My name is Amy Lee Scott and I’m a writer living in metro Detroit. I live for food and travel–preferably combined–and if kitschy roadside attractions are involved (anyone fancy a trip to Hell?), all the better! Club Narwhal is my creative notebook where I record my adventures in and out of the kitchen.
Before I started this blog my biggest cooking triumph involved a jar of pasta sauce, a box of pasta, and a handful of spinach–I was a true gourmand, obvi! Fast forward a few years and I can’t stop brainstorming new recipe ideas. Some of my favorites are below and you can explore more in my fancy pants recipe index!
Ever since I was a child I could not get enough of traveling. I blame the marathon cross country roadtrips my family went on in our big white 12-seater van. Watching the landscape change from the arid desert of the west to the lush forests of the east made me insatiably hungry to see the rest of the world. And yes, it’s silly but true: one of my life goals is to visit every country Jason Bourne went to (in the film trilogy).
I hope you’ll find some inspiration while you browse around this little slice of blogland. If you want to stay in touch, you can find me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter. Feel free to email me at clubnarwhalblog1[at]gmail[dot]com!
Last but not least, I’ll leave you with three random facts:
1. I am obsessed with narwhals, pandas, and hedgehogs.
2. I play the ukulele.
3. I hate pants.
Warren and I have always wanted to learn how to be better photographers. In January 2014 we bought our first DSLR camera and took it on a test drive at Detroit’s dilapidated Fisher Body Plant. We have been hooked ever since! Since a few of you have asked for more deats, here’s a list of the photography equipment we use and love as DSLR newbies. Hope it helps!
- Camera Body | Canon Rebel T5i – We adore this entry-level DSLR for its ease of use. I love this model because it allows us to play around with creating food films (the video function is a step up from the T4i if you’re undecided between models). I shoot in manual mode but it has some great options for those who aren’t comfortable doing that quite yet. Its white balance settings are lovely, too. I often use Shade or Cloudy for food photos here to give the images a warmer tone.
- Lens | Canon Pancake Lens (EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Fixed) – While you can totally get by with whatever zoom lens is included in the Rebel’s kit, I say forgo that one (it’s slow and clunky) and invest the money on a fixed lens (where you “zoom with your feet”). The 50mm lenses are popular for a reason but since we travel so much we wanted a lens with the slimmest profile. It’s unbelievable how a lens this compact and lightweight shoots so well. All of the food photography since January 2014 has been shot using this lens. It’s also beautiful for portraits, though the f-stop only goes to 2.8 (super decent for the $150 price tag and still achieves lovely bokeh).
- UV Filter | Sigma DG 55mm – The Sigma is more expensive than your standard UV filter but it is worth the extra coin because it’s like it’s not even there. I am a paranoid kind of lady so I love the extra protection the UV filter gives the lens.
- Tripod | Davis & Sanford Explorer V 60″ – We didn’t need anything fancy so this does the trick when you need something steadier than your hand. I’m too lazy to use a tripod very much so I only bust it out for filming and it has worked beautifully.