Jeans and Jazz on the Potomac

 

Clear blue sky and wonderful view of the Lincoln Memorial.

I had so much fun this past Sunday evening spending quality time with some of my favorite goddesses and fans dancing the night away on the Potomac at Jeans and Jazz – On the Water benefiting We Will Survive Cancer. The music was good to dance to, the view was nice to look at, and the sunset was beautiful! Oh and the Belly Dancer,  Asala El-Masri, was gorgeous and seductive!

With my busy schedule and so many causes in Washington DC Area, I can’t give all my time away without making time for me. So I usually am selective about what events to attend and support. Jeans and Jazz on the Water will take place again next Summer and I hope to have you join me there.

Below are some photos from the event in case you are interested.

Gorgeous Persian Goddess Karen Sami is the heart behind this fun event with the cute bartenders!

I love these two goddesses! Gayela, on the right is the Founder of We Will Survive Cancer!

Karen, the goddess hostess loving life along with some of our fans.

It’s not a goddess photo unless a titan sneaks in.

Gorgeous goddess bombshells!

The Iphone 7plus is not so bad for night time.

Let’s Eat in Old Town Alexandria

I love this wine that I drink with my dinner at Taverna Cretekou. I can finish a bottle on my own. 🙂

What are you hungry for?  Because chances are, Old Town Alexandria has something to suit your taste!

The best thing that has happened for my work is moving my business here. I love to cook but also love to experience new and different tastes. That is why I love that I have so many options to choose from when I do not feel like cooking or don’t have the time to prepare my goddess meals. Just steps and minutes from my sanctuary, there is French, there is American, there is Asian Fusion, Italian, Lebanese, Mexican, Spanish, Irish, medieval, and southern flare, and within their menu options, there is always something healthy for me.

While there are many choices, some of my regular places to eat include Taverna CretekouSociety Fair, The Pita House, Cafe Banh Mi, Asian Bistro, Le Pain Quotidien, located practically next door to my goddess boutique, and the Brabo Tasting Room at the Lorien Hotel and Spa, where I go regularly for my massages and to use their eucalyptus steam room.

Don’t forget the Old Town Farmers’ Market. Held year-round in Market Square on Saturdays, the market is the oldest in the country, and in fact originally featured produce sent by George Washington from Mount Vernon.

And if that’s not enough, Alexandria was named “Best Downtown in America” last year by Livability.com!  One thing they highlighted was the restaurant scene, saying “restaurants in Alexandria are themselves worth flying across the country to try and draw thousands of food connoisseurs from the Washington D.C. area. Residents here take full advantage of their city’s thriving food scene, eating out nearly twice as much as the average American.”  I can personally attest that statistic is correct. 🙂

I am happy and proud to be living and working in such a cute little city. Just wanted to share with you in case you would like to give Old Town Alexandria a visit. What about you? Any food suggestions for me that you would like to share?

A salad composed of fresh ingredients I got from the farmers market.

The famous Irish bread from Society Fair and my homemade tuna salad with greens from the Saturday farmers’ market.

Want something sweet after your meal? Try these chocolates hand crafted with love…

Salads Can Be Exciting, too!

I love preparing my foods at home. It is very much a therapeutic art form for me.

I always know when my body craves food from Mother Nature. And when it does, what do I eat? Fruits and vegetables, along with some protein!

There are so many options to eat out there when it comes to salads. But my favorite is when I am preparing it myself. Salads are not just about iceberg lettuce, shredded carrots, sprinkled cheese flakes, and croutons. On top of that, the dressings usually are too rich and creamy with loads of hidden sugars and calories. Instead of the store bought bottled dressings, why not sprinkle some Himalayan sea salt, a little black pepper, and some olive oil and lemon on top of your salads? If you want a little sweetness, just add some honey instead of sugar or simply add some sweet fruits such as watermelon, mangoes, blueberries, or peaches directly on top of your salad.

I love everything and anything fresh and natural.  At the moment, I do not have many options to grow my own fruits and vegetables like I did a few years back.  So I make it a weekly ritual to visit the farmers market and Whole Foods to get my fruits and greens. When I can – which is most of the time – I prefer to cook at home rather than eating out. This way, I am in control of what ingredients go into my meals. Besides, cooking is a therapeutic art form for me, and I very much enjoy it. It is like creating a masterpiece on a plate: rich in chakras, happy colors, and with plenty of variety.

As you know, I consider what I put on my plate to be a reflection of how I live my life and how much I respect my body.  I make sure to give it a lot of loving foods, foods that heal, foods that awaken, and foods that infuse my body with so much life.

When your food looks good, it will taste good.  Who would not want to enjoy a meal that way? More to come on this.