I'm In Hawaii

I'm In Hawaii

Aloha readers, as perhaps apparent from last week’s blog post, I’m currently on the beautiful Hawaiian Island of Kauai, and have been since the 7th. For some time I’ve wanted to visit The Garden Isle, and it definitely has lived up to my expectations. Because I’ve been so busy filling my day with hiking, surfing, and otherwise exploring, I haven’t had time to make a blog post this week. Thus, I’ll just add a few of the photos I’ve had a chance to quickly edit since being here. I’ll probably delete this post later once I have the full Kauai post up, so enjoy a sneak peek.

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Rob's Restaurant Reviews: Chicken in a Barrel BBQ, Hanalei, Kauai

Where: Chicken in a Barrel BBQ. 5-5190 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, Kauai.

Ate: Chicken in a Barrel Plate.

When: Oct. 8, 2019.

Cost: USD$13.50.

Rating: Strong 9/10

On October 7th, 2019, I landed on the Hawaiian island of Kauai with my girlfriend and her parents. We were set to enjoy approx two weeks on the Garden Isle, and I was excited to hike, surf, snorkel, and of course, enjoy the local cuisine. On our first full day in Kauai, it just so happened that my girlfriend’s grandparents were also on the island as a stop on their Hawaiian cruise. We met up with them in the morning, and took them on a little drive around the island, and ended up in the quaint town of Hanalei Bay on the north side of the island.

Deciding to grab lunch in Hanalei, we chose Chicken in a Barrel BBQ on recommendation of our guidebook. Given the name of the establishment, I ordered the Chicken in a Barrel Plate which was a 1/4 chicken with brown rice and chili con carne on the side. While waiting in line for the food, the smell of BBQ was intoxicating and I was extremely pumped to dig into my meal.

We received our fairly big order surprisingly quickly, and headed up to the outside patio to enjoy. Immediately, I knew we’d made a great choice. The chicken was full of flavour while retaining a desirable moistness. The skin was ever so slightly charred with a subtle smokiness mixing with the sweet but savory BBQ flavour. The moist chicken paired well with the brown rice, and the chili con carne was a slightly unexpected but delicious side as well. My girlfriend ordered the mixed salad with BBQ chicken on top, which too was amazing, as was the beef which I tried off of another party member’s Sampler Plate.

Overall, my first meal out in Kauai was exactly what I was looking and hoping for. I would give Chicken in a Barrel a near perfect score at a strong 9/10, with the speedy service greatly complimenting the succulent meal.

Rob's Restaurant Reviews: Cottage Bakery Cafe, Victoria, BC

Rob's Restaurant Reviews: Cottage Bakery Cafe, Victoria, BC

Last Saturday, Sept. 28th, 2019, I finally decided to try out one of the Fairfield joints, with Cottage being the one. Tucked down some stairs off the sidewalk in the basement of a building sits the Bakery and Cafe, with an outdoor, covered patio hosting the majority of the seating, and a few seats indoors as well. I visited with my girlfriend after going on a run, and we were in the mood for some coffee and grub. We both grabbed some vanilla lattes and some sandwiches. I went with the Turkey Club.

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Sept. 14, 2019: The Great Trail Instameet

Sept. 14, 2019: The Great Trail Instameet

The second week of September, 2019, I received a DM on Instagram from Tourism Vancouver Island. The DM was an invite to attend an ‘Instameet’ being held in celebration/promotion of The Great Trail in partnership with the City of Langford as well as a few other sponsors. While the invite was pretty last minute, I was luckily able to attend the short hike and lunch. I invited my good friend Marissa to join me, and together we walked The Great Trail, chatted with others in attendance, and I snapped a few photos. I would like to thank Tourism Vancouver Island, the City of Langford, The Great Trail, as well as all the other sponsors who put on the great event.

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Aug. 14, 2019: Fintan Promotional Shoot

Aug. 14, 2019: Fintan Promotional Shoot

In mid-August of 2019, my friend and musician, Fintan O’Brien hired me to shoot a set of flash, film-inspired promotional photos to be used across social media, his website, as well as streaming services.

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Film Roll: August, 2019: Beach Picnic and Butchart Gardens

Film Roll: August, 2019: Beach Picnic and Butchart Gardens

I didn’t really have time to do a big blog post this week so I decided to share my most recent film roll of Kodak Ektar 100 I got developed. The roll was shot at a beach picnic with some old friends, and then a visit to the Butchart Gardens.

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Nov. 16, 2018: Matt Getting Dirk and Shera's Blessing (and ribs)

Nov. 16, 2018: Matt Getting Dirk and Shera's Blessing (and ribs)

In mid-November of 2018, my girlfriend’s (Danielle) sister’s (Claire) boyfriend, Matt, decided he was ready to propose. Thus, Matt grabbed Danielle and one of Claire’s best friends, and then spent the day ring shopping for Claire. Upon finding the ring of choice, the group linked up at the family home to surprise Danielle and Claire’s parents, Dirk and Shera.

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Nov. 12, 2018: Mt. Wells with Danielle

Nov. 12, 2018: Mt. Wells with Danielle

Before November 12, 2018, I had never been to Mt. Wells out in the Langford area. In fact, I don’t think I’d even heard of it before. Having hiked it with a friend recently, my girlfriend Danielle wanted to take me up to check it out. I’m always pretty stoked to explore a new place, so we headed out to the mountain. The hike itself wasn’t too strenuous and once at the top we were rewarded by a great view of the city from an angle unlike anything from the other mountains in Greater Victoria I’d been to. On the way down we couldn’t not snap some photos at the old water pipeline to finish the hike.

