Sunday, September 18, 2016

TRIO Delights with Midwest Meets California Cookery



TRIO Delights with Midwest Meets California Cookery  





“Located in an historic mid-century building in Palm Springs sophisticated Uptown Design District, TRIO is lively and up beat all year round.  Locals (Trio’s regulars) love its varied menu combining traditional Midwest comfort food with a California contemporary edge like Yankee Pot Roast, Calamari with Thai Dipping Sauce, Braised Lamb Shank, and Roasted Baby Beet Salad.”

Palm Springs is a locale with great culture and community.  Executive chef and owner Mark Van Laanen began as a restauranteur in Wisconsin.  Tony Marchese, general Manager and owner, heralds from Chicago, Illinois where he was in business sales marketing.  In 2009, the two opened Trio in Palm Springs, California.  

The city’s restaurant scene builds upon the Golden Age of celebrities, furturism, and crisp modern taste.  Bob Hope, Elvis and Pricilla PresleyRonald Reagan and more called the desert their home.  TRIO is rooted in that history of the desert and is focused on fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients.  




My Recommendations

1.  The restaurant is located at 707 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California.  This is a walkable distance in most months of the year from nearby resorts, bars, and shops.  In times of extreme high or low temperature, or from further distances, use a taxi or car service.  

2.  Peak times occur during week days and nights, especially weekend nights and during special events in the city.  Make reservations to ensure a table. 

3.  The menu at TRIO has many tempting choices, such dishes made with couscous, caramelized onions, miso mango reduction, sweet chili soy sauce, and seasonal vegetables.  The following were my favorites from the three-course prix fixe menu and bar.

St. Louis Style Spare Ribs:  Chipotle Rub, House-made Barbeque Sauce, French Fries, Coleslaw.  *Substitute the fries for green beans.  

Australian Sole:  Oven Roasted, Parsley, Capers, Lemon Zest, Bread Crumbs, Brown Butter, Israeli Couscous.  

TRIO Bread Pudding

Hemingway:  Bacardi Rum, Luxardo Maraschino, Lime and Grapefruit Juice.

Green Walnut Boulevardier:  Knob Creek Rye, Walnut Liqueur, Orange Bitters, Campari, Sweet Vermouth, Orange Peel.






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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fitness and Living Jigsaw: Number 9 by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven



Fitness and Living Jigsaw:  Number 9




What signs of better strength, wellness, and living have you seen since Fitness and Living Jigsaw: Number 8?

Remind yourself again:  You deserve to live well and be well.  Making fitness and good nutrition a routine, a habit, and expression of how you respect yourself is essential to developing a desire to get moving and stay moving.  

It is imperative to understand the power of health and wellness.  One of the most critical factors in the process of physical, mental, and emotional wellness is you.  Your creativity, choices, workout equipment, awareness of your own abilities, evaluation of health goals, and execution of good habits is essential.  Execution and implementation can be a challenge, although without implementing the proper healthy habits all the reading of exercise articles will not make you physically stronger.  Rather than a specific plan, this article supplies guidelines, inspiration, and ideas to spark your interest.

Often I am asked about my routine for healthy living and how I maintain good fitness, especially when I am regularly baking, cooking, and always on the hunt for excellent restaurants.  No big secrets here.  I eat well, get a good amount of sleep, rest, and give my body and mind a good workout.  If anyone knows a thing or two about fitness and nutrition, it’s me.  And if I can do it, you can too.  A background of teaching health and physical education, as well as a lifelong interest in nutrition, has been essential to maintain an excellent level of fitness, energy, and strength for me.  

Models, actors, athletes.  The images we see in ads, movies, and media can influence our goals and perceptions.  Keep in mind the people in those professions spend a lot of time and have a lot of time to look their best.  Or computer graphics best.  Rather than focusing on images in media, focus on health and wellness for the mind, body, and soul.  We all approach fitness at various levels, perspectives, and habits based upon previous experiences and family environment.  Take a moment to reflect upon good values, the ideas you hold close, that will be the center of what gets you physically fit.  Structure your day, fight for the time to eat well and get physically fit.  Work toward betterment, not perfection.  Be prepared to respond in life.  That means being ready to plan out options and alternatives to preserve your health and wellness.  We all know life is a continual journey, full of difficulties and blessings.  Put on some good music, turn up the volume, and get liberated from those unhealthy habits.  

