Sunday, May 5, 2013

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead plus Turnips

After watching "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" with Joe Cross this week,  I've increased my vegetable intake.  Joe Cross is charismatic, honest and from Australia - a great combination.  The movie is divided into two segments.  The 1st segment is Joe's journey to being healthier.  The 2nd segment is the journey of someone Joe met along the way, Phil.  Both journeys are inspiring.

Now on to my discovery this week.  I love salads and like to include this or that to see if it adds something to my salad.  My latest experiment has been - Raw Turnips.

Have you ever tried raw turnips?  They're crunchy, crispy and zesty.  Who knew?

A few "Turnip" tips I picked up this week...when buying turnips, the smaller the better.  Turnips last up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.  If you decide to cook them, adding a potato to the pot takes the bitter taste out.

Thanks for visiting ~ Reia

PS - for more information on the movie, visit "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead".  It was made in 2010 and is 97 minutes in length.  (FYI - I watched it on Netflix.)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Pianomania ~ Steinway and Sons

I've been wanting to watch "Pianomania" for a long time and it was worth the wait. 

I found it fascinating as I watched Stefan Knupfer, a piano tuner from Steinway, constantly taking the Steinway(s) apart and tweak them over & over & over for his famous clients. 

All of my bad jobs from the past look easy after watching this young man work.

It has subtitles but it was fun to hear their words and read what they meant.

"Pianomania" is 1:33 in length.   I found the most interesting parts at 25 minutes, 48 minutes, 51 mins when Lang Lang performs and from 1:04 to the end.

You can virtually tour The Wiener Konzerthaus they're filming in at

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(From - Pianomania
The Wiener Musikverein by Michal Osmenda, on Flickr

"Pianomania" follows Stefan Knüpfer, a piano tuner from Steinway and his famous clients Lang Lang, Brendel, Buchbinder and Pierre-Laurent Aimard as they search for the perfect pitch.

Thanks for visiting ~ Reia

PS - I watched "Pianomania" on Netflix.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

A Day at the Beach ~ Virtually

Lately I've been "itching" for the beach.  I grew up in Central Florida and we spent time on the West Coast or the East Coast but we always spent time at the "Beach".  Florida beaches are something else.  White sand for miles.

Now that I'm back in the Deep South and near beaches, I find myself wanting to see and hear ocean waves. 

My life is full of wonderful things but time to drive to the beach and sit just isn't one of them.  So...I found an alternative on Amazon Instant Video and I'm very happy!

I have my beach view, my beach sounds and I'm still at home - no bathing suit, no gas to pay for the trip - now this is living!

So if you have a need to see and hear ocean waves crashing, feel free to watch "Ventana On The Beach" with me!

Thanks for visiting ~ Reia