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Saghar Setareh  β€’ Food Photographer & Blogger at Β©Lab Noon β€’ Visual Storyteller & Content Creator β€’ Based in Rome, from Tehran β€’ collab@labnoon.com

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I think many years should still pass, books should yet be written, and course should yet be taught at universities, on how deeply #internet has revolutionized our lives, maybe even more than machines did during the industrial revolution. "The industrial revolution created the weekend and 9-5, the internet killed it." You can #freelance and any place with a wifi connection can be your office for the day. We need to realize how technology has set us free, it's not all negative. Swimming against the stream will only waste our energy and produce little. Gather, create, enjoy.
This was our meeting room today. We work on pretty and delicious matters, and use internet to give birth to meaningful, offline experiences. So stay tuned because we're about to announce something super exciting! βœ¨β˜•οΈπŸͺ
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I feel like this year my body is not ready for #Summer. I can't stand the heat (and we ain't seen nothing from it yet) and I get out of energy very often. I am about to unpack my blender, which means more #smoothies, I might even invest in a juicer. Any tipa or tricks for uber #healthy and nutritious juice making?
Have a happy #Monday! πŸΉπŸŒπŸ‰πŸ‡πŸ“πŸ₯πŸ’πŸ‹
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#Buongiorno world! It's happy, sunny Sunday here, the day after the victory. These days I have been very silent here, and more present on other social media platforms (including a personal IG that I practically never use) to follow what was going on regarding the elections in #Iran. As usual, the electoral campaign takes all over our lives, as we try to make the most of that little democracy we have and engage as many people as possible. We showed up in millions, all over the globe, we cast our votes, we chose moderation and international interaction. I am very happy naturally, but it's such a bittersweet feeling to see your people dance to the song of victory in streets through a tiny screen. These are the moments that I miss being in Iran most. To live the collective dream, the unity in aspiration for something better for our future, for our children.
So I have left emails unread and unanswered, jobs on hold, home in the same mess that was a week ago. We take our elections very seriously, because we know elections take over our lives very seriously. (Eight years ago this time millions were marching the streets in protest and were being brutally repressed by the police while here we were protesting in other ways). So now I feel a bit drained, but I'm happy and ready to go back to get many things done (also because new exciting projects need to be announced soon).
In the meanwhile, those of you in Rome, can you lend me a projector for next weekend please?
Enjoy Sunday! βœ¨πŸŒΌπŸ’œπŸ’šβœŒπŸ»
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On May 16th, I had the honor to be invited to the congress of #FoodDesignManifesto for a first international workshop regarding Food Design and Food Security: Challenges in The Euro-Mediterranean Area. The workshop was organized by ADI (Italian Association for Industrial Design) and the Order of the Architects if Naples, and the arguments to discuss were territory, sustainability and security in food design for the next decade. It was a challenging and eye-opening experience to discuss these food matters with old-school design experts and academics for once, rather than digital innovators and food tech experts. I really believe there's a enormous gap between these two huge parts that will contribute to the food of our future.
Our venue however, the magnificent Donn'Anna Palace in the Posillipo district in Naples, was a jaw-dropping masterpiece with an intriguing history. Started sometime in the 1500s and never actually finished, it faces the Vesuvio volcano on one side, and the incredible riviera with all the colorful "palazzi" on the other. It also hosts the former studio and the current Foundation of De Felice, late maestro of architecture. It was so beautiful I didn't know where to start taking pictures and all I had was my iPhone.
My sincere thanks again to Dr. Massari of @glinstitute for inviting me to this congress. I hope we can create something valuable together. βœ¨πŸ›ΆπŸŒŠ
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It's almost #LunchTime and I can't help but think about this great, typically Roman meal I had yesterday. I felt I had to have a proper Roman lunch after cycling among the marvels of the #AppianWay. This was a typical, simple Roman #trattoria, with all the classics: gricia, amatriciana, cacio e pepe, gnocchi. For "secondo" saltimbocca, involtini, spezzatino, straccetti and this arrosto (veal breast), with roast potatoes. And chicory, I love chicory; cooked twice, with chilly & garlic. Classic. And 1/4l red wine because why not.
Now I'm very hungry, and very late to meet @alicekiandra.adams and @valentinaguttuso in #LatteriaStudio. Arrivo ragazze!
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#AppiaDay #igersroma #igerslazio #igersitalia

