Style Makes The Moment with Lindsay Olives

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When my friend Anita asked if I wanted to participate in a Lindsay Olives  holiday promotion I immediately jumped at the chance. With an opportunity to come up with our own idea of what makes the holiday season so special, the word “style” kept popping into my head for a variety of reasons. As much as I love entertaining (you’ve seen my backyard, right?!?), I think it’s best done with a light hand and free spirit but that shouldn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. In fact, identifying the things that you love and elevating them with care and attention is what I call style, and yes, it’s something that’s great for special occasions and the every day.

After all, every day should be a celebration, shouldn’t it?

When it comes to style during the holidays, my attention immediately goes to the table. From now until the end of December we plan on hosting several dinners, a cocktail party, a few last-minute gatherings and opening our home to friends and family. It sounds like a lot (it is!), but keeping your cool and being prepared makes it so much easier.  In fact, I’ve got this entertaining thing down and it’s really not that difficult! Here’s how style makes the moment for us.

Sips   I always keep a bottle (ok, 3) of really tasty, inexpensive bubbles in the fridge. It could be a great champagne, a prosecco, a bougey cerdon, anything that’s chilled and delicious. Come over and you’ll immediately be greeted with a glass as I believe it sets the mood and lets you know that I’m about to celebrate the hell out of ya. And it doesn’t have to be a fancy glass, mind you.

Music  I absolutely cannot exist without music, and this time of year it’s a happy blend of nostalgic holiday tunes mixed with Brazilian jazz classics and even some modern beats for energy.  Low and slow in the background, music is another texture in your pad that shouldn’t be ignored.

Table  Here’s where I geek out, and not just because it’s my day job. I’m not big on formality at all and prefer some irreverence and surprise when it comes to decorating, and that takes place in many forms. As a big collector of ceramics, anything mixed and matched works well when in the same color story, and vintage napkins and linens add color and charm. Heck, even a roll of butcher paper down the center adds texture, and branches and leaves from the garden can take the place of flowers. And since we’re in So Cal which means dining outdoors in December, every guest gets a fabric throw to wrap around when the temperature drops.

Ebb & Flow Sometimes style ain’t what you do but the way that you do it.  More than anything I want our guests to relax and feel at home, and I never micromanage the process. If a new guest feels out of place I don’t hesitate to ask them to join me in the kitchen while I get ready, or I pair them up with one of our closest friends and guests to welcome them into the fold. Entertaining should never be forced, fussy, or uncomfortable. I want to have a good time, too!

So what makes the holidays  for you? Lindsay Olives is running a delightful sweepstakes here, and all you have to do is share what makes your holiday special for a chance to win prizes. There are 4 winners, and each winner receives a $500 Visa Gift Card and an “Olive Entertaining Starter Kit”.

The sweepstakes is here, and they’re also accepting entries via Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag “#LindsayMoment”.  It starts today and runs through 12/22/14!

Happy holidays!

 This post is sponsored by Lindsay Olives.

Devour! Food Film Fest in Wolfville, Nova Scotia

devour-logo-550Brrr! And hello! We just returned from our second trip to Canada in a month, this time to the lovely East Coast to attend the Devour! The Food Film Fest in Wolfville, NS. We spoke about food photography and styling, watched a few movies, ate well, played in the snow, and met such lovely people all around.  It was our second visit to the area, and this trip allowed us to spend more time in lovely Wolfville than before. Also: NICEST PEOPLE EVER. But I suppose you could say that about Canadians in general right?

Before I jump into photos, I want to encourage everyone to seek out the film “Famous Nathan” by Lloyd Handwerker. It is the story of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, a NY institution for almost 100 years. Lloyd is the grandson of the founder Nathan Handwerker, and getting to know him made this piece of history all that much deeper. Whatever you do, please please please make sure and see this film! I can’t say enough about it. It’s culinary history, a family tale, the dream of immigrants, and a true American story all rolled into one. I actually consider it an honor to have seen it. You should too.

I also encourage everyone to attend the next Devour! Food Film Fest. This year’s keynote was Anthony Bordain, and I really don’t know how they’re gonna outdo themselves next year. But it’ll happen. I know it. Bonus points for me-n-Adam for being inducted into the Nova Scotia Order of Good Cheer along with Mr. Bordain! Now that’s not something that happens every day!

Photos, anyone?

(sidenote: as a personal challenge I left all cameras at home, determined to only use my phone. All images iphone 6.)

