Aug 28, 2014

The Wydown of DC

About a month ago, I had the privilege of shooting + writing for Sprudge about The Wydown's new location on 14th & U St. I had a blast interviewing Alex and Chad -- they're truly some real nice guys (from the midwest!) having so much fun with coffee. Here are some outtakes from the shoot:

Aug 25, 2014

Probably the only ALS ice bucket challenge I'll ever be involved in

This weekend has been absolutely fantastic. There is really no other way to describe it. Not only am I having a full weekend back home in TX for the first time in 5 months, but we (some NewsHour staff) also got to dump some ice water onto our awesome anchors for their ALS ice bucket challenge in the wee hours of the morning. After all the donut, bagel and ice bucket challenge excitement, I hopped on the plane to finally come home for once. Home is so good for the soul.

Aug 11, 2014

five things: Monday inspirations

I love starting Mondays with finding inspirational things around the net. Here are a few things that boosted the beginning of my week, including incredible photo finds on Flickr, articles shared by friends, and other stuff you're lucky enough to run into around the web:

1) A glimpse into life in South Korea shared by Flickr user Eric Youn, whose photos I found while navigating through the Minolta X-700 group. I was mesmerized by some of these incredible shots that bring out the best in Minolta and capture personal moments and some Korean culture. It's been exactly 10 years since I left Korea for good, and I haven't back since. I can't help but always wonder how it's changed, how it's the same, and how I can go back somehow someday. Scattered Boots Joyful Company In Remembrance of Sewol Hillside View

2) Coffee for thought: a story of the transforming coffee culture in India

3) This incredibly moving piece shared by a friend this morning - about using soccer as a metaphor during the WWI era.

"It’s a way to hide the horror under one layer of spectacle and another layer of moral virtue — a way to pretend that war is like a game, that there are rules, that there is safety."

4) Ever heard of six-man football? Apparently it was developed in the 30's for smaller high schools in rural towns because they were too small even for eleven-on-eleven. Six-man football enables the these towns - towns with a population of less than 1,000 - to compete in top-level competition and experience the glory of "State." In this little documentary beautifully shot by Victory Journal, two tiny Texas football towns make it to the top - giving the 16-17 year olds a chance to be the towns' heroes.

Texas Six from Victory Journal on Vimeo.

5) A guest post on Wit and Delight about PEACH GALETTES totally captured my heart this past weekend. I've been crazy about anything peach-related, especially peach pies, but I've been dying to attempt to make some peach galettes before peach season is over. I promise myself I will make this sometime before August is ovah. Please keep me accountable, mom. (Probably the only person who reads my blog) Photo by Sarah Kieffer of Vanilla Bean Blog.

Aug 4, 2014

Spoiling myself a bit

I may not be the type of girl that spoils herself with brand name shoes. But that doesn't mean I don't splurge on the "extra" on the rare occasions when I do have some money and time. For example, coffee. Food outings, including ostentatious brunch trips, hah. Expensive film lab services. Yeah -- I finally got these film scans back from Film Box Lab in Nashville -- expensive but worth it. All photos taken back in early May.

Of course, Madcap coffee tasting event was completely free. After the jitters from all the free coffee, Lauren and I headed over to Bub and Pop's sandwich shop next door for some real food (we think it'd be extra charming if they provided pastries or food at coffee tasting events...heh heh). I have a thing for Italian hoagies. GAH.

Brunch at Ted's Bulletin on 14th when Sammy surprise-visited me that weekend: Also: let's please not forget that they make pop-tarts from scratch. Random thought: I feel like I end up getting lunch food 90% of the time I go get "brunch." Anyone with me?