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Canoe

It’s Thursday and we are back!!!! I’m really excited to be writing on Thursdays again. I loved podcasting and I will get back into it soon, but having to substitute writing with having to be on camera more than once a week, I’m okay with just writing. With that being said, it’s been a really long time since I’ve done one of my favorite things in writing and that’s write a review! So as the seasons change and people are getting to be more romantic and intimate with each other, I know a great place to eat!

As you all know, I recently celebrated a birthday. I was really set on just doing going out and having a good day. A couple of suggestions came that told us to go to a little restaurant called “Canoe”. I can definitely say that it was truly a fine dining experience. We made reservations and the whole night all of the staff addressed us by name, the food was incredible, and the service was really outstanding. On top of all that, the cost was reasonable.

They are fairly known for having some sort of exotic meat on the menu. When we went back at the end of September, the meat of the hour was a peppercorn crusted kangaroo appetizer. The foodie I am couldn’t resist! It was possibly the best thing I’ve ever tasted. That was just starting the night though. After both of us had an appetizer, entrée, drink, and dessert, we spent less than $150.

From the moment you pull up to the parking lot, you get a very intimate and sophisticated vibe. Walking into the establishment, the dim lights, light chatter, great smell, and friendly hostess greeted us at the door. We were seated in about 10 minutes and got the whole night to enjoy ourselves. Service was prompt and constant without being overbearing, the food was delicious and the vibes were perfect. I’ve had other fine dining experiences, but none of them as great as this one; it was truly a perfect way to celebrate and a great place for an intimate date night.

I hope some of you get a chance to go and tell me about your experiences! Below are the pictures and videos of our food!

Pepper Corn Crusted Kangaroo, Pissaladière, Sweet Onion Ravigote
Harissa Spiced Australian Lamb Sirloin, Roasted Pepper Hummus, Rapini, Chai Tzatziki
Dulce de Leche Mousse, Red Wine Ice Cream, Bourbon Apple
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A Live on All Things This Election Season

If you missed the most recent Facebook live, there’s no need to fret; you can still catch the whole thing at the link below! Also be sure to check out the previous live in response to the Breonna Taylor case (link can be found attached to the blog post “Anger, Disgust, Injustice…”) and tune in to my Facebook page every other Thursday for more live content!

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Looking for Birria?

I’m not sure about anyone else, but I can say that I am a big foodie. I follow all types of food accounts on Instagram and I love to eat! Recently, I’ve spent a lot of time looking for some tacos. Not just any tacos, because I know plenty of great taco places, but specifically birria tacos.

I know I mentioned the tacos in last week’s post, but I really just can’t get enough of them. It took a bit of searching and getting the times right, but I did find a place close to home. Let me just say that those tacos were excellent. They definitely looked good on the pictures, but actually tasting them was heaven. The flavors of slow cooked beef, cilantro, onions, and whatever they put in that sauce all blended together… AMAZING! I actually ended up dipping my tacos into queso along with the soup that they serve, and let me just say that I certainly had multiple food-gasms! I definitely think that this is a meal everyone should try. The good news is, this coming weekend, there are a couple places selling these delicious bites around the metro Atlanta area.

First and most familiar to me is Rose’s Taco Grill (@rosestacogrill on instagram) in Riverdale off of Hwy85. They’re open from 11AM-10PM everyday except Wednesdays. The second place is Gusgeras (@gusgeras_atl on Instagram) located off North Ave in Jonesboro. They’ll be selling birria tacos this Saturday and Sunday from 12PM-3PM. The last place I know of that is selling birria, or as he calls it “crack” in the metro area is Chef Smokey (@chefsmokeyatl on Instagram). He will be located in Austell off Veterans Memorial on Saturday from 5-8:30PM and Sunday from 11AM-3PM. All specific location information can be found either in google searches or by the Instagram handles provided.

If anybody knows any other places with birria, or good food to try next, feel free to comment below. As always, have a great and safe weekend and happy Friday!

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Talk To Me

This is the first installment of #TalkAboutIt Thursday. Thursday posts are going to be dedicated to conversations. This week more than I’d like to talk, well write, I want to hear from you my readers. I know over the course of this blog, I have made a lot of changes. This most recent one is actually my favorite, but I have noticed some things I can improve.

