East End Backyard Opens, Jollof Rice King Debuts Next Week

East End Backyard, 1105 Sampson, opens October 9. The spacious outdoor venue from owner and Houston Dynamo legend Brian Ching offers a bar with a 16,000 square foot dog-friendly patio with a 3,500-square-foot dog park. The massive outdoor space offers plenty of social distancing room for lawn games, relaxing with pod friends and live music. The full bar has 25 beers and ciders on tap, including local selections from 8th Wonder, Saint Arnold, Eureka Heights and No Label plus a cocktail menu. For nosh, there will be a rotating line-up of local food trucks.

Ching, who also owns Pitch 25 Beer Park, launched a NextSeed crowdfunding campaign for East End Backyard last May. In a press release from business partner Nick Scurfield of the Scurfield Group public relations agency, Ching said:  “We wanted to create a laidback outdoor space where people could socialize with friends. Right now, our top priority is to provide a safe, comfortable environment with lots of room for social distancing, and we think it will be the perfect place for that.” Besides Scurfield, Ching has also brought in Jimmy Tzannis as a partner. Tzannis is a former manager at Ching’s Pitch 25 which is a sports-centric bar and beer garden on Walker.

Former Dynamo Brian Ching and son Chase.EXPAND

Former Dynamo Brian Ching and son Chase.

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The outdoor space offers bright-colored furniture such as Adirondack chairs and wood picnic tables with umbrellas. There are also sofas for lounging. The fenced-in dog park features several tables so that patrons can sit and enjoy a drink while watching their pooches play and make new friends. Reservations can also be made in advance for dog parties. Magnolia trees, crape myrtle trees and Spanish sycamores offering shade on a sunny Houston day.

East End Backyard has an interior bar as well.EXPAND

East End Backyard has an interior bar as well.

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The interior bar offers 1,300 square feet of space in a converted bright blue 1930s bungalow. The interior wallpaper brings the outdoor garden vibe inside and seating includes high-top bar tables made from recycled antique bicycles and reclaimed barn wood, made by Inspired Finds out of Des Moines, Iowa.

There are two other 1930s bungalows on the property and Ching has future plans for those, including a taco shop or coffee shop and a merchandise store for artists Donkeeboy and Donkeemom whose studio is in the neighborhood. The mom and son art duo of Alex Roman Jr. and Sylvia Roman is working on a signature mural for East End Backyard’s patio. There are plans for additional murals on the property by other local artists.

Oxtails and jollof rice offer diners a taste of West Africa.

Oxtails and jollof rice offer diners a taste of West Africa.

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Jollof Rice King, 3833 Richmond, opens October 13, as reported by Eater Houston. The new West African restaurant comes from husband and wife Ayo and Tiffaney Odewale who also own Taste of Nigeria and Cafe Abuja. The newest restaurant’s opening was delayed due to the pandemic but the couple saw the chance

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2 Chainz Prefers Vegetables From His Backyard Garden

Perhaps surprisingly for someone on the brink of dropping his sixth studio album, 2 Chainz isn’t stressed in the slightest. In fact, he’s feeling better than ever. Over the past six months, the rapper’s been dialing in a healthier lifestyle, which he credits for making him feel on top of his game. (Despite a ridiculous sleep schedule—the man behind “I’m Different” typically goes to bed at 7 a.m.)

GQ recently caught up with 2 Chainz to chat intermittent fasting, his backyard garden, the one food he wishes he’d eat less.

GQ: What time does your day start?

2 Chainz: My day begins at night because I’m an artist, and I’m up all night. I literally go to sleep about 6:30 or 7:00 every morning. I spend my nights recording, in my man cave of sorts. I’m an only child, and I don’t really consider myself having best friends after my father passed. So, it’s a lot of “me time” at night. My engineer hangs with me, his name’s Nolan, and I appreciate him. And of course my dog named Trappy, he’s my emotional support animal. We go everywhere together; he’s about 5 years old.

Anyway. The day technically starts once I wake up around 12:30 or 1 p.m.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the afternoon?

I drink a bottle of water. Then, I go to the gym on an empty stomach. After the gym, I like to get my protein in because I do a hard workout, so that’s important. My smoothie contains a plant-based protein, cinnamon, and powdered peanut butter. By the time I have it, I’m starving. It’s the first thing I put into my body during the day because I do this thing called intermittent fasting, so I’m only eating for an 8-hour period while I’m awake. It just really attacks whatever fat you have.

Then do you have another meal right after that?

