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This poem resonates with me on so many levels. Though written for his son, Kipling’s words speak to me, especially the excerpt above. It says to me that the true measure of a woman is her courage and humility. You can risk everything you have and lose and it takes great courage and even greater humility to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and try again. And not focus on/speak about the loss. Hits me for all kinds of sixes.

7 For Seven

Hello again loves! It’s a little late in the day I know…but it’s never too late for a gratitude list. Right?

…every Monday, we post seven positives from the previous seven days of the week as a reminder of what we have so that the week starts out on an upswing. There is much truth in the belief that happy people attract good things, so it is important to start the week out right. Sometimes it’s the more grand, but other times, it’s the simple things.~ Key + Arrow

7 for Seven originated at Key + Arrow and here are my short and sweet 7 positives for this week:

Pink toenails. I have the absolute best friends. This weekend I was able to get a mani/pedi at a Spa I have been dying to visit, courtesy on of my friends. In her words, “You’re my girl, you deserve this.” So grateful.

Letting go. I was stressing over all the commitments that cropped up demanding to be satisfied this month and wondering how I will get it all done. It was overwhelming. I prayed about it, asking for a light to be shone on the answer and just like that, while I was doing something quite mundane the answer came to me. And the relief was so sweet. The minute I let it all go, and stopped worrying the answer became clear.

Scented candles. There is just something about a lit scented candle that adds luxuriousness to any room. They certainly lift my moods.

Happy Hour. It’s not what you think. Happy Hour is that hour I get all to myself before the “demands of the day” intrudes. I pray, stretch, drink my lemon water. It’s my time. And on the mornings I have to rush through it or can’t do it for whatever reason, I feel like my whole day is off. Cheers to happy hour!

A good cup of coffee! A good cup of coffee just makes it all better. Doesn’t it?

My Netflix Subscription. My cable provider blocks all the good tv shows now. Thankfully, Netflix takes up the slack. I fear, I just might be in a serious relationship with Netflix.

A hearty breakfast. I am grateful that I was able to fix a nutritious breakfast for myself all week. No cheating with donuts or pastries.

My hope is that by turning my focus to all that I have to be grateful for at the start of my work week, by sowing my own seeds of faith and gratitude, I can carry with me and reap the rewards of “positivity + balance + bliss” throughout the days ahead.

If you’re reading this, this is me blowing some glitter and confetti on you because you’re super blessed to have received the gift of another 86,400 seconds today, to spend any way you desire. What made you happy today? What are you grateful for? I would love to hear from you.

Virtual Blog Tour Revisited

Hey loves!

A few weeks ago, I posted my response to being nominated for A Virtual Blog Tour about my creative process. Part of the tour involves passing the ‘baton’ and I nominated three other bloggers to do the same and post their responses today. I’m super excited that Vikera, from Vikera’s Mind Maze, was able to accept the nomination.

In her response, Vikera takes us on a little trip into the Mind Maze. Fairly new to the blogging world, Vikera shares with us why she blogs and what spurs her to continue.

A very talented writer, Vikera, blogs about her perspective on life with such authenticity and humor it’s hard not to like her little patch of the internet. She also shares great advice and tips on “how to get out of debt’.

So if you have some time today and would like to explore the Mind Maze for a bit, why not check out her blog and see for yourself? Trust me you won’t be disappointed!

Global Handwashing {With Soap} Day

Today is Global Handwashing Day!

You can read more about the people advocating awareness here.

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7 For Seven

Hello loves!

…every Monday, we post seven positives from the previous seven days of the week as a reminder of what we have so that the week starts out on an upswing. There is much truth in the belief that happy people attract good things, so it is important to start the week out right. Sometimes it’s the more grand, but other times, it’s the simple things.~ Key + Arrow

7 for Seven originated at Key + Arrow and here are my short and sweet 7 positives for this week:

Aha-moments. It happens when ever you find yourself catching up with someone you haven’t seen or spoken to in a while: There is the mental inventory and then you either share the highlights and headlines or you share what the “behind the scenes” is really like. Or some mixture of both, depending on the audience. I found myself catching up with some old friends this week and after doing the inventory and I had an aha-moment. In the time that I saw them last, a lot has changed for the better and I didn’t even realize it. I found myself observing my thoughts in fascination. And I am so thankful that I can still manage to surprise myself. Life is good.

