Boy, it's been a ridiculous amount of time since I've blogged... I feel bad for neglecting this guy. But here's a cool post! This is one of my first vlogs, if you want to call it that, from my most recent trip to Portlandia! One of my favorite cities! Hope you enjoy!
I had heard about this new player in the world of coffee called Perfect Coffee. What they claimed seemed outrageous. Pre-ground coffee that's good. I reacted the same way that all my fellow coffee snobs probably did. I scoffed at the idea and immediately discounted it as impossible, because, you know, we all think we know what's "right" when it comes to coffee. But, I decided them to give them a try, why not, what did I have to lose? So I signed up to be an alpha drinker.Read More
I paid a visit to the legendary Russian River Brewing Company about three weeks ago (I know it's been a long time, but the new website was under construction!) with five of my bravest beer loving friends. We were on a quest to get even a drop (drop meaning half pint) of the elusive Pliny the Younger upon our tongues.
For those of you that don't know, the beer is brewed once a year in February and is released in very limited quantities. People will travel from all over just to try it.Read More
Blue Bottle recently opened their largest location at the historic W.C. Morse building in Oakland on Feb. 6, 2014. Though the post is a bit late, I made a visit the day after opening and already, the location was abuzz with patrons. The new cafe features high ceilings, mostly original tile floors, and a couple communal tables - one long table/counter like the one at the Mint Plaza location, and a large round table. I also noticed their awesome vintage speakers, which, are mounted high above the bar. Speaking of the bar, I couldn't help but notice the beautiful Kees van der Westen machines that they are pulling shots on. They have one Spirit and one Mirage. Absolutely gorgeous machines. On that note (wow, everything is flowing so well here), Blue Bottle Morse is putting a focus on the consumer espresso machine market. They will sell machines and have an area in the back for repairs and maintenance. This is pretty revolutionary in my opinion. Anyway, I could go on and ramble about everything I saw, but I'll leave you with a bunch of photos. Enjoy!Read More
I feel like I'm always neglecting my blog and I feel absolutely terrible. Nonetheless, here is a long overdue post on my trip to Seattle this past summer. The moment I landed, I fell in love with this city. There's something so special about it that I can't quite put my finger on. Maybe it's because the weather was perfect while I was there (save for a gloomy day in the middle of my stay), but everything just felt right. The food was delicious, the coffee was amazing, and the people were so beautiful! I may just have left a little piece of my heart out there. Here are some photos from my trip, hope you enjoy!!Read More
Wow, I've been away for so long! Forgive me for my extended absence here. This summer, I took a two week trip to Bolivia and Argentina on a medical mission trip with an organization called 4 Christ Mission. A group of about 50 young adults/college students from all over the US and Latin America travelled with doctors and dentists to provide medical care and ultimately, just love the people of Bolivia and Argentina with the love of Christ. I went as a part of the media team and captured all the sights and sounds with my trusty 5D Mark II (still a very capable and rugged camera!). In Bolivia, we stayed mostly in Santa Cruz and the outskirts of the city, while in Argentina, we stayed around Iguazu Falls and Buenos Aires. I can go on and on about the trip with my words, but I'll let my photos speak for themselves (and perhaps, interject with captions for context and other pertinent information). Here is just a very small sampling of the photos I took while I was on the trip. Because of the amount of photos in this post, I've opted to go with a gallery layout. Enjoy!
A couple weeks ago, I went on an eight mile hike at Alamere Falls with some of my friends. Here are some of the photos I took on the trip. Enjoy!Read More
Today, I'm going to take a short break from the regular flow of posts and introduce a new category of posts - people! These posts will probably be rare, but I think it's a fun way to change things up.
This is Bob. I met Bob on Sproul Plaza one day while setting up for an event. It was hard to not notice him and his soulful banjo playing. Now, if you know me, you know that I'm not the type to strike up conversation with a random person on the street (or on Sproul plaza in this case), but I had a little nudging to go talk to him. If anything, I could pick up some tips on improving my banjo playing (yes I play some banjo). So, I walked up to him, listened for a while, then as he ended a song, I initiated conversation, albeit very awkwardly (do you sense the awkwardness with all these awkward commas? - awkward). Hoping to learn something new, I asked him what the secret to getting good at the banjo was.Read More
This past weekend, I was up in the mountains playing the drums at the World Christian Conference. During my free time, I decided to do some photo exploration. All photos were shot on my new Sigma 35mm f/1.4. Boy, this lens is really something. The images it produces are simply beautiful. But this isn't a lens review, enjoy!Read More
About a month ago (yes, this post is a bit late), a group of my friends decided to trek into the City for a break from school and work. It was National Museum Day, so we got free tickets to the de Young Museum, wandered around, and ended up at Tartine.