Essential Tipping Knowledge (Chart Included)

We should all know how to tip properly. Unless, of course, you live in Japan.

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A Yelp 100 Checklist

I’ve got some work to do. This will be my working list. Strikethrough’s mean that I’ve eaten there. Four out of a hundred is not acceptable. I have some work that needs to be done when I visit New York City and San Francisco this summer. Those two cities alone will help to scratch out thirteen of these Yelp hot spots. Looks like visits back to Austin, Seattle, and Los Angeles is in order? Chicago is only represented twice on the list. I’m a little surprised by that.

Without further adieu, here is Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the United States:

  1. Da Poke Shack, Kailua-Kona, HI
  2. Paseo, Seattle, WA
  3. Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue, Kansas City, KS
  4. The Cinnamon Snail, New York, NY
  5. Porto’s Bakery, Burbank, CA
  6. Dametra Cafe, Carmel by the Sea, CA
  7. Alinea, Chicago, IL
  8. Franklin Barbecue, Austin, TX
  9. Gary Danko, San Francisco, CA
  10. Joe’s Falafel, Los Angeles, CA [Read more...]

Periodic BaCoN

If you’re human then you must love bacon. Unless of course you’re one of those vegan or vegetarian folk. If that’s the case then that’s too bad because bacon RULEEESSS! Bacon is the nom nom food to rule all nom nom foods. NOM NOM NOM.

Buy this T-Shirt for the bacon enthusiast who believes in science.

Periodic BaCoN is available now from ThinkGeek for $16.99.

Eat More Kale: Chik-Fil-A Big Bully?

Bo Muller-Moore has a beef with Chik-Fil-A. Or, Chik-Fil-A has a beef with Bo Muller-Moore. Muller-Moore is a folk artist who started a business centered around the phrase “eat more kale.” The more problem is that the fast food chain Chik-Fil-A has a similar trademarked phrase, “eat mor chikin.”

Apparently, the Chik-Fil-A folks feel that the phrase “eat more kale” will confuse Chik-Fil-A fans. A lawyer for Chick-fil-A sent a letter to Muller-Moore saying that his kale phrase “is likely to cause confusion of the public and dilutes the distinctiveness of Chick-fil-A’s intellectual property and diminishes its value.”

BULLSHIT.

I’m totally with Bo Muller-Moore on this one. Seriously Chik-Fil-A, you should consider focusing more of your time, energy, and resources on improving your chicken entrees. Leave the kale alone.

Support independent business and buy your Eat More Kale T-Shirts here. You can also sign a petition for Chick-fil-A t0 stop bullying small business owners.

Hello Nyan Cat! Rainbow, Rainbow!

Who knew that a a pop tart cat would lead to over 50 million views on YouTube. This age that we live in, unbelievable. And of course, you can help to quench its growth by purchasing a Nyan Cat T-Shirt from Snorg Tees. The shirt is called Cat + Pastry = Rainbow and is available now Snorg Tees for $14.95.

And now some Nyan Cat history. It all stared with a little comic by prguitarman on LOL-COMICS. The comic was then reblogged on Tumblr over 3000 times. And then it led to a viral YouTube video (see below). And as they say, the rest is history.

Via Know Your Meme: On April 5th, 2011, YouTuber saraj00n posted a video titled Nyan Cat[3], using comic artist prguitarman’s Pop Tart Cat animation set to the well-known Japanese Vocaloid song Nyanyanyanyanyanyanya by Japanese artist Daniwell-P looping in the background, Although the song had been originally composed for Hatsune Miku to sing, The version used in the video was of the cover sung by the Utauloid Momo Momone.

Cargo Flight for UNICEF – World’s Most Expensive T-Shirt

If you’ve got the cash lying around to pick up this T-Shirt then good on you. It’s for a good cause with 100% of the purchase price going to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to support lifesaving relief efforts for children in the Horn of Africa. Oh, and by the way, it costs $300,000.

