Healthy Ginger & Turmeric Latte

I’m always looking to incorporate new healthy ingredients for smoothies and teas but never lattes –  so this recipe which was originally featured in a recent GOOP newsletter for Great Skin – Inside and Out kills two birds with one great caffeine-free latte.  I used my favourite creamy almond milk from Califia Farms (California) in Toasted Coconut which is only 45 calories per cup. YUM!
20160205_173000Both ginger and turmeric have incredible anti-inflammatory properties, which means this soothing and delicious latte is also really good for you.

Ginger + Turmeric Latte

SERVES 1

1 heaped teaspoon peeled and finely chopped fresh turmeric

1 teaspoon peeled and roughly chopped ginger

1 tablespoon organic coconut sugar

2 teaspoons organic virgin coconut oil

pinch himalayan salt

1 cup almond milk

  1. Combine turmeric, ginger, coconut sugar, coconut oil and a pinch of sea salt in a powerful blender.
  2. Heat almond milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until just simmering.
  3. Pour the hot almond milk into the blender and blitz everything until smooth and frothy.

TIPS: If you can’t find fresh turmeric, use 1 teaspoon of ground. I added a sprinkling of cinnamon on top – delish!  *Try adding half a banana for additional silkiness & flavour.20160205_173413Beauty Tips:

Jean Godfrey June, goop Beauty Director

I think food makes an enormous difference in the look of your skin. Too much sugar starts an inflammatory glycation process that’s not just super-aging in the long-term, it makes you look puffy and lethargic in the short-term. Inflammation has been proven to be a huge factor in aging in general, and in the way your skin ages, in particular, so anti-inflammatory foods help—my current personal anti-inflammatory obsessions are turmeric and sour cherry. And avocados, like everyone else on the planet!

Fats got such a bad name for so long, and I truly believe they’re critical, especially for people with dry or aging skin: Avocado, sunflower, olive, and coconut oils are all incredible, plus I like to take wild salmon oil capsules. And eat oily fish: My boyfriend and I grilled some fresh herring from the farmer’s market and they were—so good. I’m a huge egg person also. I’m in favor of full-fat milk if you’re going to have milk for the same reason.

And again, antioxidants—in many of the foods I’ve already mentioned, but pretty much every fruit, vegetable, and nut in existence—are important to take internally as well as topically.

Turmeric is incredibly anti-inflammatory and incredibly delicious. My boyfriend got a pound of turmeric powder one day, and that started the whole craze. Fresh turmeric takes it to whole new level; put it with fresh ginger and the flavor is just…heaven.

This latte is pure comfort food, the creamy almond milk, the rich coconut, a little salty a little sweet, warm, spicy: Everything I love!

Photos: d. king

Recipe: GOOP

If you make it let me know how you like it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feel-good Friday: it’s all good

Like when my sister comes over to visit and steals my thunder and I’m okay with it but not totally

I had a sneaking suspicion that little Jack was a womanizer. Photos: d. king

I had a sneaking suspicion that little Jack was a womanizer

Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell. – Emily Dickinson

In our hotel room in Oregon

In our hotel room in Oregon

No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you feel rich.” – Louis Sabin

not to mention beautiful, silly, smart

and at times overindulgent

This week at a coffee shop with a friend. Photo: Colleen Kohse

Sitting inside a coffee shop this week.           Photo: Colleen Kohse

like when you stop for coffee and can’t take them inside 20160130_112840

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and they just keep staring at you

Photos: d. king

you tend to weaken over time

you tend to weaken over time

This is a long weekend in British Columbia.  Monday is Family Day and these two little fellows who brighten up my days and bring me so much enjoyment are family members.  I hope you have an enjoyable weekend with yours.  XO

 

 

 

Beauty – Suzanne Somers Organics

Well; why not? There may be more competition in the skincare department but when the packaging has Suzanne Somers cred, listen up ladies.

I haven’t tried or even seen the skincare line but a friend of mine let me try her coco mango body butter and let me tell you….it was simply divine…ssbody1    I immediately felt like I was somewhere tropical.  Actually we were somewhere tropical but never mind those details.  It really felt luxurious and moisturizing.  And well…mango & coconut – what’s not to love?  These are two of my favourite ingredients in frozen yogurt & gummies too.  There is also Peppermint Cream and Rain Body Butter (which more than likely includes actual rain – well, living in Vancouver I could have made that one). Apparently they’re all food grade, so you know……extra benefits there.

