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Former MTV VJ La La Anthony is no stranger to sharing her life with the world. The television personality has hosted Total Request Live, shared her wedding and marriage to now ex-husband Carmelo Anthony in a VH1 reality franchise and acted in films like Two Can Play That Game and Think Like a Man.
Anthony has done a bit of it all, but says there's one thing you won't find her doing any time soon: Cooking.
"I kind of just sit back and watch, take it all in, relax, eat and have a good time," she says. "It's funny because he's inherited more of the cooking gene than I have."
"He makes breakfast, eggs, french toast," Anthony adds. "He does really well in the kitchen … it's cool and it's kind of funny being the one who can't cook and having my son step in and be the one that can make a couple of cool dishes. I'm really proud of that."
But Kiyan isn't the only one in the family who enjoys cooking. Anthony believes his command of the stove is a trait he picked up from extended family, who love nothing more than to share holiday meals together.
"We're Puerto Rican," she says, "so during the holidays is when we all get together with the family. There's so many of us, and we all get together to do traditional Spanish food that's made specifically for the holidays."
On the menu? Coquito, a coconut-based alcoholic beverage similar to eggnog, and pasteles, a boiled dish similar to tamales. "It's just been a tradition of ours for years and years," she says of their holiday gathering, "and it's a chance to get the whole family together, which is pretty cool."
Anthony says she loves to travel, but finds that lately, her trips are often work-related. She sometimes turns to making frozen drinks at home feel a bit more exotic. "I don't get to take many vacations," she says. "I'm working a lot. It's something I'm trying to get better at. But if you can't vacation, you can bring the vacation vibes to you."
The 40 year old spoke to Yahoo Life as part of her work promoting Baileys Colada liqueur, and says she uses the spirit when she needs an at-home tropical boost. "When you have the Baileys Colada, you feel like you're relaxing," she says. "It's funny how drinks can have that effect on us — when you're not able to go somewhere on vacation."
When she does travel, Anthony says she has one rule for exploring the destinations she visits. "I find hole-in-the-wall restaurants, not the fancy ones or the ones you find online," she says. "I walk and find some hole-in-the-wall spot and say, 'Give me what you've got — bring me some authentic Spanish and Puerto Rican food,' and see what happens. You can't go wrong."
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