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Library Bar – Went to a bar just to eat.

March 14, 2012 Drink No Comments

After doing some drinking down the street, my kickboxer friend and I went to Library Bar to eat their Pork Belly Sandwich, an item that he’s been raving about for quite some time. He went so far as to say that it was the best thing on their food menu. And you know what?

I think he’s right. The ingredients are pretty simple – pork belly, arugula, tomato, mayo, and ciabatta bread. What really makes the sandwich, in my opinion, is the glaze. It’s like maple syrup goodness. The combination of sweet, savory, and carbs. Yum.

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Spaghetti House by Orris

March 14, 2012 Dinner No Comments

The other day, I met up with a food blogger friend and her dental hygienist friend to try out the new, more casual iteration of Chef Shiro’s Orris restaurant on Sawtelle Boulevard.

Overall, I liked the food, particularly the uni pasta (I always order some version of this whenever I visit a Japanese spaghetti place). The noodles had a perfect firmness, and the whole thing was really flavorful.

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Partagás Black Label Crystal Tubo

March 11, 2012 Puffing No Comments

This particular Partagas hails from the Dominican Republic, under the General Cigar Company, the largest cigar manufacturer and marketer in the United States. Measuring at 5.5 x 50, this lasted me a good hour. It goes great with black coffee.

Copy + Paste of the cigar’s description:

In order to create Partagas Black Label, Daniel Nuñez and his colleagues spent 10 years perfecting the Medio Tempo wrapper and the La Vega Especial binder. Cuban-seed Medio Tempo wrappers are darker, heavier and richer than other wrappers because they are harvested only after they have been allowed to age on their plants 50% longer than other wrapper leaves. The La Vega Especial binder is sun-grown in the Dominican Republic to give it a deep, rich flavor of its own. To enhance the cigar’s full-bodied character even further, the blend is a mixture of Nicaraguan Ligero and Dominican Piloto Cubano Ligero. These tobaccos and a larger ring gauge translate into a richer, fuller-bodied flavor.

Link: General Cigar

Grand Havana Room – Beverly Hills

March 10, 2012 Living, Puffing No Comments

This place is awesome.

Link: Grand Havana Room

Taylor Fladgate 20 Year Old Tawny Port

March 9, 2012 Drink No Comments

This is a great port, and I’m not the only one who thinks so….

Wine Advocate: It is my opinion that Taylor’s tawny ports are the best of their type. When tasted against other tawnys, they all exhibit more aromatic personalities, greater fruit and ripeness, and a wonderful sweetness and length. Although I find the Thirty Year Old Tawny admirable, I prefer the richer, more vibrant Twenty Year Old Tawny. Score: 92. —Robert Parker, February 1995.

Wine Enthusiast: Although this famous name has produced quite a light 20-year-old, that lightness is more than made up for by the beautiful, smooth flavors, the taste of lemon jelly, dried apricots and peaches, and fine, fresh acidity. Score: 90. —Roger Voss, August 01, 2006.

Copy+Paste from Taylor’s website:

Taylor’s is one of the most highly respected producers of aged tawny Port wines.  This style of Port is fully matured in seasoned oak casks each holding about 630 litres of wine.  Here, over many years of ageing, the Port wine gradually takes on its characteristic amber ‘tawny’ colour, slowly developing the complex mellow flavours and the smooth luscious palate which are the hallmarks of this style of port. 

Taylor’s blends its magnificent 20 year old tawnies from its extensive reserves of old cask aged Ports matured in the firm’s cool and tranquil cellars (known as  ‘lodges’) in Oporto on Portugal’s Atlantic coast. 

In the 20 Year Old tawny, the fruit has mellowed further than in the 10 Year Old, and the spicy, nutty aromas of ageing are more powerful and intense.

The most popular 20 Year Old Aged Tawny Port in the United States of America.

These Port wines are bottled when ready to drink and do not require any further ageing in bottle.

Link: Taylor’s Port

Raise The Macallan – The Macallan Single Malt Scotch Tasting

March 7, 2012 Drink No Comments

Free Single Malt Scotch? I’m there.

They served from the Fine Oak Series, the 10- (pictured above), the 15-, the 17-, and the 18-year old. And from the Sherry Oak series (which is my favorite range from The Macallan), the 12-year old.

If you’re interested in single malt scotch, or just like free drinks (like me), The Macallan tastings are always fun.

Link: Raise The Macallan

Library Bar – Library Burger – Okay

March 7, 2012 Dinner No Comments

Kickboxing friend has been talking about the food selection at Library Bar for some time. Last night, I finally gave it a whirl.

To accompany my draft beer, I ordered the Library Burger. They had four other burgers on the menu that sounded equally appetizing, but I wanted to try their signature this first go round. Content with my choice, the bartender also mentioned that this was his favorite of the burgers.

Anyways, according to the menu, the Library Burger contains caramelized onions, sweet pickles, white cheddar, arugula, and mustard. My first impression upon seeing it was that it looked pretty small, like Umami burger small. But never mind the size, what really mattered was how it tastes. If it was as good as Umami, I wouldn’t hesitate ordering a second burger to compensate for the size. So, how was it?

In a word, okay. Though very tasty and worth a repeat visit (if I’m hungry and grabbing a beer at the bar), the burger experience wasn’t as great as I really wished it’d be. Specifically, I found the patty to be on the thin side, the bun to be a bit too hard (like it was over-toasted), and the mustard to be overwhelming. So, no second burger. Oh well.

Link: Library Bar

Watching Cai Guo-Quiang work at Geffen Contemporary (MOCA)

March 6, 2012 Art, Contemporary No Comments

Last night, I was invited to see Cai Guo-Quiang ignite his gunpowder drawing, Chaos In Nature, for his upcoming April 8th exhibition Sky Ladder at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. It was definitely a treat to see the world-renowned Chinese contemporary artist put on the final touches and see the group of volunteer assistants working together to make art.

Cai Guo-Quiang, in orange, pouring gun powder…

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Rocky Patel Edicion Unica – May 28th, 2011

March 5, 2012 Puffing No Comments

This, my friends, is an amazing cigar. It’s an award-winning blend that Rocky Patel created for the 2011 Honduran cigar festival, Humo Jaguar.

Though it’s on the mild side, I liked it so much that I had to give a couple of these to some friends to enjoy.

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Noraebang Fun

March 5, 2012 Living No Comments

I don’t sing, but I do like to watch. Out celebrating TT’s birthday.


When we left, I also ran into a couple of old pals from my UCLA days.

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