Hugo’s Oyster Bar

Hi Everyone,

I present to you our first Food Vlog for 2019! My husband and I visited Hugo’s Oyster Bar in Rosswell, Georgia. The food is Divine! This is a New Orleans inspired restaurant, from food to decor. Every food you can possibly crave from New Orleans can be found at Hugo’s Oyster Bar. They even serve Hurricane and Beignets, New Orleans style.

We sampled the following from the menu:

Blue Crab Fingers

Oysters Rockefeller

Seafood Gumbo

Chicken Gumbo

Herb Basted Redfish On The 1/2 Shell

Crab Stuff Shrimp

Beignets with Sweet Praline

Take a look at our Food Vlog:

Our 2018 Food Vlogs

Happy New Year from Basiastylecooking and Basiapowell.comπŸ₯‚πŸΎπŸ’ƒπŸ“Έ. A special thank you to all the restaurants we partnered with around the globe to produce our amazing food vlogs. 2018 was phenomenal, and 2019 we will be taking it up a notch.
Thank you to all our followers and subscribers for appreciating our work. Thank you to my amazing team, lead by Ricole Powell. Your hard work paid offπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

Message us if you have a bomb Restaurant, hotel or food truck and want your food to be featured by our company. We are based in the USA but we feature food all over the world.

All the best for 2019 from the Basia teamβœπŸ½πŸ“ΈβœˆπŸŒπŸ₯‚πŸ’ƒπŸΎ

My Epic Moments of 2018

2018 was an epic year! My best year ever. I think that it is due to the fact that I lived my truth. It did not make me money or made me happy, it made no sense. It was not happening. That being said. Here are My Epic Moments of 2018:

  • Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

The year started on an epic note with the “Greatest Show on earth”, Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2018. I do not have the words to describe this experience to you, but you can read the blog I wrote on my experience. What I will say is whatever you are suffering from, will leave your body once you arrive in Trinidad, for carnival. The only problem is, your affliction will return on Ash Wednesday.

  • The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry married an African American divorcee(The British refers to her as mixed race) and I flew to London to witness this once in a lifetime occasion. It was magical! We even met Princess Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell and we were interviewed by the BBC along with Princes’ Charles, William and Harry’s former butler, Grant Harold.

  • Interviewing Robin Roberts and Gayle King

My Third epic moment is interviewing two of my media “sheroes”, Gayle King and Robin Roberts. This made my year career wise. Interviewing these two amazing women, along with Kevin Frazer from Entertainment tonight, helped solidify my digital media brand in Atlanta. Epic!

  • Visit To Dubai


My visit to Dubai was a bucklist trip. I totally enjoyed this experience. Kind of far, but worth it. Will be back for sure.

  • Staying at Round Hill in Jamaica

Among my epic experiences was our trip to Jamaica for my girlfriend Gillian’s and her husband Erik’s 15th Wedding Anniversary celebration. We all stayed at Round Hill Montego Bay was amazing!And this is not an ad.

  • New Orleans family trip

I love NOLA and though we have been there before, this was special, as we were there to celebrate my aunt Joan’s 70th birthday. Everyday was a new adventure. I never drank so much Hurricanes in my life! The highlight was the food experience and the unconventional way the Jazz musician wished her a Happy Birthday! (private joke)

  • Our Unplanned Trip to Qatar

I wrote a blog on this. We did not plan to spend time in Qatar but, it was an amazing experience and we will be back for sure. Some of the best trips are the unplanned ones.

  • Received A Clean Bill Of Health

As a cancer thriver, I screen every year. 2018 was no different. My Oncologists insisted on extensive screening this year as I approach the 10 year mark, and I am happy to say that this body is cancer free. Thank you God. That was an epic moment for sure. I am alive!

  • Cancun Mexico Trip

At the top of my epic list is my hubby’s 40th Birthday celebration in Cancun Mexico. It was fun, romantic, spontaneous and we will be back. From dinner on the beach, to partying at a club, Cancun was lit. My favorite moment for 2018, for sure.

Overall, 2018 delivered. I grew spiritually, lived my best life and I focused on maintaining happiness. It was all about positive vibes and surrounding myself with positive people.

In 2019, my resolution is to work hard, pray and play harder. Happy New Year everyone. Thank you for following my blog and social media in 2018 and I look forward to entertaining and inspiring you in 2019. Take a look at my video highlights

Blessings to all
BasiaπŸ™πŸ½βœŒπŸ½β€

Love The Hair You Are InπŸ’ƒ

I know I have not posted for some time. I needed a break guys! Christmas was amazing. Anyways, during my break I have been working on my 2019 hairstyles. I have to step up my game. For those of you who have my hair type, (4C hair), you would know how important it is to plan your hairstyles😎. The struggle is real. Don’t lose hope my 4C hairtype sisters. In 2019, I am going to help you (if you are not already there), to love the hair you are in.

