolone and Italian bread. I tried the cheesesteak because I know that is what they are known for! And mmm it was delicious! At this point, I was so crazy full! The rib eye was delicious and paired with the melted cheese and the soft bread. A very simple sandwich, yet it contains a lot of juicy, amazing elements that were delicious.

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After this, we went to Washington D.C to start our dessert. Georgetown Cupcakes, also opened in Los Angeles, was an amazing end to our foodie adventure. We got the vanilla birthday and lava fudge with a fudge center! Both were so tasty, delicious and super rich! I have tried Georgetown Cupcakes in LA before but I never tried those flavors and they were delicious! Looking forward to picking up more cupcakes from them and happy 2 places from this night are in LA!

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Lastly, we got some cookies from Philly, called Insomnia Cookies. These cookies were moist, thin and melted in my mouth. I got double chocolate chunk and snicker doodle. They were also handing out samples of spritzers and seltzer that came in a lot of different flavors, I tried cucumber and grapefruit and it was extremely fresh and light.

This night was unforgettable and cannot be thankful enough that I was able to be apart of this event! Thank you so much Thrillist and Honda for inviting me to this awesome event. The food, the setting and everything was delicious and spectacular!

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Evolution of a Dream

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Dream is implanted in brain

Dreamer becomes thrilled

Dreamer becomes terrified

If no action is taken, terrifying thoughts grow into flesh-eating monsters

Dream is considered unrealistic

If action is taken, terrifying thoughts are revealed to be paper tigers. Confidence soars, miracles unfold, and a dreamer begins to saunter.

Either way, nothing remains the same.

Ps. The difference taking action that will make in your life is more than can be comprehended. But of course, this is also true of inaction.

(Page 163 Leveraging The Universe by Mike Dooley)

We get an idea. We have a passion. We feel the moment, we feel the excitement. Then we are placed with fear, with doubts and with resistance. We let it go. Our fear takes over and allow our passion to fade away. We need to learn and we need to condition ourselves to believe we are able to have it all. We are able to achieve our dreams. But we are stuck in today’s society, in today’s living that our dreams are unrealistic. Absolutely nothing is unrealistic, if you can think it, if you can imagine it, it is possible, no matter what. Find what you love to do, find what makes you smile and go with it. You need to run with it, you need to dream about it and you need to envision it every single day. If you believe it won’t happen for you, it won’t and your mind will get cluttered, you will get stuck and you will be unhappy.

When you don’t follow your dreams and your passions, your thoughts will bring the worst out in you. When you do follow your dreams, every moment and every breathe is filled with ease, joy, knowing and liberation. You can finally be relieved of the stresses of life because you are constantly controlling your life to live out your passions. When one goes through life doing what they love, they will be happy and they will gravitate happy people around them and make a large difference in the world. When passion is lost, your mind is scattered, your circumstances are negative and you are lost, scared and hopeless. 

We live a life in which we need to follow our happiness. Every day is a precious new day that has the ability to be changed, molded and shaped with your ideas. Financial security will rise up from following your dreams. It is a journey and you follow through with it, your life will unfold. When money is of most importance for you, you are not living at all. Money is essential for some necessities, yes, but you will gain it once you do not fixate on your financial struggles and you find a way to follow your dreams and figure out your financial situations. When you are in the moment, you will get opportunities greater than you imagine and you can receive a miracle to save your whole financial issues. Therefore, in the moment, there is no financial issues. Therefore, you do not have any reason to not follow your dreams. When you are here and now, and happy in the moment, you will notice that the solutions to your problems will come. You will get answers. However, if you are constantly fixated and upset in every moment, the solutions will just be pushed back against you and no solutions will arise.  

We have over 84 million choices in each second, which do you choose? What do you choose to do with your moments? Sit in misery or achieve all your life is waiting for? 

xoxo, A Life With Peace

EFT Tapping

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EFT tapping is a powerful healing technique that allows people to let go of the past and to create for the present and future.

What is EFT tapping?

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques. EFT tapping is a healing technique to allow you to shift your physical, mental and emotional needs to anything you’re desiring. Anything can be cured and fixed within this technique and anything you want WILL come if you follow this without doubt and resistance. EFT can help with emotional issues but can work as far to physical issues such as chronic pain and other issues you might have physically. The resolution of these issues results in a long-lasting peaceful life continuing to fulfill all your desires and fix up your issues. 

