Love Letter to Roman Cuisine & Restaurants

'All roads lead to Rome' is a refrain constantly repeated in my mind whenever I am away from Rome. It is a gorgeous, modern city that seems only one step removed from its ancient roots; filled with high-spirited people who celebrate life with their laid back Mediterranean style. The iconic ruins, masterful art and distinctive architecture fascinate me like no other city, but it is the delicious cuisine that touches my soul. I am always dreaming of simple plates of pasta with fresh herbs and sauces prepared using centuries-old recipes. This is my love letter to all cuisine Roman.

DJ kim hill...kill him remembers Martin Luther King Jr

Music touches, inspires and uplifts - one of my fave soul singers & DJ, Kim Hill, put together a beautiful musical tribute to the late Dr Martin Luther King Jr. I hope that you feel the playlist as much as I did.

Restaurant: 360° at Pavilions Phuket

Stunning views are commonplace in Phuket, Thailand - between the sugar-sand beaches, aquamarine seas, lush vegetation and elevated hills it's easy to find a beautiful spot for a sunset cocktail. But 360° Restaurant & Bar at the Pavilions, Phuket has raised the bar with its gorgeously casual, yet upscale setting which presents a panoramic view of Phuket's west coast...and the libations aren't bad either.

Free Download: SUPER DJ Terrell Clark

One of Philadelphia's finest, and FRIDAY FLASHBACK's own, SUPER DJ Terrell Clark is putting up super soulful, deep house mixes. Get 'em while their hot!

"The early, soulful, and underground music scene in Philadelphia profoundly influenced Terrell. Through some of the late, great DJ pioneers, Donald Stone (Catacombs and Chuck’s Recovery Room), David Todd (Catacombs and respected studio re-mixer), and Brandon Harris (Smart Place and Olympia Ballroom) he learned that a DJ needed to be passionate about the music and tell a story in the mix…not just play records or let technology dictate how you did it. Add to this, the influence of SOUL from artists like EWF, TSOP, and Stevie Wonder, Terrell had the mentorship and influence that established him as a pillar in the Philadelphia music community!"

Fly Dolce: Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake: One of the most delicately fragrant cakes I've ever made - full of lemon juice and lemon zest. Super moist from crème fraîche (and a little rum), this was the perfect accompaniment to a lovely illy espresso.

Found this recipe & juiced it up a notch...try it, you will love it as much as my peeps did.

Lemon Pound Cake

Love of My Life (Ode to Hip Hop)

Of all of the genres that make up my musical lexicon, hip hop still expresses best who I was (as a baby b-girl) and who I am now - passionately outspoken and fly! lol

No, Ms Q never breakdanced, pop-locked or rhymed - but you could always find me in the crowd around a fledgling MC spittin' fire, hollerin' my support when they dropped an especially dope verse; noddin' my head energetically to a sick beat box demo; always in my flyest b-girl gear, fake gold bamboo earrings swayin'. Hoping against hope that the sun didn't go down before the cypher was over - my mother regulated with an iron glove - cause I had to be home before the street-lights came on.

Seems so innocent in retrospect, those scenes of my, and hip hop's, adolescence...only lyrically talented MCs and DJs that could scratch & mix with only 2 turntables (or 3) and headphones need apply or the crowd would boo you while doing the "Showtime at the Apollo" get off the stage dance.

Total respect and admiration to Ms Badu for articulating my love and nostalgia for the halycyon days of hip hop...

Thai Cuisine: Hor Mok Pla (ห่อหมกปลา)

Hor Mok Pla is one of my fave Thai dishes. Essentially it is a Curry Fish Custard, steamed in banana leaves, with a sophisticated flavor profile: spicy, rich with coconut cream and citrus notes from the kaffir lime leaf. There is much regional debate about its origins, with Cambodia and Malaysia also making a claim, but the Indian, Portuguese and Malaysian culinary influences are undeniable.

The best Hor Mok Pla that I've eaten are usually served at market stalls, as opposed to restaurants. The market ladies just seem to add more love and depth to their fave is the lovely woman at the evening market in front of A-One in Chalong, Phuket. There is always a queue of Thai matriarchs, picking up the family's evening meal. She also makes a flavorful stewed "Kao Moo", but that's for another post...

Fly Cocktail: La vie en rosé

La vie en rosé: Homemade Strawberry/Lemon sorbet (included lemon zest-infused vodka) & Sparkling rosé wine, with a lemon twist garnish.

Life always looks better with rosé-colored glasses! I served this sweet/tart confection on New Year' Eve 2010 at my fave foodie/frenchie friend's soirée – it was a hit!

Happy New Year from Ever Fly Ms Q

‎"It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me and I'm feelin' good." Welcome to 2011.