Vashon Coffee Day – Seattle Area

Last Saturday was a day filled with coffee. The weather was kind of iffy, but the light was beautiful so I decided to stay in and play! I picked up some “Cow Boy Coffee” (yes it’s actually called that) from Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie – one of my favorite places for a great cup and good think.

While visiting on that particular Saturday, I was surprised to learn that the Roasterie started out as Stewart Brothers Coffee and later became Seattle’s Best! Eva DeLoach now owns the darling shop and works with a team of passionate individuals who together make Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie an active cog in Seattle coffee history. The talented Peter Larsen still roasts there today after having accompanied Seattle’s Best founder, Jim Stewart, many years ago. During the holiday season, you can also find Peter roasting the best hazelnuts I have ever had!

Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie has the good fortune of calling a 100-plus years old, very well taken care of building, its home. The bean roasting still takes place right there and you can gaze down upon its original old red roaster, which has been undiminished by commercialism and time. The Seattle area coffee scene is pretty darn awesome.

By the end of the day I was sufficiently buzzed, grounds were everywhere, and my hands/clothes were coffee stained. Such is the price of making art. Best Saturday ever. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope the day, or night, is treating you well!

 

Seattle Coffee Scene, Quaint, Seattle Coffee Scene Seattle Coffee Scene, Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie

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Six Seven Fall Feast- Seattle Waterfront Restaurant

Hello! When I was invited to attend the Fall food bloggers dinner at Six Seven Restaurant, my answer was, “YES PLEASE.” Heck ya I’d love to eat a wonderful feast and chit chat with wine and food lovers alike! Also, I was like, “uuuhhh, how did you find me!? I have a giant following of 32 and blog for fun very sporadically!”. I marked my calendar and set out my shiny shoes, excited for the following Thursday to roll around.

Upon the day of the event, I was greeted by smiling faces and excitement from the staff who promptly led me to the place of future supping. “Can I make you a cocktail?” I was asked. I asked them to make me one of their favorites and soon had in hand a Cherry Blossom Fizz. Usually I’m an Old Fashioned kind of gal, but this was light, happy and topped with a zingy flavor – very well complemented to my mood and the sunshine streaming in from the Puget Sound. Soon other food passion-istas arrived and we all sat down in anticipation of our meal to come.

The feast was wonderful. We had seven courses each filled with unique and memorable flavors, my personal favorite of the evening was the Roasted Rack of Lamb. I have always loved the flavor of lamb; it’s earthy depth holds my attention over beef, chicken or pork. Chef paired this dish with buttery gnocchi, roasted veggies and a stone mustered lamb reduction – all of which enhanced the meal’s cozy tones and made the experience complete. I would head to dinner at Six Seven just for this dish! That’s not to say the others weren’t amazing, they all had something special and unique, I’m just a sucker for hearty lamb and a cozy atmosphere.

By the time the Pear and Frangipane Tart was placed in front of me I was just about ready to pop. But one can’t say no to dessert – let alone one made with brandy caramel, pear and vanilla sour cream! It was a lovely dish to end the evening. Though I couldn’t finish it all, it left just the right amount of sweetness in my mouth. What a treat to get to partake in such a flavorful night. Thank you to Six Seven Restaurant and Edgewater Hotel’s gracious mangers, staff and Chef for hosting such a memorable seven course meal and an evening of good cheer! I will be going back for sure.

Cheers and I hope your weekend has treated you well! All photos are from my Iphone.

 

Edge Waters Hotels, Six Seven Restauraunt. Food Bloggers Fall Dinner

Bloom Restaurant :: Ballard, Seattle

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The Fat Hen :: Brunch in Ballard, Seattle

The Fat Hen is hands down one of my favorite places to get brunch in the city. Besides being super adorable and cozy, the food is amazing. The decor is rustic and charming with light warm tones, adding a great deal to the dining experience. Atmosphere combined with a menu that sports local ingredients draped with rich flavor, makes for a very happy me.  You can usually find Linnea, mama hen to The Fat Hen, in front of the espresso machine or checking up on her guests.  You can definitely see the time and effort that has gone into making the food and setting juuust right. Thanks for stopping by and happy Wednesday!