Working out is not enough for our bodies.  Diet, what you eat, what you buy at the store and bring home to your kitchen, is highly significant to strong abs and obliques.  Purchase and prepare foods that satiate your appetite.  Eat seasonally and enjoy the monthly flavors.  Your fitness routine also needs variety.  Mix up your activities.  Sleep is also key.  The body, mind, and soul need rest and revitalizing.  Sometimes preparing yourself is the key.  Remind yourself in verbal or written form to workout the next day or after work.  Repeat that reminder each night before you go to bed.  This mantra may be the key to applying the health and wellness information you know to do. 

Eat.  Enjoy.  Satiate.  Satisfy.  Get nutrients.  Deal with emotions.  Make something beautiful to make your belly happy.  Breathe.  Those daily habits make a difference.  In my book, candy, cakes, cookies, and desserts are not the devil.  Too many sweets and too often is not good.  Not to worry though.  Take a breath.  If you get off the path of healthy living, I’m confident you can do better next time.  As David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD stated, “Overeating doesn't make us fat.  The process of becoming fat makes us overeat.  In other words, hunger and overeating are the consequences of an underlying problem.  Follow a simple lifestyle prescription focused on enjoyable physical activities, sleep, and stress relief to improve metabolism and support permanent behavior change.”

Jigsaw Number 9:  Triceps and Balance

Lifting Dumbbells 




Tree Pose




As part of improving flexibility, agility, and coordination change up your routine with lifting dumbbells or the Tree Pose.  Begin with either activity and then work up to doing more of that exercise.  You may find doing variations on your movements or speed and distances make working out more interesting for you and you may see better results.  

Lifting dumbbells are key to your fitness program.  The triceps are the three-part muscles in the upper arm, between the shoulder and the elbow.  Weight training with the the arms in combination with aerobics can increase your strength, muscle tone, power, and lead to weight loss.  If beginning weight training seek out an excellent trainer that can teach you proper and effective technique.  Stretching and warming up the muscles is essential before lifting and working out with weights in general.  After a proper stretch and warm up choose the proper weights and perform 12 to 15 repetitions of lifts with dumbbells to strengthen the arms.

The Tree Pose is another significant option to develop balance, concentration, strength, and flexibility.  This activity works the spine, legs, ankles, feet, thighs, and hips.  Proper technique and exercise surface is important to gain the most out of the activity and prevent injury.  Find a floor that is flat and not slippery.  First, stand in Mountain Pose until your body is balanced.  Place your arms at your side, feet together, and weight evenly distributed.  Ground feet to the floor, evenly pressed.  Slightly press your shoulder blades back.  Then, move into standing on one leg.  Draw up your right foot to right above your inner left thigh.  Make any adjustments to ensure your hips and pelvis are centered.    Place your hands in prayer position once you are balanced.  Hold the pose.  Repeat the steps by drawing up your left foot to right above your inner right thigh.

Join with your family and friends today.  Find a locale to work out that gets you inspired.  Then return here and share your progress, tips, and what you learned.  Please remember all information is of a general nature and is furnished only for education.  See a doctor or medical professional for your own personal fitness advice.









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Note: All information is of a general nature and is furnished only for education.  See a doctor or medical professional for your own personal fitness advice.  Use of this information is at your own risk in regard to any losses, liabilities, injuries or damages resulting from any and all claims.

Credits:  drweil.com/drw/u/ART03528/Always-Hungry-David-Ludwig.html, Image courtesy of [lkunl] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net, Image courtesy of [stockimages] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net, Image courtesy of [photostock] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net, Credits:  drweil.com/drw/u/ART03528/Always-Hungry-David-Ludwig.html, Image courtesy of [lkunl] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net, Image courtesy of [stockimages] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net, Image courtesy of [nenetus] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net,   Image courtesy of [JanPietruszka] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net, KiropraktorCentrum, https://sites.google.com/site/compendiumofphysicalactivities/Activity-Categories/sports, http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-expert-discusses-safe-swimming-practices-to-reduce-water-related-illnesses/, Image courtesy of stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net, Image courtesy of stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven: Key Essentials



Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven:  Key Essentials





Jesse Bluma at Point Viven liberates taste in cookery, culture, and community, provides gourmet goods made with organic ingredients, inspired by the culinary worlds of California, Central, and South America, and engages in a community of customers and readers with lifestyle content, reviews, and expertise.

