August 28, 2014
Torrey Pines State Beach
San Diego, CA

Velella velella

August 27, 2014San Diego, CA
6:02 AM

August 27, 2014
San Diego, CA

6:02 AM

I used to live in a heartbeat city. I swear I’d fall in love every minute on the street.
August 24, 2014Museum of ManSan Diego, CA

August 24, 2014
Museum of Man
San Diego, CA

August 21, 2014Balboa ParkSan Diego, CA
Cotton candy clouds. 

August 21, 2014
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA

Cotton candy clouds. 


August 20, 2014
Grace Cathedral, Nob Hill
San Francisco, CA

Anne Patterson’s “Graced with Light" - even more beautiful in person than I could imagine. 

My idea of rich is that you can buy every book you ever want without looking at the price and you’re never around assholes. That’s the two things to really fight for in life.
John Waters 

Hot Hot Chicken


Earlier this year, the Washingtonian published Seasonal Pantry chef Dan O’Brien’s recipe for hot hot chicken, and I have spent more time than I care to admit ogling the above photo of his breakfast loaf.

Hot chicken is a Nashville specialty, and one that my taste buds of 2012 - unaccustomed to even the mildest heat level at Prince’s - could not fully appreciate while I lived there. 

Two years later, my tolerance for heat is significantly higher, but I no longer live in Nashville. My friends and I made some serious efforts to recreate hot chicken in our own DC kitchens, but never came close to the real thing, despite dedicated internet searches, multiple experiments with lard and varying ratios of cayenne pepper, and my bringing back several to-go boxes of hot chicken on my last trip to Nashville in 2013.

My plan to study, and slowly eat day-old hot chicken with friends in an attempt to reverse engineer Prince’s secret recipe was thwarted by our own excitement over the chicken, itself. Before we knew it, the eight of us had consumed nearly an entire loaf of Wonder bread, about three chickens, and far too many pickles. 

While O’Brien’s recipe is a decidedly fancier interpretation of Prince’s, and no substitute for the real thing, friends who were able to make it to Seasonal Pantry’s fried chicken pop-up last week have unanimously let me know that I have yet another delicious something to look forward to when I return to DC next summer, and that we have found an acceptable placeholder for Prince’s until the next trip to Nashville. 

(Image via Washingtonian)

August 13, 2014.San Diego, CA. 
Hatch chile season is in full swing. 

August 13, 2014.
San Diego, CA. 

Hatch chile season is in full swing. 

The Cure


"Do you know a cure for me?"
“Why yes, ” he said, “I know a cure for everything. Salt water.”
“Salt water?” I asked him.
“Yes,” he said, “in one way or the other. Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea.”

- “The Deluge at Norderney” (from Isak Dinesen’s Seven Gothic Tales)


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