Baby oil, barbies, and purging

Do you think the mind has selective memory? The electrician that wired my nervous system must have been a self-taught handy man because he got everything backwards. Every now and then I concentrate on my younger years and I try to summon a pleasant memory but only flashes of scenes appear; so briefly that I…More

Raw Feelings

My grandma died this week and my feelings are in a hell of a mess; I can’t seem to focus on anything without thinking about the next task, the next thought, the next pain. My abuelita was one of the sweetest characters you would ever want to meet, she was like the old school madres…More

Iza, cupcakes, and coffee

For any parent that has had to take goodies to school for a class party, birthday, or potluck- this story is for you- I’m sure you can relate. I found out I had to take some sort of snack for Bella’s Valentine’s party two days ago.  Snack for Bella, snack for party, for Bella, for snack-…More

Winter makes me lazy

I woke up at 5 a.m. today and it took me about 15 minutes to roll out of bed.  I couldn’t find my work out clothes and my throat was dry.  I was about to go back to bed when I remembered that I can’t give up so easily so I looked some more and…More

Running and Walking

So here is my daily dose of exercise- give or take a few. I wake up at 5 a.m. and go down to our gym and run 20 minutes.  It’s harder to run right after you woke up because your body is still half asleep so I only recommend it if there is absolutely no…More

I love my neighborhood

How awesome is it when you live in a neighborhood that people are learning to love and yet it is still underappreciated.  It means that you enjoy the growing number of restaurants that have sprouted throughout downtown’s micro-neighborhoods without reservations (except for that darn delicious Church and State – you always have to call a…More

Seared Ahi Tuna

     Seared Ahi Tuna   Ingredients: 3 steaks of Ahi tuna, 1/2 cup of soysauce, 1/2 tea-spoon Chinese five-spice (I found it at Ralphs), 3/4 tea-spoon Chesapeake Bay seasoning (great for all types of sea food), 1 table-spoon wasabi (depending on how spicy you like your food you can add less), 1 tea-spoon olive oil   In a…More

Tossed and sautéed Kale

Tossed and sautéed Kale Kale is really healthy and a great anti-oxidant. Try this nutty-flavored recipe for a great side dish. Ingredients: 1 bunch of Kale Handful of Pine nuts 1 medium-sized red onion 3 small Roma tomatoes 1 tea-spoon minced Garlic Coarse sea salt Rinse kale, tomatoes and onion. Chop red onion into slices…More

Golden Brown Brussels Sprouts

This easy recipe will have your kids asking for seconds! Tender, juicy and crispy on the outside Brussels sprouts. 15-20 small Brussels sprouts (choose closed-leafed, tightly wound- it will prevent them from falling apart) Extra virgin olive oil (about 1 tea-spoon in a small dish) and 1 tea-spoon for pan Coarse salt and freshly ground black…More