 

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The first thing I had to do was run outside and snap some shots of the beautiful fall scenes. And I’m glad I did because the next day…

 

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It was the first snow of the season, and all I wanted to do is play.

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Pre-snow and so much to see.

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Train tracks and branches with character!

 

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I’ll probably spend the rest of my life wondering why Americans don’t eat Ketchup Chips. WHY WHY WHY?!??!?! And now there’s this to contend with: Srirachup. Forward my mail and send me my puppies, I wanted to stay.

 

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Two words: Donair Pizza. I really can’t explain, you just need to visit Nova Scotia and try it.

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We fell in love with the sweetest little bakery called Slow Dough. Also: BUTTER TARTS.  Oh good lord yes. So Canadian, so perfect.

 

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Founded in 1606 (!), The Order Of The Good Time a/k/a Order Of Good Cheer is North America’s oldest culinary group and it was a delight to be inducted along with Adam and many other speakers and attendees. I like to tell myself the paps were there solely for me, but no, Mr. Bordain was standing next to us as he was inducted as well. Sidenote: I’ve always said I’m a good time, now I can officially prove it.

 

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Mr. Bordain signs autographs, Adam samples food.  This photo cracks me up on so many levels. Photo from Devour facebook page.

 

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There was a food truck crawl one evening and even through I was freezing my lil brown butt off it was magical to be a part of it. Thank you, Simon and Llloyd and Leslie!

 

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We spoke Friday morning and it was a blast! A wonderful group, so engaged and lovely. If reincarnation exists I want to come back as a Canadian.

 

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As a native Southern Californian, Adam is legally required to do this.

 

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The lovely Blomidon Inn covered in snow. Can you believe that? A 19th century captain’s mansion can be no sweeter than this. Such fun to stay here.

 

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Behind the mansion is a tiny trail, and I stumbled upon this view. IT WAS LIKE WALKING INSIDE A POSTCARD! Geez! So lovely.

 

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On the drive back to Halifax I took a shot from the car. So beautiful.

 

Giant hugs and thanks to Lloyd and Leslie, everyone who attended our talk and to Simon, Lia and Michael for a fantastic event! We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to be a part of it!

 

Cadillac Road to Table in Laguna Beach

This post is in partnership with Cadillac

Living in Southern California endears you to automotive culture whether you realize it or not. In fact, I never thought about cars until I moved here, and my personal relationship with them changed forever. Of course, there are those whose interest in them knows no bounds, and whenever I’m with my car friends I love hearing what’s around the corner and what’s new in terms of design and performance.

So when the invitation to attend Cadillac’s Road to Table event came my way, I immediately replied with a resounding YES. Founded in 1902, Cadillac is legendary as we all know, and the novel hook of the event reeled me in instantly. Food and cars? Yes please.

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So what was the event about? Cadillac partnered with Saveur Magazine to present their concept of “Road to Table,” which combined a fantastic dinner, a stunning location, and the opportunity to test drive  the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan and be chauffeured home in the next-generation 2015 Cadillac Escalade. With events in Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta, and Orange County (where I attended), this was a fantastic way to learn a bit more about the design process, see where the brand is headed, talk about performance, snap some photos, and enjoy a meal at Studio Restaurant located at the Montage in Laguna Beach.

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The event began at Seven Degrees, also in Laguna Beach, where we were greeted with small bites and drinks. An entire fleet of 2014 CTS Sedans was waiting, and I was able to test drive a fully-featured model that left me giddy. I wish I could report back to you on the car’s performance (which was nothing short of amazing), but my brain is filled with details of the vehicle’s creature comforts and tech features. Cadillac calls it a “driver-focused interior,” and they certainly mean it. On the model I drove, the heads-up display projected my speed, along with the posted speed limit, directly onto the windshield  Since  it was a warm evening (and I wore a jacket!), I appreciated the air-conditioned leather seats and was sad when my short drive from Seven Degrees to the Montage was over.

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Greeted by glasses of wine, a breathtaking view and the first ever 2014 ELR, Cadillac’s range-extending electric coupe with gas generator, guests immediately made their way to the back patio of Studio Restaurant to take in the views. The sun was setting, so can you blame us? Passed appetizers, more wine, and then a sunset.

