Friday, April 12, 2019

Black Smoothie

After a long day at the office, I decided that I wanted some food bliss. I was craving a smoothie, especially something cold so I took the liberty of heading to my kitchen to make one of the most amazing smoothies I have ever consumed, the black smoothie. You are probably wondering "what on earth is a black smoothie?" as it is quite a rarity in the world of healthy drinks. A black smoothie is basically a mixture of only few fruits and ingredients, with the main ingredient being activated charcoal. 

So, I basically added fresh golden pineapple to my Cuisinart blender followed by golden mango and peaches. Then, I added some activated charcoal followed by some sea buckthorn berries, organic sugar cane juice, Vita Coco coconut water and some ice. 


This smoothie totally exceeds in my expectations, as it is extremely delicious. It is also modestly filling and gives me a much needed boost. The black smoothie is truly one I think I will make more often. 

Activated charcoal is not absorbed by the body, so it basically traps and eliminates all toxins in your body. This powerful antioxidant basically grabs the bad molecules in our bodies, traps them and eliminates them. 

Incredible right? 


Activated charcoal is extremely beneficial to health, as the benefits are endless. It is great for those of you with stomach and gut issues, including those of you with digestive and gas issues. It is amazing for those of you who suffer from kidney issues including those of you who suffer from kidney stones. It lowers cholesterol levels and is great if you have high cholesterol. It helps with those of you who suffer from potent and strong body odor. Another great use is insomnia, as this powerful holy grail can help you get more sleep at night. It helps those of you who suffer from any skin issues such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. And it also helps to whiten your teeth. 

Some people actually consume activated charcoal if they intend to get drunk, as most believe this cult-classic staple is great for hangover prevention. Personally, I've never tried this as I don't drink often. And as you may or may not already be aware, it is used in hospitals for people who have overdosed on drugs and/or poisons, as it works to attack and eliminate them in the body. Additionally, activated charcoal helps work as a natural water filter and works to remove fluoride and various forms of bacteria. 

Although I am not vegan (at least at the moment, I currently identify as vegetarian) I have been eating vegan for about three days and this smoothie is a great addition to virtually any vegan and/or raw vegan diet. It is also great for fruitarians also. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Mango Spring Smoothie

I just got home from a long day and the first thing I started craving was a delicious mango. As the national fruit of India, mangoes are quite possibly one of the most cultivated fruits in the world today. I love them in an array of dishes, especially sweet, savory and fruitful dishes. 

Today, I wanted to make a simple smoothie with just mango, ice and Vita Coco coconut water, which is what I did. I didn't add any sugar to this nor any other ingredient. I added these ingredients to my Cuisinart blender. 

Mangoes are very nutritional. Often dubbed the "King of all fruits" in India, this cult-classic staple is one of the healthiest foods can ever put in your mouth. 

Why?

Mangoes contain a natural form of "zeaxanthin" which is a powerful antioxidant which corrects, protects and prepares your eyes from harmful UVA/UVB rays. It also works to protect your eyes from various environmental stressors and DNA damage. And because of their vitamin A amount, mangoes are great for overall eye health.

This powerful fruit is infused with a lot of Vitamin K which is extremely vital in bone health. Low Vitamin K intake is associated with poor circulation, blood clots (including disorders such as Anemia) and stress fractures. Lack of Vitamin K is associated with poor bone mass and strength. To prevent these problematic issues, mangoes are one thing you should eat everyday.

Collagen is extremely vital. Vitamin C essentially helps in assisting collagen to build itself in the body. Excluding the 16 types of collagen, the most popular and important are type I, II and III; with I and III being important for the hair, skin and nails. Eating mangoes can help aid in hair health, skin health and nail health. 

Amazing right?

Additionally, eating a mango also helps with heart disease, in both prevention and restoration. It also helps with those of you who suffer from type 2 diabetes. And it helps with boosting immunity. By consuming this fruit, you can also boost your mental health and well being, as it helps with eliminating depression. Eating mangoes also helps with those of you with digestive issues. 

I am going to drink my smoothie now. Have a wonderful evening.

Why I support Kim Kardashian and her dream of becoming a lawyer

Kim Kardashian West has made headlines lately, as she announced that she wants to become a lawyer. A lot of people are attacking her all over social media and I cannot understand why. Perhaps it is not my duty to understand those who I am nothing like nor is it my duty to celebrate their hateful comments. I cannot understand why no one is happy for this woman and her dream to become an attorney.