Yes, $300,000. For a T-Shirt. Well, not just for a T-Shirt. $300,000 is the cost of a charter flight to transport vital aid from the UNICEF supply warehouse in Copenhagen to Nairobi, Kenya. And ultimately, that’s where your money will be going. Great cause. Wish I was well enough to have the cash to drop on this.

Cargo Flight for UNICEFby Justin & Christine Gignac is available now Threadless for $300,000.

Mr. Cluck’s Fried Chicken: Hello Hurley!

Oh my good ness it’s been a long time since I’ve featured a Lost T-Shirt. The last time I did was probably when I did this … and oh yeah, this. In any case, great T-Shirt from our friends over at TeeFury. Of course, the Mr. Cluck’s Fried Chicken is only available for the next few hours so be sure to grab this one ASAP. The best part is that it’s only $10 – you can’t really go wrong with that price.

Thirsty For Blood, Hungry For Tacos (The Remix)

There has been some magical things that have been happening over at Seibei over the last couple of weeks, namely super limited edition T-Shirt that are available at a presale price for only a week (sometimes, the shirts move into the Seibei catalog after the presale, other times they will be retired forever). This week, Seibei brings back a classic in two new colorways. Thirsty For Blood, Hungry For Tacos has always been one of my favorite Seibei tees, and it is often the one that garners the most eyeballs (followed mostly by a quick smirk and smile). You know when people are reading your T-Shirt, and whenever I wear this tee, I notice a lot of people reading my chest.

The most popular colorway will move permanently move into the main Seibei catalog, while the other colorway will be retired. So if you like them both, you better be sure to get them both! The presale price is set at $18.

Los Angeles Trip Day 5

Day 5 T-Shirt: The Collaborate & Dream Series: Nicolo Nimor/Nick Automatic

Day 5 was the last day of our 2011 Los Angeles trip and we spent most of the time shopping, and you guessed it, eating! Our first shopping destination was Citadel Outlets. We first passed by Citadel on our way to Disneyland a few days prior. Let me tell, this outlet mall stands out because it really does look like a big medieval fortress. While we were there, we did some shopping but not as much as I had expected. I did pick up a few things from Billabong and Quicksilver (I usually stock up on shorts – a staple if you live in Hawaii) like I normally do. Though I was surprised that I left Nike and H&M empty handed. It’s okay, there’s always another time and another trip!

By the time we had finished shopping at Citadel it was midday and we were both quite hungry for some lunch. We decided to hit up a burger joint that had been on our itinerary a few days earlier but had decided to skip. The restaurant is called Umami Burger, and let me tell you, it is not to be missed. The flavors that you will get from these burgers are out-of-this-world good! And the onion rings, so delicious. I had my eyes set on the Triple Pork Burger (fresh ground pork, choriz0, and applewood smoked bacon with manchego cheese & pimenton aioli). Sounds nice and fatty, huh? I know, I was excited too! Unfortunately, they were out. What to do now? Two words: MANLY BURGER. This burger consists of beer-cheddar cheese, smoked salt onion rings, and bacon lardons. Good god did my mouth have an mouthgasm that day. Michelle had the signature Umami Burger and she swears that it was just as delicious. If you like burgers, try this place out!

Once we had our fill of the savory flavors of umami, we decided to do more … shopping! This time, we stopped by a little shop called Japan LA. It’s a small Japanese pop culture shop right off of Melrose Avenue. Think of it as Sanrio plus some. They’ve got a ton of Sanrio trinkets as well as other little Japanese oddities. It’s definitely a fun store. I hear they are nearly ready to move into a new, 4x bigger space, so if you’re into Japanese pop toys then you should definitely pay these guys a visit. One thing that I did notice during my visit to Japan LA were some Seibei goods. There were just a few Seibei tees and tanks left, but they did have the Make Me A Sandwich Dino tee!

