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2 Fabulous Cookbooks and other things photographed By moi!

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As you may have noticed, I haven’t posted in quite some time. That has little to do with interest and so much to do with having been pretty busy not only shooting two cookbooks but picking up a fair amount of photo work. First, I had a really awesome 10 page travel story on Sri Lanka come out in Sweet Paul Magazine for their summer issue. You can view it online here. It’s a great subscription, if you don’t have it already.

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Second, the first cookbook I shot and the first to come out this fall, Robicelli’s: A Love Story With Cupcakes by Allison Robicelli, now has a cover. It will be out on October 17th and if you’d like to pre-order it, you can do that here

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Finally, the second cookbook I shot this year, Brooklyn Chef’s Table by Sarah Zorn, also has a cover and a release date of November 5th. You can pre-order it here.

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What the people need for hurricane relief – Cleaning Supplies

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Staten Island - New Dorp Beach Outpost 192 Ebbits St
This is the situation in most places helping out with Hurricane relief. They don’t need clothes, most of these are going to end up in a landfill.

Staten Island - New Dorp Beach Outpost 192 Ebbits St
The canned food situation is out of control at most facilities if not all. They don’t need canned goods. Prepared food situations are even worse. Find out what they need and send that, and that only.

I spent the day on the ground today in The New Dorp Beach area of Staten Island. Yesterday I spent the day in The Rockaways and I’ve come up with a list of things I know that people need. There is some consistency between all of the places, outposts and ad-hock stands on what they need and I can imagine that every location is like this as well. I can tell you that they definitely DON’T need water, food and clothes – in fact, these things are a problem now and if you even try to bring them to Staten Island, Rockaway Beach and probably every other location you will find they will be stuck with a ton of clothing. All places excepting donations are turning away clothing at this point. This is a major point – your efforts will seriously be thwarted if you accept clothing.

Pet Food is a necessity, for sure, but I’m sure they will get to a point that they don’t need it soon.

The biggest things you can gather for them and send are:

Cleaning supplies – Bleach, Ammonia, Mops, buckets, brooms dustpans, and Contractor Bags. Paper Towels & Shammies, Disinfectant wipes

First Aid stuff – neosporin, aspirin, tylenol, ibprofen and other OTC drugs, nasal spray

Batteries, Flashlights

Tarps, granny carts, shopping carts, wheelbarrows to transport goods to homes.

Faces masks and respirators,

Gas, & Gas Cans (ideally filled with gas). Generators.

One big thing that they could really use is for people to make runs to PA to get gas. The lines here are ridiculous. Also I read that Bedford Union Armory. 1579 Bedford Avenue was giving out free gas (10 gal, max pp). Not sure if that spot is still setup, but worth a try.
turns out this did not work out as planned. Head to PA or CT for your fuel needs.

Take cash donations as well and turn it into cleaning supplies and lowes or home depot.

They also need working hands down there, ready to get dirty. You should come dressed warmly in layers, wear work boots bring work gloves. Cleaning supplies are severely limited, so bring your own. You will NOT be serving or making food – those jobs are taken.

Donations of these type can be dropped at St. Jacobi Church 5406 4th Ave @ 55th Street in Brooklyn. From there it will get dispatched out to The Rockaways and Staten Island. If you want to volunteer to do the dirty work, you can meet at this location and be picked up and get a ride back to The church.

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Extra Mooga refunds now offered

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Announced on Googa Mooga’s site today, Extra Mooga goers will be offered a full refund for their sad experiences. According to Peter Shapiro, “We promised you a terrific Extra Mooga experience this past weekend and we didn’t deliver, particularly in providing an adequate amount of food and beverage on Saturday. We’re very sorry if we disappointed you.”

I think its great that they recognized the problem and are rectifying it. Therefore they will be offering full refunds. I didn’t pay for my Extra Mooga Tickets, but even if I had, my experience on sunday was really good and I wouldn’t be requesting a refund right now. How about you? Was the Sunday experience that bad or was it just Saturday?

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News: The Saveur Best Food Blog Awards Nomination 2012

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I’m proud to announce that last week, Snap Food was nominated for the Saveur Best Food Blog Award in the Restaurant/Dining Category. In their email they said:

We received nearly 40,000 nominations this year, and after going through all of them (seriously, all of them), a group of SAVEUR editors narrowed the field to six finalists in each of sixteen categories. We’re incredibly pleased by this year’s crop of finalists, which we consider to be the very, very best in online food content from 2011.

