Sunday, August 28, 2011

EPIC DONUT NIGHT

The following story is based on actual events.

The names have been changed to protect the guilty.

Proceed with caution.

EPIC DONUT NIGHT

It started as a pretty typical laid back Saturday night. I went to the xfit class in the morning, had a great workout, went with my friend to the pool, had a great lunch and got home to chill.  I was texting with my friend Alice about possibly getting together along with Chester for a fun donut run to Krispy Kreme in Burbank. It was an on going joke and we were going to try and do it.  In between all of this I was chatting with Kathy and she mentioned her and her friends were going to be partying in DTLA and may be hanging out at a  local bar called The York.  The York was a spot that was thrown in our planning too, as a place to possibly go.  Well...this may be a good night!

I met up with Alice and we headed out to grab a bite to eat.  After dinner Chester called and we met up with him.  We had to drop off Alice's car and then the 3 of us headed to The York.  We walk up to the door...around 11or so. I am actually not really sure what time is.  This was a sign we were going to have a fun time.  One of the roided out doormen that checked our IDs was swiggin on a Muscle Milk. HAHAHA...I mean let's be more cliche right?  This dude is standing outside a bar on a Sat night drinking a Muscle Milk.  Get out of here...idiot.  FUNNY!

The night started out a little slow...just hanging at the bar, drinking a little...people watching.  I received a text from Kathy that her and her friend were coming down.  Sweet.  The odds are getting better...2 guys and 1 girl is no bueno.  As we were were hanging...BOOM.  Mary comes walking up with her friend Maggie!  Oh wow...what are you doing here? TOTALLY RANDOM!  So now we are having some fun.  Mary lets us know she is waiting for a text from her friend that she needs to pick up...Laura.  So now we are doing quite well.  Then who walks in?  Cathy and her friend Denise!  Ok...so..let's recap thus far.

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Chester
Alice
Mary
Maggie
Kathy
Denise
*Kathy had like one guy with her but I forgot his name....so we have a pretty good little crew growing.

Mary and I chatted about if we heard from ANOTHER mutual friend, Eric..and IceMan.    So I texted Eric and IceMan...they were leaving a spot in Hollywood and would meet us.  BOOM...the crew grows yet again.

Mary and Maggie leave to go pick up Laura and bring her back.  OK....another roll call....


me
Chester
Alice
Mary
Maggie
Kathy
Denise
Laura
Eric
IceMan

Let's just say...the evening was getting good.  With EVERYONE there...we just chatted, some dancing, drinking and other activities.  Here are some bullets:


  • Chester grinding his pelvic region on various girls
  • Lots of drinking/ordering water
  • Gaining access to an off limits area behind the bathrooms and leaving because of the stench
  • Various lap dances and rib tickling
  • Boob flicking
  • Everyone getting parking tickets
  • Shit talking by all
  • Fun by all
OK...it is now almost 2AM.  Bar is closed...where shall we go?  DONUTS!!!!  Chester SWEARS the Burbank Krispy Kreme is 24 hours. He KNOWS this...I seem to recall they close at 10. I get outvoted and we gather the troops.  LETS GO!!!!  Krispy Kreme donuts are on the brain. We walk out to the lot and yes everyone has parking tickets. FAIL.

We pile in two cars and off to Burbank we go. I of course drive Chester's car and inside I have Chester and Alice in the backseat.  I am pretty much Driving Miss Daisy/Taxi/Bang Bus. Cathy and Denise are in their own car but we lost them on the way through Eagle Rock.We cruise through HLP and over the hill to Eagle Rock on the way to the 5 north.  We are passing the Plaza and I get a call from the Eric in the second car that maybe we should go somewhere else? We were passing Yum Yum donuts..so we stop in that lot.  We have a quick convo.

Are we going?  Not going? A little drama ensues...back and forth...bare in mind it is around 2 or 215AM. We are discuss our options.  Some people suggest heading home and calling it a night. More back and forth...and we agree let's just go to Krispy Kreme.  Back in the cars...but we now have Eric in our car.  So off we go.  

Hit the 5 north...and we see it.  FOUR LANES closed.  FOUR.  It is backing up and fast...we are trying to exit Burbank Blvd...and it is nothing but red brake lights.  Chester and Alice both have to PEE SO BAD they are going to hurt their urethras...per Chester's medical analysis.  The exit is blocked...all four lanes. BLOCKED!

