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drink.well | Austin

June 24, 2014

A few weeks ago I had the great pleasure of working with husband and wife team, Michael & Jessica Sanders, for their bar :  drink.well.

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Opened in early 2012, drink.well. is an award-winning neighborhood cocktail bar and restaurant located in Austin’s eclectic North Loop district. This small space is built on a big commitment to serving delicious, craft-forward fare in a vibrant, service-forward atmosphere.

Classic and contemporary craft cocktails anchor an inventive menu that also features beer, wine and an extensive spirits selection that includes over 75 American whiskies. Simple, passionate cooking from the kitchen results in savory, sharable American pub fare with fresh ingredients and bold flavors.

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The most important aspect of drink.well.’s business is people – not products. A friendly, knowledgeable and engaging bar staff provides guests with a backdrop for lively conversation and the love & kinship that comes from sharing great food and drink.

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Enjoy this sneak peek of images from their great bar- and next time you’re in the neighborhood, do yourself a favor and stop for a drink and a bite to eat! Enjoy!

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Drink.Well

207 East 53rd Street

Austin, TX

http://www.drinkwellaustin.com

FIJI Water :: Sneak Peeks

June 12, 2014

I had the great pleasure of being asked to collaborate with FIJI Water a few weeks ago for a City Guide photoshoot of Dallas. So, last week, I had the opportunity to photograph 19 of Dallas’s greatest restaurants, hotels and places to be in the city! It was fabulous, exhausting, wonderful and I met a ton of incredible people along the way! A week I’m incredibly grateful for to say the least.

If you don’t know about FIJI Water- it was founded in 1996 out of the desire to share the earth’s finest water with the world.  Today, it is available in leading hotels, fine restaurants, retail locations, as well as by direct delivery. As a leading export of the Fiji Islands, FIJI Water is now the number one imported bottled water in the United States and is enjoyed in over 50 countries across the globe.

The City Guides are a fun feature FIJI Water has recently been creating. They are a platform on their website that allows their consumers to view cities around the world and be inspired to travel and “Eat, Stay and Do” in those cities. FIJI Water is collaborating with some of the most sought after reservations in town for their features including FT33, Stampede 66 and Abacus. They also feature unique and stylish hotels in each city- Dallas having some great ones! Plus, they like to let readers know of great places to visit, explore and enjoy while they are traveling- from iconic places like the original Neiman Marcus, to the ever popular Klyde Warren Park downtwon.

The City Guide on Dallas will be released sometime next month- but in the meantime, enjoy these sneak peeks I put up last week!

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Three Happy Cows

May 31, 2014

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This last week I had the pleasure of photographing for Three Happy Cows– a fabulous greek & drinkable yogurt company based here in Dallas. This product is amazing, not only low fat and all- natural, but tastyyyyy! We photographed all these stylized recipes for their website, product and branding! Enjoy, and be sure to pop into Central Market and find you some Three Happy Cows! Three Happy Cows CLAIRE MCCORMACK PHOTOGRAPHY-11 Three Happy Cows CLAIRE MCCORMACK PHOTOGRAPHY-7 Three Happy Cows CLAIRE MCCORMACK PHOTOGRAPHY-6 Three Happy Cows CLAIRE MCCORMACK PHOTOGRAPHY-3

Three Happy Cows was founded in 2011 with the goal of providing high quality, great tasting Greek and drinkable yogurt free of artificial hormones, artificial flavors and preservatives. Three Happy Cows yogurt comes from happy, healthy cows that produce protein-rich, creamy yogurt. With yogurt this wholesome, there’s no need for anything artificial – just natural yogurt blended with fresh fruit, vanilla beans or caramel. In 2012, Three Happy Cows’ Honey Greek Yogurt received first place in the flavored yogurt category from the American Cheese Society. Three Happy Cows is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and can be found in Central Market, Sprouts and Market Street. To learn more about Three Happy Cows and find out as we add retailers to this growing list, visit www.ThreeHappyCows.com or Facebook.com/ThreeHappyCows.

Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center :: In-House Amenities Photoshoot

May 27, 2014

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I had the pleasure of partnering with the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center  in Grapevine a few weeks ago. I photographed their entire “In-House Amenities Menu”. These images will be seen in all their 1,500 room in their hotel for guests to view and order snacks or treats while they stay at the resort. Enjoy a sneak peek of some of the final images from the photoshoot! Thank you Gaylord Texan team of chefs, staff and marketing team!

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Dee Lincoln Plano Location Opens Friday

April 24, 2014

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Dee Lincoln Steak & Burger Bar’s Plano location will open to the public for dinner service this Friday, April 25th.  Located at 4701 West Park Boulevard, Lincoln has appointed Andrew Powers as executive chef of this location. The menu is an approachable one with updated steakhouse fare and inventive burger recipes in a comfortable and relaxed setting.

I hope you enjoy the images and enjoy the press release sent out this week! Stop by Dee Lincoln for some great food!! New to the menu that will get you drooling… All-natural dry-aged Wagyu strip from Local Yocal; Forget the beef “burger” – eggplant parmesan; Bison burger; Land and sea burger; Jumbo sea scallops; and Lobster mac n cheese w/ smoked gouda to name a few…

Enjoy!! -Claire

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Powers has been with Lincoln since she opened the first location in Uptown Dallas, September 2013.  Lincoln says, “chef Powers has that rustic sensibility while at the same time refined cooking that is a good fit for this concept.  He also understands the importance of providing only the best product possible and goes out of his way working with the farmers and purveyors on sourcing.”  Powers and executive chef Juliard Ishizuka, from the Uptown location, will work in tandem and support one another for both locations.  Lincoln continues, “Plano has been my home since moving to Texas.  Our daughter has grown up in the neighborhood and several of my loyal fans live in the area. I’m excited to bring this neighborhood restaurant to our community.  The focus is great food, excellent service in a warm and comfortable atmosphere.” 
 
The Plano dining room has a sleek rustic design appeal with dark and natural woods, black siding combination and burnt orange accents.  The main dining room seats 60, an open kitchen with chefs counter seats 4 (where a chef’s tasting menu will be available), the community table in the bar area seats up to 20, and a private dining wine cellar seats up to 12.  Patio and outdoor lounge seating will accommodate another 30 guests. 
 
A few additions have been made to the menu including lobster tacos and lobster mac n cheese, creative burgers (bison burger, forget the beef”burger” and land & sea burger), reasonably priced entrées such as the jumbo sea scallops and an all-natural dry aged wagyu strip from Local Yocal.  Look for adult milkshakes and a well-rounded wine list of even more offerings under $100.  A wine by the glass program will offer wines at the perfect temperature using a state of the art Enomatic wine keep.  The core menu will remain the same as Uptown and continue to offer daily/nightly blackboard features as well. 
 
Lincoln continues, “I have returned to my roots with the steak & burger bar, and very excited to build a concept that truly has a soul.  I also like that this restaurant appeals to the younger generation as well as the older.”  Lincoln appreciates the importance of keeping her fans happy through multiple decades, while at the same time appealing to a younger generation of diners.  She recognizes the value of evolving in this industry and accepts the challenge of delivering on the expectation of the ever-changing and educated diner in today’s world, while also staying true to the core of her brand. 
 
ABOUT ANDREW POWERS
Born on a wildlife ranch in Seguin, Texas, Powers attended a branch of the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Austin, Texas.  Powers worked in Austin for several years before accepting a sous chef position at The Mansion on Turtle Creek. After three years, he was transferred to Caneel Bay – A Rosewood Hotels property in St. John US Virgin Islands, as banquet chef/sous chef. Powers stayed in this position for two years until relocating back to Dallas where he accepted the executive chef position with La Reve Consultants for Trece Restaurant, in 2008. 
 
