Tarik Abdullah: Munches Through Washington Part 1

By Ockydub | Posted May 11 2016 | 1 Comment  

Tarik Abdullah

One of my favorite reality-documentary series was Dhani Travels The Globe. The show featured former NFL linebacker Dhani Jones as he travels abroad using sports to connect with the local people’s culture and traditions. Dhani’s presented something you usually don’t see on reality tv; an attractive, humble, professional, masculine Black man traveling the world. Unfortunately the show was cancelled after two seasons. Even though there still currently isn’t anything to fill this specific niche, VICE (in the recent past) offered up satisfaction by way of their ongoing Munchies series.

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In a sweet but horribly short run, chef Tarik Abdullah travels around Washington giving us a glimpse into the foodie, Native Indian and cannabis culture of his state. What I really like about Tarik in this five series run, is that his welcoming, meek, cheery, genuinely caring disposition seems to facilitate a connection to the people he’s interviewing and interacting with. There is a sense that he wants to connect you to the people and not just “show you something quirky” before moving onto the next segment. I also like his grown man hipster urban fashion swag and how the subtleties of hip-hop / jazz nicely move the show along.

Even though this show focuses on Washington state, we still desperately need more shows in this vein featuring people of color that travel outside of their neighborhoods and cities. Displaying these types of imagery can ignite thinking outside of our comfort zones, which in turn can entice action to explore the world. All though all episodes are currently online, I will post each separately just to provide them their own shine and space.


The first featurette; Tarik Abdullah kicks off our journey around the Emerald State with a taste of Seattle’s classics: coffee, seafood, teriyaki, and late-night burgers at the beloved Dick’s Drive-In. Between teriyaki with some local Ave Rats on University, mounds of fried salmon and chips at Ivar’s Fish Bar, and a stop at Dick’s Drive-In for a burger, fries, and a vanilla shake, Tarik makes time to stop by Victrola Coffee Roasters for his first-ever coffee fix and learns that pouring latte art is even harder than it looks.

 

 

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Ockydub

Octavius is a founder and editor of Cypher Avenue. He's here to help speak for us and show the world that masculine gay / bisexual men of color are not a part of the stereotypical gay normal that is seen and fed to the masses. No...we are a distinct breed, filled with character and pride. Cypher Avenue is here to show the world how we are different.

   
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  1. Rick
    Rick | May 11th, 2016
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    I watched the first 3 episodes and they are very well done. And you are right Tarik has a way with connection and care with the people he meets along the way. I think its also cool that in his way he's out trying new things and seeing new places ( opening up the box) on what black people should do. I guess I will have to set some time aside and watch the last two episodes.




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