March 28

Mastermind Team’s Robcast 218 | A Sitcom Named Throbcast

Fuck it's Robcast with Torin

Fuck me. I would look back at myself and say I wouldn’t fuck me. 

In this episode Rob Lee & Torin discuss:

Black Dads & Black Parenting
Black Panther fallout
Marketing to black people
90’s Black sitcoms
Barbershops
Sitcoms like Living Single & Girlfriends

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March 26

Crown City Cooking | Uncle Matt’s Chicken Parm

Uncle Matt will put your mom’s chicken parm to shame.
As far back as I can remember, my Uncle Matt has always been a king among chefs. He practices simple, easy to do recipes that leave you craving more. Now, for the first time ever, we want to share one of his crown jewels with you: a simple chicken Parmesan recipe that will satisfy the entire family!
Ingredients:

-Four to Six Chicken Cutlets

-Breadcrumbs (I prefer San Giorgio brand)

-Fresh Sliced Mozzarella Cheese

-Three Eggs

-Tomato Sauce (dealer’s choice)

-Salt and Pepper

-Grated Parmesan Cheese

Instructions:
  1. Brine your chicken a minimum of one hour.
  2. Remove chicken from brine using paper towels to dry them off.
  3. Butterfly the chicken and use a meat mallet to pound the chicken until it’s good and flat.
  4. Crack the eggs in a bowl and whisk until the yolks are thoroughly beaten. Add a pinch to two pinches of the grated Parmesan to the egg mix, whisk one final time. In a separate bowl, combine the breadcrumbs with salt and pepper.
  5. Prep your cast iron pan (or any regular pan), this way you can go from dredging directly to cooking.
  6. One by one take your chicken cutlets and dredge them: dipping first in the yolk (allow the excess egg wash to drip back into the bowl before proceeding) and then the breadcrumbs and then place directly in the hot pan. If you flattened your chicken, the cooking process should take between 10 and 15 minutes.
  7. There are two schools of thought when it comes to sauce: you could either cook the sauce in the pan with the chicken or cook it in a separate pot all together. If you choose the former, make sure the chicken has been flipped at least once on both sides. You want the chicken to be near done before adding the sauce to the pan since the sauce won’t need much time to heat up.
  8. Add slices of mozzarella cheese last, allowing a few second for it to melt on top of the chicken before removing it from the pan.

Enjoy!

-CCC

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March 23

Robservations | The Finer Things

Hey man Rob Lee here and I have something on my mind – the finer things. That’s right, fancy shit, caviar dreams and Moet wet dreams. Bong! Luxury can be doable – it’s hard but we have to treat ourselves. When I worked for Verizon as a Marketing Analyst all I did was work. Work, Work, Work like Rihanna or Meek Mill. I rarely enjoyed what my large paycheck afforded me. I bought shit to keep up with the Joneses – turns out I hated them. I would go on a family trip with my girlfriend’s family and otherwise “Save Dat Money”.

Over the years, my sending habits have changed and I became more materialistic – some might say. I just like nice shit. I usually don’t get super excited for things, but for experiences – whether it’s wearing something nice to an event – for example: this year I wore an oversized long coat – I call it my Ric Flair robe – I feel great wearing it. The cost didn’t matter – just how I felt. That’s something I was lacking in spending money earlier, when I had more. It’s like it matters more.

Finer things

So, my girlfriend’s birthday is two months after mine. We have a practice of treating each other well – it’s service of the relationship; doing something nice for a person you care about. My girl and our friends went out for a night on the town in January in Fells Point. During our stroll for ice cream, we saw the Sagamore Pendry. My girl made an off-hand comment about how much a place like that would cost. A few weeks later she told me she wanted to stay there for her birthday. I told her no problem and I made it happen. I looked up the place and got some of her input and made it happen. The suite we had was pretty expensive but worth it. This place is the definition of a luxury hotel.

