Soul Food Sundays

Gussie’s Chicken and Waffles

lI’ve had Gussie’s before, but it was my boyfriends first time. And boyyyyyy did he love it! The wait was long of course, it’s Sunday after church get’s out. People wanted that good ‘ol southern style cooking

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I got the “Taste of the South”. My usual, fried chicken, yams, greens, and cornbread. I love it. I cannot and will not get enough. The chicken was fried to perfection, it wasn’t too dry nor too juicy. Just the way I like it. They don’t give as big as portions at place we went last week, but it sure did feel me up just the same. And oh, the cornbread, honey let me tell you! The cornbread was just the way grandma makes it back in Alabama! Not dry at all, with a little honey drizzled on the top right before it goes into the oven. Scrumptious, for lack of a better word. I had a sweet tea to wash it all down. No bottemless mimosas this time y’all. But, this meal was a total knock out! Literally, I knocked out as soon as I got home, this is why I am posting so late.

 

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Chris got a “Side Sampler”, he had a choice from over 9 sides and chose red beans and rice, southern corn, black eyed peas, and collard greens. You know I’m greedy, so I tried the red beans and rice, which was delicious. He said they weren’t as good as last weeks because he could taste the onions. We both hate onions, but he can barely tolerate it. I also tried the southern corn, yuck! It looks and tastes like baby food to me. No disrespect to the restaurant or anyone who likes it, it just isn’t my cup of tea. He ate it all though, but thats my big baby! He cleaned his plate like it was nobodies business, so I know that means he throughly enjoyed his meal! Oh, black eyed peas aren’t my thing, so I didn’t bother trying them. Plus I wouldn’t have anything to compare them too! But if you go and you try it, tell me what y’all think!

Gussie’s Chicken and Waffles is located in the Filmore district in San Francisco. If you are in the area and looking for some good ‘ol southern homestyle cooking, give it a try and let me know how you like it! And if you tried it, what do you love about Gussie’s?

-A

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An Outer Space Face to Face

With Raphelle Andrews, an up and coming Bay Area R&B sensation

4121512771-1A fresh face to R&B with a sound that is out of this world, this talented singer/rapper/songwriter represents San Francisco, CA with style. With countless performances around the Bay Area, Raphelle Andrews has been in the studio recording the story of his life. Furthermore, his unique flow and rare vocal style is incomparable. Raphelle Andrews as The Jinxx (his alter ego) has been featured on albums as a rapper & singer for The Game, Too Short, Young Buck, Juvenille, San Quinn, Dem Hoostarz, and a number of other Bay Area artist. Currently Raphelle Andrews is working on the completion of his debut R&B Album “Confessions of an Astronaut”. With “Confessions of an Astronaut” he wants to come with a bicoastal sound, a mix of Alternative Hip Hop, Organica, Pop, and R & B. Get ready to enter the mind of Raphelle Andrews.

What or who got you started in rapping/singing?

I was brought up in a musical family. When I was nine years old my cousins were signed, and I was in the studio with them watching them create songs. And when I was forced to sing in a choir, which I hated. On the hip hop aspect; my sister is highly responsible for that. She played rap songs for me, and had a high volume of hip hop in her life. But MC hammer takes the cake, the first time I saw him made me want to do music for the rest of my life. 

Where did you get the name/concept for the new album?

The name of my album is “Confessions of an Astronaut”, and I got the concept of the album from this song that I did with this band and it was a spacey beat that got stuck in my head. The concept is me taking my fans into another world with my genre bending music.

How do you approach making an album?

Basically I come up with a song and then lead from there and venture off to the topics of the album, or coming up with the title and then going off of that. I build a variety of songs all around the title of the album.

How did you start writing “Confessions of an Astronaut”?

I just grabbed he sidekick at the time [we have a laugh] and started jotting down different ideas, I was brainstorming because I had came up with three different concepts for the beat that I received. Then it just ventured from there and the album started to take place because I got beats from the same producer.

What was your inspiration for the album?

Diversity, that’s the first thing I think of when I pick up a pen or I’m jotting down notes. Its like I have to make this song different and this song different.

What is your process of putting together your music? When do you decide that it is actually ready to go?

I make from 30-50 songs, and then take the songs with a similar sound but with variety. And then I sum it down, pick, a couple which turn into 15-16 songs, which include skits that coincide with the songs of my picking. And then comes the order, which then makes me listen to the songs. I’m the type of artist that listens to my songs at least 15 times. Picking, pulling songs, and then feeling like something’s missing because I am my own biggest cretic.

When you make songs do you think about what you’re going to wear when you perform them?

When I pick up a pen I visualize the whole aspect of where the song could go.  The video, the performance, the dance and I need a wardrobe that goes along with the movements, especially for the lady’s. Lady’s Love Cool Jinxx. I always picture some fancy attire, something upscale.

Where do you see yourself a year from now, realistically?

I see myself, based on the notoriety that I’ve gained in the last six months on a consistent basis of perusing this, I see myself being more successful. Especially if I stick with networking more, and venturing off to more than I can reach and using the tools that are at my dismay. Still, almost there.

What are some words you can give to a young Bay Area artist that you wish you would have heard when you were younger?

 Networking is key and consistency: You have to stay consistent to be relevant. Also, making songs for women is key [he winks].

New Song: Turn Up N’ It . Listen and tell me what y’all think!

-A

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Last poem of April

FOR MY LOVE.

 

When we first met

i had just finished practice

no shower had been taken

no clothes had been changed

and no mirror had been looked into

but your frantic wave and heavy hello made me feel beautiful.

 

Curious, i watched you

i had never seen anything as intriguing

it had something to do with the gracefulness of your heavy hands

the way the light bounced brightly off yellow walls

to illuminate your brown skin.

 

I couldn’t take my eyes off you,

until I had to,

“c’mon, you ready?”

I walked passed you to get to my sister’s station,

you smelled of sweet summer days to come

and of a man

a scent i’m not too familiar with.

 

I plopped in my sisters chair, hair beaming africa,

ready to be tamed america,

when you said “bye, nice meeting you”,

I caught a glimpse of your eyes

and you stole the reciprocated words from my mouth.

 

As you left

i smiled.

 

This day forever stained in my memory.

-A

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Soul Food Sundays

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My boyfriend and I have set a tradition since we’ve been dating. Every Sunday with go to a Soul Food restaurant and pig out! Today, we went to Home of Chicken and Waffles in Oakland. My, my, my was it good!

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Chris (my boyfriend) had “Dale’s Choice” which came with six chicken strips, which he loves, a waffle, and yams. On the side, he threw in a small bowl of red beans and rice. That man can eat y’all! I couldn’t help my eyes from wandering to his plate, in my head hoping he wouldn’t eat it all! I snuck a bite of his waffle, which was delicious. It had the right amount of sweet and fluffy. He gave me a chicken strip, which tasted better without the BBQ sauce. And the red beans and rice were to die for, it had a kick of spice that made them just right. In his words, “they aren’t better than PopEyes though”. All in all, he had a great meal, and wants to try something different next time.

IMG_4186As for me, I got “Uncle Does Sampler”. You could choose from a variety of sides, I chose collard greens, macaroni & cheese, and yams, it also comes with cornbread. Being the food lover I am, I couldn’t miss out of the protein, which made me get a fried chicken breast on the side. The collard greens, mac & cheese, and yams don’t only look good on the plate, but they tasted like heaven! I literally cleaned my plate with my fork. The chicken wasn’t really my favorite thing, but it did the meal justice. The cornbread was a little dry for my liking, but that all was changed when I asked for some honey to glaze the top. And YES, I ate all this by myself, and still had some room to help Chris finish his plate. We love too eat!

Oh, and the best part: Bottomless Mimosas for only $7 with the meals EVERY Sunday from 10am-3pm! Needless to say, it was a very happy Soul Food Sunday for us. If y’all go or have been, let me know how you liked it!

-A

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What Up, Wednesday?

IMG_4008It’s Wednesday, so I’ve co-washed my hair and styled it new.  I used Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner to co-wash and my Shea Moisture products to style it. I wanted to define my curls in a different way using Peeks Flexi Rod Curls Tutorial as inspiration. I didn’t follow her tutorial fully, I didn’t have freshly washed (shampoo, conditioner, the whole nine) hair, it was co-washed. I didn’t blow dry my hair because I don’t like putting heat in my hair. And also, I didn’t feel the need to.

Her curls came out so defined, and I loved it. My curls on the other hand, came out on the ends, but not so much towards the root. It looked more like an afro, than a curly fro. Next time, I might try something a bit different, but still no heat. Maybe, smaller perm rods.

Everyone else loved it. I couldn’t walk 100 yards without a compliment. So thank you Peeks!

What do y’all think? Let me know if you try it!

-A

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