• One Stop Dishes

    Al Noor – Chicken Tikka Masala

    Affectionately known as CTM, is the burning goodness that had me at the first spoonful. It was actually difficult for me to choose just one dish from Al Noor because i love all their dishes (minus the tandoori) but this was the dish that got me hooked on Indian Food. This dish itself is creamy, spicy, full of flavor and the best i’ve had from anywhere. I’ve been told its not as authentic as other places but when something tastes this good, who cares. Its literally one of the few dishes that i can have for lunch, and dinner on the same day. Be careful not to get any on…

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    Hipster Holiday Soiree!

    I had been battling a cold for the past week and did my best to get healthy again by Saturday for Andrea’s annual Christmas Party, this year titled Hipster Holiday Soiree! I drank gallons of water with emergen-c, chicken soup, and plenty of tylenol to get well enough to attend. I made a pot of chili from scratch (even the beans) bought a pretty clever white elephant gift too, and I was pretty happy that all i really needed to buy for my outfit was a t-shirt from H&M that was on sale for a buck! The Hipster scene is a pretty interesting/lame style thats been pretty popular and by…

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    All Star Challenge

    Top Chef Season 8 – All Stars Premiered on Wednesday, and now it means something. I setup a little Fantasy Top Chef with Joy, Nina, and her Co-worker Teresa and we held a draft before the first episode. So we randomly drew names to determine the draft order and each picked 4 chefs to consider our “team.” The point scoring goes as follows: 5 points for a Elimination Win 3 points for a Quickfire Win 1 point for crying on an episode 1 point for cursing on an episode So my team consists of Tiffany from season 7, Tre from season 3, Carla from season 5, and Stephen from season…

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    Bouchon – Chicken and Waffles

    The first dish that i want to highlight is the magical Chicken and Waffles from Bouchon. Sure the chicken isn’t fried, but its super moist and has the best crispy skin. The chicken is served with waffles cooked with chives in them and served with a bacon jus, and Tahitian vanilla bean butter. Its the perfect blend of sweet, savory and crunch. Originally only served during brunch at the Las Vegas location, but is now being served at the Bouchon in  Beverly Hills. I still prefer eating it only in Las Vegas, as it gives me something to look forward to when headed out to the desert. Its not as…

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    Boom-shaka-laka!

    Black Friday came and went and even when i tried to shop the world was against me. I went to Target 3 times, Walmart, Cerritos Mall, Manhattan Beach Mall, and walked away with some tupperware that my mother bought me. I did try to buy a couple pieces of clothing but every time i went to check out, the items that i picked weren’t even on sale, just sadly misplaced in the store. So i turned to where i know i could buy everything, Amazon.com. I finally bought a few items that i’ve had in my Amazon Wish List and realized my only interests are now Sports, Food, and Zombies.…

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    Giving Thanks, to everyone

    Its already been a year at our home, and our second Thanksgivings dinner with the parents, minus my dad who’s in Thailand for the month. I’m so happy that everyone is still healthy and sarcastic as ever, and that we have time to spend with each other before Joy’s parents retire to Thailand next year. I took some time to do some IT stuff at work, upgrading the server, and organizing things for the upcoming week. The funny thing is that everyone went to work in the morning so there’s wasn’t anything special about the morning, but thankfully the dinner menu didn’t have anything that required lots of cooking time.…

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    Pre-Thanksgiving Meals

    With every trip up to the bay, there’s always some food to write home about. The first tasty morsel was what i’m dubbing the “Adult McRib.” The Porchetta Sandwich from Roli Roti which is a pork loin wrapped with pork belly and crispy pork skin too. The first bite with all the different pork, grilled onions, and arugula make for a delicious bite. To accompany our first lunch in the city we also ordered a bowl of ramen from Hapa Ramen who was station right next to Roli Roti outside the Ferry Building. A very delicious bowl of pork ramen soup to go along with our sandwich. Friday morning we…

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    Pre-Thanksgiving in SF

    Since my sister wasn’t coming down for Thanksgiving we went up to see her. My mom, Joy and I went up to the bay on Wednesday night for a few days of hanging out with Nina, and exploring the city. The first day Nina had to work so we played tourist for the first  day visiting Alcatraz and getting on a boat to check out the old prison. The prison was actually much smaller than i imagined, and was pretty cold and foreboding even if it was sunny on the outside. Friday Nina had already planned to take the day off to visit the de Young museum for a van…

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    50 Years of Kitty

    Small Gift LA Friday November 12, 2010 – Sunday November 21, 2010 Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 9040 Hello Kitty and friends are 50 years old and you can take part in the celebrations too. For the next two weeks there is a special event being held at the Santa Monica Airport where you can check out some Hello Kitty arts and crafts, games, shopping, and best of all art. Many artists from Simone Legno (tokidoki) to Buff Moster have contributed work for sale to the public. The admission is free except for a few special night events, but parking is $10. Its a great place to…

  • One Stop Dishes

    One Stop Dishes

    People have noted that Joy and I seem to eat a lot. I personally don’t think we eat that much, but its just we tend to go to lots of different places when we do go out. It is fun exploring and trying out new places, but in reality there are only a few that are worth going back to over and over again. I like to think back and try to remember the memorable dishes that make a place stand out, and surprisingly there aren’t very many places that call out to me that i have to go back to. I’m going to start listing restaurants or other eateries…

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    The un-Walking Deaaaaaad

    If you haven’t already you need to set your DVR to record The Walking Dead on AMC Sundays at 7pm. Based on a graphic novel of the same name, this Zombie drama is everything that you want from a TV show. Its got a theme, and it sticks to it. There are plenty of likable characters and drama already between them. The story lines give way to plenty of conversations you’ll have with other watchers of what worked and didn’t and what you would do in the same situation. Even if you’re not into the zombie thing, what else are you going to be watching at 7pm on a sunday?…

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    Noah the third

    Jonathan and Janelle’s boy Noah is turning 3 along with all the other fire pigs out there. So the threw him a part out in Torrance at Wilson Park where they have miniature trains that adults and children get to ride for free. Thats where the fun begins and where my terror begins. Joy and I were the only ones there without kids, and while everyone went for their fun ride, i some how volunteered my services to watch over Naomie, by myself. In all honesty i thought someone else was going to be there with me, but alas it was just me and the girl. Everything started out fine…