"If--" by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;   
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;   
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Pumpkin Season!

As if I haven't already started a list of all the things I will be doing with Pumpkin this season Buzzfeed comes out with this and makes my life a little easier this Autumn season (:


Today's Lesson: How to gut & clean a squid!

My Mommie teaches me. Like a Boss.

"Poetry" by Pablo Neruda

And it was at that age...Poetry arrived
in search of me. I don't know, I don't know where
it came from, from winter or a river.
I don't know how or when,
no, they were not voices, they were not
words, nor silence,
but from a street I was summoned,
from the branches of night,
abruptly from the others,
among violent fired,
or returning alone,
there I was without a face
and it touched me.

I did not know what to say, my mouth
had no way
with names,
my eyes were blind,
and something started in my soul,
fever or forgotten wings,
and I made my own way,

that fire,
and I wrote the first faint line,
faint, without substance, pure
pure wisdom
of someone who knows nothing,
and suddenly I saw
the heavens
and open,
palpitating plantations,
shadow perforated,
with arrows, fire and flowers,
the winding night, the universe.

And I, infinitesimal being,
drunk with the great starry
likeness, image of mystery,
felt myself a pure part
of the abyss,
I wheeled with the stars,
my heart broke loose on the wind.

Albert Ruiz Villar

"Sauce" 2013 mixed media on wood.



For those of you who didn't know...you can catch ALL of season one of  Daria!! (My favorite MTV shows growing up) #awesome.


"Sorry Please Thank You" by Charles Yu

One of my favorite things to do is go to the Kinokuniya bookstore in Bryant Park, buy a random book, get dessert from Cafe Zaiya (located on the 2nd floor), then nibble and read my book in the park.

This visit I picked up "Sorry Please Thank You" by Charles Yu. As usual, my intention was to pick out another Murakami piece, but I decided to switch it up...

Click "Click for More" !

"Where I Rest"

Audrey Kawasaki 2012, oil on graphite and wood panel

Southwest Quinoa Burger

I think I'll be making these sometime this week...^____^

Sipping down my final days of freedom at Sip Tea Lounge

Writing thank you's, sipping on Kenilworth (Sri Lankan black tea) infused blueberry iced-tea, and blogging. Soaking up my final days of being free out on Long Island at Sip Tea Lounge located in Huntington Village. Be sure to like them on FaceBook!
Fresh sunflower.
If you come to Sip Tea Lounge, you *MUST* get their amazing "Acai Bowl". It's absolutely DELICIOUS made with assorted berries, banana, and home made granola. Definitely one of my favorite healthy foods out here on the Island!
Snap shot of my DIY french manicure and cute stationery.


Plum Flognarde

A plum flognarde made with fresh plums picked straight from the tree in my parents' back yard!


Summer Days

New The Smiths "How Soon is Now" Print

Salmon Mousse Appetizer

8 ounces cream cheese
4 ounces smoked salmon
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
cayenne, salt and pepper to taste
In a food processor combine the first four ingredients listed and blend until smooth.
Stir in 1/4 teaspoon cayenne to start.
Taste and add more cayenne, salt or pepper as needed.


"Story Tellers"

Balut Eating Contest at Hester Street Fair

See you there? RSVP.
In case you don't know what "Balut" is ask these two Travel Channel food stars:
Anthony Bourdain (2:25)

Andrew Zimmern (0:55)

.....I'M BACK!

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 Then you should probably come visit on a daily basis! See ya soon (;