Simple Recipes during Quarantine — Easy Honey Garlic Marinade for Chicken

Eating snacks is cool and all but what about dinner?

I’m currently on Day 3 of “Lockdown” and Trump announced this morning that drugs used to treat malaria and severe arthritis, were approved by the Food and Drug Administration to test as a COVID-19 coronavirus treatment. We’ll see how that goes. I’ve been struggling to adjust to this new lifestyle and it’s tough staying indoors all day especially when you’re a naturally outgoing person.

Anyway, I went to the grocery store yesterday and I noticed that chicken seemed to be popular during quarantine since the poultry section was cleared out. So I walked over to the beef section instead — low and behold, I found a small pack of drumsticks waiting for me next to the ground beef. Score! I grabbed the pack of chicken and a few other things then checked out as fast as I could. The store wasn’t as crowded but it was apparent that people didn’t understand what social distancing meant.

Fast forward, I want to share an easy marinade recipe with you. You can use chicken thighs or chicken drumsticks. But like I said in my previous post, I am not a fancy chef nor did I go to culinary school. Growing up with two younger brothers, I had to learn how to cook so I could feed my brother and myself while my parents were at work or out “gallivanting”.

This recipe is for 5 large chicken drumsticks. I know, I know…this was all I could find at the grocery store.

These are common ingredients that can be found in your pantry!

Honey Garlic Marinade

  • 5 Chicken thighs or 5 Large Chicken Drumsticks
  • 3 cloves of garlic — chopped
  • 1/4 cup of vinegar, I used Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp of honey
  • 1/8 cup of water
  • Ground pepper (optional)

Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix.

Add the chicken, cover up the bowl, place it in your refrigerator and allow it to marinate for 30 minutes to an hour. I normally marinate my chicken for more than an hour. It’s up to you.

And there you go, a quick and simple marinade for chicken. After it’s done marinating, remove the chicken from the bowl and discard the liquid. You can either grill the chicken or bake it. If you choose to bake it, place the marinated chicken in an oven safe baking pan or glass baking dish at 350 degrees for an hour.

I find this recipe helpful to people that normally don’t cook at home. Be safe out there!

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Juni B la pesadilla, emerging Spanish rapper from Brooklyn makes waves in the Latin Music Industry

New York is a breeding ground for fashion, endless murals, and musical influences such as the Notorious B.I.G., NAS, Mos Def, 50 Cent, Method Man, Big Pun, and Jay-Z. But that isn’t the only reason why I love to travel to the East so much. Not only is this California girl, raised out of the San Francisco Bay Area, addicted to the amazing graffiti art, bodegas, and Spanish food in Brooklyn, I find myself driven to find the dopest independent artists from the grounds of one of my favorite Burroughs.

Located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn is the Marcy Houses “Marcy Projects” where rapper and entrepreneur, Jay-Z spent his early years, along with known rapper, Memphis Bleek, who released his debut album “Coming of Age” over 20 years ago. Furthermore, in the Marcy, the undeniable talent doesn’t just end there; while it continues to produce more up and coming musicians of all generations.

Photo: Crystal Tolentino

Born in Humacao, Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, now living in Brooklyn — Spanish Rapper and Founder of Latin Squad Music, JUNI B la pesadilla found his passion in music at the young age of 10, is determined to make big waves in the Latin music industry.

The fluidity in his flow, his versatile style, in addition to his chaotic vocalization, certainly sets a strong parameter to his content. JUNI B’s energy will, without a doubt, hit you with that high degree of musically inclined heat — track after track and music video after music video.

Chekea como me Rio

Inspired by known international artists such as Tempo, Mexicano, and Daddy Yankee, JUNI B took his extraordinary talent to another level by displaying his music on YouTube, Instagram, and on digital platforms — releasing the singles: “Bad Girl”, “Josiador” (My favorite), and “Trabaja & Moltea”.

“What makes me different from other artists? I write different…”

JUNI B la Pesadilla

Being that we live a 5 1/2 hour flight away from each other, along with a 3 hour time difference, I woke up early on a Saturday morning to initiate a short interview with JUNI B.

CRYS: How would you describe the type of music you create?

JB: Organic and strong

CRYS: What makes your music different from the others?

JB: I write different.

CRYS: Where was the farthest venue you’ve ever performed?

JB: In a small club in Queens. I was like the fill in tho.

CRYS: If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?

JB: If I can collabo, I would like to do a song with Mikey Wood.

CRYS: What was your favorite era in music?

JB: Jay-Z in 96 because he came from the bottom and now look, we from the same hood lol.

CRYS: What else do you do besides making music?

JB: I’m a father, was working two jobs, now I do one, just trying to make it for my kids so they can have a better life.

CRYS: If you can change anything in the music industry, what would it be?

