Emily Wells played Kilby Court last night! It. Was. Awesome.
Local band, Daisy and the Moonshines opened it up for Emily and Dark, Dark, Dark. If you’ve never seen Emily play live – it’s something you cannot miss. Just ask Jeremy, my friend who I completely guilted into not flaking out. I don’t care if you just worked after having to babysit drunkards all last night! Yep, that’s what I said to him… well, okay, not exactly. But hey, guilt works.
More Emily Wells after the jump >>
Last month when I was in LA, I went with an old high school friend and her husband to gorge on KBBQ. And about 8 hours later, an old friend from college took me to gorge on okonomiyaki (some call it a healthy Japanese cabbage pancake, er… yeah) and beer at Gaja. This is that latter pig-out in photos. Ugh, I must’ve gained 30 pounds that day but I want to go back immediately! Aiyah.
Make Gaja Okonomiyaki with Me After the Jump >>
Moodaepo II – Oh, Los Angeles, how you tease me with your good food. Last month, during my last-minute trip to LA, I hung out with old friends, David and Jamie. David suggested KBBQ (Korean barbecue), and I didn’t argue.
There are several buffet options to choose from… we got the cheapest one with the short ribs. Uh, because you do not get KBBQ without short ribs. It was pretty good – not awesome.
We all ate one cow each and then some (spicy, spicy octopus and some shrimp). It was easy when you can place another order of goods by a push of a button (literally! you can ring a bell to call the server). Beware, they charge if you don’t finish.
The shrimp and the short ribs were the best. Chicken wasn’t bad either, but I don’t think I’d waste time on much else aside from that… well, maybe the steamed egg to add some balance.
Lunch – chill, bright atmosphere in downtown LA.
Dinner* – disco ball, flashy lights, a dj, clubbing in Los Angeeeeeles.
*That’s what I was told and shown by the decorations subtly placed throughout the restaurant.
I did not eat again until about 9.30pm that day, and that was only because we are in LA and I had to eat more good food!
Okay, I love izakayas and wish we had one in Salt Lake. Yes, I know. I will keep dreaming. Anyway, on a recent trip to LA, where else would I go but to a recommended izakaya? Ahh, okay, Torihei is labeled a yakitori robata-ya, but it has some izakaya feel? Ugh, I loved that yaki-onigiri. So good. And the yogurt shochu!! Dammit, Salt Lake City! Drool on.
My friend Brooke is a total craft nerd. A few weeks ago, I stayed with her while down in Los Angeles for a unexpected work visit. We. Geeked. Out.
Brooke recently helped me with an embroidery project at work. A bit before then, she told me about her latest impulse nerd buy – an embroidery machine complete with the muy expensive software. While I was in LA, she was even taking the accompanying class that came with purchase. Commitment, yo.
Well, after a hard night out on the town, we’d retire back at the house and… EMBROIDER! Alright, I’ll confess: I occasionally geek-out craft nerd style, too.
How to Make a MP3 Belt after the jump >>
Spanish tapas! Old friends! Homemade sodas! Nice weather! It was a fantastic way to enjoy the evening for dinner in Los Angeles with a few pals I hadn’t seen in months. A relatively new restaurant (from what I heard around and about my circles), Baco Mercat was definitely part of the re-emerging Downtown LA scene. I mean, it’s just a few minutes to “skid row” as my company CFO warned me…
Our Baco Mercat dinner in photos after the jump >>
5:55pm — Arrived at Long Beach airport.
6:45pm — Next in line to talk to the Hertz guy after patience slowly seeps from our systems.
7:15pm — Leaving LGB for way of Alhambra, California.
7:30pm — Lost in Los Angeles freeway construction madness.
8.00pm — Finally arrived at the acclaimed Boiling Crab restaurant on Valley Boulevard in Alhambra, where Holly’s relatives have already waited about 45 minutes for our table.
9.00pm — It’s hopeless.
We are starving. Holly and I finally walk inside the restaurant doors and ask how far down we are on the wait list… 8 parties ahead of us. We are curious… many of our friends have recommended this seafood chain. Holly is excited to catch up with her relatives. I am excited that I’m hanging out in LA with someone that likes seafood (*ahem* Brooke!).We poke our heads in further. What do we see? In the entire restaurant, there were only about eight tables! Why was this restaurant so tiny!? I could serve more people crammed in my backyard for a summer barbecue.
That was it. After almost two hours of waiting, we give up — unlike many of the other folks around us. Next door! Noodle World! Ten minute wait! Dinner! Done.
Hold up now! We did not give up!! That was our very first day in California; we still had another chance to go. And we did… at 3:00pm, right as the restaurant opened on the day just before our flight out.
Quick review of our long-awaited Boiling Crab experience >>
Before the wedding in Fallbrook, we left early in the day to do a bit o’ drinkin’ in nearby Temeculah. It’s a decent 2 hour or so drive from Los Angeles and the wedding started in the early afternoon so we didn’t have much time.
Finally arriving in wine country, we accidentally stumbled upon Baily Winery. Looking for any random winery I could remember by asking the trusty GPS, we passed our proposed location and u-turned at Baily’s. We decided to pull into the winery and check it out.
It turned out to be a delightful surprise… all the wines were fantastic. We did a “5″ wine tasting, shared between the two of us. We wanted to pace ourselves for at least another winery and all the drinking ahead of us at the wedding.
Reviews of Baily and Thornton Winery afte the jump >>
Holly and I went to California recently for my friend’s wedding in Fallbrook. It was a blast. The trip was only four days (but according to Priceline it was a five day car rental — bitches!), and it was packed to the hilt every single day.
For instance… we went to Tea Station three times during our trip!
Tea Station is from the renowned Taiwanese tea company, Ten-Ren. Add fun knick-knacks such as pudding, tapioca, red-bean and ice cream… and you have something that I crave at least once a week. The drinks are incredible delicious and the quality is bar-none. A recent found favorite is red-bean, grass jelly coconut drink above (right-most beverage) with ice cream! In addition to drinks, Tea Station also serves up a few small eats from Taiwan — tea eggs, fried chicken, shaved ice, etc.
The atmosphere welcomes groups to come socialize, play games or for something as simple as a study space — the classics of any good coffee house. Unfortunately, Tea Station has only made it’s way through some parts of California and doesn’t even come close to coming to Utah. Hence, the need to pack it in every time I visit.
Bran Nue Dae is finally playing in the United States! Woot woot. Opening September 10, you can find it in these select American cities:
Then on September 17th, it opens in a few more cities:
And the last of the cities scheduled open on September 24th:
Unfortunately, it does not hit Salt Lake City — at least not yet. C’mon Freestyle Releasing!! Bring it to Utah!! I have been waiting forever to seeeeeeeeeeeee it.