ACME Restaurant

We have been photographing many restaurants throughout San Diego recently, and wanted to share a recent favorite of ours. ACME Southern Kitchen, built by Basile Studios, is a true gem for anyone looking for some southern comfort. But beyond their delicious smothered pork chops and crispy fried chicken (on buttermilk waffles with jalapeno honey, I might add), the restaurant itself is worth checking out. Basile Studios, known for their mixed mediums of steel, concrete, glass and woodwork, have created something truly special. Check out a few of our favorite views below.

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We’ve been published!

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We were so excited to receive Jennifer Adams’ newest book, Bedrooms that Inspire, in our mailbox this morning! Last year, Michael and I traveled throughout Southern California and Scottsdale, Arizona to capture some of Jennifer’s beautiful interior design work and we are thrilled to see it in print! Check out just a couple of our favorite spreads ~

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Restaurant & Food Photography for Pacific San Diego Magazine

Recently we’ve had the pleasure of working with Pacific San Diego Magazine to photograph a selection of new local restaurants and their food.  It was a great project and we thought we would share some of our favorite images from the assignment with you.

 

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Sea 180 Tavern
Sea Scallops

 

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Sea 180 Tavern

 

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Sea 180 Tavern
Deviled Eggs

 

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Sea 180 Tavern
Caesar Salad

 

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Cucina Enoteca

 

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Cucina Enoteca

 

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Cucina Enoteca

 

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Cucina Enoteca

 

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Cucina Enoteca

 

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Cucina Enoteca
Grilled Octopus

 

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Cucina Enoteca

 

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Cucina Enoteca

 

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Cucina Enoteca

 

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Brabant Bar & Café.

 

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Lobster West

 

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Lobster West

 

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Visting the Italian Piedmonte wine country

Earlier this year, after climbing mountains in the cold elevation of the Alps, it only made sense to reward ourselves with a trip to the Langhe wine country near Barolo in the south of the Piemonte region.

This area is breathtakingly beautiful with rolling hills of vineyards in every direction. We were fortunate to visit just before the Vendemmia, which is the days of harvest when whole families young and old all gather to cut the grapes off the vines.  With Vendemmia quickly approaching just a week after our visit, all the vines had large grapes filled with the delicious juice ready to be pressed.

We left with great memories and photos, but maybe even more importantly a trunk completely filled with cases of wine!

Under the Cedar TreeUnder the Cedar Tree, Barolo Country

Barolo country, panoramic Panoramic of Barolo Wine Country

Auda Family VineyardAuda Family Vineyard, Albiano d’Ivrea

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The New Wine Cantina

New Cantina

Barolo Country

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Climbing Mountains: an Adventure in the Italian Alps

Our latest adventure brought us back to the region where my parents are from in Northern Italy.  In celebration of my father’s birthday we climbed a mountain together that he had already attempted to climb twice before, but unfortunately was never able to summit, due to bad weather. The weather moves fast at elevation and often times there isn’t a window of nice weather long enough to make the summit.  Even when climbing with a guide that knows the terrain well, fresh snow can superficially cover crevasses and in a complete white-out, make them hard to see.

On our first day we hiked over 3000 vertical feet to get to the Refugio, where we were provided shelter with warm beds and hot meals.  The Refugio, named after Vittorio Emanuele II an old Italian king, has many various sized rooms with bunk beds.  Our room had five beds, made up of a set of three bunk beds stacked on top of one another as well as another set of two. The Refugio provides many amenities including showers, co-ed bathrooms, and even a full bar stocked with different liquors made from local mountain herbs, as well as wine and beer.

We met our guide and friend of my father, Marco, and began the climb around 5AM, long before the sun had even risen. The stars seemed brighter than I had ever seen. Taking a moment to gaze at the majestic sky with my father, he pointed out several of the individual stars, planets, and then the Milky Way.  We began the hike by turning on our headlamps so we could see the rock cairns, which are just stacks of rocks in a pile indicating the path.  At daybreak we reached the glacier.  Pausing to drink some hot tea, we put on our crampons, tied up to one another and began our over 3,000 ft vertical climb up the icy wall.  The route is on the southwest face of the mountain so it’s in shade all morning.  We were fortunate to have an amazingly clear day without too much wind, but it was still fairly cold on the way up.  Taking my hand out of my glove to take a couple of photographs was punished with frozen numbness in my fingers for a solid 10 minutes.  A couple of hours later we made it over the ridge where the wind had a bit more bite, but at last we were in the warm sunlight and feeling much more comfortable.  At the top we were rewarded with a unique view, a 360 degree panorama including views of Mount Blanc, the Matterhorn, and Monte Rosa, which makes you feel like you are truly on top of the world.  This mountain peak is called Gran Paradiso, the Italian phrase used for Heaven.  With this view you can see why it has earned that name. We made it back to the Refugio, celebrated with a bottle of wine and went to sleep early that night exhausted.  The 4AM clatter of the next mornings climbers preparing for their accent didn’t even wake us we were so tired.  The next morning we trekked back down the mountain with a feeling of triumph having reached the summit, but all the way down a little voice in the back of my head kept me wondering, which mountain will be next!

