Posts Tagged ‘ me gusta

Hiroshi’s on Eastlake

Ryan and I went to Hiroshi’s on Eastlake for the first time tonight. It wasn’t what I expected, but in the good sort of way. I had figured it was just a small teriyaki joint, similiar to what you’d find on the Ave, only to walk into a restaurant warm with color, bustling with people, and live jazz playing. (Yeah, Fridays are “Sushi and Jazz Nights”, who would’ve thought?) Anyway, the place is more cozy than it is small, the food was pretty good, and it just had a lively atmosphere. The service was a tad slow, but given how busy it was, it was pretty reasonable. Food-wise, I really liked the yellow tail and green onion roll. Given it’s proximity and good first impression, we just may have found a new sushi place to frequent.

In other news, I’ve realized how much I usually blog about places I’ve eaten at and have begun wondering if I should aggregate this somewhere other than here. While it’s nice to write a blog post here or there, it’d be nice to either flush out my neglected CitySearch profile or take up writing in Judy’s Book. I haven’t quite decided what I want to do yet though.

Tangent aside, Hiroshi’s = Thumbs up.

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Purple Dot Cafe

Purple Dot CafeToday we went to the Purple Dot Cafe for dim sum to celebrate Ryan’s birthday (7/24) and it was pretty good. I tend to go to only two places in Intl. District for dim sum: House of Hong and Four Seas (mainly out of familiarity), so it was nice to try somewhere new.

We found out about the place by reading a LiveJournal thread re:dim sum and when I Googled the restaurant it seemed like everyone was writing good things about it. So here’s me joining the bandwagon. I had heard of it and passed it plenty of times but just assumed that it was another trendy Azn bubble tea joint. It wasn’t until I read about it that I learned it served food. Anyway, the food was real good and the wait staff was surprisingly attentive for a place in Chinatown in general. My favorite was the fried shrimp tofu. Between seven of us the total bill came out to $62, so another plus on being inexpensive. Would definitely go there again. Now let’s see if I can get my family to give it a try.

In other news, I’ve noticed when I feel the urge to write a review of something or place, it’s generally either positive or negative, and rarely in between. (Not to say I feel strictly hot and cold on all things, just otherwise I likely won’t be invoked to write). So, I’ve created a new category on my blog called, “me gusta” and its counterpart, “no me gusta“. Kinda like thumbs up. Kinda.

Freakonomics

I was going to wait until I finished the book to write about it, but knowing me it’d collect dust in my “Draft” folder and never be published (or written for that matter). Anyway, yesterday Ryan surprised me with a book! (Yay presents!) The title: Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores The Hidden Side of Everything. And I can’t seem to put it down. Steven D. Levitt (boasting an undergrad from Harvard and a PhD from a MIT) takes the otherwise dismal science and applies it to everyday occurrence hoping to explain… well, everything. And he’s sincere about it.

What I think is most enjoyable about this book is that it’s written in plain English. I’ve read the reviews and between the praise are complaints that the book is too “dumbed down” to reach a broader audience. I think it’s because I’ve been spending the last seven weeks digging through hundreds of pages of economic verbiage to find “the point”, I’ve gazed at econometric functions trying to decipher the meaning of their p-values and translate all these deltas, betas, and alphas into concepts like “economic welfare” and “technological growth.” I’ve gotten sick of the as what Orwell indentifies as verbal false limbs and pretentious diction. It’s to the point and it’s easy reading. Would go so far as to say it’s even fun.

And now to continue reading, am soon approaching the chapter, “Why Do Drug Dealers Still Live with Their Moms?”