First of all, 4c hairstyles can be very stylish. I wish I knew this when I was growing up. I was taught by society that my hair is ugly, too thick and unmanageable, so it needed chemicals to be straight. Nonsense. I had to discover the beauty of my hairtype on my own, as an adult. Don’t get me wrong. My hairtype drives me crazy at times, and this is mainly due to “shrinkage” . If you have 4 type hair, no matter how long your hair grows, IT SHRINKS! I can spend a day trying to stretch my hair!

How to avoid shrinking with 4c hair?

“Wash and Go” Unstretched Hair

Well let me see..I am not sure of an exact product, so please tell me if you found it. I have spent thousands of dollars on natural hair products from gels, to leave in conditioners, to deep conditioners. Trying to find, “The right product .” The thing that helps me the most is my choice of hairstyles. What I love about my 4c hair texture is, I can achieve any hairstyle I want, even if I need to use extensions. And it is thick as… You knowπŸ˜‰

I know that many black hair experts swear by hair twisting, but personally, I prefer to cornrow my hair for greater stretch. Water and moisture are my best friends. Do not comb out your hair without your spray bottle!!! My hair is longer at the sides and the top, so I prefer “Pin up” styles to accentuate my length. On days when shrinkage is a problem, ponytails, pin ups and braids are my “go to styles”. I try to avoid wearing “an afro style” too often because my hair loses moisture quickly with this style. But I love me my afro😍. I just can’t wear it for a long period of time, due to shrinkage and moisture.

My point is, sometimes it’s not about your hairtype or the right product, but it is about your choice of hairstyle. There are several hairstyles to suit your hairtype, facial features, and confidence😊. So for 2019, I am going to show the world that this 4c hairtype girl can rock several trendy hairstyles because she loves the hair she is in. She has “good hair.”

2019 look out for my fabulous hairstyles. #BasiastyleπŸ’ƒπŸŒβœˆπŸ€£πŸ“Έ Stay tuned.

Hey Shorty, It’s My Birthday πŸ’ƒ

Today I turn 40 for the 6th time. Lol, do the Math😜. I am grateful to God for saving my life. He is the greatest! The road has not been smooth, but I am better and I can honestly say I love this ride.

I can honestly say I love my God, myself, my life, my man and my entire family. I have grown. With that growth comes more compassion, patience, unconditional love, forgiveness and acceptance.

I love aging because I intend to age young at heart and looking Fab😎. You either get old or you die young. So I am going to choose getting old. I looked at myself in the mirror and I said,” I love this chic, she is enough.”

I am happy to be at age where I will not apologize for who I am. I will not hide my age. I ONLY choose happiness. I will not remain in any environment, relationship or friendships that does not feed me happiness and positivity.

The older I get, the more spiritual I become. I don’t care to win an argument, or spend my precious time doing meaningless things. Every occasion is a major event for me and everywhere I go is my runway. I don’t care to do anything unless I am doing it well.

My name means, ” Daughter of God. I am a slayer, an overprotective wife , mother, daughter, niece, sibling, cousin and friend. Like you, I have good days and bad days. But , all my days are positive. It does not matter how many times I fall. Just watch how I get back up. I am all about positive vibes and I embrace change.

I love this excerpt I found recently:

Today I am celebrating my 46th birthday with Thanksgiving and praise, to The Most High. I love my life and I am just going to keep it moving and count every year that God sends my way. “THE NUMBER OF MY DAYS HE SHALL FULFILL.”

Take a look at some of my favorite photos. I have lots of favorite photos, but I only had access to these when I got the idea πŸ˜€πŸ’—πŸ“Έ

Caribbean Christmas Cake Recipe

Hi Everyone,
It is the most wonderful time of the year. How are you doing? I am busy getting my home to look, feel and smell like Christmas.I started by putting up the Christmas tree, and then I baked my favorite Christmas Fruit cake. It is yummy! I look forward to baking my “Black Cake: every Christmas.This cake is also known in the Caribbean, as “Christmas Cake”, “Fruit Cake” or “Black Cake”. I soaked my fruits for just over 2 months this year.

