Category Archives: Food

San Jose

This past weekend, I drove up to San Jose (Santa Clara, to be specific) to visit a friend.  It was a 5 hours, 340 miles drive.  Overall, it was a pretty awesome drive.  I took the Interstate 5 to the State Route 152 to US Route 101.  The 152 was an amazing scenic drive, especially next to the San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area.  On the 5, I opened up the throttle quite a bit.  Of course, I slowed down anywhere the California Highway Patrol would possibly camp out behind.  With the Toda camshafts, individual throttle bodies, and short gearing, it’s just a pleasure to drive.  For a naturally aspirated Honda, it’s a lot of power to play with on the open highway.  In Central California, I hit moderate amounts of rain.  My Falken RT-615Ks held up great in the rain; I was driving and passing people at 80+ MPH without any wheel spin or hydroplaning.  Oh, and I got 23 MPG on the highway.

For those curious how I dealt with exposed ITBs and hydrolocking, Kelvin and Charles hooked up some Tracwrap.  The best way to describe Tracwrap is that it’s a easy-to-apply and removable clearbra that comes in a roll.  I applied it over my C-West hood vents.  After 700 miles of highway driving, speeds excess of triple digits, and couple hours of rain, my Tracwrap was still 100% adhesive to my hood, kept my engine bay 100% waterproof, and was easily removed without lifting clearcoat.  I know the point of Tracwrap isn’t to cover hood vents but to prevent rock chips on the racetrack.  If Tracwrap can cover a vent under these extreme conditions, it can protect your bumper from rock chips.

Here’s a few pictures of my car, Thadya’s Integra, and David’s Prelude.  A big thank you for their hospitality!  For those curious why the photos were taken in a storage facility, it’s because I rented one to park my car for the weekend.

If you look closely in this picture, I really need an oil catch can.  I have blow-by spewing everywhere.  Right before this picture was taken, I actually wiped some of it off.

My friend took me to Santana Row in San Jose.  The ghetto/hood is the first thing that comes to mind when I hear Santana Row.  In reality, it’s an upscale outdoor mall.  Snapped a few pictures of Tesla and their store there.

On Saturday, we went up to San Francisco and explored.  We decided to try out the House of Prime Rib.  Since we didn’t have any reservation, it was 2-3 hour wait.  We found a highly rated coffee shop, Contraband, around the corner and killed time there.

After a 2.5 hour wait, we came back to this.

It was a pretty epic dinner.  Danced it all off at Ruby Skye, left the club at 3am, and got back home at 4am.  Awesome trip to NorCal!  Can’t wait for round #2!

Mister Cartoon to LA Gun Club to Little Tokyo

Last week, I dropped my gun off with Jim Hoag to have some stuff modified.  I had just got it back and wanted to take it out for a test drive.  My buddy, Ian, wanted to do some indoor shooting so we head down to LA Gun Club.  I really like LA Gun Club because it’s between me (Glendale) and 626, they have a wide selection of rentals, and they host a friendly diverse crowd (opposed to grumpy old rednecks).  On the other hand, it’s in the hood (a block or two from Skid Row), you always got one of the homies shooting gangsta-style, and noobs tend to sweep their [unloaded] muzzles at you.

Anyways, as I was pulling into LA Gun Club, I noticed some activity with a handful of lowriders.  As I’m gawking and inching past them, my buddy, Long from DTM Autobody, recognizes my car.  I didn’t know this but Mister Cartoon was based right next to LA Gun Club.  Long gave me a quick tour of Mister Cartoon’s facility and I snapped a few pictures with my new Droid X.  Sorry for the uncharacteristically shitty pictures.  If I had my Canon SLR, I would have taken a ton more pictures instead of trying to fiddle with the slow ass camera on my phone.

I forgot the details on this car except it’s going to SEMA in a few days.  Got a yellow Brembo GT big brake kit.

Some of Mister Cartoon’s lowriders.

This is Mister Cartoon’s tattoo parlor.  Apparently he charges like $5000 an hour or something like that.