Chester is SCREAMING for me to put the car in park and he will drive the car INTO the exit and get us off this freeway. I am screaming back NO...we are screaming screaming and screaming.  I fall under the peer pressure...and PULL INTO THE BLOCKED OFF FOUR LANES and attempt to exit.  We drive and of course the exit is BLOCKED..ROAD CLOSED.  I have to swerve back into the ONE lane of traffic...now we are stuck...it is moving like 10 ft every 10 mins.  This is a bad situation for the PEE PEOPLE in the back seat.  We move along..inching away..inching away...not moving.  

FINALLY CHESTER and ERIC HAD ENOUGH....they got out of the car...and jumped the freeway.  Let me repeat...2 guys...jumped out of the car...on a northbound freeway, jumped the divider crossed the south bound lanes into the shrubs and over the fence to Krispy Kreme...which we could clearly see from the car.  Yes...that is what happened.  Of course both sides of the freeway are pretty much shut down. So the south bound lanes are empty.  Again..it is around 2:30AM.  Now it is me and poor Alice in the car...she is going to die if she does not pee. We are slowly inching our way. We get close and close and see it.  The southbound lanes are all closed because of a pretty bad accident. They are letting one or two cars through one at a time.  Alice is screaming at this point.  She needs to PEE bad....

Cell phone is blowing up...guess what. KK is CLOSED.  YUP.  NO DONUTS.  KK IS CLOSED.  Sooooo...we tell them to wait.  Kathy is trying to get to KK and meet back with us.  Mary and her car is god knows where....we lost them since before the guys jumped out of the car.  Alice and I are inching along and we see it. The lanes open  up and we SCOOOOOT over and get off the freeway.  We pull into a 24 hr Jack in the Box and Alice gets to pee...FINALLY.  We get back in the car...and head back to KK to regroup.

We pull up on Victory Pl and Empire and there standing on the street is Chester, Eric, Iceman and I see Mary's car and her crew all parked and looking for a place to pee.  It was comedy.  So we chat...it is now around 300AM.  Mary's car wants to go home.  Iceman had to get home and well...it was a tad frustrating with the whole KK run being a bust.  Everyone's buzz has worn off at this point...so Chester screams...WE ARE GETTING DONUTS!  So we pile back in...and the 4 of us.  Me, Chester, Alice and Eric go to get donuts.  

We got our donuts.

We ended up in La Crescenta at a place called Foster's Family Donuts. 24 hours.

We got back into the car and headed home.....it was around 330AM.  We dropped off Alice...I got to my car..and Chester took Eric home.  What a night.....

We have some plans that were discussed like a Bday celebration..and a Karaoke outing.  I hope we get to do it....it was a great night with some great people.  FUN as all get out!

THE END

FGB - Hell

I did it...almost did NOT but I did it.


Here is a refresher on what FIGHT GONE BAD is...since I know you all are too lazy to go back to my previous post.  This is a crossfit set that was made for MMA fighter BJ Penn.  The story goes that he wanted a exercise set that would mimic a pro MMA fight. Help him train strength, dynamic movement, speed, endurance etc.  So after he did the exercise, they asked him...so what did you think? His reply was...that was like a FIGHT GONE BAD.  Thus this workout is known as FIGHT GONE BAD.


from the crossfit FAQ:

In this workout you move from each of five stations after a minute. This is a five-minute round from which a one-minute break is allowed before repeating. We've used this in 3 and 5 round versions. The stations are:
  1. Wall-ball: 20 pound ball, 10 ft target. (Reps)
  2. Sumo deadlift high-pull: 75 pounds (Reps)
  3. Box Jump: 20" box (Reps)
  4. Push-press: 75 pounds (Reps)
  5. Row: calories (Calories)
The clock does not reset or stop between exercises. On call of "rotate," the athlete/s must move to next station immediately for good score. One point is given for each rep, except on the rower where each calorie is one point.




There is this event in mid Sep that I wanted to try...so I need to start training for it.  It is called FGB6 and it is all for charity and a bunch of bad ass crossfit gyms do it and it is a huge crossfit lovefest.  So here is my score....



I wanted to break 200...but I could not.

I was going to DIE...I literally almost died. I could not get enough air in my chest, I could not breath. I was ready to give up.  But my friend and coach for this endeavor would not let me. I just kept going.  I did not think I could...but now I know what my capabilities are and I have a solid plan on what is next.  I need to train much harder on wall balls and box jumps.  2 things I pretty much already knew what I needed to do.

All I have to say..that was the HARDEST 17 minutes of y my life.  It defined brutal...and my body has never felt that way before.  It was crazy.

