Monthly Archive for June, 2010

Four years passes quickly…

I miss my Daddy an extra lot today.

See: How do you start a post like this?

Malasada Adventures in Honolulu with Joz – Custard filled malasada at Champion Malasadas

This is my final installment of my Malasada Adventures in Honolulu. (We may
or may not have Malasada Adventures on Maui.)

This was the custard-filled malasada at Champion’s, which cost $1 and was
pre-fried and sitting in a chilled display case, so it wasn’t warm/freshly
fried. You know what? It was still good! It was admittedly different than
the guava-filled one that we tried at Leonard’s, not just because the
filling was a different flavor, but because this one was fried in advance,
the consistency was less airy and a little more doughy.

Honestly speaking, the guava filling at Leonard’s wasn’t as good as I’d
hoped and I actually liked the creamy filling at Champion better. But
because the filled malasada at Leonard’s was freshly fried, the malasada
dough itself was not as good at Champion. I’m going to declare this one an
official tie because the filling was better at Champion and the dough was
better at Leonard’s, but I’d have to have another round where BOTH were
freshly fried to be able to declare a winner.

So, what’s the verdict of Leonards vs. Champion?
With regard to the regular malasadas, while they are both really good (when
fresh out of the fryer), I personally have to give the slight edge to
Champion over Leonard’s because I liked the eggy flavor better– some people
may not like this like I do. That said, Yoshi thinks that Leonard’s is the
better of the two because of the texture and taste. In the car, @Scrivener
said it was a tough call because they were both good– the Leonard’s
suprising him because they were better than he had remembered because he
doesn’t usually have them fresh. I think @Scrivener is most accurate when
he says "they are quite different. hot out of the fryer, they’re both quite
wonderful."

So I guess between us, there was no winner. My recommendation is to go to
both and see for yourself. If you can’t decide, flip a coin. Either way,
you’re in for a treat.

Champion Malasada
Honolulu, HI
6/12/2010.
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Malasada Adventures in Honolulu with Joz – Regular Malasadas + Custard filled malasada (center) at Champion Malasadas

I was trying to get my malasada photos up while we were waiting at Honolulu
airport to board our flight to Maui.

I had to stop blogging and put my laptop away because the flight suddenly
started boarding. I guess you call it postus-interruptus?

Anyway, continuing my dissemination of food porn pictures (and the
likelihood that my content will no longer pass through "safe" filters with
captions like this), here is part two of my Malasada Adventures with yoshi
and @Scrivener.

After we stopped off at Leonard’s, which is probably the best known malasada
place around, @Scrivener took us to Champion Malasada, which is what some
locals consider the "better" malasada place.

When we arrived, we were the only customers there. The owner, Joc Miw,
cheerily greeted us at the cash register and wanted to know how many
malasadas we wanted so he could fry them up freshly for us. Aside from
being 10 cents cheaper (60 cents at Champion’s versus
70 cents a Leonard’s), the regular malasadas at Champion were eggier than
those at Leonard’s, which I liked. While still airy, the Champion malasada
was slightly more dense (substantial?) than Leonard’s.

Champion Malasadas
Honolulu, HI
6/12/2010
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Malasada Adventures in Honolulu with Joz – Guava-filled Malasada at Leonard’s

There is no photo of me with the guava malasada (flavor of the month)
because of the high probability I would spill it on myself.

Thus, this is unabashed food porn. Cover your eyes if you’re uncomfortable
looking at such oozy-goodness.

Leonard’s Bakery
Honolulu, HI
6/12/2010.
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Malasada Adventures in Honolulu with Joz – Regular Malasada at Leonard’s

I’m sitting in Honolulu Airport waiting for our flight to Maui, so I only
have a few minutes to post up some pictures from this morning. Thanks to
@scrivener for driving us around and for taking us for yumz.

In honor of the upcoming Blogging.LA Donut Summit which is happening
tomorrow in L.A., we decided to go malasada taste testing. We started at
Leonard’s, arguably the best-known malasadas around. Here is me with the
first malasada– a regular one that just came out of the deep fryer and was
rolled in granulated sugar. It was warm, airy, and delicious!

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malasada

Leonard’s Bakery
Honolulu, HI
6/12/2010
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Closest thing to a group pic from the #hijoz Tweetup at @Hailis808, taken by @Neenz http://yfrog.com/mis2vj

So I was so busy eating and talking and eating and laughing and eating that
I didn’t take many photos. Thanks to the fabulous Neenz for taking this one
on her iPhone. Of course, that means that she & a few other folks didn’t
make it into this shot.

