Melanie Dunea@melaniedunea

Photographer | Woman| Writer | Eater | Drinker | Traveler | Project Queen. Photographs & opinions are mine. Based in NYC, most of the time.

http://www.melaniedunea.com/

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Jamaica has the nicest,
cheeriest people and signs. #respect #yamon🇯🇲 #onelove

Rockhouse Hotel
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I could eat fried plantains allllll day long. Actually, maybe I will.

Rockhouse Hotel
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A little slice of paradise.

Rockhouse Hotel
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To jump or not to jump? That’s the question. #30+feetup

Rockhouse Hotel
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Hiiiiii Jamaica.

Negril, Jamaica
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Who doesn’t like a pretzel bun?

Hog and Hominy
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My friend @maneeshkgoyal is the founder of many companies (@thisismkg etc), sits on a zillion boards, has lunched with the Obamas and is a lot of fun but most importantly he and his husband Andrew host one of my most favorite parties of the year. Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Salad Toss-Off, a wild, creative, star-studded celebration of salad. Yes salad. Watch my stories this afternoon for live updates. It will be worth it 😜.

New York, New York
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New York, New York
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Thrilling news out of Australia, where they voted YES to same-sex marriage. HOORAY! I dedicate my #Fbf post to them. Australia is a country I hold dear to my ❤️. I have been visiting my family in OZ since I was 5 years old. In fact that year, I traveled Down Under alone on the airplane. It wasn’t scary, it was fun. I remember that my feet didn’t even touch the plane floor. This view is from @icebergsclub, the only private winter swimming club in the world. My uncle used to swim there (the membership rules are intense, lots of swimming in the cold. Brrrr.) The restaurant opened a few days before my 21st bday, so that’s where we celebrated. Been a fave place to return for a meal or sunset drink whenever I’m Down Under. Meanwhile, I’m long overdue for a visit.

Bondi Beach, Sydney
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#tbt to my Italian doorknocker project. It was never published but I learned that Italians communicate with a whole secret doorknob language. I never cracked the code.

Rome, Italy
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Something pretty. #exhale


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My ❤️ for these shrimp and snow pea leaf dumplings is impossible to describe. 😍

Canal Street Market
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TGIF night.

Tribeca
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HEY it’s @johncena Actor, wrestler, philanthropist and more. My @parademagazine story was called “Why we ❤️ Jon Cena” hence the 💋. Swipe to see #bts shots including my Uncle David who was John’s stand-in 😂. Link to the #bts video is in my profile. Ps. @daddyshomemovie 2 the movie opens today. V funny.

New York, New York
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Hip hip hooray to my pal and oft collaborator @thehungryear. Not only is it his birthday today but so far this week he has a profile in the @nytimes & @esquire. Geez, it’s only Wednesday. His new book Bunk is all about lying, post-facts, fake news and phonies. How relevant for the times. I’m gonna buy many, many copies. 🎂🎂🎂🎂

New York, New York
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The world continues to go mad and I’m sad. But I just heard it’s actor @sally__field’s birthday. So somewhere there will be cake and champagne and celebrations. After I took this picture, at the end of the shoot, I asked Ms. Field if she would come outside for a quick shot on the beach. It was one of those freezing LA mornings. She looked at me and said, “I played Gidget. Freezing cold beaches? No problem.” 😂

Venice Beach L.A.
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Portrait of neglect.


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Flashing back this Friday to the “if looks could wither” section of my photo archives. #fbf #gorevidal PS. RIP Mr. Vidal and I promise ‘twas not me who stole your wallet. #lastword #gettingit

The Plaza Hotel
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Daydreaming. #tbt

Casa Malca
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Day of the Dead, is a Mexican celebration in honor of those who have departed. It is thought that the spirits of the dead arrive for a visit on October 31st and depart on November 2nd. Papel picado is a tradional folk art that involves cutting out intricate patterns on colorful tissue paper. They are then strung together to create banners. This picture was taken in San Miguel de Allende at the height of the festivities a truly moving experience.

San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
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White truffle pieces are currently over $3,000 a pound. Wow. This is the result of another hot and dry summer in Italy. Three years ago, I had the luck and privilege to go on some real truffle hunts. I was shocked at how difficult the work is. Scroll here to see the largest truffle I witnessed being found and then how I got to eat it. Link to my @eater story in my profile. Good luck during his tough season to all of the hunters esp @trufflewolf.

Emilia-Romagna
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Let the baking and cookie dough eating begin. #rainyday

New York, New York
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Five years ago today, Hurricane Sandy struck. Thanks to the @foodbank4nyc I got to witness and photograph from the front lines the incredible work of the @us.nationalguard and the @foodbank4nyc employees and volunteers. My live takeover of the @foodbank4nyc Instagram and twitter raised $1M dollars, thanks to the generous donation of the @robinhoodnyc foundation and others. It was a very moving and emotional few weeks. I ❤️ this short film showing #whatsandytaughtus.

New York, New York
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