Jesup Hall – Westport CT Restaurants on the Water//March 29, 2017

Restaurant partners Bill Taibe and Massimo Tullio have done it again, with the opening of their third restaurant, Jesup Hall. The menu by Chef Daniel Sabia is focused on seasonal cuisine, meats and vegetables — the perfect option for customers looking for a classic, American restaurant amongst the many Westport, CT restaurants on the water.

MENU ITEMS:

Kale caesar with subarashi pear and tapping reeve cheese

Pork and fermented broccoli rabe burger

Grits with warm crab and n’duja

Popovers with southern ham and coffee butter

Warm olive monkey bread with raw sheep cheese

CLASSIC COCKTAILS:

Brandy Crusta

Gimlet

Manhattan

Martini service with the choice of pickled onions, a twist or Arethusa blue stuffed castelvetrano olives

Sherbert Negroni

Read more on the full feature over at CT Eats Out

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Best Pizza in CT – Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana//March 27, 2017

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana first opened its doors in 1925 and has since been serving some of the best pizza in CT. An immigrant from Maiori, Italy, Frank Pepe located to New Haven in 1909. After working for a macaroni manufacturer and a bread bakery, he set off to start his own business with his wife, Filomena. Their original location is on Wooster Street in New Haven, CT and they have since added six other locations in CT, one in Massachusetts and one in New York.

The original pies are their Tomato Pie (crushed Italian tomatoes, olive oil and grated cheese), and Anchovy. In the 1960’s they introduced their famous White Clam Pizza (Rhode Island little neck clams).

The pizza is not only infamous for its taste, but the way it is prepared. Their hand-made pizza is cooked in a large coal fired oven, resulting in a thin, charred Apizza. As a lead food photographer in CT, I was thrilled to capture these images for CT Eats Out and highly recommend you go try it for yourself today!

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CT Food Truck – Dixie Doughnuts//March 21, 2017

Impending warm weather has me itching to get outside and enjoy food truck season. One of my favorites for my sweet tooth is Dixie Doughnuts, a food truck specializing in craft doughnuts and doughnut sandwiches, served out of their 1975 camper food truck. The owners are equally as wonderful as their food.

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Three Tips to Overcome Your Fear of Being Photographed//February 24, 2017

Too often I hear people say they are aren’t photogenic or they’re not “ready” to be photographed. The truth is, unless you’re a professional model, it’s not that you aren’t photogenic, you most likely just don’t know exactly how to pose in front of a camera. And why would you? It’s not your job to know how to pose — it’s a photographer’s job to instruct you.  But there are certainly things you can do to prepare for a photoshoot that will help you feel empowered and more comfortable in front of the camera.  Here are my three tips to conquer awkwardness and overcome your fear of being photographed:

1 – Identify the Reason and Trust Your Photographer

First, ask yourself why you are afraid of being photographed. Is it something tangible or concrete, or general self-consciousness? Whatever your answer, I can assure you that everyone else feels the same way at some point. It’s normal to be nervous in front of a camera. Communicate your concerns with your photographer and they can address the issues one by one — we’ve dealt with them all before. After that, you should trust in your photographer and their skills. I always work with my clients to find out their likes and dislikes ahead of time. This will help me pose you and accentuate your favorite features. During the session, we review the photographs together. If you’d prefer to face a different way or for your hair to be placed differently, we make these smalls tweaks and ensure that you walk away completely satisfied.  I ask the right questions, my clients communicate their needs, and I deliver high quality portraits.

2 – Prepare for the Photoshoot

This is where you can be proactive in ensuring your photoshoot is successful.  Learning about the process of the shoot and what you need to do ahead of time will help you to relax. Ask as many questions as you can. How can you prep the week or even the night before? For starters, don’t make any drastic changes to your appearance before the shoot. You want to look like yourself, and the time to try a new look is not right before a photoshoot.

3 – Hair, Makeup and Outfits

I cannot emphasize just how important professional hair and makeup is. It’s not often you’re having your portrait taken, so invest the extra money and look your absolute best. You will go into the photoshoot feeling confident and you won’t have to worry about being both the subject and the stylist on the day of the shoot. Even for men, makeup can fill in under eye bags and discoloration in your skin. The purpose isn’t to look like you have a face full of makeup, it’s to look like your best self. Leave it to the professionals! I always suggest buying a new outfit for the occasion. It will help you get excited for the shoot, you will feel like a million bucks because everyone loves new clothes, and you can be sure that your ensemble will photograph well. Be sure to iron and de-lint your clothing beforehand. I always suggest waiting until you get to the shoot before changing into your outfit so it doesn’t wrinkle.

 

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Hartford Poet Publishes Book – Diners of Connecticut//February 20, 2017

Brett Maddux is a Hartford author and poet and he recently published his first book, “regent.” Regent is filled with over 100 poems, many written while traveling to diners across Connecticut, and all documented on his instagram account dinersofconnecticut. In addition to the portraits of Brett featured on this post, you can also check out the full article on CT Eats Out.

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