Happy Hour with Friends Podcast 

Conversations over a couple of drinks.
Issues that sometimes require a bit of liquid courage.
Topics that matter and resonate on a personal level. 

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Episode 7 | Who needs enemies, with friends like these

In this episode, my friend Nicole Whelan discovers she may be the new voice of NPR masquerading as a stay-at-home mom, and also threatens to evict me, while my other friend Seaton Tsai thinks New York City is “Unremarkable,” but the food is great, and would much rather sleep on my futon than shell out for a hotel…#WhatLawyersLookLikeIn2017  


Episode 6 | Lick Dem Fiiingers

We’ve come a long way since “Episode 1 | Drink Responsibly,” an episode that was spur of the moment and quite frankly recorded on an iPhone! So to kick off our 2017 lineup of guests we decided to bring back J. Aaron Boykin from the first episode to make it up to him.

In this episode we meet up at Dinosaur BBQ in Newark, New Jersey. 
We stuff ourselves on some slow-roasted meats, soul food, throw back some really strong cocktails, talk about music, family, and race, while laughing the whole way through.


Episode 5 | Where Does A Mexican Girl Go To Meet A Gringo

In this episode we take a road trip to Reading, Pennsylvania where we have dinner and drinks with long time friends, professors, and creative collaborators John Pankratz and Cocol Bernal.

John is a history professor (among many other things), and Cocol is an artist (among many other things). They are married, and they both teach, mentor, and create at Albright College where we first met them. We catch up with them around Christmas time 2016, and they share their stories of meeting, and getting married, in Senegal, their impact on the college and Reading communities, and the loss of their child Julia to cystic fibrosis. Their story is light-hearted, courageous, and fun. Enjoy.


Episode 4 | The Adventures Of An Ecuadorian Baker

In this episode we meet up with one of Mery’s long time friends and former neighbor Suany Baca at Le Pain Quotidien in the Flatiron district in New York.

Suany hails from Ecuador and has spent many years of her life hustling in the restaurant industry in New York City. While she chases her dream of building her own culinary/pastry business, she’s been perfecting the art of the work-life balance. She’s talks about her travels to several countries: wedding crashing in India, getting lost in the Amazon jungle, and her never ending quest for true love both on and off the internet. Enjoy!


Episode 3 | Turning 30 and Harlem's still here

In this episode we meet up with our good friend Tiana Charmaine Jones in Harlem, New York at D’Amore Winebar and Caffe on 116th Street & Lexington.

Tiana, a North Philly native is a fashionista, Zumba fitness instructor, and all round inspirational, and fun-loving person. We chat with her about what keeps her motivated and entrepreneurial, the upcoming Thanksgiving season and how to stay in shape, the 2016 elections, and gentrification in a new-age Harlem. Enjoy!


Episode 2.5 | Post-election Interview With Salaam Bhatti from Ep.2[Bonus]

We had such a great discussion with our friend Salaam Bhatti in Episode 2 "Let's Rewind" of the podcast, the night before the 2016 US Presidential elections, that we wanted to do a follow up conversation after the election results were announced to get his thoughts


Episode 2 | Let’s Rewind

In this episode we meet up with our good friend Salaam Bhatti in New York City’s Greenwich Village at Think Coffee on 14th street and 8th avenue. Salaam is an all-round nice guy, and funny guy, while also being a respectful religious awareness advocate championing the ideals of Islam and the rights of Muslim-Americans at home, and abroad. As if that weren’t enough, he’s a lawyer by trade, a self-deprecating and satirical comedian, and an avid chocolate chip cookie connoisseur. We talk about all of that and more. Enjoy!

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Episode 1 | Drink Responsibly

In this episode we grab a drink in New York City with long time friend, musician, tv personality, and all-round nice guy J.Aaron Boykin (jaaronmusic.com).
We toss out the idea of officially starting a podcast, we talk about Aaron's successes, his life as an acapella and pop musician, his influences, and even try to set him up.
To be noted: this was entirely unplanned, so we apologize for the change in sound level between studio and restaurant, future episodes will be much much better. Enjoy!