Top 10 Albums of 2016: J Street Edition

It is probably safe to say that we are all glad to see the end of 2016. This year has been a never ending series of broken internets, backwards presidential elections, protests, world crises and serious WTF moments.

Even still the music god’s smiled upon us and blessed the unworthy with harmonious gems along the way. If there is one good thing to come out of 2016 it is the music. This year we have seen the breakout of new artists and the revival of old ones leading to a bunch of the best albums to be released in a long time. As difficult as it was to narrow these down to just 10, we gave it a shot.

 

The List

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1. Solange – A Seat at the Table

 

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2. Anderson.Paak – Malibu

 

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3. James Blake – The Colour in Anything

 

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4. Kaytranada – 99.9%

 

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5. Mac Miller – The Devine Feminine

 

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6. Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love

 

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7. A Tribe Called Quest – We Got it From Here…

 

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8. Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered

 

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9. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book

 

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10. BJ The Chicago Kid – In My Mind

 

Honorable Mention Albums

Since there were so many AMAZING albums this year. It’s only right to list our honorable mentions. Even though these didn’t make our top 10 list don’t be fooled. We strongly suggest you give all of these a listen. You won’t be disappointed.

 

Little Sims – Stillness in Wonderland , Mick Jenkins – The Healing Component NxWorries – Yes Lawd, Isaiah Rashad – The Sun’s Tirade , Travis Scott – Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, BANKS – The Altar, Corinne Bailey Rae – The Heart Speaks in Whispers, Jay Prince – Smile Good, Rae Sremmurd – SremmLife 2 , Robert Glasper – Everything’s BeautifulDe La Soul – And the Anonymous Nobody

 

We will definitely be rocking to some of these albums at our New Year’s Eve shindig. What were your favorites from 2016? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Happy New Year from your friends at J Street!
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Solange’s Chicken Noodle Soup for the African American Soul: A Seat at the Table

“All my niggas in the whole wide world, made this song to make it all y’all’s turn for us, this shit is for us..”

Riding down I-110 on my way to work, the words from F.U.B.U. blared through my speakers, cutting through the breeze that funneled through the open window with the clarity and resolve of a shaolin monk. Loud, clear, crisp. Finally, something for us, by one of us.

On September 30, 2016 Solange released one of the most relevant albums of 2016: A Seat at the Table. What was anticipated to be a quirky, eccentric Solange style piece of work ended up being arguably one of the most important projects of the year.  With features from Mama Tina, Master P, BJ the Chicago, Kelela and more, Solange managed to embody the Black American experience in America’s current racial climate with her collection of musical tracks and spoken word interludes.  What really makes this album special, is that although it talks about the anger and frustration experienced within the Black community, the way the music is composed doesn’t make you mad, but instead inspires you to keep fighting the good fight, ignore the naysayers,  and take care of, protect and appreciate yourself in the process.

So many of these tracks touched my soul and related to how I feel, and how many Black Americans feel and have felt in the past and present years in America. It’s frustrating having to constantly convey and defend how we feel every single day in this country and Solange did so effortlessly. Here are 7 Black AF lessons and sentiments that we’re all loving and vibing to from A Seat at the Table.

Take Care of Yo’Self

“So let’s take it off tonight, break it off tonight,baby, let’s know when to let go…baby it’s war outside these walls baby its war outside these doors, yeah, a safe space tonight let’s play it safe tonight baby you know what you’re fighting for baby you know what I’m fighting for” -Borderline (An Ode to Self Care)

It’s frustrating and draining having a Black body in America. Between seeing your brothers and sisters bleeding out on the TV screen every two weeks and dealing with the effects of institutionalized racism, it can get…tiring.

Black people are expected to take all of this on a daily basis and still be strong and quiet. However, it’s important to take a break and unplug from the world sometimes; it’s important to take care of your mind and temple so you don’t lose yourself in it all.

