Thursday, October 8, 2009

Oooo Mami!

I finally got to go to Umami Burger #2 for lunch today. Word on the street was that their hamburger rivaled the Father's Office Burger. My verdict: good, but not better (sorry CA). It is definitely worth trying. I had the Umami Burger 6x. Some of the 6x ingredients include crispy parmesan, roasted tomatoes, and Umami's Homemade Ketchup (Oh no ketchup! Take that F.O.). The hand cut fries were also very tasty.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Cheese Burger Cupcake

Check out this cheeseburger cupcake. The top and bottom "bun" is vanilla cupcake and the middle "burger" is fudge brownie. Yellow frosting for cheese and red for ketchup. Green tinted coconut for lettuce and topped off with real sesame seeds.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Teed Magazine

If you're not a fan of this magazine/website, take a look. GMT! Thanks NW! Keep Ireland Irie.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Franz Ferdinand

On Thursday night, we went to see Franz Ferdinand play live at The Palladium in Hollywood. They rocked that place. They didn't say much either. Here's what I know about the Franzia. They're from Scotland. That's it. Oh, and that they're very talented and play catchy dance-like rock n' roll. Check out this clip. The picture is shakey, but the audio's pretty good, Franz Ferdinand had great light and visual show too that night.

An Evening with Cake

As the free poster we received on the way out (not shown) said, we did enjoy "an evening with Cake", who performed live at the Henry Fonda Music Box Theater on Hollywood Blvd this past Wednesday. I was pleased to hear all of my favorite classic Cake songs, like, "Stick Shifts and Safety Belts", "Daria" and "Italian Leather Sofa". As the poster (shown) indicates, the show was rife with political commentary, the highlight being a push up competition where first prize was a small tree, because apparently Cake loves fitness and the environment (small tree not shown).

Is that a Manatee on Ricky Lake

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ouch, Favre's Back?

As you may have heard, Brett Favre has once again come out of retirement and signed on to play with The Minnesota Vikings. Just like Raider Nation and The Cleveland Browns "Dog Pound",
I think fans should go to all home games dressed as old men, wearing number 4 jerseys.
Good luck Brett! 39 never seemed so young.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Claw

Well, it's not a Happy Ending for these fellas, but the risk reward is great if you happen to snag one of these craved crustaceans on the first try for only $2. The lobster game is for real at this Hollywood sports bar.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Think Fast!

Can you guess what fast food restaurant Esquire Magazine says chefs name as their favorite? Hint "John 3:16"

Monday, August 10, 2009

Death Monsters

Here's what I love about San Francisco, bicyclists call automobiles "Death Monsters". San Francisco is a very bike-friendly town. You might even say that the bicycle community is a strong and influential presence there. (See: Critical Mass)I'm not sure at what intersection this photo was taken, The Mission, Lower Haight? (photo credit: The DR). Cars are not allowed in Golden Gate Park on Sunday. No, this is not some graffiti or installation artist's latest hoax/work. This is for real.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Dad Jeans Play Ball

Weighing in on the new found Dad Jeans controversy, this blog aims to find those men out there who are comfortable with whom they are. We say hurrah! Perhaps, it's health history or just a need to be comfortable whilst hurlinga ball. These baggy man pants allow us to be free.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Manny a Dodger Dog

I just witnessed the Dodgers whoop the Cinn Reds tonight from the right field bleachers aka, The Am Pm All You Can Eat Pavilion. Thirty five dollars American gets you access to limitless Dodger Dogs, peanuts, popcorn, nachos, sodas and bottles of water! Unfortunately, it's not all you can drink. If it was, I'd still be there or still be trying to flag a cab on Sunset in Echo Park. Manny got beamed in the arm and was out of the game early, real bummer. He's listed as day-to-day.Lets hope he's ok.Yes, you just walk up to the counter and they give you stuff!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

J Lately

Check out my friend J Lately on mysapce. Coming Straight Outta Somewhere, J lays it down and raps about some humorous and interesting topics. Plus, his music is very catchy. I think track #3 is about getting teed. J Lately is kind enough to let you download his tracks for FREE on myspace, definitely worth checking out.

