Sunday, April 20, 2014

Weekend Series: Mimi's Hummus (Ditmas Park, Brooklyn)

Over the past two years, I have to admit that Brooklyn has become my second home. For a number of reasons obviously, but if I had to narrow it down to three things, I would have to say:

1. I find it rather cool that such a large amount of people with good taste, great style, and strong opinons live within one borough.  I mean the other 4 boroughs are cool, but we all know, it's nothing like BK.

2. Coffee shops galore, all within two or three blocks of each other, a coffee lovers wet dream (too much?)

3. When your favorite restaurant is booked, you wander down the street and find another.

Which is why I choose to write this post, see finding something good to eat in NJ is a hassle. We're surrounded by a string of chain restaurants, which is cool every now and again. However I feel Saturday brunch or dinner, should be reserved for something invorigating, a break from the norm is the goal.

After utter disgust at the fact, that I couldn't eat at my "new" favorite restaurant in Ditmas Park.  I began to my stroll back down Cortelyou Road, and noticed a restaurant dedicated to hummus.  Even though I felt it was strange, I was still curious to see, how a restaurant dedicated to hummus kept the lights on?

Shortly after placing my order, and receiving my dish below - The Filo. I began to understand that you could indeed keep the lights on, serving hummus. The combination of ground beef and spices/ beet salad and green tahini, could very well keep people coming back.

The setting was intimate, with no more than 5-6 tables, this is a place you take that someone you're trying to impress, but in a more genuine way. No bottle service, no $100 entrees, just good food and good vibes.

Mimi's Hummus
1209 Cortelyou Rd
Brooklyn, NY 11218
(718) 284-4444

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Culture: The Rise of the Barista and the Power Kettle - V60

Going from an individual who utterly despised coffee, to now some what of a coffee enthusiast, has even been a shock to me. I think it has something to with our generations' obsession with coffee shops, and soon to be legal, pot shops. Or maybe its the constant flow of information at our fingertips that won't allows us to unplug, therefore a healthy stimulant like coffee seems like smart decision. Well, whatever it is, I'm with it.

With the ever-growing popularity of Starbucks, and it's creative, yet sugar filled coffee menu bringing in the more-pretenious coffee consumer.  A number of local shops sprinkled throughout the United States have decided to focus on a more niche audience, individuals who are anti-big chain and coffee enthusiast, yes, but not snobbish. Unfortunately as more attention has been paid to quality and taste. Companies with no real brand identity like Folgers for example, have disappeared from the millennial cosciounes. Plus that's what our parents drank back in the day, therefore we definitely can't drink that.

Our generation wants the best coffee beans, brewed at the perfect temperature, perfected by the best barista. Hence the importance of the barista in today's world, trust me, nothing can mess up your day quicker than a nasty cup of coffee. We should respect the Barista, and the tools that only a true enthusiast would possess.

The Power Kettle V-60 has changed the way I brew coffee forever, the taste is unmatched and the process of taking your time with making your cup of coffee versus a drip machine, has left me totally against my once beloved Mr. Coffee brewer.

Hario V60 Buono Power Kettle, $84.95

For the folks who never have a minute, relax, and take your time in the morning. At least for your coffee's sake. Your tastebuds will appreciate your effort.

Until next time..

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Inspiration: Coltrane Curtis

As we grow older, certain things begin to matter more and more, like: having a family, being more responsible with your finances, living in a decent apartment and the list grows with every passing year.

In this inspirational piece, I decided to highlight the founder and managing partner of Team Epiphany, Coltrane Curtis, who's grown an small agency to a slightly larger but highly influential agency over the past few years. Working in the advertising world, brings about a slew of challenges, one that has been a constant conversation starter is: diversity. Therefore, watching a fellow African-American man build his own business and grow his clientele is inspirational.

Of course I'm late to the party, but about a year back, Coltrane Curtis offered a view inside his TriBeCa apartment, cool pad if you ask me.

For the interview with Coltrane Curtis and more photos, visit here: Freunde von Freuden

Until next time..

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Travel With Style, No Matter Where You Go

Witnessing J.Crew shift from just another preppy brand with no point of view, to a brand that now has a identity, and is somewhat culturally significant outside of their target audience, has been enjoyable.

What I find even more enjoyable is how J.Crew, continues to show the proper way to market items.  Yes, The Traveler Suit is the primary focus of this short film,  however you keep watching because it doesn't come across sellsy, there's a distinct narrative throughout which explains why The Traveler Suit is important, and different from other suits, without actually saying it. Anyway enough reading, check it out below:

Friday, March 7, 2014

Make the the Perfect Cup of Coffee in Your Slippers

We're all so busy, on the go, can't stop, won't stop.  However, I feel like some things require patience and a little care, like creating the perfect cup of coffee while frying your eggs for breakfast.  Below you'll find a coffee expert, who breaks it down in 5 steps. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Grooming Essentials: Murray's "Lightweight" Hair Pomade

There comes a time in a man's life, when grooming goes beyond just soap and water. You begin to search for grooming products that do more than get the job done, you want a product[s] that can enhance your god-given good looks. And this is where my pursuit of the perfect pomade comes into play for you.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Inspiration: Troy Carter - Life after Lady Gaga

I became aware of the man that is Troy Carter, a few years ago, after reading about his innovative thinking around the phenomenon which is: Lady Gaga.  Completely unaware of his ups and downs, I marveled at his ability to turn a unknown singer by the name of Stefani Germanotta, into a global pop icon.

I personally feel, we often get caught up in the material posessions, an entrepreneur has accumulated or the power they possess in their respective industry. Missing the most important lesson, which is the struggle that has partaken in the wee hours of the night, to achieve this level of success. After reading Mr. Carter's story, I felt it was only right to share it with my audience.  

Read more at: Fast Company