A few months ago, I wrote a post on some of the over-the-top angry break-up songs to hit the airwaves but this week with the holidays approaching and the hope of a new year and new love, let’s reminisce on a few great “can’t live without you” sweetheart songs. So crank up the volume and sing along or to someone else!
What are some of your favorite love songs? Who does it for you in the music department? Are there any songs that take you back to a time and place your love ruled your world?
Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You”
Groove Theory “Tell me”
SADE “Sweetest Taboo”
CASE “Happily Ever After”
Giano Restaurant located in the East Village can only be described as ultra cool spot with truly authentic Italian dining. Based around the Roman deity Janus, The concept of two faces is an inspiration that represents the past and future of Italian cuisine from the double-sided menu to the exposed brick walls and chic lighting décor, patrons are enveloped in old-world charm meets sleek, contemporary NYC. Created by Chef Matteo Calciati, the concept derives from the name Giano–the guardian of doors and the watchman for the past and the future, he had two faces that he could use to keep an eye on both sides.
From the starters to the entrée, the cuisine combines fresh and seasonal ingredients. The classic calamari and green peas stew in a thick tomato sauce offers comfort on a chilly, winter day, while the modern eggplant tomatoes mozzarella and basil pastry, was light and fluffy. The main course was amazing with the “facing the past” Orata filet sautéed w/Porcicni mushrooms and thinly sliced potatoes or for red meat lovers, the beef Cheeks braised in red wine reduction from the classic side of the menu will melt in your mouth.
Did you know that the Holiday season has the highest rates of suicide than any other time of the year? We have talked about a healthy eating and a healthy body, but what about one’s mind and spirit? How do we deal with the stressors of the holidays without becoming overwhelmed? It’s a festive time of year and here are some ways to help jumpstart the Christmas spirit and get out of the “Bah, humbug” rut.
1. Take Care of Yourself—are you doing things for everyone else but yourself? Schedule some time to relax and think only about yourself. Treat yourself to a spa treatment or shopping trip. Maybe take in a play or just get some much needed R&R. It’s the first step to clearing your mind of unwanted clutter.
2. Feel as if there is a permanent cloud hanging over your head? Your overall health is a vital resource and sometimes the mental blues derive from a hormonal imbalance. Many women deal with these issues on a daily basis without realizing that hormones have a lot to do “with the way you feel”. It may not be a self-diagnosed case of irritability or depression. Make an appointment with your doctor, get a physical and let them know of your mental changes. It may even be a problem with the Pituitary gland. This master gland secrets hormone that control such areas as the thyroid, sex organs, energy, blood pressure and much more! Continue Reading →
Last night I was on the phone with my friend, Natalie, and we got to talking about what we can and can not put up with in a relationship. Now my homie is married (another one bites the dust), and I am single in the city so our topic of conversation was mostly due to the much talked about Tiger Woods saga as well as general issues concerning the man/woman drama. Now Nat, who is the most open-minded and non-judgmental person I know, begins to vehemently state “I can not say I won’t take my husband back if he cheats but one thing I will not put up with is a whore.”
Because of all the new found allegations, 12 mistresses and the lack of condom use in the bedroom, Woods’ wife—if she so chooses —will get paid!! It has already started with the 5 million per/yr extra in the revamped pre-nup (cheaper to keeper I think?) and the photo spread she received in a popular magazine. Is it really gold-digging or just a matter of a woman scorned. After all Tiger is worth 400 million, his contracts are dropping like flies and his family life is in shambles—what would you do? One might think now is the best time to leave and collect or stay on that gravy train for a few more years.
Food, fireworks, beaches, or the freezing cold, cities around the world have their own special way to celebrate the end of one year and beginning of the next. Tired of the same ole New Years? Have you always wanted to get away and do something different? It’s not too late, whether you decide to stay stateside or travel overseas—here are 5 top cities to ring in the New Year!
Viva Las Vegas
For those who have paid a visit to Sin City, the temptation of club-hopping or hitting the casinos from dusk till dawn is a reality—but on NYE everyone celebrates. Party at one of the many hotels or hit the strip and countdown with strangers to the start of the New Year. Tired of the scene on the Vegas strip? Head to downtown Las Vegas to Fremont and see the live entertainment. Don’t forget to buy your lucky numbers, afterall its Vegas baby!
Rio de Janiero, Brazil
We all hear the stories about Rio de Janerio–guess what it’s all true! Host to some serious partiers—this South American hotspot is the place to be. Since its summer–the weather is sunny and warm weather in January! This NYE, buy that last-minute ticket to Rio and get more bang for your buck. Celebrating all day long, start off your day at the beach but once evening hits you will want to stop at Copacabana where the party rivals that of Brazil’s annual Carnaval. Thousands of people dress in white and throw flowers in the water for good luck in this dazzling and eccentric locale. In Rio, the fete doesn’t stop at midnight but goes on until it runs its zealous course.
In the world of dating one little overture can turn a good date bad. I have had my fair share of dates to know when one is headed for disaster—as in a bad car accident you can’t help but to watch. We can all concur the sinking feeling when we say or do something that is a one track road to “I’m never calling him/her again.” Here are a few first date mistakes to avoid –so you can have the second date anxiety.
