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Wine Tasting- Wines You Should Try

By Shaq M · May 11, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Yesterday, I went to my very first wine tasting. Because I lacked  training in wine etiquette for tastings, I was awfully nervous but my wonderful bosses gave me a crash course in the do's and don'ts. I handled myself rather well but I could not bring myself to spit out wine in a bucket. LOL ...Anyways, I received a wealth of knowledge & I had a delightful experience. Paid to play, I love my job (primary one.) Below is a short list of the ones I enjoyed most:

1.  Bodegas y Vinedos Montecastro, 2006, Montecastro Tempranillo

2. Bodegas Breton, 2001, Lorinon Gran Reserva

3. Patz & Hall, 2008, Pinot Noir Pisoni

4. Maremmalta, 2009, Rosado del Salto

5. Terra Andina, 2008, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva

6. Roncho Blanchis, 2010, Sauvignon Blanc

7. Qupe, 2006, Syrah 25th Anniversary

8.  Storybook Mountain, 2008, Zinfandel "Mayacamas Range"

9. Elyse, 2007, AKA Zinfandel

10. Collabrigo, Spumante Rose "Ti Amo"

By Shaq M · May 9, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

It's been a while since I last blogged, I've been really busy. I didn't anticipate how challenging having two jobs would be. I'm often frustrated and overwhelmed. Sleep? What's that? Really!  It's not just work though.

I'm going through a big storm.

I feel myself going to that place. All alone, can't talk to anyone because no one can understand. I ask God for strength because I need it. No time  for setbacks. So many look to me for inspiration, motivation, positivity & help but I don't think I can be that person right now. This sucks!

Moving Along..

Random pics below of my "battle wounds" from the new job. This is only the 2nd week. smh...All happened days ago but now just realizing.

(cut at the bottom of middle finger)

Cut bottom of my middle finger

Burn on arm right above my armpit.lol

Burn inner lower arm

Worst burn EVER (the only one I remember happening) lower right arm surface.

There's more but you get it. Later







I Can't Get No Satisfaction

By Shaq M · April 30, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Make sure you grab your copy of  "Satisfaction: Erotic Fantasies for the Advanced & Adventurous Couple" written by Karrine Steffans-McCrary.  Not only is this the author's final installment of the "Vixen Series" but it is her last book, period!! I know, I was shocked & saddened when she announced it too. Don't fret, she's not straying far. She's only moving onto bigger ventures. Her 3rd book, The Vixen Manual,  was such a success that Fox Television Studios wanted to bring it to the screens. So, the 3 New York Times Best Selling Author has been busy writing & developing the series. But I digress...


Satisfaction is set to release in August. I'm confident you won't be disappointed. Until then, I will  continue to blog, facebook and tweet more information. Not to brag but I happen to have personal access to the author & that's why I can give you the scoop...Thank me later!



I leave you with this.....I know you "youngsters" have no idea who the Stones were but listen to this smash:

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*side note: I've read excerpts..Trust me, If you have a weak heart DO NOT READ this book*  Promo trailer below:

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Cook Shaq...

By Shaq M · April 29, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Recently, I picked up a restaurant gig. Can't say too much, gag order... Have you heard of NBC's show America's Next Great Restaurant? It's the winner's concept. Honestly,  I've never seen or heard of it. I can tell you more after the finale (May 1, 2011)...


The GM (general manager) placed me as a cook. Say what?  I was under the impression that I would be a cashier, waitress, host or something but not a cook. Yes, I cook but not that style or at a rapid pace. I have absolutely NO experience in this industry. Everyone on my team went to prestigious culinary schools & have worked in the field for quite some time...Talk about intimidation.. Definitely out of my element.


Pledge: I am committed to learning & MASTERING every task thrown my way.


The restaurant launches this Monday, May 2nd. I am really excited but after 3 long & challenging days of training. I must sleep.....





By Shaq M · April 27, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

For dinner, I had Patatas Bravas. I'm not sure of the exact translation but it means like spicy potatoes. Little cubes from heaven....so DELISH!


A few days ago, I had the BEST mac n cheese EVER!!!! It's a  small portion but trust me, it will fill you up. Warm & savory.... It's like amazing sex, you will keep going back for more.

My 1st Easter With.....

By Shaq M · April 24, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

As everyone attended church & enjoyed time with their families, I stayed in bed. This was my first Easter away from home so I was in the dumps. It wasn't all bad. I spent my day with The Golden Girls.... So many laughs... Thanks Sophia, Dorothy, Blanche and Rose for keeping me company.   :-)

Do you know Shaq?

By Shaq M · April 21, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

If you personally know me or have interacted with me for atleast 3 months then this should be easy....

I'm Blogging....I guess

By Shaq M · April 21, 2011 · 0 Comments ·


Pledge: I am committed to using this thing. YES I AM!!!!...... Not too much to say right now. I have a killer headache and my roomate is blasting crap but  I will not waste energy arguing. I have a bunch of work to do so....Later!!!

P.S. I'm sorry this post wasn't more exciting! Come back tomorrow....