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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. 

Lowrider Dream

Remember that dream I had about me and Rossi with the lowriders? If you read my previous post you'd know what I'm talking about. But I'll catch you up on it. I had a dream that I was talking to Rossi about the next music video shoot, he wanted to have lowriders in it. And out of the blue Rossi hit me up yesterday to shoot. I was available and made my way to Barrio Logan immediately. After a couple of minutes of walking around Mylow comes out of Por Vida and told us we can use his car. Shit all our eyes lit up, his car is dope as fuck. He wiped it down, unlocked the doors, everyone stepped in the car as he wipes it down. It was already clean but you know how car guys are, they'll wipe that shit down anyways. Correction, car guys and gals. Mylow pulled it out on the street and photo shoot began. Shit is kinda crazy though, that I just dreamt about it. So that set the lowrider idea in motion. Now Rossi is talking to a videographer about shooting his next music video with Lowriders in it, and I'll be in it as well! 

These photos were taken with my Canon AE-1 with 50mm lens. I'm not that happy with them because as you look at the photo from bottom to top, the light kinda washed it out a bit. Time to retired the 50mm or something, because the 24mm has a whole different feel to it. It could also by the shutter speed I was on. So there you go, I'm still learning after all these years, I'm forever a student my friends. 

Expired Film | DTSD

My cousin called me one day out of the blues. I was in the middle of my ping pong game too, I answered anyways. My cousin was telling about some expired films for sale at the swap meet he was at. I asked him the basic questions, what's the exposure count, ISO counts, brand etc. It was a Walgreen's brand and it has been expired in 2009. You can still shoot with expired films, it's how the film was stored matters the most. If it was to sit in the sun all those years it would've been destroyed and no good to shoot with. Last questions I asked him was "how much and how many of them?" He said 10 and they're a dollar each. I told I'll take them all. I later came home to twelve 4 packs, I think he miscounted haha. But I was excited to have all these films to shoot with. 

I shot a model with it earlier this week and the photos came out great. So thats a good sign that all these films are good to shoot with. I went to Downtown San Diego Monday evening to get some night shot that I rarely do and this was my first time shooting at night with the Canon ae-1. I didn't have a tripod so I had to improvise and place them on ledges, boxes, and rails. Most of the f-stops were guessed, I basically didn't know what I was doing, I was winging it. It was a good lesson as some of the photos turned out to be okay. But I guess I have learned a little bit about exposures over the years. 

Being A Tourist In La Jolla

On random occasion I would play a tourist in my own city. To be honest, it's really fun. Come on now, we live in a city where people come to vacation. I should do this more often, maybe every other weekend and explore some parts of the city I've never been. Today we went to La Jolla for dinner. We ate at a Mexican restaurant that most people would say it's too expensive but honestly, the food is damn well worth it. I was so caught up in our conversation I forgot to take pictures of the food though. But I've taken pictures of this place before so if you've been following me IG or blog you would've seen it already. We all order tacos, some Tuna Asada and Lobster tacos. After dinner we decided to walk around and do a little shopping. We ended up not buying anything but desserts from the Chocolate Factory and Hagen Daz Ice Cream shop. Took a short walk around the Cove to burn some calories and I got busy taking some photos with my iPhone. I guess this post can be a introduction to La Jolla if you haven't been there, and trust me, I have a friend who have never really been to La Jolla Cove haha. You can learn something new everyday. 

Y-3 in La Jolla. 

Y-3 in La Jolla. 

We checked out an art gallery that had Andy Warhol and Murakami's work.

We checked out an art gallery that had Andy Warhol and Murakami's work.

Inside Chocolate Factory. 

Inside Chocolate Factory. 

Wasting ice cream should be a crime. 

Wasting ice cream should be a crime. 

Bird found a loop hole. 

Bird found a loop hole. 

Sea dogs. 

Sea dogs. 

More sea dogs.

More sea dogs.

I don't know if you can see it, but in the painting the clouds are brains. DOPE!

I don't know if you can see it, but in the painting the clouds are brains. DOPE!

Another art installation on a wall in La Jolla. 

Another art installation on a wall in La Jolla. 

Kicking it in some rich people's backyard. 

Kicking it in some rich people's backyard. 

Corvette ZR1

Corvette ZR1

Ferrari Dino.

Ferrari Dino.

I don't know if you can see it but right in the center of this photo there's a swing. You can ride it at your own risk, if that shit breaks, you dead. Lol. 

I don't know if you can see it but right in the center of this photo there's a swing. You can ride it at your own risk, if that shit breaks, you dead. Lol. 

Crack Shack SD

I've heard a lot of mixed feelings about Crack Shack but that didn't deter me from trying it out myself. Crack Shack is a Fried Chicken and Egg joint with outdoor seating and a full bar. Located on Kettner BLVD next door to Juniper & Ivy where you can be entertained by the fancy cars in J&Ivy valet and the planes flying over head for landing. I was in the area for a nice short run after hitting weights in the gym. I parked my car at Crack Shack and told my cousin to meet me at Crack Shack at 6:30 for dinner. Yes I know, not a great post work out meal but this is why I work out so much, so I can eat all these good food without blowing up like a balloon. 

