All posts by Talha Ishaq

Entertainment Blogger. Lost Dreamer. Foodie. Wanderer by Soul. Pop culture enthusiast.

Hadiqa Kiani’s Wajd – Her New Chapter

“Wajd is a fruit of my spiritual voyage. Like they say, there is the calm before the storm; it took me a long time to find myself and be honest enough to my music and produce something like Wajd.”

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Hadiqa Kiani is one of the most versatile and finest music acts of Pakistan. After years of giving us catchiest pop music, Hadiqa returns with a new spiritual act and shows more ‘personal’ side of her in her latest project ‘Wajd’ . Wajd is culture rich. It features songs in six different languages Urdu, Sindhi, Saraiki, Pashto, Balochi and Punjabi and surely she has exceled and slayed in every single piece.  Hadiqa has always been defiant with her music style, crossing the musical boundaries and coming up with something diverse, unique and realistic. This is Hadiqa’s ambitious and personally  honest work. Wajd that Hadiqa describes as “an expression of her soul and the result of her perception that is deeply rooted in and empowered by Sufi tradition” has a perfect and well use of classical instrument.

Wajd-Volume-1-Chapter-2-Bhit-Ja-Bhitai-F-10-1Wajd will have eight songs, out of which five have been released. The released ones have already hit the charts and topped on Patari, earning millions of views on social media. Wajd has already caused a huge sensation on Social Media and Kiani is being applauded for gracefully pulling off the ‘folk music’ and giving it a 21st century touch.

Each of the song is called as a ‘Chapter’ by Kiani. The video is conceptualized and directed by Abdullah Haris. She produced the record with her brother Irfan Kiani.

‘Kamle Da Dhola’ is the first chapter off Wajd. The video was shot in one take live format. Kiani sings in Saraiki. The songs has been sung by Reshma and Mussart Nazir. Hadiqa’s rendition is soulful and nonmaterial. Kiani’s vocals are ameliorable. The song runs for more than 8 minutes. Melody is pure and sweet. Opening words are written by Baba Bulleh Shah. Kiani’s high notes are rare and bewitching. Featured instruments are Dholak, Flute, Harmonium and Turkish lavta.

Next chapter is the Sindhi one, ’Bhit Ja Bhitai´, which pays tribute to Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai. It is again soulful and calming. Again Kiani’s vocals are dominating here. The endearment classical music is pure perfection. The use of flute here is soothing.

Third chapter is ‘Aaj Rung Hai’ in both Urdu and Biraj Bhasha. Biraj Bhasha is a western Hindi language. It gained literary acceptance after Mughal King Akbar declared it as one of the languages of royal court. It was originally written by renowned poet Hazrat Amir Khusro. The music video is like icing on the cake. It features Hania Amir and Hasnain Lehri. It is mesmerizing. Every single detail in the embolished video is literal perfection. Music video was a sponsored video for Bonanza’s Eid collection.206067_1_110357_mag

The fourth chapter ‘Kamli’ written by Bulleh Shah. It is also profound and vehment. Vocals will give you goosebumps.

Fifth chapter is ‘Chaap Tilak’. Hadiqa’s rendition is beyond epic. The music video is set in Iconic Haveli Barood Khana in Lahore. The music video is culture rich, featuring a traditional wedding featuring Hasnain Lehri as groom and Anoushey Mughal as bride. It is refreshing and impeccable. It has all the elements that make it perfect; Melodious Vocals, Manigolds, Mehndi, Food, Wedding Fun and Perfection.

I just can’t get enough of every song. I’m already yearning for the next chapter and surely Hadiqa will slay in upcoming ones too.

She said speaking about Wajd:

“WAJD is not only an audio album but a musical journey that aims to explore lost traditions, the freedom of ownership of the Eastern folk tradition, the individuality of each artist and instrument-free from the superficial and over-processing of digital recording and the stripping away of grandiose arrangements to reveal a simple layer of musical truth.”

