Croatia {First We Eat}

I had the pleasure of attending my first FWE workshop with Eva & Carey two years ago, held in Iceland.  My expectations were totally exceeded and I was left wanting more.

So, when I saw that they were hosting a  food & styling workshop in Croatia, I jumped at it! 

The weeks and days leading up, I was connecting with fellow attendees via social media, and making plans to stay in Croatia to explore once the workshop ended.  I was unsure what to expect of Croatia or how this workshop would differ from the previous one I attended but, I was ready for anything!

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There is something to say for when you get the opportunity to be in the midst of someone you admire in your field.  To spend a few days watching how they work, listening to their advice and soaking up as much information as you possibly can that leaves you feeling blessed. 


This is how I felt after attending the First We Eat workshop held by Eva Kosmas Flores

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Upon arriving in Croatia, I met up with 3 other gals at the airport.  Our 3 hour drive through the Croatian countryside to Istria county, where the workshop was being held, was filled with laughter and great conversation. A perfect start to an amazing journey.

We were all so excited to learn and be amongst like -minded individuals, creating art and sharing our passion with one another.

  Tournant  : boutique catering

Tournant : boutique catering

Driving through Istria County is a treat in itself. It is filled with windy country roads, beautiful trees, rolling hills, and small narrow streets lined with vineyards.  

Once we pulled up to the house we all gasped with awe to how stunning and romantic the villa was.  Eva & Trisha came out running with a warm welcome and showed us to our rooms.  The following few hours were spent meeting with everyone and dining by candle light.  We were served with Incredible food prepared by Jaret and Mona -which was the perfect way to end a day of travel. 

 

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The next few days were all planned out for us.  They were filled with food styling demos, Lightroom overviews, learning social media strategies, eating wonderful food, wine tasting, truffle foraging, exploring, late night chats by fire, and of course- Photography!

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Besides the wonderful food & beauty that surrounded me daily I was amongst some of the most amazing ladies.  The talent, joy, enthusiasm, passion, and drive that sat around the table daily was the biggest reward of this workshop.  Coming from all over the world, with different levels of experience, we came together and shared our passion for Photography.

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Tri lukne ceramics 

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Lets not forget one of the most important elements of the workshop- FOOD.  We were spoiled by the most amazing food prepared from seasonal ingredients by Chefs, Mona and Jaret of Tournant.

These two individuals were simply incredible.  Yes, they knew how to cook, but their passion for cooking is what left a lasting impression.

Every meal they prepared had us running for our camera's. Then our forks.  Then for seconds. 

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picnic overlooking town of Motovun

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When you sign up for a First We Eat Workshop you are getting a whole experience filled with knowledge, adventure, and inspiration. What goes on behind the scenes is pretty remarkable.  On behalf of one of my favorite food photography inspirations, Eva Kosmas Flores from Adventures in CookingTrisha Hughes of Eat your beets blog, and  Danielle Firle of Tendue, Thank You!  Your hand in all of this truly makes the experience special. 

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local truffles

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  The lovely Miss Mona

The lovely Miss Mona

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parting gift

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The morning of our departure we decided to stop in the town of Hum.  

 Hum is located on Istrian peninsula of Croatia and in the Guinness Book of Records as the 'smallest town in the world'.  It is recorded to only have 17 people living there.  The streets are not drivable but perfect for exploring by foot.  And that is just what we did.  With hot coffee in hand, we walked around the town of giants and castles.

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Then it was goodbye...

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Motovun

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Our truffle pups 

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Burgers for Days | with a side of fries {Seattle Mag}

September issue of Seattle Magazine is all about Burgers, Beer, & Fries.  I personally only enjoy one of those three things, but nonetheless, Seattle knows how to do a burger! 

I have included a summary of some of my favorite images from each restaurant.  Though my focus was to photograph the best burgers, and the list is quite long, they are all unique and different in their own way.  They are quite beautiful creations.  And that is coming from a vegetarian.

The following images are from:  

Two Bells Tavern  Loulay John Howie Steak Le Petit Cochon Great State Burger

 

...don't forget the fries.

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Loretta's Northwesterner

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8oz Burger

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Brawling Cross Double Ranch

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Tat's

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Loulay

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SEAFOOD { Seattle Magazine }

In recent years, I have changed my diet from being a strict vegetarian to a pescatarian.  So, when running around the city and photographing some of the best seafood in the area, I was able to actually sample these amazing seafood dishes.  

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Since I was able to actually enjoy and sample all the dishes I was shooting for this issue I decided to list them in order by my favorite.

So, with that, I begin with OYSTERS!

It wasn't until I moved to Seattle that I began eating & enjoying oysters. And I must say, they are damn good.  For this article, I had the opportunity to try a few different restaurants that served oysters...I am starting with Taylor Shellfish.

This restaurant seriously has some of the most amazingly beautiful seafood plates.



Pop Up Pasta with Cary Kemp

Mark Fuller & Cary Kemp are now hosting Monday night PopUp Pasta at Quadrato, in West Seattle. Cary invited me to experience the whole process from start to finish. 

I have had the pleasure of working with Cary at Pizzeria 22 in the past and was so excited to share some more love for him and his new restaurant.  

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Being 100% Italian and growing up with Pasta at the dinner table weekly, made this experience more personal & special to me.  Sharing a kitchen with a chef and seeing him work can be a very unique and intimate experience.  While music and laughter fills the space you sit back and enjoy the process.

All prep work complete!  Now, we sit, sip on wine, and soak in some sunshine till opening. 

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Patio Feature : Seattle Magazine

Again, this summer I was asked by Seattle Magazine, to capture some images for their Patio Feature.  In the process of shooting the list for 'outdoor dining', I got to meet some wonderful people, see stunning views of my city, and revisit some restaurants I have had the pleasure of shooting in the past.  It is always an honor to be a part of Seattle Magazine and stay in the loop in the restaurant world!

For those of you that love outside dining, this list is for you!  Enjoy

 The Best Outdoor Dining

Westward & Little Gull

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