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Philly Spotlight: VENDY AWARDS Recap 2015

Friday, July 3, 2015

 Highlight: Vendy Awards Philadelphia 2015

This was my 2nd year attending the Philadelphia Vendy Awards (click for T&T 2014). And although I knew I had a big wedding to go to that evening, I still made a pig of myself and tried something from almost every booth.  But how else are you going to vote honestly otherwise?

The Vendy Awards is an annual (5th Annual for Philly) street food competition series that determines the “best of the best” in street food. Each year thousands of guests eagerly purchase tickets to sample food from publicly nominated vendors. The winners are chosen by event ticket holders as well as a panel of celebrity judges that includes chefs, television personalities and city officials. Proceeds benefit The Food Trust and The Philadelphia Mobile Food Association.
This year's competing trucks included:

VendyCup Contestants@foolishwaffles @MomMomNomNom @ButterFoodTruck @mixinbowltruck 

Rookie of the year Contestants - @Philly_Fry @SeoulFullPhilly @JerrysFoodTruck @RigatonisMobile @LasOlasPhilly

Dessert Contestants - @Sweetlavender14 @UndrgrndDonuts @jimmiescupcakes @LusciousBakery @cakeladeee

Here's a little slideshow from the Philadelphia Vendy Awards, with COMMENTARY and TINE RATINGS: (Excellent - 4 Tines / * Great - 3 Tines  / * Good - 2 Tines / * Fair - 1 Tine / * Poor - Tarnished ) Be sure to listen with the music and choose full screen!

Note: shortly after I arrived, I must have dripped something on my lens, but I didn't realize, as I was taking pictures blindly with the sun too bright to see my screen. So anything with a little blurry spot is not because I was trying to pixelate.

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While You're Here Check Out T&T Food Truck Profiles On:

Montauk Food Truck: The Ditch Witch (Surfer/Owner Grant Monahan)
Philly Food Truck: Dia Doce Cupcakes (Chef/Owner Thais da Silva)
Philly Food Truck: Surf and Turf (Chef/Owner Adam Browne)
Philly Food Truck: Samosa Deb (Chef/Owner Debbie Dasani)
Philly Food Truck: Farm Truck (Chefs/Oweners Eliot & Kris)
Philly Food Truck: Prime Stache (Owner Brent Celek)

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MAGIC MIKE XXL: Review and Interview with Stephen "tWitch" Boss at Sofitel Philadelphia

Monday, June 29, 2015

2012's Magic Mike (click for T&T post) took most of us by surprise.  Sure, Steven Soderbergh is an amazing director, but it just seemed like such a throwaway summer movie concept - well, we were wrong - it turned out to be a pretty darn good movie, Matthew McConaughey was fantastic and for those of us who didn't know Channing Tatum's background, we were amazed by his moves. Three years later we're given the sequel and this one, under the direction of Gregory Jacobs with it's very loose plot and limited dialogue is more or less a throwaway, but a really HOT, SEXY, SUPER FUN summer movie!

 I saw it in the afternoon with about a dozen other female journalists/press/bloggers and it felt like a party in the theater and in the lobby after the screening. It was so hard to go back to work.  I just wanted to go do shots and find a Channing Tatum look-a-like to pick me up, turn me over and stand on his head between my legs...

Brief T&T Synopsis:  The guys from Xquisite (Kings of Tampa) are back! Big Dick Richie (Joe Manganiello), Ken (Matt Bomer), Tito (Adam Rodriguez), Tarzan (Kevin Nash) and Tobias (Gabriel Iglesias). McConaughey's character Dallas has left them on their own. He's taken "The Kid" and started a new act in a foreign land. Seeing as none of these guys are the type to take over the business, they decide the only thing to do is give up stripping (male entertainment) and start new lives, but first they want just one more blow out show to go out on a high note. The best place to do this is at the Strippers Convention in Myrtle Beach. Mike (Tatum) has been gone for 3 years. He's started his own furniture design business and is living life like a grown up. The guys, traveling in a Food Truck (very reminiscent of Jon Favreau's Chef - click for T&T post)stop to see Mike on their way to Myrtle Beach; he decides to hit the road with them, leading to male bonding, fighting, non-sense and meeting people along the way, your typical road trip movie stuff. Things get really good when they make a stop at a "Gentlemen's Club" in Savannah run by Rome (Jada Pinkett Smith) who is AWESOME! she had big shoes to fill as the MC and she kills it!.

This is also where we meet Malik (Stephen "tWitch" Boss)...

Stephen tWitch Boss & Tinsel & Tine Editor, Le Anne Lindsay

And this is where we go into my interview with the young dancer/actor, as I got a chance to sit down with tWitch at the Sofitel Hotel (120 S 17th St) in Philadelphia.

We talked about the mirror dance he does with Tatum in the movie -  the perks of being a DJ on "Ellen" - What he likes to eat when he goes home to Alabama  and more...