In 2011 Waldorf Astoria in Park Cities, Utah hired Powers as the executive sous chef.  In that same year, he was offered the executive chef position for Sorrel River Ranch in Moab, Utah where he implemented a “farm to table” program at the ranch utilizing 60% of all produce used in the restaurant from the on-site garden.
Powers relocated back to Dallas in 2012 and worked as executive chef for Magnolia Hotel Dallas before joining Dee Lincoln Steak & Burger Bar, summer of 2013.
 
ABOUT DEE LINCOLN
Co-founder of nationally acclaimed, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Lincoln resigned in 2010 after an extremely successful era and the sale of the iconic brand.  Lincoln then embarked on a new journey to build her own brand by opening Dee Lincoln’s Tasting Room & Bubble Bar in the new Cowboys Stadium. Shortly thereafter, a second location was opened in Uptown Dallas.  Lincoln made the decision to go back to her roots and do what she does best…with a twist.  She opened Dee Lincoln Steak & Burger Bar in Uptown Dallas in September 2013.
 
Lincoln has been awarded a number of local and national honors including: Savor Dallas Spirit Award, Women Who Soar Legacy Award, Wine Enthusiast Magazine nominated Restaurateur of the Year, Texas Restaurant Association’s Greater Dallas Restaurant Association awarded Restaurant of the Year for the State of Texas, Restaurants & Institutions Magazine coveted Ivy Award voted upon by her peers across the country, Northwood University Distinguished Women, Dallas Business Journal Women in Business Award and more.
 
Dee Lincoln Steak & Burger Bar
DALLAS: 2626 Howell Street Dallas, Texas 75204
PLANO: 4701 West Park Boulevard #100, Plano, Texas 75093
Website: www.deelincolnsteak.com
Dallas phone: 214.754.4949
Plano phone: 972-519-1642
Hours of operation for Plano:
Dinner only:  Monday – Thursday 4pm -10pm; Friday & Saturday 4pm – 11pm; closed Sundays.  Lunch hours will be added in the future, after having opened for dinner first.

 

 

California | Personal Travels

April 11, 2014

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Ben and I recently traveled out to the West Coast for a long weekend of wine, food, beautiful outdoors, time spent with old friends and the making of many new memories. It was a really amazing trip – a sweet weekend together, to work & play, and a great time had in San Francisco and the Sonoma Region!

We started our trip driving up to wine country and spending our day in the highly recommended, Healdsburg, California, about 65 miles north of San Francisco. It was amazing. I would go back to this town tomorrow if my husband would let me. The sweetest, most charming, wonderful, low key town. Surrounded by beautiful, old and rich vineyards, and filled with sweet little boutiques and restaurants. Some of our highlights from the day were …

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The Shed :: an amazing place for lunch, with a full market selling everything from fresh flowers, to handmade ceramics, to unique cookbooks, to amazing coffee, to fresh olive oil. Not to mention food and wine. We picked up amazing sandwiches wrapped in butcher paper and twine for the drive to the vineyards. Absolutely do not miss this industrial spot for lunch or an afternoon coffee!
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Porter-Bass Winery :: the most stunning, organic winery that we were told to visit. We drove up an abandoned road to find a small plot of grapes growing up a hill. The owner of the house and the vineyard, Mrs. Porter-Bass herself, walked us around the property, showing us the vineyards and the olive trees, as well as the cellar (which has the most magically, intoxicating smell of wood, age and sweet wine), then finally brought us under an old tree to stand and enjoy her wines. It was just an incredible experience to look around and hear the birds, see the hills lined with vineyards and hear her story of the last 30 years on these hills, with this wine they produce. Truly a great experience and so off the beaten path of commercial vineyards, but a perfect way to start our day of wine tasting.CaliforniaTravel CLAIRE MCCORMACK PHOTOGRAPHY-8472

After winding our way back down the old river road into town, we went to the highly recommended Williamson Wines. From the moment we walked into their tasting room on the town square, I knew we’d love this place. This tasting and the experience that we were about to partake in had come so highly praised. This whole winery has been well loved for years. We sat for the next three hours with 3-4 incredibly fun, knowledgeable and wonderful guides as they taught us about their amazing wines from the Williamson family. Their story and their passion for pairing wine with food was incredible. There is too much to say about them, and I certainly will be back and we look forward to our wine arriving! If you’re in the area, the team at Williamson Wines is not to be missed. What an incredible afternoon spent with these guys!

