HIGHWIRE 4TRACK ICED TEA

 
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My friends over at HIGHWIRE COFFEE ROASTERS sent over some goodies straight from the roastery, and some awesome loose leaf 4TRACK TEA

HIGHWIRE is a local (Oakland, CA) roaster that believes coffee can be a force for good - they continue to fight for human rights and have been an outspoken critic of the injustices at the US/Mexico border - dive into their blog to learn more about their activism

HIGHWIRE COFFEE ROASTERS / 4TRACK TEA / ICED TEA

It’s been a hot summer so far and nothing quenches that thirst like a good iced tea

Luckily for me, they included a (thoughtfully handwritten) recipe for 4TRACK DREAM BABY DREAM Iced Tea

“Makes 4 Servings / Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup 4TRACK Dream Baby Dream Tea

  • 2 cups of water

  • 16 oz kettle

  • strainer

  • pitcher

  • ice

Measure 1/4 cup of tea into pot - Bring 2 cups of water to boil, pour over tea, stir and cover - Steep for 4 minutes - Strain this concentrate over 2 cups ice water in pitcher and stir - Ice will melt as it cools the tea down, bringing the iced tea to its correct strength - Sweeten to taste, serve over ice and enjoy!”

I like to sweeten iced tea with local raw honey, and garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary and slice of lemon

HIGHWIRE COFFEE ROASTERS / 4TRACK TEA / ICED TEA
HIGHWIRE COFFEE ROASTERS / 4TRACK TEA / ICED TEA
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HOTEL SAN CRISTÓBAL / TODOS SANTOS

 

We spent 4th of July weekend in Todos Santos on the Baja coast and stayed at one of the most beautiful spots - Hotel San Cristóbal

“Named in honor of Saint Christopher, patron of travelers, surfers, sailors and protector during long journeys, Hotel San Cristóbal sits on the beach on the southwestern edge of the Baja peninsula in Todos Santos, Mexico.”

The on site restaurant Benno is delicious and serves up Mexican and Mediterranean dishes made with the freshest local ingredients, crafted cocktails and some of the friendliest service!

Hotel San Cristóbal has the coolest library lounge, and retail shop The Tienda that sells West Perro desert sun hats

The hotel is right on the beach - perfect for morning walks and tropical sunsets — or watching the local fisherman launch their panga boats and bring in their daily catch

We can’t wait to get back to Todos Santos and Hotel San Cristóbal

Already missing tacos and margaritas by the pool!

Who’s coming with us?

Photos by ROMINA VARGAS / CELESTUS STUDIO

Jimmy is wearing a t-shirt by Jungmaven and shorts by Alex Crane, hat by West Perro, and sunglasses by Boca

Damien is wearing a vintage t-shirt and shorts by Old Navy, hat by West Perro , sandals by Birkenstock , and sunglasses by Boca

 

SUMMER COCKTAIL : WATERMELON MARGARITA

 
Summer Cocktail / Watermelon Margarita / Tropicalia

Nothing says summer like a fresh fruit margarita

It’s watermelon season and they are delicious right now - the perfect fruit for a summer cocktail

While we were in Palm Springs I mixed up some Watermelon Margaritas poolside

Here is what you will need to make 4 drinks :

Blender

5 cups chopped watermelon

1 cup chopped pineapple

1/3 cup of lime juice

1 cup of Altos Tequila Plata (less or more)

2 cups of ice

Helados Mexico popsicle for garnish

Frozen lemon slice for garnish

Blend all ingredients until smooth

Pour into glasses (salt rims if your into it) - add frozen lemon slice and popsicle for garnish

Use local fresh fruit - this recipe is easy to adapt to any summer fruit

Also - tastes great without the tequila

Cheers!

Summer Cocktail / Watermelon Margarita / Tropicalia
 

TULUM

 
PALMAR STAY / TULUM MEXICO
PALMAR STAY / TULUM MEXICO
PALMAR STAY / TULUM MEXICO

We just got back from a quick trip to Tulum and it was a well needed dose of sunshine and adventure.

