Take a Walk!

tRecently I was interviewed on the subject of “practical spirituality.”  In the video below, I picked a subject I felt each of us could connect with and apply immediately.

Spirituality is, much like God, money and sex, a loaded word. What does it mean to you? I’m a fan of short and profound explanations, so here is mine:
Being spiritual, or having a spiritual practice is something that happens more often than we think.  I don’t believe it is an isolated moment in a church, yoga class or meditation experience.  For me, “being spiritual” is simply each moment that you find yourself in joy, well-being and alignment.  Spirituality can also be as simple as a moment when you find yourself in flow.  All the better if you have awareness of it and really milk these moments.  In the absence of resistance, wellness prevails.  Well-being, excitement, knowing, playfulness, flow, eagerness, creativity, zest, passion for life, birthing a new desire, sharing smiles, coming into alignment with your desires and seeing manifestations unfold… these are all moments of spirituality and connection.  There are myriad ways you can connect to “Source” or to your own spirituality: through communing with nature, through moving or sitting quietly with yourself, with animals, with children, with your body and even through body awareness.  One of my favorite ways is by practicing deep listening and giving the gift of presence.  Listening to myself, to my body, to others and most importantly to my internal guidance system: my instincts and intuition which have never steered me wrong.

One of the quickest ways for me to get present, listen deeply and connect with my higher self is revealed in the video below.  I hope you enjoy the results and feel them immediately.

Here’s the article: Spirituality through Body Awareness

 

How to Quickly Choose a Great Restaurant

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When trying new restaurants or visiting new cities there are a few tricks I keep up my sleeve to help me determine if I’ll dine someplace new or not.  Being a total foodie, self made chef, and having grown up with a gourmet chef and bake that is my mother, I know great food.  I also know there is nothing worse than looking forward to a great meal and having it disappoint. I have found that these quick tips are pretty spot on for figuring it all out, if you’re looking for an upscale fine dining experience. If you’re going for something like Umami burger, ethnic, or a BBQ joint, these rules do not apply and in most cases they’re the opposite.  After many years of good choices and a few wrong ones, I have created the following do-not-dine-here list.

To begin with, if you are unsure about a place, read the menu thoroughly. Is it run of the mill or have they done something to stand out from the heard?  Look at what people are eating, look at the presentation of the plates, and how the food is arranged. If you can, walk the restaurant once you’re seated and don’t be afraid to walk out, even if they have already brought you water or bread.  Another tip is to look, if you can, at the vibe and energy of the people eating there. If there’s a heavy energy, or the people eating there mostly look unhealthy, it may also not be the place for you.

I find that a great restaurant can sometimes be chosen by the absence of certain things.  Usually, if any one of the following are true, I would recommend not eating there. You can share your thoughts and experiences and if you agree in the comments below.

1. Red and white checkered picnic style table clothes with felt backing – or any colored checkered table cloth
2. A neon open / closed sign. (Ethnic restaurants like Thai and Indian excluded)
3. Plastic laminated menus. Steer clear. It’s very odd, but you’ll want to feel the paper for it to be good
3a. Definitely do not eat in restaurants which are laminated AND have a colored plastic border around the edges or fake gold metal corners
4. Bad or old house bread. If you love the bread you’ll usually love the restaurant
5. Plates you see loaded with melted cheese, or an excess of anything
6. Plates that are not well assembled
7. Paper napkins, rather than cloth (this can go both ways)
8. Menus with poor descriptions: i.e. Grilled chicken and potatoes rather than Black truffle infused herb scented chicken with fingerling potatoes.
9. Menus with pricing that end in .95 or .99 or do not carry a solid number
10. Bright fluorescent lighting and or poor decor
11. Parsley or Kale Garnish
12. A buffet (unless Indian) or hotplate section
13. Fake plants oddly placed throughout the restaurant
14. An odd smell
15. Salads with iceberg lettuce (unless it’s a gourmet ‘wedge’ with blue cheese)
16. Food items where things like tomatoes come in large chunks or wedges rather than finely chopped
17. You see a microwave
18. The place appears to be touristy – even on the Sunset Strip
19. Water is served in those traditional glasses that have a wide mouth and narrow ribbed base
20. Condiments are on the table (typically great BBQ Places excluded)
21. Really nasty bathrooms or smelly unkempt bathrooms

That should get you started. Usually, if these things are absent, you should have a great dining experience.  Of course the rest depends on your mood, what you select and your service but this is a great secret and a great start.
To find great places, I use Yelp on my iPhone and it’s of course a tremendous resource for finding great spots in a pinch, I search my local area, filter with  $$$ pricing, select “open now” and I’m in.  Many times the pictures speak for themselves and you can get directions and reviews right from the app.

Now, for a few great restaurant finds, check out my Restaurant Reviews section of my blog on Tari.Tv or my reviews on Yelp!

Peaches

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Peaches are one of my all-time favorite stone fruits of the Summer. There is nothing quite like the juicy nectar of a golden, organic fuzzy peach, a white peach, or even a lunar one which is shaped like a UFO. Aside from eating them by themselves which in itself is a delicacy, peaches add an invaluable flavor to many things including, surprise surprise, salads! So, as a little twist, try slicing them in thin lunar bites, and then sauté them in a tiny bit of butter and a tiny bit of cane sugar for about two minutes. I will then toss the peaches in my salad with, say, a little bit of champagne dressing and without fail it comes out supremely well. So the next time your in the mood for a delicious organic salad, try to sauté one of your favorite sliced fruits quickly and then added to your creation so you gets out of a warm and cool sensation as well as sweet with salty and bitter.

You can try this with several fruits: apples, peaches, pears, nectarines, apricots, blackberries, strawberries… And of course you could even incorporate them raw. Then for an added burst of deliciousness, pair it with the perfect shaved cheese. A firm manchego, a feta, ricotta salata, or even sharp organic cheddar with take your plate to the next level. I’m particularly fond of organic white cheddar with sage and peaches. Bon Appetite!

Barefoot Done Right

It’s great to run around barefoot and with no socks. The secret to feeling like you’re barefoot are Vibrams Five Finger shoes- the amazing toe shoes that will change your life. I personally own 6 pairs for the record.

The secret however to not wearing socks and not having stinky feet however is baby powder.

Simply dust your soles with a healthy amount of the powder of of your choice and shake it down so it extends all the way down to the toes and voila! Fresh feeling and smelling shoes, toes and feet that will last all day.

I also keep tiny canisters of powder with me in my travel case and in the car for just such occasions.

You’ll love how simple this trick is and how fresh it will make you feel.

What Kind of Underwear Are You Wearing?

It’s a fantastic question. It’s everything to a woman but as men the choices can often seem dismal. What do we have? Hanes, Jockey, Fruit of the Loom… H&M?  No sir. I’d like to introduce every man to the one and only type of underwear he will ever need.  It’s made by Calvin Klein but the secret is in the sauce. Modal is a natural fiber made of tree cellulose and has been used to make clothes for some time now. To me it feels twice as soft as cotton and gives 100% breathability where it counts. Luckily, when you buy your Calvin’s you’re in for another treat. Choice of color outside of black and white!  Yes, modal boxers come in holiday colors and seasonal colors, so while every day your high comfort level will be consistent, you can still explore your full personality with color and style.

On top of all this Calvin Klein Modal undergarments come in two sizes. briefs and boxers. I personally think either look fantastic. They fit perfectly and don’t ride up high, they look ridiculously sexy and like you actually have taste and they show off just the right amount of your V to get women talking. There I said it. And now you guys know one of my secrets.

You can find Calvin Klein underwear here via amazon (affiliate link).

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