Hello, and welcome to our new venture, AGOOA! Our mission is to create exquisite jewelry that infuses harmony into your life, while still glorifying nature and the world around us. The AGOOA blog is dedicated to improving your way through every facet of your lifestyle, from travel to health.
Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer!
3 Awesome Places to Visit in 2016
A look at the awe-inspiring adventures you can have in these hot destinations for 2016, with information on Adelaide, Australia, Georgia and Cartagena, Colombia.
Draws nearly 100,000 music lovers with its renowned music festival, WOMA Delaide, which is set in the dreamy Botanic Park. While at the festival, travelers can experience all Adelaide has to offer in the Central Business District, such as its diverse restaurants like Orana or the pop-up dinner series the South West Supper Club, while brew fans can take in NOLA Adelaide. Even Adelaide’s Airport is a welcome sight for travelers. Located four miles from the city center, it will unveil the largest solar-panel rooftop system in Australia in April and promises new flights for 2016.
Is the place for wine lovers, and offers plenty with Kakheti, the top winemaking region in the area. Georgia has attracted attention from cruise lines and hotels. The area is soon to be a hot destination as it offers amazing views of the Caucasus Mountains, plus an array of historic architecture, with Persian, Soviet, and Art Nouveau styles present in the capital city, Tbilisi.
CARTAGENA de INDIAS
Is a fairy-tale city and a jewel of Colombia, South America located on the Caribbean coast. Filled with romance, intrigue and beauty, it lies within 13 km of colonial stone walls that date back centuries. The home of a Unesco World Heritage site, is a spellbinding world of 16th-century plazas, cobblestone streets and colorful colonial buildings. The tropical climate makes it popular with beach goers, especially for divers, who love Isla de Barú and Islas del Rosario’s coral reefs.
MIND , BODY and SOUL
Taking care of yourself, mind, body and soul, requires being in tune with your needs. Sometimes it can be harder than it looks. We will help guide you towards your best you, with information on how to make the right choices that benefit your every being. AGOOA believes in lifestyle options that enrich the spirit, nourish the body, and radiate the soul.
3 Easy and Fun Ways to Brighten Your Day
How to make three subtle changes in your daily routine to energize your spirit and start the day off on a positive note. We offer how to find peace and harmony in your day from the time you wake up to when you’re winding down your day. Each tip is dedicated to aligning you with a joyful, open spirit. For instance:
Change your alarm to an uplifting tune, so you’re gently lulled awake, rather than jolted with a crazy buzzing noise.
Practicing gratitude is something we should all do because we have much to be thankful all year, and doing so will bring us natural happiness. Not recognizing what you’re thankful can cause negativity to build and surround you.
Look at a beautiful person, object or place to lift your spirits and find joy. Even one minute of looking at a beautiful image brings your mood up.
ARTS and CULTURE
Enjoying art and culture lets you see the world in new ways, and we’re eager to spotlight the captivating exhibits, installations, and performances that will transport you. We will share creators and creations that are poignant, soulful and everlasting.
One of the Best Museums in USA
A profile of the Houston, Texas’s dynamic cultural epicenter, the MFA Museum of Fine Arts, established in 1900. This complex is worth visiting! At the moment it's carrying one of the finest photography work in the world. Vera Lutter’s exhibit “Inverted Worlds,” a mysterious captivating display of her negative prints captured with an enormous pinhole camera.
Houston's Museum District, is the home of the MFAH, a complex that consists of two gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, visitors center, library, movie the water, gift shop, café, two art schools, and two house museums. Inside the museum’s main campus, you’ll find public archives, two research libraries, a sculpture garden, a law building, a school of art, and much more, including an extensive collection of American and European decorative arts from antiquity to the present.
Your health is the most important factor in your life, and each choice you make affects every other aspect of your life. By offering tips for maintaining your body with a healthy lifestyle, we will help you put your health first. Teaching you to seek the ways to replenish and energize your body, AGOOA lets you put your health in your hands, healing yourself inside and out.
5 Proven Ways to Heal with Ginger:
You can use ginger as a wonder root for your health with proven ways to incorporate it easily into your daily diet.
Slice it into a matchstick-size, squeeze and lemon, and suck on it for digestive issues.
Mix a teaspoon of grated ginger with a spoonful of honey to make a concoction to soothe a sore throat.
You can also cook with ginger to add years to your live. Get a tomato-ginger relish of 1 tomato, finely chopped, tossed with finely chopped or freshly grated ginger, a little salt, some cilantro or parsley leaves.
Ginger also makes a great soup additive. For a pop of flavor or as a side dish tossed with cubed potatoes, a teaspoon of garlic, 1 green chili mixed with salt and herbs.
You can also grate it over rice or pasta for the antioxidant benefits, or mix it with plain yogurt, cumin seeds, sea salt and ice-cold water for a refreshing and invigorating lassi (Ayurveda drink).
Jumbo Chickpea Pancake – A High Protein, Vegan Breakfast or Lunch
This chickpea pancake is packed with protein and fiber, giving you the fill-up you need to keep you going throughout the day. You can alter the topping and fillings based on what you have on hand. Keep it from sticking to the skillet by coating the skillet with olive oil before pouring the batter in, and chop your vegetables finely so they cook faster.
Yield 1 Large or 2 Smaller
1 green onion, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup finely chopped red pepper
1/2 cup chickpea flour (also known as garbanzo flour or besan)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons water
For serving: salsa, avocado, hummus, cashew cream (optional)
1. Prepare the vegetables and set aside. Preheat a 10-inch skillet over medium heat.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the chickpea flour, garlic powder, salt, pepper, baking powder, and optional red pepper flakes.
3. Add the water and whisk well until no clumps remain. Whisk it for a good 15 seconds to create lots of air bubbles in the batter.
4. Stir in the chopped vegetables
5. When the skillet is pre-heated (a drop of water should sizzle on the pan), spray it liberally with olive oil or other non-stick cooking spray.
6. Pour on all of the batter (if making 1 large pancake) and quickly spread it out all over the pan. Cook for about 5-6 minutes on one side (timing will depend on how hot your pan is), until you can easily slide a pancake flipper/spatula under the pancake and it's firm enough not to break when flipping. Flip pancake carefully and cook for another 5 minutes, until lightly golden. Be sure to cook for enough time as this pancake takes much longer to cook compared to regular pancakes.
7. Serve on a large plate, top with your desired toppings and enjoy! Leftovers can be wrapped up and placed in the fridge. Reheat on a skillet until warmed throughout.
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