We Have Every Reason to be Mad

“I ran into this girl I said ‘I’m tired of explaining’ man this shit so draining, but I’m not really allowed to be mad” – Mad

“If you don’t understand us and understand what we’ve been through, then you probably wouldn’t understand what this moment is about” -Interlude: This Moment

“And I’m going all the way, but I’ll leave on the lights for you…” -Don’t Wish Me Well

For some reason, there are boatloads of people that believe Black people have no reason to be mad about anything that’s been happening. If you ask them, racism is over, so why are we bothered? If you’ve ever ran through the comment section of an article that speaks on anything race related, or overheard your non-Black coworkers talking about the latest shooting of an unarmed Black man, then you can definitely relate to this. This album perfectly describes the views of many of us out here: I’m mad and I don’t feel like explaining to you why anymore, you’re probably never going to fully understand because you haven’t walked in my shoes, and I’m going to continue to be mad and do my part with or without your understanding *shrug*.

Black is Beautiful

Mama Tina let it be known clearly in “Interlude: Tina Taught Me” that Black is beautiful and there’s not a damn thing wrong with thinking and expressing that.

Protect Your Space

“Don’t touch my hair, when it’s the feelings I wear, don’t touch my soul when it’s the rhythm I know, don’t touch my crown they say the vision I’ve found, don’t touch what’s there when it’s the feelings I wear” – Don’t Touch My Hair

On the surface this song yells loud and clear: stop putting your crusty dusty grimy hands in my hair without asking. But this song speaks to so much more. It urges others to not violate an individual’s soul, to stop appropriating other’s culture and to just appreciate another person’s essence from afar.

Where Do We Go

Although this song can be interpreted to be about about Solange’s grandparents being ran out of New Iberia, Louisiana, as well as European colonization in general it also speaks to the current frustration of Black Americans. The feeling of not knowing what to do or where to go when America is all you’ve known but the system isn’t built for people like you to succeed.

Know Your Worth

“If this white man offer me a million dollars I gotta be worth forty or fifty, or ten or something” -Interlude: For Us By Us

Although this album speaks to the Black experience, this lesson can be learned by all: know you’re worth and don’t settle for less. People will always offer you the least they think they can get you for in the beginning, it’s up to you to decide if you want what you actually deserve. Define your worth, don’t let others do it for you.

Keep Ya Head Up

“Now, we come here as slaves, but we goin out as royalty, and able to show that we are truly the chosen ones” -Closing: The Chosen Ones

Our strength and resilience makes us that much more amazing. To have had generations and generations gone through what they have gone through and not be completely broken just shows how incredible we really are.

So continue to rise above the struggle, continue to fight against discriminatory laws and practices and continue loving yourselves. Redemption will come in the morning.

 

Solange hand crafted a capsule of Black truth, unapologetically preserving messages of frustration, self-care, Black pride and more through the regal horns of “Closing: The Chosen Ones”, the soft piano and self-affirming chants of “Rise” and the beautiful harmonies of #BlackGirlMagic on “Interlude: I Got So Much Magic, You Can Have It”. This album truly is “for us”

Thank you, Solange. We will surely appreciate this album for years to come.

Have you all heard the album yet? Let us know what you think in the comments below! If not, check out Solange’s new album here!

Afropunk Brooklyn 2016: Melanin, Music and Magic Oh My!

Living in America as a black person can be, draining. Let alone as a black person who enjoys music, fashion and culture that isn’t particularly mainstream. It’s easy to start to feel alone or to even lose yourself in the day to day, trying to fit in just enough to get by. Sometimes you just need to fellowship with people who are on the same page as you.  A place where you can come and just, be. This is where the Afropunk Festival comes in to save the day.

All Hail Afropunk

The creators of the festival originally had a vision of bringing together black artists within the punk rock community, especially those who had trouble finding a refuge with other like-minded individuals; a place where blackness and punk rock collide. Although the festival has blossomed to include other musical genres since it first started in 2005, the intersectional atmosphere remains the same and they are successfully creating a space for unconventional and quirky individuals from all corners of the artisphere to exist together.

This past weekend J Street had the extreme pleasure of attending the Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn, NY. We’re so thankful to the brilliant minds who host this event year after year where blackness is unapologetic, differences are celebrated, and the environment is free of “sexism, racism, ableism, ageism, homophobia, fatphobia, transphobia and hatefulness”.

Home Sweet Home

If there was one word to describe Afropunk it would be: home.  It is a safe space where the rules of what is “acceptable” are thrown out of the window.

