Thursday, October 30, 2014

Short trip to Baltimore

So a couple weeks ago, I picked up and took a trip to my birthplace; my American hometown- Baltimore, MD.

I wanted to see my brother Fran and his family, who still live outside the city.  Just as much though, I wanted to revisit Baltimore to see the city and home I had last seen almost exactly 5 years ago.

It was a short trip, but I managed to cram in as much as possible- returning to my old home, driving through the city's different neighborhoods (Fell's Point being my favorite), walking on Federal Hill, roaming through the countryside, checking out a cider mill and pumpkin farm, and simply hanging out with my family.

To be honest, the memory and image that sticks with me the most from this trip was returning to see the house I lived in as a baby.

It was the very first place my brother and I went as soon as we met at the station and although I had visited my last time in Baltimore (and the times before that), for some reason this visit made much more of an impression on me.

I knew it was now a home for someone else, but all the same; standing there, photographing the building and exploring its surroundings really felt like I was returning home, or falling back on a memory.
For this experience I am grateful to my brother, for knowing to take me there, while also deeply grateful to the current inhabitants for taking such good care of the place- thank you for keeping it lovely.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


I honestly couldn't live in a world without coffee.  I drink it almost daily, and while I can go a few days or even a few weeks without, that first sip after some time away always makes my day that much better.

I grew up surrounded by coffee drinkers, in an Italian household where freshly brewed coffee was always a staple, always available.  The smell of coffee is something I find incredibly comforting; coffee in general is something which to me, equals comfort.

While the smell of coffee is initially what draws me in, I prefer to savor the taste of coffee, as it is the taste and not the caffeine within which constantly makes me come back for more.  This is why, very often I can be found sitting with a book or a friend and a cup of good coffee in a coffee shop. No explanation needed then, as to why Kaffeeklatsch is one of my favorite German words!

Coffee shops make me feel as if I am at home, and so whenever I visit a new city I always make it a mission of mine to actively seek out the best quality coffee and coffee shops.  Sometimes I research beforehand, but more often than not the best coffee shops turn out to be the ones I stumble upon, while an entirely different agenda is on my mind.

Here in New York, the abundance of coffee shops and not just coffee shops but good, stylish coffee shops, is, quite frankly, something that excites me to no end.

And, as I have no idea how long it will be before I come back to this city (after my temporary stay here), I have taken it upon myself to visit as many local coffee shops as possible- something which, along with a love for frequent brunches, lunches, dinners and pastry stops, I share in common with the two other food and photography interns and good friends I have made here- Sam of eatlovewithlove and Katie of lublyou.

As a trio of food lovers, we have been making good progress eating and drinking our way through New York, and as photographers, documenting each step of the way.  The photos included in this post attest a small part of this journey and feature some of my favorite spots visited so far.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

a change in season

My favorite season is here, and hints of Autumn keep appearing everywhere I turn.  People who know me will know that I am completely obsessed with all things pumpkin (spice) related, but there are also so many other reasons I love this season.

Leaves changing their color for one; from green to golden, to deep red... But also Fall style, the air becoming cooler and crisper, making the adjustment from iced coffees to hot, lighting scented candles, adding spices to everything...

This season and all that comes with it brings to mind a word a Danish friend once taught me, one without any direct English translation- hygge.  Roughly translated, hygge could be said to mean 'coziness', but in reality the word carries so much more meaning than just that; denoting a specific state of mind in which contentment is key.

I will always associate Fall (followed by its transition into Winter) with this one word.