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“Fireflies & French Fries: A Circus Extravaganza” was the theme for Chantel’s party on Friday night. There was food (of course) and we arrived with a bowl of whole-wheat Pasta with Sautéed Veggies.

That night, however, was NOT about the food. It was a night of raw talent blending with artful beauty of bodies dancing in the air, wrapped in silk, or set on a trapeze or a hula-hoop. The medley of aerial performances inaugurated the birth of Chantel’s ECCENTRIC TALENT MANAGEMENT.

I feel proud and privileged to witness how my friends grow and follow their dreams. I’m lucky to be surrounded by so many talented people, and such potential. It could be intimidating, but no, not any more. In their growth I find inspiration and motivation to pursue my own happiness, to reinvent myself and experience fulfillment. Thank you Chantel, Jason, Melissa (she likes that despite being called Missy all her life), Kristel, another Jason, and Veronica, and Heather, Leslie, Aveena, Ed The Man, Patrick, and the list goes on…. Thank you, for you have empowered me to chase my own dream..

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These shots give very little justice to the level of skill and beauty ZIRCON & WISH presented at the party. It was close to midnight, wine filled our glasses, we emptied them, and the crowd was at AWE…

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ANJELICA BONGVIONNI & ATLAS left us stunned when, right outside of the house, in the middle of the street, in the midst of the night, they were spinning their wheels.

Before we knew it, Saturday rolled in like a fog, and with it a headache and stomach rebellion. We decided to respect our bodies and let them rest. Thus a BBQ with Sasha by his pool, and a movie at the Hollywood Cemetery with Leslie had to be cancelled. We stayed home issuing 2 rain checks.

An alarm clock tore away the best of sleep first thing Sunday morning. I had a feast to prepare for a group of friends coming that evening to fulfill house-warming duties. While Jason was finding peace and inspiration at Agape during the day, I was lost in deep meditation chopping and prepping various elements for the supper. After more or less 5 hours, we had Basil Pesto sans cheese to go with whole-wheat organic Fettuccine, Chicken with Brown Rice and Vegetables, Spinach & Mushroom Strudel, Quinoa a’la Mexicana, and Blueberry Curd Cake to sum it all up. Minutes before the first guests arrived, Jason whipped out a kick-ass Guacamole, as wells as a Caribbean Shrimp Salsa with mango, papaya, pineapple, red jalapeno pepper, lime juice, cilantro and spices. We served both appetizers on a platter with blue corn chips. The meal was spectacular. We gathered around the table covered with this wholesome meal sprinkled with love, poured wine, again shared stories and laughs, and thus warmed the house.

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Those moments I deeply cherish. We live our lives fast, especially in cities like Los Angeles. Friends become family, and yet we struggle to find 5 minutes to stop and spend quality time with those that matter to us. Let there be more gatherings and feasts around a table topped with homemade foods. Let us re-learn how to use our hands to create a nutritious meal for our own bodies. Let’s keep it in balance.

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I’m running out of space today. However, since there’s a demand and curiosity, next time I’ll tell you all about quinoa, and how it came to be a staple in my kitchen.

Sayonara for now.