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Island Girl: Mayra Veronica
And you thought the cigars were the best thing to come out of Cuba. Latin bombshell Mayra Veronica has been on the track to stardom since arriving to Miami from Havana in 1983 - hosting the “Media Hoy” entertainment news program; modeling for Nike, Tecate beer, and a host of magazines; acting in TV and movies; singing in Spanish and English on her new CD, Venga Con To; and even lending her voluptuous figure to a hip-hop video game character. Through it all, she’s remained a down-to-earth, hardworking girl who enjoys a good cigar with a hand of blackjack.
By Tim Coleman; Photos by Zach Dilgard

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40 Sun, Sand, and Cigars
For cigar lovers in the smoke-free frontier of California, forced to indulge in their hobby largely al fresco, the year-round warm climate of San Diego is a much-needed blessing. However, with a number of excellent cigar shops (many of them dedicated to delivering a cigar-and-wine lounge experience), cigar-friendly outdoor areas in many restaurants and hotels, and that laid-back beachfront vibe, the weather is just part of the appeal of the Golden State’s second-largest city.
By Mark Bernardo
52 Power Smokes Revisited
Rocky Patel’s Edge Lite, Macanudo Gold, Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion, and Carlos Toraño Casa Toraño are among the cigars blended with a milder flavor profile than their predecessors to appeal to a growing market of smokers who have been shying away from strong, full-bodied smokes. Is it a sign that cigar enthusiasts are tiring of powerful blends - sales of such cigars say otherwise - or simply that cigar makers have acknowledged a new generation of smokers looking for a more accessible entrée into the world of premium cigars?
Story and photos by Richard Carleton Hacker
58 Valley of Grapes and Greens
Portugal’s Douro Valley is not only the ancestral cradle of the world’s finest port wine; alongside the historic vineyards are some of the nation’s greatest golf courses. We spend a few days out on the links of Royal Oporto and Amarante, check out the harvest in the Douro, and taste Portugal’s purple nectar as it’s meant to savored - with a fine cigar after a fantastic game of golf.
By Andrew Marshall; Photos by Paul Marshall
62 PGA’s Pennsylvania Paradise
From modest beginnings, “84” Lumber founder Joe Hardy built his empire step by step, taking on new challenges with gusto, and usually a big cigar in his mouth. His biggest project, the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in western Pennsylvania, is now one of the most popular stops on the PGA Championship tour, offering amenities that draw the world’s best golfers - including a world-class cigar lounge.
By Randy Tantlinger; Photos by Jeff Swensen

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