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Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley: The Brother's Bond Bourbon Diaries

By Randy Mastronicola Portraits by John Russo When speaking about friends, it’s typical for us to say, “This guy’s my buddy,” or “He’s my close friend.” It’s even better when you can say, “He’s like my brother. Our bond is bigger than both of us.” To that point, we spent the better part of a day with beyond besties Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley in gorgeous Malibu, [...]

Piercing the Surface: Pierce Brosnan Brings his A-Game as Actor, Artist and Activist

By Elisa Jordan Portraits by Brett Erickson Interviewing Pierce Brosnan is like talking with an old friend. He speaks with sincerity and takes a genuine interest in others and what’s going on around him. During the course of our chat, for instance, it comes out that his wife, Keely Shaye Brosnan, and I grew up just a few miles apart from one another. “It is a small [...]


By Randy Mastronicola Portraits by John Russo 50 Cent has endured as one of the most dynamic musical artists of his generation. He emerged on the hip-hop landscape with 2003’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’, an album that decidedly changed his life forever. Known formally as Mr. Curtis James Jackson, III, 50 Cent became a hip-hop icon, and would go on to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with some of [...]

Anthony Anderson the Star of Black-ish: Time to Live the Dream

By Randy Mastronicola, Portraits by John Russo WE SPENT THE BETTER PART of a muggy, June day with Anthony Anderson at a photo studio in Los Angeles. There was a lot going on. That’s the typical vibe at photo shoots, but more importantly, there was also a lot going on in our California world and globally. The pandemic crisis was in full swing–particularly in Los Angeles–and there were [...]

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E.P. Carrillo: Pledge Prequel

Rating: 5 x 50 Wrapper: USA/Connecticut Habano Binder: Ecuadorian Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium/Full Tasting Notes: This Carrillo creation is a dark and gorgeous cigar. It has a lot of zing with notes of black licorice, earth and pepper. It offers a tinch of spice that butts up nicely against its creamy vanilla taste near the end of the cigar. Want to read more ratings? Subscribe to [...]

True Premium Vodka

Rating: MSRP: $21.99 | ABV: 40% TRUE Vodka is a heritage spirit because  its origins date back to the nineteenth century when Distilleria Friuli in Italy began distilling pomace. The heart and soul of three generations of wheat and milling techniques are evident in this refined spirit that holds true to the Calabrese spirits tradition. The vodka is seven times distilled. TRUE offers crisp and uniquely clean flavors for the contemporary [...]

Treaty Oak Distilling: Day Drinker

MSRP:$25.99 | ABV:40% Day Drinker Texas Bourbon is a 100%Texas-made grain-to-glass bourbon. It’s born from Texas wheat and yellow no.1 corn. The spirit is proofed using limestone filtered water and aged for one year under the Texas sun. It comes in light at 80-proof–it’s an ideal blend for everyday sipping. This nicely crafted bourbon features notes of sweet kettle corn, vanilla and fresh wheat leading to a cinnamon finish. [...]

Alec Bradley: American Classic Churchill

7 x 48 Churchill Wrapper: Honduran (Connecticut Seed) Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Mild to Medium Tasting Notes: The AB American Classic Churchill is a mellow and tasty stick. The price point is attractive for a cigar that could easily be placed in an elite-level humidor. The strength is mild to medium. There are significant creamy, leathery, earthy and floral notes throughout. Rating: Want to read [...]

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