Author: BeDoLove

About BeDoLove

"You must be willing to let go of the life we planned... so as to have the life that is waiting for us." -Joseph Campbell Who are you? What do you love? What is your "life's purpose"? What are you passionate about? What is sacred to you? Who Am I? Hey there loves! I'm finally here, present, and accounted for. Who am I? Well, I've been described as an "emancipated woman", "paradox", and "the DC Zagat Princess". Sure these descriptions paint a nice picture of who I am, but I continue to question myself often with the five questions I started off with. I know there is so much more that my soul is guiding me to in order to be a contribution and an extraordinary being if only I would just listen, allow myself to be guided by my soul, and then act accordingly. Telling myself or better yet listening for the truth hasn't always been easy. But, the cool thing is I've never ceased to stop having a thirst to learn regardless of the hard lessons and truths learned about myself and life. Because at the end of the day for me it ALWAYS comes back to "what is my life's purpose?". I decided it's to "Be" all that I can be by being a gift and inspiration to myself and the world. Just "Be" with no fear, no worry of judgement or how it looks. "Do" and create all that I can possibly "Do" in order to experience complete joy and peace so that I give others permission to "Do" the same. And, "Love", "Love", "Love"! "Love" is the ultimate common denominator of life. Without unconditional love (I'm still a work in progress in this area) for self, others, and life overall you will continue to experience a difficult and oftentimes unfulfilled journey. The opposite of "Love" is "Fear". Well it's time to choose. And, I'm choosing "Love" because it has already chosen me. Time to Be About It One way I've FINALLY decided to BeDoLove and live my "life's purpose" is to create this blog. My quiet dream (I have many) has been my writing. It is one of my greatest gifts of expression that I am grateful for and one that many loved ones (including my soul and soulmates) have told me time and time again that they enjoy and have said "You should start a blog" or "You should write a book". Life is But a Dream Lived I am an open and adventurous lover of life and now with this blog I truly get to be consistent with writing (I might need an accountability partner from time to time) and share my inner spiritual thoughts (maybe some poetry too) with you and balance it out with delicious food experiences, adventure, and fun. People are amazing. And, this world we live in is truly amazing. I believe that you can have "falling in love" moments with life over and over and over again when we are open to experiencing it through living out our dreams and desires. One of my favorite quotes is "When was the last time you did something for the first time." Life just won't be totally perfect, but we can have many perfect experiences. I haven't always followed my true path, but it's never too late to turn it around and truly dance to the amazing thumping beat of my own rhythmically flowing and freeing drum. We only have this life to live. I invite you to subscribe to my blog and follow me (and invite others) on this journey with the hope of me breathing life to my ever expanding thoughts and inevitably inspiring you to do the same. Let's go BeDoLove! ONWARD!!! KCB Dedication to Those Who Have Inspired and Believed in Me This blog is dedicated to my dear friend and spiritual guide Ron "MF" D. who transitioned on to another space and time. It's also dedicated to my beautiful friend Margo who too transitioned on. They were (and continue to be as my angels) two of my biggest cheerleaders in life and allowed me to be and who both I know would love this blog (I invite them to stop through). This is also dedicated to each and every one of you who have said to me "You should start a blog!" Finally I'm listening and overcoming fear. Thank you all for not giving up on me. Thank you Mother, Father, God, The Universe!

Join Me Today For HBCU Sports Talk

Please listen in today, Saturday, June 19 from 10am-12pm EST as I join Montoya Smith as a co-host on his Mental Dialogue talk show. LISTEN HERE: http://tobtr.com/s/11959869. CALL IN 646-787-1691.

