05.30.13 - Every year Hamilton’s has their annual Padres beer tour. I woke up, picked up some SB Americano’s and headed to Juan’s and Melissa’s pad. Tasha was attending this event also. We chowed on some Lolita’s breakfast burritos before aunty (Mel & Tasha’s mama) dropped us off at Hamiltons. Aunty called South Park Ghetto and got a laugh out of all of us. We arrive, check in, get our shirts all situated, and pound two beers each. Pliny in the morning = win! We hop on double decker bus and drink some canned Sculpin. We arrive at Monkey Paw and drink again. By this time i’m on drink number five. We chill for a little. I notice that we are getting extremely loud. Time to hop on the bus again. I crack a can of White Rascal, but I’m unable to finish it by the time we reach Mission Brewery. We all chill in the parking lot before entering Mission. It’s Thursday mid day and I question what i’ve gotten myself into. I look around and everyone is all buddy buddy leaning on each other. We haven’t even arrived at the game yet. We chill in Mission Brewery for a couple minutes and walk to Petco Park. I’m famished and we grab a burger at Hodads conveniently located in the stadium. Big Tuna and his lady friend arrive and then we head to our seats. We watch maybe two inning. We lose our game, take a group photo, then bounce. Aunty picks us up from Mission Brewery, we drive back to the pad listening to Blurred Lines, and call it a day. I can’t wait for next year!
May 2013 has come and gone, and I thought i’d share some photo’s from events.
05.25.13 - Mr. Conrado Soria is in town. Our meet up is at Stone Brewery’s new addition at Liberty Station. Howard, Maya, and I arrive and sit with Con and his Salk homies (former coworkers).Con likes to tell folks that he’s the one who got us into craft beers. It’s true, but we’ve come a long way from our baby sips and have ventured into our own beer experiences. The Liberty Station location, almost in completion, has a really nice lay out that I can appreciate. The beers selection is always on point. The food is good, but pricey.
After Con’s quick carne asada burrito run we head to O’Brien’s Pub in Clairemont. It’s funny how O’Briens’s sits next to all these asian hot spots. At this pub I had my first taste of Pliny many years ago. Another must have here is the Garlic fries!
Next Brewery stop is Societe, also in Clairemont. This was the start of my Birthday Weekend. We met up with the Salk peeps once again and I had some of my friends join the party. Societe also has a good selection. After a couple rounds we were all hangry (hungry + angry) and headed to a new Korean BBQ spot called Taegukgi. Overall the food was good, but I was thrown off by the atmosphere. It felt like I was in Vegas with all those neon lights.
05.26.13 - Sunday was a little more chill than the day pryer. From Howard and Maya’s downtown digs we walked to Bottle Craft for some craft beers and pizza. We spent our time there chatting, drinking and playing black jack. We substituted poker chips with bottle caps. We headed back to the pad for a quick nap and some karaoke. I went home early to rest and prep for my Birthday/Memorial Day party.
05.27.13 - It’s my 33rd birthday, that so happens to fall on Memorial Day. I woke up extra early to head back up to Clairemont. Zion Market has a new location next to Taegukgi. I bought four pounds of bulgogi, a jar of kimchi, bunch of pickled sides, and Melona popsicle for the BBQ.
It was Con’s last day in here SD and we all got breakfast in Pacific Beach. In all my years spent working in Pacific Beach I never eaten at Cafe 976. I had scrambled eggs with feta and cheese. Something I’d probably get again! We rushed to the airport and was met with some traffic. We were cutting it close but got him there. Turns out his flight was delayed. Shitting bricks for nothing.
I arrived at Casa de la Juans. Melissa and Juan were already set up and cooking. The Sliders and Kalbi Ribs were on point. My good friends Allyn and Vince showed up with their growing boy Maddox who was getting down with the music. Vince also hooked up a growler of Blind Pig IPA (Russian River) for us all to sample. Mr. Balceta rolls by and busts out the Phantom Quad Copter equipped with the GoPro. The aerial shots are amazing. We also had infamous special guest, drum and base DJ, AK1200 playing. All in all the evening was full of drinks, food, and good company.
Last friday I received my Urchin Boom. I’m pretty impressed by it’s sound and portability. The bluetooth is really easy to set up with multiple devices. I especially like that I can shower with it (water resistant). The Urchin comes with skin(various color), suction mount for the shower, adhesive screw mount, and caribiner.
Day Off. Off to see Iron Man. Should I or shouldn’t I open this Nendroid?
A group that works together shoots together. Jose and Liz have never been to the Salk Institute and I thought it would be great place to start. The complex architecture lends itself to photogs who love shooting shadows and contrast.
We headed a couple miles north to Torrey Pines. I remember taking my Canon G9 there for the first time. Back then I was more into hikes. This time around I brought my RX1. Instead of just shooting landscapes I wanted to focus close on some plants and flowers along the trail.
After Shooting we headed to Little Italy. Lunch ended by the time we arrived to Craft & Commerce, but we were still able to order some appetizersTo cap of our first photo excursion we rounded the corner for some beers. Bottle Craft + photo editing = Fun filled day!