I'm not a fan of taking portraits. I never do well with directing people. I'm OK with candid shots but when it comes to telling people...oh can you do this, can you do that, can you look this way...I suck at it. So my only solution was to do exactly what I hated. That's the only way to get better, right? So then I decided to combine portrait taking with golden hour, my favorite time of the day. So here it is, volume one of my "Golden Hour with Friends Photo Series".
Last week I was lucky enough to be invited by Baltz & Company to a duck farm trip with Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnete, owners and chefs of Toro NYC, Toro Boston, and Coppa. Along with other media people, we met up at Toro and took a shuttle up to La Belle Farm in Sullivan County.
La Belle Farm is one of the only three foie gras producers in the country. Everyone on the farm was super nice and gave us a personal tour of the farm. They took the time to answer all our questions, even the tough questions surrounding the controversy over foie gras.
After we were done with the tour, we were all treated to a fantastic meal cooked by Ken and Jamie.
Ah.....last time I was in Philly, it was the winter of 2003. My friends and I took a day trip. We basically did all the touristy stuff. We had a cheesesteak, saw the Liberty Bell, went to Chinatown (well the bus stopped at Chinatown), took the subway...etc. I can't believe it's been 12 years since I last went to Philadelphia. I should really go more often, it's only a 2 hour bus ride. Oh boy and the food....the food scene is so awesome there. Great hummus, GREAT FRIED CHICKEN, awesome Vietnamese food, excellent cocktail bars, and so SO good Italian food.
I was only there for 3 days. I took the 10:45a Bolt Bus and arrived around 12:30p. Walked to my Airbnb (my first Airbnb, it was a weird feeling staying at someone's actual apartment) in Center City and went straight to Cafe Diem for some super delicious Bun Bo Hue.
Next I stopped at the Big Gay Ice Cream shop.
Then in the afternoon, I met up with Mo (friend and old roomie) for some happy hour pizzas and beers at Nomad Roman Pizza. For happy hour, they have $5-$7 pizzas and $4 draft beers. The pizzas were alright but my favorite was the one topped with cherry tomatoes.
And then we hopped over to Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. for a flight of tiki drinks.
The next morning, I made sure to trek over to Federal Donuts (on Sansom St) right at 11am for their famous fried chicken. I got a half order of fried chicken with a dusting of buttermilk ranch. I finally understand the hype. THE HYPE IS REAL. So freakin good.
To make myself feel better about the mistake I made the night before for not getting Italian food for dinner, I trekked over to Amis for brunch. Got the rigatoni with sausage and an egg yolk. Mighty delicious.
And then just before leaving, I stopped at Federal Donuts for 6 donuts to bring back. =)