The topic is “CAN FORMER NFL PLAYERS COACHING AT HBCUS RETURN THEM TO GLORY?” In the past HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES (HBCUs) had regularly put players in the NFL to include Hall of Famers, JERRY RICE & WALTER PAYTON. Our special guest HOWARD UNIVERSITY’s Head Football Coach, LARRY SCOTT, who made headlines this year by turning down NICK SABAN’s offer to be an assistant at ALABAMA, drops by to discuss if he thinks the recent hiring of former NFL players DEION SANDERS at JACKSON ST. UNIVERSITY and EDDIE GEORGE at TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY can help them and other HBCUs regain some of their former glory. SANDERS also made national headlines recently when he expressed his disappointment that no HBCU football players were selected in this year’s NFL draft. Are our HBCUs unfairly overlooked by potential COLLEGIATE ATHLETES, and will this influx of NFL PLAYERS as coaches improve recruitment and possibly boost enrollment at HBCUs? What competitive advantages does he think HOWARD and other HBCUs offer STUDENT ATHLETES; and ultimately what does he hope to accomplish by remaining at HOWARD? MENTAL DIALOGUE asking the questions America’s afraid to ask. #MentalDialogue #GiveUsYour3Cents

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Happy Heavenly 92nd Birthday Pop

It’s our beloved Pop’s first birthday not physically here and his presence, laughter, charm, wit, and wisdom are missed tremendously. I’m sure he’d love if you include him (and his loved ones) in a prayer and honor him with a toast/sip today.

Pop’s birthday message in 2020 on his 91st birthday.

Last year, when Pop turned 91 his message was “Let them Be.” I’m so grateful I captured this video (click link here https://youtu.be/uT07rfCW-3o) at that time as it’s filled with the essence of Pop to include his loving doses of joy, laughter, charm, wit, and wisdom. This video will never get old. Because of Pop’s unconditional love, it allowed me and the lives of those he touched to “BE!” It’s a message to us all regarding the importance of allowing others to “BE” who they are meant and called to be and not who you think they should be. And, remembering we all have our own unique personalities and purposes, that should be nurtured to flourish, bloom, and BE!

Pop, Happy Heavenly Birthday! I’m filled with gratitude today remembering the gift you were to us all and continue to be as you work your magic now as our ancestor and angel. You are #BeDoLove. You are the man, the myth, the legend. We love and miss YOU and your sweet giggles! 😍 Cheers to YOU Pop! 🥃

In the words of Pop “Have a good day. Be safe. Don’t work too hard. Love!” #MorningPopTalk #BeDoLove #FindYourZen #LivingOutLoud #BirthAndLiveYourSoulFullPurpose

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Adventures of a Healing HAWT Caregiver – Pour Into YOU

With boot season unofficially over, I ventured out for my first pedicure since pre-pandemic. I desiring a nice yummylicious pedicure. And, yummylicious it was as LaToya at Fiona Nail Lounge (next door to Parkway Deli in Silver Spring) worked her magic to include a sugar scrub and hot stone massage. It was my first time having a hot stone massage on my feet and what I was looking most forward to. Thanks Danielle for the recommendation. Click on the link and check out LaToya working her magic. https://youtube.com/shorts/Vae7S565fw0?feature=share

“When was the last time you did something for the first time?” — Unknown

Self-care and self-love are necessary for your physical and mental health, especially in these pandemic streets. Our lives and sanity thrive on acts of self-care, especially with those things we love to do, which I call my “sweet spots.” While, LaToya said I did a good job taking care of my feet during the pandemic, it felt so good getting out and being pampered. Oh, and being touched. OOOOO WEEEEE!!! I emerged feeling refreshed and renewed with my yummylicious Fred Flintstone Yabba dabba do feet and toes 🤪, which I inherited from Pop (RIP).

Often times self-care is overshadowed by the multi-tasking and overwhelmingness of life. And, being a caregiver adds another level of lack of exhale time. Self-care may mean being okay asking others for support to include time for you to get away even if for an hour. This means releasing the conversation of not wanting to burden others or thinking you may seem weak or selfish for thinking of you and for making the request. We must be mindful and purposeful with our well being and caring for our mind, body, and spirit. If not that self-imposed “S” on your chest will have to fight your developing severe illnesses such as depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, and/or cancer. Ask me how I know as I’m still working through these panic/anxiety attacks. Caregiving during COVID was a bytch.