Coco Mango, Peppermint Cream & Rain

Coco Mango, Peppermint Cream & Rain

 Here is all the nitty gritty:

BENEFITS

  • SUZANNE Organics utilizes a natural, non-GMO (not genetically modified) new generation thickener and stabilizer derived from olive oil. Richly hydrates and protects skin, allowing it to retain moisture without clogging pores.
  • This luxurious, moisturizing body butter nurtures your skin. Abundant rich moisturizers create the look of smooth, beautiful skin rich with antioxidants.
  • Your skin’s barrier is fortified by this formula to prevent loss of important moisture. *The aging process is affected by moisture loss.
  • Enjoy a healthier, more youthful appearance on your skin with a natural scent that will make you feel like you are on vacation (yeah!).
  • No synthetic, toxic fragrances based on phthalates.
  • Created with certified organic, therapeutic grade essential oils and fruit juice essences. The essences are certified organic flavors used by organic juice, ice cream, yogurt, etc. manufacturers.
  • Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Oil supports the look of healthy skin, softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking. Helps improve the look of sagging skin, and age spots.
  • Shea Butter (Butyrosperum parkii) is a superior moisturizing agent. It contains a vast quantity of Vitamin E, and aids in the look of optimal skin health.
  • Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) Oil is high in oleic oil with balanced amounts of high oleic acids, vitamins and minerals. Provides high performance moisturizing benefits to soothe, nourish and soften the skin.
  • Made in the United States.

TO USE:
Apply liberally wherever skin is dry. Glide over skin and rub in lightly. Excessive “rubbing-in” is not necessary as this formula is designed to leave a layer to help promote moisture into the skin. Can be used as a hand cream and foot cream as well.

 

I think SS is Stunning!

I think SS is Stunning!

Have you tried any of the products?

Website:http://www.suzannesomers.com/products/suzanne-organics-body-butter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Style at the Beach/Pool – What suits you

Getting ready for a little WINTER GETAWAY?swim2You don’t want to pack too much but you want to make sure you have everything you need.

Canyon Beachwear

Canyon Beachwear

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A bathing suit is always one of the most essential things to consider for your resort/vacation stay… but what about all the little extras that go along with it….like your beach towel, sun hat, after swim cover up and beach bag.  Don’t you love beachy accessories?

It’s weird that I still have a thing for bathing suits even though I have a whole drawer dedicated to them.  I just love a nice swimsuit – either a one or two-piece and I have a collection from various travels.  This time on holiday I took only two – one of each kind but the problem was I didn’t want to ruin either of them in the hot tub.  The hot tub (après swim or in the evening) tends to stretch your suits from their original shape over time. You have to immediately run them under cold water after being in the Jacuzzi.  One time I had to have a designer swimsuit altered a size smaller because the bottom got stretched out. Normally I wouldn’t care but this one was too nice to throw away.

I keep thinking that I’ll take along an old suit that I don’t really care about for hot tub purposes only but I can’t bring myself to wear something I don’t like.  Anyway, I wasn’t planning on it only scheming but I ended up buying a few new bikinis on sale that I planned to use only in the hot tub because the prices were too good to pass up (ha, ha, that’s what I told myself).  Problem was they’re really nice and as I ended up liking them so much I had to limit my time in the hot tub altogether.  It’s not the worst problem someone could have in the big scheme of things. But still…

In Palm Springs I came upon a swim wear store that caught my eye because of their playful display at the front entrance.  I loved the brightly coloured little zippered bags to enclose stuff like sunblock, lip balm and the like and also believe it or not, old fashioned bathing caps.

Canyon Beachwear

Canyon Beachwear

Did I really say that?

Canyon Beachwear

Canyon Beachwear

Bathing caps are normally not something that attracts my attention but these were kind of fun and reminded me of something old time movie star Esther Williams might have worn in “Million Dollar Mermaid”.  Maybe they’re making a comeback.

  Because let’s face it, there’s nothing less attractive than covering your head in one of those ugly stretchy caps and then wearing swim goggles to boot …..nothin!

Unless you're Will Ferrell - of course then, anything will look good on you.

