Sunday, January 24, 2010

Cuckoo for Coconut Chips

If you've every been to Haiku's Twin Falls Fruit Stand on the Hawaiian Isle of Maui, you may have noticed and / or enjoyed Coconut Chips. If you have not been there, odds are you have not enjoyed them, because it's the only place in the world to get them. I sent my girlfriend, Leisure Girl, on a wild goose chase all around the island looking for this delicious snack. "We scoured the island from ABC Stores to local farmers markets in pursuit of the chips. We became obsessed with finding these crack-like wonders and they didn't disappoint. I ended up getting the private number of the maker and owner the company Bananas and Coconuts from the concierge at the hotel," says LG.

LG tells me that they only sell these treats, consisting solely of toasted, then roasted shaved coconut and Hawaiian salt, at Twin Falls Fruit Stand on the road to Hana. Luckily, she brought back a few bags of the savory delights that taste oddly similar to bacon.

Tonight we enjoyed part of the last remaining bag in our possession, chopped up and sprinkled over vanilla frozen yogurt. Mahalo, Leisure Girl!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Burgs in the Hood

In my neighborhood of Hollywood, CA, two new great burger joints have recently opened; Umami Hollywood, the 3rd installment of the famous Umami chain and Stout, a hip spot serving a great selection of micro brews and burgers. While Umami consistantly serves some of the best hamburgers, turkey burgers, portabello mushroom burgers and pork laden sandwiches known to man, it has no TVs and only 2 beers on tap. Stout's "Stout Burger", while good, Senator, is no Umami, but Stout does have 2 large TV's, friendly staff, and serves food until 4am. Stout does have great ground chicken and veggie burgers too.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Zen and the Art of Bowling

I took my first bowling lesson today with Nancy Kato and Rich Honda at Pinz in Studio City. It was awesome. I learned so much about oil patterns and the markers on the lanes. We got to walk the lanes and I looked into the end where the pins are set up. Did you realize each pin is 12 inches apart? I did not. The next step is to buy my own equipment; ball, shoes and a bag or "hook in a box" as Nancy calls it, because the spin comes from the ball (and spin is tough to do with the solid plastic house balls one borrows from the lanes).

If you are in the greater Los Angeles area and looking for a great bowling teach, call Nancy Kato, USA Certificed Coach at 818-640-6000. Her partners, Rich Honda, video tapes part of your lesson as well, which is a helpful learning tool.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Tim Robbins Say Hi

"Excuse me, Mr. Robbins can I take a picture with you?" I asked. "Sure," he said.Nice shades and skull caps!

Happy New Year!

2010, wow, man, we really live in the future. I bet James Cameron is happy about his billion dollar box office draw. Check out this song by Counting Crows, kind of a fitting tune for the new year.