Guava Pancakes, Pomegranate Granola + Citrus Whipped Cream

Guava Pancakes

Guava Pancakes topped with Pomegranate Granola + Citrus Whipped Cream

Every Sunday Baby Bear and I make pancakes. The unfortunate part about this particular Sunday was the fact that we had an empty fridge and I did not want to go to the supermarket. What are we to do? We look around and I found a package of Dominican Guava Paste. It is a conserve made of guava and sugar. Luckily, the shelf life on it far exceeds that of fresh fruit. I typically make flaky pastries called Pastelitos with it but, today it’s perfect for a big ole’ stacks of pancakes. Fortunately, I was able to scrounge an egg and repurpose one of her milk boxes for the milk for the remainder of the ingredients. Milk, eggs, guava… VOILA! Guava Pancakes!

The details on this super yummy recipe are below:



  • 1 cup Buttermilk Pancake Mix (Not the just add water variety)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup of Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Oil
  • 1/3 cup diced Guava Paste


  • 1/2 cup Guava Paste
  • 1/8 Orange Juice


  • Store brought


  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice




  1. Heat skillet over medium-low heat or griddle to 375 °F.
  2. Combine ingredients for pancake and stir
  3. Pour batter for each pancake onto lightly greased griddle
  4. Turn when the pancake bubbles and bottoms are golden brown


  1. Place guava paste and orange juice in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Melt together and stir frequently until smooth.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool until warm
  4. Spoon over warm pancake


  1. Whip all the ingredients together until the cream peaks are formed
  2. Serve on top of the pancakes and sprinkle with pomegranate granola

Cocktails with Belle Atlanta // Demetria Lucas

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Presented by SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach

Demetria and I go waaaaaaay back. It only seemed right to connect her with the team over at SKYY Infusions as they were launching their SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach and she was promoting the season finale of Blood, Sweat & Heels and her two books A Belle in Brooklyn and Don’t Waste Your Pretty.  A lot of blood and sweat was put into producing this event. The outcome was just peach-y! Only the best for my girlee!

More than 300 guests joined Demetria for a “Cocktails with Belle” viewing party hosted by the newly launched SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach Vodka at Bar One Atlanta on Sunday night to toast the season finale of Bravo TV’s Blood, Sweat & Heels.  Guests sipped on SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach cocktails through the night as they rubbed elbows with names like Peter Thomas (Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of Atlanta), Toya + Eugene Harris (Bravo TV’s Married to Medicine), Africa Miranda (Bravo TV’s The New Atlanta) and Ariane Davis (VH1’s Love + Hip Hop Atlanta).

Check out more photos, cocktails and fab people from Belle’s “Blood, Sweat and Heels” season finale party!

Follow Belle as she delivers great relationship and dating advice in her blog
Twitter: @ABelleInBK // Instagram: @ABelleInBK


  • Event Production // pop! by YAZ
  • Decor // pop! by YAZ
  • Flowers // Darryl Wiseman Flowers
  • Cocktails // SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach
  • Venue // Bar One, Atlanta
  • Photos + Video  //McIntosh Bros

Cocktails with Belle - Atlanta - Demetria Lucas and Yaz QuilesWe have talked about this moment for a very long time. So happy it came to fruition and we were able to celebrate the season finale of Blood, Sweat & Heels, her book A Belle in Brooklyn and of course, the highly anticipated release of her new book Don’t Waste Your Pretty. I love supporting my friends who are making major moves! I love you girlee! #GirlPower

Cocktails with Belle - Atlanta - Demetria Step and Repeat SKYY Infusions BottleDemetria Lucas of Bravo TV’s Blood, Sweat & Heels toasts the show’s season finale with the newly launched SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach Vodka at Atlanta hotspot Bar One on Sunday.

Cocktails with Belle - Atlanta - Africa Miranda and Demetria Lucas and Yaz Quiles popDemetria Lucas poses with Bravo TV’S The New Atlanta star Africa Miranda and Yaz Quiles of pop! by YAZ.