As always, to see more of my work, come visit me at hilarymcmullen.com

Cheers!

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Pike Place Market’s, Chan Seattle – Seattle Food Photographer

Hello All!

I had the pleasure of photographing Chan Seattle for the September/October issue of Edible Seattle Magazine.  Chan is nestled in a tiny courtyard in Pike Place Market’s, Post Alley. Chef Park’s Korean dishes are classic and modern combined with western cooking techniques. After the shoot, I tried the spicy pork sliders and they were super good with lots of unique spicy flavor. Here are some of my favorite snaps!  To see more of my work, come visit me at my website! Thanks so much for stopping by and happy Thursday!

Edible Seattle Magazine article about Chan Seattle photographed by Hilary McMullen

Article about Chan Seattle in  Edible Seattle Magazine shot by Hilary McMullen

Feast on the Farm : Salmon Safe, Hitchcock Restaurant and Oxbow Farm

This year Stewardship Partners, Oxbow Farm and Salmon-Safe teamed up for the 4th annual Feast on the Farm. Founded by Kate Bayley and headed by David Burger, Feast on the Farm is a not for profit fundraiser which promotes awareness of local farms that participate in environmentally conscious and healthy farming. YES! …and it’s real purdy.

The wonderful food was prepared by Brendan McGill of Hitchcock who was recently named “Peoples Best New Chef” by Food & Wine Magazine, and his supportive team. Fragrances of fresh caught barbeque salmon, barbeque chicken, farrow with romanesco florets, wine, and seasonings wafted around Oxbow’s beautiful field all evening. I ate vicariously through my camera lens and then for realz later, yes the food was fabulous.

Shelby Earl, who is receiving tons of great press, serenaded the feast with her bold voice and wonderfully catchy songs. Her song “Sea of Glass” was KEXP’s song of the day on Thursday. Keep it up girl!

The dreamy setting, the fantastic food and the supportive individuals made for a very fun evening which raised 15,000 dollars for an awesome purpose. Thanks to everyone who put in an effort to make this special event happen!

I sure had fun snappin and I hope you enjoy the photos! To see more come visit me at my website.

Cheers!

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A Creative City : Seattle

Here’s a little collection of old and new tumblr style. I have been working on a lot of fun projects and meeting so many new people with unique creative visions.  It’s always a pleasant surprise to meet new artists in the industry.  I’m sure many cities have a plethora of creative folk and I feel very lucky to live in one of them. Here, established artists and new artists work together and help contribute to Seattle’s reputation as a “cultural center for innovation and creativity”. I sure have learned from as well as been supported by many and am happy to have picked up some great friends along the way too. I’m just feeling especially thankful today. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!

A collection for food and still life photos by Hilary McMullen

The Whale Wins :: Seattle Restaurant & Seattle Food Photographer

What wonderful food!

I had the pleasure of photographing at The Whale Wins a bit ago and what a treat it was. Painted with captivating designs of seafaring lore, the building in which the toggles turn sits on a corner of Stone Way in Fremont, Seattle.  The atmosphere was light and airy with a hint of rustic meets sleek, riddled with well thought out woodsy decor. I was greeted with a shower of smiles from the ladies and gents of the floor and soon after a bit of chit chat, out came the food! I am told the cuisine draws influence from chef, Renee Erickson’s favorite places in Europe. The dishes showcase local veggies, seafood, meat and dairy with complimentary ingredients that mingle just right in your mouth. The drinks are great also! Manager Jeremy Price recommended a cocktail deemed The Thyme Bandit which was… frikken amazing. I was truly delighted by the food, space and people and can’t wait to go back! Feel free to stop by my portfolio to see more yummy adventures!

