Nov 30, 2011
Below - outside City Hall waiting for rides to Long Island City.
These guys traveled in ultimate style in the trunk. I couldn't help but share this picture. They were really great sports!
And finally, the lovely newlyweds.
The city is incredibly beautiful when you get away from it. I had to stop myself from making almost every picture black and white. I'm just really in that kind of mood.
The whole event is here. Thank you to Kat & Tommy for having me - it was a pleasure!
Nov 29, 2011
1) Rosemary, Baby! from Prime Meats; 2) The Queequeg from The Drink; and 3) Sailor's Punch from Slightly Oliver. I want those scallop-edged bowls! And that blue trunk!
All were dangerously drinkable.
Nov 28, 2011
This was actually my first time at Gramercy Tavern. I guess that makes it one of the few restaurants Alice has managed to go to that I haven't. Obviously there was no way I was about to let that stand.
It's an interesting place. We've had most of our more formal meals at more overtly French restaurants, but Gramercy Tavern is in the New American tradition. There's a more overt emphasis on seasonality and perhaps somewhat less complex arrangements. It's an interesting contrast, and an enjoyable experience for planting me firmly in autumn.
The restaurant offers a prix fixe and two tasting menus, one standard and one "vegetable" (emphatically not vegetarian!). We decided to order both tastings. The food was broadly at a very high level, but within that there were a number of highlights.
The lobster salad from the autumn tasting was exquisite; the lobster itself was delightfully textured, while the creamy sunchoke puree harmonized perfectly with the flavor of the lobster itself. Among other accompaniments, little potato chips offered a thoroughly enjoyable texture contrast.
The sunchoke soup was vegetable tasting was similar. It was emphatically vegetable focused but not at all vegetarian, featuring substantial chunks of lobster. It's also lovely to see a dish that meaningfully uses a typical luxury ingredient in a firmly supporting rather than starring role.
The last savory course of special note was the spinach fettuccine on the vegetable tasting, and greatly outshone the corresponding dish on the autumn tasting. The intensity of flavor of the mushrooms was shocking. It was pure earthy, mushroomy goodness.
The desserts were just lovely. Alice's pear dessert was very well-balanced, while I found my deconstructed apple pie (with apple pie ice cream!) satisfying my apple pie craving perfectly.
(Thanks, J. I'll echo the sentiment that my pear dessert almost went down in my books as one of my favorite desserts - ironically, it was the poached pear itself I didn't care for that much. The rest was divine, as I like my desserts both crunchy and creamy in texture.)
Nov 27, 2011
I haven't done one of these his/her looks in ages, so it was the perfect prop to get us wanting to shoot again. Here's what we actually wore today - minus the mustache (c/o Ashley!) and kitteh.
Obviously our white muslin background could use some ironing... and I eventually want to get some colored backdrops for moodier shots. I'm just terrified of the background looking like those hideous ones used reserved for elementary school portraits.
I think we'll leave the stand set up there for now. I want to collect some fun props, and whoever comes by the apartment will be forced to take a photobooth style portrait there. :)
Nov 23, 2011
Move along... nothing to see here.
Last year, J and I had a glorious French meal at Adour (thank god I've learned better white balance since that post) the night before Thanksgiving. We decided to keep up that tradition (or I guess, make it a tradition), so we'll be heading to another great restaurant tonight that I've been really wanting to return to. I like to call it stretching out the ole stomach muscles for the next day. Stay tuned for that - I've realized food posts have been majorly lacking on here and that makes me sad! A big part of it is that I just haven't taken the 5D into restaurants lately, and I'm never happy enough with, say, x100 pictures to post them here. (First world problems, I know.)
This is getting too text heavy, but I'll leave it with this: this year, I'm especially thankful to have the opportunity to pursue my dreams of becoming a successful photographer. It sounds so corny in writing, but it's just something I shouldn't take for granted. And of course, thanks to all of you who continue to follow my adventures on lingered upon. :)
Nov 22, 2011
All Portra 400.
Nov 21, 2011
Nov 18, 2011
Avedon: Hmph, oh well. These purple balls suck! Move them!
Does this post make me a crazy cat lady? Yikes. I better stop this dialogue while I'm ahead. Happy weekend!
Nov 17, 2011
All shot on Fuji Pro 400H.
I can't explain why but this last shot is probably my favorite. There is something odd and whimsical about it. His hands in front, hers in back. Their expressions.
Nov 16, 2011
The black and white doesn't really do it justice but you can still make out some of the ornate details. I wish I could have stepped past the velvet ropes and walked around the room!
Nov 15, 2011
Above: Ektar 100 | Below: Fuji Pro 400H.
Empty beaches are always so photogenic. I am dying to plan another trip somewhere, but it's funny (and terrible) how I now think of traveling primarily as extended photo walks. Everything else (the food, culture, etc. of the place) comes second. I definitely want to escape to warmth come February when the winter starts to really drag on us over here. Currently eyeing Costa Rica...
Nov 14, 2011
I always forget how awesome black and white film is until I pick it up again.
Nov 13, 2011
ETA: Please do not view this in Internet Explorer. It looks like crap.
Nov 11, 2011
Above, oysters with smoked bacon and Worcestershire dressing. Below, the talented team - pastry chef Ryan Butler, bar manager John McCarthy, and chef Chris Rendell.
And with that, happy weekend, all!
Nov 10, 2011
I popped the +1 close-up filter on my 50mm and did an arm-length selfie here. To address a comment on my last self-portrait post about how I manage to focus properly: actually, whenever I try these, at least four out of five shots are focused on my nose, hair, mouth, etc. Getting it right on the eyes (especially at f1.2) is just trial and error.
Donning my current choice red: NARS lipstick in Joyous Red. :)
Nov 9, 2011
There's a mix of Kodak Portra 160 and Fuji 400H here.
As a side note, I'll be making some changes to the blog hopefully soon, so if you come by and things look broken and all out of place, you'll know why. One of those changes is going to be to post larger pictures, so I'm making my collages bigger nowadays. You can click here for the bigger version of this one.
Nov 8, 2011
Nov 7, 2011
Nov 4, 2011
I recently discovered another fall (ish) favorite - the Pan American Clipper which has got something like apple brandy, lime, grenadine and an absinthe rinse. What's your drink of choice?
Nov 3, 2011
These two NYC watercolor sketches are from the talented Suhita of Sketch Away. When we were all cooped up inside on the day of Irene's supposed rampage, I went on an blog surfing binge and came across her work, which I immediately HAD to have. J is all about getting original artwork, so we got these created for us. They were remakes of this and this, both of which are super affordable prints. Suhita mentioned that the cool thing about these two was that they were sketched from the same place in the city. All it required was a turn of the head.
The third sketch is by the awesome Charrow. We came across her work at the Joe Coffee on 13th and were instantly smitten. This particular print is called "Hydrant Jungle" (you must see it up close as it is terribly cute).
P.S. The only downside to this nook is it actually doesn't get much natural light at all. This was shot at an exposure of eight seconds (ISO 400, f5.6). :P
Nov 2, 2011
The "Bean," of course, was oodles of fun (and dizziness/nausea after a bit...).
It was a gorgeous sunny, windy autumn day that day.