Monthly Archives: June 2012

Retail Therapy at the International Market

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If you’re anything like me, one of the reasons you love travel is for the love of food.  My mouth starts watering at the thought of Indian Chaat, Horchata, Pho, sauteed Choy Sum, ….the list goes on and on.  Though it would be nice to travel internationally all the time, I do spend my fair share of time at home, or at least up and down the east coast, doing bead shows and the like.  But the beautiful thing is that you don’t have to go to India to get mouth-watering Bhel Puri, Thailand to indulge in deliciously spicy Tom Kha, or South America to savor fried Plantains.  The world is a pretty small little oyster when you get right down to it.  And there are LOTS of pearls!
Choose your heat!

Aveesh and I are on the road a lot, and in almost every city, we make a point of finding an International market or eatery.  We’ve found some amazing ethnic groceries in the least-expected places.  African Grocery, Greek Market, Asian Market, South American Seafood Market, you name it, we’ll stop.  The vast selections of curiously intriguing goodies is such a lure, we can’t get enough.  Unusual looking veggies, hot sauces galore, dry seasonings, teas, candy and cookies, nuts, fruits, pickles, chocolates….And the packaging is always so fun to read.  Colors, characters, words, pictures, some of which have meaning to me, and lots of which have to be deciphered by my taste buds.  There’s a certain element of mystery and surprise when shopping in international markets.  I’ve been pleasantly and disappointingly surprised.  There were the delicious Rose Linda Mango/chili/salt lollipops from Mexico that make my mouth water to think about them.  And then there were the pickled leeks from Vietnam that were overly sweet and strange.  But that’s all part of the adventure!

We’re heading to Atlanta as I type, for the Down the Street Bead Show.  We’ll be staying with my cousin, who happens to live just down the street from the Cobb International Farmer’s Market.  We were here last weekend too, and I must confess that we stopped to just pick up a few things for dinner, and didn’t emerge for at least an hour.  The flavors of the world sucked us right in.  I took a few pictures of some of my favorite aisles.  Maybe the colors and imagined flavors will encourage you to step out of the safe haven of your neighborhood chain supermarket.  Travel the aisles of the world’s flavors and see what you find. I bet you’ll be pleasantly intrigued!

Are you a seasoned International Market shopper?  What are some of your favorite finds?  Do share!

99 bottles of Aloe Juice on the wall, take one down, pass it aroundInternational Sweets

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Karma Calendar

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Serendipity is one of life’s beautiful gifts.  I’m at a bead show this weekend in Pompano Beach, FL.  I just met in person one of our customers who orders online all of the time.  How fun to meet someone in person whose name you see time and again.  Resa is a jewelry designer, yogi, and positive thinker who has created a really cool jewelry company, with a karmic angle, that I love.  It’s called Karma Calendar.  Resa describes it as “A 27-day journey for any time of the ear, in an advent calendar for your soul.”   With the Karma Calendar, every day you open a door on the calendar, and complete the good karma task hidden behind the door.  At the end of the day, you add a bead to your wrist mala.  After 27 days, you have a full wrist mala to wear, to remind you of your karmic investment, and to use as a meditation tool.

I love it!  This is a truly unique concept, with such a beautiful lesson and end result.  And to top it off, Resa donates a portion of her proceeds to the Choki Traditional Art School (CTAS), in Thimphu, Bhutan, that helps underprivileged children continue their education, and helps preserve their traditional art forms.

As a fellow yogini, female business owner, and creative soul I was so excited to share Resa’s beautiful business with you.  If you’re interested, check it out here:
www.karmacalendar.com or here: www.etsy.com/shop/KarmaCalendar