For Proper Tequila Cocktails & Healthy Mexican Bites, Visit Cítrico In Brooklyn

Citrico Bday

L-R: Luis & Noor (Owners of Cítrico), Me, Kortnee, Erica, Jason

This Monday, July 24th, was and always is, a special day. For one, it is my birthday, and secondly, it is #NationalTequilaDay. Last year I brought in year 30 with a huge brunch courtesy of Patron, and for this year, I brought in 31 with some close friends, and the team at Cítrico.

Cítrico is a fresh Mexican restaurant & bar in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, opened in 2014. Owners (and married couple) Luis & Noor modeled the menu off of some of Luis’s family recipes, as well as the cuisine of the southern states of Mexico. As the topic of conversation was tequila, I spoke to Noor about margarita alternatives that Cítrico offers, as well as testing a few out with the help of my girls Kortnee and Erica.

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Salsa Platter. Photo courtesy of Cítrico

To help soak up the drinks, we started with the salsa platter, which included house-made tortilla chips, pico de gallo, guajillo salsa, salsa de arbol, and tomatillo salsa. In addition, we snacked on chicharrines, not to be confused with pork chicharrones, which is made from a flour base and has a similar consistency to Funions.

Our feature cocktails were the following:

  • Citrico Tropical: Tequila (or mezcal); pineapple and mango
  • Tlaxcalita Bella: Tequila, cranberry juice, lime and fresh mint

  • Guerrero: Espadin mezcal, tequila, hibiscus, lime, orange and agave

 

Dive into our live session, and see how we rated the cocktails and snacks in the video below!

 

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Saturday Sounds: “Boo Boo” Toro y Moi (Album Stream + Short Film)

Toro y Moi "Boo Boo"

Boo Boo album cover

My favorite awkward, musical, Blasian boo Chazwick Bundick AKA Toro y Moihas blessed us with a new album on 7/7/17 entitled Boo Boo. It is his first studio album since 2015’s What For?, and is perfectly sunny and summer-ready. Me being me thinks this album was made for me (bad English, but this is how I FEEL).

For one, it is released in July, my birthday month (7/24 HOLLA!), and secondly, the name of the album is Boo Boo. You know what else is named Boo Boo? My iPhone. See exhibit A below.

Boo Boo - iPhone

My hype escalated on Thursday evening when I found the album stream on YouTube. As Chaz is for the people, the stream isn’t your basic flat album art with a continuous play of music, it’s a full on short film, set for the most part during a road trip. I don’t want to give too much away, but if you dig a nice chillwave compilation for your summer days and nights, you gotta put this album in rotation.

Press play above to hear it for yourself, and let me know what you think. Happy listening!

Saturday Sounds: Mattie Safer “Whenever You’re Ready” (Music Video + Audio)

As we quickly approach the middle of November (ALREADY) after an anxiety-filled presidential election, I wanted to musically smooth it all out for you guys with a nice soulful tune & visually appealing music video. Let me introduce you to Mattie Safer, the DC-bred, bi-coastal crooner whose EP All We Are is sure to make a fan out of you!

His latest single, “Whenever You’re Ready”, evokes a feeling of 70’s soul, reminiscent of Marvin Gaye, but fresh enough to be played in 2016. The song lyrics are a confession to a lover. Mattie explains that he will be available to love the object of his desire whenever she is ready, and not rush her into something that she it not yet prepared for.

The track’s music video, directed by HXLT (formerly Hollywood Holt, for the real ones), is a simple visual told through a multitude of hanging bulbs, with Mattie as the center spotlight. Peep it below.

Digging it? If so, and you live in NYC, he will be performing live on Monday, November 14th at Berlin Bar in the Lower East Side. Check out his website for more info, including his glorious bio written by yours truly. Happy Saturday!

 

Photo by Christelle De Castro

Saturday Sounds: Steve Lacy “Some” (Music Video + Audio)

The youngest member of my favorite band The Internet, Steve Lacy, is here to bless your ears with bouncy guitar-driven soul. The 18-year old musical phenom-in-the-making released his first solo music video for his feel good tune, “Some.”

The music video, directed by Matthew Castellanos, gives us a bit of nostalgia of teen romantic-comedy films. The young man with a speaker in front of the object of his affection’s home, posted up to serenade her, and ask her out to prom. This story, however, ends a little bit differently. Check it out below.

The video is tight right? But you are probably asking, where’s the audio girl? The track is on Lacy’s SoundCloud and the player is below. Like it, play it on repeat, and vibe out.

If you were lucky to snag tickets, you can catch Steve Lacy perform live with The Internet at the now sold out Camp Flognaw Festival on Sunday, November 13th in L.A. His solo debut is on the way, so hold tight for more tantalizing grooves!

Video: Warby Parker + AKC #FallSyllabus Shoot, Captured by Kermit Mercado

So if you have been keeping up, just recently I shared my Warby Parker #FallSyllabus shoot. You may have thought that was the last of it, but no, we have a special treat! My partner in creativity Kermit (who is an incredible videographer alongside being an awesome photographer) suggested we do a bit of a behind-the-scenes video with his top notch equipment. I was down for the cause, of course, and you can see the magic above once you press play!

