While we were in Paris I stopped at quite a few grocery stores (or whatever they call them in Paris) and I remember reading that Nichole, the author of Paris in Color buys butter whenever she’s in Paris and brings it home to New Jersey. So when on our last day I saw all that butter at the Le Grand Epicerie Paris ….I just knew some was coming home with me. Nichole actually has an entire Pinterest board devoted to French butter. I mean, I would have to agree…butter is amazing. I watched Julie & Julia on my ipad while traveling and there’s lots of talk about butter so not surprising it was on my mind. It’s an affordable luxury…and so with some of my French butter stash, I made shortbread cookies. Bon Appetite! I used Ina’s recipe, but with a touch of Lorna. Ina dips hers in dark chocolate and Lorna always used a lemon glaze and so that’s what I did.
Entries Tagged as 'In Black & White'
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
I think what I love about black and white photography is that it gives everything a timeless feel to it. I mean Oreos look the same now as they did in 1912 and same with my husbands shoes all lined up in the closet against the black wall. I was in the process of making Oreo shakes after school and decided to snap a photo…and then another and then a quick shot of the wall in our bedroom and the closet…because in black & white…it looks so neat and tidy.
Friday, March 22, 2013
With the start of baseball season upon us, it’s pretty much top of mind around here and a few days ago we learned that there is a custom bat shop in Norwalk, Connecticut….about 15 minutes from home. As soon as you walk in to Tucci Lumber Co., a family owned and run company, you can smell the wood. Patrick and one of the guys discussed bats for a while and then he chose an AP5 Maple wood bat. He was able to customize it even further by choosing the color, logo and his name was engraved. They get all the wood from a mill near Cooperstown, New York, which I think adds to the charm. When I went back a couple of days later to pick up his new custom bat, I got a tour and was able to snap some photos. I love this place and I love that they are hand made in America!
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The other day I was walking along Fifth Avenue and noticed the Banana Republic store at 16th & 5th. Inside was a large open space with two floors, gorgeous architectural details, warm wood and black and white marble floors…I could not help but wonder about the original occupant of this beautiful space. What was it before it was a Banana Republic? The store clerks did not mind one bit that I was taking photographs and as I left actually thanked me for coming in. No, thank you!
Sunday, March 3, 2013
I love to edit photos and discover little details that I may not have even noticed when I was taking the photo. This happens a lot when I’m in a crowded place. I also love to shoot a simple subject, as in this case, objects in my china cabinet and turn those photos into black and white. Today I was experimenting with light.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Russ & Daughters on the lower east side is part of New York City culture and history. I’ve heard about, read about it, but being there and hearing what everyone was ordering and the food talk and the smells….really an unbelievable experience. Russ & Daughters is a fourth generation business that started in 1914. Not only is it the best food, but it’s prepared for you by family. A true New York Experience. When we were leaving I heard a little girl say to her mother, “I want to eat my pickle now.” Her mother turned to her and said, “Why don’t we sit on the bench?” I’m thinking, where is this bench? It’s 32 degrees, it’s getting dark and they go outside and sit on the bench so she can have her pickle. I love New York!
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
A few weeks ago we were driving back from the city when my husband decided we should stop in the Bronx and pick up dinner. We didn’t really have a plan of where we would go, but knew that we could find something on Arthur Avenue. We stumbled upon the quite famous Terranova Bakery on East 187th Street. We started talking to the owner and before long he was giving us a tour and telling us the history of how the business was started back in 1967. It was end of day so the oven had been turned off and most of the employees had gone home, but still he gave us a tour and even turned on the huge oven that holds 225 1.5 lb. loaves! They are loaded six at a time on a 25 foot wooden peel. It was fascinating and such fortunate timing that we came upon this unassuming storefront in the Bronx and had the opportunity of meeting Rudy. It’s what I love about New York. There are so many places and people like this in the five boroughs that I feel like you could canvas the city all day everyday and still jut scratch the surface.
Terranova Bakery . 691 East 187th Street . Bronx, New York