Oh! I also recently participated in creative therapy. I’ll come back to share about that.

Repeat after me, I matter. My needs matter. My health matters. My self-care matters. My life matters. I desire and deserve PLEASURE, JOY, FUN, and LOVE!

While fighting for and nurturing others, take the time (even if brief) to love up on and pour into you too. Trust, I know it may not come easy, but it’s necessary. Take time to do something good for YOU in this new rebirthing season of Spring. Allowing hope, faith, and love to be your guides. Pause! Breathe Deeply! Exhale Long! Repeat! Enjoy! Namaste Loves. #BeDoLove #StartingToFeelLikeMyself #InMyHappyPlace #MySweetSpot #FindYourZen #LivingOutLoud #NewMomentNewOpportunity #BirthAndLiveYourSoulFULLPurpose #CaregiversMatter #SelfCare #Suckerlicious

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All Mother’s/Women Matter!

Happy Mother’s Day Mom! 💜💜💜

There’s no comparison of the love between a woman and the child/children she’s birthed. Hands down Mothers’s ROCK and should be celebrated for their selfless love. Let me add that this day should also be about ALL women who’ve nurtured, loved up, and poured into our children. Our young adults. Our men. Our tribes made up of other women. Parents. A stranger. A co-worker. Etc.

And, let’s not forget those who have lost their mother’s and/or children through death or estrangement. Do not reach out for fear of awkwardness to these lovelies to include those who haven’t birthed children. A simple call to say “I am thinking of you.” could make the difference in creating a joyful spark to a sorrowful heart.

I’ve been a mother to many, including MYSELF. Thank you to all who’ve allowed me to tap into my mother heart, especially Pop during my caregiving days. And, the myself part is a word right there. To include today exploring and treating myself to brunch at DC’s new Yardbird Southern Bar & Table. As this day at times can be a bit much for me. To include now processing my mother (whom I honor and celebrate today) not knowing who I am due to dementia and the complexities of our relationship. Not to mention I’m still grieving the loss of Pop. So today I mother me as this is the first time I’m dining with myself since the pandemic started. That’s crazy in itself. But, a start as I begin to feel like myself.

So today and ALWAYS connect and love up on our queens who may not have children but have played a special and loving role in your life and/or the lives of your loved ones. There are many women nurturers who haven’t birthed a child out of choice and/or unfortunate circumstances. We matter too. We deserve to be celebrated too. With an acknowledgment, you just may make someone’s day today who’s feeling sad/depressed and as if they don’t matter because of societal norms. When they certainly do. To YOU I say, You matter. We are grateful for you. You are loved, valued, and appreciated.

Today I thank my mother and all the women (And, Pop too, as he’s mothered me many a days.) in my life who’ve loved up on me. Hugged/held me and my hand through the rough patches of life. Smiled a loving smile that filled me and my heart up. Been a cheerleader and showed up for me. Fed me. Dined and sipped with me. Nursed me. Showered me with acts of kindness to include a loving heart and presents. Extended an invitation. Said, “I love you.” and “You’re beautiful and amazing.” You’ve saved and affirmed me and my life many a days. I hope you’ll choose to do the same for others today and ALWAYS! Happy Mother’s Day to YOU ALL! Enjoy! Cheers! Love! #BeDoLove

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Adventures of a Healing Caregiver Who’s Still HAWT – Yummylicious Asian Theme Culinary Exploration

I can hear Pop saying “You got carried away with yourself.” Me: Tee hee!

I’ve always wanted to try my hand at Hong Kong Style Sea Bass, after it being one of my fave dishes at one of my fave restaurants, Carlyle. Well, VOILA!

Yesterday I prepared Hong Kong Style Sea Bass. And, instead of preparing regular white or sticky rice, I zhooshed it up with an Asian Sticky Rice. Similar to a fried rice, but sticky icky.

