Double Zero…

What goes better with creative brainstorming than food?  It’s like they were made for each other!  So it’s no surprise that my meeting earlier this week took me to a new (at least to me) restaurant in the south of Calgary!

photo courtesy of www.doublezeropizza.ca
photo courtesy of http://www.doublezeropizza.ca

If you haven’t been to Double Zero in Chinook Centre, you should really check it out.  The decor is fresh and modern, boasting of two levels with floor to ceiling windows.  Larger-than-life photos of local folks grace the walls around the restaurant.  The staff is super friendly and attentive, and the Italian inspired food… well, let’s just say I left pretty happy.  Side Note: they have a good looking “Happy Hour” menu that’s available from 3pm – 5pm, Monday to Friday; a perfect way to unwind after work or wrap up a bit of shopping.

IMG_8617So, what did I try?

Butter Leaf Lettuce Salad – tasty, tart, refreshing.

Polynesian Princess Pizza – Nice flair on your traditional ham and pineapple pizza. The dough was nice and light, but had a decent size crust.  I particularly liked the little bit of spice that the chili flakes added.

Chocolate Torta – Yum.  Yup, that’s all I got.  I was too busy enjoying it to really make any mental notes 🙂

Oh, and they had really good coffee!  They only serve milk, no cream, but you hardly needed anything extra.

IMG_8627Would I go back?  For sure!  It definitely felt like a fancier restaurant than I expected to find in a mall, but a great new addition to Chinook Centre!  And they have more than just pizza.  There’s pasta, paninis, items from the grill… I’d be surprised if you couldn’t find something you liked.  If South Calgary is too far for you, you can also find them down town in the Core Shopping Centre on 8th Ave and 4th Street.

Till Next Time,

SailingInDreams

I Want To Be A Yogi…

My whole life I have wanted to be some sort of athlete.  Volleyball, track, basketball, swimming, baseball… I’ve done them all, but I’ve never reached a level that I would say, “there, now I’m an athlete.”  My stamina is weak, not to mention my consistent effort and motivation has been somewhat lacking in my previous tries.

In all my athletic attempts, I’ve always looked at the final goal as my motivation and get so discouraged when where I’m at is not where I want to be.  imageWe live in a society where we want it all and we want it 5 minutes ago.  And I believe that’s why I find Yoga so refreshing.  For starters, you cannot tell me that a yoga expert is not an athlete.  They’re able to lift and contort their bodies in ways that make other athletes’ jaws drop.  In reality, many sports teams have their athletes participating in some form of yoga to increase flexibility and strength.  But what I’ve come to love so much about Yoga is that it meets me where I’m at.

imageEvery time you come to your mat, it’s not about being better than the person beside you, it’s not about doing each posture to perfection, it’s about turning off the outside world and finding contentment with where you are, in that moment.  Sure, last class you may have been able to do a “Wheel” pose, but this time you can only achieve a “Little Bridge”. That’s totally fine. Yoga is all about the journey and not so much the destination.

Recently a Breath Hot Yoga studio opened up just a block or two from my house and I’ve been attending numerous different classes. In the couple of months that I have been practicing yoga consistently I have seen some nice changes.  Sure, my flexibility is getting better and my lunge is getting deeper, but more importantly, I find that I can go to my mat and shut out the stresses and concerns that I have, even if it’s just for 65 minutes.

Handstand-Scorpion
photo courtesy of http://www.fitsugar.com

Do I want to be able to do a “Handstand Scorpion Pose”, of course, but I know that will take time and practice.  For now, I am content with where I am at this moment and I know that each and every moment will be different.  I have found something that I love to do and I am enjoying doing it, and that could be the most important thing after all.

Till next time,

SailingInDreams

I’m At It Again…

A couple of years ago, I started a blog that was simply a photo a day journey for 365 days.  It was actually a very neat and surprisingly challenging experience.  Well, it’s been a while since I’ve tossed a blog post out there but I thought I would take another crack at it, except something a little different.

Sunrise.So welcome to my new blog 🙂  A place that’s simply full of life…food, friends, photography, art, writing, traveling… anything and everything that’s tossed my way.  But as is so typically me, I will be focusing on the positive things of life.  I am a firm believer that there is a silver lining around absolutely everything, you just have to look hard… sometimes really hard…but it’s there.

So, here’s to  a little light, a little love and a little laughter in life!

Enjoy,

SailingInDreams

A little light, a little love, a little laughter…