Just close your eyes for a second. Imagine standing in the midst of a huge crowded space. All around you are people wearing bold colors with brilliant smiles and luminous coconut oil glazed skin. Everyone is laughing and dancing and singing. Lovers are holding hands. Friends are sitting on blankets sharing food and beer. Your favorite artist is blasting through the speakers. It’s something like your family reunion, only instead of family it’s complete strangers. And instead of your auntie asking why you keep chopping your hair off, it’s another queen coming up to you and commenting on how badass your cut looks. This is EXACTLY what it feels like to be at Afropunk.

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Gold Stage Poppin’

The festival hosted a slam packed artist lineup which included The Internet, Gallant, Kelela, Flying Lotus, Thundercat and more. There was a lot of rock, a little bit of soul, a dash of rap and everything in between. Being complete fans of The Internet and Flying Lotus, we stayed glued to the Gold Stage at the end of each night to see them both perform and they definitely did not disappoint. Personally, seeing The Internet perform “Penthouse Cloud” was the cherry on the proverbial cake.  Special shoutout to Gallant as well who tore the stage up and let us know exactly why he’s someone we should keep our eye out for. He had incredible energy and was easily one of the best performers from the weekend’s lineup.

Afropunk also offered sounds from a variety of DJs who performed in between each artist set. In continued Gold Stage fashion, the Soulection crew owned the DJ booth and kept the energy of the crowd up and alive.

 

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If you aren’t in awe of the artist lineup, then you certainly will be by the fashion. Afropunk is known to attract some of the most breathtaking and glorious outfits. Think tie dye, dashikis, piercings, headpieces and more. Check out some of the outfits spotted at the festival below!

 

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The festival also hosted black owned vendors, food trucks, art and an area to get involved with community activism.

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All in all, J Street had an incredible time at Afropunk. Being in a space with such beautiful people and  feeling so alive and accepted and loved by complete strangers was just the boost of energy needed to carry us through.

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Have any of you all attended Afropunk? Let us know about your experience in the comments down below!

The Wait is ENDLESS or is it? Music from Frank at last!

Is there a better way to start a Friday that waking up to find new music from Frank Ocean? Last night around 11pm est rumors began swirling that the warehouse on Frank’s website http://boysdontcry.co/  had changed for the first time in months! Naturally we rushed to the site thinking “Could it be”, “Is it finally happening”? The answer is yes. Endless, a visual album surfaced overnight.

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The 45 minute visual album set entirely in black and white opens up with the international man of mystery covering Aaliyah’s “At Your Best You are :Love”. From there on out, let’s just say Frank lives up to the hype.The film brings features and credits from James Blake, Sampha, and Jazmine Sullivan to name a few. After waiting four years, FOUR, since Channel Orange’s release I can honestly say that my thirst has been quenched at least for a little while while I let this marinate. To the evil genius on the strings of this release plan, we’re onto you!

Check out the track list for Endless below! You can stream the entire visual album on Apple Music. Even though this turned out not to be the one we’re waiting for, we are eternally grateful. The album formerly known as Boys Don’t Cry is apparently set to be released this weekend under an entirely different title but we know better, Frank, as it seems that boys do cry…wolf.

Endless Tracklist

  1. Device Control
  2. At Your Best (You Are Love) (feat. James Blake, Jonny Greenwood, and the London Contemporary Orchestra)
  3. Alabama (feat. Sampha and Jazmine Sullivan)
  4. Mine (feat. Arca)
  5. U-N-I-T-Y
  6. Ambience 001: In A Certain Way
  7. Commes Des Garcons
  8. Ambience 002: Honeybaby
  9. Wither (feat. Alex G and Jazime Sullivan)
  10. Hubolts (feat. Jazmine Sullivan)
  11. In Here Somewhere
  12. Slide On Me (feat. Alex G)
  13. Sideways
  14. Florida
  15. Deathwish (ASR)
  16. Rushes (feat. Alex G and Jazime Sullivan)
  17. Rushes To
  18. Higgs (feat. Alex G)

 

Have you listened? Drop your thoughts on the project in the comments!

 

Spirit Airlines: Deal or No Deal

If you don’t live under a rock, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about Spirit Airlines, notoriously known for their not-so-amazing service. And if you’ve had to search for and book your own trips, there’s also a good chance you’ve seen their deceptively cheap flights. And if you’re anything like me *cough* perpetually broke *cough* then you’ve pondered on whether or not to book with Spirit. I mean, how bad could it possibly be, right?

