It's Tuesday, but it's my Monday. Took yesterday off because I got sick, probably from the food I ate on Sunday, which is on this blog post. But I'm not 100% sure what happened to me. So I'll write a review on my experience anyways because I still loved the burger I got from Stuffed.
I met up with an artist this past Sunday for coffee. It was our first time meeting up in person. We've commented back and forth on Instagram about life, relationships and art. She posted on IG story about meeting other artist for coffee and I guess to pick their brains? Well the stuff she posted on IG got me very curious. I wanted to know who she is, what she's going through and what her paintings are about. I wanted to pick her brains. We met up at my favorite coffee shop Moniker General and we talked for hours, till we got hungry. So we walked into the Liberty Public Market to find something to eat and ended up at Stuffed. Funny thing is, I've eaten at every restaurants inside the market except for Stuffed, and it was quite delicious!
After having dinner at Tacos El Gordo we headed over to the Human Catalyst shop. This was the reason why we were in Chula Vista. Stillo the owner of Rottweiler Brand had his pop up shop last night, on his birthday! So I had to come through to show some love and support. Stillo is a part of the Suav crew. I met him when I met Rossi Rock. His all gang showed up when I did an interview on Rossi a while back and Rossi has been working hard ever since. He wasn't working alone though, his whole team has been backing him up and brands such as Rottweiler came about. Their whole crew all bring some skills to the table, that's how you succeed. It's great to see them doing well and importantly, consistent. Rottweiler just came out with the stripe shirt with ROTT printed on it, I fell in love with that shit and surprisingly it's the first piece I ever bought from Stillo. Dollar well spent.
I had the pleasure to finally visit the Human Catalyst shop and chopped it up with the owner Russell. It's crazy to see him bloom from an online store as well. I would see him at car events with his booth selling his clothes, now he got a store in Chula Vista, on Third Ave. There is something special about this area. Once a quiet unknown spot to some of SD people and tourist, Downtown Chula Vista is growing and becoming the new spot to chill. Russell was telling me how there was close to nothing when he first opened. He's been opened for three years now and the place is filled with Breweries, Coffee shops, restaurants, some old school shops still exist on the block. Russell basically watched this hood grow. Third Ave is also new to me, so many breweries and restaurants for me to try. I'm hardly in Chula Vista, but as of recently I've been traveling to Chula because of my ex lady lives down there. Other than that I never had any business to be in Chula Vista but with this going on, me and my brother will make the effort to visit all these breweries and restaurants, to experience Chula Vista like we never did before. I've done North Park, I've done Point Loma, Encinitas, Barrio Logan, Downtown SD, La Jolla etc etc, but now, Chula Vista, here we come!!
Get your head out of the gutter people! I'm talking about real brain, a cow's brain. YUCK!!!
I've been doing my best to eat every where I possibly can afford. I remember walking around downtown one time I said to myself, "one day, I'm going to eat at every restaurant available just to experience something new." If you can't tell by now, food gets me excited. I love traveling for food, I love trying new things, I love to eat!!! I've been to Tacos El Gordo once a long time ago, maybe a decade ago actually. But I can't remember how good or bad it was, but people keep talking about how good it is so I had to hit it up one time to refresh my memory. Dook, Ly, his son Kevin, and I went to Tacos El Gordo last night in Chula Vista, the one on H Street since there's like three of them down there. The parking lot was full, the restaurant was really busy, that tells me one thing, their tacos must be off the hook!! To my surprise, they had three to four lines going on. Each line is for different protein. One line is for the weird shit, like brains, tripe, tongue and head. I learned that it's great to go with a group, so you can split up and order the tacos at once instead of getting into another line for something else like Carne Asada and Adobada. I wanted to try something weird instead of the typical stuff. Big mistake!! Well I got the Adobada which tasted like heaven, but I got the brain, tongue, and tripe. Man oh man, though it was authentically good, I just didn't like the taste of brain and tripe. I wouldn't know how to describe but it taste like how you can imagine what those part of the cow would taste like. Oh the tripe was mixed with intestine, ugh, flavor was real as fuck! Ain't my thang, I'm sure Andrew Zimmern would love it! Bizarre food moment! I'd go back for more Adobada and Asada this time. Oh and after you get your tacos, you have to go pay for it in another line, that one is short though. Weird system but it work I guess.
