Weekend in New York City

At eighteen years old my older sister flew me out to New York City so I could experience the Big Apple before I started college a few weeks later.   It was one of my favorite trips EVER especially at 18 years old with no passport and few vacations under my belt.   Fast forward another eighteen years, and my sister suggested that we meet up in New York City for the Stranger Things Experience.   Y'all know if I have airline points and my PTO lines up, it is hard for me to say no to a trip! So I said yes, [...]

By |2022-08-30T18:54:06-05:00August 30th, 2022|Categories: City Guides, Traveling Foodie|0 Comments

Planning Group Travel

While on my trip to Punta Cana, people kept asking me HOW.  How are you able to get 22 family members on an international trip.  How did you organize it? Get everyone to pay? How did y'all not have any fights or arguments??  Others would say, my family could NEVER.  I want to encourage everyone, especially Black folks to not be afraid of the family travel.  It provides an excellent opportunity to bond, have a great time and step outside of your everyday norms. Here are some tips on Planning Group Travel. WHY? What is the purpose of traveling with [...]

By |2022-08-28T13:25:16-05:00August 28th, 2022|Categories: Tips and Tricks, Traveling Foodie, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

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

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

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|18 Comments

Charleston Wine & Food Festival

Work brought me to Raleigh at the perfect time, the week of Charleston Wine & Food, so I made an executive decision to make the four drive to Charleston to partake.  Not a single a regret.  This would be my third trip to Charleston (recapped the first trip here and the second one here), but with the festival activities this trip was a tad different.  I lucked up and got media for the event which gave me access to some of the cool signature events, plus I learned more details on navigating the event for future visits  Here is my [...]

By |2022-03-17T18:18:37-05:00March 17th, 2022|Categories: Traveling Foodie|0 Comments

Visiting Shreveport-Bossier for Mardi Gras

A few weeks back I accepted an invite from Visit Shreveport - Bossier to visit their area for Mardi Gras weekend.  I am always down to visit a new city so I excitedly accepted the offer.  While I was familiar with elements of Mardi Gras, I was not too familiar with Shreveport-Bossier, but entered this trip with a blank slate open to see what the area had to offer.  Through the weekend, I got a taste of so many elements of the city and had a great time.  Here is a recap of Visiting Shreveport-Bossier for Mardi Gras! Mardi Gras [...]

By |2022-03-12T19:30:45-06:00March 12th, 2022|Categories: City Guides, Traveling Foodie|0 Comments
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