EFT can erase the problems of your past and create a fulfilling and successful future. By tapping on specific parts of your meridian levels, you are stimulating parts of your body that lift you up. It creates a balanced system to allow peace and resolution. 

Short History of EFT Tapping

Adopted from the Chinese, they noticed that the meridians in the body contain a complex system of energy circuits. By tapping the energy circuits, it creates an alignment within the energy circuits and allows you to be free of all regret and doubt, allowing you to bring in the amazing things life has to offer. Much evidence and science tells us that this an accurate healing technique. 

Emofree.com showed a very powerful quote that really describes the EFT process: “The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system”

This quote really explains EFT tapping because we are balancing our energy system by tapping on specific points and this is where all our negative emotions reside. When all our negative emotions are moved away and taken out, we are then able to focus on positive affirmations and create anything we want since doubt is no longer there.

How to do EFT Tapping

Below is a picture and description of the EFT tapping points that are essential to do EFT tapping correctly.

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KC: The Karate Chop point (abbreviated KC) is located at the center of the fleshy part of the outside of your hand (either hand) between the top of the wrist and the base of the baby finger or....stated differently....the part of your hand you would use to deliver a karate chop.

TOH: On the top of the head. If you were to draw a line from one ear, over the head, to the other ear, and another line from your nose to the back of your neck, the TOH point is where those two lines would intersect.

EB: At the beginning of the eyebrow, just above and to one side of the nose. This point is abbreviated EB for beginning of the EyeBrow.

SE: On the bone bordering the outside corner of the eye. This point is abbreviated SE for Side of the Eye.

UE: On the bone under an eye about 1 inch below your pupil. This point is abbreviated UE for Under the Eye.

UN: On the small area between the bottom of your nose and the top of your upper lip. This point is abbreviated UN for Under the Nose.

Ch: Midway between the point of your chin and the bottom of your lower lip. Even though it is not directly on the point of the chin, we call it the chin point because it is descriptive enough for people to understand easily. This point is abbreviated Ch for Chin.

CB: The junction where the sternum (breastbone), collarbone and the first rib meet. To locate it, first place your forefinger on the U-shaped notch at the top of the breastbone (about where a man would knot his tie). From the bottom of the U, move your forefinger down toward the navel 1 inch and then go to the left (or right) 1 inch. This point is abbreviated CB for CollarBone even though it is not on the collarbone (or clavicle) per se. It is at the beginning of the collarbone and we call it the collarbone point because that is a lot easier to say than "the junction where the sternum (breastbone), collarbone and the first rib meet."

UA: On the side of the body, at a point even with the nipple (for men) or in the middle of the bra strap (for women). It is about 4 inches below the armpit. This point is abbreviated UA for Under the Arm.

*This photo and descriptions was taken from emofree.com (will link below)

This link will really give you an extensive amount of detail into the history of EFT tapping and how to apply it correctly.

Examples and Follow Alongs for EFT Tapping

1. Margaret Lynch called "Tapping into Miracles" that allows you to sit with her, watch her and do the EFT tapping with her. This is to bring in something really great, and really new in your life. Different tapping techniques vary on what you are looking for:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDWIVZKcmTI

This is one of our favorite examples and if you are set on something, you should do this at least once everyday for a filling effect.

2.Below is a video by Brad Yates who does a tapping technique for anxiety:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6kq9N9Yp6E

3. The video below is a tapping technique for $20,000.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2Xp6FFr7sc

As you can see, there are many different techniques for EFT tapping. You can continue to search on youtube for guided EFT tapping or learn more about it and work through it independently. Enjoy!

Sources:

EFT Basics

Tutorial on EFT Tapping

Not So Normal Avocado Toast

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Cut the avocado and mush it with salt, pepper, garlic and add 1/2 spoon of dijon and a couple spoons of pickle juice. Mix together, and keep adding to taste.

Spread on buttered and garlic toast and top with siracha and parsley! So easy and fast!

