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Chatting with Ricardo Talavera on the Eve of his Fight at Legacy Fighting Championships

November 6, 2009

Ricardo from Lonestar Beatdown 2DNC Members, Houstonians, and MMA Fans everywhere,

We’re sitting here with our very dear friend and fellow ninja, Ricardo Talavera, who is finishing up final preparations for his Mixed Martial Arts fight at the Legacy Fighting Championships, this Saturday at the Arena Theater in Houston.

Ricardo, how are you feeling heading up to this fight?

Oh man, I feel very, very good. Very well prepared, physically and mentally.

You’re set to take on Danny Taylor of Bushi Ban. How much do you know about this guy? Do you feel that there is anything specific you need to prepare for?

I dont know much about Danny Taylor. He fights out of Bushi Ban, a very good and well-known gym. Bushi Ban is a very good gym, their fighters are pretty aggressive, they like to bang, love to strike and come ready to fight. So, to prepare for this fight i have been including a lot of Muay Thai training, Boxing and of course always to my basics, BJJ. I have been preparing to take care of Danny anywhere. If he wants to bang, then we bang, if he wants to clinch then we clinch, ground, he’ll be crazy. Whereever he wants to go, i am going to make sure he pays for it.

Who’s helped you prepare for this fight overall? What team are you training with and how have those guys prepared you for Danny?

I fight out of ELITE MMA. I train under Eric Williams and Hai Nguyen mainly, however, for this fight we have also included the instruction of Romelle Agra to take care of my Muay Thai training and also Pat Swan for my Boxing. To add to this, Coach David Campbell has been the one taking care of our conditioning out of hell training. plus of course all my teammates at Elite MMA that some how have given me and helped me through out my training.

Any predictions on how the fight will end?

Lights out. whether I choke him out, or KO him.

Are you looking forward to any other fights on the card?

Definitely, I want to see my teammate Sting Ray Blodgett kick some ass. I also want to see Robo’s fight to see what the whole fuzz is all about.

Anything else you’d like to say to your fans and loved ones before you step into the cage?

To my beautiful wife and momma to be. I am sorry for all the long and lonely nights i have put you through, Thank you for your love, patience and support. I love you.

And to my fans, thank you for the support and push through out the years…let’s get this win over with and go eat and party!!!

Ricardo Talavera is an Undefeated Professional MMA Fighter with a 1-0 record.  He is also a Petroleum Engineering graduate of West Virginia University and a die-hard Mountaineers fan. When he’s not fighting, Ricardo works as a software consultant for the oil & gas industry. You can hear more about the life and fights of Ricardo Talavera by following him on Twitter.

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Women’s Self Defense and Assault Prevention Classes in Houston

August 28, 2009

Attention Greater Houston Area Residents:

womensselfdefenseIt is imperative in today’s society to learn the tools necessary to keep out of harms way, protecting yourselves and your loved ones.

Specifically in the city of Houston, violent crimes such as aggravated assault and murder are over 1.5 times the national average. Burglary is also at 150% the national average. (source: cityrating.com)

 Empower Yourself – Learn the Tools Needed to Protect Those You Love

DNC Worldwide’s own Chad Kight is currently offering classes for Women’s Self Defense and Assault Prevention classes and seminars in the Greater Houston Area, including Houston, The Woodlands, and Sugar Land, TX.

About Your Instructor

mma-elite-8Chad Kight has been practicing Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Jeet Kune Do Concepts for over 11 years.

He has a keen understanding of what it takes to stay out of harmful situations and how one should react to protect themselves when confronted with violent and potentially deadly situations such as assault, rape, and abuse. Learn more about Chad here.

  • Certified RAT program Instructor (Rapid Assault Tactics)
  • Women’s Self Defense Instructor
  • Professional trainer and conditioning coach
  • 2009 Naga Expert Bronze Medalist                                                                          
  • 2008 Naga Expert Silver Medalist
  • Division winner Battle of H-town 2 consecutive years, 06,-07.
  • Brenham Vale Tudo division Champion
  • Dungal Fighting division Champion
  • Party Slam division Champion
  • Competed in Gracie BJJ World Championship
  • Competed in Relson Gracie Challenge
  • Placed in many city and state tournaments 

Reserve a Spot in the Next Class

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Call today to book a spot in the next Women’s Self Defense Seminar/Class or set up your own private group classes. Spots fill quickly!

For more information: Contact the instructor, Chad Kight, by calling (979) 578-1894. You may also email Chad and visit his website chadkight.com.

Ninja Birthday – Vincent’s 23rd Birthday Album

August 27, 2009

We celebrated the 23rd Birthday of our own Vincent Rivera a week ago with dinner at Miyako followed by a night on the town. Below are some of the pictures from that very ninja evening.

Movie Review – Food Inc.

August 21, 2009

We went to Houston’s Angelika Theater to watch Food Inc. this past week. The movie/expose by fimmaker Robert Kenner gives a look into America’s agricultural business and how the industry has evolved within oh-say, the last sixty years or so.

