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Instead of Starbucks: Crema

This whole ‘Instead of Starbucks’ thing stemmed from me frequenting an obscene number of coffee shops while working between shoots & editing.  It’s about finding cultural or local hotspots with a personality.  This isn’t a review of the food there, but more so snapshots of the experience, the people, and the overall vibe of a…

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Instead of Starbucks: The Cannery

When I first walked into the Cannery it reminded me of a scene from the movies. You know the one, where a character walks into a local diner and suddenly the chattering stops and people stare: it’s the mark of a local hangout. But this lasted for about .4 seconds and then the life of the Cannery resumed: the constant clatter of dishes, conversation and noises from ketchup-mouthed kids. Different generations scattered around.There was no music playing. It sounded like a community.

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Coast Culture

Coast culture is more of a feeling than a specific experience. It’s getting into warm van after a wet day at the beach and that satisfying sensation of having your hands thaw out. [Photos from Tofino, BC]

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Creeping on Couples: It’s a Science

Creeping and classifying couples is something we all do. At least I like to re-affirm that to myself every time I’m ever-so-subtly eye-ball grilling a couple on transit. Sometimes they are so good-looking your eyes start to burn.  Like when you stare too long at a LCD screen without blinking. It’s kind of the same.…

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