Tag Archives: Food & Drinks

Food & Drinks: Brandy is the New Face of Stella Rosa Brandy

Singer and actress, Brandy, is the new face of brandy! How fitting! She announced the new partnership via her Instagram. Keep reading to learn more.

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“Introducing Stella Rosa®Brandy, a collection of hand-crafted premium fruit-flavored brandy. Made from high quality grapes grown in Northern Italy, Stella Rosa® Brandy has a bold character yet sweet and sexy profile. A smooth and refreshing moment waits to be discovered” (Stella Rosa).

The Italian imported brandy is featured in three flavors, Smooth Black, Honey Peach, and Tropical Passion.

Smooth Black Profile:

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“Stella Rosa® Smooth Black, bursting with rich flavors of blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry, Stella Rosa® Smooth Black Brandy exudes elegance and sophistication”(Stella Rosa).

Honey Peach Profile:

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“Made with juicy ripe peaches and sweet honey, Stella Rosa®Honey Peach Brandy is sweet, fun, and just the thing for playful palates”(Stella Rosa).

Tropical Passion Profile:

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Fall blissfully into tropical paradise with Stella Rosa®Tropical Passion Brandy. Passion fruit, mango, and pineapple create the perfect blend for a dreamy tasting experience.”(Stella Rosa)

Food & Drinks: Kevin Hart Announces the Grand Opening of His New Restaurant, Hart House

Comedian and actor, Kevin Hart, took to his Instagram account today to announce the grand opening of his new plant based fast food restaurant, Hart House. According to Hart, he is “excited to disrupt fast food with a flavorful and affordable plant-based option” (Kevin Hart’s Instagram). Hart House will be located in Los Angeles, California and opens to the public Augusta 25, 2022.

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Hart House will be partnering with Inner City Arts and donating 10% of the profits from that day. Congratulations to Kevin Hart and his team and if you’re in the L.A. area let us know how the food is!

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Who Knew Counterfeit Cheese Was a Thing?

Check your Parmesan cheese wheels, folks. They’ll soon have trackers. At least the ones from Parmigiano Reggiano will. And to answer the question, yes, counterfeit cheese is a thing and it is a $2 billion industry. Almost as much as the legitimate counterpart’s profits at $2.44 billion.

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Parmigiano Reggiano will put trackers in 100k of their cheese wheels to curb the frauds . High-tech transponders will (hopefully) better control, identify, and protect its inventory. According to the Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium “The innovation combines food-safe Casein labels with the p-Chip micro transponder — a blockchain crypto-anchor that creates a digital ‘twin’ for physical items. This scannable new food tag is smaller than a grain of salt and highly durable, delivering next-generation visibility and traceability” (Food and Wine , The Newsette).

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Food & Drinks: Pur Noire, the First Black-Owned Urban Winery in Houston, Texas, Has its Grand Opening

If you’re in Houston and looking for something to satiate your wine palate, head on over to Pur Noire, a new urban winery and tasting room who is celebrating their grand opening! Pur Noire was founded by wine loving couple Kenneth and Carissa Stephens. The name was inspired by Carissa’s French Creole heritage. The Pur Collection features a “complex Petite Sirah based blend, Pinot Gris & Sauv Blanc blend, and Tempranillo Rosé.” ( PurNoireWines)

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We are proud to be the city of Houston’s first and only Black-owned winery and tasting room. Our goal is to bring a traditional tasting room experience to downtown Houston. You will be able to select from different tasting options and experience four to five different wines from our portfolio. One of our Ambassadors will guide you through the tasting and tell you all about our wine and the Pur Noire brand. After the tasting, you can buy bottles of wine or if you taste something that you love, join our wine club! We will also have special ticketed events for guests to attend and enjoy! We look forward to bringing you a great experience. (PurNoireWines)

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Hours of  Operation
Sunday – 12pm to 6pm
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 12pm to 9pm
Wednesday – 12pm to 9pm
Thursday – 12pm to 9pm
Friday – 12pm to 10pm
Saturday – 12pm to 10pm

For more information, head to PurNoireWines.com.

