Friday, September 27, 2013

Friendly Inspiration

   While on vacation in California my friend Katie who later joined me my second week decided it would be fun to have a night in to ourselves, cook dinner and watch a movie. We opted to go to Trader Joe's because anyone who has ever been there would know the intense rush you receive from spending so little for SO much! Having been cooking on my own for the past four years it felt refreshing to try new recipes, especially those given to me with love from a trusted source.
   Katie showed me how to make a simple, yet healthy and satisfying dish and I decided to cook it for lunch today and add my own little twist. I call it: 

"Katie 'D'Light recipe for Success"!

What you'll need: 

1/3 cup of olive oil 
1/3 cup of organic balsamic vinaigrette 
10 mini Brussel sprouts
8 baby mushrooms
5 cloves of garlic 
*5-6 raspberries*
Spring of Rosemary

- Chop, chop, chop away at both Brussel sprouts and mushrooms until you have mini cubes of each.

- cut the cloves of garlic into thin slices 'ala goodfellas when they were doing time in jail scene'

- turn the heat on the stove to medium. 

- smear the frying pan with the 1/3 cup of olive oil, throw in the garlic slices and sprig of rosemary to create that robust flavor. 

- next throw in the brussel sprouts and mushroom cubes.

- let simmer for two minutes

- sprinkle balsamic vinaigrette into the pan all the while keep stirring.

- here is my special twist, when I see everything start to get that brown color, I throw in the raspberries to add some sweetness to the dish.

Voila!! It should look something like this: 

I recommend this fabulously healthy and delicious quick meal to anyone and everyone. I'm so happy I can share what I've learned from such a special friend to you and yours! Spread the love!! :-)

-Cina Smash

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

California Luv

   Being a firm believer in reincarnation, I am certain of having lived in California over many lifetimes. The warm breezes of the ocean air to the mountains strewn along the shoreline was very clear to me when I first stepped foot onto Cali soil in 2009, that I need to live here someday. Two weeks under the sun (with 50 SPF!!) left me with an amazingly beautiful tan that has lasted me well into autumn. However, this particular vacation flew past me in the blink of an eye!
   From the moment I stepped off the plane my friend Lexi drove me to the In N Out Burger, a mouth watering staple, inconveniently located only on the west coast. Afterwards we hiked Runyon Canyon to burn off those calories and oh boy did I hike all those trails during my entire stay... I certainly came back home with some serious buffed up legs! (and a nice booty too!)
   During my first few days I explored around Venice beach and was able to snap some sweet shots of skateboarders in action, street art graffiti and even had my first surf lesson at the beach by the Santa Monica Pier. I also made time to meet up with one of my sweetest friends from college, Elise. We managed to catch up on our adventures within the last few years after graduating and later that day we ventured off to Hollywood Blvd where we felt like true tourists reading every star's name along the walk of fame. You can check out her amazing photography portfolio at (Super happy to see her beautiful smile again!!)
   Altogether my first week was full of divine intervention and it was very welcoming to feel alive and free from the everyday grind that NYC often serves up as a daily dish. Even though I am back in my city I've continued in adhering to a healthy diet of nutritious fruits, vegetables, well balanced meals and the occasional juicy burgers! ;-)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Coney Island Babies

   Fall is soon approaching here in the big apple and I'm proud to say I have had some of the best memories this summer of 2013 that I will forever cherish. Before I left for my two weeks vacation to California (post coming soon!) I met up with Alissa and AlexValderana at Brooklyn's historical, oceanfront attraction, Coney Island. We had SO much fun shooting and eating Nathan's hot dogs and feeding eachother fries with those adorable little red pitchforks! 

   Check out some of the photos we took and more also located at ValderanaPhotos 
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Swimsuit: NC Botique on Storenvy, Shoes: Call It Spring