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Things are looking VERY gorgeous around here. the leaves, the air, the smell – It’s my absolute favorite month.

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend!

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CONFESSION TIME ~*ALERT*~  I returned from a trip to Portugal 3.5 weeks ago, and have yet to do a full on, detailed post about how amazing the country, people, food, weather, architecture etc. etc, is. I know it’s terrible considering how much joy that trip brought me and how much I chewed everyone’s ear off back home about it. BUT, I had a lot to catch up on at work and some personal freelance projects that are taking up nearly every minute of my “spare” time… Check out some picture below!

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I traveled with 3 other lovely ladies who I was reunited with after having originally met while studying abroad in college. In short I can say that it was a trip for the books. We laughed and talked a lot, ate A CHEESEBOARD IN EVERY ESTABLISHMENT, no joke. We drank port and wine and sipped lots of espressos and devoured Portuguese custard pastries, called Pastéis de Nata, which I will be recreating in the kitchen come winter. We spent 5 days in the south of the country visiting the Algarve, which is lovely because it’s all beaches, cliffs and winding roads through the countryside. Then we trekked back up North to Lisbon, where we spent the remaining 4 days.

Lisbon is easily one of my favorite cities in the world, that I have seen thus far. The concentration of bars is one of the highest in the world, which made for memorable nights running bar hoping in the trendy Barrio Alto neighborhood. The city is a mix of old and new and feels quintessentially shabby chic European. We sat outside as the sun went down, over a table full of wine, cheese and bread and watched the orangey red roofs of the city glow and fade out with the last light of day. I have plenty more pictures to share for my Part 2, so stay tuned!

Thanks for reading, as always.

Lauren

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Hi all!

I did a guest post on a friend’s blog this AM, on The Financial Diet – go check it out to read the full post! I make this stuff all the time and you should too. It’s that good.

Lauren

This weekend the boyfriend and I made our 2nd annual trek up to Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, NY. The place is so beautiful and an essential on my Autumn to-do list. I adore walking around the trails that weave throughout the 80 acre farm, pastures and woodland. My favorite part might be the simple fresh fare from the Blue Hill Cafe and stopping into the charming farm store.

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goat cheese, corn and onion flat breadplate of farm goodies

From top left – Flatbread, egg/potato frittata, wheat berry salad and Kale & cheddar scone.

After having the Kale and Cheddar scone from the cafe (see picture above),  I was compelled to make a version in my own kitchen, using fresh Kale from my boyfriend’s garden. I followed this recipe and introduced very finely chopped fresh broccoli to bolster the veggie goodness. I paired these savory scones with fresh vegetable soup for yesterday’s dinner, and it was divine!

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Veggies flour and cheese prepare for Buttermilk!
kale sconesThe finished product, ta dah!!!!

Thanks for stopping by everyone! =)

Check out this super sweet Food Typography side project by the very talented Danielle Evans! If you watch the video on the site, you can see that she free hand letters each short phrase or word, and uses food as an imperfectly perfect medium to express her killer lettering skills. *applause*

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Pretty awesome huh. check out her full portfolio here.

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There’s only an hour left of September and I had to get at least one post in,
before saying goodbye to this month until next year.
I always think of September as a month of new beginnings and as a chance at a fresh start – it definitely has something to do with the ingrained school scheduling and the fact that I still pine for college life!
I got back from vacation halfway though the month and it’s taken me a while to get back into the swing of things. Visiting Istanbul, Santorini and Athens was insanely magical. There were 11 days of exploration, eating local fare, documenting, and wandering around unique cities. We savored meals that lingered long into the night and enjoyed sunsets the literally stopped us in our tracks. From the towering mosques covered in intricate tile of Istanbul, to the crisp white churches perched atop mountains of Greek volcanic islands – it was all a dream. Below are just a select few of the pictures I snapped – a full detailed post to follow!

