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  • Book Review| The Coldest Winter Ever: A Novel by Sister Souljah

    As the July fiction pick for the ROTR Book Club, this book did not disappoint! Warning! This engulfing, thrilling piece of Urban Contemporary Literature may cause side effects of sleepiness due to late night reading better known as “Can’t put it down” syndrome, any may (absolutely does) contains graphic sex scenes and explicit language. It's twenty chapters of naughty. The main character and narrator, Winter Santiaga is beautiful, young, smart, and…untouchable. Born into a crime family, as the daughter of the head man in charge, Winter has the world at her fingertips. At least until her world comes crashing down around her and everyone she knew, even trusted, turned their backs on her. The Coldest Winter Ever is the debut fictional novel of Sister Souljah. Originally published in 1999, the novel has gained a cult like following causing regular surges in new interest. With a new sequel novel, about the main character Winter, by (add publisher here) due out this year (2020), interest is currently a buzz. Though Souljah has written three follow-up books over the years based on supporting characters in the story, Winter seems to remain the favorite among fans. “Now a bad bitch is a woman who handles her business without making it seem like business. Only dumb girls let love get them delirious…” ~Winter Santiaga In this novel, Winter, named after the weather climate during her birth, is the oldest of four and takes full responsibility for looking out for…herself. With a selfish nature she finds it hard to consider the needs of others however doesn’t recognize the effects of her actions on those around her. Souljah does an exquisite job creating an antagonistic main character provoking the reader to desperately desire warning Winter of all of her wrong choices before the aftermath. Following her father's decision to move the family, including herself, mother, baby sister and twin sisters, to a mansion in the Long Island suburbs for protection, Winter hatches a plan to keep life interesting. Defying all the rules and centering her decisions around money, clothes, jewels and sex, Winter finds herself in one problematic situation after another. Though cold-hearted, Winter has one warm center that she can’t shake. A mid-level worker for her father named Midnight. Tall, dark, handsome, smart and mysterious -Midnight carries himself like a man with a mission and is unimpressed with all that is important to Winter. Throughout the story Winter is at the mercy of the men in her life without even knowing it. She remained in a mirage in which she is always in charge, calling the shots. Mid-way though the book, Winter meets a woman who tries to help her see that the life she admires so much will only lead to destruction, to no avail. So, what’s the overall theme of the story? If you ask fans of the book, each one would probably give a different answer. However, one thing is agreeable: the author sets out to empower women and urban communities. Throughout the story, Souljah consistently includes themes involving stopping the cycle of brokenness within families, and the destruction of communities via drugs. It’s obvious because…well, the author tells us so. Souljah offers a collector’s edition of the book on the Amazon Kindle App which includes personal interviews and character assessments written by the author herself. The activist explains that she wanted to create a character in which young urban people could identify. She wanted to offer an experience that would allow the reader to witness the outcomes of poor decision making, hopefully before they have the chance to harm themselves in real life -all while expressing the value of community and mutual respect. By the end of the story, after a wild ride, you’ll feel the same way. The collector’s edition also includes two follow up books (prequels) which allow the readers to learn more about Midnight, Winter’s love interest. So…we’ve got more reading to do! This book is recommended if you are looking for a weekend of entertainment. It’s a thriller filled twists, turns and oh so much scandal. Books by Sister Souljah The Coldest Winter Ever (1999) Midnight: A Gangster Love Story (2008) Midnight and The Meaning of Love (2011) A Deeper Love Inside (2013) As always, Happy Reading Friends! Xoxoxoxo ROTR As always feel free to join the book chats by following www.readingontherun.com on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

