Cannes, an upscale resort town along the French Riviera, has some of the most luxurious villas in France for rent, the best sandy beaches and warm Mediterranean waters. Tourists often come to taste the high-quality food in a beautiful environment and enjoy the World famous Cannes Film Festival. Here’s a mini-guide on taking a holiday to one of France’s most laid-back towns.
When is the Best Time to Visit Cannes?
Summer often has temperatures in the high 20’s and low 30’s whereas winters rarely get particularly cold. The coastal town also gets many sunny days during the year. Visitors often come in the warmer months to enjoy the beach and swim in the Med or to attend the Film Festival in May. But, Cannes also transforms into a Christmas wonderland towards the end of December with several traditional markets sprouting up. In short, Cannes makes a great tourist destination in France at any time of the year.
It’s always great when you can be Lushworthy while also supporting a great cause. Amarula Cream Liqueur, which is crafted from the fruit of the Marula tree in South Africa, has partnered with WildlifeDIRECT to help raise funds to protect African elephants.
Together, the two have made it super easy to contribute to their newly-launched, “Don’t Let Them Disappear” campaign. For my folks based here in the United States, all you have to do is purchase a bottle of Amarula, and $1 will be donated to WildlifeDIRECT. Easy as pie. Funds will be used to support WildlifeDIRECT’s on-the-ground conservation efforts in Africa. The “Don’t Let Them Disappear” campaign has already begun, and will conclude at the end of 2017.
Thanks to Amarula and WildlifeDIRECT, it looks like we now know what you’ll be gifting your animal-loving, boozy friends for the holiday season.
To create some momentum for Amarula and WildlifeDIRECT’s campaign, myself and other bloggers were gifted with a safari-themed care package. I did an unboxing on Instagram Stories, and those who watched seemed just as excited as I was. I’m in love with the Kente cloth I was gifted, and the elephant stirrers are everything.
Given that Revival is owned by former “Top Chef” contestant Kevin Gillespie, and has been receiving praise around town, the restaurant has been on my foodie to-do list for a minute. Tucked away in downtown Decatur, Revival is located in a quaint house on Church Street, which comfortably rests a few blocks from the hustle and bustle of Ponce. The Southern eatery is housed in what appears to be a converted home, creating an exterior that adds even more to the “dinner at grandma’s” feel of the restaurant.
During my visit to Revival, I sampled a great deal off the menu (thanks in part to their family style option), and opted to create a list of my personal favorites. So, here goes…
Bourboncello – I’ve never been much of a digestif person, but one sip of the bourboncello at Revival and that has swiftly changed. The bourboncello is made in house and features bourbon, orange oleo saccharum, and orange juice. The bourbon definitely packs some heat, but the orange helps in making the bourboncello an invitingly mellow sip.
Sweet Potato Dumplings – Since Revival is known for its Southern cuisine, the menu is understandably pretty heavy. There’s catfish, fried chicken, mac ‘n cheese, etc. I was in the mood for a meatless entree, so I opted for the sweet potato dumplings. A wise choice. The dumplings are a lighter choice on the entree menu, but are still on the hearty side thanks to the dumplings, which are made from sweet potato and mascarpone cheese. Mushrooms and greens tossed in a creamy sauce also accompanies the dish. The sweet potato dumplings are subtly sweet and serve as a nice companion to the savory greens. Only complaint is I wish there were more mushrooms. I counted maybe three or four. I’m a new fan of mushrooms, so you’ll have to excuse me.
For many, the similarities between music and cocktails may seem minimal at best. But during D’USSEcognac’s intimate D’USSE Remixer event in Atlanta, myself and a handful of others learned firsthand the parallels between booze and beats.
Before being treated to an intriguing intro to D’USSE courtesy of its creator Michel Casavecchia, we mixed and mingled while sipping on “Jasmine’s Punch.” Serving as the signature cocktail for D’USSE Remixer, “Jasmine’s Punch” was a not-too-sweet combination of D’USSE, St. Germain (my fav!!), pear liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup, and Jasmine tea. It may have looked and sounded dainty, but it packed quite the punch.
From there, we headed to the studio to meet with producer extraordinaire 9th Wonder (Kendrick Lamar’s “DUCKWORTH,” Jay Z’s “Threat”) to create a remix to Jay Z’s The Black Album track, “Dirt Off Your Shoulder.” Before remixing Hov himself, which I may or may not have struggled with, 9th let us listen to the various components (isolated vocals, vocals with music, etc.) for Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” and Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Fantasy.”
It’s not often that you come across a bottle of wine that’s sexier than Idris Elba in his Sunday best, but Adorada Wines have managed to do just that. The bottles for their Rose and Pinot Gris wines both boast a heavy swath of black wax that looks oh so sleek paired with the champagne-hue of their Pinot Gris and light pink-hue of their Rosé. Seriously, I had to take a dozen photos on sight.
Adding to Adorada’s allure is the fact that it’s inspired by luxury fragrance.
“We crafted these wines to exhibit the evocative floral aromas usually associated with fragrant perfume,” said Adorada winemaker Margaret Leonardi. “We wanted to change things up a bit—to balance the kiss-stained hue of our Rosé with an unexpected nose of spice and botanicals, to bring the aromatics front and center in a typically understated varietal like Pinot Gris.”
I enjoyed both the Rosé and the Pinot Gris, but I was most impressed by the Pinot Gris. It was subtly sweet and refreshing. Perfect sipping for when you want to enjoy these last few days of summer. Although I enjoyed both wines, what I didn’t enjoy was the arduous task of chipping away at the black wax on each bottle to get to the cork. Sheesh.
Adorada’s Rosé and Pinot Gris wines are both available for purchase for only $19.99.
If you’ve lived in the city of Atlanta for at least a decade, you’re probably well aware of the swift changes being made to the city. New buildings are finding their place within the Atlanta skyline, every weekend seems to be met with a restaurant opening, and Murder Kroger is now long gone.
I’m not against finding new and exciting places to get my drink on, but it’s becoming increasingly harder to find an authentically Atlantan, good time. So, if you’re struggling to find a bar with a true Atlanta turn up, I’ve compiled a list of my personal, favorites.
The list is lit to say the least.
Jack’s Pizza & Wings – I absolutely LOVE Jack’s. They have some of the cheapest drinks in all of The A. The wings are bomb and I’ve met so many cool/fun/crazy people while late night drinking. Speaking of which, shout out to the random at Jack’s who gave my best friend and I life while snap-dancing to D4L’s “Laffy Taffy.” Jack’s is one of those places where you’ll be met with random shenanigans nearly any night, and for that I love it.
El Bar– What El Bar lacks in size, it makes up for in pure turn up. Seriously this place is small AF, but also lit AF. It’s almost magical. I take that back, it is magical. With the gentrification of Ponce running rampant, places like El Bar and MJQ have become treasured jewels of turn up.