I love working on styled shoots. The meticulous detail and care that went into creating this image with Matt Thomas of Convoy speaks to the architect in me. Convoy created a brochure for Main Street Market featuring all of the businesses enveloped within its walls. I love how it turned out.
The Oakhurst Inn, opening late this fall, will have a cafe headed by chef Jeanette Peabody (formerly of Hamiltons'). I spent an afternoon with Jeanette photographing a few of the dishes she has planned for the menu...and tasting them, too! With food like this, guests aren't going to ever leave!
The second half of our trip was spent in the Basque country of Spain. We loved our experience in San Sebastian and are eager to get back as soon as we possibly can. Brian and I feel a kinship with a few cities; Charlottesville, New Orleans, and now San Sebastian. This is a place that we could see spending a lot more time in, and know that whenever we're in Europe we will be finding some way to visit this beautiful city.
We loved our hotel, the Hotel Londres. The first photo, below, is the first glimpse of the bay that we had when we arrived, from our hotel room balcony. It was perfect. We slept with the balcony doors open every night so that we could hear the waves crashing below. I was obsessed with the view, so you'll see many images from this same perspective throughout this post.
Again, I've made notations where photos are not self explanatory. Please leave a comment if you have any questions for us!
Happy New Year!
There were so many stairs leading into the bay. I can imagine how fun this would be in the summer, when the water is much warmer than it was during our November visit!
The old harbor.
The Museo San Telmo.
Still the Museo San Telmo. A convent turned into a museum in the 1920s, and renovated recently. We loved the intervention of modern lines into an historic space.
I was obsessed with this stair. Museo San Telmo.
The old sanctuary in the convent-turned-museum. These murals depict the worst events in human history and were very dark. They are currently being restored.
We love Eduardo Chillida, and were thrilled to find some of his work in the Museo San Telmo.
The light in the late afternoon was magical.
Jamon Iberico de Belota. (above)
Pintxos (the Basque version of tapas) at Baztan, one of our favorite bars.
We hiked up Monte Urgull to see the view of the city.
Just above the Museo San Telmo.
Pintxos at Casa Alcalde
Cafe con Leche! Every morning.
We went on a Chillida pilgrimmage. His sculptures are scattered around the city. Below, the Abrazo (hug).
Chillida - Homage de Titian
Chillida - The Wind Combs!
I am standing on a blow hole that pushes air displaced by the waves below. I thought I would be soaked.
Chillida - La Cruz de la Paz at Good Shepherd Cathedral
Bahia de la Concha. LOVE. This was a warm day and the beach was active with locals enjoying the sun.
Still the view from our hotel room. Incredible.
Typical breakfast for Spaniards - cafe con leche, orange juice, toast with jam.
The promenade around the Bahia de la Concha is lined with this lovely handrail.
The streets of the old town in San Sebastian.
Now, Bilbao. We were there only for a few hours, to fly out the next morning, and the Guggenheim was closed. We still enjoyed seeing it from the outside.
Puppy, by Jeff Koons.
Happy New Year, friends! 2012 was a fabulous year for the Hubbells, but one of the highlights was certainly our trip to Spain in November. Brian and I finally, after nearly seven years of marriage and ten years together, took our honeymoon! We chose Spain because neither of us had ever been and, let's be honest, the food is incredible! We spent four days in Madrid, five days in San Sebastian, and one day in Bilbao.
I've got part one for you today; the four days we spent in Madrid. We loved this city, but felt that our four days there was the perfect amount of time. We saw all that we wanted to see without feeling rushed. We stayed up late, slept in, decided what we wanted to do each day when we woke up, and stumbled upon restaurants and bars without much research or planning ahead of time. We new the food and wine would be good everywhere we went, but found that the smaller hole-in-the-wall places were our favorites.
I've tried to give names of places I've shown if they aren't obvious in the images, but if you have any questions for us please leave a comment or send me an email. I'll have Part 2, San Sebastian and Bilbao, up tomorrow! Enjoy!
tapas and sangria at txakolina
brie and blackberry jam wrapped in jamon (above)
blood sausage wrapped in thin potato, fried, with a quail egg on top (below)
museo del prado
san gines chocolateria for chocolate con churros
plaza mayor facade (above)
san francisco el grande basilica (below)
entrance to plaza mayor (above)
the crystal palace, in the parque de madrid
art installation in the crystal palace, from the museo nationale centro de arte reina sofia
still the parque de madrid
the royal palace
jamon iberico de belota : the most regulated food on the planet. and quite possibly the most tasty.
pimientos de padron, patatas alioli
and it was amazing. we are so excited share our full trip, but until then, a quiet view of bahia de la concha, in san sebastian.
and, we posted a little recap of our thanksgiving over on beyond the flavor!
more soon. happy monday!
Check out this month's C-Ville Abode!!! There is lots of AHP between the covers...
The new Tablescape column! Such fun to style and photograph.
Mike and Karen Ball in the 'A Room of One's Own' column.
Feature story about three yurts in and around Charlottesville.
Many thanks to C-Ville for the opportunity to photograph such fun people, spaces, and food!
This season's issue of Edible Blue Ridge has a feature article about charcuterie...one of my favorite subjects! Many thanks to Collin Donnelly and The Red Hen in Lexington for this fun and informative photo shoot. And for the dinner it inspired a month later at The Red Hen, during which we (Brian, Sarah, Matt, and I) consumed one of those pig heads shown below. Yes...we did. And it was amazing!!!
