Monday, August 29, 2011

Weekend Update

I had every intention of making a really nice long post this weekend, but Bunny, Teenie & I ended up being out and about for most of it, so there wasn't a lot of time left to write.

Coming soon, however, is a post filled with new photos of the ever-evolving apartment, an actual description of what it is that I've been doing every day since July, and just how long is my hair getting again?

Happy Monday!

Friday, August 12, 2011

A Quick Update in the Livingroom

I'm really proud of what I've put together, so I just wanted to show off a bit of how the living room is coming along. I've cleaned up the wiring around the TV - I'm especially proud of the desk and the completely hidden wires save for 2 power cables and 1 speaker wire. Hanging above the desk is a panoramic photo of Los Angeles I took and had printed out as a triptych of 8x10s. Just yesterday I bought a piece that, in my opinion, makes the room much more livable: that little table next to the sofa. It's 17" tall (super short) has a 15" square top, and brings so much character to the room. I found it on Craigslist yesterday afternoon, and by evening I drove out to the Mission to buy it. It's no secret that I'm a fan of the mid-century modern styled furniture, objects that have a retro-futurism look and feel to them. This fits in perfectly. The room isn't finished obviously - I have more artwork that needs to be hung up on the walls, a second tv stand to allow for more media components, and a console table or credenza to take the place of the folding table the lamp is sitting on.
But for now, my living room is such a comfortable spot to relax in on a Friday evening, winding down from the long work week. 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Food adventures in the Bay

Eman's visiting this weekend, and I wanted to make sure that he got a taste of the city away from the traditional tourist sights. Eman, Bunny and I went had dinner at some of the city's jewels the last two nights - Zushi Puzzle and Mr. Pollo.
First, Zushi Puzzle - If you make a reservation at the bar and order "Omakase", the chef, Roger, will make you sashimi for hours with fish imported that morning from Japan. We didn't do that, but I did order a sashimi platter that put other places I've been to shame. They also served Wild Hamachi (Yellowtail) something that I've never seen offered anywhere else.
We also had a Dynasty Roll - soft shell crab and real crab all wrapped up in goodness - but unfortunately my iPhone decided to reject that photo and it has been lost. I guess we'll just have to go back and get it again so I can post an update. Everything at Zushi Puzzle was really fresh and buttery smooth, an absolutely amazing meal.

Last night, we had dinner at Mr. Pollo in the Mission. I've written about this restaurant before, but Bunny and I didn't take photos because we were too busy eating!
The restaurant is TINY, it opens at 6pm and people line up to get in for the first seating. The restaurant seats about 10 max, and once the restaurant is full they close the doors and turn people away (they will take your phone number and call you when a table opens up). The big draw of Mr. Pollo is the tasting menu. Chef Manny goes shopping during the day and buys whatever he thinks looks fresh and tasty. When you sit down and order his menu, you receive a 4 course meal of his fresh ingredients. Last night we were treated to an assortment of dishes with beets, plantains, squash, halibut, cauliflower, beef, pork loin, butter beans, and various edible flowers. We also supplemented the meal with pork arepas, toasted corn bread shells filled with pork, fresh salsa, and a creamy green sauce. The meal was absolutely wonderful, and for dessert we took home some fresh pie from Mission Pies. Mr. Pollo is a place that can't be properly appreciated until it is experienced, but Eman had the best description of it - "It's like Iron Chef the restaurant"