Monthly Archive for October, 2010

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Gourmet handheld pot pies at the Carvery

EB is eating both.

San Francisco, CA
10/16/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

The request was made of a photo of the wall/bookcase behind my desk

Here it is…

Los Angeles, CA
10/15/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

My office, for today’s photoshoot with Eric of @KoreAm

People were making fun of the empty walls so I put some photos up. Double-sided tape rocks.

The photo is for 8Asians but since Ernie and Moye couldn’t join, I made sure they were represented on my wall. See if you recognize any of the pix on my wall or stuff in my bookcase.

Unfortunately the lighting in my office sucks so they probably won’t use anything shot in this room.

Los Angeles, CA
10/15/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

This is what happens when you decide not to check your mail for more than a month. (Yes that’s George Takei & Dermot Mulroney)

Finally stopped by my mailbox to clear out mail. Yikes! Can you believe all this fit in our box?

Los Angeles, CA
10/14/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

Nails all normal again (mostly)



Nails all normal again (mostly), originally uploaded by @jozjozjoz.

I re-did my nails during our monthly company meeting (dialed in/Live Meeting).

Los Angeles, CA
10/12/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

Nail Art Fail: This is what Joz did to her left hand while bored the other night.

I was bored while listening to a call or something so I took an extra fine point Sharpie to my deteriorating French Manicure.

It looks like Smurfette did my nails for me. But only my left hand.

Where’s the nail polish remover?!

Los Angeles, CA
10/11/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

All those hours playing Tetris pays off again…

Did you know that a 6 foot ladder will fit inside the passenger area of a
Lexus sedan?

My brother doubted me for a second, but then my Tetris skillz won the day!
(Actually Bro kicks my ass at Tetris)

Los Angeles, CA
10/10/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

Ladder sale at Home Depot. Let’s buy them all!!!

Los Angeles, CA
10/10/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

Afternoon panel at the Asian American Independent Feature Conference #AAIFC

Moderated by Ringo Le
L-R: Taka Arai, Andrea Krauss, David Magdael, Orly Ravid, Shinae Yoon, Kim
Yutani, Masashi Niwano

National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
Little Tokyo, Downtown
Los Angeles, CA
10/9/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

Breakout session at the Asian American Independent Feature Conference

We are already in the second session. This one is being led by Grace Lee and Iris Yamashita.

(Our first session was with Jimmy Tsai and Chris Tashima)

National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
Little Tokyo, Downtown
Los Angeles, CA
10/9/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

Photo of the first panelists at the Asian American Independent Feature Conference

From L-R:
Kit Hui, Patrick Lee, Quentin Lee, Grace Lee, Iris Yamashita, Jimmy Tsai, Chris Tashima

National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles, CA
10/9/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

I’m not sure when the chair orgy in my office happened, but I must’ve missed even tho I wad sitting right there.

[EDIT: I need to proofread what I’m typing on my iPhone… I MEANT: I’m not sure when the chair orgy in my office happened, but I must’ve missed it even tho I was sitting right there.]

Los Angeles, CA
10/8/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

Indian food for dinner!



Indian food for dinner!, originally uploaded by @jozjozjoz.

Saffron rice, saag paneer, chicken tikka masala + naan. One of them was stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes– weird but tasty!

Akbar Indian Cuisine
Old Town Pasadena
Pasadena, CA
10/7/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

Energy drinks that make Joz fall asleep: Red Bull, Monster, and Lamborghini

Disgusting that I drank all these last week and none of them kept me awake.

10/6/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

Joz holds a NINJA WINS shirt by @8Asians at the @Blacklava booth (Taken @TNproject’s TNParty 2010)

Boy, I’m really behind on posting pictures and stuff… I’ve been
meaning to post this photo since July but the image was just sitting
on my desktop for months until now…

Here’s a picture of me holding up the coveted 8Asians NINJA WINS shirt
which was unveiled at Comic-Con this year. Designed by the fabulous
Christine Miguel of NIWE Style Clothing, it puts an end to the
"Pirates vs Ninjas" debate. It was great to see our design come to
life thanks to Blacklava! Thanks to Ryan Suda and the entire
Blacklava team for making it happen… the shirt has been selling
extremely well but up until now, it was only available in person at
the Blacklava booth.

But finally, you can order yours online now at www.Blacklava.net! In
fact, it’s the featured item for their Daily Deal — $2 off and if you
buy two shirts, you get free shipping!

blacklava.net/#/item/ninja_wins_unisex_t_shirt_by_8asian….
www.niwestyle.com/
www.8asians.com/2010/07/07/love-for-tuesday-night-project…

Blacklava booth at TN Party 2010
JACCC Plaza
Little Tokyo, Downtown
Los Angeles, CA
7/31/2010.

