Month: July 2018

Journey to 30

Today begins my 30 days countdown to turning 30 years old! So I thought it would be the perfect time to share my Journey to 30 goals that I set just before my 29th birthday. In true form, I set some lofty (potentially over-ambitious) goals to work on over the last year of my 20s/in the approach to my 30s. I thought it would be cute to set goals in groups of 30 (of course), and gave myself a full 365 days to complete those goals, from the day I turned 29, to the day I turn 30. There were a healthy mixture of “30 to 30” goal types to keep things interesting, and then there were some other longterm/habit forming personal goals. 30 to 30 Goals Read 30 Books by Black Women Eat at 30 new restaurants in New Orleans Go on 30 “Dates” Lose 30 (pounds and inches combined) Contribute one thing to the house every 30 days Only login to Facebook once every 30 days Longterm/Habit Goals No Alcohol for the year …

30 Restaurants: Cochon Butcher & Heard Dat Kitchen

Cochon Butcher Folks have been talking about “le Pig Mac” for years now. I finally tasted one. I’m still drooling at the thought of it. It was just like my favorite big mac of childhood (which I stopped eating after they started labeling their products with calories and I realized a big mac meal was like an entire day and a half’s worth of calories) but better. I couldn’t tell you if “Le Pig Mac” is just as high in calories, with pork patties instead of beef patties–it’s certainly more expensive than a big mac, at $10–but it was worth every bite. Not one single regret. I WILL be going back to eat it again.   Heard Dat Kitchen I don’t remember how I first heard about this place, but it’s gained a lot of traction through yelp and other reviews. It is a hole in the wall, every reviewer prepared you for that (although they’ve been working on their ambiance, and apparently just expanded to have a bigger dining area). But the food is …

Book 16: Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth–Warsan Shire

I first learned about Warsan Shire through Beyoncé. Her visual album, Lemonade, had all this great dialogue in between songs, and it turns out it was attributed to Shire, so of course I had to know more. She was born in Kenya to Somali parents and immigrated to the United Kingdom. What’s wild to think about is how crazy accomplished she is and we’re the same age. Almost exactly. Down to the month (August babies!). I had to pause a moment and think about what I was doing with my life when I see folks my age out there grinding hard and being recognized for their work. But let’s not dwell on making comparisons… This book is her first published work. And unlike some of the other poetry I’ve read on this Journey to 30, this felt more accessible. I think being a contemporary of the time period in which poetry is written does that. I still had some difficulties in understanding meaning, because although we’re from the same generation, she still comes from a …

30 Restaurants: Casa Borrega & Cavan

Neither of these places were on my original list of 30 restaurants, which has changed at least six times throughout the course of the year. But I’ve been dying to go to Casa Borrega, so it was silly for it not to be on there, and Cavan became an after the fact replacement. Casa Borrega There were so many options on the menu that I wanted to eat, I wish I had gone with more people who all got different things so I could taste them all. Or I can just go back multiple times (isn’t that the point of their business, to visit again?).  We started with some chips and queso, we were both really hungry by that point. For an entree I decided on the tostadas, one with chorizo and the other with lengua (beef tongue). Both were delicious! And it was more than enough food for $10. I got horchata to drink, also fantastic, so by the time I finished eating, there unfortunately wasn’t any room left for dessert. I was interested …

Book 15: Homegirls & Handgrenades–Sonia Sanchez

Another book of poetry, another reminder of how difficult poetry is (can be) to fully grasp. I feel like to truly appreciate Sonia Sanchez I need to read this in a class with someone facilitating a discussion; someone who knows more about her, knows how to interpret her stylizations. I never could figure out what to do with the forward slash “/” separating words, especially “yo” and another word (i.e., “yo/arena of love”). Is it supposed to be read a certain way? Is there a double meaning I’m missing? I just have questions. And then, like Nikki Giovanni, some of the metaphors were so time and place situated, they went over my head. But in the anthology I have of Giovanni’s work, there’s an appendix with notes explaining the references. That being said, I enjoyed this book, preferring the haikus and shorter-stories more than some of the longer poems, probably because they were easier for me to understand, but I’ll have to revisit Sanchez, hopefully with some more context. Haiku i see you blackboy bent toward …