Peter M Howard ::

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22August2015 23:08

stopped in at Sta Cruz, which was kinda grey and gloomy, but did have this wonderful, colourful vegan macro bowl to brighten up my day; after too much fatty food this was amazing (@ Cafe Gratitude Santa Cruz)

20August2015 23:52

spending a few days in the Carmel Valley, where I’m writing about bush spirits and hiking some amazing bushland; it’s pretty magical (@ Carmel Valley River)

20August2015 00:55

this yellow brick road leads to beer; a neat find in the Carmel Valley (@ Valley Greens Gallery)

19August2015 00:33

California, man! (@ Big Sur Coast)

19August2015 00:30

This road taught me an important lesson today. I’m always inclined to just get to the next place. Driving Highway 1 forced me to take my time, always throwing up delays or (incredible) distractions. Remember, life is about the journey. (@ Big Sur Coast)

17August2015 02:49

this pup’s moving into the AirBnB I’m staying at

16August2015 02:42

this rabbit is so well camouflaged against the California dirt that the phone’s compression algorithm wants to disappear it

15August2015 18:46

brunch / wine tasting; the civilised way to drink before noon (@ Artisan)

14August2015 01:43

the local police. really. (@ Paso Robles Park)

14August2015 01:15

Paso, making a case for small towns (@ Music in the Park)

13August2015 00:13

home for the next week

12August2015 00:24

these shields like Hogwarts house banners (@ Firestone Walker Brewery Taproom Restaurant)

11August2015 20:40

a little bit of not vegetarian; house-cured bacon steak, a specialty at the very nice Sides in Los Olivos (@ Sides Hardware And Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant)

10August2015 02:38

somewhat strange that I’ve had to come to a brewery to get decent vego food; so it’s a pizza, but it’s super fresh and nice and light so leaves room to taste more beers! (@ Firestone Walker Brewery Taproom Restaurant)

09August2015 22:05

bier-o-matic (@ Figueroa Mountain Brewing)

09August2015 20:47

finding it hard to block hours at a time, so the writing is going in fits at cafes, bars, wineries, and breweries! (@ Figueroa Mountain Brewing)

09August2015 01:57

lots of wine tasting in Lompoc today; some great stuff but the first probably the best — Scott Cellars is all about the grape, whether singles or well chosen blends; I particularly loved a cuvée blanc of pinot blanc & chardonnay, and a couple of vintages of sangiovese the leaves in the branding represent the specific varietals used, so vary across bottle labels (@ Scott Cellars)

06August2015 20:17

next stop is just down the road from Sta Barbara, so I’ve parked by the beach and am working my way through the city’s many wine tasting centres; this beautiful artwork from The Valley Project, who are doing fascinating small batch terroir-obsessed wine (@ The Valley Project)

05August2015 20:17

getting too much sun to not wear a hat, and I’m exploring mission towns, so this is me now (@ Ventura Beach)

05August2015 01:40

the ocean is a great draw too (@ Ventura Beach)

05August2015 01:39

first stop is Ventura; a trashy old mission town that’s somehow buzzy and completely charming; I was nervous starting this trip but this gorgeous first stop has me convinced it was a good idea (@ Ventura City Hall)

04August2015 23:03

on the left, the model I had reserved; on the right, the beast I’m actually driving (on the wrong side of the road, to Seattle)! (@ Malibu Lagoon Malibu Ca)

03August2015 22:29

LA

03August2015 15:05

morning jog, blue sky (@ Santa Monica Beach And Pier)

03August2015 03:12

I was skeptical but had to go and try Bulletproof; fancy-sounding “bio-hackers” but certainly couldn’t live vego on this — just salty rice and veg, with basically no protein (hopeless/ridiculous, and their explication of the nutritional science is just as bad) (@ Bulletproof Coffee)

03August2015 01:38

joining this team (born into this team!) (@ O'Brien's Irish Pub on Main Street)

02August2015 20:55

and this space! beautiful California modern (@ Plant Food and Wine)

02August2015 20:50

fancy vegan brunch; really cool that seasonal plant-based food can be this amazing (@ Plant Food and Wine)

02August2015 18:53

today’s caffeine, in the delightfully geeky Demitasse; one coffee done three great ways (@ Demitasse Santa Monica)

31July2015 22:13

champagne breakfast, because time now has no meaning (@ Qantas International Business Lounge - Sydney)

26July2015 01:50

one of Tracey Moffatt’s Invocations; looks like something out of MAD MAX FURY ROAD; her whole series a gorgeous recontextualisation of fairy tales to the Australian landscape (@ Museum of Contemporary Art Australia)

13July2015 04:02

bumping in, with these slightly creepy cubes hovering above us (@ Royal Hall Of Industries, Moore Park)

12July2015 10:12

third time on FURY ROAD, and it gets better with every viewing; it’s a total masterpiece of mythic filmmaking, and its supporting cast is great: Immortan Joe is horrid, frighteningly charismatic; Nux is fascinatingly led astray (witness his redemption!); Splendid is a saint, tragic and heroic; and of course I’d follow Furiosa anywhere!