Kardashian wants to take the bar exam by 2022, as this has been a long term goal for the reality star. Her father was known as one of the greatest litigators ever in the state of California, so it is evident by her reasons for wanting to practice law stem from him as the source of inspiration. 

A lot of people are questioning how it is possible to become an attorney with barely any education let alone academic credentials, as most attorneys attend law school for years before ever practicing. Although the vast majority of status quo who want to become attorneys attend law school, there are quite a few who do not. Back in the 1700's, most lawyers started out as novitiates. They worked as apprentices and studied independently. 

So because this study still applies today, Kardashian would only be required to take less than two years of college, but she would need to take the CLEP (or College Level Examinations Program) tests and score a 50 or higher. These tests are administered by the college board and have quite a few requirements. 

Additionally, Kim would have to take two additional exams that are related to one of the following subjects: Business, Composition and Literature, History and Social Science, Foreign Language, Mathematics and Science. She would have to pass these exams with a grade of 50 or higher to practice law. 

The state of California supports this type of studying. Additional states which support this particular method include: Virginia, Vermont and Washington. These four states are the only states which allow this. This level of study is a little out of the box and if I am being honest, a little unorthodox; however, it is effective and shouldn't hinder one from being successful in this field. 

Although Kim Kardashian West should have no issues getting clients, there will be many that object to this simply because they don't support this level of studying. Some will not her credentials and will want someone with more experience, etc. I believe; however, Kim will do just fine. She wants to step into her father's shoes and has every right to do so. She is doing something great with her fame. She made a sex tape in her past. Why should she be judged for something that happened about 15 years ago?

I support anyone with a goal and I believe everyone has the right to achieve it, as I believe everyone deserves to be happy in whatever profession they choose. I think it would be fantastic to see her very successful with this, especially this field of study. 

Sunday, April 7, 2019

2019: Happy National Beer Day

Today is officially National Beer Day. As you may or may not already be aware, beer day is held annually every year on April 7th. Primarily made up of hops, barley, yeast and water, beer is clearly the most popular alcoholic beverage in the world. They hold events all over the world including tap takeovers and beer tasting. 

I have to admit, though, I don't drink much, so when I drink a beer it is very rare. Although a nice cold brewsky can be good to enjoy sporadically. Especially with a double veggie burger, triple cheese pizza and vegan nachos. Can we say yum?

Surprisingly though, beer has an array of benefits. Can you believe it? At first, I couldn't, as anything with alcohol is never really good; however, beer in low amounts can actually work to help a variety of health issues including insomnia, stress, depression, dementia, gallstones, kidney stones, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and even hair loss. 

But, what does beer actually help? 

Beer works to protect, prevent and restore heart disease. It does this by creating "homocysteine" an amino acid present in the blood stream which helps regulate blood flow. Additionally, beer also helps with blood clots, poor circulation and even Anemia. 

It is also said that beer is known to help lower blood pressure. Because it is infused with the amino acid homocysteine and Vitamin B6, beer also works not only protect your heart, but helps aid in restoration. 

Who knew?

Additionally beer has a tremendous impact on your mental well being, as beer helps to eliminate stress, depression and even dementia. It also helps with insomnia and allows you to get a good nights rest. 

This does not mean consume a whole case of beer a day or even drink a full keg. These benefits are only found when consuming beer in moderation. So, the time is now to switch out that case of beer for just one a day, at the most. 

And before you stop reading, shockingly enough, beer has the same antioxidant level as wine with more protein and vitamin B than wine. Beer is actually healthier than wine. So you may consider switching your favorite glass of burgundy for a Budweiser. 

Happy National Beer Day! 

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Cheti Chand 2019

Chetri Chandra is one of the most popular holidays in Rajasthan, India. Based on the lunar cycle of the lunisolar Hindu calendar, this two-day celebration marks the arrival of Spring and harvest. It also marks the birth of Uderolal, in the year 1007. Although Uderolal was known as a freedom fighter, he believed everyone of every faith deserved the same treatment. 

