Saturday, February 10, 2018

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Sarasota Music Half Marathon


I thought this day would never come. If you've been following my blog for a while then you know that also enjoy running (but not really). I've ran 5k's and 10k's in the past and the goal was to move up a notch. I finally did so this month. I'm movin' on up like George and Weezy. I'm gonna be honest and say I didn't really train for this race but it was on the calendar. What had happen was.... I did start a little training but y'all know how ish goes. Life got in the way and I started slacking. 


But slack no more. I finally registered for the race when one of my followers on IG decided to put me on blast. I was like.... Dang!!! In a way I'm thankful for that because I was having second thoughts. Anyways, I was so glad when I saw mile marker 10 and had 3 more miles to go. I was like Rose from the Titanic, It's been 84 years. I crossed that finish line and didn't care if I came in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. My goal was to cross that finish line and I did. Whoop! Whoop! Hooray to my first half marathon. I will be doing more. *off to go train for the next one*


Friday, February 9, 2018

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#CluelessGardens Chat Recap


The #CluelessGardens chat took place February 7 via Twitter. The topic was all about gardening and plant life. I know I couldn't do this chat by myself. Below are the black girls with gardens that took the time to share their plant life experience. 

@TheEclectress- Rah is an advocate for holistic wellness and self-love

@TheGlossier- Tasha is a beauty and style blogger 

@EarthlyBodies- Johanna is a holistic health educator and speaker
Shout out to Black Girls With Gardens for sponsoring the chat. One lucky participant won an all in one organic garden starter kit. 

My goal with the series of chat is to inspire those looking to make positive lifestyle choices. Whether it's with finance, fitness, healthy eating, minimalism, and more. I'm still learning as I go along and these are what helped me achieve some success. Stay "Clueless" with me via Twitter for more info on the next one. Chat later!

Check out last month chat on personal trainers and fitness fanatics #CluelessFitness

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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Restaurant Reveiew- Bar Taco (Tampa)


I finally went to Bar Taco. It is located in the Hyde Park area of a city that I find myself visiting quite often. Tampa! Thanks to one of my fav food blogger, Quin of Butter Be Ready. I first met Quin at Blog Her 17 in Orlando and we've been hanging out ever since. She's also a guest food blogger here on my blog. 

We've been to a few spots and have a lot more planned to review. Before I get into the Bar Taco review, I want to share a foodie adventure we had a while back. We went to a restaurant that is considered to be the "best of the best" for the Tampa Bay area. Being the greedy foodies that we are, we went to check it out. It was our first time there. The ambiance and customer service got an A+ with us. But when it came to the food we were like...


We were extremely disappointed. I was big mad y'all. I started backtracking wondering what did I do to deserve this non tasting food. My taste buds were not happy at all. The dish I had was a bit pricey so I had every right to be in my feels. After we left, me and Quin were talking mad ish. We came to the conclusion that they must be paying to keep the recognition going. It was the only thing that made sense to us for the disappointing meal we had. 

Here's a foodie tip: Don't always believe the hype of the "best of the best". Now on to my review of Bar Taco. 

 Pork Belly, Fried Oyster, Shrimp, Tuna Tacos

This place happens to be Quin's favorite spot. She recommended it for our next foodie adventure. Once I started to place my order, Quin suggested that I try the pork belly taco. I wasn't so sure at first because I tried pork belly before somewhere else and didn't really like it. But I ordered one anyways. I was sure I wasn't going to like it. Boy was I wrong! Can you guess which one was my absolute favorite? Yeah, the pork belly. I was like dang!!! I should've ordered more. It was ridiculously delicious with tons of flavor. I kept saying ummm with each bite. The fried oyster came in second for me. 

Quin's Commentary:

As a food blogger, I usually tend to take what I eat very seriously. I annoyingly go the extra mile to review restaurants and obsessively narrow down only the top spots. Well, when I moved to Tampa I just had to check out a spot called Bartaco. With reviews such as "best tacos you will ever eat in your life" and "mouthwateringly delicious", I had high expectations of this place. Bartaco is tucked in between Hyde Park Village and surrounded by lots of cute little shops. 

