Wow. Tonight I had the totally amazing opportunity to dine at the Black Pearl restaurant in Bellingham, WA for the first time. It is owned by a lovely and vibrant young lady named Laila (pictured with me below), and I found the combination of the food, beverages and her company to be totally intoxicating. It probably didn’t help that I drained a delicious glass of house red like water, immediately followed by THE BEST GLASS OF ICED COFFEE I HAVE EVER HAD, IN MY LIFE, PERIOD. So my senses were just ka-booming. How good can iced coffee be? You have no idea until you try Laila’s special blend. It totally blew my mind. I could literally feel the essence of the beans in my blood; the taste was so rich and deep, I was honestly shocked and thrilled by it. I actually had to set the glass down and look at my friend Kamal Deep Singh (who was working on a glorious feast of curried chicken, fluffy brown rice and a bouquet of luscious mixed greens), and say “DEAR GOD THIS IS AMAZING.” That’s how good the iced coffee was.
The lighting in this shot kind of makes it look like a painting to me. Laila is an angel, and I look like such a classic sleaze, wow. I call it “Still Life with Goddess and Car Salesman.” No offense meant to the car salesmen who actually give the industry a good name. God bless you, seriously.
I loved the laid back atmosphere of the restaurant. I think the owner has a wonderful presence and it comes across in the amazing and fun array of Asian cuisine and wildly original beverages to be had. By the way, if you’re a fan of Pho (a Vietnamese Soup), I’ve heard that the Black Pearl’s is to die for. I look forward to trying it out, that’s next on my list. The Black Pearl was voted as one of the best restaurants in Bellingham in the 2011 Bellingham Herald reader’s opinion poll for a reason!
Pictured above is a wall hanging in the restaurant. It was asking me to take a picture of it.
If you have stumbled across this blog and are interested in taking a look at the Black Pearl’s menu, here is the website: www.blackpearlbellingham.com/ourmenu.html
Taking salsa dancing classes is something I’ve wanted to do for over twenty years, my only regret is that I waited this long.
My first class was incredibly daunting but very fun. Here’s a picture of the class, I’m kind of squatting down in the middle so as not to block the faces behind me.
Before the start of the class, I sat in my car; I was filled with both dread and excitement. Once I was in, the instructor, Antonio, kept things light and rolling forward at an excellent pace, and the dread gave way to mere awkwardness, while the excitement level increased. I was paired with a young woman named Chelsea, who is the go-to gal for Salsa beginners. She kept a smile on her face and winked pleasantly at me as I stumbled around her deftly moving feet. I think I almost tripped her on multiple occasions. I was born for this.
For a beginner’s class, I have to say there were some amazing dancers in there. It’s inspiring to see such great dancing, and it gives me hope that I’ll be able to come close to that level after some time, practice, and sheer will. All in all it was fun, and I’m looking forward to the next class.
If anyone in the Washington or British Columbia area is interested in Salsa (and other forms of Latin dance), please visit the following website for more info on how you can get involved:
I’ve had the recent pleasure of attending two Kundalini Yoga classes taught by the very wonderful Ruby K. She teaches various forms of Yoga out of her studio, Kokoro Yoga, located in the quaint, coastal town of Bellingham, WA. I’ve had the opportunity over the past 8 years to study Kundalini Yoga with a bounty of teachers, mostly in New Mexico and Los Angeles, and I can say without hesitation that this particular class has been my personal favorite. My only complaint is that it’s once a week rather than twice or three times a week! It’s hard to wait for something so great.
The class starts each Saturday at 10:30 and goes til noon. Ruby guides us through a very invigorating Kriya, and the overall vibe of the space is lifted through chanting and breathing. I was worried before the first class that I’d be out of shape, but I’ve managed to hold up fairly well during both classes. I can’t recall the last time I have felt so good coming out of a yoga class. I feel incredible.
After each class, the students gather in a circle with the instructor to enjoy some tea, snacks and conversation. It kind of reminds me a bit of going to Temple and hanging out after the service to eat some Challah. Pictured below is our spread of teas and snacks from today’s class:
In a couple of weeks the venerable Guru Singh is coming to Seattle, and some of the class members will be carpooling down together for that event. I am very much looking forward to that.
By the way, if anyone in the Washington or British Columbia area has come across this blog, and is interested in taking a Kundalini Yoga class, please visit the following website for all the details you’ll need: