Smancy Burgers Only Use 1/2 The Bun

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Benedict Burger

(Red onion confit, gruyère, sunny egg, watercress, Béarnaise, house brioche, potato chips)

Yummy, but pricey. This half-bunned goodness can be found at Ray’s & Stark Bar. Since it’s semi-fancy (smancy), there are less carbs, enjoy half the bun guilt-free. Eat. The great atmosphere is free. Savor your meal outside and take in the beauty that sounds you.

Ray’s & Stark Bar at LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Reservations 323.857.6180

Danke, Germany: Pforzheim & Stuttgart

Apologies for the delay. Better late than never, no?

My “Best Vacay Ever (so far)” ended and last week reality fully kicked in.

Cramming twenty-one days into one blog post seems unreasonable, so multi-city and single-city posts it is. First stop… Pforzheim and Stuttgart, Germany.

After 14+ travel hours the wings landed, Augi (my sister) and I happily squeezed Tiare (my cousin) when she greeted us at the airport in Stuttgart. Grateful to feel the blood flowing in my legs, I marched with my full blatter to the restroom (I avoided the lavatory).

I imagined that my first international dilemma would be communicating, wrong, it turned out to be flushing the toilet. After pulling and tapping everything attached to and near the toilet, I pushed the life-sized circle on the wall, got it!

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We dropped off our bags and headed to Tiare’s school where we met up with her brother (my other half-German cousin). After they registered for classes we chatted at this fancy little coffee shop (pictured below).

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Fast forward to dinner. With Adrian’s help, I ordered in my best German (see video below).

The most exciting thing about my first German meal (wait for it)? Placing the ordering. Adrian suggested the ravioli-like pasta he ordered, but I chose meatloaf (center plate on right). The meatloaf tasted like Spam. I don’t like Spam.

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Friday night made up for the Thursday food mishap. It happened to be 90s Night at Como Club in Pforzheim and the DJ played American music, go figure! N Sync, Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Montell Jordan, Backstreet Boys and Tupac (Europe loves Tupac)… How could we not have a blast?

Everyone in Como Club learned The Electric Slide that night. We left the club around 5:00am and headed for Amsterdam at 6:30am. Turn down for what?

I wish I could share video of our Family Night with my aunt, so priceless and entertaining. My aunt and sister would likely kill me. I have too much to live for, so I will not be sharing, but below is an “usie”.

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We were able to experience Germany twice since it’s where we arrived and departed.The second time around we went to a gourmet burger joint in Stuttgart. I thoroughly enjoyed the burger, especially the fresh fluffy bun (pictured below).IMG_2306IMG_2340

IMG_2358Later that day, we went to the mall, a hookah bar, and a few other places. The night (or morning) ended at a sweet coffee shop with some cool Germans (see picture below). Great times!

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That song played almost every time we were in the car in Germany. We heard it in Italy too, so we dubbed it our theme song.

Grab Your Passport! We’re Going To Europe.

Europe here we come! This summer me, my sister and cousin will travel through Europe visiting Germany, Netherlands, France and Italy. (insert happiest emoji)

Below are maps with circles highlighting places we will visit within each country. Flights are booked, passports are ready, but there is so much more to be done. My biggest challenge will definitely be packing. One suitcase for three weeks … how will I survive? I have already dreamt about packing, forgetting everything and almost missing the flight trying to pack last minute. The trip is in July, but I should start practice packing tomorrow.

Ahhh! I’m so excited. mgermany mfranceitaly_states_map

The Lego Movie makes everything AWESOME!

It is ok for three adults to see a “children’s movie” sans kids, right? If not, oh well! We proudly laughed, cheered and sung “everything is awesome” with the theater full of seven-year-olds.

The beginning started slow (we missed the first five minutes, so after that), but it quickly picked up. We might have enjoyed The Lego Movie more than the kids, because of jokes we caught that flew over their pretty little heads. I went with two guys, one laughed so hard that water fell from his eyes. In addition to laughs, there is a great message. Don’t believe me, just watch. Be prepared for the flood of product placement (not my fave), everything else is awesome.

