Queenstown Bistro

I finally checked out the new Queenstown Bistro located at the UTC mall in La Jolla and its so beautiful!! Outdoor seating only so it can be cold in the evening. We sat right by the live music too, yes they have live music at the mall. UTC has become a really dope place for people to hang out, go on dates, and shop. Personally I like this place for a date. It has all the great restaurants, Ice skating, and Oh yeah! CH Project just opened up a really dope "hidden" bar at the mall. Have you heard of it?! Raised By Wolves, worth to check out, take a girl you really like there. 

In case you were wondering, yes this is the same as Queenstown Public House but a smaller version, slightly different menu. They still have some of the tasty burgers (I highly recommend their burgers). The other stuff are a hit or miss and the Caesar Salad is definitely a miss. You can order that with Salmon or Steak, I ordered the Salmon cuz I just got out of the gym and needed some good protein. We also got the Chicken Pot Pie, which was really good, I ended up finishing it because the salad did not fill me up lol. Also got their Prosciutto and Burrata as our appetizer and that was pretty good. But I'm still gonna say stick to their burgers lol. 

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Sad.

 UH what?

UH what?

 Look at this liar right here, nose long ass hell, LIAR!

Look at this liar right here, nose long ass hell, LIAR!

 Coming back here for a nice date. A "hidden" bar. Look them up and see it for yourself. Raised By Wolves. 

Coming back here for a nice date. A "hidden" bar. Look them up and see it for yourself. Raised By Wolves. 

Ironside/Salud Tacos

If I didn't see you there last night then ya'll missed out. A couple of my favorite restaurants joined forces to serve an exclusive tacos for one night. I sure hope they do it again! Chef Jason of Ironside teamed up with Salud to come out with Dry Aged Beef Tacos, Uni Tacos, and Octopus Tacos. The Dry Aged Beef was from Born & Raised steak house so you get a taste of what their steak is all about. I ordered all three, although I'm not a huge fan of Uni but they don't taste bad, just not my favorite thing to eat. But the Uni taco had a very unique flavor that I couldn't describe, I do recall it was refreshing to eat. The Dry Aged Beef tacos was my favorite. The meat was very tender, they used Foie Gras fat in it and man! That packed a lot of tasty flavors. The Octopus was very tender, tasted good, Octopus is my favorite seafood to eat but I'm not really into that taco. Maybe it was the Chorizo because I'm not a fan of Chorizo. But the food was exciting and fun to eat! So thank you, Ironside and Salud for teaming up and giving us a taste of magic! 

 We were watching the episode of The Zimmern's List where he ate in San Diego. Chef Jason on the screen! 

We were watching the episode of The Zimmern's List where he ate in San Diego. Chef Jason on the screen! 

 My guy right here. 

My guy right here. 

 My dude right here, Chef Phillip. 

My dude right here, Chef Phillip. 

 Top is the Octopus and bottom is the Uni. 

Top is the Octopus and bottom is the Uni. 

 Dry Aged Beef Taco. 

Dry Aged Beef Taco. 

 Took a peek inside the kitchen to snipe Chef Jason and Phillip. 

Took a peek inside the kitchen to snipe Chef Jason and Phillip. 

Click Click: Tiffany G.

Good morning! 

I got Tiffany's photos developed yesterday and I am excited to show ya'll. I put a few of my favorite photos in Click Click (main page) and some that I think are nice on this blog post. I think I'm falling madly in love with my Canon AE1 ya'll, the photo quality is just soooo crisp! Shot Tiffany with the Canon 24 mm lens, all natural light. Shot inside Moniker General located in Point Loma. So what ya'll think? Should I do a Food Porn shoot with Tiffany?

 

New "Click Click" of Tiffany Coming Soon

I met Tiffany not too long ago at Lady Killas booth at the first Clean Slate Creative swap meet at 5&A Dime about a month ago. Tiffany moved to San Diego from New York, she dabbles in singing a little, and unintentionally working on a portfolio for modeling. Some how we got to talking into shooting some pictures and I'm always down to shoot a new face. I gotta keep my portfolio/site up to date as well. After a month of talking about shooting, one day we finally made it happen. Met up at Moniker General where I was sitting at the long table working on my blog with my cousin to my right studying for his class. And my brother Dook sat behind us at his own table doing his homework as well. These photos are taken with my iPhone and I will be getting the film photos of Tiffany developed today while I work at out 24 Hour Fitness to get my cardio on. So same time tomorrow, I will have her new photos up on the site. 