Their spot is cozy and inviting with the staff hustling and bustling in their navy and white attire. Unless you go on a non-busy day, like during the week maybe you'll have to wait a bit for a table. And for this place, the wait is worth it. Once you're seated, you'll be greeted by a friendly, young, and attractive waiter who helps you place your order. On my first visit I had no idea what I was in for so the waiter kindly recommended their usual faves and must try's. 

I've since been to Bartaco more times than I can count and of course I have to relish in my top favorite eats here. Let's start with the obvious... the tacos. Since I don't eat seafood the pork belly, sesame ribeye, spicy chorizo, and the pork pastor tacos all highly appealed to me. All of their tacos are small with about 2-3 bites per taco so be prepared to order about 5-6 if you're coming with an appetite. But I must take a moment to tell you about my all star favorite... the pork belly taco. This baby is loaded with flavor! 

Juicy, tender, and insanely delicious pork belly paired with a sweet glaze that will have you licking your fingers. This one is hands down my favorite and I usually order at least three. I also typically order their house made guacamole which is another hit at this place. I'm a huge fan of their grilled corn, on or off the cobb with cayenne pepper, lime juice, and cotija cheese. And lastly, the sweet plantains are bomb as well. Each time I go, I try to order something new to try and so far I have not been disappointed. This place is amazing from start to end with great service, delicious food, and nice atmosphere. I'd highly recommend you get to Bartaco as soon as you can!


Yeah... what she said. Now if you excuse me, I'd like to go back to eating. I will def be going back again and again. 



Friday, January 26, 2018

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Butter Be Ready- Ultimate Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings


I think these will make a perfect addition to your game day menu. These lemon pepper wings are baked not fried. Kudos to that! Sometimes baked is better than fried. Check out the recipe for these finger licking goodness here

Who will you be cheering for during the Super Bowl?

Me: *singing Alicia Keys* No one, No one, Nooooo one hahaa hun

Thursday, January 25, 2018

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Random Pics- January '18 (First Time Trying)

I've been trying new tings. Take a look below to see what they are. 

Matte Lipstick

A green beauty brand that caters to women who look like me. Never Underestimate Simple is made with quality clean ingredients. I'm still transitioning and so glad to have come across this company. I'm a sucker for matted lipstick and already loving the shade Durga from their lip collection.  

Yoga Socks

These socks came in handy when I went to my first yoga workshop with Rachel of Yoga Rachel. I'm "trying" to level up my yoga practice. I'll be sharing more of my journey on that. Anyways, the socks were very comfy and I love the non-resistant slip on the bottom of it. 

Restaurant 

Guest food blogger Quin recommended one of her favorite spots for me to check out. Of course the foodie in me had it on my list. So, did I like it or nah? Stay tuned for our review. 

Natural Deodorant

Piper Wai is an all natural deodorant with good for your body ingredients. Not only does it smells good (it has peppermint and eucalyptus oil in it), it really does work. It also has activated charcoal. So far, I can't complain. It is different from the other deodorant that I've used. I would definitely recommend to someone looking for a deodorant that works. Looking to make the switch to a non-toxic product? Use my code CURL20 to save 20% off. [This product was sent to me. Opinions expressed are my own.]


What have you been trying? 




Monday, January 15, 2018

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Restaurant Review- The Lone Wolfe Food Truck


Who doesn't love food trucks? I think they have some of the best tasting foods than sit down restaurants. I have yet to be disappointed with one. Anyways, The Lone Wolfe is a food truck located in Miami (Wynwood Yard) specializing in Mexican fusion food. 

Mexican Maduros (Vegan)

These are sweet plantains seasoned in black pepper and sweet soy sauce topped with lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and clilatro. One bite of this and I was in love. They were really really good. Perfectly seasoned with fresh ingredients. How can you not love that? This is Mexican food with a vegan twist. Again, I was not disappointed. This spot is totally worth another visit when I return.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

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Green Light- Shamicka

I like that society has become more conscious says this eco-sista
Photo Credit: Kel B Pics 

How long have you been eco-friendly? I have been eco-friendly ever since I chose to change my diet in 2014. Since then I have implemented fresh foods using less plastic and packaged items and practices that will lead to a healthier living for myself and the environment. 

