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Category Archives: England

Last Friday morning, when the EU referendum results shocked the world, I woke up in a country remarkably different to the one I slept in the night before. Mark had already rushed off to work to deal with the tumbling financial market and I was left to stare at the news in complete disbelief and […]

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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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Whenever I have State-side guests visiting I love to take them out of London for a day trip.  A few weekends ago, Carolina & I spent an afternoon in Cambridge to admire the architecture, punt and try traditional English fare with a full English breakfast and afternoon tea.  

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We ventured to Whitstable, the English seaside town in Kent, on Sunday to partake in the annual week-long Whitstable Oyster Festival.  I visited Whitstable a few years back and loved spending a quiet afternoon by the sea with the Brit.  This time around we were joined by three friends to experience the delicacies and charms of Whitstable.

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There were 9 of us, from various parts of Europe, who convened in idyllic Shaftesbury this past Saturday for Marte Marie Forsberg’s food photography workshop. Over hot chocolate and pastries in Marie’s charming English cottage, with the fireplace ablaze and slippers on, she delved into the elements of visual story telling, branding and portfolio building. […]

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I can’t speak for any other avid food photographer but I am embarrassed when I take pictures of my food at restaurants.  Embarrassed because it seems somewhat cliché to have yet another camera-toting Asian woman snapping away at the dish in front of her.  And then there are the eye rolls and unwanted stares you […]

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