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Europe Pt 4 – ROME! You’re up!

The next port was Civitavecchia which gave us access to Rome. I couldn’t have been more excited. Honestly, I didn’t think that was possible. But the more I thought of all the places I would have the chance to visit – well– The next morning, I wolfed down breakfast and played the impatient waiting game until everyone else could get their crap together. This was one of the ports where we had things planned for–a tour and the places the tour would take us. The Coliseum, The Vatican – including St Peter’s Basilica, as well as lunch in Rome. I. Was. Pumped! As we drove through the streets, I realized how very little has changed. Aside from technology, most of the streets we travelled on were not paved with asphalt but with a kind of material that resembled cobblestones. It made for a very, very bumpy ride. We were driven by where Julius Cesar was killed, shown the home of the current Roman leader, drove by one of the churches that is said hold one of the …

Europe Trip pt 3 – Napoli – I was in you!

The first port we stopped in was Naples.  At some point in my sleep, early in the morning, I felt the ship doing something of a weird, little shake. I shook it off as rough waters, rolled over and went back to sleep. Then my bladder started calling and I grunted and climbed out of bed. I noticed a little sunlight peeking in through the blinds and decided to look out. The first thing I saw were these beautiful, red buildings. I screamed, jarring my mother awake. “We’re here!” We’re here!” She moaned. “I know.” “Why didn’t you wake me?” I was incredulous! I quickly used the bathroom, then grabbed my camera and darted to the balcony and began snapping as many pictures as I could. My mother, who had cruised before merely pulled the sheets over her head while I was outside, making kissy faces, trying to get the best angle to take a selfie with the buildings in the background. Toward the front of the ship was Naples’ Castel Nuovo – a beautiful castle that sits in the …

Moonlight – A Review

“You the only man that’s ever touched me. The only one. I haven’t really touch anyone since.” – Chiron Starring: Mahershala Ali (Hidden Figures), Trevante Rhodes (12 Strong, The Predator), Naomi Harris (Skyfall, Ninja Assassin), André Holland (The Knick, Selma) Blurb: A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him (IMDB) Review: I cannot begin to tell you how profoundly this movie affected me. Do you know, sometimes when you’re watching a movie it feels rushed–like when they were making it they were trying to cram every bit of dialogue into a dictated one hour and thirty minutes. With Moonlight, while watching, I couldn’t help thinking the creators were taking me on a road trip and they were in no hurry, they wanted me to sit there, an immerse myself in every second, every bump of the journey, every smell, ever stop for bad street-food along the way.  Though the …

Europe pt 2 – Barcelona! I was in you!

Taking off from Pearson was smooth. My ears popped like mad as the plane soared higher and higher but I wasn’t worried. We were on British Airways into London’s Heathrow. The legroom was great. We were fed so life was good. I sat in the middle seat which was a bad idea. While my mom at the window was fine, the lady sitting on my other side kept poking me with her elbow every time I tried falling asleep. Soon, the long flight started taking a toll on my tailbone (I’d cracked it when was a teen and for some reason after that whenever I sit for long periods, my tailbone acts up.). When we finally landed in London, I was relieved but that soon turned into anger. It was then we noticed that our ticket had no gate number. And because one of our party required a wheel chair, we kind of had to take a detour. This airport is like a small city. We had to take boxed elevator from the plane to …

Europe – The Beginning – [pt 1]

Disclaimer: For the most part, the pictures I post in these blog posts will be mine except where otherwise note. Also, my trip was awesome so it will be posted in different parts maybe every Tuesday. Here we go: A few months ago, my mother called me up and began regaling me with her plans of going on a cruise. Usually, she asks me to research for her and I began jotting down notes. We had a couple different conversations and on the third she asked if I wanted to go. I instantly began moving around expenses inside my head. I had been plotting a trip for 2018 but it wouldn’t be nearly as expensive as a Mediterranean cruise. I was plotting Iceland- and if you are really good, you can find a flight and hotel for $800. So I was putting away $1500 for the entire trip, tours included. Then I stopped myself. No, with everything I had doing in my world, I couldn’t afford a cruise of that caliber without more time to …

