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Thank you NYC


This past long weekend I was in NYC for meetings and to photograph one of my favorite cities. I kept a very busy schedule but was able to meet up with some friends that were so kind to show me their city. I had a little time on the weekend to spend catching up with my Aunt and Uncle where my Aunt cooked the most amazing ravioli from scratch. I napped in the hammock while the sunset and we spent hours in the kitchen catching up while we cooked. I have a lot of catching up to do with getting out orders and editing in my free time. I hope to share some photos of my favorite places soon!

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Summer Heat Wave – Central Park Stroll


Last Week the heat in NYC was pretty intense. I woke up for a very early morning walk through Central Park and it was in the high 80’s before 8am. Here are a few photographs from my morning stroll








Watermelon Gazpacho


Doing things a little differently today. This past week while in NYC I dined with my friend Lauren. Since the city was so HOT, I decided to try a watermelon gazpacho on the menu. It was delicious! When it came to preparing food for dinner in the country my Aunt (who is a fabulous cook) offered we try to make the gazpacho. I hope you enjoy this summer recipe as much as we did!




This is adapted from a watermelon and tomato soup in Anya von Bremzen’s wonderful book “The New Spanish Table” and we in turn adapted it from Martha Rose Shulman’s New York Times recipe.


4 cups cubed seedless watermelon, about 1 1/4 pounds


1 pound ripe tomatoes, quartered or cut into sixths


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


Generous 1/2 cup chopped celery (2 ounces)


Our additions: 


half a cucumber (peeled and seeded, you can use the other half for garnish),


¾ medium red onion, chopped (use the remaining ¼ for garnish),


3-4 medium-ish cloves of garlic, chopped or not


1 large jalapeno, seeded and chopped a bit


1-2 tbsp sherry vinegar, or to taste


Salt and freshly ground pepper


Thin celery slices or sticks for garnish

1. Working in batches, purée all of the ingredients except the garnish in a blender for two minutes or longer until frothy and smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings, making sure you have used enough salt and lemon juice for a vivid flavor. Transfer to a bowl, and chill for several hours. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve, garnishing each bowl with thinly sliced celery or, if serving in glasses, with a thin lengthwise slice of celery stick.


Yield: Four to six regular servings, or 8 to 12 aperitifs.


Advance preparation: You can serve this soup the day after you make it. Leftovers are good for two or three days. (I disagree – it really doesn’t hold up so great for more than a day.)



Fete Paradiso – NYC


Fete Paradiso - NYC

This past weekend while in NYC I visited the Fete Paradiso on Governers Island. It was still extremely hot but the area was still extremely crowded. The grounds were filled with vintage French carousels. Lots of people were dressed up to participate in the festivities. I loved this family on the bicycle carousel.

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