Gentlemen’s Corner: Laz Alonso Talks “Try It and Love It” Campaign and Holiday Plans
What are your holiday plans?
Well I live on the west coast and my family lives on the east coast so I’m going to go home and visit them for the holidays. I usually wait until I get home to do my shopping so I don’t have to travel with a lot of bags so I’ll get home a little early, hang out with my friends, do some holiday shopping and at the same time catch up with relatives.
Do you cook?
I do. But when I go home I don’t cook because I don’t get my family’s home cooked meals very often so I let them spoil me rotten.
What’s you favorite dish?
My grandmother used to make this soup, it’s like a latin gumbo. It has beef, chicken, every kind of potato, onion, garlic, and it’s the kind of soup you literally throw everything in whole, you don’t even chop it up. You’ll throw whole onions in there, whole garlic cloves, you chop up pumpkin and throw it in there, all kinds of yams. You have to cook it in a big pot and you cook it slow, really, really slow. So by the time it’s finished cooking, you have this very thick, it’s almost like oatmeal as far as how thick it is. It’s probably the most comforting things in the winter. It’s like getting a big, warm hug. I only crave this in the winter. Every year, I ask for the same thing, that Cuban soup.
Do you have a favorite song and or movie?
Movie would have to be This Christmas, for obvious reasons. I also like to watch movies that take me back to my childhood like Charlie Brown Christmas, and Rudolph The Red-Nose Reindeer—those always take you back to your special place in your childhood. So I don’t mind being a kid during Christmas.
Music, I love the Boys II Men Christmas album, I think that’s a classic. I was just in Starbucks the other day and I saw Mary [J. Blige] had an album and I’m a huge Mary fan, she can do no wrong so I’m going to probably buy the Mary Christmas album as well. There’s some Christmas tunes that make you reminisce; Nat King Cole; Mariah has a dope Christmas album.
Are you in a relationship right now?
I’m not in a relationship right now so I’m going to have a very profitable Christmas.
What’s the best gift you’ve ever gotten from a female?
That’s a tough one, The best gift really depends on the person that gave it to you. The effort and the thought that took to give you that gift is what makes it that great gift. I’ve gotten good material gifts but when a person really has to bust their butts to figure out or they notice something you said 6 months ago and even you forgot that you wanted that and they give it to you. Or if it’s somebody that really, really sacrificed to get you something you like. It means a lot more than a standard gift.
What’s something affordable a guy can get a girl for the holidays.
It really depends on what she needs and wants. I tried to do a combination of needs and wants. Because I try to get something that not only are you going to like but that you can use. There’s no generic gift that a guy can get his girl, he should know his girl well enough to know what she needs and what would authentically put a smile on her face. What’s going to put a smile on her face isn’t what’s going to put a smile on another girl’s face. If she has Pinterest or Facebook, go on and look to see what she kind of identified as products that she likes or stuff she has her eyes on and loves. Then try to preorder it because this time of year, things sell out fast. My main advice to a guy would be, don’t wait a week before Christmas to buy it.
What are 5 gifts any girl can’t go wrong with getting her man?
Some shoes, we’re very quick to buy some cool new sneakers, but shoes or boots, we definitely sleep on those. Boots of her choice, what she would like to see her man wearing. Also belts, a lot of times men will have the same belt they wear with every outfit. So a belt that won’t just work with jeans but a suit too. A nice pair of shades. With men it’s mostly accessories, I think more than anything. Depending on a guy, sometimes a guy gets stuck with the fashion that they thought they were the hottest in. So if that’s the case maybe try to update his wardrobe. So maybe a nice pair of jeans. [Lastly] A nice men’s grooming kit, maybe a nice Gillette Fusion Pro Glide, silver touch manuel razor with a Gillette Fusion sensitive shave gel. Make sure a brother is nice and clean and has his grooming right.
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