My France Adventure

 
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I am the kind of person that like to do things different, unconventional, that sometimes it might seem weird to some but I truly believe it is an awesome way of being, I am not a fan of rules. One day I woke up and while writing my gratitude journal, I wrote a list of countries I would like to visit and bring my kids with me, for us to get a new experience. Then the idea of working showed up, why not? cooking can be done anywhere in the world I said to myself. So I followed my passion to teach and meet people and I made the decision to travel to France this summer, specifically to Provence, the South of France.

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Why there? some people might ask, one answer was that I definitely wanted to change my environment and be surrounded by beauty in every way possible, and Provence is everything about that. I wanted to honor and embrace my feminine side. By being an entrepreneur and also being on the go most of the time, we women suppress that part of us and we become unbalanced, and for me, being in a more relaxed, laid back atmosphere, being surrounded by beauty, was my way to come back to myself. I needed a break and follow my passion at the same time in a more relaxed way of being.

 

 
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So after asking around, I came to Aix-en-Provence, where everything is beautiful, great food, great ingredients and very charming. I got the idea of bringing Peruvian food to Provence, to either cook dinners at the place I was staying or to teach cooking classes, something different I thought. People come to Provence to learn and taste about Provencal food, and even though Peruvian food  could be an impossible, I started seeing the interest in people about ceviche and other Peruvian dishes. I ended up going for 10 amazing days!

 

Before my arrival to France, I made some live videos and started promoting the classes and slowly but firmly people started to sign up. I had so many people registered in one day that the apartment that I originally wanted to rent became too small and uncomfortable for the classes, so I decided to not stay there. Then all of the sudden I saw a listing of a beautiful home with a large, amazing kitchen and I made it the place for the classes.

 

The owner grows her own garden, so we were able to get fresh herbs and eat wild strawberries every day and enjoy fresh, delicious tomatoes.

The first thing I did after I arrived to Aix was going to the local farmers market, I so loved it, everything was so fresh, the cheeses, the meats, the vegetables, it was truly amazing. I brought Peruvian ingredients from the US and some other ingredients I got at the farmers market for my first class, which was the day after we arrived. I didn’t waste anytime.

I was lucky to meet people that guided me to the stores and help me selecting the ingredients, I am so grateful for them that were with me along this journey, felt very blessed.

 

 

The classes started with a brief overview of Peruvian cuisine and samples of a few ingredients spread on the table.

I greeted my guests with a glass of Pisco Sour and chicha morada. Then they grab little bites of quinoa croquettes with avocado and tomato salsa. After indulging in this deliciousness, we served Papa a la Huancaina family style. It was so nice to see people experience the flavors of Peru, they loved it.

After that I did a demo of ceviche, I made ceviche clasico, which was a bit challenging because definitely the limes taste a bit different. We would end the class with carapulcra, a dried potato stew so new for the attendees. I also had fellow Peruvians at one of my classes and they absolutely loved the treat.

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By my third class I was able to go to the markets on my own and identify which ingredients will be best for my class.

 

It was definitely an amazing experience, and I know I will be back, there are more places to visit and connect to some key people that made my connections easier when I was there. I am truly grateful for this amazing experience. La vie est bonne en France...oui oui.

 

 

Day at the Park

 
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The weather is finally changing here on the East Coast, is warming up little by little. Today I decided to go outside and go to my favorite park for a run, trail and some meditation. It was actually my first day of training for what is coming, unsure if it will be a marathon, cycling event or another triathlon. Regardless, I truly enjoy my time alone in the park, being surrounded by nature brings me a lot of peace and at the same time it feels good to move around looking at the trees and beautiful sprouting flowers. To me is a way to untoxic my soul.

My favorite park is so beautiful, it is really big and full of trees, has an arboretum, a trail area that I love spending time with my kids, watching them having fun at the exercise stations. It also has many amenities as well as a running track and tennis courts. The pond is where I love to seat and just BE. The park is so close to me, that I can actually walk there, well maybe :)  It is my escape, the place where I can go and just don’t care.

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I also use this time alone for reflection and meditation. Becoming aware and look inside, has given me the opportunity to know myself on a deep level. Acceptance has been a big word for me so far this year, and wow, it’s liberating. When you accept what’s going in this moment, you make peace with it and have faith that is part of the process, you stop resisting and when you stop resisting, you stop all kinds of suffering, which is nothing but ego, the ego that wants to have control over circumstances. I have learn to let go and let things unfold, trust that the universe has your best interest and that you are always loved and pure love essence.

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It is really good to think about your life in a positive way, and also embracing your shadows, the bad stuff that is within us that we are too afraid to bring to light, but we can never hide our shadows, they are always with us following us. Thinking about the people in your life, their mission, your business, it helps you to keep centered and positive and also realizing that every experience, every person, always bring a gift with them, and it’s up to us to see it and how we see it, is more important.

Even though I also like the gym, nothing beats nature, just breathing the fresh air makes it so much more special.

What makes your day special?

 

 

 

Love for my Kids

I have two amazing kids, Matt and Aly, my love for them is completely unconditional. Matt is 16, the kind of kid that is so sweet and at the same time works hard for what he wants. He is in high school and has big goals in mind. Aly is 12, soon to turn 13, my little bee, she is one of the most caring, loving and hard working human being I have ever met . . . .

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