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Gwen Pratesi is a James Beard Foundation Award Finalist in Journalism and award-winning travel writer. She is the author and owner of PratesiLiving.com with her husband, coauthor of Southern Heat, and co-owner of On the Road Culinary Adventures, a culinary travel business. She is a contributor to the Travel section of U.S. News & World Report and freelances for other publications including Forbes Travel Guide, CruiseCritic.com, Reader's Digest, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, and World Travel Magazine.

Her work has also been featured on MSN, Yahoo!, Business Insider, and SheKnows.com. Gwen chronicles her love of international travel and experience as a professional home cook on PratesiLiving.com, where she shares the stories of some of the world's most sought-after destinations, highly regarded chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, wine and spirits producers, and culinary artisans. She and her husband just traded in big city life in Atlanta for shorts and flip-flops at Fernandina Beach, Florida. They look forward to enjoying the coastal lifestyle with their new Tibetan Terrier, Rhythm.

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I’m still sorting through all the beautiful photos from my week on board Sea Cloud Spirit. This is one of my favorite images of the ship in the Grenadines. ❤️ @seacloudcruises @seacloudcrew_official #seacloud #seacloudspirit #travel #cruise #sailing #yacht #luxury #yachtlife

Sunset in the Caribbean. 🌅 @seacloudcruises @seacloudcrew_official #seacloudspirit #travel #cruise #cruisetravel #caribbean #luxury #yacht #yachtlife #sailing #sailingship

Spending the week on board the beautiful Sea Cloud Spirit. The fully rigged yacht, at 138 meters in length and 54 meters high, is the largest sailing ship of its kind in the world. ⛵️ @seacloudcruises #seacloudcruises #seacloudspirit #travel #cruise #luxury #luxurycruise #caribbean #sailing #yacht

Explora I, the first of six new luxury ships from @explorajourneys. I continue to be wowed every day. I don’t even want to leave the ship. ❤️ Check out my Instagram stories for more photos and videos. #oceanstateofmind #explorajourneys

Another nighttime sailaway. This time with a beautiful view of Bratislava Castle. 🏰 @amawaterways @quirkycruise #amawaterways #amasonata #bratislava #slovakia #europe #cruise #travel #rivercruise #onassignmentforquirkycruise #cruisetravel

Magical. Budapest’s House of Parliament at night as we sailed away from the city on AmaSonata. ❤️ @amawaterways #travel #cruisetravel #cruise #amawaterwsys #quirkycruise #Budapest #hungary #europe #amazing #amasonata

The Rock of Gibraltar. We cruised the Strait of Gibraltar en route to Lisbon on Norwegian Viva’s inaugural cruise. The 7 mile long strait connects the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and sits between the Iberian Peninsula in Europe and Morocco and Africa. @norwegiancruiseline #norwegianviva #cruise #europe #africa #history #straitofgibraltar #travel #cruisetravel

Serving up a Slice of History

The name “Kounter” seemed fitting since this space is home to the original counter where the Friendship 9 staged their sit-in 60 years ago demanding service at the white-only lunch counter. When Chef Masone, who owns Kre8 Xperiences, an event and party planning company, and two culinary concepts in Florida, decided to return home and open a restaurant, he was especially interested in the event space at the back of the building at 135 E. Main Street. When Williamson finished school at Friendship Junior College, he said he couldn’t find work in Rock Hill. Mr. Williamson and his family were able to come in and be the first people served at Kounter, and Masone said, “

Serving up a Slice of Civil Rights History

The name “Kounter” seemed fitting since this space is home to the original counter where the Friendship 9 staged their sit-in 60 years ago demanding service at the white-only lunch counter. When Chef Masone, who owns Kre8 Xperiences, an event and party planning company, and two culinary concepts in Florida, decided to return home and open a restaurant, he was especially interested in the event space at the back of the building at 135 E. Main Street. When Williamson finished school at Friendship Junior College, he said he couldn’t find work in Rock Hill. Mr. Williamson and his family were able to come in and be the first people served at Kounter, and Masone said, “

Best Travel Accessories for 2021

For me, this includes wishful thinking about traveling again (beyond a quick road trip), planning future escapes to new destinations and revisiting a few familiar ones, and using those new travel items I purchased or had a chance to review over the last year. I owned a hard-sided beauty case that was a favorite luggage piece of mine many years ago, so when I saw this one online, I couldn’t resist. Like the time I spent every night awake in a hotel in Mexico City thanks to all-night-long rooftop parties when nothing would cancel out the noise, including listening to music through earbuds with my iPhone and a pillow over my head. If you spend a lot of time outdoors on the water and are looking for a pair of durable and lightweight sunglasses that won’t disappear into the depths of the deep blue sea, then check out Rheos Nautical Eyewear.

St. Louis-Style BBQ Pork Steaks Paired with J Vineyards & Winery's Sparkling Wines

The Cuvée 20 goes great because it has this nice acidity that cuts through the richness of the pork, and it really showcases the apple notes in the wine with the savory BBQ sauce and acid-driven marinade on the pork. The red fruit notes really pop in the Brut Rosé, and the herbs in the marinade bring out the herbaceous notes I get in the Brut Rosé. We enjoyed the Cuvée 20 on its own, mostly while preparing the meal, and then paired the food with the Brut Rosé, which was an exceptional pairing for some of the same reasons Chef Shelton mentioned. Elegant and lively, our J Cuvée 20 Brut offers is a classic Russian River Valley sparkling wine, offering a dance of bubbles across a complex palate that expertly balances appealing fruit notes, rich nuttiness from years spent aging on the lees and a crisp, clean finish.

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