Pharrell Williams is kicking off spring in the most awesome way possible with the launch of his 3-day festival, named Something in the Water. The festivities will take place Friday, April 26th thru Sunday, April 28th, 2019, in his hometown of Virginia Beach.
"I made a promise to God that if I was able to see the world, I would bring the best of what I saw back to Virginia Beach." —@pharrell
The lineup is pretty incredible with performances from Missy Elliott, Migos, Janelle Monet, SZA, Pusha T, Jhene Aiko, Jaden Smith, Maggie Rogers, Rosalía, Travis Scott, Dave Matthews Band, Dram, and so many more!
And just like that, the 19th Annual Food Network & Cooking ChannelSouth Beach Wine & Food Festival has come to an end. My last experience of attending the food festival was in 2013 and it was quite amazing. Six years later, I was so excited to be attending this ultimate foodie event. As expected, it did not disappoint.
I attended the Goya Grand Tasting Village on Sunday. The weather was perfect on Miami Beach to sip and nosh through those famous white tents. After checking in and picking up my festival glass & swag bag, it was time to enjoy the day.
The festival features “talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs, and culinary personalities.“ What’s better than a day of good food and an insane selection of cocktails, wine, and beer to wash it all down? It was a good day indeed.
My favorite bite of the festival goes to The Salty Donut with their insanely delicious donuts. I had their Maple Bacon and White Chocolate Tres Leche donuts. Best. Donut. Ever!!!!
Another cool part of the festival is all of the photo opps throughout the festival grounds. There were a lot!
The festival ended with a special performance from Atlanta’s own, Ludacris! He got the crowd dancing and singing along to some of his big hits like Move B$&ch, Yeah, and How Low.
If you’ve never been to TheFood Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival, it should definitely be on your list.
Like most people, I was looking for a flight and was drawn to the low prices of Spirit Airlines. A round trip from Detroit to Ft. Lauderdale cost me just $130! But of course, I’ve heard many many negative reviews about their hidden fees. But to my surprise, these fees were not hidden at all. I took the time to weigh my opinions. Here’s what I found.
Flight are offered as a “bare fare”. This means the price you see for the flight is just for the flight and nothing else. No luggage, no carry on, no in-flight snacks or beverages. You will be charged for everything, so you have to be smart to avoid being that person that complains about Spirit because they failed to read the 20pt bold fine print.
Last week I flew to Ft. Lauderdale for a 2-day stay. I was able to get all my clothes and such in a backpack that was within their allotted dimensions. “Your Bare Fare® includes one personal item, one that can fit entirely into an 18″ x 14″ x 8″ size box.” Now you will definitely have to be strategic when packing if you go this route. It’s definitely easier to do if you’re traveling to somewhere warm. The lighter you have to dress, the fewer clothes you have to pack. It will also depend on how many days your trip is. I had a late flight so I decided that I would just wear the same thing I flew in with as I would flying back out. I only had it on for a couple of hours. I also wore a hoodie, a jacket, a pair of converse. Everything else went in my backpack.
What I packed for my 2-day stay:
2 tank tops
2 pairs of flip flops
Small crossbody purse
1 face/body bar soap
1 travel face/body moisture
1 Lip gloss
As you can see, I had a very minimal wardrobe. It felt kind of good not to overpack, like I usually do. Not having so much to choose from takes out a lot of the stress of trying to figure out what you want to wear. And you’re not feeling what you’ve packed there’s a Target in almost every city. Keeping toiletries and beauty products to a minimum will also help. Use travel tubes when you can.
To avoid check-in fees ($10 to print each boarding pass.), check in and print your boarding pass at home. If you don’t have access to a printer, just opt for the e-boarding pass to be emailed to you. By doing this you will also avoid having to wait in a long line to check in. Just go straight to the security line!
