Monthly Archives: July 2011

Sustainable lifestyle…. here’s one way..

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Sorry I’ve been traveling, super busy and NOW I have a lot of things to tell you about!   While I like to “chronicle”, I’ll be playing catch-up in no specific order…. I  do  hope you enjoy and share with me the delightful experiences I’ve recently had!  And trust me, there was always a good meal around the corner!
What do you do when one door closes?   One person just looks for another door to open….
Corey Butts, from Baltimore, MD came to San Diego working as a Personal Trainer with Lava Sport & Fitness center.
Lava being an upscale posh place to workout, learn boxing and feel the ocean breeze… went out of business along with many small businesses in this economy, especially hit hard in California.
During this time,  I personally found Corey to be of strong character, honest and fair.  My husband and I had prepaid annual membership to Lava  and prepaid personal training sessions,  Corey honored the remaining personal training on his own time to prevent our loss from the abrupt closing of the gym.
(I loved those “big ass fans”)
Corey had opportunities with other local gyms but decided maybe it’s time to do his own thing!
Corey found himself a partner, Steve Orosco, and together they started working hard to build a “Boot Camp” Ocean Breeze workout.   When you just look at Corey & Steve,  you know they are fit and in shape… you don’t get that level of fitness from just jogging from time to time.  These guys have a balanced approach to their body and mind.  They eat healthy, workout smartly, utilizing cardiovascular and weights, they add a fun aspect to their training and combine that with a San Diego outdoors and you have MOTIVATION!    or

Here in San Diego, we are lucky enough to have temperatures ranging from 68º-80º,  360 days a year, seldom rains and surrounded by Pacific Ocean waters….
well Corey chose to put his gear in the back of big SUV and go to the client!
He is targeting anyone with a desire to be healthy, look good in their clothes and enjoy the outdoors for starters!
BMorFit Boot Camp will allow you to work at your own pace but it is a hearty bite of fitness challenge.
These guys are are building relationships and  networking with Susan G. Komen for the cure and Corey has visions of gaining new members from the already fit communities of San Diego such as Navy folks and Firefighters.
He also wants to be involved with the “get rid of obesity in kids” school programs that many of the local chefs I already work with are doing.   I’m hoping I can help bring some of these wonderful folks together to champion their efforts with more local sustainable support such as BMorFit can do for their body and minds… a positive alternative to violence and school drop-outs.
Fitness has been proven to provide the healthy motivation to avoid fast foods, drink lots of water, build confidence, treat your body like a temple and become competitive in healthy good way.
In the early 1990’s I had my own small Corporate Fitness center, while going to CSLB Studying Exercise Physiology, in Long Beach, CA and my focus was career people with little time to exercise.   I was able to bring in resources from the community to assist in providing an overall balanced approach and view to healthy lifestyles.   Dogs also help keep you “in Check” for fitness…
But-Of-course my dobermans are always fit, well trained and role models for the kids and adults to see what the long term benefits of that can do for you!  Since a big dog only lives 11-14 years generally,  having one be ideal weight, with lots of exercise all the way to the end of their life is possible to see in our lifetime and realize the benefits right before your very eyes.
I am excited for Corey and he is not only practicing what he preaches… he’s such a pleasant person to work with and be around.  He is gracious and kind and gives back to each individual that helps him along this journey, no matter how insignificant it may seem at the time, his vision allows him to show real appreciation and gratitude.   It is truly wonderful to be a part of the ground floor of an upcoming success story!
BMorFit is now on Facebook, Twitter and Yelp, check it out, pass the word along and come join in the California Sun Work Out!
Remember to hydrate!
While Summer is a great time to eat local and healthy… in Southern California, it’s Summer every day!  No excuses even if you are looking for one,  you can bike to the riverbed, workout on the grass facing the water…. life choices are all about YOU!
Corey is also part of a family owned restaurant business, Cueva Bar, on Adams Avenue in San Diego.
 Cueva Bar has healthy salads, delicious dessert, craft microbrew and a great selection of wines along with home made empanadas, flat breads and music!   Oz and Jo moved to San Diego in 2009, Oz likes to cook and Jo loves to bake.   Corey married to the twin sister of Jo, all four can be found at their restaurant creating a unique atmosphere on Adams Avenue!
Check it out!  Enjoy!

