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International Women's Day in Bala Cynwyd
I was invited to attend a Women's Day event at the Cynwyd Station Cafe and Tea Room, an idyllic coffee house located on the platform of the Septa Cynwyd Train Station. The theme for this International Women's Day gathering was Micro-Entrepreneurship, so every woman in the room got a chance to talk about their business or their dreams for their business/passionate pursuit.  I can't feature everyone who attended in one post, but here's a sampling of the attendees... READ MORE
Me 'N' Mo located on 2nd & South is new to The South Street Headhouse District. This Italian restaurant specializes in six to eight varieties of hand-rolled meatballs every single day, made from beef, pork, lamb, chicken, veggie, with a rotating special. I got to try, well, try implies I took a bite - I ate 6 or more meatballs, each with its own sauce, along with a generous portion of perfectly weighted Gnocci, all enjoyed with fresh baked focaccia bread READ MORE

The party and magazine features actress/hostess Ornella Fado of "Brindiamo". The TV Series Brindiamo is celebrating its 10th season showcasing the finest authentic Italian restaurants around the world, as well as Italy's regional cuisine, travel destinations and celebrities. The event took place at Palladino's on Passyunk, Chef Luke Paladino's newest venture, coming over the bridge from Jersey to establish himself in South Philly. READ MORE

The fundraising event being promoted at this pre-event is called Show Off Your Purse- N- ality to be held February 7, 2015 (3-6pm) at the Marriott Philadelphia. The event is a designer purse auction (live and silent) with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment, door prizes and fun! Sounds like an event for the ladies, but fellas... a) hot women love designer bags. b) the event takes place a week before Valentine's Day, so if you're not single, you can shop for your lady! All proceeds benefit OIC of America. READ MORE

My favorite food stand is the WANDERING WAFFLE this is the second year at the Christmas Village for Clementine (the owner) and her scrumptious waffle bites.The batter before it goes on the waffle iron looks like cookie dough and is actually imported from Belgium. The secret ingredient being the bead like little sugar granules called sugar pearls. I'm very impressed with The Wandering Waffle's packaging - it's not only attractive but works great, our waffle bites stayed warm quite a while and I love the dip dispenser on the top!

But what would the medium of film be without technology? Well, it simply wouldn't exist. Which is why the 8th Annual Philadelphia Independent Film Festival joining Philly Tech Week 2015 makes perfect sense! I got a chance to talk to PIFF founder, Benjamin Barnett now that the festival has officially been moved from June to April 17-25, 2015. There was much excitement in Ben's voice as we discussed this highly anticipated blending of art and technology. READ MORE

Couch Fest is a cozy shorts film fest that brings world-class short movies out of the cinema and into non-traditional venues like living rooms, boats, offices, and more--all over the world, all on the same day. Upon learning about it, I contacted the host for Philadelphia, Nicole Ayers of Madlab Entertainment for an interview... 
T&T: How did you hear about Couch Fest? READ MORE

The 3rd Annual Founders' Reception was held at the Philadelphia Business & Technology Center Penthouse; Catered by Mia and Me and hosted by NBC 10's Brittney Shipp. The evening is both a fundraiser and a celebration of the West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution's WesGold Fellows Internship (WGF), an 8 week program which brings Philadelphia inner city high school students into the world of business, finance, real estate development, networking and effective communication. READ MORE

Tinsel & Tine was invited to sample more great food in Philly at the Ya Gotta Try This Tasting Party to benefit Second Chance Foundation.
The event took place at the Independence Visitor Center, (One North Independence Mall) and was chaired by Second Chance Foundation Board of  Director Mike Jerrick host of Fox 29′s Good Day Philadelphia. Local readers may be familiar with Mike's weekly "Ya Gotta Try This" segments on Good Day Philadelphia, where he visits local restaurants and eating establishments to try their signature, and sometimes, unusual, dishes... READ MORE

Tinsel & Tine was invited as a VIP Guest to attend this open-air runway show to celebrate the best of the best of the South Street Headhouse District's (Philadelphia) boutiques, with clothes and accessories that went from day to night for both men and women. READ MORE
Diner En Blanc featuring Tulip Clothing Line  (Pop Up Gala / New Fashion Brand)
So happy we didn't get rained out of Diner en Blanc last night! The evening was perfection. A visual feast for the eyes and our real feast  Garces picnic dinner  was delightful. But most importantly, my dress by Tulip Clothing Line was a hit!  READ MORE

Debbie Allen graciously gave a free "Inside the Actors Studio" type visit to Philly at International House on July 2, 2014. Full of saucy humor and passion, Ms. Allen lectured on creativity, her life's journey, what it means to be an artist, her relationship with her sister Phylicia Rashād, the 18 years it took to get AMISTAD made and so much more...READ MORE

Started by John Hall, 25 years ago, upon his return from traveling throughout Europe. Goose Island Beer is currently on a Migration tour to visit beer loving cities in the US and one of the first stops of course, was Philly! READ MORE

Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-Off (South Street Headhouse District)
I was invited to the 3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off presented by South Street Headhouse District in conjunction with Hot Diggity held on July 19, 2014, 1-4pm, under the Headhouse Square Shambles (2nd/Pine). Twenty of the region’s top restaurants and chefs went grill-to-grill in the ultimate hot dog competition. There were 20 different hot dogs with tasty inventive toppings. READ MORE

Vendy Awards 2014 (Food Truck Awards)
The Vendys (currently celebrating 10 years) are like the Golden Globes for Street Vendors - fun, informal, plenty of alcohol, good eats, and at the same time, a very coveted honor! The competition takes places in New York and Los Angeles with Philadelphia having joined in 4 years ago.  This was my first year covering the event... READ MORE

Brazilian Barbecue (International House Philadelphia)
This past Saturday I was invited to partake of a Brazilian BBQ at International House Philadelphia @ihousephilly - what I love even more than smoked and seasoned meats, is the fact that now that I live in West Philly, IHouse (37th & Chestnut Streets) is part of my neighborhood! READ MORE

World Cup Launch Party (Philly Phaithful & Live, Breath Futbol)
I'm moving into West Philly next week from Mt. Airy in an effort to be closer to happenings in Center City and the outlying areas. I'm hoping a shorter commute will allow me to cover more events, events like this one that kicked off my Memorial Weekend. The Philly Phaithful Launch Party for the World Cup Collection by Live, Breathe, Futbol. READ MORE

 (City of Hope)
If you read this blog frequently, you know I mention cake quite a lot. I'm a self-confessed cake-aholic, but I'm also a cake snob.  I don't want just anything with icing on it, and in fact, it is crucial that the icing not be too sweet, too thick and preferably only on top. It's difficult to put into words what constitutes good cake, it's like describing a sunset or an orgasm, you just know it when you're in the moment of it. READ MORE

(Philly Magazine|FooBooz Restaurant Expo)
So if you follow me on social media at all, you will have noticed I created a mini campaign leading up to Foobooz | Philadelphia Magazine's Philly Cooks event, which sold out!  The event was held Wed 2/19 at The Marriott Hotel at 12th & Market Sts. I'm glad I got the opportunity to market this event as there are so many restaurants in Philly I know nothing about, many of which participated in Philly Cooks; this way, I got a chance to at least get a glimpse into their specialties and restaurant backgrounds. READ MORE

Cheese Ball II (Madame Fromage, Cheese Courtesan)
Last Saturday I went to cover a Cheese Ball!  Which makes you think of those nutty balls of cheddar cheese from Hickory Farms we eat at Christmastime.  This however, was a party where everyone brings cheese to sample or a spread for cheese or something to spread the cheese upon. It was held in the Northern Liberties area at the Ruba Club (416 Green St., Phila, PA 19123). The brainchild of Cheese Coutesan and expert Tenaya Darlington, better known as Madame Fromage! READ MORE

Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll (Mt. Airy, Philadelphia Restaurant Tour)
"Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll" (Formerly Mt. Airy Night Market) will dish up tasty bites and unique beverages from 45 food trucks, carts and local restaurants on Thursday, September 19, 2013, from 6:00pm -10:30pm. The evening will also feature festivities like crafts, jewelry, kids yoga, temporary Kadillac Tattoos, large screen simulcast of the Eagles vs. Kansas City Chiefs game and live entertainment, all stationed along Germantown Ave., between Sedgwick and W. Mt. Airy Avenues. READ MORE

Director / Actor Interviews

Testimonial - see original on Doradus Site 
Fernando J. Scarpa(Writer/Director Doradus)
I got the opportunity to interview Fernando in the lobby of his Philadelphia hotel (The Alexander Inn) following the screening of his film; he was quite excited by the audience's reaction, as this was his first opportunity to watch the film with the public.  I asked him to further explain the meaning behind "Doradus"; there's a lovely rendering in the film of a city reminiscent of Agra in India, created by the story board artist William LippincottREAD MORE

Meagan Good & Michael Ealy (Actors)
Meagan was in person (look at our great pic together), she's just lovely and almost zen. I got to ask her a couple of questions starting with... "You seem to be very much at peace with yourself and how you handle this industry and competition among other females. First & foremost I know you attribute it to your relationship with God, but do you also read books on spirituality? And if so, which ones do you recommend? " READ MORE

Carlos Saldanha (Director)
By Tinsel & Tine Blog Contributor: Rashaun “DJ Reezey” Williams
Take my word for it, Carlos Saldanha’s Rio 2 is certain to make your family do 3 things: laugh, dance and think! (Featuring the voices of : Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Kristin Chenoweth, Jamie Foxx & Miguel Ferrer).  READ MORE

