Where should we travel to next?

For the past couple months, I have featured (mostly) recipes from different countries, and so far we’ve been to Mexico and Morocco (well, kind of). This is a new project I started to highlight flavors from around the world, and honestly, to give my content some focus and consistency.

around the world

As July is coming to a close, it’s time to decide where we will go for August. And I’d love to hear from you – my readers! Continue reading “Where should we travel to next?”

The beautiful world of gingerbread houses

Ever since I was young, I have enjoyed making gingerbread houses. They are a wonderful part of the holiday season and can be beautiful to look at as well as tempting to eat. Actually, saying that kind of reminds me of Hansel and Gretel.

I remember making my first variations with graham crackers and a  milk carton that I decorated with as much candy as possible. Over the years (and helping my mom), the level of gingerbread architecture increased. But, I have never created a master piece as the ones I recently saw on display in the Shops at Liberty Place. The following buildings (house is no longer an appropriate description of what you’re about to see) are modeled after Fairmount Park Historic Sites and are created by local pastry chefs. They will be on display through Nov. 30.

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One night with Les Nubians

“Music is every moment of our lives” Hélène Faussart – Les Nubians “Our music is a bridge where people can meet, dance, love and create…” Célia Faussart – Les Nubians Yes, you read right. You only get one night (4/21) with the inventive and glamorous Afropean sounds of Les Nubians. This French/ Cameroonian, Grammy® Nominated sister duo is known for their distinctive and unique sound that embodies the vibrations of Miriam Makeba, Ella Fitzgerald, Doudou N’diaye Rose, Fela Kuti, Edith Piaf, The Fugees, and Soul II Soul. Part of the acclaimed Red Hot & Riot Collective, Les Nubians blaze the … Continue reading One night with Les Nubians

Free to be

What does it mean to be free? You might include the freedom of expression and ability to pursue aspects of life that make you happy and allow you to contribute to society. At times, when you enjoy such a concept of freedom it can be easy to forget many people have had to fight and struggle so that we can live the lives we do.

The fact is that not all aspects of history are documented and told to the masses. Leaving stories untold can often lead to a one-sided view of history. However, there are people dedicated to learning about and telling those untold stories. During the rest of PIFA (we’re in the seventh day of the takeover) and through September 4, 2011, the African American Museum in Philadelphia will explore the unique experiences of African Americans who lived and created art in Paris. Continue reading “Free to be”

PIFA Couture

I’m sure by now, you are starting to get excited about all the events to come to Philly in the PIFA take over that commences on April 7. Not only will these amazing events last for three weeks, but the opening weekend is one you won’t want to miss.

In my last post dedicated to PIFA, I introduced you to Drexel’s Brave New World of Fashion. Continuing with the wonderful topic of fashion, April 8 provides you the opportunity to experience the only night of PIFA Couture, a Paris-inspired runway show in the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza. Continue reading “PIFA Couture”

Brave New World of fashion

Photo courtesy of PIFA

When speaking of culture and art, fashion is an aspect that cannot be forgotten. Fashion is also a reflection and expression of exploration and rebellion against previous styles or sometimes a revisit to great decades of the past.

This was no different in the tumultuous  years between 1911 and 1919 in Paris; a time of unparalleled inspiration, excitement and creativity in the arts and fashion. As its contribution to the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Art & Design presents the exhibit Brave New World: Fashion and Freedom, 1911 – 1919 in the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery from April 7 – May 7. Continue reading “Brave New World of fashion”

Museum without walls

Do you enjoy going on guided museum tours, but could do without the large groups or having to follow someone else’s time? Or maybe, with the onset of spring, the idea of being indoors takes away from the lure and excitement of warmer weather.

Well, the Fairmount Park Art Association has come up with a solution. In honor of the Philadelphia International Festival of the ArtsMuseum Without Walls™: Audio allows enthusiasts to download a free tour (to any device of your choice and 24 hours a day) of 36 works of art and sculptures starting at the LOVE sculpture and ending at Kelly Drive. Each stop on the tour is narrated by unique voices of people who are connected to each piece, either by knowledge or experience. Continue reading “Museum without walls”