B. Smith, restauranteur and former model diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

Barbara Smith (affectionately known as B. Smith), restauranteur, author, designer, decorator and former model diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Smith and her husband (and business partner of 22 years) Dan Gasby, went public with the news in a CBS News interview. At the time she was interviewed Smith could not remember the day, time or year.  She said this made her very sad. “I think the future’s going to be fine,” Smith says. “I’m going to do my best to make it work out for me and Continue reading →

Public and private chocolate tours, tastings and team building by DC Metro Chocolate Tours

  Stressed spelled backwards is dessert. When many people get stressed they turn to dessert. One dessert that tops the list is chocolate. DC Metro Chocolate Tours answers the calling of chocolate lovers with their public chocolate tours, private chocolate team building and private chocolate tastings in the Washington DC and surrounding neighborhoods. For more information about DC Metro Chocolate Tours please visit www.dcmetrochocolatetours.com or call 617-600-4460.

April Sims Food Diaries: The Field House, Philadelphia, PA

The Field House is located 1150 Filbert St, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Which is right across the street (which was reminiscent of a tunnel with a light at both ends of it) from the Reading Terminal Market. The Field House looked like a typical sports bar / pub upon entry. Dark wood tables and chairs every where. They had a small stage in the window. No band that day. Just an empty stage. The bar area was also dark wood (counter top and stools). There were plenty of booths in the bar Continue reading →

Yelping pays, I’m a top Yelper this week

I started Yelping in April 2012 and have been Yelping ever since. Yelp.com is a site where you can share your thoughts (reviews) on restaurants, businesses, etc. as well as post events, share your thoughts and more. Go to this link http://www.yelp.com/weekly and scroll down to Top Yelpers and you will see yours truly. You can visit my profile on Yelp here: aprilsims.yelp.com

April Sims Food Diaries: Copper Canyon Yelp Review

OMG!!! Tommie the server at Copper Canyon Grill made my pre-birthday (day before my birthday) dinner experience a very pleasant and memorable experience. I called the manager over to compliment Tommie to find out he had only been there for a few months. WAYYYYYYY to go Tommie. I ordered the bacon cheeseburger (and added avocado). The burger was grilled to perfection. It went from a huge burger quickly to a burger I had to enjoy with a knife and fork. The bread was so tender. Continue reading →

FREE EVENT: Staples 912 Neighborhood Tech Day F/ Stacy Lattisaw And Sylver Logan Sharp

Staples Neighborhood Tech Day is taking place on Saturday, April 28th. The time for this Free Community event is 8 AM until 9 PM. This is an opportunity to come out to mingle and network while getting your PC Tuned Up for FREE. If that’s not incentive enough then consider the following; R&B and Gospel Music Icon; Stacy Lattisaw will be there from 10 AM until 2 PM signing her book; Renewed. Staples is also bringing you another home grown songstress; Sylver Logan Sharp, formerly of Continue reading →

FREE PC Tune-Up at Staples Rockville 0912 on April 28, 2012

STAPLES #0912 NEIGHBORHOOD TECH DAY Saturday, April 28th (8:00 am – 9:00 pm) Come meet your neighbors and don’t forget to bring your computers to get tuned up. The event and PC tune-ups are FREE!!! 10A-2P Stacy Lattisaw Booksigning Stacy Lattisaw (http://www.stacylattisaw.net/) 10A-2P Sylver Logan Sharp CD signing and handmade jewelry for sale Sylver Logan Sharp (http://www.sylverwear.com/) Tiff Parker, Ms Maryland (http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1571897204) Christopher L. Fields, Empowerment Spoken Word Artist (http://www.facebook.com/TheChristopherFieldsProject?ref=ts) Susan Prince of Cadence Marketing (http://www.cadencemarketing.com/) Neighborhood vendors will be set up throughout the day Continue reading →

Staples 912 Neighborhood Tech Day f/ Stacy Lattisaw and Sylver Logan Sharp

STAPLES #0912 NEIGHBORHOOD TECH DAY Saturday, April 28th (8:00 am – 9:00 pm)  Come meet your neighbors and don’t forget to bring your computers to get tuned up. The event is FREE, however the computer tune-ups are $9.99 each. 10A-2P Stacy Lattisaw Booksigning Stacy Lattisaw (http://www.stacylattisaw.net) 10A-2P Sylver Logan Sharp CD signing and handmade jewelry for sale Sylver Logan Sharp (http://www.sylverwear.com) Tiff Parker, Ms Maryland (http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1571897204) Christopher L. Fields, Empowerment Spoken Word Artist (http://www.facebook.com/TheChristopherFieldsProject?ref=ts) Susan Prince of Cadence Marketing (http://www.cadencemarketing.com) Neighborhood vendors will be set Continue reading →

Mouth From The South Brown Butter, Bacon & Chocolate Chip Cookies

Wow! When you thought you’ve heard of everything. Now if this recipe is not a heart attack waiting to happen I do not know what is. This recipe will have Food Network cook Paula Deen jumping up and down for joy. All of her favorite ingredients mixed together and baked in a circle. For the curious here are the ingredients Brown Butter Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies (adapted from Cooks Illustrated) 1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 14 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/2 Continue reading →

