Camera Woes + Sunshine’s A Go

by Holly on September 4, 2010

in dinner,eating out,lunch,meet-up,vegan

If you follow me on Twitter, you’re well aware of the fact my camera broke.

Insert sad face emoticon here.

I don’t know if you know, but a blogger without her camera is like a baseball player without a glove…


…or a red carpet event without Joan Rivers + her latest plastic surgery procedure…


…or, since this IS a food blog, a cold pint of beer without cheese curds.

It just ain’t right.

At approximately 1:52pm on Friday, mere minutes before a very exciting foodie engagement, my SD memory card decided to bust and bring the rest of my camera to photography heaven along with it. No scream of anger or evocative dance of rage could express my utter frustration in this moment outside of the Quaker Steak + Lube.

But I channeled my inner yogi, took a deep breath and held it together.

Why, you ask?

Because I had a very exciting lunch date with two fantastic people: Cole and Carmen. Cole is the business mastermind behind Sunshine Burgers and Carmen is his lovely significant other.

We met at the Quaker Steak + Lube, where excitingly, Sunshine Burgers on are the menu!

For the record, Nacho Mama’s Veggie Salad doesn’t mess around…

I honestly loved it. In fact, crumbling Sunshine Burgers atop a ginormous junk salad may be my favorite way to eat this pure and simple veggie burger.

In case you aren’t familiar with these boigers (ahem, burgers), Sunshine Burgers are organic, all-natural veggie patties made from sunflower seeds, grains, legumes and sea salt. They’re vegan, soy-free AND gluten-free and come in six flavors (in order from my favorite to least favorite): Falafel, Breakfast, Garden Herb, Barbecue, Original and Southwest.

Most importantly, they are delicious. I’ve been happily eating them for more than a year now.

Anyways, we had a great lunch, and it was so much fun to talk to like-minded people who appreciate the art of healthy, nutritious and delicious food.

After lunch, more work and a PiperLime online shopping spree (can you call online shopping but not buying anything a spree?), I headed home, packed up my stuff and slurped down this smoothie…

1 cup vanilla kefir
1/4 cup skim milk + 1/4 cup water
1/2 cup cherries
1 sliced frozen banana
1 T vanilla cranberry peanut butter
2 cups spinach

Then, I hit the road and arrived at la casa de Mama y Papa Everythingtarian last night.

I slept 10 hours, awoke to a fresh Starbucks coffee brought to me by Daddy E and went on a 5-mile walk with Mama E. Currently, I am procrastinating doing work and researching cameras.

Since when are you actually supposed to do labor on Labor Day Weekend anyways?

Before I skedaddle, I need your help!

What kind of camera do you have? Do you like it? If you have an SLR (for example, a Canon Rebel), would you recommend it? I am debating between getting a point and shoot or a SLR camera – a point and shoot because it’s easy to carry around and a SLR because the pictures are amazing. Thoughts?


Angharad September 4, 2010 at 4:31 pm

So sorry about the death. Yay for veggie burger lunches.

We’ve talked about this. I love my dslr like none other but it’s totally unwieldy for the more day to day shots. Sort of obnoxious pulling it out at the office/restaurant…but doable. A point and shoot is much more subtle but like you say, it’s easier to take banging photos on a dslr. So, I guess you have to decide how much you’re willing to hump the thing around if you opt for the dslr….if only there was a magic fairy willing to bring you both, eh? xoxoxo

Little Bookworm September 4, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Sorry about the camera! Your lunch (and the sunshine burgers) sound amazing though. Hope you have a great weekend. (I just watched the Co-op Vlogs you did a while ago – loved them!)

Lynn @ The Actors Diet September 4, 2010 at 5:20 pm

eeek! sorry about your camera, holly, how traumatizing! i looove sunshine burgers – did you meet deb, the founder? she’s a sweetheart – have never met her in person but she is very cool via email.

Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries September 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Quaker Steak and Lube has SUNSHINE BURGERS?! Thank goodness you alerted me. I love those things!

Kristin September 4, 2010 at 8:04 pm

My camera broke back in April. I got a Kodak Z981 which at the time was their high end digital. It is not a SLR but it does have 26X zoom. It pretty much as all the manuel settings of an SLR without having a to buy extra (and expensive) lenses. It also has a really great automatic setting. I’ve been very pleased with it except…it’s pretty much as big as an SLR and hard to carry around.

Matt September 4, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Sorry about your camera :(

You don’t want camera advice from me. I know nothing about them and I have a POS Kodak. Haha.