Yeah. So I get home, and I’m big on protein and vegetables. I’m working with LG, and they got me this oven that has a built-in air fryer, which is great. I eat salmon sometimes. I’m also really big on what I like to call my Tity Boi turkey burgers—I eat them all of the time and I have them at my restaurant. It’s a ground turkey patty mixed with feta cheese and spinach with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pepper jack cheese.

Is there anything you don’t eat?

I don’t eat beef. I don’t eat pork. I love greens and I love beans. I don’t eat candy. My dad was a diabetic. A lot of the things that I’ve been doing, it’s been a habit. The intermittent fasting is new, but as far as the foods that I’m eating—I’ve been this way. I also grow a lot of stuff because we have a garden out back. I ate okra yesterday that we got from the garden, and I’ve also got bell peppers and mint back there

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McLean Home Offers Upscale Interior, Resort-Like Backyard

MCLEAN, VA — If you had the resort-like backyard of this McLean home, you’d try to stretch summer a little longer.

The seven-bedroom home is impressive in itself, offering upscale design flanked by a grand marble foyer and twin staircase. The master suite stands out with a rotunda vestibule and balcony overlooking the backyard. The view of the pool, waterfall and other features in the backyard are visible from many places inside.

But why enjoy the view inside when you can relax in the pool, spa or backyard terraces and porches? A pool house accompanies these features, offering a kitchenette, bath and more.

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  • Address: 911 Centrillion Dr, McLean, Virginia
  • Price: $3,475,000
  • Square Feet: 10475
  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Bathrooms: 9 Full and 2 Half Baths
  • Built: 2003
  • Features: A gem in the Reserve !! Beautiful and exquisit with contemporary flair !! Sited on over one acre with a breathtaking Resort style setting that includes a swimming pool, spa, tranquille stone water fall, porches, terraces and a terrific guest/ pool house with vaulted ceiling, kitchenette, private bath, changing room with shower and bath and additional play grounds. Over one million spent to create this gorgeous ambiance for exterior entertaining and private relaxation. The main level features a grand marble foyer from the front to the back of the house offering great flow for entertaining, a dramatic twin staircase flanked by a wall of bay windows on 3 levels overlooking the spectacular water fall, an elegant living room with marble fireplace, banquet sized dining room with adjoining bottlers pantry, private study that can be used as a first floor bedroom with a full bathroom and balcony overlooking the backyard. The family areas are designed for comfortable day to day living with a back staircase, gorgeous views to the pool and water fall, including a morning room with covered patio, a delightful family room with fireplace and built in bookcases, and a chef’s kitchen with custom contemporary cabinets, granite counters, center island, breakfast bar, big bay window, desk, Sub Zero, Thermador and Bosch appliances. The garage entry area, includes a mud room with coat closet, a spacious laundry room with access to the backyard, second powder room, a third staircase to the upper master studio and access to the 3 car garage. The upper level features an expansive master suite starting with an elegant rotonda vestibule which opens to the private sitting room and bedroom with double sided fireplace, 11 ft tray ceiling and a balcony overlooking the gorgeous backyard. His and Hers luxurious marble bathrooms, walk in closets and a studio/ exercise room. The upper level offers three additional large bedrooms with en-suite baths and a sizable office with balcony. The walk out lower level is an entertainer’s dream featuring a Recreation room with a large bay window, French doors opening to a covered slate patio , a perfect spot to enjoy the serene water fall, a Billiard room, home theater, game room, fully equipped
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BACKYARD BLISS | Utilising companion planting in your urban garden | Port Macquarie News