Spirit Airlines does not provide any inflight complimentary services, such as drinks and snacks. A lot of people seem to have a really big problem with not getting a tiny bag of pretzels and a half cup of soda on a two-hour flight. Is it really that serious? No for me. I brought a small bag of roasted almonds, an orange, and bought a coffee at the airport to hold me over till I got to my destination. And let’s not forget, you can always eat before heading to the airport. It’s really that simple.
When checking in, you will have the option to pick a seat but will cost you up to $50. If you don’t mind risking sitting in a less desired seat choice, or you don’t mind not sitting with the person you’re traveling with, let Spirit pick your seat and avoid the fee. The seats are pretty close but definitely not uncomfortably close, at least not for me. I was actually surprised at how much room I actually had. If you’re a taller individual, I could see it being a problem. You might want to upgrade to an oversized seat. This upcharge will run you an additional $12-150 if booked in advance.
Another complaint I’ve heard about Spirit is their frequent delays. My flight was actually delayed, but to be fair so was a few other airlines. I definitely understand that things happen and they can’t control the weather. I’d much rather get to my destination safely if it means to wait a couple of hours. If potential delays are a concern, book your flight according and allow time to get to where you’re getting on time, even if it means getting there hours before you need to. I would definitely suggest not getting on the last flight and choose the earliest flight as possible.
To even further you saving, join their $9 Fare Club. For an annual fee of $59, you’ll have access to their lowest available fares and discounted online bag prices. These savings also covers everyone on your booking. Read about it HERE.
In my opinion, Spirit Airlines is very upfront about their fees. If you take the time to read their rules and restrictions carefully, you won’t be surprised with additional fees at the airport. It’s that simple.
My first flight with Spirit was a pleasant one. I would definitely fly with them again. The flight crew was lively and very nice. I sat next to nice people. The planes were very clean. Other than the flight delay, everything went as good as it would on any other airline. I look forward to booking my next flight.
Love is definitely in the air this month and while some are soaking it up, others are reaching for their pollution masks. Each year, Valentine’s Day raises its heart-shaped head and the population seems to instantly divide into the happy, the scornful and the downright anxious.
The controversial holiday raises the question of relationship status and commitment, but why? Why do we feel the need to celebrate finding someone to match our desires when we look for that in every other aspect of our lives as well?
Think about it, how many online quizzes did you take last year, trying to determine which Harry Potter character you are or which A-list celebrity would play you in a movie? We’re constantly on the search for our best match; the jeans that make our legs look longer, the hair colour that makes our eyes look brighter and the person who makes our heart beat faster.
This year, eyewear e-tailer,SmartBuyGlasses, want to celebrate that feeling, the feeling of finding your perfect match! And that’s why they’ve designed the ultimate quiz to help you and anyone you love find the ideal frame for your face. Take the quizhereand celebrate love that is sure to last forever…
When you’ve found the glass you can’t live without, use discount VDAY10 for a 10% discount!
I love bagels! Bagels have been a favorite breakfast item of mine for quite some time. I have experimented with a few recipes and finally came up with a winner. These bagels are not only delicious, they also smell amazing. Give it a try and let me know how much you love them!
NEW YORK-STYLE ROSEMARY BAGEL RECIPE
Makes: 8 medium-sized bagels
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
2 tsp active dry yeast
1 ½ tbsp organic cane sugar
1 ¼ cups warm water
3 ½ cups Red Bob’s Mill All Purpose Flour
1 ½ tsp sea salt
1 tbsp dried rosemary
1 tbsp agave nectar
1 tbsp water
1. Combine ½ cup of the warm water, sugar and yeast in small bowl. Do not stir. Let it sit for five minutes. Stir the yeast and sugar mixture, until it all dissolves in the water.
2. Mix the flour, rosemary, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle and pour in the yeast and sugar mixture.