For Cheti Chand, Hindus celebrate by cooking huge dinners, attending parties, listening to music and visiting temples where their favorite ishta devta is located. Some Hindus (mainly Sindhi Hindus) traditionally go to nearest body of water (lake or river usually) and take gifts with them. 

These gifts include: 

Misiri - granulated or crystal sugar
Fota - cardamom
Fal - fruits
Jyot - oil lamp

Other gifts include a water jar (commonly known as a kalash) and some nariyal (or coconut) wrapped in a cloth and covered with flowers and leaves. 

Additionally, Cheti Chand promotes Chaliho Saheb, Baharana Sahib and Chet Chand wishes. And like most holidays including restricted holidays such as this one, most businesses are closed. 

I am just discovering the holidays of Hinduism, including this one. Although this holiday isn't one I follow presently, I can admit that I appreciate it. To all of you who celebrate today, happy Cheti Chand day.

PUBG: Secret Building in Los Leones

So, today while playing PUBG mobile I landed in a secret building in Los Leones. Los Leones is located in the Miramar map. It is quite possibly one of the most populated areas of this map, as there is currently several challenges involving this area. 

What is very odd about this particular building is the fact that there is no way out. My squad tried everything to get me out, even throwing various frag grenades relentlessly at the building in efforts to blow it up. A smoke grenade was able to find its way under the cracks of the walls, but I was pretty much stuck in this particular building or room for the entire match. 

Obviously I was unable to kill anyone and be killed by anyone, so I ended up dying in the play zone area of the game, outside of the circle. I was the third player to die, as Nukuler ended up being the last surviving member of the team. 


This secret building or room is very interesting to me because I could not find a way to escape. Has this ever happened to anyone? If so, I would love to hear your story regarding this. I would also love to know how to get out of this. Is this just a game glitch?

I think from now on, I will just avoid jumping here and stick to my regular strategy of jumping where no one else lands. 

Friday, April 5, 2019

Word of the Day: Sesquipedalian

April is national English month. Today's word is: Sesquipedalian. Sesquipedalian is pronounced as sess-kwip-pay-day-lee-ann. Sesquipedalian is a formal adjective derived from the Latin language. Often referred to as a polysyllabic, sesquipedalian basically means "loving of long words" or "loving of overusing long words." This can also be referred to as the love of using long syllables too. 

According the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word was first used in 1656 by English literary theorists and critics when describing the overuse of using long words. 

A sesquipedalist is a noun. This term is simply the person who uses sesquipedalian. A sesquipedalist is a person who loves to use long words or loves to overuse long words. 

Additionally sesquipedality is a noun which represents the quality of being sesquipedal or the quality of being sesquipedalian

Sentence example: "My best friend uses sesquipedalian quite often, so I always make it a priority to use big words when we communicate." 

Synonyms: Euphuistic, Lengthy, Long, Pleonastic, Polysyllabic, Polysyllable, Pretentious, Sententious

Antonyms: Brachysyllabic, Monosyllabic, Short, Unpretentious

Monday, April 1, 2019

April is National English Month

As we Spring into Summer, we still find ourselves stuck in Spring for a few more months. Luckily, we have reached the month of April. Although today is officially April, today is also April Fools Day too. 

And as much as I would love to play an April Fools prank on my readers, it would be quite hard to do so considering you already know what day it is. April is officially "National English Month" a month filled with appreciation, recognition and celebration of this incredible West Germanic language. English is constantly evolving, as a new word is constantly being introduced and used daily.

What started as an idea turned into reality. Over the sequence of 1,500 years, English has grown. As National English Day is primarily on April 23rd (to celebrate the birthday of William Shakespeare) it was TOEFL USA who wanted to extend the celebration and make one day become a full month. 

Amazing right?

Explore, practice, plan and connect are wise words to live by, thanks to the TOEFL Test, an English language assessment test that is often required by many institutions and establishments when studying and traveling. The TOEFL Test is also one of the main organizations promote National English Month. 

For today, this internationally recognized test encourages to follow them on Facebook. They also ask that you vote for the word of the year. To kick off National English month, TOEFL asks that you watch one movie in the English language. They also want you to listen to music in English too. Additionally, they want you to memorize at least one poem in English and start a conversation with a native English speaker. 