After running 4 miles I was staring at the menu while my body cools down, with my jaws dropped to the floor and eyes wide open. Not because of the food on the menu, the prices!! Hahaha. Well you see, price tag on food doesn't mean anything to me versus price tag on clothing or material things. I would pay any dollar amount just as long it makes me curse my ass off when I take my first bite. So did Crack Shack make me curse like a wild whore? Yeah it did. I ordered the 5 piece fried chicken and it was seasoned and cooked so well. It was juicy all the way to the bone. Not a lot of places that offer fried chicken is that juicy. So to justify the prices, it definitely had quality and the chicken was probably free roaming chicken or something but I don't give a fuck, just make me something good and I'll pay $15 for them 5 pieces. 

I wish I could've order more from the menu but I can only handle so much. 

I wish I could've order more from the menu but I can only handle so much. 

Love the outdoor seating. 

Love the outdoor seating. 

Chicken Lollipops and Coop Deville. It all comes down on what you order, not everything on the menu taste good. The lollipops was bland, but goes great with the dipping sauce they provide. They have 6 or 7 different sauces. The Coop Deville is a fried chicken sandwich which tastes pretty damn good. 

Chicken Lollipops and Coop Deville. It all comes down on what you order, not everything on the menu taste good. The lollipops was bland, but goes great with the dipping sauce they provide. They have 6 or 7 different sauces. The Coop Deville is a fried chicken sandwich which tastes pretty damn good. 

Border Slaw and 5 Piece Fried Chicken. I hate slaw but this was not your typical slaw. It has papaya and mango and a few other shit that taste pretty good. Mild fruity flavor. 

Border Slaw and 5 Piece Fried Chicken. I hate slaw but this was not your typical slaw. It has papaya and mango and a few other shit that taste pretty good. Mild fruity flavor. 

This place definitely transform when the sun goes down. It gets really busy too by the way, get their before sun down or free parking (which is 6pm).

This place definitely transform when the sun goes down. It gets really busy too by the way, get their before sun down or free parking (which is 6pm).

And a random shot of the sunset from my run. 

And a random shot of the sunset from my run. 

The Cure

San Diegan tends to look else where for an outlet. It's easy for us to get bored, including me. But what I'm trying to get at is, we tend to look else where for an escape. Then when we don't have the time and money to buy a plane ticket to travel or go to San Francisco for a mini vacation, people tend to let themselves feel down about it and post their complaints on Facebook about how much they want to travel but can't. Trust me you can, I know what you guys spend your money on that could've easily be your traveling funds. I see people on social media complain about it all the time but don't really do anything about it. Well I'm not trying to preach because I'm not trying to be a hero but what I can do from what I learned from my productive Sunday is to remind you we live in a beautiful city. Full of things to do, eat, shop, plenty of craft beers to drink. Today, San Diego reminded me that I live in a city where people buy tickets to come here for a vacation. Today I felt like I did the things I do in LA and SF. I know it's easy to say "it's not the same" but in reality, that's the best part about it. When things ain't the same it means we have options. 

I went to Queenstown Public House today for brunch and got The Cure. I titled this post "The Cure" because everything today was a cure to my insanity. The thought about the future has been lingering around with what I want to do next with my life to make it better. Either financially and personal things like love. But I figured there's plenty of both in this world and I shouldn't let that get me down. I'll get them both whether it'll be today or another 10 years from now and if the girl doesn't realize I want to be with her then, I can't control the force of nature and continue about business. The thought of the future drives me crazy sometimes, but that's because I'm looking too far into the future so I decided, lets start here. Earlier this week I received my limited batch of Hanuit coach jacket. That sold out within two days of posting it on Instagram. So blessed and thankful for all the support you guys been showing me. So! I've been having a hard time falling asleep at night and this week has been the cure. I made drops to all my friends who ordered the jacket and paid a visit to all the shops that continue to inspire me. 

 

I always get the front roll parking and that selfie for the Gram. 

I always get the front roll parking and that selfie for the Gram. 

I've introduced many of my friends to this spot, today was Flow's first time. 

I've introduced many of my friends to this spot, today was Flow's first time. 

My favorite, Portobello fries. 

My favorite, Portobello fries. 

The Cure, probably for your hangover. Biscuit, tots, sausage, eggs, and gravy. 

The Cure, probably for your hangover. Biscuit, tots, sausage, eggs, and gravy. 

French Toast. 

French Toast. 

I came up on this G-Shock at Kobey's swapmeet, $18 bucks. Saw a couple of friends there making that paper. 

I came up on this G-Shock at Kobey's swapmeet, $18 bucks. Saw a couple of friends there making that paper. 

Made our way to Downtown to finish off some business and killed some time at Coffee & Tea Collective and Juice Saves. Beautiful spot. 

Made our way to Downtown to finish off some business and killed some time at Coffee & Tea Collective and Juice Saves. Beautiful spot. 

Soon after coffee we made our way to Vuori in Encinitas. Flow had to drop off the shop keys to lock up. Cool store! 

Soon after coffee we made our way to Vuori in Encinitas. Flow had to drop off the shop keys to lock up. Cool store! 

The shameless selfie.   All photos were taken with an iPhone 5s. 

The shameless selfie. 

All photos were taken with an iPhone 5s.