3. Pour 1/3 cup of the remaining warm water into the well. Mix and stir in the rest of the water as needed.
4. On a floured surface, knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic.
5. Lightly brush a large bowl with olive oil and turn the dough to coat. Cover the bowl with a damp dish towel. Let rise in a warm place for 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in size. Punch the dough down, and let it rest for another 10 minutes.
6. Carefully divide the dough into 8 pieces. Shape each piece into a round dough ball .
7. Coat a finger in flour, and gently press your finger into the center of each dough ball to form a ring. Stretch the ring to about ⅓ the diameter of the bagel and place on a lightly oiled cast iron pan.
8. Cover with a damp kitchen towel and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 425ºF
9. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Reduce the heat. Use a slotted spoon to lower the bagels into the water. Boil as many as you are comfortable with boiling. Let them sit there for 1 minute, and them flip them over to boil for another minute. Extend the boiling times to 2 minutes each, if you’d prefer a chewier bagel .
10. While bagels are in boiling water, mix 1 tbsp agave nectar and 1 tbsp water in a small bowl.
11. Once all the bagels have boiled, brush each bagel with agave mixture then sprinkle with dried rosemary.
12. Transfer bagels to a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
13. Remove from oven and devour.
January 9, 2019 is National Bagel Day, how are you celebrating?
Hennessy, the world’s best-selling Cognac, celebrates Black History Month with the launch of WE ARE – a powerful four-part content series highlighting the stories behind today’s trailblazers, meant to empower the next generation. For more than 250 years, Hennessy has shared the remarkable stories of extraordinary individuals and continues this tradition today with its WE ARE platform.
WE ARE CREATORS – the first video in the series – launched today and features hip hop artist A$AP Ferg; fashion designer Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss; DJ and son of Jam Master Jay, TJ Mizell; and vintage designer Sami Miro. The five-minute video brings viewers into a candid conversation about the importance of art as a platform of expression, and how each artist uses their medium to push the limits of potential.
“I have always challenged myself to give 100% in everything that I do – to always strive and prosper – to never settle,” says artist and hip-hop visionary A$AP Ferg. “I am excited to work alongside Hennessy to inspire a rising generation of talent to do the same.”
In addition to the debut WE ARE CREATORS video, Hennessy will release additional content throughout February celebrating other influential voices of today.
WE ARE PROUD: Producer and performer George Twopointoh, education advocate Lincoln Stephens, and founder of TheBlackManCan, Inc. Brandon Frame discuss the importance of family and how they push the limits of their own potential
WE ARE DISRUPTORS: Musician Kenneth Whalum, co-founder of LISNR Rodney Williams, celebrity wardrobe stylist Rachel Johnson and co-founder of Driven Society Travis Weekes discuss how their individual efforts and organizations are aiding in economic equality and education within the African American community
WE ARE AMBITIOUS: The series will culminate later this month during an intimate event in NYC where select participants will come together for a live discussion that puts a spotlight on the importance of ambition in building an enduring legacy
Hennessy has a long history of supporting the African American community in the United States, dating back to the late 1800s. William Jay Schieffelin, the visionary behind stateside marketing for the Cognac brand at the turn of the century, pushed the brand into unchartered territory with a formal partnership with a highly regarded Historically Black College and University. In 1909, Hennessy became the first corporate sponsor of one of the most pivotal civil rights organizations and, years later, became among the first advertisers in two of the world’s most prominent African American publications. More recently, in 2012, Hennessy launched its “Wild Rabbit” campaign designed to inspire and celebrate those who “Never stop. Never settle.” Over the years, faces of the campaign have included several cultural luminaries such as Nas, and, most recently, world champion cyclist, Marshall “Major” Taylor.
Hennessy invites consumers to toast to their continued “Never stop. Never settle.” journeys with the Hennessy V.S Ginger cocktail.
1 ½ oz. Hennessy V.S
3 ½ oz. ginger ale
Pour Hennessy V.S into highball glass, add cubed ice and top with ginger ale. Garnish with a lime wedge and fresh slices of ginger.