Appetizing Events: The Taharka Brothers Summer Ice Cream, The CookUp, Takes the Take Cake

Taharka Brothers' "The Cook Up" Ice Cream Flavor
Photo by Carde Cornish

A few years ago, I wrote about the Taharka Brothers raising money for an ice cream truck in Baltimore, Maryland. Later, NPR.org voted Taharka Brothers as one of Maryland’s best Ice Cream shops to visit. Since then they’ve received numerous local awards. A few years ago, I wrote about the Taharka Brothers raising money for an ice cream truck in Baltimore, Maryland. I continue to follow them online to stay up-to-date with their creative events. Their initial press release and story stood apart from everyone because of the name of their ice cream flavors. The names are inspired by Cornel West, Langston Hughes and August Wilson. And, my design eye love their brand image: an ice cream sundae on top of a fist pump as the arm uses political books as a foundation.

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Appetizing Thoughts: Warm Up to a Cup of Gullah Girl Tea

Gullah Girl Tea Strawberry Ginger Tea | Photo Credit: Gregory Costanzo
Gullah Girl Tea Strawberry Ginger Tea | Photo Credit: Gregory Costanzo

When South Carolina native, now New Yorker, Charmaine Bee, of Gullah Girl Tea reached out to MyLifeRunsOnFood.com about her Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for equipment and supplies to accommodate her growing business, I instantly became one of her many cheerleaders. Bee’s healing tea blends have whimsical names in tribute to her childhood memories in South Carolina. In the interview below, Bee reminisces about her family and Gullah culture, discusses health concerns in our community and talks about her Kickstarter campaign. Make a pot of tea and read below to learn more about Gullah Girl Tea.
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SCRATCHBread, Bed-Stuy’s Bakery

www.ScratchBread.com
www.ScratchBread.com

The neighborhood is in need of a bakery. It seems like a half-bake idea. One day, I’m perusing New York Magazine’s ‘Grub Street’ section online. There’s an article, First Look: SCRATCHbread Rises in Bed-Stuy, about someone having the same dream, for they’re actively trying to open a bread shop in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, New York. Out of excitement, I sent an email to them requesting an interview. In between making the dream of having a bake shop in the neighborhood a reality, Alyssa Alpine and Matthew J. Tilden of ScratchBread agreed to answer a few questions. Read more

The IT Bag of the Season

Hand-Sewn and Printed Sankofa bag from JesPlayin.etsy.com
Hand-Sewn and Printed Sankofa bag from JesPlayin.etsy.com

Let’s hope the food, such as the vegetables and fruit, from the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and the farmer’s market doesn’t dirty this pretty new grocery bag. Of course, someone else might have cleaner alternative motives for this hand-sewn and printed bag. Maybe, @AfroMartha from JesPlayin might have some more available or be sold out. Go ask her! Read more

Amanda Walker, Owner of “A Perfume Organic” Talks Herbs, Scents and Food

A Perfume Organic: (from left to right) Urban Organic, Green, and Perfumed Wine, Rosé
A Perfume Organic: (from left to right) Urban Organic, Green, and Perfumed Wine, Rosé

Between inhaling Green, Urban Organic, Perfumed Wine–Rosé and White Magik, Amanda Walker, owner of A Perfume Organic, gently touched the leaves of her fresh herbal display. She had purple basil, Italian basil and mint in a small pot next to her perfumes. Explaining the various herbs and floral notes that are part of each scent, she also talked about food, the business of being organic and the environment. The discussion inspired an idea of asking her to participate in an email interview to further explain the connection of herbs, food and scents. Her answers are insightful, beautiful and educational. Read more