2014 Gift Guide for the Outdoor Lover

8 12 2014

My annual gift guide for Examiner.com features my all-time favorite sleeping system for backpacking (the Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed) and a game-changer for coffee on the go (the GSI Outdoors Commuter Java Press.) Click here to check it out!

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Portland By Bus

19 11 2014

Portland By Bus is a relatively new website that I’m pleased as punch to be associated with. Even if it’s just the occasional write up and photography :-) If you live in Portland or plan on visiting, the site is a dream and dare I say should be considered mandatory viewing if you plan on using public transit.

Anyway, here is the front of the site’s new rack card. A rack card is kind of an informational hand out; and this one features photography from yours truly :-) That’s Happy Hour at Samurai Blue on top and the ever-photogenic Portland Japanese Garden on the bottom.

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Northwest Travel Magazine: Radiator Whiskey

1 11 2014

The latest issue of Northwest Travel Magazine features a piece I wrote about Seattle’s Radiator Whiskey. I do a lot of eating and drinking in my line of work, and encounter great places for both endeavors on a regular basis. But this spot provided one of the best all around dining experiences I’ve had in recent memory. From the article:

“In particular, omnivores that aren’t afraid to push their boundaries will find this place with much to favor. Non-traditional anatomical regions of some of your favorite animals are creatively curated to the plate by Chefs Garrison and Palagi. Small plates like the Fried Beef Lip Terrine with Dijonnaise or the Cornflake Crusted Chicken Livers with Frank’s Red Hot and aioli are perfect representations. It’s gourmet comfort food centered around a whole-animal approach that fires on all cylinders.”

To read the rest, pick up the latest issue of Northwest Travel Mag or read it online here.

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Central Oregon Magazine: A Fondness for Falls

14 10 2014

In my first piece for Central Oregon Magazine I list my favorite cascades in the region. From the article:

“One could argue that the almost embarrassing abundance of natural beauty in Central Oregon is punctuated by waterfalls. Some of the best cascades and cascade hikes in the state reside in this region. Sometimes the thrill is in the quality of the hike, other times it’s the grandeur or uniqueness of the falls, or some combination thereof. On occasion the main draw is the increasingly rare chance for solitude on a trail. For all those reasons and more, this part of the state is paradise for those of us that like a good waterfall. Here are some favorites.”

Check out the full article here.

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Backpacker Magazine: Ice Lake

13 10 2014

In my first article for Backpacker Magazine I detail the epic overnight trip to Ice Lake in eastern Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness. Read about it in the October issue of Backpacker or check it out online here.

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Portland Mercury: The Falls of History and God

26 06 2014

In my first article for the Portland Mercury I encourage people to visit some of the area’s waterfalls for more than just their inherent beauty. From the article:

“Some waterfalls are more than just pretty places to visit. While the opportunity to prance around in a forested scene straight out of a Kinkade-ian masterpiece is typically inspiration enough to seek one out, sometimes you want more from your experience. Luckily, there are a number of waterfall hikes in the Portland area that dangle alluring carrots of added interest, like “fascinating regional history” or “a chance to commune with a faith-based deity.” So for those of you who need a little extra motivation to get your butt outside and next to a beautiful waterfall, here you go.”

Click here to read the entire article.

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Northwest Travel Magazine: Tails & Trotters

3 06 2014

Across the globe there are regional, artisanal products with reputations for excellence: Parmigiano Reggiano from Italy, Kobe beef from Japan, and the list goes on. Oregon farmer Aaron Silverman and his partner Mark Cockcroft wanted to do the same for pork in the Northwest. And they’ve accomplished it with Tails & Trotters, producing the first signature Northwest pork.

The renowned Jamón Ibérico ham inspired the idea. In Spain, the black-footed or “pata negra” pigs are allowed to roam the oak groves of the region where they are naturally fattened on acorns. And while the Northwest isn’t exactly a great place to grow acorns, Oregon is heaven for hazelnuts. So Aaron and Mark take Washington-raised pigs and finish them on Oregon hazelnuts. The finished product is as good as it gets. Check out the whole article here. Pictured below is their Bahn Mi – A Vietnamese-style sandwich w/ pickled carrot & daikon, cucumber, jalapeno, cilantro & Asian herb mayo on a fresh bakery roll.

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