Turkish Dramas Which Need A Pakistani Remake

Turkish TV series are the latest trend in Pakistan. Strong story-line, realistic and mind-blowing acting, perfect direction, the grandeur, dresses, and oh-so-beautiful awe-inspiring scenery…they excel in every field and have become a major hit here. I, too, am obsessed with them.  Recently, an idea clicked my mind that what if there is a Pakistani remake for these. This provoked me to do post one it and share thoughts on the story-line and possible casting. I know all the actors in the series did justice to their roles and the original series was perfect in its own, but come on this is just for fun. Here you go!

Aşk-ı Memnu (English Forbidden Love)

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This was a major hit both in Pakistan and Turkey and the final episode got a high rating of 11.9 with 90 million viewership. The contentious love story of Bihter and Behlul was loved by all. The serial left people hooked to their television screens with the plot twists, acting and the Bihter-Behlul chemistry of course.

Plot:

Having lost his wife eleven years ago, Adnan has devoted all his attention to his children Nehal and Bulent, living in a mansion near Bosphorous, Istanbul with their children’s nanny Mrs Denise and relative’s son Behlul. On the other side, Bihter is a socialite couple’s daughter who is elegant and beautiful. Adnan falls in love with her and proposes her and they marry. While searching for peace, safety and happiness in Adnan’s mansion, Bihter meets passion. Bihter and Behlul falls passionately for each other. There are plot twists and several love triangles.

Possible casting:

I think Noor Hassan would be a perfect choice to play Behlul. And Mahoor Baloch for Bihter. Hania Amir can play Nehal.

Feriha

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It was also a major hit. I would be amazing to see the version of this ‘dreamy-yet-complicated’ love story of Feriha and Emir.

Plot:

Feriha is a beautiful and young girl born in a poor family.  Her mother is a great support for her who is a housekeeper and her father is a doorman in Etiler, an elite neighbor-hood of Istanbul. Feriha gets a scholarship in an elite University. Embarrassed about her family background, she lies and represents herself as a rich girl. There she meets Emir, who is a playboy. They both fall for each other. There are many complication in their relationship. But love wins.

Possible Casting:

Again, I think Hania Amir would be perfect for the role of Feriha. She resembles her somehow. And Imran Abbass for Emir.

Kara Para Aşk( English: Black Money Love )

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I’m so down for this remake. One of the best Turkish plays. Elif-Omer’s story literally made hearts melt. The story, acting, direction won various accolades. It won the hearts of people straight away.

Plot:

Omer Demir is a devoted police officer who has recently been rewarded an all-expense-paid trip to Istanbul with his fiancée Sibel Andak. He lives in poverty with his mother, older brother and his wife Melike, likes Sibel, who lives with her mother, ill father, and sister. Elif Denizer is a wealthy jewelry designer and head of her family’s empress in Rome. For her birthday she is traveling back to Istanbul, where her father, mother and two sisters live in a large mansion. That evening, her family surprises her for her birthday with a party, but her father dismisses himself early. Next morning Omer is informed about murder of two, when he appears on the scene, the victims are Elif’s father and his fiancee Sibel. An incident brings them closer. They both join handsto find the murderers. They discover some harsh truths about their families. There are complications, romance, action and a lot of mixed feelings. It is a suspense thriller. After every episode you’ll feel like you need a therapy.

Possible Casting:

I’m so into the idea that Fawad Khan should play Omer. It would be astounding to see the talented hunk in the role of a police-officer which he has never ever played before. And Ayeza Khan or Noor Khan would be perfect for Elif’s role.

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There are much more series that you can look up to. But these were the popular ones that I think should get a remake. It would be captivating to watch them from a different angle.

Album Review- ‘Melodrama’ by Lorde

This is grown up Lorde. Four years after the release of her ground-breaking album Pure Heroine as a teenager, Lorde’s return with Melodrama is beyond epic. Melodrama has a theme of solitude, about her relationships, struggle with fame, mood changes and about her being an adult and a grown up woman now.

