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Love Without Limits Book by Nick Kanae Vujicic

I am excited to find that Nick Vujicic and Kanae Vujicic is launching their first book, written by them together. The book is named “Love without limits” and will be available from November 16 2014.

Nick met Kanae after he had many dating disappointments and a failed relationship – he was in his mid-twenties. Post their first date, the chemistry between them grew & was undeniable, while they went through many twists and turns before becoming “one” in marriage on February 10th 2012.

In the new book, Nick and Kanae tell how they improbably found each other, fell in love, and then fought to overcome skepticism from others about their relationship. Filled with practical insights that will benefit any couple, this inspiring book describes a godly courtship and the early years of the Vujicics’ marriage and parenting journey. The two had their first child kiyoshi james vujicic on February 9th 2013.

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Please read the first chapter of the book for free before you order it. Also feel free to Pre-order the book here from Amazon (Love Without Limits: A Remarkable Story of True Love Conquering All)

The book will have 15 chapters and will discuss their personal experience of meeting each other, their proposal, getting married, having a perfect married life (even having sex ), having their baby Kiyoshi and living happy ever. I definitely feel it will be great read and much excited to read their happy journey.

Here are the content/ Chapters of their first book :

  1. Someone to Love
  2. The Search for Love
  3. Perfectly Imperfect Love
  4. The Spark
  5.  Daring to Trust the Heart
  6. The Gift (Wrap) of Love
  7. The Proposal: Setting a Course  for a Loving Marriage
  8. Creating Wedding Day Memories
  9. The Joys of Abstinence Before Marriage and Sex After Marriage
  10.  When Two Become One
  11. We’re Having a Baby
  12.  Our Little Explosion of Hope
  13. The Family Plan .
  14. Kanae and Me, and Kiyoshi Makes Three
  15.  Heart and Home

 

Beignets of New Orleans from Cafe du Monde

The French brought two amazing food contributions to New Orleans and is definitely known well at the french quarters : Beignets and Coffee mixed with chicory.  And if you want to get a feel for it, Visit the world famous Café du Monde. That’s the first place everybody in new orleans will recommend you to visit in French quarters – we started hearing the name from the time we decided to visit the city of new orleans – We even got that as the first tip while check-in at the hotel.

cafe-du-monde beignets

Beignets are a French fried type of dough nut, which is different from the traditional dough nut we all know by the fact that it is square and it lack the whole inside. It is like a soft pillow made out of fluffy dough, which traditionally is served with powdered sugar, but can also be served with fruits or jam. They are also known as fried dough nuts.

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beignets Chicory coffee

The mixture of chicory and coffee gives a taste similar to chocolate, that might be the reason why this type of serving coffee became so popular. A little history on the combination is here (Straight from Café du Monde official website )  :

The taste for coffee and chicory was developed by the French during their civil war. Coffee was scarce during those times, and they found that chicory added body and flavor to the brew. The Acadians from Nova Scotia brought this taste and many other french customs (heritage) to Louisiana. Chicory is the root of the endive plant. Endive is a type of lettuce. The root of the plant is roasted and ground. It is added to the coffee to soften the bitter edge of the dark roasted coffee. It adds an almost chocolate flavor to the Cafe Au Lait

Since it is a traditional recipe, it is also a part of the menu of Café du Monde, alongside with chicory coffee and café au lait.

Café du Monde is actually a traditional coffee stand, which was first opened in the year 1862, in the New Orleans French Market. Since its opening, this coffee stand is opened 24 h a day, seven days a week, and you can find it closed only on Christmas Day or whenever it is threatened by any hurricane. Today you can still find Café du Monde in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Decatur Street. It’s menu has not changed at all over time, so you will still find the traditional chicory coffee, café au lait, which means half coffee and half hot milk, chocolate milk or simple, orange juice made out of freshly squeezed oranges and, the only food on the menu, the French beignets, the same as they were made centuries ago.

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I am also surprised to find that beignets are very easy to make, as a homemade treat. You just need a package of active yeast (1/4 ounce), ¼ cup of warm water, 1 cup of evaporated milk, ½ cup of canola oil (or butter), ¼ cup of sugar, 1 egg, 4 – ½ cups of self-rising flour, oil for frying and confectioners’ sugar.