Many thanks again to the team at Warby Parker for inviting me to be involved in this blogger campaign, Mika for making my hair and makeup look on-point, and to Kermit for capturing it all. Watch and share. 🙂

Saturday Sounds: Kali Uchis “Rush” + Music Video

Kali Uchis, the Colombiana songstress & visionary by way of Virginia has been on my radar for some time now. I first came across her last year via Kitty Cash’s Love The Free Vol. 2 mixtape that featured her track “Real”. I was immediately fascinated by her smokey tone and songwriting, and had since been following her music via SoundCloud.

She dropped her Por Vida EP back in February, and it’s been in constant rotation on my iTunes. It contains nine undeniably groovy tracks, one of my favorites being “Rush”, produced by KAYTRANADA & BADBADNOTGOOD. The song has a funky 1970’s vibe, which I always appreciate in music. Listen below.

The music video, co-directed by Kali Uchis is set in the mid-1970’s with hot pants, platform shoes and cascading tresses to set the mood. The visual perfectly complements the lo-fi feeling of the track. Get into it below, and enjoy your Saturday!

WOMANday: Celebrating 4 Years of ‘A Life In The Day of Andrea’ in Video, by JL Brown

Friends. This week has been particularly exciting for me as this is birthday week for the blog that you read before your eyes. I started A Life In The Day of Andrea on April 18, 2011 as a means to share music and events that I thought would be interesting for my friends and others. I have grown much as a person in those four years, and the blog has too; attracting more international readers, brands, personalities, and overall awesome people.

To celebrate 4 years, I’ve collaborated with my good friend JL Brown on a promo video of sorts of what A Life In The Day of Andrea really looks like! Press play up top to get into it. I truly appreciate your continued support, and I can’t wait to show you more in the not too distant future!

Saturday Sounds: Sango Boiler Room NYC x MoMA PS1 Live Set

Earlier this month one of my fave artists right now, Sango, performed an extra-special Boiler Room set at MoMA PS 1 in Queens. As it was the same evening of the PARTYNEXTDOOR show, I could not attend, but thankfully the internet looks out in audio & visual form.

I would say this mix is great season-transition music as spring is now upon us. There’s a lot of Drake action happening here, along with late ’90s vibes, and high-energy House tracks. In short, a perfect Saturday afternoon playlist to have you grooving into the nighttime.

TRACKLIST

  • 01.Beats 4 Da Streets (Intro) – Aaliyah 
  • 02.Baile Somebody – Sango 
  • 03.Muse – Jordan Evans 
  • 04.Roller (New Look) – Mr. Carmack 
  • 05.Something Rare – Bengfang 
  • 06.Where We From – Gravez 
  • 07.Um Pente é Um Pente – MC K9 
  • 08. Me dê Amor (Rare Version) – Sango 
  • 09.TownBiz – Sango 
  • 10.Pra Nós – Sango 
  • 11.Let’s Get Married – PARTYNEXTDOOR 
  • 12.Untitled – Sango 
  • 13. Vegeta – Sango 
  • 14.Flex – Vestige 
  • 15. You Owe Me (Missy Intro) – Sango 
  • 16.New Love – Sango 
  • 17.Winter Tan – Wizard 
  • 18.Company (Ft. Travis Scott) (Sango Remix) – Drake 
  • 19.Charge (Mr. Carmack Remix) – Kaaris 
  • 20.Know Yourself – Drake 
  • 21.Hunnid Grand (Instrumental) – Marvel Alexander 
  • 22.Nujabes Juke – Sango 
  • 23.Deep Inside ‘06 – DJ Rashad 
  • 24.Starttt – Rustie 
  • 25.Rich Without Money – Waldo 
  • 26.I Don’t Mind (The Vibe Mix) – Immature 
  • 27.Maluco – Sango 
  • 28. Drive Me Crazy (Ft. Vic Mensa) – Kaytranada 
  • 29. BB Don’t Cry (It’s Gon Be Ok) – Sango 
  • 30.uss Know (Ft. Travis Scott) – PARTYNEXTDOOR 
  • 31.Untitled – Sango 
  • 32. Maximum Booty Style (Ticklish Reboot) – Sango Live Edit – Tom & Jerry 
  • 33.Used To The Melody – SPZRKT & Sango 
  • 34.Soon Enough – SPZRKT & Sango 
  • 35.JMK (Live Intro) – SPZRKT & Sango

And if you want to feel like you were there to experience it IRL, peep the video below.

#MANday Watch: Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace, Presented by PBS

Kehinde Wiley is one of the most prominent portrait painters of our generation, focusing his work on the African-American male. We see his works in art institutions throughout New York City, and the world, and in his recent PBS Arts presentation, we see the road to one of his most recent exhibitions, An Economy of Grace, which was held at New York’s Sean Kelly Gallery.

The exhibition was Wiley’s first using Black women as subjects; exploring sexuality and beauty in the 21st century. You may view the entire special over at PBS Video.

