Food

Getting HyperLocal || Shot Tower Coffee

by ThinkFeminist on January 30, 2014

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I am a coffee-addict. I drink at least four cups of coffee a day. I try to add some tea to the mix, but coffee is still a huge winner. Let me tell you, I love my coffee black, bold and flavorful. I decided I was going to visit some of the nice coffee shops in Philadelphia to satisfy my curiosity. Turns out, one of the best coffee shops in town is only couple blocks away from me. I quickly made my way there on a snowy Wednesday morning. As you can see, I was not disappointed. Shot Tower Coffee located at 542 Christian Street, 19147  has the vibrancy, energy and effects that sets it apart from others. The open layout, floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed bricks and hardwood floors makes this an urban-minimalist dream decor. I fell in love with it immediately.

I ordered the almond-milk capuccino and the second day I visited, I ordered the croissants and stumptown drip coffee. This is a must-visit coffee shop if you are in the Philadelphia area.

 

Xoxo,

Blessing

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A Productive Week + Updates on Move to Philly

by ThinkFeminist on January 20, 2014

Processed with VSCOcam with b1 presetIt’s being a productive two-weeks for me. I started my new job on January 6th as an Energy and Environmental Consultant. The first two weeks obviously flew by! I love my job so much, and I am eager to develop, learn and contribute as much as I can.

I am in the middle of parent interviews for Camille’s potential schools to start in the Fall. Right now, we are down to the wire on two schools – Meredith Elementary School (best public elementary school in Philadelphia) and St. Peter’s School (arguably, the best private school in Philadelphia). Both schools have their pros and cons, and obviously, financial impact is a huge part of the equation. We are carefully weighing both options to see what will fit Camille intellectually, emotionally, academically and socially. The most important factor is that she is continually challenged.

Eats: So far, we’ve gone to a few restaurants. This is largely due to the weather, trust me, we live next to South Street, the home of gazillion restaurants and bars. We’ve visited

 Cups & Chairs: 703 S 5th St # 4, Philadelphia, PA 19147

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Pat’s King of Steak  1237 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147 Everyone swears by Philly CheeseSteak!  My college friend came visiting last weekend and we all decided it’s the best time to have a Philly CheeseSteak. We had a blast and it was by far the best cheesesteak I have ever had. I will most likely try their competitor Geno’s Steak next time.

Around the City: I love the architecture around Philly. It is so French, and reminds me so much of Paris. Camille’s school is on this street and so, I get to take in this view everyday.

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At home: We love our new space. It’s small compared to our condo in Ohio, but it’s big enough for us. I love the white walls, double windows, and so much more.

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Outdoors: We live in Queen Village which is one of the oldest settlements in Philadelphia. It’s really nice outside, and there are parks every other street, and lots of trails. Our home is right across from Penn Landings and lots of nice hotels like Sheraton, Hyatt and the famous Moshulu restaurant. We feel very blessed to land such a nice area of the city. We pretty much walk around to all the nice eats and coffee shops.Processed with VSCOcam with s3 preset

School: Camille started Kindergarten again. Although, she will have to do it all over again since she is still 4. I feel so sad about that because she is already reading at 2nd grade level and doing math at 1st grade level. I decided to keep her challenged by enrolling her in Kumon Math and Reading program as well as Settlement Music School where she is currently taking Music lessons and will start Piano in the Fall. I feel so blessed to have her in my life and I hope I can be around long enough to watch her grow into an amazing young woman.

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Xoxo,

Blessing.

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Restaurant | The Ethicurean

by ThinkFeminist on December 9, 2013

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I am in love with the Ethicurean, it seems so surreal. Locally grown// A sense of place// Peace // Serenity

This restaurant is located in Barley Wood Walled Garden, Wrington, Bristol

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01 | Gift Guide

by ThinkFeminist on December 8, 2013

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01. Catalina Bag, $120 // 02. Cuyana Leather Tote, $150 // 03. Poppytalk Morning MistBowls, $86 // Healthy Vegan Cookie, $DIY

I’ve been thinking a lot about gift guides for this blog, however it’s not something I want rushed. These gifts are highly selective because they are genuine and offer a lot of value for the money. The last option is somewhat free, because you get to make it yourself. In the next few days, I will share some of my favorite finds as I search for timeless pieces for my loved ones this holiday.

