Degustabox USA Launch

I had the opportunity to work with Degustabox this month as they prepared for their USA launch. Degustabox is a mail-order food box, that is a complete surprise each month! It's fun to unpack the mystery box when it comes in the mail and try out all of the new product samples they send. There were such a variety of products in the June box- Topo Chico sparkling waters, Jif peanut butter, Vita Coco coconut oil, etc. I can't wait to see what they will choose for next month! #degustaboxus #sponsoredpost


Rooftop Lounging at Pod39

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Right now I'm dreaming of juicy margaritas on a colorful, sun-drenched rooftop... I love the Mexican-themed rooftop at the Pod39 hotel, even if the new condos going up nearby have blocked the view of the Empire State Building, it's still a great place to spend an afternoon relaxing. Now if only they had a rooftop pool!
The Lounge at Pod 39


The Negroni Family Tree

Nothing says summer quite like a crisp Negroni aperitif in the garden, the grass warmed by the late afternoon sun... While this may not be quite the garden paradise, we're getting in the 'spring' of things with these riffs on the classic Negroni by Campari and Bulldog Gin. Building up the "Negroni Family Tree" at this Manhattan Cocktail Classic Seminar was the responsibility of bar manager Masa Urushido and pastry chef Brian Yurko at New York City's Saxon + Parole restaurant. Together they created a "Deconstructed Negroni" dessert and ten Campari cocktails. Some of my favorite shots are below.


Spring in Seattle

I traveled up to Seattle for a few days last week and had a fun time exploring the city and catching up with old friends. The spring flowers on the trees and throughout Pike Place Market were so beautiful, I wish I could have taken a bouquet of tulips home on the plane with me!



Sunset-watching at Russian Ridge

One of the things I love about California are the multitude of parks and nature preserves. Everywhere you turn there's another hundred acres roped off for conservation and recreation. It's almost overwhelming- so many trails to hike, so many hills to climb, I'll never be able to finish them all! As someone who passionately loves being out in the heart of nature, this is the perfect region for a quick escape into the hills and woods surrounding the Bay Area. One of my favorites is Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve. It's a lot less crowded than some of the other parks I've hiked in this area, and yet it has easily accessible views of Silicon Valley right off the parking lot. So on a day when I just want to soak up the sun on a gorgeous vista without a grueling two-hour hike to the summit, I can drive right up to Russian Ridge. However be warned- the winding road to the summit parking lot is not for the faint of heart, it's about a 30 minute drive of twisting switchbacks up the foothills. But if you can stomach the car-sickness, the view is definitely worth it, on a clear day you can see 40 miles to San Francisco! This afternoon the weather was indecisive, with dark stormy clouds rolling in and out over the otherwise sunny hills. I almost called it quits at sunset as the sun was dipping behind the clouds, but then caught this amazing pink glow that overtook the valley- catching the fog and illuminating some deer grazing on the hillside.

Russian Ridge


The Tanqueray Imperial Shaker

Have you ever felt like your arms were about to fall off from shaking up a Ramos Gin Fizz for your cocktail party? The original New Orleans recipe recommends shaking the cocktail for a full 12 minutes! Enter the Tanqueray No. Ten Imperial Shaker designed by Jason Crawley. It spins out authentic Ramos Gin Fizzes with style and ease for all of your guests. Here at the Diageo official bar in NYC, ambassador Rachel Ford shows us how.
Tanqueray Imperial Shaker


Cocktails at Long Island Bar

Toby Cecchini mixes up perfect drinks at this retro diner-turned-bar in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
Long Island Bar

A Snowy Lunch at Brooklyn's French Louie

The best remedy for a blizzard is to find someplace warm to hide away. Preferably a spot with good food and drinks, where you can escape the snowy afternoon with a coffee and newspaper. Or have a delicious Foie Gras and Country Ham Terrine followed by a plate of Smoked Sardines...

French Louie


Golden Gate Sunrise

After a whirlwind start to 2015, I'm excited to share that I've officially relocated to the West Coast! I'm now based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and still shooting food & drink, events, lifestyle and travel stories in my neighborhood, across the country and internationally. After over five years living and working in New York City, I finally decided to "take the plunge" and pursue my dream of living in California. I can't wait to take on new assignments here and explore the vast Pacific Coast. If you're not already, you can follow me on Instagram for more shots from my adventures: @ginnymae. Apologies in advance for the surge in beach sunset photos... ;) Speaking of which...

Jet-lag can be a wonderful thing. I love when I'm up early enough to catch the sunrise, though let's face it- that doesn't happen very often. But I'm still running on New York time and have had the pleasure of waking up before 5am each morning. Rather than lay awake in bed, I decided to drive across the Golden Gate Bridge in the dark hours of the AM to watch the sunrise, and what a gorgeous sight it was! We parked at the top of Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands, which was surprisingly busy for 6:30am on a weekday. It was so quiet up there, with just the wind and the crows and all of us standing in silence waiting for the sun. I wish I could do this every day!

Sunrise in San Francisco