Here is some of the latest work I’ve done for San Diego’s Pacific Magazine.
The Grant Grill, located in the US Grant Hotel, created The Magnificent 7 cocktails, honoring classic movie westerns. Here, the first of seven creations by Grant Grill chef de bar, Cory Alberto, Here are, The Seven Samurai (1953) Jasmine green tea infused Dickel White Whiskey, By-Joe Honey, orange blossom water, all spice Dram and Buddha’s Hand Bitters; True Grit (1961) Scotch, brandy, Galliano, Drambuie, house-made herbal-orange soda and cinnamon bitters; Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid (1969) Mezcal, pineapple juice, grapefruit juice, Ancho Reyes, grenadine, smoked and flamed cinnamon stick; One Upon A Time In The West (1968) Six-month Genepi Americana, bourbon, Glogg, peach puree, ginger beer, with crushed ice, sliced peach and mint; The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (1966) dry-aged Ribeye-Fat-Washed Rye, Cynar, sweet Vermouth, Cigar Foam and tobacco leaf and The Treasure of Sierra Madre (1948) tequila, lemon, Aperol, agave nectar and egg white-agave/Tajin candied lemon wheel,
Beer, Bartenders, Butterflies, Biking and Business. It doesn’t get any better than this folks!
My recent travels included Council Brewing Company, Kettner Exchange, Balboa Park, Duck Foot Brewing Company, San Diego County Bicycle Coalition’s Gordy Shields Memorial Ride, Vuori Clothing, and studio portraits.
I meet the nicest coolest people when I’m on assignment. I love my job.
Adams Avenue Unplugged unveiled a new venue format for this year’s event. The annual music event featured 22 stages and 150 performances over the weekend along a two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue, including University Heights Normal Heights, and the Kensington area. The event touted live musical performances staged inside restaurants, bars, coffee houses and galleries lining the neighborhood. Performers included Peter Bolland at Java Joe’s, Mohavi Soul at Rosie O’Grady’s, Nikki Francis at Lestat’s, Mike Weston with Dragon Fresh band mates Eric Brinker and Timothy Moran at Moncai Cafe, and many others.
It has been quite a while since I have added a new post. The new year has started off with many new assignments on the horizon, and has been just as busy as the end of the year proved to be, along with some interesting subjects.
In the past couple of months I have photographed Freedome Bradley-Ballentine, the Old Globe’s new director of arts engagement and Willy Wonka leading a family 5k at the San Diego County Administration Building. Then, there was a stop off at the Fall Brewing Company in North Park and beer and food pairings at Abnormal Beer at The Cork & Craft restaurant, in Rancho Bernardo. Then I met Ori Talmon, a composer of contemporary classical music, and bartender Eric Johnson of Juniper and Ivy, who was named Discover San Diego’s Bartender of the Year, Violinist Karen Gomyo, at Copley Symphony Hall, the dedication of the new Sator Hall science building at Point Loma Nazarene University, and the Hmong New Year celebration in Kearny Mesa. Nothing beats variety!
Here are a few of the images from some of my last assignments and portraits.
I was recently out and about at Belmont Park in the Mission Beach area of San Diego where I noticed there have been a lot of changes and upgrades. These photos were the centerpiece for a business story highlighting the new developments at the park, the most notable of which are the debut of the upper level restaurant, Cannonball and a glass elevator that took months and months to complete.
San Diego seems be a leader when it comes to craft breweries and beer pubs, which seem to spring forth on most every corner these days. And the East Village is no exception with
The Half Door Brewing Company, a new Irish Pub, opening in a remodeled 1906 House at 903 Island Ave, downtown San Diego. Coleman’s stout is brewed on premises, and specialties include fish and chips, Brewer’s pie and sausage mac n’ cheese.
Food trucks are big business in San Diego. From Oceanside to Chula Vista and Ocean Beach to El Cajon, these food warriors bring their mini-restaurants to you on four-wheels!
The variety is endless, including traveling masters of sushi, paleo diet chefs or indulgent hamburgers and grilled cheese, just to name a few.
Meet Paul. He is a brewmaster at Karl Strauss. I bet a heck of a lot of folks think Paul just drinks beer all day. Well, that’s not really true, as there is much more that goes into brew making than just the “tasting” part. His favorite beer: Wreck Alley Imperial Stout.
“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”