About this time, Ian arrives so we head into LA Gun Club.  Besides shooting Ian’s Glock 22 and my Kimber Custom II, we wanted to try out a .454 Casull so we rented a Taurus Raging Bull.  This revolver is a monstrosity.  It was meant not to shot by humans at humans.  It was meant to be shot by God at bears and other big game.  Seriously, jokes aside, .454 Casull was meant for big game hunting and not self/home defense.

Here is a picture of the .454 Raging Bull compared to my full-sized .45 1911 to Ian’s full-sized .40 Glock.  A full-sized 1911 is a pretty damn big gun and it looks pretty tiny compared to the Raging Bull.

Seriously, if God had a handgun, this would be it.  People outside in the lobby were startled/jumping when I was shooting the .454.  All I felt was a lot of pain in my palms and saw a lot of muzzle flash.  Whenever I shot the gun, it was like if lightning or a camera flash hit the entire room.  As you can imagine, we had a little crowd of spectators wondering what kind of hand canon we were firing.

Spent casing of a .454 Casull compared to a .45 ACP.  As you can tell, there’s a ton lot more gunpowder in the .454.

We also rented a M1A, which is the civilian version of the M14.  The M14 is the last of the so called “battle rifles” firing full-power rifle ammo (.308 vs .223).  It was used in the first part of the Vietnam War until it was replaced with the M16.

I’ve always wanted to shoot the M1A (or any rifle/handgun that has a lot of history behind it).  I’ve always found it fascinating to hold and see a piece of history.  American soldiers were trekking around in the jungles of Vietnam with this rifle.  The only difference is that back then, they used wooden stocks.  Now, we use synthetic stocks (substantially lighter) and it’s still heavy as shit.

After blowing a ton of money at the range, we had to make an obligatory stop at Daikokuya.  Tried their new “rich” (aka “extra fat”) soup base and fried rice.  The rich soup base tasted great for a few bites and just go way too greasy.  The fried rice was amazing.

Daikokuya is by far my favorite ramen shop.  If you want some bomb Japanese ramen, you should definately check them out.  I have yet to try another ramen shop better than Daikokuya.  They have a handful of locations (Little Tokyo, MPK, Costa Mesa, etc…) but their Little Tokyo location is the original one and the best!

Daikokuya
327 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Anyways, that’s it for today.  I’ll be at SEMA next week from Wednesday through Friday.  Hit me up!

Korean Comfort Food

Finally found a place in K-Town that serves Bu-dae Chi-gae. We been searching far and wide to find this place. I just reminds me of what we got to eat in Korea.

Chunju Han-il Kwan

3450 W 6th St #106 Los Angeles, CA 90020 (213) 480-1799

All You Can Eat

Found another great place to eat Korean BBQ. Wang Dae Po has an all you can eat menu or you can just order other Korean dishes off the menu. I love the meat they severed for the all you can eat. They also serve the meat with some great tasting sauces. Can’t wait to go back soon.

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Wang Dae Po

3871 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90010 (213) 380-6500

Best Nachos In LA

I love to get Mexican food at Carnitas Michoacan. I normally order the nacho special and the carne asada burrito. Make sure to get the nacho cheese in a cup, if your taking it to go.  This place is also open 24 hours.

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Carnitas Michoacan

1901 N Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90031  (323) 224-9044

Mmmm Sausage

We went to Wurstkuche in downtown LA. They serve exotic grilled sausages. You probably would never see these sausage anywhere else. They also serve beer and wine at there restaurant. It looks really small in the front but there is a back area to eat. Hopefully they fixed the AC system. We went there on Sunday around 6. The line wasn’t to long. I heard other days it’s out the door. Have fun trying some exotic sausages.

Wurstkuche Restaurant

800 East 3rd Street Los Angles CA 90013   (213) 687-4444

www.wurstkucherestaurant.com

Time to pig out

Me and my friend’s call this place the piggy restaurant. It’s an all you can eat korean bbq restaurant. The price is really decent. Don’t forget to save room for the kimchi fried rice at the end of the meal.

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Haejangchon Dolgooi Restaurant  (213) 389-8777

3821 West 6th. Street Los Angeles CA 90020

Always good

This is mine and Eric’s favorite Vietnamese food place. We eat there all the time. Can never go wrong with a big bowl of Pho on a cold day.

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208 East Valley Blvd. San Gabriel  CA 91776

(626) 572-6036