The shellfish plate at L’Ecailler du Bistrot
Looking for a great oyster bar in Paris? Head to rue Paul Bert in the 11th. There is Bistrot Paul Bert just down the street, and the unpretentious maritime-themed L’Ecailler du Bistrot, which has combines classic French ambience with excellent seafood.
Plateau de Fruits de Mer Time Lapse at L’Ecailler Du Bistrot Paris, France
It’s all about the seafood here. While my crab and scallop allergy kept me from the shellfish platter, my friends devoured it over the course of an hour.
One of L’Ecailler du Bistrot’s maritime-themed rooms
The fresh oysters from Normandy and Brittany, cockles and various other crustaceans all received rave reviews from my friends. The sole muniere was a standout, as was the half lobster served with frite, and the linguini with clams.
The half-lobster at L’Ecailler du Bistot
The entire meal was complemented by a few bottles of reasonably priced (for Paris) wine from the menu.
The oysters are ready for their close-up
Left: the empty shells Right: oysters on the half shell
Linguini with clams
This was a meal I had absolutely no expectations about, and wound up one of my favorites of the trip. The cozy atmosphere and good service did not hurt.
The Sole Muniere (before and after)
No doubt– L’Ecailler du Bistrot is a seafood standout.
L’Ecailler du Bistrot
22 Rue Paul Bert 75011 Paris
phone +33 1 43 72 76 77
Monday-Friday, noon to 14h30 and 19h30 to 23h
Closed Sundays & Mondays
Rainy Day Time Lapse in Paris
My recent trip to Paris was the first time I tried out the time lapse feature on the my new iPhone 6. This video is the result.
How I did it: I set up my In Your Face Viewbase clamp in the window of room 407 at Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière and started the time lapse feature on the iPhone 6. I let the camera run for approximately 45 minutes.
I think the resulting time lapse is fun and quite good quality. But I do think that making a successful time lapse requires a tripod or clamp base. Usually I use the $4.99 TimeLapse app for iPhone, which includes presets for traffic, cloud, sunrise, and other typical time lapse situations. I missed having these options using the time lapse function on the iPhone 6 native camera, but I wouldn’t be surprised if future versions contain these controls.
I shot this video from the window on the 4th floor
Overall: I think the time lapse feature on the iPhone 6 is pretty darn cool and well worth experimenting with when you’re shooting action– just be sure to use a tripod or to keep your phone still while shooting. I still think the TimeLapse app is well worth the $4.99 and will continue to use it for more specialized situations.
An exterior sign at Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere
Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière
46, avenue George V
Phone: +33 (0) 1 40 69 60 00
+33(0)970 809 111
A group of school aged children performing at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Resort
One of the things I liked most about my recent glamping trip to the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji was that it felt authentically Fijian. There was no chain hotel vibe and Fijian culture was front and center.
A group of dancers from Nukubalavu Village
Two nights a week the property has groups of Fijian dancers perform. One dance troupe is from Nukubalavu village, which is the village where most of the hotel’s staff reside. Many of the dancers are related to the hotel workers which made the performance extra special.
Fijian dancers twirling GIF
Busting a move, Fijian style
The dancers perform a meke– a traditional Fijian dance performance– that is usually done at celebrations and festivals.
Fiji’s answer to Twerking GIF
I liked that the dancers were various age groups and performed in a variety of styles.
I adored this dancer’s traditional outfit and sweet smile
Hips Don’t Lie: Fiji Edition
There are no televisions at the Jean-Michel Resort, but with entertainment like this you definitely do not miss them.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
Lesiaceva Point, Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji
+679 885 0188
You can read more about my stay at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji on the Glamping.com blog.
Krug Champagne + fab treehouses = perfect summer evening (Photo by France Freeman)
My friends at Krug recently invited me to work with them to photograph the Seattle Krug Treehouse Event. This week, Krug and I are teaming up to share my photos via Twitter and Instagram. Follow Krug Champagne’s Instagram to see more photos from this fantastic event.
Exploring TreeHouse Point with Krug Grande Cuvée
Krug events are memorable experiences meant to be shared with friends. The Krug Treehouse Event was no different. The venue, TreeHouse Point, feels like an enchanted forest filled with treehouses made for adults.
Goat Cheese Brulee watermelon and Krug Grande Cuvée tasted like summer
Left: Trillium Treehouse and the Pond Room Right: Bonbibi Treehouse
It was a gorgeous summer night, and it was fun to explore the property with a glass of Champagne. There is a stream that runs in front of the treehouses. It was almost magical.
Enjoying a glass of Krug Grande Cuvée inside the Hermitage Treehouse
At the event I learned about the new Krug app for iPhone and iPad, where you can learn the story of your bottle of Krug. There are even notes from Eric Lebel, Krug’s cellar master. The app also suggests food and music pairings for your specific bottle.
Screencaps from the new Krug app for iPhone
Hamachi Crudo contrasted fabulously with Krug Vintage 2000
I was blown away by tasting the bold and rich Krug Vintage 2000 (nicknamed “Indulgence”) with delicate hamachi crudo served with Japanese citrus, Persian cucumber, daikon, petit greens, and pickled ginger dressing.
Exploring the Hermitage treehouse with a glass of Krug Rosé and a bottle of Grande Cuvée
The crowd favorite of the evening was the sublime paring of Krug Rosé served with herb roasted Muscovy duck breast served with orange fennel salad, herbed barley, and orange glace. Yum!
Krug Grande Cuvée tasted as good as it looked on a moss covered rock near the stream
You might recognize TreeHouse Point from the show Treehouse Masters. It’s a special glamping spot and a perfect venue for a memorable dinner.
This post would not be possible without my friends at Krug. Images of me included in this post were shot by France Freeman, who was an excellent wing woman for the event.
A honeymooner going coconuts in St. Lucia
The summer 2014 #HOT issue of Snap Magazine is live and available for free in iTunes here. It’s filled with stunning images, recipes (chorizo breakfast tacos, anyone?), a hot summer playlist and my HipStop: St. Lucia piece.
The cover of the Summer 2014 #HOT issue of Snap Magazine
Left: Sugar Beach does umbrellas right Right: squirtguns on the table at Dasheene
I love shooting assignments for Snap. The hard part is picking which images to send in the final edit. In this post I’ve included a few of my favorite images that did not wind up in Snap.
I met this fruit and vegetable vendor at the market in Soufriere.
Left: Diamond Falls Right: The Rain Forest Walk at Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort
All the images in Snap are shot using the apps created by Hipstamatic. I shot all of my St. Lucia images for Snap using Hipstamatic’s Oggl app, which allows you to changes the film and lens after you’ve captured the image.
Palm Frond Sunset at Sugar Beach in St. Lucia