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The Whale Wins: Hilary McMullen : Seattle Food Photographer

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The Whale Wins: Hilary McMullen : Seattle Food Photographer

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The Whale Wins: Hilary McMullen : Seattle Food Photographer

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The Whale Wins: Hilary McMullen : Seattle Food Photographer

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The Whale Wins: Hilary McMullen : Seattle Food Photographer

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The Whale Wins: Hilary McMullen : Seattle Food Photographer

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The Whale Wins: Hilary McMullen : Seattle Food Photographer

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The Whale Wins: Hilary McMullen : Seattle Food Photographer

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The Whale Wins: Hilary McMullen : Seattle Food Photographer

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The Whale Wins: Hilary McMullen : Seattle Food Photographer

Ravishing Radish Catering

Last week  I had the pleasure of working with the amazing Lisbet Mielke, owner of Ravishing Radish Catering and Ravish Restaurant in Seattle.  What a gem of a place indeed!  Nestled at the end of Eastlake Ave, Ravish sits with inviting bright green chairs and a vintage chic decor to match.   They specialize in finding fresh, local ingredients and have a great seasonal menu not to mention wonderfully friendly staff.  Naturally I got excited right away and couldn’t wait to shoot some of their delicious food.

Product photographer Casey Lam agreed to be my amazing assistant for the day and we started bright and early at Ravishes’ catering location which is conveniently one street below the restaurant with Lake Union as their front yard.  If ever you need a beautiful spot to bring lots of people together, this is the place!  After several beautiful dishes including seared halibut with multicolored tomato basil vinaigrette and seckle pear crostinis with thyme and honey, I was drooling all over the set….. Just kidding!   What really happened is Casey, Lisbet, business developer Vickie Peterson  ( both of whom are amazing stylists!) and I  were lost in a creative world of food and photography.

The day continued on after a short lunch break and we moved up to the restaurant location to finish up.  Here, Lisbet whipped up some baked mac and cheese and some beef sliders speckled with fresh carrots and purple cabbage.  They have a full bar so we decided to add a beautiful bright cocktail as well.  Why not?!  That always makes things fun!

So, all in all, a really fantastic day filled with amazing food, really great people and lots of laughs!  Thanks Ravishing Radish for such a great experience!

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Ravishing Radish Beef Sliders w Hilary McMullen

.Ravishing Radish Seared halibut, Hilary McMullen

.Ravishing Radish Seckle Pear Crostini w Figs, Hilary McMullen.

Ravish Restaurant in Seattle. Hilary McMullen

.Ravishing Radish in Seattle w Seckle Pear Crostini with Thyme and Honey

.Ravish Restaurant in Seattle, Beef Sliders, Hilary McMullen

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Thanks miss Casey for the set shots!

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When Life Gives You Lemons…

Sorry for the long stretch dear readers.  Every year our photo program goes away to beautiful Port Townsend for the second years to finish their portfolios and for the 1st year to assist them.  This year it was my turn to finish up my portfolio which was intimidating but I had a great time and shot some fun images to boot!

And so, on this beautiful sunny day I bring you lemon tarts!  I bought these at a cozy bakery/restaurant called Sweet Laurette’s which sits atop a hill by the sea in a quaint old building with lots of character. (sorry! no photos, next time!)   Their food and pastries are very delicious with strong, unique flavors and a beautiful presentation.  I was quite happy when I walked in and saw lemon tarts sitting in the pastry case as they are one of my favorite desserts, or snacks… 🙂   They proved to be not only photogenic, but all kinds of tasty amazing!!

I experimented with using the 85mm 1.2 lens this week just to switch it up from the 45 tilt shift and the 100mm L IS.   Oh my word, I am all about it!   This lens is one of my new favorites because it gives tack sharp results on whatever one is focusing on.  It also has a excellent weight to it, meaning it’s a hot beast with a dainty, crisp look.  These photos are both shot with natural light and two white cards both on camera left.  Settings are 85mm at f/1.2,  1/500, ISO 125.  If you have a rental place close by,  I recommend trying this one out!

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