He seems like a grounded guy, always willing to give credit to others, the type of person you're happy to see things happening for!    
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 "What can I say, I like cake"

T &T's LAMB Score: 4 outta 5 Lambs

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Film Bite: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The exotic after school snacks makes for a funny bit in the movie


By  Tinsel & Tine Editor, Le Anne Lindsay

I've looked at three interviews with Jesse Andrews, the writer of both the book and screenplay of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and no where does he say that it's based on a true story, so I assume it's work of fiction; however, the basis of the film seems to ring true to me. It's easy to imagine that as a senior in high school, perhaps he was able to fly under the radar of all the cliques, by knowing at least one member of each cliques. And that his semi-anonymous status was ruined after his mother made him befriend a neighbor's daughter recently diagnosed with Leukemia.  Even the funny, terrible movie parodies, based on classic films with titles like Eyes Wide Butt, 2:48 Cowboy, My Dinner with Andre the Giant and A Sockwork Orange, could have been something a budding writer could have come up with as a kid.... Well, whether based on truth of fully fabricated, director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's film works on many levels as it's a coming-of-age, buddy flick, high school movie, tearjerker, and inventive indie rolled into one.

Comparisons of course are being made between Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and The Fault in Our Stars (click for T&T post) They're both books/movies aimed at a young adult audience using humor to defuse the bleakness of staring mortality in the face at such a young age.  But Fault is a straight up story about falling in love and Earl tries to pretend it's not.

Below is a video with the young cast (Olivia Cooke, Thomas Mann & RJ Cyler ) discussing their roles,working together and what they hope people will take away from the movie:
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T &T's LAMB Score: 3. 5 outta 5

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Videographer Oliver Gallini 5 min short featuring organic-chemist-turned-chef, Townsend Wentz, who got his start at The Four Seasons Philadelphia.

Food n Film: CHOCOLAT

Food n Film: CHOCOLAT
If you’re a foodie movie lover who saw Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred Foot Journey (see T&T post), this summer you may be wondering what delicious visual journey might be awaiting you in the theater next. Well, how about a look back at his film Chocolat (2000), which stars French actress Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp. Hallström’s has a special talent for turning cooking into a dramatic movie journey...READ MORE


...young Hassan, a soulful-eyed boy with lush, thick eye lashes, places his face into the sea urchin basket, and breathes in the exotic briny scent. He sticks his fingers into the aquatic ooze, takes it to his mouth and is transfixed by the taste. The vendor, oblivious to the thrusting arms of frenzied women, notices the boy and realizes he is the only one worthy of this oceanic prize; he is the one who can “truly taste.” ... READ MORE

Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA

Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA
Personally, I like the unevenness of it, because I fell in love with the post World War II, Parisian sights, sounds, food and romance between Julia and Paul. I always felt a bit jarred back into reality when the scenes returned to Julie's meltdowns and cramped kitchen.READ POST

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE
Six months into my 38th year of this life, I had my first panic attack. I didn't know that's what it was until months later. Symptom after symptom starting piling up on me until there were days I could no longer move my arms or neck. The doctors told me I was suffering from an auto-immune condition that they felt was most likely Lupus. And so began my much deeper journey and exploration into the world of spirit, alternative medicine, yoga, meditation and Eat, Pray, Love. READ POST


With a film like this, food plays a main character in the story and I was lucky enough to get an interview with the film's Food Stylist, Janine Kalesis.READ POST

Food n Film: WAITRESS

Food n Film: WAITRESS
In this 2007 film, Keri Russell stars as Jenna - a desolate diner waitress seeking solace in the art of pie-making. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, she’s eager to escape her husband and her small-town hell and sets about to make a run for it by entering an out of town pie baking contest. READ POST


Those of us in attendance were not only given the opportunity to see Babette's Feast, the Oscar winning, Danish film, considered one of the all-time great "food films"; we also got to taste Babette's menu! READ POST

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25 TO LIFE chronicles the story of William Brawner, a young man who kept his HIV positive status a secret for over twenty-five years. Now, William seeks redemption from his promiscuous past as he embarks on a new phase of life with his wife who is HIV Negative. We journey with William and his family as he struggles to carve out an open and honest future. 25 TO LIFE is supported by Sundance Institute, Cinereach, The GoodPitch, IFP, Firelight Media Lab, and Tribeca All Access and is the 2014 American Black Film Festival Grand Prize Jury winner. "25 to Life" Opens December 1, 2014 - World AIDS Day

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Ozery Bakery Morning Rounds & Uniquely Greek Feta Spreads

Ozery Bakery Morning Rounds & Uniquely Greek Feta Spreads
Tinsel & Tine got an offer to review two nutritious, delicious, free from artificial preservative products at the same time. Products which just so happened to compliment each other, so I decided to do a combo post. READ POST

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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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