Yo-Go and Wine About It, LA

Check out Leisure Woman's latest charticles in LA Confidential about this city's best frozen treat shops and wine bars. It's been so hot lately. I hope I'm doing a public service to my fellow Southern Californian s to stay cool.When the sun goes down and and the weather chills outa bit, venture out to some of these wine bars. There's a great new trend to offer self serve tastings. The bars sell you a debit card (like at Dave and Buster's) and charge by the ounce from machines loaded with different varietals. It's great if you've ever wanted to try expensive wines (like Opus One), but didn't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a bottle.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Passing Strange the Stew Musical

For those of you that don't know, I'm a big fan of singer / songwriter Stew. In the past he's had success in the independent music world and in the NY, SF and LA music scenes. He's fronted a band, who's abbreviation we'll call TNP (look it up). His songs tell comic and poignant stories about junkies and other NY/LA art world types, just trying to make it and/or fake it.
In 2007, Stew had a musical produced off Broadway, where he performs on stage with other cast and band members. He went on that year to win the Tony Award for best book for a musical. Recently, I picked up this soundtrack and I've been loving it. It tells the story of Stew's life growing up in South Los Angeles, then moving to Amsterdam, which to quote one of the numbers "...makes Berkeley (CA) look like the bible belt!" After, Amsterdam, Stew moves on to Berlin "...a black hole with taxis", during that city's political and artistic tumultuous period. I'm really stoked, because Spike Lee filmed a performance of the musical, that debuted at The Sundance Film Festival and soon will be aired on PBS, probably becoming a DVD, so I at last will get to see it. This show has been touted as "the musical for guys that hate musicals." You gotta love a musical CD with a parental advisory sticker for explicit content on the cover. Check it.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Smells Like Teed Spirit

This is something I CAN hold a candle to. From the makers of Baconaiise and Bacon Salt comes.... Mandles, man scented candles. They feature all of your favorite essence of male, like wood shop and campfire breakfasts. Email them a scent you'd like to relax to.

Smells like a million dollars to me.

(note: Mandle not shown, go to the link)

Is that a Manatee Wearing a Hat and Holding a Baguette?

Oui, oui, c'est moi, Monsieur Manatee!

(image courtesy of - get them tacos)

Monday, June 22, 2009

8 ounces of Goodness

I just had a foodgasmic experience at 8 oz the Burger Bar on Melrose Ave. The Short Rib Grilled Cheese (pictured) was the best sandwiches I've had in a long time. My words can not do the place justice. You just have to go there or look at the menu. It tells of a story. Recently, I was discussing "go to" places for inexpensive good grub and how the burger thing is out of control in LA. There are literally dozens of choices in the City of Angles for gourmet burgs. But now when that subject comes up, I'll tell people 8 oz on Melrose is THE place to go for great eats in a laid back full service atmosphere. Disclaimer: I've yet to have their burgers, but I will soon, oh yes, soon my friends.
My colleuges and I were also saying that beer bars are the new wine bars (though 8oz has a great selection of both) and burgers and comfort foods are the new haute cuisine (some will say they never left). Known for their fancy beef patties and gourmet fixins, food dood Godwin Armstrong's spot is every thing you want in a joint and more, friendly servers, great loaction, provacative dishes. Some other menu items of note are the 3 sliders with beer pairings. One slider is made with Wild Boar. The biggest problem bar tender Brandon told me was that folks can't get a large size version of their favorite slider. But "off the menu" they will serve you a trio of your favorite. Also, get the Okinawan Sweet Potato chips. They're purple, crisp and perfectly salty. Florida peeps they have a location in Miami!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Aloha from the Land of Leisure

We spent a fantastic week on the island of Maui. There is so much to do on this island for the sports and leisure enthusiast, from surfing and diving to golf and just relaxing on the beach. We had some great meals too! The fish tastes like it was just pulled from the ocean and it probably was.This is a shot from my camera phone on the Emerald Course at Wailea. The course is short and the greens are medium speed, but in great shape and beautifully landscaped. The biggest hazard is being distracted by the views of other Hawaiian Islands in the distance.
This is another shot from my camera phone at Grandmas, a mellow surf break on the west side of Maui, right off the road to Lahaina. It was breaking about 2-3 feet that day, the perfect mellow day for some long rights and lefts. Mellow was the the theme of this trip, nice and easy. There weren't many people out in the line up. Just a couple of sea turtles or "hanu" in Hawaiian. We saw many hanus in the water this trip. Mahalo nui loa for reading!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Who's that teed lookin Dude next to Nicholson?

Ever find yourself asking the the question "Who's that guy sitting next to Jack at all the LA Laker home games"? No, it's not Donald Sutherland. It's legendary music and movie mogul Lou Adler. He directed Cheech and Chongs Up in Smoke and was the manager for many other great acts in the 60's and 70's, like The Mamas and the Papas. He's the father of musician Cisco Adler and the uncle of GNR's drummer, Steven Adler. He's also friends with Nicholson and a Laker Fan. I wonder if he was the inspiration for the character named Lou Ashby in the Showtime series Californication?

