Garden Beauties

Garden Beauties

Hello to all!

Today I would like to share a few close up snap shots that I took recently. A peek through my lens capturing the tough beauty of these plants. I’m amazed by the enormous varied of succulents and cactus that I see around, embellishing our gardens and houses, plants that are easy to care for, have interesting foliages, shapes and styles on the own.

Hope you enjoy the combination of photos of these beautiful plants, and happy week. ♡♡

 

photo 2 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Succulent close up photo 3 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

photo 4 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Cactus close up photo 5 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Cactus photo 7 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Succulent photo 6 by Rhônya Holman for bella.bluelf.me

Hard Rock Cafe – Hawaii

Hard Rock Cafe – Hawaii

Hello everyone and Happy March!

Today I would like to share a few more photos that I took last year in Hawaii. Since the year passed by so fast I didn’t have much time to post or talk about all the cool places I’ve seen. Today I would like to dedicated this post to the Hard Rock Cafe.

I have been to a lot of Hard Rock Cafes, but this one is the coolest. Great atmosphere with good view and fresh breeze from the balcony. It’s clean with a lot of relaxing space between tables. Also I was impressed by the musical memorabilia: I really liked checking out all the guitars and took a lot of photos.

Now let’s talk about the food. I don’t normally eat in chain restaurants but this one was great. First, they have various appealing dishes on the menu, lots to choose from. I ordered a “Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken Sandwich” and my fiancé ordered a “Grilled Sirloin Steak” the smell of this meal was incredible and for drinks a pitcher of sangria. And later for desert we shared a “Chocolate Mousse Bite”. We stayed for a while because the timing was perfect and pleasant and there were no lines of people waiting for tables.

I saved for last to talk about the service. From the beginning we had a great hostess and a super friendly and attentive waitress. She was great in so many ways, very well trained as was the general staff. Even their uniforms were clean.

I made a little collage so you have some idea of the restaurant… I hope you enjoyed this little insight into my travelings / photography / restaurant review.

Have an amazing weekend! 

 

Hard Rock Cafe photo by Rhônya Holman

Hard Rock Cafe - Honolulu 2 by Bella Bluelf

Hard Rock Cafe girls photo by Rhônya Holman

-All photos by me

Summertime in San Diego

Summertime in San Diego

Bonjour!

Here is a little bit of what I’ve been doing recently, discovering new cool things around the city.

It’s with great pleasure that I share these lovely photos visiting various beautiful places in San Diego. Since I’m still relatively new here so everything still enchants me so much. California is an amazing, exciting place you just need to know where to go. Below are a few images to continue our celebration of this summer at Sea World as well as the Maritime Museum of San Diego Harbor, which is a few blocks from the adorable Little Italy. More photos will be featured in the next post.

The gentle, mysterious white beluga whale is one of the park’s most sociable animals. Born dark grey, their signature white color is actually a clever camouflage belugas develop by maturity, allowing them to swim peacefully in the waters of their icy arctic homes.

Nicknamed “sea canaries” by mariners, belugas are often heard before seen thanks to their unmistakable birdlike songs. Instead of dorsal fins, they have a low dorsal ridge that lets them easily swim beneath thick ice sheets and find breathing holes; a pretty cool adaptation essential to life in one of the coldest regions of the globe.

I hope each of you is enjoying the rest of the Summer as I do wherever you are... ❤

San Diego Harbor by Rhônya Holman

also took the photo of this big guy who was sleeping during the whole time.

Polar Bear - Sea World by Rhônya Holman

The Polar Bears are the largest land carnivore, polar bears also happen to be the top predator in the Arctic. Their impressive size (up to 12 feet tall for males) running speed (20 miles per hour), and swimming ability combine to make them one of the fiercest predators around.
Polar bears aren’t truly white; their fur is actually translucent. This allows sunlight to soak through their fur and into their black skin helping them stay warm in chilly temperatures.
Highly dependent on seasonal sea ice for hunting and traveling, global climate change is severely impacting these extraordinary animals. Because of their unstable habitat and food supply, polar bears are considered threatened by the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

San Diego Harbor by Rhônya Holman

The Maritime Museum of San Diego enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels. The museum has one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships, including the world’s oldest active ship the Star of India.

Surf Boards Sea World - by Rhônya Holman

– All photos by me

Recipe – Chicken Breast Salad with Black Grapes

Recipe – Chicken Breast Salad with Black Grapes

Greetings!

I hope you all are having a beautiful summer. It’s getting hotter in California with beautiful shining days and palm trees dancing with the cool breezes. So eating light is very important to keep you energized. Just as important is to keep hydrated by drinking fresh natural juices, smoothies, and water; also eating fruit can be key to looking and feeling great during the summer months. Also, don’t forget to protect your skin, applying daily sunscreen lotion…

I’m always experimenting and playing with ingredients trying and tasting other possibilities to bring out new flavors. Today I would like to share this super, healthy, lightly summery recipe I created. The flavors and textures of this chicken salad are delicious and includes most if not all of the nutrients your body needs. It’s great for brunch, lunch, dinner, picnics. You can eat it on top of your favorite lettuces, croissants, sandwiches with crusty French bread, stuffed in pita bread, or spread on crackers. The salad is best served fresh, although it can be refrigerated in a tightly covered container for up to 24 hours.

