My bean soup has come a long way

By | March 13, 2014

Bean, Soup, Elaine

Elaine’s Bean Soup

It is here I present to you my bean soup I made last night! Ta-dahhhhhh…. Let me tell ya, it’s come a long way since my first attempt when I was 18 years old living in an apartment in Athens. I had no clue you shouldn’t add salt to your soup at the beginning, as it would harden the beans. There I was cooking my “fasolada” soup for 4 hours, checking every 20 minutes on the status of what was happening. Was it because I didn’t have a pressure cooker I wondered? lol….Oh my……

Well, here it is…. Nothing fancy, but it has come a long way since then! Please note, I am not a chef. I just know how to chop salads well. 😛 Follow my Instagram – Bitches Love Salad Also, I should note, I’ve added beets which I typically wouldn’t add in the bean soup I usually make. I LOVE beets and they remind me of the Russian borscht soup.

Ingredients

* beans – I’m not quite sure how much. Was it a cup? 😛
*1 carrot
*2 celery stalks
*1 onion
*2 cloves of garlic
*tomato sauce, just a bit
*3 beets – bulbs do they call them?
*1/2 bay leaves, sure why not.
*1 potato
*some olive oil
*pepper
*salt —— USE TOWARDS THE END!! lol

1.I first soak my beans in water.
2.Then boil them for a bit.
3.Drain.
4.Add all the ingredients, except for the salt until end.
5.HOPE FOR THE BEST!
6. Enjoy! :)

Until next time! 😛

100 Reasons Why I Am A Fit For G Adventures

By | March 11, 2014

Elafonissi Beach, Crete, Greece, G Adventures.

Elafonissi Beach, Crete, Greece

Here are a hundred reasons why I think I am fit & want the role of Creative Videographer/Editor with G Adventures.

1. I have a similar beliefs & core values as G Adventures.
2. I see myself as a great fit that I even made a travel resume video to show:

3. I am passionate about video.
4. I have Final Cut pro X & iMovie skills.
5. I am currently part-time at George Brown College for Video & Film Production.
6. I completed Social Media Marketing at George Brown College.
7. I studied Hotel Management in Athens, Greece at a Swiss Hotel College for three years.
8. I have basic Adobe Creative Suite skills. (Basic for now. 😛 )
9. I have a YouTube channel with over 500 videos that are travel related/living inspiration.
10. I have a desire to travel around the world & have been since I was 16 years old.
11. I have worked in travel & tourism for 12 years.
12. In 2011, I travelled once a month to make YouTube videos around the world because it’s my passion.
13. I have 1,346,815 YouTube views with 1793 subscribers.
and this was before taking professional classes at George Brown for video & film.
14. I can figure out technical things by myself.
15. If you give me any camera, I will figure out how to use it and not ask how.
16. I want to be a part of a bigger vision.
17. I speak an intermediate level of Spanish.
18. I speak an intermediate level of Greek.

Couchsurfers from Australia

Couchsurfers from Australia

19. I hold three passports: Australian, Canadian & Greek.
20. I can get lost in making travel videos for hours.
21. I am passionate about travel & video so much that it doesn’t feel like work.
22. I love learning.
23. I am a passionate person.
24. I know how to create a following with social media.
25. I am a content creator.
26. I invest in education.
27. I am a backpacker & couch-surfer. Having studied hotel management, I can appreciate a hotel too.
28. I self-teach to better myself with new skills.
29. I am highly creative.
30. I can tell a strong story.
31. I have to capture everything on video!
32. I have an entrepreneurial spirit.
33. I can travel anywhere alone.
34. I have worked in the Caymans serving Pina Coladas barefoot, because when will you ever get an opportunity?
35. I was an exchange student to Monterrey, Mexico when I was 16 years old to learn Spanish for three months.
36. I have worked on the Greek islands.
37. I have spent a year in Lake Louise as Food & Beverage Coordinator, but preferred what I did outside the office.

First Meal in Jamaica

First Meal in Jamaica

38. I value experiences.
39. I believe in myself.
40. I love exploring new places.
41. I know how to work with little or no supervision.
42. I am a very open person, and can speak to anyone.
43. I feel as though this entire world in my office space.
44. I can work alone or with a team.
45. I love marketing.
46. I don’t have a serious relationship or children that could tie me down.
47. I was born to travel. Do you know anyone else with 3 passports?
48. I always felt this Whitesnake song “Here I go again on my own” was meant for me travelling & working around the world.

49. I believe travel is the best way to spend your money.
50. I am highly organized.
51. I can meet deadlines.
52. I have to work at a company I believe in.
53. My dream job is to capture travel experiences & share them with the world.
54. I am actually paying someone for video consulting to better my video production.
55. I have to live a travel lifestyle or else I won’t be living my authentic life.