Yup! New spot called Crackheads inside of the Liberty Public Market in Point Loma. I keep thinking I read it wrong but, it really does say Crackheads. I even looked at the photo again before I even started on this post. Its a breakfast joint. While I was checking it out, I was thinking to myself, "I've seen a spot like this somewhere before, on the internet, but who would want to pay hella extra for cereal and pop tarts?" But! It's convenient for those who are on the move I guess, but that's not the only thing they offer! They offer some breakfast sandwiches too, Dook got one just to try and it was gooooddd!! They open early, just in time for all the photographers and blogger like me who hangs out at Moniker early in the morning. Well, I hope they do well.
Damn it was hot over the weekend! Three cold showers a change of shirts, I was a sweaty mess. Monday was much better, had a BBQ with the homies but what did ya'll do over the weekend? I spent most of my weekend eating, what's new right? Lol.
Ate at Flower Child for the first time, super cute spot that offers healthy food. Not my cup of tea but that's because I like the food that'll kill you haha. I'll end up at Flower Child again, I definitely need to eat healthy on the weekend. Don't get me wrong, I eat healthy Monday through Friday, and on the weekend I just let myself go! Healthy food is just not fun for me to blog about, but I'll post about Flower Child since I had a great experience.
A few hours later I met up with a good friend of mine from LA, Bryan who was a part of the Dude Blvd Crew LA chapter. Bryan and his friends were in town for the Padre Vs Dodgers game. I took Bryan to Soda & Swine the last time he was in town and he loved it, and came back for more.
I've been ignoring this joint for way too long. Not sure how long they been opened but they are fairly new to the neighborhood. Located on the corner of 25th and Market St. Yes in the hood. Not too far from the hood itself if not in it, and downtown is just three minutes away. Don't worry, it's safe to eat there. I didn't spend too much time there to meet the chefs or their staffs, which I should've. But the owners may be the chefs in the kitchen. Garlic Shack is a Asian Fusion food joint, burgers, fries, and Sandwiches. Dook found out about Garlic Shack yesterday and immediately wanted to eat there. What caught his attention? it was the Spicy Fries, sprinkled with peppers and smothered in their spicy Ketchup. That was fucking delicious! Great atmosphere, street parking and also a parking lot next door on 25th. I'm definitely coming back to try out other items on the menu and to get more of their spicy fries, but this time, large please.
Congrats to my dude Rossi Rock for getting signed to The Private Club. Rossi just announced he will be joining the east coast part of the Made In Tokyo tour.
You are never alone. I know sometimes you feel like you are but they are many people out there going through the same thing you are. That is not to dismiss your feelings like it's not special enough or we shouldn't care as much, nah, I'm saying reach out for answers. Reach out for help, reach out for company. Don't hide it, don't keep them in, we can get through it together.
Shout out to Jasmine for taking the time to be a part of my Sadness Is A Blessing photo series. I guess it's a Depression awareness photo series? She is open about her depression and I admire her for that because I know most people don't want anyone to know about it. I wish I can tell you everybody's story but I can't, I'll have to let them tell it if ya'll should ever cross path. I just have this urge to capture images, different faces, different style, different lives, but we all have been sad/depressed before or currently dealing with depression. I just want to capture you and show the beauty of ya'll through my lens. I used roses in this series because I've read that the scent of roses helps with depression. As I'm writing this post I'm thinking to myself, "am I even doing anything to help?" I honestly feel like I'm not doing much but I'd love to help.
Ps. DM, email, text me, if ya'll would like to take part of this photo series.
After shooting Jasmine in front of the greyish blue wall in La Jolla I took her out to one of my favorite restaurant, Streetcar Merchants of Fried Chicken. Then I stopped by Jose's to see B-Mac and drink a Michelada, and a farewell shot. Homeboy never let me leave without taking a shot with him. Spread Love.
