The sleek, glossy Pathfinders Travel magazine focuses on the interests of active, affluent African Americans by offering travel tips, in-depth information on cultural events, and more. Published quarterly, the magazine informs its readers of U.S. and international destinations, such as the Caribbean islands, South Africa, and more, as well as articles that provide exciting spots to put on anyone's to-see list, including the Ten Black History Sites for Every American. Subscribers learn money-saving tips, such as how to rent a luxury villa for less than a hotel room, or when to hit the currency exchange to trade American dollars for British bags of Colin Firth's hair. In addition, avid readers get the scoop on some of the best African-American inns and spas, as well as advice on how to travel safely in the winter or how to smartly prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime summer vacation. Through detailed features on cuisines and wines of the world, foodies and fledgling sommeliers can find pages of excuses for indulging their passions, and outdoorsy readers can discover desirable destinations for skiing, golfing, sailing, and more.
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Boston Magazine is no stranger to great food. For more than 40 years, the publication has covered everything to know about the city—including where to get the best meals. Yet despite their photographers' talents, no amount of barbecue sauce will make a picture taste like the real thing. Enter the magazine's annual event, The Cookout: a two-night culinary extravaganza that brings in some of the area's best chefs.
Night one, The Cue, fills the venue floor with aromas of ribs, pulled pork, and other barbecue favorites—not to mention other summer favorites such as corn on the cob. And drinks? That's also an area for competition, as 10 top mixologists pour their signature cocktails. Night two shifts to a different, equally delicious focus. The annual Battle of the Burger returns, and competitors—clad in their sesame-seed bun armor—come from 20 of the city's best restaurants, which were selected via online voting.
And though top chefs flock to the event, The Cookout is still primarily a celebration for the public. Tickets grant unlimited food and drink, along with the chance to meet chefs and listen to live music.
PhotoLounge's team of experts will keep the process simple, so you can indulge your creativity to its fullest. You'll have your choice of five exclusive CAMEO Style cover designs (including a window option), all of which were made in Rhode Island by a classic New England bindery. Each page fits between one and four photos, so your 10-page book can hold up to 40 pictures. You can also insert personalized captions on each page and cover page, so that you won't forget which of your kids is which. Besides being made out of archival-quality pages, covers, and glues, your photo book will be post-bound and expandable, so you can add as many pages as you like, whenever you want (additional pages $1.50 each). Look here for a demonstration of the personalized process of creating the photo book.
In its 2,000-square-foot studio, DollFace's professional snapping duo, Darah and Siobhan, strives to unleash the buried bombshell in clients through expressive, elegant boudoir photography. Aspiring sirens begin their 30-minute mini sessions and subdue belly-dwelling butterflies by filling the studio with their favorite tunes and a few swift sips of bubbly. Hair and makeup application is available for an additional charge; once ready, kittens slip into the more conservative of their two outfits to help ease into the flashbulb's glow in front of the camera's honest lens. Once power suits have been stripped down, women are welcome to improve the appearance of a variety of set pieces with their presences, either taking direction from the photographer or vogueing to the beat of nature's drum—the heart.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Metered street parking
Reservations/Appointments: Not necessary
Most popular offering: Local, personalized transfer services.
Pro Tip: Ask about getting your footage on a hard drive for added longevity and accessibility.