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I chose to be eco-friendly when I decided to implement daily practices that will lead to a healthier lifestyle. We are all interconnected from the plants to other inhabitants on the planet so it's imperative that we are conscious of how we interact with each other and elements of the planet. 

What do you like about it? I like that society has become more conscious about the impact that we make on the environment. We are seeing more positive attributes like products marked "made from recycled materials". Furthermore, I appreciate eco-friendly companies who consider the impact their products may have on the environment. It shows genuine compassion for the earth. In addition to companies, even bloggers who chose to create content that raises awareness on "going green" and "eco-friendly".

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? The only challenge that I quickly overcame is the cost of being eco-friendly. Fortunately, when you buy eco-friendly products you know that you are buying something made from non-toxic, organic, pesticide and herbicide free ingredients that are safe to use. Today I am willing to spend a few extra dollars for a better product with human safety in mind. 

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Absolutely! I would highly suggest to anyone that is interested in being more eco-friendly to read the labels on products especially marked "eco-friendly" sometimes they are misleading. Instead look for seals or approved by eco-friendly programs. 

Going green can be complex. This discourages a lot of people. There's really no "right" way it's basically trying to do something than nothing at all. I sometimes feel like a green hypocrite. Do you feel that way sometimes? Honestly, like anything else I believe that we should just take it one day at a time. So implementing daily practices is a lot easier that a drastic lifestyle change. 

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I went natural since 2012 but I've always wanted locs so when I first cut my hair and rocked the afro I figured now was a good time to finally loc my hair. Contrary to popular belief, I rock my hair in so many ways. I love that with my natural hair I can curl it, wear it straight, and my favorite hair style is an undo.

Is there anything you like to add? I encourage individuals to spread awareness about our environment and the impacts that our decisions can make today and tomorrow. Also, to remember that "going green" not only refers to being environmentally conscious but also to incorporate a plant based diet into your life. You can find me at Fashion Meats Foodie

Monday, January 8, 2018

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"Clueless" How To- Eat Your Water


I don't know about you but I'm getting tired of drinking water. *Gulp* However, I can't deny the benefits of drinking water. One of the main reasons for me is to stay hydrated. Especially since I live in hell Florida. I'm also tired of going to the bathroom every 5 minutes. It's become a strategy game that I no longer want to play. There's gotta be a better way to 8 cups of water a day. 

Me on my way to tinkle tinkle

Benefits Of Water:
-Helps with weight loss
-Detoxes the body
-Helps the kidney functions better and more

So I started researching and found that I can also stay hydrated by eating high water content foods. Yes lawd! I won't be constantly running to the bathroom. FYI, drinking too much water can be harmful as well. There was a story a couple of years ago about a woman who entered a radio contest that involved her drinking water. She later died from a symptom called hyponatremia (water intoxication). Below are a list of foods that I'll be uppin' to get all of the benefits I'm looking for.

Cucumbers

Cukes are about 95% water. Say what! I've been snacking on them a lot. I get them from the farmer's market and just snackity snack. It keeps me full till I'm ready to be greedy later on. 

Watermelons

A summer staple that I love to eat year round. With about 90% water, it's loaded with all types of vitamins. This is one of my favorite watermelon salad.


Zucchini

*DJ Khaled voice* Another one that's 95% water. I made a zucchini salad with it before and going to seek out other recipes. 

Strawberries

The most hydrating of all the berries coming in at over 90% water. This is great in smoothies, salads, or just puree for a natural tasting popsicle

"Clueless" Tips- It's best to eat them raw to get the full nutritional benefits they provide.

There's so much more but this is a start. I've also been trying flavored water. I've seen the La Croix brand floating around but didn't really care for it until I went to this plant based event. Even though it's a healthier alternative to soda there are reports of it not being healthy for your teeth. I'm also iffy on the "natural flavor" part. I just drink it in moderation. I really try to stay away from the sugary crappy drinks as much as I can. Anyways, check out my related post "Clueless" Benefits Of Kombucha.


