Photographers Dinner

I left the city for a little while.

And when I say “a little while”, I mean it.

24hours, to be exact.

I headed out to Connecticut to have dinner with some friends, stayed over at their house, went out for breakfast and came right back again!

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Coming back meant passing through the awe inspiring Grand Central Station.

So Gossip Girl.

And out into the glistening, sun soaked streets of New York.

For dinner that night I hooked up with Sante, one of PJ’s best friends for supper.

He took us to a little Argentinian place, Oficina Latina, in Little Italy.

Where he insisted we start with tequila. (Very bad man.)

Not quite the tequila slammers I’m used to (err… I mean the one’s I’ve heard about, mum).

These ones come with slices of orange and lines of sugar, cinnamon & coffee.

Sante showed me how to do ’em.

You press your orange into the lines…

Knock back the shot and bite into the orange.

Truly disgusting.

So we ordered another round.

Then we set about asking for food.

And waited with a little guacamole, inexplicably served in a skillet.

The place is pretty cool.

They play loud music, the staff are chipper and will only take your order if you smile, which is fair enough I guess.

I didn’t find the “Suck My Cocktails” tees all that hilarious, but some people did so maybe I was just being grouchy!

And to be fair, the cocktails you suck on are pretty damn fantastic.

We had ceviche scallops.

Tacos (you can never have too much of a good thing!)

Octopus (not brilliant, don’t order).

Crispy fish tacos.

And the most amazing beef short ribs with gargantuan fries.

It was so much fun to hang out with Sante & Pj, who just happen to be two of my favourite photographers.

You’re probably already a fan of Sante’s work, even if you don’t realise it. He’s shot some of your favourite pictures.

He’s the most fascinating guy with the most incredible stories!

I hope he’s going to let me pin him down for a proper interview some time soon, until then you can always take a look at his diaries.

But be warned, he will laugh at you if you accidentally eat an entire chilli (thinking it’s meat) and subsequently have to order a glass of milk.

Just saying.

PJ hasn’t been around quite as long but his images are still pretty mind blowing.

More on his website.

Not the easiest pair to sit between and take photos of food!

Both of them rearranging, tutting and saying “no, no, do it this way…”

Talk about intimidating! But I suppose we learn best in the deep end, right?

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  • Such stunning photos! Thanks for giving me a lovely early morning revision break. Had pork tacos for dinner last night, after all your mexican food I’ve been reading about.

    Fie xx

    Coffee & Confetti

  • One day, I’m going to start living my life like yours- just restaurant hopping! Everything looks like heaven.
    Hope you had a wonderful trip- it certainly looks like you did!

    KatieJane
    katies-rose-garden.blogspot.co.uk

  • Your NYC posts make me miss the city so bad!! I guess I’ll have to go back soon!
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  • Tess Keating

    Wow, beautiful photographs! I bet they give the best photography tips ever, I’m so jealous!!
    Tess xxx
    http://www.thislifelately.com

  • I like PJ’s *about* section….gave me all the answers I need to know! πŸ˜‰

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

  • Laura

    Incredible photography – so interesting! Food looks pretty tasty too!

    http://www.whatlauradoesnext.blogspot.co.uk

  • Looks like the perfect little trip. Central station is so beautiful. The ribs look amazing!
    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams xxx

  • Sheila

    Grand Central is my favorite place in NY. Such a stunner.
    I love the mad scientist presentation of those tequila shots! My mom would short-circuit, though, if she knew that there is an “Argentinian” restaurant that serves tequila, guacamole, and tacos. Looks scrumptious, nonetheless πŸ˜‰ It must be so inspiring to be around such great photographers. I think you definitely have what it takes to be right there with them. xx, Sheila
    http://www.summery.org

  • Aside from more delicious food, wow! the photos are amazing.