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Thanksgiving | Family, Love, and Pain

by ThinkFeminist on November 28, 2013

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Thanksgiving Menu

Turkey – 14 pound

Fried Rice

Jollof Rice

Efo Riro (vegetables in tomatoes/red bell pepper sauce w/ assorted meat, fish etc.)

Plantains in assorted meat and tomato sauce

Freshly baked Multigrain bread

Baked Brussel Sprouts

Bakes Gold Potatoes

Assorted Wine

Cranberry Juice

I am grateful for so many things. I am grateful for my daughter, her Dad, my sister and brothers in Nigeria. I am grateful for my Mom and Dad (on a side note, he called from Bethlehem, Israel while I was cooking, so so excited for his trip to Jerusalem). I am also grateful for my in-laws, Camille’s cousins, and all of my friends in Nigeria and here in the United States and other parts of the world. I am so grateful for all the opportunities that keep coming my way.

In so many ways, I mourn the void of not having my family here with me. I am so lucky to have Camille and Rachel here with me, it truly makes my world meaningful. I feel selfish eating these gorgeous meals alone, but I know they are so happy for me to be alive, here and kicking’ it.

How are you celebrating your thanksgiving?

 

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Travel Chronicles | Eiffel Tower Part 1

by ThinkFeminist on September 6, 2013

26 days in three continents, four countries, numerous cities, countless airports and gazillion number of people and friends. They say travel change you, and I  100% agree with that statement. We travel “not merely to lie on a beach somewhere, but to discover something new about ourselves, and about the world. This quote by Dani Shapiro sums it all up.

It wasn’t about getting away or merely taking a vacation, it was more than that for me. It was to discover, explore and learn more about myself, my new venture and what is left in the world for me to change. A whole new thirst for change brewed in me as I walked on the shores of Essouria, to the red city of Marrakesh, Morocco and the piles of dirt along the coastlines of Lagos, Nigeria. I was blown away by problems that deep down I knew existed but somehow thought had vanished or had been solved by someone else. I also witnessed amazing beauty for the very first time. It is true what they say of the Eiffel Tower, it’s an astounding beauty, and my goodness, Lagos boast of amazing skyscrapers, beautiful restaurant, beaches and hotel. I was completely swoon.

I will break this whole trip down by days/events/or special locations, and hopefully I remember as much of this as possible. Here is a little snapshot of our first few hours in Paris.

You can’t possibly visit Paris without visiting the Eiffel Tower right? So, as soon as we got off the airplane, had a good shower and changed some clothes, we went straight to the city with a view. It was beautiful.

IMG_4681Camille on our first flight – Pittsburgh to Paris. Watching ‘Sofia The 1st” on the TV screen

DSC_0247_2Greeting Aunt Rachel with a kiss after a month-long separation

DSC_0280_2Beautiful Walk at La Defense, and far away, there is the Grand Arch, a beautiful sight.

DSC_0392_2Camille, Enjoying a beautiful afternoon on the stairs overlooking the Eiffel Tower. 

IMG_4860Rachel and I take a picture at the Starbucks in La Defense

IMG_4758Camille takes a walk in the garden overlooking the Eiffel Tower.

IMG_4851Me and the jet-lagged Camille at the Eiffel Tower

IMG_4857The sleepy + jet-lagged Camille in a bicycle ride across the Eiffel Tower to the train station

IMG_4859At La Defense Starbucks, we share a beautiful drink and took this gorgeous picture.

IMG_4847Slept through the train ride and all the way home.

****To Be Continued.

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Paris in 48hours

July 29, 2013

In less than three days I will be boarding a plane from Pittsburgh to Paris, a direct-flight too. Three months ago when I started looking at flight to Paris and ultimately to Nigeria, I didn’t think I could fly straight from Pittsburgh, so now you know. I initially thought I would have to drive to […]

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