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

Law Of Attraction

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The Law of Attraction simply means you attract what you think and focus upon. All that you are is your thoughts, your ideas and beliefs. By simply shifting your thoughts to positive ones and manifesting your desires, you WILL receive them. You do this by trusting the universe and losing all resistance and doubt. However, this can mean both negative and positive. We use the Law of Attraction whether we realize it or not, by thinking negative thoughts and subconsciously manifesting negative situations, we are negatively using the Law of Attraction. The Law of Attraction is a magnet effect that allows you to bring in anything your mind desires. When releasing all the resistance attached to your “want” and manifested it by using the Law Of Attraction, you will attract what you are focusing on.

How to use the Law of Attraction

  • You need to quiet your mind and relax your thoughts
  • Begin to visualize and imagine what you’re trying to attract
  • Some examples can be a new car, a new house, a new career, a new love, some incoming money, a new friend, a successful upcoming test or speech or job interview – the ideas are endless, it’s whatever pertains to YOU!
  • Believe in the universe and trust the universe to give you what you are trying to attract
  • Release your doubt and your resistance
  • When you finally have calmed your thoughts and gathered what you want to attract, ask the universe for it
  • Visualize it
  • Day dream about your manifestation and pretend like you have already obtained it, feel it in your thoughts. Day dream for no more than 10 minutes (because more than this can allow you to leave your original manifestation and it will become scattered)
  • Extra things you can do are to write it down, post a picture of what it is on your nightstand so daily you wake up looking at it, constantly wake up and day dream about it and look at your pictures or what you wrote down
  • Continue your life and “set it and forget it” in the universe

Taken from Business Insider, here are 12 tips to use when using the Law Of Attraction

  1. You attract good or bad experiences based on your thoughts
  2. Thinking about something invites it in, even if you don’t want it
  3. The more you focus on something, the more powerful it becomes
  4. It’s better to trust your emotions than over-think a decision
  5. You can make good things happen more quickly by thinking and visualizing about them more – spend time everyday visualizing, even for one minute
  6. To make a change, you’ve got to see things as you hope them to be, not as they are
  7. You can increase your magnetic power by devoting time to “powerful thinking” each day
  8. Success isn’t a finite source, everyone can have it
  9. Don’t allow yourself to wallow in disappointment
  10. Avoid negative TV shows that deal with negative experiences like crime or illness
  11. Know that your relationship is bad because you made it that way
  12. Don’t worry about what you’re dreaming , instead, use your dreams as a guide

How the Law of Attraction Will Improve your Daily Life

Here are just helpful tips to pay attention to when using the law of attraction, and how it can really improve your daily life. Be sure to click and check out the links below helpful links!

Good luck!

Use the Law of Attraction

Law of Attraction Magazine

9 Habits to Manifest Your Dreams using the Law of Attraction

7 Signs that the Law of Attraction is Working for You

Vision Boards

Vision boards allow you to expand your mind and manifest your present and your future. There is so much evidence supporting the effectiveness and strong influence vision boards have on your reality. A vision board is a page/notebook/poster/wall/box of your goals and desired manifestations, including what you like to do at the current moment.

For example, maybe you like to sing and hope to one day sing in front of large audiences. Creating a vision board with your favorite singers, you singing, concerts you have been to, tickets etc. and place it somewhere you can see it everyday. This will be of great influence on your mind and it will ultimately begin to show up in your life.  

Your mind relies heavily on your imagination and does not know the difference between what is happening and what is in your imagination. So, if your mind believes it is already happening and you visualize it enough so that you can believe it too, the world begins to show you signs of it in your life.

Cut magazine pictures, drawings and photos of something you enjoy doing right now and you will begin to see it  manifesting  for you. It is proven that by creating a vision board and leaving it visible for your eye to see everyday, you are engaging the Universe and your mind into believing your goals are already there and easy to attain. This allows a real tangible result and will lead to you accomplishing your dreams!

By creating a vision board, you can tap into your mind and your goals.

Create a sequence of events that you want to see in your future  as well as your current hobbies, or events. A vision board is a mix of images you pick from magazines, personal pictures or your own handwritten material. The ideas are endless! It is important that you take time each day to look at your board and imagine and visualize the feeling you would have when doing this thing you love. More importantly, DO NOT introduce doubt in any way. Believing your dreams are possible is the only way you can make things happen!

This link discusses the reasons why Vision Boards work and take you step by step on how to make one.

This link by Christine Kane shows you exactly how to make specific vision boards.

And here are some examples! Click on the picture for the original source and their explanation/how to for vision boards! Very helpful!

The Triangle Exercise

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In the triangle exercise, taken from Mike Dooley’s book, “Leveraging the Universe: 7 Steps to Engaging Life’s Magic”, he explores how to manifest your dreams while not complicating what should be done by you and what should be done by the universe. When first learning about the laws of the universe, some people may doubt what the universe can do and some people want to put everything on the universe – believing they don’t have to do anything to manifest their desires. Mike Dooley explores the specificity of this, and states that you must do SOMETHING in order to manifest your dream, but HOW it happens, is up to the universe. A way to organize this is through the triangle exercise. This allows you to organize your thoughts showing what you should do and what the universe will take care of. The triangle exercise can be for anything you’d like to manifest, for example, a new job, a new relationship or a new dress.

 Step 1:

-Make the triangle

-Cut a line through it vertically

-One side with your name, the other side with the universe

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 Step 2: Your Side

-Make a list of what YOU can do towards your dream

-Physically, logically and spiritually

-Some examples

Write a list about what to do, a plan

If you’re a writer, write more

If you’re in sales, make more cold calls

If you are a singer, keep singing songs or write new lyrics

If you are in need of a new relationship, join an online dating website

Step 3: Universe Side

-Think of miracles, magic, opportunities that the Universe can offer

-Some examples

New, helpful people coming in your life

A surprise check in the mail to help buy your dress/car/anything

Help you wake up with inspiration, new ideas to solve your dream

Get over a fear

 Step 4: Start focusing on your side and let the universe do its magic!

Example Below:

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*Featured is our A Life With Peace journals, coming soon 

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