Please be aware I'm about to open up and get emotional. I'm about to express my thoughts and feelings openly to a bunch of people (if there's even a bunch of people who visits my site) that may and may not know me and vice versa. I've been extremely quiet about this for many reasons. I love having my privacy and also for the privacy of others I've hesitated to speak on this and I will still leave their names out. This has been an amazing and emotional year for me. I've made many mistakes over the years and those mistakes made me a better person. I've discovered myself, I've discovered inner happiness. It's pure, no expectations, I can give love without expecting it in return, I can help without expecting it in return. And if the people I chose to love breaks my heart friends/lovers I have nothing against them, I'll let them take it and we can move on our way, my gift to you.
I've always knew once you get it together everything will just fall into place. I have the perfect selection of friends on my side, you are the company you keep. I've been traveling. I met a girl after 10 years of being single. Everything was going great, I was highest than my high. Then a door opened to something new to me, something I've never had to deal with before, DEPRESSION. I read up on it, studied it to understand it, so I can learn how to act or deal with it. Why was it so important to me? I learned that the people I love so dearly are dealing with it. It hurts me to see them like that and it hurts me cuz it took a lot away from me. And I know depression took alot from YOU too. I'm finally speaking on it because I need to express my feelings, my happiness, my sadness, my ups and down. I get visions and ideas in my head for photographs, if I don't act on it it would keep me up at night, all night. Just staring at the ceiling. So I know you've noticed I haven't blog much, or taken photos. I recently started doing it, because I wasn't happy you guys, I need a time out for a second and recover. I'm slowly getting back on my feet with the support of my friends (I love ya'll), and back to blogging and sharing. My heart is still filled with love and I'm ready to spread them. I'm currently exploited my recent mood, sadness and came up with a short photo series "Sadness Is A Blessing." I listen to a lot of music and sometimes a line or title to a song gives me ideas. I dedicate this photo series to those who are/were dealing with depression. My idea is to capture a person/subject holding a flower in front of a colorful wall, behind all this beauty lies a dark story, hidden somewhere in that person. I hope my love and support helps a bit, you can email or call me anytime if you ever need anyone to talk to. Peace.
Now I can't complete a blog post without a food post right? Jess never been to Salud before and it's safe to say she loved it. We shot at a pink building new by. Not at the pink church though, because they didn't want us to use their wall because they were afraid we would do something x-rated. Well out of respect we moved on and found a pink wall one block away.
Who goes to a Gordon Ramsay's Steak house with shorts and tank top on for a fine dining experience? Rhandy does, no class. Then we have Dook and Robert picking up their bone and ripping the meat off with their teeth. Well what can I say? We got some kind of class hahaha.
I'm a huge Gordon Ramsay's fan and I watch almost every show he has out there. I'm an expert cook in my head for all the cooking lessons I took from his shows, but if I really did try to cook I'd probably fuck shit up haha. It's been a dream of mine to eat at his restaurant to see what is so good about it. I've been to many great restaurants in SF, Japan, LA, and SD, but never been to a Gordon joint before. So be prepared to spend a pretty penny or two if you ever decide to eat there. Obviously they do not have a dress code but it's nice to dress up for the occasion. To be honest, what we wore was dressed up to me haha. Standards are a little low, street wear for the motherfuckin' win.
Seeing the Beef Wellington on Gordon's show programmed the craving into my brain so I had to get that. Rhandy went super fancy and ordered the American Wagyu Steak and that was the best dish on our table. Dook ordered the T-Bone Steak and Robert ordered the Long Bone steak. ALl the steask were great but I prefer to eat my steaks with some sauce. They do have sauce you can choose from, the only steak I wouldn't fuck with and eat as is the Wagyu. For appetizers we ordered half dozen of Oysters but they brought out Clams by accident. They let us keep the Clams anyways because they were going to toss it out. So huge thank you to Adrian our.....shit whats a fancy word for waiter? I don't want to call him our waiter he was more a a guide in a fancy hotel type of shit. Anyways, the oysters came in variation and they were all delicious than a motherfucker. The Clams, I thought I hate raw Clams but I guess Crabhut is not the place to get raw Clams because damn that shit was delicious!!!!!!! Made me want to flip the table delicious! We ordered wine too, not to be fake (as Rhandy called us, that fucking dick), we were told its best to drink wine when eating steak and if there's anything that has alcohol, we'll drink it! Rhandy did not have a glass of wine with us, I guess he hates wine that much. At the end of dinner we all put in $100+ towards the check, not bad.
