Monthly Archives: October 2012

Cheers, Hurricane Sandy!

Being a bit north of Boston, I’m certainly not experiencing the full force of Hurricane Sandy. My lights flickered once, but thankfully I still have power. I don’t live near the ocean, so flooding isn’t a concern. Yes, it’s windy as anything out there right now, and I’m really hoping the gigantic oak tree in front of my car stays intact!

What a perfect day to catch up on things around here… Yes, the sock drawer finally got organized, laundry got done, and my closets are about to get tackled. It’s one of those great days when there’s nothing else to distract me, and I don’t feel like I’m missing out on a precious fall day outside. And there’s one meal I love making on dreary days like these – a beef stew recipe a friend of mine found on the Food Network.  I didn’t have any green beans on hand, but it’s still sooooo good!

How are you riding out the storm? Stay safe out there, everyone!

 

Beef Stew

 

A Look Inside Nashoba Brook Bakery & Cafe in Concord, MA

Catching up on blog posts…whoo-hoo! This one is a photo post. Michelle Martin of Table of Two invited me to tag along with her to Nashoba Brook Bakery and Cafe for a blog post she wrote for the Boston Local Food Festival. The company makes slow rise breads, meaning that it takes a full day (seriously, 24 hours) to make a loaf of bread. The slow breaking down process of carbohydrates, proteins, and yeast makes the bread more nutritious.

It was a fun opportunity to photograph a bakery, working around all the action and resisting the smell of freshly baked bread. Thanks for inviting me along, Michelle!

Nashoba Brook Bakery

Nashoba Brook Bakery

Nashoba Brook Bakery

Nashoba Brook Bakery

A Visit to Travessia Urban Winery

I first learned about Travessia Urban Winery while volunteering for Wine Riot in Boston. A few weekends ago, I remembered I had a coupon for a free wine tasting, so we made our way to New Bedford, MA. We were completely thrown off by a winery located in a city.  (Is it just a tasting room? Where is the vineyard? WHY DID I NOT BRING MY CAMERA?! So grateful for iPhone cameras…)

Travessia Urban Winery

We were greeted by Jenn, Travessia’s tasting room manager and event coordinator, and she led us through a wine and Taza chocolate tasting. Travessia Urban Winery is small, only producing 600 cases of wine a year, and all the wines are made on site – in downtown New Bedford – by the owner, Marcos Montez! All the grapes he uses are grown by three local vineyards in Southern Massachusetts, making Travessia a wonderful local product.

Travessia Urban Winery

Jenn then gave us a tour of the production floor, which is about the size of a small cafe. She explained their wine making and bottling process, showing us the steel tanks and oak barrels. My absolute favorite wine from Travessia is their steel-aged chardonnay. I’m usually not a huge fan of chardonnay – the oak flavor from being aged in barrels doesn’t usually appeal to me. But the steel-aging process gives their chardonnay a beautiful clean, crisp flavor. The wine and the laid-back vibe of the neighborhood tasting room left such an impression, that Jeff decided to join their wine club. It was such a fun afternoon! Thanks for the tour, Jenn!

Travessia Urban Winery

The reds were pretty good too!

All photos were taken with my trusty iPhone and I did not receive compensation for this post – positive impressions are my own. 😉 Travessia Urban Winery is located at 760 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA 02740. Please visit their website for hours and more details.

 

 

Apple Muffins for a Road Trip

Homemade apple pie did not happen again this year. We went apple picking, and I had the best intensions of making apple pie from scratch… Annyyywwayyyyy…

With a short road trip quickly approaching and still having apples all over my kitchen, I decided apple muffins would be the perfect snack to take in the car. I’ve slowly been whipping up recipes from Béatrice Peltre’s cookbook, “La Tartine Gourmande“, and chose to make her millet, oat, and apple muffin recipe. And naturally, I just had to photograph them!

La Tartine Gourmande Millet Oat Apple Muffins

Millet Oat Apple Muffins

More posts are coming soon – I’m still sorting through and editing photos from our road trip up to Canadian wine country!

Brooksby Farm Wedding – Matthew & Jackye

This year has been full of photography adventures, so when Kerri at 1026 Photography asked me to assist her at a few weddings this summer, I jumped at the opportunity. Matt and Jackye had a beautiful wedding day at Smith Barn at Brooksby Farm in Peabody, MA. I’m having the hardest time deciding which shots are my favorite – the scenery was beautiful, their guests were fun, and their son is adorable! So here are a bunch I love. Congrats, Matt and Jackye!

Brooksby Farm Weddings

Smith Barn Weddings Peabody MA

Brooksby Farm, Peabody MA

Brooksby Village weddings

Brooksby Farm Weddings

Smith Barn Weddings Peabody MA