defense attorney

“you either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” – harvey dent [two face], the dark knight.

my sister, a brilliant defense attorney hailing from columbia law, helps keep me out of trouble [not that i would ever need…] but part of the idea is taking preventive measures. stay informed about your rights & the law. here’s more about her modern law practice:  http://sueanne.co 

as part of her birthday present, i’m gifting this knowledge to you, yes, you. and thank you for reading.

izakaya akatora la

izakaya akatora || 115 w. main street, alhambra, ca 91801 || (626) 943-7872

new gem by michael cardenas of innovative dining group [katana, sushi roku, boa steakhouse], and favorite trendy hot spots all across los angeles & las vegas has arrived: izakaya akatora. it’s a more casual, traditional sushi bar & izakaya feel but offering high-quality fish & tapas located in the historic city of alhambra — a city in the suburbs of la, known as the san gabriel valley.

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i aint sayin’ she’s a gold digger, but she’s only eating sashimi with gold on top.

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kinmedai. flame-torched golden eye red snapper. i ate the james bond of snappers, basically.

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omakase me pls.

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close up of the fresh, sexy oyster + uni & ikura neighbors.

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yam ice cream – a reinvented traditional japanese dessert that will make you swoon

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classic chocolate volcano done right

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remember to thank the sushi chefs

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sake to you…sake to me…

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akatora, red tiger in japanese, is named after michael’s father’s fishing boat.

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blondetourage. i’m wearing my favorite leather clutch by liucia

thanks michael for a wonderful dinner & for adding another awesome restaurant to this world! need to be back when i’m out west again [and try the foie gras]. arigatou!

for more delicious goodness, visit my post on the neighboring sushi roku in pasadena.

popfoods.tv

the all-star team behind this past weekend’s shoot for popfoods.tv, hosted by the infamous chef russell jackson, directed by raffi asdourian, shot by jon chen, and yours truly [me] as one of the special guests, along with award-winning, tv chopping star chefs lance knowling, and pastry chefs ashley holt & thiago silva. more soon. for now, you can drool over one of his recent tastings below and/or also a past tasting here at louro or the dirty bad santa xmas dinner party i hosted as the top chef.

the subculture dining experience: think a museum, with your favorite artist having an art installation ready for viewing, but only for a limited time — the bonus is you get to harass the chef himself and pull a portandia “can i see the chicken’s headshot & resume? did the chicken have a happy life?” kindly inquire about the dish choices and ingredients since the chef is in clear conversational view. foodies’ challenging questions are welcomed!

chef russell jackson has his “pop-up” tastings enjoyed at various locations, each with a different theme, different exciting courses, different wine pairings, simply different and full of surprises.
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the chef at work, and we have the pleasure of watching him add final touches to each course, aka front row for a top chef competition.

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avocado toast: compressed avocado, agua de chile, apricot ginger seed sauce, onion sprouts, crispy tostada
yucca: smoked in mesquite with spiced vinegar tapioca, orange mojo – great refreshing starter
paired with: anahitos

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empanadas: foie gras in chile spice crust, & spruce smoked calabaza squash and crab, hazelnut, currants, queso fresca – very interesting.
paired with: orange sugar gin, french 75 finished with champagne

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clams in pozole verde, poblano lime cumin broth, micro greens – excellent.

paired with: toasted kombu rum, velvet flurnum & green juice drink with muddled jalepeno

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and what do we have here? brown paper bag…bringing you back to its roots

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picadillo taco: aged cabbage, mexican creme, chile arbol salsa – amazing.

paired with: chile vodka, kummel, lime, pisco style

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chicken roulade: crispy skin, rose petal mole sauce [perfected poached chicken breast might i add]

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iberian carnitas press: cascbel adobo sauce & deep fried turnip, scallion ash, nori – something different.
main courses paired with: tobacco-infused rye, barolo, carbonated

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palate cleanser: deep fried pineapple. dehydrated honey and chipotle salt

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THIS MAGICAL DESSERT. in the glass for dipping: blue corn alote, chocolate, pilincco, buttered rum + buckwheat churros

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redefining churros, with a fancy, intoxicating yet delicate flair.

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the pate de fruit, banana/dry rum

as per usual, i was quite behind on my cocktail pairings. amazing experience.

his next upcoming “art installation” is coming up and more info here! enjoy! 

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usher yacht

i know him…

“you walked into the party, like you were walking onto a yacht…”    – carly simon.

but i was walking onto a yacht. classified as a mega yacht part of fleet miami, usher is a luxurious 154-footer that i have known since 2013. even before he became a movie star in the infamous entourage film opening today, june 3rd, he is no stranger to hosting supermodels, actors, musicians, lively personalities, & movers and shakers across the world. here is an inside look of some photographs of our relationship i’ve compiled over the years.

when we first met during the xmas/new year holiday season of 2013, i thought wow, he’s huge…

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take note of the flawless detailing from exterior to interior…

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variety of seashells from the seashore + glistening sand encased in the glass coffee tables reveal an art lover, reminiscent of the beach life that is often simultaneous to a yacht life.

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long table screamed out photo-op, so i got up on top.

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beautiful automatic glossy glass doors.

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sun deck for your tanning pleasure, fully stocked with plush towels & various sunblock & skin products.

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proper table to catch up with some work on your ipad.

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the indoor bar which can also be transformed into a small gambling table…

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i met usher again during his maiden voyage to new york city in the summer of 2014, and of course, i had to play him a few new songs of mine.

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then again for thanksgiving of 2014…he hasn’t changed much. still majestic. still tip top cream of the crop.

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the usher staff patiently awaits our next request, whether it be photos or drinks…IMG_0336

the hot tub on the 3rd deck which i’m sure will be highly featured in the film alongside naked scantily clad bodies.

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view from the 3rd deck.

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the view from the control center

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jelly fish at their best.

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dinner napkin holders are even in theme. golden sea grapes or coral reef?IMG_0343

i hear that a fantastic james beard award-winning chef, jarle saupstad, has graced usher’s presence with delectable delights onboard. hello foodies!

‘merica…

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different guitar, same yacht.

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the view from the hot tub on the top deck. IMG_0351all aboard! for roughly 3 unicorns and your nyu tuition $200K a week, you can also enjoy this luxurious yachting experience at its finest. til we meet again, usher! i cannot wait for you to see my new blondie look. au revoir!

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eye candy

a sneak peek from my “cleopatra in the city” themed reality show birthday party. enjoy the eye candy. you’re welcome, of course.

wrong jack

sometimes it’s too easy to walk away, at other times it’s too difficult.

for the toxic, invested relationships we find ourselves in, it takes the strength & courage & the unimaginable to move on away from it. this song is about that, and i hope we all find what we are looking for while realizing our self-worth, and a brighter road lies just ahead. we can.

my birthday treat to you

so it was my birthday week and here’s my treat to you: new version of blizzard boyfriend featuring my sexy [blondetourage] blizzard girlfriends. enjoy responsibly :)

cinematography by chillah.

for the sober original version, click here.