L. A. SUMMER LOVE: Le Pain Quotidien (WeHo), Joshua Tree Park & Las Vegas

During my California travels in June, we took a little short trip over to Las Vegas. Not having any expectations as I assumed that the gambler's city in midst the Nevada desert would not make it to my "Top 5 Cities in the World" (or "Top 50" for that matter) list anyway, I was still [...]

quick critique: heart-warming summer musical movie “Mamma Mia”

"Mamma mia, here I go again – my my, how can I resist you?" Have you started to sing along the second you read this columns title? 🙂 Mamma Mia! is catchy. It is vivid. It is pure passion -- passion for love and for life. Oh the sweet scenery... The movie was shot on [...]

“Sex and the City” — influencing metropolitan women all around the world

"Sex and the City" --  the TV show that women's undivided attention when airing, influencing the lifestyle of some, but definitely changing their perspective of themselves as well as metropolitan womankind of everybody. Candace Bushnell lay the groundwork for the hit TV show "Sex and the City" when she published her semi-autobiographical novels, which consist [...]

Lukas Podolski’s “Ice Cream United” in Cologne

A week ago, German soccer sensation Lukas Podolski, a. k. a. Poldi, launched his ice cream parlor Ice Cream United midst "Belgisches Viertel" (the place to be, eat, drink and hang out) in Cologne, Germany. Naturally, I had to check it out as it was said to be tasty and healthier than your average ice [...]

Practicing self-love through the power of Yoga

Yoga has gained immense importance to me & my well-being in a relaxed state-of mind, practicing more intensively these past six months. I've been doing Yoga for years now, but it wasn't until this year, that I realized the true power of Yoga. The concept of being thankful not only towards yourself but also the [...]

A poem: spicy salty bittersweet

A plunge into the salty waters of an exciting new spot Sand tingling between your toes, massaging your feet as you get out Your left strap slipping off your shoulder revealing tan lines underneath Feelings of soundly relaxation reaching your all senses while you stretch it all out A spicy affair that evolves in foreign [...]

A Catalan eve

Special venues make life exciting. Even if there is no special occasion, no birthday or holiday near, we ought to feel special and make ourselves an extraordinary time. Eating delicious food in a well-planned atmosphere, dressed up nicely and dancing happily can put us in a festive mood and can give us just that feeling [...]

More confidence to enjoy life to the fullest

"Everything you see I owe to spaghetti." - Sophia Loren This is a popular quote that is known by many and imaged on walls all around the world -- it also graces my wall. I wonder whether all women are aware of the powerfulness of this quote by Sophia Loren. The strength and confidence it [...]

May I interest you in a little gardening lifestyle?

Waaay way back in history, all mankind had to hunt and gather to get food and nourish their families. Their meals consisted of plants (probably not rarely undefined plants), vegetables, fruits, fish and meat. They were self-dependent and speaking of the health aspect of their eating habits would be doubtful but nature-based. So how bad [...]

acting 101: #6 attitude towards acting

The way you consider your intention and your task as an actor highly influences your performance. Mahershala Ali, winner of this year's Oscar for best supporting actor for his performance in Moonlight, gave an inspiring acceptance speech which I'd like to quote: "And one thing that they consistently told me is that it wasn't about you. [...]