Feel-good Friday: Halfway Mark

Well we made it to day 7 of our 14 day mandatory self-quarantine of a New World Disorder.  And everyone is still alive and somewhat sane.

Layla wants to know when we can go for our regular walks again.  Photo: Tamara Gauthier

What a trip this has been, and still is.  We drove from Palm Springs to Vancouver and we arrived one day after a newly enforced Canadian government order that stated all Canadians returning to Canada from anywhere abroad had to do mandatory self-isolation for two weeks.  Before this it was voluntary quarantine. Timing is everything they say.  However we still had to (and still have to until further notice) maintain 2 metres (6 ft.) distance from one another.

When we arrived at the border, which by the way, was empty, our border officer read us the new rules and told us in no uncertain terms that if we were to leave our place of isolation (where we had to head straight for, with no stops whatsoever) we could be fined anywhere from $1,000 to $1,000,000.  Yup; that’s up to 1 million dollars!  Needless to say I’m not gonna let that happen.  If so, is there anyone who can bail me out for a million?  Didn’t think so!

So we had to bid adieu (for now) to simple everyday outings like getting our own groceries and walking our dogs.  Although I do let mine just outside the house several times a day.  A good friend and neighbour is nice enough to walk Layla (who needs more exercise). We’ve been ordering takeout (my new safe word) and having groceries delivered since then.  

Still, it’s strange to be on “house arrest” when we have no symptoms, although I do understand it’s to help keep the possibility we have it from spreading to those who are more vulnerable. We all know by now what we’re supposed to do to help get everything back to normal.  Remember normal?

Here’s what I was not expecting… coming home to find my fridge conked out for the first time due to a power outage and dealing with the stench of throwing everything out including the melted frozen berries that made a mess in the freezer.  Luckily for me I have a backup fridge in the garage.  Who has a back-up fridge?  I do!  But then no food because all was tossed.  And forget about getting a service person.  I tried.  Once they found out I was in California… forget about it.

Then, my phone died.  Aaaarrrggghhh! Can phones contract coronavirus?  Nah.  It may only need a new battery. But how do I order groceries with no phone? And why do I not have a back-up phone? Next best thing – to email someone you know with your essential list.  Then they deliver and after they’ve left, you find out that you forgot to add that one critical item on your list that you needed to make your meal complete. It’s like having a bagel without the cream cheese or bread without butter.  You get the idea. So you make do.

Next up: let’s say you need to print out a document and fax it to someone?  Under normal circumstances if you’re out of printer cartridges you get in your car and drive to Staples, get more and that’s that.  But when you’re under house arrest you can’t go anywhere, let alone drive.  So you have to ask someone (via e-mail because no phone remember?) to print it out for you and put it in your mailbox.  No one wants to be near you…just in case.  No one!

Here’s the good news:  not having to get dressed, more time to make soup and cookies, no excuse to not clean house, cannot think of anything else at the moment.

So here we are.   I’ll let you know how we made out next Friday. Which is Good Friday.  Which will be very good Friday for all in this house.  In the meantime a friend sent me this timely poem:

Suddenly

Suddenly, we slept in one world and woke up in another.

Disney has no more magic and Paris is no longer romantic..

Suddenly, in New York everyone sleeps.

And the Great Wall of China is no longer a fortress.

Suddenly, hugs and kisses become weapons.

Holding hands and walking the parks become outlawed.


Suddenly, not visiting aging parents and grandparents becomes an “act of love”.

Suddenly, our bombs and machine guns, our tanks and artilleries begin to gather dust.

Suddenly, we realized that power is with faith

alone.

And that money has no value when it can’t even buy you toilet paper.


Suddenly, we have been put back in our place by the hands of the universe. 
And we’ve been made aware how vulnerably “human” we truly are, when faced with a microbe so powerfully inhumane. 

Keep the hope alive, be well & stay safe everyone!!

Photo: Tamara Gauthier

Header photo: Tamara Gauthier

Feel-good Friday: Stir Crazy

The only upside of self isolating is all the time you have for self reflection. Which, by the way, can be a positive.

Photo: d. king

 

Having said that, we would prefer it be of our own accord.  Not a forced thing.