Food and Drinks: Kev On Stage Announces New Food Show, “What’s Good?!” Plus Other Black Food Content Creators You Should Follow

It is no secret that the food of the Black diaspora is largely consumed ad associated with members of their respected demographics but it is rare for Black people to leave the box society has put them in and be seen as connoisseurs of cuisine across cultures.

Kevin “Kev” Fredericks said it has always been his dream to host a food travel show and he pitched his show to Hollywood and they wouldn’t take a chance on him. He decided to record on himself and air it on his own streaming service Kev on Stage Studios. That is the birth of “What’s Good?!”

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What’s Good?! will highlight black-owned restaurants and food tastemakers from around the country, and in true comedic fashion, Kev and his team will be there to deliver the laughs as they partake food and antics. What’s Good?! premieres on November 26 only on the Kev on Stage Studios streaming service. Until its a premiere, be sure to follow these black food content creators on Instagram. Please note, this list is not all inclusive.

@MuffanndMaalEats

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Ran by brother and sister duo Jamaal “Mal” and Jamillia “Muff”, the well-traveled siblings highlight local eats along their journey.

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@TheFoodNista

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Symphony is a California based food blogger that shares her own cooked meals via her Stories and Reels as well as her favorite dishes across cultural cuisines.

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@CheletheFoodSnob

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Chele is a Chicago based food blogger that takes her followers with her to the hottest spots in the Chicagoland area across various price points.

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@ChefKolbyKash

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Kolby is known for putting his Lousiana and Texas influences into his dishes with his friend Rob there to confirm his dishes are as delicious as they look. Coming off of a win of Bravo’s Top Chef Amateurs, Kolby is definitely one to watch.

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@DacyDash

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Dacy is a food blogger and entrepreneur with her own line of seasonings and cookware under her Dear Dacy product line. Her recipes go viral and her seasonings constantly sell out shortly after they are posted for sale. Click to join her squad to get in on her most popular dishes and snag some Dash of Dacy seasonings!

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@StoveTopKisses

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What do you get when you combine a southern woman raised in both the church and her father’s juke joint? Danni Rose of Stove Top Kisses sharing her “sopped up” food and drink recipes. She is also a cookbook author, so snag her e-cookbooks to share her meals with your family and friends.

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@Gabrielle_Eitienne

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Gabrielle E.W. Carter recently gained popularity after her appearance in the Netflix hit, High on the Hog. She moved from the big city of New York City where she was pursuing fashion design to return home to North Carolina to help tend to her family’s farm. Gabrielle is an advocate for black and indigenous farmers, food preservation, and preserving history through food and storytelling. She also has a CSA called Tall Grass Food Box that sells the produce grown North Carolina farmers to members of the community.

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The Inaugural Black Restaurant Week Kicks Off in Augusta, Ga July 20

The city of Augusta, Ga. will host it’s first Black Restaurant Week from July 20-25, 2021. The week long event will highlight Black owned restaurants in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) and highlight their socioeconomic impact to their area. Black owned restaurants were greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but were largely overlooked when it came to receiving relief.

Guests who tag selfies with #augustarestaurantweek are eligible to win an exclusive package from host partners Growing Augusta: Arts, Agriculture, & Agency; Urban Pro Weekly; and Pop-Up Augusta! (WRDW)

The Inaugural Augusta Black Restaurant Week: July 20-25, 2021, celebrates African-American-owned restaurants and eateries and the role they play in socioeconomic progress in the South. Participating restaurants develop offers individually – whether a signature menu item, discount, or an unexpected celeb photobomb. Like the cuisine, each restaurant experience is unique. (ARW)

Featured Restaurants Include:

  • Alexander’s Great BBQ
  • The Brunch House of Augusta
  • Big Mama’s Soul Food
  • Broad Street Bullies
  • The Buttercup Bake Shop (Columbia County)
  • Café 209
  • Chef Redd BBQ
  • Deshawn’s Seafood (Aiken)
  • HolyShakes
  • Humanitree House
  • Jackie M’s and Son
  • Jamaica Hut
  • Maryland Fried Chicken
  • Sweet Savour Desserts

For more information on Black Restaurant Week or to participate as a business owner, click here.