#WOMANday Watch: Zoe Saldaña on “The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet”

Zoe Saldaña has been one of my favorite actresses/public figures for some time now, portraying strong characters on-screen, and embodying that spirit off-screen. There have been clips circling the internet of Zoe lately in an interview in which she passionately expresses how much she enjoys being herself, and learning from her own mistakes. With the help of Google and YouTube, I’ve found the full interview, which is part of a series entitled, The Conversation With Amanda de Cadeneta program highlighting the female perspective.

Press play to hear Zoe’s unique, expletive-filled story. I hope it can bring some positivity into your day!

Watch This: Camille Safiya NXNE-Toronto MiniDoc

I introduced you all to Camille Safiya a few months back; a Washington Heights-based singer/songwriter and protege of my homie Frankie P. Together they released Safiya’s debut EP Island Blues, produced entirely by Frankie P. The tape has gained momentum on the inter webs, being blogged by the top music sites, and in-turn, Safiya has been doing more shows in various cities.

Just last month the team participated in NXNE (North by Northeast) in Toronto, and performed at various showcases. The mini-doc below gives us a glimpse on the road to NXNE, and shows the growth of a talent I’ve been happy to meet with from the very beginning. Press play to get into it.

#InternationalReggaeDay: Eight ’90s Reggae Jams To Bust A Whine To!

Today is #InternationalReggaeDay! WOY WOY WOY!

I do this for Brooklyn, and all my West Indian folks, and reggae lovers worldwide. This is not to be a list of obscure dancehall tracks to fully proclaim my West Indian-ness, but a list of dancehall jams that I have loved for about the past twenty years. Get into the list. Bust ah whine. Sing at the top of your lungs. Do the butterfly. And continue the vibes for the rest of the day. 🙂

1. Patra feat. Yo Yo – “Romantic Call” (1993)

Box braids and sex appeal run dis ting!

2. Super Cat – “Ghetto Red Hot” (1992)

The level of swag in his stiff little dance. Priceless.

3. Little Vicious – “Freaks” (1994)

Looking back at this song and video, the content was incredibly inappropriate for a boy his age to sing, but it sure did get the party started!

4. Mad Cobra – “Flex” (1992)

I don’t need to explain this one. Self explanatory. Go slow whine in a corner.

5. Shabba Ranks feat. Maxi Priest – “House Call” (Your Body Can’t Lie to Me) (1991)

Do the Bogle and Pepper Seed simultaneously, while taking short slow whine breaks. Appropriate.

6. Mad Lion – “Take It Easy” (1994)

So I know this is really a Hip Hop song with a dancehall singer, but it went hard. Lion’s voice was massive!

7. Beenie Man – “Who Am I” (1997)

What a huge tune! Game changer.

8. Buju Banton feat. Wayne Wonder – “Bonafide Love” (1993)

FAVORITE! I wish there was a music video for this. The liquid gold that is Wayne Wonder’s singing voice paired with Buju’s rough tone is perfect. I stop everything when this plays. EVERYTHING. And sing at the top of my lungs. Because I mean it.

 

Watch This: The Internet “Shadow Dance”

 photo ScreenShot2014-06-25at44213PM_zps9b614e53.pngOne of my favorite bands right now, The Internet, has released the visual offering of their latest single, “Shadow Dance”. I remember when the video was being filmed, in the dead of winter, and seeing Syd and crew on the F-train platform shooting a scene as I headed into the city. The song is very sensual, and the video is right in tune, shot entirely in black and white, and telling a tale of a choice meeting between two individuals that share an interest in each other, and how the day, and evening unfolds.

Watch the full video up top, and keep an eye out for The Internet on tour in your area.

Watch This: Denitia and Sene “Divided”

Denitia & Sene are a Brooklyn-based duo that I have been listening to for about a year and a half now. I’m actually quite surprised I haven’t posted their vids/music earlier, because they are pretty freaking awesome! In the latter part of last year, they teamed up with Red Bull Music, and have been doing shows across the country, making their debut festival appearance this coming weekend at Firefly.

Their latest music video for “Divided” is moody with an artistic element, shot entirely in black and white, accented by linear graphic imagery, as well as landscape scenery. The song is a downtempo gem, perfect for summer evenings spent relaxing with the object of your affection. Press play up top to get into it!

Watch This: Vic Mensa “Down On My Luck”

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It has been some time since I’ve done a “Watch This” video post, but now felt like a right time to do so as the song is a jammy jam. “Down On My Luck” by Vic Mensa is garage-inspired dance track (think Disclosure), that was produced by himself alongside fellow Chicagoan producer, Stephan Ponce.

I heard this song for the first time oddly enough, on-set for the music video below. My homie Jason was shooting behind-the-scenes footage and told me to come out so I did. I appreciated the fact that the vid was filmed in Brooklyn (what what!) and that the melody was so infectious and shimmy-ready.

FUN FACT: I make an unexpected cameo around 2:29; I am on the right side of the telephone booth, typing away on my iPhone.

Get into the fun, nightlife-inspired music video below.