Marlon Wayans (Actor/Writer/Comedian)
 By Tinsel & Tine Blog Contributor: Christopher “Flood the Drummer®” Norris
“All the Wayans have a certain flavor of comedy,” Marlon tells me, citing his blend as “a spicy crispy” that may “burn your mouth.” Marlon’s older sister Kim calls him “desperate” and he, without argument, would agree. “I will go to wild places to make people laugh. I don’t give a fuck; I just want to have fun.”  READ MORE

Rob Minkoff (Director)
Tinsel & Tine Intro: It's nice having a staff, wish I could pay them, but at least when I can't cover an interview or event, it's fun to be able to send someone who I know will represent Tinsel & Tine as I would. For the interview with the director of DreamWorks Animation's Mr. Peabody & Sherman,Rob Minkoff, T&T was represented by both Candace "Candi's Corner" Cordelia and Draw-tographer Diane Roka. Thank you Ladies! READ MORE

Malcolm D. Lee (Director)
If you are black and living on earth you've seen the movie The Best Man at some point in your life. In fact, How many times have you watched it over the last 14 Years? (comments welcome).
Thus making the sequel a much anticipated movie event! And I can unequivocally say it was worth the wait  - The Best Man Holiday not only serves these beloved characters in heart and truth and spirit, but is also sure to become an annual Christmas Classic. READ MORE

Yaya Alafia (DaCosta) (Actress)
I first took note of Yaya in my post on the movie The Kids Are All Right (2010). And although she'd been in Take the Lead with Alfre Woodard prior to that, and has worked steadily in TV, film and stage since, with formidable players like - Leslie UggamsVanessa Williams and Rubin Santiago Hudson, it wasn't until 2 weeks ago that she came to my notice again - that being Neil Drumming's Big Words, starring opposite Dorian Missick, who was at The BlackStar Film Festival(Aug 1-4) promoting another film; when I brought up Yaya's name to him, his face lit up, saying they go back a good decade as friends.  READ MORE

Leroy McClain(Actor, The Happy Sad)
So here's yet another coincidence,  I saw the film The Happy Sad during QFEST (Philly's LGBT film festival) and went to the after party, where I talked to one of the stars of the movie LeRoy McClain.  I remember thinking, I should be interviewing him, but it's too loud in here and I'm sure he just wants to chill right now.  I started to give him my card and ask him to contact me later for an interview, but I let the moment pass.  Skip to a month later, my sister Lauren who's a Media & Cultural Trend Analyst (see website), happens to socially meet Timothy Yates who runs public relations firm PR Studio USA, which just so happens to represent the very same actor.  My sister mentioned Tinsel & Tine to Yates, and viola - interview with LeRoy McClainREAD MORE

Product Reviews

Ozery Bakery Morning Rounds & Uniquely Greek Feta Cheese Spreads Product Reviews

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. Hope the respective companies don't mind, but it's my blog and no one is paying me, so guess it doesn't matter if they do mind :)


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Past Interviews

Jim Cocoliato Epic Boys Production (Producers)
Lloyd Booker (Actor)
Dave Bullis (Producer)
Casper Andreas (Actor/Director)
Scud (Filmmaker)
Steve Janas "The Tolltaker" (Filmmaker) 
Morgan Spurlock  (Doc Filmmaker)
Tom McCarthy  (Director)

Past Events

PNAA Presents: Josh Piven's No Reservations (Pre-show reception)
AGNO Grill UNI Fundraiser Recap (Fundraiser)
Eviama Life Green Spa & Boutique
Collingswood Pop Up Gala / Battle of the Burger (Events)
Thali Too, Oaxaca Kitchen & Thali  (Connecticut Tasting Tour)
Greater Philadelphia Film Office (GPFO) 25th Annivsry & Sun Center Studios Opening
LunaFest Shorts Film Festival (Charitable Event)
Ambler Theater's Babette's Feast (Member Event)
City Tavern- Epicurean Event (Charitable Event)

Food Truck Profiles

4th Annual Philly Vendy Awards  (Food Trust & The Street Vendor Project) Philly Food Truck: Prime Stache (Events Coordinator Michael Funkhauser)
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)
Montauk Food Truck: The Ditch Witch (Surfer/Owner Grant Monahan)
Philly Food Truck: Farm Truck (Chefs/Oweners Eliot & Kris)

Restaurant Owners

Tom Brandt (Restaurant and Theater Owner)
City Tavern's Epicurean Feast (Charitable Event)
Jay Willard (Dandelion Restaurant) 
Flying Saucer Cafe  (Madeline Deheza Hoefer Owner)


Collingswood Food Swap (Homemade Wine & Spirits)
Sparkle Plenty Design Inc (Decorative Apparel)
Style Maniac (Lifestyle Blog)
Homebrewing with Melissa (Hobbyist)
Andi Oakes (Dipping The Vine) (Proprietor)
The Bicycle Chef (Diner en Blanc)(Stylish Event)
Eric Bresler (Cinedelphia)(Editor)
Janine Kalesis  (Food Stylists)

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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


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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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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