Madeline @ Greens and Jeans September 4, 2010 at 9:09 pm

You were online window shopping my friend. I know it well. I’m going to send you an email about cameras because I have a broken point and shoot and a dSLR and I may not be replacing the broken one… The dSLR does all the grunt work (and gave me an excuse to buy a cute camera bag) and the camera on my iPhone does the rest!

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm

I just got an SLR (Nikon) and still have no idea how to use. I actually think my point and shoot was much easier and it caused me no stress.

BroccoliHut September 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm

If you have the $$, I’d say go for the SLR (which I don’t) so otherwise I would highly recommend the Canon PowerShot SD1200.

Diana @ frontyardfoodie September 4, 2010 at 11:26 pm

aww I’m sorry! I hate camera troubles. Once I had a trouble with my sd card and my husband seriously did something magical and it worked.

Faith September 5, 2010 at 7:46 am

I’m sorry to hear about your camera…what a pain! (I almost feel naked without it, lol!) I have a point and shoot (Canon), but I’m actually on the market for an SLR myself…

Emily @ Relishments September 5, 2010 at 8:01 am

Sad day! I’ve had a Canon PowerShot for a couple years now and I really like it (and I’m sure the new ones are ever better). Part of me would like to have a fancy SLR, but my point and shoot sure fits nicely into my purse–and it’s much cheaper!

Heather (Perspective Is Everything) September 5, 2010 at 8:09 am

Awwwww!! :( no camera for The Taste of Madison?! I hope and pray you can at least borrow one for that epic event. I guess I’m just assuming you’ll be there….I could be wrong ;). But – hope I’m NOT!

Katie September 5, 2010 at 9:42 am

Booo for camera breakage!! But yay for what sounds like a fun weekend! I have a point and shoot (Kodak Easy Share) – and I lurve it. I dropped it in the sand this summer at the beach, and although the little shutters are stuck open, it still works like a charm. Had it for 7 years…

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 5, 2010 at 10:20 am

I love, love, love my Canon Rebel. But at the same time, it’s not great for bringing out and about. That’s when I wish I had a little point and shoot so that I could snap at anything and everything without going through the process of taking out a huge camera. Seriously, I think both have their major pro’s and con’s.

crunchy granola gal September 5, 2010 at 12:15 pm

You had lunch with Cole, the sunshine burger guy?! Awesome! Me and SBs go wayyy back to my childhood weekends in the catskills- the original SB factory was located a few minutes from my parents country home. I loved visiting carol at her factory and watching the sunshine burger production process back when they were a much smaller operation. Very cool to watch a company grow in so many ways. Sunshine burgers for life! :)

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum September 5, 2010 at 3:34 pm

We have a Nikon D40 and it is super easy to use! And I have to give a shout out to my home boy from MN … J Mauer! :) Go Twins!

Susan September 7, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I’m sorry about your camera. That BLOWS. I have a point and shoot that I adore, and I don’t really wish for an SLR, but that’s just me. I would say purchase it like you would a pair of jeans. Think of functionality, style, and price.

They serve sunshine burgs at quaker steak and lube? for realz? that is the jank!

jeri September 7, 2010 at 6:41 pm

well christ now I MUST have cheese curds. damn you! :p

Jen September 8, 2010 at 8:27 am

Get an SLR! Because you’re right, the pictures ARE amazing. I want one badly and just can’t afford it right now…. only 3.5 months till Christmas! ;)

Lindsey @ Foodie on the Rocks September 10, 2010 at 1:47 pm

only get the DLSR if you want to learn how to use it on manual, because on auto, 50% of the time it’s only as good as a high end point and shoot. i tried it on my cousin’s rebel when i was too inebriated (gasp) to care about messing with settings and yeah. may as well have had my canon point and shoot. I have a canon powershot SX100 IS. it’s got all of the manual options of a DSLR and much more convenient to carry around (not much bigger than normal point and shoot’s). you just don’t get the same resolution and shooting in the dark capabilities (high ISO noise reduction, etc) that come with the muey expensive DLSR’s!!

sorry for the book like comment :P

Erin @ The Houndstooth Apron September 10, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Oh, that picture of my boyfriend Joe Mauer was such an unexpected treat! Love him desperately.

I’m still point-and-shooting, but I’m looking at a Canon Rebel. My brother-in-law’s brother is a professional photographer, and he uses a Nikon. I borrowed it a while back and I loved it, but’s it’s heavy and carries a $1200 price tag.

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