English is my first language and I love it. Although some of you are already native speakers, I am well aware that there are many of you who are still learning English, as it is not your first language. My boyfriend who is from India speaks English fluently, but it is not his first language so he's relentlessly learning a lot from me. 

English is a very universal and diverse language with a lot of uniqueness, comprehensiveness and vastness. Once you learn English, you will be able to tackle and learn virtually any language. 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

First Day of Spring 2019

Me today.
Today is officially the first day of Spring. It is hard to believe, as it seems like only yesterday we walked into Winter. Today is also Norooz, the Persian New Year. Is it bad to say that all I can think about is sleeping, eating and gardening? Perhaps, this is just Spring's effect on me considering I have been busy working 9-to-5, Monday through Friday for the last four years. 

I just looked outside and there isn't an inch of snow on the ground. Not even a fraction of an inch. It is sunny and beautiful outside. Not hot at all and definitely not too cold. Although flowers aren't really blooming, my chocolate mint bush seems to be making an appearance. I'm also noticing the tulips in my yard, but everything else seems to be non existent at this point. 

Time is virtuous, as time is relative but it flies by so fast. Sometimes I wonder if I can get everything I want to done in a 24 hour period. Perhaps I am persistent or impatient, but either way I am content with the way my life is going. Nothing bad has happened yet this year and I am hoping and praying it stays this way.

I want to also share that I just took the selfie I am sharing with this blog post using my LuMee case I got for Christmas. I now own 5 of these cases. They are the best especially for taking pictures up close. If you don't own one, you need one. As much as I love the factory camera that comes with my iPhone, this case will enhance your photos naturally. You don't have to edit them, as it naturally edits them. I love it. 

After work, I have to make a quick trip to Whole Foods to buy some Gardein Mini Crabless Cakes. I also want to pick up somethings to make homemade vodka tomato sauce. I have been finding myself in the kitchen at home a lot more lately, as I don't find any urge to eat out anymore. I just enjoy the comfort of not having to travel let alone spend a fortune for something I can make as good, if not better at home. Know what I mean?

Well, I am going to make a smoothie, talk to Sumit for a few and then, go to work. Have a wonderful day everyone!

2019: Happy Norooz

Wheat, lentils, garlic, apples, goldfish - what are you thankful for? Not only is today the first day of Spring, today is Norooz, the Persian New Year. As an Iranian American woman, I am very proud to say that I celebrate the Persian New Year. 

As today is the first day of the March equinox, the origin of Norooz comes from the mythical Persian King, Jamshid who rightfully saved all of humanity by defeating Winter. Jamshid constructed a throne made out of gemstones where he had demons raise him above the earth, into the heavens where he sat shining ever so brightly like the sun. The entire world gathered around Jamshid, proclaiming that this was the first day of "Nowruz" or New Day. Norooz's origin comes from Zoroastrianism and Mithraism.

Spring cleaning and shopping are both two major activities Persians utilize before preparing for the new year. A clean house is highly auspicious. Decorating is also a must. And buying yourself a beautiful outfit represents change. In addition to cleaning and shopping, Persians are expected to make short visits to family and friends. Often times elders are visited first. Food is heavily embraced, as Persian tea, pastries and cookies are often served. Dried fruits are also part of this lifelong tradition.

Upon arrival of the Persian New Year, a haft sin table is prepared, as this table is deeply rooted with immense symbolism. A traditional haft sin table consists of Sabze, Samanu, Sumac, Vinegar, Apple, Garlic and Persian Olives. Additionally, it also includes a mirror, candles, eggs, coins, goldish and hyacinth as well as the traditional Persian sweets. A book of wisdom, primarily one of faith (Bible, Avesta, Quran, etc.) may also be placed on the haft sin table. 

The sun, the moon, the star, the heart, the eye, the life. Today I am thankful, blessed, honored and grateful for everything in life. A new dawn, a new day, a new noon, a new sun, a new eve, a new night, a new sky, a new life. Nowruz Mobarak! Happy Norooz! 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Entering Neverland

Yesterday, Hibbeler Productions presented one of the most interesting documentaries "Entering Neverland" a very moving rebuttal to the famous documentaries "Finding Neverland" and "Leaving Neverland" by Dan Reed which are dedicated to exposing the King of Pop for alleged abuse of Wade Robson and James "Jimmy" Safechuck. 

