Whistler Photos via Instagram

February 9, 2017 · by Justin Hankins

Whistler Photos via Instagram

Whistler is in my top 5 favorite getaways. I’ve spent a couple weeks there and barely even scratched the surface. Here are some Whistler photos from 2016’s visit, courtesy of my dumb cell phone and Instagram.


2007 Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello

February 3, 2017 · by Justin Hankins

2007 Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello

Earlier this week, my old UVA compadre, Alexis Ohanian, posted a heartfelt Open Letter to the Reddit Community, discussing the role immigration has played in his own family. It’s a great piece, and I’d encourage you to read it for yourself. (Don’t skip the comments!) One thing he mentioned was the experience of witnessing people […]


Barack Obama’s 2009 Presidential Inauguration

January 20, 2017 · by Justin Hankins

Barack Obama’s 2009 Presidential Inauguration

Here are some photographs I took at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama. Eight years ago I sat alongside 1.8 million people in the before-dawn darkness on the National Mall. Temperatures were in the low 20s (°F), and sitting on the ground made it even colder. It was so chilly that we were huddling […]


How to park overnight in Whistler Blackcomb

January 12, 2017 · by Justin Hankins

How to park overnight in Whistler Blackcomb

If you’re traveling to Whistler in the winter and staying for an extended period of time, you’ll soon discover that hotel rates for overnight parking in Whistler push beyond $39/day. That’s ~$300 bucks for a week’s worth of parking you could otherwise spend eating waffles and feeding Whisky Jacks! Boooo! Unfortunately, the cheaper day-lot Whistler […]


The time I made a bouquet for my friend’s wedding

May 6, 2015 · by Justin Hankins

The time I made a bouquet for my friend’s wedding

Last week I received a text from a long-time cheerleader of my work: “I’m getting married! Can you believe it?? We’re going to the Justice of the Peace. Reception later this year. Wanna take a photo?” The message was from my friend, Rhiannon, whose path crossed mine by chance back in the spring of 2009. […]


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

May 3, 2015 · by Justin Hankins

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

I don’t think there’s anything in the world my girlfriend loves more than the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. She likes either one just fine by itself, but mix them together and get outta the way because she’ll knock your ass to the floor when she pounces. It’s therefore no surprise she suggested these […]


Asparagus with Sweet Onions, Garbanzo Beans, and Mint

April 15, 2015 · by Justin Hankins

Asparagus with Sweet Onions, Garbanzo Beans, and Mint

It’s the heart of asparagus season, so here’s a quick and easy asparagus recipe you can serve at room temperature or chilled. The original recipe calls for P’tit Basque, a sheep’s milk cheese from the Basque region of France. And while I’m sure P’tit Basque tastes magical, like 10,000 unicorns dancing merrily across your tongue, […]


Honey and Balsamic Roasted Heirloom Carrots

April 5, 2015 · by Justin Hankins

Honey and Balsamic Roasted Heirloom Carrots

I planned to make lamb for Easter, but didn’t have a solid idea for side dishes — so I went to the market to inspect their produce for inspiration. As soon as I noticed they’d received some beautiful heirloom carrots, I knew I had to use them. I opened up my phone, googled for a […]


Soft Pretzel Bites with Cheese

April 4, 2015 · by Justin Hankins

Soft Pretzel Bites with Cheese

We were staying in the countryside of northern Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula when an impending snowstorm threatened travel for several days. Knowing we’d be stuck inside the farmhouse for a prolonged period of time, we decided to make a ton of snacks to keep ourselves busy, fat and happy. Our first project was my favorite soft […]