It’s All About the Yummy

There are many instances in my life where I doubted the point of being here, chained to a body and being at the mercy of unexpected events that challenge its survival. Many thought leaders are now touting the benefits of waking up and staying in human form. So I started to consider some of the perks of 3D material existence. Many metaphysical teachers claim that sensory experiences are unnecessary on the higher planes. Immediately I thought, no need for clothes, jewelry, shoes, food, etc.

So I created a blogging challenge ( a Sense-sational one, you might say), to invite people to really ponder the gifts of living in form. After all, we all know the limitations. Which of the 5 bodily senses are preferred and how do they enhance your life?  This is what I was looking to uncover, in order to create a conversation about incarnation with a certain perspective.

 Here is what I discovered about my preferences and delights:

If I was asked as a child to name my favorite sense, it would have been my sight. I have always been so fond of colors, patterns, and images and could not image functioning without use of my outer  eyes or third eye. I am definitely a visual learner and will forget names, but never a face! As my readers know, art is therapy for me and it never lets me down. Like C said in her post, the thought of becoming blind is simply unthinkable. My eyesight has certainly declined with time, but glasses fill the gap most of the time. I went from having superior vision ( 20/10) to requiring progressive lenses for myopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia. Yet I am grateful that these are usually a  minor inconvenience. I am quite fortunate that I do not need to wear glasses all day, but mostly for reading or walking outside where distances are out of focus.

I have experienced many shifts in sensory acuity over the years. As a child and young adult, my sense of smell was impaired. I could not smell odors and fragrances that others took for granted. When someone suggested I smell a  delicious flower, it was both disappointing and frustrating to notice nothing.  Then one day my sense of smell improved dramatically. Not only can I smell a variety of wonderful fragrances, I am very sensitive to strong and unpleasant ones. It is a mixed blessing, as many seem to be.

My ability to hear has always been sub par, but it never prevented me from enjoying music. Music has always been my companion, especially during the darkest times. It is remarkable how the vibrations offer unlimited healing of body and spirit.  But my left ear was always trouble and a few years ago I developed tinnitus. I was tested and have some hearing loss in the right ear. So sometimes I  struggle to understand when  someone is muttering or has a strong accent. But I have adjusted the best I can.

While it is important to have a sense of touch/sensation , it is not my favorite; particularly when confronted with chronic painful health conditions.  However, I do not take anything for granted and value the pleasure that often accompanies the ability to feel bodily sensations. I would give anything to re-live the tactile sensation of a head bump from Dexter, or the calming warmth of Jasmine sleeping on the back of my legs. Hugging my nieces or petting my cat “babies” are treasured moments that make life rich with meaning.

Like the majority of the challenge writers, I enjoy having access to all of my senses. In fact, I am pleased that I often have access to intuition, clairvoyance, clairsentience, and a few others. But the sense that provides me the most joy is the sense of taste, in the form of food. Interestingly enough, my sense of taste was not important as a young child. I was a very picky eater with not much of an appetite. Breakfast before school each day was half a slice of toast. Exciting, right? But as I matured, I began to develop a sophisticated palate and became a foodie in training.

Enjoying food is more than taking pleasure in consumption of fuel for the body; it is a process that integrates all five senses. Sight, sound, smell, touch, along with taste, can play a role in the gustatory experience.

Here are a few examples:

The sizzle of meat and veggies cooking on the grill.

The crunch of popcorn coinciding with the sharpness of salt and the luxurious feel of creamy butter.

The intoxicating smell of freshly brewed coffee.

The deep burgundy hue of a glass of Merlot.

The neon pink cloud of cotton candy.

The brittle caramelized sugar layer on top of creme brulee.

The silky texture of frozen vanilla custard meeting the decisive crunch of the sugar cone.

The bittersweet taste and unctuous smoothness of dark chocolate mousse.

The comforting aroma of mom’s chicken soup simmering on the stove.

The complex, thick, savory – sweetness of chicken mole.

The vivid, maroon goodness of red velvet cake, complemented by sweet, velvety cream cheese icing.

