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I’m a mini shark

17 Sep

It’s a trend, since living in the US, Shark Tank has been on TV every day of the week. It made me curious and gave me the urge to discover local startups …

For a couple of months, I’ve been contacting food and beverages startups and I discovered some interesting ones which became part of my brand new daily and healthy habits.

  • Apiterra raw Honey from Brooklyn

Perfect to make infusions, protein balls, to spread on a toast … see! Honey is not just there when you have a cough.

My favorite for the morning is ginger/tumeric (one table spoon in hot water and I sip it all morning). I alternate withe the matcha honey. I use the acay bay honey one for the protein ball.

  • NotMilk from Brooklyn.

It’s just like mommy would make it. Homemade with good products and lots of love: almond, walnuts, … basically nuts but no cows involved.

Notmilk is made with no bs and funky products but with straight and plain almonds sometimes with a twist for the adventurous ones (sesame, cinnamon or vanilla, …).

It’s also an home delivery service in beautiful glass bottles. The delivery happens 2 times a week (Tuesday and Thursday) and NotMilk takes back the empty bottles (I chose to be delivered once a week, 1 bottle (quart) each delivery).

The bottles come within a isotherm Notmilk bag.

  • Yumbutter.

Ok, we all know peanut butter and sometimes almond butter but have you ever tried the Yumbutter? It’s a small company from Wisconsin which wants to make the difference and feed the world. One pouch bought feeds one kid.

Taste it plain for pure energy or as replacement for the putter butter in you food preparations (like the protein balls, or mixed in my chia pudding, …).

  • Mombucha.
  • Made by Rich in Brooklyn! I’m not a fan of Kombucha but I like the Kombucha made by Mombucha! Beet and ginger is my favorite, and I love it in popsicles too.
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    Xmas list 2016

    9 Dec

    It’s that period of the year again when you give “discrete” hints to  close ones about what you would like under the Christmas tree … So mom, please pick the hints …

    1. The best hoodie ever! Made in America by American Giant … for the chilly nights in Miami, $89

    2. I eat sushis almost everyday, so I need chopsticks made with … recycled skateboards, $25

    3. The brand new pocketable backpack  “Azimut Pack” … technical and versatile … is so for me, from Triple Aught Design, $120

    4. I need a bedside lamp but no any lamp … the very bright and design portable Lumio light I saw at the Moma NYC will be perfect, $190

    5. I’m always lost without a Philippe screwdriver, a cutting hook or a SIM card pick … it’s a bracelet! The “Thread” bracelet is the first wearable multi-tool by Leatherman, $165

    6. To improve my skateboarding skills, I think that custom Vans will help … $90 for the Old Skool with suede.

    7. I would fancy a painting of myself skating by artist Le Closier to hang above the chimney

    8. I would like a furry friend … a dog from the shelter Urgent Dogs Of Miami

    Have a wonderful Christmas or Hanukkah!!


    They are swimming with the Sharks!

    15 Apr

    Biscuit, Huntington Hop and Pescadito

    Back then in 2013, the Hamborg family (Pete, Gus and cousin Donnie) faced the Sharks to ask their help to grow their little company that makes biiig boards bringing the Californian dream of landsurfing to the world!

    Robert Herjavec jumped on the board and is now part of the story of Hamboards

    Thanks to Shark Tank, I discover the landsurfing world and I’m definitively hooked. I never skateboarded before, now I own 3 Hamboards boards (the Biscuit, the Huntington Hop and  my brand new one of a kind Pescadito) and I’m landsurfing every morning before work!

    Hamboards will be back on TV and will be featured on ABC’s Hit TV Show Beyond the Tank at 10/9c on April 19th, 2016. Don’t miss it, I won’t!!

    Also don’t miss to read

      I met Pete!

      13 Mar

      I met Pete, not any Pete, THE Pete.
      Pete is the CEO and founder of the Californian skateboards brand called Hamboards!

      On a cloudy Saturday, I decided to drive my rental car to Huntington Beach. Huntington Beach is not just any beach, it’s also called Surf City and it’s also the cradle of the landsurfing invented by the Hamborg family.

      So I drove the one hour trip on south 405 … When I arrived I was stunned because the Hamboards shop is only opened by appointment during the week-ends … Oops …

      Too bad, so I drove back to Huntington Beach to check on the beach life …

      I was watching the crowd walking the boardwalk when suddenly coming from nowhere I saw Pete! Pete was casually landsurfing on a biiiig board with his land padel! I jumped on my feet and tried to chase him …

      I ran, I lost Pete, I ran and out of breath I said “Hi Pete, I’m Julie from Paris” … I looked like a stalker … Scary …

      Pete stopped, I caught my breath and we started to talk boards and ended up testing his brand new board!

      Then we decided to meet at the Hamboards shop after I ate a pulled pork sandwich at the Duke’s (another must see in Huntington Beach).

      The full belly and after a little tour on the Pier, I was ready to meet Pete and test some boards …

      Let’s go back to Hamboards HQ!!!

