Silent Sunday: Farm and Fable (Boston, MA)

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KulsumMarch 30, 2014 - 2:05 pm

This place is a dream! And you captured it just as well. xx

TieghanMarch 31, 2014 - 9:28 am

Those copper pots and that scale!! Oh my gosh, I wish I had those. Such a beautiful store and photos!

AnonymousMarch 31, 2014 - 2:13 pm

I want to go here! I love the wood boards and everything else!!!

Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesMarch 31, 2014 - 8:06 pm

I have been looking for a wooden pig sign just like that! Love all the photos in this post!!!

MonetApril 1, 2014 - 12:25 pm

Vintage books…rolling pins…wood cutting boards…this is clearly my store. And even more since they choose you to photograph it. Just stunning, my friend!

Lemon Verbena Whiskey Sour

Lemon Verbena Whiskey Sour from A Thought For Food

Lemon Verbena Whiskey Sour from A Thought For Food

Lemon Verbena Whiskey Sour from A Thought For Food

Lemon Verbena Whiskey Sour from A Thought For Food

Lemon Verbena Whiskey Sour from A Thought For Food

Lemon Verbena Whiskey Sour from A Thought For Food

Lemon Verbena Whiskey Sour from A Thought For Food

Life is beauty through and through
Life is sunny, life is cool
Life is even easy too
But if my word is to be true
Life is something to behold
But if the truth is to be told
Let us not leave out any part
Do not fear, it’s safe to say it here
You will not be called a weakling nor a fraud
For feeling the pain of the whole wide world
You want to help but can’t help the feeling you cannot
And it’s killing you while you’re just trying to smile from your heart
So go on, say it, on the same knees you’re praying
Yes, life is hard

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Lemon Verbena Whiskey Sour from A Thought For Food

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naomiMarch 26, 2014 - 10:16 am

So unfair, this mama wants one and I still have two more months to go before I can have any! :( Love the pictures!

RaulMarch 26, 2014 - 10:17 am

Damn that glassware is fabulous… I’ve always liked the word “verbena” I associate it with happy times and parties (in Spanish that’s what it means) and mixing it with whiskey, even more so. Fantastic as always.

Katrina @ WVSMarch 26, 2014 - 10:58 am

This looks fabulous! I love all the fun flavours in there!

Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesMarch 26, 2014 - 10:08 pm

Beautiful drink recipe. And those glasses…WANT!

Profile: Bronwyn (Somerville, MA)

Bronwyn (Somerville, MA) | A Thought For Food

Last week, I was asked to photograph Bronwyn, a Somerville restaurant that opened last year, for Tasting Table.  Tim Wiechmann’s other restaurant, TW Food, is one of my favorites, so this was on my list of places to check out. The food looked wonderful and I was impressed by their extensive beer selection (I’m going to have to get the name of the beer I photographed because it was fantastic, and, while I like beer, I’m usually not one to go crazy over it).  Here are some of the dishes that are featured: a parsnip soup, their (enormous) pretzel, spatzle, and bratwurst. The decor is really fun as well and it was a lot of fun using their rustic tables as a backdrop.

Pictured in the post: Tim and Bronwyn Wiechmann

Bronwyn (Somerville, MA) | A Thought For Food

Bronwyn (Somerville, MA) | A Thought For Food

Bronwyn (Somerville, MA) | A Thought For Food

Bronwyn (Somerville, MA) | A Thought For Food

Bronwyn (Somerville, MA) | A Thought For Food

Bronwyn (Somerville, MA) | A Thought For Food

Bronwyn (Somerville, MA) | A Thought For Food

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NaomiMarch 20, 2014 - 12:13 pm

These pictures are making me hungry–so gorgeous!

Liz @ The Lemon BowlMarch 20, 2014 - 10:08 pm

I am drooling!!! That pretzel is incredible. I heart sausage. I miss Boston!! I used to live in Somerville near Davis Square. I miss it!!

TieghanMarch 20, 2014 - 11:14 pm

These photos are just stunning. In love with them!