Melodrama was released on June 16. It debuted at number one in United Sates, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. The album got a high MetaScore of 93/100 making it one of the greatest albums of all times.

Green light – The opening song gives you all vibes of the new adult Lorde. Lorde starts singing with piano and then drum kicks and upbeat piano loops accompy Lorde vocals. Forbes decribed the tune as ‘power pop’.  Lorde described the song as complex and funny. I’m obsessed with this song. It’ll surely make you dance on your own.

Sober- It is the most catchiest and coolest song on the album. The chorus will give you goosebumps.  It is pretty intoxicating, having electro R&B. “Sober” is about “being a little bit involved with someone and it’s magic when you are out — you’re just king and queen of the weekend, you own the party.” “We’re King and Queen of the weekend /Ain’t a pill that could touch our rush” Lorde sings on the chorus.

Homemade Dynamite- This song is what you can call ‘modern pop’. “Homemade Dynamite” describes the moment when you meet someone at a party and an explosive night follows. This songs is ‘explosive’ and ultimate 2017 banger. It will remind you of ‘Royals’ and the music is complementary with it too. I just can’t stop listening to it.

The Louvre- Lorde decribed it as the song about the magic of the crush. It is about her relationship with her ex. The title of this song, “The Louvre,” references the iconic art museum in Paris, France; Lorde likens this happy period of their relationship to art, worthy of hanging in a museum, but now old. Lorde’s voice makes you feel like she’s sharing a secret. The guitar on the song is refreshing. The melody is similar to her song “Still Sane” from Pure Heroine.

Liability- This is a perfect ballad!  It is a soft, down tempo, piano driven song. Lorde herself described the song as “a strange part of [herself] for a lot of people to look at.” They say, “You’re a little much for me, you’re a liability/You’re a little much for me” Lorde sings. Song-writing is just perfect and Lorde is being brutally honest here. This will literally make you cry.

Hard Feelings/Loveless- This is a fusion of two songs. ‘Hard Feelings’ is about Lorde’s breakup with her ex and ‘Loveless’ symbolizes her getting over her ex. “We’re L.O.V.E.L.E.S.S generation.” Lorde sings. The music is so catchy and cool especially in “Loveless” part. This is a pure banger. I will call it LIT.

Sober II (Melodrama)- This song is beautiful in its own. It has a little drum, deep brass and violin plays in the background. “They’ll talk about us, and discover/How we kissed and killed each other/We told you this was melodrama.” Lorde sings.

Writer in the Dark- This is the most lovable song on the album. Lorde sings about still loving her ex but managing to move on. You know Lorde’s songwriting is her greatest asset. This lyric are so deep and instense. “Bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark/Now she’s gonna play and sing and lock you in her heart” Lorde sings. This is what you call perfection.

Supercut- You can c all it a ‘Green Lights’ sample. The music is similar to Green Lights. It has drum beats and piano similar to ‘Green Light’. The song is about Lorde dreaming of a positive relationship but then realizing the she’s her real relationship isn’t like that. One thing I love on the whole album are the slow-low fading vocals, almost on every song. They are slaying.

Liability(Reprise)- This is followup to Liability. The electronic tunes are similar to the opening of ‘Royals’. This is more comforting and incredible. Echoing sounds and background vocals at the end are just worth it.

Perfect Places- It is a good ending for an album. While listening to the song, it’ll remind you of “Team”. The music is pretty much similar to it especially the drum kicks. The lyics are bittersweet about teenage parties. Pre-chorus is awesome.

Melodrama is a roller-coaster ride of emotions. This is the album that you can say, will remain refresh as it is now even after 10 years!! You can call it colorful and radiant. Lorde has written it so coherently and perfectly that you will love every single word. She is being personal and honest as in ‘Liabililty’, “Hard Feelings/Loveless”, “Perfect Places”. All the songs are great, you can hardly choose the best. Lorde is surely what David Bowie said ‘the future of pop’. And this album is ‘Power Pop’.

