Friday, March 23rd, 2012 | Posted under Blogging, Featured On, Travel General

Hey, all!

I don’t know if you’ve noticed it yet, but there is a big, orange badge on the left side of the blog now. Yours truly is now a featured blogger on a site called Uencounter.me. What’s that? Well, it’s a new site that is essentially a virtual pin map with a social twist.
I love maps. Sometimes I just look at them for the fun of it. You all should be used to my dorkiness by now, so this should not come as a surprise. I used to have a great map connected to my personal Facebook profile, but after one of the many Facebook changes, it went away. Now I’ve got one that won’t go away. I can pin many of the places, I’ve been with descriptions of what happened there and who accompanied me. I can follow others who are pinning the places they’ve been or lived and even join discussion boards.

I think Uencounter.me is such as great idea is because it’s not just a map but a way of connecting to people. There is a section where you can search for your long lost friend from camp or that person you met while traveling years ago. Plus, there is also a section to THANK people. Imagine getting a chance to say thank you for the first time (or even the second time) to someone who’s touched your life. Essentially, Uencounter.me is a way of virtually connecting through the places we’ve been.
If you click on the badge, it will take you to my pins, which have links to my blog posts. It may look like I’ve only got a few, but if you narrow the map to very local and specific places, you’ll see that I’ve got about 40 pins up so far with more to come. Feel free to check me out there, and become one of my “links.” I warn you that Uencounter. me can become addictive. 🙂
Happy Weekend!

P.S. Disclaimer: I have received no funds to be a Uencounter.me featured blogger or write this post. The day I start making funds off of blogging, I’m going to write it in big, bold letters because I will be soooo happy. 🙂


A Recipe for Ujima on Kwanzaa Culinarians

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 | Posted under Antigua, Cooking, Featured On, Recipe

Today is the third day of Kwanzaa. While I know that many people don’t celebrate the holiday or think it’s even a “real” holiday, I don’t believe that it should be ignored. Why? Well, I may not agree on many ideas espoused by the founder, Dr. Maulana Karenga, I think he’s done a great thing here. By creating a celebration focused on principles, I think he’s adding a grounding aspect to a season that often can be filled with excess (financial or otherwise).

I was very flattered to be asked to write a piece for the Kwanzaa Culinarians site for today’s Kwanzaa principle of Ujima.
Ujima stands for Collective Work and Responsibility.

Here’s a link to my post featuring one of my favorite Antiguan dishes and a discussion of how it relates to Ujima.

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Kwanzaa Culinarians

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 | Posted under Blogging, Featured On, Food Culture

It’s the holiday season, and that includes Kwanzaa, too! I’ll be joining a group of bloggers of African descent in a project we’re calling Kwanzaa Culinarians. Starting on December 26, the first day of Kwanzaa, a participating blogger will present a recipe reflective of the African diaspora and write a little something based on that day’s corresponding Kwanzaa principle. I’m very excited to be a part of this illustrious group. I’m also nervous to essentially be writing a recipe. THAT should be interesting. 🙂

If you’re interested in learning more, check out the Kwanzaa Culinarians site. I’ll be sure to link to my post during Kwanzaa.

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Guest Post on Glitter & Ganache

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 | Posted under Featured On, Food Culture, Shopping

I guess I’ve been busier with guest posts than I thought.
Come Friday we’ll really be in the swing of the holiday season. Fashionista foodie extraordinaire Tabitha of Glitter & Ganache (I very rarely use the word fashionista, and she definitely deserves the designation) approached me about doing a short food gift guide for New York City as a part of a series of posts to encourage folks to shop at small, local businesses this holiday season. I came up with a few ideas including some personal favorites, so please check it out here.
For those of you in the U.S., this weekend is Small Business Saturday. Go out and shop at your local, small businesses, and give them your support!
What is your favorite local small business?

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Guest Post on Geek in Heels

Monday, November 21st, 2011 | Posted under Featured On, Food Culture

Hey, all!

Happy Monday! There’s no post here today, but please, please check out my guest post on Geek in Heels. I love Jenny’s (she’s the blog’s founder) mix of tech, sci-fi, and other fun ideas. I never knew that my love of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and some other fantasy movies made me an honorary geek, but that excites me. I usually have a chuckle once per week reading Jenny’s blog, and I enjoy hearing about her life as a mother. I answered her call for guest posts, so please head on over and read some of my thoughts on the Thanksgiving holiday.

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