Connoisseur

The Philly Places and Things Jezabel Careaga Can’t Live Without

The Jezabel’s Cafe owner shares her faves.


Jezabel Careaga

Jezabel Careaga. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

The stylish Argentine entrepreneur dishes out sweet alfajores at her eponymous West Philly cafe, slings minimalist home goods at her neighboring boutique, and is opening her own furniture showroom this fall. Here, the stuff she can’t live without.

FAVORITE THINGS

Item I wear every day: “I always have a watch on my wrist — and not an Apple Watch. I have a black Skagen with Roman numerals.”

Skin-care essential: The Lifting and Firming Mask by La Mer.

Makeup essential: Bobbi Brown shimmer brick highlighter. “It always makes me look fresh.”

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Jezabel Careaga’s apron. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Piece of clothing: “My apron. It has leather straps, and it was made in Argentina.”

Currently reading: Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera. “I read my favorite books again every few years.”

Way to work out: Barre class at Amrita South in Grad Hospital.

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Jezabel Careaga’s current read. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

AT HOME

Morning ritual: “Making my morning French press, quietly sitting on the sofa sipping coffee.”

Currently binge-watching: The Mind of a Chef. “I’m a little infatuated with David Kinch and his California vibe.”

On my desk: “A classic Moleskine notepad and a blue rolling-ball V7 pen.”

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Part of her nightly routine. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

I never go to sleep without: “I put a little bit of Bulgari Eau Parfumée Au Thé Blanc on after I take a hot, hot shower. It has a soapy but clean smell.”

Favorite indulgence: Pizza. “But a really good one: crispy crust, spongy middle, a good sauce and lot of cheese — Buenos Aires-style.”

Best advice I ever got: “I was leaving for college. My dad said, ‘Limits are only in your mind,’ and off I went.”

OUT AND ABOUT

Coffee shop: Vernick Coffee Bar in Logan Square. “A cappuccino, quiche verte, and blood orange olive oil cake makes me happy.”

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Jezabel Careaga’s favorite coffee shop is Vernick Coffee Bar. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

On the weekends, you’ll find me at: Riverwards Produce. “It’s a great way to connect with local food lovers.”

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Riverward’s Produce. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Lunch spot: Vientiane Café in Spruce Hill. “I get the green papaya salad with fish sauce or the Naam salad and homemade beef jerky.”

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Jezabel Careaga’s shades from Omoi Zakka. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Place for gifts: Omoi Zakka in Old City. “I bought these red Kimono shades there.”

Trip I take every year: Miami. “I lived there when I first moved to the States.”

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Miami, Florida. Jezabel Careaga. Photograph by Adam Goldberg/Getty Images.

Project I’m working on: Opening my furniture atelier. “Growing up, my grandmother made the meals and my grandfather made the table. Today, I serve food on furniture I made myself, and now others can buy it, too.”

Published as “Connoisseur: Jezabel Careaga” in the July 2019 issue of Philadelphia magazine.