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Welcome to Culinary Travels by The Sophisticated Life! I am so glad you are here. Culinary Travels are small group trips curated by moi with the intention of learning about a destination’s history and culture through its foods and beverages. These trips will provide affordable luxury accommodations in 4* to 5* hotels with every effort being placed on experiential and unforgettable culinary experiences. During our inaugural year in 2023 we explored Morocco, Northern Italy & France via my first river cruise!

Imagine drinking Cava in Penedes Spain or touring the only Black-owned winery estate in South Africa, doing a Tagine cooking class in Morocco, truffle hunting in Northern Italy, dining at Michelin Star restaurants in Tokyo & experiencing amazing street food in Thailand. Nothing is off limits when it comes to experiencing the food & beverage culture of our destination. 

Inaugural Culinary Travels group in Marrakech!

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#BLACKOWNEDBRUNCH IN DETROIT!!! 🍸🍹🥘🍛

I will always support #blackownedbusinesses where I live and when I travel! I was excited that my friend invited me to #sundayfundaybrunch at this Black-owned restaurant in the historic Indian Village neighborhood in Detroit. 

I loved the decor & the vibe! The food was well seasoned & PLENTIFUL! We both had to go containers! And the cocktails were tasty. 

In the pictures
Shortrib hash 
Salmon and shrimp 🍤 grits 
Blueberry 🫐 vodka martini 
And another martini 🍸! lol 

It was an extensive brunch menu so I will be back to @ivy_detroit 

@visitdetroit #visitdetroit #detroitrestaurants #detroitbrunch #detroiteats #brunchlovers #downtowndetroit #ivykitchen 

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#BLACKOWNEDBRUNCH IN DETROIT!!! 🍸🍹🥘🍛

I will always support #blackownedbusinesses where I live and when I travel! I was excited that my friend invited me to #sundayfundaybrunch at this Black-owned restaurant in the historic Indian Village neighborhood in Detroit.

I loved the decor & the vibe! The food was well seasoned & PLENTIFUL! We both had to go containers! And the cocktails were tasty.

In the pictures
Shortrib hash
Salmon and shrimp 🍤 grits
Blueberry 🫐 vodka martini
And another martini 🍸! lol

It was an extensive brunch menu so I will be back to @ivy_detroit

@visitdetroit #visitdetroit #detroitrestaurants #detroitbrunch #detroiteats #brunchlovers #downtowndetroit #ivykitchen

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Time for part 2 of my list!! Head to @threads to check out the things I will NOT miss about #atlanta I don’t think there is any surprise that the traffic is #1 lol #visitatlanta #discoveratlanta
If you have lived in #ATLANTA you will enjoy these 2 threads I’m doing. 
Since I have moved from Atlanta>Detroit after almost 12 years!!! I am doing lists on the things I’ll miss about Atlanta and the things I will NOT miss!! 😆😆
Can you guess a few? 

#visitatlanta #discoveratlanta #atlantageorgia
Since I’m discussing my @ancestry results this weekend I thought I would share some of the questions I get asked after telling people I am Jamaican 🇯🇲🇯🇲 
I could not fit them all!! Some of these are from my childhood days in New Jersey in a predominantly white town. 

One of the ones not listed here is “Did you ride on horseback on the beach to class?” I guess I could not totally blame them since that is what they saw on TV 📺. They imagined that I lived in small huts on a beach and barely had an education. Meanwhile I started school here I had to skip a grade so….💁🏽‍♀️

But yes these questions are “funny not funny” 😆 you don’t know how long it has taken me at times to convince people that have visited Jamaica that they do NOT speak a different language!! Now the Patois with the accent can be very strong and at times I struggle but it is not officially another language. Ask them to speak slower which will help lol 😂 

The second most common question or assumption I received was that ganja, weed, marijuana was just a part of life growing up there and that we all had it in our backyards and sat around smoking it every day. NOT!! I never saw it in my home or my relatives homes. Not to say they didn’t use it but I didn’t see or it being smoked. And we are not Rastafarians. Rastafarians make up only 3% of Jamaicans. 

Do I run fast? I did!! And we do! Jamaicans are known to be sprinters with the records and medals 🥇 to prove it. People say it’s maternal diet, the food, the soil, the coaching and of course genetics 🧬 play a role as well. 

