We had some friends over for the weekend. We met online, through our blogs, years ago. We’ve been chatting since then, dreaming about a whole weekend all for us, with no commitments, deadlines or work to do, just to have fun in the kitchen.
We gathered here in Tuscany with the best intentions: eat, cook together, have fun.
We also wanted to have the chance to keep all the memories we were creating through photos and videos. For once, it was just for us, a way not to forget, a future source of inspiration.
This is when Tommaso and I decided to test the Manfrotto TwistGrip System, as we needed something versatile and quick to adjust to our needs.
Tommaso had to take photos and film videos with six women in the kitchen, all bloggers, all friends, all excited about cooking, leafing through cookbooks, rolling out pasta and baking cakes.
He used the Manfrotto TwistGrip System with an iPhone 6 Plus, paired with the Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod,
After a few hours in the kitchen we headed for a walk in the countryside during the golden hour. The Manfrotto TwistGrip System came in help thanks to its portability: Tommaso managed to fit all the elements into a pocket, thanks to their flat design.
Once in the middle of a field, struck by the golden light, he could easily secure his smartphone to the TwistGrip to film several scenes that added an emotional aspect to our video of the weekend. He also took a few photos of an unforgettable sunset.
This video sums up our weekend together.
A few days later it was time for another unforgettable experience. We were going to Il Canto del Maggio, a charming country inn not far from Florence, for an event related to our last book, La cucina dei Mercati in Toscana. Simona was the gracious host, she was able to make everyone feel at home. Michele, her husband and chef, was instead in charge of the food. He reinterpreted some of the recipes of our book with his skills and his profound respect and understanding of the raw materials. We brought the Manfrotto TwistGrip System in a field trip. The setting, around a swimming pool overlooking the hills, was outstanding, the light of September magnetic.
Tommy used the Manfrotto TwistGrip System with his iPhone 6 Plus, the Manfrotto LED Light Lumimuse and a directional microphone, paired with the Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod.
Once again the Manfrotto TwistGrip System proved to be versatile, handy and steady.
It was light and ergonomic, allowing him enough freedom to film, talk and grab the amazing food Michele had prepared for us.
Thanks to the possibility to connect additional accessories he could use the Manfrotto LED Light Lumimuse to film night scenes and a directional microphone to capture the ambient sounds and voices.
The result is this video, which perfectly represent the emotions and the charm of a night at Il Canto del Maggio.
We loved the versatility of the Manfrotto TwistGrip System and appreciated the fact that we could easily fit everything in a pocket or in a bag. It is the perfect complement for creative iPhonographers and bloggers who love to travel light and to stay focused on what they are doing, having everything they need at hand.
The blog. Juls’ Kitchen transports you to a Tuscan kitchen, showing you the honest and seasonal food of Tuscany in beautiful photography. Giulia tells you the stories that are often the inspiration behind a recipe. Rigorously tested, these recipes give you detailed and uncomplicated instructions to recreate a little bite of Tuscany at home.
Giulia’s mission is to inspire people to cook simple meals where the quality and freshness of the ingredients shine through in every recipe. She loves nothing more than to receive word from readers who successfully recreated her recipes. After all, Tuscan food is all about sharing and passing on knowledge.
The blogger. Juls’ Kitchen (www.julskitchen.com) is written and shot by Giulia Scarpaleggia and Tommaso Galli, who are also partners in life. Both were born and bred in Tuscany. Giulia is a food writer and photographer and she teaches Tuscan cooking classes in her family house in the countryside. She started her blog in 2009 to collect family recipes and stories. Tommaso joined the team in 2015 when he moved in from Florence. He now loves the country life as much as he loves Giulia’s food. He is the tech guy and the video maker, besides being the head tester at Juls’ Kitchen.