 

 

Ranking All Of Ariana Grande’s Music Videos

Ariana Grande is one of the beautiful, talented and stunning singers with a powerful voice and a kind heart. Her high notes give goosebumps and chills. She is one of those young stars in Hollywood who are dominating and achieving a lot with their talent. With three hit albums under her name, Ariana has given some catchy and cool songs that are pure bangers. Beside lyrics and vocals, one other thing that makes a song hit is the music video. And yes, Ariana has one of the most colorful and creative videos that describe her career from a bubbly red-head Disney star to a grown-up Dangerous Woman now!

From 90’s throwback “Baby I” to the magical ball room scenario in “Beauty and the Beast”, check out her best videos.

16- “Let Me Love You” ft. Lil Wayne

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This is not her best video. Ariana lounging around on bed and couch asking her man to love. Lil Wayne smoking. Video scenario is average. But we still need to appreciate the curly hairstyle that Grande carries. She looks flawless.

15- “Dangerous Woman”

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The video depicts Grande’s transformation from a Nickelodeon star to a Dangerous Woman. This might be one of her best singles but the video was just OK. Again Ari posing around the room, playing with with curtains, singing on bed in a black lingerie. Lol but I prefer the cappella version better.

14- “The Way” ft. Mac Miller

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This is one of her cutest videos. Ariana hanging around with Mac Miller whom she is currently dating and no doubt, they make the perfect celeb couple. The video features Grande, Mac and some dancers dancing around in a room filled with balloons, and Ariana poses for pictures taken by Mac.

13- “Everyday” ft. Future

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Video features Ariana singing on bus, in the streets and laudromat while couples make out. Future sings verses in a office surrounded by employees. The video received appreciation for its showcase of LGBT community.

12- “Love Me Harder” ft. The Weeknd

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Ariana grande sensually singing on bed and fancy-as-heck sofa and wearing cat ears. While The Weeknd walking and singing. Lightning, rain, storm clouds: nature’s elements perfectly reflect the turbulence of a passionate relationship in the music video for “Love Me Harder”.

11- “Beauty and the Beast” ft. John Legend

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John playing guitar, Ariana in a rose red gown with straight hairs in an captivating scene in Beast’s castle. The performance happens right in the middle of ballroom dance scene of Belle and The Beast. Just perfect and magical.

10- “Baby I”

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It is a 90’s inspired throwback type video. Ariana dancing with people in streets and on bus. Eventual change of costumes and the dance moves make it worth to watch. One of my faves!

9- “Focus”

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It is a “Problem” -esque banger. Ariana in platinum and purple hairs performing several choreographed scenes with dancers. Cameras focus, starry, glitter, fancy costumes and major purple vibes!

8- “One Last Time”

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The video bring a Victorious reunion. The Earth is about to end as the tail of a comet is about to pass. Everyone is panic, but Grande calm and runs to get to see the comet closer. Grande then manages to reach the roof top with her boyfriend, they both embrace and the comet crashes which leads the Earth to end. Ariana rocks in futuristic costume.

7- “Popular Song” ft. Mika

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It features a gothic theme, being set in a ‘spooky, dark, “Addams Family”-esque high school’. The video is of vengeful nature, standing against bullies.

6- “Side To Side” ft. Nicki Minaj

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Ariana riding a bike and doing some choreography! Then she and Nicki make appearance in a sauna with male models.

5- “Right There” ft. Big Sean

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It is a modern Romeo-Juliet-esque video or call a short film. Romeo is played by Patrick Schwarzenegger. Elizabeth Gillies also makes an appearance. The two navigate the party trying to find each other and finally meet and get together at the end of the video.

4- “Break Free” ft. Zedd

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Ari has some great love for space. Grande rocking out in futuristic outfits. This video has all the elements that makes it great: glam, fun and perfection!