Rottweiler & Unidentified Pop-Up #2 | Human Catalyst

I'm seriously late on posting this but out of love and respect for what these two are doing I had to do it. Better late than never. Rottweiler Clothing Company recently celebrated their two year anniversary and soon after that Rottweiler followed up with another pop-up shop at the Human Catalyst store on 3rd Avenue in Chula Vista. I love how Stillo stays consistent and humble. The way he goes about his business makes it easy to love and support his brand. Much respect to Stillo and Liam (Unidentified) for holding it down as usual, staying true, and keep pushing it my dudes. Shout out to Russ of Human Catalyst for holding it down once again. 

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Click Click: Adriana M.

I'm very excited to share these photos with all of you. My beautiful girlfriend Adriana got her hair professionally cut (I think for the first time) and I wanted to get some photos of her with my film camera. If you're new to our relationship she never really let me take photos of her, so I was pretty surprised she agreed to it. So I skipped gym, bought some films on my way home to pick up my camera and picked her up and took her to Soda & Swine North Park and Polite Provisions since I've never shot there before. 

I knew the photos were going to come out great, why? When I have that connection or chemistry with the subject the photos always come out nice. That's why I can't do it professionally, my emotion are invested in it. I take my photography too personal, meaning I have to like what I'm shooting in order to produce great photos. I'm not sure what to call it but I would still love to take photos for ya'll whenever you feel like having these "Model" like photos. Got a new haircut? lost some weight? outfit on "fleek", feeling yourself? Holler at your boy! LOL. 

Soda & Swine was well lit, although my light reading was still at F-stop 2.8 to 4 depending on the angle, and shutter speed set at 60 and 125. Those are the only option on a Canon AE-1 in case you were wondering. I always shoot in a natural light, I lied I've shot with flash before but I mostly shoot with natural light. Polite Provisions was well lit too. Shot right next to an open window. Played with the light coming in from my left, with the background kinda lit with a little bit of contrast, highlighted my subject, which was Adriana. I love these photos so much I created a new gallery to show my favorites from the shoot. You can see the rest at Adriana M. 

Dirty Chicharones | S&S

My girlfriend got a haircut yesterday and she was loving it. Her hairstylist joked (maybe she wasn't joking) about seeing me for dinner so I can take some pictures of her with the new 'do. We weren't suppose to hang out yesterday. I was supposed to go to the gym do my 4 mile run but a photo shoot was implanted in my brain and I couldn't let it go, I really wanted to shoot too. Adriana has never really let me take photos of her, she hates it! Not sure if "hate" is the right word but she would cover up every time I tried to take a photo. I guess she's feeling more comfortable with it now, so we both skipped gym and ended up doing a photo shoot inside Polite Provision and Soda & Swine North Park since I've never shot in there before. Such a beautiful place for a shoot ya'll. On top of that, we had some really good drinks from PP and some off the menu shit at S&S (thanks to Chef Danny). 

 Dirty Chicharones only available at S&S North Park location.....SOON. It's not on the menu just yet. If you happen to be there, just ask for Chef Danny and be like "let me have what Nit had, Dirty Chicharones." 

Dirty Chicharones only available at S&S North Park location.....SOON. It's not on the menu just yet. If you happen to be there, just ask for Chef Danny and be like "let me have what Nit had, Dirty Chicharones." 

 Karen Burger on happy hour, $5. Taste like In-n-Out but without the lettuce and tomatoes. 

Karen Burger on happy hour, $5. Taste like In-n-Out but without the lettuce and tomatoes. 

 A couple of Champagne slushy. 

A couple of Champagne slushy. 

 Chef Danny pretending to hang out with me just to hit on my girlfriend....hahaha just kidding. 

Chef Danny pretending to hang out with me just to hit on my girlfriend....hahaha just kidding. 

 First time shooting at Polite Provisions. I can't wait to get my film developed. 

First time shooting at Polite Provisions. I can't wait to get my film developed. 

 Adriana's drink, forgot the name. 

Adriana's drink, forgot the name. 