  • Book Review| The Coldest Winter Ever: A Novel by Sister Souljah

    As the July fiction pick for the ROTR Book Club, this book did not disappoint! Warning! This engulfing, thrilling piece of Urban Contemporary Literature may cause side effects of sleepiness due to late night reading better known as “Can’t put it down” syndrome, and may (absolutely does) contain graphic sex scenes and explicit language. It's twenty chapters of naughty. The main character and narrator, Winter Santiaga is beautiful, young, smart, and…untouchable. Born into a crime family, as the daughter of the head man in charge, Winter has the world at her fingertips. At least until her world comes crashing down around her and everyone she knew, even trusted, turned their backs on her. The Coldest Winter Ever is the debut fictional novel of Sister Souljah. Originally published in 1999, the novel has gained a cult like following causing regular surges in new interest. With a new sequel novel, about the main character Winter, due out this year (2020), interest is currently a buzz. Though Souljah has written three follow-up books over the years based on supporting characters in the story, Winter seems to remain the favorite among fans. “Now a bad bitch is a woman who handles her business without making it seem like business. Only dumb girls let love get them delirious…” ~Winter Santiaga In this novel, Winter, named after the weather climate during her birth, is the oldest of four and takes full responsibility for looking out for…herself. With a selfish nature she finds it hard to consider the needs of others and doesn’t fully recognize the effects of her actions on those around her. Souljah does an exquisite job creating an antagonistic main character provoking the reader to desperately desire warning Winter of all her wrong choices before the aftermath. Following her father's decision to move the family, including herself, mother, baby sister and twin sisters, to a mansion in the Long Island suburbs of New York City for protection, Winter hatches a plan to keep life interesting. Defying all the rules and centering her decisions around money, clothes, jewels and sex, Winter finds herself in one problematic situation after another. Though cold-hearted, Winter has one warm center that she can’t shake. A mid-level worker for her father named Midnight. Tall, dark, handsome, smart and mysterious -Midnight carries himself like a man with a mission and is unimpressed with all that is important to Winter. Throughout the story Winter is at the mercy of the men in her life without even knowing it. She remains in a mirage in which she is always in charge, calling the shots. Mid-way though the book, Winter meets a woman who tries to help her see that the life she admires so much will only lead to destruction, to no avail. So, what’s the overall theme of the story? If you ask fans of the book, each one would probably give a different answer. However, one thing is agreeable: the author sets out to empower women and urban communities. Throughout the story, Souljah consistently includes themes involving stopping the cycle of brokenness within families, and the destruction of communities via drugs. It’s obvious because…well, the author tells us so. Souljah offers a collector’s edition of the book on the Amazon Kindle App which includes personal interviews and character assessments written by the author herself. The activist explains that she wanted to create a character in which young urban people could identify. She wanted to offer an experience that would allow the reader to witness the outcomes of poor decision making, hopefully before they have the chance to harm themselves in real life -all while expressing the value of community and mutual respect. By the end of the story, after a wild ride, you’ll feel the same way. The collector’s edition also includes two follow up books (prequels) which allow readers to learn more about Midnight, Winter’s love interest. So…we’ve got more reading to do! This book is recommended if you are looking for a weekend of entertainment. It’s a thriller filled with twists, turns and oh so much scandal. Books by Sister Souljah The Coldest Winter Ever (1999) Midnight: A Gangster Love Story (2008) Midnight and The Meaning of Love (2011) A Deeper Love Inside (2013) As always, Happy Reading Friends! Xoxoxoxo ROTR As always feel free to join the book chats by following www.readingontherun.com on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

  • Wellness| Uptown Classic Run (New Orleans, Louisiana)

    Read my review of the Uptown Classic Run in New Orleans, LA benefiting the New Orleans Jewish Community Center. Location: Audubon Park, New Orleans Options: 5k, 1/2 Mile Same day registration available?: Yes Organizational Effectiveness: This race was organized fairly well. This is a timed race with bib chips. All registered participants are timed. The free parking was limited to a space across the street from the event tent, otherwise cars would be towed. Therefore it was hard to see the tent from the parking lot, or even when driving up to the park. We almost thought we had the wrong day the calendar! Once we found the tent, registration was smooth and seamless. The sound system wasn't very clear during announcements so it was hard to hear the race director once all the runners arrived. Trail/Course info: The course is a large (one time) loop around half of the lake located in the park. It's completely flat and paved. The scenery was very pretty and serene with the Fall like foliage on the ground. Large trees shade the rays from the sun and there are no shortage of geese (and poop!) along the trail-your nose will notice them before your eyes see them. There were water stations at mile 1 and 2. Experience: Overall this was a good experience. A downside for me is that the wearing of headphones (or anything that would limit your hearing) is largely discouraged during this run. I love my wireless lightweight Beats headphones and use them to play my race playlist with optimal sound quality which allows be to better pace myself. Therefore, like most of the participants, I wore headphones and just turned down the volume so I could hear what was going on around me. Everyone was nice and friendly. There was a much larger turnout than I expected since this was a park run which was a pleasant surprise. After the run there were unlimited nachos, popcorn, water, soda and other delightful snacks. There were no vendors per se, though the food was sponsored. The race coordinators and volunteers handled giving away all of the food. WOW factor: The peaceful experience of running through the park with fellow runners was the stand-out for me at this race. Most race days are hectic, harsh and jolting but the aura of this run was the exact opposite. Maybe it was the location, the organizers, the participants or all of the above. Whatever it was, worked! Would I run it again? I would run this event again. I assume it's purposely schedule for the week after #mardigras in anticipation of the large crowds throughout the city however I would suggest moving the date to #mardigras weekend. Since the location is well away from Bourbon Street, there may be large increase in participation with little negative impact as a result!! How to register: https://raceroster.com/events/2018/15147/uptown-classic-runwalk Check out @readontherun Instagram for more pics!