I’ve flown with spirit several times and came to the conclusion that it is possible to get a fairly good deal flying with them: cheap and with a decent experience. The catch—because there is ALWAYS a catch with Spirit—is that there are certain conditions you have to meet to enjoy this fairly good deal.

And that’s why I’m here! Let me give you 6 rules of when it’s a good idea to book Spirit.

 

You don’t have a strict timeframe of when you have to be wherever you’re traveling to or when you have to be back.

Arguably the top reason people complain about Spirit is because of the delays and cancellations. If you’re wondering how terrible they are in this area, let me break it down for you. According to US Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Statistics, from January 2016 to August 2016, 28.34% of Spirit’s flights were delayed  and 2.22% of flights were cancelled. These don’t seem like terrible numbers until you take into account that only 11.83% and 0.38% of Delta flights were delayed and cancelled, respectively. Going further, United Airlines only experienced 14.85% of delayed flights and 1.44% of cancelled flights. Compared to both of those airlines, Spirit clearly lags behind. From a personal perspective, let’s just say every flight I’ve been on with them has been delayed and my home girl spent another day in Puerto Rico when her flight was cancelled at the last minute.  

You don’t have a lot of luggage

Oh girl. This is where Spirit hits ya with the “getcha getcha”. Spirit is known for their “Bare Fare” tickets, where the price you see offered gets you from point A to point B with a personal item (this is still deceptive because you have an extra charge added on when you choose your seat on the plane). DAS IT. So you thought you were about to bring your purse and a carry on item? Ha! Where other airlines will allow you a carry on item, like a small roller bag, Spirit charges. So if you’re only coming with a small bookbag, go for it!

You’re not taking a long flight

Spirit is notorious for having the least amount of legroom than any other airline (amazon society, just go ahead and take this as your cue to leave). I’m 5’9 and my knees were scraping the back of the seat in front of mine. Oh and reclining seats? Ain’t no reclining seats bih! Definitely doable for a 2 hour flight, anything more than that, um, na.

 

You can handle everything before you get to the airport

If you pay for your carry on/checked bag while you’re booking the ticket it can be relatively cheap, say $35.  Pay for it during check in? A little more expensive. Pay for it at the reservation desk? A little more expensive.  Bring your carry on luggage to the gate thinking you’re going to bring it on the plane? They’ll slap you with a $100 fee. Try to print your ticket at the airport? Extra charge. Feeling parched and want a little drank? Extra charge. Want some peanuts? Extra charge. Want to breathe? Extra charge (kidding, or am I?). Point being, make sure to pay for all of your bags ahead of time, pack your own snacks, and print your own ticket beforehand and you can cut down on a lot of extra costs.

You’re a reasonably patient and “go with the flow” type of person

Spirit is NOT for the impatient. So all ya’ll with quick tempers and impatient tendencies just go ahead and save your blood pressure the rise.

 

You’re not traveling on a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday

Haha I kid I kid.

Have any of you had personal experiences with Spirit? Let me know how it went in the comments below!

No More Ugly Days: 5 Ways to Feel Confident on Off Days

You know the days we mean. Those days where every article of clothing you own makes its way to either the bed or the floor and you can’t find anything to wear throwing a wrench in the rest of your day because you just feel ugly.

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Well, there’s good news: you’re not alone. This is me, every Monday (Tuesday and Wednesday. I usually don’t get my shit together until Thursday. Nobody’s perfect, right?). Lucky for you that makes me an expert in how to turn your ugly days into beautiful ones.

Some may call putting too much effort into your physical appearance shallow. I don’t know any of these people personally, but I’m sure they’re out there. There’s certainly a limit between feeling good and being a narcissist, but walking out the door knowing you’re popping does a woman good. The thing about your outfit in the morning is it sets the bar for the rest of the day. If that’s off, prepare to miss the train, catch every red light, spill coffee on that very important report the HBIC needs before noon…you get the point. So on those days nothing seems to work here are some things to do:

 

1. Take A Break

Step. Away. From. The. Closet.

 

 

But seriously, sometimes the best thing you can do when this happens is to walk away for a moment. Go do something else like your hair or makeup. When this happens I take this time to actually make breakfast before returning to face my closet (or what’s left of it since most of my clothes are usually scattered across the bed by this point).

