Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Salt, Fresh & Field is a TV series in development featuring an emotional and visually emersive treatment of hunting, fishing, foraging and exploring food sources on the West Coast of North America.

A vivid, and cinematic experience, Salt, Fresh & Field busts apart old paradigms of the "hook and bullet" genre with style and makes finding your own food sexy for a generation of urbanites who are becoming more conscious and curious about where their food comes from.

Chad Brealey, our authentic and approachable guide embodies the modern urban male — aware of his environment, up for adventure and not afraid to get dirty in and out of the kitchen.

Taking a visceral step beyond the farmer's market, Chad gets out of town and gathers ingredients to prepare a feast for friends and family waiting in the city. Chad's honest and humorous approach and the beauty and fantasy presented in each episode makes it cool to care about where food comes from and crave the art and adventure of putting food on the table.

Looks great, hope to see more about this soon.

Monday, June 27, 2011

1,132 Miles

Porsche, the Road to Pikes Peak from Will Roegge on Vimeo.

Jeff Zwart drove his 911 GT2 RS 1,132 miles from his home in Santa Ana, CA to Pikes Peak, CO to defend his hill climb time attack record. Even thought his record was broken, it takes a certain kind of driver to forgo the luxury RV he could have been riding in and trek across the country himself.

Friday, June 3, 2011

B.V.I 2011

I spent last week on vacation, sailing in the British Virgin Islands. The week before I left it rained for five days straight. That same week it also rained for 5 days straight in the Islands, and the forecast for the next week called for more of the same. Luckily the rain cleared up, leaving beautiful sunny skies and warm weather. There was an unusual lack of wind which is rare as the island are so well known for their strong trade winds.

The island in the photo is Saba Rock, which sits in North Sound on the island of Virgin Gorda. When I first started visiting the BVI, Saba Rock was only had a tiny family owned restaurant on it. It served up great Caribbean food and was populated by a few nasty mouthed parrots. On Thanksgiving theywould have a huge feast and their dock would be so crowded that the chain of dinghy's would almost reach the shore I took the photo from. The family sold the island to developers a few years back, and although its unfortunate the old restaurant is gone, the developers kept the island hotel they build relatively tasteful.

View from Saba Rock looking east out to the Atlantic and
towards the east shore of Virgin Gorda.

Sunset from Biras Creek looking north towards the Sir Francis Drake Channel

We visited an artist community in Trellis Bay, Beef Island.
They had lots of friendly dogs and cats. This guy was especially friendly.

Even when sailing, I am still car spotting.

This is the house of an old blind man named Conrad who lives in Great Harbor on Peter island. He hangs out the beach welcoming sailors who use his beach to get access the the nicer resorts which don't exactly cater to sailing types. His house seems to be the only private residence on the island. The rest of the island is owned by a a few large resorts. I assume he was the only person to not sell their land and move when they started building.

Deadmans Bay on Peter Island, home to one of the best beaches in the world.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Topo Designs

Topo Designs is a bag manufacturer based in Colorado who have recently released a set of classic 60's and 70's inspired gear. The bags are made in a LEED certified facility right here in the good old US of A. They are also priced at what seem more than reasonable for what you get, something that cant be said about a lot of the throwback bags coming out lately.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Roadside Vernacular

A hot dog stand that's inside a giant hot dog, a hat store inside a giant hat, a tamale stand inside a gaint pug. Ok, so not all of these buildings are in the image of what they sell, but they all capture the uniqueness of mid century California all the same. While New England has its old world colonial charm, it lacks the Americana of the the west and midwest. About has kitschy as it seems to get around here is along Route 1. For a short time out west kitschy reigned supreme and some of the most unique and American store fronts were created. Although most are long gone and very unlikely to return, I'll take a building in the shape of a pig over a concrete cube strip mall any day.

Images from here

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Dash

I used to not pay much attention to the interior of cars. As long as it was functional, then it was fine with me. Now that my daily commute keeps me in the car two hours a day, I have began to appreciate the attention to detail found in cars. In my wandering through car websites I began to notice how cool looking the dashboards in some care are, and how terrible they are in others. The dashboard seems to be one factor that illustrates the lack of detail and quality that was found in 90's American cars. The switch from wood, metal, and leather to cheap plastic and rubber. Nice toggle switches and dials, gave way to plastic sliders, the knobs of which feel like they are designed to fall off at the gentlest touch. European manufacturers seemed to keep up the quality in the dash department, and I especially enjoy their first forays into high tech instrumentation. It has a great future-retro feel, like watching 70's and 80's sci-fi. I also noticed that now only exotic cars seem to have interesting or innovative dashboards, this combined with how homogeneous modern dashboards seem to be is quite disappointing.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Quaked - Skating in Christchurch

More Skateboarding Videos

I apologize for the major lack of posts lately. Saw this today, definitely one of the cooler things I have seen in a while.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ride Motorcycles, Climb Mountains

Thursday, March 31, 2011

In White

I have always been a fan of white cars. White seems to be a color most people treat as substandard. Its too boring for some and too hard to clean for others. I think the reason some people dislike white is that is shows off all of a cars flaws, both in design and maintenance. This may be the exact reason some cars look so good in white, because when you accentuate the curves of a well designed car, it just looks better. It seems to me that most of the cars I think look best in white happen to be European, which reaffirms my nothing that the extra effort they put into fit and finish doesn't go unnoticed. That doesn't mean I dont appreciate an American or Japanese beauty in white.