Monday, November 30, 2009

Sleepy Monday's

Good Morning All!

After all of the turkey and stuffing....
I feel like how this man looks

This photo was taken on an Manhattan bound R train

Sunday, November 29, 2009

NYC Food & Restaurants - Drinks

For some reason on Sunday's I crave bubble tea. I blame my new love of Flushing Queens for this obsession.

I'm not too bias on where I purchase my bubble tea but there's one place near the train station called Quickly that never disappoints me when it comes to taste.

My preferred bubble tea is the black tea and I usually just get a small to soothe my craving.

If you know of any bubble tea places or bubble tea flavors that I should try send me a message or tweet it to me: ---

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Casserole Crazy

A month ago (give or take a few days) I participated in a Brooklyn's Fifth Annual Casserole Party hosted by Casserole Diva Emily Farris held at Brooklyn Label in Greenpoint.
I paired up with my friend Kelly and we stormed through the competition as "Team Rice & Beans".
Kelly being the Rice and I the beans.

Her and I sat down and decided to create an "ethnic" casserole. We wanted to turn a traditional dish and add some our Caribbean and Latin heritage flavor. Our slogan was "Mi casa es su Casserole".

Our casserole included white rice (made Spanish style), red beans, steak, home made sofrito, queso blanco and topped it with maduros (soft plantains).

Kelly and I did not follow a typical casserole recipe, we basically free-styled it.

The casserole came out pretty good. We came in the competition as rookies. Between the two of us it was our first casseroles ever!

We did learn two valuable lessons:

#1 - Add plenty of cheese when making a casserole.

#2 - When competing in a casserole competition the contains rice, cut the casserole in slices - so the judges have a fair amount of your casserole.

Overall, it was a good time, I got to taste a lot of different casseroles like fried chicken casseroles, casserole's topped with nachos, cornbread casseroles, sweet potato casserole, and duck confit casserole (which was the winner).

When I spotted the duck confit I remember telling my friend "Oh no someone made duck - I think they're gonna win".

And the winning casserole was the Duck Confit casserole, which was actually pretty tasty.

For more info on the Casserole Crazy party click the link below:

Casserole Crazy

Check out some articles about this Casserole Party here:

50bucksAweek Blog
Greenpoint Gazette

(Never mind my last name is spelled wrong.. but its okay ^_^)

And check out some of Emily's photos on her facebook:

Emily Farris's Photos - The Fifth Annual Casserole Party

And I came across this great with a ton of casserole recipes:


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Sweet Potato Pie

Today I made a sweet potato pudding pie for the first time.
It was rather easy to make.
Every year I have sweet potato pudding pie at my parents house (made by my mother or my grandmother) but this year I made the pie.
I got the recipe from (click on the link below to see the full recipe).

Sweet Potato Pudding Pie Recipe from

I took a few pics of the all the ingredients gathered in my kitchen.

It took about an hour and a half to prepare the whole pie.

My advice if you decide to make this is to follow the recipe and the pie will turn out perfect.
I liked this pie but I think I should have included some vanilla extract to it.

But overall I really enjoyed making it.

Happy Turkey Day

Hola Blog Readers!

Just wanted to wish you a happy thanksgiving. I am thankful to have such loyal readers of this page.

Today I will be spending time with my family, stuffing my face with macaroni and cheese and watching the entire season 4 of Dexter.

I hope everyone enjoys their day no matter how or who your spending it with.

Here's a cute thanksgiving commercial. I can totally see myself having the same trouble with such a large turkey.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Birthday Times - Karaoke!!!

In the spirit of giving thanks....this past week(end) I celebrated my 25th Birthday.
And I want to give a special thanks to everyone who helped me celebrate.
I'd like to also thank all of my blog readers and facebook friends.

And for those who didn't get a chance to have a lil Tameeka Time during the week of November 20th. I hope these video clips make you feel like you were there.

In the first video you'll get to meet some special people in my life. We had the pleasure of chowing down on some delicious family style Korean BBQ at Don's Bogam in Korea Town

Tameeka Time's Korean BBQ Times from Tameeka Time on Vimeo.

Now that you've met everyone... now it's time to hear us sing. (The place was pretty dark but you can make out who's who and who's singing what).

Tameeka Time & Friends Karaoke Fun from Tameeka Time on Vimeo.

Once again, thanks for all the love.

*If you think these people in the video are cool... check out what they do:

(Me) Tameeka - Check out my Youtube vids
Cortesnyc - Cortes Creates
J-Smalls - John Smalls
Patrice - Hellandheartaches (Blog)
Paigey - The Art of Paigey (Blog)
Brother Love - Brother Love Rocks

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hump Day

Happy Hump Day All!

I finally got to catch up on the internets and here are my 2 favorite videos of the week...

I can do without either song but I like Rihanna's Russian Roulette video because of her shoes

and because she looks like she belongs guest starring on True Blood... plus she's not just shaking it for the camera or singing about damned umbrellas. And I just like Lady Gaga's Bad Romance video because it looks like someone actually art directed this video and while I was watching the it I remembered this shot from Marilyn Mansion's The Beautiful People video...

