Food, Photo

Stardust Video & Coffee

I’ve had a pretty incredible weekend in the Orlando area visiting family, but on I Monday was able to meet up with my friend Jessica Prado for dinner. She asked if we could meet at Stardust Video & Coffee, which I found fitting since we met at a film studies program (LAFSC) in L.A. back in 2010. Stardust is a cool little place that operates as a video rental, a kitchen, a bar, an art gallery, and more. At Jessica’s recommendation I ordered the Grinderman — a chicken sandwich served with pesto, goat cheese, and hot sauce. I’m a pesto and goat cheese fan, so of course I complied. The Grinderman has a little kick to it, but we decided, “It’s spicy, but it’s not.” Although it’s not a Louisiana dish, it reminded me of the slight burn that some of the Cajun food has in New Orleans. Also, an accidental salad dressing spill proved, for me at least, that balsamic dressing is a good supplement to the already flavorful Grinderman.

The best part of dinner, however, was getting to hang out with Jessica again after parting ways a year and a half ago. I was reminded of how encouraging she is and how helpful that encouragement was to me when we were in L.A. together. She’s beautiful, talented with video and editing, and a good friend. Definitely going to miss this one when I’m back in Tennessee, but am so thankful we got to spend some time together again!

Stardust Video & Coffee
1842 E Winter Park Rd     Orlando FL 32803




Grandma, Dad, and Aunt JoVita

I’ve been wanting to post some of these pictures from my dad’s side of the family for a while now, but thought I’d wait until Father’s day and post my favorites with my dad and one of his parents together, and there’s more where these came from. It’s kind of surreal to look at pictures of familiar faces from past decades, years before I new them or was even born — to see people I know, but not as I know them now.

Hope you enjoy!

Dad, Aunt JoVita, and Unknown

Aunt Lucy and Dad

Uncle Victor, Aunt Lucy, Great Aunt Juana, and Dad

Uncle Victor, Grandma holding Aunt Linda and Minnie (twins), Aunt Lucy, and Dad

Great Aunt Angelina, Grandpa, and Grandma

Dad and Aunt JoVita


Photo, Wedding

MR. & MRS. | Kevin & Maddie Reed

On June 2nd I was happy to attend the wedding of Kevin and Maddie Reed. They were married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony — at a zoo! — followed by an equally beautiful reception. Maddie and Kevin are such a fun, spirit-filled duo and are always a pleasure to be around, so naturally it was a joy to see these two get married and celebrate afterward. The Flying Colours and Kevin’s band Forester played at the reception, rallying a great, energetic crowd as usual, before friends and family sent the couple on their way under handfuls of helicopter seeds. I couldn’t be more happy or excited for these two — undoubtedly made for each other!

Congratulations, Kevin and Maddie!