For the Hong Kong dish, instead of topping the dish with the raw scallions and ginger, I sautéed them (along with peppers and dried shiitake mushrooms) in the sauce. I cooked the fish in butter and put the top on to steam. https://www.food.com/recipe/hong-kong-style-sea-bass-254415

For the Asian Sticky Rice, the dried shiitake mushrooms made the difference. A nice taste and texture. I had to make a special trip to the International Market for glutinous rice or sweet rice. Which isn’t sweet and is gluten free. I see Mango Sticky Rice in my future, which requires the same kind of rice. https://www.chewoutloud.com/asian-sticky-rice/

Mmmm… 😋 Bon Appetit! Cheers! Enjoy! Love! #BeDoLove #SelfCareMatters #FindYourZen #LivingOutLoud #BeDoLoveSAVOR #BonAppetit #IChefToWriteAboutIt #Yummylicious #Yummyliciousness #SeaBass #HongKongSeaBass #AsianStickyRice #FoodieLife #FoodPorn #ExpandYourPalate

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Resurrecting Oneself on This Beautiful Resurrection Day

Interesting that today (repost from 2015) is Easter/Resurrection Day.

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a gathering, where the two beautiful lovelies who invited me to their lovely, beautiful and comfortable DC home were such gracious hostesses. It was one of those older, yet welcoming homes in a quaint DC neighborhood. A home filled with such character and soothing creaking wood floors. It’s the kind of home I sometimes imagine myself creating a life and love in. My funky and cool sanctity where there is comforting stability, endless peace, melodic harmony, unconditional love, and the walls rumble from laughter. Where I curate wonderful meals and sips to enjoy with others. And, I’m gifted with reliable house cleaners, landscapers, and handy-persons.

While there I witnessed the most humongous, bold, and beautiful oak tree in their spacious backyard. That commanding big oak could have been quite intimidating. However, “big oak” calmed me and created such a soothing smile as I stood there in awe and silence observing its spacious beauty, while attempting to take it all in. It’s busting from the seams roots reminding me that regardless of what I’ve experienced through childhood to now, that understanding, healing, grace, compassion, and the art of forgiving are essential. Receiving the message from the mighty oak that there is ALWAYS the opportunity to bloom, stand tall, shine, awe, and inspire me and all whom I encounter.

The bonus of the evening was the lovely couple sharing their wedding video with their guests. It was beautiful witnessing the lovelies still glowing from their recent ceremony as they shared the backstory of their relationship to include wedding day commentary. I found myself having one of my Hallmark movie moments as I watched them both fiercely wardrobe change their way through the video from beginning to the end all while lovingly and attentively engaged with themselves, family, and friends.

While witnessing the doting couples special moment, I was reminded of love. I was reminded of hope. I was reminded of authentic connection. I was reminded of Divine Order. I was reminded of commitment. I was reminded of being open to the possibilities when one of the lovelies spoke of how getting married was not at all on their radar. I was reminded of perseverance and loyalty when they both spoke about the struggles encountered with family, friends, and strangers because of the resistance to their unconditional love. I was reminded of forgiveness. I was reminded of fun. I was reminded of being sexy and sensual. After the emotionally challenging previous night and the current day I was having, I knew at that moment the Universe sent me here to receive all of these uplifting messages. Especially when one of the lovelies looked at me later and said, “I can see in your eyes that you are next.” Now, whether that is true or not (in terms of being next, not that it won’t ever happen), it was just nice to hear and be affirmed. It was nice experiencing life through their love; their way of engaging and desire to inspire others to also have it ALL. To live one’s truth and believe.

During that made for me evening, as I navigated in and out of various conversations, dined on deliciously seasoned and nicely spicy African food of curried rice and fish stew, sipped on tasty lemon drop cocktails, and witnessed their wonderful wedding video, I was reminded about love, reinventing myself, and how it’s never too late to have what I desire. I must believe. Remain hopeful. Keep the faith. Forgive always. I must continue resurrecting my life, heart, spirit, and soul.

