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I haven’t been around this blog much.  But…that’s because I launched a new business in the Fall of 2010 and it’s been picking up steam ever since!

Brooklyn Food Tours!

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The Carroll Gardens Italian Food Walking Tour

A walking, tasting, learning experience!

We visit 7-9 of the best historical Italian food establishments in the neighborhood, and enjoy generous samples of the foods for which each spot is famous, such as quinissential rice balls (arancini), excellent thin-crust pizza, melt-in-your-mouth soppressata, home-made mozzarella, freshly baked Italian lard bread, sweet cannoli, locally roasted coffee, classic Brooklyn egg creams, and more!

Saturdays at 12:00pm

$35 per person – includes a walking tour with historical information and…plenty of FOOD!  All tours last approximately 3 hours.

For additional info www.BrooklynFoodTours.com

 

So please visit my new site – there’s a blog there as well – and see what I’ve been up to…hope to see you on the tour.  :-)

 

Ciao!

The gorgeous Lauren Cosenza (aka LDiva) of Divalicious blog asked me to take headshots of her as she needed one for Cosmo magazine where she will soon be a beauty contributor!  I took about 200 photos and like every photographer, hoped that there would be that ONE great one.  The One that would make her very happy.  Well…she loved FOUR!  And that made me swoon.  :-)

She put a poll on her blog to get her loyal follower’s opinions and it’s still a neck-and-neck horserace!  But not for me.  I have my favorite and here it is:

I recently had the pleasure of photographing 5 lovely ladies visiting NYC from California.  They came to town to run around a la Sex and the City complete with shoe shopping, Cosmos, and night time fun in the Meatpacking District.

One of them was celebrating her big 5-0 and at one point while I was photographing them on the sidewalk they started shrieking with delight – because they looked over and realized that the apartment they rented for their stay was number “50″ – so that became the inspiration for the collage below.

They had a ball and did Sarah Jessica proud.  I’m glad to have been a part of their special occasion!

(click photo for a better view)

Right now the weather in New York City is wreaking havoc on fashion decisions.  Girls on the subway wear tank tops and strappy sandals next to girls cozied up in turtlenecks and boots.  Confusion abounds.  But it doesn’t matter what is on my feet because I’m walking on air!

Food & Wine Magazine contacted me to use this photograph in a Christmas article about chef and restauranteur Scott Conant (apparently he’s a fan of Ferdinado’s Foccaceria in Carroll Gardens Brooklyn).  I gave them permission (happily!) and can’t wait to see it in the December issue!

A Russian taxi driver once told me “if you go to Brighton Beach you’ll never need to visit Moscow…it’s the same!!”  That intrigued me.  But what he neglected to mention is that if I didn’t go with HIM, I probably wouldn’t have a very good time.

I’m light on photos because although the Russian people of Brighton Beach don’t speak English (??) they do know how to postively roar…NO PHOTOGRAPHY!!!  So, you missed out on seeing piles of beautiful exotic foods and mountains of pastries and rugelach (although sad to say the photos would be better than the actual thing – not delicious).

I was safe at the beach taking some photos.  I could run if need be.

In Adam Platt’s review of this restaurant he said “The room is filled with merry, pink-cheeked gentlemen sporting Yeltsin haircuts and diminutive ladies with beehive hairdos. There’s plenty of vodka on the table. You’re in old Russia now, and who ever went there for the food?”  Hmmm…maybe vodka is the way to go.  Or go with Adam Platt.

It’s a beautiful boardwalk – very clean.  I would go back just to walk to Coney Island…which is located in the USA.

The best part might’ve been the ride – I love when the F train is elevated and look at all the seating!  Heaven.  And it takes me back to Carroll Gardens where the locals are friendly, smiling and not at all put out by your food questions or your camera.  :-)

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