Episode 52-Alia Akkam

I have known Alia Akkam since I was about 12 years old. However, I’ve only known Alia Akkam for about two years. We went to high school together and never said much to each other. Not for any reason. Just because sometimes, that’s what happens. About two years ago when I started writing the WBUT blog, she got in touch with me. We have been friends ever since. She is a food and beverage writer, but her talents go way beyond that. She is an alarmingly talented writer and it was great to finally get her on the podcast. This is a good one.

 

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Episode 51: The Fourth Annual Bronx Pipe Smoking Society’s Small Game Dinner

This past Saturday, I had the privilege of being invited to the Fourth Annual Bronx Pipe Smoking Society Small Game Dinner. It is an annual event that is put on by our friend, Baron Ambrosia. This is a black tie affair and a very special and unique event. Being able to sample different types of animal protein cooked by incredible local chefs is definitely a huge part of it. But the people who attend and the conversations that you end up having are extraordinary. I had the privilege that night of dining with and then interviewing Grandmaster Melle Mel. That in and of itself is incredible. This is a night that I wish more of you could see and attend. The bringing together of trappers, chefs, food and beverage writers, musicians and all different types of people. Like the borough it is housed in, its a melting pot of lots of great things and it was great to be a part of it. I hope you dig it.

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Episode 13: Watching someone you love kill themselves.

In this episode I interview my brother, James, about watching our father slowly kill himself by not caring about his health. This was a tough episode to make and an even tougher one to think about posting. If you have ever known anyone who has gotten a second chance at life but willfully decided to not try any more, you can relate. I just want to say that I love my dad. He’s an amazing person. I just wish he would give a bit more of a shit about himself to give us more time here with him, but you cant change people. Its always their decision. Or as my friend Phil Meyers once said when I was going to smoke a cigarette: “Well, its your ass.”

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