Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ben's Jewelry GR2 Sawtelle

Ben's Jewelry! This is the front of GR2. Believe it or not, it was a jewelry store way way back when I was little. I actually remember the place. The facade got removed today and we found out, there's actually really nice architecture to the building. We got columns! So now it's up to figuring out a design for our space. What will we do? How will we not mess it up? Are you a designer with ideas? Hit me up quick. We have a cat and dog adoption about to get underway!


So the dudes are ripping stuff down and then this cans falls out of the front facade. Why is a beer can even in there? Look how old it is. 88 Olympics - Seoul - which Bud commemorated. Check out the Budweiser font. Classic.


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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Deth P Sun only the brave


Deth P Sun work is looking good online and in the shop. The piece above is awesome, and glows in the dark! The below is the big collection of 5x5s. This looks awesome in person. I say one day he does an entire wall.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

NBC Channel 4 in Socal.


NBC channel 4 at 6pm tonite, supposedly a segment about GR in West LA will show. That's me looking at the mic being held by the great Cary Berglund. You wouldn't believe how beat up it looks! That's Martin below explaining about the magazine! Hope it comes out well.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Blog NYC

JetBlue still rock. Right when I thought everyone else stepped up and took them over, I see what they have at JFK. Work stations (but those monitors are not for computers, it's to order food), charging stations, etc. And not just 1 or 2 around a pole, this is a bank of them. Maybe there's 12 or 16 total and a few outlets. This series of pics took place during my escape from Comic Con Thursday and Friday.

Interviews for the Toyota Matrix. A different crew, but it got done. Watch for this one soon at the thedirectorschairsite.com check out the latest from the SF and LA Asian American Film Festivals including Kelly Hu, Charlyne Yi, Tad Nakamura, and more.

Whoa a Muji at the airport. I thought I was going to buy something, but no.

Setagaya Ramen. I've been in Setagaya, Japan, and now NYC. It's decent, but alas, the one in Japan is better. The gyoza is a dead giveaway. It's totally different. But this isn't bad. Shio ramen is still underrated.

That Mark Palaganas, it's late, his hair tells the story. Chinatown is still open at this hour.

Me, Emily Chang, Dan - part of the team that created the short film, Humberville Poetry Slam which played at AAIFF.

A fancy dessert

A fancy meal. That's food blogger Lia Bulaong!
Did I spell that right?

I thought it was a Superflat homage.

Game shirts at Uniqlo NYC.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Smithsonian Franklin Oda and the Air and Space Museum

This is Franklin Oda. He's running the Smithsonian APA Program. The Smithsonian is so huge that they need an organization to make sure everyone is playing fair. They also do events, and make sure Asian Americans get represented. I think it's worth fighting for that. If they didn't, then who would. It was great to drop in and say hello.

This is Washington DC's finest example of graffiti. I dig this. I saw more than one. It's thick road paint, and you'll see if you're on foot.

That's the Air and Space Museum. I like how it looks like cracks in the buildings. Maybe it's like giant square hangars for the planes. It looks powerful outside and inside.




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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Black Dynamite

I saw a private screening of Black Dynamite last night. I didn't know a thing about it, except it did well at Sundance. You'll be hearing about it. It's a "lost" Blaxploitation film, so it's in perfect style, perfectly bad good. Michael Jai White was amazing and it seemed perfect. There's everything in it. Pimps, Black Power, lovin', cuss words, Nixon, drugs, orphans, food, and a lot of strangeness. MJW is a humble dude, from his days playing Spawn to now this. His martial arts is a little too good to be from that period, but what the heck. Well done. The Sundance hit is sold to Sony. Sorry about the crappy photo.


To end a night, it's so odd to see this. It's near 2:30am, in front of my house. David Choe and Harry Kim are eating Taco Bell on the hood of a rental car. It's not the food, or the scene, but it's the fact that they were talking about relationship stuff, and from afar anyone can hear the advice going back and forth. "That's not what you should do!" "But, that's what I have to do for her." "Nooo, Harry! that's stupid" in between bites of taco. It reminded me of some scene that didn't exist from Lethal Weapon between Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. It was like seeing a buddy film.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

NY day. Joe Shanghai and art.

