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Burrito Del Sol

Hey, y’all!

If you are like me, you visit the Destin/Santa Rosa/Ft.Walton/Navarre area every summer; if that is the case, listen up – and listen up closely.

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I found out about Burrito Del Sol from my friend Chelsea when she lived in the area. That was in 2015 — and I’ve been back over 10 times.

To quote their website, “Burrito Del Sol is a Mexican Restaurant serving fresh Baja-Style Mexican food in Downtown Fort Walton Beach, FL and our newest location in Destin, FL. All dishes are prepared in one of four signature styles including baja, chipotle, bbq, and southwest. Our chicken and steak are slow roasted for up to 7 hours. Popular menu items include blackened shrimp tacos “baja style”, steak nachos “chipotle style”, and chicken burritos “southwest style”. We are 100% family owned and operated.”

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The decor of Burrito Del Sol is iconic, for they use a lot of Frida Kahlo artwork. Personally, I have only been to the Ft. Walton location (it’s closer to where I stay in Navarre), but I’m sure both locations will serve you well.

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My ultimate suggestion would be to order the Baja shrimp tacos on corn tortillas. Additionally, you should get a 4 oz (the largest) queso and guacamole. In my opinion, it could be the best queso that I’ve ever had; additionally, the guacamole is delicious – thick, chunky, and a little heavy on the onion, which I love.

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Be sure to check them out – and tell them that I sent ya!

As always, Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: I was not compensated for this post; all opinions are my own.

The Yes Brands Audible Experience: Live A Better Life With JCP Eats

Hey, y’all!

I was so honored to recently be interviewed on the The Yes Brands Audible Experience: Live A Better Life Podcast!

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Description: “JC Phelps has built an online brand through sharing his life, being vulnerable, and showing people ways to live life with more joy and fulfillment.”

 In this interview, I get real. I talk about my body, my weight, body positivity, my growth online, my career goals, my hometown, my family history, etc.

It was so much fun! A special thanks to Jason Mudd for having me!

Check it out here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-yes-brands-audible-experience-live-a-better-life/id969069436?mt=2&i=1000413429935

As always, Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is not a sponsored post; I was not compensated.

Pride Month 2018: eBay + GLAAD

Hey, y’all!

This Pride Month, I am honored to be teaming up with eBay and GLAAD; However, pride isn’t just a month of the year for me – it’s a lifestyle.

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Growing up gay in Southern Kentucky wasn’t always the easiest of experiences. I constantly feared being ostracized, marginalized, judged, and bullied. As an adult, I changed that narrative – the only thing that I fear is not being able to loudly and proudly live my life as my authentic self. For this, I am grateful and many thanks are due to the organizations and individuals that have advocated for our rights as LGBTQ citizens.

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This year, eBay is celebrating Pride Month by raising funds for GLAAD, a nonprofit that promotes LGBTQ acceptance.  Visit http://bit.ly/eBayPrideMonth to purchase exclusive Pride-themed pins, donate for a chance to hang with the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and more. The best part is 100% of the proceeds will benefit GLAAD! Donations start at just $10.

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For over 30 years, GLAAD has been at the forefront of cultural change, accelerating acceptance for the LGBTQ community. What a worthy cause, y’all!

As I always say, Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: I was compensated for this post; all opinions are my own.

National Doughnut Day

Hey, y’all!

Friday, June 1st was a very important day for us foodies – National Doughnut Day! Before we start talking about those delicious carbohydrates, I have a confession. In my world, it is 100% doughnut, not donut. That spelling makes me cringe.

I wasn’t in Louisville to celebrate the day; rather, I was home in Southern Kentucky. Where did I celebrate, then?

Amon’s!

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To quote their website, “Six decades, seventy varieties, one dedicated family.”

Their story: “Amon and Rosemary Stephens were in Detroit, Michigan, when they received a call from Rosemary’s uncle saying he wanted to sell his bakery. He had taught the couple everything he knew about the business, and now wanted to turn it over to them.

So for her birthday, Amon gave Rosemary a bakery. The transaction was complete on January 18, 1951 and the couple set up shop in a small space off of Zachary Way in Downtown Somerset.

“That’s what he bought me for my birthday, and I tell [people] I haven’t been out of a job since,” Rosemary said.

The bakery outgrew that original location, and during the next six decades moved several places — including Tradewinds Shopping Center and the Somerset Mall — before landing in its current location on South Highway 27 at Light 13.

The bakery has been a focal point of the Stephens family throughout the years. Though Amon, a World War II veteran and ordained minister, retired from day-to-day operation several years before his death in 2012 at age 90, he and Rosemary remained familiar faces at the bakery. People in the community remember him not only for his famous sweets, but also for his giving nature and compassionate spirit. The bakery has been involved with many community service efforts, including God’s Food Pantry, the American Cancer Society and the Organ Donor Program.