I've watched both documentaries fully and could immediately see the deception of the alleged victims, as well as, others who are supporting their allegations. There were many red flags throughout the documentary, which I will discuss at a later date. As a victim of abuse, I definitely can spot those who are clearly lying about it. 

I believe Michael Jackson is innocent. You can read my reasons why here. I use to think it was possible he was a pedophile; however, after doing independent research, I discovered that Jackson is clearly an innocent man and a victim of very evident one-dimensional propaganda.  

Entering Neverland is a great documentary which you can watch here. The documentary is an intense reaction to "Leaving Neverland" and really proves the deception of Wade Robson and James "Jimmy" Safechuck. This is also a documentary that I truly believe many don't want you to see. I would not be surprised if this video was hit with an array of copyright strikes from Robson and Safechuck or anyone who believes them.

You have every right to an opinion regarding this, but I ask that you please do your research fully before believing something one-dimensional.  


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

First look at Disney Aladdin collection by MAC Cosmetics

The MAC Aladdin Eyes palette.
In case you haven't read about the official launch of the new Disney Aladdin collection from MAC Cosmetics, you need to. Just click here right now. And in case you are unaware, Disney has teamed up with the internationally known makeup brand to launch an Aladdin themed makeup collection which features an unique fusion of precious metal tones and jeweled tones inspired by Princess Jasmine herself. 

The collection features MAC Aladdin Eyes X9 which includes nine stunning shades that are inspired by the popular Disney classic. Featuring a lot of jeweled and precious metal tones, this palette is perfect for those of you looking to embrace your inner Princess Jasmine. 
The MAC lipstick in
A Whole New World.


In addition to this eye shadow palette, MAC Cosmetics will also release one lipstick called "A Whole New World" which is a very bright and fun cool fuchsia pink with a semi-matte finish. 

And to complete the collection, MAC Cosmetics will include the Aladdin Powder, which is great for the face and the cheeks. Definitely a staple in this collection. 

The Disney Aladdin makeup collection will be available online at MAC Cosmetics, as well as, in selection MAC locations on May 16, 2019. This is on a Thursday, so mark your calendars. Don't miss Disney's Aladdin in theaters on May 24, 2019. #MACCosmetics #DisneyAladdin


The MAC Powder.

MAC Cosmetics introduces Disney Aladdin collection

A look at the new Disney Aladdin
collection from MAC Cosmetics.
Step into Spring with the Disney Aladdin collection from MAC Cosmetics. The world-renowned makeup brand has officially teamed up with Disney to create one of the most anticipated collections of the year. 

Filled with a fusion of precious metals and Princess Jasmine jewel tones, this is one collection will not limit you to three wishes only. The Disney Aladdin collection unleashes a whole new world into a dazzling place you never knew on a magical makeup ride. With unbelievable sights and an indescribable feeling, this is a collection that embraces a new world of opulently packaged, limited-edition color. 

Products vary upon Aladdin eye shadow palettes to Aladdin lipsticks to Aladdin powders and more. 

Amazing right?

This collection will be available online and in select MAC locations on Thursday, May 16, 2019. For more information visit MAC Cosmetics today. Don't miss Disney's Aladdin in theaters on Friday, May 24, 2019. #DisneyAladdin #MACCosmetics 

Friday, March 8, 2019

Buffalo Style Macaroni Cheese

Some people seem to think that when you are a vegetarian, you have very few options to choose from. This, of course, is false. As a vegetarian, I can tell that you have many options to choose from. Some of which, I have shared on this blog.

Today, I found myself wanting macaroni and cheese; however, I had a craving for bleu cheese and hot sauce also. Don't ask me why, I just wanted those two together. 

Then, it hit me. Why not incorporate those into this American classic dish to make a buffalo style? I basically boiled water, added some salt and pepper before adding the pasta. 

In another pan, I melted American cheese, Cheddar cheese and butter with a hint of cream. Then, I added some crumbled bleu cheese followed by some Frank's RedHot Sauce. I cooked this on medium heat before draining the pasta and adding it to it.

Finally, I plated the dish accordingly. I also added more hot sauce followed by crumbled bleu cheese for good measure. 

This is ultimately amazing. Although I know I won't be able to finish it all, I am pretty certain I will eat most of it. 

