CARIBBEAN LIFESTYLE & ENTERTAINMENT
SEXY VALENTINE'S DAY COCKTAILS FOR YOU AND YOUR MAN
RUNAWAY TO ARUBA
SURPRISE HER WITH A TRIP
on his new album and success
Issue 3 • February/March 2013
Table Of Contents Pg 6-7 FOOD - SEXY VALENTINE'S DAY COCKTAILS Pg 8-9 TRAVEL - RUNAWAY TO ARUBA Pg 10-11 FEATURE - WAYNE WONDER Pg 12-13 FASHION - CARIBBEAN DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT Pg 14-15 SEA MOSS - A CARIBBEAN APHRODISIAC Pg 17 SPRING REAL ESTATE TIPS & STAGING Pg 19 OPINION - A MESSAGE TO THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY
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Ultimate Chocolate Manhattan Cocktail 3/4 oz Godiva Chocolate Liqueur 3/4 oz Bulleit Bourbon 1/3 oz Godiva Chocolate Vodka 1/3 oz Ginger Liqueur
Godiva Dark Chocolate shavings for garnish Combine Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, Bulleit Bourbon and Godiva Chocolate Vodka into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain over ice into a chilled Martini glass. Shave a Godiva dark chocolate bar over the drink for garnish. Serve in a martini glass. By New York City mixologist Beate Kiser.
Skip the overpriced Valentine's Day prixfixe meal at your local restaurant and add some spark to your homemade meal with these sexy drinks.
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Recipe by The Rose Bar, The Plaza Hotel in NYC 3 muddled Raspberries 1 1/2oz. NOLET’S Silver Dry Gin ¼ oz. Pineapple Juice ½ oz. Lemon Juice 1 oz. Green Tea Syrup Top with Club Soda Muddle raspberries, build in shaker. Shake, strain into tall glass. Top with club soda, garnish with 3 floating raspberries.
The Love Goddess 1 oz. Chocolate Liqueur 1 oz. X-Rated Fusion Liqueur 3 Strawberries 12 oz. SKYY Vodka In a cocktail shaker place all ingredients and muddle the strawberries until completely mashed. Add ice, shake vigorously, and strain into a martini glass rimmed with red rimming sugar and garnish with a strawberry slice. 1 oz Kahlua 1 1/2 oz chilled espresso 1/2 oz Stoli Vanil Vodka 1/2 oz white creme de cacao 1 oz light cream 1/2 oz simple syrup (instructions below) 1 large egg white (optional) Chocolate shavings, for garnish First, combine the Kahlua and chilled espresso directly in the martini glass. Next, combine the vanilla vodka, white creme de cacao, light cream, simple syrup, and egg white (optional) in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain carefully into the martini glass so that it layers on top of the espresso layer. You may tip the martini glass slightly to pour down the sides or pour over a spoon so that it layers more easily. Sprinkle with chocolate shavings. Like this recipe? Find more in Kim Haasarud's 101 Martinis!
By Kim Haasarud, REDBOOK'S Mommy Mixologist
Sparkling Chocolate Truffle 4 tsps chocolate shavings ¾ oz white crème de cacao (or Amsterdam Chocolate liqueur, if available), plus extra for martini rim ¾ oz vanilla liqueur splash of Nocello (walnut liqueur) 1 oz Ballatore Red Rosso Spumante Wet the rim of a martini glass or shot glasses in white crème de cacao and dip into a plate of chocolate shavings. Set aside. In a cocktail shaker, combine the ¾ oz qhite crème de cacao, vanilla liqueur, and Nocello with ice. Shake vigorously. Add the sparkling wine and stir. Strain into a 5-oz martini glass or in 2 shot glasses. from Kim Haasarud, REDBOOK’s Mommy Mixologist.
Romantic Getaway ARUBA: Bucuti Beach Resort featuring Tara Suites and Spa
rtfully arranged on 14 acres of Eagle Beach, Bucuti is a boutique-style resort designed exclusively for couples, with an adults-only policy (no guests under the age of 18). Utterly quiet thanks to a ban on motorized water sports, the resort is within walking distance of more than 20 restaurants and features rooms and suites with balconies overlooking the garden or ocean.