But since this is a totally new situation we try to make the best of it.  I don’t know how you’re handling it but I’m spending quality time with my dogs (more than usual), getting back to reading, watching movies on TV (mostly comedies; one million ways to die in the West, etc.) and stirring the pot; for real.  Good opportunity to get back to good ol fashioned cooking. Something else that had fallen by the wayside with my over abundance of socializing.  Also time to work on a little project I’ve been mulling over to do with Palm Springs.  More on this later – no one’s going anywhere for now.

As I’m leaving Palm Springs shortly I’m using up the contents of my fridge and trying to be as creative as can be with the contents.  Note: there’s not much left to the imagination.

So last night I roasted fresh compari tomatoes with garlic, olive oil, spices and chilli peppers. Fresh squeezed lemon over top and grated toscano pepper cheese. Very simple comfort food with spaghetti. Simply delicious.  It doesn’t take many ingredients to make a great meal.

Photo: d. king

I also want to say that I posted a few poems the other day. To those who follow via e-mail I believe I made a mistake in publishing one of the poems.  At first I thought it was timely, but when I re-read it, I realized it was more depressing than uplifting so I decided to delete the post from my website. Also; we don’t know who the author is, so best to leave it alone.

These are strange times for sure.  Something like covid-19 virus has never happened in our lifetime.  Let’s hope things get back to normal soon.   However, maybe this will make us wake up to what is most important in life in general.  Simple but important things like Health, Family, Friends. 

And one more positive – it’s officially SPRING!  I’ll meet you back here very soon.

Beauty in a box: Rachel Zoe’s Spring box of Style

The Spring box of Style never felt so good as at a time like this.  A little pick-me-up.

  Here’s what’s inside:

ERNO LASZLO Hydraphel Skin Supplement

This is considered one of those holy grail skincare items.  Erno Laszlo was one of the first luxury skincare products. He had many famous clients.  Everyone from Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo and Ava Gardner to Cary Grant, Marlene Dietrich and Jackie Kennedy.  That’s not a bad lineup.

This one is an easy-to-use toner that offers high-impact results to your regular skincare routine. It gently clears away flakes and aging skin cells while it sweeps on calming, skin-renewing nutrients.  So far I love it.  It reduces redness too while supporting natural renewal and repair.  Retails at $60.00

R + CO. Waterfall Moisture + Shine Lotion

I’m starting to pay more attention to hair health (more on this in a separate post). For now I use this vegan + cruelty free lightweight hydrating cream on damp hair for a smooth finish.  It leaves hair soft, glossy and manageable.   Retails at $29.00

SHIRALEAH Arden Tote

I must admit when I first found out there was yet another camel bag in the Spring mix I was not so excited, as I already own several.  However, this one is different.  It’s a sueded 2-tone vegan leather shoulder bag with an interior pocket that’s appealingly structured, and comes in quite handy as a lightweight shopping bag.  Very nice.  Retails at $74.00

BAYOU WITH LOVE Oval Chain Bracelet

I own many gold, silver and beaded bracelets that I love but there’s something about a chain-link bracelet that adds instant glamour to everything.  This elegantly crafted chain-link by Rachel’s friend Nikki Reed you can wear with everything from jeans and a t-shirt to an evening gown. Wear alone or with other bracelets.  It’s 6″ with a 2″ extender sustainably made with gold plated recycled brass.  Retails at $195.00

DIFF EYEWEAR Bella Sunglasses

These tortoise and black sunglasses are both striking and timeless and supposed to look great on everyone….except me.  We got a choice between the two and I chose tortoise. Yet again; my sister gets another pair of my sunglasses that don’t suit me….but they all happen to look great on her.

Retails at $85.00

Box of Style

Get exclusive seasonal styles delivered right to your door…four times a year! And don’t worry, you can change or cancel your membership at any time with no questions asked.  How great is that?
All images: taken from Box of Style Website

 

 

 

 

Vitamins to help boost your Immune System

In light of all this pandemic panic we can use a little humour:

sometimes we dogs have to laugh

However on a more serious note:

I, like countless others am staying put right now.  Of course I’m still walking my dogs outdoors and I have gone to yoga (with my own mat) but for the most part avoiding social  interactions as much as humanly possible.  Taking the COVID-19 situation more seriously now especially since I’m still in California, planning to make my way back to Vancouver very soon. So many events are cancelled.  It takes something really major to cancel popular sporting events, parties and music festivals.  Many businesses have already begun to suffer.  Hope we get back to some normalcy soon.  Only time will tell, for better or for worse. 

