Bernard Wilson of Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes

And we've lost another musical giant - Bernard Wilson helped define The Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP) as a founding member of the Philly soul act Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. In the face of the current state of music, who's gonna continue to elevate the artistry and devotion to the craft of writing and performing a brilliant song? RIP



RIP Teena Marie

RIP Teena Marie - you were the downest, coolest, flyest white chick
singin' R & B!



Merry Christmas from Ever Fly Ms Q

"Santa baby, just slip a sable under the tree for me..." Happy Happy, Merry Merry to all...have a FLY holiday!



Shrimp & Grits, American Southern Cuisine

Was missing home a bit, so decided to make some truly (southern) American comfort food: Shrimp & Grits. For all of you that are unfamiliar with grits, they are a staple in the south: ground corn, kind of like a more refined polenta - less coarse.

The grits are topped with cheddar, pancetta and sauteed shrimp with a garlic, vegetable broth reduction. Ms Q's (non-American) husband loved it and ate 3 plates! (of course in the morning we were at the gym, to pay in sweat for this decadent indulgence)


Shrimp & Grits




Free Download: DJ Tee Alford


Classic Funk, R&B and Disco from one of my faves, illadelph's finest, DJ Tee Alford...did I mention FREE DOWNLOAD?? What are you waitin' for?


http://soundcloud.com/tee-alford/sets/soul-beginnings-70s-80s-revisited/



Are the best new Thai chefs foreigners?


"Are the best new Thai chefs foreigners?" Ummm, h*ll to the NO! Give Ms Q a local chef trained in technique, steeped in the cultural/traditional who chooses to step out of bounds a bit with innovative dishes any day...why is this even a question?


http://www.cnngo.com/bangkok/eat/are-best-new-thai-chefs-foreigners-904195



L'aperitivo at Casa Ms Q


THIS is how we get down for aperitivo at Casa Ms Q: tunisian dates stuffed with brie, wrapped with pancetta; homemade sage/honey cornbread with melted brie; Sidecar cocktails. Lovely dates are from Thailand's Only Online Health Food Store - Good Karma All Natural



Cross-cultural melange


Boneless chicken thighs, sautéed in an olive oil, fresh sage, shallots, sake, mustard, honey, sea salt and chili powder reduction.

Fresh carrots, roasted with olive oil, sea salt, shallots, raisins & cumin

Syracuse salt potatoes: boiled in highly salted water (they become creamy inside!) Then tossed in a garlic/sage butter sauce.

Cross-cultural melange: duet (Ms Q made the carrots & potatoes, husband handled the chicken). Dinner was highly flavored, but the muscled cabernet sauvignon was up for the task!



Cody ChesnuTT - New music


FREE music download - the Über-talented Cody ChesnuTT

Cop that!

http://media.thefader.com/thefader/codychesnutt-dobettertheyoung.mp3



House Wine: Trivento Brut Nature



Current House Sparkling Wine: Trivento Brut Nature, Argentina NV

Everyday sparkling wine with small, delicate bubbles; dry with intense green fruit. Good enough to drink alone or you can use in a "champagne" cocktail.
Approx. 700 THB - Available at Wine Connection, Chalong



Spaghetti Pomodoro & Basilico



Pomodoro & Basilico: Di Cecco Spaghetti, olive oil, fresh basil, fresh cherry tomatoes, Mutti pelati canned tomatoes, parmiggiano reggiano.
My husband knocked this dish out of the park! Simple, but pristine, ingredients with great technique elevates this to sublime!



Fly Cocktail: Whatever Lola Wants...

"Whatever Lola Wants": Homemade ginger beer (ginger, brown sugar, cloves, 1 chili), vodka, triple sec, fresh mint, fresh lemon juice & zest. Caution: drink this only with the one you love - cause you will do whatever it is they want!

















Eating my way through Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 Daikanyama
42, Changkat Bukit Bintang
http://www.facebook.com/Daikanyama



Delicious soba salad with prawns - this photo/description doesn't do it justice...it was beautiful!



EMILIO PUCCI Cruise 2011 collection at Sri Panwa, Phuket

EMILIO PUCCI showed their Cruise 2011 collection at Sri Panwa, Phuket - filled with dramatic, flirty frocks, sexy minis and sizzlin' hot/cool bathing costumes! Veuve Clicquot kept the atmosphere sparkling with their Rosé champagne. As always dynamic (and fashionably-attired in Pucci shorts) Wan Vorasit Issara was the consummate, charming host and Jared O'Brien (rockin' rose trousers) kept the team moving suavely...Super Fly event - keep steppin' your game up fellas...show Phuket how it's done!




