I don’t usually schedule a trip back home to SF, but when I do… it’s usually for something fun.
This marks my 2nd year here at OutsideLands and it’s been a blast. Met some new people, saw some old faces, discovered some new bands, and probably gained a few more pounds. If there’s one thing I discovered while being here, it’s that people aren’t as friendly… but it was definitely nice to get reacquainted with Karl The Fog!
- My favorite!
- Toast and coffee from The Mill.
- If there’s one thing I appreciate about SF, it’s the overabundance of hipster coffee shops. Best believe, I’ll be making my way around town to all of them!
- Feels good to be home.
- I’ve been over having boba for the longest time… I’m talking about since 2006-ish, but I had to give Boba Guys a shot since I was in the vicinity. I ended up trying the Honk Kong styled milk tea. It’s good, but I’m going to aim for that horchata next time.
- Cake donut from one of my favorite brunch spots!
- Pulled pork hash from The Plow! Oh, and a side of lemon ricotta pancakes didn’t hurt either…
- The food photo game is real!
- Since we were right around the corner from here, why wouldn’t we stop by?? Front coffee is the business! Just ask #thenurse!
- Me and The Fav. Photo credit to #thenurse for this one.
- And we’re on our way to OutsideLands!!
- Let the festivities begin!
- Me and Ranger Dave holding it down for this year’s music fest.
- #teamcaffeine is already in full effect. Sponsored by Blue Bottle I might add.
- OutsideLands Day 1 Crew
- San Francisco vibes.
- OutsideLands Day 2 Crew with special guest appearance from Karl The Fog.
- Atmosphere was definitely in the house that day.
- OutsideLands Day 3 Crew
- Chimichurry fries was just one of the many meals we’ve had during the 3 days madness.
- Got a slight new tan, new blanket for 2014, turnt up for day 2, allergies, and memories. It’s been real San Fran!! I will always love you.
- You can go ahead and judge me if you like, but I just had Golden Boy Pizza for the first time and I LOVE IT!! OMG…
- Made a last minute stop to Devil’s Teeth to pick up some snacks for the road.
- One of the best grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup from Outerlands!
- Can’t make a stop to Outerlands without grabbing coffee at one of my favorite coffee spots in the city. Trouble coffee!
- Blue Bottle one more time before heading out of the city and back to SoCal.
All and all, another music festival to down in the books as one of the greats. In the mean time, I’ll be prepping for my trip to NYC that’s coming up shortly. Catch you later!
The return of M.Deezy!!
Oh man, feels like it’s been forever and a day since my last post. I’m still alive and probably better than ever with many new ventures lingering in queue.
I don’t even know how to begin this post. This all feels so familiar yet foreign to me, like I’ve been here before, but it’s been so long that I’m familiarizing myself to everything again. Kind of like swimming again after 10 years.
Anyways, I’m going to do my best just updating with whatever I can to kind of go down the timeline.
Alright… Let’s ride.
A while back, #thenurse discovered this nice little coffee joint down by Venice Beach called Menotti’s. Let me tell you, she wasn’t having that one barista’s pretentious behavior. We haven’t gone back since… Well that and also they serve FourBarrel. I’m not the biggest fan even if they are from San Francisco.
Oh and for those who are just joining us. I’m seeing this little thang right here. She will often times also be referred to as #thenurse.
My long time buddy B and his lady Claire were generous enough to have us tag along with them to a photo convention. Definitely good seeing these 2!
While they were in town, I took them up to Griffith to check out the sights of LA. I mean it’s no Twin Peaks, but it will definitely do.
When you just can’t find parking…
Every now and then, #thenurse will handle the camera and come out with some pretty amazing stuff.
I think it’s safe to say that we got that #selfie game on lock!
I feel like this post is going all over the place without any real time stamps of occurrence. Oh well, let’s just get all of this out of the way so we can get back on track…
I guess you can call it a semi-new development, but I’ve been into Old Fashion drinks… and no it’s not because I’m a hipster.
