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.