Vegan Po' Boys with Steph

Fort Worth is lucky enough to be the home of the original Spiral Diner, a long-running, absurdly delicious 100% vegan restaurant full of a variety of dishes, many of which lean toward "comfort food" of one kind or another. In addition to their regular menu, Spiral does monthly blue plate specials that are usually big, elaborate, and excessive.

Since they just rotated in a new set of specials, and I just got a new camera and lens, I thought I'd take Steph down to Spiral (unfortunately in the cold and rain) to give the Big Easy zucchini po' boy a try.

It's an overstuffed hoagie roll with breaded zucchini, onions, red peppers, garlic, lettuce, pickles, and homemade vegan tartar sauce. The sandwich by itself is massive, spilling out of the roll, and it's got a side of chips as well.

I mean, just look at that. It's a challenge to scoop it up off the plate and get it in your mouth, but once you manage, the taste is amazing. The breaded zucchini is one of my favorites, even though it's so filling that it's a challenge to make it to the end.

Honestly, in hindsight, we'd have been better off ordering one and splitting it between the two of us, as neither of us could quite finish. This is especially true because we wanted to save a little room to try this month's special vegan ice cream flavor, maple bourbon pecan.

Spiral's ice cream is never a disappointment, and the maple bourbon pecan is one of the best special flavors they do. It tastes great, and pecans are basically the Rolls Royce of nuts, so it's a pretty safe bet.

My new camera and lens setup is an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II and matching Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro constant-aperture zoom. I'll have plenty more to say about that camera, and my switch-over to Micro Four Thirds, coming up in a future post, but this night turned out to be a great night to give the OM-D a maiden voyage. We decided to go get tea at Craftwork Coffee down the street, and since we were walking, I had the OM-D slung around my shoulder.

The temperature was about 33 degrees (Fahrenheit), and it was raining off and on, so this was a great time to have a fully weather-sealed and freezeproof camera and lens. The OM-D handled the cold and the wet like a champ and never missed a beat, even as I stopped here and there to take some photos of Magnolia Avenue on a cold, rainy night.

Fortunately, Craftwork's tea is tasty and hot, and it was a good antidote to the cold. Based on my limited time with this setup thus far, the 12-40mm Pro lens makes a versatile companion for the E-M5 II.

Starting Again

It's been way, way too long since I put effort into this side of me.

I've been bouncing around, unmoored and adrift, in my photography. For the last several years, what used to be the thing I was most proud of has been something that's caused me frustration. I've not been doing good work, or much work of any kind. I've sat and watched myself lose touch with my photographer friends, watch the local photography scene pass me by, watched as my Lightroom library grew older and older faster than it was growing larger.

Well, forget that.

It's a new year, and it's a good opportunity to kick away all the cruft and try to get back my flow. So here's a brand-new site, and I'm going to be completely overhauling my portfolio. I'm going to do new personal projects and get back to seeing paid gigs again. Time to expand, evolve, and get things rolling again.