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As our spring crops are gradually going in, we’re making space for some sister action to take place, all three of them – corn, pumpkin and beans – together like they should be. These three plants are a guild of plants traditionally grown in Native Amerrican agriculture. Dating back around 5000 years, it is so successful, it’s now on of the most popular “pin ups” for companion planting around the world. The symbiotic relationship between these three plants is particularly wonderful, here’s how it all works. Structurally, the corn does what it does best, and grows tall and straight providing the perfect climbing pole for beans to grow up. The beans provide nitrogen to the soil, being heavy feeders, both the corn and pumpkin lap this up for their own use. Meanwhile the squash (generally a type of pumpkin) sprawls in and around the base of these two plants acting as a living mulch with its big, shady leaves. It also helps suppress or slow the growth of weeds due to this pattern of growth. Apparently corn lacks the amino acids lysine and tryptophan, which the human body needs to make proteins and niacin, but beans contain both and therefore corn and beans together help provide a balanced diet. And of course, if one of the crops fail (due to pest or disease) it is ‘backed up’ by another two – so you never go hungry, clever. From the perspective of the plant’s root profiles, these three plants all have different root ball shapes where they inhabit different levels of soil meaning they’re not competing for nutrients. So clever, so sophisticated. The other great thing about this guild (there are many) is that you can plant it on any scale, so even if you have a small urban garden (like we do) you can still have a productive patch in a relatively small space. We’ve allocated a garden bed roughly 5 metres by 3 metres, which will include around 16 corn and bean plants and two sprawling pumpkin plants. However we’ve also planted it in smaller beds. Being in a cool temperate climate, we’re yet to establish this year’s three sisters garden outside, but we thought we’d get a head start and get the corn and pumpkins going inside first. They’ll be moving outside soon, where we’ll direct sow the beans at the base of each corn plant. When you’re planting this guild, be sure to give the corn a head start as the beans grow so fast they’ll quickly catch up to the height of the corn. If you’re in a warmer climate, you can direct sow all three seeds at the same time straight into your garden area, they’ll all go gang busters. Where ever you are, make sure your soil has lots of food, like manure and compost, as corn and pumpkin are hungry plants and require healthy, nutritious soil to thrive. Utilising companion planting in your urban garden or

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BACKYARD BLISS | Utilising companion planting in your urban garden | The Canberra Times

life-style, life, Hannah Moloney, Good Life Permaculture

As our spring crops are gradually going in, we’re making space for some sister action to take place, all three of them – corn, pumpkin and beans – together like they should be. These three plants are a guild of plants traditionally grown in Native Amerrican agriculture. Dating back around 5000 years, it is so successful, it’s now on of the most popular “pin ups” for companion planting around the world. The symbiotic relationship between these three plants is particularly wonderful, here’s how it all works. Structurally, the corn does what it does best, and grows tall and straight providing the perfect climbing pole for beans to grow up. The beans provide nitrogen to the soil, being heavy feeders, both the corn and pumpkin lap this up for their own use. Meanwhile the squash (generally a type of pumpkin) sprawls in and around the base of these two plants acting as a living mulch with its big, shady leaves. It also helps suppress or slow the growth of weeds due to this pattern of growth. Apparently corn lacks the amino acids lysine and tryptophan, which the human body needs to make proteins and niacin, but beans contain both and therefore corn and beans together help provide a balanced diet. And of course, if one of the crops fail (due to pest or disease) it is ‘backed up’ by another two – so you never go hungry, clever. From the perspective of the plant’s root profiles, these three plants all have different root ball shapes where they inhabit different levels of soil meaning they’re not competing for nutrients. So clever, so sophisticated. The other great thing about this guild (there are many) is that you can plant it on any scale, so even if you have a small urban garden (like we do) you can still have a productive patch in a relatively small space. We’ve allocated a garden bed roughly 5 metres by 3 metres, which will include around 16 corn and bean plants and two sprawling pumpkin plants. However we’ve also planted it in smaller beds. Being in a cool temperate climate, we’re yet to establish this year’s three sisters garden outside, but we thought we’d get a head start and get the corn and pumpkins going inside first. They’ll be moving outside soon, where we’ll direct sow the beans at the base of each corn plant. When you’re planting this guild, be sure to give the corn a head start as the beans grow so fast they’ll quickly catch up to the height of the corn. If you’re in a warmer climate, you can direct sow all three seeds at the same time straight into your garden area, they’ll all go gang busters. Where ever you are, make sure your soil has lots of food, like manure and compost, as corn and pumpkin are hungry plants and require healthy, nutritious soil to thrive. Utilising companion planting in your urban garden or

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Franklin interior designer creates backyard offices

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Williamson County interior designer has come up with a unique way to get you out of the house as you continue working from home.

Anna Palumbo of Red Triangle Interior Design in Franklin believes she has solved the problem of separating work life from home life. She has designed backyard offices.

They are small structures designed to fit in your yard.

She said she knew something had to be done when she began having to share a work-from-home space with her husband earlier this year.

“It’s tough being in the same office or same home the whole time with your spouse,” Palumbo said. “I was kicked out of the office and was working from the dining room table.”

She hopes the idea of walking to this separate space each day will help people focus on work, and lead to fewer distractions.

“You’d still have a commute. So you’d have that differentiation between your home life and your work life,” Palumbo explained.”Then you can be productive, do what you need for work. Take a lunch, leave that space, go back home.”

She said being more productive during work hours ultimately could give families more time for other things later, like walking the dog or helping your child with school work.

Palumbo said her designs have already gotten interest from people as far away as Los Angeles.