 My favorite drink, Mr. Brownstone. 

My favorite drink, Mr. Brownstone. 

 Another fancy drink I can't remember the name of. 

Another fancy drink I can't remember the name of. 

 The lighting inside PP was so good! 

The lighting inside PP was so good! 

Taco Gang!!!

You're crazy if you miss this event!! Chef Jason of Ironside Oyster in San Diego is one of my favorite seafood restaurant in SD is teaming up with one of the best taco joint, Salud. Judging by Chef Jason's IG post, they will have Octopus, dry aged beef, and Uni, homie, I'm going!

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Band Of Brothers RTP

The crew of Run The Pixels took their photographic art to Bar Basic for their Tuesday art show hosted by Thumb Print Gallery. I love going to Bar Basic for the art shows but unfortunately they always do it on a Tuesday night. Such a great place to chill, eat some good pizza, drink alcohol, and check out some art. It wasn't too crowded at their show last night so I got to chill and talk to each members for more than 10 minutes. Thank you Mike Sumoto for sharing some slices with me and my lady! 

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 Mango Wheat beer, so damn good!

Mango Wheat beer, so damn good!

 Annie is gonna hate me for this picture but she look like shes talking about some intense stuff haha. It was great catching with Jenna and Annie. 

Annie is gonna hate me for this picture but she look like shes talking about some intense stuff haha. It was great catching with Jenna and Annie. 

 I was never into scented candles but 5&A Dime has one that smells like cookies. Adriana has one in her room too. So I jumped on the band wagon and got myself one that smells like Strudel. 

I was never into scented candles but 5&A Dime has one that smells like cookies. Adriana has one in her room too. So I jumped on the band wagon and got myself one that smells like Strudel. 

 That is Jessica Stewart, owner of Ms. Wick's Wares. Home made candles/wax in vintage glasswares. Pretty damn cool! 

That is Jessica Stewart, owner of Ms. Wick's Wares. Home made candles/wax in vintage glasswares. Pretty damn cool! 

Things To Do This Weekend

Here's a couple of things you should check out this weekend, I'll be there. 

 This Saturday evening at Human Catalyst on 3rd Ave in Chula Vista, Rott and Unidentified got another pop up shop. The area is surrounded by breweries and food, come through. 

This Saturday evening at Human Catalyst on 3rd Ave in Chula Vista, Rott and Unidentified got another pop up shop. The area is surrounded by breweries and food, come through. 

 Another Clean Slate even at 5&A Dime, come check out some cool vendors for art and great deals! 

Another Clean Slate even at 5&A Dime, come check out some cool vendors for art and great deals! 

Stay Suckerfree - Fried Chicken!

Ahhhhhh shit!!! I'm excited to share this with all of you! I was sad that Streetcar Merchants of Fried Chicken closed down in La Jolla. But there's one in North Park and the last time we ordered their Gizzards through Uber Eats during a UFC night, the gizzards was not cooked properly and was a major disappointment. And that wasn't the first time we ordered through Uber eats and probably our last time too. There's a couple of places that make good gizzards but not quite like Streetcar Merchants of Fried Chicken La Jolla, not sure if all the credits goes to Dante or not (maybe it does), cuz the other chefs were pretty damn good too but I fucks with Dante's cooking heavy! With that said, I'm super excited Chef Dante is cooking out of Suckerfree's kitchen, a new Fried Chicken joint in Downtown San Diego on 4th Ave near Horton Plaza. A very spacious restaurant, a bar, saw liquor on their walls and some beers on tap. I didn't have any alcohol though, I cut down on drinking a whole lot. We were at Suckerfree for two reasons, one, Dante is cooking, and two, Real J Wallace's bday. I took this opportunity to finally have dinner together especially for his birthday at my favorite fried chicken joint in SD, well it's my favorite now since they opened. Great conversation, mainly about music and hip hop in San Diego as we read the San Diego Reader magazine with Rossi Rock on the cover. Talked about Real J Wallace's latest music video "My Mama Black." If you haven't seen it, check it out. 