Now owned and operated by Doug Stephens, one of the couple’s four sons, Amon’s is a favorite among locals, tourists and dignitaries. It’s even rumored that President Bill Clinton at one time dispatched runners to get Amon’s doughnuts for him. Amon’s Sugar Shack is nationally recognized for its sweets and café-style meals, having been featured twice as a favorite in Southern Living magazine (including No. 1 favorite bakery), and selected as one of the 101 best places to eat in Kentucky by journalist Gary West. The recognition has drawn business from people across the country.

While the bakery’s claim to fame is the original glazed donut, the bakery offers more than 70 varieties at any given time. All of the donut production is done by hand; all breads, cakes, icing and cookies are made from scratch.”

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If you are ever in Somerset or Southern Kentucky, don’t miss out on their delicious offerings! Plus, a doughnut, such as the one above, will only set you back $1.00.

You can visit them at 1900 South U.S. Hwy. 27, Light No. 13, Somerset, KY, 42501 and they can be reached at (606) 678-4392. Be sure to tell them that JCP Eats sent ya!

As always, Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

Happy Birthday, Kentucky!

Y’all — I’m a day late to the party. As a ride-or-die, through-and-through Kentuckian, I should be ashamed of myself. However, being fashionably late is excusable on occasion, correct?

Yesterday was Kentucky’s 226th birthday. My dear Commonwealth, you’re not as old as Methuselah – but, you’re gettin’ on up there! But, like fine wine, you get better with age.

What is Kentucky to me?

Kentucky is a heritage. It’s Phelps Acres Farm, the land my family homesteaded in 1798 – the very land that I grew up on. It’s people – God fearin’, hard workin’, genuinely good folk. It’s strong bourbon, bluegrass, the tulip poplar. It’s cardinals (not wildcats, ya know), the sun shinin’ bright. It’s the sweetest of tea, the farmhouse meals that rival a Michelin star restaurant. It’s the hills, the mountains, the lakes, the rivers, the creeks.

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It’s my Commonwealth — the only place that I ever want to call home.

As always, Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

Derby City Men Who Cook 2018

Y’all –

I have the immense privilege of partnering with the Pi Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha this summer. What am I talking about? An event next month that is NOT to be missed!

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The 31st Annual Derby City Men Who Cook is presented by the Derby City Tea Rose Foundation, Inc. What all does it entail? It’s a night of fine cuisine tastings, prepared by more than 40 professional and amateur cooks; a night of class and elegance; and a night of philanthropy.

At a mere $50 price tag, patrons will be able to sink their teeth into savory entrees, vote for their favorites, and crown the 2018 Derby City Men Who Cook Champion. It also features exciting door prizes and a keepsake for each guest.

Ticket sales go towards their scholarship fund, which increases access to education – a mission that I will forever back!

The Pi Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha hosts leadership and educational workshops for the youth of Louisville and participates in service projects dedicated to bettering the under-served population of our city. Pi Lambda Omega is the graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, a Greek-letter organization that boasts a membership of more than 200,000 women in the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa.

Event Details:

When? June 9th, 2018

Time? 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Where? C2 Event Venue, 225 E. Breckinridge St, Louisville, KY 40203

Ticket Information: Contact Lonita Baker at 502-210-7062 to purchase. 

Y’all, I implore that you make it out to this event. It’s one that is not to be missed – fantastic food, fantastic cause. It doesn’t get much better than that!

As I always say, Happy Eating, Happy Living, Happy Traveling.

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

A Letter To My Best Friend On Her College Graduation

Shelby, or as I like to call you, sister:

You’ve finished your undergraduate career! What a feat – certainly one to celebrate!

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Let’s reminiscence, shall we?

I met you when you were a freshman at Centre College during your first week of classes; I, a Junior at the time, was in the same Philosophy class as you with Dr. Eva Cadavid. Upon finding out that you, too, were a Southern Kentuckian (and the Lake Cumberland region, to boot) – I had to befriend you.

While I immediately wanted to be your friend, I had no idea what would transpire. I didn’t think I’d be inheriting family, a travel partner, a confidant, a ride or die, a person that I love with every ounce of my being. But, I did – and I’m eternally grateful.

Our commonalities are ever-evolving. You’re moving to Louisville, my city. We will always share our SOKY heritage, our love for our alma mater, and now we are taking on law school together. Think of a more iconic duo – I dare you.

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Though we are only two years apart, I feel much older than you. In fact, I see you as the younger sibling that I never had. I’m protective, defensive, and most importantly, incessantly proud.

My bestowment upon you today, the day before you graduate, is a demand. Well, that’s a little harsh – it’s a request, one that it would strongly behoove you to follow. What is it?

Start seeing yourself the way that I see you.

You are strong, beautiful, intelligent, kind.

You have a way to make me laugh that no one else does, even if it makes me roll my eyes.

You have a giving heart, a southern spirit – something that is rare, pure, and to be celebrated.

You have determination and the skill to back it up.

You are worthy, deserving.

You are the best – and you are capable.

I’ll always be in your corner.

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I cannot wait to see you walk the line tomorrow – I’m not sure I’ve ever been so proud of you! Let’s kick some law school ass in the coming years & make this world a better, more equitable place.

I love you, sister.

Best,

JC

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