This has been a #Sunday of outdoors, meeting up with @igerslazio for #AppiaDay, a loooong, beautiful journey on the ancient Appia Road, among the ruins, villas, catacombs and green fields. I biked all the way under hot sun, drunken with the smell of jasmines that invade Rome in May, and speechlessly watched all those aged walls, huge structures and magnificent creatures that have been lying there for nearly 2000 years. Sometimes we forget that an actual fucking empire was here and it ruled the world. All this almost at the heart of Rome, a 15 minute ride from the center.
This was in "Museo delle Mura", the walls museum, where there had been a sort of gate to ancient city (Rome was bordered with long kilometers of walls, many of which are still in the city). This one was the home of a fascist official during the 30s who made some modifications inside!!!
The only perk of the perfect day was that I got roasted under the sun too! Neck & shoulder now are the color of the beetroot juice I had earlier.
More pictures of #AppiaDay will be posted soon. Although at a certain point I just put my camera and phone away and just enjoyed it all, I still have a couple of nice shots I'd like to show you.
Hope you've had a great #weekend too!
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#romanity #igersroma #igersitalia #igerslazio

Rare, unstyled and spontaneous shot of the contents of (almost) the last box that I just opened. Many of those jars have been imprisoned in that very same box for nearly three years. They will now be filled with spices (and labeled with #dymo!) but before, they gotta be washed. And my dishwasher still not functioning.
The magnificent light of the sunset shines through that window every single day. I foresee many interesting photographic scenes against that window, although I know it'll take a while until I can fully adapt my style of photography to the new ambient.
But now I need to take out a loooot of trash!
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Happy #Saturday folks! Dreaming of some relax, with food and wine. Meanwhile back to the looong, overdue chores at home. Enjoy the weekend! ✨🌱
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#LabNoonHome, progress, baby steps. Today I was thrilled to find a tiny teeny daily market near home, where you can do grocery shopping while eyeing the glorious #colosseum on your right shoulder. Of course glory and magnificence comes at a price, which for the grocery #mercatino (and the supermarket too) is very high. I want the new kitchen to be as plastic-free as possible, so bring on the natural material brushes and amber bottles for soap! Also, I have discovered #dymo, (colpa tua @margherita_calati_photography πŸ˜‰) and I am labeling my whole life, and will hopefully be motivated to organize all my spices in little labeled jars too.
That's all for now . Can't really say #TGIF because I have yet another weekend of unpacking ahead. Hope I can get the house to a functional state before next week.
Lunch will be barley salad with those fresh sweet peas, radishes, herbs and an apple!
What are YOUR weekend plans? πŸ“πŸ³πŸŒ±πŸ›
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Let them eat cake. And style flowers. And capture it all with a camera.
Last tickets for our #fineartflowerandfoodphotographyworkshop on eventbrite and on the blog. May 27th, #LatteriaStudio, Trastevere, Rome. πŸ°πŸŒΈπŸ“·
Link in the bio. #LabNoon #LabNoonFood #workshop

Lazy meals, poetic, and in a certain, indescribable way, also erotic. I don't know, maybe it's the thought of holding that radicchio in your hand, and then biting into it. First the crunch and the bitterness, then the gooey, strong blue cheese, and at last, the perfuming sweetness of the pear. A woody note of the walnut kicking brings in some sas. Then prosciutto, again eaten by hand, and a fresh glass of rosΓ©, in May evening that smells like jasmines. Life can hardly get any finer.
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Commissioned shot for a chef at #LatteriaStudio. As for me, I'm still among boxes galore, and I will this was my dinner. I might head to the 24/7 supermarket right under the Colosseum to do some shopping!
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The longer it takes for me to unpack the boxes, the more unlikely it is for me to do a decent grocery shopping, and the more valid my excuse for feeding me off (mostly) junk food. I need real food. Like this pretty divine tuna tartare we had at @madeleinerome a while ago. What are you having for Sunday dinner? I had chips on my back home!!! πŸŸπŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ
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