Tara Donne

Barcelona Favorites

Welcome to the second installment of favorites from my fall trip to Europe with prop stylist Martha Bernabe! Check out some of our Barcelona finds–captions are below the images.




Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites

From left to right, top to bottom: 1. Cortados from Satan’s Coffee Corner (they also have great chia pudding if you’re in the mood for a healthy breakfast) // 2. Architecture in el Born // 3. The original tile floor in our room at Casa Bonay // 4. Catedral de Barcelona // 5. Pastries from La Colmena in el Gótico // 6. Razor clams and pimentos de padrón at Casa Ricardo in Barceloneta // 7. Treasures at the Encants flea market // 8. Snacks from el Mercat de la Boqueria // 9. Figs from a shop in Barceloneta // 10. Fruit from a shop in Barceloneta // 11. Architecture in el Gótico // 12. Tapas from El Xampanyet // 13. Interior of Gaudí’s la Sagrada Familia // 14. Detail of flowers placed over a Miró mosaic on la Rambla // 15. Gaudí architecture at Park Güell 

Afar | Jamaica

I’m excited to share my latest travel story in the current issue of Afar Magazine. This was my fifth time in Jamaica, which never ceases to inspire me with its robust culture. The colors, textures, smells, and sounds of the island continue to layer on top of each other during each visit, and the sum always keeps me wanting more. In this article, writer Mark Byrne is shown a new perspective on Jamaica by one of the island’s most famous proponents, Island Records founder, Chris Blackwell. Chris gets Mark out of the resorts–which is what I too would recommend to anyone wanting to visit this island nation. There’s so much to discover from the mountains to the sea and honestly, the driving isn’t any worse then on the BQE. You know you’ve gotta get out of here in February or March, so perhaps a Jamaican road trip? There’s plenty of great coffee to keep you fueled.

Amsterdam Favorites

I enjoyed four beautiful fall days in Amsterdam last month with my travel buddy, prop stylist Martha Bernabe. Here are some of our favorite discoveries, with captions below the images. (Definitely rent bikes–it’s the fastest way to see all of the neighborhoods!)




Amsterdam Favorites


Amsterdam Favorites


Amsterdam Favorites


Amsterdam Favorites


Amsterdam Favorites


Amsterdam Favorites


Amsterdam Favorites


Amsterdam Favorites


Amsterdam Favorites


Amsterdam Favorites


Amsterdam Favorites


Amsterdam Favorites


Amsterdam Favorites


Amsterdam Favorites


Amsterdam Favorites


Amsterdam Favorites


Amsterdam Favorites

From left to right, top to bottom: 1. Architecture along the canal, The 9 Streets // 2. Our room at The Hoxton (ps—they have the good coffee, from Lot Sixty One Roasters) // 3. Bar Bukowski (they have gluten-free beer!) // 4. Coffee at Ree7 // 5. Gluten-free date bars and other goodies at Pluk // 6. Bicycles in the 9 Streets // 7. Healthy lunch from SLA // 8. Architecture along the canal, City Center // 9. Picnic supplies from Marqt, enjoyed in Vondelpark // 10. The cozy bed at The Hoxton // 11. Croissants (not gluten-free!) from Petit Gâteau  // 12. Globes and plants in a window, City Center // 13. Pigments at Rembrandt House Museum // 14. The Rijksmuseum // 15. Dessert at Bak // 16. Tabletop goodies at Shuka // 17. Vintage clothing mixed with new stuff at The Darling // 18. Bike riding in Westerpark

Little Secrets | New Packaging + Website

I had a really fun time collaborating with Beardwood + Co. on my latest branding and packaging project. Little Secrets are candy-coated chocolates that come in really nice adult flavors like Sea Salted Peanut and Toasted Coconut. They’re made with fair-trade chocolate, fruit and vegetable extracts for coloring, and don’t contain corn syrup. My kind of treat! Our images showcase each flavor with fresh ingredient cues and are being used across all packaging and Little Secrets’ new site.

Food styling by Cyd McDowell

Raw Cashew and Cucumber Soup

Last fall I photographed The Soup Cleanse Cookbook, written by Nicole Centeno of Splendid Spoon. It was the perfect time of year for this project, with so many fruits and vegetables beautifully in season and so many colors and textures to inspire our photographs. The book doesn’t come out until the end of August (pre-order it here!) but Nicole has been sweet enough to let me share one of our favorite chilled soup recipes. Her Raw Cashew and Cucumber Soup is a great partner for summer—refreshing and full of vegetables and herbs currently bountiful at the farmer’s market. It’s a riff on Turkish cacik, is very simple to make, and is both dairy- and gluten-free.

Food styling by Hadas Smirnoff, prop styling by Martha Bernabe

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups water, divided

1 cup quinoa

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 scallions, thinly sliced

1 large clove garlic, minced

1â„4 cup raw cashews, soaked in water overnight and drained

4 large cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and chopped

1 cup loosely packed and stripped fresh dill

1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Pinch of ground black pepper

1â„2 teaspoon sea salt

PROCESS:

1. In a small pot over high heat, bring 2 cups of the water to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium, add the quinoa, and simmer for 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.

2. In a small pan over medium heat, warm the oil. Cook the scallions and garlic, stirring, for 7 to 10 minutes, or until the mixture is very soft and sweet.

3. In a countertop blender, combine the scallion mixture, cashews, cucumbers, dill, mint, vinegar, pepper, and salt. Puree until very smooth, slowly
adding the remaining 2 cups water as necessary to achieve a thin milkshake consistency. Cover and cool in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

4. Gently mound a quarter of the quinoa into the bottom of each bowl and ladle the soup on top.

PARENTS | A YARD-TO-TABLE FAMILY

Sometimes I get an assignment that feels so perfectly suited to my personal interests that I think: yes—this client really gets me! Parents Magazine gets me. Put me in a backyard in Montréal with chickens, produce spilling out of raised beds, and kids getting their hands dirty, and I’m a happy photographer (and person). Add to this a handful of gorgeous recipes by Aimée Wimbush-Bourque and it’s a pretty ideal day. Check out Aimée’s blog Simple Bites for some fun behind-the-scenes shots and a well-written peek into our experience.

Kids, children in the garden and washing seasonal produceKids, family in the garden, cooking, eating seasonal produceCrunchy Vegetable and Soba Noodle Salad RecipePeach Slab Pie and chickens in yard