The Tweetup info is here: twtvite.com/hijoz

Photo taken by L.P. “Neenz” Faleafine and originally posted:
yfrog.com/mis2vj

Haili’s Hawaiian Foods
Honolulu, HI
6/11/2010
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I love that I have friends who create events called “Let’s Stuff Our Faces Until It Hurts” Dinner

I think Moye picked the date. Tedman & Bel came up with the title and
restaurant & set up the Facebook event. I added the photo. Jee ordered the
food/spoke all the Korean when we got there. And yes, we all pitched in
with the eating, followed by tea & dessert at a nearby Ktown tea house.

Talk about teamwork!

Facebook Event
On the Intarwebs
4/25/2010.
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So I just got this on my phone from @ProfessorEric

And for the record, ProfessorEric makes me :) too!

Thanks, Eric!!!

via MMS
Los Angeles, CA
6/4/2010
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Salastina Music Society debuts with soprano Elizabeth Futral and actor Seth Rogen

salastinaEveryone’s headed to the Hollywood Bowl this summer, but if you’re looking for a more intimate setting that involves a world celebrated coloratura soprano, accomplished musicians and that guy from Knocked Up and Superbad…well, here’s your chance.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra violinist Maia Jasper and violin soloist Kevin Kumar have created the nonprofit Salastina Music Society with a debut concert featuring soprano Elizabeth Futral and actor Seth Rogen in a program that includes a unique ensemble of classical and tango music, to a world premiere composition and a round of storytelling.

From Brahms to a Piazzolla tango to a world premier setting of Neruda’s poetry (sung by Elizabeth Futral of the Metropolitan Opera), the beauty and variety of music on the program is designed to keep the modern attention span engaged. The program also includes levity that is generally absent from the classical music scene. Says Seth Rogen of his participation in the event, “I’ve always been a huge lover of classical music. It is the only type of music that makes you seem smart just by listening to it. I will be reading Ferdinand the Bull, which will be a big moment for me, because I learned to read specifically for this event. I’m excited to be a part of it and hope the audience bears with me if I have to sound out a few of the longer words.”

Thursday, June 17th at Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School*
Ernest Chausson: Chanson Perpetuelle, Op. 37 featuring Elizabeth Futral;
Johannes Brahms: String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111
Ástor Piazzolla: Primavera Porteña (“Spring” from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires)
Three Neruda Arias, a world premiere by composer Jeremy Cavaterra featuring Elizabeth Futral
Alan Ridout: Ferdinand the Bull, narrated by Seth Rogen.

Friday, June 18th at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica
Ernest Chausson: Chanson Perpetuelle, Op. 37 featuring Elizabeth Futral
Johannes Brahms: String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111
Ástor Piazzolla: Primavera Porteña (“Spring” from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires)
Three Neruda Arias, a world premiere by composer Jeremy Cavaterra featuring Elizabeth Futral
Aria TBA also with Elizabeth Futral.

Whether you’re a novice in the chamber music world, love listening to live music or want to support the Los Angeles music scene, these concerts are not to be missed! Tickets can be purchased online on the website or at the door.

*Mingle with the artists afterwards while enjoying complimentary mini-cones of Scoops ice cream. SCOOPS!

Photo by @ErnieatLYD – KBBQ with @jozjozjoz and @moye!



KBBQ with @jozjozjoz and @moye!, originally uploaded by ernie.

Thanks to Ernie and his iPhone, he has documented us prior to the gluttony that would be the Friday night of Memorial Day Weekend 2010.

After stuffing ourselves silly at a AYCE KBBQ (that is all you can eat Korean barbecue) place, we all went to Heyri Tea House and Moye and I each ordered our own dessert waffles topped with ice cream, fruit and whipped cream. Moye had the chocolate ice cream and I had strawberry. I also ate her sliced banana because we all know how she feels about bananas.

In addition to Ernie, Bel, Tedman, and Mike chowed down with us that evening.

I had such a great time eating, talking and laughing with everyone that I totally lost track of time. We came up with some brilliant ideas that night, yo! Yoshi started calling me around midnight, but by the time I dropped off Moye and got back to my place, it was close to 2am.

(We had planned to wake up at 4:30am to hit the road to OC / Scottsdale, AZ at 5am.) Although I went to bed around 3:45am, needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep.

Road to Seoul KBBQ
Koreatown, Los Angeles, CA
5/28/2010




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