I feel very honored to have even been nominated from such a large pool of talented bloggers. But now comes an even harder part. I want to win! So please tell friends, family, AA sponsors, random people on the street to vote for me here: http://www.saveur.com/food-blog-awards/vote.jsp?ID=1000013351.

Note that you do need to login and/or register to vote. But you an opt out of emails and they won’t sell your name to the devil. It only takes a moment and will be a big big help to me, who is a very generous and caring person who will remember your kindness!

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Everyone Left Drooling at The Great Food Truck Rally – Brooklyn, NY

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editors note: aside from the GFTR, there were a lot of great food things going on in NYC this last weekend and some will continue. Check out the following links: Bust Craftacular & Food Fair, Smorgasburg

The Great Food Truck Rally - Brooklyn, NYC
This is Zeus. He is a Newfoundland. He is hungry and sick of these ridiculous lines.

My girlfriend becomes quite cranky when she has to wait for food. It’s a common problem. I remember going to Clinton Street Bakery when it was still a new restaurant and the look I got from Emily after we heard the wait would be at least an hour and a half. Immediately after seeing that look I turned to my friends and said, “we are going to find something else”. We found something fast, walked in, sat down immediately and on our walk out saw our friends still waiting for a table. They looked gaunt; we looked stuffed and happy. I have to give props to her for sticking through this with me. She was quite a trooper.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the food trucks. But whenever they get together in one place, they create unparalleled chaos. Last time I photographed something of this magnitude, I was in a lot better place. The event organizers worked with the press to ensure we got what we needed. For the paying customers it was a nightmare. I emailed the coordinators of Prospect Parks “Great Food Truck Rally” to see about press credentials. When the email back stated, “This was a modest event…there is no production”, I kind of knew what was gonna happen.

I walked around and photographed what I could. Some of the vendors were not very cooperative, so they won’t be featured in this post (the beauty of owning my own publication, i guess). The ones that were, well we got some great shots. After photographing a few things, I stood in line to get some food with the gf. The wait was 1 hr 30 minutes – and that was just to order. By that time they had run out of almost everything anyways. 30 minutes later we had our food at which point they had started cutting more things. Em was looking forward to a certain item on the menu. They were out of it by the time we got to the window. I got that look again.

Other lines were just as bad. Red Hook Lobster Pound closed their windows at about 3:30 – out of Lobster :( The Treats Truck was hip to the drill, they kept their lines short and always had food. Rickshaw Dumplings had to bring in reinforcements – a backup truck filled with more product. An uninvited food truck tried to sneak in but they got kicked out. There were a couple no shows that was quite disappointing – The Frying Dutchman (french fries) and Milk Truck (Grilled Cheese). WTH? Still, the food was amazing. Worth the wait? The jury is still out on that. I do know that my girlfriend would probably never attend another food truck event like that again.

oh, i bet you’re waiting for photos.

The Great Food Truck Rally - Brooklyn, NYC
The Great Food Truck Rally at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park, Brooklyn

The Great Food Truck Rally - Brooklyn, NYC
Maine Style Lobster from The Red Hook Lobster Pound

The Great Food Truck Rally - Brooklyn, NYC
The Souvlaki GR Lady keeps the mob calm, taking orders as quickly as they can.

The Great Food Truck Rally - Brooklyn, NYC
Souvlaki sticks on the grill from Souvlaki GR- 5 of those are mine!

The Great Food Truck Rally - Brooklyn, NYC
Souvlaki Sticks from Souvlaki GR

The Great Food Truck Rally - Brooklyn, NYC
Souvlaki Pita from Souvlaki GR

The Great Food Truck Rally - Brooklyn, NYC
French Fries from Souvlaki GR

The Great Food Truck Rally - Brooklyn, NYC
Customer prays to Saint Kiernan – the patron saint of hunger – that her order will be out soon

The Great Food Truck Rally - Brooklyn, NYC
Joyride Coffee sells espresso and caffeinated frozen yogurt.

The Great Food Truck Rally - Brooklyn, NYC
This Beauty is called The Kubota – Three double shots of espresso infused with vanilla bean and marked with organic milk. In honor of Joyride’s generator. Yup, that is six shots of espresso, folks

The Great Food Truck Rally - Brooklyn, NYC
Eddie’s Pizza Truck in Grand Army Plaza

The Great Food Truck Rally - Brooklyn, NYC
Who knows how long this woman waited for that Eddie’s Pizza, but it doesn’t matter. She is pretty happy.

