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Shelby, or as I like to call you, sister:

You’ve finished your undergraduate career! What a feat – certainly one to celebrate!

Let’s reminiscence, shall we?

I met you when you were a freshman at Centre College during your first week of classes; I, a Junior at the time, was in the same Philosophy class as you with Dr. Eva Cadavid. Upon finding out that you, too, were a Southern Kentuckian (and the Lake Cumberland region, to boot) – I had to befriend you.

While I immediately wanted to be your friend, I had no idea what would transpire. I didn’t think I’d be inheriting family, a travel partner, a confidant, a ride or die, a person that I love with every ounce of my being. But, I did – and I’m eternally grateful.

Our commonalities are ever-evolving. You’re moving to Louisville, my city. We will always share our SOKY heritage, our love for our alma mater, and now we are taking on law school together. Think of a more iconic duo – I dare you.

Though we are only two years apart, I feel much older than you. In fact, I see you as the younger sibling that I never had. I’m protective, defensive, and most importantly, incessantly proud.

My bestowment upon you today, the day before you graduate, is a demand. Well, that’s a little harsh – it’s a request, one that it would strongly behoove you to follow. What is it?

Start seeing yourself the way that I see you.

You are strong, beautiful, intelligent, kind.

You have a way to make me laugh that no one else does, even if it makes me roll my eyes.

You have a giving heart, a southern spirit – something that is rare, pure, and to be celebrated.

You have determination and the skill to back it up.

You are worthy, deserving.

You are the best – and you are capable.

I’ll always be in your corner.

I cannot wait to see you walk the line tomorrow – I’m not sure I’ve ever been so proud of you! Let’s kick some law school ass in the coming years & make this world a better, more equitable place.

I love you, sister.

Best,

JC

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Hey, y’all!

Are you needing the perfect gift for the special woman or man in your life? Is a timepiece on your shopping list for your recent graduate? Have you always wanted to try a unique, wooden watch? This post is for you!

I am so excited to be partnering with JORD on this post! Wood watches by JORD are the finest, luxury, all-natural wooden watches created for both genders. Check out options for men here and women here.

Which watch did I choose? The Fieldcrest Series Zebrawood and Maple! In person, this watch is absolutely stunning. Zebrawood has an intricate grain pattern, which amplifies your aesthetic and style level. As Lou Reed said, “Hey, babe, take a walk on the wild side!”

There are many things to love about JORD. First off, their watches are unisex. Gender normalizations and groupings are so 2017, don’t you agree?

Secondly, their watches are highly customizable! I have a very large wrist and was relieved to find out that the sizing is customizable. If you are plus-sized like I am, this is a dream come true!

Thirdly, you can also engrave your watch! As a southerner, I am often guilty of the “if it walks, monogram it” mentality. I like to put JCP on everything – it provides a sense of personalization, uniqueness, while also paying homage to my late father (JCP, as well).

Lastly, I am complimented each and every time that I wear this watch out! It has quickly evolved into my most-complimented accessory; for that, I am tickled pink, y’all.

Be sure to check out the plethora of delicious, wooden arm candy they offer on their online shop!

However, it doesn’t end there – I have a GIVEAWAY!

Visit this link to enter to win a $100 gift card to JORD! Free shopping credit – it doesn’t get much better than that!

The giveaway ends on June 3rd, 2018 at 11:59pm! Be sure to enter!

As always, Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: I was not compensated for this post. I, at times, am fortunate enough to receive accommodations in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

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Hey, y’all!

Today we’re talking serious deliciousness (even more than usual). I recently visited New Orleans, Louisiana; naturally, this required a visit to Cafe Du Monde!

To quote their website, “The Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand was established in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market. The Cafe is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It closes only on Christmas Day and on the day an occasional Hurricane passes too close to New Orleans.”

Their beignets are French-style doughnuts; in effect, they are square-shaped hunks of heaven, liberally covered in powdered sugar.

If you are in New Orleans, you MUST visit! While there are many locations, I suggest visiting the French Market shop:

800 Decatur Street New Orleans, LA 70116, (504)-525-4544.

As always, Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

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Hey, y’all!

I was lucky to be invited to a media event this morning with Top Round Roast Beef here in Louisville, KY! The best part? To celebrate Derby Week, we kicked it off by having horses visit the drive-thru!