1. Never….ever talk about an ex. One of the worst things a person can do on a first date is bash an ex—We don’t want to hear that your ex was an a$$ or the best lover you ever had. Keep it to yourself—unless you want to become jump-off status.
2. Never let them see you sweat. Sometimes you have to go with the flow. Have fun on your date–don’t expect the sun, moon and stars. It’s good to set standards but don’t be too rigid in your plans—everyone wants someone who is flexible…
3. Don’t do the college drunken dance. Monitor your liquor and don’t keep tossing back the vodka and cranberry—it’s simply unattractive in a man/woman and, honestly, who wants to kiss someone goodnight with liquor breath.
4. Dress appropriately. Sometimes too much is just that! You aren’t shaking what your momma gave you at the club—I hope. Ladies, stay away from the high heels and mini skirts. Fellas, no baggy 21 year old jeans, or hoodies/ white tees—think Jay-Z or Usher.
EAT-OUT WEDNESDAY welcomes a new addition to the dine-out feature –Miss Jane– known to embrace the Louisiana crunch of battered alligator meat to the bittersweet glamor of a 5-inch Christian Louboutin shoe. She’d like to share her diverse dining palate with NUBIA readers who aren’t afraid to spark their own eating adventures.
A TASTY GREEK EXPERIENCE
by Miss Jane
If you’re looking for a great spot to spice up the usual movie-and-meal date, Kellari’s Parea is one restaurant worth visiting. With its warm, welcoming decor and staff, Kellari’s takes you to the shores of the Ionian Islands with its traditional dishes. The restaurant prides itself on offering the best catch of the day, shipped fresh from Greece and other locales.
For a great starter to any meal, try the Octapodi, or grilled octopus. This traditional dish is nice mix of herbs with a tangy red vinaigrette and for those who want to try it at home—the restaurant’s website offers a recipe for this delicious dish!
Do you love Greek food but want to avoid the heaviness? A great light appetizer to sample is one of the assorted Greek spreads. I especially enjoyed the refreshing taste of tzatziki, a dill-infused dip, which was a great accompaniment with one of Kellari’s signature drinks–the Mastic Lover. With one sip of this cocktail, you will treat your taste buds to a refreshing splash of cucumber complemented by sweet Greek-distilled liquor.
Not a cucumber lover? Try their Greek mojito, a wonderful mix of sugar and mint, with a hint of lime and a shot (or two depending on your preference) of 5-star Metaxas, a Greek brandy with a smooth caramel aftertaste. Kellari boasts over 150 labels of unique Greek wines.
It seems like as soon as the weather starts to change, from 8pm sunsets to dreary skies by 5pm, we tend to hibernate for the next 3 to 4 months. We’re inclined to go out less after work, gym memberships go unused and Saturday nights are spent laying on the couch watching TV and eating popcorn or anything else we can find in the kitchen cabinets. Unfortunately, for many people that also includes a 10 pound weight gain and the painstaking attempt to drop the ghastly load by shorts season. It’s a vivacious cycle, so in an effort to help keep off those winter weight blues, a few fitness trainers gave me some tips on how to not get bogged down underneath all those layers.
Still fighting Jack Frost? “Embrace winter,” says Becky Cryne, personal trainer and yoga instructor. Take a ski or snowboarding lesson, the feel of the wind against your face while you fly down the slopes may be just what you need to feel revitalized and fresh again. She also suggests signing up for a new activity such as yoga or pilates, a dance class, or even Spanish lessons–anything to get you out of the house, away from the television, and away from the snack cupboard.
What to do with all these leftovers?
The holiday is only three days away and after giving thanks everyone is already thinking about the leftovers. Instead of eating the same ole meal the next day — reinvent your Thanksgiving dishes with these four creative, easy day-after meals!
Turkey & Cranberry Burrito
Recipe Courtesy of Celebrity Chef, Jon Ashton
Serves 4; Prep time: 10 minutes
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium-size fresh poblano chiles, seeded, sliced thinly
1 onion thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 3/4 teaspoons ground cumin
1 3/4 teaspoons chili powder
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1/2 cup cranberry sauce
3 cups cooked turkey
2 tablespoons van Gogh double espresso vodka or regular espresso
6 burrito-size flour tortillas
2 cups cheese (choose your favorite)
3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
I love my Black men but there are times I wonder is it really harder to find a “good” black man? And what makes a man outside my race better? Forget the fact that I am not interested (love a black man’s swagger), a recent study noted that over 50% of black women will never get married—holy S#!%–and because of these staggering stats many of my sistahs are starting to look outside their race or even class to find a man. Does this equate to settling for a relationship because of fear and loneliness? Or is it just changing of the tides—adapting to life’s realities.
Many black men already date outside their race, whether with Asian, white or Latina women, but why is there still a stigma against black women who do the same? Personally, I know for me it’s a matter of attraction plus I cannot deal with the scrutiny of an interracial relationship, the differences that arise due to my skin color versus his, or the idea of raising a bi-racial child to deal with the prejudices of society. It is said that as a black woman becomes more successful in her career, it is harder to find a match among her male counterparts. How many believe this to be true?