The trip was to celebrate the birthday of our friend ALEXIS and we had an awesome time exploring and beaching it.

We skipped the hotel and booked really cool container box casitas. With our group booking three of them, it felt like we had the place to ourselves - definitely check out the PAL MAR STAY

PALMAR STAY / TULUM MEXICO

My guy JIMMY in his neutral habitat

BEACH / TULUM MEXICO
BEACH / TULUM MEXICO

Beach time is the best time - especially with these ladies

And of course ALEXIS + KELLY + JESS are in their WEST PERRO Sun Hats

IK LAB / TULUM MEXICO
IK LAB / TULUM MEXICO
IK LAB / TULUM MEXICO
IK LAB / TULUM MEXICO

We had to check out IK LAB at AZULIK - this beautiful space is a gallery for international artists, but on its own, is an exceptional work of art

IK LAB / TULUM MEXICO
TULUM MEXICO
TULUM MEXICO

This incredible installation piece by DANIEL POPPER was massive and so stunning - lucky to have been able to see it in person

PALMAR STAY  / TULUM MEXICO

A great trip to celebrate a great friend

Love these ladies so much

 

LOVE HER + PROTECT HER

 

We love getting outdoors and we are thankful for the energy and clarity that time spent with mother nature gives us

“The more we connect with our wild lands - the more we want to protect it”

Here’s a few pics from our hike to Cascade Falls in Fairfax, CA

CASCADE FALLS /  FAIRFAX CALIFORNIA
CASCADE FALLS /  FAIRFAX CALIFORNIA
CASCADE FALLS /  FAIRFAX CALIFORNIA
CASCADE FALLS /  FAIRFAX CALIFORNIA
CASCADE FALLS /  FAIRFAX CALIFORNIA
CASCADE FALLS /  FAIRFAX CALIFORNIA

Theres no denying we all need to do our part when it comes to protecting and restoring our precious planet Earth

Here a few small things you can do to make Earth Day everyday

  • Turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth - you can save an average of 2 gallons each time you brush by turning off the water

  • Go paperless - no need to shred bills, just go paperless and save trees

  • Plant bee friendly plants and flowers - bees need our help, if you have some outdoor space plant a bee garden

  • Don’t forget your reusable bag - I love our BAGGU totes

  • Volunteer - get out there and do something! Surfrider Foundation is a great place to start - but find something you support and get your hands dirty


 

NEON MUSEUM

 

On our last trip to Las Vegas we checked out the Neon Museum - and it did not disappoint!

Our tour guide Jerry was full of sin city facts and knew the history of all the neon installations

It was amazing to see these pieces of pop art up close and personal

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SIGIL / MAGNUM OPUS

 
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Our friend PATRICK KELLY is modern day alchemist and his line of gender-neutral fragrances SIGIL pays beautiful homage to ancient technique while embracing contemporary edge

The scents are mystical and have connected intent in their formulation - and are all 100% natural

MAGNUM OPUS was my opportunity to experience each one of the new fragrances —- to say choosing one was hard would be an understatement

But the one that connected with me the most was PRIMA MATERIA

“In ancient times, prima materia referred to the formless root of all matter—a blend of stars and soil from which all things emerge, and an essential component in the alchemy of turning base materials into gold. Uniting the earthly and the heavenly, Prima Materia is a scent rooted in soot yet elevated by sparkling notes of fresh citrus. The creamy sweetness of neroli and the cleansing power of white sage embody celestial matter, while oakmoss and woody vetiver signify the spirit of the soil. As it melts into the skin, the alchemy of the scent begins—revealing a golden, resinous heart of pure amber.”

The best part about wearing this scent is noticing the subtle changes as the day progresses - like a fragrance journey

It’s grounding and fresh, and it’s special - and has become part of my daily ritual

 

COSTA RICA

 

Getting to spend time with people we love over the holidays is what it’s all about.

