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Featured Image – DAVID CAROL

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Every so often there is an image that grasps onto me and seeps into the very depths of me…

It’s usually unsuspecting and almost always sheer awakening. I started this new creative endeavor because imagery is one of the most powerful methods of expression. Visuals by way of the snap of the shutter and the playful dance of words. The images chosen in the “Featured Image” posts are by Photographers and Photojournalists I have met and partnered with specifically for this new avenue of creative collaboration.

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Brasserie Cassis

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I am obsessed with all things French: the language, the country, the attitude, Marie Antoinette, and, most importantly, the food. Julia Child, who I also have a slight obsession with, brought the simplistic elegance, and ridiculously delicious, essence of what real French food is all about to the American audience. It wasn’t just the hoity-toity, über expensive fare that most Americans thought it was; it is really about the ingredients and the fatty, acidic, pure flavor of exquisite French dishes.

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The Oscars Symposiums 2013

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“A filmmakers’ journey is never dull or without challenge and that, well – that – restores my faith in the world of art. Film is that beautiful world that invites us in to one another’s lives, imaginations, and complex humanity. The cinema, the arts – they feed us all, individually, collectively, and purposefully. They strip down boundaries and beg us to have an open mind.” – Dawn Garcia. Screenwriter, Lover of Film.

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The WRAITH by Rolls Royce

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Imagine a hum. A dark forest. And a woman. The coarse cold air rushing through the trees, the sharp turn of curiosity looming around you until everything in you begins to pulse and suddenly that faint hum is now a roaring beckon. And then that hum gets closer. Closer and closer, the forest falls silent as the hum becomes a beckoning purr. Within moments, lights come into view and something inside of you feels compelled to want. Open your eyes … now welcome The Wraith! – DG, ATOD

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A Night of Magic and Wine with David Minkin

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David enters the room and situates himself no more than 2 feet away from the audience. He is up close and personal and without a beat, greets us all in his relaxed and warm way and voila! The magic begins. Literally. It muse be said – again – that I’m a cynic and an over-thinker. I pride myself on wanting to know how everything works.

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Lovesick

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The play moves with a transcendence of space and time, with this out-of-the-world reproach, dialogue that leaves your soul craving more – like words dripping off of a juicy apple smothered in honey, and a story that makes you feel things you weren’t expecting to feel – your heart, your soul, your mind is running right along with every scene.

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Foreign & Domestic Austin

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I had heard quite a bit about Chef Ned Elliot of Foreign & Domestic. I read about his travels, how he and his wife cook together: Jodi creating desserts and masterful sweet creations | Ned creating flavors that take you on a global journey while not being pretentious. I was going to Austin and I knew this was a stop I wanted to make…

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Taco Asylum

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Once in a while you come across a restaurant that takes food to an all new level. They take the ordinary and make it extraordinary, take a basic concept and get entirely creative. Allow me to introduce you to Taco Asylum. The name beckons a sense of total abandon, opening your mind, and asking your taste buds to take a trip on the wild side. This post is entirely different than the rest and in all honesty, it deserves it’s own originality. Before I even delve into walking you through a restaurant that lures you in with a notion of tasty insanity, take a look at the photographs below…

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Nick’s Laguna Beach

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…The sauce with a hint of Saffron (I think), the perfect texture and moist divinity of the short ribs, the eggs cooked and prepared with care – honestly, this is my new favorite breakfast. The meat falls off of the fork; the taste – explosive. Now the true test, my modified omelet with Serrano chiles. I press the tips of my fork in and and layer by layer, beautiful color is revealed: the egg whites, the deep green of the spinach, the beckoning green of the chile, the melted cream of the chèvre cheese. Yes, I have found an omelet worth eating every last bite of. The generous cut of applewood smoked bacon cooked to perfection and the bowl of berries and apple is a happy culinary marriage.

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