Amtrak Launches Social Media Residency Program

Residents will ride Amtrak’s signature long-distance trains and share their experience on social; casting call now open

Amtrak has created #AmtrakTakeMeThere, a new social media residency program that showcases the diversity of Amtrak passengers and their unique train travel experiences. Instead of experiencing these stories on social media from the viewpoint of a professional travel blogger or influencer, Amtrak will highlight riders to tell their individual stories. Amtrak has launched an open casting call to find these unique riders, where users can share their stories and show how they use social media to engage their niche online community.

“Some of the best travel stories occur on our long-distance trains, and we are looking for travelers to share their real experiences,” said Amtrak Chief Marketing Officer Tim Griffin. “Adding the social media component allows our audience to connect and relate to each other.”

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TV One Premieres Living By Design Holiday Special With Jake and Jazz Smollett

The siblings share their favorite dishes and entertaining ideas just in time for the holiday season on Sunday, December 8 at 7 EST/6 CT.

For the first time ever, brother/sister duo Jake and Jazz Smollett are inviting cameras to follow them for this exclusive LIVING BY DESIGN HOLIDAY SPECIAL. The pair will recreate down home recipes and make kicked up cocktails with celebrity guest, Grammy-nominated singer Ledisi. To really top things off, Jazz will share amazing concepts for setting a table, as well as create DIY serving trays and other entertaining ideas from scratch. Whether you’re looking for new dishes or suggestions for adding some pop to your holiday party, Jake and Jazz have you covered!

LIVING BY DESIGN HOLIDAY SPECIAL is produced by Powerhouse Productions with co-owners Rochelle Brown and Sonia Armstead as Executive Producers. For TV One, Susan Henry and Gold Morgan are Executive Producers-in-Charge of Production, Donyell McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting and Robyn Greene-Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production. Continue reading

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2019 Health Trends Forecast

Canada’s leading nutrition expert, founder and director of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition, Meghan Telpner, dishes on which healthy food and lifestyle trends we’ll be seeing more of in 2019.

The 2019 Breakout Trend: Cannabidiol (CBD) Edibles

With the legalization and rising popularity of recreational cannabis in Canada and parts of the US, CBD edibles have moved well beyond pot brownies. Top chefs across North America are infusing CBD in everything from baked goods to grass-fed butter to fine dining favourites like emulsions, purées and cooked meat. Though larger cohort studies are needed to confirm the safety and benefit of long-term use, people are finding relief from anxiety, pain and other ailments with CBD. We’ll soon be seeing this ingredient crop up on menus and in ready-made foods, beauty care, and cookbooks.

More 2019 Health Trends

  • Medicinal mushrooms and herbs are finding their way into everyday food and drinks. Mushrooms like reishi and chaga are spiking everything from coffee to bone broth. Adaptogenic herbs like astragalus and maca can now be found in coffee bars and tea shops. These gems are helping regulate immune systems and lowering stress one sip at a time.

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TripAdvisor Recognizes the Best Restaurants in the U.S. with 2018 Travelers’ Choice Awards

New “Everyday Dining” and “Fast Casual” award categories added this year

 TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, today announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice® awards for Restaurants. This year, the awards recognize 75 U.S. restaurants overall across the categories of Fine Dining, as well as two new categories: Everyday Dining and Fast Casual.

The first-ever Everyday Dining category awards restaurants that provide great meals for any occasion, while the Fast Casual category awards restaurants that offer high-quality meals at a great value to diners on the go.

Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for restaurants around the world, gathered over a 12-month period.

“Millions of diners worldwide rely on TripAdvisor to discover their perfect culinary experience. The 2018 Travelers’ Choice restaurant winners are what diners consider the best-in-class, and we hope these leaders in hospitality will inspire others to try something new,” said Bertrand Jelensperger, senior vice president for TripAdvisor Restaurants. “Food and dining experiences can often be the main highlight of any trip or an evening out. Luckily, diners can use this list to find the ideal eatery for any occasion – from formal to casual and everything in between.”

