Posts Tagged ‘mexico’

WonderTune Tequila

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

WT Tequila
It’s been only 8 hours since I returned from my 5 day trip to Guadalajara, Mexico. I went to Guadalajara for the first time 3 years ago to photograph one of Mexico’s most loved dish, birria. This time around, I wanted to go back and document the process behind making tequila. With a running shot list in mind, I landed at Guadalajara ready to hit the ground running. My guide and friend, Chuy Tovar, is a business consultant working primarily in the tequila and restaurant industry. He invited me to join him on his next business trip and I couldn’t say no. But as the hours and days passed by, I realized that this wasn’t really going to be much about tequila at all. And this was a good thing. As much as I enjjoy GOOD tequila, seeing the people that work so hard to produce this liquor only made me appreciate tequila even more. Through my limited comprehension of Spanish and Chuy’s interpreting, I was able to share many laughs and stories with people I would never in my life meet. They won’t be easily forgotten as well. There’s only so much I can share through photography, and until you go yourself, you’ll understand what I felt this weekend meeting the wonderful people in the small towns of Jalisco.  Give me some time to prepare the story and photos, and I will share.  Enjoy the mix and thanks for reading.

Featured in WonderTune Tequila:

Atlas Sound
Blackbird Blackbird
Class Actress
Daft Punk feat. Pharrell
Devendra Banhart
Du Tonc
The Flaming Lips
Giraffage vs. Teen Daze
Gung Ho
Jon Phonics
Teen Daze
Young Summer
Youth Lagoon

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Introducing Spenser Magazine, a New Food Publication.

Monday, November 28th, 2011

In September, J and I were approached by Spenser Magazine, a new digital/print publication focusing on more refined home cooking. For their debut issue, they asked us to photograph one of their main stories: birria. Being lovers of all Mexican cuisine, especially birria, we couldn’t pass up on this. A few weeks later, we found ourselves at LAX ready to fly to Guadalajara, in the western Mexican state of Jalisco. A lot of my good friends are from Guadalajara and even if you don’t know anyone from that city, I can almost assure you that you’ve eaten some type of Jaliscan dish. Birria, chilaquiles, pozole, flautas and carne en su jugo are just a few of the many things you may have tried. And what about the hard liquor you either love or hate, tequila… the actual city is only an hour away via the Tequila Express. For any epicurean, Guadalajara has much to offer. Once we arrived, we met up with Mexico City-based writer Lesley Tellez, who has written for Los Angeles Times, Food & Wine and to name a few. As a photographer in a foreign country, I’ve learned it can be difficult getting all the shots you want, but Lesley was able to get us “backstage” for many of the restaurants. After eating at five different birrierias (birria restaurants) over the course of two days, four different cities and numerous hours of driving, here are a few photos we contributed to Spenser Magazine. I really like what they’re doing over at Spenser Magazine, and considering how rich their content is, really hope to continue working with Mike and Leigh. I like the “refined home cooking” angle and it’s not the usual content you’ll see in your typical “food” magazine. Check out the first issue here. Our full adventure in Guadalajara will be posted in January of next year – thanks for reading.


WonderTune Guadalajara

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Last week was a busy week, so I was unable to post the latest WonderTune compilation for our trip to Guadalajara, Mexico. It was to say the least, very sudden, but in a good way. For those that have not heard of Guadalajara, maybe you will once I tell you about the foods that are either native or some permutation of a traditional dish in Guadalajara’s state of Jalisco. Do you love chilaquiles? Pozole? Birria? Tacos de barbacoa? All I have to say is, we ate very, very well and learned a wealth about Mexican culture. And the more we travel to Mexico, the more we want to see the rest of it. Enjoy.

Au Revoir Simone
Bon Iver
The Drums
Great Mountain Fire
Je Suis Un Funky Homme
Jessie Ware & Sampha
Los Coming Soon
Mayer Hawthorne
Painted Palms
The Rapture
Slow Magic
St. Vincent
Strange Talk
Toro y Moi
TV Girl

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