Cocktails with Belle - Atlanta - Toya Ariane Peter DemetriaDemetria Lucas poses with Bravo TV stars Toya Harris, Peter Thomas and Ariane Davis at a viewing party for the season finale of Bravo TV’s Blood, Sweat & Heels at Bar One Atlanta on Sunday hosted by SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach Vodka.

Cocktails with Belle - Atlanta - Toya and EugeneDemetria Lucas poses with Bravo TV’S Married to Medicine stars Toya and Eugene Harris at a viewing party for the season finale of Bravo TV’s Blood, Sweat & Heels at Bar One Atlanta on Sunday hosted by SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach Vodka.

Cocktails with Belle - Atlanta - DJ FaDelf and Demtria LucasDemetria Lucas poses with DJ FaDelf

Cocktails with Belle - DJ Trauma and YazEvery time I go to Atlanta I have to check in on my dude DJ Trauma.

Cocktails with Belle - Atlanta - funThere was plenty of fun had with SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach in VIP with Rita K. Davis of, Lifestyle blogger/photographer Kodak Boi, Kiwi of and Mr. Versatile himself, DJ FaDelf.

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Cocktails with Belle - Atlanta - Flowers and cocktails

Cocktails with Belle - Atlanta - SKYY Infusions Cocktails

Here are some of the cocktails featured at Bar One.

Georgia Peach Pre-Tea
2 oz SKYY Infusions® Georgia Peach
3 oz Iced Tea
Squeeze of fresh Lemon

Mix over ice in a tall glass. Squeeze and drop lemon wedge.

Georgia Peach Belle-ini
1½ oz SKYY Infusions® Georgia Peach
3½ oz Champagne
Drop of Peach Nectar

Mix together in a Champagne flute. Garnish with peach wedge.

Oscar’s Viewing Party // Arise 360 Behind The Scenes

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Oscar’s Viewing Party // Arise 360 Behind The Scenes

Ever wonder what’s it’s like setting up for a live TV segment? It’s super fast, pressure filled and beyond exciting.

Follow me as I take you behind the scenes shots from my Oscars Viewing Party segment on Arise TV!

So grateful for the great team over at Arise TV for making it look easy and for always making it a good time. Special thanks to Sheila, Eka, Lola, Shannon, Dan, Angela, Tyrese, Angela, Lauren, Crystal and the entire production crew!

* All photos taken with my iphone so they may be a little gritty… I mean, it is BTS right????


  • Event Production: pop! by YAZ
  • Production Assistant: Adonis Frank
  • Decor: pop! by YAZ
  • Network: Arise 360 on Arise TV //
  • SKYY Cocktails:  Mixologist John deBary
  • Lupita Cocktail: Yaz Quiles + Adonis Frank
  • Make-up: Make-up by Denise
  • Dress: Badgley Mischka
  • TV Segment Link:

Yaz Quiles - BTS Arise 360I get so excited when that light turns red. Lights, camera, ACTION!

IMG_7611I purchased these Oscar style awards from Oriental Trading.

Oscars MenuA close-up of the food display. After the show, the production team and I usually go in and devour all of the food.  That olives and feta dish were EVERYTHING!

I fell in love with these mini baked red potatoes!

IMG_7631You can see the show live in the Green Room; however I generally like hanging out in the studio before my segment. That day we were in the Green Room and captured this moment. Adonis and I excitedly squealed then took a #selfie :o)

Yaz and Adonis“The USie”
Yaz QuilesI just loved the color of this Badgley Mischka gown. Talk about pop!
*Special shout out to my BFF, Fallon, for noticing my use of the Pantone Color of the Year – Radiant Orchid!

IMG_7708Denise, my make-up artist, did my make-up at 9AM and it sill looked fabulous when we filmed at 2:45PM!

IMG_7663Grammy-winning gospel group Mary Mary, stopped by the studio and were on air being interviewed as we quietly set-up the cocktails. The ladies and their camp were so gracious and kind helping me get dressed in the green room.

