Monday, November 30, 2009

Daikokuya Ramen - Little Tokyo location

I had to run some errands today in Downtown LA. I wanted to check out the new stops on the Metro GOLDLINE especially the one in Little Tokyo. I am sooooo happy that this is ready and available. Off I went....the trip started out very nicely! See below!


I walked to the machine and guess what I saw? The machine had not ONE but TWO available one way tickets for the taking. For those of you that do not and have not taken the metro, when you buy a ticket you have a certain amount of time to use the ticket. If you take it for 5 mins or for 2 hours same same. As I walked up I saw the 2 one way tickets available. Both expired in about 1.5 hours. Plenty of time to get to my destination. As I was standing there...a couple walked passed and gave me THEIR ALL DAY PASS. I thanked them and the girl said that a women actually gave it to them as she was getting off the train. I am sure METRO is probably not happy to hear people are "sharing" their tickets but this reminded me of the commercial where one person is nice to someone else and it goes on and on. What did I do when I got home? I too placed my all day pass on the machine in the hopes that someone else can use it. Very cool feeling indeed.


My stop came and here I was.....

I swear I do not think I will ever drive to J Town again. This is just too easy. You exit on Alameda and 1st street and can walk anywhere you want. THIS IS SOOO GREAT. I went ahead and ran my errands...and then went to Daikokuya...yummy!

Here is the the Ramen combo....mmm mmm mmm the fried rice here is DA BOMB.

Detail of the great soft boiled egg that comes in the soup.



and yes the salad is actually pretty good!
What a great meal. Good stuff and no stress travel. LOVE IT.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The York on York

Met up this evening for an early dinner at THE YORK. This is a place I have known all my life. It used to be the Dragon Chinese restaurant. My family and I used to order their egg foo young. So good...it was deep fried and had this thick brown gravy. I have yet to find another place that had it. Anyways...this is the new gastro pub/ bar cool hipster scene in Highland Park. Part of the whole gentrification of my hood. My first job was across the street at the old York Liquor store and used to play pool at Highland Billiards etc. I grew up on this block so I have lots of memories.

Couple of interior shots:






Special Crab Cakes


Truffle Mac and Cheese with tomato and basil


Bar burger...the cheddar burger...


Beer battered fish and chips

Special corn chowder

Truffle Grilled Cheese

Rotary run in MOTORMAVENS.COM!

Turkey Run

check out the cool feature on the Rotary Turkey Fun Run from this weekend. Congrats to Ed for his 1st feature as a contributor to MOTORMAVENS.COM!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

RX7Club.com Turkey Run

Had a great time this morning and afternoon. Meeting up with the peeps from the forum and cruising up the mountain and hanging and eating and chilling.

My Pics on Flickr

Here are some pics from today...












Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Retro Jordan XII - The Flu Games

The year is 1997. Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Bulls vs Jazz. MJ comes down with a bad stomach bug. He is told not to play. He plays.

At the end of the game, completely fatigued and exhausted, he collapses into Pippen's arm.

Final score - 97-38. BULLS WIN.



This epic and historic game has come to be known as THE FLU GAME. Where MJ did not stop, would not stop. He knew this was a critical game and he had to play for himself and his team. MJ showed the world his fierce spirit and drive that is he known for.

On Black Friday 2009, Jordan brand is releasing the Retro Air Jordan XII in the exact colorway MJ wore in that game in 1997. The shoe has some differences that have been controversial in the sneaker community like the changing of materials and the adding of some details to pay tribute to this shoe and what it represents.



One of the debates surround the "sick face" some like it some hate it. Does it ruin the shoe? I dont think so. I know it is not an OG, I know its not an OG Retro. This is a tribute shoe and I guess it needs to make itself different from previous retros to protect the integrity of the others.

Over the shoe is very striking and looks great. Craftsmanship is subpar as most Jordans are now a days. Glue marks and the suede material gets very dusty and ashy. But still the shoe makes a statement...as it should.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Rotary Tune up goodies




So one of these days I need to tune up the chariot. I have all the OG stuff I need. Castro GTX Oil, some Lucas Oil Stabilizer that is supposed to be the shizzle. I have the standard Fram PH3693A, the NGK Plugs - BR8EQ-14 and NGK "Blues." Then picked up Bosch OEM cap and rotor.

Figured I will get around to this sooner or later.

I like this - I LIKE THAT

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

HAYASHI 503s aka PERRIER Wheels on the Mazda RX7 GSL-SE

Wheels are finally done! Looking very very nice.

The 411:

15x7 +4 offset
Faces painted Gun Metal w/ Metallic Flake, clear coated
Lips are full polish
Sitting on Kumho tires
195/50 front
205/50 rear






On the car...


not quite "Hella Flush" but kinda close...



I think that now I know how the car sits, the next tires I get will go for more of a stretch look to really complete the old school hella flush look.


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Old School Love in Nashville...

My buddy's 1961-62 Datsun Fairlady 1200 Roadster






This is his 1971 Datsun Bluebird SSS, this is the JDM RHD model. It sits on 14' Watanabes.