Friday, November 21, 2014

Fashion and Compassion: Supporting Women in Uganda

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Here's my lovely Fashion and Compassion purchase.

Tag description: "The beads on this jewelry were handmade by vulnerable and HIV-positive women in Uganda using small strips of paper. Proceeds are invested into transformational development in AFRICA through out partner, ALARM."

Visit the website and support these courageous women! Fashion and Compassion

Obama on Immigration

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My favorite line from President Obama's immigration speech:

"They came to work!"

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ferguson: Brothas Gonna Work It Out

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As we wait to hear the grand jury's decision on whether to indict police officer, Darren Wilson, in the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri, let's take a look at how the genius of art reflects and/or foreshadows real life events. All the great artists do it.

As the end of Public Enemy's music video "Brothas Gonna Work it out," tells us, this portrayal is based on an actual incident:

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Amelie's Sweet Potato Salad

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Gigi and I visited one of her favorite eating spots last Sunday, Amelie's French Bakery in NoDa, and I tasted some of their delicious sweet potato salad. That's the first time I've ever had it -- anywhere. It was so delicious that I wanted to know the ingredients so I can make that tasty dish at home. 

I emailed the restaurant to ask what were the ingredients they used in the salad. Here's my email to Amelie's:

I ordered some of your sweet potato salad yesterday and thought it was delicious! Could you tell me -- what do you put in it, other than sweet potatoes?

Here's the response from a nice lady named Stephanie:

Hi Alicia, the ingredients are: sweet potatoes, mayo, balsamic vinegar, celery, red onions. Good luck and happy cooking! :) 

My response:

Oh, happy day! Thank you for that. I will make the meal this weekend. :-)  

Look for a picture of my try at Ameilie's-style sweet potato salad.

Amelie's decor

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Brazilian Music from the Heart: Waters of March

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Oh, how I love Brazilian music and this one "Waters of March" is a classic, written by Antônio "Tom" Jobim -- a musical genius. Here he is with singer Elis Regina, who gives a very subltle and sensuous delivery of the tune. This song, like many Brazilian and Latin numbers, includes the word "corazón." See if you can hear it and do you know what it means?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vote Early in 2014!

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Early voting in Charlotte/Mecklenburg County begins Thursday, Oct. 23rd, tomorrow!! Click the link below to see all of the sites where you can vote. There are no location restrictions (in the county) for early voting. Click the link below to see all of the sites where you can vote. Repeat -- there are no restrictions on location -- the site where you cast your vote -- during the Early Voting period. Early Voting Locations in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County. (Locations, Dates, and Open Hours)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Red Sea Heaven

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Enjoyed my favorite cuisine tonight -- Ethiopian.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Dee and Us

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Cousin Demetrius and Us