Posted May 26, 2017 by Editorial Staff in Eat+Drink


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Travel Alert: How Erica Ash Found Her Passion On and Off the Big Screen

(Photo credit: Derek White)

Erica Ash has always been that fearless, funny, and fabulous girlfriend in my head. I have been mildly obsessed with the actress since her early days as a sketch comedian on Fox Network’s “Mad TV.” Since then the talented actress has snagged coveted roles as Bridgette Hart, Kevin Hart’s fictional ex-wife on BET’s scripted reality series, “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” and Mary Charles “M-Chuck” Calloway on the STARZ hit series, “Survivor’s Remorse,” which premieres for another season on Sunday, August 20.

On screen and off, Ash exudes a relatable kind of charm and hilarious quick wit that makes you feel as if you’ve known her for years. As a military kid having lived abroad and all down the East Coast of the …MORE >>

Girls Trip to Golden Tuscany

Travel can be exhausting. So why not take a vacation while on vacation? After a hectic week in Rome, my sister Valerie and I decided to “chil-lax” at the Adler Thermae, a renowned spa resort whose pools are fed by thermal waters from the small town of Bagno Vignoni in the heart of Tuscany. Tuscany, one of Italy’s most popular regions, welcomes millions of visitors every year to cities such as Florence and Pisa.

We hopped the train to Chiusi, which is the closest railway stop to Bagno Vignoni. The resort’s driver met us at the station and driving an SUV, expertly whisked us along curving roads through dense woodlands. Soon we pulled up at the Adler, a striking modern structure that blends perfectly into the …MORE >>

The Historical Charm of Guatemala's Antigua

(Photo credit: Damian James)

If you are visiting the country of Guatemala for the first time, be sure to include at least two or three days to explore the city of Antigua. Antigua or la Antigua as it is also called, is just a short drive from Guatemala City and known for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture. The former capital city is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site which attracts more than a million tourists a year. Surrounded by the remnants of its 1773 earthquake, the relatively small and intimate town has a lot to offer including a trendy culinary scene, vibrant nightlife, and centuries of artistic expressions, all wrapped in tradition and historical charm.

Getting there is easy. The hard part just …MORE >>

Wine and Romance in Carmel and Vendange Inn & Suites

Demanding deadlines at work. Soccer games every week. Homework every night. House cleaning, laundry, cooking and the list goes on and on. Too often couples get into the routine of the day to day that they forget to stop and reconnect with each other. Date nights are making a comeback to reconnect while weekend getaways are always perfect for falling in love again.

Just around 74 miles down Highway 101 and 1 from San Francisco is the quaint town of Carmel, only minutes from Monterrey. Home to a growing wine country, the city was recently ranked #3 by Travel & Leisure magazine in February for “The World’s Best Cities for Romance,” falling behind Paris and Venice. Not to be …MORE >>

Rushion McDonald's Passion for Perfect Baking

Nothing can make your tummy do a happy dance quite like brown sugar monkey bread, buttery sweet potato pie or baked banana pudding, says two-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer and award-winning baker Rushion McDonald. Dessert lovers are downloading a free video series, gobbling up and enjoying more than two dozen recipes that are part of McDonald’s new baking bonanza partnership with makers of the Perfect Bake Smart Scale.

Imagine measuring, to perfection, all the correct ingredients to bake a delicious peach cobbler or pink/red velvet cupcakes in minutes without making a mess of your kitchen. McDonald, an executive producer of the “Steve Harvey” talk show, says he’s confident anyone can bake well, even if he or she has never baked anything …MORE >>

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uisine Noir is the first online and print magazine about Blacks in food, wine and travel around the world and is published by Sheree Williams in Oakland. Cuisine Noir is a unique and entertaining publication that combines culinary traditions with new cultural experiences.  The magazine delivers what readers are looking for which is more than where to find the next great meal.  And most importantly, it is a culinary publication that compliments readers’ lifestyles and desire for a diverse culinary experience no matter where it is. Read more>>