In the November issue of Food & Wine Magazine I photographed the lovely Homa Dashtaki of White Moustache Yogurt for their Food Artisans story. We shot the whole yogurt making process in Homa's Red Hook kitchen space. I adore this lady and her yogurt. Her family moved from Iran to California when she was just 8 years old, with fond memories of the yogurt her father made (where the name white moustache comes from). A few years ago they started their own business, the yogurt is rich, thick, perfectly tart and delicious. The sour cherry flavor being one of my favorites. Anyone who has tried their yogurts knows, its addictive! I wanted to share some outtakes of the whole yogurt making process that didn't make the cut.
This is long overdue post. I was in LA back in August, WTF! Where has the time gone? This year went by at light speed. I cant believe I am already planning my end of the year trips. Anyway, I was in LA for almost a week visiting some pals and exploring. My pal Eva, guide extraordinaire made sure I saw a ton of things that were on my list and then some. LA is sprawling there is no doubt about it and everything tends to revolve around the traffic. Its pretty typical that you wont see your pals very often if you live on the east side and they on the west. Its pretty similar to how I don't see my friends that live in the Upper West Side, oh wait I don't have any friends that live on the Upper West :P
There are GREAT shops in LA and truly DELICIOUS food. I really loved the Arts District, Abbot Kinney in Venice and parts of Downtown. We visited Malibu for the beach of course. Below are some my favs from the trip.
Gjelina - Venice
Intelligentisia - Venice
Zinc - Arts District
Sqirl Kitchen - Silverlake
The Hart and the Hunter - at The Palihouse in Beverly Hills
Eggslut - Downtown LA
Grand Central Market - Downtown LA
La Chapter and The Ace Hotel- Downtown LA
The Pie Hole - Arts District
General Store - Venice
Toms Flagship - Venice
Matteo Home Furnishings - Arts District
Poketo - Arts District
Alchemy Works - Arts District
Lake Boutique - Silverlake
Lawson Fenning - Silverlake
Broome Street General Store - Silverlake
For a more extensive list check this out, you can only do so much in a week ;)
Last year I had the pleasure to work with the team at The Fat Radish to photograph their first cookbook. Ben and Phil are the main faces behind the LES hot spot. Two of the most adorable and charming British men you'll ever have the opportunity to meet. Alongside the dream team of Julia Turshen and Nick Wilbur as their head chef. Its the first cookbook that I shot as well, so be nice ;) Its jam packed full of delicious vegetable heavy recipes. It was such an awesome opportunity and thanks to everyone at Rizzoli who made it happen.
Above are a few recipes from the book, as well as a bunch of outtakes. I also threw in a couple interior shots from the latest issue of Cereal Magazine Volume 7.
To see more and click here to buy a copy.
When I received the phone call asking me if I wanted to go to Hawaii, I squealed "Yes!" in response. I've always wanted to visit Hawaii since I was a child. Most of my west coast friends spend their vacations there and now that I am an east coast transplant we typically go to closer tropical getaways such as Mexico and the Caribbean. Hawaii is a bit of a trek for us, but so worth it. I was invited to spend 3 days in Honolulu staying at The Luxury Collection's Historic Royal Hawaiian on Waikiki Beach with One Kings Lane. A collaboration between the two capturing "The Perfect Day" in Waikiki. I was in great company with Andrea Stanford of One Kings Lane and Caitlin Lindquist Arizona based fashion blogger.
I arrived to Honolulu late Saturday afternoon. As we drove down the circular drive way lined with tiki torches and lush tropical foliage I was greeted in a traditional Hawaiian fashion with a lei. I was escorted to my beautiful suite on the 4th floor overlooking a surfer specked sea. The hotel was built in 1927 and I was lucky enough to stay in the historic section. The iconic perfect shade of pink structure represents a Spanish-Moorish design one popular to that era. A story I found most interesting was that during the time before air travel people would spend 5 days traveling at sea to arrive to Hawaii. Once they arrived they would stay for long periods of time, the best and most highly coveted rooms being those with views facing inland towards the lush mountains. After days at sea, the last thing anyone wanted was to face the ocean. How times have changed.
During our stay we spent an afternoon taking a surf lesson given by The Waikiki Beach Boys. That was the highlight of my trip, I stood up on my second try, granted the instructor helped me catch the right wave of course. I could have stayed out there all day, I loved it. We also hiked to the top of Diamond Head Crater, with the most beautiful 360 degree view of the island. After the hike we went to try Hawaiian shave ice, its not shaved ice fyi. The perfect way to cool down on a hot day. In the evening we went to the traditional Hawaiian Luau at the hotel. We were served a delicious multi-course meal showcasing some of Hawaii's local cuisine, such a poi (a side dish made from taro plant). I wanted to try everything that the locals ate, you know me.
One thing I didn't mention is that during our stay we were filmed. Yes. Me. Filmed. A whole new territory for me as I am typically hiding behind my camera. Hopefully I don't embarrass myself too much ;) I will be sharing more images and the video in the next few weeks to come. A big thank you to The Luxury Collection and One Kings Lane for including me in this amazing trip!
I see Helen Levi's ceramics everywhere, I thought. One of the handfuls of talented Brooklyn artisans creating and producing beautiful goods. I went to visit Helen's studio in Industry City a few months back and I thought I would share a couple. She makes such beautiful things, a true talent. I pretty much fell in love with her dog Billy right away, such a babe. Check out more of her work and daily musings on instagram.