  • 5 Inspiring Quotes from #EssenceMusicFestival

    ReadingOnTheRun had the pleasure of attending the 2019 Essence Music Festival and walked away very much inspired. Below check out a few of the many inspirational quotes from the celebrity panel discussions. Also see our review post about the festival experience here! xoxoxox, RTOR "Don't just give money to charity, give your time and hands as well." ~David Mann, Gospel Singer "Many people consider things such as vacation and/or a bubble bath as self-care however I consider self care as a percentage of my day. I ask myself what percentage of the day am I happy? [Therefore, my work is self=care because I am happy when I work on my craft.]" ~Ava DuVernay, Film Producer "A career transition doesn't have to happen all at once. Take baby steps, a little each day. I didn't pickup a camera until I was age 32." ~Ava DuVernay, Film Producer {Singing} "I wanna do you after school like some homework...I'm a little too old to be singing this song..." ~Tevin Campbell, Singer (now age 42) [Life lesson: Keep the past in the past...] "...change the narrative a little bit and actually see ourselves in places we hope and dream to be..." ~Marsai Martin, Actress/Producer (on depicting African American women in film)

  • Book Review| Heart & Hustle by Patricia Bright

    Heart & Hustle: Use your passion. Build your brand. Achieve your dreams. (226 pgs.) is an official millennial pep-talk packaged in lovely purple hues (book jacket) with white accents (hard cover). Following a sweet dedication to her daughter named Grace, Patricia Bright takes the reader on a winding, time-lapsed, nonsequential journey beginning with the deportation of her father during childhood while growing up in South London, to turning millions of social media followers into a multimillion-dollar business. The book is filled with endeavors of motivational stories, references to basic research sources for supporting material and “Life Lessons” from the author, inclusive of interview techniques to land your first job. There are a total of 39 Life Lessons throughout. Also, included are spaces, little nooks and crannies, that allow the reader to reflect, write and document making it in part memoir, self-help and goal journal. Bright is a successful millennial Youtuber based in London who focuses her channel on fashion and lifestyle. Recently, the business maven also launched The Break Platform, a channel focusing on teaching business and finances which already boasts over a quarter million followers. "But what I’ve learned is that ultimately it doesn’t matter whether someone’s got a degree or not. It’s all about whether someone can apply themselves to a task, even if it isn’t the most glamorous thing to do, and deliver results. Success lies in the ability to learn and consistently execute."~Patricia Bright Though upbeat and appealing to the eye, outside of the few personal stories Patricia shares, this book doesn’t really offer any new information. The value it brings to the reader is examples of how the author stays motivated, focused and approaches setbacks. If you are already a fan of Bright, you may find yourself closing the last chapter a little disappointed. The energetic, comedic wisdom that jumps off the screen during her videos doesn’t quite come across these pages the same way. We do however get a peek of what we love most about her: insights on the origins of Patricia’s glamorous yet practical theories around hard work, money, love and parenthood. Considering the differences in English spellings and slang usage between British (UK) and American written correspondence (for example, words using “s” instead of “z” – recognise vs. recognize), there are multiple misspellings (or were they?) and typos before we even get to page 30. You’ll likely find a few here on ROTR so don’t dismiss this read just yet. To all the literature buffs, just know that - no, Patricia is not a writer of masterpieces. More like a social media giant who earned a book deal and was under a tight deadline. You won’t find beautiful sentence structures, scene descriptions or elegant syntax. However there is value in this read for those needing a confidence boost when thinking of working