“The common thread in the narrative is Patterson. This was not an unintentional act of goodwill that went bad,” says Nigel Jones of Kingston 11 on celebrity chef Daniel Patterson in this polite but brutal look by SF Eater at celebrity chef’s grandiose image. Like his buddy David Chang, the Coi chief/chef, in my opinion, is highly overrated and is too busy being a star. One is wannabe-Bourdain. And the other is a wanna-be Rene. Every single time I have been to many of their spots, I have been sorely disappointed by food. To me, that is what really matters when it comes to chefs.
Let’s get one thing out of the way — I love car racing, especially the European kind. And I love racing movies. So no surprise, that when invited to a private screening of the forthcoming Ford vs. Ferrari film hosted by The Hollywood Reporter and Code Advisors — I couldn’t pass up the chance. I am usually … Continue reading Ford vs. Ferrari (Le Mans 66) Review: Fast & Fantastic.
“In France the most often used word is ‘connerie,’ which means ‘bullshit and in America it’s hands-down ‘awesome,’ which has replaced ‘incredible,’ ‘good,’ and even ‘just OK.’ Pretty much everything that isn’t terrible is awesome in America now. It just got out of hand to me. Everything’s awesome all the time. I was in Boulder, Colorado and someone said, ‘I’ll have a double espresso, awesome,’ and the other person said, ‘Awesome.’ I went to the Great Wall of China once, and I have to say it was awe-inspiring. I would say it was “awe-inspiring,” I wouldn’t say it was “awesome.” A Pepsi isn’t awesome; it’s just not.”David Sedaris. Via
The November writing challenge has been much harder than I thought. It turns out that writing daily is a difficult habit to form. I missed a day last week, so technically, the challenge is already lost. Still, I am going to redouble my efforts not to miss another day. After years of writing constantly, sometimes … Continue reading In Silicon Valley, Hypocrisy is the new normal
Tokyo is one of my favorite cities, and I think most of the time, people look at the city at the eye level. For me, the real beauty of Tokyo is in its architecture and how it reminds me of origami. The shapes, the perspectives, and the profiles of buildings change as you walk a … Continue reading [Photo Gallery] Tokyo captured on Leica SL2
Leica has introduced the next version of my favorite camera, Leica SL. The Leica SL2 is likely to be shipped on November 21. I had the camera for aa couple of weeks and took it out on photo adventures. However, I didn’t have enough time with it to form an honest opinion about the camera … Continue reading Some thoughts on Leica SL2
“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”Rumi
I had a chance to meet photography legend Michael Kenna at a gallery in Carmel today. He is one of my photography heroes and you can well imagine my excitement. We didn’t talk about photos. Instead, we had a fun conversation about shoes, and why we love them. Maybe it is because as kids we … Continue reading Meeting Michael Kenna
Sometimes I find myself brooding and it shows in my edits. This photo of Venice from almost a year ago. I love this city and can’t wait to go back. I also feel, I have barely scratched the surface when it comes to photographic adventures in Venice. Continue reading Venice under the fog
A few days ago, when feeling under the weather, I decided to do what I do when my nose and head are stuffed — order a very spicy curry and some rice. Normally, I use either Caviar or DoorDash (which will soon be the same), but this time, I decided to go with Grubhub. I … Continue reading GrubSnub & what’s really wrong with Gig Economy