Mondays have always gotten a bad rap, but maybe the real problem was that Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays were overachieving. Now that all the days have converged into one mega-day, Monday’s equally as good as the rest.
Here are five things I like on this excellent Monday!
I’m kicking off the week with a hot take.
There is no better fried chicken sandwich on the planet than the fried chicken sandwich at Southerns — a pop-up in New Orleans. It has the perfect amount of crisp, it’s spicy (but not destructive), features a great chicken-to-bun ratio, and is topped with a cool, sweet sauce that adds balance. It’s all there.
I get one of the spicy (I think that’s the “Rick James” and one of the medium (the Otis Redding, I believe). They’re both delicious in their own way. Don’t skip the french friends and aioli, either. They’re also amazing, and you won’t need to eat again the rest of the day or weekend.
Each year The Kennedy Center awards the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to the country’s most important comedian. In 2019, that prize went to Dave Chappelle.
Netflix recently released a 90-minute special commemorating the event that kicks back and forth between that star-studded night, a less formal club show the night before, and important moments in Chappelle’s life.
It’s laugh-out-loud funny, obviously, but it’s also heartfelt. Chappelle’s commitment to speaking what he believes to be the truth — and challenging other artists to do the same — challenged me. It’s a great watch, and it’s available here on Netflix.
I visited the Welsh town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch this past summer and it was very nice.
No, I did not fall asleep on my keyboard just there. It’s the longest place name in Europe, and unbelievably, it’s not the original name of the town. (Someone actually changed the name to this!)
An ongoing gig I have is creating write-ups for short videos on Great Big Story. One of the videos I recently worked on was about Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch. Check out that video, below. It’s informative AND fun.
I saw the movie, “Just Mercy,” earlier this year and it hit me right in the feels. Bryan Stevenson (played my Michael B. Jordan) is a new lawyer who heads to Alabama to defend those believed to be wrongly condemned. One of those men is Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx).
I don’t remember if I laughed, but I definitely cried. And then I got kind of angry when I realized how much of this still happens.
Foxx has some incredible scenes. One, in particular, blew me away. You can rent “Just Mercy” on Amazon.com for $5.99.
I’ve resisted cooking for years because the idea of spending hours preparing food for myself and then eating that meal for the next five days seemed like Hell on Earth. I’d much rather buy a Southern’s fried chicken sandwich at 11 a.m. and call it a day. I also would rather grab a beer at the bar with my friends than spending time alone in the kitchen.
Well, now bars are extinct, and Mariana and I are quarantined in a house together and can’t spend time alone anywhere!
Amazingly, with two people, when we cook something I only need to eat it for two or three days — and that seems more reasonable.
We made bread last week and it was delicious. (Like…so much better than other bread. Why did I waste 36 years of my life eating Wonder Bread??) We also made Croque Madames and a tomato basil parmesan soup. (Click on the hyperlinks on each food for the recipes we used.)
We didn’t sit down to eat until 12:15 a.m., but that seemed to bother Mariana more than it bothered me!
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