Even if they are tasty, a 2 oz. beignet contain about 147 calories, so if you want to keep fit then you should not create a daily habit out of this dish. To have a complete idea about this recipe you should know that beignet is pronounced “be-nye”. Now you are a complete connoisseur. Of course, as any recipe, their composition may vary and there are variants where a beignet is made with potatoes, sea food, vegetable and fruits of any kind. Also so you know Cafe du Monde sells the their famous beignet Mix and coffee at Amazon: Please find the links below :

Beignet Mix by Cafe du Monde (1.75 pound)

2 (Two) Cans of Cafe Du Monde

If you are in New Orleans and want to grab a coffee and a beignet, you should know that there are plenty of places to do that. Like Café Beignet, Coquette, Morning Call Coffee Stand or Street Car Cafe. But everyone will tell you that the best beignets in New Orleans are at Café du Monde.

French quarters beignets

Check out  a video that shows how the Beignets are prepared at the famous Cafe du Monde.

Thunderous blue angels at the Airshow

Its been always my dreams to watch the US navy blue angels air show and I was lucky this year to make the dream come true in Chicago. The Blue angels pilots showed their amazing skills at the 2014 Chicago air and water show. It was a full day event and we made sure we got the best view spots to take pictures and have the best view of their performance & stunts. We were also lucky to be attend the show on first day as we got to know that the second day show was cancelled due to bad weather. Here are some of my best shots that I took on the first day of the airshow and also some history, their schedules (Practice and 2015 future shows), video and some interesting facts on riding with the blue angels (I thought that would be super cool to take the hot seat with the pilot).

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Blue angels

Blue angels photos

Blue angels picture

US Navy Blue Angels history
Blue angels schedule details
The US Navy Blue Angels formation was first created at the end of the World War II, in the desire to keep the public interested in Naval Aviation and at the will of Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, which was the Chief of Naval Operations at that time. Thus, the Blue Angels had their first formation flight in June 1946, at less than a year after their founding was decided, at their home base in Jacksonville, Florida. Since then the Blue Angels won a very large number of admirers, about 15 million of them, which watch their show on the sky every year. And they do have what too see, the spectacular maneuvers like vertical rolls at 15,000 feet or Sneak Pass just above the audience at 50 feet, the incredible speeds of about 700 mph (just under Mach 1) and the great smoke trails , cause by burned biodegradable paraffin-based oil that come out of the exhaust nozzles.

Blue Angels Air show Schedules
Blue angels close formation
If you still want to catch the Navy Blue Angels perform, you still have time until this year is over. Their airshow schedules include shows on following schedules
1) 4th-5th Oct in MCAS Miramar, CA;
2) 11th-12th Oct in San Francisco, CA;
3) 18th-19th Oct in Millington, TN;
4) 25th-26th Oct in NAS Jacksonville, FL;
5) 1st-2nd Nov in Houston, TX;
6) 7th-9th Nov in NAS Pensacola, FL.

Blue Angels Video
Check out the entire video of US navy blue angels performing at the LA County Air Show 2014.

Find the detailed 2015 Blue angels air show schedules here. (Or also can be found here )

Blue Angels practice Schedules
Just find the one that suits you best and get the air show of your life. But if you are not able to see their shows, you should also know that you can always see them practice, at their base in NAS Pensacola. The entrance to see their practice is free and usually starts at 11.30 AM, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from March to November, and last for about an hour. You should also know that you are not allowed with any type of luggage inside. Here you can also visit the great National Naval Aviation Museum.

Find their detailed 2014 practice Schedule here. (Watch this space for the updated 2015 practice schedule )

Blue angels airshow

Blue angels chicago airshow

The Navy Blue Angels are not stuntmen, but they are true refined professionals. The maneuvers they make during their flight are not specially designed to impress the public, but are skills taught by every pilot in the aviation school, that are now brought to the highest level of command, showing a full mature pilot that has reached the highest level of training.

How to get to fly with the blue angels
Anyone that gets to witness at least for once a Navy Blue Angels show will want to try it on their skin. But as any elite formation, having access inside and even get the chance to fly with them is rather difficult. There are a number of ways, very few and difficult unfortunate, which can get you the chance to be high in the air with them. One way is if you are one of the Congress’s high ranked members. Another way would be if you are a very well known, with a spotless reputation, local or national media representative. This will increase the chances to obtain a media flight, for the sake of promotion. Or the slightest of all, to be a great celebrity, no matter in which domain, sports, music, film, and ask to enjoy one of the VIP flights.

