Around Town: The Indian Grill

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Just a few weeks ago, The Indian Grill made its debut in Old City, Philadelphia and I got the opportunity to get up close and personal with several of their delectable dishes. The restaurant, which is a BYOB, specializes in North Indian cuisine as well as a collection of Indo-Chinese dining options.

Stop by to check out some of their daily specials and most popular items including Tandoori Chicken, Seekh Kabab, and Chicken Makhani. They also have a sizable list of options for vegetarians including Malai Kofta, Navratan Korma, and Palak Panir. My favorite, the Chicken Tikka Masala was spiced just right, leaving a lasting impression. In addition to this, I got to indulge most delicious Mango Lassi I’ve ever tasted. In addition to the food, the contemporary decor mixed with the sensational aromas make dining a fantastic experience! 

Visit The Indian Grill at 114 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA, 19106, or call (267) 519-8499 to make a reservation. For more information about The IndianGrill, visit their website and follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

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Brunch Style for Fall

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Over the years, I have met some pretty awesome people through various food events and gatherings. If you follow me on Instagram (where I got my humble beginnings) you have probably noticed my right hand woman, Bari, in a few of my photos

Bari and I started on the food and Instagram scene around the same time and became quick friends. Nearly four years later, we are a bit of a dynamic duo pretty hard. She is a fantastic food photographer and influencer covering food from “street to elite” in Philadelphia and beyond. You can follow her adventures via her instagram: @baris_belly

Growing out of our mutual love for food, fashion and photography, we organically formed our own past-time we call Sunday Funday. A form of soul therapy, the recipe for Sunday Funday is simple. We plan brunch in an area of the city we would like to explore, don our Sunday’s best (or whatever fashion mood strikes us) and spend the day together eating, partaking in libations and snapping photos of street art (and of each other). 

For our first Sunday Funday of the Fall season, we coincidentally arrived at brunch twinning in oversized scarves and capes.

A timeless trend that is probably my favorite staple of fall fashion is the art of layering. Bari has always been the Queen of Layers and showing up in an off the shoulder sweater, black skinny jeans and an over-sized scarf. This year, I’ve been particularly inspired by turtlenecks and capes, which have been making a strong appearance in my favorite stores this season. My favorite combination of the moment is pairing turtlenecks with a button-up shirt and slacks.  We both completed our looks with Chelsea boots and hats.


We dined at W.M. Muhlherin’s Sons a former whiskey blending and bottling company turned modern Italian Restaurant and Boutique Hotel, which is always a stellar dining experience. Following we explored some of the great murals along Front Street including a few the Honeygrow headquarters completed as part of their Front Street Walls project. As an added bonus, it’s Mural Arts Month here in Philadelphia, so be sure to learn more about some of the artists and the abundance of murals we have in the city.

Artists featured in this post:

Molly Crabapple

Lemon Sparkle Fantasy

Amberella

Mural Arts - Philadelphia

Drake on Cake Demo with Joy the Baker

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Two weeks ago, I attended a Black Food Bloggers Retreat in New Orleans that still has me in awe. Everything from the fine cuisine, eclectic decor, and vibrant fashion has kept my creative drive in overload since I left. Recording my epic weekend has proven difficult because it’s so hard to put the experience into words, but a post is coming soon that will truly do the trip justice in my eyes.

During the education sessions for the retreat, our small but mighty group spent time in ideation sessions around our blog strategy, learning tips and tools to help us expand our brands, and getting to discuss all of the kick ass and groundbreaking work we are doing in our respective communities. Outside of the sessions, our lovely host and leader, Jasmine Lukuku (The Blenderist) planned some phenomenal food-centered experiences that I truly enjoyed. Of all of the events throughout the weekend, my favorite was time spent with the infamous Joy the Baker.

Joy is a legend in the blogging world, who has been chronicling her adventures in baking and cooking for nearly a decade. Welcoming us into her home (a meticulous marvel of interior artistry), she shared a little bit about her trials and tribulations as she built her career as a blogger.

From self-taught baker to the author of multiple cookbooks, Joy bestowed infinite wisdom about how we needed to trust in our talents, identify the things we truly care about, and how the best tools are the ones we have right at our fingertips. Charming and witty, with a great sense of humor, she achieved all of this while putting her foot in some savory beignets.