If you’re curious about the cost, she said just buying the design will cost $1,500. But, if you want it built for you here in Middle Tennessee, the cost can go as high as $35,000.

She said she takes every person into consideration when designing office space.

“I like to sit down with a person and really understand them, ask how they work, ask what makes them most productive and then put that together with good design,” she said.

Palumbo said the structures are useful even if you go back to working at an office. It can easily be turned into a man cave, she-shed, recording studio, or anything else you’d like it to be.

Palumbo owns Red Triangle Interior Designs in Franklin. She said the name of her business goes hand-in-hand with how she wants her customers to feel. Growing up in eastern Pennsylvania, her father built a red pyramid barn for her to stand under while waiting for the bus. She said when she would see it every day, it would bring her comfort and make her feel welcomed home. That’s what she said she hopes to bring to customers.

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Fair Oaks kids grow pandemic side project in backyard garden

During World War II, Victory Gardens were all the rage. In order to help stave off a food shortage, people planted vegetable gardens in their yards. Not only did they help make sure the soldiers off fighting had enough to eat but they gave the people a purpose and helped them feel like they were contributing something of value during the war.

The springtime start of the coronavirus pandemic this year coincided with a rebirth of the home garden for many. For the Gordon family of Fair Oaks, it was time to tear up the backyard to try something new — and old.

Tavon Gordon, 17, is used to spending his summers in basketball camps with his friends and Del Campo High School basketball teammates Jackson Taylor, Brayden White and Damjan Agovic. As it became clear in March the summer was going to look very different for the Gordons’ eldest son and his friends, the idea came quickly into place.

The Gordons knew Tavon and his friends would need a way to get together outside and have a safe activity during quarantine. They consulted Kenneth Karl White — one of their neighbors and Brayden’s father — who is a very experienced gardener. Game plans were drawn and the boys traded basketball drills for urban farming.

“When COVID first hit in the middle of March, we were all trying to figure out what is ‘shelter in place and why is there no toilet paper?’” said Chantell Gordon, Tavon’s mom. “And wondering if we would run out of food — What’s going to happen? Our neighbor grew up on a farm and has a garden at his house. They even have chickens and a greenhouse, and he’s rented land somewhere else in Sacramento so he can have a bigger plot. He asked us what we thought about doing this.”

The families decided to use the Gordon’s backyard to start another garden, and have the boys’ core group of friends work on it.

“It would give them a chance to do something — to be outside, and it’s a skill they can take with them,” said Chantell.

White drew up plans based on what was best to plant at the time, and how long those plants would need before they could be harvested. The Gordons tilled up their backyard. Both Chantell and her husband Greg were mostly working from home and figured the money they were saving on gas to commute would offset the costs of getting started with the garden. Whether it did or not, it would be worth it to keep the boys busy with something other than just video games. In April, the families all put on their masks and headed to the nursery to pick up their first plants.

Under the guidance of their neighbor, they were starting to grow tomatoes, peppers, corn, squash and strawberries.

“It’s been so cool to see it happening,” said Chantell.

The garden has proved to be a silver lining during stay-at-home orders, since

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Homeowner shocked after heavy rain reveals secret buried under backyard garden

You never know what you’re going to find when you start digging.

A homeowner in Texas reportedly made an amazing discovery in the backyard of a house he originally intended to fix up and flip. After realizing what he owned, however, he’s apparently changed his mind.

John Reynolds reportedly had no idea that there was a pool in the backyard of the house he bought in Texas for just under $20,000.

John Reynolds reportedly had no idea that there was a pool in the backyard of the house he bought in Texas for just under $20,000.
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John Reynolds had no idea that there was a pool in the backyard of the house he bought for just under $20,000, The Sun reports. According to him, the backyard was a mess and the pool had been filled with dirt and other debris.

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The house had reportedly been owned by a hoarder before Reynolds bought it. When he first took ownership of the house, it was full of junk, feral cats and the backyard appeared to contain an overgrown garden.

According to Reynolds, he didn’t know about the in-ground pool until a heavy downpour shifted the dirt and debris. Prior to that, he says the only thing he noticed was that one section of the backyard always seemed to be a bit “boggy.”

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“It feels like I have stumbled across a winning lottery ticket,” he told The Sun. “Never in a million years when I bought the property did I think I would be swimming in my own pool. I bought it as a bit of an investment with the intention to do it up and sell it on, but it has yielded so many surprises I don’t know if I can let it go.”

