Wonder. Life After College.

Graduation is getting closer and closer.  More than ever, the concept of leaving this chapter in my life is becoming clearer.  I have begun to wonder what life after college will be like.

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I have talked to other seniors about their plans after college.  Many of them are going off to grad school, some are going straight into a career and some just do not know.  I can relate!  I am fighting with those last two everyday.

I like to make plans, and I always believe it is important to be making plans for such an important event like graduation.  For those that are looking into more options than just the job or grad school, you should check these out.

Join the Peace Corps – my cousin is doing this right now and she loves the program.  You could do anything from teaching to research.

Want to stay in America, join the AmeriCorps.  You can be placed in several different types of non-profit organizations or in a teaching position.

Love the outdoors?  Work in a National Park for the summer.

Work with children and teach in low-income areas, Teach for America.

Discover Japan and teach english through the JET Program.

Do you have musical talent? Discover the seas and play on a cruise ship.

If none of these still suit you, think about finding an internship or fellowship with a company that you would love to work for.  If you want to go abroad, look for an internship that will take you across the ocean.

Being so young, we have multiple options – always.  Our lives can go in many different directions, and this is very true after our college graduation.  Think about it.  What options would you take?

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El Coyote Mexican Cafe

I’ll have an extra side of salsa with that!

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Los Angeles offers more than a handful of great mexican joints to check out.  Even Yelp was not that helpful this last Saturday when I was trying to find the best one.  There are just to many to choose from.  It was a little hard to narrow down the search.  However, I decided to humor my Los Angeles Mexican craving with El Coyote Mexican Cafe.  I will have to say one of the most humorist things about this place was that it had valet parking.  I don’t believe I have ever seen valet parking for a Mexican restaurant before.

If you did not already know this about me,  I love history…and good food.  When you happen to put the two together, I become very excited.  And I was very excited about El Coyote not just for its food but the place’s long interesting history.  Serving Los Angeles since 1931, this place had a little history behind it.

The atmosphere was pleasant and very home-feeling.  When first walking into the restaurant, you are greeted with countless photographs of famous people that have enjoyed this mexican food as much as I did.  The place was decorated for halloween or “The Day of the Dead,” and there were more lights than I could possibly count.

Now what did I actually eat?  It was my first time of course and usually at these times I like to try the ‘famous’ dishes of the house.  This being said, my drink was a dead give-a-way.  That night, I had the famous El Coyote House Margarita.  It was pretty good too, but it was a little on the strong side.  I quickly found this out half way through!  Despite, I would say the House Margarita is a must have at this place.  It was very yummy, and it’s a great compliment to any mexican dish.

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For the main course, I went with the #1 which is the most famous dish at El Coyote.  It was an assortment of cheese/beef enchiladas sided with a hard taco.  The ingredients where fresh and have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE white cheese?

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I have not even mentioned the chips and salsa in this post yet.  I would say this was even better than the meal, because the chips were warmly just made and the salsa was fresh.  There were way to many chips eaten at this meal.  This meal was very tasty and when I find myself back in Los Angeles craving mexican food again….this will be a must.

Oh So Sweet

Do you love yummy BBQ? I know I sure do! Many of the reasons might have something to do with growing up in Huntsville, Alabama.

Slows BBQ is a little joint in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Amongst old factory buildings and the old Detroit train station, Slows is the perfect, classy restaurant amongst a city of history. This little place is in an area known as Corktown which was first settled by the Irish in the mid 1800s.

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Slows BBQ is known for, of course, its yummy BBQ, but also its amazing selection of beer. These beer selections come from breweries through out Michigan, and it is one of the few places in Michigan that offers this collection. My selection tonight was the Founder’s Red Rye. It was a medium malt, light, balanced with a hint of pineapple finish.
My selection of BBQ was The Mary-Ann Brisket with an amazing side of Mac-n-cheese. Slows is particularly famous for its savory, cheesy mac-n-cheese. It was the perfect side to the BBQ. The brisket was wet, tangy and smokey. The meat was tender and left an array of different flavors in your mouth. Now, I am usually pretty picky about my BBQ sauces; however, Slow’s had an amazing Apple BBQ sauce. I have never had something like this in my life, but it was the perfect combination of sweet and savory.
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Slows BBQ is a fun little place in old, historic downtown Detroit. The BBQ is amazing, and the beer selection is extensive. If you ever find yourself in this part of the US, I would highly recommend this little place.