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August 2012

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Before I started cooking for a living, I had an office job that I didn’t really like that much, and inside that cublicle I obsessively counted the minutes left for the weekend. Yes, I used to work for the weekend, as cliché as it may sound. Before marriage and kids, my best friend and I started planning our weekends as early as Monday. Since we both share a passion for all things food and drink, our planning involved around what we would be cooking and eating, from the grocery shopping to the music we'd be playing, and the beverages we’d be drinking during said cook-a-thons.

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I think it's fair to say that most of us absolutely love chevron. What is it about this simple, retro-inspired pattern - basically a bunch of inverted "V's" - that attracts us so much? I don't know. All I know is that the "chevron" shape has been around since the ancient times; found in many forms of ancient art, including pottery and stone carvings.

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Okay, I think we can all agree that none of us look too cute dripping in sweat, doing squats, push-ups, lunges or attempting to perfect the crow position in Yoga. The gym was never, ever, a place we associated with fashion, or to looking good; we go go there to break a sweat, burn that fat and get our butts off the couch to get healthy and fit. But who says we can't still ATTEMPT to look cute?

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I never told you guys, but last week I had some Allergy Tests done. Let me tell you, it was a lifesaver - probably one of the best things I ever did! I've always had very minor allergies when I lived in Brazil and Boston (mostly when it was dusty - I hate dust!), but I never knew what exactly I was allergic to (we used to always blame the "dust" or the "humidity"), and never had the need to take any medication. Well, until I came here. In Guatemala, my allergies went off the roof and nothing, nothing, I took seemed to work for a long period of time.

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Have you been to a specialty food store lately?  Have you ever felt completely overwhelmed by the variety of terms used nowadays to describe food? Low-sodium, sodium-free, sugar-free, whole-wheat, organic, artisanal, green, MSG-free, no preservatives, no additives, no corn syrup, no sugar added… the list goes on and on, and on. And our confusion grows as well. 

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As you know, today was my LIVE interview for the "Matutino Express" Show on Canal Antigua. Besides being exhausted (went to bed late and woke up SUPER early), and being a little apprehensive about my Spanish (LIVE television is a bit nerve-racking), I think it went pretty well.

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Today is going to be one hectic day for me. Besides the few blog meetings I have and the Alessa Designs Anniversary Party I'm attending and hosting with the rest of the team (come say hello!), somewhere along the way I still have to find time to prepare for my early morning interview for the "Matutino Express" talk show on Canal Antigua airing LIVE tomorrow at 8:30am.

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Meet Julie Sarinana, or Jules, my newest discovery. Born in Durango, Mexico and raised in Los Angeles, California, she claims to be an "all around creative type" and to have been strongly influenced by her older sisters, whose styles have always been absolutely impeccable.

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This weekend was great; we worked out, finished some chores around the house, watched the entire last season of "Happy Endings" (we LOVE that show!) and even treated ourselves to lunch at Jake's, where I ate a piece of steak bigger than my face - well, just kidding, but it was huge!

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