I was reminded that “I am the prize.” And, one of the many messages I was sent to tell you today is that you are too. That in all of the complexities and imperfections of our lives and being, that we are perfect in who we are and are deserving of it ALL.

Resurrection is a rebirth. It’s a “New Moment! New Opportunity!” It is the birth of a new vision, a new way of looking at things, and a new way of being. There is a gift when resurrecting oneself. The gift is getting back to the basics of love while being open to the newness of life. So today and ALWAYS continue to resurrect and rebirth yourself and flow through life and experiences with confidence, grace, authenticity, openness, respect, a colossal sense of humor, beauty, forgiveness, sexiness, sensually, trust, honor, and unconditional LOVE!!! YOU will, in turn, attract to your life, what you truly desire and what the Universe knows that will nourish and resurrect you in your truth. BELIEVE you WILL be resurrected to the essence of your being and beingness. Repeating, “ALL THINGS ARE ABUNDANTLY POSSIBLE AND DESERVING!” Peace be with YOU! Ase!

L&S, may God continue to bless and blanket you both with love, light, and fun. Thank you so much for last night and being such gracious messengers and torchbearers of BeDoLove. I dedicate this blog to you both and all who are inspired by their committed love.

Namaste! kcb

Update: This is a repost from Easter 2015. Rest in Peace “L.” We love and miss YOU! 💜🙏🏾💜 #BeDoLove #FindYourZen #LivingOutLoud #NewMomentNewOpportunity #BirthAndLiveYourSoulFULLPurpose

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Adventures of a Healing Caregiver Who’s Still HAWT – Yummylicious Shrimp & Polenta Cakes

I’ve always wanted to prepare a dish with polenta. I finally purchased some brainstorming on my first dish with lamb. Well, I had a bag of shrimp in the freezer and voila. We have a spin on Shrimp & Grits instead with Polenta Cakes. The shrimp is made with Cajun seasoning (Slap Yo Mama and others), onions, bell peppers, shiitake mushrooms, tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, bacon mmm…, half & half, tomato paste, and Parmesan cheese. It may have more ish… 🤷🏽‍♀️

The main course was accompanied by Spinach w/Golden Raisins, Shitake Mushrooms, Onions, etc. – One of my signature dishes, which I love for its sweet and savory spin.

Video of the culinary creations.

And, my sip of choice is a Bourbon Spiced Pear Brunch Punch.

Mmmm… 😋Bon Appetit! Cheers! Enjoy! Love! #BeDoLove #SelfCareMatters #FindYourZen #LivingOutLoud #BeDoLoveSAVOR #BonAppetit #IChefToWriteAboutIt #Yummylicious #Yummyliciousness #PolentaCakes #ShrimpAndPolentaCakes #Foodie #FoodieLife #FoodPorn #ExpandYourPalate

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Adventures of a Healing Caregiver – Swaggalicious Spring “Feeling Myself” Alert

🎶When I wake up in the morning love. And the sunlight hurts my eyes…🎶 https://youtu.be/bEeaS6fuUoA

Self-care and self-love are necessary for your physical and mental health, especially in these pandemic streets. So yesterday I did a swaggy thing during the beautiful first day of Spring. And, I’m feeling myself with a 🎶new attitude.🎶

Vonetta, Owner of Signature Image Salon
Carolyn taking care of me.

Remember my DIY Cleo-Covid braids post? 🤪Well my dear friend Rosa immediately called and was like “heck nah sis!” Followed by her rounding up two of our TBS sisters’ Kathryn and Tyra for love offerings. And, next thing you know I had money from each of them in CashApp. Because they really didn’t have to do that, a friend asked if was going to accept it. I was like, “YEAH! They’re gifts that I’m blessed and grateful for.” This just means I get to pay it forward. So thank you SisTAUs for a good belly laugh and for hooking up ya gurl. Mission accomplished.