PS the girl on the right is Jack Nicholson's daughter, Jackie...jk I don't know her name, but it is his offspring.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Axis of Teed - The Same 4 Chords

This is pretty Awesome! It's by this band Axis of Awesome! Pure genius. I thougth of doing the same thing with the songs Louie Louie, Twist and Shout and Wild Thing. It's the same chords

Monday, June 8, 2009

Is it going to rain? Check out this site. It's very cute, clever and informative. Stay tuned for. (Clue: answer is always yes).

Friday, June 5, 2009

Happy Tee Day

Recently, a few men of leisure celebrated their days of birth. A commencement round of golf was played at Encinitas Ranch GC in north San Diego County. The course was really nice, a bit pricey, but worth it in my opinion. Here's a few shots. Thanks for the pics BK and Happy Tee Day.
Also, a belated Happy Tee Day to A Dub, ZR & PH!
As you can see, the ocean is in the background. Great day for it!

Why don't you just go home?! That's your HOME! Are you too good for your home? My favorite hole on the course is the 19th hole of course. This game is so hard they put a bar at the end of it. Pyramid Hefeweizen, the beer of choice for men of leisure.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009

Chicago - The Grand Finale

The last installment of our Chicago trip ends at David Burke's Primehouse, located in the James Hotel. Known for its dry aged beef, the restaurant serves up many different cuts and ages. The meal was fantastic. The service was above par, friendly and informative.We started with a delicious Caesar salad, made and tossed the old fashioned way, right there at our table.
I had the 40 day aged bone in Rib Eye. It was very good, but I'm starting to feel that the aging process might make the meat too old tasting for my liking. Go figure. I also had the blue cheese mouse and truffle fries to accompany my steak. I tried a few different red wines by the glass (Zin, Pinot, Cab). Someone also ordered a Tempranillo (Spanish red) from the extensive wine list, which was also quite good.
Afterwards, we were treated to a tour of the dry age room where the meat ages at 42 degrees along side a wall of Himalayan Pink Salt for superb taste and quality.Each cut is tagged with the date to see how long it's been aging.
This is a picture of Prime 2071. Most of the steaks served at this restaurant come from this bull. Thanks, bull and thanks to David Burke's Primehouse Management for the hospitality.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thrifty Beer

This is another public service announcement from your friendly neighborhood Leisureman. Check out It shows you were to buy the cheapest beer by the ounce! It's truly amazing what technology and some hard working college students can achieve.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Chicago 3rd Entry: Da Food

Not only known for its friendly people and party-like atmostphere, Chi-town is also famous for its great food.
Deep dish spins all night long in the City of Chi. We called ahead one and one half hours for these puppies. That's how long it takes to cook them. The food at Pizzeria Due, which was right down the street from our hotel (Da James) and a block away from its originator Pizzeria Uno, was freaking awesome!
It's like a meal in every slice.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Chi-town Blogoyavich Part Duh: Home James

Never hating a player (check out is at 2:00pm), The James Hotel was an excellent place to stay for a Leisurely weekend in Chicago, modern, slick, fun, but not stuffy. There's a great bar in the lobby and attached to the James is The J bar, a rocking loungey type club. Stay tuned for the blog entry of David Burke's Primehouse, also located inside King James.

All this stuff comes with the room. Small bottles of booze were pricey, but nice to have the option.

Nice flat screen, nice view. In the corner was a "nook". Sadly, it wasn't used, but looked cool.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My Kinda Teed - Chi-blog-o Entry 1

Chicago! Man, what a city. I had the pleasure of spending a long weekend there recently. What don't I love about that toddlin' town? First of all, it was very clean for a major metropolis and the weather when we were there was perfect. It was the hottest day of the year there on that Friday. On that great Friday afternoon, we attended my very first Chicago Cubs game .Wrigleyville is so rad. There are tons of bars and restaurants surrounding Wrigley Field, like Murphy's (We didn't got to Murphy's. It was too crowded.), but it's a constant party before, after and during the game. I, along with 40,000+ others enjoyed a day at the ballpark and the after party in Wrigleyville. There are even bleachers on the roofs of the buildings surrounding the ballpark.
PS - Cubs won! (Against their rivals the St. Louis Cardinals.)