Author: Anya Ici & Là

Learning to Breathe

  Breathing happens naturally, just as our heart beats, we inhale and exhale without conscious thought. But unlike the beating of our heart, we have the ability to control our breath. Through our breath, we can express emotions (a deep positive sigh of satisfaction or a frustrated one of exasperation for example), we feel the intensity of a work out, we can calm ourselves… we can find control and focus. The power of breathing is immense and yet often underestimated. We spend most of our lives breathing automatically, but what if we worked on our breath as much as we work on our abs? Here is my personal story on breathing and how I am currently exploring my own capacities. When I was fourteen, I took theatre classes. I loved the atmosphere, the costumes, being behind the scenes. I loved the smell. I loved the feeling of belonging to a world outside of my reality. My teacher was in her 30’s, and she introduced me to relaxation and breathing. Each class we were laying in …

Fast and Curious in Havana

I wasn’t planning to post anything about Cuba, I only got to see Havana for a short time. But I keep hearing that song on the radio (“half of my heart is in Havana…”) so I figured it was a sign…right? I quickly stopped by Havana last year, while on a work trip on my last boat. I could only visit for a couple days, so I did all the touristic stuff I guess… even so I did feel I caught a good glimpse of the culture and life there. I loved the music, it was beautiful and seems to be everywhere you go. I loved the mix of old cars, historical buildings and the old town. Cubans are very friendly, and made the trip so much more interesting. I went on a cigar tour, although I don’t smoke I really enjoyed learning about cigars. I also went to the Rum distillery of Havana Club…and although I do love rum, the tour was quite short and we were too many tourists together at the same …

Coming out with Yoga

When I was a teenager, I went to my first yoga class. I already had back issues due to scoliosis and my mum thought it would be a great idea to give it a try. I hated it. I was used to doing movements that my physiotherapist had taught me, so I carried on with that form of fitness therapy. Let me tell you now that I have never been great at sports. I have a long thin body and my clumsiness couldn’t have helped less (especially at games involving a ball!). My back was causing me a lot of pain each time I was skipping my physio exercises but I found them boring. I was looking for new entertaining ways to get stronger. This is when I discovered Pilates. Pilates seemed to be a great way to strengthen my back and have fun. I was watching videos online and going to a few classes here and there. At 27, I quit my job in Paris and went backpacking solo through South-East Asia. I was going through …

Is one week in Costa Rica enough?

  I had been wanting to go to Costa Rica for the last two years. Last December, I finally found the courage to book my Yoga Teacher Training and it happened to be located in Costa Rica! How amazing it was to do two of my favourite things together: explore a new country and learn more yoga! Even more extraordinary, I convinced my friend Maxine to join me for one week before the training. I remember making beds on the boat we used to work on together, thinking about the day we would go travel, and how much we talked about going to Costa Rica… it seemed so far and so impossible to make it… but we talked about it so much! Because we were short on time, we decided to focus on only two destinations: Tamarindo Beach and the Arenal Volcano. To travel around Costa Rica, we rented a 4×4 car. The roads were actually mostly in good conditions, but having a 4×4 seemed like the safest option.  We got the car delivered to us at …

4 weeks in Mexico : Tulum, Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido and Merida

I just spent one month in Mexico, the first week by myself and the following 3 weeks with friends. Was I scared to go there by myself ? Yes! Would I do it again? Absolutely! From Tulum to Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido, we stuck to main tourist paths, and still got to experience a lot of the mexican culture while enjoying a beautiful holiday destination. I fell in love with Mexico. Here are my best (and worst) experience in Mexico.

Food Typography : Danielle Evans

Ooooh I love Arts, Ooooh I love Food….and OMG I love calligraphy. So here is my “coup de coeur” or “heart strike”, yes, a very dramatic French idiom for saying that I love what artist Danielle Evans creates with simple ingredients and a lot of imagination. Her story is even more touching. Ooooh comme j’aime l’art, aaaah comme j’aime manger… et oh oui aussi j’adore la calligraphie. C’est donc sans surprise que j’ai eu un coup de coeur pour le travail de Danielle Evans. En utilisant des ingrédients simples et beaucoup d’imagination, elle crée de magnifiques créations typographiques. Son histoire est tout aussi touchante. 

