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Lovebirds Cocktail – An Apple, Maple, and Cinnamon Whiskey Mashup

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I am several days late and a lot of dollars short in getting this post up as I had planned on it being a Valentine to all of you lovebirds out there (hence the glasses, arrows, and cards).  The truth is though, that since arriving in Naples, it’s been difficult for me to adjust.  Not to the warmer weather, the extra time with family and friends, and the beach-town-relaxed vibes.  All of that is easy to get on board with, of course.  And I am ever-so-grateful for it.

It’s been more about finding that space to be creative, where I am in the “flow”.  There is the fluffy, hard to explain side of that, where I am inspired and my brain is exploding with colors, ideas and recipes, and the general things that make up my work.  The more practical side of it is in understanding the nuances of my temporary living space, and knowing for instance that the light hits the kitchen table a certain way at 3:00 PM – and barely hits it at all until then, while we’re on that note.

It can admittedly be tough to balance the feeling of wanting to be in vacation mode, and knowing that s*it needs to get done, too.  One can only ignore their inbox for so long.  I am not complaining about any of this, just making my way through it, and more likely explaining why some of my posts may come at wacky times in the days to follow.  I am going to try really hard to get back to a normal schedule however.

In the meantime, I give you this cocktail and a few snaps from this past weekend.  I went to the Naples Botanical Garden, which is one of my favorite places to visit when I am here (I wrote about it last year, in this post.).  It’s such a beautiful space to get lost in, and one that definitely had me feeling inspired again.  There is a LEGO exhibit going on in the garden right now, and all of the pieces reflect nature (flowers, birds, etc.).  I figured I could tie the birds in here (Yes!?!), and that it was better to post all of this late and together than never, because pictures of pretty flowers/inspirational things/messages of love/delicious drinks are always good, right?

As for the cocktail, I first had a version of it made with craft ingredients like fresh apple cider, local maple syrup, and a small-batch whisky.  I wasn’t so sure how that combination would translate without having those items down here, but I am happy to report that some things work no matter where you are.  ; )

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Happy New Year, Chasing Light, and the Best Roast Chicken

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Happiest 2016 to all of you!  This post is first and foremost a wish for that, but also a mishmash of recent happenings and things to come.

If you have ever dabbled in photography, then you know what it means to “chase light”.  There is even an Instagram hashtag dedicated to it – which totally makes it a legit thing, of course.  Last month, I spent a lot of time doing that as the skies in Upstate New York turned from a golden fall hue to a blah winter grey.  In fact, I actually shot what I had originally intended this post to be, in early December – but my chicken looked bluish and dull and sad, so I just scrapped it – and all of my food photography projects really – to chase another kind of light instead.

One of my favorite authors/poets/Insta accounts – Tyler Knott Gregson – wrote this:  “Chase the light, whatever and wherever it may be for you.  Chase it.”  It’s so simple, but when I first read that well over a year ago, it resonated with me, and I’ve been thinking about it since.  For me, it means to follow the happy, essentially; do the things that not only keep you afloat, but fill you up too.  So, on this mini-blog reprieve, I’ve been doing exactly that.

 

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In a New York Minute

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At this time last week, I was in New York City, participating in a photo shoot with Marie Claire [Magazine].  I used to work in the same building where the shoot took place, but this was my first time visiting the onsite studio, or being in front of the camera in this capacity.  The experience was a mixed bag of awkward [as in, I was totally awkward] and unnerving, but incredibly fun too (I hope to be able to share more details with you next month – Stay tuned!).  The remainder of the two days I had in the city was spent running around with my Mom who so kindly accompanied me.  Whenever I go back to New York, I am conflicted on what to do and where to go; visit the tried-and-true landmarks, return to my old Upper East Side stomping grounds, or check out the latest and greatest in food and entertainment.  I think the thing I love most about the Big Apple is that it encompasses all of that for me – both familiar and new, at once.  While we managed to do a little bit of everything, it all seemed to go by in a flash – or as some would say, in a ‘New York Minute’.  Below are a few of my favorite quick snaps from our stay.

{Looking Up in Rockefeller Center and Down in Midtown}

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{In Studio at the Hearst Tower}

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{Subway Riding 101}

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{Shack Burger – Always Worth the Wait}

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{I took an accidental ceiling shot at Eataly while sipping on a Ginger Soda…}

{…amongst the provisions.}

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{Glove Wall – J.Crew, Fifth Avenue}

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{New York Public Library; Whizzing By}

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{The Stylist in me could spend hours – and a small fortune – in ABC Carpet & Home…}

{…especially when looking at vintage glass.}

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{Evening Sets in at the Waldorf Astoria}

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{Draft Kombucha at Pure Food and Wine}

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{Late-Night Cupcake Stop at Magnolia Bakery}

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{Grand Central Station Looming Ahead}