Here is the recipe for my favorite Caribbean Christmas Cake:

Ingredients

2 lbs Soaked Golden Raisins, Black Raisins and Dried Cranberries
1 lb Soaked Christmas Fruits or candied cherries and lemon peel
1 lb unsalted butter (at room temperature)
3/4 lb brown sugar
14oz of Sifted All Purpose Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Ginger
1/4 tsp of All Spice
A Pinch of Salt
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Essense
1 tsp Almond Extract
1 Cup of chopped Walnuts or Peanuts
11 Eggs at room temperature

Method

First dice fruits and then soak all fruits in brandy, port and rum of equal amounts. Please ensure that the fruits are covered with the alcohol.This can be done 1 month to 6 months prior to baking the cake.

Baking The Cake

Whip butter and sugar in and electric mixer until it doubles in volume. Add molasses, then eggs (one at a time), then spice, then chopped walnuts, then baking powder and add fruits.
Pour batter into a (oil and flour) 9″ cake pan.You should have enough batter for two 9″ cake pans and one smaller cake pan.Bake at a 300F for 1 hour and 30 mins. Cool and remove from cake pans.

Pour some additional port of rum (No more than 1/2 cup) on the finished cake.

Take a look at my Christmas Cake VLOG on my Youtubechannel/Basiastylecooking

Monday Motivation

Its Monday guys! Time to hunt. Let’s make things happen with a smile.

Let’s go!!!πŸ’ƒπŸ“Έ

Friday Feeling

I am just in my Friday Feeling and thought I would share. What are you confronted with right now?

Sometimes we are waiting on a situation to change, and we really need to change the way we look at the situation. What change are you seeking?

✌🏽❀

Basia

Affordable Gift Ideas For Her Under $10

I don’t know about, but I LOVE Christmas! It might have something to do with the fact that December is my birth month. And of course, I love to shop. With that being said, I shop on a budget. Here are some fabulous and affordable gift ideas, under $10 for the ladies in your life.

Gifts under $10 that every woman loves:

Lipgloss from NYX

Which woman does not love a great lipgloss? I love a brand that is afforadble, wears well throughout the day, like NYX. The best part is, its under $10.

Head scarfs
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These “silk like” head scarfs can be a useful accessory in any wardrobe. They are only $8.99 and available on AMAZON.

Brooches Are In
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I am not sure if you are aware, but brooches are back! They are my thing this season. You have the expensive version, which I love ( I wont lie, I love a Chanel and Gucci brooch), but you also have some affordable brooches, That I wear, for under $10 that can rival any designer brooch, to accessorize your outfits this season

Cosmetic Travel Bags

I love a colorful travel cosmetic bag. I normally need at least 3 when I am going on a trip. One for the face, one for the hair and one for the body, honey! These are available on Amazon for under $10

Enjoy your Christmas shopping and remember to keep up with us on Instagram/basiapowell

My Interview on Indian Marriages

There is no wedding like an Indian wedding. An Indian wedding happens over a period of a week. It is normally an extravagant and exciting affair. However, there is also no marriage like a “traditional Indian marriage”. Historically, Indian marriages are based on an arrangement made by the parents of both parties and has very little to do with falling in love first. I have always been intrigued by the Indian practice of arranged marriages.

For this reason, during my recent visit to India, I had the opportunity to interview , Indian comedian, Jeeveshu Ahluwalia and his wife to be, Sanjoni Sethi. After spending time with them, I was pleasantly surprised to discover, that many young Indian couples are moving away from the traditional form of matrimony, and are choosing to marry for love, or what they call in India, “love marriages.”

I enjoyed my conversation with Jeeveshu and Sanjoni. Jeeveshu is a pretty famous comedian in India,and he makes me laugh constantly, but I was more impressed with who he is as a man and a human being. As for Sanjoni, her gentle spirit and kind hearted demeanor, made me want to chat with her all day.

Take a look at our interview :

Keep Looking Up

No matter what life throws your way this week. Keep looking up. All the solutions and blessings come from above. The only thing that comes from the ground is food, but it needs the sun and the rain from above to flourish.

Not all trials are bad. Some trials come to test your faith, and to make you stronger. When God does not answer your prayer, that is because He has better plans for you. He is a God of promotion and prevention. He will not keep something from you that you are meant to have. However, He will keep you from all harm. So, sometimes He says, “No.”

We all have our struggles, but those of us who keep looking up will overcome our troubles. You cannot rise up, looking down. No matter what challenges come your way, remember to keep looking up. All your solutions come from above.

Happy Thanksgiving

I am grateful to be alive, to see another Thanksgiving holiday. Today, we should all reflect on the meaning of Thanksgiving. It is not just a holiday to eat lots of food and go shopping, its way more than that. Please take a look at my special thanksgiving message.

Happy Thanksgiving

Basia