flora farms

while south of the border last week the incredibly gracious contractor on the project we're working on brought us to this little slice of heaven ten minutes down a dirt road. one minute we're twisting and turning around cacti and tumbleweeds and then bam! we turn the corner and there is this organic oasis.

the field kitchen located here is a field to table restaurant that has the ingredients in the salad you're about to order growing in rows around the table you're sitting at. it's a fantastic premise, it's a fantastic place and it has fantastic food. i am hard pressed to think of many meals i have eaten that surpass the one i had here.

if my offer to drink authentic margaritas with me didn't entice you enough to make a visit here then this, and the carrot margaritas they serve, should. now let's get going.

photos: j. kurtz



you'd think it's just the one town, given all the hype we've heard, right? no. cabo san lucas is a highly americanized, touristy, seƱor frogs boasting, trash hole and san jose del cabo, just up the highway, is a little more serene and a little less...chaffa.

i had the unbelievable fortune of traveling here for work this past week and it was, um, let's not mince words here, amazing. i have emailed no less than ten friends trying to convince them to go back with me on actual holiday. it's relatively affordable, considering it's paradise, and it's only a 2 hour plane ride away from LA.

who's up for some margaritas authenticas.

photos: j. kurtz


the country

time, just passing by, evidenced by the peeling paint and growing grass.

photos: j. kurtz


the lake

my beloved lake superior.

my grandpa worked on her shore, my uncles sailed her seas. my gramma used to sing, "one for the money, two for the show..." as she ran into the freezing water in summertime while my cousins and i screamed and laughed. 

she's always there to welcome you, with her beauty and endless waters as a gift for all to enjoy.

photos: j. kurtz


ss meteor

when i lived in superior, wisconsin this ship was permanently docked across the highway from my house on barker's island. we had a view of it from our living room and i would even play mini golf next to it when i would visit for summer vacation after i moved away. i toured it once when i was 9 but didn't remember anything about it so this year i took another spin.

it's simply fascinating. built in 1896 and used for hauling iron ore and coal across the great lakes, it's the last remaining of the "whaleback" design. unlike tours i've taken elsewhere, you can actually experience this historic monument. there are no ropes and no "do not touch" signs. we started off on the deck and tunneled our way down through the hull and engine rooms with our guide explaining everything along the way. original maps and signs and furniture pieces remain intact. it was haunting, really, and so interesting to see.

then i played a round of mini golf just for old times sake.

photos: j. kurtz