Until then, trying to stay healthy with a morning tea concoction of fresh squeezed organic lemon, ginger, turmeric, cayenne, apple cider vinegar + organic raw honey.  It’s delicious. Followed by a cup of coffee with added cinnamon to the grounds. This incorporates some of the super spices. Mid morning I usually make a smoothie using frozen organic blueberries or açaí, half a banana, fresh (or frozen) ginger, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, topped with organic unsweetened almond or coconut milk, 3 Tbsp. of organic whey protein (grass fed bought at market) + a little turmeric powder. It’s the best! Taking lots of vitamins too and trying to get plenty of restEmphasis on trying. 

My lineup includes Super Omega-3, Ester-C, Advanced Turmeric (because I broke 2 fingers), Mega B complex, Vitamin D3, L-Lysine, Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes, Probiotic (has Prebiotics from Inulin), Extend-Release Magnesium. Layla + Jia Jia are stress releasers (sometimes not so).  Not shown: *Leaf Source + **Samuraw Organic complete but only because I’m out.

Other recommended supplements to help boost your immune system: QuercetinN-A-C (N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine) to treat respiratory issues such as bronchitis – an amino precursor to glutathione, and 2 grams of Vitamin C per day.  

What’s the difference between an Epidemic and a Pandemic

An epidemic is defined as “an outbreak of disease that spreads quickly and affects many individuals at the same time.” A pandemic is a type of epidemic (one with greater range and coverage), an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population. While a pandemic may be characterized as a type of epidemic, you would not say that an epidemic is a type of pandemic.

Epidemic is a term that is often broadly used to describe any problem that has grown out of control such as an event in which a disease is actively spreading. In contrast, the term pandemic relates to geographic spread and is used to describe a disease that affects a whole country or the entire world.

Even so, it doesn’t do much good to panic….unless of course, you test positive for the virus. And even then, your survival rate depending on factors of age and overall health are not dire.

Wishing you a weekend of wellness.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed (and washed) that this terrible virus will go away in short order. 

I recommend the two products below available online and in select health stores.  Full disclosure: both are formulated by my brother Brad King.  Aside from him being my brother, you should know that I believe these are excellent quality products and would take them regardless.

*Leaf Source: The world’s cleanest + most powerful humic – fulvic acid complex.  Find out more at:  https://leafsource.com/

**SAMURAW NUTRITION: the very first truly natural 100% whole food derived multi-vitamin/mineral/probiotic.  Available at:  https://www.samuraw.com/

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

 

 

ASIA SF – beyond the Red Door

Lies a truly entertaining experience not to be missed!

Tracy Turco – designer/artist/hostess extraordinaire

Super cool dude Justin Lamb

After witnessing the incredible new super charged dinner nightclub ASIA SF in Palm Springs with friends the other night, I was certain that *SF stood for super fantastic. It was in fact a super fantastic evening sitting at a table of movers & shakers and influencers, starting out with signature cocktails named after our transgender servers.  Servers who doubled as performers. Each of them come out one by one to lip sync and dance to electric music and they give a vibrant impressive performance.  We had a great table too. however there’s really no bad seat in the house as each lovely lady bump and grind their way around, so you cannot miss

Three of our terrific transgender entertainers.

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Our Table.  Best seat in the house.  Sitting at our table at the very end are Dennis Costa and Tom Beatty of Bouschet and PS Air Lounge.

With Tracy, Tammy & Candy.

Oh; I almost forgot to mention the decadent 5-course Cal Asian inspired cuisine which is part of the package.  Sooo good!

Tasting Menu for Foodies – we had everything on it and it was all superb.

Just Justin with one of the ladies

Tracy & Candy

This is going to become my new favorite hangout.  Aside from the dinner show Wednesday through Sunday starting at 6:00 pm, there’s a cocktail show with bar bites on Friday & Saturday at 8:30 pm which includes admission to The Forbidden City dance club immediately following the show.  I checked out the sexy space.  Trust me; you will feel like dancing!  There’s also an outdoor fountain patio.  I’m so happy I never got rid of my glitter disco pants.

With Tammy (l) and Candy (in middle).  My Tiara was a gift from my dear friend Colleen.