When we finally pulled ourselves away from the team at Williamson Wines, we decided to enjoy a walk around Healdsburg before heading to dinner. A stop at the Flying Goat Coffee was wonderful. It was another highly recommended experience not to miss, this coffee shop has called Healdsburg home for over 20 years.

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We headed north about 10 minutes to the town of Geyersville and enjoyed a great dinner at Diavola Pizzeria & Salumeria. What an amazing little gem of a place! Beautiful brick walls, simply decorations, charcuterie hanging from the butcher table, and wine bottles lining the restaurant and bar. Diavola practices the time honored tradition of “Cucina Povera” which consists of using the most basic locally available ingredients combined with recipes that have been proven through centuries. They take great pride in their house cured salumi and sausages as well as their authentic Italian Pizza’s, fresh from the wood burning pizza ovens. CaliforniaTravel CLAIRE MCCORMACK PHOTOGRAPHY-8427

Truly I loved my time in Healdsburg and the Sonoma region. I hated leaving the area- it would have been amazing to spend days strolling these town streets, enjoying every winery in that area. But with great memories, we headed to San Francisco!

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Our time in San Fran was spent enjoying truly great restaurants, amazing weather and good friends! We stayed in the Pac Heights neighborhood, in the middle of everything you could need! Thank you Jill & Brian for an incredible trip- every recommendation from you two, we loved! We kicked off our SF food adventure at Tartine Bakery. My dear friends at Village Baking Co. here in Dallas, rave about their food and coffee. It was certainly worth the run down there and the run back up the hill. Some of our other favorites were b.Patisserie for breakfast, Jane’s on Fillmore for coffee, The Grove for an incredible lunch- complete with an entire lodge feel to it’s decorations, and we walked down to the Marina neighborhood for dinner at this wonderful little Mediterranean spot called Terzo– with amazing tapa’s style food and great wine.

*** I should mention too that on this day, I had the great honor of photographing my dear friends- Jill and Brian- for their engagement. What a dreamy place to have an engagement photoshoot! You two- you know how dear you are to me! I cannot wait for your wedding this fall in Austin. Cheers to San Francisco and the beautiful weather we had- enjoy just one little sneak peek of their engagement photographs! Jill & Brian Engagements CLAIRE MCCORMACK PHOTOGRAPHY-8861

Back to food & travel … Saturday morning Ben and I decided to bike the city …  literally. Six hours and twenty seven miles later (don’t forget about the ridiculous San Francisco hills and the fact that we were on “city bike” in that 27 miles) we called it a day well spent. What a day it was- filled with sites, bites, scenes and memories we will cherish!CaliforniaTravel CLAIRE MCCORMACK PHOTOGRAPHY-8987

Some of my highlights :: Enjoying the Ferry Building Farmers Market (inside alone -the flowers, the ceramics, the coffee, the cheese- my mind was blown!) And then outside on the pier – the fresh vegetables, fish and food! Is there really anything better than a good farmer’s market?? And please, do yourself a huge favor and find Cap’n Mike’s Holy Smoked Salmon stand and order one of their open faced, smoked salmon toasts. Incredible. Really the whole day was incredible because we spent our day biking and eating. No apologies. From the Oakland bridge to the Golden Gate bridge, then from Sausalito to the top of the Presidio- we saw it all and ate nearly it all. In Sausalito, we stopped at the recommended Bar Bocce– a fabulous open aired bar and restaurant on the Sausalito bay overlooking the kayakers, boats and kids playing in the sand serving pizza, wine and great food- not to mention you can play bocce ball while sipping your champagne! We loved the day – the weather was 60 degrees and not a cloud in the sky! What a treat!

