GAL APPROVED! Great Beach Reads, Amazing Food With Tea. Plus: Preppy Kid Wear!

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TASTE. Sure, we love to drink tea, but why should it be Limited to a glass? The DivaGals joined celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson and Pure Leaf Tea House Collection, for the opening launch of the Traveling Tea House, designed to teach visitors the tips and tricks to cooking with its tea flavors. “The flavor combinations are so delicious, like fuji apple and ginger. That with the fresh ingredients, as a chef, is what you get excited about,” Marcus shared. He advised using it in stews and vegetables, to add a pop of flavor to meat, or in the dressing for a watermelon and tomato salad, which he demonstrated. Want even more culinary adventures? Marcus is hosting Harlem EatUp!, a celebration of food, culture and spirit, May 19 to 22. The four-day festival allows guests to see and taste all Harlem, N.Y., with a one-night-only multi-room dinner party for the ages, street strolls and demonstrations from culinary masters. “It’s the best that Harlem and America has to offer,” Marcus declared. Get your tickets here.

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READ. Summer is just around the corner, which means vacation getaways to dive into your favorite romance novel. And we’re happy to report that the biz is becoming more multicultural friendly. New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery shared with us, “In one of my novels, one of my characters is African American, and nobody made a fuss over it.” Her latest novel, Daughters of the Bride, follows a trio of daughters who examine their own lives as their mom remarries. And we know that romance and mama drama comes in all hues! Stock your beach bag when it’s out this July.

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BUY. While watching America’s Cup at the Pier A Harbor House in New York City, we noticed how well dressed the children on scene were. Then we realized that the party was sponsored by Vineyard Vines, which creates stylish preppy clothes for the younger set. We then learned that the fun doesn’t stop with children, as Vineyard Vines also offers women and men’s clothing, as well as accessories. Now the whole family can look top notch.

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