Saturday, March 19, 2011


A room with a view
Yesterday I mentioned about my bud Big Rube who is going to shoot street style for The Daily News. The style of shooting he is going to do is direct candid shooting where the subject may know he is photographing them to capture their style. I try and shoot that way but often get intimidated if folks can see what I am doing. I hate to invade their private space & or wrath of a tongue lashing. I often will shoot from the hip as they call it, no not to upskirt, just a very candid, natural setting shot.

Although these folks knew I was shooting them because their dogs are so adorable, and well they are being pushed in a doggie carriage.
I also do a lot of shots like this, especially for my twitter folks. It about getting the outfit, the most outlandish the better. And I mean outlandish and not always in a good way. These girls are styling it though.
I love this shot. I can't figure out those shoes the guy on the left is wearing. They look very flat.
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Friday, March 18, 2011

The Philadelphia Daily News New Fashion Column, MICA Madness Begins Today, Celebrity Spotting last night

Get Ready for Your Close Up, a familiar face is armed with a camera and is going after the style hit-stirs in Philadelphia
Comedians Kyle Erby and Sheryl Underwood are at the Liacouras Center tonight to appear in the Mike Epps Comedy Tour. Last night they were at the Ritz-Carlton enjoying a few late night snacks from Top Chef Jennifer Carrol at 10 Arts. Above Big Rube (Ruben Harley) and I rolled in after a party at Zarwin Baum law firm to chat about an upcoming column he is going to have in the Philadelphia Daily News. It's based on a photographer that we both love who has been shooting for the NY Times for decades, Bill Cunningham. No doubt Big Rube is excited that Sheryl is rocking a green jacket for St Paddy's Day.
As I've mentioned before my career inspiration is NYC celeb & social diarist photographers Patrick McMullen & Ron Gaella. I also admire, street fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, but it takes a certain talent to take candid street photos without permission (the ledgendary photographer Robert Capa did a series of my favorite candid street photos which once had an exhibit at the Phila Art Museum.) The Philly Daily News is just about to expose it's readers to Big Rube who is going to be doing a similar photo column & video in it's paper beginning in April. Above is an example of the kinda work that Big Rube produces now. You can check it out on his blog StreetGazing. The kinda shots he will be going for are candid, sometimes with very little interaction of his subject. Big Rube will be covering the City on his bike, just like Cunningham. You are in for a treat as he's got an expert eye for fashion having been reared by his grandmother who was a millinery, and his uncle who taught him how to use a camera. I really look forward to his video too as he's going to do a narrative on how he chooses which subjects to shoot. To say I'm excited is an understatement, I've always been a fan of Big Rube's work.
Wednesday night I headed out to Mica for a friends and family night. My invitation said HughE we need your unbiased opinion. It's a practice run for the new Chestnut Hill restaurant
from chefs Chip Romanand Jason Cichonski, which opens TODAY.

Mike had the halibut. Mike really is a much better food critic than I as he is the cook in our house. He was in LOVE with this dish. OH but first let me tell you about my mix up. Mike and I actually arrived at Mica last Wednesday as I can sometimes be dizzy. After a few phone calls I realized that I was there on the wrong day. Last weekMica looked like this. No sign, no tables, just a space. I successfully won a buck from Mike when I told him that the restaurant would be in operation in a week. Sure enough the place looked awesome a week later. When Mike and I saw the 70 seat restaurant last week I had thought the space housed an old antique store or cobbler, but after chatting with Chip I learned that the flooring was reclaimed wood, as well as used in the tables. Chip told me the space was completely gutted from the previous tenant, a Mexican restaurant, down to adding the wainscoting. They even installed the original door that was stored in the basement. It then dawned on me, this is the exact kind of decor that fits right in with the landscape and sense of Chestnut Hill. The R7 Chestnut Hill East and the R8 Chestnut Hill West lines both terminate at Chestnut Hill and are nearby. I really need to spend a little more time there, it's really adorable.I had the Baby Spanish octopus, licorice mayo, white asparagus, bacon. Delicious
I had the lamb which was
for dessert I had the coconut mango, which again was unbelievable.
On the recommendation of another diner, who seemed to have a Meg Ryan moment at the next table, Mike enjoyed this chocolate dessert that had tequila in the center. I had to restrain Mike from licking the plate. I think it was about this time I tweeted: Mica was fine dining and was more than just fine, it was awesome and fine enough for Craig LeBan to come by & review on opening night.
Run don't walk to Mica for your next meal. You won't regret it. I'm confident you'll find the it foodelicious. 8609 Germantown Avenue 267-335-3912

The Philadelphia Belle, the Mommy Bloggers & Me

The Philadelphia Belle invited a few bloggers for a boat ride last Saturday night.Christened as the Mississippi Belle II in 1994, our four-deck, paddlewheel-style riverboat operated on its namesake river for much of her early career. After undergoing extensive $2 million remodeling, the new Philadelphia Belle will cruise upon the Delaware River from her new homeport of Penn’s Landing, between Chestnut and Market Streets, in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Belle is the largest vessel of its kind on the East Coast. The top deck is open, with three enclosed decks below where guests can enjoy first-rate entertainment, delicious food and beverages, and original artworks—all inspired by the best of Philadelphia. Total passenger capacity is 1,000 guests, with seated dining space available for approximately 700.