The founders of Top Round are chefs. According to their website, “We started Top Round because we wanted a place to get good, wholesome food, fast. Growing up in cities like St. Louis and Buffalo, we remember old school roast beef sandwiches– they tasted great, and they were never made from mystery meat.”

They continue, “At Top Round, what you’re eating is real food, made in-store by folks who care. Each Top Round has a real kitchen. We prepare meats and veggies, cut french fries, and make sauces in that very kitchen.”

The only thing that is frozen at Top Round is the custard – everything else is, at most, housed in a cooler. It’s all fresh – and delicious!

How to get a free sandwich this Friday and Saturday in Louisville?

To celebrate Derby 144, the first 144 people on Oaks Friday and Derby Saturday that show the workers a photo of a horse, have an article of clothing on with a horse, show a tattoo of a horse, etc will receive a free Horse & Hole Roast Beef Sandwich.

Trust me, y’all — this is delicious! Roast Beef + Cheese + Sauteed Mushrooms + Horseradish Cream (awesome!) on a sesame bun.

Visit them in St. Matthews at 4214 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 40207 – tell them that I sent ya!

As always, Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: I was not compensated for this post. I, at times, am fortunate enough to receive accommodations in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

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Hey, y’all!

I was tickled pink to recently be invited to attend a weekend down on Fourth Street Live; it was the inaugural Louisville Taco Festival! The turnout was fantastic – and from what I’ve gathered, a good time was had by all that attended.

Tacos + drinks + music + friends… it doesn’t get much better than that in my book. I was especially tickled because one of my favorite restaurants in Kentucky, Corto Lima, was in attendance and serving some serious deliciousness.

Praise the Lord for Corto Lima, y’all. ^^

So grateful for this opportunity and I am so thankful that I got to meet a lot of y’all throughout the weekend!

As always, Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JCP

FTC: I was not compensated for this post. I, at times, am fortunate enough to receive accommodations in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

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Hey, y’all!

I was recently invited by my friend Bella (of Bella of Louisville) to check out Topp’t Handcrafted Pizzas and Chopped Salads. While this is classified as Louisville Dining here on JCP Eats, it is actually in Southern Indiana; as it is located in the same region, I implore that you go check out their delicious menu!

I would describe Topp’t as a fast-casual restaurant with great service & great ingredients. Menu offerings include pizza (you can build your own), chopped salads, fresh wraps, appetizers, and desserts.

Check out this deliciousness:

Buffalo chicken + bacon + feta + ovalini + bleu cheese + mushrooms + onions + spicy marinara

That wrap, though. So delicious!

Be sure to visit them in Elizabethtown (1617 N. Dixie Hwy) or in New Albany (379 Professional Ct) – tell them that I sent ya!

Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living.

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JCP

FTC: I was not compensated for this post. I, at times, am fortunate enough to receive accommodations in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

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jcpeats.com by Jcpeatsky - 6d ago

“Heard about the old-time sailor men,
They eat the same thing again and again;
“Warm beer and bread,” they say, “could raise the dead.”
Well, it reminds me of the menu at a Holiday Inn…”

Cheeseburger In Paradise – Jimmy Buffett

It’s was a cold day here in Kentucky; thus, I’m dreaming of somewhere warm, sand between my toes, surrounded by crystal-clear water, and ample seafood.

Here are some photos of my recent trip to Antigua – one of the most gorgeous places on the planet. Trust me.

Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living.

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JCP

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I responded, “So, in effect, you are telling me that I am too fat to work for your company. Intriguing.”

This is the story of that experience and the internal discourse that transpired afterwards. It was hard, yet made me a stronger, more resilient person on the Internet + in real life. 

Y’all —

I have publicly stated that taking pictures of my food saved me from an eating disorder. Food photography taught me to love, to thrive, to live, to laugh, to learn, to be humble, to savor, to enjoy the moment. I didn’t create JCP Eats — JCP Eats created the new, fully-realized version of myself. For that, I am eternally indebted. You can read more about that journey here.

When I started my account, I didn’t think anything would come of it; in fact, I was sure of that hypothesis. What actually transpired was a job, a space that I get to share with so many amazing people (from Kentucky and around the world), and an arena where I can showcase my life as food-loving, plus-size male.

With the business aspect comes job opportunities with national and local brands – which is awesome, but can, at times, be a struggle. Why?

I don’t fit the mold of a social media influencer + blogger.

I’m a fat male; I don’t look like your typical online personality.

