Peter M Howard ::

14September2015 20:11

after a weekend of 30+ temps Portland has turned on that classic NW grey, so I’m taking shelter in a brewbar... hopworks are bike-obsessed, sustainable brewing, and a B-corp, and make some really great beer! (@ Hopworks BikeBar)

12September2015 00:01

the neighbourhood pub is all vegan. of course it is. oh Portland <3 (@ Bye & Bye)

11September2015 18:09

while in Portland, I had to hit @heartroasters — a lush ‘latte’ with the house cashew-almond milk, and a sweet Ethiopia Gera espresso (@ Heart Coffee Westside)

11September2015 03:10

the best thing about Airbnb has to be the dogs; spent a week with these two and apparently they hung out in the driveway waiting for me to come home the day I left :( Tickie is a corgi/chihuahua mix, and Frank an Aust sheepdog / border collie; this was the closest I got to a photo of his beautiful smile, he’s getting old and such a sweetie; she on the other hand is a total poseur, but super fun; both were great companions while writing and out walking

10September2015 20:23

stopped into Eugene for lunch at this vegan comfort food joint, and had one of the best ‘fish’ burgers ever (@ Cornbread Cafe - Organic Vegan Comfort Food)

10September2015 00:26

the photos of trees might be getting boring, but they keep changing as I’ve headed north; this from the very top of California, having crossed into (gorgeous) Oregon this afternoon the little trees in front and to the right here are ‘normal’ sized; the giant in back is centuries old (there are even thousand-year-old trees in the parks through here!) (@ Lady Bird Johnson Grove Nature Trail)

06September2015 21:09

hiking up a perilous trail, looking down into some prehistoric wilds (@ Russ Park)

02September2015 22:37

wild ocean at the end of the road

02September2015 22:36

can’t complain

02September2015 00:27

so Muir Woods was pretty cool, but on the road further north, Avenue of the Giants is just magical; massive old redwoods, lots fallen, lots of young growth, and so many spots you can just pull the car over and wander alone into the woods (@ Avenue of the Giants)

31August2015 00:46

wine tasting, Sonoma beating Napa; had a great hangout and drink and chat at Westwood, and love their wine-geek labels (@ Westwood Winery)

31August2015 00:44

another friendly pup at an AirBnB; this guy’s an eight year old lab who drags his heels and just wants to play or eat or anything really

27August2015 03:49

went non-veg tonight, for possibly the best food experience I’ve ever done; one which is so impressively seasonal and produce-obsessed, so filling across a range of small dishes, and so rich while being relatively light on the meat, that it reaffirms my mostly-vegetarianism great food, service, environment, ideals (@ Sons & Daughters)

26August2015 00:46

<3 this space, @sightglass — working roastery, cafe, and de facto office space (@ Sightglass Coffee)

25August2015 22:51

met another aussie in the bar (@ Fireside Bar SF)

25August2015 00:49

classic star wars and wine on the house; this hotel’s happy hour is a winner (@ Hotel Rex)

24August2015 22:29

this guy; ‘old crusty’; so good (@ Rogue Ales Public House San Francisco)

24August2015 20:24

made it to @saintfrankcoffee — this bar! (@ Saint Frank Coffee)

23August2015 23:12

from my hotel window, San Francisco (@ Hotel Rex)

23August2015 21:20

Palo Alto been doing its best to charm me; gorgeous weather, great uni town vibe, and a bunch of tech giants and their crazy money thrown in, somewhat confusingly (@ Stanford University)

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)