Five Pawns

We had the awesome opportunity to have an exclusive interview with Five Pawns! Listen in on their inspirations, advice for entrepreneurs, and projections for the industry! More »

On the Grind

Foodie and café adventures! I am a Yelp Elite of East Los Angeles (since 2011) and eagerly await to earn my five year Gold Badge. More »

All Things Disneyland

Living in sunny Southern California definitely has its perks. By that I mean Mickey ears. More »

Unnecessary

It takes a little while for things to sink in, the stuff that people say to me. He tells me this one all the time, “That is unnecessary“. For a while it made me feel like a little kid whose father was annoyed at listening to her, so of course, it shut me up. It shuts me up pretty quick but I silently sulk in the corner of my mind. It’s just random shit I say, I tell myself. Unnecessary stuff makes conversation. Small talk. Right?

facebook-avatar

I was reading about this project, the 99 Days of Freedom project, on Twitter from the Fast Company I follow. It made me realize, although somewhat targeted at Facebook, that the whole idea of social media was, well, rather unnecessary.

My argument about childhood today is that the internet is probably helping children grow up too fast. Too much information too quick. Kids find about anything they want to at the touch of a keyboard, and now you can even dictate what you want if you can’t spell or type. Accessibility. That originally meant for the handicapped, but now it also applies to anyone who is just lazy or hasn’t developed the ability. What a strange world we live in now. (Yet somehow we still manage to bully others for being different than us.)

I’m addicted to social media. It’s not the people I so desperately cling to, but the ideas. Ideas for things to do, things to eat, or just things to think about. Pinterest is still like my crack cocaine, but I knowingly avoid it unless I’m terribly bored watching my beau play Destiny. (Actually, I do enjoy the game, it just seems repetitive as an observer during head to head combat against other players. But I digress.)

Thinking that all this unnecessary frivolity is important because of said “ideas”… Does that really mean that we’re being manipulated to feel or think a certain way? That’s what the Facebook experiment was all about, wasn’t it? I’m not trying to be a conspiracy theorist, I’m sure it’s not actually the government manipulating us or anything, but it does happen. It’s all happening all around us. Constant competition for something totally irrelevant and meaningless. Just because everyone around me is getting engaged and having kids.. It’s supposed to influence me to feel the same way, right? Yet I talk to all my girl friends, and maybe it is an eventual goal for us, but none of us are ready. We’re all scared shitless. It’s not about the freedom we lose, but about the new responsibilities that come into play. (Everyone loves babies but like, childbirth does not look fun. Or “magical”.) But media is trying to make us increasingly more jaded to these events. They aren’t special anymore, it’s just something to show off. Show off to make other people jealous, I guess. My father had always said, That’s why some people are hated so much. It’s not what they have, but it’s because they like to make other people jealous. Try not to make other people jealous. 

Take for example the moment someone goes someplace no one has gone before. The Potato Chip Hike. (Am I right?) Suddenly everyone and his mom (quite literally) trek over to some remote location in California just to be able to take a photo conquering said Potato Chip. Then suddenly if you don’t go, you get this new syndrome Facebook developed — you start to feel depressed because you’ve missed out. Or.. You’re like me and you think it’s cool but you’re not really interested in climbing rocks. Either way. Well, I guess I can’t help but feel a little left out. Ugh. Chocolate. …Kidding.

Social media – it has become the beauty and bane of existence. Perhaps Facebook has become a trophy case… Then the true problem is people feeling the incessant need to show off their trophies, when it’s been what parents have said all along. They already know you won, you needn’t be a sore winner. The constant need for praise and acceptance from (sometimes) complete strangers. The yearn for a “congratulations” or “you’re so lucky”. Don’t you already know you’re lucky?

It’s not the unnecessary stuff that makes life sweet. It is, however, the small things that do.

Day 040 of #100HappyBananas


Instagram - Day 040 of #100HappyBananas - soft spot for hot links.. Tried to make them healthy with organic chicken, zucchini / squash, mushrooms, and a bit of garlic.

Soft spot for hot links.. Tried to make them healthy with organic chicken, zucchini / squash, mushrooms, and a bit of garlic.

Posted by Instagrate to WordPress

Day 039 of #100HappyBananas


Instagram - Day 039 of #100HappyBananas he always takes our selfies

He always takes our selfies. :)

Posted by Instagrate to WordPress

Day 038 of #100HappyBananas


Instagram - Ahi! Took 3 hours to come out because we had a big party...

Garlic Jo's332 reviews powered by Yelp

Before I get to the actual experience at the restaurant, this made the #100HappyBananas because an engagement took place during my friend’s 30th birthday.

Ok, let me start by telling you important facts about this experience. There were more than 45 people at for our group and this took longer than 3 hours. Please keep in mind that our party did not complete the full capacity of the restaurant. It was a small wing… Therefore it should not have taken more than 3 hours. Actually this honestly should not have taken more than 2 hours.

We arrived at 7:15PM. We were instructed that our party’s reservation was 8PM and we would not be allowed to sit until it was closer to that time. We scoped out the restaurant and it was pretty empty. I couldn’t really understand why we couldn’t sit but when she directed us to the bar area, I sort of knew. They wanted to drum up more business at the bar. Well, that’s lovely, except the bartender was severely overwhelmed by the people that showed up early. The poor guy was all by himself with no barback. This was just the beginning of pure ridiculousness because we made this reservation a few weeks in advance. Figuring we would all run late, we ordered a few drinks and some garlic bread. Pretty timely on the garlic bread and it was delicious.