Esmeralda, the longest sailing tall ship ports into San Diego this morning!

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I could not resist just a short post to tell you about this one…. cause the 4th of July weekend there was an amazingly beautiful old old rustic boat at Embarcadero and I missed the shot…. and I’ve not seen it since.  So my neighbor alerted me to this one last night and it’s another one of those moments you just have to stop everything to go collect some slices of life… my favorite thing on this planet to do!

The Esmeralda came into San Diego Port today.  I was going to get down to Shelter Island to watch it come into the harbor, but I had a terrible sleeping night with Raleigh up twice in the night to go potty… that pup has serious stomach issues that greatly impact my sleep.




Anyway,  I was not my usual 4:30am perky self…. hence I got to the port about 8:30am and the sails were down but the ship was lined with white uniformed sailors.

Since I’m so behind schedule and post production along with all the water issues and house hold chores beckoning me with out mercy! YIKEs!  …… I just grabbed some fresh strawberries, a banana and a cup of coffee – hit the shower and ran out the door with one camera and one lens…. nothing more… very very unusual.

Amazing it was not very crowded and people were super nice and friendly.  That’s such an unusual occurrence it seems these days at most events such as this.  The security actually smiled and encouraged me to come on in and take photos.  Everyone there of course was snapping away with iphones and cameras.  NBC was the only news station I saw but they seemed to give it a good coverage…I believe they are hosting an open house on the tall ship for their entry into port today.  The ship is birthed at B street pier.

The festivities were unusual with dancing and I was not totally clear (and still not at this point)  who or what the origin of the dance was.  I asked a few people and no one seemed to know exactly but it was very entertaining.   It would seem to me that the Father dancer had a daughter that was in the Navy on board the Esmeralda.     People were allowed to go on board the vessel and many did.   I was more intrigued with the nautical stuff and capturing the emotions of people.
As I research and find more information I’ll update, but for now, it seems it will be in San Diego for 5 days and 3 of those days open for tours from 2pm to 5pm.  The Esmeralda is a steel hulled four masted tall ship of the Chilean Navy and currently the second tallest ship and the longest sailing ship in the world.
I enjoyed seeing and hearing all the sailors aboard the ship sing and the band was below deck so could see them in the shadows and they had the white cracker jack uniforms with navy collars I love…. well they never came topside while I was there and I was one of the last ones to leave the docks.
I would have loved to spend a little more time since they were so inviting and kind,  but I have a lot of chores and appointments today so just got my shots and headed out.
Enjoy!  and don’t forget the slide shows has way-more images than inserted in my blog post.  You can click on it to go forward or backward by hovering the mouse  or just watch the show.  Cheers!

Refreshing Cucumber | Kiwi | Mint | Cilantros | Lime Crush

Well it’s been ages since I’ve posted it seems but trust me I’ve been super busy!  I think I have too many irons in the fire and maybe none of them getting hot as my Grandma would say…..

This is a very short post… but I just sort of  made up a refreshing drink with some of my favorite things.  The heat in San Diego has been unusually hot and a number of other things going on too…    so I decided I needed a treat of some sort…. I really enjoyed this light tasty – thirst quenching drink!

I took some fresh mint and cilantro from my herb garden and used a mortar to crush it up a bit…. put all the crush plus juice into a tall tumbler.   Next I did the same with cucumber, just sort of mushing it up a bit…. and dumped it right into the glass.

I thinly sliced some kiwi and lime… added them… …thennnnnnn   I just poured ice-cold seltzer water into the glass, let it sit just briefly and slurped it up.    I really found it refreshing!

I think it would be even better in the blender with some ice and make it into a smoothie.     Add a touch of rum maybe… hummm, open for other ideas.

Refreshing, light, and easy to make… I  don’t particularly like “sweet” so I did not add any type of sugar.