I like this painting in progress. It's mine. Here's a few images from the Choe house in NYC. Works in progress are pretty cool. They're almost done. I hope those aren't images he's using at bottom. If they are, the final product looks nothing like it. It makes no sense. Maybe he reads while he paints.

Hendrix

Hope - yes, that's the original.

Joe Shanghai
There it is. Crab and Pork Xiao long Bao


This was in front of another shop. Live Bait.

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Jerky Cupcakes Cheese and Doughnuts

Hanging out with artist David Choe leads you to eat food everywhere. First stop after breakfast. Ling Kee Beef Jerky. We know what beef jerky is in the USA. It's a Slim Jim or that super dry stuff at liquor stores. But Chinese do it best. It's soft and more like a dried BBQ meat. I'd suggest the spicy pork, it's amazing. David Choe told me a story about him being on an airplane. He pulled out the jerky and the woman next to him who was sleeping, woke up. She then asked the stewardess for some beef jerky. Duh. I actually saved a piece for the plane ride home from NY today. It was great. Here's a Yelp link to them. Would you really think they'd have a site?! 42 Canal Street.




More Lower East Side cupcakes Sugar Sweet Sunshine. 126 Rivington Street

What looks like a coffee house, is now a cupcake spot.


I like chocolate. I haven't eaten anything like this in a while. It was quite great. Chocolate on chocolate. Just when I thought cupcakes were ending, it's still growing. 

From my seat inside, I saw a kid outside trying to solve a Rubik's Cube. I don't know why, but I thought that was cool.

In the Essex Street Market is Saxelby Cheesemongers. 120 Essex street
It's a small one person walk up counter where you can get cheese. All kinds. I don't eat this, but David likes cheese that spells like fart. The cool thing is that the cheese have signs and tells you exactly where it's from. Most are from the East Coast, and the written signs which have great explanations make you want to buy everything even when you dislike cheese. What a great idea. 

She had a great sense of humor. It's her shop and knows her craft.

Doughnut Plant is in the Lower East Side as well. It's a great spot and has 10 shops in Japan! I like the square shaped doughnuts. See the one in the middle with the square sign? I got that one and ate it today. On the plane. These doughnuts are among the best I've had. I think it was in a GR issue way back in the day. Even the woman at the counter is Japanese. I remember over a decade ago, this area was so different. Now, hipster Japanese girls come here and eat doughnuts. Dean and DeLuca still sells these as well. 379 Grand Street

I guess I won't be eating for a week.

I forgot to add, we also ate some fried chicken at this Asian place. Supposedly it's healthy. Then there was a BBQ complete with shrimp, burgers, and more at Dave's place in Chinatown. This is a photo from outside of the market. I think the twin towers would have been in this photo. The sad thing is that I'm not sure.

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Friday, January 25, 2008

iphone pics of the week (ippotw)

Daikokuya ramen in Little Tokyo. I've blogged it before. Pretty tasty, not bad for ramen in LA, which still isn't up to par. Santouka is better but it's thicker. This place has a mighty wait, that's maybe too long. But where else will you go is the next question... Little Tokyo seems to have issues with the dining.

Cousin Dan was in town and up to no good. He looks innocent.

But look what he made me do. Yes I just about killed it, then killed myself. Half chicken please.

Hi I'm Yuki and I translate and write movie reviews and do many other things. Yuki used to say that people made fun of her nose. Elephant was her nickname as a kid. My nose isn't so normal either. Oh well.

A sad sight. Why didn't anyone tell me these were in my fridge, this whole carton sat and sat and sat. I don't cook eggs since I have a cholesterol problem, so these are vintage. I didn't even know they were there and I look in the fridge everyday.

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