New Menu’s are my favorite thing to shoot, and Geraldine’s had me snap their new dessert Menu. Yolanda Diaz is the Executive Pastry Chef at Geraldine’s in Hotel Van Zandt. Sure she can make a mean cookie, but it’s her of-the-wall-creative desserts that bring people back. I sat down with her after we shot, and dug into the thought behind the new menu. She told me the dishes she chose to make are all a take on memories from her past. One of the dishes has chocolate covered sunflower seeds. She told me of the time she was studying in France and went with her girlfriend at the time out to the country side. She said they were walking around in this giant field surrounded by as-big-as-your-head sunflowers when her girlfriend snapped a photo of Yo in the sunflowers. She said that moment stuck out in her mind, and hence the detail of the sunflower seeds in the dish.
One of the things that attracted me to Kimpton was their love for music. They live it. They breathe it. And working for the Van Zandt in Austin, we EXUDE music. HVZ was chosen to be a part of Kimpton Off the Record this year. Big name acts are chosen to play at the hotels, and Moon Taxi was sent to Austin. The music series is also proud to support The Trevor Project a longtime partner at Kimpton.
SXSW is insane. Millions of people flock to Austin to take part in interactive, film and music. Its a week of crazy traffic, unpredictable weather, amazing food trucks, and some of the biggest names in music and entertainment. I’m tired, my back hurts, and I’ve literally eaten every piece of bad/greasy food available, and let me tell you its been AMAZING.
See Ya SXSW 2019. Ill be ready for you in 2020.
Geraldine’s is located in the Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt downtown Austin. I was sent to document HotLuck Festival and the famed chef of Geraldine’s, Chef Stephen Bonin. The key to HotLuck? Prepare your belly, and try not to eat a good day before you attend. ‘Cause you will sweat, and you will chow, and its part of the process, and you will swear you will never eat again in your life. But those meat sweats. There worth it. And the sweat in the Texas heat, it’s worth it too. ‘Cause HotLuck brings together the best of the best chefs in Austin, and the food, well the food speaks for itself.
Inside the stunning Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt located downtown Austin, is Cafe605. Austin is full of coffee shops, but this one has all the charm. I took some pro photos for them, of their drinks and their merchandise. If you’re in Austin, and wandering the famous Rainey Street, make a pit stop in Cafe605. They have a stellar coffee, and musical themed cupcakes (I’ll buy one just for that reason alone).
I've always been drawn to surfing. My uncle grew up surfing the California Coast, and for my birthday one year, he gave me the film "Step Into Liquid". It sparked my appreciation and curiosity for surfing. My family would visit Hawaii every year when I was a child, and we would sit for hours watching the pros surf pipeline. I was mesmerized by it. Watching men and women run into something so much bigger than themselves, without fear struck something in me. I think surfing is almost a metaphor for life. Every surfer falls off EVERY time and they have to get back on the board, paddle back out and go again. What an incredible reminder of life. Very quickly it teaches us to try things and be ok with risk and failure. It teaches us that failure leads to learning and opportunity, which then leads to improvement and success.
Corpus Christi is no Hawaii, but when you feel like Surfing and you live in Texas...it'll do.