August 4, 2020

As a woman who is getting married in 93 days (I cannot wait!), I wanted to know what brides-to-be need in order to be in style on their wedding day. So, I asked an expert: celebrity bridal stylist Micaela Erlanger. Read on for my Q&A with Micaela in MIAMI LIVING's August/September 2020 issue featuring cover star, Roger Federer. Read the PDF here or click this link.  

July 29, 2020

My fiancé and I recently went to Nashville to get out of town and celebrate our engagement. Of course, we had a wonderful time eating our way around the city. We even fit in a last-minute engagement photo shoot with my talented friend, celebrity photographer Joseph Llanes while we were there. Here are a few restaurants with some excellent fare that I recommend you check out the next time you're in Music City.

CAFÉ AT BOBBY


Inside Bobby Hotel, (where we stayed while we were in town) is a small cafe that serves a small, but excellent, artisanal menu. I was blown away by the flavors that were injected into these often simple dishes.

Pan Roasted Salmon

The salmon featured complex layers of flavor and texture with the sweet corn, salty bacon, buttered succotash, fried okra, and pools of green goddess. So good!

Tomato Fennel Bisque with Brie croutons

Oh. My. God. These brie croutons definitely kicked up this tomato soup several notches. You bite into the...

July 7, 2020

I have a sweet tooth, for sure. I am one who says, "There is always room for dessert." When I am not baking sugary creations at home, I am on the hunt for the perfect sweet treat, wherever I am. Pick a city, state, or country that I've visited and ask me what dessert you should try and I will serve you a stellar suggestion. Here are a few of my favorite sweets from some spots in Atlanta. 

Five Daughters Bakery

This "croissant-style 100 layer doughnut" (aka cronut) is flaky, sweet, comes in a variety of staple- and seasonal flavors, and sometimes has a rich, creamy filling. If there's a Five Daughters around, I am definitely indulging in this decadent treat. I love their staple flavors: The Purist and King Kong. Recently, I had their seasonal Triple Raspberry (pictured) and it was scrumptious. 

Rita's Ice

Ever since I tasted my first gelati (layers of Italian ice and frozen custard) --I think I was 18--, I've been hooked. Creamy, thick...

June 18, 2020

As our cities are opening back up, we're all excited to start dining out again -- at least I am. Though I love to cook, I have missed eating out. I love getting dressed up and indulging in my favorite fare: lobster, crab, shrimp, filet mignon... Here are a few restaurants offering dine-in and serving up excellent seafood.

SURF & TURF AT MARCEL 

Our first restaurant visit (since the stay-at-home order was put into place) was to Marcel, the American steakhouse by Ford Fry. This was our top choice as Marcel does not disappoint.  I indulged in their 8 oz. Filet Madame (medium rare, of course) topped with Alabama Jumbo Lump Oscar. The whole dish was melt-in-your-mouth, savor-every-bite delicious. 

LOBSTER ROLL AT COUSIN'S MAINE LOBSTER

I consider myself a lobster roll connoisseur. I've had many, and you might be surprised to find out that they're not easy to pull off. All lobster rolls are not created equal. With that being said, Cousin's Maine creates one of...

June 8, 2020

Tika Sumpter covers MIAMI LIVING's June/July 2020 issue. The gorgeous actress-producer-writer sat down with me in February to talk about her new hit sitcom, Mixed-ishSonic the Hedgehog movie; and her new endeavors: Sugaberry.com and The Suga podcast. "It’s part of this really cool universe, which not only tells something funny, but is also socially impactful --you learn something, but without being beat over the head. I’m just grateful to be part of this planet, of the -ish universe,” says Tika about Mixed-ish. Direct link to her cover story here.

We also have interviews with Penny Dreadful: City of Angels' Adam Rodriguez, The Big Show Show's Allison Munn, and Roswell, New Mexico's Jeanine Mason. There is high fashion, luxury real estate, hot products and more. Read the June/July issue here. 

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