The Great Food Truck Rally - Brooklyn, NYC
“Well, what DO you have left?”

The Great Food Truck Rally - Brooklyn, NYC
Coolhaus lets you make your own ice cream sandwich. You choose your cookie flavor and then your ice cream flavor. Then you enjoy. I chose Red Velvet Cookie with Sour Cherry Ice Cream – it was a good choice.

The Great Food Truck Rally - Brooklyn, NYC
Kelvin Natural Slush Co. has their slush recipe down to a science. don’t fear running out of liquid and ending up with flavorless ice. They have perfected the slushie – eat your heart out, Slush Puppy!

The Great Food Truck Rally - Brooklyn, NYC
Kelvin Natural Slush Co. lets you choose your own slush flavor and your own mix-ins
Left: Ginger Ice with Mango & Mint Mix-in
Right: Citrus Ice with white peach and Mango Mix-in

The Great Food Truck Rally - Brooklyn, NYC
The Infamous Treats Truck

The Great Food Truck Rally - Brooklyn, NYC
Rice Crispy Treat with lots of good ‘ole junk it in from The Treats Truck

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The Empire of Adorable: Bust Craftacular & Food Fair – New York City, NY

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It has been a while since I’ve been to the Bust Craftacular. Last time I had the pleasure was around christmas a few years ago and Amy Sedaris was there signing books and there were only 1 or 2 food vendors. This time around they invited a few more. Not necessarily a lot of options for the savory but a few really unique and incredible sweet options. Robicelli’s was slinging inventive cupcake flavors (chicken ‘n’ waffles is just genius), Anna Gordon served rich and creamy stroopwafels, and Alana Wilson paired origami with vegan cupcakes which was so very cute. Most notable though was the chocolate peanut butter skyscraper brownies from Vegan Treats which was just about the best damn brownie I’ve ever had (yeah, it was vegan!). Also a big fan of the meatballs at Mighty Balls. Everything was just so cute and adorable.

Bust Craftacular & Food Fair
Vegan Treats

Bust Craftacular & Food Fair
chocolate and peanut butter skyscraper brownie from Vegan Treats

Bust Craftacular & Food Fair
beautiful cherry topped cupcakes from Vegan Treats

Bust Craftacular & Food Fair
great blue balls of fire (pork and beef meatballs, blue cheese and spicy mayonnaise) from Mighty Balls

Bust Craftacular & Food Fair
Stroopwafel Ice Cream Sandwich from The Good Batch

Bust Craftacular & Food Fair
Stroopwafel Ice Cream Sandwich from The Good Batch

Bust Craftacular & Food Fair
Alana Wilson holds a origami cupcake from ‘sup cakes

Bust Craftacular & Food Fair
origami cupcakes from ‘sup cakes

Bust Craftacular & Food Fair
origami cupcakes from ‘sup cakes

Bust Craftacular & Food Fair
origami cupcakes from ‘sup cakes

Bust Craftacular & Food Fair
Mitchell Greenberg holds up his adorable little mitchmallows – creative marshmallows

Bust Craftacular & Food Fair
little mitchmallows – creative marshmallows

Bust Craftacular & Food Fair
back: The Ebinger: Chocolate cake, chocolate custard buttercream, chocolate fudge glaze, cake crumbs
front: Car Bomb: Chocolate Guinness stout cake, Jameson whiskey ganache, Bailey’s buttercream
from Robicelli’s

Bust Craftacular & Food Fair
Left: Duckwalk: Vanilla cake, blueberry port mascarpone buttercream, port simmered blueberries
Right: El Guapo: Sweet corn cake, cilantro lime buttercream
from Robicelli’s

Bust Craftacular & Food Fair
may i now present…Chicken ‘n’ Waffles: Vanilla “waffle” cake, vanilla buttercream, buttermilk soaked fried chicken dunked in pure Vermont maple syrup
from Robicelli’s

Bust Craftacular & Food Fair
back: Rue McClanahan: Peach cake, cheesecake buttercream, spiced peach compote (thank you for being a friend!)
front: Dom DeLuise: Pistachio cake, ricotta buttercream, roasted pistachios, candied citron, miniature chocolate chips
from Robicelli’s

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Smorgasburg: Savory – Brooklyn, NY

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Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY

editors note: this is part 2 of a 2 part series on Smorgasburg, for part 1 click here