To view the full list of 2018 Travelers’ Choice award-winning restaurants, including the top restaurants in the world, visit:

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Michael B. Jordan Tapped by BACARDÍ® Rum to Direct First-Ever Digital Film for New Premium Collection

New Cinematic Short Film Titled “The Angel’s Share” Depicts the Beauty and Craftsmanship Behind BACARDÍ Aged Rums

BACARDÍ® rum today unveiled “The Angel’s Share,” a digital short film co-directed by actor and filmmaker Michael B. Jordan – marking the first digital ad spot for the brand’s new premium collection, which launched earlier this year. As part of its continued efforts towards the premiumization of the rum category, BACARDÍ enlisted Jordan – a self-professed “rum guy” – to cinematically capture the history, heritage and story behind the aged premium rum portfolio.

Jordan stepped behind the camera with Emmy-nominated director Paul Hunter to tell the remarkable story of family, legacy and the BACARDÍ premium rum aging process. The rich, narrative-driven film centers on “The Angel’s Share” – the beautiful term used to describe that as a spirit is aged in a barrel, some of the liquid evaporates. What is lost is known as ‘the angel’s share’, and as BACARDÍ ages its premium rums under the Caribbean sun, more angel’s share is lost than other spirits. With shots of aged rum barrels, dancing and old family photographs, the film celebrates the vibrancy, traditions and warmth of the brand’s Caribbean roots. Continue reading

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It’s A Grind Celebrates Grand Opening in Oakland with FREE Coffee for Guests

It’s A Grind Coffee House, a neighborhood destination serving specialty coffee in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere, is thrilled to announce it is celebrating the grand opening of its new location in Oakland on Saturday, December 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. by giving away FREE coffee to guests, along with some exciting deals and giveaways. Coffee-lovers won’t want to miss:

  • FREE Drip Coffee
  • 45 chances to win exciting raffle prizes including:
  • Free coffee for a month
  • Bags of premium whole beans
  • It’s A Grind t-shirts

From December 1 – 31, 2018, guests will also have the chance to win a FREE Specialty Coffee (12 oz. hot drink or 16 oz. cold drink) when they become one of the first 100 fans to post a photo of any It’s A Grind beverage or food item on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, tag the brand (handles included below) and use #oaklanditsagrind in the caption. Profiles must be made public in order for entries to be considered, U.S. residents only.

It’s A Grind is located at 2521 Seminary Avenue, Suite #3.  For more info, visit

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Park James Hotel Brings a Modern California-Craft Experience to Silicon Valley

Pictured: Hotel Lobby | Photo credit: Parker James Hotel

Park James Hotel, part of broughtonHOTELS, opened in September to bring a one-of-a-kind hospitality and entertainment experience to California’s tech capital with the opening of a 61-room luxury boutique hotel and chef-driven restaurant, Oak + Violet.

The first of its kind in Menlo Park, Park James offers the elite leisure and business traveler the utmost personalized hotel stay while incorporating the area’s rich sense of community and culture.

Park James appeals to the Silicon Valley set while also providing an unparalleled dining and entertainment experience for locals and visitors. Upon entering the airy lobby, there is an immediate sense of community as the saying “No Strangers Here, Only New Friends” is etched upon the entryway, ushering guests into an inviting social scene. Continue reading

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How to Plan a Rosé-Themed Holiday Party

If your December calendar isn’t already booked solid with holiday festivities, it soon will be. From office parties to ones with friends and family, everyone is making the rounds from one holiday party to another. Don’t fade into the standard stream of gatherings this season. Dare to stand out with a rosé-themed holiday party, featuring wine from the world’s top dry rosé region: Provence, France.

Even if rosé wines are the perfect drink for summer sipping, Provençal citizens know that rosé has a place at festivities year round. Stretching for over 125 miles along the southern coast of France, Provence specializes in dry rosé made from over a dozen grape varieties in the appellations of Côtes de Provence, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence, and Coteaux Varois en Provence. Easy-drinking and crowd-pleasing, Provençal rosés allow the host to focus on the party itself, rather than stressing out about stocking up on different bottles.

Here are six ways to add a new shade to your holiday party this year:

  • Greet guests with rosé. Sparkling may be traditional for holiday toasts, but Wines of Provence rosés have all the crisp flavor and bright refreshment of bubbles. Have a tray of rosé-filled glasses ready for revelers as soon as they walk in the door.

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