Off to the Races…

In honor of the Kentucky Derby and the Virginia Gold Cup races this weekend I wanted to share some images from last year’s VA Gold Cup.  The Virginia Gold Cup is a series of steeplecase horse races that take place the first Saturday in May (same as the Derby).  Growing up in Virginia it was a family tradition that I looked forward to every Spring.

My parents would pack up a picnic of fried chicken, deviled eggs, potato salad and iced tea then we would head out to The Plains to tailgate with friends.  I loved everything about the Gold Cup; the tailgating, the beautiful horses, the colorful jockey uniforms, and just being out in horse country on a great expanse of green lawn.  The course was made up of rolling hills dotted with shrubbery covered jumps some even had the challenge of a small pool of water.  We would be giddy to bet a dollar on our favorite horse to win the final race.  ”Favorite horse” meaning the one with the most interesting name like “Midnight Magic” or “Sundancer Melody” OR the jockey with the jazziest jersey, of course.

©Susan Pittard

©Susan Pittard

©Susan Pittard

©Susan Pittard

©Susan Pittard

©Susan Pittard

©Susan Pittard

Ahhh memories… Have a happy May! And may the fastest horse win.

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Read more.. Friday, May 4th, 2012

Tre Donne

Sometimes an opportunity arises, the stars are aligned, the situation feels right and you seize the moment.  This happened to me when I decided to go on an Italian adventure with two other women back in October.   My two road mates were Jennifer and Fabiola; two wonderful ladies and now, two great friends.  Our road trip couldn’t have been more fun, unless we had had the time to go sailing on Sweet Emotion to Croatia! Maybe this year!?!..  The purpose of our trip was to visit 4 vineyards in Northern Italy and 1 in Slovenia in 5 days.  We began and ended our trip at Podere Ciona, an amazing estate and winery in Tuscany.  The proprietors are three of the loveliest Italians you will ever meet; Franco, Franca and Lorenzo Gatteschi.

Our journey was quick but we accomplished our mission with MUCH laughter, little sleep, DELICIOUS wine and AMAZING food. You can see the full Italian road trip story on my website.  The other 3 vineyards we visited were, Giuseppe Lonardi in Marano di Valpolicella,  Edi Simčič in Goriška Brda, Slovenia, Monte Tondo in Soave and de Tarczal in Trentino.

My first night at Podere Ciona. Franca cooks a delicious risotto con fungi. ©Susan Pittard

Franco welcomes us to the dinner table. The eve of our big trip! ©Susan Pittard

Fabiola & Jennifer (2 of the Tre Donne) ©Susan Pittard

We loved our panini from the Auto Grill ©Susan Pittard

AND the cappuccinos! ©Susan Pittard

Sunset in Trieste looking out over the Adriatic Sea ©Susan Pittard

Trieste at night ©Susan Pittard

Fabi scoping the pool at Edi Simčič house ©Susan Pittard

Giuseppe Leonardi giving us a tour of his vineyards in Valpolicella. ©Susan Pittard

Polenta con fungi - I ate this dish twice at Osteria Bepi! ©Susan Pittard

Lake Garda ©Susan Pittard

Wolf Girl, Fabi

Skipping stones on Lake Garda ©Susan Pittard

water cat ©Susan Pittard

Mapping it out to Lake Garda ©Susan Pittard

Our view from the Locande D&D a B&B in Sasso ©Susan Pittard

Our new friends and winemakers at the de Tarczal vineyards ©Susan Pittard

Lunch in Trentino ©Susan Pittard

Back at Podere Ciona ©Susan Pittard

Our trip ends & the seiesta begins... ©Susan Pittard

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Read more.. Monday, January 16th, 2012

Giving THANKS with a DELICIOUS Recipe-Video

I just finished editing a how-to recipe-video for squash dumplings with my talented friend Bobbi Lin. She is the mastermind behind this recipe concept & she styled these DELICIOUS dumplings.  We both love photography and cooking so this was a great collaboration.  I hope you will enjoy the video and definitely give this recipe a go.  These dumplings are incredibly savory  AND easy to make!  (The brown butter sauce is an amazingly rich finish).


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Read more.. Monday, November 28th, 2011

Smorgasburg

If you live in NYC and you haven’t been to Smorgasburg yet I highly suggest you go this Saturday!   My friend Cerissa and I started our food tour by splitting a fried chicken biscuit from King’s Crumb.  I forgot to take a picture before I ate my half (duh, that’s how good it looked). We also devoured these doughnuts from DOUGH (cafe au lait and blood orange). If nothing else you must get a doughnut.  Beware they are HUGE and very delicious!

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Read more.. Thursday, August 18th, 2011

150 YEARS!

If there is one OR two events that my home town is known for it is the First and Second Battles of Bull Run during the Civil War. The first battle was fought on July 21, 1861. This year marked the 150th anniversary and 8,700 reenactors came from all over the country to reenact the battle. It was amazing to walk around their encampments and get close up to the soldiers as they marched into battle. I was so impressed by the authenticity of it all. The temperature that weekend was about 105˚ so I my hat goes off to all those men and women who kept it “real” with all those hot, heavy layers. It was brutal in shorts and a tank top!

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Read more.. Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Sailing in the Charleston Harbor

I just spent three AMAZING weeks of June in Charleston, SC.  My hosts, Gayle and Neilson took me and two other lovely ladies; Olivia and Hailey sailing.  It was such a beautiful night for a sweet 2 hour sail in the Charleston Harbor.  If you’ve never been to Charleston you MUST go!

Neilson cleaning up the Goblin for the ladies!

Cheers!

My great friends and hosts, Neilson & Gayle

The Dynamic Duo, Olivia & Hailey

Olivia

Hailey making friends

Lot's of laughs! I think they swallowed a lot of water on this swim.

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Read more.. Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Floating down the Edisto

I’d like to give a BIG THANKS to my new friends, Hailey, Ben, Olivia, Landon, MZ, Jade and Zach.  They invited me to float down the Edisto River while I was in Charleston, SC.   Our innertubes took us down the river at a lazy pace of about 6 hours from launch to finish . Forced relaxation is what I call this.  Good times… (There are more photos from this trip on my website)

LOTION!

Hailey & Olivia

MZ & Jade w/Buds

Made it to the output!

We meet the locals

Next stop, shrimp tacos...

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Read more.. Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Marie in the park

I LOVE shooting in Prospect Park when Spring arrives with her bounty of flowering trees.  I took my great friend and muse, Marie-Theres , a dress (that has been in my family since the 1800’s) and my camera to the park to capture my favorite season.

Thanks Marie for being so lovely and patient.

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Read more.. Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Easter EGGS

I went over to my crafty friend, Cerissa’s house to help (I mean shoot) her while she dyed some Easter eggs.  It was very educational as I have never blown the insides of the eggs out before dying them.  As a child mom just kept our eggs in the  fridge at night and we would make a huge batch of egg salad after Easter Sunday.  Cerissa made an amazing souffle out of her eggs! She also felted the duck and rabbit herself.  Talented lady!

Cerissa's souffle!

Cerissa's felted animals

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Read more.. Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

SPRING at last…

I believe it’s really here folks! YES! Spring at last. In honor of this moment in time I’d like to share a few images from my personal work that have everything to do with the season.  Happy Spring to you from NYC!

Japanese tulip tree in Prospect Park ©Susan Pittard

spinning Japanese tulip tree in Prospect Park ©Susan Pittard

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Read more.. Friday, April 15th, 2011