Unless you’re Will Ferrell – of course then, anything will look good on you.

My INspirationCanyon Beachwear @

http://canyonbeachwear.com

Art/Food – MoMA Artists’ Cookbook

Art is a form of nourishment,” Susan Sontag wrote in her diary

Art/Fashion/Food/Culture – it’s all one big melting pot. It’s everything I’m interested in and it is all that (along with money) which makes the world go round. So I wasn’t too surprised to find out only recently about the now vintage MoMA Artists’ Cookbook.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

In 1977, a pair of art and cuisine enthusiasts, Madeleine Conway and Nancy Kirk, collaborated with New York’s MoMA on The Museum of Modern Art Artists’ Cookbook (public library) — a marvelous compendium of favorite recipes and reflections on food by thirty of the era’s most prominent artists, including Salvador Dalí, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Indiana, Will Barnett, Larry Rivers, Andy Warhol, and Willem de Kooning.

I got a kick out of looking up some of the recipes which I’m not at all planning to make. What interested me was finding out about each of the artists relationship to food.

Of particular Interest:

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol, who had collaborated with his mother on a little-known and lovely cookbook(called Wild Raspberries) eighteen years earlier, tells Conway and Kirk that he no longer eats anything out of a can but — a statement that comically dates the book and tragically reminds us of a culinary downturn — believes that “airplane food is the best food.”

In a confession that reminds us just how much Warhol blurred the line between person and persona, just how deliberate he was about the construction of his own myth — this, after all, is such a thoroughly Andy Warhol thing to say — he tells the editors:

I always thought cereals like corn flakes and Rice Krispies were a natural thing — that they came from a cereal bush.  He shares a befittingly on-brand recipe:

CAMPBELL’S MILK OF TOMATO SOUP

a 10 oz can Campbell’s condensed tomato soup
2 cans milk

In a saucepan bring soup and two cans milk to a boil; stir. Serve.

Willem de Kooning, in his early seventies at the time, looks back on how his formative years in Holland and his immigrant experience shaped his relationship to food:

Willem de Kooning

Willem de Kooning

It was hard to overeat when I was a boy because when you had dinner, it was always brown beans. We were poor. When I came to America I had never seen so much food in my life! I came to America as stowaway. When I was discovered among the pipes, I became a kind of cabin boy and washed the decks. I got off when we landed in Boston and took a train to New York. I went right to Wall Street. I recognized from the silent movies where the Stock Exchange was.

We went to Hoboken because it was a Dutch, Italian, and German settlement. I got a room, and I got a job as a house painter; America seems to be a land of wonder because, you see, I worked and I made six dollars a day. Then I made nine dollars. In one week I could buy a suit, Thom McAn shoes, sets of underwear. Socks were ten cents a pair and it almost didn’t pay to wash them. You could throw them away! This was such a revelation, such an overflow! Here, everything was so big and had such a style I said, “Oh, hallelujah, here I come.”

The first food I remember eating? A hamburger. Lunchtime I went to a place on River Street and I saw on the bill of fare that I could read “Hamburger,” so I said, “Hamburger. The next day I took a hamburger and on the following day I took a hamburger, and then I thought I’d change and ordered a sirloin of beef and I tried to say it but the waiter gave me a hamburger anyway.

Even as he rose to fame in the art world, De Kooning retained this capacity for delight in the simplest of things and cared little for the snobbish charade of sophistication that all too often bedevils high society. More than half a century after the hamburger experience, he shares his favorite unfussy dressing for cold shrimp, lobster, or crabmeat, made with ingredients one could buy at the most rudimentary convenience store:

KOO’S SEAFOOD SAUCE

Makes 2 ½ cups

8 ounces heavy cream, whipped until stiff
8 ounces mayonnaise
1 ounce cognac
1 ounce sherry
4 tablespoons ketchup
salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl fold mayonnaise gently into the whipped cream with a whisk. Add remaining ingredients and refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve.

Endearing, Refreshing & a tad Artistic right?

Source: https://www.brainpickings.org MoMA Artists’ Cookbook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art/Film – By, For and About Women!

