R.I.P. Jonas Bevacqua

31 05 2011

I’ve heard the name Jonas in conversations before.  I’ve never met the guy, but we share a few mutual friends.  From what I’ve read, seen, and heard the man was a fashion genius, driven by passion and the love of life.  That same passion is what helped escalate LRG into the permanent ranks of the street wear world.  Jonas was a co-founder of LRG, and was found dead this morning in his Laguna Beach home.  He was only 34 years old.

Strength & Honor,

Robert Chew

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Fatty Journal: Father’s Office

31 05 2011

After watching KFP2, we headed over to a spot I’ve been meaning to hit for years now.  I’ve heard endless hype about Father’s Office, and how they have good food but bad service.  Well, right off the bat, the place was living up to it’s reputation.  We rolled up, and there is no seating system, just first come first serve.  If you aren’t the assertive type, you might starve here.  We were standing by a table for a few minutes waiting for another party to finish up, and a couple tried to jack our table as we were standing literally feet away.  Not Cool.

On to the food shall we?  The menu is actually quite simple, probably no more than a 15 entree options.  Being that I had heard they made a great burger, and great sweet potato fries, I definitely wanted to try both.  The fries came out first…

I liked how the fries came in a little fry basket, I love it when places get creative with presentation.  As for the fries themselves, I’m not sure if they were THAT good, or if I was starving.  All I know is, Freddie and I shared the basket, and we KILLED IT!  We had to steal fries from the basket that my girlfriend and Kevin were sharing.  Soon after, our entrees arrived, I went with the Office Burger.

I was a little afraid I would be disappointed from all the built up hype I had heard.  But surprisingly, I really enjoyed my burger.  There was a good balance of flavors that made every bite enjoyable.  The garlic dipping sauce for the fries was pretty delicious, but I did think it was ludicrous they didn’t have ketchup.  I think that’s where a lot of these specialty places go wrong.  Sure there are certain things that I love to see changed and twisted, but some things are better left alone.  Ketchup and fries are 2 peas in a pod, it’s just not the same when one is missing from the picture.

Jummy!

Yuri was going to order the Office Burger too, but decided to go with the Hanger Steak in order to try something else on the menu since I was getting the burger already.  The steak was good, but it could have used a little A1.  But you guessed it, no sauces except garlic sauce available.

All in all, Father’s Office was a pleasant experience.  The company I was with, along with the beers and the food, capped off a great night.  I’m not sure if the food alone was good enough to bring me back.  There’s just too many good burger joints now days that are closer to get to, have better service, and have sauces!

Strength & Honor,

Robert Chew





Kung Fu Panda 2

31 05 2011

Memorial weekend just isn’t complete without watching a summer movie.  While I’m sure many people opted to go with The Hangover 2, Yuri and I along with Freddie and Kevin from Autofashion decided to check out a private screening of Kung Fu Panda 2 in 3D at Paramount Studios instead.  I loved the first Kung Fu Panda, and the second one definitely didn’t disappoint.  I love when film makers are able to entertain kids while balancing enough adult humor to keep people of all ages entertained.  If you enjoy the occasional animated comedy, I’d recommend checking out Kung Fu Panda 2.  Try to catch the movie in 3D if you like that kind of thing, I want to say at least 50% or more of the film was 3D.  I can’t wait for the Kung Fu Panda 3 already!

Strength & Honor,

Robert Chew





Sunday Not So Funday

31 05 2011

Well, since it was a long weekend I decided to try and tackle some maintenance on my GS.  For the last few weeks, the car has been groaning and moaning every time I hit a bump or turn the steering wheel. After isolating the sounds, it looked like I needed to replace my lower ball joints, a common weakness in the Lexus GS (especially if you’ve lowered your GS in the past, or if it is currently lowered).  I ordered some parts through my friend Shawn and set Sunday afternoon aside for some wrenching.  Well…5 hours later, 2 parts runs, 50 buffalo wings, and 12 Blue Moons later, my GS was sitting pretty on brand new ball joints!

A note to those who are looking to do this on their own.  A) Air tools will definitely make the project faster, B) Spend the money and buy the ball joint press, banging on the tie rod with a hammer is not the business.

Strength & Honor,

Robert Chew





Hide & Seek

31 05 2011

Ready or not…here I come!

Strength & Honor,

Robert Chew





S Six Hundo

31 05 2011

While the Mercedes  W220 S600 chassis is getting a bit older, I’m still a fan of the lines of this particular generation.  Despite being an older gen, this S class is able to balance the appearance of sportiness and luxury at the same time.  While the price tag of even a used S class is outside of most people’s budget, every now and then, a nicely modified one pops up.  I saw pictures of this S600 from Japan a few months back, and recently came across the rolling videos of the car.  I love the look of the car, but I love the sound of the custom exhaust even more.  BEAST is all I can say.

Older S class or not, I’d take this thing in a heart beat!

Strength & Honor,

Robert Chew





Beautiful Monaco…

31 05 2011

Monaco, a track that is amazing in so many ways!

Congrats to the Vettel and the Red Bull Racing crew for pulling off another win.  2011 is definitely looking to be the year of the bulls.

Strength & Honor,

Robert Chew