Monday, October 20, 2008


At least once a year, we go to Puerto Nuevo for lobsters. It's a long drive for lobsters but it's well worth it.

Happy birthday Carlo!

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Right now...

Watching the JBWKZ, Supercrew, Fanny Pak and others...

Thanks Arash!

**Update: The headliners were the JBWKZ, Supercrew, Fanny Pak, BreakSk8 and ASIID. Special guests were Fish n Chicks and Kaba Modern. Some guy also performed, Colby something... Best time ever (except for all the screaming).

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Cameo Bar (part douche, er i mean deux) ...10/04/08

Another Saturday night to kill some time and down some drinks. This time, JJ and I decided to see how Cameo Bar is on a Saturday. The last time we went was on a Friday night and we had fun.

This time, it was ok. The drinks were ok. I ordered the Elvis truffles that were a little bit better than ok. The vibe is definitely alive.

Cameo Bar definitely has a diverse range of people. You've got your "trying-to-be-cool-but still-not" crowd, the yuppies, the cougars, and the douchebags. It seems that Cameo Bar has four types of guys: the ones that will check you out from afar but will not talk to you, the ones that are immature and call out comments as you pass by, the ones you DON'T want to talk to under any circumstances and the quirky/funny/charming ones that will try to pawn you off to their "single" friends. I honestly can't decide which is worse! That said, I'll still probably be back because it's fun to watch people interact. JJ and I also have a grand time just making fun of people and trust me, there's plenty to make fun of.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Animal - 9/29/08

Location: West Hollywood
Food: 4.5/5
Drinks: 1/5 - we didn't try any of their wines but I was disappointed that they didn't have Iced Tea
Service: 5/5
Ambiance: casual
Price: $$$
Overall: 4.5/5 - if they had Iced Tea it would've been a knockout

In my family, I always get tasked with finding the venue for celebratory dinners (maybe coz I eat out a lot). For my brother's birthday, it was no different. After making sure everyone's schedule meshed, I picked Animal - a relatively new restaurant from the Food Dudes. The menu and the reviews were impressive and I was craving really good foie gras.

The reservations were made for 7pm on a Monday night. Not familiar with the Fairfax area (it's been a while since I've lived in West Hollywood), I almost missed the valet. I ended up (almost) in the middle of the intersection looking for the valet guy. My family got there ahead of me so they were already seated when I arrived. They all looked to me to order, so order I did. We started off our meal with the raw amberjack and the foie gras (naturally).

The foie gras was absolutely divine. It was "melt in your mouth" perfect. The foie gras sat on top of a biscuit and was doused in gravy. The foie gras alone was great but combined with the gravy - the taste was almost overwhelmingly beyond expectation. The amberjack was good too but I think it could do with a little bit more acid. Or maybe the taste was just overpowered by the foie gras.

Raw Amberjack, Photo courtesy of My Last Bite.

For the entrees, my parents decided to go with the "109 for 2" which is a 32 oz. bone-in rib-eye with mashed potatoes. My brothers each ordered the Flatiron Steak and I went with the quail fry. Let's start with my parent's dish. OMG, biggest steak I've seen. The bone was probably as long as my arm from elbow to fingertip. It was a serious piece of steak. I think my parents only had half. My brothers, on the other hand, demolished their steaks in half the time it took me to eat my quail. It did look quite appetizing with the onions and the corn. I'll have to order that next time. My quail was surprisingly good. I've had quail before that's a little chewy so I wasn't expecting anything with my dish. Boy, was I wrong! The quail was juicy and succulent and I couldn't stop eating. The dish had some bacon on the side to temper the heaviness of the quail - perfect pairing.

Flatiron Steak, Photo courtesy of My Last Bite.

Bone-in Rib-Eye, Photo courtesy of Yelp.

We had the tres leches cake for dessert. Not that much of a revelation but I also think that we were all pretty stuffed at that point. The dessert was just an obligatory gesture to celebrate my brother's birthday. Happy Birthday again James!!!