La Taq and a tale of Tex Mex torture

 As it happened,  i was on day 5 of a health cleanse the afternoon i scheduled my La Taq shoot.    Now,   going without booze,  caffeine, sugar, meat,  dairy and wheat for a week is bad enough,  but standing directly over bowls of velveeta cheese sauce,  pots of carnitas and crema covered enchiladas was,   and i'm just being honest here,  pure F#@*ing Torture!   But Meredith and i headed back the next day to break our fast and celebrate with cocktails,  meat and especially velveeta cheese.   Go check em out,  but go early.  The space is small and fills up fast-  for good reason!











one from the vault

I was digging thru some old folders and came across this great portrait of Andy Ricker and Ha "Christina" Luu,  the matriarch of Ha Vl.   Andy first turned me on to the amazing soups at Ha Vl a few years ago.  At this point,  most folks in pdx have been out to try it.   If you are one of the uninitiated,   then get out there!  But go early,  cause when the soup runs out,  thats it for the day.



this little figgy went to market

A few weeks ago,   i reconnected with the ultra nice folks of Three Little Figs Jam.   We had a great day of styling and shooting their products.   Luckily,   Liz Cowan,  the founder of 3LF Jam used to be a photo stylist who has worked with the likes of Annie Leibovitz and Mark Seliger!  Mostly a fashion stylist,  she jumped right into the food thing and helped created some amazing scenes.   Check out their site and order some jam for your next..... jam!











Flâneur Wines

Last summer,  i was contacted by a pretty awesome dude from D.C.  named Martin,  who had decided to build,  from the ground up,  a new vineyard and winery in Oregon.   He wanted photo documentation from day one,  and was hoping i was on board for the project.    Sounded super fun to me,  so i headed out to a 40 acre field full of blackberry brambles and head high wheat,   and i walked the whole property,   taking photos.   

Cut to almost a year later and the vine starters are being planted.  So i headed back out to document the land,  the workers and of course a celebratory champagne sabering.  (shutter speed 1/8000 of a sec!)












Eggs on Top

Today the  4th cookbook i photographed was released.    Written by Andrea Slonecker,   styled by Anne Parker,   and published by the fine folks at Chronicle Books,   Eggs on Top is a gorgeous cookbook with great tips on  technique  as well as all sorts of cool recipes.   Shot over a week and a half last July,  we have all been excited for its release.   So if you are in town,   stop by Powell's and pick one up,   or you can order it right HERE.












A Day at Little Bird

I have certainly spent my time at Gabe's flagship restaurant Le Pigeon,   but his second restaurant,  Little Bird is equally amazing.  It had been a few years since i did any photography there,  so it was a fun day making some new images of people and food.



 












a few new adverts

I do a lot of work with New Seasons Market.    Here are a few of my recent favorites.






catching up on the new year

So far,  2014 has been the year of revisiting old friends and old favorites.   Its been a pretty crazy start to the year,  way busier than i expected,  so my apologies for dragging my heals on the blog postings.   On top of a whole slew of restaurant shoots,  i just wrapped up my fifth book,  all about beer cocktails,  with writer and local cocktologist,  Jacob Grier-  but more on all that later.   I tried to catch up the blog as best i could in the next few posts.


First up,  under the category of old friends,  i had the pleasure of revisiting the Andy Ricker triumvirate on Division Street.


Pok Pok:









Sen Yai:









Whiskey Soda Lounge: