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    B&B Chronicles Blog

    The Conch Man

    FAMU Homecoming 2017. Bragg Stadium. The World-Famous FAMU Marching 100 is walking off of the field, and the second half of the football game against the North Carolina A&T Aggies is about to begin. The heat is scorching, as always in Bragg Stadium, on this joyous afternoon in Tallahassee, Florida. And, there's only one thing on my mind. The Conch Man.

    Every. Single. Year. I promise I have one mission after the game, and that is to find The Conch Man.



    What's Conch you ask? Conch (pronounced like 'konk') is a tropical marine mollusk with a spiral shell and a flared tip. It is most popularly found in the Caribbean Sea. Conch can be eaten raw or cooked. 

    Conch salad is very popular at FAMU's Homecoming vendors. However, most vendors have a batch pre-prepped in huge jars for the day. The Conch Man is truly one of a kind with his cooking delivery and presentation. People wait between 30 minutes to an hour to watch the Conch Man prep and plate his conch creations LIVE. I have vivid memories of him chopping onions, cucumbers, and tomatoes with a sharp knife all while speaking to people passing by. His eyes never looked down! 

     

    The Conch Man starts by chopping onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, Conch, and peppers. Then, he seasons the mixture with salt, pepper,  lemon and lime juices. Next, he plates the Conch salad in a hulled out pineapple. Last, he adds two Conch fritters on skewers on top and dashes a bit if hot sauce for added flavor.


    These bad boys go $15 a pop. You have to be real hustle skills to ensure you get yours in that batch... like I did ;)

    OTHERWISE, you have to wait another 30 minutes to an hour for him to prep the next batch.



    The Conch is never tough. The veggies are always well seasoned. Mix it together for an explosion of happy on your palette. Until next Homecoming, I have these pictures to hold me over and my memories of my delicious conch salad. Truly, #ForTheCulture #TheConchMan.

    5 things I noticed in Toronto...

    Memorial Day Weekend 2017, my boyfriend and I visited Toronto, Canada. First of all, I LOVE TORONTO! The weather was perfect and the people were very welcoming. On the way back to the States, I felt the need to write about my experience there.

    1. Although we were surrounded by white people majority of trip, we really didn't notice it after a while. I know race is an issue abroad. However, we didn't feel the wrath of racism in Toronto as we do here in the United States. I actually pointed out on the trip that Canadians are super laid back while Americans are hostile. We didn't feel judgement when moving in majority white areas. I enjoyed that aspect of being in Toronto.

    2. Even though our surroundings looked familiar, we were definitely in a different country. Toronto has 6 lane highways, beautiful skyscrapers and high rises, many shops and restaurants... in a way we felt like we were still in the United States. Until, we interacted with people. Until, we used GPS. Until, we got gas. Basically, until we got out of our car or AirB&B. It was so different to hear kilometers instead of miles and so on. I actually wish the United States operated like the rest of the world and used kilometers instead of miles, liters instead of gallons, Celsius instead of Fahrenheit. We need to do a better job of teaching conversions in school, especially if kids (and adults) plan on traveling abroad.

    3. The food was excellent, and served in the correct portion size. We ate good. We ate the right portion, and we did not go hungry. I absolutely hate how wasteful and gluttonous restaurants (and people) are in the United States. I read that 40 percent of food in the U.S. is wasted yearly. 40 percent!!! That's absurd. In Toronto, the menus aren't as extensive either. Most restaurants had 1-page menus. The only exception is the New Orleans Seafood & Steakhouse, and Sunset Grill - a breakfast place like Waffle House.

    4. People of all walks of life interacted with each other. In passing, I heard so many different languages being spoken. It was beautiful! One highlight was the club, Luxy Nightclub. The club crowd included people of all cultures and ages ranges. Nobody cared about what people had on, or what people were doing. The sole focus was dancing and having a good time. Of course, the reggae and soca room was LIT! Sean and I were dancing the entire time.

    5. The Movement is alive and well in Toronto. In the most unsuspecting places, we saw #BlackLivesMatter and #BlackEducationMatters painted on a few buildings downtown. That warmed my heart. All power to my people! We're fighting the same fight all across the world.
    The only thing we did not see, nor experience, was the Black history in Toronto. I did extensive research before the trip to see if they had a Black history museum or exhibit. They have an exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum, but only during Black History Month. The Black community in Toronto is working to get a Black history museum permanently in town, and not just for February.
    Toronto was AWESOME! I recommend this place as a travel destination!