Life Is An Adventure

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Life is an adventure and if you don't embrace the journey to where you want to go, you wont be satisfied when you get there.  it is in your journey that your path unfolds and in order to get to your desired destination, you must have fun along the way. You must walk as if, every day, every moment and every breath is an adventure. Every step and every leap is an adventure. Our opportunities, our every day lives is an adventure. We must use our adventure to it’s fullest by living in the moment. Sometimes we get caught up in the result of our dreams, and we try to rush to get to the future. But the future will only be as good as your journey getting there. What matters most is the experience you get on your way to the result, not the actual result. In fact, you will find that once you reach your destination, you It's not over. You now want more! Living is magical and everyone has their own personal adventure. Not one adventure is the same. Our perspectives, beliefs, and ideas are all different, however, we are all one. Eventually we will collaborate and play some part in each other’s adventures, but our adventure is our own and we MUST take advantage of every waking moment we have to chase our adventure.

Life is full of many opportunities, but the only way to take advantage of them and embrace them is by living in the now and absorbing each moment within our adventure. We must do the things we enjoy and must try to do less of the things we don't enjoy. We must change our negative thoughts to positive thoughts and release our negative feelings towards anything. After all, we are only hurting ourselves.We must get out of our comfort zone by trying new things we never thought of. This can be anything, for example, new foods, new heights, new places and conquering your fears. The possibilities are endless and we must release them by living in our moment. We must find our interests and MUST run with them, create them, establish them and mold them into our own and make it our future. We must allow ourselves to see the beauty in the world even though there  maybe things we don't like. You will never be able to rid the world of every negative, what you will be able to do is bring more positive to the world and allow that to be what shines most.

Let it all go. Life is an adventure. Don’t you want to enjoy the ENTIRE ride? 

*Photography by Lindsey Baruch at Temescal Trail

By Marlene Ezra Baruch & Lindsey Baruch

One of the Many Wonders of Water

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Here are some water crystal studies:

Taken from High Existence "The Water Experiment", they discuss a 1990's study on the negative and positive thoughts on water crystals.

Top is negative words, for example, "You are not worthy", bottom is positive words

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In the picture above it shows the difference in water crystals. Look at those differences from dark, dead and ruined water crystals to positive words showing glowing and diamond like water crystals.

Well sure we aren't going to speak to our water bottles in the middle of work, on our commute or waking up, but there is another way we can enforce positive thoughts into our water and that is writing on our water. It can be as simple as a smiley face or a heart. By observing the study shown above, you can see this has a strong impact on the water crystals and evidently shows what type of water you will be drinking.

Below is a video of the study in pictures:

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 Try it out and post a picture in the comments or e-mail us a picture, we'd love to see your creations! Looking forward to seeing the positive writings on your water! :)

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Change Happens From Within

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Life is short, right? We hear that saying all the time but tend to ignore its significance. We take life for granted when we need to be allowing opportunities to gravitate towards us. We say we want change. We say we want the world to change and that we want to change the world. We say we want our lives to change. However, what is the ingredient to initiate change? Ourselves. Our mind. Our voice. Our beliefs. That must change.

A change within the world and our world cannot take place unless a change inside is made. We must change our negatives to positives, our anger to love and our resentment to laughter. We must open our hearts and let energy and opportunities flow. We say we want change, but we don't want to change ourselves, we want it to just happen. But the only form of great change must start from within ourselves.

How do we change ourselves? How do we open our hearts? We start by living our lives for ourselves, for our passions, for our aspirations. We start to live in the moment, by focusing on the little things and showing an abundance of gratitude, to then love ourselves, and shape ourselves to change this world.

*photo taken at Lake Shrine Fellowship Center in Malibu, California

Feeling Peaceful on a Sunday Afternoon

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Shakshuka, a classic dish among middle easterners incorporates vegetables and tomatoes with eggs on top! A simply delicious spin on a breakfast or lunch. Read more for  the recipe! 

Recipe:

2 White Onions

3 Bell Peppers

1 Can of Diced Tomatoes

Chopped Parsley

Dried Herbs: Cumin, Paprika, Oregano, Salt, Pepper, Garlic

1 Spicy Chilli Pepper

How:

With oil, sweat the onions and then add in the bell pepper and pepper, add all the spices (subject to taste)

When it is grilled and soft, add in the tomatoes and then add all the seasonings again. Lay it all flat with a spatula and crack the eggs on top (7-8 eggs depending on size of pan). Turn to lowest heat and wait for it to cook all the way through. Put some pepper on top through the cooking process.

When done, put on a plate and garnish with the parsley.

VOILA! :)

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