Archive for July, 2016

Here is the update for the Foodie Challenge for the months of June and July. The last 2 months have been busy. I traveled home for July 4th and I got a new job at my same employer this month. I did manage to work on the foodie challenge.
1. Attend at least one local food festival. (2 – April, 2 – May)
2. Try 3 food trucks.
3. Celebrate Pi Day on 3/14 with pie from a local bakery. (March)
4. Sample 10 new to you dishes from our list of 100 things to eat. (1 – January, 1 – February, 1 – May, 2 – July)

For July, I had firecracker shrimp (Grille 29) and chicken tenders (Tenders!).

5. Take a cooking class and learn to make a new dish.
6. Buy produce at a local farmer’s market. (1 – May)
7. Take a food tour. (January)
8. Try 5 new to you restaurants. Not sure where to start? Let Huntsville Eats help you find something tasty. (3 – February, 1 – April, 3 – May, 1 – June, 2 – July)

In the last 2 months I have tried a few new places in and out of Huntsville: Potstickers, Grille 29, Tenders!. All the food was good so I’ll go back to all of them for sure.

9. Try one of our local dives.
10. Eat something you’ve never had before. If you usually stick to meat and potatoes, branch out to Greek, Indian, Vietnamese, or Thai. If you are a more adventurous sort, try tongue, alligator, or kimchi. (kimchi – January, crawfish – April, potstickers – July)

I had tried these spinach and shrimp potstickers at a restaurant called Potstickers. It’s like a Chinese dumpling. It was really good. I almost didn’t get them but I’m glad I did.

11. Try drinks at a local juice bar and/or local specialized soda.
12. Give the gift of local food. Or a gift certificate to a favorite local restaurant.


Agenda / Comments

Time for season 4 in Miami. Most of the previous experts are gone. Dr. Rachel DeAlto, relationship expert/sex expert/life coach, and Calvin Roberson, marriage counselor/pastor are joining sociologist, Dr. Pepper Schwartz. 33,000 people applied to the show this year. That is crazy. Did they not see the bad results from the last 2 seasons?

Final 6

Derick – 35 – Account Executive
Derick was in the Navy for 4 years. He is a silly person. Derick was raised by a single mother and he is looking for that stable family influence.
Heather – 32 – Flight Attendant
Heather gets dumped most of the time. She is not sure what she is doing wrong. I’m guessing it is all her travel. She is looking for someone to do things with.
Lillian – 24 – Realtor
Lillian is originally from Nicaragua. Apparently, she came to the US and went to medical school.
Nick – 32 – Vacation Rental Manager
He likes to take care of people. Recently his aunt and uncle were in a car wreck and his aunt died. Their long marriage was an inspiration to him.
Sonia – 33 – Social Worker
Parents are Costa Rican. She is looking for her husband to be her best friend. I don’t know if this is the process for that.
Tom – 29 – Yacht Designer
He lives in a bus basically. He’s going to have to find someone that will live in a bus.

The Couples up to the Wedding

They get 2 weeks’ notice on their marriage and the ring sizes. Below are observations on why they were put together and things that happened leading up to the wedding.
Heather & Derick
Heather has a fear of rejection and her parentmafs4-1 heather+dericks are still married after 30+ years. She is happy in everything else. Derick likes to make the most out of things. He grew up without a father and he wants to be a good husband. Both quiet, educated and attractive. They both have and like to travel. She wants someone to depend on and he is a good person.
Derick says his mom is his best friend. That’s not going to be a problem I’m sure. Heather is telling her parents she is going to marry a stranger by video chat. Everyone is supportive. Heather is fidgeting and freaking out waiting to walk down the aisle.
Lillian & Tom
Lillian is affectionate. When shemafs4-1 lillian+tom left home her parents divorced and she slowly heard less and less from her father. Tom doesn’t think women understand and accept him. The both rescue animals. Physically they think they will be compatible.
Lillian’s friend and sister are being told. They are happy for her. Tom’s brother is surprised and emotional to be the best man. Apparently they think Lillian is not materialistic. That is good with him living in a bus. Pearls in a wedding is bad luck in Nicaragua so none on the dress. You knew that he would give her a necklace with pearls on them. That with having to have her brother-in-law walk her down the aisle. She feels bad that she can’t wear it.
Sonia & Nick
Her parents got divorced aftemafs4-1 sonia+nickr 20+ years so she was surprised it was still possible after that amount of time. She wants to have a successful marriage. High in family values, education, ambitious are similar.
Nick’s mother is shocked, but she is supporting him. Sonia had dinner with her father to tell him. He’s supportive too. How boring. Nick got Scotch and she got champagne and a basket of things. Nick’s mother is already picking at Sonia’s choice of words in her note. Sonia referred to the scotch as whiskey which I found out is the same thing. Maybe she didn’t know that either. Uh oh, they are putting an outgoing person with someone not so much. I see a Sam/Neil thing.


