Had a wonderful weekend celebrating “Boun Pra Vetsundon” locally in Des Moines. The Lao Natasin dance troupe is a local traditional Lao dance troupe based in Des Moines at the Wat Lao Buddhist Temple. Their goal is to teach traditional Lao dance whilst instilling love and respect for our roots. I love the colors of our traditional Lao outfits.
Mod Sun-Free Love
I am vibing off the powerful and positive message in this song! Have a great day!
How I fell in love with the banjo
My friend plays the banjo and he likes to invite me over. He rarely ever plays the banjo on my visits. That is…until today.
His energy has been depleted. I can see it in his eyes, I can hear it in his voice. Life has needed him to share his energy with others. He obliges. Even God got to rest on the Sabbath. Today my friend gets his.
Only love is present in his life. You can see it in his work, you can see it on his sleeve. He loves when the rays of the sun brighten his face and when the wind blows on his ginger beard. He is a divine man. He is going to bless me.
He interrupts our listening session with Manu Chao because his divine inspiration takes over. He grabs his banjo. He plays a metronome kind of gadget. I let him do what he needs to do to prep for a romantic performance for the woman he loves.
Before his fingers fret on his beautiful banjo, he exclaims that he rarely sings however today he will. I have witnessed many instruments play live in my lifetime, however the sounds of the banjo were amazing and quite multidimensional. With his finger work, making the banjo sound at times like a sitar, a keyboard and electric guitar and even drums. His precision with the strings and the details of the notes astounded even the discerning ears. I anticipated each chord, each note which tickled my chakras! I query him on things, asking such questions like:
A) Did the banjo choose you or did you choose the banjo?
He answers that he choose the bass at 15 and that the banjo chose him.
Does he even know how this performance has affected me, I thought. Does he realize he shook me, like I have never been shaken? Does he know that while playing this simple instrument, he just released every essence that he had yet to show me, in merely his action? Does he know how much more deeper he had melted my heart and illuminated the path between our two beating organs?
His four song personal performance, was unlike all the countless performances I had witnessed in my time thus far. The sincerity of his fingers and the chords he picked that plucked into my soul and my being. The inspiration of his love for me he put forth into mimicking the sound frequencies of his heart. The harmonic rhythm in which he produced from the creativity that flowed through his spirit. He gave so much in blessings and he received so much more gained in a renewed energy and spirit.
And this his is how I fell in love with banjo.
The Jackfruit’s flavor are reminiscent of mango and sweet custard. On a rare day I found these at my local market, which is a gem to find here, unlike the market back home in the Toronto metro area. Jackfruit shakes are a staple on many Vietnamese restaurant menus and a great sweet ending to a nice bowl of pho.
JACKFRUIT SHAKE RECIPE
- 1 cup of jackfruit (fresh, frozen or canned)
- 2 cups of crushed ice
- 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk (alternatively you can omit the milk if you are lactose intolerant. Add 1/4 honey or agave syrup, if you are using canned fruit you can use the syrup in the can)
Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until you get a desired consistency. Enjoy!!
MIA | ONLY 1 U
Theme song du jour, from the one of the realest artists out there.
" Every night is gonna be mine
Making money is fine
But your life is one of a kind”
Her lyrics are on point, ambitious, witty and so cultural. She is an artist I encourage my daughters listen to.
Matangi is one of my favorite albums that I have listened to in the past few years, her sound is always fresh and cutting edge.
Cover Song Tuesday
THE BIRD AND THE BEE | I CAN’T GO FOR THAT
This darling duo committed a whole tribute album to 80’s superstars, Hall & Oates. I am smitten with the songs from my generation, especially this cover which is modern and yet still palatable to enjoy.
As you must know by now, mangoes are certainly my favorite fruit.
I have an over abundance of frozen organic mangoes in my freezer due to the copious amounts of fruits and veggies I am juicing. ( I am up to juicing 15 lbs of fruits and veggies daily) With summer approaching just around the corner, I cooked up a delicious mango dressing for all the fresh salads I will be consuming.
As with most of my ingredients, I source organic whenever possible. Understanding the expense of organic food, I stress the importance of avoiding pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals. We unknowingly consume these dangerous chemical cocktails with conventionally grown produce, fruits and veggies. In the end, the expense is worth it, considering the cost of cancer and other diseases. You are worth it!
Easy Mango Vinaigrette
- 1 cup of diced mango chunks (fresh or frozen)
- 1/8 cup of Grape seed OIl
- 1/8 cup of Sesame Oil
- 1/2 cup of rice wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup of bottled Sweet Chili Sauce
- 1/2 cup of spring water
- 1 tbsp of fresh minced garlic
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until a smooth dressing consistency. Makes approximately 530 ml of dressing. ( However I don’t think this dressing will make it that long! )
This is great for leafy salads, fruit salads as a dip for fresh summer rolls and a marinade for chicken and seafood.
I had this dressing over my salad of mixed baby greens and spinach with grilled chicken, apples, strawberries walnuts and goat cheese. It was so delicious!!