      For the record, I already have 2 Hamboards boards:

      • The tiny Biscuit, great for traveling (it’s fits in my luggage) and for boarding in style downtown Paris, NY, Melbourne, … I love this board as its funny, aggressive and you still have the feeling and moves of the surfboard (without the sharks and the cold water) or snowboard (without the snow and freezing temperatures).
      • Then, I wanted to experience a longboard and I got the taller Huntington Hop, safe, fast and great for long rides.

      I wanted to pitch the idea to Pete of having the best of both worlds with the fun and aggressivity of the Biscuit and the pleasant rides on the Hop.
      In a matter of second I was on a Pescadito, riding the cement with Pete!!! LOVE it!

      The Pescadito is as tall as my Hop, it’s also great for pumping, for long rides and easy to bring in the bus or in the metro … I’m in!
      After some discussion with Pete, we decided to customise it and add bigger wheels so I chose the model with the holes in the boards. We agreed on the colors and I left … without my board … Pete has to work on it …

      After 7 days, Pete texted me. My Pescadito was ready to be shipped from Huntington Beach to Miami.

      Waiting impatiently for my new board, my Pescadito by Hamboards!

      To be continued …

      More info:

      Thanks to THE Pete, Donnie, Andre and MrT!


      Land-surf 101!

      8 Sep

      Landsurfing on the Hamboards BiscuitI always wanted to skate, but I missed the opportunity and inline-skated instead, then I was too busy to give it a shot.
      I thought skating was not for me, thinking again skating is not for me BUT land-surfing IS!
      I just received my Biscuit from the Californian family company called Hamboards.

      The model is the Biscuit Hamboo.

      The first thing I must say is it’s a beautiful board, a piece of art, so beautiful I want to hang it on the wall.
      Just looking at it you can tell someone built it with love and care.

      Not just anyone because each board is signed by its maker and this time mine have been made by Tory Johnson (thanks TJ!).

      The Biscuit and its spectacular shape

      The Biscuit and its spectacular shape

      It's a piece of art

      It’s a piece of art, shaped with love

      Time to check it out in the wild

      Signed and numbered

      The board is covered with a grainy/satin coating while the back is smooth and shiny with the name of board, its very own unique number, the signature of its maker and the green wheels and trucks.

      Tag along to see if I’ll make it in one piece and become a land-surfer.

      Testing of the balance on the carpet

      Testing of the balance on the carpet

      Testing of the "speed" in the hallway

      Testing of the “speed” in the hallway

      Practicing in the wild

      Practicing in the wild, barefoot then with shoes

      Day #1, let’s find the balance and the foot which will push. I stayed safely on a carpet, it was easier …

      Day #2, let’s start to push a bit and stay on the board, I was practicing in a hallway on wooden floor. I pushed on the wall to gain “speed” and help myself with the balance. I started my first attempts to pump but was not at ease as I lost balance.

      Day #3, let’s try to look “surfy” and go in the open wild boardwalk.
      I found a great spot in Santa Monica with a small slope, great to try the carving (it looked like a hill to me, but it was small).
      I fall a bit, scratched my feet (I was barefoot) and board but that’s part of the process. No pain, no gain. Nothing serious and definitively lots of fun and progress.

      Day #4, back on the board (this time with shoes) and trying to improve the push/pump and carve. I’ll make it!

      So, is land-surfing for anyone?
      YES! But like anything else it takes a bit of patience to get the hang of it.
      I’m now a land-surfer in becoming and I love it!!!
      Practicing hard now to be matching Hamboards values and spirit of the land-surfing.
      Now I can push, pump and carve, need to work on the style 😉

      Photo 22-08-2014 6 16 01 pm


      PS: get this tool that will help you tighten all the screws, nuts and bolts of your board to surf safely. Mine is green matching the color of my wheels.

      Also, add helmet and wrists protection so your mom will be relieved 😉






      More infos on
      . The official Hamboards website
      . The official Hamboards Europe website
      . Like Hamboards Facebook
      . Like Hamboards Europe Facebook
      . Instagram Hamboards and Hamboards_Europe
      . Follow @Hamboards and @Hamboardseurope

      Thank for your help: Pete, Gus, Don and Andre

      I want to be a land-surfer!

      28 Jul

      HamboardsWhat is a land-surfer ? It’s a person who, because there’s no water around, surfs the concrete instead of the waves!
      But there’s a BUT, the land-surfer needs a board. And that’s where he/she is lost in the forest of longboards. So many choices, so many wheels, shapes and boards …

      Hamboards is THE reference when it comes to land-surfing and I asked some questions to the man behind the Pete Hamborg, HamboardsHamboards, THE Pete Hamborg to understand better the concept of land-surfing.

      How you choose the wood ? The paint ? What is important for you when you start building a board ?

      We chose the wood very carefully because of the size and span of the design of a Hamboard. It requires a uber dense wood.

