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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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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

2015 was not meant to be a remarkable year, not for me anyway. When I sat down to write my 2014 highlights I was a little dubious as to what the next 12 months could possibly bring after I so boldly claimed in my post that I experienced one of the best years I’ve ever had. […]

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  • ChicagoRed

    Your Chicago tribe awaits you in 2016! :) Happy new year Jo!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      I cannot wait for our tribal reunion, haha!ReplyCancel

  • You are most definitely welcome to join the west elm tribe any day Jo! We adore this post – thank you to you and Sarka for being such talents! We can’t wait to work with you more in the future!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thank you! Look forward to more projects in the upcoming year.ReplyCancel

  • Kerri

    May 2016 be your best year yet! Sending love and well wishes from your Boston tribe 💜ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Likewise, I also hope to see my Boston tribe sooner than I think. Have a happy New Year Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    I am in awe of how you always pull together awesomeness. Cheers to an amazing 2016!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Ha! I am too to be frank. Enjoy spending new years in the Hague Liz!ReplyCancel

  • Congratulations on your fantastic achievements on Instagram!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Angie, appreciate your support! xxReplyCancel

  • My dearest Jo, you photographing my book and working (and playing!) with you was so much fun. May 2016 bring us books fruits of our labour xReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Not only am I excited to see it in print, I also can’t wait to cook from it 😉 xxReplyCancel

  • The Gin & Edelflower Tonic looks so tasty 😉

    Hope you had a nice Christmas!

    Lisa | Joy Della Vita TravelblogReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks! The bonus of having the photoshoot is to be able to enjoy our creations :)ReplyCancel

  • Awww….thank you for the lovely mention, Jo! I am so glad we got to travel together many times this year, and we got to know each other better! You definitely deserve your “insta” fame, but I know you will achieve so much more this year! Your talent is great and I bet 2016 is going to be amazing!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Our trips were such an unexpected surprise, so glad I got to experience Berlin, Venice and Sarlat with you. Hope there will be more in the new year! Happy New Year Giulia xxReplyCancel

  • A gorgeous post Jo. Beautifully written and shit (of course!) Enjoy a fabby new year xReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks for your support Michelle & have a wonderful new year! xReplyCancel

  • Unexpectedly good is usually the best kind! Definitely sounds like the recipe for a good year 😉

    I’m having a low key NYE but I’m thinking that the gin & elderflower cocktail definitely needs to feature in it!

    Hear’s to great 2016! xReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It’s nice and zesty, perfect to ring in the new year with :) Have a great one Laura! xxReplyCancel

  • What a fabulous 2015, Jo! The gin and elderflower tonic looks like the perfect drink with which to toast the arrival of 2016!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Suze, hope you’re having a great start to the new year!ReplyCancel

  • Cheers to 2015! Was a great year for you, and your photography skills have taken you from strength to strength! Looking forward to seeing how 2016 unfolds, and hopefully we will get the chance to collaborate again in the future!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It’s been a crazy year for the both of us, will be interesting to see how 2016 shapes up. We’ve come a long way since our first meet at FBC :)ReplyCancel

  • I hope 2016 is a good year!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Fingers crossed for the both of us :)ReplyCancel

  • It was a fabulous year! Such amazingly talented women – Long may the tribe continue, both this side of the pond and the other.
    Can not wait to see what 2016 will bring!
    … down the rabbit hole
    xx.ReplyCancel

I never thought I would end the year right where I started: in Prague, wrapped in multiple layers and mesmerized by the city of a hundred spires. Prague was tinged in romance when the Brit and I visited for the first time at the start of the year. Light flurries of snow fell, we walked everywhere, […]

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  • I’ve been wanting to do a pre-Christmas trip to a festive European city for a while now, but my sights have been set firmly on the Scandinavian countries. You might have just changed my mind – it looks like Prague has exactly the festive fairytale vibe that I’m after!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      I hope you can experience the magic of Prague next year, you wouldn’t regret it! And even if you don’t stay at the Augustine I highly recommend at least stopping at the bar for cocktails and enjoy the interiors. ReplyCancel

  • I love Prague, it’s like a fairytale land :)ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It really is, even when it’s not decked out for Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • That last photo is hilarious. We have no shame :-)! And I totally forgot to mention the cookies in my post. If there’s one reason to go back… Have a great Christmas and let’s hope we can do another trip together soon.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Haha, next time I’d love to do a whole behind the scenes post instead. Yes, fingers crossed for another trip together again!ReplyCancel

  • Such a beautiful city! I was just there a few weeks ago and had the best time!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Hope you were able to see the Christmas markets while you were there Rachel :)ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful post! It’s always so nice to see my hometown through someone else’s eyes. Sadly, I didn’t have time to take a stroll around Prague’s old town before Christmas (I haven’t even seen Christmas tree at the Old Town Square!), however I definitely indulged in a lot of homemade Christmas cookies! 😉ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Those are the best cookies! I think it’s time for you to bake some :)ReplyCancel

It used to be that the only reason to cross the bridge to venture into Boston’s Seaport neighborhood was to visit the Harpoon Brewery and maybe catch an outdoor concert at the Pavilion during those sweltering summer nights when G. Love & Special Sauce were headlining. Or maybe if you wanted to try your luck, you walk into […]

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It’s that time of year again where a gathering with a grander feast than usual is upon us with a very large bird taking front and center stage. Thanksgiving means something a little different for many of us who celebrate. For my younger cousins it means gathering enough sustenance to last them until their annual midnight […]

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After spending time in a different country I always have the best intentions to return home and recreate food I tried during my travels. I’m not always successful in that regard (there’s still this chicken tagine from a Morocco trip in 2013 I’d love to recreate) but recently managed to make a few Spain inspired dishes from a recent […]

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  • Wow, that all looks amazing! I might have to try making the peppers at home sometime!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks! Let me know how the peppers turnout. They are so addictive! ReplyCancel

  • I love that you’ve featured the simplicity of Spanish homemade cuisine! Just a few good ingredients are enough to have the best flavours!
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.comReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      I do love that it really doesn’t take a lot for such incredible flavours and all in under 10 minutes :)ReplyCancel