 

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After a few words from Chef Craig Strong, we all sat down to enjoy dinner, which started with Hamachi sashimi with kiwi, celery, kaffir lime, and trout caviar; followed by seared swordfish with spicy lentils, okra, amaranth, and piperade sauce or grilled beef tenderloin with maple potatoes, broccoli, and bordelaise sauce; and ended with “Textures of Grapefruit,” which was segments of grapefruit with grapefruit-flavored marmalade, sorbet, granita, cream, sauce and foam. Guests enjoyed the Foley Chardonnay from the Santa Rita Hills and the Montagna Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.  And while I tried my hardest to snap some shots of the meal, the sun set rather quickly and you know how I feel about flash in restaurants. It’s a no-no. Let’s just say that everyone was delighted with Chef Strong’s menu and I can’t wait to return.

 

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After dinner, we were all whisked away into 2015 Escalades, and I shall tell you this: I could get extremely comfortable having someone take me home after dinner in a luxurious, spacious vehicle like this. And what a smooth ride!  I’m pretty sure the driver had to kick me out . . . but I’ll save that story for another time.

Opening collage and final dessert image credit Greensky, used by permission.

Thanks to Cadillac for a creative, engaging, wonderful way to experience their vehicles and to Saveur for a beautiful dinner. Special thanks to Montage Laguna Beach and Chef Craig Strong for the view and the great hospitality. This post was sponsored by Cadillac.
 

Visiting Belém, Brazil #OnlyInSouthAmerica

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How I love discovering and visiting new places, especially when it involves South America, a region of the world filled with culture, beauty, vast natural interests and a blend of languages and cultures.

This recent excursion would send us to Belém, Brazil for several days of eating and exploring around the entrance to the Amazon. My South American experiences have always centered around Argentina and Uruguay, so checking out Brazil had me exhilarated and giddy, not to mention that I’d be traveling with Aida and Gaby, two of my closest friends.

As guests of TAM Airlines, I was excited to learn more about their destinations, check out their fleet, and experience their business class cabin. But first, I must thank Blacklane Limousine for getting me to LAX in style, and with their app it made booking so effortless. Thanks, guys!

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Belém is the largest city in the state of Pará, located in the north of Brazil. It’s referred to as sitting at the entry gate to the Amazon River. Speaking with tour guides and locals, it became clear that we weren’t near Amazon territory — we were actually in Amazon Territory, a fact that many visitors to the area often ask about. But I could see how you’d reach that conclusion as it’s easy to overlook thanks to Belém’s sprawling urban center and population. However, just a quick drive out of the city quickly puts you amidst fields of low-lying trees that slowly become the jungle before you even notice.  And just like that you are in the Amazon, left with the feeling that you are far away from anything.

Contrasting the city-meets-jungle experience can be a wee bit hard for this photographer to grasp. One second you’re among skyscrapers, the next minute you are in a forest so dense, so thick that is seems downright impenetrable. To truly experience it, we boarded a ferry for a 3-hour ride to the large island of Marajo, known as Ilha De Marajo. Rustic and rich of texture in a way that only sun, sea and river air can affect, it felt as if we were in the middle of nowhere. One noticeable fact about Marajo: BUFFALO! They wander freely and also do double duty as transportation. They also supply milk for the local regional cheese called Marajoara. Lean and tangy, it so closely resembles a fresh cheese made from cow’s milk than what you might be inclined to think. It’s definitely Latin and Central American in taste and freshness, something I certainly love. Having visited water buffalo in Italy, these Brazilian cousins have a docility and ease I have never experienced. Approachable, friendly, and with distinct personalities,  you still have to be careful when approaching, especially anything with horns this big!

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We even took a ride! I chose the buffalo who was doing his own thing prior to saddling up, a mistake I later learned as he was more interested in exploring the thick brush for snacks than follow the rest of our group to the destination.

A quick riverboat tour allowed for some miraculous selfies on our way to lunch and to visit a local chocolate maker. This house business did it all: they grew the cocoa plant, nurtured it, harvested it, ground it and processed it, delivering a hunk of raw chocolate to chefs and restaurants in the area. All done by hand without the trappings of modern equipment, I imagined I was going to back in time and visiting my ancestors as they made chocolate.

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No, it’s not easy grinding cocoa.