Enjoy the recipe and let me know how you like it. Any exciting plans for this summer?

Chicken Breast Salad with Black Grapes

Ingredients: Serves 2

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless, free range chicken breast That’s roughly one large chicken breast
  • 1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth (or water infused with fresh or dried herbs or chopped vegetables, fruit juice, light coconut, white wine – pretty much choose any of these methods to cook the breast
  • 1 large celery stalk, finely diced (exactly 1/4 cup diced)
  • 3 scallions finely chopped mixing white and green parts – exactly 3 tbsp or substitute for onion if you prefer
  • 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil [I used a fruity Italian olive oil]
  • 1/2 cup firmly, ripe, plump, seedless black grapes, well washed and quartered
    • Make sure you give them a good rinse in the sink, before cutting them, because little bugs or spiders like to cuddle up between the grapes.
  • 2 tbsp green seedless olives finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro with stems
  • 1/4 cup raw sliced almonds
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste [I used a fine pink Himalayan salt]

How to Prepare:

Place chicken breast in sauce pan large enough to fit the breast comfortably. Add 1 cup of chicken broth to completely cover the chicken. If desired, add any other ingredients for flavoring. Bring to a boil on medium-high heat; reduce heat, cover pan leaving a crack for the steam to escape and simmer until the chicken is no longer pink. (Usually it takes about 9 to 15 minutes depending on the thickness of the piece or until the chicken reaches 170°F.) Once the chicken is fully cooked, leave it to cool and dice into small cubes. Once cool, stir the chicken breast in a large bowl with celery, scallions, grapes, olives, cilantro, Greek yogurt and olive oil, seasoning it with salt and pepper to add flavor. All ingredients should be well mixed with a large spoon.

If adding on top of lettuce, make sure lettuce has been well washed and dried completely. Then drizzle with raw sliced almonds and then add the chicken salad on top and serve.

Chicken Breast Salad with Black Grapes by Rhônya holman

*Notes:

  • In this recipe I used a variety of organic baby lettuces containing red and green Romaine, red and green oak leaf, red leaf, Lollo Rosa, Tango, organic Mizuma, organic red and green chard, organic baby spinach, organic arugula, organic Frisée, organic Radicchio, and organic onion sprouts.
  • Also my recipes are usually cooked with homemade broths. I keep a variety of containers with different flavors, frozen and labeled, ready to be used.
  • When the chicken is done, retain the broth to add to other meals that require it.
  • Lastly, the more patience that is applied in the preparation of the ingredients, such as finely chopping certain ingredients, the more well-blended and enjoyable the flavor will be.

– Photos by me

Hawaii and New Blog Layout

Hawaii and New Blog Layout

Hello! I’m back from a little vacation to Oahu to recharge my batteries. After we landed, we hopped into our jeep and went on to explore the Island. Hawaii is beautiful with amazing landscapes, friendly people, blue skies, crystal clear water of unearthly turquoise with lush vegetation and white sandy beaches and delicious food. Maybe three days were rainy, but then the sky cleared and left us with fresh breezes and the lovely smell of the wet earth. After that every day felt amazing, like living in paradise.

So I hope you enjoy the photos and the new blog layout. I will be back soon with more updates and Hawaii photos. My travel articles tend to spread out a bit. That’s because I enjoy every moment and exploring other countries and places are magical moments for me, moments that I pick out individually when the mood strikes.

Have an amazing week and a lovely  July 4th for those in the US.

 

Hawaii 2013 Bella Bluelf by Rhônya Holman

I met this lovely couple, Helen & Dick Fisher, from Seattle. Every year, for the last 20 years, they’ve visited Hawaii and take pictures with the same photographer (Dino), together all dressed with his birds, celebrating their wedding anniversary. This was their 60th anniversary — many blessings to them!

These moment are precious to me.

Hawaii 2013 Bella Bluelf by Rhônya Holman

Hawaii 2013 Bella Bluelf by Rhônya Holman

– All photos by me

Malibu

Malibu

Hello, dear friends! Life sure seems to be taking me away from the computer lately. I’ve been working on some very exciting new projects and will share them when finished. I like to always to have things done before I talk about them. In the meantime, hope you enjoy these photographs that I took recently in Malibu, California.

Have an amazing rest of the week and a relaxing coming weekend!

This lovely dog was running in my direction. I pet him and he continue around me during the shots!

– Photos by me

Designer To Watch: Sara Di Salvo

Designer To Watch: Sara Di Salvo

Hi darlings!

It’s with such pleasure that I now feature an update to a previous post: the new Spring/Summer 2012 collection from the Italian designer based in Rome Sara Di Salvo.

As chance would have it, last weekend I received an e-mail from her about the new collection that is breathtakingly inspired by “Warrior Chic”. Each piece is so artistically designed to perfection, beautiful, feminine, elegant and yet comfortable.

I’ve been following her career growing in the past two years since I met her in New York City during one of the fashion shows. We continued to stay in touch since then.

Below are images from her collection, but expect to see much more in the near future and please visit her official web site.

Have a glamorous week

Sara di Salvo 2012 collection (dresses)

PS: All images here are used with permission from the designer.