AdonisAdonis making the cocktails pretty. We literally created the Lupita cocktail on the spot. I can always count on Adonis to carry out my vision without much direction. Apparently he speaks “Evil Genius.”

I know you are probably wondering why there is spray butter on the table, huh? Well… it’s our little studio secret! lol

Production The production team moves my table in and brings in the final touch… cocktails! This is also the moment I was praying I did not have a J Law experience. Tripping over my gown and smashing my table display would not have been sexy… funny, yes… sexy, no!

IMG_7677I usually like to take a picture to see how the final product looks on air, so I can make any final adjustments while they count down the seconds until we are live.

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Yaz Quiles pop by YAZ  Arise 360Shannon trying to stump Lola with a Black History at the Academy Awards trivia question.

Yaz Quiles pop! by YAZ - Oscars Viewing Party Arise 360That’s little ole me… HAPPY!

Oscars 2014 Menu // Wolfgang Puck’s Governors Ball Menu

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Oscars 2014 Menu // Wolfgang Puck’s Governors Ball Menu

Take a sneak peek at what the A-listers will be eating at the 86th Annual Academy Awards Governors Ball. Celebrity Chef, Wolfgang Puck will be whipping up about 50 different dishes in a lavish spread under the starry lights of the ‘Stars under the Stars’ themed reception.

Governors Ball Menu
March 2, 2014
Menu created by Wolfgang Puck
With Chef Matt Bencivenga

Tray Passed Hors D’Oeuvres
Spicy Tuna Tartare, Sesame Miso Cone
Mini Burgers, Aged Cheddar, Remoulade
Smoked Salmon Oscar® Matzo
Assorted Wolfgang Puck Signature Pizzas (some Vegetarian, Vegan)
Taro Root Taco, Avocado (Vegan)
Vegetable Spring Roll, Chinese Mustard (Vegetarian)
Crispy Lobster Shrimp Dumpling, 5 Spice
Aged Cheddar Grilled Cheese (Vegetarian)
White Bean Quinoa Cake, Roasted Pepper (Vegan)
Bolognese Stuffed Arancini

Sushi & Shellfish Station

Table Platters
Homemade Pretzels, Pimento Cheese (Vegetarian)
5 Year Aged Gouda (Vegetarian)
Chilled Spanish Shrimp
Cauliflowers, Smoked Paprika (Vegan)
Parmesan Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates
Smoked Almonds
Seeded Lavosh

Passed Cold Small Plates
Chopped Vegetable Salad (Vegetarian)
Chinois Chicken Salad
Beets, Goat Cheese, Citrus (Vegetarian)
Butternut Squash, Farro, Wild Rice (Vegan)

Passed Hot Small Plates
Baked Potato with Caviar
Chicken Pot Pie, Black Truffles
Hand Formed Pasta, Roasted Chestnut and Truffles (Vegetarian)
Shanghai Lobster, Jasmine Rice
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Wild Salmon, Ginger & Almonds
Short Rib, Goulash, Spätzle
Wiener Schnitzel, Red Cabbage

Passed Dessert Small Plates
Licorice and Chocolate Parfait, Caramelized Tobacco Leaves (Gluten Free)
Yuzu Semifreddo, Green Tea Meringue and Sake Blueberries
Strawberry Consommé, Angel Food Cake, Olive Oil Sorbet
Carrot Cake, Raisins, Cinnamon Gel (Vegan)
Caramel Garden, Coffee Soil, Chocolate Malted Tree, Fleur de Sel

Chocolate Station
Jars of Candies and Truffles, Rocher, Nougat, Marshmallow
Raspberry Ganache and Lemon Ganache Mini Oscar Lollipops
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cheesecake Pops
Warm Cinnamon Pretzels and Homemade Chocolate Spread
Milk Chocolate Crème Brûlée, Spicy Whipped Cream
Citrus Panna Cotta, Funky Chunky Chocolate Pop Corn
Chocolate Cupcake, Almond Cream (Vegan, Gluten Free)
White Chocolate and Lemon Cream Push Up Pops
Assorted Chocolate Barks (Seeds, Nuts, Dried Fruits)

