Irish Stout Beef Stew with Cheddar Herb Dumplings

March 15, 2015 · by Justin Hankins

Irish Stout Beef Stew with Cheddar Herb Dumplings

Smartmouth Brewing just released its very first Dry Irish Stout. The special St. Patrick’s Day brew was great to drink, and I knew it would be fun to incorporate into a cooking project, so I grabbed a two-pint and brought some home for the kitchen. My original plan was to make my favorite shepherd’s pie, […]


St. Patrick’s Day Macarons

March 8, 2015 · by Justin Hankins

St. Patrick’s Day Macarons

St. Patrick’s Day is on the horizon, so I whipped up some macarons in Irish-themed flavors for the occasion. I decided to flavor them with coffee and Irish whiskey after stumbling upon Irish coffee mugs at a local consignment shop. But as is usual with most good alcohol adventures, one drink led to another, and […]


2015 Traverse City Winter Comedy Festival

March 3, 2015 · by Justin Hankins

2015 Traverse City Winter Comedy Festival

I just returned from the 2015 Winter Comedy Arts Festival up in Traverse City, Michigan. To celebrate the festival’s fifth anniversary, and with perfect comedic timing, Mother Nature delivered a winter punch of terrific proportions, with temperatures down to -20°F, wind chills down to -40°F, and wind gusts pushing 60 mph. Guffaw! Traverse City’s Front […]


Kill Devil Hills Derby Brigade’s Inaugural Bout

January 21, 2015 · by Justin Hankins

Kill Devil Hills Derby Brigade’s Inaugural Bout

Here are some images from the Kill Devil Hills Derby Brigade’s very first home teams bout. I’ve been volunteering for Virginia Beach’s Dominion Derby Girls for several years, and was totally flattered when the up and coming Kill Devil Hills ladies asked me to come out and document their own first bout. Congratulations on all […]


Farewell, Facebook

September 5, 2013 · by Justin Hankins

Farewell, Facebook

Hello Facebook BFFs! Last month marked the eighth anniversary of my joining Facebook. And like all big milestones, this occasion offered an opportunity to ruminate and reflect. Many of you have noticed I rarely participate in Facebook for personal use anymore. In fact, I only use it as a proxy to update my business page. […]


Dominion Derby Girls: 4th Annual Army vs. Navy Bout

September 2, 2013 · by Justin Hankins

Dominion Derby Girls: 4th Annual Army vs. Navy Bout

Can’t believe it’s been over a year since I last photographed the Dominion Derby Girls. Such a treat to see everyone again at the annual Army vs. Navy bout. It was a close battle all night, but Army ultimately prevailed: 151 to 132.


Another walk around the garden…

August 10, 2013 · by Justin Hankins

Another walk around the garden…

Tell us once again. Another draft of the paper. And this time we shall get it right. This time we shall understand. Niels Bohr, from Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen Well, here we are once again. My… don’t make me say it… blog. Although seemingly “new” or out of the blue, my online writing history actually predates […]