In the grand finale of our time together, Joy let us get up close and personal with one of her passion projects, Drake on Cake. The gallery of cakes with Drake lyrics is one of my guilty pleasures of instagram, and the experience of watching her take a blank cake and create whimsy and wonder was second to none. We watched as she took the cake from simple to stunning, adding notes of confetti, candles, and mini champagne bottles.

Following the cake decoration, we watched her build the photo scene for her final shot. Using a photo-board placed in front of her patio door for perfect lighting, she scoured her home for props that represented the essence of the Drake lyric. As we watched her add paper flowers, rosary beads, and fresh cut slices of cake for depth, she shared that her end goal is to create a story centered around the cake.

Reflecting on my time there, the lyric, “I’m blessed, I just checked,” is the embodiment of our time together in NoLa, and is now a mainstay mantra as I look toward the future of Geo’s Table.

To follow Joy, her awesomeness, and to view the latest photoshoots from Drake on Cake check out her instagram accounts and websites:

Website: joythebaker.com

Instagram Accounts: @joythebaker | @drakeoncake | @thebakehousenola

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Summer Style with Dapper Black Box™ - August Edition

At Geo's Table we believe in the uplifting and supporting those changing the game in our community. This month's feature is the third and final of the Geo’s Table “Summer Style”  collaboration  with the trailblazing, Black-owned subscription service Dapper Black Box.

Each month subscribers receive a carefully curated selection of men's accessories, grooming products and other tokens designed for the style conscious gentleman. The best part, every month the products featured are made with love by black entrepreneurs and businesses.

This month's box included a deliciously bold Knit Ties and Patterned Socks from TYED by Dede, Magnetic Collar Stays by OSK Styles and Fresh Meat Wipes from Scotch Porter . This month's box was made in honor of Bayard Rustin, a civil rights activist who was instrumental in several major historical events that shaped the civil rights movement. 

A little known fact here on my blog is that I am a member of Delta Phi Upsilon Fraternity, Incorporated. Delta Phi Upsilon is the nation's first fraternity for gay men of color. We believe in uplifting the LGBT community and communities of color through unwavering service without expectations. With this being said, our first honorary member was the late Bayard Rustin.

In the 1950's, Rustin became an organizer, strategist and trusted friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a major force behind the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom as well as the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. Throughout his life he was also an avid activist and support of economic equality, and LGBT rights. In honor of Mr. Rustin and his legacy, I also dedicate this blog post to him. 

Summer Style Inspiration for August & September

#BlackBoyJoy is a hashtag I follow on instagram, it is also the perfect descriptor for how I felt when I opened this month's Dapper Black Box. With red being my FAVORITE color (and coincidentally one of my fraternity's official colors) I was elated to see a very bold red knit tie included in this month's package. As an added bonus, a pair of red patterned socks also graced me with their presence. 

It can be difficult to match a color this vibrant, but I was determined to let this tie have its moment. Pairing the tie with a quirky "tiny zebra" print shirt by Bar III and a taupe pinstripe suit from Express, I was able to capture the essence of proper summer suiting, while still allowing the tie to shine.  And for some flare, I added a gold tie-bar also by TYED by Dede (included in the Amos Dapper Black Box™).

Check out my photoshoot below!

It has been an absolute pleasure doing this series! A special thanks to Aaron Barnes, the found and owner of Dapper Black Box™ for allowing me to showcase these products!

If your interested in subscribing visit dapperblackbox.com !

Dîner en Blanc 2018

Photo by   Joe McFetridge at  Joe Mac Creative

Photo by Joe McFetridge at Joe Mac Creative

Thursday, August 16th, Philadelphia’s 7th Dîner en Blanc commenced with fashion and flare. This year’s surprise location Dilworth Park, created a vibrant and chic scene as over 5000 guests donned in their white outfits to dine in the heart of the city.

This being my second time in attendance I became more enthralled as the evening unraveled. Boasting an international theme, the event featured a variety of world's fare and decor and offered performances from over 75 entertainers, truly showcasing the diversity of talent our city offers.

Some of my top moments included dancing to throwback tunes  and salsa music, partaking in macaroons and champagne courtesy of Delice et Chocolat and witnessing the artistic talents of Alloyius Mcilwaine, who painted a mural that will be displayed at Broad Street Ministry!

Although the night flew by, I am happy to have another year of this amazing event under my belt and look forward to attending another in the future. Check out some of my favorite moments from Dîner en Blanc below!

Special thanks to Philly PR Girl for having me!

Dîner en Blanc 2018 - Philadelphia