One of the perks of working in downtown LA is that I get to eat at Daikokuya all the time. So much so that I've apparently become the mayor of Daikokuya on Four Square. There really isn't much that needs to be said since Daikokuya's been reviewed to death, but I will say that ramen is the perfect prescription for these windy LA days. I also think Daikokuya is better than Ippudo in NYC. So there, that's my opinion on this whole ramen thing.
You get used to staring at this sign while waiting for your name to be called.
This is where the magic happens. Just a tip, you don't want to sit here on a hot day. You'll be getting sweaty with all the heat dissipating from the fryer. No fun.
Gyozas with a generous helping of green onions. Note in the background that I can levitate things while I take pictures (+15 art of levitation skill).
What came first, the chicken or the egg? I don't care, they're both in the oyakodon.
The main reason why we come to Daikokuya: ramen, nuff said.
The garlic explains why my colleagues aren't talking to me right now. I should use more garlic, more often.
And while you're at it, why wouldn't you go to Yogurtland just down the street to grab some dessert, especially since Tokidoki's in the house.
And two random pictures of of Little Tokyo:
Along with 95,000 Angelenos, my friends and I enjoyed a great night with U2 and the Black Eyed Peas at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.
More of the same over on my U2 360 Flickr Set.
The Black Eyed Peas did a good job opening and getting the crowd excited, but you could definitely discern the generational gap between the BEP crowd and the U2 crowd, regardless of how mainstream BEP has become. Does anyone remember their first album "Behind the Front?" I use to spin tracks off of "Behind The Front" in the late 90s and have seen BEP's evolution over the last decade and it's been nothing short of incredible. BEP also tossed in a nice surprise by covering GnR's "Sweet Child O' Mine" featuring none other than Slash. That was pretty epic (Slash, not the cover).
With the stage change complete, U2 came on and covered most of their classics while playing a few tracks off their new album "No Line on the Horizon." The stage production for U2's set was jaw dropping. The accordion style screen that hovered over the center of the stage was visually stunning. I want to figure out how I can install one of those in my house, on a smaller scale of course. CNet actually has a great article detailing all the technology around the tour and this specific performance at the Rose Bowl.
And all that noise about traffic into and out of the Rose Bowl? I left Downtown LA at 6:10p (IN MY CAR), sat down to watch BEP open at 7:15p and was back in downtown eating ramen by 11:30p. It helped to
1. Have a preferred parking pass
2. Know your way around this beautiful city.
In summary, an amazing night. Now, I can cross U2, BEP, and Slash off of my bucket list. I can't wait to get the Blu-Ray.
Update: Now with YouTube Broadcast!