• Friends

    #eat3

    Last weekend was Joy’s quarterly dinner with her friends. With Joy being a bit incapacitated with the belly and all we kept our cooking to a minimum. I thought making deviled eggs would be easy and fun to make since i’ve never done it before. I went with a basic recipe and thought i would spice it up with a little bacon, but too bad i forgot the bacon but they still turned out delicious. I tried to reduce the amount of mayo in the recipe, but found that it really did need the full amount to make the egg creamier. The main course was  hotpot soup with lot of other…

  • Restaurants

    Date Nights – Son of a Gun

    With only six or so more weeks until baby Alice arrives into the world its was time to start enjoying our free nights out as much as possible. For our first Friday Night date we went to Son of Gun of Two Dudes, One Pan fame. Son of a Gun is a small plate seafood restaurant in the Beverly Hills locale which is supposedly really busy, but i scored a 6:30 reservation the day of. We got some recommendations from our twitter/instagram friend Remil and settled on getting the Lobster Roll, Shrimp Toast, Soft-Shell Crab, and the Fried Chicken Sandwich. The lobster roll was pretty good, but was tiny and is barely big…

  • Restaurants

    Vegas Vacation

    This time around for LVI my parents wanted to watch some basketball as well so we had some extra cheering on our side of the gym. Thursday morning Joy and I picked up my parents from Cerritos and got to Vegas in a quick four hours. It wouldn’t be a trip to Vegas without a little wining and dining. After checking into the California Hotel we headed for lunch at Ocha Cuisine where my parents had some friends hanging out playing cards. We had to keep it light as we had a big dinner planned with some of my team mates. For our super fancy dinner CJ planned on a…

  • Basketball

    Las Vegas Invitational 2013

    This past weekend Team Mixed Plate for another year gathered in Sin City to fight to be kings of the Dirt Division. Sadly this year was a repeat of last year’s 5th finish, and it was especially hard on me this year because for once we really tried to win. We actually spent time this summer meeting up and practicing at the Artesia High gym, working on our offense, and defense and had a pretty good game plan going into the weekend. Friday night’s game versus Wheelchair Bound went exactly according to plan. Our bigs were playing big, CJ was hitting his shot from outside and we built a small lead…

  • Disneyland,  Family

    Disneyland 5k – Race Day

    I signed up for the Disneyland 5k back in the winter time and knew it was a long ways away but kept up all summer going for 2 and 3 mile runs even during the weekdays. I couldn’t seem to get past running a 9:30 mile, and really tried to get it closer to a nine minute mile to beat my personal record (PR). Going into race day i was faced with a dilemma of racing by myself or walking with Joy since she’s pregnant, and my sister still sore from her minor surgery the week before. I planned on walking part of the race with them and running the…

  • Disneyland,  Family

    Disneyland Halfathon Weekend

    Six years ago when i first met Joy, i somehow convinced her to run a half marathon with me even though neither one of us had run more than a 5k before. It was early on in our dating timeline and i had some reservation about asking a girl i basically had just met to a date seven months into the future, but something inside told me just go for it. Looking back I think training together for the half-marathon was something that we really bonded over time with and got us to where we are now. This year knowing that we were trying to get pregnant we only signed…

  • Friends,  Los Angeles Local,  Restaurants

    Reliving Paris – Papilles

    Last weekend I re-watached the 100th episode of No Reservation where Tony Bourdain along with Eric Ripert goes on a tour of the new Paris food scene. It made me really miss our time there last year, so I immediately hopped on to yelp to find a restaurant that has the same sensibility. I stumbled upon Papilles in Hollywood which serves a prix fixe menu that changes every other week and thought it would be perfect. I invited the Manichans to join us on Saturday night and we enjoyed a fun evening of stuffing our face with some really good bread, a little wine, and of course our food. Both couples…

  • Family

    Happy Sixty-Ninth Birthday

    Today is my dad’s 69th birthday and this weekend he celebrated with all his friends. At this point I think he has more friends than i do, and they all showed up to wish him a happy birthday. I got to partake in all the tasty Thai food, a slice of a Porto’s cake, and finally got to witness the parents rocking out to their karaoke.

  • Fantasy Sports

    Fantasy Football 2013

    My favorite time of the year for Football is back again, and its getting even more stressful than ever. I’m in a total of four different leagues once again, and the first draft of the season was for my long time, high school friends,  All VETO n NO TRADE league. Its our 9th year together and while i might have won the 1st year of the league, I haven’t been able to repeat that success since. 12 team league, 6pts for passing TD, and 1/3 point per reception $300 auction draft This year i put in a lot of time putting together my draft sheet, and a basic strategy for how much…

  • Family,  Travels

    Maternity Photos

    The morning before Joy and I got back on a plane from Portland to Long Beach I booked a photographer to take some maternity photos for us. Originally I thought I would just do them, but after thinking about it I figured it was probably best that somebody else take care of it, and went with Colleen Sparks. It also helped that the she’s also was Aziz’s neighbor. It was beneficial since she was able to pick us up and bring us to Cathedral Park which sits underneath St. John’s Bridge which gives plenty of things to take pictures by. We spent about an hour shooting around the parks in…

  • Annual COC Golf Tournament,  Golf

    9th Annual COC Golf Tournament

    There was much discussion this year about the 9th Annual COC Golf Tournament because i was spearheading the campaign to move it away from Palm Springs to the more temperate climate of San Diego. There was a moment where Brock made a convincing movement back to the desert but I decided that I can’t do the heat and i was happy we did head south. It was especially good since there were fires burning up the hills of Banning which would have made the air even worse. Friday the other guys took off around noon, while i had to finish up work before heading out to San Diego after traffic died…

  • Travels

    Portland Food Scene

    We had lots of places on our list before heading up to Portland, but were only able to visit a couple due to being too full to eat, or too far to get to without a car at the moment. We initially thought of going to Pok Pok, but just couldn’t convince ourselves to spending a lot of money on Thai food. This is my list of my favorite places that we got to eat at. Breakfast Nuvrei Patisserie & Café Joy’s favorite place for breakfast each morning was at Nuvrei in the Pearl District. I really like their Bacon & Cheddar Biscuit sandwich with eggs, and bacon, and should’ve…