How do you liberate food and taste in your everyday?  Location…follow…Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven offers gourmet morsels made with high standards.  Quality, respect for local, fresh, and organic ingredients is the recipe for success.  Artisanal goods are lightly sweetened, using natural ingredients and thoughtfully created.

Key Essentials:









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Friday, August 19, 2016

Fitness and Living Jigsaw: Number 8 by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven



Fitness and Living Jigsaw:  Number 8




What signs of better strength, wellness, and living have you seen since Fitness and Living Jigsaw: Number 7?

Remind yourself again:  You deserve to live well and be well.  Making fitness and good nutrition a routine, a habit, and expression of how you respect yourself is essential to developing a desire to get moving and stay moving.  

It is imperative to understand the power of health and wellness.  One of the most critical factors in the process of physical, mental, and emotional wellness is you.  Your creativity, choices, workout equipment, awareness of your own abilities, evaluation of health goals, and execution of good habits is essential.  Execution and implementation can be a challenge, although without implementing the proper healthy habits all the reading of exercise articles will not make you physically stronger.  Rather than a specific plan, this article supplies guidelines, inspiration, and ideas to spark your interest.

Often I am asked about my routine for healthy living and how I maintain good fitness, especially when I am regularly baking, cooking, and always on the hunt for excellent restaurants.  No big secrets here.  I eat well, get a good amount of sleep, rest, and give my body and mind a good workout.  If anyone knows a thing or two about fitness and nutrition, it’s me.  And if I can do it, you can too.  A background of teaching health and physical education, as well as a lifelong interest in nutrition, has been essential to maintain an excellent level of fitness, energy, and strength for me.  

Models, actors, athletes.  The images we see in ads, movies, and media can influence our goals and perceptions.  Keep in mind the people in those professions spend a lot of time and have a lot of time to look their best.  Or computer graphics best.  Rather than focusing on images in media, focus on health and wellness for the mind, body, and soul.  We all approach fitness at various levels, perspectives, and habits based upon previous experiences and family environment.  Take a moment to reflect upon good values, the ideas you hold close, that will be the center of what gets you physically fit.  Structure your day, fight for the time to eat well and get physically fit.  Work toward betterment, not perfection.  Be prepared to respond in life.  That means being ready to plan out options and alternatives to preserve your health and wellness.  We all know life is a continual journey, full of difficulties and blessings.  Put on some good music, turn up the volume, and get liberated from those unhealthy habits.  

Working out is not enough for our bodies.  Diet, what you eat, what you buy at the store and bring home to your kitchen, is highly significant to strong abs and obliques.  Purchase and prepare foods that satiate your appetite.  Eat seasonally and enjoy the monthly flavors.  Your fitness routine also needs variety.  Mix up your activities.  Sleep is also key.  The body, mind, and soul need rest and revitalizing.  Sometimes preparing yourself is the key.  Remind yourself in verbal or written form to workout the next day or after work.  Repeat that reminder each night before you go to bed.  This mantra may be the key to applying the health and wellness information you know to do. 

Eat.  Enjoy.  Satiate.  Satisfy.  Get nutrients.  Deal with emotions.  Make something beautiful to make your belly happy.  Breathe.  Those daily habits make a difference.  In my book, candy, cakes, cookies, and desserts are not the devil.  Too many sweets and too often is not good.  Not to worry though.  Take a breath.  If you get off the path of healthy living, I’m confident you can do better next time.  As David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD stated, “Overeating doesn't make us fat.  The process of becoming fat makes us overeat.  In other words, hunger and overeating are the consequences of an underlying problem.  Follow a simple lifestyle prescription focused on enjoyable physical activities, sleep, and stress relief to improve metabolism and support permanent behavior change.”

Jigsaw Number 8:  Full Body Options

Swimming




Mountain Climbers




As part of improving flexibility, agility, and coordination change up your routine with swimming or mountain climbers.  Begin with either activity and then work up to doing more of that exercise.  You may find doing variations on your movements or speed and distances make working out more interesting for you and you may see better results.  