So what other stereotypes do you hold or have heard about Jamaicans? That we have 10 jobs? That one is true!! lol 😆

And I am related to the Marleys. Go figure! 

#jamaicans #jamaicanbeauty🇯🇲 #jamaicanmemes #dunnsriverfalls #jamaica🇯🇲 #ochorios #jamaicamon
“Out of many one people”. 1 people. Jamaicans first. That’s one of the things I love about Jamaicans. We see each other all over the world 🌎 and we recognize the accent, the jokes, the food, the swagger, the drive!! 

***story time 🇯🇲🇯🇲

When I bought my husband and I @ancestry kits a few years ago it was just for fun. I don’t think he ever did his. For generations both my Mother’s and Father’s family are from Kingston Jamaica 🇯🇲. Throw in some Irish, British and Chinese with African ancestry and you have got the DNA profile. 

The first set of results had the typical information. West African countries in random order since the countries that are there now are not named the same as the ones then. Funny thing is a lot of Jamaicans tell me Ghana reminds them of Jamaica but I have not been yet. Even funnier is people think I’m East African-Ethiopian, Somalian..AND I get @kerrywashington only to find out she has some Jamaican ancestry! 

Then the latest update came out and it said my DNA 🧬 linked me to 1 community. I clicked on the button and it went from a wide screen and zeroed in on Jamaica 🇯🇲! That likkle island in the Caribbean Sea!! 
It was so cool to watch that!!! 

I realized this thing had merit lol 😆 
Again it didn’t tell me anything I did not already know but be careful! I have read of some interesting family revelations that have come from using these!! 

Have you done any of the ancestry tests or traveled based on the results? I have been tempted to find the Irish relatives on my Grandmother’s side. Follow @jetsetlisette who is doing very interesting travel based on this! 

And shout out to the Marleys who are still making great music!! 🎶 

#ancestrydnaresults #ancestrytravel #ancestrydna #jamaicanice #jamaicanbeauty🇯🇲 #jamaicanheritage #marleymusic
***Save & Share! 
Black History Month may be over but you can support Black-owned businesses year round across the globe 🌎!! 
Seek them out during your travels!! Here are a few ways to do so…

1) Google (😏). A LOT of bloggers, including me, have curated lists of Black-owned restaurants, hotels, wineries, tour guides etc 
2) Search and ask in travel Facebook groups. They are an excellent source of this information in every corner of the world!! 
3) Use hashtags on Instagram and other social media networks to find what you are looking for. You may also find content creators from that area and you can ask them. 
4) APPS: check out apps like @abctravelgreenbook  @eatokratheapp  @greenbookglobal to find recommendations and reviews of Black-owned places around the world!! 

Featured businesses @jnanetamsna @shopbombchel @portenoirekx @mcclellandhouse 

#supportblackownedbusinesses #blackandbeautiful #blackbusinesswomen #blackbusinessowners #blackownedwines #blackowned #blackownedrestaurants 

What do you think of this list? Have you used any of these methods?
This is really cool. #3 and #4 are on our Culinary Travels group trip itinerary in November & I have been to #4 and #5 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 
I am doing something right! 🍷🍷🥂🥂

Who wants to sip on Pinotage & Chenin Blanc & Cab Sav & Cap Classique with me in these beautiful settings with me later this year?! The trip is more than half full & the deadline to register is April 1st! 

Repost from @capetownmag 
Some of my favorites in the Cape Winelands⛰️
Check out our story for some more information and tips on these wine farms!

Which one will you visit next?🍷

#stellenbosch #southafricanwines #winefarms #grouptrip #southafricatravel #visitsouthafrica
EXTRA DAY MEANS AN EXTRA POST FOR #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory365 
I am excited to announce that I am moving to Detroit Michigan!! 
This is a first for me. I have never lived in the Midwest. But there is so much history there and so much culture and good food to discover so I’m excited. This list is a great place to start! 
Have you been to @visitdetroit ? 

#visitdetroit #détroitmichigan @eatokratheapp @abctravelgreenbook @theblacktravelalliance @blacktravelsummit @blacksintourism
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