for themselves. "The truth is, as with many things in life, a lot of us know what to do, but actually get up, be consistent and follow-up -that’s the challenge we must rise to." ~Patricia Bright The title Hustle & Heart can be applied to Patricia’s muti-hustle nature which is described during the first few chapters and may be the most inspiring part of the book. As one of her very first jobs, Patricia recollects selling door-to-door from a kitchen catalog with a group of neighborhood friends which later lead to an “official” job in retail -fueling her passion for fashion. Throughout her journey in retail, Patricia kept multiple side hustles: styling hair, selling makeup and making YouTube videos. At University, as a result of loneliness, she began spending hours a day online in beauty chatrooms. After college, Patricia went on to grow a successful career in financial consulting and banking while continuing to work on her YouTube channel. Following a layoff and a few bad bosses, her YouTube channel (and resulting revenue) began to grow. She then made the tough decision to become a full-time social medical star subsequently hitting 1 million followers on YouTube in 2017. The book concludes with Life Lessons on self-love and a list of book recommendations for the win (see below)! Chapter Summary: Introduction 1. Natural-Born Hustler 2. Yes, I work for myself on the Internet! 3. The importance of building a following on Social Media 4. The science bit – practical advice for building up a social media profile 5. Taking your audience to the next level of growth 6. Online vs. Real Life 7. Create your wealth 8. A career vs. Going at it alone 9. How to run your empire 10. A woman’s world 11. Discovering who you are (and what you value) 12. Staying the course in style 13. The power of a Pep-talk 14. Streamline the Stress Away 15. Feeling Good From the outside in Time to Say Goodbye Patricia Bright’s recommended Reading List 1. Feel the fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers 2. I am the problem by Soozey Johnstone 3. The Athena Doctrine by John Gerzema and Michael ‘Antonio 4. The 5 second rule: Transform your life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins 5. Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money -That the Poor and Middle Class Do not! By Robert Kiyosaki, with Sharon Lechter 6. Money Masters of Our Time by John Train As always, Happy Reading Friends! Xoxoxoxoxoxo, ROTR Want to be featured on ReadingOnTheRun? Send us a note @info@readingontherun.com ! Let's book chat on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

  • Book List| 8 Non-Fiction Books Currently on My NightStand

    Hello, my name is ReadingOnTheRun and I have a confession: I am addicted to non-fiction literature. I love biographies, autobiographies and/or anything that is a personal account of someone's journey. I am thankful for those who share stories of their human experience so that in these stories others may find consolation, knowledge, joy, redemption, laughter, warning, spirituality and choices... those that share pain, sorrow and fear...those striving to connect through celebration and Innovation. This holiday season, as we spend time with those we choose, let us share our authentic stories around the dinner table so we can uplift, inspire, console and truly connect. For time is limited and the present moment is most valuable. Here are a few current remaining unread selections from my 2019 reading list: Jay-Z by Michael Eric Dyson (Read Review | Purchase from Amazon| About the Author) Blackout by Sarah Hepola (Read Review | Purchase from Amazon| About the Author) The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish (Read Review | Purchase from Amazon| About the Author) Prison Letters by Nelson Mandela (Read Review | Purchase from Amazon| About the Author) My Spiritual Journey by The Dalai Lama (Read Review | Purchase from Amazon| About the Author) Tough Love by Susan Rice (Read Review | Purchase from Amazon| About the Author) Finding My Voice by Valerie Jarrett (Read Review | Purchase from Amazon| About the Author) Trouble Maker by Leah Remini (Read Review | Purchase from Amazon| About the Author) Happy Reading Friends! Xoxoxoxoxox ROTR

