Kevin Holland

KevinHollandBDSPhotographed in Nashville, TN by Jamie Clayton

Raised in:
Annapolis, Maryland

Lives in:
Nashville, Tennessee

What inspired the motorcyle purchase:
I rented a Royal Enfield during a six week trip to India. I spent four days driving in and around Leh, Kashmir through ancient villages, temples in the shadow of the Ladakh Mountains. I then spent the final day driving up to Khardung La Pass (world’s highest motorable pass, 17,852 ft) before the driving snow and ice at the top caused me to have to walk the last half mile (fairly difficult at that altitude). Following that, the Enfield wouldn’t start due to the cold so I kicked it into neutral and coasted the 40 km back to the town. Once I got back to the States, I started saving up and knew I had to get one myself.

Favorite adventure on it:
After looking for a few months, I found a great used model in Denver but after being unable to coordinate a pickup I took matters into my own hands and flew to Ft. Worth and snagged this one. From there I spent a week traveling to Austin followed by two days riding and camping in the Ozarks, a stop over in St. Louis, Land between the Lakes National Park, and Nashville before heading back down to Pensacola.

Now would ya look at that:

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  • Music Monday | Causes

    1888807_395379930613427_5232972488419453299_oPhotographed by Louis Stippel

    Causes debut single was released in October and it took me way too long to hear it. I was swept off my feet in about 5 seconds, and then Rupert Blackman sang those first two lines and I was done. It’s currently a hit in The Netherlands, where the band calls home, and I’m really looking forward to more releases from these guys. Until then, this on repeat.

    Stream: “Teach Me How to Dance With You”

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  • Laura Fryer

    laurafryer 02Photographed in Atlanta, GA at Lusca

    Raised in:
    Atlanta, Georgia

    Lives in:
    Moved back home to Atlanta last spring after five years in NYC, where I lived in the West Village. Now, I’m in Midtown and am having so much fun rediscovering the city. There’s such a great energy in Atlanta, with lots of change and forward movement.

    Favorite date spot in Atlanta:
    My husband and I love to do the nine-course (did I mention we like to eat) tasting menu at Better Half‘s chef’s counter. Garden & Gun just named it one of the five most exciting new restaurants in the South, and it’s one of the few small, intimate spots in Atlanta. Chef Zach Meloy runs it with his wife, Cristina, who he met while cooking in Costa Rica. The menu changes every week except for the silk handkerchief pasta with wild mushrooms and tomato marmalade that Zach served to Cristina on their first date!

    Now would ya look at that:
    Meet Laura Fyrer, founder of Blue Hominy – a boutique food and drink PR firm generating buzz and securing press for restaurants, chefs, breweries, wine shops, and more. “We keep a small, curated client list of businesses we feel passionate about and whose stories we connect with.” Last week, one their clients, Lusca, was nominated for a James Beard Award (like the Oscars of food) for Best New Restaurant in the country!

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  • Bar Bites

    grain008Photographed in Atlanta, GA

    Some of the best bites I’ve had in the last few months were at one of Atlanta’s new spots, Grain. Two of those things are pictured above: The Nitro Salted Caramel Popcorn and the Manhattan edible cocktail. The liquid nitrogen doused popcorn (gerogia peanuts, vandouvan curry, lemon thyme and maldon salt) is not only incredibly fun to eat (you basically breathe smoke with every bite), but mind-blowingly delicious. And that apple Manhattan edible cocktail tastes exactly as you think it would – like eating a freakin’ Manhattan.

    I photographed this for a peice by Jess Graves for StyleBlueprint Atlanta on “casual bites and their cocktail counterparts.” You can’t go wrong with any of ‘em.

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  • Music Monday | Seryn, Part II

    SerynPhotographed by Sean Berry

    Seryn is the third band I featured on Music Monday back in 2012. There, I explained my love for Seryn not only for their beautiful music, but for my red bearded buddy Nathan (second from left) who was one of my dearest friends in college. I miss getting his big bear hugs just about every day, and their music for me has become just that: a giant hug. A giant hug of layering instruments, loud choruses and heart warming words.

    Stream: “Paths”

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    The band recently moved from Texas to Nashville and last week, released their sophmore album. For those of us who have been listening to This is Where We Are since 2011, Shadow Shows has been hugely anticipated and for me, just what I wanted. It’s a matured Seryn without losing that classic sound that makes them so damn good. I can’t urge you enough to go fall in love with this band if you haven’t yet, as I’m confident you will with just one listen.

    Stream: “Foreign Fields”

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    Keep listening…
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  • Eduardo

    eduado004Photographed in Atlanta, GA at JCT. Bar

    Raised in:
    Mexico

    Lives in:
    Atlanta, Georgia

    Favorite thing about JCT‘s bar program:
    The staff and the vibe we have together every night behind the bar. Also, I love our goal to always promote local products, farms, and small craftsmanship.

    Favorite spirit:
    I hate to be stereotypical but…tequila.

    Now would ya look at that:
    Eduardo Guzman, Beverage Manager at JCT. Kitchen & Bar and The Optimist.
    Below is his delicious Squash Me Another One cocktail from the late winter cocktails he launched last week at JCT. If you’re in Atlanta, swing by and give it a try! And don’t miss the 3 other new additions: Changing Seasons (kumquat-infused tequila, Kina Lillet, lime); Midnight Express (Chattanooga Whiskey, cranberry shrub, sage/honey syrup); and Rosebud (fig-infused bourbon, spice pear liquor, brown sugar, Fee Brother’s Aromatics, Fee Brother’s Orange).

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    1.5 oz St. George “Dry Rye” gin
    1 oz Winter Squash/Orange cordial*
    1/4 oz honey syrup
    1/4 oz lemon juice
    pinch of salt

    Shake all ingredients with ice and strain, served straight up.

    * If you’re not in Atlanta to go order one of these for yourself, not to fear. Here’s how to make the Winter Squash/Orange cordial.

    1 whole squash
    4 cups of water
    1 cup sugar
    2 cups OJ

    Peel, take the seeds out and cut the squash into cubes. Add squash into blender with 4 cups of water. Blend, double strain the squash purée in order to have a “squash water.” Combine squash water with orange juice and sugar. Shake or stir until sugar dissolves. Keep it cool. Yields: 1 quart of cordial.

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  • A Little Hill Country

    At the end of January I went to Texas to spend time at my parents house in Burnet. It was a perfect winter week in Texas – you know, 75 degree days and blue skies. I took a film camera (Mamiya 645) and shot 2 rolls (Kodak Portra 400). These are some of my favorite photos from my trip.

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    hillcountry 001My grandather (Papoo) enjoying a margarita on the front porch at the young age of 96. The night before, my Dad was trying to convince him to grow a beard. Papoo’s winning defense: “I can’t get any better looking.”
    On the right, Mom at Inks Lake State Park

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    hillcountry 007Inks Lake State Park exploring.

    hillcountry 005Part of the ranch property where my parents live.

    hillcountry 002The little Oasis on the right is one of the coolest spots on the ranch.
    In the background, a very dry Lake Buchanan.

    hillcountry 008When you see signs like this – follow them.

    My Mom has a great book called Texas Backcountry Hangouts, a guide to country stores and backwood bars around the state. We want to visit every one featured in the book, and she’s been taking it with her and getting the owners to sign on their featured pages. A handful are within a short drive of my parents house so we decided to check another off of the list one afternoon.

    hillcountry 003Castell General Store – check!

    Until next time, Texas…

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