The crackle of peking duck skin marrying the succulent meat and unami hoisin sauce with the crisp bite of scallions and soft mandarin pancakes. Peking duck is a dish that exemplifies holy matrimony of the delicious kind!

One of my dreams is to be the next Anthony Bourdain so I can incorporate my passion for food, travel, and writing together as a food/travel critic. In the meantime, though, I am happy to share with you my thoughts and feelings on all things yummy here at litebeing chronicles. Thank to all who participated in this challenge either directly or vicariously. I appreciate your patience with me in finishing my own offering. Time kinda got away from me.

Speaking of time, let me wish all of my readers the very best of 2018. Please love your Selves first so that more energy is available to you for all you wish to manifest.  The journey really is within, after all.

Here are some blogs that feature my foodie spirit:

https://litebeing.com/2014/09/15/east-africa-in-west-philly-traversing-time-and-space/

https://litebeing.com/2014/08/18/returning-home-part-v-pendle-hill/

https://litebeing.com/2014/07/07/lucky-litebeing/

https://litebeing.com/2014/05/02/a-day-in-the-flow/

https://litebeing.com/2014/04/18/musings-herstory-poland-ukraine-and-ancestral-mysteries/

https://litebeing.com/2013/06/11/scenes-from-an-indian-restaurant-collisions-of-parallel-time/

https://litebeing.com/2013/06/10/111-global-party/

 

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Lucky litebeing ~ published on 7-7-14

Welcome to my world!

This quote is the first line from the food show that started it all, A Cook’s Tour with Anthony Bourdain. There are some people you like right away and Anthony is one of those in my world. I considered his influence on me immediately last Saturday when I had an incredibly blessed and lucky day that involved food, film, and fancy.

By WNYC New York Public Radio. Cropped and edited by Daniel Case (Anthony Bourdain and Leonard Lopate) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Tony is not only a gifted television personality on multiple networks, but  a supremely talented writer, chef, foodie, philosopher and adventurer. Here is an excerpt from his book A Cook’s Tour,  from which the television show was based:

I wanted magic.  When is food magic?  What are the common denominators? Certainly. when food is the result of a brilliant  and obsessive personal vision, it can take on mystical, magical aspects. At their best, chefs like to consider themselves alchemists, and some of them, particularly the French, have a long and glorious tradition of turning lead into gold.

… Respecting the ingredient may no longer be an economic necessity in much of the emerging world, it is now  a pleasure, to be experienced and enjoyed at one’s chosen time and place.  When everything is just right. a well made tete de veau can be not only a thing to be savored for its challenging yet simple combinations of flavors and textures; it can, with the haunting power of sense memory, remind us of times and places long past.

Do you see why I worship this guy??

There was a time that I wanted to be linked with powerful men so that I could also feel powerful ( Pluto conjunct North Node in the 7th). Those days are gone, so I would prefer to be like Anthony Bourdain and write and eat my away around our planet, rather than be with him. Not that I would I rule out a romance if we were both single and the opportunity presented itself.

In any event, I have followed him from series to series and now have begun to read his work and he is a bit more spiritually oriented than the persona presented  on-screen. I will have to read more of A Cook’s Tour to see what other secrets are revealed.

After another busy week, I decided to escape to the movies. I went online to see what is playing at a beautiful grand cinema in the suburbs and decide to see Chef.  I then checked out some nearby places to stop for lunch. I knew there’s a decent barbecue joint in the area so I googled  it and discovered a new offering. It is called Lucky Well. 

I noticed this line on the front page of the web site:

More on this later…

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I thoroughly enjoyed Chef  and would rate it as one of the top 5 food movies of all time. High praise I know, but I just adored this movie. The splendid cinematography elevated even the most simple culinary preparations to extraordinary artistic heights.

Within just a few minutes into this flick, I was hooked. So often I will force myself to be patient and give at least a half hour before I start quipping ” Do I care about these characters? ” Not in this case. I was whisked away from the excess of Los Angeles to the vibrant clean salsa of South Beach to the chaotic, flamboyant magic of New Orleans by way of music, flavor, and whimsy.

