Monday, January 30, 2017

Wilson’s Words of Wisdom: January Round Up

It’s a New Year, so it's only fitting to introduce a new blog post series: a monthly "roundup" post featuring five recommendations on where to eat, drink and be merry around town and beyond. Some places are oldies but goodies, having previously been featured on this blog. Others are brand spanking new, only recently opening or coming across my radar. But no matter new or old, they’re all amazing locations definitely worth your patronage.

I hope you enjoy the first post in the series and let me know of any other places that you've been excited about lately, in the comments section below!

Where to Eat: Wild Living Foods

Wild Living Foods will help us all honor our New Year's resolution to eat better, as it offers an eclectic, colorful array of super healthy, organic, plant-based foods and beverages. Foods that you'd never even imagined could've been plant-based are suddenly transformed into wondrous meatless beauties — I'm talking sushi, burgers, milkshakes and even chile rellenos (pictured above). Order off a dine-in menu or grab pre-made items like salads and cold pressed juices to-go.  The casual eatery is right on the corner of 8th and Main St. in DTLA's vibrantly bustling Fashion District.

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Where to Drink: Birds & Bees

A new hidden cocktail den has claimed its stake in downtown Los Angeles. Birds & Bees officially launched Saturday, Jan. 28, bringing a 1950s flair and tons of craft cocktails with cleverly creative names to the city; I mean, who wouldn't want to sip an Ella Fitzgerald (pictured above)?! But while the names may be cute, the libations are quite potent, typically including two to three types of rare, exotic liquors. There's also a fun and unusual way to find this underground bar, but I won't give away any secrets — you'll have to figure it out yourself!

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Where to Be Merry: The Backstage

The Backstage in Culver City is one of those dive bars that’s a great option — no matter what day of the week it is. It’s never a hassle to get in, the drinks are good and strong, the food satisfying, and, there are so many activities to get into, including pool and trivia games. But hands down, karaoke is the best. You never know who’s going to take the stage, but you know it’s going to be a good performance. A diverse and energetic mix of people always pack the place.

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Where to Travel: Houston

With Super Bowl LI happening in Houston in a few short days, it only made sense to once again share my #WilsonsGuide Top 12 List of Houston. For anyone traveling to the city that weekend — or really anytime — this guide a must-read, filled with suggestions on the best places to frequent, year round. From the best BBQ joints to breakfast spots and outdoor activities, you're bound to have a good time exploring H-Town. Go Patriots!

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And Where Do You Where To?: Donnie McClurkin

It’s an understatement to say that the national activities of this past month have left many of us feeling dismayed, depressed and disheartened. So it only made sense to turn to a former interview with gospel singer Donnie McClurkin for some inspirational wisdom to get us through these weary times. While this interview originally posted around the launch of the 2012 King’s Men Tour featuring McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, Israel Houghton and Marvin Sapp, McClurkin most certainly provides timely insight in dealing with national tragedies, overcoming adversaries and propelling his own career forward.

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  1. Love all your suggestions. The Backstage looks like a fun place. Can't wait till next time we're in the area to check it out.

  2. We used to live in Houston and it's so much fun! Can't wait to go back for a visit :)