Welcomed aboard by Captain Tim Gasparovic and John Carter
When I got the invite it said it was a night of bloggers on the Belle, I was thinking sounds good I like mixers with my fellow bloggers, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn there was going to be a whole bunch of bloggers I didn't know. On Saturday I saw happy mommies tweeting about their up coming night on the Philadelphia Belle. Recently I had heard about the cult of Mommy bloggers and was excited to observe them in a setting not surrounded by their charges. What I learned from them is that they are organized and monetized. Like a mother bear they are protective and out to earn extra dough to put food on the table. Not much leaves their lips without a sponsor attached and money in the bank. They have created the new sales model for the future and business' are paying attention.
One of the most popular mommy bloggers & tweeters is Cecily Kellogg with husband Charles O'Hay above (& who has his own interesting blog.)
Mike was with me, he liked the view from our window table. I'm happy when he's happy cause he keeps us all happy allowing me to do this crazy fun blog.
Philly Frugal Mom (Linda Pham-Vertleih was on board too with her husband, Nicholas VertleihSugar House looked packed last Saturday night about 9PM
NJ Aquarium. Looks like the Nipper Dog stain glass windows have been replaced again on the old RCA building.
The Menu. There is several different menu options and price ranges for various cruises for the Belle which I have linked here
Mike LOVED the lobster bisque and
and his ravioli dish. I had the salad and the steak. I guess I am just spoiled eating at Del Frisco's as I wasn't a big fan, especially because of the demi glaze which was like brown gravy, but it could just be me as Gen Mom, who was seated next to me loved her steak. I heard the salmon was delicious. The salad was good, but I think I would go with the bisque next time, and I should have as the boat has an upscale feel and I should have gone with something I can't get at Ruby Tuesday's.
But the ride, the views, the band and dancing was well worth the price of $40 lunch tours - $75 (Saturday night) price tag, especially on a beautiful night, 3 hr tour.
Karla Trotman and Shannon Choe of Premier Baby Concierge
These two mommy bloggers business compliment each of and have become friends. Karla has Belly Button Boutique which specializes in products of comfort for pre- and postnatal women. Shannon's business is about preparing the new mom for having a baby. Such fun and unique business ventures these two mommies created.
Many of the "mommy bloggers" don't necessarily focus on their "blogs" anymore, what with raising a family, some running business', etc can now get the word out through Twitter which allows them to micro-blog. It's all very fascinating, and educational on how one can monetize their blog and branding. A few mommy bloggers on board
Gen Mom
Then it was off to dancing.
I would be surprised if the Philadelphia Belle wasn't tapped by Philly Magazine and many other media outlets, as one of the most romantic dates in Philadelphia. It's fun for friends and couples, and has some of the most beautiful views of the City from almost every point of view.

Arrow Swim Club in Northern Liberties - No Tool's Allowed- Philly Non-Stop The Scene taping

OK I have to say I was in rare form for this taping, and the voice over by I think it was Tim Furlong was hysterical. Now if I could only stop touching my face, oh and I did draw a complete blank on who was there, but thankfully I had photos.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Yesterday afternoon I finally got out and took a walk around Center City. Whenever I do that I always find stories to tell.
I Goldberg at 13th & Chestnut. As the weather gets warmer the last thing I want to think about is anything wool, but hey I do like sales.
Yesterday I had lunch with my friend Joan from Kohn, Swift & Graf (also stopped by to visit my old office mates) at McGillin's on Drury Lane. On my way to lunch I caught this crew of friends all wearing orange jackets. Today this street is going to be packed. It's a tradition for me to stop by on St Patrick's Day, but someone hired me for an event so I won't be making it this year. Also I recommend Moriarty's, Kokopelli and the Irish Pub.
Check out the Graffiti Bar sign just installed at Sampan. Today for St. Patrick's Day their drink special is Emerald Isle Martini. It will be vodka, cointreau, midori, and a splash of pineapple for $6 all day both inside and outside. The 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships are in town and the organizers have done an excellent job at directing them to the subway for their trip to the Wells Fargo Center. If you look closely the subway is wrapped in the wrestling logo and a sign that says enter hear.
I love when the ladies who lunch walk down Walnut Street dressed to the nines, which is decked out with a hat.
A new LED traffic light at Broad & Walnut
The bike rack outside of the dorms for the Art Institute.
The DoubleTree is owned by Hilton now
Broad & Spruce
PIFA starts April 7. Really check the schedule, so many amazing events. This is the 80 foot Eiffel Tower they are constructing at the Kimmel Center. Unbelievable!!
Applebee's near 15th & Locust has Line Dancing on Wednesday nights, where? Guess the 2nd floor, which was where the locker rooms were when I worked at Bookbinder's 15th Street back in the 90's. See the lobster on the railing.
Alan Rubin appearing at the Holt Cigar shop on Walnut Street 3/25/11; The clerk tells me he's new to the cigar business, but hugely popular. His cigars called Alec Bradley is the combined name for his sons.
10% of all sales bought at Joan Shepp will be donated to the American Red Cross for the people of Japan. I went in today to see if I could photograph the dress Anne Hathaway bought the other day. They only had one. Joan asked how I knew and I told her a reader who shops at her store told me. Then she said 4 significant people had read it on my blog and called her. She said do you know the power of your blog? (Sounds like a good sound bite for my advertisement campaign.)
What happened to Details? I loved that place. I know that the original owner retired and two of the girls that worked at the shop took over about 4 years ago. They opened a 2nd place at the Comcast Center. Even their website is gone. NOTICE: This domain name expired on 03/05/2011
City Paper honor boxes look brand spanking new. I think the Onion needs to go here, there's a space
New bar Xchange near 20th & Market. Sorry ass neon sign on the roof
Whisper (1712 Walnut) is having a Pickle Back special for St Patrick's Day.
Happy St. Patrick's Day. Keep it safe!! Hope it wasn't too lame of a post. I had to do my taxes tonight and it bogged me down.