This year we took off to Costa Rica with some of our friends

Here are some moments from our trip

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We stayed in a Mediterranean style villa in Tamarindo - right across the street from the beach

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A short walk through the jungle and we get to our own private beach

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One of of favorite places to eat is Pico Bistro - try the chia breakfast bowl and the passion fruit iced tea - Augustine our waiter was the best!

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Christmas morning we had surfing lessons at Playa Grande with a World Surf League instructor - a must when in Costa Rica!

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We took a hike through the cloud forest in Monteverde - the views at the top are incredible and the forest is lush with well maintained trails

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Walking to the beach to watch the sunset became tradition

Pura Vida! Thanks for the adventure Costa Rica




 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

 

The rolling golden hills of the Briones Regional Park made the perfect backdrop for this years holiday family photo.

We hope you and yours have a happy and joyous holiday season!
— Damien, Jimmy + Joey

Follow Jimmy + Follow Joey

Photos by Sergio Aguayo

 

LOVERS LANE

 

Lovers Lane trail is the oldest foot path in the Presidio - used by 18th century Spanish soldiers and missionaries - Today it’s home to a long standing art installation by Andy Goldsworthy - “Wood Line

portraits by KEV&EVE PHOTOGRAPHY

outfit by OLD NAVY

 

MEXICO CITY

 

Sometimes work sends me to awesome places - and this week I was in Mexico City.

Ciudad de México is the largest metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere - and is rich with history and culture —- and some of the friendliest people.

On some of my free time I was able to explore the Centro Histórico (the historic center of Mexico City)

The center piece to the historic district is the Palacio de Bellas Artes

Torre Latinoamericana is the 7th tallest building in Mexico City

A few blocks from the Palacio de Bellas Artes is Barrio Chino

The most beautiful post office I have ever seen is the Palacio de Correos de México

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Casa de los Azulejos or "House of Tiles" is an 18th-century palace in Mexico City

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Adios! Until next time Mexico

 

Portraits by Elisa De León

 

FALL COCKTAIL : SPIKED APPLE CIDER

 
 
 

Jimmy and I just got back from CIRCLE AND X where we mixed up one of our favorite fall cocktails / Spiked Apple Cider.

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HERES WHAT YOU NEED

Bourbon Whiskey (we used Jack Daniels)

Spiced Apple Cider

Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

Ginger Beer (we used Goslings)

Apples

Cinnamon Sticks

 
 
 

Using fresh ingredients in this simple drink makes all the difference - look for a local spiced apple cider and use fresh squeezed lemon juice when you can

 

For each drink, add 5 oz of spiced apple cider, 1.5 oz of bourbon whiskey, 1/4 oz of fresh squeezed lemon juice, to a cocktail shaker and pour over ice - top off with ginger beer and garnish with sliced apple and cinnamon stick

 
5 OZ SPICED APPLE CIDER

5 OZ SPICED APPLE CIDER

1.5 OZ BOURBON WHISKEY

1.5 OZ BOURBON WHISKEY

1/4 OZ FRESH SQUEEZED LEMON JUICE

1/4 OZ FRESH SQUEEZED LEMON JUICE

MIX IN SHAKER + POUR OVER ICE

MIX IN SHAKER + POUR OVER ICE

TOP OFF WITH GINGER BEER

TOP OFF WITH GINGER BEER

GARNISH WITH APPLE SLICE + CINNAMON STICK

GARNISH WITH APPLE SLICE + CINNAMON STICK

SHARE + ENJOY

SHARE + ENJOY

 

PALACE OF FINE ARTS - SAN FRANCISCO

Spent the day exploring San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts - originally built in 1915 for the Panama Pacific Exhibition, it’s an iconic architectural treasure.

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portraits by KEV&EVE PHOTOGRAPHY

kimono coat by MIRA BLACKMAN

hat by NOSOTROS