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Hurricane Irene

In On the Road on August 28, 2011 at 12:34 am

Awaiting Hurricane Irene | Cape Cod, Mass | August 2011 | All content © MAC+COB

As COB prepares to go to Burning Man, MAC is vacationing on Cape Cod, awaiting the brunt of Hurricane Irene. Grocery store shelves from New Jersey to New Hampshire are being cleaned out of bread, milk, candles and flashlights. Today hordes of SUVs packed to the gills with vacation gear and boogie boards lashed to the roof crept slowly over the Bourne Bridge as vacationers hightailed it for the mainland. But MAC fears not. Read the rest of this entry »

Plum Pie

In On the Road on July 26, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Plum-Nectarine Pie | Tamar's House, Carmel Valley | July 2010 | All content © MAC+COB

Like all good things, this pie was made with L.O.V.E. and organic plums grown in the backyard of our home-away-from-home.

Skinny Tuba

In Faces, On the Road on June 25, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Skinny Tuba | French Quarter, New Orleans | March 2010 | All content © MAC+COB

Some good ol’ fashioned washboard jamming. Thank god our friend Tamar had the good sense to buy their CD. It’s on heavy rotation at Chez M+C.


In On the Road on June 21, 2010 at 10:46 am

Shrimp Po' Boys at Domisile's | New Orleans, LA | March 2010 | All content © MAC+COB

Because we’ve got the Gulf on our minds. Because we’re grief stricken at the wanton destruction of life, livelihood and environment. Because this might very well be the last authentic shrimp po’ boy that MAC will ever have the pleasure of eating in New Orleans.

A Little Slice of Heaven Never Hurts…

In On the Road on June 19, 2010 at 4:49 am

The Sena House on Point Lobos Ridge | Carmel, CA | May 2010 | All content © MAC+COB

We are still basking in the afterglow of one amazing week at this incredible house to celebrate the nuptials of our good friends Grailing and Sarah on Point Lobos Ridge in Carmel, CA. It’s true that MAC is a peninsula native, but even she couldn’t believe the breathtaking view. We can’t say enough nice stuff about this place, so we won’t even try. (And yeah, that’s Santa Cruz in the distance over Pebble Beach.)

A Monk and His Muse

In On the Road on June 2, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Vasquez Rocks County Park | Agua Dulce, CA | May 2010 | All content © MAC+COB

Don’t you love those weird little moments in life that surprise you with an odd juxtaposition? We do. We also love dumb luck, like stumbling upon Vasquez Rocks.

Happiness is a Goat

In On the Road on May 10, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Animals and humans | Animal Acres Farm Sanctuary | Acton, CA | May 9 | All content © MAC+COB

We took a little jaunt out into the canyon lands for Mother’s Day to spend some time at Animal Acres – a farmed animal sanctuary that rescues and finds fur-ever homes for some of the saddest and most abused farm animals around. Just a few days ago, they rescued a whole mess of goats from San Diego. Every single one of them was sick in one way or another and spray painted with a number. They’re now resting peacefully in clean hay, getting medical attention and will soon get to hang out with all the other goats and sheep – like Rosie, who nibbled on COB’s leg hairs. The staff is super friendly, passionate about animal rights and mostly tattooed. If you’ve never flirted with a cow, watched a chicken run at full speed or said ‘what’s up’ to an 800-pound pig, this is your place.

NOLA’s Walking Man

In On the Road on April 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm

The NOLA Walking Man, Street Performer | French Quarter, New Orleans | March 19 | All content © MAC+COB

On a recent sojourn to the southern reaches of our fair nation, MAC stumbled upon this fellow, literally. After walking right through the set of David Simon’s latest HBO epic, Treme (pronounced “Truh-may” for those of you not in the know) – replete with clowns, drag queens and other assorted characters – she was training her camera upwards at the puffy cumulus clouds and wrought iron balconies that adorn the French Quarter. She looked down just in time to not run into this guy, who was standing perfectly, horrifying frozen in movement – just as if time had stood still. Many a passer-by tried to break his concentration, but he wavered not a millimeter. It took a lovely little lass of about three years of age to express interest in his toy dog to get him to break his concentration. MAC especially liked the carefree swing of his left hand. Now that’s talent.


In Faces, On the Road on February 28, 2010 at 3:44 am

Linda Gerard, Entertainer | The King's Highway, Palm Springs CA | Feb 7 | All content © MAC+COB

In early February, M+C were in Palm Springs for a mixed bag of fun – part work/part play with some good friends. We stayed at the über-hip ACE Hotel and Swim Club – a mid-century remodel that in better weather, is a bonafide adult playland. During dinner in the attached King’s Highway (once an IHOP), we were serenaded by the inimitable LINDA GERARD, hostess and entertainer-extraordinaire. Ok, full disclosure: MAC had to be restrained and reminded at least twice to stop singing along to Linda’s a capella versions of some show tune favorites from the 40s. Linda was a real sport in letting us take a portrait of her at 7am the next morning. And COB was a champion for not letting the previous evening’s Yemen Drops stand in his creative way.