Macy’s American Icon brand has officially launched and to kick it off, Macy’s at Aventura Mall hosted a very special, very cool event to celebrate.

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The show started off with the actor/DJ morning show host of Y100, Michael Yo!

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A few singer/songwriters also performed; among them was one of my favorite, Keba- a 25 year old song writer who sang Make You Feel My Love, by Bob Dylan and a couple of her own original songs. Her R&B, soft, pure voice quickly made people passing by stop and listen.

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There was also a comedian, who calls himself African Ape, that did some stand up about American culture vs. African culture and it was quite humorous. Fun fact about him: He earned 3 Bachelor degrees in 8 years.

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They then featured some of the clothing from their new American Icon line in a fashion show, which featured people that were not models, including some veterans, which I thought was very interesting.

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I think it was great that they used “normal”, every day people, as opposed to professional models, to represent Americans.

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There was also a cooking demonstration that they had inside of the store with a beautiful kitchen set. There was two different chefs that cooked. Chef Sessy was a spicy Latino with an adorable accent who made up some delightful pork beans.

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Ingredients included: hickory BBQ sauce, pork beans, pork, garlic, green peppers, non fructose syrup. She simply sauteed all the ingredients in a non stick pan and served it with some crunchy seasoned pita chips. I thought it was sweet and southern style tasting. It was very delicious.

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The second chef was Chef Christian from Creative Portion, who received his masters in Business and then decided to try his passion of cooking and turned it into a career. He’s known as a private chef who makes up to 5 meals for different clients per week.

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He decided to make orange chicken. Some tips he gave are to always use more orange than honey in the chicken. To make the sauce, simply put 1 cup orange juice, 1 tbsp honey (and any of your other favorite spices you want to put in) in a bowl and marinate 1-4 hours. He then cut chicken tenderloins into small pieces and cooked over a pan in olive oil with some pineapple. He served the pineapple and orange chicken on sticks as shish kabobs, which was also very delicious.

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I thought both dishes were very southern style and sweet. Both chefs cooked the meat to perfection and also kept the BBQ/ American theme.

Overall, the event was very well planned and enjoyable!

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Go check out Macy’s American Icon brand now!

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Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored campaign with Everywhere. However, ALL opinions are my own.