Go Ahead, Indulge: After a couples massage on the beach, relax beneath the shade of a comfy palapa for two. Make A Date: It's all about just-caught seafood and toes-in-the-sand chic at the Flying Fishbone restaurant, 20 minutes from Bucuti; flyingfishbone.com Best Sunset: Sign up for a horseback ride along the sandy coastline at dusk.
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῾῾ ᾽᾽ I would want my legacy to be, remember me as an artist who did good music and always tried to respect the fans and the people as a whole.
Veteran singer Wayne Wonder released his 13th album entitled ‘My Way’ in December 2012. This project will serve as the singer’s first album released on his own label Singso Records. We recently caught up with the love making crooner, who gave us all the details on his early beginnings, his career and what he wants his legacy to be. NATIVE TONGUE: What was coming up in Kingston like for you? WAYNE WONDER: I must say I had a good upbringing, lived with my mom, dad, sisters and brothers. Went to a good school, it was a must to go to church on Sundays (laughing). NT: What were the good vs. bad aspects of your childhood? WW: As a kid I never thought about good and bad I was just always a humble youth from I know myself. NT: When did you know you wanted be a recording artist? WW: When I was 11 years old. NT: Who were the artists that inspired you? WW: Bob Marley and The Wailers, Linval Thompson, Father Beres Hammond and Barrington Levy. NT: When did you feel like you've "arrived"? WW: After hearing my first record on the radio and in the dancehall. NT: You've gotten to work with a great number of artists over the course of your career, which collaborations were your favorite? Which were the most challenging and why? WW: Movie Star with Buju Banton and Something Different with Shaggy...(laughing) making music is never a challenge for me. NT: What has been the highest point in your career? The lowest? How did you get through it? WW: When I got nominated for the Grammy for my No Holding Back album, also when I heard my song on all the major radio stations all over the world. Lowest point, legal stuff I went through with the record company and management. With the help of god, loved ones and good friends, and staying focused.
NT: What are your favorite Wayne Wonder tunes? WW: A lot, just to name a few, Saddest Day, Movie Star, No Letting Go, Something Different, Friend Like Me (laughing), I could go on and on. NT: Who are your some of your favorite artists? WW: Bob Marley, Beres Hammond, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Shaggy, Alicia Keys, Busy Signal, Ryan Lesley, Buju Banton and Christopher Martin. NT: What would you like readers to know about your current album "My Way"? WW: If they listen to it will take them through the musical journey of Wayne Wonder. Lots of love, as they all know Wayne Wonder is a lover not a fighter. NT: Who are your favorite "new" artists? WW: Miguel NT: What's important to you now that might not have been when you were a younger artist? WW: The business part of the music for sure. NT: What can we expect from Wayne Wonder in the years to come? WW: More good music. NT: What will be your legacy? WW: I would want my legacy to be, remember me as an artist who did good music and always tried to respect the fans and the people as a whole. NT Random Question NT: What was you first big purchase? WW: A brand new Escalade.
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Sea Moss Sea Moss is often referred to as a Caribbean aphrodisiac, energizer, even a love potion of sorts. This unique seaweed shake is said to help men retain their virility. The sea moss drink is very potent and energizing. Whether it is an aphrodisiac or not, is left up to the drinker to decide so try it out, mix up a batch and tell me what you think. It’s the perfect drink to enhance your Valentine’s Day luvin’.
MAKES 4 SERVINGS 2 ounces dried sea moss (available in Caribbean markets) Juice of 1/2 lime 4 cups evaporated milk 1/2 cup sugar 2 teaspoons Angostura bitters 1. Place the sea moss in a bowl with the lime juice and 1/2 cup of water. Allow to soak overnight. 2. Drain, place the sea moss in a saucepan with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the sea moss looks like a wad of jelly. Remove the pan from the heat and cool. 3. Place the sea moss mixture in a blender with the evaporated milk and sugar. Puree for 1 minute or until smooth. Add the bitters and serve over crushed ice.
