Foodie Blog Post: NEMI MEXICAN RESTAURANT + BAR in Philly

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Foodie Blog site - New Restaurant in Philadelphia
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Bar and Restaurant

By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

Got a chance to check out NEMI a new Mexican (Latin American Fusion) restaurant and bar in Port Richmond, Philadelphia (right off Girard Exit from 95). This upscale neighborhood spot opened the weekend between Christmas and New Years. In Spanish, “Nemi” is an expression that stands for life, adventure, and the courage to live all-out and seize the day. That's a lot for a restaurant to live up to, but I have to say, my first visit did fill me with a desire to return and explore more super chulo culinary delights.

Here's a brief taste:

Tinsel & Tine Review NEMI Mexican Restaurant

Best to go now, because as soon as this places catches on it's not going to be easy to get a table in the intimate downstairs bar/dining area.

NEMI Mexican Bar Menu
NEMI's bar menu is a mixology wet dream - I tried the MEZCALITA Margarita - banhezmezcal + fresh lemon juice + raw sugar syrup + ginger

Tinsel & Tine Restaurant Highlight NEMI Mexican

I went with the SOPA DE FRIJOLES, it was savory and done to perfection for what they were going for, but I prefer a more traditional thick black bean soup with cheese on the top. I know that's pedestrian thinking, but... Next time I'd try the SOPA AZTECA, which I was told is a heartier soup.

Tinsel & Tine Restaurant Highlight NEMI Mexican Fuertes

For  my main course I went with the  ENCHILADAS ROJAS nice blend of spices, very filling, the slightly smoky flavored red sauce made them above the usual.

Nemi Mexican in Port Richmond Philadelphia
Marilyn Johnson who runs the best, long-running Philly Foodie site Philly Grub and I went together along with her husband David.  They both went with the Tacos.  The Pork Belly cooking takes 2 days to prepare for these tacos.

NEMI Restaurant open for private events
NEMI's upstairs area for the time being, is reserved for private events.

NEMI Restaurant and Bar in Philadelphia Owners
 NEMI Mexican Bar and Restaurant has 3 Owners:
Jasper Alivia formerly of Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar & Sabrina's Cafe
 Alejandro Fuentes & Jesus Garcia (not pictured) both formerly of Lucha Cartel. Also pictured our excellent server Maty, so knowledgeable, at first I thought she was one of the owners.

Tres Leches (Milk Cake) at Nemi Mexican

 Finally, for dessert I went with the Tres Leches (Milk Cake) this is the only kind of wet cake I enjoy- have always hated Tiramisu and rum cake, but milk cake, particularly this one, is light, cold and refreshing.

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Movie Blog Post: UNTOGETHER by filmmaker Emma Forrest

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Jemima Kirke and Jamie Dornan in UNTOGETHER
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By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

I was offered a screener to check out writer/director Emma Forrest's feature debut UNTOGETHER starring real-life sisters - Jemima Kirke , (HBO's GIRLS & painter), Lola Kirke (Noah Baumbach’s MISTRESS AMERICA & singer), Jamie Dornan (FIFTY SHADES trilogy) Ben Mendelsohn (Netflix series BLOODLINES and upcoming CAPTAIN MARVEL) and the one and only Billy Crystal.

It's a moment in time type movie that centers around the romances of two sisters, Andrea (Jemima) & Tara (Lola). Andrea made a name for herself as a very young, successful author of a best selling novel, but that was a couple years ago; now she's been in a more or less self-destructive phase, struggling to write. She wears vintage early 60's "Mad Men" type outfits and sports pretty pink hair.
It seems the other sister, Tara, inherited a pretty nice LA house from their deceased father, and Andrea has recently come to live there with her sister. Tara also lives with Martin (Mendelsohn) her older, has been, Australian rocker boyfriend. You get the impression they've been together for about a year or so and for him the relationship is still in full bloom, despite not being able to concentrate on a blow job, in an opening scene, while watching their cat service himself. Tara, on the other hand, is restless in their relationship and is annoyed by the smallest things Martin says or does.

The film begins with Coitus interruptus for Andrea too, as her partner is singing during their encounter to prevent himself from coming too quickly, but this is a turn off for her and she shuts it down. Not dramatically, as you get the impression this would have been the 2nd or 3rd time for the couple this evening. She stays to converse with this one night stand, who is Nick, (Dornan) a medical doctor who recently had a memoir published about his time serving in the Middle East and the woman he loved and lost there. The book is very successful, making Nick the new "It" author of the moment; a fact that both attracts and repels him to Andrea.