Reynolds reportedly bought the house two years ago but didn’t discover the pool until a few months later. He spent over a year cleaning out the garbage, fixing leaks, and making other repairs to the pool. While it cost him about $10,000 to fix it up, installing an in-ground pool would have been significantly more expensive.

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“My friends and I are in it every day for hours on end now,” says the now proud homeowner. “You couldn’t wish to find a bigger reward in your back garden.”

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Liven Up Your Backyard With Tropical Decor

Going on a tropical getaway is one of the best ways to unwind and catch a break from the pressures of work. But you don't have to wait for a vacation in Hawaii or Aruba to relax in a cool, tropical setting: your backyard can do the trick!

Transforming your backyard into your very own small, tropical haven is not all that difficult if you have the right backyard furniture and accessories. So if you are thinking that your backyard needs a radical makeover, consider some of these simple ideas, and transform it into a private tropical getaway.

1. Bamboo Fencing
Bamboo is a very lightweight, yet sturdy and durable wood. A bamboo fence will not only prove resilient, but it will also give your yard an instant tropical feel. Use rolled bamboo fencing or bamboo tiki poles.

2. Palm Trees
Palm trees not only look great and compliment the bamboo fencing, but their large leaves provide a natural shade, for when you want to take a break from the hot summer sun.

3. The Hammock
Tropical décor is all about creating a feeling of comfort and easy rest, and nothing says laidback like a hammock. If you have two palm trees at the right distance away from each other, placing a hammock between them can add just the right touch to your backyard.

4. Lounge seating
Wicker and bamboo lounge furniture are perfect for poolside seating in a tropical backyard. Remember to add tables for guests to have drinks and snacks.

5. Tiki
Tiki torches and statues are the ideal accent pieces for a tropical backyard. They don't have to be huge either. Even small tikis can really tie the theme of an outdoors space together. Having a tiki bar available poolside as well is even better, and adds a whole new layer to the tropical décor of your yard.

6. A Sand Pit
Depending on how big your backyard is, the size of your sand pit will vary. But whether it's big enough to set up volleyball game or only big enough to work as a sandbox for the kids, a sand pit is a practical way of creating that tropical, playful feel.

7. Outdoor speakers
This final tropical décor tip might not seem obviously tropical, but the right music can do wonders for the feel of your back yard. Lay down in the hammock and let a soft, relaxing tune play over the system and you'll be glad you installed outdoor speakers.

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How Can Garden Furniture Improve The Look Of Your Backyard?

Almost all of us have a misconception about what really garden furniture is. Garden furniture is also known as patio furniture. This is a kind of furniture designed specifically for outdoor use. Each and every person desires a garden which can offer them with peace and tranquility. This leads to a lot of people trying out various DIY projects to beautify their garden. You, too, might be considering getting some DIY activities done for your garden. By selecting the right DIY project for your garden, you can make it look more stylish and up-to-date.

Is it safe to say that appealing garden furniture can enhance the overall grace of my garden?

Yes, of course, furniture is the only fundamental feature which could magnify and heighten the grace of your garden.

The right furniture would intensify the beauty of the garden. Nowadays, there is a plethora of options to choose from. You can practically choose any furniture you like. Furniture is something which is going to give a thorough overview of you and your style statement. Perhaps now you are wondering about how you should pick furniture that would be perfect for your outdoor area. The very first thing to consider before buying any furniture is the material it is made out of. For this, it is vital to have some basic knowledge of the materials that are used to build patio furniture. Before you make your final choice, ensure that the material is water-resistant.

Nowadays patio furniture can be made out of wood materials, vinyl, metal, and glass. However, it is up to you to decide which one you prefer and what would work best for your garden. Make sure to do your research before deciding on any particular furniture.

While looking for outdoor furniture, is it necessary to take into consideration the weather of where I reside?

The answer to this is a huge YES. Obviously, the weather is going to make a huge difference on the furniture you've chosen to put up in your yard. For this, make a list and go through the points. Try to answer the following questions as honestly as you can before making a decision.

– Is your city mostly hot? Or cool?

– Does it get rid in the summer?

– Do you experience storms frequently?

These questions are going to help guide you towards the type of material you will need for your patio furniture. Also, make sure that the furniture you have been considering is going to blend well with the exterior and interior of your house. In case it doesn't go well, just drop the plan and start looking for another one. Thus, it is significant to coordinate your latest furniture with the existing one.

Can I buy backyard furniture online?

Yes, you can. In fact, purchasing furniture online is a distinct experience for many people. However, while shopping online for outdoor furniture, make sure to examine various factors. If you are not able to find the furniture you …

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