Susan WhetzelMarch 24, 2014 - 8:30 pm

Oh wow! I wish I’d known about this place last time I was up there! Maybe I need to schedule another trip soon…

SarahMarch 25, 2014 - 1:59 pm

Mmm. That pretzel made my mouth water. It looks like such a cool place. My husband and I would probably love their beer selection you mentioned. If we ever travel to Massachusetts we will be sure to check it out!

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow (Cambridge, MA)

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

Silent Sunday: Alden and Harlow | A Thought For Food

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ana @fit, fun & delish!March 16, 2014 - 10:54 am

This seems like a lovely place for dinner! Your photographs are amazing in low light. Have a great Sunday!

jaime @laviejaimeMarch 17, 2014 - 9:49 am

i’m dying to go here! beautiful shots.

Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy LivingMarch 19, 2014 - 10:11 am

Great pics and love the atmosphere of this place.

SarahMarch 20, 2014 - 10:31 am

Mmm. Looks yummy! Fantastic shots :)

ShainaMarch 20, 2014 - 3:49 pm

I love how you capture the ambiance of the restaurants you shoot.

Omelet with Chèvre and Fines Herbs

Omelet with Chèvre and Fines Herbs | A Thought For Food

Omelet with Chèvre and Fines Herbs | A Thought For Food

Omelet with Chèvre and Fines Herbs | A Thought For FoodOmelet with Chèvre and Fines Herbs | A Thought For FoodOmelet with Chèvre and Fines Herbs | A Thought For Food

Omelet with Chèvre and Fines Herbs | A Thought For Food

Such a mixture of emotions. Hopeful, but anxious, too. Most of all, I’m thankful.  That I have Eric, who finds little ways to comfort me. His hugs make everything better. Or that kiss when he senses I’ve had a stressful day. And Maki. Who cuddles with me and gives me licks when I need them the most.  I’m thankful to be surrounded by friends and family that are so caring. It brings me so much joy to watch my nieces and nephew grow into such loving children. There’s a lot to be thankful for and it’s these times when I’m feeling overwhelmed that I need to remember all the wonderful things in my life.

Omelet with Chèvre and Fines Herbs | A Thought For Food

Omelet with Chèvre and Fines Herbs | A Thought For Food

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TieghanMarch 10, 2014 - 9:20 am

There is nothing more comforting than good family and friends to keep us going. So glad you have that and this omelet because it looks awesome! Perfect breakfast to springing forward this week!

bev @ bevcooksMarch 10, 2014 - 10:13 am

Stunning and perfect and gorgeous! And I love it. And the space. And the food. And the mug. Okay bye.

Brian @ A Thought For FoodMarch 10, 2014 - 10:41 am

You’re so sweet, Bev! That mug is my favorite. My mother-in-law gave us a set and we drink out of them frequently (sometimes we just rinse the mug and use it the following day, because they’re just the best mugs ever).

MonetMarch 10, 2014 - 11:57 am

Oh I just loved this post, Brian. I am feeling overwhelmed this morning and this was just what I needed. Your shots evoked such a sense of peace and presence. Thank you for sharing all that you do.

naomiMarch 10, 2014 - 3:05 pm

yes, nothing like the comfort of loved ones, home and food. love the tone of this post.

alison @ Ingredients, Inc.March 11, 2014 - 7:54 am

lovely as always!

Toni | Boulder LocavoreMarch 11, 2014 - 10:58 am

Oh Brian, don’t be stressed! I know it’s easier said than done but it takes so much out of one. You are surrounded by so much love and warmth; giving pause to give gratitude as you have with this post is wonderful medicine to the soul. And watching your photos unfold with this beautiful dish was like spending the morning in the warmth of your home. Thanks for including us!

Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy LivingMarch 12, 2014 - 8:30 am

Beautifully written post and so comforting. I think we all have days where we just need a hug and something warm for our tummies.

Renee Shuman (@FrolicChocolate)March 12, 2014 - 11:45 am

So lovely. Fantastic action shots. You made those eggs — and the whole process — look so beautiful. And chevre + eggs is always a win!

JoanneMarch 13, 2014 - 7:39 am

Whatever is overwhelming you, I hope it is made better by this lovely meal! Simple omelets like this are the best…and definitely calm-inducing.