Carolina Herrera Good Girl Légère Eau de Parfum

Carolina Herrera
Good Girl Légère
Eau de Parfum
Carolina Herrera has decided to celebrate women's empowerment with a breakthrough in perfumery. Inaugurating a new concept in the world of fragrance, the Good Girl Légère Eau de Parfum is as promising and intoxicating as the women who wear it. With a milestone that Herrera is destined to repeat, this fragrance forces female glamour through the communicating with the power of the sense of smell.

In fact, the scent is very seductive and possesses an array of notes which work together to create a sensual yet seductive scent. With a hint of sugar and spice and all things nice, the top notes are: Ylang-Ylang, Mandarin Orange, Bergamot and Lemon. The middle notes are: Jasmin, Tuberose, Bulgarian Rose and Orange Blossom. The base notes are: Tonka Bean, Sandalwood, Praline, Cinnamon, Dulce de Leche, Cedar, Cashmirwood, Patchouli, Amber and Musk.

When I smell this fragrance, I definitely detect the Dulce de Leche first shortly before I notice the Tonka Bean, Ylang-Ylang, Praline, Jasmin and Tuberose. The Good Girl Légère Eau de Parfum doesn't smell like anything that I have smelled before, but does kind of remind me of the Osmond de Noir by Kelsey Berwin for women fragrance.

What I love about this decadent perfume is the fact that it is made of a black lacquered bottle and features a ribbed gold stiletto and a relatively unique internal pressure system which allows the fragrance to be diffused from the actual release itself.

"We wanted an object, not a bottle, and what more power is there but being in a heel? The system took four years and 600 tests to perfect, for this new flacon, we have needed a hundred more," Carolina Herrera de Baez, creative director of Carolina Herrera Fragrances shared. "A girl has never enough shoes. If they tell you you have too many, stop talking to them," Carolina Herrera continued.
Happy International Women's Day! For more information about the Good Girl Légère Eau de Parfum by Carolina Herrera, simply click here right now.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Indian Cheese Paratha

Today I decided to make a cheese paratha. Utilizing flour, water, butter, ghee, milk and cheese, I am modestly satisfied with the result. And as flavorful as they are, I added a little garnish to them which consists of homemade pickled onions and sweet dill pickles. I also added two bay leafs for photographic purposes. 

Parathas are commonly made flatbreads in virtually every Indian house. Derived from Sanskrit, this delicious cult-classic staple are quite possibly one of the most popular flatbreads in India next to the famous Chapati (Roti) and Dosa. The first paratha I have ever tried was an "Aloo paratha" which consists of parathas stuffed with potato and spices. 

Tonight I decided to create my own style of paratha using paneer cheese, chhena cheese and buffalo mozzarella cheese. When preparing the dough, I used flour and water. I did not add any butter or ghee. 


I rolled the dough out using a small rolling pin. I added the ingredients in the middle before rolling it back. Then, I covered the entire dough with ghee. I used a lot of butter by placing some on the flat cast iron pan. I cooked both sides generously. I made only a few parathas, as one is quite filling. 

Finally, I placed them onto a plate. Garnished them with ghee and butter before adding the pickled onions and the pickle followed by the bay leafs. 

Needless to say they turned out great. The flavor is wonderful and the texture reminds me of why some of the greatest food on the planet comes from India. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Starbucks Iced Cinnamon Cloud Macchiato

The new Iced Cinnamon Cloud Macchiato.
Only at Starbucks.
(Photo by Armstrong Studios)
It is official, Starbucks has introduced the new Iced Cinnamon Cloud Macchiato. Inspired by the Spanish Summer classic Leche Merengada, this spectacular Starbucks addition combines the essence of cinnamon and lemon zest for a very acquired yet flavorful, decadent drink.

This new addition to the Starbucks family includes a hallmark of layers. It starts with the whipped cloud cold foam (made with egg white powder) infused with a hint of cinnamon and a touch of lemon syrup and is topped with the internationally known coffee house's espresso. Then, the drink is garnished with caramel drizzle crosshatch and a pinch of cinnamon.

And like the Iced Caramel Cloud Macchiato, this drink is available hot. The drink features an array of alternatives, as you can get this drink with almond milk and coconut milk. If you were to order a venti size of this drink with 2% dairy milk, the drink would be a total of 240 calories with 45 grams being from fat. With 42 grams of carbohydrates alone, this drink features 225 mg of caffeine, 36 grams of sugar and 7 grams of protein.