Have a look.

Rihanna - Russian Roulette

Lady Gaga "Bad Romance"

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

NYC Food & Restaurants - Sushi

In my mission to organize my life, I'm starting out with organizing the photos in my iphone.

According to my iphone, this past summer and this current fall I have been to a lot of restaurants and I've taken a lot of photos of these places and their food.

So.... I decided to start posting lil blurbs about the restaurants I've been to.

Here's my first:

Hana Sushi

It's located on 7th avenue between 22nd & 23rd Street.

It's a cool sushi spot if you want to catch a quick dinner. It's not a fancy place and the vibe tends to be after-work casual. I've also gotten lunch as well as take out from this place. The lunch is reasonable but I recommend sitting and eating in here. Something tends to get lost in transit when your favorite rolls come in a plastic container.

Overall, the rolls were delicious and the service was great.

I recommend: the dragon rolls

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Hello Lovely & Loyal Blog Readers,

I need your help. Myself and artist Christian Cortes entered our graff/art videos into this contest for Babelgum. We are going for the Best Street Art Video Award and the winner will receive a cash prize of $ 5,000 and our video will be screened in Times Square.

So if you can just click on any banner in this post and vote for the video's I shot and edited (you don't even have to sign up - just vote). Votes are counted daily so share this with all your friends) Help us win this!!

Here's some info on the contest:

Babelgum Metropolis is looking for the globe’s best and edgiest artists for the world’s biggest art show (probably!). Winners will have their work shown on giant advertising screens this December in Times Square, the neon heart of New York City. Not only will you share your artwork with millions in the world’s contemporary art capital, you’ll also enjoy the kudos of being a maverick art squatter among New York’s most expensive advertising real estate! Overall winners will be chosen by iconic arthouse actress and video artist Isabella Rossellini and an illustrious panel of judges from the art world. See the "Meet the Judges" panel on the right to find out more.

Puerto Rico Graffiti Tour Video Part 5 of 6

Here's the 5th installment of Cortesnyc's Puerto Rico graffiti tour.
I really enjoyed editing this video mostly because of the documentary portion.
In this one Cortes got a chance to interview graff and tattoo artist Blen167. The interview takes place in Blen's tattoo shop and we've even got a few shots of him tattoo'ing another artist; John Smalls.

Check it out. It's an interesting video.
(And if you haven't watch the other videos in this series click here: Cortesnyc's Puerto Rico Graff Tour Videos)

Video shot by J.Smalls ( )
Edited by Tameeka Ballance ( )
Music by CortesNyc (

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Good Hair Movie Review

I finally made time and went to the 34th Street AMC Loews Theater and watched Chris Rock's documentary Good Hair.

I was pleasantly surprised by the crowd that was viewing the film. It was a mixed bag of Whites, Blacks, and Asians.

I was also pleasantly surprised by the film itself. I liked the film for what it was. I'm glad that Chris Rock is trying to inform people about black hair since it is a topic/issue in every black woman's life.

I did leave the theater thinking about my own hair situation, which means Chris Rock did something right. A well produced documentary should make the viewers (or at least one viewer) think about their own situation and how they can relate to the film.

There were a few aspects of the film that I did like and some that I felt were not necessary (or it's role could have been shortened in the film).

Such as the topic of "natural hair". Rock spoke about every type of weave, perms, wigs, and styles but he didn't inform people that not all women have to perm their hair or wear wings. People should know that there are alternatives.

There were scenes of Rock interviewing women in various salons getting their hair weaved, braided, and permed. I would have liked him to ask every woman "why don't you just go natural and leave the "creamy crack" (perm) alone." The topic was bought up but not discussed heavily, I think that would have made for some great on screen conversations amongst the women.

The film was heavily casted with B & C list celebrities (and maybe an A list celeb or two). But to me that added a bit of charm to the documentary. I think it helped the female audience relate to their favorite r&b singer or black actress.

I was surprised to see rapper/actor Ice-T in this doc. I forgot that he was always known for his luxurious pimp like style. He surely added a masculine touch to the interview portion.

Everyone gave good, light hearted, even humorous interviews. The only one that bothered me was Raven Symone (Olivia from The Cosby Show). She was a bit awkward and came off a little too obsessed with her weaves and when Chris Rock asked her about starting her own line of hair, she responded like she was making a joke but being half serious, it was just weird.

As for the "hair show portion" of the film, it was well spread out but it played a bigger role than it should have especially in a film about "good hair". The characters that were followed didn't even talk about what "good hair" meant to them, they were just worried about their performance in the hair show not how their models hair styles looked. So that was a bit odd to me.

There were two things that I learned from this film. I did not know that women were allowing their 3-year old daughters to get their hair permed.

That's insane. I was shocked when Chris Rock was talking to little girls and they were taught to think that perming your hair is what you are supposed to do. I also learned that Indian hair is a huge commodity amongst black people. I did know that women were purchasing and wearing Indian hair but I just didn't know it was so expensive and in such demand. There are even stories of a young Indian girls getting their hair stolen off of their heads (in India not America).