The plot is simple: Give a person a chance to do what they love and watch them come back to life! Is there really a better message out there?

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So across the street I discovered The Lucky Well. It is owned by Chad Rosenthal who recently competed on The Next Food Network Star. I grabbed a table and perused the menu. Shortly thereafter, my server Christina shows up. We initially encountered a few communication issues ( Mercury retro strikes again), but eventually came to an understanding. The pulled pork sandwich and brussel sprouts with garlic, bacon, and parmesan cheese were truly a revelation. Life was good, and lucky! Christina and I began talking soap operas, film production, and barbecue. Then we shared some of our favorite films. I kinda felt like we already were acquainted as our conversation progressed. I gave her my business card and thanked her for such a great meal.

I was not mislead by the 111 symbology guiding me to Lucky Well.  At the end of a fabulous lunch and enlightening conversation with Christina, the bill arrived:

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Notice the 111, followed by 333 pm and then  # 50003?

Did the owners consider 111 to be lucky?

Just wonderin’ !

My mom often referred to me as Lucky Linda. I never cared for it since it seemed to lack authenticity and appeared to be sarcastic in tone.

But in that moment at 3:33 pm, I did feel quite lucky.

image credits:

Anthony Bourdain photo by By WNYC New York Public Radio. Cropped and edited by Daniel Case (Anthony Bourdain and Leonard Lopate) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Chef poster via wikimedia.org fair use

sandwich image by jeffreyw (Mmm…pulled pork sammich Uploaded by Fæ) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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111 GLOBAL PARTY

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Welcome to this special 111 GLOBAL PARTY!!

Please join me now and pick up a glass and to toast to my followers, readers, fellow bloggers, and friends of litebeing chronicles. Make yourselves at home: grab some food, play some tunes, visit some posts and pages – I have made some revisions ( gotta see my story ) so you might like to check out what you may have missed. There’s an open bar and sit down meal featuring some international favorites. Please dance to some global and old school beats or chill and hang out. Don’t forget the special giveaways at the end of the party….

 Cheers to good friends, creativity, WordPress, and the joy of blogging!

Menu

champagne or sparkling cider ( to toast)

Appetizer Buffet

guacamole, salsa, hummus, tzatziki, baba ganoush

 crudites and tortilla chips

organic salad  and fruit bar

assorted sushi and sashimi

lobster rolls – connecticut style

vietnamese  shrimp summer rolls

 sriracha and assorted dipping sauces

mini peking duck rolls

tamales with red and green chile – vegan

mini pizzas with assorted toppings

assorted satay with peanut sauce

garlic naan with chutney and raita

veggie samosas – vegetarian

jamaican meat and veggie patties

jerk chicken wings /  rice and peas with plantains

Entrees

chu chee duck curry

thai green seafood curry

beef redang

asian ginger veggie stir-fry – vegan

enchiladas verde – choice of cheese or chicken

burger sliders – choice of beef, salmon, or veggie

 ( pommes frites and dipping sauces)

doro wat with injera

wiener schnitzel with spaetzle, red cabbage and gravy

home-made cheese tortellini

(choice of  fresh pesto or marinara sauce – vegetarian)

lamb tagine with couscous

feijoada with collard greens , toasted manioc meal,

(hot sauce, and orange wedges )

palak paneer – vegetarian

lamb rogan josh

chicken madras

chef’s combo – choose a sampling of your favorite entrees

Dessert/ Drink Menu

open bar ( non alcoholic and alcoholic beverages)

german chocolate cake

assorted gelato and fresh fruit sorbet

organic strawberry rhubarb pie

sachertorte

coffee, espresso

assorted caffeinated and herbal teas

Party Favors

I was given these two gorgeous awards created by the Talented TamrahJo of The Good, Bad And Ludicrous. Recipients were instructed to distribute them as they see fit, as long as they don’t pretend they are their own. So if you are one of my readers ( if you are reading this now you qualify!), feel free to take these home and pass on to others as the mood strikes. Let’s make a toast to TamrahJo!

