Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Restaurant Review: Creole

I have said on more than one occassion that all things being equal, I would be living in Manhattan. You aren't too far away from anything and there's always something to do. Case in point, Sunday night, on a whim, I decided to check the website for one of my favorite restaurants in the city to see what was going on. There was a blues singer performing, and that's right up my alley. Off the Harlem I go.

Creole is a Creole themed and Creole based supper club on the corner of 118th Street and 3rd Avenue in East Harlem. According to it's website, it "marries art, jazz, culture, entertainment and food into one location". Personally, I discovered the restaurant four years ago when looking for new locations to try out. After my first time there, I was hooked. During this particular trip, I started my meal with their Voodoo Wings (wings with a spicy cayenne and garlic marinade) and followed that up with a chicken and shirmp dish that I could not get enough of. I was going to end the meal with a sweet potato beignet, but they didn't have anymore. That might have been a good thing since I was already stuffed and satisfied.

All of that and there was still a show, which assures that you will get your money's worth and leave the restuarant with a smile on your face. If it's an intimate situation you want, you won't find it here, but if you want to have a good time with good food and good music, Creole is definitely a place you should check out when you come to NYC.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

What Would You Do Wednesday - Thrown A Curve

Ladies: Say you're dating a guy. After 8 months, you decide that he's not giving you what you want and the relationship isn't progressing past it's current point. You start having conversations with a guy in another state who has always been interested in you, and is currently single. The new guy even takes a trip to spend a weekend with you to see if there's a chance that a relationship could develop. A week or so later, you find out that you're about 6 weeks pregnant with your ex's child. You tell your ex and he is excited and says he wants to be active in the child's life regardless of whether the two of you get back together or not. How do you handle the new guy that you've been conversing with?

Monday, February 4, 2013

Music Mondays: OUR National Anthem

I don't care what you do, people are going to find a reason to criticize. Most recent point came at yesterday's Super Bowl. Alicia Keys was scheduled to sang the National Anthem, and in my opinion, she did a good job. Unfortunately, it seems as if I was in the minority. I get to work today and everything I read in regards to the National Anthem was negative. I read everything from it was too slow to it's too jazzy. One person even bashed Alicia for trying to make the song her own. I don't know what people were looking at or listening too. Yes, it was the longest version of the song ever performed at the Super Bowl, but it was only 4 seconds longer than the previous longest version (Natalie Cole). And although it won't rank up there was Whitney's version, in my opinion, it was much better than Marvin Gaye's version from the NBA All-Star game. People need to get over themselves. Alicia Keys did what was asked of her. She sung the song. She got the words right (Christina Aguileria). She didn't overshadow the game. Let the woman be. The controversy should never last longer than the performance. Move on to something more important.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Fitness Friday - Numbers Don't Lie

So January has come and gone. By now, I would have already abandoned my new year's resolution, but this year is different. With the help of an app and an accountability team, I have stayed the course for January, and the results are in. Down 3 pounds since January 1. May not seem like much to some, but it means a lot to me. There were only 2 major changes I made last month; first, I drastically cut down on soda (for all of you thinking about leaving a comment saying I should cut it out altogether, Rome wasn't built in a day), and second, I did the best that I could to monitor my portion sizes (3/4 of a cup of any cereal is not enough in my opinion, but if that's the serving size, who am I to argue). As good as I was with my diet, I can't say the same about my exercise routine. I'm working on it though. February, is upon us and if I continue at the pace I'm going, then I'll be down 15 pounds by my birthday. That's exciting. Next weigh in is in 2 weeks. Stay tuned.