      Initially when we first came up with the concept after months and months of searching, find the right wood was so hard that I actually gave up the hope of ever finding what we needed. The wood we need is so difficult to find, it’s either in fine stranded carbonized bamboo or micro layered birch plywood. 

      So with both wood and the paint from the very start, as a family, we have strived to have the design and the production of Hamboards be at that unique intersection of Skating, Surfing and Art. Hamboards

      Coming from that perspective we carefully choose colors, tones, grain patterns, and designs that reflect that intersection.

      The final coat of paint that has the deck grip texture is very important. We have pioneered the use of Ultra Violet light as a curing agent which is way better than gnarly airborne chemicals typical of our industry. It is the same, safe but complex and expensive technology, that your dentist uses to harden your filings. By the way…don’t forget to floss.

      Why is barefoot land-surfing important ? Are you the only board to be rideable barefoot ? What’s the wood treatment to do so ?

      Also barefoot

      Also barefoot

      We love to land-surf barefooted because of the direct responsive connection we feel when it is skin to board, just like when we surf in the ocean. But you don’t have to be barefoot to ride a Hamboard – we wear shoes or flip flops all the time.

      We don’t recommend soccer cleats or golf spikes however on an occasional Thursday nite I wear a sequined pair of low heeled pumps — open or closed toed depending on the conditions. I hope to graduate to medium heels and eventually high heels. I’ll keep you advised on my progress …

      what? Good to know!

      Where is the nest ? Whe do you make the boards ?

      All Hamboards are assembled in our shop in Huntington Beach by family members or our local Hamboardscrew. We are super fortunate to have a location near the ocean and close to our house. We also have nearby wood and paint shops here in Southern California help out with the production as well as local factories produce all our wheels.

      For your info, if you are around the shop is opened from 12:00-5:00 pm, Mon-Fri (8606 Hamilton Ave. HB, CA 92646, tel: (714) 374-2200)

      How did you give the name to each board ?

      The naming of each board is a family involved process and everyone gives input. It always seems to revolve around the surf boards we ride or how we ride them.
      . The Classic has the connection to the classic style of hanging ten and drop knee turning that riding a Classic Hamboard flows with.
      . The Fish model looks and feels like the surfboards we ride and love that are know to surfers as “Fish”. . The Pinger is a nod to evocative 1970s surfboards know as “Winger Pintails” so we smashed the name together and spun it around and can came up with “Pinger”.
      . Pescadito is Spanish for “Little Fish”. The Huntington Hop is a locally infamous surf maneuver.
      . And The Biscuit is a take off on the name of a short carvy surfboard we ride.

      On a bright day of July 18th 2014, a new baby board is born at Hamboards, the newbie is called Huntington Hop and is there to show the world how a normal sized Longboard skateboard should be made!Hamboards

      Next review will be over my trial of the Biscuit. Yes! I will be a land-surfer!!
      Be sure to read Land-surfing on a Biscuit


      More infos on
      . The official Hamboards website
      . The official Hamboards Europe website
      . Like Hamboards Facebook
      . Like Hamboards Europe Facebook
      . Instagram Hamboards and Hamboards_Europe
      . Follow @Hamboards and @Hamboardseurope

      Thank for your help: Pete, Gus, Don and Andre

      Land-surfing on a Biscuit ?

      14 Jul

      HamboardsI am a city girl, I only see the beach once a year at best and I’m not great with cold waters.
      I always dreamed about surfing the waves but when you live 2 hours away from the first cold and flat water … It’s not that easy.
      So let’s find another dream or … let’s surf without water?
      Let’s become a land-surfer! Yes, that’s what I want to be: a landsurfer!!!

      Now that I know my path, I need the proper board. I wanted to buy a Penny skate to cruise, but it’s only to cruise from one point to another, not much fun in it, … still looking until I found THE board!!
      It’s build by a family owned company called Hamboards, and cherry on the cake they are from Huntington Beach, California (the capital of the surf)!
      The Californian dream under your feet!!
      Pete, the father, is a firefighter, Gus is the oldest son and Don is the cousin taking care of the management and they build all together the best land-surfing boards of the market.

      The Hamboards range includes 5 products: the Classic, the Pinger, the Fish, the Pescadito and the Biscuit.
      Each, of course, have their very own specs:
      . carving,
      . cruising,
      . nose riding like on a real surf!,
      . pumping … again like on a real surf!!
      . and of course portability
      Check this Hamboards video on how to choose your board.

      My mind is set on the pumping property and portability because
      . I want to feel like surfing
      . I take the metro so it needs to fit under my arm … The Biscuit is for me!

      Next time we talk about the Hamboards, I’ll have a Biscuit to talk about and we will share the crumbs 😉

      The California dream goes downtown!

      More infos on
      . The official Hamboards website
      . The official Hamboards Europe website
      . Like Hamboards Facebook
      . Like Hamboards Europe Facebook
      . Instagram Hamboards and Hamboards_Europe
      . Follow @Hamboards and @Hamboardseurope

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