President Obama Sings Amazing Grace at Clementa Pickney Funeral

Wow what an intense day, seriously I have been in tears today, It’s been bittersweet. while the SCOTUS ruling made the LGBTQ community throw a rainbow party (well deserved) the funeral of Clementa Pickney one of the nine people who were killed last week was laid to rest today.

President Obama gave one of the best speeches in American History and then broke out into a soulful rendition of Amazing Grace. This was Amazing.

President Obama Made Me Cry: Marriage Equality for All.

Marriage Equality for ALL!

I realize that this blog is getting a little not food I’m in the process of categorizing a little better, But I am full of gay feelings that I had to share president Obamas Speech. The supreme court has ruled that same sex marriage is legal nation wide. Yup. So this is good, we will be seeing more gay weddings new traditions. 

President Obamas Speech:  I was in tears watching this, and not just because I’m a big o gay I think it’s because It was heartfelt. I reminds me of all the work that has been done by the older queers and so much he talked about being bullied and harassed, lord that was a heavy.

During the speech I was  of the time I road the bus to somewhere in Leimert Park, because I wanted to hear this man speak. Flyers had been passed out and the kids mostly high school aged laughed at the idea of a black man being elected president.  They laughed.  So today I realize that we have come a long way, and that the future is brighter if we work on. it. Small steps, big results.

We are All Created Equal” President Obama

The Firtst Gay wedding in Los Angeles, Ahhhh we’ve come such a long way…

Two Sisters & Jitomate Salad.

Two Sister Salad by Victor Lomeli

Corn, Yellow Green, Beans and Tomatoes harvested in California.

Once upon a time the Natives planted Corn, Yellow Green Beans and Squash near each other.  See video. Conscious farmers still do.  Its a perfect relationship between the corn the squash and beans, everyone benefits. Like family. The blessing of living in Los Angeles is the options of fresh produce at the Farmers Market, I don’t mean to sound obnoxious but honestly I find most often that the farmers market is less expensive than the grocery store, if you know how to shop and build relationships with the farmers. Relationships, just like the the Three sisters right, have your three farmers. Ay, anyways, back to what I left of, Three Sisters yes,  Three Sisters, that’s the name the Natives gave the trio.  This recipe does not have the squash that’s why I am calling it Two Sisters. As always I invite you  to experiment with ingredients, but remember always making choices that serve your intention. Mami, take it easy on the salt and unnecessary  fat

Here’s what you need and how to do it.

20 YELLOW GREEN BEANS I mean is that even their real name? I tried to find out, I promise. These are crispy fresh when eaten raw  and when slightly grilled the taste reminds me of something  I would have at Nanbankan.  In this recipe we are going to do both grilled and raw. Low in calories and high in nutritional value, boosts magnesium and iron intake. 

2 CORN STEAMED/BOILED

Non GMO Organic. Dont compromise on this.

2 TOMATOES DICED –If you live in Hollywood the tomato guy (at the north east side of the market on Ivar  and Hollywood Blvd. across the street from Eva Langoria’s Restaurant, BESO) has the meatiest, bright and perfectly imperfect tomatoes.

1/2 Onion Diced if you’ve got the time soak in lemon/ lime juice, reminds me of my grandmothers cooking. ahhhhhhh.

1 cup Salad Greens.

2 tbs. Olive Oil

1/2 Lemon

2 Cloves Garlic Crushed

Heat up a sauce pan and a little olive oil and grill the 17 Yellow Green Beans. Don’t over cook.

Throw in the diced onions and garlic

Keep it moving. Until you so golden spots allow to cool a little

Dice the remaining fresh Yellow Green Beans and mix with the Salad Greens and remaining oil.

Place your Salad on the plate

and the grilled green yellow beans on top of that salad.

Pow. mami oh so so good and nutritious.

If you have the space learn how to grow your own traditional three sisters garden.  Continue reading

Dylan Roof Manifesto is both Heartbreaking and Frightening.

The following is not a typical post on this site but I felt the need to share the alleged manifesto as posted to a website.  I paste this in the hopes that we can open up a discussion about what is happening in our nation today and in hopes that we who produce content make sure that we show people of color in proper light respect.  I hope that the post does not offend anyone please note that the manifesto has strong language.  

“I forgive you,” the daughter of victim Ethel Lance, 70 says to Dylan Roof her mothers killer.

Dylan Roof shot and killed 9 people during a bible study.  

On Friday June 19, 2015 a twenty year old man named Dylan Roof gunned down nine people who where at bible study the victims identified by Coroner Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten : Cynthia Hurd, 54; Susie Jackson, 87; Ethel Lance, 70; Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49; Hon. Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74; Rev. Sharonda Singleton, 45; Myra Thompson, 59.   My thoughts are with the family of the victims and everyone involved.  You can read more coverage here 

Or you can hear the manifesto here: Dylan Roof Manifesto Reading.

The following is the manifesto:

“I was not raised in a racist home or environment. Living in the South, almost every White person has a small amount of racial awareness, simply beause of the numbers of negroes in this part of the country. But it is a superficial awareness. Growing up, in school, the White and black kids would make racial jokes toward each other, but all they were were jokes. Me and White friends would sometimes would watch things that would make us think that “blacks were the real racists” and other elementary thoughts like this, but there was no real understanding behind it

The event that truly awakened me was the Trayvon Martin case. I kept hearing and seeing his name, and eventually I decided to look him up. I read the Wikipedia article and right away I was unable to understand what the big deal was. It was obvious that Zimmerman was in the right. But more importantly this prompted me to type in the words “black on White crime” into Google, and I have never been Continue reading

World Oceans Day, held every June 8th, is the United Nations-recognized day of ocean celebration and action.

