Holiday Meals Part 3: New Year’s 2013

Clam Chowder

I went grocery shopping, cleaned meat and veggies for stocking away in the freezer, and prepared my meals for the week of Christmas over the course of about two days. As a result, I had little interest in spending a lot of time in the kitchen cooking for the New Year so I decided to keep things even more simple.

Buon Italia

Buon Italia Market

One of the side benefits of photography is that its led to me visiting and exploring new places that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise visited. On a recent excursion to explore Chelsea Market, I discovered Buon Italia a small market that sells a lot of ingredients for Italian dishes that I couldn’t find at regular stores.

The Shops at Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market is located in a large building on Manhattan’s far West Side in the Chelsea neighborhood. The offices on the upper floors house companies such as Food Network, Google,, NY1, and EMI Music Publishing. This blog post is not about those companies. It’s all about the first floor’s foodie paradise that is home to bakeries, restaurants, markets, and other food shops.

Cheese, Cheese & More Cheese

Eataly Suotirol Bergkase Cheese

Funky blues, soft whites, sweet yellows…cheese. Milk allergies be damned, I love cheese and refuse to give it up. Cheese platters are amongst my favorite things to make for special occasions (ex: three day weekends, holidays, stay-cations, and my week long birthday celebration). Within just one cheese shop you can find so many types of cheese. Throw in a few accompaniments and you’re good to go.

“Ah, the power of cheese”

Food Photography - Cheese Platter & Wine

Cheese is special. Its a versatile food with flavors and scents that range from simple to very complex. I love cheese platters and welcome any excuse to put one together. Around the holidays I made trips to some of my favorite shops and took photos of the platters I made. I experimented with the arrangements of the items on the platter and also with shifting items in and out of focus.