R&M Social 2013 In Review!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Marvin and I have really enjoyed letting you in on our daily lives in 2013! I hope that you will stay with us in 2014 and be get ready for BIGGER AND BETTER!!

Click here to see the complete report.

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Chop House Burger Dallas: Review w/pics!

This past Saturday, I finally got the chance to eat at Chop House Burger in downtown Dallas! A friend of mine met me downtown for lunch and we decided we would try something new.

I had passed Chop House a few times in my travels and had even checked out the menu online. I knew before I even went that when I did go, the Truffle Fries were going to be my first choice!

I expected the setting to be more formal than it was, but fortunately, it was very casual! It was alot smaller than I expected too, but it was very cozy and everyone was friendly. You KNOW I had to go with the namesake and get the Chop House Burger! Black summer truffle sauce, shaved red onion, vine ripened tomato, green leaf lettuce! And with that, I had to try the Truffle Parmesan French Fries! White Truffle Oil, Parmesan Cheese, Chopped Parsley! 

The burger was smaller than I expected with a name like Chop House, but the flavor packed a real punch! And the truffle fries! OMG. As soon as they got near me, I could smell them! I had never had truffle oil before so this was a treat! The taste was VERY strong and it kind of threw me off for a minute, but I decided to cut it with some ketchup and that did the trick. The truffle fries were like a meal all in themselves!

After we ate, we sat and talked for awhile. The atmosphere was very comfortable. Afterwards, we walked over to Tiff’s Treats to grab a few cookies for dessert! The weather was beautiful and Jana and I had a great day! Good food and good friends!

Harlem Shake NYC: Review with pics!

Lets start of by saying it been awhile since I had a REAL burger because Burger king and McDonald’s don’t count!
I must say after watching all the hype of its opening, the crowds, and even the opinion of my own sneak tester (my daughter), I had to try Harlem Shake!

I figured it was time to tackle one of those awesome burgers:  The Harlem Classic without cheese! This was a  toasted bun with two  lean burgers with fried onions and pickles with a special secret sauce. All of these things make a great burger for me!

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I’m a big stickler for the bun! It’s the start of a really good burger or a really great burger! So that fluffy, light tasting bun was really cool! Thumbs up! Then the sweet little patties which were well done without the charred taste was super: and they even grilled my onions for me!

I added an order of chili cheese fries. Finding chili cheese fries uptown is next to impossible!

All in all, the burger was amazing and I will be back! Harlem Shake: Great Meal for a  Great Price!

Review by Marvin Washington

Pizza Lounge Dallas: Review w/pics

I had a bit of running around to do the other day and I ended up at Fair Park Station. The Pizza Lounge is right across the street and I’ve always wanted to eat there! I ended up in there once when I was volunteering at the Taste of Dallas 2013. We had to meet there to get our passes.

I ended up in there right after 11 am, so I think I was the first customer. I was greeted by a really pretty  girl with a bright smile,who made me feel right at home. It’s a small restaurant, and very cozy. I could see bringing a group there to chill out after a fun evening.

I originally wanted just a slice, but they’d had some big orders come in for whole pies that morning and they didn’t have any left to dissect! I decided to get a personalized pizza with spicy Italian sausage and spinach. I’m really a pizza girl and I couldn’t have been happier with the result! I knew within 2 seconds of putting it in my mouth that it was delicious!

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The sauce was amazing and had a great sweetness to it! I was thinking that a personal pan would be really small, but it wasn’t! It was more than enough to fill me up!

I’m gonna have to take Ramel there one day. I think he’d really like it. Who has better pizza: Pizza Lounge or Serious Pizza (in Deep Ellum)? I may have to sample them both again to make  a decision!!

Angry Dog in Deep Ellum : Review w/pics

Last week I finally got to visit a restaurant that I’d been hearing great things about: Angry Dog! With a name like that who wouldn’t want to see what they were all about?