Recipe from: Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad & Tobago. by Ramin Ganeshram
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5 Real Estate Tips & Spring Staging Tips for 2013 by Dez Gerald Real Estate Tips 1) Obtain a copy of your credit report If you haven't checked your credit in a while, go to AnnualCreditReport.com or freecreditreport.com and request your free copy. It's important that you correct any errors on the report before you start the mortgage process of purchasing a home. 2) Find a buyer’s agent Some people complain about Realtors but it's tough to go through the home buying process alone. In most markets, buyer agents are available. The most important qualities in Realtors are honesty, experience, industry knowledge, good connections with other agents, and good referrals from buyers like you. Remember that most agents represent the seller, not the buyer. Experienced Realtors have tons of relationships with lenders, bankers, closing attorneys, builders, home inspectors, appraisers, etc. Their relationships can save you from getting major headaches from being overwhelmed by the home buying process and save you time and money. In most cases, buyer agent representation is a free service to buyers. Buyer Agents are paid by the seller when they bring you, the buyer, to the seller. 3) Run the numbers Put together a financial plan to determine whether you can really afford to buy. After all, just because it's a good time to purchase a home doesn't mean it's a good time for YOU to buy. It's important to understand how much home
you can afford and whether home ownership might preclude you from addressing other important financial issues in your life. Use a "rent vs. buy" scenario. Renting might still be the better deal in your area. However consider this; if you’re paying 900 per month for rent which equals 10,800 for the year, that amount can be used towards a down payment to buy a home. 4) Get pre-approved for a mortgage Pre-approval is a good way to find out your price range for a home. The best way to start is to ask your Realtor, family or friends for referrals of mortgage lenders and to shop around with banks and credit unions for the best rate. Make sure to compare apples to apples and to ask the lender about your total costs to you at closing. You should also know that once you actually find a home, the mortgage process can be very challenging so you will need your patience hat on. You'll need to dig up tons of paperwork and fair warning -- there will be multiple requests for even more documents as you move toward closing. Eventually, you will need a "commitment letter," which details the terms of your loan approval. 5) Review your HUD statement BEFORE closing The HUD statement is a government document that provides basic details about the involved parties and a lot of numbers. Mistakes do occur, which is why it is vital that you review the statement and confirm that everything is correct. Your Buyer Agent can help you review this
document. Spring Staging Tips Boost Your Curb Appeal First Impression is everything in the world of Staging! The outside of your home makes a huge first impression. People who are shopping for new homes will drive by and make a quick judgment call based on just a few seconds of glimpsing the outside of your home, so do the following: • Add some green with lots of flowers and plant life. • Make sure your lawn is freshly mowed and reseed or add fresh sod if needed. • Power-wash your home, driveway, walkways and wash the windows. • Repaint/re-stain doors and shutters as needed. • If you have a pool, make sure it is clean of fall debris and well-lit. • Make sure your house numbers are easily readable. Re-hang larger ones or move to a more visible spot if necessary. • Consider adding some solar lights along your front walkway. Extra illuminations help your home stand out, especially when the sun goes down. • If you have a charming cobblestone walkway, line it with bushes or flowers. • If you have a great front porch, concentrate your most colorful foliage there. • Patchy front lawn? If you don’t want to re-sod, add some strategically placed flower beds or plant a tree. • Hide unattractive views, like your neighbor’s trash can or a utilitarian corner, with a trellis covered in ivy
Dez Gerald has been licensed as a real estate broker since 2003 and received her ASP (Accredited Staging Professional) certification in 2007 making her a designated Real Estate Agent Stager. She is the CEO/Stager Creator of a staging company, Dezired Inspirations, Inc. and is the Lead Buyer Specialist & Home Stager for SSG Realty Group at Keller Williams Lake Norman just outside of Charlotte, NC. Dez Gerald specializes in property staging, working with buyers relocating to Charlotte from around the world and assisting vacationers with vacation rentals on all of the Caribbean Islands.
