The Chic List: Blue Angels, Tahina Shakes and Brain Hacking

The best things to do, eat, read, watch and listen to this week.


Epcot Flower and Garden Festival: Here’s a full list of menus and food photos for the super popular outdoor kitchens. The festival runs through May 29, 2017.

Sun ‘N Fun International Air Show and Expo: The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels headlines this year’s event with daily afternoon shows.

Cherry Bombe Jubilee Market: Come meet the makers, bakers, and shakers behind your favorite brands at our first-ever Marketplace in New York City on April 9th. You can shop, eat, drink, attend book signings, and listen to great speakers. Ticket are $25.


Callie’s Biscuits and Southern Traditions: Carrie Morey is the founder of Callie’s Charleston Biscuits. Touted by Saveur, Food & Wine, Southern Living, The New York Times and Oprah among others, Morey’s cookbook and narrative on entrepreneurship and life in the lowcountry includes her famous biscuit recipe. If you visit Charleston, you can sample her biscuits at Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit on Charleston’s Upper King Street. What was once a biscuit legendary in South Carolina has now become a favorite across America. This is the recipe that started it all. Callie will be signing copies of her book at Bloomingdale’s in New York on April 9, 2017.

Goldie’s: If you visit Philadelphia, don’t miss the Tehina shakes (Turkish coffee, chocolate and coconut) at Goldie’s. There’s also falafel in a pita sandwich or a salad and french fries with various spice options on the menu. Goldie is completely vegan. The restaurant is modeled after Israeli-style falafel shops. Goldie is the latest opening from famed Chef Michael Solomonov and his partner-in-empire-building, Steve Cook.


Head Strong: The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster: Dave Asprey, the founder of Bulletproof coffee, has a new book about reducing brain fog and increasing mental sharpness.  It’s packed with cutting-edge, evidence-based techniques designed to give you more than just a healthy or average brain but a high-performing brain that works better and lasts longer than nature ever intended.

Meet Dave Asprey and special guests in major cities nationwide this month as part of his book tour. The Denver event will feature thyroid expert Dr. Izabella Wentz.

I’m using the BrainHQ cognitive exercises that Tom Brady uses to help me focus my mind on the most critical information and disregard the rest. BrainHQ is an online brain-training system that you can do on a computer or mobile device. It features 29 exercises that work out attention, memory, brain speed, intelligence, navigation, and people skills.

Wondering what these exercises are like? Watch the video or take the free brain speed test with Double Decision to get a taste of an exercise and find out how quickly your brain processes visual information.


Benjamin Booker: Since Benjamin Booker moved to New Orleans, the blues-rock-punk singer and guitarist from Gainesville, has risen from aspiring local performer to internationally acclaimed recording artist. Start with Violent Shiver and then try Witness, the first track from his new album due in June.

Don’t Waste Your Life Podcast Series: I want to make the most of the time I’m given and not waste my life. This series really makes you think about how you use your time, health, job, family, and other aspects of your life. I recommend starting with Don’t Waste Your Time.


My Life As a Zucchini: After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home, filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this at times strange and hostile environment. But with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own. Still, a bit of caution may be in order for parents. While nothing shown on screen is graphic or disturbing, the movie is frank about the way the characters have been treated. Children of Zucchini’s age or younger might be freaked out.

Better Call Saul: Season 3 premieres on Monday, April 10 at 10 p.m. EDT on AMC. Season 3 follows the twists and turns of Jimmy McGill’s devolution toward Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman, Albuquerque’s most notorious criminal lawyer. As the new season begins, the repercussions of Chuck’s scheme test Jimmy and Kim’s fledgeling law practices and their romance. This imminent existential threat presses Jimmy’s faltering moral compass to the limit. Meanwhile, Mike searches for a mysterious adversary who seems to know almost everything about his business. As the season progresses, new characters are introduced and backstories are further illuminated with meaningful nods to the Breaking Bad universe.

If you have some recommendations, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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