Red Hot Tote!

A sophisticated sip, Piper-Heidsieck, just made hip–champagne-to-go in a sexy, chic package. The new Baby Piper 4 Pack Tote offers four miniature Pipers set to carry. It’s the quality in taste you expect, packaged in 187 ml bottles with the style, convenience, and spontaneity your downtime requires. Toasting a celebration or celebrating life, here’s to never needing a reason. Available at fine wine retailers nationwide, $40. Toast responsibly.

Picture perfect
It’s about our style, our determination, our successes. It’s as the authors express, “a reflection of 50 years of African American lives lived well.” There’s the church picnic, family celebrations at well-laid tables, and the poise and grace we possess even through the struggle. In Our Own Image: Treasured African-American Traditions, Journeys, and Icons by Patrik Henry Bass and Karen Pugh (Running Press, $30), is a beautifully arranged compilation of snapshots of what we know, love, and appreciate about being black in America.

Unique eats and treats
In the heart of the lively New Brunswick, New Jersey, theatre district exists a cultural haven of exotic foods and crafts. This one-stop Ethiopian spot, run by operating owners husband and wife team Ogbe and Felitia Guobadia, is Makeda Ethiopian restaurant and Esohe gift shop. Rated highly by the New York Times in May, Makeda serves traditional Ethiopian dishes and boasts a wine list with selections from South Africa, New Zealand, Paris, and Sonoma, California. Makeda also features Brazilian, Latin, and African jazz. Esohe offers African-imported, one-of-a-kind, hand-carved gifts, furniture, and accessories. For reservations, visit www.makedas.com or call 732-545-5115. For gift information, call 732-846-2215.

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