Thursday, June 21, 2012

Advice from a Tree

 I continue to be awed by the lessons we can take from the simple yet spectacular rhythm that nature abides by and shares with us. About a year ago, a beautiful poem was introduced to me by my friend Mary Lou (a fellow volunteer at the National Arboretum.) At this time of year, with so many goings and comings, beginnings and endings, this poem rings true.
Advice from  a Tree

 Metasequoia glyptostroboide  (Dawn Redwoods) 

Dear Friend,
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of your true Nature
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter
Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night.
  Seek nourishment from the good things in life 
Simple pleasures  
Earth, fresh air, light
       Be content with your natural beauty
       Drink plenty of water
          Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
            Be flexible 
Remember your roots
         Enjoy the view!

          -Ilan Shamir

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Rasika-Bonus Food Blog

We sat at the corner table on the left
A few weeks ago, my partner restaurant critic and I met at Rasika's newest location in the West End.  It was a rainy Tuesday but I was not about to miss this meal after a month of anticipation (that's how long it took us to get a reservation!)  But boy, was it worth the wait.

We were debating on cocktails.  When we told our waiter we weren't sure what to order, he talked to us about the kind of drinks we like. With a knowing grin, he promised to come back with something for each of us. Sure enough, he served us two different cocktails well-suited to our taste buds. Unfortunately I have no idea what we drank.  Hopefully you can have a similar conversation with your waiter and end up with a perfect cocktail match.  Here is what we ordered from the dinner menu with a mixed basket of Naan.   

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