I must say, Hyperion Public in Silverlake has to be one of my favorite spots here in SoCal.
Now that’s what I call bacon!
In a very recent event, #thenurse and I took off to San Diego just to hang out.
I definitely think Mitch’s Seafood is one to remember! I was feeling like ceviche more than anything else that day, so I got one without knowing anything about it. My goodness… it was a good choice if I do say so myself.
Yelp recommended this clam chowder. It’s nothing special and very old fashion, but very good! Creamy and jam packed with clams… I ain’t complaining!
This Mixed Seafood Fryer Basket was awesome! In short, that fried shrimp is life…
So much for selling these bad boys…
There isn’t a lot of “hipster coffee” in San Diego, so I was really glad to have stumbled upon Coffee & Tea Collective. They don’t do a iced latte, but a cold brew with milk will suffice.
After discovering Hammon’s ice cream via Yelp, we went full flight on it! Very cool concept and good ice cream to go with it. Best shared because this is a lot more ice cream and cones than one can handle…
Just the other morning, #thenurse and I headed down to DTLA to grab some breakfast at this new spot called Poppy + Rose. A nice addition to the area for sure.
This pulled pork hash is a personal recommendation there.
The fried chicken is surprisingly juicy and flavorful! Can’t complain about that waffle either.
One of my favorite coffee spots will definitely have to be Stumptown.
This is my first time having one of their cartoned cold brews with milk. I don’t want to say that I’m disappointed, but it’s not what I expected. I would just stick with the original bottled cold brew.
As for today, we ventured to Grand Central Market for lunch. I think I’ll definitely be back again in the near future so expect some more updates coming in the near future.
The ice cream binge continues at McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream in the heart of Grand Central Market.
I’m going to attempt to update once a week from here on out. Lately, I’ve been having more motivation to pick up my camera and take it outdoors wit me. Not to mention I still have to get my practice in before OutsideLands this coming week and New York at the end of September. It’s going to be a busy 2nd half of the year. Check in soon!
This is a long overdue post… that’s for sure.
I want to start off by saying happy new years to everyone since I never got the chance to until now. 2013 was a hell of a ride with irreplaceable memories. 2014… brace yourself. I’m bringing in the new year with a another addition to my mini series of “Spending time with…” with my good bud Susy who’s also known as Fattycakes. Having randomly met through the blogging world, we’ve become some real good buds over the years. It only makes sense for her to be on here. So… let’s do this!
PLAYME: When I see your face… it’s like sunlight dripping!
If there’s one thing you need to know about this girl… she can eat. Like… big time.
Shades of grey
You’re looking real handsome there, bud!
You ain’t ready!
So much determination doeee!
Just strutin’ her stuff… no big deal.
Thanks for stopping by! Currently in the process of scheduling my next shoot so stay close.
She’s just about my favorite person in the world. She’s amazing in her own way and unparalleled to anyone else. She’s my best friend.
I got to spend a day with Justina. She’s one of those best friends that make you regret the fact that you ever left home, but the time spent is time remembered. We started the morning with breakfast and coffee then continued to bob around the city as we usually do. We run through our routine of food and coffee and although we return to the same spots, it feels new every time.
Here’s a new addition to my mini series of Spending Time With… Let’s see who’s next.
PlayMe: “All the words I had to say… they mean nothing to you”
A sucker for succulents.
Photo shoot within a photo shoot. Say “cheeese!” wait… “soyyy!”
#OOTD with #DOTD being coffee.
Random cat found a spot to hang. I shall name you JuJuBee.
- NorCal mornings
- My Fav is a total badass.
- Morning bun
- Morning fun
- Now bring me some morning sun
- Obligatory hipster coffee joint
- The SLR is rather fitting on her
- Capp and Mach
- The perfect equation
- Giant succulent wall mount!
- It’s a crime if we don’t
It’s no secret that I love San Francisco… in fact, it’s actually quite obvious especially to those who know me. Every visit back home is another unforgettable chapter created in my book.
But this chapter… is one worth putting a bookmark in.
