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What Brings Us Together

Sweet P Loves DThe sun beamed down overhead as the cool ocean breeze lightly brushed away the summer heat. I had taken my ballet flats off and let my toes wiggle around in the warm sand. It would have all been enjoyable if I hadn’t been crouching down behind a long sand embankment in the attempt to hide from a friend that was about to get proposed to, but I’m forever glad that I was able to get stuck hiding in the fetal position on a beach in Santa Barbara with some new friends.

Being a part of the surprise proposal, which took place over the weekend, has been one of the most rewarding things that anyone has ever asked me to participate in. For one, I was trusted with a secret of not telling the future bride, and secondly, because they invited me to be a part of their special day. Read the rest of this page »


Los Angeles DJ, Goldroom‘s, music has been spreading like wildfire ever since the release of his first single, ‘Fifteen.’ The song has been played over 300,000 times on Soundcloud, it was the top spot on the Hype Machine charts, it was featured on Pitchfork, Spinner, MTV, as well as on BBC Radio 1. Goldroom has since toured all over the world, released his sophomore EP, ‘Embrace,’ and continues topping the charts with soulful summery rhythms.

Check out, Till Sunrise, below.

Easy Peasy Vegetarian Recipes: Slow Cooker Vegan Bowl

 Slow Cooker Vegan Brown Rice Mexican Bowl with Black Beans, Bell Peppers, and Poblano-Avocado Salsa

So here’s a slow cooker meal that I found on Kalyn’s Kitchen. It makes six servings and it’s pretty tasty. All you need is a slow Crock-Pot Cooker that can hold at least 3 quarts. and the following:

Slow Cooker Ingredients:
1 cup long-grain brown rice (I used Uncle Ben’s Brown Rice)
2 cups vegetable stock (I used a can of vegetable broth and a little water to make 2 cups)
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 red bell pepper, chopped small
1 green bell pepper, chopped small
1 can (4 oz.) diced green chiles plus juice (Anaheim chiles, not jalapeños)
2 cans (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed well and drained
salt to taste

Salsa Ingredients:
1/2 cup diced tomato
1 large Poblano pepper, very finely diced
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 large avocado (or 2 small avocados) cut into cubes about 1 inch
1 T + 2 T fresh lime juice (I used my fresh-frozen lime juice)
2 T extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. ground cumin (or more, to taste)
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Living As A Light

光. Light by Pan via Flickr

光. Light by Pan. via Flickr

I’m sure by now you have heard about the passing of actor and comedian, Robin Williams. Williams, who was 63, was found unconscious and not breathing inside his home in Tiburon, California, on Monday, August 11, 2014. He was pronounced dead of suspected suicide. Since then an outpouring of mourning, remembrance and sadness has been flooding every media outlet. It’s become apparent that Robin Williams wasn’t just an entertainer, but for the many people out there in the world, he was an inspirational light that has touched so many with his kindness. Read the rest of this page »

Eastern Conference Champions

I’m definitely digging this band right now. A friend recommended the band, Eastern Conference Champions, to me a little while ago and I haven’t stopped listening to their stuff since.

The Los Angeles based ECC members, who were originally from Philadelphia, consist of Joshua Ostrander (vox, guitar, piano), Melissa Dougherty (guitar, keys), Greg Lyons (drums, synth), and Phillip Munsey (bass).

The band has been touring and self producing wonderful music, videos and artwork while awaiting their sixth album release.

Listen to “Carolina” by Eastern Conference Champions here.

And listen to my favorite song from Eastern Conference Champions, called “The Box,” here. Read the rest of this page »

Easy Peasy Vegetarian Recipes: 3 Vegan Smoothies

Getting your wisdom teeth removed is absolutely no fun at all. Your mouth is too sore to chew anything, and many people spend the rest of that week sitting in bed with swollen cheeks and gums. However, it doesn’t have to be all bad. It’s totally acceptable to eat ice cream for dinner, but it gives you an excuse to experiment in the kitchen with tasty smoothies.

This week I spent my time sipping on a variety of interesting smoothies in between eating mashed potatoes and oatmeal. Here are a few good ones below to try.

“The Valentine Smoothie” by Cook Republic

Serves 2

2 cups chilled soy milk
1 cup frozen raspberries
2 small fresh figs
1/2 cup cashew nuts
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 teaspoon maca powder
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 tablespoon maple syrup
fresh raspberries, to serve (optional) Read the rest of this page »

Go Get Lost

On top of the Duomo.jpg“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves, and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again—to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” Pico Iyer

I dragged my large suitcase off of the airport’s baggage claim conveyer belt and rolled it out of the Italian airport in Florence and into a cab. I spent the next several minutes looking out of the taxi’s window as everything sped by. It was the first time that I had ever really left the country, and had no clue what to expect.

It took a while, by my new roommates and I started to understand the ways of the Italians. At times we would tell ourselves that we loved everything about the country that we were currently residing in, and at other times we felt homesick for familiar things waiting for us back in the United States. Read the rest of this page »

The Unicorns Opening for Arcade Fire

So, I went to a concert this weekend in Inglewood at The Forum on Arcade Fire‘s Reflector Tour and was able to see The Unicorns open for the band. They played again the next night and plan on playing Barclays Center August 22 through the 24. The band from Montreal, Canada, who was formed in 2000 and is made up of Nicholas Thorburn (Nick Diamonds), Alden Penner (Alden Ginger), and Jamie Thompson (J’aime Tambeur), has launched a Twitter account, and a Soundcloud page.

The last EP the band put out in 2004, titled 2014, totally makes it seem as though the whole thing was planed this way from the start. During the hiatus Nick Thorburn formed the band Islands, which Jamie Thompson was an on-and-off member of, and worked on other projects such as Mister Heavenly and Human Highway. Alden Penner formed the bands Clues and Hidden Words and released a solo album called, Exegesis.

Here’s a look at the bands first gig back together. (Sorry for the quality)


Also, take a look at some of the band’s other work. Read the rest of this page »

Traveling As A Vegetarian #StudyAbroad

Caprese Salad from Italy

Caprese Salad from Italy

Traveling as a vegetarian isn’t impossible, and it doesn’t have to be such a difficult thing. If you have already been a vegetarian for a while and you are used to going out and eating veggie-friendly foods at restaurants then you can definitely find vegetarian food abroad.

After a month of travel I’ve picked up a few tips that helped me remain a vegetarian while studying abroad. Here are some of those tips: Read the rest of this page »

EuroTrip Recap #StudyAbroad

My last weekend abroad ended with me traveling by myself on a train to Pisa that Friday, on a train to Venice on Saturday with a group of fellow students, and by bus and train to Cinque Terre with a cheap tour guide group. I snapped a lot of pictures, got soaked to the bone standing in the rain waiting for a gondola ride in Venice, and hiked from the town of Vernazza to Monterosso al Mare.

In Vernazza I “cliff jumped” off a small rock into the Italian sea and befriended five girls from Florida who were also studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Together, four of us hiked up steep mountain cliffs under the Ligurian sun and swam in Monterosso’s salty ocean for hours before traveling back to Florence.

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