Can Popeyes Break the Internet Again with the Debut of their Chicken Nuggets?

The same restaurant chain that broke the internet (and distribution schedules) with their wildly popular chicken sandwich in 2019 plans to wow customers again with their chicken nuggets. Popeyes Chicken plans to offer chicken nuggets made in similar fashion to their iconic chicken sandwich on July 27, 2021.

“Just like our game-changing Chicken Sandwich, our new Chicken Nuggets are unlike anything you may have experienced before,” Sami Siddiqui, president of Popeyes Americas, said in a press release issued Tuesday.

“We believe that these piece(s) of crunchy, juicy delicious chicken will have guests question how they ever enjoyed chicken nuggets before this,” Siddiqui added. (WJBF)

The same spices and flour and batter system will be used for nuggets the same as their current chicken currently available.

Amy Alarcon, the vice president of culinary innovation at Popeyes, spoke on behalf of the brand in Tuesday’s press release when she claimed, “We think we did it again with Chicken Nuggets.” (WJBF)

Will you be taste testing the new chicken nuggets? While I enjoy their chicken (and fried shrimp) on occasion, I have yet to try either of their chicken sandwich recipes. Every time I try the line is wrapped around the building. They definitely have a cult following, for sure. Even megastar Beyoncé was known to be a frequent customer during her Destiny’s Child days.

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Tabitha Brown, America’s Favorite Mom, to Release Sunshine All Purpose Seasoning with McCormick

Tabitha Brown, or America’s Favorite mom as she is commonly called, has partnered with McCormick for a all purpose spice called Sunshine. It is an all purpose seasoning made with a blend of McCormick spices such as garlic and ginger with added flavors such as pineapple and mango.

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Made with McCormick spices like garlic and ginger and the flavors of pineapple and mango, Sunshine Seasoning is great for dishes like shick’n (vegan shitake mushroom “chicken”) or homemade farro bowls with crispy chick peas. Trust us … the whole family is going to want a bite of this flavor! (McCormick)

Tabitha’s good friend and comedian Kevin of Kev on Stage announced the news with comedic flair on her Instagram page. Take a look.

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If you read the comments below the video, then you can see that people are eager to buy one or a few bottles of Sunshine. If you’re interested as well, it will be released July 8 online only on McCormick’s website. Save the date!

Places to Try: Eggs Up Grill

This past weekend while socializing with old classmates at my alma mater’s homecoming (The UNSINKABLE Albany State University), my friends and I decided fuel up at one of the hot spots before hitting the yard (“yard” means campus). We wanted to go somewhere we’ve never tried. All the good reviews of Eggs Up Grill convinced us enough to try.

The menu had a variety of options for diverse diets. I’m an accidental almost pescatarian (more on that in the future) and wanted a filling option tha didn’t include chicken, beef, or pork. Therefore, I went for the veggie stirt fry omelette with the addition of ccheese as turkey bacon (don’t know how pescatarian that is) with a side of raisin toast and a fruit bowl. Of course, I had coffee.

My gal pals ordered the “Biscuit-Wich” which is comprised of a sausage patty, egg and cheese in betweven the fluffy layers of a biscuit. It came with a aide of gravy and potatoes. The other dish was scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, potatoes, and wheat toast. I can attest that there were no complaints about th food at the table.

Admittedly, I’m a coffee novice. I grew up on hot tea and have only been drinking coffee for a few years, so my palate isnt5as refined and most. However, I did enjoy the coffee as well.

The service was quick, despite having a full house and the wait stafdand management were pleasant.

If you’re in town, stop by Eggs Up Grill. They also have locations across Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Location:

2818 Old Dawson Road

Albany, GA 31707

Website: Eggs Up Grill