Video 1 of it going down.
Video 2 of it going down.

Fast forward to almost a month later from my DIY post, first thing yesterday morning my hair person extraordinaire Vonetta of Signature Image Salon (where I go for all of my natural hair care needs) called and invited me to have my braids done by Carolyn. And, because I’m comfortable in her shop, off I went with first stopping to buy hair 😳. I choose the Stitched Braids style because I thought they would look cute. And, they doooooo. Thank you Carolyn for having pride in your work and doing a great job. And, Vonetta thank you for your continued exceptional customer service with reaching out, supporting your stylists (Until now Vonetta’s the only person that’s touched my hair in YEARS!), checking in afterwards, and for offering a comfortable and safe space with my first braids experience. Oh, and the shop renovations look wonderful. Enjoy the flowers that you are so deserving of. I know this past year has been extremely challenging. And, you’ve navigated it with grace and style.

Neat hair holder thingy. I’m

Spring’s like, “I got this Winter your work is done, my turn.” Today we are once again greeted to the newness of Spring with birds chirping and a beautiful and sunny blue sky. The birds sound so sweet and beautiful, singing gently with the message for us all of “New (Look) Moment New Opportunity!” Take time to do something good for YOU in this new rebirthing season. Allowing hope, faith, and love to be your guides. Pause! Breathe Deeply! Exhale Long! Repeat! Enjoy! Namaste Loves! PS: I got my scarf and olive oil spray cause these babies gonna last long time. 🤷🏽‍♀️😆 PSS: I missed walking in with my new hair style and Pop going “OOOHHHH!” RIP Pop!

“When was the last time you did something for the first time?” — unknown

#BeDoLove #FindYourZen #LivingOutLoud #LiveAndBreatheYourSoulFULLPurpose #SwaggaliciousAlert

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Adventures of a Healing Caregiver Who’s Still HAWT – Yummylicious Tiger Fork Friday “Treat Night”

Tiger Fork (a contemporary Hong Kong kitchen) has one of the best fried rice dishes I’ve had. The texture of the rice reminds me almost of sticky rice, but not too sticky. And, the flavor is explosive. Everything I ordered was delicious, but I can’t stop thinking about the fried rice. Truly a satisfying Friday “Treat Night.”First time caller and I’ll definitely be back.

I’m too far for delivery so I did a pick up. The crazy thing is the restaurant is located in DC in an alley, which is across the street from my very first N Street, NW apartment after graduating from Howard.

My “Friday Treats” were:

Combo Fried Rice (chinese sausage, prawns, egg, scallions, garlic, rice)

Pork Ribs (soy, ginger, happy lady spice) – Tender, juicy, finger licking good.

Smashed Cucumber Salad (garlic, chili, sesame) – This dish is not your normal your cucumber salad.

Crab Rangoon Nachos (lump crab meat, chili cream cheese, sweet and sour sauce, scallions, fried wonton chips)

The Backstory:

Prior to Pop living with me, I practiced a special pleasure ritual that if I wasn’t out and about on a Friday night, it was my “treat night.” Meaning I‘d pick up or have something really satisfying delivered to indulge in the comfort of my home while exhaling from the work week.

Well, it took Pop no time to take great joy in “treat night.” Of course he didn’t shy away from throwing out his random food cravings. And, I did my best to balance and honor his requests as well as my out of the box palate. It was cute when I’d serve Pop and he’d excitedly sing 🎶Treeeeat!🎶 Followed by, “Can I have a drink, please?” 🥃 But, don’t let me skip “treat night” as he seemed to anticipate it more than me. Pop would say “No treat night?” At times I’d give him that side eye look, thinking he’s so spoiled. However, I enjoyed and was grateful for this special me time turning into our time. But, guess what? I get to continue spoiling me, especially during this healing grieving time. And, hopefully you’re taking time to love up on you in whatever way you desire.

Pop having a Big Mac Attack.