I am hoping to up my score to at least 200.  Let's see what happens.


Saturday, August 27, 2011

OTAFUKU...the truth!

As some of you may have seen below in a previous post, I picked up an issue of LUCKY PEACH.  David Chang's new food quarterly magazine.  I grabbed issue 1, which sold out of its first 2 runs....and then subscribed for issues 2-5.  I just started reading it and  the first article, if you want to call it that...is about Peter Meehan, David's co-writer and David going to Japan for a ramen run. Literally...eat all the bad ass ramen as they can.  so I am reading all about the traditions and how we have NO CLUE what ramen is...and how high it is in Japanese culture. Masters or the stuff...that do that and only that for their whole life. It is a way of life...literally.  He writes about the style where the noodles and soup or sauce are totally separated...kind of like a soup noodle deconstructed....

I went here for lunch today...in Torrance, CA.

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Definitely one of the more authentic Japanese noodle places I have ever seen...and been. EVER.

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The place is open for lunch then closed until dinner time...like most noodle places in Japan and fancy places in the US.

Of course I had the house special soba...all fresh and made in house on the premises....

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my friend ordered the raw egg...completely forgetting we were eating COLD SOBA...not HOT. You cannot pur your egg in the hot broth to poach it. FAIL. LOL.

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Look at those perfect noodles. WOW. This was the regular size...their is a large size too. I need to get the large size next time.

I ordered the house special soba with the mini bowl combo...

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the mini tempura bowl was good...

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another shot of the noodles...

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so the correct way to eat this is to take some noodles and dunk it in the soy sauce dressing and eat it that way. Then they bring you a container of the noodle water. The starchy, milky, noodle water hot...so you can add to your left over sauce. I KNOW this from reading LUCKY PEACH! So amazing!

The noodle water...

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pouring it into my dipping sauce to make a soup!

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so yummy...David Chang said it best. Deconstructing a noodle soup....in its purest form.

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noodle remains...

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so here is the best part....how to be "elitist" without it? Or do it by not doing anything. Check out the FRONT of the restaurant...

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literally NOTHING outside. ZERO SIGNAGE.

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you would literally miss this place...always...they seem to NOT want to be found!

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Nothing...except for this...

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awesome...talk about secret and hole in the wall....amazing. They dont care if you come or not. They are happy with the people that know of it..and dont care! How elitist right? LOL.

Hipster Dogs



Today my friend and I were driving to grab some lunch and we stopped at a corner and waited as these 2 guys crossed the street. I am assuming they were friends or "partners" as one was walkng in front and the one behind was filming or taking pics with his iPhone. They were both walking these little dogs along side them.

My buddy made a snarky comment like...more douches with their hipster dogs. It HIT ME...you are DANG RIGHT! Let's see...any self respecting hipster has these items:

Apple earbuds permanently dangling around the neck
Straw fedora hat
skinny jeans, sometime with the right leg rolled up...why? because...
a Fixie bike
throw in a handlebar mustache or some facial hair and some tattoos and you got yourself a dbag hipster.

but what is the new trend? Or maybe a trend that has been bubbling for some time....the hipster dog! yes!

Maybe you have seen one of these at your local organic coffee place?


maybe one of these?


or one of these?





or if you are extra cool...you get one of these...


you can walk your dog...ride your bike and wear these....


ugh...shoot me please.

Get Shaved

Torrance CA


WOD - 8/27/2011

Typical GORGEOUS Saturday in So Cal. Woke up..had my 16oz of NO Xplode for some energy and headed to class. Here is what we did:

WARM UP

Walk/Run around room
Lunges b+f 2xs
side lunges b+f
10x burpees

WORKING SET

20x Burpees
30x Ground to Overhead singles (40lb dumbbell)
40x Box jump (I step up)

3 rounds of the above prescribed
I only completed 2.25 Last round I only did 10x burpees and the full G2O and no step ups.

Single Leg squat with a pause at bottom 10x each
25lb plate kettle bell swing x 20
1 min elevated plank

3 rounds of above
I cheated on a couple planks and could not hold and I cheated on last set of swings only doing 10.

DONE.

Good work out the whole room was feeling it and it was great. People were all commenting how great it was. It was awesome.

Per usual, we moseyed over to Whole Folds for 16oz mud juice (carrot, apple, spinach, kale, chard and lime) and now a Think Thin protein bar. Looking forward to some good lunch!