Carti, San Blas, Panama

Carti, San Blas, Panama

56. I believe you have to do a job you believe in, and love.
57. I love adventure.
58. I can work hard/play hard.
59. My future is video marketing in the tourism industry.
60. I love Aristotle’s quote, “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”
61. I have attention to detail.
62. I am a story-teller.
63. I can work anywhere in the world.
64. I am adaptable to change.
65. I think I would fit in very well.
66. I have high energy.

Buying Yummy Fruit in Santo Domingo from a Palenquera

Buying Yummy Fruit in Santo Domingo from a Palenquera

67. I am a fast learner.
68. I have a keen eye to what looks great in video.
69. I am able to handle criticism.
70. I am able to listen to what you want in order to know what to create.
71. I have a willingness to learn.
72. I am open-minded to new ideas/strategies.
73. I have video-editing in mind before shooting.
74. I look at other travel videos to see their spin/concept.
75. Ability to cut footage that does not serve.
76. I can work with a limited budget.
77. I took a basic Italian language class. Ok, so I can’t remember much.
78. I keep an eye on your postings to find a match.
79. I am proud you’re from Toronto. #TorontoRepresent :)
80. I heard you guys have 4:00 p.m drinks on Friday’s! YAY!
81. I don’t know how to do everything, but I can find out how!
82. I believe if we did what we loved, we live longer, happier & healthier lives.
83. I can manage multiple projects.

Elaine Sailing on Lake Ponchartrain, Louisiana

Elaine Sailing on Lake Ponchartrain, Louisiana

84. I have strong communication & interpersonal skills.
85. I am passionate about life.
86. All I want to do is make travel videos…. seriously. :)
87. I love culture.
88. I love history.
89. I love trying new things.
90. I love Bruce Poon Tip. haha Just joking. I don’t know him. He seems cool though.
91. I am a travel person.
92. I really feel this position is in alignment with who I am and what I want to do.
93. I want to work for G Adventures.
94. I want to use my creative & technical skills in something I believe in.
95. The thought of working for G Adventures makes me happy.
96. I have an innovative & artistic mindset.
97. I ready to be a CEO of this Videographer/Editor role!
98. I am improving my skills daily!
99. I would LOVE to work for G Adventures.
100. I am ready to change the world!

Explore Toronto: Visit Chinatown

By | March 11, 2014

Spadina Ave, Chinatown, Toronto, Travel, Tourism

Toronto’s Chinatown

Take a day-trip exploring Chinatown in Toronto. Many would say this is the old Chinatown, as Chinatown has moved north to Markham. Torontonians would argue Markham isn’t Toronto, however that being said this is one of North America’s largest Chinatowns and one of 6 Chinatowns in the Greater Toronto Area. Along Spadina Ave. & Dundas Street West, you’ll be able to find many Chinese restaurants, shops, and outdoor markets throughout the year. It’s a great place to explore using your taste palate…. and for cheap!

Persimmons, Chinatown, Toronto, Chinese

Persimmons

Summer, or winter the markets are open! You can pick up some exotic Chinese fruits & veggies. You have the selection if you want Cantonese or Shanghai boo choy! Exciting right?

Bok choy, Chinese, Chinatown, Toronto

Market in Chinatown, Toronto

You can buy Chinese karma charms to bring happiness, wealth, prosperity & many blessings! Maybe a good house-warming gift?

Karma, Charms, Chinatown, Toronto, Spadina

Oh I love good karma!

With over 2000 stores across Asia & North America, TenRen’s is the place to buy your tea! They even created a jingle that is stuck in my head, ” buy three, get 1 free!” You can find it at 454 Dundas St W.

TenRen's, Tea, Chinatown, Dundas Ave. W, Toronto,

Delicious Tea

Lamb, Chinese, Fish, Chinatown, Skewers, Toronto, Dundas Ave.

Lamb & fish please!

I love these spicy lamb & fish-ball skewers. They take about 10 minutes to cook, which is a perfect about of time to explore stores close by. You can get 4 skewers for $5.00. I don’t know about you, but I get excited! It’s right before the north-east corner at Spadina Ave. & Dundas Street West on Dundas.

Chinese, yummy, fish ball , Chinatown, Toronto

Yummo!

Dumpling House Restaurant is a tasty & very inexpensive place to eat. It’s located at 328 Spadina Ave, Toronto. It’s open from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00p.m. Nom Nom Nom…..

Dumplings, Chinatown, Toronto

Dumpling House Restaurant

dumplings, chinatown, Toronto

Watching the dumpling being prepared.

Beef dumplings, Toronto, Chinatown, Spadina

Beef Dumplings

This place is a great travel escape for the day in Toronto to Asia if your a tourist or local!

To watch my day watch the video below!

Love this city Toronto!

By | March 7, 2014

Love this city! #1LOVETO #AdelaideSt #Toronto

Love this city! #1LOVETO #AdelaideSt #Toronto

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Toronto Zoo Polar Bear Cub Reveals Name

By | March 6, 2014

Toronto Zoo

So cute!

This little cub reveals his name at the Toronto Zoo. Soooo sweet! I am excited to visit him soon. :)