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What am I doing out here?! It’s dark out, even the stars were tucked away behind a brick wall of clouds overhead. My kayak partner and I continued to zig zag across the Hauraki Gulf towards Auckland one stroke at a time. Logan, our fearless tour leader, forged ahead to lead the way while in another kayak, behind us, Lizzie […]

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  • Kerri

    Gorgeous pics! Sounds like an awesome trip. New Zealand is on my list of must sees.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      I hope you get to visit soon and get a chance on the kayak 😉ReplyCancel

It’s publication day and the nutty nose of ghee was alive in my kitchen at 7am. In between frying bread in clarified butter for that morning’s indulgent breakfast – saffron bread pudding – I danced along to the sizzle of ghee with the cookbook containing that recipe among a hundred others along with over 75 food […]

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  • Congratulations! I’m so excited for you, and happy that there will be another book to come! Can’t wait to celebrate with you soon!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Julie, I can’t wait to get started!ReplyCancel

  • Massive congrats Jo! I’m so, so, so happy for you and I had not doubt this day will come. You worked so hard for it, it’s now time to enjoy it. I wish I was there to buy you a drink, but I’m not.. So go out and get one on me when you can! xxxReplyCancel

  • Huge congratulations Jo – on both counts! I love the images in the first book. You and Sumayya make a great team :)ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      That means a lot coming from you Jeanne, thank you!ReplyCancel

  • The book is beautiful, and I’m so proud of you for your first (of many) releases. What a journey lies ahead, you deserve every minute of it! Your work is beautiful xReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It was such a rewarding experience :) Thanks for being a great hand model!ReplyCancel

  • Wow! That’s wonderful news!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks for your support Angie! xReplyCancel

  • Congratulations! Those pictures make me want to eat… that’s the best compliment I can think of! 😉
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.comReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      That really is the best compliment I can have, thank you! xReplyCancel

  • Liz

    Congratulations on an amazing job well done! You are so talented! You are deserving of all great things that come your way.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      You’re one of my best supporters, thanks so much Liz!!ReplyCancel

I am the biggest chicken alive. So how is it that I found myself launched out of a small plane 16,000 feet above the Bay of Islands in New Zealand? In partnership with Tourism New Zealand I spent the last week touring the northern part of the country’s North Island along with 3 other online journalists […]

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  • Wow, this is f***ing amazing! Well done partner, you are a hero! I so want to do this too! :) I loved how happy you looked as you were approaching the land.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It was the most surreal experience! And really my mouth was open the whole time from awe.ReplyCancel

  • Well done! I managed to be convinced to do a 14,000ft skydive in Australia when I went travelling and I was so surprised how much I enjoyed it! I don’t even like roller coasters.

    You’re so right about the jump height, the longer the free fall and the more time to take in the view the better!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Same here, I can’t handle roller coasters or really anything with speed! Your view in Australia must have been amazing.ReplyCancel

  • So brave! That is one thing I really could never do!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      You never know! I thought the same for me up until a week ago 😉ReplyCancel

  • Ahhh this is incredible! Loved the video 😀ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Haha, the whole time they were trying to get me to look at the camera but I was too fixated on the views.ReplyCancel

  • I still can’t believe you actually did this!!
    Video is amazing, but had sweaty palms just watching it :-)ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Haha, me too! The part where we had to rock back and forth to launch out of the plane still freaks me out but it’s such an incredible feeling!ReplyCancel

  • No words – you are one brave lady!!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Ha! That’s not the descriptive word my mom would use but I’m so glad I did it :)ReplyCancel

  • Wow, I admire your bravery! Great job on keeping your eyes open during the freefall! Despite only being 75 seconds. Love the video 😀ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks! That’s probably that part I was most proud of :)ReplyCancel

What do you do when you get an invitation to a day at the Ascot racecourse for the Royal Ascot fine dining preview launch headlined by two Michelin star chefs Raymond Blanc and Phil Howard? Start shopping for the fanciest hat you can afford of course. That is until I realized smart casual is the dress code for premier […]

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The concept of black and white must seem absurd for an island like Burano. There is no escaping the reach of colors in varying shades and intensity, not that I was looking to; here in Burano, roughly a 30 minute water taxi ride from Venice, it’s all part of the appeal.  A few weekends ago, in the doldrums of a […]

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  • Nice, did you shoot the Video with the Sony or Canon?ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      This video was shot with the Canon. I tried shooting with the Sony in Geneva with not the best results but I think primarily due to user error ReplyCancel

  • You did a great job! Watching your video is so relaxing, I really like the music.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks! I find picking out the music to match the mood of the video one of the hardest things but really like this one too.ReplyCancel

  • WOW! That place looks incredible and seems as though you had the whole place to yourself.