Here is the synopsis from the official website:

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

Now before I give you my honest review of the issues within the movie, I think its important to tell you what type of person I am, so you can see the foundation of my opinions.

  1. foodincI am the most cynical person I know.  As an example, when it comes to politics, I’ve smiled and listened to both extremes of the left-wing and the right-wing on issues. And oftentimes, I think both sides are full-of-you-know-what spouting off uneducated none-sense and propaganda. I’ve seen too many people incoherently babbling on issues that they don’t even have full knowledge of recently.
  2. In going with the above theme, I believe it to be important for individuals to educate themselves on all sides of an issue in order to form their own opinion. Doing so will help you avoid coming off like an uneducated dolt aka one of them ‘sheeple.’ Understand that others will always try to influence you. From individuals and organizations to politicians and activists, everyone will have an argument to back their side. Take an objective look at the whole picture before you figure out where to plant your feet. And for God’s sake, when somebody tries to influence your thoughts and beliefs, check their premise before believing them.
  3. As soon as you have your facts straight and have planted your feet fully on issues, I think its okay to be an advocate – so long as you do it respectfully and avoid coming coming off like an idiot trying to push your beliefs on people. Challenge others to awareness and not opinion. Let them figure out issues for themselves through objectivity rooted in factual knowledge. That’s the respectful way to affect change.

 My Opinions on the movie, Food Inc.

 Variety’s review is correct in stating that this movie “does for the supermarket what “Jaws” did for the beach — marches straight into the dark side of cutthroat agri-business, corporatized meat and the greedy manipulation of both genetics and the law.”

With that fact in mind, I’ve gotten the following feedback all too often when talking about Food Inc. this week, “I’m scared to watch this movie.” or “Don’t do it, you won’t want to eat for a week.”

 Well duh you idiots, that’s what the movie is intended to do. But why in the world would you want to avoid something you could possibly learn from? I’m not saying believe everything you hear because I certainly do not. What I am saying is that maybe by watching films like Food Inc. and other like it, you may raise your own awareness of problems in the world you didn’t even know existed. I know that’s unfathomable for a lot of people. Most of us don’t want to be bothered. And films like this one delve in issues on a much-higher level than our usual ‘things that go boom’ and ‘girls like Sarah Jean Underwood’ that we like to be entertained by. I’m cool with that. I love those types of films too. But for real, it’s okay sometimes to walk out of the theater not jumping up and down about the bad-ass explosion sometimes. What a startling concept huh? To actually walk out of the theater with your head down because you learned something that jarred your consciousness… LOL.

Like I said, Food Inc. deals with complex issues. If you haven’t watched it yet, ask yourself how much you know about how our agricultural systems work. Probably not much. Films like this are good at showing you that. Honestly, walking in to the movie, I was thinking it would be nothing but a collection of propaganda and ‘facts’ bordering on bullshit. I was expecting another Da Vini Code but what this ended up being was my Zeitgeist about chicken. Except the facts were a lot newer and certainly a lot more irrefutable. I’m sure there is a lot more behind the food issue and the agricultural industry that I need to learn before I go off advocating anything other than awareness.

But here are just a few facts I got from the movie that warranted some thought.

  • It’s insane that four multi-national corps. (Perdue, Tyson, etc.) control most of the the food chain from planting to our stomach. The choices we see on the aisles are all coming from the same sources.
  • It’s sick how they grow beef, chicken, and pork. They’re truly not growing animals naturally, but rather growing meat for consumption. It’s not natural.
  • I never know large the corn industry was and how our government subsidizes it. From ethanol to food to beauty products, damn near everything we have contains corn.
  • Genetic-manipulation and patenting of said genetic advances have created monopolies of monstrous proportions. Scary sh*t. It’s Orwellian for sure.
  • There is much more to the agricultural business than I ever thought there was and it’s a lot to digest, no pun intended.

Reviews from other Sources about Food Inc.

Entertainment Weekly, LA Times, Salon.Com, Village Voice, and Rolling Stone gave highly favorable reviews. Rotten Tomatoes  gave the film a 97% rating.

Comments about Food Inc. that made me laugh

“It’s an “Inconvenient Truth” for food, minus the droning Al Gore and a handful of PowerPoint slides.”
 
“Smart, gripping, and untainted by the influence of Michael Moore.”

“A brutally disturbing, fundamentally important new documentary.”

“Consider food your guilty pleasure? Well, “Food, Inc,” shows it’s a killer. You need to see this film.”

Food Inc. Trailer

2009 Houston Culinary Awards -Vote Katie Leggett!

July 31, 2009

Andres_Pastry_ShopA Pastry Chef at Thierry Andre Tellier’s self-titled Andre’s Pastry Shop and Cafe, our very-own Katie Leggett  has been wowing Houston foodies and the finicky River Oaks crowd with her sweet creations for quite some time now.

From assorted French pastries, fruit tarts, and pies, all the way to the most complex types of cakes, this ninja can attest that her creations at Andre’s make up the BEST that Houston has to offer when it comes to pacifying the sweet tooth and I mean that.