Chef Up : le Rêve Australien de Trois Français à Sydney / Three Frenchmen living the Australian Dream in Sydney

Is Australia the new American dream ? For French people, it feels like it! I have met many travelers who visited Australia with a Working Holiday Visa and then decided to stay a bit longer, found a job or started their own business. Among those who dream of a better land, three French men from Lyon, Thibault, Xavier and Mathieu have launched their Event/Cooking Class/Team Building company: Chef Up. Will a bit of ambition, a lot of work and a passion for sharing their French cuisine be their recipe for success ? L’Australie serait-elle devenue le nouveau rêve Américain des français ? Tout au long de mon année en Working Holiday en Australie, j’ai rencontré beaucoup de français qui se sont lancés le défis de s’installer ici, en se faisant “visa-sponsoriser” via un travail ou bien en créant leur propre entreprise. Parmi ceux qui rêvent d’une vie meilleure au pays des koalas, j’ai rencontré trois lyonnais, Thibault, Xavier et Mathieu, qui viennent de créer leur entreprise Chef Up. Des cours de cuisine ludiques à l’événementiel en passant par la formation en entreprise, …

All crazy about Kale ? Tous accros au Kale ?

Before moving to Australia, I had barely heard of kale. I remember siting at my desk in Paris, chatting about its benefits with a young and skinny intern, and being scared that it would be another trendy way of avoiding real food (I mean the full fat, traditional French food, with bread of course!)… Now that I have lived in Sydney, I’ve had many occasion to try that supa-powa veggie, in raw salads, soups, and even smoothies! So, why is everybody talking about kale? Avant de venir vivre en Australie, je n’avais pas vraiment entendu parler du kale (on prononce “kayle”). Je me rappelais juste de cette discussion au bureau à Paris, avec une jeune et très mince stagiaire qui me comptait les bénéfices de ce légume vert. Un peu sceptique et surtout peu encline à laisser tomber mes bons plats en sauce tradi, j’avoue que je ne m’y étais pas beaucoup intéressée. Mais à Sydney, on en voit partout ! En salade, en soupe, en chips et surtout en SMOOTHIE!!! Quoi des légumes dans mon jus de …

My Australian Life

I have been procrastinating for too long. I wish I could just say that I was too busy to write, but let’s face it : I’ve been just too busy making the most of my time in Australia (and… ok, also, I’ve been working a lot!). So, what has happened since last time I posted something on the blog? Let’s take the time to talk about living in Australia, discovering it’s culinary culture and what has happened meanwhile back home (in France). Cela fait un moment que je n’ai rien écris sur le blog, et même si j’aimerais me trouver des excuses, j’avoue que je n’ai pas pris le temps d’écrire, puisque j’étais bien trop occupée à profiter de la vie Australienne (et ok, j’ai aussi beaucoup bossé ces derniers mois). Il est donc grand temps de me rattraper et de faire un point sur mes découvertes culinaires à Sydney et puis aussi de revenir sur les derniers événements qui ont touché la France.

Salon Saveurs à Paris & Entrées Gratuites à la Clé! / Get your Free Entry to the Salon Saveurs Paris!

Chaque année, le Salon Saveurs des Plaisirs Gourmands réunit à Paris le meilleur de la gastronomie française, des tendances food aux bons produits du terroir. Super contente d’apprendre que a été sélectionné parmi les coups de coeur du Salon dans la catégorie des blogs tendances, je suis doublement heureuse de pouvoir vous faire profiter d’entrées gratuites pour découvrir ce qui est “In” dans l’univers culinaire français d’aujourd’hui! Every year, the Salon Saveurs in Paris presents the best of the food trends mixed with the traditional “terroir” delicacies from all over France. I was really happy to learn that was chosen by the Salon as one of the best blogs in its category, and I am even happier to be able to give away some invitations… so don’t hesitate to get your free pass now and taste the best of French food today !

Top Food Spots in Barcelona / Bonnes Adresses à Barcelone

A couple of years ago, I’ve lived for 3 months in Barcelona while working on a boat. There, I have discovered a rich and tasteful cuisine, and one of the best places to indulge yourself with delicious tapas. So, here are my favorite spots to eat in Barcelona. Il y a quelques années, j’ai passé 3 mois à Barcelone où je travaillais sur un bateau. Là-bas, j’ai découvert une cuisine riche et succulente, certainement l’un des meilleurs endroits au monde pour se faire plaisir en mode tapas-à-volonté! Voici donc ma petite liste de mes endroits préférés à Barcelone.