Packing snack: Mango chili and lime!

My goal by the end of this world tour is to be able to pack my suit case within 15 minutes flat or less. I’ve literally been packing all day, and I don’t know why I just don’t bring sweats and ‘Mrs Carter Show’ tees because there’s a little voice in my head saying.. “everyday you are just going to be inside of a chilly arena.. it doesn’t matter how warm it is outside, because most of the time you’ll be in the venue or trying to catch up on sleep” But yet my suitcase is bursting open at the weight of 50.4 lbs. I really hope I get a nice baggage person who lets that .4 lbs slide (ya hear me?.. because Mr Bear is coming with me.)

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Anywho, all this packing and preparing for a month in South America with Beyonce has made me hungry.

Introducing (dun da da dun gun gaaaahhhhhh!)…

My Afternoon Packing Snack: Mango spears dipped in lime juice and chili powder

This is my version of mango (or papaya) on a stick.. something you might find in Mexico, or S. America, or some Asian countries. It’s the perfect blend of sweet, spicy, sour, and salty.. Your taste buds won’t even know what to think. For one specific part of my audience (who i’m thinking of..) I know you’re saying, “She’s nuts. This isn’t a thing”. Well, open your minds folks and give it a try. You might like something new. 🙂 I say that with love, of course.

It’s quite simple.

What you need:

  • 1 mango peeled and cut into spears
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • chili powder (I like ancho, and the spicy stuff)
  • pinch of salt

I like to go heavy on the chili powder so I literally sprinkle the mango spears with a tiny bit of sea salt, dip one end into lime juice then dip it into chili powder. If you aren’t “Adventure Ad” over here and you want to ease into it.. Sprinkle the mango with salt and chili powder, and drizzle with lime juice.

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Back to work. See you soon, Brasil!

 

What season is it?

It is so surreal to travel the world this much in such a short amount of time. Hey, it’s surreal playing with the biggest pop star today too, especially since I never anticipated my career going down this path. Believe it or not, out of all the things the be amazed by in my travels, a big one is the weather. I grew up in New Jersey where we experienced four seasons. Whereas now, I’m traveling the world and will experience the northeast’s fall in South America and Australia (more summer for me, I suppose!) Sounds like a dream to most, (me too!) but I have to say I will miss New York in the fall time. It’s one of my favorite places to be at this time of year. It hit me tonight when we were sound checking in Philly; the sun was going down and it was getting cooler and I finally got that “it’s getting to be fall soon” smell. It’s a beautiful thing. It’s Labor Day weekend and it’ll conclude the summer and begin the new chapter of Fall.

I’m looking forward to being in South America and Australia this “fall”,  especially since I’ve never been. I’m very excited! I know I’ll be in for a rude awakening when I come back to frigid windy New York weather in november after we come back from Australia. (I’ll have to put those Uggs to use!)

10 months ago, I had no idea I’d be where I am now in my career. I thought I’d be starting my second year of my Master’s degree at Juilliard (my 6th year total..whoa) and getting back into the school/shed grind. So much has changed, and what a trip it’s been so far! I am so blessed and grateful. I know it’s not even close to being over, so I will continue to keep you guys posted on all of the exciting things happening! In the meanwhile however, I will continue to pack everything from shorts to warm jackets in my suitcase because this weather will throw me for a loop.

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Happy Labor Day Weekend!

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