3- “Into You”

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This is one of the best videos of decade. The video starts with Ariana in a desert riding on a bike with her man played by Don Benjamin. The video continues with both being together, hanging out in a motel titled “Honeymoon Inn”.

2-“Problem” ft. Iggy Azalea

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This is the song the keep re-watching again and again. It now has 1 Billion views on YouTube making it one of the greatest videos of all time. The video has a retro 60’s inspired theme. Some light choreography and camera poses!!

1-“Santa Tell Me” 

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Ok! I know Problem is iconic and great. But this video always put a smile on my face. Ariana’s ponytail makes appearance. Scenario revolves around Ariana having fun around the house with her friends in silly animal ears and singing about Christmas love. This is a total holiday treat. Better call it a slumber party! One of the greatest videos of all time. Fight me on this!!

 

 

 

 

Ammara Noman Shares Master Chef Experiences!

With sheer determination and courage, Ammara Noman worked reluctantly and got the reward.
She rose to prominence after winning the first ever season of Master Chef Pakistan. She said in her winning speech,  “Becoming the first ever Master Chef has made me believe that dreams do come true. “
I interviewed her , read on to and get to know this ambitious woman more!

Tell about yourself.

I was born in Peshawar. I had my child hood in Islamabad. I had got married in very earlier age and did I not get the chance to complete my education. When I was a a child my mother used to question me that what would you like yo became when you grow up. And l always use to say a chef. I am very ambitious and dream follower. After getting married I had to decide that I will win the hearts by my cooking. I started learning how to cook by our local channels. I usually watched Chef Zakir’s shows and tried to replicate the dishes at home. I had also used to watch the other international channels for some different cuisine. From there I started to following Master Chef Australia.

Did your family support you in achieving your goals?

I am mother of 4 and we live in a joint family. All the family members are loving, caring and very supporting. When I was in Master kitchen for 3 months my family took care of my kids. Family was my biggest support and I could not had achieved my goals without their support. My husband have a big hand in supporting me.

What was the hardest part of being a Master Chef contestant?

I remember the day when we entered the kitchen, I was very excited and happy, but when I started cooking it was like a working under the time bomb… tic, tic, tic,…

Who was your favorite judge and why?

All the judges are good but  I used to follow Chef Zakir. He is my favorite chef because I like his cooking skills and he is the first chef I used to follow.

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies are learning and reading different cuisines and about chefs lives. I also like to watch reality shows.

Biggest struggle you’ve ever faced?

I believe if you do not struggle and work hard, you will not be able to achieve anything. Struggle brings learning. I never get afraid of struggling. It’s a part of life, you just need to be focused!

How was your experience on “Master Kitchen with Ammara Noman”?

Master kitchen was the very first cooking show and I had a great experience. All the team was very supportive and specially Javeria Abbasi. In the beginning of recording, I was just scared that how would I manage to face so many cameras but with  every single day on sets I got confident.

Who is your inspiration?

I am inspired by many chefs because of their working skills and techniques but one I like to be is Gorden Ramsey.

If you had a dinner party for five, which five celebrities would you like to invite?

Hmm, there are so many!  Javeria Abbasi, Nadia Khan, Fawad Khan….and may be some Chef celebs.

Tell about your cookbook.

My cook book! This includes my best winning recipes. In book you will get to see all kinds of cuisines food. I ensure that this book is different from the others books and brings something new to know with it.

Any message to readers and your fans?

Believe in your self, always think positive. There is a hero within you.  Don’t care what people think about you, you just need to be yourself! Keep struggling and finally you will get the strength you are looking for.

 

Health Talks With Daniel Churchill

Daniel Churchill is an Australian chef, TV host and an author of two cook-books DudeFood and The Healthy Cook. He was among the Top 5 contestants of Master Chef Australia ( season 5). At just 24, he has achieved a lot. Growing up on the Northern beaches of Sydney he loves the beach.

I recently got to interview Daniel, read on to know the young Aussie lad!

Tell about your educational background.

