I spent three days in Rome. I took on the city with full force, trying to see everything I could by foot. I found myself walking for miles, stopping for an occasional panino, gelato or any excuse I could find to eat again. Walking down a new street each time, back and forth like a maze. I did't want to miss a thing, mentally taking notes as my eyes scanned every detail. Noting the smells, the way the air feels, the way the people speak, the style of clothes they wear, the plants that grow, the color palette, the way the light falls. It's hard not to fall in love.
My sense of direction is typically spot on but I got lost in Rome. The way it should be. I had dreamt of visiting Italy for ages. Ask anyone who knows me well, I was positive that I would find myself there. The food, the culture, the way of life, one that in theory I felt resonated with me. Like all travels you have moments of clarity and true magic, other moments of exhaustion and hunger, small things that turn difficult. I fucked up on the train a couple times, cursing myself in my head. I finally got it right towards the end of my trip. I had fancy meals that were outdated and incredible simple home cooked ones. Quality found in the most modest of places. Rome I do love you, I cant wait to get back to explore more.
I meant to share this post months ago but time got away from me. I'm not sure if mentioned this here or not but over the last 4 months we've been working hard on shooting The Fat Radish cookbook, due out next fall by Rizzoli. The awesome team behind The Fat Radish opened The East Pole a gorgeous new restaurant on the Upper East Side. Thought you all would appreciate this beautiful space and be sure to pay them a visit :)
133 E.65TH ST. New Yok, NY 10065
I am writing you from a beautiful hillside just outside of Florence. Where olive trees are a plenty and the air is fresh and crisp. I just ate one of the best meals of my trip, the simple home cooked ones are always best. I flew into Rome last week and then traveled to Tuscany for a three day shoot with Lucini. The trip has been amazing and a whirlwind. I came to Florence to stay for a couple days and will return to Rome tomorrow. Thought I would share some images from the last two days. More on Italy to come.
We were in New Hampshire last weekend for one of my dearest friends bday's. A group of us met at a house set on Dublin Lake near Keene. I was in Hudson for the week so I drove up from there, a perfect autumn drive through Massachusetts. We were really lucky with the weather, sunny and in the 60's on Saturday. We soaked up every last bit of those warm rays. We cooked, we hiked, we kayaked on the lake, we sat by the fire, we picked kale from the garden, we drank, we laughed. Thanks for the fun weekend friends. Happy Birthday Em. x