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Make sure that you take some party favors and read the end of the post for the surprise giveaways!! before you leave.

peace

  

SURPRISE GIVEAWAYS

Now it’s time for my surprise announcement! I am giving away  3  free astrology sessions to the first 3 followers who sign up.  111 adds up to three, which also rhymes with free, so it all comes together organically! The sessions include a natal chart interpretation and forecast for the year ahead. I use western astrology and incorporate my intuitive abilities into the readings.  Logistical arrangements, phone, Skype, etc, will be made between myself and the individual participants once the selections are made.

To sign up,  you must be a current follower and request a reading in the guest book/comments section. That’s all, just be a follower and post a reply!  I am very excited to share this with you and hope that those who have been wanting a reading will now be able to enjoy this offering.

 Namaste and in light, litebeing

Don’t forget to grab a party favor and sign the guest book !

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Collisions and Mortadella

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Here’s another precious little gem about synchronicity and trusting your gut. Yesterday I am driving up to Willow Grove to run errands. This all started because on Wednesday I order mortadella at the deli counter at my local supermarket. Mortadella is bologna on steroids, a rich garlicky meat studded with pistachios. I first tried it in Italy and have been enamored with it ever since.

The deli guy says ” We don’t sell it anymore , we end up throwing it away.” I reply ” I came here just for the mortadella.” An elderly lady loudly declares ” You must go to Sam’s Italian Market.” She said it’s somewhere in Willow Grove. Later while shopping she finds me again and tells me to watch my purse in the shopping cart! I thanked her and I knew from previous experience to listen to “strangers” offering sage advice.

So I google Sam’s Italian Market and discover it is near Barnes and Noble. ( Regular readers know about me and bookstores!!) So I am deciding how to best arrange my errands. I have several places to go and I want to be mindful of the mileage and the impending snowfall. I am really aware of the traffic delays while on the road. I have noticed this the past few days: it may be due to Saturn stationing ( Saturn which often represents delays and time itself, is preparing to go into retrograde mode and slowing down to a temporary but powerful halt, which is called a station.)

So I am beginning to get a bit anxious about completing my errands as quickly as possible. I am really struggling about whether to go to the bookstore first or the market. And on top of it all, I have to use the bathroom. Eventually I conclude that I will go to the bookstore. Finding a parking space is really contentious, seems to be the theme of this week for me. So I head into Barnes and Noble and see a woman coming out of the doorway. I remember what Marianne Williamson, author, activist, and teacher of The Course In Miracles says, ( paraphrase) ” Wherever you go, wherever you are, blast the place and people with love!” So I immediately made eye contact and smiled at this woman. She beamed a big smile back and approached me. ” Don’t I know you?” She is a former co-worker who was thought to have left the country permanently to return back to South Africa. We embraced , spoke briefly, and wished each other well. I thought to myself ” What is it with me and Barnes and Noble lately??”

I tell this tale because it reinforces that everything does happen for a reason and timing IS everything. I listened to the old lady at the counter. I listened to my intuition about going to the bookstore first, despite the fact that I was driving a bit out-of-the-way on my route. What matters is that the woman was leaving Barnes and Nobles and if I had found a parking spot quickly or more conveniently located, I probably would have missed this encounter. I am beginning to find that there is even more to consider than the beauty of these ” chance” encounters. My sense is that they come into your life to jar you into remembering who you really are. We are all interconnected. I have had this happen to me hundreds of times but I am sharing these tales because it is important to be awake!

 

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Please share your stories of synchronicity with me! I am close to 400 views. This is beyond awesome. Let me take this moment to thank all of my views, likes, and follows. When I hit 400, who knows, perhaps a party is in store. In the meantime, remember to blast love everywhere and be kinder while driving. And think of me when I sit down to enjoy the ultimate mortadella hoagie!

see related post: https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/calendars-and-collisions/

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