Left Bahn Thai to Pop Pie (That Rhymed)

Still feels good to be back from Japan, it's so relaxing to be back, working a regular job and back to my daily routine. Sad this feels like a real vacation over Japan, Japan felt like work. I hit up shorty about dinner before going over to Pop Pie Co. to listen to my friend Alyssa talk some inspirational shit about her endeavor with Coffee & Convos along side other creatives. When I arrived to Lupita's to scoop her up, my first question was "are you hungry!?" because I was excited to eat a lot of free food (on my cousin, Venus) at Bahn Thai but she replied "no I just ate." Boy, I did not know how to react, what do you mean you just ate when I asked you to have dinner with me!!?! It's like she didn't care about my plans at all! I gave her shit all night about it, giving her shit was kinda fun till my own friends teamed up against me telling me to shut up LOL. Thanks friends! It's cool though, I love that my friends love and accept her in our circle. 

So since I'll be eating "alone" I just ordered one thing, my favorite, Pad Thai with Chicken. My cousin Venus who works there looked a little bummed too that I ordered small, she was excited for me to try their food since she's been hyping it up to me. I'll be back, I'll go with a group of friends who wouldn't eat without me! Thanks Lupita! Venus kept coming out to check up on us, kept offering us food, asking Lupita if she wanna try something. Eventually she ordered Tom Kha soup with vegetables. Then some how some way we got dessert. But hey, I didn't have to eat alone after all. Bahn Thai, "Bahn" meaning home and Thai , you already know what that is, I hope. Is a small joint tucked away in University Heights, next to El Zarape , Parc & Rec, Madion etc etc. Pop Pie Co. is about 2 blocks away. Home cooked style Thai food, served on paper plates, tiny, but always busy. To-Go orders kept rolling in, grabbed a seat outside right under neath the heat lamp since its a bit chilly outside. Great little place, doesn't need me to vouch for them considering how busy they are. 

This to-go rack was constantly filling up. 

This to-go rack was constantly filling up. 

The flavor on this Pad Thai was good but the noodles were a bit harder and chewy. I enjoyed it though. Lupita likes to poke my food but this time she licked my lime and put it back in my plate? Geez, worst date ever! <3 <--- that's a heart in case you were wondering. 

The flavor on this Pad Thai was good but the noodles were a bit harder and chewy. I enjoyed it though. Lupita likes to poke my food but this time she licked my lime and put it back in my plate? Geez, worst date ever! <3 <--- that's a heart in case you were wondering. 

Tom Kha, Lupita had Tom Yum before so she's a little familiar with this soup but she was thrown off by the Coconut milk this time. She was confused of the flavors, said she can taste the tangy and then the sweet from the coconut milk sneaks up quick. I call it the "Bowl Of Argument." Cuz you're like "oh its tangy, NOPE! it's sweet!" This was really good though, I love how the veggies were cooked too. 

Tom Kha, Lupita had Tom Yum before so she's a little familiar with this soup but she was thrown off by the Coconut milk this time. She was confused of the flavors, said she can taste the tangy and then the sweet from the coconut milk sneaks up quick. I call it the "Bowl Of Argument." Cuz you're like "oh its tangy, NOPE! it's sweet!" This was really good though, I love how the veggies were cooked too. 

My cousin is always reppin'. I wonder if she's wearing my shirt since she knew I was coming in. 

My cousin is always reppin'. I wonder if she's wearing my shirt since she knew I was coming in. 

This was what I had to deal with all evening, 

This was what I had to deal with all evening, 

It was almost 8 PM so we headed over to Pop Pie Co. to listen to my friend Alyssa talk about her new website Coffee & Convos with other creatives/designers/bloggers to share information and inspire each other. It's a BEAUTIFUL thing to see that many people there to listen to Alyssa talk about her passion and struggles. Lady Killas San Diego set up this, I guess you can call it "meet and greet" at Pop Pie Co. I love what she's doing, I found a new understanding to what she's doing with the site when questions were rolling in. There's a lot of blogs out there, everyone is doing it, even I'm doing it. And some blogs are just wack where they spend their time "fake it till you make it" kinda scheme and other do it for the checks, get paid to post about shit and sometimes shit they don't even like. You see, at first I thought Coffee & Convos was designed to promote people, artist, designers etc. Don't get me wrong yeah it does that too but it became clear to me that Alyssa is doing this because she enjoys coffee and the conversation out of it. The subjects, the people she get to talk to over coffee is just interesting and inspiring. Basically this is her outlet to share those feelings she get from those conversations.  Now this is the kind of site I like, because she won't be trying too hard to promote shit or find things that is popular topics to talk about, it all comes from within, her heart. That's authentic. That reminds me of a question she got from the audience last night, don't quote me since I can't remember word for word but it was in the line of how to stay original, Alyssa handled the question well, so basically, be you, don't compare yourself to others, okay to be inspired by others but do it how you wanna do it. Alyssa, you did great! 

Before I move on to the photos make sure you come to this event this Saturday 1/21/17 at James Coffee from 5 PM - 9 PM. 

Before I move on to the photos make sure you come to this event this Saturday 1/21/17 at James Coffee from 5 PM - 9 PM. 

Alyssa socializing with people before she speaks. 

Alyssa socializing with people before she speaks. 

Dauche in the house!

Dauche in the house!

Dem boyz

Dem boyz

Happy to have someone to roll with me everywhere I go, I used to do this by myself all the time. Never alone, but I always go places alone and meet up with people. You catch the drift. 

Happy to have someone to roll with me everywhere I go, I used to do this by myself all the time. Never alone, but I always go places alone and meet up with people. You catch the drift. 

All eyes on Alyssa. 

All eyes on Alyssa.