I love the idea behind LUNAFEST, a traveling film festival of award-winning short films that are by, for and about women. lunafest1

The one in Palm Springs just ended with a series of six films filled with stories of reflection, hope and humour and held at the Camelot theatre. I’m really sorry to have missed it but I was heading back to Vancouver.  The $15 tickets included a petit dejeuner of coffee, pastries and Luna bars since the fest was established by them in 2000. Thought you’d like to know about it since it will travel to over 175 cities and be screened in front of 25,000 people, mostly women I’m certain and hopefully teenage girls as well.

Celebrating Women at LunaFest not only connects women through film but raises funds for local non profits and their main beneficiary – Breast Cancer Fund.

The inspirational nationwide festival accepts short films, 20 minutes or less, in a variety of genres and subjects ranging from transgender issues and body image to motherhood, aging and cultural barriers and breakthroughs.

 Finally a film fest that’s fun, enlightening and benefits a good cause. Spread the word!

Watch the Trailer (for those following by e-mail please click on the blue title at the top & scroll down):

https://vimeo.com/138653172

http://www.lunafest.org/our-story

ALSO…..

February 1st 2016 – HAPPY 6th BIRTHDAY JACK! 

Little Boy Blue Photo: d. king

Little Boy Blue
Photo: d. king

You’re a real treat with a super sense of humour.  Yes, didn’t you know that some dogs have humour?  it’s true.

Jack should start a short film festival By, For and About DOGS lasting no more than 2 minutes each.

DogFest anyone?

 Refreshments will include HotDogs

Hmmmmm……

titles to consider:

The Dogfather, Dogs Gone Wild, No Country for Old Dogs, Dog Day Afternoon (oh; it’s taken), Dog Day All Day, Crazy Canines, etc.     Doggonnit we’re good!

Seeking Warmth Photo: d. king

Seeking warmth and wondering wtf happened to Palm Springs & wine country.
Photo: d. king

 

Jewelry re-envisioned…think about it!

 Ooh la la…lucky me!

Photo: d. king

Photo: d. king

A piece of work! These earrings were a gift from a good friend who knows that I like mixing something old with something new and a preference for pieces that can be worn with everything from jeans to a cocktail dress.

This pair is perfect because they go with everything and they don’t bother my overly sensitive ears one bit.  Even my diamond studs which have a tiny amount of nickel in the backings bother my ears.jewelry2

The designers make each piece by hand by incorporating new ideas and they use simple tools with old recyclable materials from scrap metals like aluminum, sterling, brass or copper sourced from their various travels.  Some feature landscapes of the West and the like.

What a coincidence that just last year I bought two pairs at the outdoor VillageFest which takes place every Thursday evening in downtown Palm Springs.

a necklace incorporating polymer clay with a western design

Southwest polymer clay necklace

Their one-of-a-kind creations are found in various galleries and gift shops throughout the U.S. and online at Etsy.  To purchase:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CopperGulchJewelry

Find out more at:  http://coppergulchdesign.com/

 

 

 

Travel: Wining in Santa Ynez Valley

Once upon a time there was a picture-perfect country with unending rolling hills with ranches and horse trails.  There were olive farms, countless vineyards and a lot of nice wine made from their good grapes. This place still exists. It is the essence of the California Central Coast that lies in beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, located in Santa Barbara County (photo below).

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 It’s where I discovered at least three outstanding Pinot Noirs (one of my favorite reds) out of the several excellent ones I sampled.
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Wine Merchant Cafe

Wine Merchant Cafe

Why am I so into Pinot?  I don’t know; it’s like a thing with me.

The erratic, inconsistent counterpart to my favorite white – which is Chardonnay.  They’re so unpredictable and difficult to get just-s0-right (for my liking).

I started to pay more attention to this fickle but food-friendly wine right after watching the movie “Sideways” starring one of my favourite actors Paul Giamatti.

From the wine soaked movie Sideways

From the wine soaked movie Sideways

I think this movie really helped put places like Los Olivos on the map.  If there was only one place to visit while in the area it had to be the Hitching Post in Buellton, Ca.  It was where *Maya (played by Virginia Madsen) worked as a bartender.  And as it so happens I went at the start of Santa Ynez restaurant week (similar to dine out in Vancouver) so I started with a highly recommended grilled artichoke appetizer which was superb followed by a steak dinner and a take-home bottle of HP Kicking Post Pinot Noir ’09.  But it didn’t end here.20160126_105041The next day I visited Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café (also in the movie) and sampled some premium tastes of the Central Coast – all excellent choices.

Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe

Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe

For 20 years, The Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café has been a local favorite and a must stop for anyone wanting to experience Santa Barbara wine country. It stands at the center and heart of Los Olivos. This laid-back friendly town dates back to the 1860’s. There’s casual cafés, gourmet restaurants, lovely little boutiques & festivals throughout the year for art, jazz and olive lovers.  Bring your cowboy boots.

Fess was a former Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett star.

Fess was a former Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett star.

Then it was off to the Fess Parker Winery which I must fess up (pun intended) to say I didn’t expect the wines to be as superior tasting as they really are.

The last stop was nearby Los Alamos and a watering hole at The 1880 Union Hotel, a 14-room landmark that’s hosted many a gunslinger of yesteryear –  a one-exit rural township in northern Santa Barbara County, on the way up to Santa Maria. It’s owned by actor Kurt Russell.  His GoGi label, inspired by his childhood nickname (and pronounced GO-Ghee), launched in 2008, the culmination of the actor’s own decades-long love for fine wine.

Hey, the bartender looks a lot like that guy in "Hateful eight"

Hey, the bartender looks like a cleaner version of that guy in The Hateful Eight

 

1880 Hotel

Los Alamos 1880 Hotel

I’m sure over time this small cowboy town of Los Alamos will open up to become more of a wine mecca.

20160126_135516Although it lacks in plenty of places to eat wouldn’t you know I ended up at the opening of a restaurant named appropriately…”Plenty”.  Best grilled cheese sandwich!

Maya (Sideways): “I like to think about the life of wine . . . How it’s a living thing. I like to think about what was going on the year the grapes were growing; how the sun was shining; if it rained. I like to think about all the people who tended and picked the grapes. And if it’s an old wine, how many of them must be dead by now. I like how wine continues to evolve, like if I opened a bottle of wine today it would taste different than if I’d opened it on any other day, because a bottle of wine is actually alive. And it’s constantly evolving and gaining complexity. That is, until it peaks, like your ’61. And then it begins its steady, inevitable decline . . . And it tastes so fucking good.20160126_105138

Have you been?  

 

Music/Culture: Piano Bar

I can never resist sitting around a piano bar, especially in Palm Springs where they’re an institution. This year marks the 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra.  That’s Life!

Melvyn's - photo: d. king

Melvyn’s – photo: d. king

Sing us a song, you’re the piano man

Sing us a song tonight

Well, we’re all in the mood for a melody
And you’ve got us feelin’ alright – Billy Joel

jumping out of my cake

jumping out of my cake

For my birthday last week there were eight of us at Tropicale and after dinner six of us escaped to the piano lounge to hear a man with a story who has  been playing for over 40 years with renowned people such as Frank Sinatra.  Just a pianist and a bass guitarist playing familiar standard classics mixed with a little jazz which put me in the mood to order a cocktail I may otherwise never bother to order at home (especially since I don’t like the taste of liquor) and don’t even know what’s in most of the drinks. Something like an old fashioned because I like the name but I decided on a ginger martini.

I settled for an Appletini

I settled for an Appletini to go along with the mood at Melvyn’s.  This one’s on Frank. Photo: d. king

The few cozy little tables that were set up around the piano and the music they were playing tempted us to want to linger longer. So there we were…

then on Saturday night I ended up at Melvyn’s piano bar (at the Ingleside Inn) to experience that same old fashioned feeling before leaving town.  The place was packed and when Melvyn (the owner who was in house that evening) found out I was from Vancouver he told me he recently had a private dinner with Jimmy Pattison (a local billionaire businessman) at the Frank Sinatra compound that Pattison stays at when in Palm Springs. I won’t mention some of the other things he said cause he’s been around a long time and he’s met everyone (photos of him with everyone from Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball to Cher take up at least one wall). Paintings of Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Jimmy Dean & Elvis Presley from renowned celebrity pop artist Dan Tarantola are on another wall.

The evening was lots of fun. All ages enjoying campy, familiar, fun, feel-good upbeat tunes. I need to find me a piano bar at home.melvyn3

If I were mayor it would be mandatory in every restaurant

cause I’m an uptown/downtown kinda gal!