I went to Uni and did a Bachelor in Sport and Exercise Management before competing a Masters in Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning and Nutrition). From here I’ve continued to apply my study to holistic health, tastiness and color.

How did you get into cooking?

I started cooking when I was 12 years old and it all started because as a family we used to watch Jamie Oliver once a week. We didn’t watch a lot of TV but it was one of those awesome moments when we all discussed things about recipes and ideas. Dad came up with the idea of wanting us to learn the life skill of cooking and so he created a roster for us to take it in turns to cook for each other. My cooking adventures never started from someone showing me what to do, rather I was self taught. Looking at recipes working with flavors… I loved it and I loved what it created… it brought people closer together… I then decided to write my first self published cookbook and that’s when things in my food life started to do its thing(SMILE).

Any song you are addicted to?

Hmmmm I reckon.. oh! there are so many… I reckon “Happy by Pharrell William.

Tell about your first book DudeFood.

Dudefood was created on the back of my mates getting jealous that I was getting more attention from their special ladies than they were. As they always asked me about cooking. So i decided to be a good mate and send out recipes to them and get them started on the basics… from there realized i was putting a book together and wanted it to be super simple but have guy orientated scenarios so that it was not intimidating and easy to relate too, and so came the awesomeness that is Dudefood.

What was the idea behind The Healthy Cook?

The Healthy Cook is more about who I am… I love being active and eating. After my studies I wanted to create a cookbook that was simple, promotes the goodness in life and open up inspiration to many. The Healthy Cook is full of super simple, wickedly tasty, healthy home cooked meals and opens peoples eyes to the simplicity of creating something super tasty out of plenty of color. It is also an educational resource for people to learn from. With things from Breakfasts, vegetarian, meat, seafood and even Cheating it is an awesome way to get into the colorful way of food.

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Any song you’re addicted to?

Hmm I reckon.. oh! there are so many… I reckon..! “Happy” by Pharrell William.

Who is your mentor?

I never worked directly with chefs. I am self taught. Mom and Dad supported but never really directed how we should cook. I am inspired by Jamie Oliver. He was the reason I started cooking.

How was life like a Master Chef Contestant?

Absolutely incredible! I got to see so much, do epic things and meet the most amazing inspiring people. I went on the show to learn and that is exactly what I did.. It has created a platform but I focused on making sure I created my own brand off the back of it.

Describe yourself in three words.

Happy, driven, food!

Best moment in your career so far.

There are so many. Perhaps launching “Dudefood” on Good Morning America in front of millions of people was pretty unreal. But there is also other things like being honored with an indigenous Australian community or even giving mum and dad my first ever self published cookbook.

What did you learn from your Master Chef experience?

I obviously learnt so much about food and camera angles, but also plenty about myself like what my strengths and weaknesses are., what I handle well and what I don’t. From there I was able to practice the things I need to work on so I can convey the message I want to create effectively today.

What kind of music do you listen?

Everything! from Kygo, Kanye West and Justin Bieber…..you name it! I love a good sing along!!

Which is your favorite book and why?

I grew up on Harry Potter  but lately I have been reading plenty of TED talk books they have been unreal learning about experiences and certain philosophies. One book I am stoked about is The Dorrito Effect by Mark Schatzker, it is an amazing inside into the evolution of food and flavor.

Would you ever like to visit Pakistan to experience our food, taste and flavors?

I would absolutely LOVE to come to Pakistan! I have read so much about your flavors and spices that it gives me chills just thinking about it….have to do another show or festival there for sure!!!

Last but not least, any message to readers and your fans.

I would like to thank all my legendary fans for being who they are and following the messages that i will continue to create and inspire… It is because of them that I get up every day and stay motivated to promote a happy healthy life. I am not doing this for me, but for everyone else in the world, so thank you for the the amazing support that you have all provided thus for and there is plenty of tastiness coming your way…
Hit up my website and sign up for a FREE cookbook www.danielchurchill.com.

Happy Healthy Cooking
yewwwwww!!

xo DC