Who says bourbon whiskey needs to come from Kentucky? Well this ain't the truth, case and point. A common misconception, it can be made anywhere in the United States to be called bourbon whiskey. Colin Spoelman and David Haskell opened Kings County Distillery in the 2010, which currently resides in Brooklyn's Navy Yard. This distillery is the first in New York City to open since the prohibition. As a whiskey drinker I enjoyed learning more about the method in which this spirit is created. They use all New York grain and traditional distilling equipment, offering a bourbon, a moonshine and a chocolate whiskey which is a collaboration with the Mast Brothers.
It's open to the public on Saturdays for a tour and a tasting.
Kings County Distillery
Brooklyn Navy Yard, Bldg 121
63 Flushing Avenue, Box 379
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Back in November while I was in Italy. We spent a quick afternoon in Livorno at the end of our Lucini shoot. We drove up the coast from Cecina along the Ligurian Sea. A stunning ride twisting through steep hillsides along the wild and windy royal blue ocean. Livorno is an old port city that used to protect Pisa. Typical Italian architecture painted in a array of pink, orange and yellow (so beautiful!). A series of waterways and canals running through out the city center, boats docked alongside.
When we arrived in Livorno we made our way through their various markets. We popped into a local cheese shop Vad Formaggi and had a parmesan tasting. We learned how a parmesan wheel is cut and portioned. It's quite the art form and those wheels weigh in at about 80 pounds. We tried parmesan that was 12, 24 and 36 months old fresh out of the wheel. We visited the Mercato Centrale an 18th-century art nouveau-style building on Aurelio Scali Saffi right next to the Royal Canal. It's a large indoor market that hosts 34 shops and 230 food stalls. The market has undergone several renovations since it was finished in 1894. A beautiful variety of unfamiliar seafood caught my eye. I don't know what it is about little old men but I love them! Every ounce of wisdom, every struggle and every laugh seems to tell their story through the wrinkles on their faces.
We also visited a local spot for a common street food called Cinque e’ Cinque also known as Farinata or Socca. A thin chickpea pancake of sorts that is baked in a wood oven and served on bread like a sandwich or alone. The name “Cinque e’ Cinque” was coined in the early 1900s by sailors coming through Livorno and refers to the going rate – five cents for the patty and five cents for the bread.
I hope I get to go back and explore more someday, I can only imagine how the coast is during the summer.
Back in February I attended the Dutch Masters workshop with Little Flower School. I adore Sarah and Nicolette with all my heart so it was super fun to be able to take part in and document the event. These ladies are SO damn good at what they do :) It was held at the Metropolitan Building in Long Island City with special guest Samin Nostrat who made the most delicious spread of snacks. It was a day to be remembered.
I recently photographed my dear friends new restaurant in Soho, Navy. Camille Becerra and I have been pals since forever it feels like. She is the chef of this new space with Akiva and Matt who are behind Smith & Mills. The details of this space are intricately crafted and thoughtful with a nautical inspired theme. Beautiful Japanese indigo tapestries are patch worked over the walls, the base lined in copper. A tiled bar of tiny sailboats hosts both a raw bar and coffee station. Old school-house chairs in addition to the wrap around wood banquets. The menu offers a lovely selection of seafood including things like raw oysters, crudos and uni butter on toast.
137 Sullivan Street
New York, New York