Tomorrow's WOD should be interesting. I am going to ATTEMPT...FGB. The key word is ATTEMPT. I may have some video to go along with my pathetic ATTEMPT...so look out for that. If I have the courage to video myself doing it. ugh...

Friday, August 26, 2011

World Class Fitness in 100 Words

Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.
~ Coach Greg Glassman

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Seriously....Rob Orlando is a BEAST!



Are you for real? 275lbs? Get out of here.

WOD 8/20

Another great Saturday class/WOD. Today we had a FULL class. More than usual. Come to find out, spin class was canceled and we had some spill over. It was pretty crazy with a full full class. Here is what we did:

WARM UP

walk/run/lunges around the room
10 x burpees

WORKING SET

Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (ground to chin) - 40lbs x 10 each
Box Jumps/Step Ups x 15
Burpees x 20
Sit ups x 20
prescribed was 5 rounds, I only completed 3 rounds.

Farmer's Walks x 6 (back and forth) = 60lbs each
Walking Lunges x 4 (back and forth)
FW x 4
WL x 2

Stretching...DONE.

Great class...lots of people. FUN!

Afterwards, me and a friend got over to Whole Foods for some breakfast. I had the pancakes and turkey sausage. Then I got the famous "Mud Juice" to wash it down. 16oz of Apple, Carrot, Spinach, Kale, Chard and Lime.

So good day. I plan on going tomorrow (Sunday) for a heavy lift day...maybe squat or deadlift. Not sure yet...we shall see!


Sang Kogi Nara - Los Angeles

Tonight we celebrated Barry's bday which was on 8/8 with some good ol fashioned AYCE KBBQ. The guests were me, Chuck, Dom and Rob. Dom took us to his little "secret" spot. Definitely away from the hubub of K Town proper but still good ass meat and decent service.

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Sang Kogi Nara

It was pretty good. We had the $19.99 per person that came with a couple plates of Sashimi too. I of course did not partake in the raw fish but everything else was good.

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not alot of the Bahn Cha as other places but who cares when all you want is MEAT!

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Brisket is always a good start....

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more please...and yes that is STEAK....

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Since I am on a diet and all...ahhaha..no rice..just salad!

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Short ribs and marinated ribs...and the soup in the middle? That was good..it was like a K style spicy miso soup. Delicious!

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nice and meaty....

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we ended the night shooting some pool and hanging out some more. Good times for sure. Now I have to sleep since I have GYM in the morning!!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ink.Sack

Today was a good day at lunch!  Luckily I work about .5 mile away from the latest LA foodie place...Michael Voltaggio's INK.SACK.  Pretty cool.  His main restaurant INK is not open yet but he opened up a sandwich shop on the same street.  A couple co workers and I jumped in the car and went to try this place. I of course had to bring my camera to capture the "experience."

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da crowds...

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made it inside...

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got to leave my mark....me and my co workers initials...

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now time for some food....

love how they spell my name...

Bahn Mi - Ink.Sack

here is what I had....BAHN MI - pork cheek, pickled veggies and chicharones...it was DAMN GOOD...let me repeat..DAMN GOOD. Was it worth $6? It was TINY...but it was GOOOOD.

Bahn Mi - Ink.Sack

Bahn Mi - Ink.Sack

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My friend ordered the Watermelon...man it was good. It had Siracha and Lime...DELICIOUS!

Watermelon - Ink.Sack

I ordered a little dessert too..a Mexican Chocolate Cookie.

Mexican Chocolate Chip Cookie - Ink.Sack

Mexican Chocolate Chip Cookie - Ink.Sack

Mexican Chocolate Chip Cookie - Ink.Sack

of course I had to get a t shirt...I would of got one just because it was an INK.SACK shirt..but it was HUNDREDS! What? Yeah...HUNDREDS LIMITED EDITION INK.SACK T shirt...I was all over it.


Cookie and T Shirt

Limited Edition HUNDREDS Shirt

It was a good trip. I think we may go again tomorrow! hahaha...it was that good.

Oh I forgot to add my TMZ/Stalker/Papparzi shot of the man himself...I snapped this as he was walking out.

Ink.Sack


LA TIMES BLOG...
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dailydish/2011/08/michael-voltaggio-opens-sandwich-shop-ink-sack.html

LA WEEKLY BLOG
http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/2011/08/michael_voltaggio_previews_ink_inksack_opens_tomorrow.php

THRILLIST
http://www.thrillist.com/food/los-angeles/ca/90048/mid-wilshire/ink-sack_cheap-grub_sandwiches