This drink is also offered in the blonde version, which is a less robust espresso and great for those who are looking for a lighter fare of the classic coffee drink. For more information about the new Iced Cinnamon Cloud Macchiato, simply visit Starbucks today.

Starbucks Iced Caramel Cloud Macchiato

The new Iced Caramel Cloud Macchiato.
Only at Starbucks.
(Photo by Armstrong Studios)
Today, Starbucks introduced the Iced Caramel Cloud Macchiato. This superb Starbucks addition starts with an unique blend of whipped cloud cold foam (made from egg white powder) and vanilla syrup and features the world-renowned coffee house's bold espresso. Then, the new drink is topped caramel drizzle in a decadent crosshatch design.


This drink is also available in hot and offers an array of milk alternatives too. So, you can order this drink with almond milk and coconut milk instead of traditional dairy milk. You will be on cloud 9 if you are a fan of this incredibly delicious Starbucks espresso fusion.

A venti size delivers 240 calories with only 40 grams of fat. This is in a dairy milk drink. With 40 grams of carbohydrates and 34 grams of sugars, this drink possesses 7 grams of protein and 225 mg of caffeine.

This drink is offered in a blonde version, for those of you looking for a lighter espresso drink. From past to present, Starbucks has been serving you only the best since the late 80s. This drink is definitely destined to feed your fix from start until finish. For more information about this new drink, simply visit Starbucks official website today.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Rest in Peace Luke Perry

Today, I heard about the sad news of Luke Perry today while at work. Then, I went on Twitter to check and see what others were saying in regards to his death. As you may or may not be already aware, Luke Perry died today at the age of 52. After suffering from a stroke, many thought he would have recovered. Sadly, he lost his battle today.

Luke Perry was a part of my childhood, as I grew up watching him on Beverly Hills 90210. He played the role as Dylan McKay, a mysterious rebel who was introverted yet had a kind spirit to befriend virtually everyone he knew. He had more of a "bad boy image" which was portrayed amazingly by Luke Perry.

I was about 9 years old when Beverly Hills 90210 first aired. I watched it from the beginning in late 1990 until the end in 2000, when I was 19. And although I was busy during college, I always had the opportunity to watch the show as someone I knew would also watch it and would record it.

When you think of someone or something that is part of your childhood, you are reminded of it when it is brought up. And as much as you think you can forget, it would take an entire lifetime to do so. Today, I was reminded of mine when I heard about the passing of Luke Perry. Although I don't watch much television anymore, I remember Beverly Hills 90210 like yesterday and being a little girl and looking forward to every single episode that would air that week.

My prayers go out to his family. Gone, but never forgotten. Rest in Peace.

Happy Shivaratri 2019

Lord Shiva temple
near Haridwar, India.
Today is officially Shivaratri. As some of you may or may not already be aware, this is a Hindu holiday which falls on the 4th night of a new moon. Krishna Paksha, which means the period of a waning moon or the dark fortnight, Shivaratri is celebrated on what is often referred to as a moonless night. Today is March 4, 2019.

Shivaratri is a holiday that celebrates the love between Lord Shiva and Goddress Parvati, primarily the anniversary of their marriage. Hindu believers (not all, but most) also believe the anniversary of their wedding day was the first time Lord Shiva performed the Tandava Nritya, a dance which holds major significance in the creation of life, as well as, preservation.

It is tradition for devotees of Lord Shiva to attend the nearest Hindu temple (primarily one of Lord Shiva) and give a ritual bath to the Lingam. The ritual bath consists of several things such as milk and ghee, which is part of the actual panchagavya.

Although I have always identified as Christian, what you may or may not know about me is that I have been a Hindu also for almost a year now hence why I am mentioning this celebration on my blog. As a woman who is in a relationship with a Hindu man, this festival holds significant value to me, as I will spend my day embracing Parvati and praying for a long and prosperous love life.

If you do not believe in Hinduism, at least consider this religion as a form of sub-faith. If you are an enthusiast of spiritualism, you will enjoy Hinduism for its richness and seniority in the theological world of tradition, as I know I do.

With that said, Happy Shivaratri.