The Experience

I went to the hotel with plans of meeting my girl who was coming back to town. She was flying in and would arrive later that night so I checked in to enjoy some of the amenities and get comfortable with our room.  I arrive and noticed a few things – the place was packedpeople spend money on nicetiesour room was enormousthe suite was bigger than my first apartment – and, the service was exemplary – I’m a stickler for good service, some people take jobs and demonstrate shitty customer service despite working in a job which life’s blood is customer service.  With some time to kill so I started watching Silence of the Lambs on Cinemaxthey had premium cable to my surprise.

I wanted a drink so I go to the Canon Room and have a killer drink call Shibuya which is made with Suntory Whiskey. I was lit! After some time, I returned to my room to watch Monday Night Raw. By the end of hour 1, my girl texts me to inform me of her flight landing and she was headed over. I was very excited. Excited for her potential excitement of seeing how dope the Pendry is and how good our room is. She arrived and we ordered dinner and drank wine – a bottle of a Rose she’d been looking for. We had a nice dinner of Spaghetti Pomdoro (Me) and Swordfish over a Vegetable Crudite (her).

Final Thoughts

From all accounts she enjoyed herself, taking pictures and enjoying the waterfront view. This is a memorable day for me and as she told me a memorable birthday for her. I’m happy to have been a part of it and to spend money on something meaningful, the finer things. I was happy to spend what I spent (it’s pretty gauche to say the amount, wouldn’t you agree?) for one night with my favorite person in the world.

 

R

 

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March 21

Mastermind Team’s Robcast 217 | Justice League Black America

Black America is looking for superheroes since blank panther, here's our picks.

Dolemite is Captain America, strike that, Captain Black America.

In this episode Rob Lee & Dann D discuss:

Blaxploitation in Justice League Black America
Exploding packages in Austin, Tx
The Greatest Bra Heist ever
Oreo Rice – Spoiler it’s gross
People who shop at whole foods are jerks

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March 19

Crown City Cooking | Atwaters Review

Fresh ingredients and a charming atmosphere make Atwaters a can’t miss food destination.

Spent the weekend at a family wedding. Anyone from a big family knows this means good food and a lot of liquor, so it goes without saying I spent my entire Sunday in recovery mode. Once I was functionally able to face the outside again, a friend suggested lunch at Atwaters. For me this means the same lunch every single time I go there, a Turkey Dill Havarti sandwich minus the sliced apples.

For those that don’t know, Atwaters has been a Baltimore staple since 1999, serving incredible edibles from baked goods to fresh sandwiches made with premium ingredients. Currently, there are six locations across the greater Maryland area. For me, it’s the Canton location or bust.

All together it has locally farmed turkey, dill Havarti cheese, basil mayonnaise, horseradish coleslaw and lettuce on Irish brown bread. While Atwaters offers a myriad of food with brunch on the weekends, I’ve stuck with this sandwich for so long because it’s the freshest turkey sandwich I’ve ever eaten. Every ingredient’s flavor is present in every bite, meaning you will finish this sandwich sooner than expected.

Another great meal at one of my favorite local eateries. Get your own if you have the chance or are suffering from a night of drinking, smoking and dancing to the classic hits of the 90s. If lunch isn’t really your thing, they offer breakfast from 8 am to 10 am (something I have yet to experience) or dinner from 5 pm to 8 pm.

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March 14

Crown City Cooking Recipe | Teriyaki Chicken

This Recipe’s Secret is in the Marinade.

One of my favorite things to cook is chicken. While I have a recipe for every poultry fueled occasion, it’s teriyaki I go back to most often. This is a quick and easy recipe you can make at home any time!