Fly Cuisine: Risotto with Prawns, Calamari & Bottarga

A stellar Risotto prepared by my husband with prawns & calamari, bottarga, parsley, saffron, chili, garlic, onion and vegetable broth. A perfect accompaniment to a friend's generous gift - a crisp bottle of Chablis.





Fly Cocktail: After Dinner Duo


Ms Q was feelin' fancy, so created this after dinner duo: dark rum with raisins, fresh apple/ginger/brown sugar/cinnamon jus. Served with cantuccini biscotti (italian almond cookies) perfect for dipping!



Restaurant: da Renata, Nai Harn Lake, Phuket


Italian Fritto Misto the way it should be done: squid/prawns crunchy outside, tender inside, not oily


Homemade tagliatelle with ragu (meat sauce)


Homemade tortellini filled with prosciutto, parmesan & mortadella



Fly Cocktail: Ginger Apple Cosmo


Ginger Apple Cosmo: vodka, homemade ginger/apple syrup, cranberry juice, lemon juice



Fly Appetizer: Arugula & Spicy Chorizo

Arugula wrapped with spicy chorizo then toothpicked together with toasted fresh whole wheat bread dressed with a bit of garlic & olive oil. This began as bruschetta (Ms Q tip for non-italian speakers: the "ch" in italian is always hard, sounds like "bruscKetta"), but husband switched it up.





Fly Cocktail: Havana Nights


Havana Nights - Homemade Ginger/Apple/Chili syrup, fresh lime juice, rum, club soda



Fly Cocktail: Lemon Basil Gimlet


Lemon Basil Gimlet - Homemade Basil/Lemon syrup, fresh lemon juice, vodka, club soda



Rotisserie-roasted Pork Loin



Pork Loin: marinated in a herb brine overnight, covered with an herb paste (sage, garlic, rosemary, olive oil) then roasted on a rotisserie. so tender, juicy and flavorful!
Served with garlic/rosemary roasted potatoes



Fly Cuisine: Rigatoni Mastroianni

Rigatoni Mastroianni: homemade ricotta, smoked pancetta, onions, nutmeg
This is one of my all time fave dishes that my husband makes. He learned it from his late mother, who was taught to make it by her friend, the late actor Marcello Mastroianni.








Fly Cocktail: Caribbean Cosmo


Caribbean Cosmo: Jamaican dark rum infused with raisins, cranberry juice, triple sec, lemon juice, lemon zest
(inspired by MF's "Crum")



Khao Soi


Yummmy Khao Soi is a beautiful thang: deep-fried crispy egg noodles, pickled cabbage, shallots, lime, nam phrik phao, and meat in a curry-like sauce containing coconut milk. Thank goodness I know someone from Chiang Mai who treats me to this northern Thailand specialty!



Rice & Bean, Italian Style



Italian version of "Rice & Beans" created by my handsome half.
Carnaroli risotto with onions, smoked pancetta, parmesan, borlotti beans, saffron
Borlotti beans on the side were dressed with oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh sage and a dash of organic honey



House Wine: Sol de Chile



House White Wine: Sol de ChileCabernet Sauvignon, 2009
Lovely, drinkable table wine at an astonishing (for thailand) price point. 
Ms Q Tip: must open 20 mins before drinking to let it breathe
310 THB - Available at Villa Market, Chalong



Fried Chicken & Potato Salad



Was feelin' like a southern girl - ain't nuttin' better than fried chicken & potato salad! And my picky Roman husband LOVED it.

Fried Chicken: marinated in a curry slurry (batter), then deep fried. Super spicy dipping sauce on the side. (full disclosure - picked it up at my fave chicken/som tum joint. why slave in the kitchen when somebody else does it soooo well - and cheap?)

Potato Salad: potatoes boiled whole in a super salty brine (makes the texture lovely/creamy), a bit of leftover ham, celery/onions/parsley/thyme chopped finely, boiled eggs, mayo/dijon mustard/organic soy sauce/sherry vinegar creamed together.



Fly Cocktail: Sidecar

Retro Sidecar: brandy (or cognac), cointreau, lemon juice, sugar rim
A Sidecar is the perfect pre-prandial tipple, but no more than 2 - they will sneak up on you! Frank Sinatra or any Ratpack artist is a must for the musical soundtrack.







Restaurant: Osteria de Memmo, Roma ITALIA

Delicious super fresh tuna, scampi, prawns at one of my fave Roman haunts, Osteria de Memmo. Located in the center of bella Roma, near Piazza Navona, you will fall in love with the gregarious, charming owner, Memmo and his stellar frutti di mare, the same way I did!





Fly Cocktail: La Contessa


La Contessa: vodka, fresh pineapple juice, coconut water & herbs



Zucchini Bread


Zucchini bread with walnuts, raisins & lemon zest