Well treat night isn’t the same without Pop. But, now I get to enjoy it with pleasant thoughts of him. I can still hear Pop singing 🎶Treeeeat!🎶

While I miss the energy of restaurants and sliding up to a bar stool to chill, dine, and bartender watch, I love how during the pandemic restaurants have pivoted in ways that I still get to enjoy the dining out experience in a different yet still tasty way. I’m still having fun researching, exploring, and being introduced to some great spots.

Mmmmmm… Bon Appetit! Enjoy! RIP Pop! 💜🙏🏾💜Cheers! #BeDoLove #PopThoughts #FridayTreatNight #SelfCareMatters #FindYourZen #LivingOutLoud #BeDoLoveSAVOR #BonAppetit #Yummylicious #Yummyliciousness #Foodie #FoodieLife #FoodPorn #ExpandYourPalate #TasteDC #DCFoodie #TigerForkDC #OffTheBeatenPath #DMV

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Adventures of a Healing Caregiver Who’s Still HAWT – Yummylicious Friday “Treat Night”

Pop is having a Big Mac attack. 🤣
RIP Pop! 💜🙏🏾💜

Prior to Pop living with me, I practiced a special pleasure ritual that if I wasn’t out and about on a Friday night, it was my “treat night.” Meaning I‘d pick up or have something really satisfying delivered to indulge in the comfort of my home while exhaling from the work week.

Well, it took Pop no time to take great joy in “treat night.” Of course he didn’t shy away from throwing out his random food cravings. And, I did my best to balance and honor his requests as well as my out of the box palate. It was cute when I’d serve Pop and he’d excitedly sing 🎶Treeeeat!🎶 Followed by, “Can I have a drink?” 🥃 But, don’t let me skip “treat night” as he seemed to anticipate it more than me. Pop would say “No treat night?” At times I’d give him that side eye look, thinking he’s so spoiled. However, I enjoyed and was grateful for this special me time turning into our time. But, guess what? I get to continue spoiling me, especially during this healing grieving time. Most will say “Love up on and do something special for someone on this Valentine’s weekend.” Perhaps that someone is YOU today and ALWAYS!

Well treat night isn’t the same without Pop. But, now I get to enjoy it with pleasant thoughts of him. Last night’s pre-Valentine’s Day delights were from DC’s Baker’s Daughter, which is a boutique café and market brought to you by the good folks from Gravitas. I could hear Pop singing 🎶Treeeeat!🎶 Cause man, everything was sooooo darn delicious. While I miss the energy of restaurants and sliding up to a bar stool to chill, dine, and bartender watch, I love how during the pandemic restaurants have pivoted in ways that I still get to enjoy the dining out experience in a different yet still tasty way. I’m still having fun researching, exploring, and being introduced to some great spots.

Presenting Baker’s Daughter 4-course prix fixe dinner ordered on Tock:

Roasted Butternut Squash and Curry Soup (Coconut Milk, Lime, Cilantro, Maryland Crab Salad)

Gnocchi Bolognese (Ground Veal and Beef, Ricotta, Basil)

Seared Scallops (Blood Sausage, Kale and White Bean Ragout, Chimichurri)

Blueberry Cheesecake (Our classic cheesecake infused with blueberries and a graham cracker crust.)

And, because veggies matter, I added on a side of Southern Braised Kale (Kale braised with bacon, onions, garlic, apple cider vinegar and brown sugar).

🍽🍽🍽

First time caller and I’ll definitely be back. Oh, and the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies… 😋 Mmmmmm… Bon Appetit! Enjoy! RIP Pop! 💜🙏🏾💜 Cheers! #BeDoLove #PopThoughts #FridayTreatNight #SelfCareMatters #FindYourZen #LivingOutLoud #BeDoLoveSAVOR #BonAppetit #Yummylicious #Yummyliciousness #Foodie #FoodieLife #FoodPorn #ExpandYourPalate #TasteDC #DCFoodie #BakersDaughtersDC #OffTheBeatenPath #DMV

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