    Hugs xoxo

    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

  • Elouisa

    Gorgeous gorgeous post, you know such interesting people!
    I was wondering if you had the time for some advice for me.. I’m turning 19 soon and have suddenly become gripped by the fear of ageing into my 20s. I don’t know why and understand it’s irrational but I’m falling into sickness because of anxiety about it. I love older women and the people, such as yourself, that I truly respect are slightly or much older than me, but I cannot seem to shake this feeling off. I don’t think its anything to do with looks, its just a heavy and dreadful feeling of age. Is there any advice you would have to silly young people like me about youth?
    I hope this doesn’t make you feel old(!), I just very much admire your outlook.
    Thanks for the great pictures anyway, some of your stuff is equally as engaging as theirs.. xxx

    • Nicole

      I just turned 30 and was so fearful as well. I have actually realized the older I get the better life gets. I have money and time to do the things I want to do like travel, decorate my house, and buy most things without thinking about it. Do something that you have always dreamed about doing, that way you won’t have regrets like you missed out on something you always wanted to do when you were “young”.

  • Stunning photos rosie! makes me excited to move over there next week! eeek!

    Michaela x

    http://www.lifeofaladybear.com

  • Stacy Woonton Shasek

    That is my favourite way to do tequila shots.

  • Zoe

    Such gorgeous photography! From both you and the boys πŸ™‚ xx

    The What’s In Between

  • Buff Beauty

    Oh you lucky thing. Sante is one of my all time faves, particularly his Christy T shots. Sigh! x

  • Tequila with orange?! I have to try this!

  • Camille Beygui

    Gorgeous pictures

    Xoxo

    http://fashionbackyard.blogspot.fr/

  • How come NY is getting all this sun and we aren’t? We’re not that far away!

  • oh Sante is such a great photographer – I remember when he was dating model Kara Young – I think they have a son together …they did such great photo collaborations!

  • Rebecca

    You’ve spelt photography wrongly in the title!

  • Thats amazing you got to eat with these two skilled photographers! I would love to get to know them… one day. πŸ™‚

    -The Southern Adventurer

    http://thesouthernadventurer.blogspot.com

  • Ally

    Where in Connecticut were you? I live there!
    Xx

  • Gosh that was a learning dinner lol ps. The first image will be my new background πŸ™‚

    xo Cassandre
    http://www.theworkette.com

  • I love that they were telling you what to do. It’s my worst nightmare, I’m there setting things up and someone comes along and goes ‘I’m a professional darling’ you can’t help but feel a little useless! If it’s any consolation, your food pictures look amaze as per usual!

    Not sure I could have started with the tequila!

    Sante’s work is incredible, I bet the conversation was just as amazing!

    Katie <3

  • I will have to try tequila that way!
    Ps. I think this is the first time you’ve had negative to say about food!

    www,everydayemebllished.ca

  • Emily Kalbun

    Wow that guy really has a way with a camera. It’s very impressive. Black and white is so classy. I am now having a big mexican food craving because of your blogging. But hey here in canada the sun is finally shining and the weather is so nice, Im not afraid to light the grill and make some nice grilled fish tacos! Enjoy the rest of the big apple and cant wait to hear whats next in your adventures!
    em

  • Grace Denny

    His photography! WOW!

    Also, that is the strangest way I’ve ever seen shots of tequila taken. haha.

    XO, G from grace’d

  • I love, love, love the photographs! I wish I could have picked their brain and watched them in action to learn some tricks! Love your recent posts of all the adventures/food/photographs!!! OOOhhh so slightly jealous of your life! πŸ™‚

  • Fantastic photos! Just reminds me that I need to head down to Montreal and make a trip to visit NYC again! Maybe without those tequila shots though – yikes!

  • so amazing you got to have dinner with such great photographers! I would be intimidated too haha oh well that’s the best way to learn! oh and I don’t find that t-shirt too hilarious either πŸ˜‰

    xo

    The Fashionista Bubble

  • Lesley

    It might be intimidating to have them around while they’re taking photos, but at least they’re being helpful and encouraging! My friends just seem to roll their eyes as they wait until I give them the ‘okay’ to eat! Ha! x
    http://www.rawvogue.com

  • Alice

    Every time I read your posts, a little bit of me dies inside with jealousy. x

    http://www.teapartywithalice.com

  • Wow, what a great experience! And I have to say, those tequila slammers look refreshingly humane compared to the usual salt/lime accessories. Btw, can I just say I love how varied your friends and network are? Now that I’ve graduated law school, I am so excited to branch out of the legal people group a little…

    http://thatumamilife.wordpress.com – a clean eating bento blog. Japanese or Asian-inspired!

