Review of Departure in Downtown Portland, Oregon

When you take the elevator in the Nines Hotel and walk through the glassed-hall on the way to Departure, restaurant of Top Chef runner-up Gregory Gourdet, you feel like you going to get on a roller coaster ride or getting ready to get on a plane, which is undoubtedly the restaurant’s intention. My girlfriend Thyme, … More Review of Departure in Downtown Portland, Oregon

The Transient Light & Collective Catharsis of the Solar Eclipse

We wake bright and early to the sounds of roosters crowing, dogs barking, and pigs oinking in the distance. We had camped overnight after driving to a farm in the middle of nowhere–Madras, Oregon–in the path of totality for the morning’s eclipse. Millions of people have traveled for this once-in-a-lifetime event. I make an aeropress … More The Transient Light & Collective Catharsis of the Solar Eclipse

Less than Three Weeks ’til the Great American Solar Eclipse. Are you ready? Here are a Few Tips.

If you are like me, in less than three weeks you will be viewing the total solar eclipse with millions of people across the United States. The total eclipse makes a diagonal cut across the country and will be visible from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. The last total solar eclipse was in 1918, … More Less than Three Weeks ’til the Great American Solar Eclipse. Are you ready? Here are a Few Tips.

A Weekend in Ojai: Food and Drink in the Perfect LA Getaway

After a week of dealing with stressful work and personal tragedy, my girlfriend and I are ready for a weekend getaway with her parents, who have been equally stressed as of late. Before we leave to Ojai for our weekend of relaxation, we are kicking it off with some Burmese cuisine at a terrific restaurant … More A Weekend in Ojai: Food and Drink in the Perfect LA Getaway