And let’s not forget

There’s the elegant Lotus Lounge open Wednesday through Sunday where is served Happy Hour 3:00-5:00 pm with bar menu available.  It’s a really cozy area with style and a fireplace. Open 3pm – until closing (they didn’t specify the closing time but I’m sure it does indeed close at some point).

*By the way, SF stands for San Francisco as up until now that was the only ASIA transgender dinner nightclub show location. They’ve been doing it for almost 22 years and it’s considered an entertainment landmark.  We’re very fortunate to have them here in Palm Springs.

I think Tracy’s shoes deserve some credit of their own.  One of the fabulous transgender performers (r).

Welcome to Palm Springs!

In closing, this is all to say…..just GO! 

Header Photo: Candy, Tracy, Debbie, Justin, Performer, Claudia (PSPOV), Tammy (Ask a Woman).

www.asiasf.com

760-249-2766

 

Monday Mood: March

Let the magic of March begin

It’s in the air! There’s something about the approaching of Spring that makes us want to make a fresh start.  Flowers are beginning to bloom, weather will be warmer, our wardrobe will become lighter and brighter, and we have the urge to clean house. To lighten our load.

Everyone needs a little inspiration now and then! Whether its just to get through the day or to change your outlook in life, make a big decision or start something new.

If you want something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done. – Thomas Jefferson

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. –  Mark Twain

I’m not sure who said this one but it’s so true: Learn to appreciate what you have before time makes you appreciate what you had.

Have a most amazing month!

 

Feel-good Friday: a little Bergman

Here’s a healthy dose of subtle darkness.  The person watering my plants might not find it humorous, but I do. 

I just hope to God they’re alive when I get back. No pressure!

Adapted from The Seventh Seal (1957) Directed by Ingmar Bergman.

This Film Noir is about a man seeking answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. The photo is from a movie still, and the text is not the original (as if).  The original title was Det sjunde inseglet.

On a lighter note…I had the pleasure of finally meeting country recording artist Jenni Doyle.  We have mutual friends who’ve been trying to get us together forever and finally Wednesday night we did manage to meet up.  She has a wonderful voice and I have her CD “Grateful Heart.” Among her many accomplishments she’s sang “Oh Canada” in front of thousands of people at Rogers Arena and a Shania Twain tribute. But that don’t impress me much!

I look forward to our next visit.  I intend to do a separate blog on only her very soon.

With Jenni Doyle at Palm Canyon Roadhouse in Palm Springs.  Then on to Sammy G’s from there for a delicious dinner.  Moez, her lovely and handsome husband, accompanied us.

Have a wonderful weekend y’all

PS Air – I love you!

One of my new favorite places:

Bouschet: best described as a specialty marketplace in Palm Springs offering a large selection of fine wines, liquor, craft beer, gourmet specialty foods, exquisite giftware, and an amazing bistro menu, weekly wine tastings, and special events.  Yeah, that’s it.  I’ve been for wine tastings and the other day right after A Curated Collection I had lunch there with friends.  It was pretty darn good.

Al demonstrates to Candy how to use the Napa wine station card which is really cool. You load on the amount of your choice. Then use as a credit card to taste samples, half or full glasses of great wine. Love!

I was also lucky enough to get a sneak peek of a soon to be opened super cool lounge – called PS Air.  My friend Candy introduced me to the owners who obliged us by opening a special bottle of wine reserved for a wine tasting that evening.  It was outstanding.  They were celebrating Black History Month by offering tastings of bottles by black winery owners. This particular wine was owned by the first black winery owners. Siblings Deneen, David & Coral Brown of Napa Valley. The bottle we tried was called Chaos Theory – a wine the Obama’s brought to the White house as one of their favorites.  “Chaos” ha, ha.  Nevermind!

Alison Martino, Candy Shannon Glickman & Kiki Tormo sitting in First Class.  Photo: Candy Shannon Glickman.

Talking with Tom Beatty, one of the co-owners of PS Air – a lounge at the back of the store that is sure to become a Palm Springs Favorite. Opening late March.
About the Dynamic Duo:
Dennis Costa and Tom Beatty have been a successful duo for 22 years. Personally and professionally they have experienced some of the great pleasures that life can bring.

Kiki Tormo – from Candy’s photos.

Dennis comes from an Agricultural and Viticulture background. After a successful dairy business his family planted grapes and grew predominately for Sutter Home. Dennis also worked in his earlier years for Mondavi Wines of Woodbridge, which at that time had only one bottling line. After personally tending to the grapes from planting, growing, and harvesting almost 200 acres, they decided to sell the farm to Sebastiani Vineyards in 1999. 

