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Albertson Cooking School & Yangming Restaurant Fundraising RECAP

Saturday, January 21, 2017

 Tinsel & Tine attends


By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

Michelle Leonard is a Philly Real Estate agent with 30 years of experience and a fun penchant for hats, I've never seen her hat-less! She's also a Philly-Woman-About-Town, we first met at the opening of the South Philly restaurant Me-N-Mo (click for T&T post) and then started running into each other at various events and became Facebook friends which now has lead to this post - When Michelle started gathering up a table of people to attend a fundraising dinner to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, she thoughtfully included me, as a Philly food blogger, to be one of her guests.

The event took place Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at YANGMING restaurant (1051 Conestoga Rd, Bryn Mawr, Pa 19010) which co-hosts the event each year with Albertson Cooking School. This year, restaurateur Michael Wei and his culinary staff took us on a 5 Course culinary adventure through the island nation of Taiwan. Each course was paired with an excellent wine, chosen and commented on by Jonathan Newman of Newman Wines and Spirits, the former Chairman of the PA Liquor Control Board, who instituted Chairman Select wine picks at Pennsylvania Wine Shoppes.

Lu-Gang Five Willow Black Bass Paired with Pinot Noir, Firestone, Santa Rita Hills 2013

I asked Jonathan how long it took him to pair a wine with each of the courses and what does he look for when pairing - spices? texture? bringing out a flavor or diminishing one? He said it only took him a few hours to find the complement to each dish, and yes to all of the above, when deciding on a wine pairing.

Until this dinner, I don't believe I'd every eaten food from Taiwan. I'm not sure if I ever considered how it compares or contrasts from other Asian dishes.  Here's what Maggie Hiufu Wong wrote in her article "45 Taiwanese Foods We Can't Live Without":
The island's food is a mash-up of the cuisine of the Min Nan, Teochew and Hokkien Chinese communities, along with Japanese cooking. It's a culinary love-in with diversely delicious offspring. Arguments about the best food on Taiwan risk ruining relationships and lifelong friendships. Food: it's serious, it's respected, it's all excellent in Taiwan. READ MORE

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Movie Blog Post: 20th Century Women

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Tinsel & Tine's Look at Mike Mill's Mother
20th Century Women

By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

Writer/Director Mike Mill’s semi-autobiographical movie 20th Century Women stars Annette Bening as Dorothea Fields a late in life mother raising a 15 year-old son, Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) in the late 1970’s in Santa Barbara CA. Their home purchased at auction was once a sprawling Victorian mansion, but is now barely livable, however little by little Dorothea is restoring the home with the help of a border William (Billy Crudup) a hippy who also restores vintage cars, he once tried to live on a commune but found that lifestyle too far out even for him. Dorethea wants Jamie and William to be friends, since her son’s father is barely every present in Jamie’s life, she worries that he needs a male connection; but the two don’t hit it off.

So she decides to change tactics and enlist the help of another border, Abbie (Greta Gerwig) a photographer, feminist with dyed red hair tinged with fuchsia. And also Jamie’s childhood friend, a 17 year-old Julie (Elle Fanning) who Jamie is now interested in romantically, yet despite constant sleep overs in Jamie's bed and many sexual exploits with other boys in school, Julie wants things between she and Jamie to remain platonic.

In the six months before principal photography, Mills plied Bening with character aids including family photographs, jewelry (Bening wears his mother's bracelet onscreen) and cultural touchstones he hoped would inform her performance. "He gave me movies to watch, Stage Door and Humphrey Bogart movies. I talked to his sister, who's an astrological reader. And Mike and I talked about his mom a lot. Endlessly. We're still talking about his mom," she says with a laugh. Fanning's homework for her role involved reading the 1978 psycho-spirituality best-seller The Road Less Traveled and highlighting the passages her character would have found most fascinating. Crudup's preparation to play the sweet-natured burnout handyman entailed learning pottery, repairing vintage Volkswagen Bugs and apprenticing with a building contractor. READ MORE by Chris Lee The Hollywood Reporter 

The director’s bigger misstep, however, is attempting to take on seemingly every aspect of human existence. Obviously, there are women’s issues: fertility, the introduction of home pregnancy tests, the key to sexual pleasure, and, in one particularly uncomfortable dinner scene, menstruation. But Mills also covers loneliness, life expectations, the impending internet, fear of commitment, Y2K, illness—the list goes on... READ MORE by Tricia Olszewski Washington City Paper

T&T Does Not Agree... All these topics fit into the story and tone of the movie, I never felt it was reaching to do too much.