JB: The jealousy, so everyone can eat together because in Union is where the power is.

CRYS: Can you tell me a little more about Latin Squad music?

JB: Well, LSM came from my partner Big G in Florida. We link up organically, started making music together, til this day we still working together putting that name up High Latin Squad Music.

CRYS: Do you have any shows coming up?

JB: No, looking forward

Although he doesn’t have any upcoming shows on schedule at the moment, he is currently working on releasing his debut album. In the meantime, you can download his singles on all digital platforms and watch his music videos on YouTube.

SUBSCRIBE to his channel here:

JUNI B la pesadilla

Broaden your mind to a whole new genre because JUNI B la pesadilla is DEFINITELY an artist you should watch out for in 2020! Period.

“What got me doing music, my family” – West Coast Rap Artist on the Rise: STUPID BARS

I’ve been working in the Music Industry, mainly in the Promotions department since 2001 and came across so many local and some well known artists from different genres. I have an eclectic taste in music, but if you really know me, I grew up on Hip Hop and my playlist is flooded with music by local hip hop artists to mainstream. I used to be a lyricist back when I was 16 years old and I remember spending hours in the studio writing a verse on the back of a piece of scratch paper. After years of working in the independent music industry and being a musician myself, I’ve learned to appreciate all the hard work, dedication, and time that these upcoming artists put in.

With that said, I wanted to feature a new music artist at least once a month to show you there is so much talent in the world other than what we hear on the radio.

The first artist I wanted to feature is an upcoming rapper from Anaheim, California – STUPID BARS.

“Another One” from his latest album Sex, Love, & Heartbreak

Originally from Ashtabula, Ohio, now residing in Anaheim, California, Darice “Stupid Bars” Holley first started writing music in the 5th grade then started recording and performing at the age of 16.

“What got me doing music is my family”

This Southern California rap artist came from a family with a huge musical background. His mother is a singer, his uncle is also a singer/producer, he has another uncle who also raps, and on top of that, he has a cousin who produces and engineers. Now I see where he gets his talent from!

I was happy to get in contact with Darice through Social Media to do a quick Q&A. He talked about his admiration for artists such as, J Cole, Nipsey Hussle, Tupac, and Biggie.

CRYS: If you could open up a show for any artist who would it be?

SB: Opening up for any artist would be amazing but if I could choose who I opened up for, it would be J Cole, B.o.B, Cap 1, or Tech9

CRYS: Who would you most like to collaborate with on a track?

SB: If I could collab with any artist, it would be J Cole, NAS, or B.o.B

CRYS: Which famous musicians do you admire?

SB: I admire J Cole, NAS, DMX, Tech9, E-40, Lil Wayne, Juelz Santana, Kevin Gates, Nipsey Hussle, Tupac, Biggie, Master P, and Jay-Z.

CRYS: What would you be doing right now if it wasn’t for your music career?

SB: If I wasn’t doing music right now, I would be working a 9 to 5 in Aerospace and going to school to further my education.

(Aerospace? Impressive!)

CRYS: What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

SB: The best advice that I’ve ever been given is don’t ever give up no matter how hard it gets. When you feel like you want to quit, push through, find the motivation, and keep going.

In 2019, Stupid Bars released “Sex, Love, & Heartbreak” featuring the single, Another One. You can download this track and many other songs on all music platforms.

Darice currently has a compilation in the works which will be dropping in late March 2020. He is also working on a solo project that will be released later this year. So make sure to keep your eyes and ears open everyone cause STUPID BARS is about to drop some heat! 🔥

Don’t forget to follow Stupid Bars on Social Media:

Instagram: @stupidbars

SoundCloud: Stupid Bars Official

YouTube: Stupid Bars Official

Newest Video: My Way

I Miss Nothing About You

You said I couldn’t wear tight jeans because it showed off my ass
You said I couldn’t wear short skirts and reveal skin because it lacked class
You said that all my friends were hoes, well, there goes another night out with my ladies
So I stayed home and watched YouTube all night, meanwhile, “Have you seen Crystal lately?”
Little did I know that you were just controlling, but I was too naïve to see
At the time I was scared to be alone, so I put you first instead of me
All I wanted was for you to be happy, while my smile was disappearing
They said that love was blind, but I also lost my hearing
They told me to leave you, but my ears wouldn’t listen
My heart even told me to leave you too, but my brain was in the kitchen
When you put your hands on me, I didn’t know what to do, so I
stayed silent and kept myself at the bottom of the queue
Now here I am five years later and I miss nothing about you
I wish I could take back what I lost, but I’ll just take the L
Lost a lot of people in the process too, oh well
Glad I left and if ever you find yourself alone, remind yourself
that you had it
I would never put myself in that position to lose myself again
Even if it was my last decision to make on this planet
I miss nothing about you.