I do 99% of my writing from my computer; that means other than checking small details and notifications, I mostly look at this site from a laptop screen. Recently, I noticed that it may not be as easy to navigate to the actual blog posts page from a smartphone or tablet. Does anyone else feel this way? Do you feel like you have to (or previously had to) go searching for content to read? Should things maybe be formatted differently to make posts more accessible?

Another thing that’s been brought to my attention is difficulty in commenting on posts. Now, I myself have not run into any issues with commenting, but I realize that my experience with this site is as an admin and not so much a user. So here’s the next question, what issues are you running into when trying to interact on this site?

Lastly, I understand that I do 95% of my promoting new content on social media, but there are readers that tune in on a consistent basis. I have considered adding a subscribe option. Until becoming active on my blog, I was truly not one to scroll on my social media platforms all day. I think that a subscribe link would definitely be a great tool for those of you that prefer constant updates. I know that the social media posts usually get sent as personal messages, but how would you all like a subscribe button to get all the blog updates and reminders directly to a preferred email address?

Please know that as much as I love to write, I love to interact with my audience. I’m still working on making this the best possible reading experience for everyone. In order to do that, I would love some feedback. You can leave all answers and suggestions in the comments of this post. I can write all day, but it’d be nothing without each of you! I appreciate all the love and support; every view, read, comment, like, share means the world to me. Help me make this experience just as great for you as it has been for me!

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Don’t Hate the Player…

We all know the saying, “don’t hate the player, hate the game.” Well, Molly Bloom showed up to the party and may have given a reason for people to hate both. Netflix movie, “Molly’s Game,” is the story of once professional skier, Molly Bloom, that ran a high-stakes poker game for about 10 years on both sides of the country before being arrested by the FBI.

After retiring from the Olympics, Bloom found herself looking for redemption and moving to LA for a fresh start. After a couple of serving jobs, she found herself the assistant of a extremely needy and once considerably wealthy man whose name was changed to protect his identity. As part of being his assistant, he assigned Molly to help run his exclusive underground poker game. This is where it all started for her. This is where things all changed.

Postponing her entrance in law school, Molly regularly ran poker games. She learned everything there was to know about the game and she successfully ran games for her boss while still working full time as his assistant in Los Angeles for about 3 years. She eventually took the game over for herself.

This isn’t so much a spoiler, because the real heat is still to come. Where did she go wrong? When did she become a suspect for the FBI? When did she get caught up with the Russian Mob? When did a proper, high-stakes, game of poker, turn into the investigation that was out to send her to prison in coalition with some of the meanest, baddest, most vile crime syndicates in the world? Was Molly Bloom guilty of all the things her indictment implicated? Well, that part is up for you to figure out and the only way to come up with your own inferences, as I have mine, is to watch Molly’s Game on Netflix. My only note here is one we’re all very familiar with, “don’t hate the player, hate the game.”

Don’t forget to comment and let me know what you think about it!

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Let’s Talk Suspense: Can You Find the Dangerous Lies?

As coronavirus cases and anxieties rise, many of us are still cautiously awaiting sanity in the comfort of our homes. This means that we have been doing a lot of the same things: a whole lot of nothing. In this excessive downtime, I’m sure we have all exhausted our normal list of things to watch on Netflix and other streaming services. As of recently, I’ve been looking for new things to indulge in, things that may not have gained so much exposure as headliners on Netflix.

A close friend of mine suggested that I watch “Dangerous Lies”, a movie she said she enjoyed, but couldn’t quite figure out. It’s essentially a movie about a young girl that inherits the house and belongings of the elderly man she had been taking care of for a couple months. In the beginning, we find out about her life and relationship just prior to becoming the sitter of dear Mr. Leonard, the wealthy man who’s house main character, Katie, inherits.

There is a lot of ambiguity in this movie, a lot of things that are left up for you to depict and figure out on your own. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but if you’re the kind of person that enjoys building suspense, unanswered questions, and plot twists, I do believe this is the movie for you.

Young couple Katie and her husband Adam, find themselves intertwined in mystery, secrets, and police investigations; every one trying to figure out how exactly Katie inherited everything and what to do about the issues and questions that keep coming up. We find out that the house has more than just nice pictures and a beautiful garden. With an eager real estate agent, a suspicious detective, and a sudden death, this movie definitely gives a consistent twisty turn of events.

