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TICKET TO DELICIOUS | THE GREY

December 30, 2017

 

As the end of 2017 draws near, we find it only fitting to close the year with a feast for the eyes and the belly. It’s been a wholesome year at TGL, abundant with travel to cities at home and countries abroad, memorable meal after memorable meal, and a healthy dose of Vitamin Sea thanks to repose-on-repeat in our City-by-the-Sea.

During our last #gildedgetaway of 2017, (a pre-holiday escape to Savannah), we marched our hungry selves straight to The Grey, a hub, not only for bustling waitstaff serving plates of Southern hospitality, but also a symbol for an era reincarnate. The Grey is brain-child of Savannah-ite by way of New York John Morisano, whose vision for a 1938 Greyhound Bus Terminal broke all boundaries when it transcended expectations of experiential modern day dining. Gastronomically paired with the talent of Chef Mashama Bailey, Morisano unequivocally describes the concept for The Grey as, “Delicious“.

The partners looked to NYC-based Parts and Labor Design to assume the monumental task of breathing new life into the old terminal on one of the Port City’s main arteries, a project which earned them James Beard accolades for Restaurant Design in 2015. Preserving as many original details from the terminal as possible, Parts and Labor seamlessly transport diners back to 1938 via a contemporary lens – the once ticket window now a voyeuristic view into Bailey’s open kitchen, the second-floor shower room a private dining retreat, the street front diner a casual bar with a daytime-esque menu. The shining star still twinkling in our eyes? Lighting. You read that right, lighting, every way you turn. Custom lighting so fitting to the era when we asked Morisano during our evening meal which pieces were original, we learned only several industrial pendants suspended high into the skylight, and our hands-down favorite, a petite brass and glass flush-mount en route to the first floor loo, were once seen by riders destined to other locations.

Last, but certainly not least, what restaurant in today’s world of discerning diners doesn’t deserve a top-notch identity, menu suite and collectible matches at the host stand? Cue LMNOP Creative, marrying Art Deco inspiration with sophisticated signage, illustration and typography to create ephemera worthy of more time in the limelight. Credit worthy paper goods are some of our favorite souvenirs, this visit replete with postcards, coasters, and naturally, one or two of the aforementioned matchbooks.

In the spirit of holiday giving, there’s more; we went back to The Grey less than 24 hours after our first meal, drawn to the small-but-mighty diner bar with windows as wide as they are tall (think Hopper in Savannah), yielding a one-way ticket to a different menu with classics like Pastrami on Rye or the Schnitzel Sandwich. Hence, if frequency to an establishment elicits further coaxing, we reckon you buy yourself a seat at this new/old Savannah landmark and partake of said ‘Deliciousness‘.

Images courtesy of Parts and Labor Design and LMNOP Creative.

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We’re back, and giving our suitcase an extended siesta while we delightfully embrace a little thing you’ve most likely heard of, summer. Prior to the unofficial start of our favorite season, we detoured south to The Big Easy, where temps were already bordering on steamy. A reverse migration of sorts, we liken it to seasonal tempering – prepping mentally, and more importantly, physically, for the balmy conditions that will soon be creeping up the eastern seaboard. We’ll be sharing more on our latest Gilded Getaway shortly, until then, we’re unpacking our travel goodies just in time for fun in the New England sun. A handmade fan to cool ourselves on warm summer nights, and our favorite travel souvenir, sunnies. These sophisticated shades from New Orleans brand Krewe in the most gorgeous bottle green hue have us seeking excuses to catch the sun’s rays morning, noon + night.

Delectable Details

African Fan + Aesa Ring | Freda

Charles II Sunnies | Krewe

Image courtesy of The Gilded Lobster. 

KuleStripes

 

When it comes to classic dressing, one can never be ‘too Kule for school’. In her quest to ‘stripe the world’, brand founder Nikki Kule has hit the fashion bullseye – updating a style staple in a manner that feels quintessentially fresh, yet decidedly timeless, not to mention, a move that’s driving the #stripeobsessed to update their closets to the next generation of Stripes, version 2.0. An industry veteran, it wasn’t until Kule looked to her own creative roots + personal aesthetic that she ventured to evolve the brand into a modern-day calling card for preppy panache. With a bevy of silhouettes dancing between streamlined & slouchy, we liken the collection to one’s favorite set of records, a rotating repertoire to be worn on repeat. Similar to our lifestyle M.O. here at TGL, Kule’s mix of classic Americana with a dash of Francophile whimsy has found a permanent place in our own wardrobe. Dare to agree? Follow along and #showusyourstripes, the brand’s hashtag for all things stylish.

