Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snow in NYC

Today marked what felt like the first proper snow day I have experienced since I moved to New York.  Entirely unprepared but gleefully anticipating the rumors of a snowstorm 'unlike any other', Katie of lublyou and I bundled up and took to the streets of Lower Manhattan in order to take advantage of all the snow flurries we could get.  Needless to say, we were not disappointed and Monday suddenly became a whole lot more interesting.

Ignoring all the warnings to stock up on supplies, stay safe at home and prepare for the worst, we decided what better way to spend our very first NYC snowstorm than to traipse through the city as the snow fell, photographing each step of the way.  Any coldness and poor visibility gave way to delight and giddy excitement as we trudged through the West Village and Chelsea Village which only became whiter and brighter as the afternoon progressed.

It became clear that our idea of 'survival supplies' was just a little bit different than others', consisting primarily of (coffee first), then the totally necessary purchases of doughnuts, cloth napkins and a rolling pin. Evidently we've got our priorities right!

Now as I am sitting cozy at home and sorting through photos from today, I am struck by how much a city which I love any and every day regardless can become even more alluring and magical with just a blanket of white thrown over it.  Whispers of 20-30 inches toward which I am very much looking forward...

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Holiday Baking

Holiday Baking is one of my favorite things about this time of year.  This involves spending hours in the kitchen poring over various recipes in both English and German, mixing, kneading, tasting, decorating and of course photographing.

This can be extremely relaxing, never failing to put me into more of a holiday mood.  While it can also be a little stressful at times; for example when recipes don't work as well as expected or when I struggle to be completely satisfied with the way a shot turns out, in the end I am usually pretty happy with the overall result.

I was taught from a very young age by both my Mom and my Oma (German grandmother) all about Pl├Ątzchen; an umbrella term covering and including a broad variety of German Christmas Cookies generally made during the Advent season.

Lebkuchen, Vanillekipferl, Zimtsterne (my personal favorite), Spekulatius and Makronen are some of the most-loved in my household, and so every year around this time I take to baking as many varieties as possible.

The photos included in this post present some of this year's examples, but I have also inserted a few shots of cakes made during the same time- both Isa Chandra's Chocolate Yogurt Bundt Cake and Libby's Pumpkin Roll  because honestly, why not?!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cold Spring

Katie of lublyou and I felt like taking a trip out of the city a few weeks back, and after some deliberating and researching the night before, we decided on the village of Cold Spring, located in the Lower Hudson Valley as our destination.

We took the 60-minute train ride there after grabbing a coffee and pastry at Cafe Grumpy in Grand Central, and arrived to find the weather perfect for a day of exploring.

The pretty views of the Hudson along with the colorful autumn foliage peeking out everywhere made for a lot of photographic opportunities, with Katie and I becoming completely enamoured with one particular red-leafed tree standing in front of a church- we had to quite literally drag ourselves away from this spot!

The photographer in me has always been drawn to architectural design and details so as per usual many a house, stoop, store-front and festive decoration was photographed...

The town seemed pretty quiet the day we visited and many stores and cafes were shut, but we didn't mind as we had the space almost all to ourselves to explore and wander around- a nice break from the crazy hustle and bustle of the city. (which I however love just as much, if not more!)

Cold Spring's Main Street is quite a haven for antique and vintage lovers and we spent an hour or so sifting through some of the rooms of antique goods which the (open) stores had to offer, with Katie finding a beautiful Russian shawl and me falling in love with a stone bracelet.

The day trip was a perfect getaway from the city and provided us with ample fresh air and crunchy leaves to stomp through.  We even came across a house I deemed right away as 'The Wes Anderson House'.  I am a huge fan of his cinematic aesthetic, and I'm not sure whether it was the green shutters or the interesting structure, but it felt to me like it would fit quite comfortably into one of his movies.

For residents of Cold Spring, life appeared to be quite calm and peaceful.  To be honest, the entire place exuded an air of tranquility, with noticeably lived-in (though empty) porches being some of the only telltale signs of human existence in the town.

I would definitely recommend a trip to the village of Cold Spring for anyone in the NYC area who is looking to get out of the city for a day of peaceful views and the chance to think or rest without sirens interrupting your thoughts!

For more beautiful photos and another perspective of this trip, make sure to check out Katie's post!