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    Deathly wish and Tasty delight

    Saturday while skipping out on snowboarding Joy and I headed to Monterey Park for some Xiao Long Bao which i’ve been craving since reading Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China.  I realized there is another item on my do not eat list. I don’t know what it is about these soup dumplings but it just makes my mouth feel funny after eating one. I thought it was an aberration when i tried at a typical dim sum place and got the same feeling, but once again its failed me. So is there any connection between peanuts and sesame balls and xioa long bao? At least before we went…

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    On the slopes

    With all the storms this past week, it was inevitable that the mountains got completely dumped on. A few friends invited me out to the mountains on Saturday, but i had a bad feeling about the day so i decided not to go, even though i know that the day would be epic. I was right on both ends, as Ben informed me that Mt. High was spectacular, and Emily got turned around after four hours of driving up to Snow Valley. So i got the itch and packed up the car last night, and headed out to Mt. High at six in the morning. The drive was quick to…

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    Rain comes crashing down

    The rain has really coming down this week. I don’t even remember the rain coming down this hard during the El Niño storms back in the 90s. Thankfully the condo has been holding its own and so far we haven’t had any problems. Can’t say the same about the office as we’ve developed five or six leaks coming from the roof. We had to rearrange our seating to help avoid getting our equipment destroyed. With the rain comes the snow and the mountain must be littered with the white stuff and as much as i want to get out to the slopes the price seems just so high now. I…

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    Snoopy’s 2 year bday

    Since the condo HOA doesn’t allow dogs, we’re still stuck with the Snoopy we got 2 years ago today. At least we have a pretty good imagination, and we still go to Target remembering to pickup dog food or treats. At least he doesn’t need to be walked, or have his poop picked up, he just needs a toss into the laundry machine ever so often to fluff him up to size.

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    Guys night out

    Its been a long while since i went out with the guys without Joy around, but the the night actually happened Saturday night. The night started off with dinner at Honda-Ya in Little Tokyo, with a nice hour wait for a table.  We feasted on a bunch of yakitori, soba, and pitchers of beer. The next step in the itinerary was to go have some whiskey at seven grand, but the line out the door was super long, as was the line as the Library Bar just down the street, so we ended up just hanging outside at the Standard’s courtyard having a few more drinks. I took the steps…

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    Happy for the weekend, but not

    This past week has been a pretty rough one for me, due to my own negligence and the stress from a few projects at work. I thought all was well, until i had to check my e-mail on my phone last night, when i got a message from a client saying that they need me to check on the status of a particular database. Although i warned them about all the problems that would come up if they rushed the project through, and now i’m the one who has to suffer because all the loop holes that weren’t thought out thoroughly. Hopefully i’ll be able to get some rest, and…

  • Chef'ing

    Fraiche take on food

    Twitter not only keeps me update to the minute with the latest sporting news, celebrity gossip, even adult entertainer goings on, but the number of food related twits is quite up there, and that’s not even counting all the taco trucks on the road now. Its introduced me to a few new food blogs to go along with it as well. The one thing that makes these sites a little more interesting than the content heavy foodnetwork.com or epicurious.com is that its just more focused on single recipes, and the photography can be quite nice. It makes the cooking at home so much more precise and makes the presentation that…

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    I have the power!

    Saturday night Joy and I headed out to Hollywood for Aziz’s 30th birthday. We drove out a little early to make sure we made it on time, but found ourselves there way too early. It so happened that the dinner location was close to an art gallery that was showcasing a hundred artists tribute to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Its definitely exactly what i thought it was going to be, with many different styles of art portraying all of the characters in various forms, poses, and mediums. The show runs until the end of the month and is something  to check out if you’re in the area…

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    First Goal – 365 Pictures

    So the sister proposed a friendly competition of shooting a photo a day for  year. So far so good with day 5 of the year, and thankfully with the loose rules of being able to use your camera phone, it makes accomplishing the first goal of the year so much easier. We’ve made a friendly bet of an item from photojojo.com for the “winner” judged by our mother. You can keep check of my progress here, my sister here, and Jonathan decided to join the fun here.

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    New Year’s Buzz

    With no real plans for new years, I ended up hanging out with Ben and Tiffany for the 3rd out of the last four years. Tiffany cooked up some tasty risotto, and we baked up a couple dozen cookies. I ended up taking a nap for about an hour, and thankfully i wasn’t the only one who ended up closing their eyes for a few minutes. Joy woke me up about 30 minutes beforehand and we gave a real uninspiring hoorah, and promptly left to go home. New Years day was spent doing laundry and going out for dinner with the parents. Saturday the sun really decided to come out,…

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    Year in Review 2009

    Just as predicted this year was one for the ages, but much less about pop culture, and so much more about personal benchmarks. Sure there were a few high points in the media, with the Lakers coming back to championship form, and a few movies that i really enjoyed, but in all there isn’t really that much to talk about. Music seemed to take a nose dive, i seem to be falling back to all my old TV shows, and all the vampire books and movies made me realize i’m so much more of a zombie person. As for my personal life, things got rolling quickly and just kept on…