 

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View of our route up Gran Paradiso, Italian Alps

Starting the hikeStarting the hike up to the Rifugio

Ibex Herder

Ibex Herder crossing our path

Clouds over the Alps

Clouds over the Alps

The old RifugioThe original old Rifugio

Rifugio Victor Emmanuel ii

Our accommodations at Rifugio Victor Emmanuel II

Rifugio Victor Emmanuel ii

Rifugio Victor Emmanuel II

Sunrise over the AlpsSunrise over the Alps

Team Auda

Team Auda at the base of the glacier

Start of the Glacier

Start of the Glacier

Making our way up the glacier

Making our way up the glacier

Stopping to enjoy the view

Stopping to enjoy the view

At the Summit

At the Summit

Enjoying the view

Mario Auda enjoying the view

Rock formations with Crevasse

Rock formations with Crevasse             Glacier  

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Aruba…

On occasion we are fortunate enough to travel to some very beautiful places.  Recently we found ourselves on the beaches of Aruba.  Pristine white sand beaches with turquoise blue water.  The sort of beaches where you just can’t find yourself in a hurry to do anything.

Aruba beaches

Aruba beaches

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Castles of the Canavese, Italy

As a child I spent the majority of my summers with my grandparents and extended family in a little village just northeast of Turin, Italy at the base of the Alps.  My family often visited Italy, and my parents placed great importance in experiencing the culture and traveling to see surrounding regions.

I was enamored by the differences in culture and architecture than we have here in the States.  Everything over there was so old and built differently.  My Grandfather was in construction and I have early memories of him bringing me to a castle he was helping to restore.  Every town and village had a castle on top of the closest hill, many of which were closed to the public at the time.  Since then, there has been a growing trend to renovate and reopen these historical buildings for public consumption.

From those early memories I experienced as a child, sparked a photography project that Kate and I embarked upon just a few years ago.

Castles are found in abundance across the landscape of northern Italy. The northern regions are filled with a variety of different styles and sizes of castles from different time periods.

We worked on a project photographing six of these castles located in the Canavese region, which is a sub-region of the Piedmonte, located in the northwest corner of Italy.  Here are a few of the images in remembrance of my favorite project I have photographed.

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Happy Halloween!

In honor of this beloved spooky holiday, I thought I would share some images of this creepy crawler we recently found eating our delicious tomatoes! This little green monster and it’s siblings, also known as horn worm caterpillars, has created quite a problem for us this Halloween. Over night, it seems, they have taken over a small portion of our garden, devouring leaves and (gasp!) my tomatoes! Not to mention, they have this way of making my skin crawl…

So, naturally, I had to see what they looked like under a macro lens. Happy Halloween everyone!

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Colorado Rocky Mountains

Last month Kate and I had the opportunity to visit the Colorado Rocky Mountains for some fun at altitude.  We went to visit Kate’s old stomping grounds and spend some quality times with family and friends.  Along the way we were constantly reminded of just  how majestic the Colorado Rockies are.  Here are some of our memories from this trip for you to enjoy.  Many thanks to Kate’s brother, Matt Coudayre editor in chief for Blood Knot Magazine, for his fly fishing expertise and adventure!


We took a drive on Trail Ridge Road up through the Rocky Mountain National Park and came across this herd of elk.

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San Diego Continued…

Often we travel to beautiful places looking to capture unique and inspiring imagery as we go.  We live in San Diego, America’s finest city, and remind ourselves that those same beautiful and inspiring images can be found here in our own back yard.  Here are a few recent images that is part of our ongoing photo study here in San Diego.

We hope you enjoy these images as much as we enjoy our city!

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