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Oct. 31, 2018: Halloween in Royal Oak

Oct. 31, 2018: Halloween in Royal Oak

On Halloween of 2018, my girlfriend and I went to her grandparent’s place in Royal Oak to attend a block party and have some dinner. Along with us were some of my girlfriend’s cousins who joined the festivities. One of the neighbours in the area had took it upon himself to purchase a very large sum of fireworks to put on a show for the street, which was quite kind of him and actually put on a decent show. Although weekday Halloween’s are usually pretty uneventful for me, this one was pretty great to just chill out and see the block come together to have a good time.

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Oct. 10, 2018: Carmen on Gonzales

Oct. 10, 2018: Carmen on Gonzales

In early October, 2018, I met up with my friend Carmen to snap some portraits and chill around Gonzales Hill in Victoria. I met Carmen through a friend who was her roommate at the time, and every time I link up with Carmen it’s always a good time, as she is one of the funniest people I’ve met. Gonzales Hill boasts impressive views of the city and the Juan de Fuca Strait, while also being a fairly quiet place without too many people to get in the way of photos. With a great model, location, and light, these were some of my favourite photos of 2018.

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June 9, 2019: Cowichan Cycles Presents: Island Cup Series Mt. Tzouhalem Enduro Race

June 9, 2019: Cowichan Cycles Presents: Island Cup Series Mt. Tzouhalem Enduro Race

My long-time good friend, Grant, is the proud owner of Cowichan Cycles - arguably the Cowichan Valley’s best mountain bike shop. Being good friends with the owner of a great bike shop, I’ve been given the honour of shooting many rad bike-related events. On June 9th, 2019, I was brought out to Mt. Tzouhalem in North Cowichan to cover an Enduro Race sponsored by Cowichan Cycles and a part of the Island Cup Series. My role was to cover the lifestyle of the event as well as get a few action shots of the riders. Overall, the race was a great success and I had a lot of fun hanging out with the mountain biking and Cowichan Cycles community, as well as sniping some bangers in the forest. Huge congrats to all the riders and major shout out to Grant, the Cowichan Cycles Team, all the volunteers, as well as the spectators.

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Rob's Restuarant Reviews: Parsonage Cafe, Victoria, BC.

Rob's Restuarant Reviews: Parsonage Cafe, Victoria, BC.

Some time ago Fernwood Coffee/Parsonage Cafe moved from their former home deeper in Fernwood to North Park. Since the move, I’d only been in once to grab a coffee, and was satisfied enough. Finding myself starving in North Park in late May, 2019, I went in again to grab some food and a drink.

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Oct. 4, 2018: Lindsay in Beacon Hill Park

Oct. 4, 2018: Lindsay in Beacon Hill Park

On Vancouver Island, October brings the changing of the seasons; the rains begin, but are still broken up by extraordinarily sunny days which hang on before November comes to engulf us in perpetual rain. Perhaps it is the fleeting feeling of Summer that makes October sunsets my favourite. On one such sunny day in early October, my great friend Lindsay and I went for a stroll around James Bay, and headed into Victoria’s famous Beacon Hill Park. We shot around, and enjoyed the last feelings of Summer, collecting memories to last us through the Winter.

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Rob's Restaurant Reviews: Empire Donuts, Victoria, BC

Rob's Restaurant Reviews: Empire Donuts, Victoria, BC

With the job cancelled and hunger washing over me, I decided to find somewhere in the village to grab some lunch. After wandering a bit and seeing what my options were, I decided upon Empire Donuts whose sandwich board was on the street and advertised fried chicken. Thus, I walked down the alley and found the restaurant tucked away off the street.

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Sept. 21-23, 2018: Seawheeze Weekend in Vancouver

Sept. 21-23, 2018: Seawheeze Weekend in Vancouver

Each year in Vancouver athletic apparel giant, Lululemon, hosts a half marathon that sells out extremely quickly. My girlfriend, Danielle, has ran the Seawheeze half marathon a number of times and after entering and winning a raffle to enter the 2018 edition, she did it again in September. After the run, Lululemon hosts a concert/party they call the Sunset Festival, which Danielle got me tickets to, and thus a nice little weekend trip to Vancouver was in the works.

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Sept. 16, 2018: Rifflandia

Sept. 16, 2018: Rifflandia

In mid-September Rifflandia music festival comes to Victoria. In the past, I’ve been lucky enough to attended the festival for free thanks to my girlfriend’s uncle getting us VIP passes through his work. This year, my good friend Marcus, of Band of Rascals, hooked Danielle and I up with some backstage artist passes. With no way to turn this down, Marcus and I headed out to Royal Athletic Park and enjoyed the day chilling and drinking some beers, listening to the music. Later in the day, Marcus’ buddy and music collaborator Fintan met us and we continued our activities. Eventually Danielle met us as well.

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Aug. 31 - Sept. 02, 2018: Hornby Island Camping

Aug. 31 - Sept. 02, 2018: Hornby Island Camping

Hornby Island has always had a special place in my heart as one of my favourite places to camp on Vancouver Island during the Summer. Further, it was on Hornby Island many years ago when I first became interested in photography, borrowing a friend’s DSLR and snapping a few photos with it. For the last few years, my friends and I try to get out to the island to bask in its sunny glory.

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