Marco! Polo!  Shark!  The Color Game.  These aquatic games involve skill, strategizing, and give the body a lighthearted workout.  Full body exercise is key to your fitness program.  Swimming improves muscular strength, depending on the different strokes you do, including the back muscles and hamstrings.  Beginners must take swim lessons.  Swimming can improve cardio and power, working the heart, legs, arms, core, and hips.  Various strokes include the breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle.  Swimming is also a fun way to cool off in summer months and climates.  Using a private pool is advantageous, as the Mayo Clinic advises to “be aware of the water illnesses associated with (public) pools due to the germs that can linger”.

Mountain climbers are another significant option to get your heart pumping and lungs working hard.  This activity works the upper body, arms, core, and hamstrings.  Proper technique and exercise surface is important to gain the most out of the activity and prevent injury.  Find a floor that is flat, not slippery, and probably without any neighbors below.  First, assume a push-up position with your hands spread wider than your shoulders, and back parallel to the floor.  Next, bring your right knee to your chest.  Then, switch to your left knee.  Repeat and continue the repetitions.  Remember to maintain the push-up position with your back flat and parallel to the floor.   

Join with your family and friends today.  Find a locale to work out that gets you inspired.  Then return here and share your progress, tips, and what you learned.  Please remember all information is of a general nature and is furnished only for education.  See a doctor or medical professional for your own personal fitness advice.










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Credits:  drweil.com/drw/u/ART03528/Always-Hungry-David-Ludwig.html, Image courtesy of [lkunl] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net, Image courtesy of [stockimages] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net, Image courtesy of [photostock] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net, Credits:  drweil.com/drw/u/ART03528/Always-Hungry-David-Ludwig.html, Image courtesy of [lkunl] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net, Image courtesy of [stockimages] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net, Image courtesy of [nenetus] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net,   Image courtesy of [JanPietruszka] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net, KiropraktorCentrum, https://sites.google.com/site/compendiumofphysicalactivities/Activity-Categories/sports, http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-expert-discusses-safe-swimming-practices-to-reduce-water-related-illnesses/, Image courtesy of arztsamui at FreeDigitalPhotos.net, Image courtesy of stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Mastering the Art of Staying Cool by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven



Mastering the Art of Staying Cool





During summer months, on warmer days, and in warmer climates it can be challenging to stay cool and in a good disposition.  Air conditioning and electric fans are two excellent options, although there are some other brilliant options as well.  AC can be expensive and not all homes have a good energy saving design.  According to the Mayo Clinic, heatstroke is caused by “exposure to a hot environment.  In a type of heatstroke, called nonexertional or classic heatstroke, being in a hot environment leads to a rise in body temperature.”  Another type of of heatstroke is brought on strenuous activity, “exertional heatstroke is caused by an increase in body temperature brought on by intense physical activity in hot weather.”  Liberate yourself from the heat and stay cool with these tips.




1.  Change bedding to sheets made with cotton or linen.  These materials breathe “better than oil-based synthetic fabrics.”

2.  Close the curtains, shades, or blinds.  The Department of Energy reports, “medium-colored draperies with white-plastic backings can reduce heat gains by 33%.”

3.  Eat cool foods and serve cool drinks.  Bright, refreshing, spicy, cold foods and drinks can make you cooler.  Watermelon pizza, salads, and peppers can cool the core of the body.  Avoid foods that increase body temperature, such as fats, ice cream, rice, and alcohol.  Water and cold drinks are a better option to lower the body temperature.  Get creative.  Making cold brew coffee or coffee ice cubes is another option to consider. 

4.  This is war!  Water balloon tosses are a fun way to keep cool as well.  Fill a baby bath or kiddie pool with water balloons and set the ground rules before the game begins.  And prepare for some good-natured fun.

5.  Pets are family too.  Make sure dogs, cats, and other pets stay cool as well.  This means changing walking times for dogs, having fun with the water hose for Fido too, and keeping pets cool with fans and air conditioning.  

6.  Be proactive.  Make some home improvements.  This can include new windows and doors, planting trees (using careful landscape design to prevent structural and plumbing damage), and installing electric outlet and switch sealers.  

7.  Invest in a quality fan.  There are a variety of fans, including air circulators, blowers, box, desktop and table, high velocity, outdoor, pedestal, personal, tower, wall, ceiling, and window fans.  Not all fans are created equal, so it is necessary to research the features and customer ratings before making a purchase.


