Authored by Chevie
I have never had pleasant thoughts about curry. In fact, the thought of that strong very distinct smell brings back memories of dry heaves and gag reflexes... But as I get better (not older) I've made a commitment to do things I wouldn't normally do, try things I wouldn't normally try and go places I wouldn't normally go. Well, recently a nerd that we all know and love asked me to go eat at a local Thai restaurant. It's so local, I can see it from my back window. Anyway, I agreed to try it and off we went. Anothai Cuisine is located on the Northwest side of town in a little busy corner of a well known park n ride in Cypress.
It was pretty simple inside, no fuss no muss. The scenery was pretty basic and there wasn't much in the way of decor. In light of that, my hopes were not very high. But at this point there was no turning back. I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. Let me confirm... It was THE BEST! They have thoroughly changed my mind about curry and Thai food in general. I had no idea that the food would be that good! From the lemongrass soup to the green curry with tofu... Amazing! I topped it all off with mango and sticky rice. Everything was wonderful. They even had these neat little tea pots made with the tea glass built in. The food was reasonably priced and since they are situated right in my back yard, the location is perfect! If your ever in Cypress waiting for traffic to die down or just have a taste for Thai be sure to stop by.
And this is another reason why I would never own an Android phone. I have to admit, I have one of the coolest jobs on the planet. I'm paid to penetrate corporations via their network and in person. But by far the best part of my job is simply sitting outside of a place like Starbucks and collecting information from Android users. Yes, there are hacking tools that allow bad guys to collect your (Android users) information, especially if you’re using the free WiFi.
One of the more recent disturbing exploits is designed to hack Android phones remotely. This puts millions of Android users in jeopardy of having their phones and all the information stored on them compromised. The name is Android Stagefright Exploit!
It allows the cyber criminal to hack Android smartphones in 10 seconds! All they have to do is trick an unsuspecting user to visit a hacker’s web page which contains a malicious code file. In simplest terms, when you visit the site your phone now belongs to a hacker.
So what is Stagefright? It’s a multimedia playback library built inside the Android operating system to process, record and play multimedia files such as videos. What was discovered is that the core Android component can be remotely exploited to hijack 95% of Android devices with just a simple trick message or web page.
How it works:
1. The hacker tricks poor Android user to visit a malicious web page containing a video, which will crash the Android’s software to reset its internal state.
2. Once it’s restarted, information about your phone is sent over the Internet to the hackers server.
3. The hacker then sends a custom generated video file to the affected device (your Android), allowing the Stagefright bug to reveal more information about your Android’s internal state.
4. That information is sent back to the hacker, with another video file that contains the malware (the bad stuff), which when processed by Starfright starts executing on the Android’s smartphone with all privileges it needs to spy on its owner.
There you have it. So it may not be wise to store valuable information on your phone. Things like banking information, home address, credit card information and those special photos that have absolutely NO business being on your phone in the first place.
I will be the first to say that I am not a coffee aficionado. In fact, I’m somewhat of an amateur. My taste in coffee ranges from the famous chain coffee shops that EVERYONE goes to, to the cheap coffee I had to inject while serving in the Navy for 20 years. Now that I’m back home, I’ve decided that I want to explore the NEW Houston; the local coffee shops in particular. But in doing so, I want to support independently owned businesses. So my cousin and I decided to take a chance on a little unique coffee shop located in the 6th Ward - northwest of downtown Houston called Catalina Coffee.
There was a real feeling of being a Houstonian as soon as I walked in. We were completely entrenched in exposed brick and industrial design, which gave off a very old Houston feel. There was an obvious respect for local patrons by way of the artwork from native artists on full display. Also, there was acute effort placed on the perfection of presentation when it came to food and drinks. The latte artwork is pretty impressive, which vibes perfectly with the hipness of the little coffee shop.
And the coffee? It was excellent! I had a Caramel Macchiato. I was anticipating a taste of familiarity, but surprisingly it was totally different. There wasn’t an overly strong coffee taste, nor an exaggeration of sweetness. It was by all accounts, perfection. Again, I’m no coffee connoisseur but I’ve been to enough coffee shops across the globe to know good coffee when I taste it.
If you want to taste great coffee all while feeling like a native Houstonian, Catalina Coffee is an excellent choice. There were no laptop techies and wifi surfers, only newspaper junkies and book readers lost in their imagination. It was refreshing to see more of a vintage old school, yet modern coffee shop.
I highly recommend Catalina’s. It’s great place to hang out and catch up with an old friend.
Everyone morning before leaving for work I make a smoothie. With the Houston traffic, smoothies are the way to go.
1 Granny Smith apple or any apple (seeds included)
2 cups of kale (or whatever looks good)
2 cups of spinach (again, the same as the kale)
1 tbsp Agave/honey or whatever natural sweetener
1/2 pear (great sweetener)
8-10 ice cubes
1 cup of almond milk or water (less calories)
1 tsp flax seed. (Tbsp if you want a nutty taste)
white grape juice
You can add anything you want to your smoothie. For the most part the top ingredients are the base for the smoothie. Also, because I'm vegetarian, I add 1 scoop of GNC SuperFoods 25 Berry Flavor and 1 scoop of GNC Puredge Complete Vegan Protein Natural Vanilla to make sure I'm getting enough protein each day.
So all I do is put all the ingredients in a VitaMix and turn it on high. The longer the VitaMix/blender runs, the more liquified the smoothie becomes. I like my smoothies really liquified.
Atlanta is a very historical and beautiful city. It breeds excitement and energy. But I wanted to see the other side of her. The side that once played a significant role in the Civil Rights. In the past Auburn St. - better known as "Sweet Auburn" - a National Historic Landmark significant for its history and development as a segregated area under the state's Jim Crow laws. However, as time past the hardship, decay and neglect took it's tow on parts of Sweet Auburn. But under all the dirty and neglect there was still something beautiful about it. CLICK here.
I was in desperate need of an office space. So I decided to convert part of my basement into an office. However, I didn't want an average office. I wanted something different, vintage and retro. I have a collection of vintage junk in my garage, and decide that I had enough creativity to come up with the perfect office.
I have a jones for old suitcases. This is by far one of my favorite pieces. I used the legs of an old wooden tv tray and mounted it on to the suitcase. For my office it's perfect as a end table.