Sorry you had to wait an additional day for the rest of the Smorgasburg stuff, but I like to start things out with dessert first. Here is a sampling of some of the wonderful things going on at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn. This event will be ever-changing so I will be going back and updating new things going on with additional blog posts, so check it out later. Big rec’s on checking out the fresh mozzarella from Speedy Romeo, the mayo’s at Empire Mayonnaise, and the amazing anchovies at Bon Chovie, who get extra props for having the most amazing web address ever – jonbonchovie.com

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Bon Chovie – Deep Fried Anchovies with Aioli and Lemon

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Bon Chovie – Deep Fried Anchovies with Aioli and Lemon

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Bon Chovie – Deep Fried Anchovies with Aioli and Lemon

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Bon Chovie – Deep Fried Anchovies with Aioli and Lemon

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Liza Queen of Queen’s Dahn Tu making Banh Xeo (a Vietnamese crepe-style omelette)

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Banh Xeo (a Vietnamese crepe-style omelette)

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY

banh trang tron (a shredded rice paper, green mango, and hard-boiled quail egg salad

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Landhaus BLT’s

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
The Meat Hook cook’s “rapture dogs” on the grill

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Brat’s on the grill from The Meat Hook

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Fresh vegetables from Speedy Romeo

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Fresh handmade Mozzarella with fresh vegetables from Speedy Romeo

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Fresh handmade Mozzarella from Speedy Romeo

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Cold Sesame Noodles from Shorty Tang & Sons

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Empire Mayonnaise

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Radish serves a seasonal salad in a bamboo paper cone

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Radish serves a seasonal salad in a bamboo paper cone

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Lobster Roll from Red Hook Lobster Pound

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Mimi & Coco

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This weekend: Smorgasburg, Bust Craftacular & Food Fair, The Food Truck Rally & Taste of Tribeca

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In between tremors and after-shocks tomorrow, I will be checking out the new Smorgasburg at The Brooklyn Flea. Binging on amazing food brought to us by local vendors is a great way to spend “The End of Days”. This saturday features some top chefs cooking some amazing creations – Liza Queen, Casey and Gilley Tang, Alex Raij, John Husby, Cecile Dyer (from Pies ‘N’ Thighs), Tin Dizdarevic, and Justin Bazdarich just to name a few. No worries if you can’t make it tomorrow, this event will be going on every saturday for the summer, although it is hard to say if all this talent will be there past the grand opening tomorrow.

check it out here.

The Bust Magazine spring shopping extravaganza is back and better than ever! This year, bringing together 100+ unique vendors and food artisans for one day in the heart of SoHo. Stop by for the best in handmade jewelry, specialty foods, cards, clothes, posters, housewares, and more. Plus: raffles, DJs, book signings, and a free goodie bag for the first 300 people!

Saturday, May 21st, 2011
82 Mercer Street
Between Broome and Spring
New York, NY
11am-8pm
1 day only!

I spoke about the Food Truck Rally at Grand Army Plaza on Sunday, but here is the information once again

Taste of Tribeca® was founded in 1994 by the parents of children in Tribeca’s two public elementary schools, PS 150 and PS 234, in cooperation with Tribeca’s dedicated businesses. They created this fundraiser as a way to showcase their very special neighborhood and pay for the much needed arts and enrichment programs at their childrens’ schools. More Here

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SnapFood Presenting at TechMunchNYC!

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Howdy Folks,

Good news, I just found out that I, eric isaac, will be presenting at TechMunch in NYC this year I am presenting Tips on Creating and Distributing Mouthwatering Content (Photography and Video) I’ll be doing the photography portion (Eric Rochow, Host & Producer, Gardenfork.tv is doing the video portion). The date is Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM (ET). Please go there now and sign up if you want to learn more about it. Last year I was an attendee of the event and in a year’s time, i’ve made it a pretty successful blog. I owe a lot of that to attending TechMunch last year. check it out!

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Prospect Park Food Truck Rally: Sunday May 22

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Sunday, May 22, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Prospect Park Alliance is working with the NYC Food Truck Association to bring some of New York’s best food trucks to Prospect Park. Please join us for a Food Truck Rally at the Park entrance at Grand Army Plaza to enjoy the delicious offerings of the City’s best food trucks, such as dumplings from Rickshaw Dumpling Truck, frozen yogurt and Stumptown coffee from Joyride, lobster rolls from Red Hook Lobster Pound, falafel and smoothies from Taim Mobile, and more! More info here.

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