A Review of Seattle's Starbucks Reserve Roastery

Trust me I never thought my name and Starbucks would be anywhere close to each other, but you know what as I get older I'm probably becoming more...basic. Don't worry though I still believe punk is a mentality that you never lose. I'm pretty sure that's what dads say just before the ease into a dad rock band. 

Anyways, I made a review video of Seattle's Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Capital Hill. The location opened up in 2014, but they recently added in their Princi partnership so the location now offers food and baked goods. The video is quick so I won't ruin much. Hope you like, and are as surprised by this review as I was. 

Jason Hendardy
Meet Your Maker: Episode 1 - Oscar Michel of Tacos Oscar

I'm working with Berkeleyside Nosh on a web series that I'm shooting, editing, and making music for called Meet Your Maker. Within the series we'll be profiling Oakland and Berkeley influential chefs, bakers, and brewers.

The first episode above highlights Oscar Michel of Tacos Oscar, which is a Oakland based taco pop up restaurant that makes all their own tortillas from scratch. Michel and his business partner, Jake Weiss, have been at it for the last three years and have been gaining a cult following not only within the East Bay, but along California. Initially setting up shop on the street in front of other businesses to having pop ups in such places as Temescal Brewing and Starline Social Club, Michel and Weiss are now gearing up to open their own brick and mortar shop within a converted shipping container in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland. 

More episodes to come.

If you or someone you know may be a good person to feature please do shoot me an email. Thanks!

Jason Hendardy
New Video: Best Chicago Style Hot Dog...And The Wiener Is

Whenever I'm in Chicago there is always one thing on my to do list, and that's to get a Chicago style hot dog. You probably already know what a Chicago dog is, but for those who don't it's a hot dog loaded up and comprised of:

  • an all-beef frankfurter in a natural casing (this is key to having the snap when you bite in)
  • poppy seed bun
  • yellow mustard
  • chopped white onions
  • bright neon green sweet pickle relish
  • a dill pickle spear
  • tomato slices or wedges
  • pickled sport peppers
  • celery salt

Whew! That's a lot of goodness and all for around $3-$4. Beware though there are $16 Chicago Style Hot Dogs. Those don't fall into my book of authentic dogs. 

In my Chicago Style Hot Dog video I visit three Chicago dog staples: Portillo's, Chicago's Dog House, and The Wiener's Circle to see how each three stack up against each other and the glorious Chicago dog legacy.

Jason Hendardy
A book review of Jack London's "The Call of the Wild"
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Take my review with a grain of salt as I've been reading a good amount of Jack London lately, so I'm pretty bought in. London's 1903 published short adventure classic "The Call of the Wild" was something I had heard about, but had never read. The book follows an anthropomorphized St. Bernard-Scotch Shepherd dog, Buck, who undergoes a series of unfortunate events that take him from living a carefree life in California's Santa Clara Valley to a feral existence in Yukon, Canada during the 1890's Klondike Gold Rush. Throughout his journey Buck learns how to survive life while also returning to a state of primitivism, which seems to be a theme that touches upon Darwin's concept of survival of the fittest. 

While reading, and as the story progressed, I found myself thinking about two ideas. One being that this dog is way smarter, determined, and stronger than I, or most humans, will ever be and two, regardless of what is thrown in this dog's way he always seems to overcome the most difficult of tasks. It was in a literal sense an underdog story. OK perhaps not totally literal, but there are accounts of Buck being under a few things...dogs, stress, the average income bracket of a normal sled dog. You know, normal life shit like you and I might go through, but instead of being human he's a dog so he already had that going for him. Without trying to spoil too much there's a point within the story that really stood out to me and that was when Buck realizes that humans are emotional and weak. All I can say is wow. If a dog can see how flawed we as humans are, but the majority of humans can't see it, who is really taking who out on a walk?  

Regardless of the fact that there are plenty of books and stories with a similar story arc I found Jack London's "The Call of the Wild" to be entertaining, easy to read, and fairly quick to finish. There were no lulls in the progression of the story due to the short length and you can probably find the book for free. I got it for $0 through the Apple iBooks store. 

All in all I approve. If you're looking for a quick adventure book that's timeless, free, and will make you question your own emotional strength in comparison to a dog, or if you just love dogs, this book is for you. 

Jason Hendardy
New Video: Quit My Job To Learn How To Do The Splits

It's been a while since I posted a YouTube video but it's because I've been working on refreshing what I want to do on YouTube...and because I've been shooting videos for other people. Well I'm back and I'm going to be putting out weekly videos. I'll continue to post travel videos, in addition to vlogs, tech review videos, docs, shorts, and some stuff I've been working on for other online publishers and brands. If you want to keep up with the videos I'm making make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel.

And yes I did quit my job, and yes I'm learning to do the splits. 

Jason Hendardy