Boarding Pass – Kate Rivinus Blackman
A few weeks ago I got a peek into Kate Rivinus Blackman‘s home in a sneak peek I ran on Design*Sponge. We got talking and today it’s a look into how she travels. Kate falls under the category of traveler who does her homework before a trip, but comes up with some really interesting finds because of that. Stay tuned next week for a feature on the other half of the Egg2Cake creative team on Boarding Pass. Thanks, Kate!
last trip taken:
Lake Tahoe, California
next trip on deck:
Israel and Morocco
one place you would go back to again and again:
Rome, specifically to the Hotel de Russie
place you’d most likely recommend a friend go visit:
– Le Tahaa, a private island in Tahiti
– Yellowstone Park and surrounding Snake River wilderness outside Cody, Wyoming
preferred method of transportation:
Taxi Cab (taxi drivers can be best tour guides)
place you’ve never been but dying to go:
place you’d never go back:
Cabo San Lucas
most memorable trip in 2 sentences or less:
Exploring the Umbrian countryside between Christmas and New Year’s.
how do you prepare for a trip?
I love to research. I’ve saved a lot of clippings and we have friends and family who get around and give us ideas. Because of my husband’s antique and furniture business, we travel to a lot of urban destinations. We like to find less-trafficked spots like artisan studios, smaller museums and foodie haunts. One of our favorite days was spent exploring Queens, New York. We started the day at The Noguchi Museum and ended taking a tour of the Louis Armstrong House Museum where you could still see his office as if he had just left. Other unique spots include Le Musée des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie on the outskirts of Paris and Georgia O’Keeffe’s home and studio in Abiquiu, New Mexico.
how do you record your travels when you’re traveling?
what is your favorite thing to photograph in a new place?
Anything that inspires me — a culinary find, store display, weather pattern, cool graffiti. I seem to photograph a lot of graves — they can be so poetic and beautiful. My husband also shoots videos from the driver’s vantage whenever we venture through new territory. Most recently on the back of snowmobile in Tahoe.
on an average, how many pictures to you take on a trip?
It really changes every trip.
what’s in your “designer travel kit” ?
My iPhone, but my brother just showed me a new little Canon travel camera, which will be my next travel purchase. Sometimes I carry a pocket journal. I still like to write notes the old-fashioned way!
what do you do after a trip? how long after a trip does this happen?
I create inspiration files (digital and the old-fashioned kind) — whether a photo I’ve taken or something picked up along the way. I also post pictures to share with my large, extended family. Now with Egg2Cake’s new blog, I am also starting to write about our trips, especially anything related to food.
favorite souvenir/thing to bring back?
We always find some collectible whether it is a modern glass vase found in a London antique shop or a pair of wings from a 19th century ecclesiastic figure found in a random Italian flea market. Lately, I’m searching for vintage cookbooks and kitchen tools.
favorite food discovery?
– A national holiday celebration dinner on the island of Hydra in Greece. It was a feast of traditionally-prepared foods, including fresh-caught fish, grilled calamari and stuffed tomatoes and peppers. It was outdoors under this amazing blanket of stars and included a fireworks display. I’m a sucker for fireworks.
– The brick oven roasted “chicken for two” at the Zuni Café in San Francisco
– A friend’s food tour of Paris, which included the best street crêpe, the foie gras at Chez l’Ami Louis, the most amazing beef carpaccio at a restaurant that I WISH I could remember and the softest, most buttery croissants I’ve ever eaten.