Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Thankful 30: Day 10

Today I'm thankful for: Panera's Fuju Apple Chicken Salad. I love it. Usually without onions and tomatoes, but it comes on a bed of spring greens with chicken, fuji apple chips, gorgonzola cheese and pecans. And this yummy sweet fuji apple dressing. It's the healthiest and yummiest thing I can eat for lunch, so I could eat it almost every day and not get tired of it.

Get yourself some!

What are you thankful for?


Thankful 30: Day 9

Today I'm thankful for: my favorite food in the whole wide world--baked macaroni and cheese. When the roux is just thick enough, when there's just the right amount of cheese, the noodles stick together and it's browned just enough on top. I love it soooo much, and it's a shame that I usually get it only on special occasions, like Memorial Day Cookouts, another thing I'm thankful for!

mmmm mmmm good!

My grandmother made the best baked mac I've ever tasted. God bless her soul.

What are you thankful for?


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Thankful 30: Day 8

Today I'm thankful that I live so close to Washington, DC. It's the political epicenter of the greatest nation in the world. It's a metropolis that counts as one of the country's "hotspots" in terms of where to move, where to perform, where to find a job, where start a life. Although we experience all four seasons, and I'd prefer we did away with winter altogether, the DC Metropolitan area rarely gets tornadoes, hurricanes, cyclones, earthquakes or tropical storms.

We've got the Washington Redskins. I love the Redskins!

I'm sure no one celebrated harder than we did for Obama's inauguration in 2008. Here's a scene from U Street.

We have our own waterfront.

We've got Adam's Morgan.

We've got awesome shopping in Georgetown. Stores that only have two or three locations worldwide have a home in Georgetown.

On any given weekend, there's an assortment of carnivals, neighborhood celebrations, outdoor parties, etc to choose from in and around the DC area.

We have our own zoo.

I think we have the best fireworks show anywhere in the country on the Fourth of July.

There are ALL KINDS of people here. Making this area extremely tolerant and diverse.

We've got a ton of awesome museums, and most of them are still free.

Real estate is still cool here. Music artists want to hold their annual concerts here. The president lives here. People from all over the world save money to fly a plane and book a hotel room just to stay where we already live and work. This is not Tarzana, California, nor Gnaw Bone, Indiana, nor Ding Dong, Texas (true stories). If you say you're from DC, people don't ask, "Is that near Richmond?" They already know exactly where it is. I'm thankful for Washington, DC.

What are you thankful for?


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pasara Thai

Today, Adrian and I had lunch at Pasara, a Thai restaurant off Englehardt Lane, near the Carlisle Circle off Duke Street/Eisenhower Ave in Alexandria, VA, not far from Old Town.

This is the west side of Pasara. There was another section of equal size around the corner. It was a pretty big place and there was a wait when we arrived around 12:30 pm. Totally understandable, and we were still seated within five minutes.

Nice looking spot. Here's the bar.

Wall Decor. Not chock full of fake mini-waterfalls. I appreciated that.

Adrian's Thai Iced Tea (I think). He liked it but I think it looks gross.

Me waiting for food

The spring rolls were tasty. I should have eaten more than one because it took FOREVER for our food to come!

Adrian looks as if he's burnt our food isn't here yet but this is his normal face.

Adrian said his pad thai was "too wet". I think all pad thai looks greasy.

My pineapple fried rice with chicken was GOOD! Although the rice was a bit overcooked. I must have been super hungry because it took me a while to realize they forgot to put shrimp in it.

Although this place was Adrian's suggestion, he said it was a major FAIL. To Galae Thai next time!


Thankful 30: Day 7

Today I'm thankful for: Smut music. That's what I call all mindless drivel rap music by the likes of Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Wacka Flocka, Pastor Troy, Bun B, Pimp C (RIP), Young Jeezy, Young Dro, Gucci Mane, all of Cash Money, all of Young Money, all of Maybach Music Group--and don't get me started why a group of rap artists named themselves after a car company, because I don't know. I like this music because it's not about anything, it just makes me want to dance and forget about how much traffic sucks or about my boring day at work or about the bills waiting for me in my mailbox when I get home. For at least 5 minutes at a time.

This is a CD that my DJ friend, Andre Foxx (Twitter @IAmRickDiesel), made for me today. I'm thankful for him too!

Sure, I bet these guys have something important and smart to say. But honestly, I don't want to hear it. Then it will make me think. I do enough of that already!

Go ahead, rap about swag, drank, your teeth, how you're from the hood and how much you spent on your watch. Let's dance!