Foodie Diaries: Congressional Deli Chicken Cheesesteak With Fries

Congressional Deli located in Rockville, Maryland makes the most delicious chicken cheesesteak and french fries. Succulent every time The Deli’s chicken is seasoned and cooked to perfection. The chicken is placed on a toasted sub roll with your choice of toppings. I love lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, grilled onions and grilled green peppers on my hoagie. I have had the pleasure to devour several chicken cheesesteaks in Philly, and must admit Congressional Deli gives them all a run for their money. This works out for me because Continue reading →

Press Release: Rockville's 13th Annual Bridal Expo Features Wedding Day Services

Rockville’s 13th Annual Bridal Expo Features Wedding Day Services ROCKVILLE, Md., January 10, 2012 – Rockville’s picturesque Glenview Mansion is hosting the 13th annual Bridal Expo on Sunday, Jan. 29, offering anyone planning a wedding or other special occasion a chance to browse and sample the many services that go into making a memorable event. The Bridal Expo will be held noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at Glenview Mansion at Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Drive. The expo will feature more than 30 vendors Continue reading →

Delicious Cream Cheese Pound Cake recipe

The following is a delicious poundcake recipe from Rosies Bakery All-Butter Fresh Cream Sugar-Packed Baking Book CREAM CHEESE POUND CAKE 3 cups cake flour 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 pkg. (8 oz) cream cheese, at room temperature 3 cups sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 6 large eggs, at room temperature   1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Lightly grease a 10-inch tube pan with butter or vegetable oil.   2. Sift the cake flour into a small bowl and Continue reading →

I love the Hoagie Factory in Philly [pics]

I recently made a trip to Philly to take pictures for Spotlight on Jazz and Poetry. I could not leave the city of brotherly love without stopping pass The Hoagie Factory (located at 2121 72nd Avenue) on my way home to get a chicken cheesesteak. My friend Darryl Williams of WDKK Radio introduced me to The Hoagie Factory when we covered the 2010 West Oak Lane Jazz Festival in Philly. The above image was taken with my camera phone (HTC Evo Shift). The hoagie was Continue reading →

FREE 20oz ICEE from AMC Theatre

FREE 20oz. ICEE from your local AMC theater on Friday, September 23rd. Click here to get your coupon. Also valid on 9/30/11 and 10/7/11. Like the AMC Facebook page to see the above coupon. It is located on the left hand side under coupon. *” … guest must surrender a physical print out of this coupon at the concession stand. No photocopies, altered coupons or mobile coupons will be accepted. Limit of one coupon per guest.

Brunch at First Watch, Followed by Dessert at Silver Diner [pictures]

Today was a GREAT day. I started my day off by taking my granddaughter to day care, then took my daughter to work. For brunch I had the Avocado, Bacon and Tomato Skillet from First Watch. I added diced turkey and First Watch seasoning. My entree also came with a side of fruit as well as an english muffin. As always my skillet was delish. It was a perfect combinations of flavors on my palate. After brunch I had a call from my significant other Continue reading →

A few images from my photoshoot with Chef James Sinopoli

I went to my friend’s (Christopher L. Fields and Chef James Sinopoli) house for brunch, along with my daughter Amber Sims and captured a few images of the occasion. Chef James Sinopoli doing what he does best as Chris watches. This was my first time having figs (besides in fig newtons). They were delicious. Omelet ingredients getting all happy in the frying pan Chef James Sinopoli working on Amber’s omelet Fixings for another omelet We were so busy running our mouths and having a good Continue reading →

Tortillas Are Very Versatile, a Staple in My Home

I think tortillas are so versatile and I always keep at least one pack in my refrigerator. I use flour tortillas. I’m not a fan of corn tortillas unless they are fried and lightly coated with salt upon exiting the oil. Tortillas can be used for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts. Here are a few examples of how I use them Breakfast: Warm tortillas up and fill with eggs and cheese, then roll up and enjoy. You can also add sausage and veggies to Continue reading →

Does anyone besides celebrity chefs, cook from scratch any more?

I was flipping through television channels the other day and noticed a void in ads for stoves, mixers and other appliances to make food from scratch. Has life become so convenient that no one cooks from scratch any more? There seem to be more ads on television today for prepared meals that you throw into the microwave and fast food restaurants than traditional restaurants and foods prepared from scratch. Or am I just tripping? During my travels through the television oops I meant to say Continue reading →

A Sims Family Thanksgiving 2010 [pictures]

I am sooooooo thankful for my family as well as the U.S. government making today a holiday. The holiday allowed me to spend time with some of my family members. This year Thanksgiving dinner was at my mom’s house. I arrived hungry. Look at my plate below. My mom made some of her favorite dishes. On my plate is chicken tetrazzini, meatloaf, party rice & noodles, sweet potatoes, mac & cheese, greens (kale and mustard mix) and cabbage. Needless to say after I finally finished Continue reading →