Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Purpose to your life

Sometimes you think...what am I doing with my life?  I know I often wonder that.  On Sunday I had the pleasure of attending the second annual Yonkers Film Festival.  Some of the documentaries i saw were very inspiring and got me to question...what am I doing with my life?

Some of the films that I saw:

By Spoon - the Jay Meisel Story - This was a hysterical fim that outlined the life of Jay, a 30+ year comic book shop owner and retired school teacher.  It was filmed by Anthony Desiato and I think Anthony did a great job chronically Jay's last few months in the business.  If you want a laugh or want to meet a character...check out this 32 minute short film.  You can read more about Anthony on this website.

Not Anymore: The Story of Revolution - This film was directed by Matthew VanDyke and it opened my eyes to the daily things the people of Syria are living though and doing to survive.  I am inspired by the work that Matthew is doing and I hope you take a moment to watch this 14 minute film and see what is really going on and support the people.  People who are trying to find their voice and express it without being punished for it.  You can watch the film on Matthew's website, so be sure to check it out.  Also, Matthew announced yesterday that the film he shot in Libya is going to be released on 10/31/14..."Point and Shoot". 

The Fix - This 90 minute full length film took over 2 years to shadow Junior and his life during his recovery from heroin addition and Hepititis C treatment.

Overall a wide variety of topics, but each a unique story was told.  Well done everyone.

Thanks for sharing your stories for the world to see! 
Gina

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!
http://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day

Gina

Thursday, January 02, 2014

2014

Just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year! 

Wishing you all the best in 2014,
Gina

Thursday, December 05, 2013

found a new FOOD blog!

Hi you'll,
I found a new food blog that I think will be tasty!  It's Emily Levenson's blog.  I found it when I was looking for nightshade free recipes since I'm going to a holiday party and my friend is deathly allergic to nightshades.  So...being the good friend that I am, I asked if I could bring something...but not knowing what nightshades are...had to look that up.  In case YOU don't know...nightshade definition can be found here.  So now, I have a ton of options to choose from and look forward to making my friend something that won't kill her!  Yeah me :)

Carry on!

G

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Faire is over!! And now I can relax...

right??

uh...heck no!  I'm filling my weekends now with yoga workshops, yoga classes, teaching calligraphy or working on projects and trips to FL!  This weekend I'm going to Epcot for the Food and Wine Festival!!!


For my yoga schedule...check Nueva Alma's website!!!



Thursday, September 05, 2013

Yoga Schedule

Hi ya'll,
I've taken on more responsibility and am teaching MORE yoga classes!  Check out my yoga blog here!  Or check the Nueva Alma website for my schedule!

4 more weeks of working 7 days a week...I've got 3 more weekends at NYRF, then Cloisters on 9/29/13.  THEN...I finally get my weekends back to myself...oh...and I'm back to teaching yoga on Sundays at 11am!  lol!


YEAH!


Namaste,

Gina

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

It's been a while....

Time goes by so quickly...sometimes so fast that you can't keep up! 

I'm super excited to be leaving to go to Italy in a few hours!!!!!!!!!  I'm going on a cooking vacation!

Here's my itinerary:


DAY 1
 

Transfer from Rome Fiumicino Airport to medieval


hilltop village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio and


check into La Locanda Sul Lago hotel


Welcome aperitif and lunch


Relaxing afternoon followed by presentation of staff


and introduction to the Cookery Course


Exquisite welcoming dinner








DAY 2
 

Morning cooking class to learn the secrets of fresh


pasta, gnocchi, lasagna, tomato sauces and truffle


pasta


Lunch at the hotel


Afternoon visit to the Navelli Plateau in Abruzzo’s


world renowned 'Saffron Valley'


Dinner at 'Osteria Il Borgo Dei Fumari' restaurant








DAY 3
 

Leisurely morning with visit to Rocca Calascio,

Castel del Monte for the cheese and lunch at the

mountain rifugio on Campo Imperatore

Afternoon cooking class for main courses (agnello –

lamb), wild boar and dessert class (tiramisu and

pizzelle). This will roll into dinner.



DAY 4


Check out of La Locanda Sul Lago


Visit the town of Bucchianico for an olive oil tasting


Wine tasting and lunch at Claudio’s award winning


wine cellar


Onwards to our second gastronomic hotel, Villa


Danilo for welcome drinks and a delicious dinner





 


DAY 5
 

This morning will be dedicated to the preparation of


fine, yet simple, fish dishes


Lunch will be a true feast as we enjoy the fruits of


our morning's labour


As the sun starts to set we visit a nearby Agriturismo


(farm restaurant) in the hilltop village of Roio Del


Sangro. Here our hosts will entertain us with a


vegetarian cooking class followed by dinner on the


farm


DAY 6



 
After breakfast, we set off to a nearby farm to make

our own mozzarella!

Lunch at the hotel followed by a relaxing afternoon

Late afternoon 'Frui style' truffle hunt with the local

hunters, complete with a few glasses of Prosecco

while we sniff out those illusive white truffles...



Before dinner there’ll be a pizza making class

(Please note that the order of activities on this day is

subject to change)

DAY 7
 
After breakfast we say goodbye to our hosts at Villa

Danilo and head to


ward the town of Sulmona on
market day
 
Lunch in Sulmona

After lunch transfer to Rome airport, arriving at 6pm

Then I'm off to Athens, Greece for 3 days!!  Whoo hoo!  I can hardly wait ;)