Best Coffee

When I was a university student I hated coffee with a passion. I sneered at the idea that I needed a “pick me up.” I actually thought that people who drank coffee were lazy and unhealthy. I even thought that I could operate at my optimal level without coffee. At that time, Starbucks was growing…

Paradocs Coffee on Fairfax

My notebook by Moleskin and Japanese Pilot Pen Go well with Taka’s coffee at his Paradocs Coffee Shop quaintly positioned on my favorite block in LA On this MLK Day I sat there reading an article about Samya Stumo Who sadly lost her life a little less than a year ago aboard Ethiopia Airlines flight…

“Plant Some Sh*t”

Los Angeles native, Ron Finley, is a man of his word. Finley said: “plant some shit” in an effort to inspire his community to cultivate plants, and that is what he continues to do. His repurposed swimming pool functions as a nursery today where his foliage thrives. Like the plants he grows that are vital…

Una Balada de Alfredo Sanchez

My Spanish Homework September 12, 2019 Yo dije al representante del aerolínea de Copa que quería visitar Africa con mi familia para tener una experiencia Africana real! El dijo que no fue posible porque no tenia vuelos a Africa por Copa. Pero, el dijo que podemos visitar comunidades con influencias fuertes de Africa en el…

Facing The North

I’m confused. Is The North Face a brand for Republicans? I typically see them wearing their jackets. Meanwhile, after I did some research online I was shocked to find that The North Face promotes a radically different idea than those posited by the Republican party. Impressions of Korea I arrived in Korea in March of…

Museo Nacional de Antropologica de Mexico

After the Frida Kahlo museum, I plotted my next move. It took about 45 minutes to get there due to traffic, but the museum offered so much that it was worth it. Anthropology is the science of the origins, physical, and cultural development, biological characteristics, and social customs and beliefs of humankind. That’s a mouthful….

Mexico: Social Classes

Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr has played a pivotal role in my travels and awareness recently. I have already traveled to the same locales he visited during the filming of his documentaries on Africa, in particular, Ethiopia. A little more than four years ago he also produced a PBS series entitled Black in Latin America…

Los Angeles and San Francisco, 2012

  Update: It’s sad to learn that this place is no longer around. Timeout.com says: “It’s hard to believe that two Filipino sisters with no baking experience opened this lovely cafe in 2005. They set their sights high, remortgaging their properties in order to fly in kitchen equipment and a young chef from France. The…