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.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Recently, I moved over to New York from Ireland to start an internship in Brooklyn.  This blog has been extremely neglected and kept out of date for quite some time now, due to my being busy finishing up university the past few years, and now with my move back to the States.  

However, this move has inspired a new renewed passion for and interest in my blog and keeping it updated; to work harder at moving it in the direction which I feel my personal interests and passions have slowly been moving in and growing the last couple years.  

I am still as interested as ever in food and photography.  In fact, it is exactly those two things, both separate and combined, which has landed me right here in Brooklyn, as I undertake an internship in photography and food-styling with the wonderful vkrees.  

I plan on using this blog as a way in which to present my journey- here, and everywhere else to follow, through the various artistic spheres which attract me the most; namely food and photography, but also other forms such as style, travel, music and film.  

Some days I will write more, include recipes, general thoughts, recommendations etc, while other days my photographs will hopefully get across all I am trying to say, no words needed.  This feels new again for me so it will be a while before I get properly reacquainted with blogging, but I hope that some of you out there are still reading and interested- I would love to hear any suggestions also as regards what kind of posts you guys would like to see here!