Alexandra Zedalis

Professional Animator • Photographer • Road tripper • Foodie

• NY to LA and beyond •

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  • Alot of people poke fun at food photography, or rather they poke fun at people who take unappetizing photographs of what they are eating. I tend to agree because some of it is really really awful. Like this one!  I never would of given that recipe a shot, but luckily my mom did and the bars turned out awesome! So I made them myself and took some much more flattering photos. Turns out they are very photogenic and just as yummy as they look. When done right food photography can be a very important marketing tool for any restaurant or recipe. Which bar would you rather eat?

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  • I love farmers markets. Not only do you find unbelievably fresh vegetables but (for me at least) I get way more bang for my buck for my favorite produce. Here is a couple of weeks worth of farmers market salads I make for my weekly lunch. I usually pick a grain/bean then add whatever I can find at the market (heirloom tomatoes, heirloom carrots, sweet italian peppers, cucumbers, and an herb like basil or cilantro. ) And of course my beloved Shishito Peppers  which I like to make during the week as a quick dinner. Oh so delicious! I will be quite sad when they go out of season :-(

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  • Who doesn’t love Peach Pie?? Okay, I have a boyfriend who loves peaches, and I made him this pie to celebrate him returning from a work-cation. I actually like making pie and despite my shortage of ripe peaches it turned out pretty awesome! This recipe also doesn’t contain much sugar but you can always add more. :-) 

    Smitten Kitchen—Peach Pie

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  • Who doesn’t love a really excellent roast chicken?  This recipe hails from one of my favorite cookbooks Simple Organic. It basically contains a cumin, salt and pepper rub for the chicken and topped with a mixture of leeks, peaches, cinnamon, nutmeg and tarragon. It’s the PERFECT summer chicken and one of our absolute favorites :-)

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  • I drink almond milk pretty much every day, so I was ecstatic to hear I could make it myself with just 2 ingredients. Almonds and water! I used this simple recipe to make my first batch this morning: Organic Almond Milk

    And just like that I had my own homemade almond milk ready for the week, in the awesome milk bottle I got from World Market this past weekend (yes I’m a nerd!)

    And on top of that I spread out the remaining almonds on a baking sheet to dry out in the oven for a few hours and viola! Almond meal! This is a great substitute for breadcrumbs (such as on fish or chicken). 

    Yum!

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  • "When it’s 100 degrees in New York, it’s 72 in Los Angeles. When it’s 30 degrees in New York, in Los Angeles it’s still 72. However, there are 6 million interesting people in New York, and only 72 in Los Angeles." -Neil Simon

    I was searching for awesome quotes about New York and this one made me laugh out loud. So true, but I still enjoy year round 72 degrees ;-)

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  • Spanakopita a.k.a. spinach pie.  This recipe is very time consuming but worth all the extra leftovers for the week! Its basically alot of spinach, onions, feta and eggs all wrapped up in a ‘hot pocket’ puff pastry.  One day I will make it with filo dough. 

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  • Apparently when the flatiron building was built the strong wind currents around the building coined the phrase “23 Skidoo”, which was what police men would shout at men who tried to get a glimpse up a womans skirt when it flew up from the wind.

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  • Built in the late 1700’s, the Montauk Lighthouse may be sitting on some treasure buried at its base by pirate Captain Kidd.  But probably not…

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  • vanessamakesthings asked : Yay about the photo selection! Your so work is so good I definitely think more people should see it! :)

    Thanks Vanessa!!

  • original-photographers:

    missyork - Sexy in pink.

    Thank you to Original-Photographers for selecting my photograph for your original photography blog!

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  • missyork:

    I wish I had read photographer Asher Svidensky’s "What do I fall in love in?" before we went to Antelope Valley in search of this years poppy blooms. After weeks of checking the reserve’s updated photographs of the fields we finally decided to head over last weekend. Since poppies curl up in the wind we planned our day trip around the weather. I even wore shorts! Well when we made it out we both seemed to be less than thrilled at what we just drove an hour and a half to see. It was so windy my hat flew off my head as we tried to eat the lunch I had made. Not to mention the area around looked quite, sparse. Luckily once we started walking into the park the winds died down and we saw little pocket of poppies. But I still wasn’t ready to take out my camera.

    Normally I’d spend a trip like this behind my 50mm lens. I love getting close to flowers and playing with depth of field and color (as seen in my most recent post here). But given the conditions I just couldn’t get any of these flowers to stand still. So I abandoned the idea and felt the whole trip was a bust. Steven suggested we continue deeper into the trails and before long we had found bigger pockets of poppies. Unfortunately at the end of the day the poppies were still closed, but there is always next year! I did end up with some truly great photographs none the less and found what I loved about Antelope Valley. =)

    Thank you to imiging for selecting my photograph for your original photographers blog! 

    (via imiging)

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