Well, the hostess didn’t even tell the people at the bar that we were able to sit down, or maybe she did but she only told the front people waiting at the bar. We noticed people began to sit down so we headed over to the table. 80% of the party arrived by 8:30PM, so they started taking our orders. I’m not really sure why they didn’t take our orders all at the same time. at 9:00PM I inquired if they were going to take our order and they said “oh, most of the tables already ordered.” …Well, since we arrived so early, I was pretty famished, so this was rather upsetting the waiter brought us waters but never asked if we were ready to order. I didn’t know I was supposed to bother them and ask them when they were obviously very busy with our party. I thought I was being polite…

A few friends arrived later and had to sit at the far tables. I guess they took the orders by the table because they got their food long before we did. When we asked the waiter why they got their food before us, he just told us the table was smaller. Our table was a party of 6 squished at a table of 4. I didn’t know a table for 6 was too many people to get our food in a timely manner…? At least stay in the line for people at the same party. It was just.. madness at this restaurant.

Well, our food comes out at 10:10PM. I understand our party was kinda big so I guess this was an appropriate time… Except our order did not come out as we had ordered. My beau ordered his steak “Pittsburgh Blue”. This was even the term the waiter used when he took our order. He sounded like he really knew his steaks. We were excited even though we had to wait extra long to get our food. Well… The steak arrived well done. It was beyond well done. It was no longer pink inside at all. I was pretty sure the animal was dead at this point. The steak was not evenly cooked. Parts of it were even so well cooked that it was charred like burned, and not char broiled. Charred like kept over the fire too long. When someone orders their steak that rare, it’s probably best if you don’t put it on the sizzling platter. …I don’t really know what else to say about it. The steak was smothered in garlic and butter. It had great potential.

The ahi came out also with the lemon garlic butter sauce. You can tell it was sitting out rather long because (like in the photo), the sauce had already coagulated. I make seafood all the time, if the sauce was hot still it would be more clear, even with the lemon. Not only was my sauce cold, but my vegetables were cold too. For that price, baby carrots and baby asparagus just don’t really do it for me. At least the quality of the ahi was OK. Well, we had to ask for the bill but were finally out of there by 10:45PM. They did not offer us dessert or anything.

I was planning to return to the restaurant at a later time because I had really thought our party was maybe just too big for the restaurant. This was kinda sad we were not even at their capacity and they could not handle our party. But after the steak came out, we just won’t be back. We won’t even let them try to make it up. This was a disaster.

How can you mess up a rare steak covered in butter and garlic? …?

Posted by Instagrate to WordPress

Day 037 of #100HappyBananas


Instagram - Day 037 of #100HappyBananas - my dog and I watching the boys work on cars.  #cheerleaders

My dog and I watching the boys work on cars.

Posted by Instagrate to WordPress

Veggie Plate w/Hummus


Instagram - Veggie Plate w/Hummus

This place was actually a pretty nice experience. The restaurant is pretty small, I wouldn’t come with more than 4 in your party. They could probably accommodate about 6 but it would be tight. They’re biggest area is probably the patio, and inside it’s predominately a display of their bar but no bar seating that I can remember. There was plenty of help to take your order and food was brought out pretty timely. I noticed they do always try to upsell you and that was just barely an acceptable rate of attempts.

I opted for the veggie plate here with three falafel and assorted vegetables. I really enjoyed the rice. The hummus was OK, it was kinda weird that her speech was to tell us hummus was “made fresh daily” because 1.) it’s not that particularly hard to make hummus and 2.) being that sort of ethnic restaurant I would like to assume it was made fresh daily… That continued to make me feel a bit awkward throughout my meal because I had hoped everything in the restaurant was made fresh daily.

Other than these strange notions I much enjoyed the food and would most likely patron the establishment again at another time. They also have a full bar including wine and specialty beers.

Posted by Instagrate to WordPress

Day 036 of #100HappyBananas


Instagram - Day 036 of #100HappyBananas - I like making instant cookies sometimes in my toaster oven. Yes, I still eat ramen too.

I like making instant cookies sometimes in my toaster oven. Yes, I still eat ramen too.

Posted by Instagrate to WordPress

Day 035 of #100HappyBananas


Instagram - They couldn't keep Lincoln away either. #DontGiveUp

They couldn’t keep Lincoln away either. Hopefully this time will be the charm. Not for the exam, just regarding applications. First time taking this exam.

Posted by Instagrate to WordPress

Day 034 of #100HappyBananas


Instagram - Day 034 of #100HappyBananas - One of my favorite torture devices. The first machine I ever tried Pilates Reformer. Thanks @YelpOC for introducing me!

One of my favorite torture devices. The first machine I ever tried Pilates Reformer. Thanks YelpOC for introducing me during a Yelp Fit Club 2014 event!

Posted by Instagrate to WordPress

Day 033 of #100HappyBananas


Instagram - Day 033 of #100HappyDays - I realized I stay here because I'm comfortable. I can spend $10 on a meal by myself and not blink an eye. I sat here and thought, I got what I wanted. I'm comfortable. I stand in my own way if it means I won't be comfortable anymore. I just thought about money/loans/scholarships all day. I stared out the window. My heart ached over the calling. He came and said to me, "It's time. Stop worrying."

I realized I stay here because I’m comfortable. I can spend $10 on a meal by myself and not blink an eye. I sat here and thought, I got what I wanted. I’m comfortable. I stand in my own way if it means I won’t be comfortable anymore. I just thought about money/loans/scholarships all day. I stared out the window. My heart ached over the calling. He came and said to me, “It’s time. Stop worrying.”

Posted by Instagrate to WordPress