Espresso Rub Ribeye and Bacon Braised Brussel Sprouts

Published by in Food on July 23rd, 2011

Its not a great secret that my husband and I are part-owners of a local coffee shop/roastery here in Jacksonville (Coffee Roasters of Florida).  Recently, I attended the Swim Across the St. Johns event to support one of our favorite customers, Jim Alabiso.  While I was there I spoke with a really nice lady who mentioned she uses our Five Bean Espresso Blend to make a dry rub she uses on steaks, burgers, brisket, etc.  I figured I should give it a try.

I found a recipe online, ground up some espresso beans and gave it a whirl.  When I put all the ingredients in the jar I liked the way all the layers looked, so I grabbed the camera.  Of course I eventually had to mix it all up (which was a big of a challenge as I underestimated the size of the jar).  The recipe called for finely ground espresso, chili powder, smoked paprika, ginger, salt, pepper and brown sugar…yum!  I think I may try regular paprika and maybe a bit more chili powder next time.

I spread a generous layer of the rub on one side of two thick ribeyes and put them on the grill, rub side down.  Grilled for five minutes, flipped and grilled for five minutes more.  Probably 1-2 minutes too long – I prefer medium rare and these came out more like medium.  Oh well…I never claimed to be a grill master!

I served the steaks with bacon braised brussel sprouts (hubby’s favorite) and a salad.

This was my first attempt at combining photography and cooking.  All in all, not too bad.  But I think I need to clear some of the clutter off of my counters and get brighter lights.  There are five recessed bulbs in the ceiling and I recently replaced one of them with a CFL that is vastly brighter.  Maybe if I replace the other four it will help.  Or I could stop being lazy and break out the Speedlight!  Also, I think I may need to get some white plates to use when I’m photographing (instead of the black).  Comments, critiques and constructive criticism are always welcome!


The final product  

Brightway Insurance

Published by in In the Wild on July 22nd, 2011

A couple months ago a fellow photographer posted on Facebook that a client of her needed photographs of the “Life” statue in Memorial Park.  Since I have lived in Jacksonville since I was 8 years old, I have had many, many opportunities to visit Memorial Park and photograph this magnificent statue.  I sent a few images and waited…

A couple weeks later I was notified that one of my images was chosen!  Brightway Insurance used my photo for their door hanger advertisement.  Check it out!


Published by in In the Wild on July 22nd, 2011

In July 2010 I attended Ancient City Con IV in Jacksonville, Florida.  I spent most of the day photographing contestants for the costume contest, but I was also able to meet some of the other vendors as well as attend and photograph three musical performances.

One of the vendors I met were the representatives from StiffMag – Hollie Rode, Dave Harlequin and Dave Ward.  I had a great time getting to know the team.

Unfortunately, their photographer was not able to make the trip with them.  Fortunately, I knew I had some good shots and gave them my business card.

And that’s the story of how I got my first photo credit in a publication.  Ladies and gentleman, I give you the last page of StiffMag Issue #4, 4th Quarter 2010 – all photos by ME!


Andrea Gonzales Photography Online Works

Published by in In the Wild on July 22nd, 2011

Photo gallery for the website of Dr. Shane Silver

Photos for “Create Your Own Travel Toothpaste” (I also wrote the copy – bet you didn’t know I was so multi-talented!)

Stay tuned…you never know where my work might show up!

New Name, New Blog

Published by in Random on July 22nd, 2011

I struggled a lot with what to call my photography business…I started as Photography by Andrea Leigh (Leigh being my middle name) but never really did anything with that.  Then my  husband started “Gabriel Leigh Technologies” as a technology consulting corporation.  Since I hadn’t done anything official with Photography by Andrea Leigh and I wanted to present a broader scope of services, I decided to create a d/b/a under his company and called it “Gabriel LEigh Studios.”

Honestly, I never really liked it.  It just never felt comfortable and there was a lot of confusion over who “Gabriel Leigh,” was.  So, ultimately, I have decided to just be me!  And now we have …Andrea Gonzales Photography.

With the new name and the new blog, I am really going to try to turn over a new leaf and be more consistent with my blogging.  I need to practice what I preach!

Wish me luck…

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