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Back in Belém, our tour was organized by Paratur, the government-run tourism office for the state of Para. I was looking forward to trying local dishes and various offerings at Ver-o-peso, the largest outdoor market in the region. As much as I love to travel, I have to say that Amazonian ingredients and flavors did make me feel like I was visiting another planet: new, unique, and different to me. In fact, we all struggled a bit with how to share the flavors of Belém with you via a blog post as many things are unique to the area and grown nowhere else. Chalk this one up as a win for true locality and anti-globalization!

Let’s look at some photos!

 

Thanks to  TAM Airlines and Paratur for the adventure that can be found #onlyinsouthamerica

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Feed Supper

When my bestie asked if I our backyard was available to host a  Feed Project’s Feed Supper for a few friends, I didn’t hesitate to respond with a giant “YES!” Dedicated to raising money to provide food for those in need, the Feed Supper is a novel way for everyone to get involved with friends and family and raise money for their giving partners, the WFP and Feeding America.  I encourage you to visit the website to learn more, and while the Feed Supper project is almost over, there’s never a bad time to think about those in need.

(also, giving money to Feeding America couldn’t be easier if you have an Amazon account! Just saying!)

Here are some shots from Friday night’s dinner. Also, the menu was simple, fun, and fresh and featured Gaby’s incredible Bruschetta Bar.

 

 

 

 

Matt at Stand Out! Photographic Forums

stand-out-logo-550pxHello folks! Super thrilled to be included in the line up at Stand Out! Photographic Forums next week in Los Angeles! I’ll be speaking about food photography on October 15th and I’d be so absolutely delighted if you could make it! And if you’re not around, there will be the San Francisco event on October 18 (but I won’t be speaking there so you’ll definitely want to come see me in LA, right?)

Here’s what I’m talking about:

As a specialized area within the world of photography, food photography strives to stir your hunger, tell a story, teach a process or two, make a political statement, or share a moment on a subject in which we are all experts. Whether it’s commercial advertisements or editorial assignments, menus, packaging or cookbooks, we’ll explore this highly fascinating area that strives to touch each of the senses: see, hear, taste, touch, smell.

From Stand Out!: “The Stand Out! Photographic Forums’ mission is to bring the photographic community together to inform, inspire and excite. Hear from inspiring and innovative industry creatives and icons.  Explore new ideas to differentiate yourself and your business.

The Stand Out! event will also bring leading photographic brands under one roof to demonstrate their products to you in an intimate and meaningful manner.  A face to the brand, meet some of the most knowledgeable resources in the industry.

This event is ideal for professional photographers, photo assistants, advanced students or any imaging professional that would like to learn about the latest cutting edge products and techniques being used in the professional digital image capture market in a hands-on and seminar based forum. Join us at the Stand Out Event!”

When Phase One and Capture Integration asked me if I was interested in speaking I only had to think .00023 seconds before answering.  I hope to see you, and I hope you’ll take full advantage of the event and come meet and listen to some amazing participants. I’ll be on first but you will definitely want to stay and soak in the knowledge!

You must register for the event, but use code “FOOD” to register for both events and all lectures free of charge! Get on it!

 

 

My Hawaiian Moment: Loco Moco

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Please raise your hand if you love you some Hawaii.

See? That’s an image of every single person raising their hands. Probably both arms, actually.

And we all know why.

As a traveler, there are many places I enjoy visiting throughout the world, and each place has it’s unmistakable, unique quality that makes it a destination. When I think of my travels through Asia, I think of technology and food. Argentina? Wine and culture. And with Hawaii?

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It’s Love. This is the way of Aloha, the concept which transcends a physical state and manner to a way of life, a way of being with yourself and others. You feel it the second you land on any island. It’s in the generosity and smiles of those you encounter, it’s a sparkle in the eye, a loving touch from a local, and a feeling that you are welcomed, cared for, loved. It’s these reasons why we visit Hawaii when we can, and of course having a brother-in-law on the North Shore of Oahu always helps, too! (Hey Ryan!)

Our days spent in Hawaii are like no other, and for this I’m thankful. For starters, I wake up extremely relaxed, a million miles away from my everyday responsibilities. After admiring the view or starting with a run on the beach, I always begin to think about food. And it’s always a casual effort, eating as much local food as possible, and I’m not satisfied unless there’s a plate lunch involved. Or two. Or Four. I’m not keeping track. One thing I always seek out is Loco Moco. While there are many variations, its main components involve rice, a hamburger patty, eggs and brown gravy. Maybe there’s another food so filling and satisfying, but I sure can’t think of it right now.