Mike Mill’s also wrote and directed Beginners (click for T&T post) in 2011, which was also semi-autobiographical starring Ewan Macgregor as a son dealing with his 70 year-old father coming out as a gay man. That role won Christopher Plummer a Best Supporting Oscar.

Annette Bening (Grifters, Bugsy, American Beauty, Being Julia, The Kids Are All Right & most recently Rules Don’t Apply)  “I’m always trying to get out of clichés of portraits of women,” Ms. Bening said over kale and eggs on a December morning at the Bowery Hotel in New York, adding that she is uninterested in “idealizing women” because “that’s so boring.”  READ MORE  by Logan Hill The New York Times

Bening has two more movies coming out this year. Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool with Jamie Bell (Tin Tin & Billy Elliot) based on the memoir of British actor Peter Turner and follows his passionate relationship with an older eccentric Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame. Then she also plays a fading actress (Irina Arkadina) in an adaptation of a Cheov play The Seagull which also stars Saoirse (Ser-sha) Ronan (Brooklyn), who is also in Greta Gerwig’s (Frances Ha, Mistress America, Maggie’s Plan currently Jackie) movie and directorial debut due out later this year, a high school comedy called Lady Bird.

Bottom line: Annette Bening has a very nuanced role in 20th Century Women, on the one hand she’s a Birkenstock wearing liberal, who is open to the changing world; and on the other, she’s a product of a more conservative time when parents didn’t really allow their children to really get to know them. She very interested in Jamie’s well-being and how his world is being shaped, but all Jamie really wants to know is how his mother feels about her own life and that’s just off-limits to him and the other characters who seem to take turns trying to analyze Dorothea - “Wondering if you’re happy is just a great shortcut to being depressed.” 

T & T's LAMB (movie bloggers association) Score: 3 outta 5

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Greeting Cards Making A Come Back


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In spike Jonze's futuristic movie HER Joaquin Phoenix's character has a job writing personal letters for people who love the idea of corresponding the old-fashioned way but don't have time to put pen to paper. My friend Ira "Wally" Wolins' new business, Touch of Heart Greeting Cards, puts me in mind of this movie, because he too has found a market for people who still enjoy sending real, tactile greeting cards, but they want to send something original with a touch of humor and a touch of heart.

While in between jobs, Ira helped me to procure sponsors and giveaways for Tinsel & Tine. Now he's a client!  I'm glad he went on to pursue an outlet of his own. He's always had a wonderful artistic sense and wacky sense of humor, so it's perfect that he found a business that incorporates both.  The cards are all handmade, so although the card sentiment may be used again, each card is a unique work of art.

I asked Ira a little bit more about when he started drawing:

I started drawing as a pre-schooler when my mother dragged me along with her to get her hair done at the local beauty parlor on Castor Avenue every Wednesday. The beehive look was alive and well at the time. She would hand me a tablet pad of paper and a pen which would keep me busy while she sat under a dryer to set her hairdo.

As I got older, I still drew on tablet paper and my father once accidentally grabbed one page that I drew on and placed an ad in "Popular Coins" magazine to sell some loose coins. The magazine publisher noticed my single panel sketch and asked my dad if I'd be interested in creating a coin cartoon strip in exchange for a subscription to the publication. That was my first published artwork at age fourteen.

I always enjoy making homemade greeting cards for family and friends until  last year I was persuaded by co-workers to create them for market. In addition to making selections of cards for birthdays, anniversaries and get well cards, I can customize cards for people who get invited to weddings or parties to make their greeting card special by personalizing them.

You can purchase Touch of Heart Greeting Cards
via Ira's Facebook Virtual Store 

Here's some examples of Touch of Heart Greeting Cards to send to your Sweetheart for Valentine's Day! 

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is about discovering what I find pleasing in screening & eating - in case you missed it, the name is a play on Tinseltown using the Tines of a Fork.

Feel free to send me info on a film or new restaurant you'd like me to highlight.

Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?
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