Sauna. I love me some sauna. The spa I usually go to offers it for FREE with any treatment and for any amount of time. If you have never tried it…sauna is awesome. It does wonders for relaxation and my feeling of well-being. This last week the flu made its rounds through my office and I unfortunately caught it. 30 minutes in the sauna not only cleared up my congestion but the vibrant feeling I had afterward went a long way in getting me back on the road to 100.

A clean apartment. I cleaned. There should be confetti and glitter on that statement but then I would have to clean that up too…so we will just leave it at: I cleaned.

Good friends and not so good movies. One of my friends celebrated a birthday this week and what she wanted was some drinks and a movie. The celebration and drinks were awesome. The movie? Addicted. Not so much! It is based on a novel by Zane. Now for someone who loves to read and even reviews books on this blog, I am ashamed to admit that I had no idea who this Zane is or what she writes. I’m pretty sure those of you who are familiar with her work are probably snickering right about now too. Long story short: it was soft porn in the company of my sister and two friends. I was SCAN.DAH.LIZED! I am such a little prude too. I realized that as good looking as he may be, I don’t want to see so much of Nicole Ari Parker’s husband’s ass.

Homemade Affogato! I treated myself to some homemade coffee goodness. It wasn’t as pretty as the ones I’ve ordered from restaurants but it tasted just as yummy.

Young, Vibrant Priests. My parish Priest, is someone I’ve known long before he was ordained. And having grown up with parish Priests who were older and more traditional, it is a breath of fresh air when there is one who is from my generation and is aware of what it means to be evolving in this generation and in this time in our history. Mass was awesome yesterday and I feel blessed to be have been there.

Life. I am grateful for another day, for good health and the strength to give God praise and thanks for life. Yesterday on the way to Mass, as we turned onto the main road, this crazy driver who was speeding for what the Lord alone knows because it was the main road, narrowly missed crashing into the side of the car. MY SIDE. I was on my phone at the time (I was not driving) and thankfully the driver saw him probably nano seconds before it all turned into a tragedy. Had we been hit, there would have been serious injuries sustained and some real damage to the car. Thankfully, God had a different plan. And I am grateful.

My hope is that by turning my focus to all that I have to be grateful for at the start of my work week, by sowing my own seeds of faith and gratitude, I can carry with me and reap the rewards of “positivity + balance + bliss” throughout the days ahead.

If you’re reading this, this is me blowing some glitter and confetti on you because you’re super blessed to have received the gift of another 86,400 seconds today, to spend any way you desire. What made you happy today? What are you grateful for? I would love to hear from you.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

Can you tell that I love the ocean? This is my dreamy!

You can check out some other Dreamy entries here.

Quote of the Day

Life is too short

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7 for Seven

Happy, Happy Monday!

…every Monday, we post seven positives from the previous seven days of the week as a reminder of what we have so that the week starts out on an upswing. There is much truth in the belief that happy people attract good things, so it is important to start the week out right. Sometimes it’s the more grand, but other times, it’s the simple things.~ Key + Arrow

7 for Seven originated at Key + Arrow and here are my short and sweet 7 positives for this week:

Baked chocolate chip oatmeal muffins. I made a batch of these muffins and I still cannot get over how good they taste and there is no flour in them.

Cute dentists. It helps when the person delivering not so great news is easy on the eyes. (That’s all I’m going to say about that.)

After work team builders. So my team lead decided on a little after work get-together last week and it was much better than I anticipated. It’s amazing how much you can learn about your team members when the “office masks” come off.

My Crockpot. My sister got me a Crockpot and it’s kinda lame how excited I was to try it out. I decided on a simple, chicken and vegetables meal. Long story short: Failure! It will take some practice apparently to get slow-cooking right. And I feel like an idiot for typing that last sentence, but it is what it is.

Chocolate milk! I started adding it to my coffee and it is such a delicious treat, I think I will continue the trend.

My gratitude list. I am happy that I have so much to be grateful for, I made a list of eight things last Monday and I only just realised! I am blessed.