I am so honored to have been asked to write, style, and photograph a story in the new wedding publication, The Clutch Guide. This bridal luncheon was inspired by the Friday lunch at Galatoire's we experienced during our last trip to New Orleans. For the recipes of some of our favorite NOLA dishes, check out pages 47-53 online.
Many thanks to Jennifer Prince of Hill City Bride for asking me to be part of such a beautiful publication!
The Ivy Inn hosted a goat roast for Easter Sunday. What an honor to be invited, and what an amazing feast! This was my first goat experience, and it was a really fantastic one. I am so grateful to live in such an amazing town.
The Ivy Inn hosted a Whole Hog Dinner in March, featuring Ossabaw Pork from the The Rock Barn. Chefs Angelo Vangelopoulos and Ben Thompson teamed up to create an incredible menu that I was honored to capture behind the scenes. If you ever have the opportunity to attend a special event at The Ivy Inn I highly, highly recommend it. Enjoy!
Also, if you've emailed me in the last 48 hours, there is a very good chance that I did not receive your message. If you could please send it again, to andrea[at]andreahubbell[dot]com, I would very much appreciate it. Thank you!
After several lunches, many glasses of wine, long hikes with our dogs and an inspiring trip to New Orleans with our husbands, Sarah and I took a leap and combined our two visions to create this delicious collaboration. We love working together, and are thrilled to finally share our new project with you.
Introducing...Beyond the Flavor!
We believe that recipes are deeper than the ingredients used to prepare them, and are reaching beyond the flavor to capture the stories behind meals shared at the tables of local chefs, farmers, bakers, and food enthusiasts. We hope you'll visit, sit back and enjoy the stories behind the meals that fill our town. This is just the beginning.
Five Days + New Orleans + Amazing Friends, Food, Music = Complete Joy. Introducing...New Orleans.
Our visit included:
Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House (oysters)
Galatoire's (friday lunch)
Broussard's (bread pudding + banana's foster)
Deanie's (fried seafood)
Cafe du Monde (beignets)
Mother's (black ham biscuits, grits with debris)
Central Grocery (muffaletta)
Napoleon House (pimm's cup)
Camelia Grill (omelets, waffles, burger)
Johnny's Po-Boys (crawfish or alligator sausage po-boy)
Palace Cafe (bread pudding and cafe au lait)
Southern Candy Co. (pralines)
Butcher (sandwiches, pancetta mac + cheese, duck jerky)
Luke (charcuterie platter)
Cafe Beignet (beignets)
NOLA (duck confit pizza, abita-braised pork cheeks, smoked cheddar grits)
One week ago we were at Galatoire's for one of the best dining experiences we've ever had. And it wasn't just about the food. The celebratory ambience, hospitable staff, wonderful company, and an invitation to photograph the kitchen of one of New Orleans' oldest and most famous restaurants made our afternoon unforgettable.
Friday lunch at Galatoire's is a New Oreans tradition. Locals gather to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, reunions...any excuse for a party. We arrived late and were seated at 2pm after cocktails in the upstairs bar. The first thing you notice when you walk into the dining room is the revelry...people up and about and shouting across the room. We sang Happy Birthday at least 6 times to guests dressed in their absolute best. Feathered hats, sequined gowns, dripping jewels...you can't overdress at Galatoire's. Our table was in the back corner, the perfect place to view the festivities surrounding us. Our waiter, Imre, has worked at Galatoire's for 40 years, and when he found out this was our first visit he quickly snatched our menus away. From the kitchen poured the restaurant's favorite dishes...soufflé potatoes, shrimp rémoulade, oysters rockefeller, crab salad, poisson crabmeat yvonne, poisson mèuniere amandine. And then, Imre and Executive Chef Michael Sichel invited us into the kitchen. Sarah and I may have squealed...and jumped up and down a few times, too.
Welcome to Galatoire's...
Pippin Hill Farm + Vineyards is one of the lovliest wedding venues in our area. I can't get over the beautiful views and incredible space every time I visit. Also lovely is their selection of new dishes and cocktails for their spring menu. The signature drinks and late-night snacks would make such a great addition to a wedding!
"Kiss Royale" - Sparkling Blanc de Blanc, Pomegranate Liquor, Pomegranate Seeds
"Perfect Pear" - Pear Liquor, St. Germain, Pear Nectar, Dehydrated Pear
"Pucker Up Punch" - Ruby Red Vodka, X-Rated Fusion, Lemonade, Raspberries
White Truffle Popcorn
"Maker Happy" - Lavender Syrup, Maker's Mark, House Sour, Candied Ginger
Tuna Nicoise - Seared Ahi Tuna, Quail Eggs, Baby Green Beans and Sun Gold Tomatoes, French Olive Vinaigrette
Crispy "Ole Salt" Oysters - Red Pepper Aioli
Watermelon Napoleon - Stack of Watermelons and Grilled Ricotta Salata, Mint Pistou, 50 Year Old Balsamic
Check out the latest Edible Blue Ridge for a story about Harrison + Jennifer Keevil of Brookville Restaurant in Charlottesville, one of our local favorites! I wanted to share a few other images from our shoot, but be sure to pick up the magazine or view it online. There is a recipe for those bacon waffles and also the apple ginger soup, both of which I can't wait to try. Yum!!!
Also, visit the restaurant soon for their famous burger. I assure you, it is worth every penny, but be sure to share with a friend because it is HUGE!