 

TGLFebruary2016

 

Let’s set the record straight, a business trip that routes you + your passport to the City of Light, should hardly be considered business. This February, the official month of love + affection, had us pining for a Precious Objects post dedicated to all things French stemming from our recent sojourn to the capital of romance, Pa-reeeeeee. France, a country where a passion for its people (and don’t forget the pastries) runs as deep as the sea, does not disappoint when it comes to inspiration.

The prized jewel of our souvenirs, a pair of antique Kaléidoscope lithographs snagged at the renowned Marché aux Puces. Circa 1925, by French artist Maurice Pillard Verneuil, the colors are vibrant, and in our mind, as radiant as the day the were pulled off the presses; patterns so relevant and fresh, (cue the J.Crew F/W ’16 Collection + this retro pantsuit), they beg for the tagline, ‘ahead of their time’. If you followed along on our #tgltravels, you may recall our discovery instant love affair with French-based eyewear brand, Jimmy Fairly. If Warby + Toms had a lovechild, JF would surely be it. Stylish + affordable, philanthropic + adorable. Who needs cliché keychains when you can bring sophisticated sunnies home in your carryon? Looking for a place to rest your head in a manner all-things-chic? Head straight to Hôtel Bachaumont in the 2ème, where a recent refresh brought this boutique hotel back to modern magnificence. (Much more on that still to come, because you know we love a renovation that leaves discerning travelers with nothing less than a win-win in lodging and accommodation.)

Last, but most certainly not least, our favorite Francophile back in the states. Clare Vivier, whose adoration for Parisian charm leaves no outfit untouched when it comes to accessorizing in style. CV’s new Madras Weave mini screams ‘spirit of the summer’ – we’re already mentally making outfits with this cutie of a clutch in tow. Now if we could just rid the Northeast of these ridiculously beyond-freezing temps…

The Delectable Details

 Kaleidoscope Lithographs | Vintage

Sunglasses | Jimmy Fairly

Madras Wallet Clutch | Clare V.

 Image courtesy of The Gilded Lobster.

TGLJanuary2016

2016, why, hello. You arrived so quickly that we’re only just wrapping our minds around the fact that you’re already here. With the arrival of another year comes a flurry of inspiration – a fresh new calendar, crisp pages in the planner, travels on the horizon + projects in the queue. With our first post of #tglpreciousobjects to officially ring in 2016 here at Around the Pound, we couldn’t be more anxious to curate a few of the delectable details that have us churning with excitement.

As a designer, the search for a desktop calendar can be a daunting task. Aesthetics, functionality. Aesthetics, functionality. We’re quite certain there are those in the universe that satisfy the quest for both, yet this year, we decided to throw in the towel and vote for good looks. The winner, a gorgeously crafted beauty from Charleston-based 42 Pressed. Like the most delicious of cakes, layer upon layer of copper-foiled goodness, enveloped in a bevy of mellow hues that make for a palate so refreshing, you’ll never want to dream in color again. For keeping tabs on meetings and appointments on-the-go, Louis Vuitton wins the award for simplistic agenda style, their pint-sized refills up the ante when it comes to portable panache. That adorable little LV hangtag? We’re secretly stashing in our cache of paper lovelies, because, yes, the secret’s out, we have one of those, and undoubtedly, we’d dare to venture that you probably do too.

As the days start rolling and we find ourselves knee-deep in new initiatives, we resolve to remember the value of time. Aesthetics and frivolity aside, the calendar serves as a reminder to savor each moment, live each day to the fullest, and let the small stuff fall to the wayside. Unlike doggy bags from your favorite eatery, calendar days can’t be saved for later. Time is too precious to be treated as anything less, our wish for you is to make the most of yours.

The Delectable Details

Hello Folded Note | Dahlia Press

Linen Swatches | Serena & Lily

Travel Pouch + Mechanical Pencil | Delfonics

Agenda Refill | Louis Vuitton

Die Cut Calendar | 42 Pressed

Trench + Stripes | Céline Resort

Image courtesy of The Gilded Lobster.

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