Eating Pasta, Florentine Style.

Florence has its open food market, the Centrale Mercato. Each stall  have their own specialty from nuts to elaborate meats.

Upstairs is where they all culminate in their version of a food court. Here you can eat cheap and good,drink as well.

 

 

 

I was in the mood for pasta so I saw this sign..

 

 

 

 

 

 

The chef whipped it up for me..Prego

 

It was light and excellent….  FYI I found out the translation..” Cow Stomach Ravioli in a Parsley,Basil sauce”.   MOOOOO…

Florence for Lovers

Sunset paints Florence. Along the Arno river  hundreds of people gather to celebrate it for many reasons beyond its visual beauty.

Some need company,

 

 

 

 

some find it.

 

Some, while not sanctioned by the local authorities,

 

 

profess it, lovers locked together, key thrown into the river

 

 

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Pasta,Cheese,Prosciutto,Love..Roman Style

So my journey begins in Rome…not in Pennsylvania…but Italy. Hot and crowded in summer, like really really crowded, it’s rich in monuments, fountains, antiquities and of course, The Vatican. Of course we all know that so put the trip on your bucket list, go in fall.

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For me, it’s also about food since that’s what I do as Miami Food Photography.

 

 

 

 

Salumi, cold cuts to us, and cheese with a great non-alcoholic drink called Grodini, that tastes like Compari and oranges, very refreshing and habit forming. It’s perfect by day but it’s what’s up at night that makes Rome even more interesting.

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Wonderful sidewalk cafes serve their specialties. Look down the smallest side streets and find them. This one had fresh made pasta and gelato.

 

 

 

 

 

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Who knows..eat enough pasta, soak in the night air, bask in the night light and buona fortuna!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sudado de Pollo..( you don’t want to know what this means)

Here’s a Colombian recipe we tried that proves to be a whole lot better than its name translates to, take my word along with a cold glass of white or rose wine and a good loaf of crispy bread. It also gets better the next day…

Recipe:
5 yellow potatoes (peeled and cut in half)      miamifoodphotography_IMG_7875
1 package of frozen yuca
8 pieces of boneless/skinless chicken thighs
1 package of corn on a cob (cut corn in half)
1 red pepper
2 tomatoes
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
2 cups of water
1/2 tsp of ground cumin
1 small sweet onion
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp live oil
Goya sazon with achiote
salt and pepper to taste

Brown the chicken in 1 tbsp of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside when done.
Saute chopped red pepper and onion.  Once the onion is translucent, add the chopped garlic and sauté for another 5 minutes at low heat.
Add 2 cup of water.  When boiling, add yuca, corn, and potatoes.
Add Goya sazon and cumin.
Add browned chicken and cook for another 15 minutes so all the flavors can blend together.

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Behind the Food Scene part 1

You see it everywhere you go to eat…cell phone food shooters (guilty as well). At parties some,Doctors,Lawyers and Indian chiefs, beam while they  show me how they shoot food…why they should have been a photographer… and maybe I should have been one of them. Too bad my cell phone can’t litigate a case or do brain surgery for that matter… BUT .. just taking a the picture isn’t what #food photography is all about. So how many people does it take to shoot a simple sandwich? ….it all depends.

food shootLet’s start after a few meetings or brain storming sessions over what and how… and go to do we need a studio?

Again depends… 50lbs of meat and a case of buns later…yes. and testing the “stand-in” item shown here takes the most time…. Oddly what you don’t see is the 150 feet of space behind of space that goes to waste or what we call a ” client comfort zone ” a place to relax, eat,worry,work and sometimes play games! Oh there’s also a  kitchen…forgot that. Carole Rousseau

A key player is the food stylist. Sure your mom or wife does a smashing dinner spread but to make the camera taste food? That’s another story…

Carole Rousseau  Myself, client and designer  debating over how the tomato looks! What you don’t see is my assistant who is shooting this and running around while the stylist is in the kitchen making the 25th one.

Is it all worth it? Well next time you’re in the supermarket really look hard at the frozen food section and on the shelves…

Next… Shooting on Location…

Potato Leek Soup with Smoked Salmon

Like soup?  Forget cans or frozen bricks of salty bouillon with what was once a veg or meat now a carrier of some chemical experiment gone wrong. This soup is so easy to make you can direct a child to do it while you watch a movie… and real good too.

Potato,Leek Soup with Smoked Salmon

3 potatoes ( red or a good   Idaho  type if there are any left)

2 large Leeks

1 pint of heavy cream ( yes it  has fat so what,if you want a diet, just heat water)

2-3 pints of a good organic chicken broth ( or be brave,make your own)

a package of smoked salmon..not LOX…wild Alaskan is real good..

a slab of butter… mmmm

fresh chives

Parmesan and good old heavy bread…

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peel and cube potatoes…  boil in water till tender…slice all the Leeks up thin…saute in butter about 3-4 min….then add drained potatoes to mix in for 3-4 minutes…add bouillon and cream and turn down heat to simmer for 8-10  minutes. Take off stove use hand or large mixer and bring to a smooth texture…you can save some cubed potatoes to add in bowl after,add pepper to taste, no salt, and stir in thinly sliced small pieces of smoked salmon…stir and top off with Chop Chives in a bowl with Parmesan… Bon Appetite … a nice Pinot Grigio goes well…

 

Phoneography..a new world of art..part one..

Anyone aware of the history of photography doesn’t have to be told how far we have come. From the “Camera Obscura to film and now digital, it has provided a steady growth of expression with newer techniques and tools pregress. For those who pursue its medium a new forms of art or looks emerge  with every advance .

Across its brief 150 years apprx, it has struggled in its acceptance as art, coming into its own buyer’s scene within the last 20 years or so. It became the realm of masters who were capable of handling the equipment along with its technical procedures and could successfully express and produce fine photographic art. For the most part, it took years of experience.The struggle of films,chemistry,and technique kept the masses at a great distance. Enter digital and with it a  new door opened allowing new artists who might not have be here had media remained the same. What did remain for a long time however, was the tool.

A new tool is born..the Cell Phone: Tool for the masses..

Unobtrusive, at hand,capable of not only processing an image and tweaking its look, but immediately publishing it from within and on the spot, it gives birth to a whole new world of potential artists, some of which have probably never been photographers before. Every person I know has at some point shown me his “Pocket Images” some good, some bad, all fun but mostly random . In their hands, an instant photographer;  In others… an artist’s expression, and these are some of what can be done through their eyes and experience taking this new tool to higher level :

In my recent trip to New York, as usual I took my camera bag packed with lenses. Not as usual, they remained that way..packed.

I had a whole new world, an entire studio right in my pocket. Camera,darkroom,publishing house,file folders, mini computer and not to forget “can also make a phone call.”

Things looked different to me and once again, I felt like I did when I was in the darkroom…thrilled to see them appear.

The other plus side was that my actions drew no one’s suspicion nor questions as to what and why I was doing what I was doing.  These are some of my Iphoneography series… This one to the right is “While having a Beer”