Archive | April, 2013

Trikala Greek Yogurt – My Power Breakfast For One

April 28, 2013

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Morning Sustainability…

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Greek Yogurt or Goat’s Milk Yogurt, ensure it’s plain, topped with fresh berries, unpasteurized local honey, organic local walnuts and/or granola. So healthy with the added benefits of protein and active probiotic cultures. Plain Greek yogurt is available almost everywhere now.

Greek Yogurt with Berries, Local Walnuts and Unpasteurized Honey!

I’m one of those guys who would eat a full breakfast daily and still feel low energy during morning meetings and workouts. Maybe it was what I was eating? My breakfasts varied from cereals to breakfast sandwiches and muffins which food corporations advertised as “power breakfast”, “energy nutrition”, “sunshine in a meal”. It took a while for me to realize the food companies were lying. What I was really eating was sugar and gmo corn.

It’s unfortunate that most food corporations and fast food brands spend more money on advertising and marketing than food quality. Many breakfast cereals are made of chemicals, sugar and gmo corn, disguised to taste like good food. Fast food breakfast sandwiches are made from gmo soybeans and processed meats and cheeses from gmo corn-fed animals, how unhealthy.

I started to look beyond the marketing and more at the foods I was eating and asked myself; would I trust a corporation to make my food over an individual? The answer was no. I immediately thought of my Yiayia (grandmother) and the traditional breakfasts I ate in my teens. At that moment I craved homemade Trikala Greek Yogurt.

No Added Sugar!

Natural energy with no added sugar, my power breakfast for one, getting me through to lunch.

Serving: 1 • Time: 2 minutes

Medieval Fort at Trikala Thessaly, Greece

Medieval Fort at Trikala Thessaly, Greece

  • 6 oz. plain Greek yogurt or Goat’s Milk Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey (preferably local and unpasteurized)
  • 1/2 cup fresh berries
  • 1 tbsp (.25 oz) smashed local organic walnuts or local granola

Place yogurt in a dish, top with berries, walnuts and honey. Substituting walnuts with granola would taste great too.

A traditional recipe from Trikala

There’s nothing new about Greek Yogurt. In my early years I would spend some of my summer vacations in the old country visiting my Yiayia. Every morning I’d wake up to fresh Trikala Greek Yogurt as I would call it with fresh fruit, walnuts and honey. The true power breakfast of champions. ^

Source: John Zeus
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Picture This – Rice Lake, Ontario (Spring)

April 28, 2013

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4:00pm, April 28, 2013 | Gores Landing looking west | Rice Lake, Ontario Canada
I used my Samsung Galaxy S3 device to shoot this.

Rice Lake, Ontario - Spring

Rice Lake, Ontario – Spring

Gores Landing on Rice Lake. Taken on a beautiful spring day in April. A striking difference from when I was here a month ago and the lake was covered in ice. The time I saw the otter, related post: Rice Lake Otter

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Borealis – Polar Spirit Video

April 26, 2013

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Absolutely amazing video! Great work!

Created By: Ole C. Salomonsen | Source/Video Description: https://vimeo.com/64122803#

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Nasty Pants, Little Red Rooster

April 25, 2013

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April 16, 2013 | Nasty Pants, Old English Red Cap Rooster at Murray’s Farm | Cambridge Ontario, Canada

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Campaign to SAVE NASTY PANTS

Nasty Pants is my favourite rooster at Murray’s Farm. He has personality and character, intelligence and wit. This video may persuade my best friend Murray to save Nasty Pants from the slaughterhouse. Hopefully this celebrity rooster will live out the rest of his life on the farm. The farm would not be the same without him, for me at least.

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Video: John Zeus, taken on a Samsung Galaxy S3 device
Music Source: Little Red Rooster (Live) Big Mama Thornton

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Niagara River

April 22, 2013

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5:30 pm EDT – April 21, 2013 | Niagara River | North From Queenston, ON | Taken on a Samsung Galaxy S3

The Niagara River flows north from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. It forms part of the border between the Province of Ontario in Canada and New York State in the United States.
This shot is taken from the scenic Niagara Parkway on Canadian side of the border looking north from Queenston, Ontario. A great view of the United States and Lewiston, NY across the river.

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My Algonquin Canoe

April 16, 2013

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August 2010 | Canoe Trip, Algonquin Provincial Park | Ontario, Canada

Paddling across lilly filled flat water lakes, portaging, hiking, occupying Algonquin with our little yellow canoe. Wildlife sightings! A Great Gray Owl, Moose; mother and calf, Beaver, Blue Heron, Common Loon, a wolf howls…

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Photos on WordPress: Algonquin Canoe Trip 2010

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Photo and Video Source: John Zeus, taken on a Canon Sure Shot
Music Source: Dr. Draw, Rodrigo

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First Explosion At Boston Marathon – Video Footage

April 15, 2013

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My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Boston.

Explosions in Copley Square, Boston
Two explosions occurred near the Boston Marathon finish line at 2:50 p.m. EDT The race was diverted before being halted as police and fire crews swept the area. Two more devices were found, with one being purposely detonated by Boston Police at Boylston Street. Three people are dead and several injured. Developing story. ^ Boston Police are looking for tips: 617-635-4500 or 1-800-494-TIPS.


Video source: STEVE SILVA, Boston.com Sports Producer
Post adapted from: http://boston.com

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Greek Baptism

April 15, 2013

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I’ve participated in many baptisms in my life. After all, I have a big fat Greek family…

4:30 pm EDT – April 14, 2013 | Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Toronto Ontario | My baby nephew Yiorgo at his baptism.
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Greeks believe that baptizing children from infancy is an expression of God’s love for us. It shows that God loves us and accepts us before we can ever know Him or love Him. Greeks believe the Sacrament of Baptism was instituted by Christ Himself when He commanded to his Apostles. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”.

The many gestures involved in the performance of the Sacrament of Baptism in the Greek Orthodox Church are not mere forms devoid of meaning. Symbolically, Christ’s baptism, death and Resurrection, as well as the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles at Pentecost, are re-enacted in the Ceremony.

Christianity is life. Each action in the Sacrament of Baptism expresses what Christ is actually doing for us through that Sacrament. ^

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Slideshow – Reception

After the baptismal service at church we gather for dinner and have a big fat Greek party…

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Video Tie-In

20 second clip


Photo and Video Source: John Zeus. Taken on my Samsung Galaxy S3

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