And so goes it, it's a personal film with minimal plot, centered around characters making often unwise decisions, but from the heart. For the most part, the sisters are supportive of one another and act as sounding boards. I'm so thankful it's not about women fighting or being pitted against each other. Most likely because "Untogether" is written and directed by a female.
DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT: I like to think UNTOGETHER is a subversive Valentine's date movie, written by someone whose seen THE BREAKFAST CLUB as many times as they've seen BETTY BLUE. I'm Anglo-American and I wanted the film to have a very pop American sensibility combined with a Euro-dreamy visual vibe. Although it is character driven, dialogue heavy and intimate, it was important to me that it not look like an "indie". The feelings are gritty, complicated and confronting but I always intended the visuals to counteract that with their lushness.

I knew I wanted sisters playing sisters and I knew that, in my star, Jemima Kirke, I had a face an audience would be fascinated by, which is key when the actress is in almost every shot. I also knew Jamie Dornan just well enough to long to finally exploit on screen his infectious sense of humour.

I wanted to create a multi-generational piece that, in weaving between love stories, would offer, once the characters got beyond their self doubt and awkwardness, a movie about finally making a connection (whether or not you get to keep it). One of couples does. One of them doesn't. Like life. Making art in the era of Trump, I needed to shoot something that was ultimately optimistic, and I think we succeeded

Despite the two couples being the crux of the film, I wouldn't call this a romantic movie. Particularly, as I strongly disagreed with one sister's romantic decision at the end, which you can clearly see will cause more bad feelings in a short time. What truly does hold your attention throughout is Jemima Kirke, she's just an unusual and very watchable creature, you can't help but care about what she thinks and does in the smallest of scenes. She's like a cute kitten that suddenly lunges out from under a piece of furniture unexpectedly and ferociously claws your barefoot.

UNTOGETHER Theatrical/VOD Release: February 8, 2019

Distributed by: Freestyle Digital Media
Executive Produced by:Scott Adler, Alex Cutler, Vijay Amritraj and Prakash Amritraj
Executive Producers: Dana Guerin, Michael Guerin, and Greg Scott

Rating: R | Run Time:98 Minutes
Facebook:@Untogetherfilm | Twitter:@Untogetherfilm | Instagram:@Untogetherfilm

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Totality: The Total Solar Eclipse Documentary blog post
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By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

Remember the spectacular total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, which had people taking off from work, driving cross country to get a better ogle at it? We just had a partial eclipse January 5, 2019, these happen more often, but before 2017, the last total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. occurred 38 years ago on February 26, 1979. Unfortunately, not many people saw it because it clipped just five states in the Northwest and the weather for the most part was bleak. Before that one, you have to go back to March 7, 1970. Which is why director/producer John N. Campbell felt compelled to capture this event as a documentary, which I haven't seen yet; however, I ran across mention of it on Facebook and wanted to draw attention to the Philadelphia aspect; along with the fact that after movies and food, my other love is of things dealing with matters of science and mysticism or more accurately where the two meet. From what I understand, through interviews of those who witnessed this phenomena, Campbell was able to capture more than the event, but also covey the sense of wonder and spirit.

Here's the Teaser Trailer:

I asked John to elaborate a bit on the Philly angle:

I interviewed members of the Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers club who had witnessed the event. Louis Berman, President of DVAA, allowed me to attend a meeting and ask for volunteers to sit down for interviews. I believe these interviews really helped to convey the experience in a way that made the subject matter more relatable to the average viewer. Some, like myself, had traveled from Philly to Casper, WY where the chances of clear weather were better than places further east like Nashville, or South Carolina. Casper, WY was also hosting the Astrocon convention where many of the world's eclipse experts were gathering.

Fred Espenak, aka "Mr. Eclipse" was at Astrocon, and I was lucky enough to run into him in the parking lot during the convention. He agreed to do an on-the-fly interview. The shooting conditions at the convention were difficult, but I managed to get some usable footage after filtering his audio through a noise reduction feature in FCPX.

Another local connection was the interview I shot with Kelli Spangler who is an Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Physics at Montgomery County Community College. We shot her interview in a baking hot observatory dome, and I want to give her special thanks for enduring that ordeal.

It was also important to me that I take the opportunity to not only document the eclipse itself, but also address my concerns about the way in which our culture has become less grounded in rational, scientific thought. I wanted to draw attention to the need for our country to value science literacy and education, if we are to successfully address the challenges of climate change. My next documentary project will be about the Human Relationship to Nature and will more directly address the issue of climate change. In fact...

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Totality: The Total Solar Eclipse Documentary is now available on Amazon. You can follow John N. Campbell's other projects at Echo Media

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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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