  • Book Review| The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

    Three words for you: BUY THIS BOOK! The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish is filled with drama you wouldn't believe had it not been written by Haddish herself, absolutely laugh out loud funny, honest and a bit uncomfortable. Haddish unlovingly earned the nickname "Unicorn" from elementary school classmates due to an ever growing forehead wart which initially was assumed a mole. This book gives the reader the experience of talking to Haddish like an old friend. Grab a glass of wi Alert: If you are a writing snob, please don't bother reading this book. It's an English teacher's worst nightmare. Haddish goes on to spill the details on being illiterate until sophomore year in high school, domestic abuse from her mother and husband (whom she married twice), her short stint as a Pimp (literally...hoeing women and men) and her sexual escapade with a handicapped guy who was surprisingly amazing in bed. (Click Here to Purchase this Book on Amazon) "Once I could read, man, it was like I had a superpower! I wasn't stupid! All them words made sense!" ~Tiffany Haddish Through the comedic expression, there are also vulnerable moments in which Haddish recognizes how unfunny so such trauma can be for anyone. After the reader first open their eyes from the deep belly laughs, then wipes the tears away from the deep sentiments, they will begin to root for Haddish as she details redemption: Finding her Jewish, Eritrean father, finally divorcing an abusive husband and standing up for herself while rising on the comedy scene. Chapter Synopsis: (Chapter Title/ROTR digest) Invitation/ "...I never want you to say I didn't invite you to nothing." Mascots and Bar Mitzvahs:High School Years/ First crush, first job and a booty assassin Laugh Factory Comedy Camp/ Being a property of the state while trying to be famous Family and Foster Care/ "...never good enough for anyone to love me." Titus the Boyfriend/ Pimpin' and Crusin' The Pimp Gets Pimped/ Getting back at Titus and making money Roscoe the Handicapped Angel/ Sometimes good sex comes at a surprise How I Got (Restarted) in Comedy/ Therapy and getting paid to be unfunny Dating/ Picking the same type of guys The Ex-Husband/ ...Long as crazy story The Long Road to Comedy Success/ Kevin Hart and a crackhouse Tiffany's True Hollywood Stories/ A Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige blackout She Ready/ growing roses out of poop "I have to value myself properly. That's something I have had a hard time with in the past, but I'm getting better." ~Tiffany Haddish In The Last black Unicorn, Haddish admits that her comedy is often inspired by pain. However she graciously (and hilariously) tells an inspiring story of living through and thriving despite the trauma. Her thriving not doubt due to her blessed ability to see the humor in everything. This book is recommended for anyone looking for a good laugh and inspiration to survive the tough times. Happy Reading Friends! Xoxoxoxoxox, ROTR

  • Book Review| Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

    Trevor Noah manages to relay warm and fuzzy feelings to the reader while discussing one of the largest civil rights atrocities of the world, Apartheid. While explaining the origins of the strategic racial suppression of Africans in what is now known today as South Africa, better known as Apartheid, Noah parallels touching stories of the relationship he shared with his mother, father and his first love -a small dog named Fufi. Born under this rule of law to an African mother and a father from Switzerland, Noah was essentially, as the title appropriate describes, Born A Crime. It was forbidden for Races to "mix" however Trevor's mother, as she so often does throughout this book, defies the illogical and inhumane rule and follows her heart. She desires a child, someone to love unconditionally, so she plans an independent pregnancy and life with a child conceived by a forbidden love. This book is funny, informative and immersive. Mama Noah is a hero with wisdom beyond her years. Her religious grounding served as an anchor as she raises Noah to navigate a world that rejects him. When stripped down to bare bones, this book is an ode to Noah's mother, not really an memoir about him. He affectionately praises his mother's love and direction through their, at times, tremulousness relationship during each stage of his life. In early chapters Noah precedes a small insight to the ill fate of his mother being shot in the back of the head by his step-dad. With this, the reader saviors the stories of his child- and young adulthood, only in a futile effort to stall the details of the daunting moment when he shares the full story. Spoiler Alert: She survives! I promise you will laugh out loud at least once while reading this book. Every person inclusive of the African diaspora will relate to attending "Black Church" and "White Church". And as Noah so eloquently put it during his monologue about shitting - yes, shitting-, we all can relate to stories about shit -well because "we all shit. Beyonce shits, the Pope shits...I think God made humans shit the way that they do because it keeps us all humble. No matter how successful you are, you shit." I have one thing to say to Mr. Noah: Job well done Sir. Your talent is undeniable. Keep on shitting my friend. I recommend this book to anyone looking for an unexpectedly delightful, fun, read -especially as we near Mother's Day weekend. See below for a few (there were many) of my favorite quotes from this work (in no particular order). I am looking forward to hearing what you all think! As always, when you are finished reading, connect with me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to let me know your thoughts, questions and/or comments. I love hearing from you all! What book would you recommend I read next? Visit Our Bookstore xoxoxoxoxox -Happy reading my friends, RTOR "A knowledgeable man is a free man, or a man that thirsts for freedom." "Even if he never leaves the ghetto, he will know that the ghetto is not the world." "If you think too much about [whopping] that Mom gave you, or [the one] that life gave you, you'll be too afraid to push the boundaries." "You do not own the think that you love..." "Relationships are built in the silences." "We spend so much time being afraid of failure, afraid of rejection, but regret is the thing we should fear most. Failure is an answer, reject is an answer, regret is an eternal question you will never have the answer to...What if?"

