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BEDFORD NOSTRAND WINE

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bednosThere are many reasons to venture into the boro of Brooklyn and wine is now one of them. Bedford Nostrand Wine offers a variety of wines (Bourbon & Whiskey coming in 2016) that will surely meet your needs and peek your curiosity. This boutique shop spans the globe from the vineyards of California to the winegrowing regions of New Zealand. Basically if you like wine, you’ll enjoy your time here.

The selections alone should give you a strong hint that they must know what they’re talking about. Luckily for those of us that don’t know too much about wine, the staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. Whether you’re going to a house warming or planning a special evening for a loved one, BedNos wine will steer you in the right direction. Don’t be hesitant to ask…the customer service and advice alone will make you a frequent shopper. It would also be wise to take advantage of this opportunity and learn as much as you can with each visit to this fine establishment. Before rushing out…make sure you don’t leave without signing the mailing list. Wine tastings are pretty common here and I’m guessing you don’t want to miss out. You’re welcome!

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Now with the temperatures dropping and home time rising, I couldn’t have picked a better time to discover this gem and share it with you. Add this to your favorites. It will definitely pay off. You’re welcome again!

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BedNos is located on 296 Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. It is opened from Monday – Saturday (12 – 10pm) and Sun (12 – 9pm). They also extend the courtesy of delivering your favorite wines through (718) 789.WINE. Enjoy experimenting and remember who put you on.

HB (aka The World Traveler) is fully committed to exploring what the world has to offer at any time in any place. Armed with MBAs in Finance & Computer Information Systems and his experience in music & traveling, he is sure to bring an interesting perspective to any topic he chooses to delve in.

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Hip Hop Now

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Here’s five acts doing their thing in the first installment of Hip Hop Now.

Chicago rapper Saba‘s new record Care For Me features Chance The Rapper on “Logout.”

From Everything is Fine, a collaboration between rapper/satirists Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, here’s “Zero.”

Tyler, the Creator stays weird and rhymes chicken nugget with fuckit on rap nugget “Okra.”

Dallas rapper Bobby Sessions lost his cousin to police violence and channels that energy into the controversial “Like Me.”

Rapper/actor A$AP Rocky samples Moby‘s “Porcelain” on “A$AP Forver.”

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A Quiet Place

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“A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.”

1522983854988A lot of skepticism crossed my mind when I first saw the trailer for A Quiet Place. A lot of familiarity to the falsely-marketed It Comes of Night were smeared all over this film. A family trapped in what seems like a post-apocalyptic world, forced to farm, hunt, and live like 1930’s Okie’s in the dust bowl. No real explanation of what happened and what is hunting them. Nah! I figured that they would foresee the comparisons and will stray away from the “its the people that are the real monsters” trope.

Thank the Lord that they did.

From the beginning of the film we see that there is a real threat, and the family is just trying to live in silence, literally. They have to keep extremely quiet in order to not be heard by the creatures who kill by sound. The theater experience was very interesting for this film as the audience fell to dead silence, as if we were participating in the same scenario.

This movie relied heavily on some tremendous acting. John Krasiniski not only directs but stars with real-life wife Emily Blunt, and holds down the lead role with a mix of grit and sincerity. Blunt knocks it out the park as the mother who suffers through grueling moments, pantomiming some extreme pain that had the audience cringing with tension.

More impressive were the kids. Noah Jupe, who has been quietly making waves with his acting in movies such as Wonder and the sub-par film Suburbicon, was stretched in this movie portraying the son, but Millicent Simmonds, who I couldn’t pinpoint to any other film, carried a lot of the emotional weight and was burdened with the heaviest guilt.

Now the creatures were obviously CGI and it was noticeable, but when they make their grand appearance it doesn’t really matter. The way they hunt, move about, and made their weird clicking noise, made them fascinating monsters and even a bit creepy.

This movie did a great job of mixing emotion and tension and even though I found it toned down on the horror, I think it could have a few people curled up in their seats from the thrill.

Overall Grade: B

This movie was good and it was held up but some truly stellar acting, directing and writing. Don’t expect a lot of horror, but do expect to be uneasy with a few scenes. Oh, the ending was simple but very bad-ass!

Drama, Horror, Thriller
April 2018
Director: John Krasinski
Paramount Pictures
1 hours 30 minutes

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Aegyo – What the What?

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You know how you and your significant other do the baby talk thing? Come on, you do it, admit it. Sometimes you talk to each other in a childish voice or make silly little gestures that you would never use at, for example, a business meeting or at the dentist. Well, this is a whole cottage industry in South Korea and they call it Aegyo. 

Aegyo, a tool long leveraged by South Korean ladies to get what they want through sheer cuteness, has been leveraged by male and female K-Pop Idol groups to ginormous success. In fact, there are songs where one can do little cutsey gestures to the whole thing. Two popular aegyo anthems are The Gwiyomi Song and Oppaya, and there are videos aplenty on YouTube where folks of all ages and backgrounds vie for cringe-worthy cuteness. Some of these videos have millions upon millions of views. There’s even K-Pop Idol shows where folks watch each other express aegyo and react with howls of laughter.

Holy cow, the more I talk about this, the weirder it gets. Yet, I can’t look away.

Other cultures are jumping on the band wagon, too. Check out the videos below for some adorable examples.

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