Psst.... Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, nutritionist, or health professional. I'm just sharing my own personal experience. Don't go snitching saying I told you to do XYZ. If it worked out I'll take the credit if not, who told you to listen to me? 😇

Saturday, January 6, 2018

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Vegan Bruh- Erin

Veganism shouldn't feel like a mandate says this vegan bruh

How long have you been a vegan? I've been vegan 6 years this past October. Whew... time flies!

Was transition easy? Surprisingly yes! I actually became vegan overnight as an experiment.

One night after a studio session, I had a long convo with a vegan-nutritionist friend and creative Syar Dali (@call_me_syar) about food, food justice, and the effects different foods had on the body. We talked about alkalinity, the immune system, how the human body metabolizes nutrients, and it was all pretty mind blowing.

After that, I decided to skip some levels and go "super raw vegan" just to see what would happen-- meaning only raw fruits and veggies with no refined sugars or even grains. I know, pretty crazy, but the really crazy part was that by the third day, I had lost 12 pounds. I've been vegan ever since. ;)

Any tips/advice for someone interested in being a vegan? I would say the best thing for them to do would be to look up some GOOD vegan recipes or some highly recommended vegan eateries in their area while they're still eating meat. That way the strong association they've built with good vegan food will serve as strong foundation for a vegan transition.

What's your favorite vegan recipe? My favorite recipe right now is one I made probably- vegan scratch pancakes and peppery sage potatoes. Here's the link to the recipe. Let me know how it is. Vegan Scratch Pancakes

Black male vegans/vegetarians are rare but seems to be growing in popularity. Why do you think that is? I think that social media (with all it's fault) has helped connect us not only to information about Veganism but to other black vegans we didn't know were there. Seeking that representation in particular, I think has been pretty beneficial in raising our awareness of the practice.

Vegans are sometimes known for being extreme. What's the one thing you want people to know about vegans? That we're people, LOL. Some vegans can be extra, true. Me, I'm a vegan primarily for personal health reasons. So, I won't probably I won't be holding any debates with omnivores.

That said, I think we're all really just interested in the same things- having good food, being healthy, and getting' free from our hang ups and misconceptions. Vegans live in that spirit.

(Extra credit) Being a vegan in a meat world is like being woke at work. #DiversityDay

Has it had an impact in other areas of your life? Yeah, being vegan has affected my whole health and wellness experience. I've lost weight, gained energy, cleared my skin, and completely changed my overall understanding of and relationship to the food I eat.

Is there anything you like to add? Veganism shouldn't feel like a mandate. It's like an invitation. At the end of the day, any evolution invite we choose for ourselves should be life giving to us. That's the only party worth going to.

Friday, January 5, 2018

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#CluelessFitness Chat Recap (Personal Trainers)


I'm back with season 2 (why does it sound like I'm announcing a TV show) of my clueless chats. If you missed it, I'm here to share the recap of it all. The #CluelessFitness chat took place January 3 via Twitter. The topic was all about personal trainers and fitness fanatics. This was also a chat for anyone considering hiring a personal trainer for their own fitness journey. I know I couldn't do this chat by myself, below are those that joined in and shared their expertise related to the topic.

@DeziDoesIt- Dezi is an NPC Bikini Competitor whose on a everyday journey to maintain balance in life. 

@ItsShawnDotCom- Shawn is a fitness coach who help women implement effective, efficient fitness strategies, and motivation into their lives. 

@AutumnDickens- Autumn is an ACE certified personal trainer who empowers women to live healthy and fit lives all while loving their bodies.

@RelucOptimist- Calvin is a fitness fanatic. You can find him sharing his random thoughts every now and then on social media.


Special shout out to Piper Wai for sponsoring the Clueless Fitness chat. One lucky participant received a gift set just for participating.   

My goal with the series of chat is to inspire those looking to make positive lifestyle choices. Whether it's with finance, fitness, healthy eating, minimalism, and more. I'm still learning as I go along and these are what helped me achieve some success. Stay "Clueless" with me via Twitter for more info on the next one. Chat later!