[Foodie Friday] Slow cooker Ground Beef Stew

Ingredients: 2 lbs ground beef Ground pepper Paprika Salt All purpose seasoning Jerk sauce soy sauce browning Potatoes Flour 2 large onions – diced 2 bell peppers – diced 3 cloves of garlic Pepper (cayenne, scotch bonnet etc) Cooking In the slow cooker, add ground beef, ground pepper, paprika, salt, soy sauce and cook for an hour. Add jerk sauce, bell peppers, scotch bonnet, garlic, onion (I add ketchup and a little bbq sauce when I make it) Peel and cut potatoes up and mix into meat. Allow to cook for another 2 hours so potatoes become soft. Serving: This should serve three – add or subtract pepper for your taste. After finish cooking, allow to sit for at 3 – 5 minutes before eating. Potatoes and ground beef are extremely hot. Caution – jerk sauce is spicy. Adjust/omit peppers to fit your taste. Enjoy! Hugs, Kato

[Foodie Friday] Talapia

Serves: 1 Ingredients: 1 Tilapia filet Ground pepper Salt Paprika butter or margarine Cooking: Season tilapia with a pinch of ground pepper, salt and paprika (be light handed with this fish. It is a very delicate meat and over seasoning could ruin the taste) In a NON STICK skillet, on low to medium heat, add butter and allow to melt. Add fillet and allow to cook for 3 to 5 minutes before turning. Allow to cook on the other side 3-5 minutes again or until meat is cooked all the way through. Suggest using a large spatula to turn the meat so it doesn’t break apart. Once cooking is complete, remove from heat. Macaroni Salad:  The one in this picture was premade but you can make your very own.  This one made up of arugula, onions, macaroni (type is up to you), balsamic vinaigrette, feta cheese crumble. Alternate In the salad, you can substitute arugula with spinach You can use cheddar instead of feta cheese Enjoy! hugs, Kato  

Allergies – Here we go again

A while back, I wrote a post about people and their allergies. And it seems once again, it’s come around.  A little boy in England is now fighting for his life, because he ate pizza that contained dairy after his father, apparently, asked that there be no dairy in the child’s food because of his allergy to dairy. You can read it here.   The other day I was on a crowded streetcar heading to work. This streetcar was super full, so full, that I had some woman flush against my back. I smelled peanuts and I was thinking, perhaps someone had forgotten to brush after breakfast. But when I turned my head, a woman was seated at one of the window seats, eating a peanut butter sandwich. Of all the things she should be eating in a crowded bus, she chose peanut butter? A while back,  I listened to a comedian talk about how people should keep their kids at home if a sandwich could kill them. This is the kind of close-minded bullshit …

[Foodie Friday] Jamaican Oxtail with Rice

Country: Jamaican Heat: Spicy (but can be adjusted) Mode of preparation: Slow Cooker   Serves: 6-8 Ingredients for Oxtail 4 lbs of Oxtail Ground pepper Salt Lima Beans Onion (diced) Tomato (diced) Soy sauce Browning Lime Juice Ginger (crushed) 1/4 cup flour 4 cloves of garlic (Crushed) Cooking Mix lemon juice with water and wash oxtail in it. Drain oxtail of water Season oxtail with salt, pepper, garlic, ginger – Try doing this over night to give the spices time to soak into the meat. Put oxtail in slow cooker add soy sauce and cover. Set the slow cooker for five hours. You want the meat to cook so well, that the mean basically falls off the bone when you eat it. Around the two hour mark, mix browning with a little water (I usually add some bbq sauce to this mixture) – add it to the meat along with onion, tomato. Mixed and let cook for the two hours. Mix flower in COLD water and add to meet. Add Lima beans Let meat cook for …

Life is a strange thing

When I was in high school, I could talk to just about anyone. I spent those years in what I thought were friendships with everyone, from the jocks to the nerds. I walked my own path and didn’t care who approve or didn’t. It was also the same time I went through my goth phase so perhaps my judgment wasn’t the best then. My father always told me to pick my friends carefully because after high school none of those people would stick around. I always thought he was being weird and didn’t want me to have any friends. Now, all these years later, those people are long gone and are replaced by a semblance of sanity I am becoming accustomed to. So far, my father was only partially right. I am still very good friends with one person I went to high school with…another pops in and out when it suits him, I suppose. Over the years, my patience for certain things decreased. I am with the attitude that if it takes too much …