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My friend Louis and I decided to give it a try so we met there. I got there alittle early and the restaurant didn’t open til 11 so I had about 15 minutes to walk around Deep Ellum and see what I saw!

I was able to find Twisted Root, The Free Man, Uncle Uber’s and Cane Rosso! Deep Ellum really has alot to offer and I really need to spend some time in the area!

Once I got to Angry Dog, I realized it was right next door to Tanoshi Ramen Bar (that’s next on my list!).

It didn’t take long for the place to fill up and the atmosphere was pretty loud, but friendly. The service was awesome and the food was outstanding!! There was alot to choose from but I had to go with the Angry Dog (with chili, cheese, onions and mustard) with added jalepenos! Man, was that good!! It came with fries and it was worth the title!

Next Summer, Deep Ellum will see much more of me! Do I recommend Angry Dog? YES, YES and YES! If you  haven’t been, you’re missing out!

Deep Ellum Outdoor Market 12/16: Let’s Go!

There is an interesting event coming up in the Dallas area that I thought I might mention.

I’m gonna be honest: I hate Winter.

And my not having a car makes me hate it even more! It’s hard for me to convince myself to get out and do alot in the cold! Lord, you know! But I thought I’d let you guys know about it so you can go and tell me all about it!

Deep Ellum Outdoor Market – Local products and food trucks galore!! (12/16)

In the past, I’ve really enjoyed the Deep Ellum Markets and the different Art Festivals around the area. When my son was little I used to take him with me all the time, but now that he’s 16 I can’t convince him! LOL

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The festivals are where I get my most interesting photos! Going alone also really makes me miss having Marvin here though. We are hanging in there because we know that God brought us together for a reason!

Here is post from my last visit to the Deep Ellum Arts Festival earlier this year. I captured some works from some really great artist!

If I could make a living out of going to festivals and blogging that would be a dream come true!!

What other events are you looking forward to? 2014 is almost here!!

 

Nelson Mandela: A Background

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Post by Marvin Washington:
I first found out about Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi in my freshman year of high school in (South Carolina) World History class and I was  always intrigued about how these small men had souls and hearts of giants.They put the love  of their people in front of their own lives and the lives of the families they loved so much. 
“A united South Africa was the calling of Mandela. Rolihlahla became a ward of Jongintaba at the Great Place in Mqhekezweni. Hearing the elder’s stories of his ancestors’ valor during the wars of resistance, he dreamed also of making his own contribution to the freedom struggle of his people.

He attended primary school in Qunu where his teacher Miss Mdingane gave him the name Nelson, in accordance with the custom to give all school children “Christian” names.

He completed his Junior Certificate at Clarkebury Boarding Institute and went on to Healdtown, a Wesleyan secondary school of some repute, where he matriculated.

Nelson Mandela began his studies for a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University College of Fort Hare but did not complete the degree there as he was expelled for joining in a student protest. He completed his BA through the University of South Africa and went back to Fort Hare for his graduation in 1943.

On his return to the Great Place at Mkhekezweni the King was furious and said if he didn’t return to Fort Hare he would arrange wives for him and his cousin Justice. They ran away to Johannesburg instead arriving there in 1941. There he worked as a mine security officer and after meeting Walter Sisulu, an estate agent, who introduced him to Lazar Sidelsky. He then did his articles through the firm of attorneys Witkin Eidelman and Sidelsky.

Meanwhile he began studying for an LLB at the University of the Witwatersrand. By his own admission he was a poor student and left the university in 1948 without graduating. He only started studying again through the University of London and also did not complete that degree.

In 1989, while in the last months of his imprisonment, he obtained an LLB through the University of South Africa. He graduated in absentia at a ceremony in Cape Town.” ~~Wikipedia

After being released he took upon the task of making a dream come true for his beloved nation. He made made leaps and bounds in industries and humanities and  bringing the people closer together all over the globe. It was his call over all injustices for mankind and never made it a call of color but equal rights.  It’s really sad that it took his death for us all to realize the true greatness he as a black man gave as a blue print to conquer all!