"Ok, so time for my annual message to the Caribbean community in CHARLOTTE. Let's have a BETTER 2013. " by Neil Folkes 1) RECOGNIZE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EXERCISING PREFERENCES and HATING. Everyone is entitled to have their favorite places to party, DJs to hear, people to party with & places to eat food from. Those choices become HATING when you set out to convince the entire community that they need to share your taste and/or that it's bad to follow some who has made it their passion to provide the community a skill that benefits some part of the community. 2) ALL GENRES OF MUSIC IS GOOD MUSIC! It's a MATTER of tolerance! BE TOLERANT! The Caribbean community is too small for any 1 island or any one culture to single handedly make events a success. Actually, the majority of our supporters are American. If you hear something besides your favorite genre for more than 2 songs, be tolerant. You may actually develop a liking for the music and the culture. Open your palette. Too much of one thing is good for NOTHING! And contrary to popular belief, the clubs and radio in Jamaica play a lot of Soca n Hip Hop. In Trinidad, the same thing for Reggae and Hip Hop. I don't know who has taught Charlotteans to segregate their music, but it needs to stop! 3) MESSAGE to CLUB OWNERS: If your CLUB was doing well, and then a new spot opened & the crowd went over there. IT'S NOT THEM, IT"S YOU! What happened here is that your establishment was lacking something the people want, or at least some of the people want. Instead of making it your mission to try to get the new spot in town shut down, find out what you're missing & provide it to the people. Sometimes you have to invest in improving the product. Your supporters deserve that! 4) PROMOTERS: This is a risk reward job. You assume all the risk, you receive all the reward. It feels great when it works out. You want to kill yourself when it doesn't. That being said, don't spend it if you don't have it or can't afford to lose it. Secondly, it is YOUR JOB to promote and get people to come through the door. If you are
not a people person or a party goer, this is not the job for you! Also, as a promoter, you can't go around spreading negativity about people or making enemies. It will come back to you in the place where it hurts most. YOUR POCKET! There is a goal that surpasses all others in the entertainment business. The people must leave entertained and satisfied with the product! That takes a priority over the money! So, if you only have 50 supporters and the establishment holds 300 ppl, bring on other promoters, or move the event to a place that can accommodate your crowd. 5) ORGANIZATION LEADERS: Each organization is created with a different mission, but that doesn't mean that your organizations can't collaborate with other organizations, clubs, or promoters, to bring new events to the CARIBBEAN community and its supporters. Also, there is a big disconnect between the Caribbean youth and the elders. I challenge the young organizations to seek out mentorships within the more mature organizations & I challenge the organizations with more SENIOR members to invite younger members to be a part of the board and be ACTIVE VALUED members of the organization. If you don't include the youth & some of their values, the organization will retire when you do! MAKE THAT A PRIORITY for 2013. 6) To RADIO Personalities & RADIO DJS: It is your responsibility to support the community that you represent on the airwaves. I saw some of you participate and support a lot more in 2012, and I encourage you to keep up the good work. In defense of the DJs, it is difficult to support everyone's events if you are working somewhere, so people shouldn't take your absence personal. 7) To MY PEERS: THE DJs: Let me first say this is not a personal attack on anyone specific, but this is my passion, so I am apt to be more critical. 1st of all, be true to yourself. Know your skill level & your self worth & don't compromise it! All trades are challenged by members of the trade that undersell their
skill level. The problem with our trade is that many people are not true tradesmen, but they are actually HOBBYISTS! DJing not a Hobby for me, but some hobbyists out there are doing major damage to the business. Many of you are in this for popularity, and would sell your soul just to get your name on a flyer. Trust me, I understand what it is like to be a new DJ trying to make a name for yourself, and I would be lying if I said that it in the early days of On Track, we didn't take whatever came our way in an effort to gain popularity. Even then, we knew how much time & money went into our craft and we didn't give it away. REGGAE/DANCEHALL DJs, just because you inherited a dub box or you have money to buy dub plates doesn't make you a professional DJ. If you can't keep a crowd (ANY CROWD, not just your friends) entertained for 4 - 6 hours, you still need work! If your mixing is not clean, you can't effectively entertain a crowd. This is not criticism, it is coaching. Not everyone has strong mic skills (myself included), so if you can't, DON'T! Work on it at home. But if you have truly developed your mixing and selecting skills, you can get by without a mic or the ability to scratch! Learn how to SELECT music based on your crowd and what stage of the party you are in when you are playing. Know when you are only good enough to do an early warm & stay in your lane until you improve your skills. This is about the CROWD. It's not about you & your popularity. If you move the crowd, popularity and bookings will come. Remember, you are worth what you accept. So, if you tell the club owner $100 today, they are not going to want to pay you $400 next week, or even next year. So you will be a $100 DJ to that client forever. If you are truly skilled working for that kind of money, then you just changed the value of all skilled DJs to $100 for that client. Again, don't compromise your worth. 8) To all Charlotte Caribbeans & Supporters: Thank you for the continued support & please keep supporting!
"MUCH LOVE & BLESSINGS! LET'S LOVE & SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER! REFRAIN from spreading negativity about each other! Speak nothing ABOUT someone that you can't say TO someone & HAVE a GREAT 2013!"