  

The Lasko 42" Wind Curve Platinum Cooling fan is an excellent fan to provide an indoor breeze during those hot days.  Features include a wind curve profile, oscillating movement, remote control, three speed settings, ionizer, adjustable louvers, and timer.  An easy and effective way to create a more comfortable indoor climate.  

Lasko made a name for themselves during the mid-1900s with their turquoise fan.  “Lasko Metal Products was founded in 1906 by Mr. Henry Lasko in Philadelphia.  Lasko has been engineering and building great-looking, high performance home comfort products in the U.S. and around the world for more than 100 years.  The company has grown to an international organization and market leader in portable fans and ceramic heaters including room fans, high velocity fans, ceramic, low-profile heaters and many more.”








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Saturday, August 13, 2016

A Twenty-one Day Study of Gratitude, Happiness, and Meaning



A Twenty-one Day Study of Gratitude, Happiness, and Meaning





The human mind is powerful.  Brain study, philosophy, and religion tell us about significant values, reflect a legacy and story of a time and space, support communication, and are complex.  This series of twenty-one studies regarding gratitude, happiness, and meaning encompasses some of the key characteristics of brain science, philosophy, and religious studies. The series began with a desire to capture favorite quotes, thoughts, and expertise.  Over time, day-by-day, the draw, context, and nature of gratitude, happiness, and meaning was captured.  There was no deliberate decision or bias to convey certain subjects and not others, rather the desire was to curate evidence, memorable images, and an overall account of gratitude, happiness, and meaning.  For example, laughing so hard you cry, hiking in nature, bread, and wine.  

Many of us are transformed into a happy disposition by our environment.  For instance, The Pointe is a quaint, seaside community nestled in the Orange Coast of California.  The town is situated beachside along the pristine Pacific Ocean, between magnificent cliffs and headlands.  Residents have nicknamed it the “California Riviera”.  The Pointe is bold, panoramic, and truly alluring.  Cooking and entertaining is an opportunity to share with family and friends.  Growing up I learned the basics of good cooking, baking, entertaining, gardening, and entrepreneurship.  I am grateful to be living in this fabled locale.

A synthesis of the twenty-one day study led to a rediscovery and a sharing of an appreciation with others regarding the power of how we approach life.  As Emerson observed, “For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.” (“Prayer 71”)  Thoughtful insights are gleamed from the study of gratitude, happiness, and meaning through asking essential and effective questions, utilizing reliable resources, and incorporating real-life connections with cross-curricular expertise.  The process requires curiosity, carefully reading, listening, and connecting the dots between multiple genres.  

Studying and executing what you learn can liberate and inspire yourself and others.  You do not need to be a professional scholar to start a series of your own, although a background in Liberal Studies, the classics, or science is beneficial to provide context to what others have to say about happiness.  It takes time each day, reading books (such as Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician), experience, and practice.  If you embark on your own series you will learn about a variety of stories, topics, perspectives, and more in relation to happiness.  The process and result of this twenty-one day series is a treasure.  The research, quotes, and photos in this series reveal beauty in others, how others tell the evocative and moody story of the human experience, and captures the gorgeous peaks and valleys of life.




A study of gratitude, happiness, and meaning can begin at any time and for any reason.  For pure inquisitiveness, a desire to be in a healthier disposition, when you are at a peak or valley.  As actress Stephanie Zimbalist noted, “Our Creator…one of best things we can do to honor that Creator is to be grateful and to show gratitude and give thanks. And appreciation.  Even in our lowest moments.  Just give true appreciation.  And probably in the moments when life isn’t going the best for us is the time to do it the most…The troughs are there as much as the peaks for our growth.”




Emily Esfahani Smith posed this question in The Atlantic, “How do the happy life and the meaningful life differ?”  Smith’s thought provoking curiosity is at the core of this twenty-one day study.  Your creativity, choices, resources, awareness of your own abilities, and execution of good habits is essential to your own study of happiness.  Execution and implementation can be a challenge, although without implementing the proper disposition, all the reading of books and quotes will not give you more gratitude, more happiness, nor more meaning.  Rather than a specific plan, this series of articles supplies inspiration and ideas to spark your own endeavor. 


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