Sunday, January 25, 2009

Vegetarian House
Categories: Vegetarian, Asian Fusion, American (Traditional) [Edit]
520 E Santa Clara St
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 292-3798

I read real name is Supreme Master Ching Hai Vegetarian House. As the name represent this is very religious driven foundation. And deco is funky. But who cares as long as it is good. As for taste, this is Vietnamese base international food. They do from spaghetti to spring roll. We had fresh spring roll, chicken teriyaki, fried shrimp, salad, fried rice and some more but I forgot. Not sure they use MSG or not but all food was a bit oily and MSG-ish. But since no meat was used, you kind a feel lite and good after eating it. Not sure I would go again but not that bad. $110 for seven. Funky very SJ-ish joint to me.

I got this pic from one of car journalist who went for the opening of Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. According to the spec this is 1959 911 prototype. 911 came out around 1966 and proto was introduced around 1965 so, this was done 6 years before that. This pic shows pretty much all the detail for the 911 was done at this time already! This got a bigger rear seats but I am glad Porsche did not pick this as design direction.

New Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. Two years ago when I went there is was still under construction. Now all the major four have beautiful museum (MB, VW, BMW and POR). I shall visit this one soon.

THX 1138 (1971) Directed by George Lucas. With Robert Duvall. Very early Lucas film. It is very clean SF. Surprise to see so many scene I can now see where Gatacca, Minority report, Island etc. SF got their inspirations from. Used Marine County building by FLW.

Sleuth (2007)
Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Only two actors appears in only one building. It is like watching a play. Did he plan to be that way all along? Nice. $10

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Fuji Track Pro 2009 fixie bike. I love the look of long seat post. Not sure how to adjust it though. Cut it by saw? I would paint it matt black and colored rubber with bullhorn.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Lars and the real girl 2007. It is meant to be comedy movie I guess but it is kind slow warming movie. It is silly script but OK. $9.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Here is another angle of mash SF and Cinelli collaboration fixie bicycle. Looks sweet. I love that bullhorn handlebar.

Cinelli Fixie Bike Looks cool.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Alexander's Steakhouse
Categories: Seafood, Steakhouses, Asian Fusion
10330 N Wolfe Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 446-2222

Before I thought it as a fancy Stake house but it was a bit more than that. Many around here recommended but 8 month ago when I had a chance was all booked. Now booking was easier, thanks to the economy mood. The Chef is half Japanese and half something and we basically order whatever waiter recommended since it was our 1st time. Hamachi shot, good. Pop-corn crab, so so. Dry cured NY and T-bone was decent. T-bone was especially better. Risotto was OK too. Knowing how side dishes were interesting, next time we will try more sides and just order stake in the end to share. They had all sort of J beef but the price way up there. It would be nice to taste how they cook Matsuzaka or Kobe with their style. $250 for four.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Palm Touchstone inductive charging solution. 1st on phones. Pretty slick to me.

Brompton folding bike. I usually commute with Cannondale but today I had to use her so I can hitch ride home later. Rode for 9 miles without much trouble. Not bad. I want to try other folding bike to see if they are as good.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Leonardo da Vinchi exhibit at Tech Museum in San Jose. Although it costed $25 per adult (AAA discount of $3), I think it was worth it. Kids even did the voice tour and they seemed to liked it. I learned things I did not know before like:
He started apprenticeship when he was 10.
Michelangelo and him were kind of competitor.
Leonardo could not complete the huge horse statue for duke of Milan and Michel address Leo as a man who could not build horse.

wonder where they go next.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Palm Pre. Wonderful looking phone. I love the wireless charging portion too. Go Palm!

I just found the image on web. The title said [28 different ways to get screwed] nice!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Freeman transport bicycle. by using fixie on the back, you can chop the bike in half for easy transport. Frame weld in the USA. Nice touch. For $2.5K, may be a bit too much but I want to see it.

Second Nature Exhibit by Tokujin Yoshioka at 21_21 museum in Roppongi Tokyo, Japan. It is collaboration among a half dozen creator but Yoshioka one is the best by far. I love his ceiling liners. As if you are walking among clouds... Sublime. When comes to this kind of scene, he would be the man to ask. I did not get too much of crystal accumulated arts. $10 or so to get in. Kids are free, so go show them the clouds experience.

Bubu ya, tsukemono cafe in Kyoto. They make Tsukemono mainly and do cafe as kind a side biz. pay $15 for set of their Tsukemono and you get unlimited rice. Nice place, good Tsukemono=picked veggie. Liked it.
■店名: お茶漬け処 ぶぶ家
■エリア: 八坂神社、動物園近辺
■場所: 京都市東山区四条通大和大路東入ル祇園町北側292-2
■種別: 和食

Tatsunoya ramen in Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan. We ate one in Canal City where they have Ramen stadium. This place was voted number 2 out of 7 or 8 within the stadium. waited about 20 minuted in que and ramen was typical Hakata style=white pork bone and thin noodle which can be added later. Although the owner denies it is not Hakata style, it was plain nice Hakata noodle. They had Koku and Jyun. Koku is a bit thicker source but they were both good. If you go, go for just plain one $6.50.

Yoshitomi Sushi in Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan. No soy source on the table! All the Sushi is flavored by chef prior. No display style fridge but small wooden box with well prepped Sushis. $50 per head for Omakase style. It might be too light for those of you who would like to dip Sushi deep in to Soy but the way Yoshitomi prepped is the more close to original and preserved the each fish flavors higher. Not too good with kids and waiter is kind a useless but nice location, decent quality of food for $50. Definitely will visit again.

吉冨寿し (よしとみずし)
福岡県福岡市中央区舞鶴3-6-23 サンハイツ舞鶴 1F

Nishi-Nagato resort in Yamaguchi Japan. Beautiful location looking over long bridge with nice sandy beach. Would have been nicer if we went there in summer when we could have dipped in the ocean. decent amount of food=not too much and wonderful room with huge window did for me. $150 per head with meal included. Would go there again.

Bottle Shock 2008. Nicely done. I love Bill Pullman (Independence day President) and Alan Rickman (Bad dude in Die Hard) in it. Also the actor from six feet Freddy Rodríguez is good in it too. $15.

wines appeared in the movie, GustavoThrace and Chateau Montelena are real wines so I want to try them.

City of Ember 2008. They made kind a nice world with in. Almost to the point how Tim Burton and/or Terry Gilliam do but story is too thin. Good actors including Tim Robbins. so so $12.