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People. Lights. Rush. MTA. Pizza. Friends.

Just some of the words that instantly come to mind when I hear the name: New York City. It's definitely somewhere you don't forget. A place that endears itself in your heart, like many other places could never do. There's so much to do, see, and experience. Do I miss it? Of course. How could I not? It's where I was raised. Where I learned many life lessons. Where it all began...for us.

There have been many times when I sit and wonder; What if we had stayed? What made us leave? Many questions, continuously spiraling in my mind, always driving me deeper and deeper into my own torture chamber. What if?

Lately I've been missing the City. I've been missing it a whole lot more than any other time since I moved. Could it be that last time I went, Sandy screwed up my visit and didn't allow me the sufficient time to take it all in? Probably. That and the fact that instead of finding answers, all I find is more questions. Did we leave too soon? Did we leave too late? Or did we leave right on time?

This first timelapse illustrates exactly what I love about New York City. It never stops. During my last three years there, I was completing my degree, hanging out with friends, working all sorts of odd-hour shifts, and sleeping less daily. Those years, being some of my fondest memories of good ole, NYC.


NYC - Mindrelic Timelapse from Mindrelic on Vimeo.


This second video is more upbeat, exciting, and educational (in a sense). It highlights all of the neighbors you should make sure to hit up if you're visiting and want to get a true sense of the city and it's locals.


New York Time Lapse from Amon Focus on Vimeo.


While I still haven't found answers, and continue to get more questions, these videos helped calm my mind. They helped me view the city I miss, in such a way that reminded me of the great times we shared. There's still a lot more to see out there. Many more cities for us to encounter. Many more stories for us to create. But it's only human...we will always wonder...what if?

Love Always,
-Russo



January 29, 2013

A Pep Talk

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We could all use a little encouragement from time to time. This Kid President does a great job of doing just that. Even if you don't take the message seriously, perhaps it'll just make you smile.

Enjoy your Tuesday, folks. Remember to always be better than yesterday. The smallest change can make a major impact.

Love Always,
-Russo



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Timelapse - The City Limits from Dominic on Vimeo.

From Montreal to NYC, photographer Dominic Boudreault captured picturesque cityscapes and rural retreats. During his year long (2010-2011) shooting Dominic visited Montreal, Quebec, Toronto, NYC, and Chicago. Some highlights include views of the Chicago skyline from the John Hancock building, starry nights from Quebec National Parks and the New York skyline from Rockefeller Center.




Ever come across an intimidating appetizer? Most seem too difficult to make, when in fact, this couldn't be further from the truth! This is one starter in particular that we love to make because it's simple, and because our guest can't get enough of it! Check it out for yourself. It's really simple. Trust me.

- Plantains
- Garlic (mashed)
- Shrimp Ceviche (recipeHERE)
- Salt

First and foremost, you'll need to make the shrimp ceviche and you can see the recipe HERE. After you have that made, it's fairly simple to put these easy, and tasty, starters together. If you have ever made tostones this will be very easy for you. This is like making half way tostones (only frying once).

Start off by adding a generous coat of oil to a frying pan As the oil heats up (you want the oil to be very hot), make sure to cut the plantains accordingly. To peel the plantain cut the ends of each plantain off with a sharp knife. Use the knife to cut through the peel the entire length of the plantain. Loosen the peel along the cut and remove peel by hand. Cut the plantain into slices, about 1 1/2 to 2-inches wide. Once you have the plantain slices ready, and the oil is hot, place them in the pan. It usually takes about three-five minutes on each side to cook the plantain slices thoroughly. Once you finish them, you'll need something to smash them into cups.

Now, there are several different methods to do this, but I find a lemon/lime squeezer works perfectly. Simply place two plantain slices (with a little bit of garlic in between) into the squeezer and smash them together. Now make sure not to be too forceful, as you don't want the plantain to end up going through the holes of the lemon squeezer. Remove the cup from the lemon squeezer and plate them, lastly put ceviche inside each cup. However little, or much, is up to you.

Make sure to let us know how this recipe works out for ya! We find our friends LOVE this particular starter, and usually can't get enough. However, don't make too much, as you don't want the guest filling up on appetizers alone.

- Love Always,
Russo




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Tomorrow is the most important thing in life.
Comes into us at midnight very clean.
It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands.
It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.
- John Wayne



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