Being able to laugh at myself. Man, I get things wrong so many times, that seems to be the new normal for me. It helps that I’m learning to laugh at myself and not take me too seriously.

My hope is that by turning my focus to all that I have to be grateful for at the start of my work week, by sowing my own seeds of faith and gratitude, I can carry with me and reap the rewards of “positivity + balance + bliss” throughout the days ahead.

If you’re reading this, this is me blowing some glitter and confetti on you because you’re super blessed to have received the gift of another 86,400 seconds today, to spend any way you desire. What made you happy today? What are you grateful for? I would love to hear from you.

Good Food, Great Company & Tiramisu

TT Restaurant Week wrapped up on Sunday night and this is my love note to all that prix fixe yumminess!

Here are my top three picks for 2014 plus a little lagniappe because I was feeling sad that the Week was ending.

Chop Chops

(Dinner & Mini Blogger Meet-Up)
At the beginning of 2014, one of my blogging goals was to host a meet-up of some kind with other local bloggers. I have been following (and secretly crushing on) some pretty awesome ladies and felt that the community of bloggers in Trinidad are so positive, it would be fantastic to meet them in person. Of course I spent almost all of 2014 working up the courage to reach out to them.

As it turned out the lovely ladies behind Living & Loving Life and Introvertly Bubbly were thinking the same thing! Thankfully, they are more ballsy than I am, long story short, Restaurant Week 2014 presented the perfect opportunity to plan a mini meet-up. It was a fun night, the highlight of which was some spirited after dinner conversation about cell phones, social media and disengaging from dinner companions to post photos to IG. Bacchanal!!!

I really enjoyed my dinner at Chop Chops. The food was excellent, the basil mashed potato which I unfortunately didn’t order but only sampled was so delicious, that I wished it could turn into a person…then I could take it to Las Vegas and marry it. It was that good! The service, unfortunately was a little sketchy, but it was the result of poor planning on the side of management which resulted in two servers for a busy Restaurant Week night. However, I was happy for the opportunity to try their food before committing to a more pricey dinner.

Chop Chops Gourmet Market & Bistro: 628-5555, 43 Mucurapo Rd, POS

Appetizer: Pimento Crab in Filo Tart – crab tart topped with cream cheese cilantro salad topped with pepper relish.

Entrée: Roulade of Chicken Breast stuffed with goats cheese, bells peppers, mushrooms and basil, served with orzo red pepper cream sauce. The sauce was really good!

Dessert: Tiramisu. The tiramisu was the reason I wanted to try Chop Chops. I wasn’t wowed by it, was kinda meh…despite the generous server giving me two pieces.

Stand outs: The Jack Daniel’s Lynchburg Lemonade was pretty refreshing and that oh so good Basil Mashed Potato.

Things to note: Phone service was sketchy there for some reason, but the staff will give you the password to their Wifi if you ask. Also, I found the tables to be poorly lit. But it could just be where our table was situated due to the busyness of Restaurant Week.
Chop Chops


Cafe Mariposa

Cafe Mariposa has been on my Must Try List for at least year. I have been hearing about their Award-Winning Cocoa Ice Cream for a while and since I’ve been in a pretty serious long-term relationship with chocolate for most of my life, this was a no-brainer.

It’s a long-ish drive, at least 30 minutes from the main road and I’m ever grateful to my brother-in-law for being game for the adventure. The experience is worth it, I’m talking down home, “sweet hand food” at it’s best. The chutney which accompanied the dasheen sticks was to delicious I took some home with me. The food was unfussy, delicious and beautifully presented.

Cafe Mariposa: 669-8647, 58 Lopinot Settlement, Lopinot

Appetizer: Dasheen Sticks with chutney and Pumpkin soup.

Entrée: Cocoa Crusted Leg of Lamb with green banana casserole, Bianca Festive Rice (ground cocoa beans and beets gave this rice a rich color), fresh arugula salad and a stuffed cheesy Chayote.

Dessert: Award Winning Cocoa Ice Cream. Now you would think Award-Winning kinda gives you a heads up on what to expect…but it really doesn’t. It does not prepare you for the assault on your taste buds that will leave you looking side ways at lesser versions of chocolate ice cream.