Anne and I have always talked about coming to San Francisco together. For her to experience what she only sees in my photos, in person… This might possibly be one of the best 24hrs I have spent in my hometown. From eating at some of my favorite restaurants, to discovering new ones, to touring some of my old neighborhoods, to the amazing coffee institutes, and even being able to sneak in a photo documentary of the whole thing… everything came together harmoniously to make this trip just about perfect in a very San Francisco way.
PlayMe: My love is wiiiiiiithhhh you!
Anne in SF.
As a tradition to my SF mornings, this was a must.
We hung around Fort Point for a while in hopes to catch the right lighting for a legitimate non traditional photo with the Golden Gate Bridge. I think we nailed a good one.
“The Golden Gate Bridge isn’t even gold!! Everything is a lie!”
Meet Anne. She is my:
- Part time model
- Part time foodie
- Part time travel buddy
- Part time pain in my ass
- Full time bestfriend
“Wait, we’re leaving today? Alright hode up, I’mma get me another cup”
- Mint mojito with vanilla soy please
- Coffee junkies
- Golden Gate Bridge: The Gateway to my Heart
- Brunch at Plow with Fatty and Tim. Thank you for brunch!! We most def owe you guys one!
- That new new Bay Bridge!
- I have to be honest, I just wanted those Mason jars.
- Sightglass! I found you!
Didn’t want to wait the 1hr+ for NOPA, so we went to Bistro Central Parc instead.
- Rack of lamb
- “Medium rare please!”
- Breast of duck
- At The American Grilled Cheese: “I’ll have the jalapeno popper, and… what does she look like?” I asked. “I’d say The Piglet” responded my ordertaker. #winning
- Her first time at Blue Bottle in Hayes Valley
- Creme Fraiche with pear caramel from Smitten Ice Cream.
I guess that’s all of it. Not bad for 24hrs…
New bike day!
I’ve been working on this project since I graduated school… so it’s been about a year in the making. I took my time deciding what I wanted, leaving the outcome to be nothing short of the best. I shed a slight tear yesterday as I was putting the final cranks into my last screw. Well worth it!! The legend of the Rager begins.
PlayMe: The legend of the Rager!
Cervelo T1 Track Bike
Just to show the delicate thought that was put into this build… This seat was a special edition San Marco Concor Light that was a special collaboration with Red Hook Crit. Sold out everywhere here in the US, so I had one specially shipped from Paris. Boom. That totally just happened.
I’ve had this wheel build laying around for a little bit now. I’ve just been saving it for something special. I think this was highly appropriate. H+Son Formation Face with a mirror finish laced to a black Chub Hub. Beautiful.
The drive train was no exception in this case. I actually worked a little harder on this section because I wanted it perfect to my liking. Sugino Zen 51T chainring with S75 cranks all wrapped with an Izumi SuperToughness gold chain and powered by a Phil Wood bottom bracket that spins so smooth, it’d make you wanna slap your momma. If you note real closely to the chainring bolts, I special ordered those from Sugino so they’d have the logo etching along the surface. /Commence heart melt/ and at the very end, I had my MKS pedals wrapped with my favorite double straps made by Cadence. Support your local businesses, people!
Here’s a side look at the San Marco Concor Light seat. Special print towards the front to note the famous criterium along with their iconic red hook logo painted across the middle. All of this glory riding on a pair of titanium rails.
Today was a good ass day.
Saturday was a highly unproductive day that turned semi productive towards the end. After all the fireworks and commotion of America’s bday, it was refreshingly appropriate to have a chillout day… well yesterday and today, I guess. In the middle of my quality time spending with Anne, we decided to go on a photo session in Old Town Pasadena. I can now check that location off my list as I’ve been eyeing that area for a while now. There’s a very good chance that I’ll most likely be back for another shoot in that area. The long alleyways, brick wall buildings, metal doors, everything about there is too good to pass up. Long story short, this blog will probably be seeing Anne a little more often.
Hope erryone had a good weekend!