Look! Las Vegas has Royce' Chocolate!! We don't have to go all the way to Japan for it anymore!
I stayed up late last night writing up a post and drank the beers we bought from Friday night so it won't go to waste. The universe must've not liked what I had to say so my computer crashed and erased everything. I even saved a draft, the titled was saved a day prior to my writing, I don't know man. I'll have to email Square Space about their site not saving drafts manually or automatically. I'm paying $212 a year for the damn site.
Anyways! As you know we're here in Las Vegas to explore the food game. Woke up Saturday morning first thought I had was, "where we gonna eat?" I was pretty tired, I didn't sleep well. I never sleep well when I'm away from home. And I get homesick, also the hardest part about traveling is flying. I'm terrified of flying. But, I won't let none of that stand in my way. And you already know we didn't fly out this time, we drove. But just saying, don't let anything get in the way of what you want to do, Just Do It" -Nike. Hahaha. Dook suggested we check out Yardbird for their Fried Chicken. He love his Fried Chicken. Yardbird is located in our hotel, not far away. Once we got there we almost didn't eat there. We didn't see anything else appealing but I think it was the price that always made me walk away. The dishes were about $18 to $36 each. Then the hostess came up to us and told her they are known for their Fried Chicken etc. Whatever she said to me sold me so good job! She did her job well and I'm glad she did because it was the best Fried Chicken I've ever had!! I love it better than Farmers Brown in SF, Crack Shack in SD which was or may still be number 1 in SD. Yardbird chicken was flavorful, crispy, hella juicy on the inside. It had flavor all the way down to the bones! I got the half chicken with watermelon and waffles. The waffle on the other hand tasted like nothing I had before, tasty little motherfuckers. Robert ordered the deviled eggs, you can tell he was hungry (that was a joke). Rhandy ordered the Fried Chicken Biscuit and Gravy. We shared our dish so everyone can have a taste. I definitely love this place and will come back to when we're in Las Vegas again.
Las Vegas is not my favorite place to visit but this time we came out here to explore their food! We originally booked this event for a birthday party but that got cancelled a day after. We decided to stick with the plan anyways strictly for food. I could use a short vacation anyways after all the shit I've been dealing with the past few months. Being in Vegas this time made me realize how boring I've become. We go to bed by 10:30 to 11 PM while everyone are going to the clubs and shit. And I have no desire to party or get drunk.
The drive to Las Vegas was actually pretty fun! We have Rhandy from the Outsiders BMX who is like a fucking grown child but he's very entertaining and funny. We laughed all the way to Vegas. Oh yeah, we stopped by the colorful rock art installment, dumbest shit we've done so far haha. But it's cool, we took a group photos anyways just to be basic as fuck. It's really hot out in Vegas and our hotel room is freezing cold. I think I may be getting sick from the temperature change. And the day I didn't bring a chap stick with me I ended up needing one so I had to buy and some eye drops cuz my eyes are dry as fuck!
This week is treating me well!! I went to the Low Rider meet and then the Encinitas Classic Car night the day after. Mexican food two days in a roll, what more can I ask for!? I'm currently in Las Vegas right now getting this post out so I won't be saying too much so I'll just post photos. Encinitas Classic car night happens every third Thursday only in the summer. Summer is almost over so their last meet will be in September, but you can alway check up on their site for the dates. And what is a car meet without food? We always gotta eat, we had dinner right in the heart of the classic car meet, The Taco Stand. Taco Stand is cool, I personally like Salud's tacos better but Taco Stand got something no one else does. Mary Tierra Fries, that's surf and turf on seasoned fries with nacho cheese, quac, and some other cheese. Fucking delicious!! Alright! On to the photos!!