Ingredients:

4 to 12 pieces of chicken (dealer’s choice)

Teriyaki sauce

4 to 6 cloves of garlic

Instructions:
  1. Before you do anything… brine your chicken! I don’t know the true science behind it but I’ve watched enough cooking shows to know you brine your chicken (and some sea foods) in a bucket of salted water for an hour at the very least.
  2. After the brine process, remove the chicken from the water and dry with paper towels. Line the chicken in a large baking pan (glass preferred). Set aside.
  3. Chop or dice the cloves of garlic, putting all of the chunks in a bowl.
  4. Add teriyaki sauce to the contents of the bowl and stir. Let the sauce meld for five minutes before pouring all over the chicken.
  5. Wrap the baking pan with saran wrap and refrigerate for three to six hours. For best results, marinate in the fridge for twelve to twenty-four hours.
  6. Set your oven to 350 degrees. Place the chicken on an aluminum foil covered baking sheet before putting in the oven.
  7. Cook for one hour. Your chicken should come out plump and full of flavor.

 

Enjoy!

-CCC

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March 13

Robservations | Morning Routine

Hey man, I’ve got something on my mind – my daily routine.

There are numerous men’s health blogs and publications that use our insecurities as a means to gain favor and ultimately trust. The publications pick at you on your job, fashion sense and diet. There’s usually athletes or movie stars – the beautiful people gracing these publications. It’s similar to what women have dealt with for years. They’re not selling their position as an idea or means to do something, they sell it as this is how smart, successful and attractive people do it. We all want to be that right? So, their position sells itself. What I aim to do here is share some things that I do in the morning to start the day off right.

  1. Wake up on time

My natural circadian rhythms help me wake up at 6 or maybe 630 in the morning. This becomes my pattern. Previously I would set the alarm for that time and it wouldn’t take it didn’t feel natural and I would rebel against the clock – jabbing the snooze button or unplugging the clock. I would move my wind down time to earlier in the previous night to ensure that I get ample sleep. Give it a shot, try going to sleep on the weekend and monitoring when you naturally wake up – no alarm – try to pattern your time around that and see what takes. It’s a better start to the day. When I do it I don’t rush, I’m able to modify my time for delays and even work-out.

  1. Working out

I like to get up in the morning – before coffee, before feeding my cat and before washing my arse – and get on my stationary bike for twenty to thirty minutes. It’s a means to get my blood flowing – I build up a nice sweat and as a treat I watch and episode of Supernatural. I try not to look at exercise as a punishment but part of my routine.  I think starting off my day with something light in terms of time and moderate in terms of activity is a good way to get myself ready, energized for the day.

  1. Dress

Over the last two weeks, I’ve been combating stress and anxiety differently than I normally would. I’ve been playing a character – utilizing skills that take energy. Those skills relate to mattering. I take a show and get dressed. I get dressed like I’m a big deal – nice cologne on my lower level – like Issey Miyake – not too much – enough for people take notice. Followed by dressing like a CEO or at least how I think they would dress. Essentially, I wear a nice tie, trousers and a dress shirt. I wear an overcoat because it’s winter. A small change in wardrobe with the appropriate attitude has garnered me attention. Typically, my wardrobe was rushed which minimal thought and more focus on comfort – polo shirts and the occasional wrinkled joggers. Now, I dress like a banker essentially and I’m wearing a timepiece as well. I dress this way everyday even on casual days. Casual days are for comfort – I rather have other people fear comfort – I don’t want to be comfortable at work – I want to know I’m at work and this helps.

So, there you have it, give these things above a shot. It’s helped me and maybe it’s something you can remixed for your own day. Until next time feel free to shoot me an email at mtrthenetwork@gmail.com

 

 

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March 13

Crown City Cooking | Foodgitive Review

 

French Fries on a completely different level.

Of all the trends that have come out in the last decade, food trucks will forever be my favorite. Despite blow back from brick & mortar restaurant owners, Baltimore has been a thriving community for these savvy entrepreneurs. Most of my food truck dining happens at Gatherings or whenever I’m randomly roaming around the city, so when a never before seen food truck sets up shop on the same block as my day job, I gravitate towards it without hesitation. 

