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One Bloody Mary To Rule Them All

So it’s the weekend, and you wanna go out to eat…maybe go get some brunch with friends. You’re not sure if you feel like chicken, a burger, chicken wings, pulled pork slider, mac n cheese, or a hot dog. Why not have them all! This is America, and doggonit do we know how to be gluttonous. Crazy thing is if you want all those items in one order, you gotta go to Vancouver, Canada (or at least, for now, although we probably have something sinfully similar).

Check out this Canadian concoction being served in Score on Davie‘s as their version of the Caesar (or the Bloody Mary as we like to call it in America). Although, did you know that there is a difference between a Bloody Mary and a Caesar? The difference is in the juice. Bloody Mary’s use tomato juice, while Caesar’s apparently only use clamato juice. Now, I always thought clamato juice was in a Bloody Mary but I guess I was wrong. Not my drink of choice, although some studies say it helps with hangovers.

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Anyhoo, Look at that beast! I forgot to mention it also has roasted veggies, for those who have the I-don’t-want-to-die-from-a-heart-attack fear. Oh and the piece de resistance . . . the chocolate brownie. Mmm hmm. Delicious!

Did I also forget to mention that the hot dog you see in the picture above is a pulled pork mac n cheese hot dog. Hot diggity dog right?! And they put a freakin whole chicken.

Do you think it was on purpose that it looks like a cross? Well, that surely is a sacrifice to your health, even if you’re supposed to share it with people. =P

Score on Davie’s has other Caesar drinks with different food toppings. The picture below is the Aint No Thang Caesar. Made me giggle. I think I would rather try that instead. Looks less aggressive.

 

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Happy eating!! Don’t forget … when in doubt, spit it out! =P

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SSB vs. Nolbu!

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I’ve been going to Convoy Street for a while now.  I’ve eaten at their restaurants, drank at their tea shops, knocked back a few brews at the bars, and for the most part, those places have one thing in common.  They seem to be more catered towards an Asian crowd.  Makes sense, as Convoy Street is San Diego’s version of Chinatown, or Little Seoul (it depends on where you are, I guess).  And the only way to survive on that street is to blend in.

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CRAFT BEERS!  ALL LOCAL

CRAFT BEERS! ALL LOCAL.

Nolbu is a bar that flies in the face of those conventions.  Managed by Patrick Chan, Nolbu is a bar that, in his words, “reflects what growing up as an Asian-American was about.”  While you’ll find Korean food on the menu, their drink selection is not what you’d expect to find at a bar on Convoy Street.  They carry a lot of local craft beers.  Ballast Point IPA’s, Blue Moons, Arrogant Bastards, and many other craft beers are being served, and according to Patrick, they go well with their normally spicy Korean dishes.  I’m not one to argue that, since I’ve got a cat’s tongue.  Plus, my love for beer helps things.

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I’m liking this.

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Earlier today, I had a chance to sit down and chat with Nolbu’s manager, Patrick.  However, things got busy and I had to order up a Soju Melon or two.  That wasn’t a complaint.

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You know you’re facing some stiff competition, how do you stick yourself up against all the establishments already here on Convoy? – It’s got an Asian-American flavor, WE ARE SAN DIEGO, and we have the San Diego lifestyle down pat. We’re small, so we’re intimate, but large enough that we can offer something for everyone.   We are the one spot on Convoy that isn’t…Convoy.  We’re doing something that encapsulates San Diego, not Convoy.  
(Did I mention that they also sell craft beers?  This is important.  Write it down somewhere..  -twitch)

What has been your biggest hurdle since starting Nolbu?
Setting our standards high, and keeping the standards high.  As the originators of the Soju watermelon and the white gummy Soju, we know that we have to keep our standards high because, well, there will eventually be copiers.  We can never be satisfied, and we believe there always is room for improvement.

How did you come up with the Soju Melon?  And how do you make one?
Through traveling, we found that a lot of people already do this in Asia.  Summer’s coming, so we figured, why don’t we give this a try here?   We hollow out the watermelon, take the pulp out, and fill it up with Soju.  Any Soju will work.  We tend to use the more popular ones.

I really want to take one of these to go.

I really want to take one of these to go.

What is your favorite food here?
Definitely the bossam. (Pork underbelly with pickled vegetables.)

What are your hopes for Nolbu?
Our hope is for Nolbu to be the premier spot for Asian/Korean food and local craft beers.

What do you have to say to our readers?
Nolbu is a place where you can stimulate your palate and feed your soul.    If you’re looking for a chill bar, with good food and a chill atmosphere, then look no further!  We’d love to have you over.

So would I recommend this place?  You bet.  Not only is the décor awesome and inviting, it’s really fun to look at!  The food’s delish, and nothing is too overpowering.  Every one of their dishes is presented tastefully and appetizing.   The staff is really helpful and friendly.  My only gripe?  I’ve got a cat’s tongue, so eating some of the dishes require me to drink lots of liquid to keep my tongue cool.  The liquid may or may not have alcohol in it.

Details:
Nolbu
4633 Convoy Street #102, San Diego, CA.
(858)499-8999

this pork fell off the bone, son!

this pork fell off the bone, son!

Anime Conji 2013: Too sugoi to live, too kawaii to die!

