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Christmas

It has been a wonderful Christmas week here in Dallas. We’ve had the first “white” Christmas in a long time, made some great food (cookies and fresh lobster) and celebrated with friends and family.

Merry Christmas to all!

Verde Camp

I spent the past few days on a business trip to Austin. While we were there we stayed at the lovely Verde Camp houses. Before breakfast one morning I snapped a few shots quickly of this scenic and quaint area. If you’re in South Austin with a group of people looking for a great place to stay, this is it.

City Park

We spend a lot of time going to the various parks around the city of Dallas lately. It has been a warm and sunny fall and the walks through the neighborhoods keep our constantly growing, crawling, and trying-to-walking baby girl happy. I caught this shot right before sunset walking through the trails of one of our favorite spots in town.

Winding Road

I’ve been going back through some of my archived photos lately and stumbled across a few that I never thought much about before but suddenly am enjoying.

This shot is from a few years ago somewhere on one of the many winding roads of Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i.

Peppers

We’re in the midst of a second growing season before the end of the fall here in Texas. Needless to say we were a bit surprised to find these little guys growing in the backyard so late in the year. It took all of maybe 5 minutes before we threw them on a hot grill. Delicious.

Offscreen

The third issue of Offscreen Magazine arrived on our doorstep a few days ago. For those that haven’t heard of it, the folks at Offscreen are putting together a fantastic little semi-regular publication for and by the digital creators of the world. It seems slightly ironic that some of the finest design, writing and thoughts in the Web community are presented in the timeless print format.

The design is beautiful and carefully prepared. The photography and articles are simply fantastic. And the whole concept is just refreshing. If you work or play on the modern Web, pick yourself up a copy today.

Kick Off

Finally. The 2012 NFL football season is under way. What better way to start off the season than with some homemade grilled Buffalo wings? I can’t think of one.

Cheers!

Fresh Pack

I’ve been going through these like they are going out of style lately. I love what the folks at Field Notes are doing, especially with this latest edition, and it’s always good to get the latest pack in the mail.

Painted Ladies

This is one of my favorite shots from our trip to San Francisco a few weeks back. It was completely unintentional (especially the feet!) but turned out to be a great perspective of the scene.

Golden Gate

We just returned from a long weekend trip to San Francisco. It was my first time. What a great city. Great weather. Amazing food. Enjoyed every minute.

I was only able to grab one picture of the Golden Gate Bridge and this is it. The fog overwhelmed the entire bridge, making it gloomy and dark even in mid day. What an amazing sight.

More to come from this trip soon.

Bishop Arts

The weather has been great here lately. Oddly enough, not too hot just yet. It was a perfect day for a walk around one of our favorite neighborhoods.

Chicken Scratch

One of my favorite new restaurants is a tiny little place outside of downtown called Chicken Scratch. The recently opened restaurant is the brainchild of Chef Tim Byres, of Smoke fame, so right from the start I was expecting big things.

This hot spot is noticeably out of place in the city of Dallas with its quiet and inviting courtyard, hollowed-out freight containers for seating and soundstage made entirely of shipping palettes. As you sit in the wide open courtyard on a warm summer night, you can’t help but feel like you are somewhere perhaps a little bit more exotic than a small city block (next to a trailer park) just a mile away from the upscale city skyline.

The atmosphere is just great, and the food is even better. Chicken Scratch’s specialities are pan-fried chicken, amazing hand-made side dishes, and the best biscuits you’ll find for a long while.Seriously.

They also have their own generic soda on tap. The root beer was already out the last time we went, but they had a great grape soda that was next in line. Bravo.

Father’s Day

There are a few things I typically don’t post a ton of pictures of: food and our baby girl. It would be easy for me to post daily pictures of meals eaten or the latest of her ever changing facial expressions. But that would be too easy. However, this post is a big exception. Today was my first Father’s Day, and we celebrated appropriately with copious amounts of seafood and family time.

On the menu was steamed shrimp, mac and cheese, and grilled red peppers, Portobella mushrooms and salmon. It couldn’t have been more fun (and delicious).

And this is the little girl that made it all possible:

Hail

A few days ago, our area was hit hard by a fast-moving yet hard-hitting hail storm. These sort of things happen in Texas often, but rarely of this size and strength. It was incredible. Our yard was coated with baseball-sized chunks of ice falling from thousands of feet in the air. Most of the cars on our street lost their windows, and ours were no exception. It was a bizarre storm that only lasted a few minutes, but served up an estimated $400 million in damages. These are a few quick shots from our front yard, minutes after the storm passed by. What a crazy night.

Lake House

We spent the Memorial Day weekend at a lovely lake house near Lake Texoma, on the border of Texas and Oklahoma. The scenery was beautiful, the food was great, and we had a great relaxing weekend away from town. It is amazing how much you can actually relax when there is nothing around to distract you.

Lakewood Medical

I pass by this building all the time and I’ve always thought it had a certain charm. I love the layered brick wall and the retro type used for the sign. Although, it probably wasn’t considered “retro” when it was put in. Either way, it is great to see it remain unchanged for so long.

Spring

One of the best perks about living in Texas is the yearly blessing of an extended spring season. From about March until May it is often in the mid-70’s and sunny outside. The weather is perfect for walking and spending time outside. Everything is momentarily green before the heat of the summer sets in and burns everything to a crisp, so we enjoy it while we can.