2013 Manifesting A Delicious Life…

A New Year. It’s like starting the makings of a new recipe or making something delicious from scratch. I’m not really into “resolutions,” but I do see the benefits of putting my dreams into the universe, working my tail feathers off and being prepared when those dreams manifest. It’s all about making a recipe, mixing together the ingredients, and soaking up the flavors of a self-created delicious life. I invite you to join me in making this year your year, the year you made your life sweet and savory with a pinch of salt and a dash of citrus, balanced and yet your own.

Here is what I have in store….2013

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Food and Travel:

Visit Hawaii eat fresh mangoes, do yoga daily, learn how to surf, hike a volcano, kiss underneath a waterfall, and meet wildly colorful locals.

Visit NYC: eat at Par Se, Mission Chinese, Eleven Madison Park, and various other street meat food trucks, NYC slices of pizza pie, hipster coffee shops, and random places with creamy hummus and vegan cookies.

Visit Chicago for the Food and Wine Festival I missed this year. Eat at: Next

Visit Los Angeles and my best friend, Libby. Eat at a high school friends wine bar, Vintage Enoteca, go to a taping of The Bachelor Women Tell All (i know.. I know.. ).

Continue to be involved in the food world of San Antonio, volunteer with the Food Bank, participate in the Cocktail Conference, Austin Food and Wine, create local events that support the food culture and healthy lifestyles.

BE A ROCK STAR at my DELICIOUS JOB. Make The Jason Dady Restaurant Group Nationally known, publish in National Food and Wine Magazines, help Jason become A James Beard Winner.

**All places visited I will be on assignment for and will be able to eat, write and devour all in one.

Body:

Become a Hatha yoga teacher

Yoga, running, lifting daily

running

Run the NYC marathon and Rock N Roll Marathon

Mind:

Read a book a month, and participate in a book club.

Journal daily

Participate in Carrie Contey’s EVOLVE program again

Participate in Sue-Ann Gleason’s Well Nourished Women Program.

Spirit:

Laugh until my tummy hurts as often as possible

Sing at open mic nights

Listen to music as often I can

Meditate Daily

Participate at Celebration Circle,(retreats and volunteer)

Bake, cook, dance, and PLAY with my babies

Begin to write my second book and have a book deal by the end of the year.

Projects:

Continue to create and inspire women in the arts through Zoetica and writing for Feminest.com

Design a sanctuary in my backyard

Participate in writing retreats and develop an online writing, food, nourishing e-course.

Create art, write an inspirational blog, and continue to inspire the bejesus outta myself and others.

And…That sounds like a year I want to live and live fully.

What about you?

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Food. Travel. Babies. Oh MY.

I have embarked on a courageous summer-long journey with my kids, solo. SOLO. I know, I’m insane. In the midst of beautiful evergreen trees and fresh water lakes, with a side of crazy, I have been beyond grateful for my friend Lilli’s words of wisodom. This is the first post of a series of guest posts this summer. I hope you Enjoy…

 

Travel can be an amazing opportunity for growth.  Whether we travel alone for business/pleasure or with others on vacation the opportunity for exciting new experiences enriches our lives.  The same holds true for our children.  Travel can enrich the lives of our children but only if we make a point nurture the travel bug that lies somewhere within us all.   I write this post to encourage you travel the world with your children and to find the very best of nature’s bounty.  Travel far and wide to seek food gems.  Let them taste the Boston lobster, Mexican batidos (a smoothie of sorts made with milk and fresh fruit) and exotic fruits.
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Food can be the most memorable part of the travel experience. I was five the first time I visited Mexico City and my strongest memory of that trip is tied to food.  I can still smell the roasting pumpkin seeds that my cousins bought for me from the cart on the corner. I also vividly remember the cream and cheese and soups that accompanied every savory meal.  I ate things I had never tried before and I long to enjoy some of those meals again.
Our senses are the fastest connection to our memory.  A song can transport us to another time or another place.  A smell can bring back memories of times and places in our lives.  When it comes to travel and our children we can enhance their experience by allowing them to soak in as much of the area’s sounds, smells, and flavors.
When my husband and I started traveling with our first child we tried to make the food of the region part of that experience.  The avocados and mangoes in Monterrey, Mexico are a particularly memorable example.  The season had peaked and my daughter seemed to know she was getting that beautiful fruit at its very best.  We mashed the avocados and tore up tiny pieces of the soft margarita bread. She loved those tasty morsels.
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“But my child won’t eat anything except cereal for breakfast “
We underestimate children.  If given an opportunity they might really surprise you.  The fact that they are in a different environment and probably with different people when you travel will set the stage for them to try new flavors.  Of course if they won’t try it don’t stress.  And if they do experiment with new food tell them how proud you are!  Lead by example and try something different yourself.  Let them see you eating differently than you do at home.
The only time I ever eat roasted nuts is when I buy them from a street vendor in NYC.  My daughter and I have a tradition of sharing a bag every time we go to the big city.  Simple things like drinking carrot juice instead of orange juice for breakfast or eating fruit instead of bread or cereal are typical in other countries and can make your child’s travel experience that much more memorable and meaningful.
Here are 5 quick tips to help you incorporate great regional foods into your family’s meals while traveling:
  • Do a little research online before you go and find out what the “typical” foods of that area are.  Learn about the ingredients so you can prep your child with friendly reminders.
    • Make a list and bring it with you to make it a point to try some or all of them with your family.
    • Visit a local market once you arrive. It will fully transport your mind body and spirit to the new environment.
    • Snack foods are an easy friendly place to start experimenting.
  • Try foreign versions of familiar favorites.  A Nutella sandwich instead of Peanut butter sandwich.  Carrot juice instead of Orange.
  • Savor the flavors
    • Romans eat gelato, but more importantly, they stroll or sit in a square enjoying the sights and sounds while doing so.  Make the food experience part of the travel experience.  Although slowing down to take in life is not typically American remember that you are on holiday and what better time to live a little differently and a little slower.
  • Forget about the kids menu.
    • In North America there very well might be a kids menu, but try to avoid these options.  Share your plate with your little one or order something for them from the adult menu to encourage a different mindset.
    • If you are in another foreign country kids menus may not be common.  Many restaurants are very accommodating though so don’t be afraid to ask if you need them to give you single ingredients or modified dishes.  As long as you are polite and enlist their help most establishments will try to work with you.
  • Don’t be afraid to try new foods.
    • Don’t worry, I’m not talking about “bizarre foods” just new to you or prepared differently. If you’ll try it your child might also.
More than once we have been surprised by my daughter’s taste.  She’s not really a picky eater as much as an unpredictable one.  One day she’ll eat mushrooms the next she picks them off the plate.  So we just never know but we always offer and let her try things.  We were very surprised to learn that our toddler liked calamari and Kalamata olives as well as fish. We have learned that her taste is often tied to her mood and we try to never assume what she will or will not eat.
Now that you’re prepared for your trip don’t forget to make food a central part of your adventure.  It will strengthen memories for you and your children transporting you all to that time and place with each future bite.
 (Photo credit : my tots travel)
Lilliana Gonzalez is a wife, mother, employee, & entrepreneur balances her responsibilities with her love of travel.   Motivated by the sight of new parents traveling with a new baby she started www.mytotstravel.com that spotlights family travel.  Visitors of her site can also rent baby equipment in San Antonio.  Join her as she learns to parent on the road of life.