A Dinner for the Senses – Dining at the Ritz-Carlton’s Salt

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One more post today – we had the pleasure of celebrating our 12th wedding anniversary at the AAA Five Diamond restaurant, Salt, at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island – and I am comfortable saying it was the best all around meal I have ever had!  The evening was full of surprises – such as an especially delicious smoked prawn masterpiece compliments of Salt’s Chef de Cuisine, Rick Laughlin (below – note the smoke filled glass dome).

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To start the evening, we enjoyed artisan breads paired with a selection of exotic and unique salts.  For our first course, Bryn enjoyed Grilled Romaine Salad with a Tomato Fondue and I sampled the Chilled Avocado Soup with Australian Crab and Cumin Crisp.  The chef treated us to the above second course – a smoked Prawn over Grits with a Balsamic Reduction.  For our main course, I enjoyed  Beef Tenderloin and Main Lobster, while Bryn had the Diver Scallops with White Asparagus Risotto and and English Pea Broth.  And, to finish our evening, we each had a Souffle – Bryn’s was Dark Chocolate with Salted Carmel Ice Cream and White Chocolate Cream Anglaise, while mine was and Orange Grand Marnier Souffle with Orange Rosemary Ice Cream and Grand Marnier Anglaise.  The meal was amazing!

As always, feel free to download any or all of the images for use as desktop wallpaper!  Enjoy!

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Food Trucks and a River Cruise at the Ritz-Carlton!

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After some travel time and a few weeks of catching up, we again had the pleasure of photographing a great group up at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.   The event planning staff at the resort always comes up with great ideas and fun activities for their corporate guests, as was the case with this event.  The welcome reception was hosted in one of the resort’s great function foyers, with two food trucks located just outside the doors on the Oceanfront Lawn.

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The culinary staff at the resort really makes my job easy – they take great care in not only making their entrees taste great, but also look amazing, as evidenced by the photos in the gallery at the bottom of this post. When you browse through the photos, make sure to take a close look at the first picture – it may just look like a collection of nicely arranged vegetables, but it is actually an array of hand-crafted marzipan creations!   And that was just Tuesday night.

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We also had the privilege of photographing the group’s excursion along the coastal waterways surrounding Amelia Island.  The lunch cruise aboard the Naples Princess, a great new addition to the NE Florida charter fleet, provided the perfect platform to see the historic area’s best, including Fort Clinch and the wild horses of Cumberland Island.  We even had the pleasure of seeing two foals with their mothers.     As always, feel free to download any or all of the images for use as desktop wallpaper!  Enjoy!

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Amelia Island + Ritz-Carlton + BMWs = FUN!

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Just last night, we had the pleasure of spending our first non-work night at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, and boy was it awesome!  As always, the staff at the resort was so kind, generous and helpful.  For a car guy like myself, the added bonus of being able to briefly enjoy two great BMWs was icing on the cake!  After a lazy afternoon around the resort, we took the Z4 (above) out and about in Fernandina for a great dinner at Timoti’s (food pictured below).   I tried the blackened fish and shrimp and Bryn gave the fish tacos a go.  We highly recommend a visit!

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After a wonderfully bacon-filled breakfast at the Ritz-Carlton’s Cafe 4750, we were energized for a quick drive in BMW’s new 650 Gran Coupe.  And so, we set off down A1A, headed toward Jacksonville, turned around, and enjoyed the panoramic views of Florida’s scenic marshland.  From there, we returned to the resort, just in time for a quick visit to the Salt store, where we picked up a few momento’s to remember the weekend!

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While the visit was quick, and the cars even quicker, it was a really wonderful getaway.  Thanks again to all our Ritz friends who make the resort, and our stay, so wonderful!  As always, feel free to download any or all of the images for use as desktop wallpaper!  Enjoy!

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A Bit of Tasty Refreshment for Amelia Island

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We just did a mini shoot this morning for our friends at AmeliaIsland.com.  They were looking for a refreshing photo of the classic Southern beverage, sweat tea.   Below are some of our favorite shots from the shoot – enjoy!

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Celebrating the Taste of Success with Firebirds Restaurants

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This week, the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island was once again host to a great group from the food service industry y.  This time, the folks from Firebirds, a small but quickly growing chain of great steakhouses, called the Ritz-Carlton home for several days.  We had the pleasure of photographing both their morning sessions and a great celebration dinner at the resort’s AAA five diamond restaurant, Salt.

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I’ve gotta say, its been a while since I’ve laughed so often at a shoot.  The whole group seemed to be a bunch of comedians, making my job even more enjoyable.  As you can see from the image above, the famous Rudy of Notre Dame fame was the guest speaker.  He encouraged the group to strive for greatness, never give up, and to always treat people with kindness and respect.  And now, without further adieu, below are some of our favorite shots from the shoot – enjoy!

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Breaking New Groud with LipoScience

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Once again, we had the opportunity to spend some time up at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, photographing a wonderful event for a medical diagnostics company.  The client, LipoScience, was celebrating a year of success, including a groundbreaking new test they have developed to more accurately determine a patient’s cholesterol.  Be sure to check out the amazing desert presentation and the custom ice sculpture, both toward the end of the slideshow!

Below are some of our favorite shots from the night – enjoy!

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Designer Chic is in the Bag with Everyday Haute!

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We kicked off our February on Friday with a great product shoot for the folks of a new start up, Everyday Haute.  The Amelia Island company specializes in designer-style gift bags and matching accessories perfect for any occasion.  In total, we shout over 200 products and accessory combinations for Everyday Haute as they prepare for the launch of their new site.

Below are some of our favorite shots from the product shoot – enjoy!

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