Author: phylonthego

THE MARINE BUILDING: Vancouver’s Iconic Art Deco Building

THE MARINE BUILDING: Vancouver’s Iconic Art Deco Building

Almost every North American city has one: the Art Deco tower that outshines the rest of the skyline, even the taller, more recent additions. For Vancouver, this is the Marine building, a “tasting menu” of the finest ingredients of Art Deco Design and Imagery. Completed in 1930, the structure has been impeccably preserved. This legendary […]

Broom Co. — A Broom to Sweep Away All Your Troubles

Broom Co. — A Broom to Sweep Away All Your Troubles

Against a dramatic backdrop of skyscrapers that comb the sky, Granville Island in Vancouver is a microcosm of little roads lined with interesting shops, restaurants, and galleries. Known for its market stocked with the freshest of produce, it also has some of the most unusual shopping in the city if not the region. Finding our […]

SEARCH AND RESCUE DENIM: Turning a Utilitarian Article into a Fashion Statement

SEARCH AND RESCUE DENIM: Turning a Utilitarian Article into a Fashion Statement

While starting as a small one-man operation, Search and Rescue Denim has been featured on CNN, The New York Times, Netflix and Lonely Planet to name a few. How did this happen? The founder of the company, Will Fosdick, came to creating designer aprons in a serendipitous way.  Between the ages of 18 and 24, […]

Commercial Drive (Vancouver, BC)

Commercial Drive (Vancouver, BC)

The Drive, as it is known, is one delicious thoroughfare. Food-centric and loaded with food shops, it is best known for the eight-block stretch called “Little Italy,” where many Italian Immigrants originally opened food stores after coming to Vancouver in the 1970s.  Now extending for 22 blocks with about 300 storefronts, the shops on Commercial […]

Hog Island Oyster Company

Hog Island Oyster Company

Serving the freshest, most delicious sustainable seafood in San Francisco The Ferry Building Hog Island Oyster Company is housed in the historic landmark Ferry Building on The Embarcadero, a heavily trafficked street in San Francisco. Originally designed by A. Page Brown in the Beaux Arts Style, the impressive arched arcade is reminiscent of European architecture […]

DIANA ROSS at the RYMAN in Nashville

DIANA ROSS at the RYMAN in Nashville

Can she really be seventy years young? 70 is the new 35. Or so it seemed, watching Diana Ross perform recently at the Ryman Auditorium.  She still has the glitz and the glamour and moves effortlessly, in her sexy, colorful, sparkly, flamboyant outfits. The Show opened dramatically with flashing disco style lighting and a view […]

CUENCA – The Athens of Ecuador

CUENCA – The Athens of Ecuador

History Cuenca is the third largest City in Ecuador, and the second to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The other WHS site is the capitol city,  Quito. There is much rivalry as to which is the more beautiful. I will not take sides, except to say that Cuenca is known as the “Athens […]

Chaos on the Roads in Panama City, Panama

Chaos on the Roads in Panama City, Panama

Note: This Blog Post was first written on September 24th, 2013.  The website Phylonthego.com was hacked and destroyed.  Fortunately one of my friends had saved the original blogs written at that time and the article was recently re-constructed. The momentum of the economy in Panama has slowed very little and the country continues to advance. […]

Degas in New Orleans

Degas in New Orleans

Edgar Degas, Impressionist Painter, Lived and Painted in New Orleans Part 1. This story is legend in New Orleans, told over and over again, but not much known outside of the Crescent City. How is this possible?  Young Degas & the New Orleans Connection Degas came from a large family: the Mussons. The French Creole […]