You might see a pattern going on for Day 5: shop, eat, shop…so of course the next thing that we did was eat! we finally made it to the world famous Diddy Riese Cookies in Westwood, located near UCLA. Nothing in LA is cheap, except for Diddy Riese Cookies! You can score an awesome homemade ice-cream cookie sandwich for just $1.50. Insane? I’ll have two please! Needless to say, I left with two dozen cookies and my co-workers sure did enjoy them!

Now back to Melrose and back to shopping. This time we hit up a few stores, including Johnny Cupcakes (yes, again), Tokidoki, Urban Outfitters, and Paul Frank. Doesn’t it seem like all of the awesome store are in LA?

And finally, for our final dinner in Los Angeles, we decided to dine at Craft in West LA. Some of you might know Tom Colicchio from Top Chef, well, this is his restaurant. I’d say that Craft is casual fine dining. You don’t need to get too dressed up for it, but you definitely don’t want to walk in with shorts and a T-Shirt. I have to say that our Craft experience was pretty amazing. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was great, and the service was excellent. And although our server did initially forget our sparkling water, when she remembered, she immediately brought it to our table courtesy of the house. They do give you a lot of freebies (not on the menu), while you wait for your main entree, however, I failed to jot down any notes. They even served the both of us a complimentary arugula salad while we waited for our food (she brought it out because she said my chicken would take some time to cook). Ah yes, the chicken. Everything on the menu is ala carte, I ended up getting the Roasted Farm Chicken and Michelle had the Steelhead Salmon & Espelette. For sides we shared some potatoes gratin and broccoli. Thanks to Milk & Eggs Co. for the great suggestion!

Craft marked the ending to quite an eventful trip. We ate really good food every single day and we got to meet Mickey Mouse. Could things have been any better? Maybe. Would I have changed anything about this trip? Nah, it was awesomely perfect.

Fuzzy Ink + Hawaiian Food = Good Times!

One of the best things about running this blog is being able to meet a bunch of different people online on nearly a daily basis. What’s even better is when I get to meet up with some of these awesome people. And what’s even better is when I get to meet up with a person whom I’ve been blogging about for some time now (over 2 years, yikes!).

Lucky me got that chance to hang out with John Paul, the mastermind behind one of favorite indie brands, Fuzzy-Ink. Turns out that he and his lovely lady friend has been here in Hawaii on vacation for the last two weeks, however, because of my Los Angeles trip I wasn’t able to meet up with him earlier. Fortunately, we were able to finally meet up for dinner and chat a bit about Hawaii, food, Duke vs. UNC, and Fuzzy Ink.

Since John hadn’t yet enjoyed the wonders of Hawaiian food, I decided to take him to one of my favorite Hawaiian food restaurants – Ono’s. Now for those of you that don’t speak or understand Hawaiian (which I assume is the bulk of you), “ono” in Hawaiian means delicious. But of course, a lot of Hawaiian food is an acquired taste (as they soon found out) and involves a LOT of pork. I had them order the Kalua Pig and the Laulau (both of my favorites). They also got nice servings of some lomi-lomi salmon, pipikaula, poi, and haupia. I’m pretty sure they enjoyed the Kalua Pig (pork cooked in an underground “imu” for hours; similar to pulled pork) but i think I might have scared John off with the poi (mashed and fermented taro root)! In any case, I hope that they enjoyed it!

I was also stoked when John brought out a couple of gifts for me that travelled with him all the way from Raleigh, North Carolina. He sent me home with a brand new and as yet unreleased Fuzzy Ink shirt, as well as the amazing Fuzzy Ink cookie cutter set! You guys don’t even know how much I’ve been wanting this cookie cutter set. Thanks, John! By the way, if the shirt (Steamboat Mario by Jublin) look familiar, it’s because it was recently featured on Teefury. I Looks like Fuzzy Ink purchased the design and will be selling it soon on their site.

I didn’t have a chance to snap a photo of our food, but this is prett much what we had (minus the poi). Via Selvin Chance.

Steamboat Mario by Jublin, soon to be available at Fuzzy Ink!

Can’t wait to bake some cookies! Thanks for the cookie cutter set, John!