We have all seen the video and know the consequences of plastic ; death and devastating effects on sea life. Here is my plea. help keep our oceans clean.

It is up to you to keep the oceans clean. Will you join me?

IS HOT YOGA A HOTBED FOR INFECTIONS? How To Prevent Infections.

Mark Guibarelli Hollywood Hot Yoga Teacher “In 2012 I managed to pick up MRSA and it dissolved the skin in my leg and infected my blood. If i would have treated it with garlic in it’s early stages I would not have had a scar like a bullet in my leg” To find out how Mark healed his wound visit his website. He offers an organic solution .

You know the feeling: You battled traffic and maybe dodged a few fenders and fought for a parking spot to get your favorite spot inside the yoga studio. You check in, but you forgot your mat so you rent one and also a towel. You wait outside the studio waiting for shavasana to end so you can claim your spot. It ends and everybody is sweaty and walking barefoot past you, you wonder how that girl manages to keep a full face of makeup, lash extensions and a weave. The guys also sweaty look great in their topless yoga outfits. You set your rented mat down and ahhh finally you can relax it’s a like a hot cozy bed. You stretch your arms over your head and wait for the instructor to begin. Your mind begins to wonder and you start to wonder how clean is this “special yoga floor”, you start to wonder  why your rented towel has the slight scent of an overused kitchen rag, you wonder how this yoga rented mat was cleaned, or if it even was cleaned. “It has to be clean, this is a $20.00 class in Hollywood” becomes your mantra.  Finally you ask yourself: Is hot yoga a hotbed for infections?

The simple answer is YES, It can be.

Unlike other business like restaurants who are regulated and overseen by the Health Department and Sports clubs who follow strict guidelines  set by the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association.  Yoga studios ARE NOT  subject to strict sanitary standards. Yes re-read the last line: yoga studios aren’t subject to strict sanitary standards so the only advocate you have for your health is YOU.

HOW TO PROTECT  YOURSELF:

STUDIO SANITATION: If you have ever entered the studio immediately after a class ended and no one disinfected to floor, leave immediately. Imagine what could be on the floor athletes foot, fungus, cold and flu virus and the most brutal MRSA. If the studio says they do not have to clean because the floor is antibacterial then you have to wonder what that floor is doing to your skin. At Equinox Fitness the floor is sanitized after EVERY single class. A cleaning crew of 4 comes and disefects the every inch of the studio and also get hauled off to be sanitized.  No one is allowed in the studio until it’s dry and sanitized. Thank you Equinox Fitness worth every penny.

SANITIZE YOUR MAT & FOLD PROPERLY:  You must sanitize your mat. I encourage you spray the mat down with a disinfectant I like to use quatz which is an anti fungal, anti-bacterial, anti microbial and anti viral. Try folding your mat in half before rolling it.

SHOWER IMMEDIATELY:  Rinse off immediately after MRSA can survive even after it has dried out. So nasty.

WEAR FLIP FLOPS: Flip flops are the best because you can put keep them on while you shower.

DO NOT USE LASH EXTENSIONS or MAKEUP during practice:  Wow lash extensions tend to look great but if you are practicing hot yoga lash extensions can become dangerous, Imagine all the filth that is  left over in the lashes. You have to think that you are in heated room breathing other people waste. Think about that for a minute.

CLEAN TOWELS: Use a fresh clean towel every single time. If the towel has a funky scent, there could be mold in that towel throw it away.

TOUCHING: Don’t touch your face, nose or mouth during or before showering.

HAIR: Wash your hair, sorry ladies that blow out is not worth getting a staph infection on your scalp I have seen it and there is nothing sexy about that.

COVER UP: If you can wear long sleeves and pants do.

PROPS: Do not use public props if they are porus.

WASH AND SANITIZE YOUR CLOTHES: Ladies please wash that outfit after every class a yeast infection is not cute.

Prevention is key here. Do you have any other suggestions or experiences share below. Sharing is caring.

The CDC has come up with the following:

THE 5 C’S OF MRSA TRANSMISSION
Crowding
Contact
Compromised skin (even minor cuts and scrapes, shaved legs)
Contaminated items and surfaces (towels, band aids, tissues)
Lack of Cleanliness

A photo of a Staph infection from the CDC.

A photo of a Staph infection from the CDC.

– See more at: http://www.sportsturfnw.com/is-hot-yoga-a-recipe-for-possible-staph-and-mrsa-infections/#sthash.KlMEcoIl.dpuf

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2014/02/dangers-of-hot-yoga/index.htm

To see how Mark healed naturally visit his site.

Guacamole. Aztec delight with a California twist. 

Delicious and simple.  


What you will need.

  • 4 Avocados 
  • 1 Onion 
  • 3 Cloves of garlic 
  • 1 bunch cilantro 
  • Sea salt / Amino Acid
  • Cummin 

For this  recipe make sure you start with quality ingredients.  Quality isn’t always the most expensive. 

 Aguacates can be super expensive in some parts of the U.S. but they can also be free, a neighbor had a tree and would let me cut them off his tree. So look around or ask your FaceBook friends you’ll be surprised how many people have fruit trees and are willing to share.  California produced 90% of the nations avocados so I feel blessed. 

 
Scoop out  the Avocados, try scooping as close to the skin as possible, my abuelita tells me there is some very good stuff in that little layer. I believe her. 

The cilantro always organic. SPLURGE on that!  
 
So dice your onions and chop your cilantro. 

Place the Avocados in a big box. 

Season with salt, cumin, lemon 

With the bottom part of a glass mash the avocados. Leave the pits in there it will prevent the avocados from oxidizing.  

Add the onions and cilantro. Do a little more mashing. 
Taste and serve.