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.

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

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

We Are Meant To Be Happy

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We are programmed, born and made to be living in the present moment. We are meant to find out our life's purpose. We are supposed to be unconditional, walking masters, removing all judgment, all blockages and all doubt. We are meant to be happy, we ARE. But it's an ironic and silly life we live, because we are conditioned to believe the OPPOSITE.

We are in a world that is lacking true love and communication. Capital is the only object that people strive for, because we believe with that, we have the world at our fingertips. We all want money, money, money and more money. To buy new cars, expensive hand bags, state of the art kitchens and others. But does this fulfill us? Does this keep us happy? No. Maybe for one minute, or two or a month. But material doesn't last and it NEVER will. We strive for the next big thing, always living in a pool of competition. For what? For our pride? Acceptance? Sympathy? This is all an inaccurate representation of life.

We are raised and conditioned and scarred by our past and our limiting beliefs and our stories. We must not become something we don't want to be just because it fulfills us financially and gives us acceptance among the social norm. Life is too short for that.

This is tearing us apart and we must let it go. We must find our passions and follow our dreams. We have plenty of examples to look at of people that did follow through on their dreams, for example, actors, singers, writers, photographers, inventors! They lacked a negative belief system, they achieved their goals. We must revolt against the conditioned belief of society and follow our hearts and our passions. We must build a career focused on love, knowing and joy. We must show gratitude for that is the only way we will receive anything back. We have to give to the less fortunate, be there for our friends and family and work on ourselves INTERNALLY, so we can be unconditionally happy, STARTING NOW.

We have to erase judgement, anxiety, depression, we have to erase THERAPY. Therapy locks us in our own mirror by picking at our past traumas and dwelling on them, instead of letting them go and accepting the past. We have to step up and become conscious. An all knowing, happy and liberated human. And we can do this through the love of everything and being in the moment, here and now.