The Krug Experience at Treehouse Point

 

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.

 

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Where to Eat in NYC: The Mercer Kitchen

 

The Heirloom tomato salad at The Mercer Kitchen

I’ve never had a bad meal at The Mercer Kitchen, and after yesterday’s lunch, I realized I needed to write a post about the SoHo restaurant which is one of my NUC faves. Located underneath the Mercer Hotel, The Mercer Kitchen has chic minimalist interior design (designed by Christian Liaigre) and killer food that is good enough for foodies, but isn’t overly complicated.

Looking up at the Mercer Kitchen

Executive Chef slash owner Jean-Georges Vongerichten has an incredible menu filled with interesting riffs on seasonal cuisine. There were so many appetizers my husband and I wanted to try, we knew what we wanted to order that we never even glanced at the entrees section of the menu.

The shrimp cocktail from the Raw Bar

I started with the Sweet Pea Soup, which was incredibly fresh tasting and light and perfect for a summer lunch. For protein, I ordered the shrimp cocktail from the Raw Bar. My husband had a tomato-centric meal, starting with the Market Tomato Gazpacho and then following up with the Heirloom Tomato Salad with basil, Serrano chili and onions.

The Ginger Margarita hit the spot on a hot summer day

Keeping with the tomato theme, my husband had a Bloody Mary and I had a light and flavorful Ginger Margarita. The meal was satisfying yet light and HELLA DELICIOUS. It reminded me why I always enjoy coming back to the Mercer Kitchen.

Sweet Pea Soup with Vegetables and Croutons

Next time, I need to get back here for dinner… or at least get to entree section of the menu.

Reservations suggested. You can book through the Mercer Kitchen website or OpenTable.

The Mercer Kitchen

99 Prince St, New York

NY 10012, United States

(212) 966-5454

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Check Out My HipStop: St. Lucia Piece in the New Summer 2014 #HOT Issue of SNAP Magazine

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

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Rome is Under Rehab

Part of Rome’s Famed Colosseum is currently under scaffolding

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and apparently it won’t be renovated in one either. On my recent trip to Rome, I was surprised to find the cities most famous fountains closed for renovations and restoration during the height of summer tourist season.  Apparently even the Eternal City needs a nip & tuck once in a while. Italian Fashion House Fendi is financing the Trevi Fountain’s $2.9 million dollar renovation project (which is expected to last 20 months).

The Trevi Fountain gets a facelift

My heart breaks a little for first time visitors to Rome wanting to have their own Roman Holiday moment. The restoration project is expected to be finished in 2015. Tod’s, the footwear company, is footing the bill for the $34 renovation of Rome’s Colosseum. The Colosseum project seems to be being done in phases and those visiting this summer will still find the sight awe-inspiring, especially when it’s lit up at night.

Determined tourists want their Roman Holiday moment, scaffolding or not

Landmark viewing letdowns are a reality of travel– I don’t know anyone who has waiting to see the Mona Lisa that has come away saying, “wow, that was hugely impressive” and totally worth the mosh pit reality of the Louvre during the summer. And there is plenty in Rome to see to more than make up for the currently underwhelming Trevi Fountain (known as the Fontana di Trevi in Italian).

Fontana della Barcaccia

The fountain of the Ugly boat, or Fontana della Barcaccia, located at the base of the Spanish Steps is also getting some work done. It has been under scaffolding since 2013. Rome’s famous sites need to last for the ages. That’s just a bummer for those visiting this summer.

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Because Futebol: 50,000 Club Carlson Points World Cup Giveaway!

Blame it on Rio… or FIFA

I should be staying at the Radisson Hotel São Paulo Faria Lima right now, after watching the Netherlands vs. Argentina World Cup Semi-Final. Unfortunately, thanks to FIFA’s self-serving World Cup e-visa rules, I couldn’t get my Brazilian visa processed in time and had to cancel the trip.

Brazil’s loss is your gain. In honor of the World Cup, I’m giving away 50,000 Club Carlson points, redeemable for a night (or nights) at almost any RadissonBlu, RadissonPark Plaza, Park Inn, or Country Inns & Suites property.

Here’s how to be eligible to win the 50,000 Club Carlson Points:

Simply write which team you think will win the World Cup Final on Sunday– Germany or Argentina, in the comments thread of this blog post.

Everyone who selects the winning team will be entered in a random drawing after the there is a winner in the World Cup Final match on Sunday. You can only pick one team, and you can only enter once. You must enter your pick before the final match starts at Estádio Maracanã (that’s 12 pm Pacific time on July 13th).

The winner will be chosen via random number generator and announced on Monday, July 14th.

Good luck!

Flag made of Havianas flip-flops in Sao Paulo

By entering the My Life’s A Trip Giveaway, you agree that you have read the rules and consent to the terms and conditions contained therein.

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