The experience in both taste and presentation when trying Katie Leggett’s concoctions versus any other is akin to a Wine Taster trying a 1959 Chateau Lafite for the first time while he’s been used  to previously drinking the infamous pink Beringer Zinfandel all along. Truly an eye opening experience.

My Table, Houston’s Dining Magazine, recently opened up voting for the 2009 Houston Culinary Awards. This year, Katie has the distinguished honor of being a finalist in the category of Pastry Chef of the Year. Due in no small part to the cheesecake she brought over that one time, DNC Worldwide is pledging our support  for Katie Leggett as Houston’s 2009 Pastry Chef of the Year. Please do your part and VOTE NOW!

andresAbout Andre’s Pastry Shop and Cafe: Our café & pastry shop has been creating fantastic and award-winning pastries for years. A recipient of numerous awards and accolades, we continually strive for perfection to bring the best quality and flavor to our creations for every customer. Our true passion for this art extends to all our staff, whose constant goal is crafting fantastic pastries with amazing design and flavor. Whether a simple chocolate to your dream wedding cake, we hope to pass along our enthusiasm for fresh food with great ingredients. Our entire culinary team will strive to make your dining experience or special event a true success.

mytableAbout My Table Magazine: From soup to souffle, My Table covers local food and wine via a highly specialized magazine devoted to the pleasures of dining out in the greater Houston area. Each issue offers readers the most complete information on the restaurants, chefs, shops, foods, trends, caterers, festivals and personalities that make up the city’s lively culinary scene. – Teresa Byrne-Dodgem, Editor & Publisher

Help Us Fight Pediatric Cancer through Extra Life

July 21, 2009

tchpic1Salutations, I hope everyone is doing well,

As anyone who has been talking to me the last few weeks knows, I have been promoting Extra Life, a 24-hour gaming marathon to help raise money in support of The Texas Children’s Hospital to fight against pediatric cancer.   

We are currently looking for a location for the event and need your help in finding a venue for October 17.  If anyone has any connections or any knowledge on possible avenues to take to find a location, please contact us.  We are looking to hold a lock-in type event with the main activity being video games. This charity event is a one-night only event and we are willing to hold it in locations both large to small.  Any information on possible locations would be appreciated.

Also a note to all Houston area people, we will be holding a few information nights and fundraisers along the way before the Oct 17th event. We have one tentatively set for Aug 22nd at the CoffeeGroundz in Midtown Houston at 6pm. 

CoffeeGroundz is located 2503 Bagby Houston, TX 77006. Check out their site for more information. We would love if you joined us on that night to show your support.

To everyone else who are not in the Houston area, there are many ways to help out. You can sign up to participate and take part in your own gaming marathon. You will be participating with gamers all over the globe. We are always looking for more people to join us to take part in this noble cause.  When you do sign up, you will be given a fundraiser page to collect donations.

We are using social networking as a big tool to gain exposure and we will be using Twitter and Facebook to our advantage. Sponsorships are also greatly appreciated if you cannot participate directly. You may donate here.

Lets do our best, think big, and make an impact for The Texas Children’s Hospital.  If you have feedback or questions, contact me personally.  Also, please visit the site to find further information about opportunities with support and participation and also any other questions you may have concerning the event.

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I hope this finds you well,

Allen Ragasa
Twitter – @takeorey
Phone: 281-686-4442

Houston Foodie Review – Pete’s Fine Meats & Deli

July 19, 2009

If you’re the type with an eclectic taste and a do-it-yourself attitude when it comes to preparing a fabulous meal, I have just the place for you.

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Pete’s Fine Meats & Deli, located at 5509 Richmond Ave, has a quality collection of every type of meat possible. With an exotic choice list that includes wild game such as wild boar, kangaroo, rattlesnake, and emu, Pete’s has just about everything a meat eater could want.

Serving Houston for over twenty-five years now, Pete’s also has your standard cuts of steak as thick as you desire. They’ve also got turduken, crawfish-stuffed sausages, all kinds of jerky, and much more. Pete’s also has an awesome selection of fine cheeses and homemade jams, as well as just about everything you need for a grill-out Sunday.

2009-07-18 11.49.51From what I saw, the staff at Pete’s Fine Meats & Deli is top-notch. The guys there greeted us as soon as we walked in. The prices weren’t listed on all the items but the staff is more than happy to give us any information we wanted. They gave us help on everything from what to buy to how to cook it all as well. Excellent customer service.

As far as pricing goes, this neighborhood butcher shop in the Galleria is surprisingly not that outlandish. You can expect about $25-28 on the really exotic stuff like the black bear, python, etc. but their steaks are about $5-8 a pound cheaper than most places, cut to your liking.

Now if you can order better than you can cook, the deli at Pete’s is rumored to have some of the best steak tacos & hoagies in town. They also serve some delicious barbecue, buffalo burgers, etc. The menu for their deli can be found here.

My Conclusion: Simply put, they are the end-all be-all when it comes to meat markets  in Houston.

4304258Pete’s Fine Meats & Deli
(713) 782-3470
5509 Richmond Ave
Houston
, TX 77056-6615