Events – A Taste of Tennis

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A Taste of Tennis is an event featured annually that showcases the world of Tennis in New York City.  Tickets usually sell out quickly and the proceeds benefit a charity of choice by the organizers.  I attended the event last year and was invited back again this year by one of the sponsors of the event, The Jamaica Tourist Board.  I gladly accepted the invite and would like to say the event is always a must attend if you can get tickets.  One of Jamaica’s chef’s contribution for the night was the dish Escovitch Fish, which was spicy and delicious. They also contributed an unrivaled Rum bar which served delicious rum based drinks.

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Some of the other culinary delights being offered up where Key Lime Truffles, Steak Tacos and Shrimp dishes.  The choices were many and most did not disappoint.  I have a shellfish allergy so I do not eat any dishes that contain shellfish, however those who did swore they were yummy!!

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Since they event is actually called A Taste of Tennis, it would be lacking it’s star power without the Professional Tennis Players that make this game so popular.  Venus and one of the Chef’s partake in a cooking demonstration.  These are images I captured are from last year’s event.  Once again this year, Venus did attend, however I was unable to get a good picture of her.  She moved quickly and was surrounded by security.

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During US Open Week here in NYC, there are tons of things going on and lots of parties.  A Taste of Tennis wasn’t the only party I was fortunate enough to attend.  I was also in attendance at the Deniham Hotels party they held the night before.  One of the guests of the party was John Eisner, who also signed my tennis ball.  It was a lovely evening as well.  There was food, drinks and even hotel stay giveaways.

I love this city.  There is always something going on here.  I feel blessed and privileged to be a part of this wonderful, beautiful, crazy, insane city we call home, New York!!!!

 

 

Accessories – Shoe of Summer

I know it is a little late in the season for those of us who live in turning seasons, but better late than never.  It’s time to look at some fashionable summer shoes.  If it’s too late to wear them where you are, there’s always next year.

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These Christian Loubotin’s are so damn sexy.  You just can’t help but be hot when you step into these!!! Available at net-a-porter.com.  $745

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For those of you who want to look like a million bucks, but don’t actually want to spend a million bucks, I’ve got you covered.  These are just as sexy and sophisticated as the shoe above, but for a lot less.  Available at misguidedus.com, the Lace Up Tassel Block Heel Sandals Block for $48

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This adorable Sandal is by Emanuel Caruso are just the must have for summer, whether walking on the boardwalk or just sitting pretty, these are the shoes to be seen in.  Check out emanuelacaruso.com/en for her sandals.

 

Around the World – Antigua

I recently returned from a trip to the beautiful Caribbean island of Antigua.  What a wonderful time had by all. It is a breathtakingly beautiful island.

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The beaches are wonderful, the people are friendly and the food is good.  I had so much fun.  We took a boat ride around the island.  it makes two stops to give you beach time and while you’re on the beach, they prepare a delicious lunch for you.

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I will not forget the time I spent there and look forward to returning!!

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The next time you’re looking for a tropical getaway, I suggest you try Antigua!!

 

A Few Words – Prince and Chronic Pain

 

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On April 21, 2016, we lost another great icon, Prince.  I have been a Prince fan since he burst onto the scene and I have always been in love with him.   If you never got a chance to see him perform live, then you really missed seeing a powerhouse dynamo!!! He was a phenom!! I had the privilege of seeing him live at Madison Square Garden some years ago and he was just awesome!!

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He was diminutive in stature, but his giant talents made up for his lack of height.  His height couldn’t erase his talent or his love of the ladies.  He was an extremely good looking man, so I get why the ladies loved him.  He was another one who marched to the beat of his own drum.  He made it okay to be different, hell he made it sexy to be different.  He was true to himself.  He and Muhammad Ali had that in common.

