Last night I attended a fried chicken extravaganza – the NYC Food & Wine Festival Shake & Bake, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and DJ’d by Questlove. It was a last minute invitation, and no event had ever sounded more perfect. Held at Hotel Yotel, it was a smorgasbord of battered, fried and double-fried deliciousness and truly lived up to my expectations. Many thanks to my chickee tweeting behind @wholefoodsnyc for the invitation!
So, I’m on the dance floor, doing my usual flaily thang, and if you haven’t guessed… this was obviously an occasion to wear the fro. I was admiring Questlove – his spinning skillz, his brilliant hair – and I considered taking a photo of him for the blog. But a few minutes later, just as I was about to dig into a plate of fried chicken and waffles, the opposite happened. Questlove took a photo of me.
I check twitter, and there she was:
One of the greatest DJs (and fros) on earth, and there’s my fro, in the only Instagram photo he took all night.
“Granny?” YES, Questlove, I’ll be your granny any day! I’ll pinch your cheeks and make you chicken soup and we can have phone conversations every week. I happily accept all of this. Better yet, can I please meet your granny? Ke$ha used to be my doppelgänger, but it looks like I’m playing a whole new ballgame.
What’s REALLY interesting here – that I didn’t realize until this morning – is this: The very website that has so generously sent me thousands of blog hits this past week, Okay Player, just happens to be the one of Questlove’s own invention. (I wonder if he read the forum?)
Which brings me to my next topic: Okay, player. I want to thank everyone who has left their feelings and opinions on the blog this week. If you have something to say and you haven’t, always feel free to comment, or email me if you prefer. In fact, let’s go for lunch! Let’s talk it out. Let’s learn about one another. Let’s discuss our upbringings. Don’t you find different human beings interesting? I made this quote banner a couple days ago for AHAlife, and it’s something I truly believe:
It’s healthy to continually grow and learn new perspective. To be on a quest – a quest for more love. I’m not saying I need you to love me, but if perchance we met and you decided you did, you wouldn’t be the first person to change their mind.
Alright, enough of that, let’s get to the good stuff. You want to see some fried chicken? That’s what I thought. I tried every morsel of food that was available at all 22 stations of the Shake n Bake, and here were my favorites. Put these New York restaurants on your list, my friends!
Here I am with Joe Doe – what a cutie!
Much love. To fried chicken, to Questlove, and to every single one of you who reads my blog posts to the end.