I do believe this is a great movie to watch if you’re on a hunt for something new. I can definitely say that this is a movie you’ll need to be paying attention to. This is a film that requires an open mind and a love for solving mystery. If you think you fit that description, then this movie may be one for you.

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Is It True Crime?

I have a newfound love for true crime. I been looking into new things to get into, and I stumbled across some true crime docuseries. I started looking for the books that correspond to the show and I have literally FALLEN IN LOVE! I just been looking and reading everything about serial killers and true crime and suspense. I am so fond of this genre.

I’ve always been on the fence about true crime; reluctantly thinking that I would be inviting the same energies into my own life as those of the killers. Energies are real and the transfer of them between mediums, including TV, are real. If and when I watch the documentaries, I always have to use another show or movie to get me to sleep or to relax.

However it goes, I have definitely been entailed to share my recent love affair between me and true crime. I’ve researched all kinds of people, Jack the Ripper, Ted Bundy, Frank Sheerman, everybody I could find. The biography website actually has good recaps of the events of the killers. I have just been completely consumed, deaf to the world kind of thing, in reading about the minds and works of all these people.

I’m not saying that I actually agree with or condone any of their actions, but I can say that studying the way that they think, or their perceived thought processes, is frankly such a rush of adrenaline for me. I firmly believe that people only do as much as they think is acceptable, but that doesn’t bring validity to the fact that there had to be something wrong with their processes, that made them do the things they did.

Serial killers, murderers, abusers, I always believe have some sort of reason for their action. Somewhere in their thoughts, they tell themselves that the things they do are acceptable or redeemable. Something, or someone, in their head, led them to believe that it was okay to do the things that they did and participate in the things that they took part in. Reading about this kind of stuff has definitely given me so much insight on the different, yet fundamental, ways that people make decisions.

I’m definitely not claiming true crime as my niche, but I definitely will say that this new exploration for variety has been treating me well.

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Is Netflix’s #BlackAF Actually Black AF???

Netflix is currently raging with new shows, movies, and uploads for users to stream. With the current state of society, per the affects of the corona virus, most people have amble free time to stream as many shows and movies as their hearts desire. In recent years, Netflix has engaged very fondly in black cinema.

The newest release in Netflix’s black cinema portfolio is the show “#BlackAF.” It seems like a black comedy, about a black family, that engages in black stuff. Makes you kind of question how well a black viewer would actually relate to it.

There’s always a level of speculation around black films and shows when being viewed by our own people. Odds are, we are the audience that is being targeted, but often enough, we are disappointed in the portrayal of our people. As many hashtags as one can try to attach to black cinemas, enough of them really do not embody the feeling that it is #BlackAF. It seems like the people that made the films may be trying to hard or actually completely ignorant to the substance of the black experience. And more times than one, actually too many times to count, black people in film are portrayed as dirty, poor, and struggling. This show gives a very fair comic relief to that stigma.

One thing that is clear in this show is the wealth. The whole story is based on a rich black family dealing with things that black families of all tax brackets tend to deal with. Episodes explore concepts such as the way that we are seen by our white counterparts in the same positions, the systematic belief systems that have been instilled in African-Americans since their arrival to this country, and even the types of interactions that happen in black households. Basic concepts and principles that we can really relate to.

The way that the episodes are filmed, much like that of a documentary (as is the point), takes a chance to share the thought processes and ask questions that can be important in the black community. It highlights things inclusive of the way that older sisters tend to feel motherly, the difference in childhood experiences as money develops over time, and the competition in marriages that tend not to fail us all. This work embodies what it really feels like to be in a black-minded family without being boring or hard to enjoy. The language is provocative without being too inappropriate, the conversations are valid, and the responses are those typical of black people with a background of systematic oppression. Simply put, “everything is because of slavery,” but instead of the oppressed black family saying it, this show gives us the enjoyment of hearing and seeing that even with some money, certain things don’t change.

I’m not here to be a movie critic, I’m not here to say that this show may or may not be a waste of space on someone’s hard-drive. I’m simply here to tell you my reaction and the reaction of those that I’ve spoken to about it. Don’t get me wrong at all, this series lives up to it’s rating and is definitely not for audiences too sensitive. It is fair to say however, this show definitely stood up to the title as being #BlackAF.