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Let’s all take a moment to appreciate this avocado toast food porn

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Notice the subtle flakey bits of  salt and pepper resting on the creamy slices of mint green avocado, which sits upon the glory that is HOT TOASTED BREAD. NOM. Those assorted olives, the crunched up parchment paper that sits just so, the chilled glass of lemon water – they all combine to convey a particular moment. The moment a meal is enjoyed, which in this case, is simple, beautiful and well executed.

I appreciate the time that good food photographers take to focus their lenses, adjust the lighting, style their props and arrange food.  I also have a heady sense of respect for them for NOT DEVOURING the food they are making look so insanely mouth-watering. Where does one attain such self-control??? Stumbling across good food photography can stop you dead in your tracks (usually when you’re nearing hangry) and trick you into almost imagining the taste and smell of the item in front of you.  As a designer, I appreciate the consideration of the layout of the shot and how items balance one another. I take note of the colors of the food and the contrasting backgrounds and foregrounds.

I want to say a big THANK YOU to food photographers, stylists and bloggers out there everywhere. You are the inspiration behind so many Pinterest worthy dinners  over which I’ve slaved, that begin with great culinary intent and end in me whipping out my lowly iPhone to photograph the meal at the last-minute, right before I give way to a voracious appetite. Here are some more images of what I consider great food photography, curated from various sites! Try not to let your mouth haaaaang open people!

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banana-bread-toast-peanutbutter-honey-walnutshttp://www.tastespotting.com/features/banana-bread-day-february-23

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Thanks for stopping by, happy HUMP DAY!

sandy hookA few weeks back I compiled a nifty list of all the things I wanted to make sure I did this Summer & i’m happy to report that i’m making some serious progress! Reading a ton, making drinks inspired with fresh summer flavors, long days at the beach and relaxing around fires on cooler summer nights is what life is made of.

readingGreat book i’m currently reading “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” by Carson McCullers

wine spritzerRed wine + Mandarin Orange Seltzer makes for a refreshing & light cocktail

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fireThe heat wave has FINALLY left and let us be, so now we can enjoy the firepit

stumptownFancy Stumptown Coffee with is beautiful typographic label and squat shaped bottle, is cold brewed & delicious

essential summerIced latte still life. Makes life worth living

beach day copyRocking a floral romper and these teal cat eye sunglasses

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Healthy snacking while I watch COUNTLESS HOURS OF THE NEWSROOM – a seriously addicting show.
ALSO, I paired organic green tea with honey, lemon, fresh mint leaves & lots of ice

Thanks for stopping by everyone, I hope you’re all having an enjoyable start to your week!

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In just 5 short weeks, I’ll be on an outbound flight heading to Turkey & Greece. Although I know Istanbul will be incredible to see, I can’t quite contain my excitement to visit beautiful Santorini. It’s clear to me, after looking through traveler’s photos, that it’s certainly a place you have to see with your own eyes. The ocean looks deep bright blue and the crisp white buildings that ripple up from the sea along the cliff face, are simply stunning. I’ve never been more excited to travel and explore every inch of an island. I’ll try my hand at photography whilst i’m there but for now, I’ve collected some photos from various sites. I’ve put the links down below for credit!

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http://www.kavalari.com/

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Hey All! Happy Friday!

This is what it looks like here –

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So naturally this weather demands lots of sitting in cozy armchairs, reading, TV and some baking!

I had off from work today because of the storm coming through Northern Jersey and between design work and reading, I made time for some long overdue baking. I made these Toasted Coconut and Almond Chocolate Chip Scones – yes they deserve an all cap status. I found via Joy the Baker – one of my favorite baking blogs.

The house was filled was the sweet aromas of the toasting coconut and I couldn’t resist sneaking some chocolate chips straight from the bag, as I measured out and prepped all the ingredients.

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They were paired with a swipe of butter and jam and accompanied with earl grey tea. They weren’t overly sweet and the toasted almond and coconut was the perfect soul mate for the chocolate chips and warm bread. NOM. Have a great weekend everyone!

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