Left to right: David, Alexis, JT, Ashley.

It’s just Natalie, Sarah, and David. David is worried about how to split the time. Natalie already suggested that if he spend the night with Sarah that they (he and Sarah) should just talk. David doesn’t like to sleep alone. Natalie was bored without a keeper.
Date #1: Natalie & David (New York, New York by way of South America)
David is telling Trump jokes. He likes to just say things in a joking way that are not always a joke. I know exactly what he means. Team Spanish David. The date is swimming naked with sharks? The guy is 24 years old too, like Natalie. They are doing videos as young people do. It looks like he has a tattoo on his butt. She really likes Spanish David.
Date #1: David & Alexis (Cincinnati, Ohio)
He is excited that she is a Bengals fan. He is ready to marry her. She was very nervous that she didn’t hear much of what he said. Naked martial arts. Gross. David is realizing that she is not very bright.
Bora Bora House (After Date 1)
Sarah is not about to chase David all the time. Natalie wants to learn more about Spanish David. Ok, he likes her scars. He said he was jumped and that’s why he had something weird with his tooth. David is happy to hear that Sarah cares.
Date #2: Natalie & JT (Bronx, New York)
He comes out loud talking about how pretty Natalie. He says he’s a charmer but shy. The date is exercising and he is a personal trainer. Geeze he’s a rapper and she said she is too. They did some rapping. She really likes the way he looks.
Date #2: David & Ashley (Greenwood, Indiana)
She wants to study diseases. The date is painting. Painting body parts and pressing them against a canvas. She painted his pelvis pink and drew in the penis on the canvas in pink. They both like their mothers. David told her about his mother’s MS and sang her mother Happy Birthday.
Bora Bora House (After Date 2)
The look Spanish David gave JT was amazing. It was like all his hopes and dreams died in that moment. Sarah had to walk by to see that David kissing Ashley. Spanish David kissed Natalie in the pool.
The Decision:
I was a little surprised that Natalie picked Spanish David. JT has words to say during his private interview. Poor Sarah. I think she is just normal and not attention seeking. I don’t know why she came on the show. I think David cried for a second.


Left to right: Tweed, Ona, Bob, Kendra.

Natalie apologized to Sam for crying over Zakk. Sam looks out into space when he should be talking to Natalie. David and Sarah lay on a couch type thing together.
Date #1: Natalie & Tweed (Charleston, South Carolina)
Tweed is 36 (I think) with a tramp stamp. He said he is proud of his penis. Of course, he was a golf pro so their date is golfing. They even had those dumb golf hats on. He got the tattoo when impaired. Not a good thing.
Date #1: David & Ona (Virginia Beach, Florida)
She made him turn around so she could check him for bumps. She is a germaphobe. Men have to spray themselves with peroxide on their private areas for her. Ona is on a mission to have kids. I think she is looking for David to be her husband a few hours after meeting. He is thinking about if he should run away. I think he should. She is crazy.
Bora Bora House (After Date 1)
Sarah told Ona about bugs and lizards in the beds and she freaks out. Ona must not have realized they were on an island. Oh geeze, Sam says he is a vampire now. I’m leaving Team Sam.
Date #2: Natalie & Bob (Dulzura, California)
He is 69 years old and has been married twice. They had a water gun fight with not water. I guess it is interesting.
Date #2: David & Kendra (Danielson, Connecticut)
He is 31 and she is 24. She has Bret Michael’s name tattooed on her side. She is obsessed with him and has met him 13 times. More of a diving date, like most dates. She is looking for a more adventurous relationship. They made some kind of necklace.
Bora Bora House (After Date 2)
Tweed is all about Kendra right in front Natalie. Kendra doesn’t like Natalie. They decide to play volleyball boys against girls. Now Kendra and Ona are talking about Natalie out loud. Kendra is already obsessed with David and feels disrespected by Natalie. Uh oh, Kendra gets in Natalie’s face and Natalie pushes her away. David had to break it up. That is so sad and funny at the same time. Kendra called Natalie out for being naked on Dating Naked. David didn’t like how Kendra acted.
The Decision:
If Sarah wasn’t picked, then the world would be a mess. Natalie picked to keep no one which was the right choice.

Left to right: Darius, Sarah, Sam, Georgie.

Left to right: Darius, Sarah, Sam, Georgie.

