Bye, bye belly

Close your eyes and visualize this: A toothpick that swallowed a lemon. Now open them and you will see how I see myself, which is why I have decided to have tumescent liposuction today. I'm 50 years and three days old. But the decision to do lipo didn't just hit me because of my age. Those of you who know me have put up with me complaining about my belly for years. When I texted the news to a girlfriend in Chicago whom I've known since the 80s, she texted back: "Awesome Girl!!! I'm surprised … [Read more...]

Sinning in Sin City

Kelly E. Carter and Michael Mina at Seablue Las Vegas

When it comes to fine dining, I'll bet that Las Vegas wins hands down over any other city in the country based on the number of fantastic restaurants within close proximity of one another. Any takers? Since gluttony is a sin, I admit I've sinned plenty in the city known as Sin City. In Vegas I've gorged at the restaurants of some of the most notable celebrity chefs around the country (and even world in some cases), including Michael Mina,  Jean-Georges Vongerichten,  Masa Takayama, Joël … [Read more...]

My hair is good enough for me

It's apropos that I saw Chris Rock's new documentary/comedy "Good Hair" on a day when I wrestled with what to do with my natural hair. Should I straighten it for a  two-question television shoot to make myself more acceptable-looking to viewers or be myself? First of all let me say that I really enjoyed the movie, which opens in theaters in October. There are some things I would have changed were it my movie but it's not. And I understand why Chris did what he did. I don't want to get … [Read more...]