Also so you know I still wear the Citizen Eco-Drive Radio-Controlled Chronograph World Timer; Blue Angels edition :) (Check out the watch here)

Discover the Swamp tours near New Orleans

Sometimes it is not necessary to go too far away to find places that have the power to surprise you. If you are among those people who enjoy spending quality time in the outdoors, then you should know that a special place waits for you to discover it, right outside New Orleans. This special place is the swamp that lies in the vicinity of this big city. I may sound weird to take a swamp tour, but you will be amazed of the complex ecosystem that is able to develop in these conditions. Give this place a chance and choose to do something out of the ordinary, by checking in your to do list to visit a swamp.

swamp tours new orleans

Slowly people start to understand the role of a swamp in the entire ecosystem and end up appreciating the way it develops and goes on by its own unique rules. The swamp tours in New Orleans are meant to give anyone, with a desire to experience something new, an overall look of how a swamp can look, with its creatures and vegetation and, why not, have a very relaxing and fun day on board of a cute boat that floats on the streams of the swamp. In spite of its rather dull name, a swamp can be quiet and attraction and it really has what to show you, this being the main reason why so many people are starting to get interested in visiting places like this, and the reason why there are so many tour operators that are ready to help you get that experience. If you want to get on a swamp tour you must get out of New Orleans. Every tour operator has its own departure spot, but mainly it is about 10 to 11 miles away from the city.

Depending on the tour operator, the tour can be from 2 up to 4 hours, in which you will slowly deepen into the mysterious beauty of the swamp. The main attraction of a swamp tour is to see the gators, some operators even allow you to feed them raw chicken, with certain limitations of course. Besides gators you can encounter several snake species, the lumbering nutria. More scarce are the raccoon or swamp dear. The fun of it is that you never know what you may stumble upon on your tour. The vegetation is unique here, just think about the old cypresses and a lot of Spanish moss that give the place a one of a kind look. The average prices can range from $25 for adults / $15 for children and can get up to $52 for adults and $32.50 for children, under 12 years old.

Please find a few more swamp and gator pictures that I shot at the swamp tour :

 

Some of the best known swamp tour operators are:

Airboat Adventures LLC (They can offer Airboat Tours, Swamp Tours and Night Tours.),
5145 Fleming Park Rd.,
Lafitte, LA 70067,
Phone : (504) 885-7325, (888) 467-9267
Website: www.airboatadventures.com

 

Airboat Tours by Arthur Matherne Inc (They offer Airboat Tours, Swamp Tours, Night Tours and Multilingual Tours.)
4262 Hwy 90 E,
Des Allemandes, LA 70030,
Phone : (985) 758-2365, (800) 975-9345,
Website www.airboattours.com

Cajun Encounters Swamp, City, and Plantation Tours LLC
(They can offer Bus Tours, Flatboat Tours, Swamp Tours, Night Tours, City/Neighborhood Tours, Cemetery Tours, Multilingual Tours, French Quarter Tours, Plantation Tours and Personalized/Specialized Tours.)
55345 Hwy 90,
Slidell, LA 70461,
Phone : (504) 834-1770, (866) 928-6877,
Website www.airboattours.com

Just enjoy your swamp adventure.

Chicago river green st patricks day 2014

I have always heard turning the Chicago river green – In 2014 I was lucky enough to witness that. We moved to Chicago in early March and St. Patrick day was on March 16th. We decided to explore the st patricks day celebration on foot. The dying of the Chicago river normally happens in the morning marking the official start of the celebrations in Chicago city. Its always better to reach the loop using the CTA trains and heading towards the bridge – Merchandise Mart or Washington/wells being the best when riding the brown line. The dyeing starts at 9 am, so it better to be early if you really wan to see it happen.

Chicago river green pictures

Chicago river green pictures

Chicago river green pictures

Chicago river green pictures

Digging a little history around the concept of dying the river, the tradition is been there for the last 40 years and is led by the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers. Officially this is how it started “In 1961 Stephen Bailey was approached by a plumber who was wearing some white coveralls, they knew this only because they could see some of the original color. These coveralls had been mostly stained or dyed a perfect shade of green, an Irish green to better describe it. It was when Stephen Bailey asked how the coveralls got this way, that they discovered that the dye used to detect leaks into the river turned green, not just any color green, but the perfect color green.”

So how do they turn Chicago river green or what makes Chicago river green ? They add green dye to a section of the river. Please find the video below which clearly shows how the crew add the dye to the water and make it all green.

 

The st patricks day celebration also includes a magnificent 2-3 hours long parade (which can be best viewed from the East side of the bridge at Columbus Drive or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Columbus and Lake Shore Drive), lot of Irish food and of course Irish Beer (Yes, Chicago gets really drunk – all the bars gets packed)

Digital Photography from Ratish Naroor