FBF: Halloween 2017

*Cue the White Tears™ #youmad? I alway lament not having creative Halloween costumes from year to year, as well as not having a stash of lazy-man costumes (i.e., mass produced costumes that I can just throw on when needed). But last year, some time during late summer, I had a genius idea. Or at least…

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30 “Dates”: 1-5

Part of my Journey to 30 was to go on 30 “dates,” with date loosely defined as going somewhere new or participating in something I haven’t done yet in the region. Date 1: Luna Fête–December 2017 The Arts Council of New Orleans describes Luna Fête as and event that “transforms New Orleans’ historic architecture into…

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30 Restaurants: Chubbie’s & Saffron Nola

Chubbie’s Fried Chicken This place has been down the street from me the entire time I’ve lived in Algiers and I didn’t know about it. I don’t think I’ve actually driven past the McDonald’s on General Meyer, so that probably has a lot to do with it. But I found out about from one of…

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Melrose Plantation

The idea of plantation tours don’t sit well with me: I’ve heard enough horror stories about tour guides who weave tales of happy slaves in the antebellum south, who focus on narrating the dramatic lives of the white families who owned them. Handing over my money to help fatten the pockets of the white folks…

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30 Restaurants: Broussards & L’il Dizzy’s

Broussards We went to fancy jazz brunch on Father’s day, even though we have no kids–well we have SoCo, who is basically a human. We got seated in a corner by the window. One of the older waiters said it was the best table in the room both because of the placement–you can see the…

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Book 17: Gathering of Waters–Bernice McFadden

This may be the first book on my list I really didn’t enjoy, which is unfortunate because I was truly looking forward to it. The book cover is a set up; it is not at all an accurate reflection of what the story is about. Gathering of Waters is a deeply engrossing tale narrated by…

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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…

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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…

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