Within the last couple of months, I've gotten more than a handful of emails asking for food photography tips, and about my upcoming workshops. I have to say this is very flattering, especially considering where my photo skills were just a couple of years ago (see heinous examples below). And since I really enjoy teaching this stuff, I thought, why not put together a quick cheat sheet with my top pointers? Although I don't have a professional photography background, I love talking about this topic since I just overcame these obstacles pretty recently myself, and . . .
The early morning scene within the New York City subway system is not a pretty sight. The trains are crowded, the people are irritable, and you best believe that everyone is collectively crossing their fingers that, just for today, oh please let there not be "an ongoing investigation," "a sick passenger in the train ahead of us", or a "we are being held in the station" announcement. And if you get stuck in the same car with a group of high schoolers, then you are really and totally f*cked. But aside from providing New Yorkers with a constant flow of stress, the train . . .
I'm going to keep this post short and sweet since it's already Thursday, making this week's recipe three days late as is. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have caught that I spent last weekend in Puerto Rico for a friend's bachelorette party, so I'm still playing catch-up from having four days off. Puerto Rico exceeded all my expectations, and then some. Throughout the weekend, I got the mandatory white girl sunburn, ate my weight in mofongo with pernil, and lived out my teenage Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights fantasy of dancing sweaty salsa in a real salsa club - . . .
When I first moved into my current neighborhood, living down the street from Cafe Madeline was one of the things I was most excited about. A killer coffee shop and breakfast/lunch cafe, Madeline is a central meeting hub of the Ditmas Park area. They brew Toby's Estate coffee, have an ogle-worthy pastry counter with these fluffy, several inch-tall croissants, and serve an all-day menu that runs about 80 items deep (not exaggerating); it consists of every type of breakfast sandwich and toast you can imagine, grain bowls and salads, savory oatmeals, and a ton of egg . . .
You guys, have you heard of ‘hygge’ yet? Pronounced hoo-gah, and loosely translated from Danish to “a sense of comfort, togetherness and well-being,” the concept has recently started to gain popularity outside of Denmark. My personal obsession began when I learned about The Little Book of Hygge (William Morrow, 2017), written by the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen – a guy I suspect knows a thing or two about well-being. Ever since getting my hands on this book, not a day has gone by that I haven’t thought about this funny word. Hygge is, above . . .
Welcome to A Few of My Favorite Things, a monthly series where I share the books, articles, home goods and girly items I’m currently digging. 1. Hear my two top #bosslady inspirations - Kerry Diamond, Editorial Director of Cherry Bombe, and Garance Dore - on the same podcast (along with Top Chef judge Gail Simmons), discussing how working in the food industry has changed in the recent past. 2. Watch as Alex French Guy Cooking assembles the most perfect, over-the-top French cheese board. 3. Garnier's Micellar Water is the newest staple in my minimal . . .
Goooood morning, world! While many of you are undoubtedly still in bed basking in the glow of today's federal holiday, I have been hard at work for several hours working on the download of my very first e-cookbook! (There is no rest for the self-employed). I am so freakin' excited to share this e-book with you. This is a project I've been working on for several months and I must say, I'm pretty thrilled with the result. The idea for the book came from my desire to share the tips, tricks and recipes I've picked up over the years on the topic of - you guessed it - . . .