Like any regional favorite (I’m reminded of my childhood favorite Frito Pie), its origin is debatable, but it’s clear that it’s a Hawaiian original, hands down. Rumor has it that it was first served at Lincoln Grill in Hilo, which is no longer there. Luckily living in Southern California means I can get this dish right up the street from me, but you know what? It’s just not the same. Nothing compares to filling up on this satisfying dish surrounded by locals, great friends, and tons of the Aloha spirit. When I’m on the big island, Blaine’s Drive­In in HIlo is fantastic, and I hear that Cafe 100 does the dish right, including dozens of varieties. Maybe one day I’ll have to work my waythrough all the variations. A guy can dream, right?

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The beauty of this dish is that nothing needs to be terribly exact. Rice, patties, eggs, gravy. That’s it. If you can cook rice then you’re already there, as patties get fried in a pan with the drippings saved for gravy. Add beef broth to the drippings and season, then create a roux with flour. Too tricky you say? You could always use pre­-made gravy. Fry your eggs. To assemble, top the rice with the meat patty, top with the fried egg and then with gravy. Prepare to be in heaven.

Of course, if you are the type that needs a recipe, these are always good sources:

Food Network Loco Moco Recipe

Cooking Channel Loco Moco Recipe

WikiHow’s Loco Moco, with photos!

And since we’re on the topic of food, I do indeed have favorite spots throughout Hawaii for food, including Poke at Fresh Catch, Malasadas from Leonard’s Bakery, cheese and chocolate from Surfing Goat Dairy, and fish tacos from Coconut’s Fish Cafe. Let’s just say those fish tacos in particular rival anything over here, that’s for sure!

Brought to you by The Hawaiian Islands.

So tell me, where are your favorite places to eat in Hawaii? I’d love to know and start my list for our next visit!

National Coffee Day!

Did you know today is National Coffee Day? I don’t really know what that means as it’s always coffee day for me. I wouldn’t exist without it. Speaking of, last month I went into the studio and shot a personal coffee story, so I figured today would be an appropriate day to share! It centers around coffee moments and all things coffee. Enjoy, and while you’re up can I get a refill? Thanks.

Travel camera gear and what’s in my bag!

Confession: I love when someone asks me what camera gear I travel with. It gives me a chance to geek out and talk cameras, which I can literally do for hours. Hours. It also allows me the opportunity to ask what others carry around and compare notes. I mentioned I could go on for hours, right?

As I was packing this morning for an upcoming trip to South America I thought why not snap a photo and talk about what I’m taking with me? I’ve long been mesmerized with magazine features of what photographers and avid travelers carry in their bags as well as sites like Shotkit. So here’s what I’m taking!

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Cameras
For this trip I’ll be shooting primarily with a Canon 5D Mark III and Mark II. I’ve put these cameras thru the wringer, and they never let me down! I’d love to take my studio set up and shoot medium format with my Phase One 645 IQ180 on this assignment, but because I’ll be in some pretty remote areas and constantly on the go I’ll use something a bit lighter.

Lenses
I’ll be using a Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L, and a Canon 50mm f/1.2L. I should be able to cover just about everything with these lenses, from detailed food shots to interiors and landscapes. And on-location portraits made with the 50mm? Oh so beautiful.

Light
I’ll be bringing my Canon 580 EXII Speedflash for any moments where I need to fill in some light. I don’t use flash much but it’s great to have on hand. And so that I may use it off of my camera, I’ll be bringing a pair of Pocket Wizard Plus III which will allow me to fire the flash from across a room or from behind the subject if I’m facing them. Basically wherever.

Power
Lots of extra Canon batteries, an international adapter, and a travel power strip. I always carry a power strip when traveling as so many hotels (and airports) don’t have enough. It always comes in handy. I also never leave home without my duo of Ankor Astro E4 batteries. These suckers will charge an iphone and/or ipad 5 to 6 times on one charge, and having 2 just means I won’t be caught without power.

Memory Cards, Cables, Back Up, Card Reader, Light Meter
All my camera’s memory cards go into my Think Tank wallet, and I carry two 500-gig Seagate USB portable drives as well.  Provided I have enough of a robust wifi signal, I also upload to DF Studio for extra safety. I also use a Lexar Compact Flash reader… it’s fast! Oh, and that orange cable from Tether Tools allows me to download images from my camera to my laptop or shoot tethered. I always carry it with me! And I’ll be taking my Sekonic L-358 Light Meter so that I can get accurate and proper exposures as well as balancing flash with available light.