Over all, I think this documentary is worth seeing. Everyone can learn about the "black hair struggle".

I am not too fond of Rock's comedy (especially in this film) but he did make a great point that "what's on the inside is what really matters."

**If I happened to convince you to see this film and you haven't watched the trailer yet, check it out here.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Black Hair Puzzle Solution

Hello lovely people,,, I'm now back on track with my blogging and here are the Black Hair Word Search solution.

I've included brief descriptions of all of the words in puzzle for those who still wonder about black hair terms & a few YouTube videos to visual it. Hope this helps and informs. Also, be sure to share this post with all your lady friends.

-Micro braids: Micro Braids are small, delicate braids. They come in several different sizes and lengths, and take about 7 to 9 hours to complete. {Micro Braid Tutorial Video}

-Curls: To Curl one's hair is to twist or roll into coils or ringlets. {How to curl your hair}

-Extensions: Extending one's hair is the method of adding commercial hair to natural hair. These methods are used to conceal thinning or hair loss in concentrated areas. {Adding extensions to your hair - yes white girls do it too}

-Pony tail: A ponytail is a hairstyle in which most or all of the hair on the head is pulled away from the face, gathered and secured at the back of the head with a hair tie, clip or similar device, and allowed to hang freely from that point. It gets its name from its resemblance to the tail of a horse or pony. {How to make a ponytail}

-Kinky: Also known as "Black hair", the term is used to refer to the typical texture of Black African hair that has not been altered by hot combs, flat irons, or chemicals (by perming, relaxing, straightening, bleaching or coloring). {Natural Kinky Hair}

-Corn Rows: a traditional style of hair grooming where the hair is braided very close to the scalp, using an underhand, upward motion to produce a continuous, raised row. And they are typically worn by either men or women. {Cornrow instructional video}

-Flat twists: Twists are a two-stranded hairstyle that can be achieved using natural hair or synthetic extensions. It may be done on short, medium or long hair. {How to do Flat Twists}

In the most common variety, both sides of the head are shaved leaving a strip of noticeably longer hair in the center. {Cute braided Mohawk Style}

-Fade: Also known as a "flat top" is a type of very short hairstyle similar to the crew cut, with the exception that the hair on the top of the head is deliberately styled to stand up (typically no more than an inch) and is cut to be flat, resulting in a haircut that is square in shape. -- I couldn't find any females w/ fades except Grace Jones so I settled for this {funny lil video of a man w/ a flat top}

-Hair Grease: is hairdressing consisting of a perfumed oil or ointment. {Blue magic is talked about around 0:44}

-Box Braids:
Box Braids is a type of hair extension, they consist of three-strand braids created by crossing opposing strands, one pair on top of the other. {Different Box Braid Styles}

-Finger Waves: is a method of setting hair into waves (curls) that was popular in the 1920s and 1930s and in the late 1990s in North America and Europe. The process involves pinching the hair between the fingers and combing the hair in alternating directions to make a wave shape. {Finger wavin'}

-Perms: is the chemical and/or thermal treatment of hair to produce waves, curls or straight hair. {Great vid on perming hair}

-Flat Iron: is a tool used to change the structure of the hair with the help of heat. {Flat Ironing your hair}

-Texturized: {See Kinky definition above}

-Dread locks: are heavy matted coils of hair which form by themselves eventually fusing together to form a single dread. This is possible in all hair types if the hair is allowed to grow naturally without grooming or conditioning for a long period of time. {How to dread your hair}

-Wigs: are a head of hair made from horsehair, human hair, wool, feathers, buffalo hair, or synthetic, worn on the head for fashion or various other aesthetic and stylistic reasons, including cultural and religious observance. The word wig is short for periwig and first appeared in the English language around 1675. {Putting on wigs}

-Ringlets: is a type of hairstyle. It is achieved by wrapping a lock of hair around the length of a thin curling iron or can be sported naturally by people with sufficiently tightly curled hair. Ringlets are often also known as tube curls. {How to make ringlet curls}

-Jheri Curl: the Jheri curl is a glossy, loosely curled look. It was touted as a "wash and wear" style that was easier to care for than the other popular chemical treatment of the day. Did you know Michael Jackson wore a jheri curl? {Male Jheri Curl Tutorial}

-Afro: sometimes shortened to "fro", is a hairstyle in which the hair extends out from the head like a halo, cloud or ball. {Natural Fro}

-Weaves: {See Extensions definition above}

-Front lace: is the most recent development in weaving extensions. They are made from a nylon mesh material formed into a cap that is then hand ventilated by knotting single strands of hair into the tiny openings of the capform, giving the hair a more natural, realistic flow than conventional extensions, and creating a lighter, more breathable cap. {Front Lace Instructional Video}

-French Bun: Similar to a pony tail but the hair is not loose, it's tucked in. {French Bun}

-Natural: {See Kinky definition above}

*If you haven't completed the puzzle yet & would like to try it out go here: Tameeka Time's Black Lady Hair Word Search

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