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Punta Cana Recap

If you have been around BGWB for sometime you may recall my family cruise some years back or my group trip to Aruba.  Welp we did it again, this time with a group of twenty-two people to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.  It was a week vacation on an all inclusive resort.  Lots of fun and life long memories.   Check out my Punta Cana Recap below! Punta Cana When I travel out of the country one of my goals is try to get an authentic experience of the culture. I look for historical sites, popular food or drink and [...]

By |2022-08-03T21:23:58-05:00August 3rd, 2022|Categories: Traveling Foodie|0 Comments

Essence Festival 2022

After a three year break (two years because of the rona!), I got to go back to Essence Festival and let me just say per usual it did not disappoint.   This is my third time visiting New Orleans for Essence and I have written at length about my trips in previous blog posts.  One may think, what else could she have to say?!  So much more!  Since my last visit to Essence Fest, the organizers made some small changes that really made the event all the better.  So here is my reap of Essence Festival 2022. Events For the most [...]

By |2022-07-07T22:48:14-05:00July 7th, 2022|Categories: New Orleans, Traveling Foodie|0 Comments

Juneteenth Sites in Houston and Galveston

Let's talk Juneteenth, specifically the Juneteenth Sites in Houston and Galveston.  Last year, Juneteenth became a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved Africans.   This nation continues to struggle with its original sin, the forced enslavement of Africans for over 200 years and the impact this undoubtedly has on the descendents.  If you doubt this, just take a peek at the brutal backlash the NYT 1619 project received because they dared to say the systems which built this country on the backs of enslaved Africans may still exist in some form today.  Considering that reconstruction never fully happened, Jim [...]

By |2022-05-30T22:58:01-05:00May 31st, 2022|Categories: Events, Top Lists, Traveling Foodie|0 Comments

Célébrez en Rosé Recap

This weekend Houston hosted its first Célébrez en Rosé.  It's Memorial Day weekend, in Houston, so no surprise it was HOT as all get out.  Still, we had a great time so I am sharing an event recap with tips for attending future iterations. Here is all you need to know in this Célébrez en Rosé Recap. Tickets Full disclosure, I received a pair of VIP tickets in exchange for promoting the event.  But honestly, I think I would have gone even without the partnership.   I encouraged several of my friends to buy tickets too and ended up with a [...]

By |2022-05-29T15:25:11-05:00May 29th, 2022|Categories: Events|0 Comments

24 Hours in Vegas

A trip to Vegas seems like a right of passage for American travelers.  It's like the introduction into traveling around the country.  My first few visits happened in my early twenties and I thought it was EVERYTHING.  Ten years have passed since my last visit to Vegas, but once I heard that Silk Sonic would be performing a residency in Vegas, I knew it was time for my return!  I have long referred to Vegas as a weekend city and initially planned to make it a weekend trip for the concert. Before I could book, my friend said Erika we [...]

By |2022-05-19T16:21:32-05:00May 19th, 2022|Categories: Traveling Foodie|0 Comments

10 Houston Restaurants to Visit in May

Been awhile since I made a monthly list of restaurants to visit, but rest assure during that break I was eating and gathering places to feature.  If you are new here, this list will include new and old restaurants.  Generally places I have visited recently that I thought were great and worth sharing.  I make a quick list of my favorites rather than a detailed blog post for each. Here are 10 Houston Restaurants to Visit in May. MAD This River Oaks District tapas restaurant has been around for a while, it just took me sometime to visit.  The price point [...]

By |2022-05-09T19:25:16-05:00May 9th, 2022|Categories: Happy Hour, Houston Eats, Top Lists|0 Comments

Vibe Dining

Yesterday two friends tossed a term out to me called “Vibe Dining” to describe the current Houston food scene including (but not limited to) many of the new Black owned restaurants.  I immediately latched on to it because it was the perfect way to describe what I was seeing across Houston.  Beautiful new restaurants popping up with carefully curated vibes that draw large crowds plus are Instagram friendly, yet they leave a bit to be desired for a foodie like me.  Here are a few of my thoughts on the vibe dining trend. How Did We Get Here Now listen, [...]

By |2022-04-07T19:05:09-05:00April 7th, 2022|Categories: Tips and Tricks, Top Lists|1 Comment

Hoorae takes DC

Made a trip to one of my favorite cities, Washington DC, for an event created by Issa Rae's production company Hoorae.  Hosted at the Kennedy Center, the event centered around connecting with other creators.  Here is a brief recap of what we ate and saw during Hoorae Takes DC. The Cherry Blossoms While we were there for the Hoorae event, the organizers just happened to pick a weekend that fell during cherry blossom season. Despite all of my visits to DC, I had never caught the cherry blossoms in full bloom which apparently lasts about two weeks.  It felt odd [...]

By |2022-04-02T14:45:01-05:00April 2nd, 2022|Categories: Traveling Foodie|0 Comments

Rodeo Houston Recap

After a two year break, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo came back in full force with all of the events that Houstonians know and love.   I traveled a bit during rodeo season and of course shared with others on my trips about the events going on back at home.  Folks were so confused about this concept that lasts about a month and what it entails.   Back home, my followers had questions about joining committees and navigating the rodeo.   So I decided to break it all down here with a Rodeo Houston Recap sharing all of the fun things from [...]

By |2022-03-20T17:41:19-05:00March 20th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments

Where Black People Live in Houston

Let's talk about Where Black People Live in Houston.  Years ago I created a neighborhood guide with the intended audience being fellow Houstonians or recent transplants.  I never finished part two (my fault), but part one showed my favorite spots in some of the quintessential neighborhoods in Houston.  Google searches are interesting particularly with my blog including the word "Black" in it.  As such, black people who were looking to move to Houston found my blog when trying to find the best neighborhoods for Black families.  So I started getting emails asking me "where should I live" and whew THE [...]

By |2022-06-04T10:20:45-05:00March 17th, 2022|Categories: City Guides, Tips and Tricks|17 Comments
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