Back to back with the La Vuelta Car Cruise. Normally it would be bi-weekly but since it's almost the end of summer or maybe its already over (peace out summer I never really liked you) they had their last Wednesday's meet last night. But for the big finale they will have their special event on a Saturday with road blocks.
I was finally reunited with a good friend of mine, Jason Huggins. If you're new to this blog then you might not know him. Especially since I used his real name haha. Jason is one of the owners of 5&A Dime, Hickies & Dryhumps, Butts Ta Nuts. We haven't been able to hang out in a very long time, but we recently got to catch up and got the momentum going. Relationships/friendships are like flowers, you gotta water it. I felt like I haven't been watering our friendship so it's important to me to make time for my boy Jason. I always thought he was just too busy cuz he's never at the shop, but he was always home (upstairs). It was a very special night to have Jason out with us. The Lowrider meet was poppin'. He had Salud tacos for the first time and loved it. He got to experience the vibe, the music, the culture, we all love so much together. There is something about lowrider meets that I love so much. It's not just the cars. It's so fucking authentic, and just how I remember it from my childhood, it's still the same! Not much as change but the faces. I love the oldies music pouring out of every speakers available on the block. From the Dj's to the lowriders passing by. Lowrider culture is timeless, I'm just happy to be able to witness this and capture it with my camera. I took most of my pictures with my film camera, working on a new gallery soon so once I get those done, I'll add them to my site.
I tried to get to Barrio Logan as early as possible so I can chill at Por Vida before the cruise started, but traffic was bad so I got there around 5 PM. Still had enough time to enjoy my Spicy Sandia Lemonada, introduced that to Jay as well. Chopped it up while we waited for Dook to show up for dinner and as soon as he arrived, we headed straight to Salud.
Rhandy and I had our weekly run yesterday. Every Tuesday in La Jolla and after we run we either visit B-Mac at Jose's or Streetcar Merchants of Fried Chicken for them Gizzards. Well yesterday, I walked in to Streetcar and they changed their wi-fi password and took the Fried Gizzards off their menu! I shouted out, "Yall hate me?! I come in every week and ya'll change your password and take the only thing I order off the menu?!" OH! and guess what?! Chef Dante is back at Streetcar, I was happy for two reasons, to see the homie and homeboy can cook! I love the food coming out of his kitchen, no disrespect to the other chefs but Dante slays it. Anyways, Fried Gizzards was off their menu but they had some in the kitchen for me. So I had two orders, one for me and one to take home for Dook.
I must be out of my fucking mind! The last time I waited two hours or so was in San Francisco for breakfast. Man, I remember it was good, but not a two hour wait good! I found myself in Kearny Mesa doing the exact same thing, after I said to myself, "never wait again."
Friday evening, KC and I had plans to hit up Cutwater, but I got a text from Maggie who I haven't seen in a while and we had a lot of catching up to do. She asked if I wanted to get some ramen at the new spot, that has a long as wait. Well, with all the hype around this place I was down to see what it was all about. Even Andrew Zimmern said that this could be the best Ramen joint in America. So that was the plan for Friday and KC was down with it. I got off work, hit the gym for an hour cardio to prepare myself for a feast, then KC and I killed some time at Bullpen with some cocktails and Fried Calamari. I put our name down at 6 PM and we didn't get seated till 8ish. Our name was called but we fucked around Daiso for way too long and missed it.
Now time for Ramen!!! Was it worth the wait? Sure, their ramen was fucking delicious, but would I do it again, umm maybe not. We have other ramen joints in SD that is just as good and less of a wait. We each ordered Ramen, then we ordered one cold ramen Tan Tan for all of us to try. Some fried chickn, Gyoza, and Fried Tempura Ice Cream. I have no idea what the ice cream taste like but everyone else loved it.