Chef Marcie Turney and Valarie Safran, the entrepreneurial duo who have been transforming 13th street over the past few years into the nationally recognized Midtown Village with their acclaimed Mediterranean restaurant Barbuzzo, along with Mexican BYOB Lolita, gourmet food market Grocery, and two lifestyle boutiques Verde and Open House, have done it again with their new restaurant Jamonera.

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Philadelphia Coffee Culture Vol 2: Bodhi

Hand poured coffee demo.

Previously: Philly Coffee Culture Vol 1: Elixr

Portrait shots from the Fourth Annual Philadelphia Tweed Ride

See also: Philadelphia Tweed Ride: Candid shots

Philadelphia Coffee Culture Vol 1: Elixr

Chemex Demo

A short I shot and edited featuring Elixr coffee shop in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Creatives-At Work- @NoseGo

I got the chance to shoot NoseGo while he was revamping his mural on 5th & Bainbridge. He added some new flavor to the piece with his new arsenal of characters. His style of work has a very West Coast kind of vibe in the painterly aspect, super bright colors and (often times) very cute characters. On his work he says,

I’m actually highly inspired by many West Coast works, but I’ve found my style after going through traditional training and then later merging it with a more contemporary style. There are many artist I find inspirational, to name a few Sean G, Scotty Albrecht, Ishknits, Royce Bannon, Chris RWK, and Hilary White.

There’s a nice bit of joy and whimsy in the piece, and I think it reflects his personality quite well. He’s one of the sweetest people that I’ve ever met. To his fellow creatives he says,

Stay true to yourself, and never try to be what you think is expected of you. If you want to do something, visualize it, plan it, and follow through. If things don’t go according to plan just learn from your mistakes, and try again.

I’ve started shooting and editing video! I’m very excited about this new creative venture and am preparing quite a few more to come.

Betty Lertdarapong Weaving Demonstration

Art in the Age Fabric of Philadelphia Exhibition

Shot and edited by Swabreen Bakr.

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Coffee Lovers Holiday Gift Guide designed for Phrequency.com

Surely by now if you’ve visited your favorite coffee shop often  enough you’ve seen most of these items, so this guide will help teach  you what they’re used for and how they can make a difference when you  decide to brew your coffee at home. You’ll also get some insight into  exactly what your barista is doing when he or she is prepping something  you ordered.
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An informative gift guide for home brewers!

Coffee Lovers Holiday Gift Guide designed for Phrequency.com

Surely by now if you’ve visited your favorite coffee shop often enough you’ve seen most of these items, so this guide will help teach you what they’re used for and how they can make a difference when you decide to brew your coffee at home. You’ll also get some insight into exactly what your barista is doing when he or she is prepping something you ordered.

An informative gift guide for home brewers!

A piece I shot, designed and wrote about my current obsession, coffee!

We’re in the middle of a great coffee revolution here in Philadelphia, in the past two years a slew of new coffee shops have setup shop on our streets, we’ve even got a new mobile coffee truck serving artisanal coffee courtesy of Rival Bros. Coffee. These shops have slowly started to change our drinking habits and enlighten us to the Third Wave coffee movement which focuses on ethical sourcing from small farms, sustainability, roasting in small batches and appreciating coffee as culinary product like wine, wherein we pay attention to the complexities and variations in flavor.

Design Consumption Vol 7: Percy Street BBQ

It’s no secret that our city has lot to offer in terms of dining, hell even New York based publications like GQ and Details are coming down to visit us and praising our food scene. A lot of the current and upcoming restaurants feature concepts we’re familiar with, so that’s why having an authentic Texas-style BBQ joint in our midst is even more special. Before it opened last year on South St. the crew (Mike Solomonov, Steve Cook and chef Erin O’Shea along with the management staff and family) traveled to the Lone Star state in order to taste authentic Texas-style bbq and get a sense of the feel and atmosphere of bbq joints. They sampled some of the best the region had to offer and brought back what they learned to Philadelphia.

Design Consumption Vol 6: Cook

Spearheaded by Audrey Claire Taichman of Audrey Claire and Twenty Manning Grill restaurants and presented by Philadelphia Magazine, “COOK is a state-of-the-art, fully-equipped, sixteen-seat kitchen-classroom to discover, prepare and enjoy meals made from local and seasonal ingredients.” The space, “provides a platform for classes, conversation, demonstrations, experimentation, and private dining events focused on celebrating the craft of cooking, drinking and gathering at the table.”

Talk about a beautiful kitchen! The concept of this space is very unique in the area and it’s great to get the opportunity to connect with chefs on an individualized level. You can book a class with one of the many acclaimed chefs on their site.