While I am proud of this fact, it automatically disqualifies me from working in some professional realms.

Recently, a national company reached out to me via Instagram to collaborate with them on a campaign. They will, for the purposes of this post and from hereafter, remain anonymous. Their Instagram team said that I was authentic and that they’d love to work with me; likewise, I shared the same enthusiasm. I share this story not out of hate, spite, or with the intention of throwing shade; rather,  I want to share the transformative experience it induced with y’all.

After bouncing ideas back and forth and semi-planning our posts, I got an email from the “big guy” — their boss. They not-so-kindly told me that they respected my work, but after further review of my social media presence, my lifestyle and dietary choices did not match up with their brand image.

I responded, “So, in effect, you are telling me that I am too fat to work for your company. Intriguing.”

 I left the conversation feeling defeated. Hurt. Unmotivated. Unworthy.

I later asked myself, “Am I too fat for my following online? Am I a viable influencer to work with, despite my weight/size? Do brands value my body the same as other bodies? Is the space that I occupy online as valid as my thinner counterparts and colleagues?”

After some self-evaluation, I realized how wrong my thinking was.

I am not too fat for my following online – hell, I talk about food all day long!

I am a viable influencer to work with and I am eternally grateful for each and every brand/restaurant/business that has worked with me in the past. The best is yet to come!

If a brand doesn’t value my body as an equal, I DO NOT want to work for them. I refuse to work with them. Just as my page is a diet-free, hate-free, love-filled zone… JCP Eats is a jerk-free platform. Case closed.

My space is just as valid as my skinnier counterparts and colleagues; in fact, I’ve chosen to own every inch of it. Movin’, groovin’, jigglin’, wigglin’ — and I’m going to celebrate it!

Thank you to those that have helped me reach this business + personal + spiritual understanding.

My dear friend and “big sister”, Rev. Jacqueline Hope Derby, provided me with these strong, powerful words: “It’s not just about taking up space, but also creative power. You can influence brands, people, the way money is spent, not in spite of your size, but WITH your size as a part of your power.” She continued, “That’s a revolutionary idea: larger bodies have more power when they don’t waste that power on trying to be less.”

I agree wholeheartedly.

So, to that company, I say this:

Shame on you.

Shame on your fatphobic ways.

Shame on your narrow, uneducated view on body image.

Shame on using your power and influence to exclude, marginalize, and disenfranchise.

And to all other companies/businesses/brands, I say this:

It is important to represent a wide array of body types in your social media outreach. We are not all carbon copies of one another; however, we all share in the same worth.

While this brand will forever be off of my radar, I thank them.

I thank them for catalyzing me to have real, deep, important conversations with myself.

I thank them for helping me realize my worth.

I thank them for their rejection

I learned so much more from that than I have any other business deal.

As always, happy eating!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JCP

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Y’all —

If you are located in Russell County, or are in the Southern Kentucky region, I have a treat for you!

I am super excited to be showcasing some of the goodies for sale at Reva’s Greenhouse in Jamestown, KY. While inventory is still being put out, I was so pleased with the multitude of options available a couple of weeks ago. I went to grow my cacti/succulent family – and I did just that; furthermore; the prices are unbeatable and the service was fantastic.

You can visit the greenhouses at 148 Carnes Loop, Jamestown, KY 42629. Tell her that I sent ya!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JCP

FTC: I was not compensated for this post. I, at times, am fortunate enough to receive accommodations in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

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Y’all–

This is one of my sweetest collaborations yet — and I’m tickled pink. When given the opportunity to try out NoBaked’s safe-to-eat cookie dough, I jumped at the opportunity.

The story of the company? To quote their website: “Originally from Louisville, KY, Megan Beaven moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University. After graduating and spending some time working in the Music Industry, Megan decided to take control of her career and start NoBaked Cookie Dough. Originally an online store with pop-up shops, NoBaked now has storefronts in Nashville and Louisville.”

I made sure to top mine with Nutella, which is a favorite of mine.

Thanks for having me, NoBaked!

If you are in Louisville, be sure to visit them at 805 Blankenbaker Pkwy. Enjoy the cookie dough from 12-10 Sun-Thurs & from 12-11 on Fri-Sat.

Be sure to tell them that I sent ya!

As always, Happy Eating!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JCP

FTC: I was not compensated for this post. I, at times, am fortunate enough to receive accommodations in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

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