Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Dissection Of A Menu: Creperie Beau Monde, Philly Edition

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I've fallen off the raw foods wagon and I'm eating cooked foods again, but with good reason -- Creperie Beau Monde! Situated in the Bella Vista neighborhood of South Philadelphia is this gem of gems. For me, it doesn't feel reminiscent of the small crepe stops in Paris, rather my favorite Southern California haunt, Le Creperie. In both places you're eating crepes in a restaurant that is clearly American and not really authentic, but somehow you don't mind it a bit.

Fare: Savory & sweet crepes both do the trick...I can vouch. Wins.
Interior Design: Carefully thought interior and exterior down to every detail. Wins.
Branding: On point. Have a look at their website. Wins.

1. Custom metalwork signage to die for.
2. Chinoiserie style wallpapered panels & crushed velvet drapery.
3. Casual patio perfect for a warm day.
4. Those details that I mentioned!
5. Gorgeous built in's at the bar in a dark finish.
6. Lemon sorbet and nutella dessert crepe.

From top to bottom, Beau Monde wins! It's nice to drive out to Philadelphia from New York on a whim, especially when you know delicious crepes await you.

What creperies do you recommend? And for the entree, sweet or savory?

Friday, July 8, 2011

A Photo Series On Enjoying Life: Part I

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A photo series on enjoying life: Part I, The Catskill Mountains

While I'm good at a lot of different random things, I started to realize that I wasn't so good at slowing down to enjoy life. I'd go from design project to design project with virtually no time to reflect and just be. Work essentially made me. I (naively) felt that persevering through huge (stressful) projects and undertaking demanding jobs meant I was successful -- silly, I know.

But recently, I've found a great place...balance. I'm making some exciting moves with the expansion of Pip & Estella and most importantly, I'm having fun doing it -- not forgetting to soak up life's goodness (and life's good vintage) along the way. I have a card in my desk drawer that I pull out every now and then. It says "Love what you do, and it will love you back." Word. 

How are you with just "being"? Does it come easy? Has it been tough? I'd love to know!


Friday, July 1, 2011

Acquired Taste: Raphael Saddiq

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1. Towards the end of his set.
2. Nice stage design, unexpected for a large outdoor venue like the Williamsburg Waterfront.
3. Drums (wonderful band backing him up.)
4. Raphael Saddiq on the electric Fender Telecaster.

Possibly one of the best feelings ever is getting last minute tickets to a show you would have otherwise purchased months in advance (had you known, that is.) On a dreary Friday evening, Raphael Saddiq had a group of umbrella-toting Brooklynites clapping and swaying by the opening song. And that's saying a lot because ya'll know hipsters don't dance. But this night was an exception as he played tracks from his latest, Stone Rollin'.

What I love about the guy is that he's as talented as a musician as he is a singer and he has soul for days. Pretty rare in modern times, right?  While he is of-the-moment, he has years of the good stuff in his arsenal. I'm not saying you should download his new album, I'm saying you should download his whole library if you don't have it. Don't take my word for take my word for it :) , but here's a little something to back me up:

Now who else can do that? If you'll be in Brooklyn this Summer, here's the Williamsburg Waterfront schedule. Also known as the East River State Park, you can now take a ferry from Manhattan. How's that for convenience?

So tell me, have you started out summer with any awesome concerts yet? Have one that you're looking forward to?  Keep me in the loop and enjoy holiday weekend!