The images below don’t really apply to anything specifically, they’re just a still life series I did this week and I wanted to share them. Sending you love and well wishes for a fantastically wonderful 2014!
Happy holidays! We just returned from a week in chilly NYC, and let me just tell you what a fantastic time we had. Packed with food, friends, some work, more food, and even more friends, it was the best way to end the year and see all the pretty Christmas lights all over town.
We were in town for some work, a few meetings, a presentation, a radio show, and to check out the various prop houses and meet a few ceramacists along the way. I think I came back a few pounds heavier, and shopping damage was done. But put a beautiful handmade bowl in front of me and I cannot say no. But more on that later.
Armed with instagram, I took tons of photos. Let’s jump in, shall we?
We arrived just in time to see the sun going down across the skyline from our view at the NoMad Hotel. And yes, you should stay there if visiting New York. It’s absolutely lovely.
Monday we arrived to Good Light Studios bright and early. I can’t talk about the project we were working on and all the things involved, but I can show you this space. Soft, bright, gorgeous light that was diffused by snow flakes. Mother Nature was looking out for us!
I ran with prop stylist Nidia Cueva to a few prop houses along the way and snapped some photos. As you might know, we have quite few props ourselves and it’s always great to see other prop houses and their magnificent selections. Our first stop was Good Light Props, and it was as amazing as I imagined.
Back at the studio, sometimes a floor is a beautiful surface.
Monday night we headed to Brooklyn to meet up with the delightful Grace Bonney of Design Sponge and her new wife Julia Turshen. That’s right, Grace and Julia are newlyweds and while I’ve know for a bit it has only been recently announced to the world! So much love, so much happiness and meeting Julia was a dream come true for me! We were there to record a radio show with Grace and Julia and my friend Kristina Gill, also in town from Rome. Grace’s show is called After The Jump and you can listen to it here. We talk about food, instagram, and pinterest, it was a blast! Afterwards I inhaled SOME OF THE BEST PIZZA IN MY ENTIRE LIFE at Roberta’s. Oh holy smokes it was delicious.
Tuesday we woke up to light snow as we headed back to the studio.
And then there was that view.
I made a quick Okra Tree.
On Wednesday I toured a prop house that exists deep down in a New York city basement. And that’s all I can say about it right now. It’s top secret. Sorta. Maybe later. However, I can show you one surface I found that made me weep with joy.
Some various props on THAT SURFACE. Yes oh yes.
We also stopped by Prop Workshop, located on West 25th street. Can I just tell you how I wanted to stay there forever? Between beautiful props and the surface library, you really had to pull me away. Plus we were able to purchase new ceramic pieces from the owner Loren Simons who has started a new line with her daughter Aliza called Henry Street Studio. Beautiful stuff, can’t wait to get it home and start using it in photos!
Then it was off to Mud Australia in Soho to visit with Shelley Simpson, Mud’s creator. She was in from Sydney and we were so lucky to be able to spend some time with her. PLEASE don’t even get me started about my Mud collection.
But what did we eat?
Sometimes there’s nothing better than a lobster roll and a glass of bubbles. Oh, and some Ipswich clams and some oysters and another glass of bubbles.
Momofuku’s Bo Ssam lived up to its hype in EVERY.SINGLE.WAY. It was the best way to celebrate the end of a great week and also Adam’s birthday. What a magical evening! Oh, and there were corn cookies (my fave!)
Our last day was spent walking through the park and heading to ABC Carpet and Home with a quick trip to Shake Shack for a burger. And whatever you do, please don’t ask me to engage in the East Vs West debate of Shake Shack and In-N-Out. I must remain diplomatic about the whole thing. Perhaps one day you can shake the answer out of me.
This spice display at ABC Carpet and Home was exquisite.
This coffee and tea set is everythang and all that. So shiny.
We also picked up some beautiful ceramics from our new friend, Marité Acosta. A chef, food stylist and potter, everything she does is lovely. And she’s so wonderful. A new lifelong friend, this Marité. We love you.
Dear NYC: Thank you for such a wonderful week. DP, thank you for being you. You make the world a better place.
Links and info for everything above!
Surely you’ve entered, right? I mean, it’s $25,000 Grand Prize for the wining recipe! And you can read all about how to enter the Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker contest as well as this year’s adventure ingredients here. And this year it’s all about bars, which I’m pretty excited about. I’ll be judging the contest again this year and absolutely cannot wait! But remember, the contest ends January 2, 2014, which is right around the corner. Since we’re all in our kitchens baking and making sweet things this is a perfect time to enter!
It’s that time of year, isn’t it? I had a blast selecting some of my favorite gifts from Williams Sonoma, click on over to check them out! And make sure to check out the offerings of others, there are some fantastic things to give and get.
P.S. Are you following their blog, Taste? You really should if you aren’t. It is packed with so many delicious recipes and ideas and it’s so robust. Truly a fantastic place to spend some time!