I’ll be the first to admit that my website’s blog has been massively under utilized lately. Scroll through my blog archives, and a majority of the latest posts are pages out of a brag book–a “hey look where my photos got published!” blog post, which admittedly have been helping my business and site in their own ways (ahem, SEO!). But realistically, who cares about these posts? They’re fluffy and visual, but they’re not blog posts, at least not in my mind.
After a chat with my awesome life coach, Nick Fairbairn of Inner Instinct, and some personal reflections, I’ve decided to take up blogging on a regular basis. It’s about high time it happened too, since my most endorsed skill on LinkedIn is apparently blogging (despite the fact that I haven’t blogged in years!). I’m going to start off my fresh 2013 blog post by focusing on the completely relevant subject of what blogging is and why blogging is important.
Private society fine dining in Honolulu. That is the goal of Vintage Cave, a new (opened in December 2012) restaurant that takes up the entire bottom floor of Shirokiya in Ala Moana Shopping Center. Created and funded by Japanese investor Takeshi Sekiguchi with Chef Chris Kajioka heading up the kitchen, Vintage Cave is arguably the first of its kind in Hawaii.
Ron Jeremy can now add “Ron de Jeremy” spiced rum to his already monstrous list of achievements. The adult film star appeared at Linda’s Tavern in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood last night in promotion of his new product, and was happy to make his way around the bar, posing with eager fans.
There’s nothing more heartwarming than a surprise engagement! Last Saturday, I had the honor of being part of one in Seattle with two Canadians from Alberta and White Moustache Urban Adventure Co. With the crew, I went along as a supposed press photographer, capturing snapshots of the gorgeous (and I mean gorgeous!) pair as they dined their way around Seattle’s best, with the thrilling climax taking place at Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park. For the full story and some photos, please visit White Moustache’s blog.
Few words can describe what it is like to see Prince live in concert, but I attempted to write a review of his opening U.S. West Coast tour when it kicked off in Seattle on April 18. Performing in the intimate venue of the Showbox at the Market near Pike Place, Prince and his backing band 3rdEyeGirl put on a helluva rock ‘n’ roll show that was (arguably) worth the $250 per ticket price tag. For more on the show, including the songs that were played, check out the full concert review on Prefix Magazine. No photos for this show, as none were allowed.
On April 15, iconic punk band Bad Religion performed a stellar concert at Seattle’s Showbox SoDo. California-based hardcore punk band The Bronx (also of Mariachi El Bronx fame) opened the show, with lead singer Matt Caughthran ever the performer. Check out a few photos from the show below, with the full set up on Flickr.
A doughnut burger–why hasn’t this been thought of before?! Well apparently it has been done, but (arguably) not as well as Sun Liquor Distillery’s delicious creation. Made with “slightly sweet but not overly sweet” unglazed Top Pot Bismarck doughnuts for buns, two burgers were created for Eater’s Burger Week: a “BLT” (with avocado instead of lettuce) and a double mushroom burger. These sweet treats were only available last Friday (April 19), so hopefully you grabbed a slider when they were available!
No other fast food chain in Seattle is as iconic as Dick’s Drive-In. With locations throughout the city including Capitol Hill, Wallingford, and Queen Anne (to name a few), Dick’s is the place of choice for a quick, cheap bite to eat during the day or late at night. Eater Seattle recently ran a wonderful interview with Jim and Saul Spady, the son and grandson (respectively) of founder Dick Spady on the story of how the iconic burger joint came to be, and how it is faring today.
Love eclectic American diners? West Seattle has a great one, and it’s called Luna Park Cafe. Filled with tons of memorabilia including jukeboxes at every table, Luna Park Cafe is famed for their decor as well as their home-style classic American foods such as burgers, fries, and shakes. Read more about this West Seattle gem on Eater Seattle, and check out the full photo gallery on Flickr.
Ballard as an awesome new nautical-themed bar to welcome to the neighborhood! Named Anchors Down, the rustic interior is pieced together with weathered pieces of wood, antique sea gadgets, and lots of other features to make you feel as though you are actually in the belly of a ship. Run by Amy Graeff and Christopher Williams, Laura Olson of the neighboring Po Dog eatery is a silent partner in the business.