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… che

by Ali on January 29, 2012

earlier this month I met up with J and L for lunch at a new Peruvian restaurant Che.  It was fabulous!  I highly recommend and if you decide to try it, invite me …

J and I split the ceviche nikei (tuna in a tamarind leche de tigre, avocado, jicama,red onion yam )

this was incredible.  Have you ever seen the show on the Food Network, The Best Thing I Ever Ate?  Chefs describe in detail with lots of ohhh and ahhhs the best thing they ever ate.  We could have been on that show.  That’s all we kept saying with every bite.

Then I had the chupe soup (mussels, calamari, white fish and prawns, with rice, potatoes and egg in a cream aji Amarillo broth)

Seafood and soup, seriously one of my favourite combinations.

Both J and L had lomo salt ado (traditional Peruvian style stir-fry of sautéed beef sirloin, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic and soy sauce, with fried potatoes)

so good … they let me try some, or didn’t shoo my hand and fork away when it attacked their meal.


… the detox

by Ali on January 23, 2012

as part of bootcamp we get a 4-week nutrition plan. The first 3 days are a detox.

It’s day one and I want to eat my hand.


Green smoothie (spinach, pineapple, blueberries)

Snack … water

Lunch … 2 cups of veggies sliced and a cup of fruit

Snack … water

Dinner … 2 cups of mixed greens and a cup of veggies, 1 tbs dressing

… more water

I was okay until dinner then I turned evil.  I ate my salad and was more hungry than when I started!

I think I’ll go to bed at 8 in case I act on the thoughts in my head.  Plus I have so much to look forward to tomorrow … same as today minus the fruit 🙂


… this week

by Ali on January 13, 2012

Back to work …  my first full 5 day week  since Dec 9.   What I know for sure, without a shadow of a doubt, I am meant to be rich and not work.

I wasn’t born into money, no silver spoon, I am not getting rich from working or my looks, so I must be meant to marry it.  So if you are loaded drop me a line, or send a plane a pick me up.

Work alone would have been enough of a shock to the system, but I have 6:00am bootcamp Tue/Wed/Thu.  I was in such a fog on Wednesday I sat in a meeting for an hour and can’t remember one thing that happened.  Yesterday I didn’t want to run after work, but G dragged me out.  I think the run gave me my second wind to get through today, just about.   Tonight, tonight I have big plans … pjs by 6:00pm!  I am giddy with excitement.



… 2012

I am very much looking forward to 2012, and very glad to say goodbye to 2011. The year kicked off this morning with a little run in the rain with great peeps.  Followed by breakie.  French toast heaven, no pics to busy stuffing my face.  Then a shower and headed to my parents, where we […]

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… pinterest

things that have replaced time I used to spend blogging Pinterest … actually this has replaced time I used to spend on personal hygiene … just kidding … not really

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… coveting

I want these so badly.  I believe that my future happiness is directly linked to owning these …

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… saturday

saturday, saturday night’s alright, alright, alright although this was a long weekend I worked most of Saturday and Sunday, good news by 10am Monday morning I am back to surfing the net for a living! I slept in til 7.45am … words have not yet been invented for the luxury of this.  I am a 6.30am […]

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… shades of beige

I’m freshening up my living room/hall with a lick of paint.  Currently it is what I would call peanut butter, a deep beige with warm yellow undertones. I am thinking of going a shade or two lighter … there are so many shades of beige!  

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… balance

There is a natural balance to everything.  The equilibrium of life.  The yin and the yang.  I believe it is true for the big picture as well as all the little element that combine to create that picture.  Like training, for me, I have gotten the best results when I had a really balanced training […]

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… what is it you do again?

Arty Bollocks Generator – http://10k.aneventapart.com/Uploads/262/# My work explores the relationship between postmodern discourse and urban spaces. With influences as diverse as Kierkegaard and Roy Lichtenstein, new combinations are crafted from both traditional and modern layers. Ever since I was a child I have been fascinated by the traditional understanding of relationships. What starts out as vision […]

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