-Joz
Co-Editor, 8Asians.com
~~~~~~~~~
Due to popular request, this is my signature:  (-_-)  Did someone blink?
www.jozjozjoz.com

Menu Mining: Shanghai Pan-Fried Dumplings at Kang Kang Food Court

Originally posted at Blogging.LA

Names can be deceiving and although Kang Kang Food Court has the words “food court” in its name, it’s not like the food court you’ll see at your local mall. But in concept, Kang Kang is like a food court in that it has a huge selection of food– it’s a small restaurant in a shopping center in the SGV with a giant “fast food” menu featuring hundreds of cheap and delicious items from all over Taiwan and various regions of China.

If you come here, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the choices, but I’ll make it simple for you– it’s the Shanghai pan-fried dumplings/buns that this place is really known for. The Shanghai Sheng Jian Bao (上海生煎包) is Kang Kang’s signature dish; you can see patrons chowing down on them at every other table. And as the banner over the doorway proudly proclaims, it was one of the L.A. Times’ Top 10 Recipes of 2009.

These gems are filled with pork, wrapped in a thin dough, pan-fried to perfection and topped with black sesame seeds and green onion. When cooked, the pork filling creates a hot “soup” that fills the inside of the bun. But be warned! Your first instinct may be to take a giant bite into a piping hot dumpling. If you do this, your bun will explode into a hot mess and the inside of your mouth will be instantly scalded! Trust me, I’ve seen it happen. I’ve also been the victim of squirting bun soup juice, so be kind to your fellow eaters and learn the method to eating them so that you don’t lose the soup (the best part!).

The first thing to do is to be careful not to poke a hole in the dumpling while you’re picking it up with your chopsticks. Once you’ve picked up the dumpling, rest it on the spoon (which you’re holding with your other hand) so you can take a small bite on the top of the bun (just enough to make a hole in the dough). Then slowly (carefully) suck the soup out of the dumpling– or if you like to play with your food like I do, up-end the dumpling soup into our soup spoon. The buns are served with a black rice vinegar so after the soup is gone, you can then dip the bun into vinegar and carefully enjoy the rest of the hot dumpling.

It’s kind of ironic that the Shanghai Sheng Jian Bao are not made before 11am at Kang Kang because they are actually a common breakfast food in Shanghai. They’re also often sold as dian xin (點心) (or snacks) and are rarely found as a dish in a main meal in China. But at Kang Kang, they can be the centerpiece of a meal.

My suggestion is to come in, order a combo from the food line (you’ll see when you get there), order the Shanghai pan-fried dumplings at the cashier when you pay for your food and enjoy the combo items while they pan-fry your dumpling goodness. If you can find a table, eat there instead of ordering them to go– the dumplings are better fresh (though they do travel well), and you get tea with your meal if you eat in. A 3-item combo (which comes with rice and soup) + an order of 8 pan-fried dumplings will run you $11. And you’ll probably have leftovers!

And although Kang Kang also does a decent Xiao Long Bao/XLB (小籠包), if you’re here for the pan-fried dumplings, don’t make the mistake of ordering the steamed dumplings which are also sometimes called “Shanghai Dumplings” at other restaurants. (Well, if you’re hungry, you can order both!)

If you have room after all this, check out their shaved ice bar / drink menu. Perfect for hot days in L.A.

Kang Kang Food Court (Pacific Square)
27 E. Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801
626-308-3898
CASH ONLY

This is a post in Blogging.LA‘s Menu Mining Series.

Shanghai Pan-fried dumplings from Kang Kang Food Court

Alhambra, CA
10/4/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

At Reno-Tahoe Airport (RNO); Display for the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Olympics

Reno, NV
10/4/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

Early dinner at the Purple Parrot in the Atlantis Resort & Casino in Reno

I felt vegetable deficient and had the all-you-can-eat soup and salad bar. The salad bad items were pretty fresh but I could barely finish this plate of food after having a cup of New England style clam chowder.

Purple Parrot
Atlantis Resort and Casino
Reno, NV
10/3/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

Lunch at T’s Rotisserie: Tri Tip & Yucatan Chicken Combo

The combo included 1/4 Yucatan style chicken (a citrus and pineapple juice marinade, rubbed with a mild Achiote chile paste) and 1/4lb beef Tri tip and 2 sides + corn tortillas + salsa. We got Spanish rice and cole slaw for our sides.

Combo price $8.95
Cash only

T’s Rotisserie
901 Tahoe Blvd (next to 7-11 and the Incline Cinema)
Incline Village, NV
10/3/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

Late night munchies at the bar (plus some lady’s cleavage)

There’s an order of nachos, fries, sweet potato fries, a chicken panini and onion rings on the table with all our drinks.

This was taken at the afterparty with the bridal party and a bunch of guests from the wedding.

Cutthroat’s Saloon
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe
Incline Village, NV
10/2/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

Changed into comfy clothes & having drinks with bridal party

At Cutthroat’s Saloon
In the Hyatt Lake Tahoe
Incline Village, NV
10/2/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

It’s wedding cupcake time!



It’s wedding cupcake time!, originally uploaded by @jozjozjoz.

Mine was a pineapple-upside down cupcake. And there was a ton of frosting!

Thunderbird Lodge
Incline Village, NV
10/2/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

OMG! The bride and groom arranged for a double rainbow!

Thunderbird Lodge
Incline Village, NV
10/2/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

Sunset on Lake Tahoe taken from Thunderbird Lodge

The rain clouds were just starting to roll in when I took the picture. Right after the wedding ceremony there was a crazy cloudburst an it began pouring and gale force winds forced us inside!

Incline Village, NV
10/2/2010.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com




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