Tom, a native of Chicago, has worked an illustrious career as an International Flight Attendant for 33yrs. He has traveled to every continent except Antartica – which he claims would just be too cold for him. He has explored the world and enjoyed many different cultures, people, food, and of course wine. Together Dennis and Tom have traveled extensively and have been fortunate to savor some of the finest wines in the world.

Together with their love of wine they created Rainbow Ridge Wines which was featured in Wine Enthusiast Magazine and also Wine & Spirits Magazine. Their first varietal was an obscure grape by the name Alicante Bouschet. This wine received many awards and also ratings of 91 and 90 respectively. You may notice the name BOUSCHET reminiscence of their first endeavor. This wine was magical! 

I’m ready for take off.  Photo: Candy Shannon Glickman.

COME FLY WITH ME!

BOUSCHET – 611 S PALM CANYON DR (same shopping center as Revivals) (map)

simple + super tasting salad

  When was the last time I posted a recipe here?  It’s been a while considering I’m a person who likes to cook.

Spring greens with mixed tuna, fresh peas, green onion + jalapeño.     Photo: d. king

But I’ve been going out a lot and when I’m not, I eat fairly simply at home. Nothing extravagant.  Sometimes I just like to use stuff up in my fridge and see what I can make out of whatever is there.  They say if you can make something out of nothing you’re a good cook.  But this is not even cooking.  Lately I’ve been making this salad here which is only unusual in the sense that I’ve never added two of the ingredients before.  Jalapeños and peas! Whaaat?

Plus, I’ve never loved peas in general.  At least the ones that come canned or frozen.  I’ve been buying the shelled English peas at Trader Joe’s when available.  They’re absolutely delicious. I put them in raw for added crunch.  I also buy the jar of hot/sweet jalapeños. The combination of sweet/tart/hot/savory is a deliciously perfect balance with good fats and fibre thrown into the mix.

Ingredients:

1 can Albacore tuna (you can also use wild salmon or free-range hard boiled eggs).

Mix a can of water-packed albacore tuna with a little mayonnaise (or veggenaise), chopped green onions + black pepper as you would if you were making a sandwich.

Handful of Fresh English Peas (if you can find them.  Otherwise edamame might work).

Organic Spring Mix Lettuces

jalapeños (mix of hot + sweet from a jar OR; finely chopped fresh, to taste).

For dressing drizzle organic extra virgin olive oil (the best you can afford), fresh squeezed lemon and a bit of soy sauce (or Mirin).  s+p to taste (but you won’t need it) That’s it!

Some accidents are meant to be.

 

 

McCormick’s Car Auction

Here goes.…some cool classic, exotic and/or vintage cars (and people) seen over the weekend.

Seeing everything in Red+White. Photos: d. king

With Ramona

With friends Gary & Ramona. Gary buys, re-stores (if need be) and re-sells classic cars.

And the odd bike

Ramona stands by whatever this is. We’ll call it the mean, green road machine. You can say it captured our attention.

Rest of the Weekend:

At a Curated Collection

Candy & Tracy (from Candy’s photos)

There was some fantastic ART for sale Saturday at the official opening of the ART Hotel. These two pieces were my favorite. Cacti is by Zach Fleming & the Abstract is by Gerald Patrick. It was a fun afternoon with live music, wine, art, some collectors + a few new friends.

This is hotelier friend Tracy Turco wearing a vintage dress with Marilyn Monroe all over it and a great pair of heels (deserving of a closeup). The hotel itself is very funky. Tracy outfitted every room in her personal colorful manner – all differently. She put guitars in every room. Some come with turn tables + records. Now OPEN for business. Tiki hotel is in the works.

Then:

MODernism Yard SaleNot to be outdone by:

Talking with Tom Beatty, one of the co-owners of a new first class lounge that is sure to become a Palm Springs Favorite. More on this later.

Kevin from @psoystersociety was at “Dead or Alive” last night serving up delicious lobster rolls & fresh oysters.  He’s originally from
Massachusetts. His delicious rolls sell out fast. Wine list is curated by Christine, the owner/sommelier of this great little wine bar. They have a live jazz trio every Friday 8-11 pm.  Another hidden gem.