  • Those photos are amazing! What a lucky lady to be able to know such talented photographers! x theintellectualswan.blogspot.com

  • Liza P

    I am so confused as to how this is Argentine cuisine?!! Pero bueno, no importa! Their photos are so beautiful. But man, yours are making me feel real nostalgic for NYC. besos!

  • Janine Maral

    food looks amazing, photos look even better!!

    Janine Maral from http://www.janinemaral.com

  • Looks like you had a great trip! So lucky that you got to chat with those photographers! πŸ™‚

    http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/

  • That sounds like an absolutely ACE way to do tequila shots! Also, those fish tacos look amazing xx

    Katy | http://www.littlemisskaty.co.uk

  • That tequila tray is awesome!

    I love it when a place turns something on its head and you think WOW this style is pretty amazing!

    Here’s to orange, cinnamon and coffee shots all round

    x x x

    {The Lobster & Me}

  • Holly von Bock

    I always think life is about two types of people: the ones who fear & feel intimated by talented people (who may be better then them at certain things) & are ‘competition’. Then there are the ones who feel inspired by talented people & feel encouraged by their greatness. You are definitely the latter! I’m having to explain that to Oscar a lot now he’s getting older & realising at school everybody is better then him at something – but thats how you grow πŸ™‚ p.s. pjs last photos is 100% by fave πŸ˜‰ xxxxxx

  • Great post, all that foods making me hungry!
    http://www.plateofwaffle.blogspot.com

  • Photographers seriously have the best perspective – what a treat! You’re making me hungry again, but then again – what else is new? πŸ™‚
    http://www.perpetuallycaroline.com

  • omg im so jealous that you hang out with such a great photographer!!!!!!!!!!!! COOL

    lacebox.blogspot.com

  • TheGivingBride

    Some seriously impressive photos from everyone!

  • Great pics ! Really makes want to go back to NYC … πŸ™‚

  • Delia Frias

    Maaaybe it was mezcal, and not tequila.. mezcal is usually the one you drink with orange πŸ˜‰
    You’ll know when you come to Mexico! mezcal is a must!

  • such beautiful photographs πŸ™‚

    http://champagnelifestyleteabudget.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Gorgeous photos.
    I’m a total sucker for a brilliant black and white shot xx

  • Lilia Esperon

    You know, I am from Mexico and i thought it was very strange what you got served with your tequila. No one here drinks tequila with oranges, much less sugar or coffee!! That’s crazy!! The real way is with lime and salt, (Not off a person’s body either!) πŸ˜‰

  • andrealeighj

    Wow! How cool that Sante has taken such iconic photos! (Especially the early Kate one!)

    http://www.redwinelipstick.wordpress.com

  • Kendall Lynne

    Hey!

    I was wondering if you’d be interested in helping me with a small project involving some of my favorite bloggers and their personal styles. It would involve a quick questionnaire over email which I would then turn into a blog post. (No mention of me would be needed) I completely understand if you’re not interested, but if you are, please email me at livelikekendall@gmail.com

    Thanks
    Kendall || liveeatkendall.blogspot.com

  • Alicia Albrecht

    Best way to do tequila: lick cinnamon, shot yellow tequila, and then bite the orange (none of this coffee business). It’s actually delicious!!

    Also you’re right, I did know Sante’s work without realising it. So beautiful and striking.

    xx

  • Stephanie
  • Aimee Carmichael

    Great photos makes me miss New York even more, can’t wait to go back again

  • Two things!
    1. I love Grand Central Station. Absolutely gorgeous building.
    2. Sante’s shot of Johnny Depp (the first one) stunning!! What a gorgeous man
    I really enjoy your NYC posts

  • The food looks so yummy, and I really like your dress :] x

    http://www.esttrill.co.uk

  • Queenie Lee

    Oh man, those scallops look amazing! Sante is ridiculously talented! xxx

    http://peanutbutterandmussels.com/

  • Mathilde Herbert

    Rosieee! Where is your amazing white top from? I need it in my life (okay closet)!

  • Yum just YUM! And those photos are just absolutely stunning πŸ˜€

  • Kelly

    Stunning photos! I wish I could take photos as beautiful as these!

    One day!!

    http://www.maybeshesmagic.com