 

2. Ugly Day Default

 

Every woman (person really) should keep at least three to five outfits that can serve as a quick but fly-ass default when pressed for time. These are the ensembles that received the most compliments, the ones in which you felt like a million bucks and the ones that snapped necks and snatched edges.

 

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These outfits will usually consist of the basics spruced up with a few accessories or a pop of color on your feet. You’d be surprised the simplest outfit can be turned into a chic masterpiece. A quick trick is to follow the rule of thirds which, thankfully, has nothing to do with math.

 

3. Run to Pinterest

 

Ah, Pinterest. The Holy Grail of inspiration. Whenever, I repeat, WHENEVER I am at a loss for outfit ideas I go to Pinterest. It’s the most underrated social platform. Need an outfit for a “casual fall hiking trip in California”? They got you. A “summer girls night out outfit idea”? Pinterest will hold you down! Go ahead! Try searching for any occasion and I promise you’ll find a combination that you will fit your style.

 

4. Borrow Clothes

 

People still living with roommates at 25 rejoice! This is for you. While it may not be ideal (but VERY necessary if you happen to live in NYC, LA or any other city in the country where they seem to have forgotten to adjust your salary for the cost of living) to share a space with another person as an adult, the upside is your roommate may have the exact piece you need to complete your fit. She can be an excellent resource. Maybe she has a that ACME leather jacket that would tie your edgy look together! If she needs a selling point, tell her that there’s a benefit to both parties because it doubles both of your options. #Winning!

Disclaimer: Before waltzing into your roommate’s wardrobe.. ASK!  Don’t end up homeless.

 

5. Say F*ck it

 

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No explanation needed here. Sh*t happens. Accept your situation. Throw on those skinny jeans you may have worn two days ago and a v-neck tee and go about your day. The ironic thing is that these can be some of the most liberating days. On these days try something different with you hair and makeup if you want. Let it be a day of experimentation. Everyone loves the cool girl “I didn’t even try today but I’m still popping” vibe. Whatever you decide to wear, OWN IT! If you own it, who gon’ check you?

 

So there you go. Now, regardless of what you’re wearing today, go forth and walk into work like:

 

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Be sure to share any tips you have for getting ready in a pinch in the comments!

New City, Who Dis? : The Guide to Mingling for Awkward Black Girls

So. You’ve just moved to a new city. Maybe you’re on your “new year, new you” kick.  Maybe you just got a new job. Either way, you’re super excited for new beginnings. You’ve found a popping and reasonably priced place, spent all of your coins at HomeGoods buying decorations and you feel like you’re finally all settled in. No better way to celebrate a new move than a night on the town with some girlfriends. Just one problem: you don’t know anyone in your new city.

Finding friends and things to do in a new city has never been an easy task, especially if you aren’t the most extroverted of people (i.e. me). And unless you’re in Atlanta, it can be a little tricky to find events catering to black people, or even black people in general. So what’s a girl to do?

 

 

Here are three ways to find all the melanin rich happenings in your neck of the woods!

 

Meetup

Meetup has been my go to for finding new friends and things to do ever since I graduated college. The site is home to hundreds of thousands of groups. Whether you’re looking for a recreational kickball league, a group of Christians to fellowship with, or a circle of like-minded girlfriends to have drinks with, Meetup more than likely has a group for you that’s meeting in your area. When I moved to Los Angeles, there were multiple Meetup groups for young black professionals in the area that I joined and from there I was exposed to super lit events, like-minded young professionals and a new amazing group of friends.

 

Newsletters

Newsletters such as BlackBookLA have literally saved my life. Every week I’m sent an email full of events in the area for the weekend so it takes the guesswork out of trying to find moves. There’s always things happening around you, especially if you live in a larger city. Do a little research to see if there’s anything in your area like BlackBookLA; all you have to do is sign up and more than likely, it’s free!

 

GroupMe

When I started using GroupMe, my social life went to a WHOLE different level.  It’s a messaging app, but within it you can chat with large groups of people, share photos, and even plan events! There are plenty of GroupMe groups in cities all around. Just in LA I’m a part of a few groups such as a young black professionals GroupMe and an HBCU alumni GroupMe (*cough* even though I went to a PWI *cough*). Being on GroupMe, I can always be in the middle of conversations about what’s going on and who’s hanging out where! The catch, however, is that you have to be invited to a group by someone currently in the group chat. Thing is though, once you starting meeting friends from Meetup and attending different events promoted in newsletters, getting invited to a Groupme should be a piece of cake!