Jenny @ BAKEMarch 15, 2014 - 12:39 pm

I love the simplicity of this food, and how it showcases the best of each ingredient

Jenny BrownMarch 15, 2014 - 4:38 pm

I love the simplicity of this food, and how it showcases the best of each ingredient

CarolynMarch 17, 2014 - 5:05 pm

Hang in there, my friend. Glad you have a loving husband and sweet doggies to see you through. And omelets!

cheriMarch 17, 2014 - 6:39 pm

What a beautiful post! love your simple and beautiful omelet.

Showin’ Some Love: My ONA Camera Bag

When I first started off as a photographer, I didn’t have much in the way of equipment. I had a camera and a lens. That was it. I’d pack everything up in a messenger bag or backpack and head off to whatever restaurant or engagement photo session I was doing. It didn’t take long for me to realize I needed a real camera bag. I did some research and found one that I thought would work for me. It could fit a body, a couple of lenses, and my laptop. Seemed perfect. After a few months, though, the thing started to rip. Now, I’m partially to blame for this. I packed it with more than it could handle. I traveled with it and abused it in ways I shouldn’t have. But, for many reasons, that bag just wasn’t right for me.  I needed something that was durable, but because I was doing a lot of location shoots, I wanted something that was stylish too.

ONA bags aren’t just good looking (which they are… most people have no idea it’s for camera equipment), but they comfortably fit everything one needs for a shoot. Over the last couple of months, I’ve taken the bag with me on countless projects and it has been a wonderful experience. Each compartment wraps snuggly around anything you put in… camera bodies, lenses, flashes. Unlike my other bag, which could only handle a body and a couple of lenses, the ONA Camps Bay camera bag I have handles 2 bodies (a 7D and 5D), 4 lenses (50mm, 17-40mm, 24-70mm, 100mm), a battery charger, a laptop and iPad, as well as all necessary cables. Yes, the bag got a little heavy, but I never felt like it couldn’t handle the weight.

I brought the bag with me on a shoot at Coppa. My friend (and local business owner) Abby was nice enough to come out in the cold to help with taking pictures. Without her, I think it would have been a challenge to capture the whole process. Thanks Abby!

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JoanneMarch 6, 2014 - 7:43 am

I don’t really ever have to tote my camera around (and rarely do anymore, honestly) but this bag really is awesome!! Pretty sure if I had it, it would make me WANT to take my camera everywhere with me.

Sandy@ReluctantEntertainerMarch 6, 2014 - 10:14 am

Love it! Seriously going to check this out, we need a new camera bag! Great shots, friend!

TieghanMarch 6, 2014 - 10:56 am

Love this bag!! I do not have a camera bag, but need to check this out. Looks perfect!! Oh and beautiful photos!

AnonymousMarch 6, 2014 - 11:35 am

This is just a bag for me. So pretty and cool looking. We are looking for a camera bag because we will be travelling to the Philippine and we want a bag that does not look like ” a camera bag.” Thanks.

ShainaMarch 6, 2014 - 12:09 pm

I adore my Camps Bay (two years now), but then I’ve told you that before. I’m so glad to see someone else enjoying it, too.

Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesMarch 6, 2014 - 5:53 pm

I know I’ve looked at that bag on ONA’s site, so of course I like it! Thanks for the review, Brian.

Ali | Gimme Some OvenMarch 7, 2014 - 4:38 pm

Great photos — and I LOVE that bag!! I got an ONA bag last year and I’m obsessed with it. Their designs are so beautiful! :)

Jitti ChaithiraphantMarch 18, 2014 - 10:47 am

Nice bag. There is a former chef turned craftman, Erik D of Bresca in Portland. You should meet up with him. He makes bag, chef apron, knife roll, etc. All work done by one person. Hope you enjoyed Coppa. Jamie Biss is my favorite chef in Boston. Best cook. I have been following his career path for 10 years. Meghanne Ward, Chef de Cuisine there is also terrific cook. I worked with her before at Radius. She went to help opening Flour and Water in SF. Her pasta is to die for.