 

Enter Foodgitive, a local food truck that specializes in something so indulgent, you won’t think twice about breaking that diet you’ve been working on since New Years. Cheesesteak fries sound like a simple concept, but what sets Foodgitive apart from the competition is that they deliver on both quality and quantity. For $10 you get a massive amount of fries, steak meat and all the fixings (if you so choose). Chopped Angus beef can’t be beat in this humble foodie’s opinion. It’s as if someone resurrected the sacred overstuffed sub from Captain Harvey’s and replaced the roll with a heap of crispy fresh fries. I ended up taking half of my meal home for dinner (which I immediately inhaled as soon as I changed into a loose fitting pair of pj’s).

 

My only regret was not getting fried onions, a mistake I plan to rectify the next time these food magicians come careening into town. Check them out on Facebook to find out where they will be throughout the week.

 

-CCC

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March 13

Mastermind Team’s Robcast 216 | Troubling News

Trouble is his middle name.

In this episode Rob Lee & Dann D discuss:

A criminal named trouble

Ejaculation-free orgasms

A gay prostitute at the Vatican

Pedophile Magicians

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March 13

Robservations | Bad Dads

 

“I know nothing about being a parent.”

Hey man – Rob Lee here and I have something on my mind – bad dads.

I’ll be the first one to say it – “I know nothing about being a parent.” As I’m not a parent, I’ve been a kid and I had good parents. Being a dad from what I’ve seen can be optional and being a good dad is uncommon from what most people say. I try to rally for the dad when petty women complain on Father’s Day about the lack of “real fathers” (he probably didn’t want your Looney Tunes ass in his life so he had to also abandon the kid to avoid you! – food for thought).

Rudy, my brother, is a dad and he’s still learning his way, evolving to a better parent – I think that’s something we must make a commitment to if we feel it is important. You don’t just stop one day and are suddenly the greatest parent ever – hell no. My boy, Tron, does a good job as a dad – he takes pride in being a father and wants to grow and foster a relationship with his child despite impediments.

Good Fathers

Good fathers deserve more credit that they get – my dad was hard on us growing up but he grew into a father I dig – Dann’s dad left a huge hole in his life speaking to the impact or impression a good dad has – granted they’ll never be most praised and lauded mothers. Not all moms are good mothers but socially we laud them in a way that excuses lack of growth parentally or nurture. My mother is great – over protective at times but I need that. I never raised a kid but I know bad parenting, because I know shitty people – I know them well.

An Observation of Bad Parenting

So, I was on the train today headed into the office – the passengers are generally a hodgepodge of Baltimoreans headed West. I see this Migos-reject – I’ve seen before – you know the type, a scrawny, wanna-be alpha male – this fucker would stand in my way – essentially trying to box me out – without consideration of my tact nor the fact that I could maul him. I heard him berating someone – I thought it was the light-skinned woman he’s usually with. It wasn’t and then it dawned on me – I was the little girl that they’re likely with – possibly their daughter.

It was just him and the little girl – she had to be 3 years old. He tells her “he’s going to beat her ass.” I’m not against spanking and so on – whatever not my problem but I noted it. We get off at the same stop – he and the girl are in front of me but within earshot. He dickhead drops to a knee to berate the kid further – I don’t remember what he said but I remember my response – I saw RED.

I sped up my gait to catch up to them. I them slowed by gait as not to move pass them but to be right there so he could see me. I wanted to protect the kid – I don’t know what she could have done to elicit his wrath but I’m assured it wasn’t worth it. I also thought as the three of us ascended on the escalator of what type of person would she become – this obviously wasn’t her first experience with her possible dad but it annoyed me.

We went our separate ways. I just hope the girl is OK and her possible dad becomes less of a cunt.  It’s a process I believe, he has a opportunity to improve as a man, as a father and as a parent. Let whatever the anger is go.

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