So what are you waiting for! Get out there and start enjoying your new city!

 

 

Comment below with how you meet friends and find events in your area!

#FoodieReviews | Otium | Los Angeles

The Broad museum in downtown Los Angles, CA holds many notable contemporary exhibits and gems, so many in fact that it’s encouraged to make a reservation ahead of time. For those who choose not to make a reservation, expect to stand in line for up to two hours. Once inside, marvelous exhibits await, like that of Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room or their renowned painting and sculpture collection. For me, however, The Broad’s most notable offering is their adjacent restaurant, Otium.

Even before ordering the food, I was completely in awe of the restaurant’s aesthetics. Otium’s décor is perfectly riddled with oxymorons and contradictions. It is a space where both vintage and modern combine to make the perfect date night or girl’s night out experience. The atmosphere is both causal and sophisticated. The bright colors lay well against the wood, steel and copper used throughout the building. And although the layout is bright and open, there is a certain seductiveness about the ambiance lent by the building’s sleek lines and lighting. Special features like the restaurant’s mezzanine garden or the abstract chandelier hanging right at the main entrance add the perfect touches to an already beautiful design.

If the design doesn’t do it for you, then the food most certainly will. I am a huge fan of abstract flavor combinations and new tastes, and Otium doesn’t fail to deliver. Like most new restaurants these days, it’s recommended that each person at the table orders a couple of dishes to share with everyone. I opted to order the cauliflower and the cuttlefish, while my coworker decided on the spinach fusilli and the St. Honore for dessert.

The cauliflower came decorated in grapes, almonds, cilantro and sultanas and was absolutely delicious. I’m already a fan of cauliflower, but they dressed the naturally bland vegetable up to become something amazingly flavorful. The sweetness from the grapes and the sultanas really did it for me, as I have a serious sweet tooth and appreciate it in any and every dish. It was subtle though and worked well with the other flavors in the dish. My all-time favorite from the menu for sure.

The cuttlefish was, interesting. Made with hearts of palm, button mushrooms, chile and thai basil, it definitely was a new flavor profile for me. Although it tasted more than decent, what really got me was the presentation. Up until then, I’d never actually tasted cuttlefish, and from the name I assumed it would have the taste and texture of most fish. I was completely wrong. When presented with the dish, it had the look of noodles topped with all of the fore mentioned ingredients. Halfway through the dish I was made aware that the noodles were actually spiral cuts of cuttlefish. It was then that I was schooled on the fact that cuttlefish is actually a marine mollusk—think squid. This dish gets an A just for keeping me on my toes.

Next up was the spinach fusilli. Tossed with clams and bacon and topped with an egg, this dish was ever part of decadent. The sauce the pasta was tossed in was incredibly creamy and oh so good.

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Last but not least, let’s get into this St. Honore! This dessert was Otium’s take on the classic French St. Honore cake, with coffee, hazelnut and salted caramel. Although this dessert was full of flavor it was still light, and a perfect size for sharing so that you don’t end up feeling weighed down.

If you love a nice ambiance and amazing food, and you happen to be in the Los Angeles area, then Otium is a must! Make sure you put it at the top of your list because it will definitely be at the top of ours!

ABRA – PRINCESS EP

The #queenoftheweek is songstress ABRA.

Her latest project,Princess EP came out last Friday and proved to be the perfect soundtrack to our boozy sunday brunch at home. Intricate beats and bacon with a side of heavy synth? Yes, please.

 

Who is ABRA?

Her second EP Rose introduced me to this queen. Released just a little over a year ago, it immediately left an impression of something I had never heard.  Heavy beats that seem to take you on a vacation through space and time coasting on her airy vocals. ABRA is quickly becoming a pioneer of the New Generation of R&B artists under ambient/electronic influence and we are so here for it!

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She spent the first eight years of her life in London before moving to Georgia with her family. She’s mentioned feeling like an outcast as a black girl with a british accent in her younger days allowing her to find comfort in her weirdness. Nicknamed the “darkwave duchess” she is a member of Atlanta based crew, Awful Records. She teamed up with the founder of Awful just two years ago and has been doing magic ever since. We look forward to what the Duchess has in store.

Check out her latest EP here and follow her on soundcloud.