Stand outs: The Award-Winning Cocoa Ice Cream. If I only had that, the lamb, the casserole and the chutney I would have been satisfied. The other dishes were just gravy on top. We were also serenaded by the family during dessert. So lovely.

Things to note: Mariposa places a strong emphasis on using vegetables that are grown in their backyard as well as by farmers in the area. While it is not a vegetarian restaurant, a vegetarian would certainly not go hungry here. Their Restaurant Week menu was pretty vibrant and told a lovely tale of refreshing home-grown earthiness.

I think my brother-in-law and I missed out on what appeared to be great ambiance during the day. There were hummingbird feeders located all along the verandah, so the next time we visit and there will definitely be a next time, it will be for lunch. We were told by owner and our chef for the night, Marcia, that you can request the Restaurant Week Menu if you wish. Also, they are a cash only establishment and the nearest ATM is at least 30 minutes away. So make sure to walk with cash.
Cafe Mariposa


Shesha

When I made my reservation for Friday night at Shesha, I prepared myself mentally for a crowded restaurant and possibly slow service. It helped greatly that I was promised by the voice on the other end of the phone, that their Tiramisu was lauded as one of the best in town. I assured the voice, that I would give my verdict after I tried it…since I have done the leg work. Once again, with my brother-in-law in tow, we set off for another great dinner. We were not disappointed.

Yes, there was a crowd, because it was Restaurant Week and a Friday night but we were not adversely affected by that. Let me stop here and say this, our server for the evening was Jahdeliah. She was engaging and helpful and clearly likes what she does. I was very impressed with the overall service of the staff – but especially her. The ambiance was nice and the snapper was really really good. I’m still thinking about that crispy crust.

Shesha: 622-4927, Shop #4, One Woodbrook Place, 189 Tragarete Rd, Woodbrook

Appetizer: Mushroom Caps stuffed with mushrooms and cheese.

Entrée: Pan seared Red Snapper served with sautéed potatoes.

Dessert: Tiramisu. The tiramisu was good…not the best I’ve had.

Stand outs: The service. We were treated really well despite it being a very busy night. I will definitely be back.

Things to note: Shesha’s regular menu promises a great meal for an affordable price.

Shesha


Crews Inn

I was a little down that Restaurant Week was ending and there was some wiggle room in my budget…sooo I decided on a lagniappe(lagniappe is a creole word that means a little something extra). Crews Inn was the only place I could secure a last-minute reservation on Sunday night.

Since I have only ever done their Sunday Brunch and I have never been disappointed with their service, I was intrigued by what they offered for dinner. Folks, I have been missing out!!! Dinner had some stellar elements – the geera pork and plantain was a bestseller and I had a chocolate martini that I will be talking and thinking about for a long time to come. It was sooo damn good.

One of the downsides to Restaurant Week: The best restaurants may not take part and even if they do, they may not serve their *best* dishes. I was not impressed with the snapper I ordered and I suppose because I had a perfectly prepared filet on Friday night it was hard not to make the comparison. I am also guilty of eavesdropping on another diner’s conversation with her server about dessert and apparently Crews Inn has Tiramisu on their regular menu. I was tempted to go rogue and order it anyway, but my budget didn’t have that much wiggle.

Crews Inn: 634-4000, Chaguaramas Bay, Chaguaramas

Appetizer: Geera braised Pork with plantain bouchee, corn puree and pineapple salsa.

Entrée: Pan fried Red Snapper with provision risotto, tri color pepper slaw in an american sauce.

Dessert: Passion Fruit Panna Cotta with a ginger and clove sorrel compote and a passion fruit gastrique.

Stand outs: The geera pork. I ordered the Avocado Salsa, that way we had the opportunity to try both dishes. I shoulda ordered the pork. The avocado salsa was okay but that pork…was WOW! So you know I will be back for the tiramisu, the pork and another yummo chocolate martini.

Things to note: The restaurant overlooks Chaguaramas Bay, so if ocean views are your thing, you wont be disappointed.

Crews Inn


Aww man…looking at these photos and reliving all that prix fixe fun has made me very hungry! Good thing Aioli is now offering a prix fixe Lunch Menu.Time to make a reservation!

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