We ordered the Mac Flight. I'm not a huge fan of Mac N Cheese because I've had some really bad ones (except for the one at Neighborhood). Suckerfree Mac Flight was really really really good!! Three different flavors, Blackend Shrimp, BBQ, and Crab. All are tasty and too bad you can't order a plate, so you might have to order their Mac Flight twice if you wanna get more. We ordered their Jambalaya, that was fucking good, came with a side of large Corn Bread! FUCK! Got some Dirty Rice, Collard Greens, and their Half Chicken (Hot). I do want to go back and try their non spicy Fried Chicken because the hot was spicy for me. Don't get me wrong, I fucked it up though and enjoyed it very much. My advice to you, is to let it cool down a bit, and you'll taste the chicken to the fullest potential and its very very very sweet. Dante came out to visit frequently and I asked him how did he make the chicken so sweet, he wouldn't tell me haha. Honey or sugar or something, who knows! Shit was so good I wanted to fight Dante. Dook got up to hug the Chef for God sake, that's how much Dook loved it. Service was amazing too! Very attentive. The highlight of the evening was one of the guy came up to take our plates and Dook stopped him from taking the plate with the chicken bone which had some meat on it still. Dook planned on finishing that shit. And after Dook did just that, our server Tee took the plate and that guy (sorry I didn't get his name) came to our table and said, "so you just gonna let her take the plate huh? not me?" Hahaha that shit was comedy. I don't know if that was funny to you or not but we cracked up so hard at the table. 

 Real J. showed up fashionably late, it's all good cuz he's the man of the hour, happy birthday!

Real J. showed up fashionably late, it's all good cuz he's the man of the hour, happy birthday!

 Dante came out to be surprised to see us at the table. 

Dante came out to be surprised to see us at the table. 

 This is a great fine, we didn't know where this mural was, I guess you'll have to go in and look for it yourself, wink wink. 

This is a great fine, we didn't know where this mural was, I guess you'll have to go in and look for it yourself, wink wink. 

 Yes! The Gizzards is just as good as I remembered, if not better. 

Yes! The Gizzards is just as good as I remembered, if not better. 

 Mac Flight bitches. 

Mac Flight bitches. 

 Dante never working, always choppin it up.....hahaha just kidding. 

Dante never working, always choppin it up.....hahaha just kidding. 

 Dante walks out again and I said "I want to fight you" and Dook stood up and Dante steps back like "Wtf?" and hugged each other, Dook really loved the Fried Chicken. 

Dante walks out again and I said "I want to fight you" and Dook stood up and Dante steps back like "Wtf?" and hugged each other, Dook really loved the Fried Chicken. 

 Dirty Rice and Collard Greens, forgot to take a photo of the Jambalaya and Corn Bread. SMH. 

Dirty Rice and Collard Greens, forgot to take a photo of the Jambalaya and Corn Bread. SMH. 

 Spicy Fried Chicken!!

Spicy Fried Chicken!!

 Look at them pepper seeds, juicy fucker, sweet, but spicy! Who down?!

Look at them pepper seeds, juicy fucker, sweet, but spicy! Who down?!

 Pleasure meeting  Andrew Lawrance , walked up to say hello to Real J Wallace. 

Pleasure meeting Andrew Lawrance, walked up to say hello to Real J Wallace. 

 It was like Dook was conducting an interview. 

It was like Dook was conducting an interview. 

Productive Dinner | Carnitas Snack Shack DT

Has it been a while since I did food blog? I think it has been a while. To be honest, I've been going out, eating and such. I've blogged my date nights before but I just wanted some privacy for the most part and take a couple of weeks off from "work" and enjoy my company of my lady. But now I'm back! If you've been keeping up with me I've been doing a lot of Food Porn photo shoots. I did two over the weekend and I picked up the photos from Nelson yesterday and I checked them out at Moniker General (that's tradition). I was very hungry, wanted to snack on a banana but they carried some Cravory cookies and they are soooo good! I had to get one. 

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After going through my photos I was pretty satisfied with the photos and we got pretty hungry. Wanted to hit up In N Out but the line was stupid long. Ended up at Carnitas Snack Shack in Downtown for my first time, I've been craving their Poutine, the best in San Diego. But I was extremely bummed out when I got there to only learn that they do not have Poutine on their menu in the DT location. OMG, I almost got hangry, that's all I wanted, nothing else! But luckily for me, Carnitas Snack Shack food is sooo good I over ordered and everything tasted great!!

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 Find sleeping Nit. 

Find sleeping Nit.