David thinks he and Nicole have a real connection. Nicole feels like she is queen now. Zakk is trying so hard to make sure Natalie likes him. They ended up sleeping together.
Date #1: Natalie & Darius (Texarkana, Texas)
Darius forgot what he was saying in his interview. He asked her an ice breaker question. He just said women are like ovens, they need a man to warm them up. That’s weird. They are paddling in giant inflatable shoes. He is trying to help her out of the shoes. It is not a flattering position for her. In the process, she pulled a muscle. He actually brought her food in bed. He wasn’t listening to what she was saying since he’s enjoying his burger too much.
Date #1: David & Georgie (London, England)
Georgie came out with cat ears on. The date is some kind of hula hoop horseshoes. She is an art muse. She has an annoying laugh and just wants to be liked.
Bora Bora House (After Date 1)
Darius brought the people in the room to see injured Natalie. Zakk got her a little trinket. Nicole interrupted the conversation between David and Georgie. She is basically begging David to come to her room to protect her from geckos. Now, they are in bed together.
Date #2: Natalie & Sam (New York, New York)
Sam said he was band nerd and doesn’t know how to talk to girls much. He’s a project manager that has traveled the world. They are on some kind of underwater gliding. I don’t know what Zakk does for a living but it would be hard to beat Sam. (I looked it up. Zakk is a firefighter/lead singer. Still Sam wins.) I’m on team Sam at this moment. He just got out of an 8-year relationship and they were married. Now he is divorced. Sadly, he likes musical theatre.
Date #2: David & Sarah (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Sarah is a Miami Heat Wade girl. She is probably not so happy right now that Wade just left to go “home” to Chicago. He really likes the way she looks. The date is dressing up in the opposite sex clothes but not too many clothes. They can’t wear too much being on a naked dating show. She is an esthetician focusing on eyebrows.
Bora Bora House (After Date 2)
Nicole is on high alert. Zakk came in with 2 beers for him and Natalie. David is learning acrobatic yoga with Sarah. Nicole told David that she doesn’t like the other girls. She is already cursing about girls getting in her way. Natalie is starting to see how clingy Zakk is and would be in the future. At the end of the night, David and Natalie talk. They still like each other.
The Decision:
Ha, Sarah is the keeper. Nicole thinks because they slept together he would keep her. That’s not the real world. Natalie is crying at the decision before she picks Sam. Zakk has to give some silly talk and then he cried.

Left to right: Willie, Nicole, Tim, Vanessa.

Left to right: Willie, Nicole, Tim, Vanessa.

They are showing the keeper suite. Where were they sleeping before? I wonder if it is just a cot. I think Natalie remembers Zakk’s name now. Wow, Nadica is talking a mile a minute and it is too much for David. Natalie and Zakk are around the corner laughing. Arguments happened for some reason.
Date #1: Natalie & Willie (Atlanta, Georgia)
Willie has a fitness business and lots of lion tattoos. They gave them a little dance studio for a date. Willie is just sitting there watching Natalie dance naked. I don’t think she remembers that she is naked. He never cheated on anyone but he has been cheated on. He’s been single for 2 years.
Date #1: David & Vanessa (Janesville, Wisconsin)
Vanessa is very nervous and likes drinking. Vanessa is afraid of fish but she is snorkeling anyway. It’s funny to see her freak out about it. Isn’t this the 2nd underwater date David has been on? He is happy to play hero. She has never dating a guy that has his “stuff” together. She works at hospital and works with people in the psych ward. In the interview, David alluded to Nadica needing help.
Bora Bora House (After Date 1)
Zakk thinks that he is the perfect for Natalie. Nadica claims being the alpha girl. Zakk wrote a song for Natalie. I just hit the mute button. No interest in hearing that. Nadica round 2 and she is telling Willie all about how David doesn’t spend enough time with her. So Willie is now in the pool kissing Nadica. On the way out the door, she complains to the whole group. Natalie and David talk about how they still care for each other.
Date #2: Natalie & Tim (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Tim can’t stop talking over Natalie. She thinks he is weird. The date is building a fort. Tim fancies himself as a protector. If he says “nice nice” one more time I’ll throw something. She is just laughing at him not being able to start a fire.
Date #2: David & Nicole (Orefield, Pennsylvania)
Basketball with trampolines and water. Eww, she has 2 kids already.
Bora Bora House (After Date 2)
Vanessa doesn’t think that Nicole looks good and thinks her boobs are fake. David knows it would be an extra responsibility to be with Nicole. A naked mole rat is what Willie thinks Tim looks like. Willie asked Zakk for a condom last night before kissing Nadica. Zakk is reporting this to Natalie. Willie is not being straight with it. I love when drama starts between men. Natalie put it all out there. All the arguments start. This time David is watching. Natalie is ready for everyone to go home now.
The Decision:
Despite the kids, Nicole is back next week. Tim is out of course. Zakk stays and Willie admits his actions.