I Reached Two Milestones This Week. It’s a Celebration!!!

happybirthday2Tuesday marked 1 year since the birth of kinkycurlsLA.com, yay (see the first post here)!!! And… Wednesday marked my 2 year naturalversary (see 1 year naturalversary post here)! It’s a celebration, I want a cupcake.

This journey has been awesome and I’ve learned so much. Kinkycurlsla will continue to evolve and improve as I grow and figure out how to better serve you guys. I appreciate you all. Thank you for your support! Please feel comfortable enough to share your opinions, content requests, and ask questions.

As for the hair… If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I cut my hair on August 31. I will reveal the reasons for the cut in a Youtube video on Monday.

Have a great weekend! Take a shot for me. xoxo

Flash Mob #2. Can you find me?

Somewhere on my buck list, flash mob is crossed out twice.

Earlier this year, I decided to join a flash mob after watching this one. I hopped on Google to figure out how to make it happen. Google led me to Flash Mob America via Meet Up. I signed up and anxiously awaited the date.

The first event was a surprise wedding reception flash mob, it’s my favorite of the two. Unfortunately, we have not received video. I joined another one to have video proof.

Above is video from the second Flash Mob. Can you find me? If not, I circled myself in the screen shot below.

Thinking about flash mobbing? Do it!

Thanks for reading and watching! Feel free to ask any questions. xoxo

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Vision Fulfilled! Revlon Run, done.

I love running. Sike! That’s a lie.

It’s been almost a year since I participated in my first race, the MB10K. I still struggle with running, but I notice improvement (when I’m consistent).

Why do I run?

1. The thought of needing a scooter chair scares me.

2. I would have died in The Hunger Games.

3. I have great friends that challenge me.

Since the MB10K, I’ve also completed The Color Run and Revlon Run. Guess what? I pasted the Revlon Run on my vision board over a year ago, before I did my first run. I read an article and decided I wanted to support the cause. Funny enough, my vision board sat behind my dresser (out of sight), so I kind of forgot about it.

When one of the ‘Be A Light’ circuit board members suggested that we participate, as one of our community outreach activities, I was down. It’s always great to see women supporting women. Oh! And I fulfilled one of my visions.

Aside from supporting a great cause, the run is cool because it finishes inside the LA Memorial Coliseum, to the sounds of adrenaline pumping drums. In my head, I finished an Olympic race.

Thanks for reading! xoxo

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TLC Movie Sneak Peak

CrazySexyCool ended too soon, but they’re back! The story of the “scrub” disapproving dynamic trio TLC will be relived on VH1. The movie will star Lil Mama (as Left Eye), Keke Palmer (as Chilli), Drew Sidora (as T-Boz), Rochelle Aytes (as Pebbles) and Evan Ross (as Dallas Austin).

Take a sneak peak at the past. Feeling nostalgic? I am.

Street Food Cinema Summer Fun

List five places that are date appropriate, girls night fitting, kid approved, fido friendly, foodie pleasing and entertaining all-in-one. Oh! And cost 10 bucks to enter. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

Are you still thinking? I have one for you, Street Food Cinema (SFC)!

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The Street Food Cinema experience travels throughout Los Angeles this summer from May 25-August 31 providing an awesome summer fun destination that includes movies, live music and food trucks.

On June 20, Mean Girls was projected on the SFC (40 feet wide by 22 feet high) screen at Poinsettia Park and I attended.

Before the movie, guests rocked to Elle Rae while mingling and standing in vendor and food truck lines. I grabbed mini donuts from The Fry Girl truck, then firecracker wings and bomb dust fries from the Belly BombZ truck.

The mini donuts and bomb dust fries were tasty, but the firecracker wings did not evoke sparks. I waited about an hour in the Belly BombZ line, the wings were not worth it and prices were deceptively raised.

Enough about that, guests competed in a Mean Girls Look Alike/Sound Alike contest to win a 76 gas card and a gift bag of goodies, it was pretty entertaining. Two thumbs up for the Street Food Cinema experience.

Next time, I plan to take advantage of outside food and beverages being permitted. A nice glass of wine with a movie? Why not!

For more information and to view the schedule, visit Street Food Cinema. I hear that free tickets are given away to @stfoodcinema followers on Twitter and Instagram.

As always, thanks for reading and feel free to ask questions. xoxo

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