Extra Cameras
For those moments where lugging around a big dSLR might not be ideal, I’ll shoot with the Sigma dp2 Quattro. Its unusual design is a joy to handle, and the Foveon sense always gives me fantastic images! This camera is on loan from my friends at Sigma, I promise to keep it safe!

Because there will be live updates of my trip and lots of hashtagging happening, I’ll be shooting with an iphone 5S and 6 plus. I purchased additional lenses from Phocus (it’s that camera-looking iphone case next to the phone) that will allow me to get some telephoto and macro action while out and about. And let me say this: those lenses make for some beautiful images! Go iPhone! Go Phocus!

Oh, and I’ll be using VSCO Cam and Snapseed to edit on my phone and a small remote to trigger the shutter for those very important selfies with my travel mates :)

Color Card
Color is always so important to me, so I’ll be using a very small little portable grey/color card that I can keep in my pocket for proper color balancing. I’ll be shooting lots of food, tropical fruits and vegetables, beaches and foliage so this will definitely help me get accurate color.

Bags
All of this stuff goes into my Think Tank Airport International V 2.0 bag. It’s durable, compact, gives my arms a break, and allows me to slip in my laptop, as well. I love this bag! And those red things in the upper right? Those are Think Tanks’ Red Whips, which make cable management (and life in general!) so much more organized! Everyone around me LAUGHS AT ME because I carry them around EVERYWHERE! But I can’t help it. They are fantastic!

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At the end of every day I download images to my Macbook Pro and do basic edits in Capture One. I also carry a Moleskine notebook and tons of Pilot G-Tec C4 pens in 0.4. Ok, am I obsessed and a bit picky about writing instruments? You bet! Oh, and all the little cables for everything go in their own bag so I didn’t show you, thankyouverymuch.

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You should really have insurance for your gear and any necessary carnets. I cannot stress this enough! Insurance, people!

Note: I’d love to ask you what you carry with you as you travel, but I’m currently having issues with comments as I move to a new set-up here. As always, you can reach me via twitter any time if you have questions or just wanna chat!

The Aarti Paarti Cookbook Is Here! And a Giveaway!

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I always feel like a proud papa when I hold a cookbook that Adam and I worked on. Maybe even more so when it comes to our friend, Aaarti Sequeira. You may know her from her TV show, or you might just be one of the lucky souls on this planet to know her in person. Her energy, humor, smile, humility and her family all radiate with the light of a thousand suns. Aarti is beautiful inside and out, so when we began working on this cookbook last year I really wanted to do my best to honor her story, her recipes,  and her family heirlooms lent to us to incorporate into the photography. And you know what? I think we did a pretty smashing job!

But wait, I cannot take all of the credit. Aarti was right there, at every step of the way to advise, direct, hold my hand on a few occasions, and provide the guidance and levity a team needs when embarking on an endeavor of this magnitude.

(And ssssh, just between you and me, that 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000-watt smile is never-failing, always-present, illuminating any and every photo she takes. And if you don’t believe me, come over and I’ll show you outtakes. All gorgeous.)

And those recipes? Holy smokes. DEEEELICIOUS. In fact, after photography last year we served one of her dishes to guests at a dinner party, but we were all sworn to secrecy since the book wasn’t out just yet. It was a hit, just like so many other things in this book. Tracy knows what I’m talking about.

How about some images? I’m only sharing to entice you to go out and buy this book. You WILL go out and buy this book, won’t you? You better. I can’t wait to hear what you think!

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Aarti Paarti: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul, Grand Central Life & Style Publishing, 2014 is available at Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, IndieBound, and Amazon.

 

(UPDATE: I am having wordpress/thesis issues right now so I am currently migrating to a new design. There’s no way to comment at the moment but I’ll let you know because I want to give away a book, darnit! THANK YOU!)

GIVEAWAY! I’m giving one copy away of Aarti Paarti to a random reader! I mean, you’re not a random reader. I’ll choose randomly. Yea, that’s it! Just leave a comment below, you can tell me your favorite Indian dish, or favorite moment from Aarti’s show, or heck, tell me anything! I’ll pick a random comment in the next few weeks and send you a copy! Disclosure: The book copy is coming from my stash, and this post is not sponsored, I’m just doing this because I love this book that much! Oh, and I photographed it. Duh.  Will ship internationally, too.