    The video is awesome and it makes such a useful tool to look back at in the future.

    Nat | DignifiableReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      The island was pretty empty on a Sunday which made for a really pleasurable photowalk :)ReplyCancel

  • joi

    love this a lot jo!!! absolutely beautiful photos and good writing as always. and that video!! LOVE IT!! more please!! :) xReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Joi! Hope to post more soon :)ReplyCancel

  • What a lovely trip. Its been far too long since I went to Venice. I hope you found the trip useful – photos are so vivid and inviting! I’m impressed with your video editing skills.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Video editing took ages but I hope it’ll just get easier with practice. Hope you get to visit Venice soon, I already am aching to go back!ReplyCancel

  • Alpana

    I’ve just caught up with this Jo and I love it! Great selection of photos, charming video and they all brought back sweet memories. You’ve also inspired me to rethink how I take photos, thank you.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It was such a pleasure to be your psuedo roommate in a Venetian palazzo :)ReplyCancel

As I sit here and write this I hear the clang of stainless steel bowls, pots and pans, vibrating through my mother’s hundred year old house in New England. I’m now thousands of miles away in London but sometimes I swear her pitter-patter in the kitchen is still loud enough to stir me awake in the early […]

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  • Wow, those wontons look amazing! It’s always nice to have family traditions when it comes to good food.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Great food was certainly the best part of family traditions growing up :)ReplyCancel

  • Seriously, your snapchat was making me hungry….ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It was so hard to resist eating everything before snapping!ReplyCancel

  • These looks amazing (and I am really impressed you made your own fish stock!)ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      I love to make my own stock and thankfully fish stock is the easiest to make. It requires the least amount of ingredients, time and effort :)ReplyCancel

Last October I found myself on a cliff overlooking a tranquil valley that I thought only exist in storybooks of far away places with fairytale endings. At that point of the trip we had already breezed past stretches of bucolic green fields, clusters of 12th century French castles and a dramatic maze of 15 year […]

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  • How great to start the week reminiscing about such a wonderful trip! Like you, I was felt enchanted by Perigord Noir and its beautiful colours!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      The trip really ticked all the boxes! I hope it won’t be too long before we get to return and try the goose again :)ReplyCancel

  • That’s a trip I would love to replicate! The charming architecture, the landscapes… and THE FOOD!
    XX,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.comReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      I hope you get to visit soon, hopefully in the autumn when the colours start to change. It’s such a sight to see!ReplyCancel

  • This has left me seriously pining over another trip to France. Its been too long! (Ahem… this autumn… but still…) Those gardens have entered into top 5 places to visit in Europe. Beautiful as always Jo :)ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      I’m starting to think a trip to France should be at least on a quarterly basis! Also, the garden and the goose dish needs to somehow find its way to London stat.ReplyCancel

  • EQ

    I was there! Nancy and I biked through southern France a couple summers ago. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It must have been so amazing to cycle through that part of the country, and I can imagine how cute your bicycles must have been 😉ReplyCancel

  • Carolina Brandao

    You captured the Jardins de Marqueyssac so beautifully!! I can tell that would be my favorite spot. And who knew that most of Périgord truffles are found with flies! You can’t make this stuff up.ReplyCancel

  • Loved this post on the Périgord! I live in Péchalifour and it’s lovely to read your review on Edouard’s fabulous truffle tours!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Gillian, his passion for truffles was infectious.ReplyCancel

  • Faith

    So beautiful! On my list to visit.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      I hope you do get to visit, it’s such a magical place.ReplyCancel

  • très bon blog.
    notre périgord si bien décrit avec de magnifiques photos.
    merciReplyCancel