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Much has been said about how he died and his last days here.  The speculation was endless, but now that we have a cause of death, I feel I can say something about it.  Prince was known for his energetic and physical performances.  Over time this began to cause him problems and he was in chronic pain.  Most of us as we age are going to feel some pain.  All that crazy stuff we do in our youth does eventually come back to haunt us.  There are some though who are in chronic pain.  I know people who live with chronic pain and take lots of medicine that barely seems to help.  So I do not judge Prince because he gave us the best of himself and what he ended up with was pain!!

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I am sorry that he and millions like him must suffer daily because our society does not fully acknowledge, treat and alleviate pain for chronic sufferers.  We expect people to just handle it, or take some watered down medicine that barely helps because we don’t want you getting addicted to powerful drugs that may help you.  People get addicted because the medicine is not being administered in a responsible way to begin with.  Most people in chronic pain would benefit tremendously from a lifestyle plan administered by multiple professionals working together to alleviate the problem, but this is rarely the case and I can’t say I understand why.  We have a long way to go as a society when it comes to helping people with certain issues, mental health, violence, poverty and chronic pain.  We need to do better!!!!

A Few Words – Muhammad Ali

As most of you know Muhammad Ali passed away on June 3, 2016, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.  He was one of my heroes and I admired and respected him immensely   He was a champion and simply “The Greatest Of All Time.”ali2

Mr. Ali was more than a champion in the ring.  He was a man who stood up for himself and his people.  He was a man of conviction and decency.  He refused to fight in a war for a country that treated him as a second class citizen.  It cost him his title but he didn’t care. He stood tall, proud and determined.  He believed in himself.  He was a man who decided to be a man, he had to stand in his truth and handle the consequences which is something you don’t see often today!!!

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He continued to make a difference, stand up for people and fight the battle of Parkinson’s. He was an outspoken advocate and a source of strength for those who were also battling the disease.  He will be missed by all who loved him and by me.  He is one of many reasons I am so proud to be black!!!! RIP Mr. Ali, you fought the battles, now it’s time to rest!!!

 

22nd December 1971:  Muhammad Ali trains for his fight against the West German Jurgen Blin, with his daughters in tow.  (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

22nd December 1971: Muhammad Ali trains for his fight against the West German Jurgen Blin, with his daughters in tow. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

 

 

Around the World – Scotland

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Scotland is known for its unpredictable weather.  We were taking a big chance going out on the boat, but we really wanted to see the views around the harbor and the bird sanctuary.  Of course the birds pooped on all of us, but hey, it’s supposed to be good luck.  Luckily for us, we made it back to shore before the raincloud that was following us unleashed it’s precipitation!!!

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Scotland has so many Castles and so much Old World Charm.  It has so much history and the Scots seemed determine to maintain, respect and honor this history.

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The Scottish countryside is one of the most beautiful and lush landscapes I’ve ever seen.  Just majestic, serene, breathtaking and brilliant.  There are Lambs, Cows and Horses all along the landscape grazing on grass and just lazing about.  They produce some of the best beef and lamb in the world.  I fell in love with Scotland and plan to return again.  The people were friendly and welcoming.

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I couldn’t complete the post without a few pictures of historically Edinburgh.  It is a bustling, metropolis full of history and great architecture.  You are surrounded by history in this city.  I had to give you Men in Kilts.  There isn’t much of anything you can’t find in Edinburgh.  All one needs to do is seek and ye shall find!!!

Around the World – London

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Before landing in Scotland, I stopped in London first for a few days.  Unfortunately I did not get to spend as much time in London as I wanted.  I missed my first day due to airline delays.  I plan to return to visit this beautiful bustling city because it was so much I wanted to see and do, that I did not get a chance to do.  I’ve already starting my planning to return to this wonderful city!!  This was the view from my hotel.

 

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There was fresh produce all around me.  I visited some of the produce stalls that busy Londoner’s shop at when they want fresh reasonably priced produce.  One thing I can say for sure is the food taste much better than the food we buy in America.   It was purer!!

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Sorry to say I wasn’t in London long enough to figure out and master the Tram system.  It is on my To Do List when I return.