.wolfgang-puck-smoked-salmon-oscarsSmoked Salmon Oscar® Matzo

chicken-pot-pieChicken Pot Pie, Black Truffles

gazpacho-and-power-smoothieGazpacho and Power Smoothie

peanut-butter-chocolate-pop-rock-sticks Peanut Butter Chocolate Pop Rock Sticks

wolfgang-puck-mac-and-cheeseBaked Macaroni and Cheese

wolfgang-puck-oscars-caviar-potatoBaked Potato with Caviar

wolfgang-puck-spicy-tuna-tartareSpicy Tuna Tartare, Sesame Miso Cone

wolfgang-puck-spring-rollsVegetable Spring Roll, Chinese Mustard (Vegetarian) wolgang-puck-mini-burgersMini Burgers, Aged Cheddar, Remoulade

Oscar’s Viewing Party // Printables

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Oscar’s Viewing Party // Printables

Black History at The Academy Awards Trivia Game
Test your knowledge and learn more about those who have paved the way.
Click on the link below for our printable Oscars Trivia Game. Enjoy!

Black History Academy Awards Trivia Quiz

Oscars Ballot
Predict the winners and challenge your guests.
Click on the image below for our printable Oscars ballot. Good luck!

2014 Oscars Nominee Ballot

Oscars Viewing Party // Arise 360 TV Segment

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Oscars Viewing Party // Arise 360 TV Segment
86th Annual Academy Awards


This year’s Academy Awards take place on Sunday, March 2nd. Just in time for the star-studded affair I have put together everything you need to host an Award Worthy-Oscar Viewing Party! Click my photo below to see my segment on Arise 360 where I give tips on making your party a real-winner! Decor ideas, menu planning, cocktails, Oscar ballot printables, games and much more!

Thanks to Lola, Shannon and the entire Arise Team for welcoming me into their home away from home. It’s always a party filled with dancing,  singing, toasting and most of all… lots of pop!



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{Click on the photo to view the segment}


  • Event Production: pop! by YAZ
  • Production Assistant: Adonis Frank
  • Decor: pop! by YAZ
  • Network: Arise 360 on Arise TV //
  • SKYY Cocktails:  Mixologist John deBary
  • Lupita Cocktail: Yaz Quiles + Adonis Frank
  • Make-up: Make-up by Denise
  • Dress: Badgley Mischka
  • TV Segment Link:

Dominican Indepence Day // La Dominicana Cocktail

La Dominicana

Dominican Independence Day // La Dominicana Cocktail

When people first meet me, generally, one of the first questions they ask is “Where are you from?” After responding “New York” which, undoubtedly NEVER answers the question, they then say “No… I mean your background.” Ah-ha! Well, I am Dominican and Puerto Rican. Mi mama es Dominicana y mi papa es Puertorriqueño.

In honor of my Dominican side and to celebrate Dominican Independence Day I concocted a sexy little number called La Dominicana!

Layered cocktails like this one taste good, look amazing and impress anyone who sees you successfully pouring them.

(Insert El Teke Teke HERE)  sip, shake your hips and enjoy! You know you want to dance! lol

¡Feliz Día de la Independencia República Dominicana!


  • 1.5 oz Brugal Añejo Rum
  • .5 oz Grenadine
  • 4 oz Mango Nectar
  • .5 oz Lime Juice


  1. Pour Grenadine first into a martini glass
  2. Use a spoon  to pour the chilled Mango Nectar as slowly as possible over the back of the spoon, moving the spoon up as the level of ingredients rises (keep it above the ingredients).
  3. Next do the same to the rum so it floats above the other ingredients.
  4. If the ingredients mix up a little bit, give them a few seconds to settle, and they should separate nicely.
  5. Splash with a squeeze of lime.
  6. Garnish with a flower.

Minus the pretty layering but, equally as good…

  1. Add all the ingredients to an ice-filled shaker.
  2. Shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.
  4. Garnish with lime wedge.