Anime Conji 2013 is over and done with, and we’re all still in one piece.  Except for my voice.  That hasn’t come back fully.  Before anything else, I’ve got a few shoutouts that I gotta make.

  • Team SSB – We did work at our panel, I’m proud of you guys.
  • Dai-Conji Dan Staff: Alissa, Jared, Ivan, Gail, and Andrew, you all kept that shit going, checked out volunteers, got booze, and kept it real.  Proud of you, team.
  • Dai-Conji Dan Crew: You all worked just as hard as the volunteers and then some.  Good going.
  • Dai-Conji Dan Volunteers: Did work.
  • RhythmEmoti#n.net (Lester and Mylene):Mylene is the supreme CAH champion and is evil.  Lester, YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
  • Venus is ratchet as fuck.
  • Ivan Cheong is dope.
  • Deanna and her cousin with the dope-ass name, which I forgot.
  • Ate Paula and Kuya Todd of PMX, whassup!!
  • CJ got all crazy.
  • Kamia is hype as fuck.
  • Brian Bacsal is the dopest photo dude.
  • Richie and the reg crew, holdin’ down that exhibit hall
  • Vero, my judo kohai workin’ twice as hard.
  • Jabronie Pictures keepin’ it real..
  • HI EDWARD SEBASTIAN JR.
  • Wesley and Darryl were the dopest room guests.  Donald could’ve crashed too.
  • SHABANGUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
  • Vince bombaclot bok bok bok

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WonderCon 2013 Days 2-3, ‘cuz we’re all about that geek life.

WonderCon 2013 wasn’t that bad at all.  It reminds me of how San Diego Comic Con used to be.  Smaller, more intimate, and a helluva lot easier to get into.  That being said, I was able to get through the entire con floor within the span of a few minutes.

The size of a con doesn’t really matter though.  Having friends to meet up with and hang out with makes the difference between an okay con and a great con.  As you can see by my pictures, I had plenty of people to meet up with.  So for my list of shoutouts:

It was definitely great to see all of you guys at WonderCon.  Gives me hope that there really are people that are all about that geek life.

Last but not least, biggie ups to my fambam and crew that made it out with me, and got drunk off moscato, jack daniels, and shock top.  FRONT DESK?! BANG BANG!

  • Ferris B.
  • Andrew O.
  • Ivan L.

You asked for it, and here are the pictures from the con!

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Happy Drunk Day Twitch!

Tomorrow is Twitch’s birthday fellows, brethren, sisters and friends. Tonight the craziness begins! I don’t know how long i’ll be at this party, but I DO know that i’ll be spending every minute trying to get him drunk as f*ck. Last year I had to stop him from reenacting the scene from the movie Kickboxer where JCVD repeatedly kicks the sh*t of a tree…instead of Bangkok we were at Min Sok Chon. Instead of a tree he wanted to kick a light post instead. Needless to say, Twitch is an amazing drunk.

I personally think, getting shit faced is a bad look buuuuut,

  1. It’s not me, who looks the fool.
  2. You only turn 30 once.
  3. It’s a CELEBRATION B*TCHES!

I’ve been all over this weekend which is my excuse for the lack of blog posts but I’ll be back better than ever when all of the crazyness has subsided. 30 crazy years of life. From deep in the archives.

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Happy Drunk Day 2012.
Here’s to you, Twitch!

So I went to a wine bar….

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Alissa works as a part-time hand model.

 

Dude. This wine was mad dope. It tasted really good! Maybe that’s why the price per sample was 5 bucks.

Um….what was it called again?

I found myself at Splash Wine Lounge, in North Park.  They have a VERY impressive selection of wines to drink.  The food looked good too, but I was pretty full from the pork samosas from Pangea (they were okay).  I think I might have found a new hobby besides MMA, comic-writing, and geekery.  Wine tasting.

Melissa, I should’ve written the name down :X.

The Japanese Think of Everything: The Hangover Miracle in a Bottle

ImageSo, last night you had too much fun–this morning? Not so much. Whether your reasons are “I shouldn’t have had that last shot. or two.”–OR it’s from downing way too much liquid courage as you paced the bar/club/event attempting to talk to that girl across the room. I won’t judge you, but I will share a secret with you.

Wanna know how all those Japanese business men can survive drinking all night long and functioning the next morning? Well, here it is. Ukon no Chikara. It’s a turmeric “shot” that they drink BEFORE they start their night or the next morning for those nasty hangovers. I waited so long to write about this because I wanted to make sure it worked, tried and true. Do you get that Asian glow? Try this, it won’t get rid of it but it may tone it down a tad.

The turmeric in this drink actually helps your liver process the alcohol. I’d be a nerd and tell you all the medical reasons why it works but I know you will all do this regardless so I’m saving myself the time. I’ve used it before and after drinking and I swear by this thing. One booze filled weekend, my best friend and I drank these each night and by the end of the weekend, we were the only ones left standing who didn’t puke or have a hangover. On my birthday last month I drank one of these lovely magical potions before my shenanigans and the next morning when I woke up more drunk than when I fell asleep—SAVED.

Give it a go. Let me know what you think. Oh, and if you didn’t know, I’m the Asian health secrets professional here at SSB. I’ll get you geeks into shape in no time. But, that shall be for another entry. In the mean time, party hard my dweebs and dweebettes.