Natalie and David

Natalie and David

The show keeps the same format as last season. Two people stay on the show and shuffle through new people coming to the island, Bora Bora. There is a new host, a girl named Rocsi Diaz.
Contestant: David
David is 31 years old from Atlanta Georgia and played basketball at the University of Louisiana. He is a business consultant and started his own company when he moved to Atlanta. His last relationship lasted for 4 years and it ended 1 year ago. He loved her but wasn’t in love. Since then he was working on himself and feels he is in a good place now. He wants to be an amazing husband and father and wants to find a girl who wants to join him in being their best selves.
Contestant: Natalie
Natalie is 24 from Milwaukee Wisconsin. She is a dancer and choreographer. She likes being from the Midwest and had 3 brothers but is still a girly girl. She had a boyfriend for 4 years that she ran a dance studio with but found out he was cheating on her with another dancer. She’s crying because she lost “the love of her life” and the business on the same day.
Date #1: Natalie & David
Again, the first date of the season is with each other. When they are just standing there talking with the host, David is sweating bullets. Natalie makes a comment that she is undressing much faster than him. She suggests they take off their underwear at the same time. Like some game show reveal. They had a little boat ride. Back at the house, Natalie doesn’t judge people by their looks because she was attacked by a dog when she was 2 years old and had frequent face surgeries which caused her to be bullied. She felt comfortable enough to tell him. He kissed her on the head and hands. She was happy just to rock in the hammock with him and he promises another hammock session tomorrow night. They seem to really like each other.
Left to Right:  Zakk, Dorothy, Vinny, Nadica.

Left to Right: Zakk, Dorothy, Vinny, Nadica.

Date #2: Natalie & Vinny (Detroit, Michigan)
Vinny came out like a cartoon character over how pretty Natalie is. He said to the camera that he was selling cable packages to old ladies and now he’s trying to sell his package to Natalie. That is probably all you need to know about Vinny. Naked soccer for the date. She likes him when they were able to sit down and talk.
Date #2: David & Dorothy (Versailles, New York)
Dorothy thinks she looks better naked. She is the person she would want to date and thinks any guy would want to date her. She wants to find love though. For the date, they have a fin to wear like they are mermaids/men.
Bora Bora House (After Date 2)
Vinny is showing how he can tuck his penis back to show his “mangina”. He’s jumping around, peeing off the pier, and had to be put to bed by Natalie. David said he feels comfortable with Dorothy and Natalie is envious after dealing with Vinny.
Date #3: Natalie & Zakk (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
He’s been single for 2 years because he is trying to find a girl as cool as him. Lead singer in a Death metal band. The date is pretending to be a lifeguard and saving Zakk I guess. In the interview, she called him David. Oops. A blow up doll is floating in the water and they go to save it. Oh, he is also a firefighter. She seems to like that. I don’t know why they like that so much.
Date #3: David & Nadica (New York, New York)
She is tired of the guys she meeting just wanting to get her in bed. She is a bodybuilder that started recently. Massage with oils and such for the date.
Bora Bora House (After Date 3)
Nadica thinks Dorothy looks like a porn star. On a related note, Zakk and Natalie bring home Samantha, the blowup doll. Vinny is following Zakk and Natalie around. Dorothy is not going to chase David and thinks Nadica is trying too hard. Natalie and David discuss their dates.
The Decision:
Of course, Zakk was Natalie’s keeper. Nadica get to stay and Dorothy thinks he will miss her.


A brunette's babble

The Constant Reviewer

If it's out, I'll review it. From TV to films, food to make-up... Submit requests by clicking on the top right button!

Let's Talk About TV

I watch a lot of TV. I love a lot of TV. So, let's talk about it.

Storybrooke Resident

There is a Town in Maine...

Nerdy Girl Notes

A Geek-Chic Guide to the Media

Stories Have Power

Life changes when you read!

It's All Geek To Me

Official blog of It's all Geek to Me Radio with Cate & EM

FandomNess TV

Made by fans for the fans


A journey towards losing 200 pounds


Sharp - Pointed - Twisted - Satire

Inside My Unhinged Mind

They say you don't have to say every thought that pops into your head...I just write it

ice cream magazine

................... for lovers of ice cream. Your free on line magazine for sweet frozen treats. Recipes, inspiration, artisanal ideas for your delectation.