I’m a big fan of all things food so when I get an assignment to photograph restaurants I’m always game. The SN&R did a story called “The Cult of Ramen” and featured a couple local Ramen houses including Shoki and Ramen & Rice

Chuck and Kim are awesome people and owners of Ramen & Rice as well as Sushi Hook Izakaya. Both restaurants are in the same complex on Howe ave. near Sac State so you can visit both in one trip… bring your appetite because the food is amazing. Chuck bought us sushi and it was some of the best I have ever had in Sacramento!

Kathy Ueyama is the owner of the famous Shoki Ramen House on 24th street in Curtis Park and another on 12th and R street in midtown. Kathy is a sweetheart and her crew is friendly and passionate about ramen. Shoki is always packed and for good reason.. they use only the best ingredients and the ramen is to die for!

Here’s a few shots from Shoki and Ramen & Rice… go eat and enjoy!


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Farm to Fork

Food is a passion that I share with most living and breathing humans and for good reason. Our health and well-being revolves around what we put in our bodies and Food has the power to bring people together to celebrate and be thankful. Food these days isn’t like it was when our grandparents were kids, it has been commercialized and capitalized to a point where it is dangerous to our health. Thankfully I live in Sacramento where I have access to a vast amount of locally grown organic food that has not been grown by a chemical company or processed in a large pollution causing plant. Whew! Sacramento’s Farm to Fork movement is a huge step in the right direction.. it’s the beginning of our own local food revolution! When the SN&R assigned me to photograph a story about the Farm to Fork movement I was thrilled.. I hope this article is only the tip of the iceberg for a city wide food movement!

I spent the morning out on Feeding Crane Farms with Shannin Stein and Chef Adam Pechal from Tuli Bistro and Restaurant 13. It was a magically misty and cold morning and perfect for photographing rich greens and delicate sprouts. Shannin showed Adam around the farm and pointed out the latest and greatest organic treats. A good chef loves the soil and feels right at home in a garden; Adam was grinning ear to ear as he selected fresh greens for his restaurant and pulled them from the soil. As the farmers started showing up to work I couldn’t help but be a little envious. If I ever retire from camera work, I’m getting a job on a farm.

After an amazing morning on the Farm I headed over to Sellands Market and Cafe to meet with another Chef and Farm to Fork advocate Randall Selland. Randall showed me his latest local broccoli and cauliflower haul and treated me to an amazing lunch. Sacramento has all the potential to become the nations leading Farm to Fork city and with the passionate support of farmers and chefs alike we could really change the way people think about their food.

Please shop local and eat local! Support your local organic farms!

Adam and Shannin
Adam Pechal
greens and browns

Be Brave Bold Robot

Shot some photos of my friends in Be Brave Bold Robot for the cover of Submerge Magazine. BBBR is one of the most amazing and longest standing independent bands in Sacramento.

“These are Singer-Songwriter songs about love, grandmothers, justice and life-affirming attitudes. lots of sweat and passion. several different key meditations, and just enough tempo changes to keep things interesting. Be Brave Bold Robot is a joyous celebration of sinful innocense.” -SNR

They have a new CD coming out and a show at Beatnik Studios on Friday October 26th. Here’s a link to the event page if you wanna come see these guys in action.

Listen to some Be Brave here.

Covers Baby!

I shot a couple of SN&R covers this summer and got into all kinds of adventures in the process. From spicy snow cones to garage radio stations I can always expect something interesting when shooting for the News and Review. Here’s a look at some of the shots I collected while working on these two issues.

Juniper James is a hot blog for the fashion savvy, and the woman behind it all is a great friend of mine. When she’s not stalking lost styles at thrift stores or consulting designers, you can find her hard at work helping organize some of Sacramento’s most notable events.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from my visit to Juno’s Kitchen in East Sac, but what I found was amazing food, friendly people and friendly dogs. This place is open to people and pets alike and the food is top notch! I’ve already been back several times for the eggplant sandwich 🙂

More from the SN&R summer guide. Cooling off with American River Raft Rentals. Thanks for helping me on this one Karen and Lindsay!

Raspados De Frutas Naturales El Manantial. Chili Mango slushie was amazing!

Blake Abbey and Emily Kiyomi up to no good.

Oleander at Concerts in the Park.. more from the Summer Guide

Carmichael Dave, renegade radio host and dad extraordinaire. Check out Dave and Sean Uncensored here.