  • Wellness| Goleta Education Foundation Lemon Run-10K (Santa Barbara, California)

    Hosting Philanthropic organization Goleta Education Foundation (GEF) supports the students, teachers, administrators and families in The Goleta Union School District (GUSD). GUSD covers the Goleta Valley with a population of approximately 80,000 in the City of Goleta and a large unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County. The more than, 3,700 students in GUSD are diverse in both socioeconomics and ethnicity. The Goleta Education Foundation offers support to schools in the district, with the goal of creating parity across all programs for a variety of learning groups, regardless of an individual school’s ability to raise funds to augment the district’s resources. GEF is currently an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff. Location: Santa Barbara California, City of Goleta Options 10K and 5K Multi-race - Adult 10K and 5K Multi-race - Kids 12 and under Lemon Run 10K - Adult Lemon Run 10K - Kids 12 and under Lemon Run 5k - Adult Lemon Run 5K - Kids 12 and under 1 K Fun Run - 13 and older Kids 1K Fun Run - 12 and under Organizational Effectiveness: I was able to register for the race up until the day before the event. When I arrived, it was a breeze to register. The starting line was festive with beautiful ocean front views. This is a medium/small community event with plenty of hospitality. The finish line was full of treats such as fruit, water, coffee and juice, all manned by local volunteers. You'll definitely feel the spirit of this city during the event. Trail/Course info: Held at beautiful Goleta Beach park, Obern Trail bike path. The trail is flat and through a wooded area. Experience: Overall it was a very pleasant experience. Fellow runners were friendly once they began to know you. There were plenty of eager jovial children at the starting line, a fun BONUS! The 10k trail could have used a few more directional signs through the primarily wooded trail to distinguish it from the other events. There were two water stops along the way of this very flat trail so get ready to be hydrated and run close to your personal best time. Leading up to the finish line there is a busy entrance into the park where officers will direct traffic. Be careful and make sure you pay attention to the correct path to the finish line. WOW factor: Of course the ocean side views will blow you away! However, you'll only get to see it during the start and finish of the run. Would I run it again? Given a shared passion for education equity, I would absolutely run this event again. How to register: https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/Goleta/LemonRun2018

  • Travel Tips| Happy Margarita Day! (Houston, TX)

    February 22nd is #NationalMargaritaDay all around the country. Millions of people will rush to the nearest watering hole to order a signature margarita, guacamole and chips. Though I am recovering from a cold during the festivities this year, I thought I'd offer you an alternative to the good 'ol Margarita. These recipes are inspired by Perry's Steakhouse, a popular high-end restaurant here in Texas. Check out the post below for two cocktails guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds and your anxiety (lol). Cucumber Blueberry Martini: Smirnoff Blueberry vodka shaken with fresh lime juice, cranberry and muddled cucumber. Peachy Glen: Glenmorangie 10 year old scotch shaken with Belvedere Peach Nectar vodka, stonefruit puree and fresh pressed lemon juice. Truffle Steak Fries Complete with a side of garlic aioli (OMG!). A more than adequate substitution for chips and guacamole. If you give any of these a try (at home or in the restaurant), tag me on Instagram and tell me all about the experience!