Jolene Levuka ATB
Adventure, Art, dogs

Drawing: Jolene at Levuka, Fiji

This drawing is a scene from our trip to Levuka a couple weeks ago. Our Fijian sausage dog, Jolene, is standing in the grass on top of a hill overlooking the ocean, just outside the historic port town. Watch my short travel video on Levuka here.

Rainy afternoon Illustration by Aileen Torres Bennett
Art, Music

Original Music: Rainy Afternoon

I created another acoustic guitar instrumental track, continuing to experiment with Audacity. Same method as my last track: I recorded a snippet of rhythm guitar, copied and pasted it into a sequence in the Audacity timeline, then recorded a solo over the rhythm.   You can listen to my last track here and watch a… Continue reading Original Music: Rainy Afternoon

Adventure, Art, Food

Qualicum Bay, BC, Canada

I haven't drawn in a while, so I happily got pen and paper out and created the drawing above as a memento of our recent trip to Qualicum Bay, about a half-hour drive from the Nanaimo ferry terminal on Vancouver Island. Qualicum Beach is where most travelers stay, but we found a better cottage rental… Continue reading Qualicum Bay, BC, Canada

Art, Food

Baked Trout

Urban Fare is  only a block away from our current apartment, and while I'm not crazy about some of the prices--the least expensive package of salt costs $10--I'm impressed with their selection of fresh fish, which is also decently priced. The trout is one of our favorites; beautiful, whole fish that's already been gutted, so it's… Continue reading Baked Trout

Art, Food

Hato Popo in Vancouver

We've only been in our new home city, Vancouver, for two weeks, but we've already become regulars at the new Japanese restaurant Hato Popo, located downtown on Robson St. We ate dinner there our first night in the city. Exhausted, jet lagged and hungry, we sat down, hearing Guy Fieri's voice in the background. "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" was on one of… Continue reading Hato Popo in Vancouver