What are you thankful for?


Monday, May 23, 2011

Thankful 30: Day 6

Today I'm thankful for: Excitement. And anticipation. Remember when you were young and your parents were going to take you on a trip to Kings Dominion/Wild World/Busch Gardens, and you could almost burst with anticipation? Or your school was going on a field trip to Camp Schmidt, and you could not WAIT to go?

Well, I'm thankful to still feel like that as an adult, because for lots of people, that feeling goes away and nothing gets them excited anymore. I still get excited about upcoming concerts, trips out of town, free lunches at work, birthday cake with real icing and not the whipped stuff, and packages in the mail. Everytime I get a package in the mail, it's a little like Christmas, as if I don't know what I ordered, especially if it takes a long time to ship, like my newest Christmas present (in May):

The iPad 2! This thing took 20 days to get to me. TWENTY! But it's cool, it's here. And I'm so happy about it being here that I can now take my time to open the box and figure it out later.

What are you thankful for?


Thankful 30: Day 5

Today I'm thankful for: En Vogue. I truly believe they are the best girl group ever. EVER! Tonight I saw them perform at the Bourbon Street Ballroom in Baltimore, MD, with my sister, Soiyete, Amelia and Kikie.

And then we saw our old friend Rabena there! How great is that?!

If you've never been to the Bourbon Street Ballroom, it's kinda like Black Cat. Standing room only and if you get a 6'4 person standing in front of you, you're short. Literally.

But it was fine, because En Vogue put on a heck of a show! They performed all the oldies but goodies and MORE! I would see them again if they returned! Go Goldstar! Maybe that's what I'm really thankful for, hmmm...

Check out more photos and video of En Vogue, here. What are you thankful for?


Friday, May 20, 2011

Thankful 30: Day 4

Today, I'm sick, so I'm thankful for Theraflu Warming Relief. It tastes like sin but it really does warm and make everything feel better.

I'll be more thankful when I'm not sick anymore. What are you thankful for?


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thankful 30: Day 3

Today I'm thankful for: Photography. I love it as a hobby, as a job, as a way to make every experience, whether boring or amusing, so much more exciting. I love to capture everything to share it, to remember it and to be thankful for it later. Ahhhh *snap*.

What are you thankful for?


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Thankful 30: Day 2

Today I'm thankful for random lunches with my homeboy Adrian, my brother from another mother, whatever, lol. We just eat and he lets me jabber away, and he gives me a sane and unbiased male point of view sometimes. Sometimes.

It's good to have these bright spots in the week. What are you thankful for?


Monday, May 16, 2011

Thankful 30: Day 1

Today I'm thankful for: popcorn. These days, the less butter, the better. But I love it. LOVE IT, I say.

For the next 29 days, I should be able to find something new, every day. Could you? What are you thankful for?


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Burger Joint

For lunch, my buddy Adrian and I went to The Burger Joint, at 106 North Washington Street, in Old Town Alexandria. They have this cool BGR logo like Black Dog in Martha's Vineyard or OBX for the Outer Banks in North Carolina. I wondered if they sold BGR stickers inside. Since we always go to Panera Bread, I relented and let Adrian pick where we ate lunch. This is Adrian, picking The Burger Joint.

This is Adrian waiting in line.

The Burger Joint was a welcoming spot, with purple walls and the absence of a long line. We must have just missed the lunch rush, because almost every seat was taken.

Adrian ordered "The Burger" without lettuce (weirdo) which includes 'lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and mojo sauce' and I ordered "The Wellington", which includes 'deep roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions, garlic, black truffles and a touch of mustard seed and blue cheese, on a buttery brioche bun with their mojo sauce', which is a house mayo. Sounds yummy, right?

Assorted beverages to choose from.

One of the things I liked about this place was the touch-screen digital soda machine. I've never seen one of these before. Maybe I just need to get out more.

We waited for our burgers to be ready and played with my camera.

And then, there they were. This is my Wellington. At first, I thought they'd given me two pieces of beef.

And then I looked closer. What I thought was a piece of beef was the black truffles. All the goodies, the caramelized onions, mushrooms and garlic were wrapped up in the black truffles, which looked eerily like dog shit.

Adrian's "Burger" looked good. He also got what BGR calls "The Orange Standard", their sweet potato fries.

I guess it was good!

Mine was pretty good, after I scraped off the black truffles. I just couldn't get over it. :-/

I'd go back to order some of "The Gold Standard", their golden fries. Oh, and there were no BGR stickers inside. Later for now, BGR,