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  • June 2, 2013 - 9:48 am

    Gail - Brian, one of your best Silent Sunday posts. You captured everything from the beauty & glamour to the seedy grittiness of that place. Fabulous.

    Now, pardon me while I scroll back up to the beginning again.ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2013 - 10:01 am

    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl - Looks like such an incredible trip!! Loving all of your photos. I also now want Pad Thai. :)ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2013 - 10:16 am

    Liren - Fabulous photos, Brian, proof that you have a talent to capture the moment, no matter what camera you may be using. I’ve been dying to go to Lotus of Siam, I was ready to lick up the half eaten plate in my screen! Congrats again, I’m glad you had a blast in Vegas and with Saveur!ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2013 - 10:59 am

    Grace @ Perpetual Nomming - This post honestly brought a flood of memories back to me. Ever since I was young in grade school, we’d go to Vegas for family vacations. Thanks!
    xxReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2013 - 12:37 pm

    Alison - Wonderful pictures. I as in Vegas in April and went to Lotus of Siam — can’t stop thinking of the food it was so delicious.ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2013 - 1:26 pm

    Diane {Created by Diane} - looks like you have a GREAT time in Vegas!ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2013 - 2:20 pm

    sara forte - love it. so nice to finally meet you in person. Glad you two had a great time!ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2013 - 3:55 pm

    Cookin Canuck - So, so proud of you guys, Brian. It looks as though you had a fabulous time in Vegas…well-deserved!ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2013 - 6:57 pm

    Aimee - One for the books. Amazing capture of our Vegas trip, Brian. It was super fun to meet Eric and hang out with you guys. Who knows when – if ever- we’ll have that experience again. Good times!ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2013 - 9:26 pm

    Andrew Frishman - Mnnn… I LOVES me some Vegas, except, not so much.

    Lo qué pasa en las Vegas, probablemente no es particularmente interesante, y el carácter del consumo ostentoso tambien es muy desagradable.ReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2013 - 8:16 am

    Jeanette - Congrats on your award! Thanks for sharing about your trip – beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2013 - 2:25 pm

    Monet - What a weekend! It looks like you had a wonderful and much-deserved time of celebration! That sandwich looked particularly delicious. I love anything with bread! Thanks for sharing, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2013 - 9:22 pm

    Michael Lewicki - Love this iphone images Brian. A great visual display of Vegas. You did Vegas so well. And the awards. And love to see you and E so happy.ReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2013 - 9:47 pm

    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) - Vegas is just so much fun! It looks like you had a blast!ReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2013 - 11:40 pm

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - I love the way you’ve captured the whole experience, looks like an event filled trip!ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2013 - 3:50 pm

    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - Love the photos! Looks like you had a great time!ReplyCancel

  • August 23, 2013 - 7:28 am

    Why I Love Taking Pictures With My Phone (And Some Tips/Tricks) - A Thought For Food - […] Ever since I started working professionally as a food photographer, I do like to take a break from my camera from time to time.  Sometimes you just need a little space.  I rarely bring it along when we go out to eat or are traveling anymore.  On a recent trip to Vegas, I only took my camera out once, opting to use my phone to take all my pic… […]ReplyCancel

Classic Negroni

As I open the door I’m greeted by Maki’s wagging tail.  In no mood to play, I do my best to brush her away, but our sweet dog’s persistance wins me over.  Fine… just a few minutes.  She guides me into the living room so we can roll around on the floor.  Soon, she has me pinned down and I get attacked with a few licks of her tongue, leaving long streaks of slobber across my glasses.

Exhausted, I call it quits and get my body off the ground.  Maki, disappointed, retires to her bed.  She wonders if maybe, just maybe, I’ll come back to play with her.  Sorry pup, I’m finished for the night.  It’s time to make dinner… and mix a drink.

After a long day, the kitchen becomes my sanctuary.  Before any onions are chopped, I throw a few rocks into my glass. An aperitif is in order to ease into a relaxing night of nothingness.  I whip up my old standard: a Negroni.  An equal pour of the three ingredients, a quick stir, and we’re in business.

Before the drink hits my lips, I shave a piece of orange peel and rim the glass with it.  The result is subtle, but effective.  The aroma of the citrus breathes life into the Negroni, but a bitter herbaceousness is present in the first sip, mellowed only by the sweet vermouth.  Another taste and my mind is no longer thinking of work and the stresses of my day.  I’m in the here and now.

The onion and garlic sizzle as they hit the pan of butter.  I rub my hand across my perspiring forehead, only to look down to see the glass sweating as well.  You and me both, my friend.  I pick up my drink. Cheers. Sip. Smile.

Classic Negroni

Classic Negroni

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What a week!  Actually, what a month!  I can’t believe May is wrapping up.  Feels like I always say that.  It’s so odd how time just flies by.  The burst of travel hasn’t helped with slowing things down.  And next week I pack up for a few days in Vegas, where I’ll be attending the Saveur Blog Awards (our little project, The Boys Club, won the Best Cocktail Blog category).  As soon as I mentioned the win to Eric, he scurried off to his computer to look at flights.  Having never been to Vegas, we’re doing it up… fancy dinners, theater tickets (Eric’s birthday is coming up as is our wedding anniversary, so this is our big celebration).  No gambling though… I’m not a fan, though I have a feeling he might hit the tables while I’m off doing foodie things.

There are no words to express how excited I am to finally get to meet the bloggers going to this event.  Some of my favorites are going to be there, including David and Luise, creators of the blog Green Kitchen Stories, who have just come out with their book, Vegetarian Everyday.  Often when I’m asked which sites are my favorites, I rattle of a long list, but between you and me, GKS is at the top.  I’ve been a fan of theirs for a long time and am so thrilled for their much deserved success (a wonderful mobile app, a cookbook, and a Saveur award all in twelve months).  So, yeah, I’m kind of psyched to meet them next week.

While flipping through Vegetarian Everyday, the dish that tantalized me the most, surprisingly, was their potato salad.  It’s a stunner… never had I seen a potato salad with such vibrant colors and flavors. I knew immediately that I had to make it and get it up here before the Memorial Day weekend.  I’ve taken some liberties and incorporated homemade aioli into it.  Their recipe is definitely healthier than mine, but I’m a mayo fan and it’s not potato salad in my world without a little of it thrown in.

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