• Arts & Crafts,  New Yorker Covers

    Shaun King, The North Star

    (Not) The New Yorker Cover, February 4 2019 Shaun King, activist and journalist, is relaunching The North Star, an abolitionist newspaper that was published by Frederick Douglass in 1847. Shaun has been working diligently to expose human rights abuses, especially against people of color, often being the first to ‘break the news’ and to work for justice. My cover is a take on the first New Yorker cover published, which features an upper class white man gazing upon a butterfly. With this version, Mr. King has turned the gaze to the viewer, bringing an examining eye to the scene. Behind him is a league of butterflies in shades of brown.

  • Travel,  Vietnam

    Running in Hanoi Vietnam

    I made my first trip to Vietnam in 2015 as a solo traveler. I landed in Hanoi, completely jetlagged, invigorated, and ready to take in the magic that Anthony Bourdain promised I’d experience in this rich, sultry city. It delivered. Hanoi will look chaotic to you, but as you enter its soupy dance of humanity you’ll see that it works just fine for the 7.5 million folks who call it home. There’s a flow and heartbeat to life there, and when you surrender and join in, your time there will become much easier than if you try to fight upstream. The best way to get a good, safe run in…

  • Food,  Recipes

    Chickpea Dumpling Curry

    This is a fantastic recipe for savory chickpea dumplings simmered in a rich curry sauce. It’s different from your average homemade Indian dinner dish, so it brings some new flavors to your table. Don’t stress if you don’t have all of the spices. While they create an authentic flavor, you can make do with what you have. You definitely need to have chickpea flour (also called Besan or Gram flour) in order to make the dish. I get mine at a local Indian grocery store, but you can find it online as well. The recipe calls for a homemade garlic ginger paste, but you can also find this in Indian…

  • Food,  Recipes

    Snappy Ginger Golden Milk

    There are a ton of golden milk / tumeric latte recipes out there, and honestly the majority of them are good! Once you learn the basics, you’ll realize how simple it is to make this warming and healing drink. Fresh ginger is the secret to my zippy golden milk. If you don’t already own a microplane grater, I highly recommend that you have one in your kitchen. By grating the ginger finely into the hot milk, a deep warm spicy flavor enriches the drink. The microplane keeps the fibers of the plant out, and just allows the juicy ginger pulp to go into the milk. If you don’t have one,…

  • Arts & Crafts

    (not) The New Yorker Covers

    One night I was high on the cannabis and I drew a picture of square fish with human faces, under the sea. With a leaping dolphin. And a sunny sun. I had a blast making it, but man, it was pretty bad. So I decided to take a pic of the drawing, pull it into Photoshop, and add “The New Yorker” to the top to prove that any art looks great if you just make it a New Yorker cover. I continued with that flow, and made a few more “covers” but with more of an effort. Not too much more! So here, my friend, is my portfolio of New…

  • Travel

    First 3 Hours in Bangkok

    We love Bangkok. Even though neither of us had ever been to to this great city, when we arrived it certainly felt like a homecoming. As soon as we could smell the sweet South East Asia air, with all of its humidity and funk and lingering scents of something cooking in the background, we felt at peace. The reality of this being our home for the next five weeks made me swell with tears a bit. I fucking love SE Asia. We didn’t waste any time, even though we had just traveled for almost 30 hours. The flight was fine, but long as fuck, and we arrived right around dawn.…

  • Food,  Recipes

    Cannabis Sun Bars

    This is Phil’s original amazing recipe for cannabis sun bars. It’s definitely our favorite edible! It’s ridiculously easy to make. Just sunflower seeds, honey, cannabis and a little salt on the stove top. In no time you’ll have delightful treats that are delicious. I like to eat half of one and spend time in our arts & crafts room making stuff. I find that this delivery of weed is especially cerebral, and brings on some really fun ideas! Please be sure to try a small amount when you eat them for the first time, and of course, label them well! Print Recipe Scrappy Trails Cannabis Sun Bars Delicious and natural…

  • Food,  Recipes

    Tamarind Lentil Soup

    The touch that puts this easy soup in another league are two jarred Indian sauces called Tamarind Chutney and Coriander Chutney. Believe me, it’s worth keeping these condiments in your fridge! A touch of each on top of this filling stew adds a gorgeous combination of sweet/sour/spicy/salty to the rich, thick stew. Print Recipe Tamarind Lentil Soup This hearty sweet potato and lentil soup is highlighted by the addition of tamarind and coriander chutneys. Sorry about the pic. I made it at night and our lighting sucks. Course Main Dish Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Passive Time 0 hour Servings people Ingredients 1 whole onion chopped1-2 sweet…