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And lastly, that evening, after biking and seeing the city (every bit of it) we walked down the street from our house and enjoyed a dinner at the beloved & highly praised State Bird Provisions. A dear, old friend was recently honored the position to move out to San Francisco and manage SBP, so it was a night to celebrate his work, the restaurant and the food! It was incredible- as expected and a great way to end our trip! If you’re traveling out to SF soon, do your best to book a reservation, and tell Ryan, I say hello 🙂

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Clearly, we had a wonderful time in California. It was a well loved trip, full of sweet memories and good food. If you’re going out that way anytime soon, you will not be disappointed with these selections. All came highly praised, and I’ll pass them all on as fabulous spots! Enjoy! Thanks for checking in!

xoxo. claire

Uchi Austin Featured on The Thrillist

April 9, 2014

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Happy to see this story featured on The Thrillist showcasing Austin’s 10 Best Grown Up Dishes that I was able to photograph … I agree that Uchi Austin makes a mean deconstructed Peanut Butter Semifreddo too! Enjoy the images and the full story!!
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Tanoshii Ramen + Bar || Spring Menu

April 8, 2014

Tanoshii Ramen + Bar is a great restaurant in Deep Ellum! In fact, it’s Dallas’s first dedicated ramen shop! I first featured them back in September of 2013 (to see that feature, click here!) when they opened. Well, they recently launched their new spring menu that I shot a few weeks ago!! Be sure to stop into the place to try their amazing food! But in the meantime, enjoy the images! Tanoshii CLAIRE MCCORMACK PHOTOGRAPHY-0184 Tanoshii CLAIRE MCCORMACK PHOTOGRAPHY-0211 Tanoshii CLAIRE MCCORMACK PHOTOGRAPHY-0372 Tanoshii CLAIRE MCCORMACK PHOTOGRAPHY-0407

USA Today Travel :: Press

March 17, 2014

Just a fun little day in the office when I heard that a photograph of mine landed in USA Today Travel. {To see the full article, click here} USA Today was featuring the Top Wine Destinations in the world and it was a fun day to see that my hometown of Fredericksburg, Texas was picked as one of their top 10 selections. It’s been great to watch the Texas Hill Country flourish with new wineries and growth in the last decade especially! The image selected for the feature was that of dear client, Otto’s German Bistro! The gang there at Otto’s truly knows how to do it right. If you’re in Fredericksburg for a little wine, bed & breakfast, shopping and dining in the near future, be sure to stop at Otto’s. The staff, the drinks and the food are all just incredible! Plus, enjoy the wines and enjoy this small press feature I wanted to share with my reader’s! Thank you all for your support, encouragement and I hope you continue to enjoy the work we produce!! XO.Claire

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One Small Blonde

March 14, 2014

Every now and then I get the chance to get out of the kitchen and photograph other subjects! A sweet friend from college, who is a fashion, lifestyle and beauty blogger, was the perfect opportunity. First of all, how stunning is Brooke of One Small Blonde? She makes my job very easy for our photoshoots! But she’s incredibly talented, thoughtful and a sweet friend as well. It’s always a pleasure to photograph and work with One Small Blonde for her blog posts and fashion features!

Plus, I love her featuring another client, designer and friend’s necklace – Jewelry by  Gresham!Be sure to take a look at both talented & local ladies! OneSmallBlond CLAIRE MCCORMACK PHOTOGRAPHY-0038

 Be sure to head over to her site, and in the meantime, enjoy these sneak peeks from our photoshoot! OneSmallBlond CLAIRE MCCORMACK PHOTOGRAPHY-0105 OneSmallBlond CLAIRE MCCORMACK PHOTOGRAPHY-0116OneSmallBlond CLAIRE MCCORMACK PHOTOGRAPHY-0051 OneSmallBlond CLAIRE MCCORMACK PHOTOGRAPHY-0088

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