Thursday, August 21, 2008

Home Entertainment, to Wii or Not to Wii?

Since the Wii came out, my wife and I have kicked around the idea of buying on for our place. The system seems like its a lot of fun and very entertaining. Also, its amazing to read all these stories from throughout the US of how people have lost all this weight from playing their Wii, as a form of exercise.

All things considered, the Wii is really a smart gadget that would probably be fun to own. But somehow the cost and our already busy schedules are deterrents in getting one. My thing has been that I would hate to buy one and never use it. But we'll see, I really got excited when I heard they are coming out with an Iron Chef video game for the Wii, check out the video below....."Allez Cuisine!"

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Shoryuken to my Cholesterol!

Last year I blogged about my 2007 resolution of getting back in shape. This was a resolution that I miserably failed to accomplish last year. However, 2008 is a whole different story. Thanks to a regimen of pilates, capoeira, and a 5 week fitness bootcamp, I have regained my cardio and overall physical fitness.

For the last 6 years I have been dealing with super high cholesterol, which at my age (32) has really put me at risk for heart disease. I dread going to the doctor and getting my cholesterol checked, because I always know it will be high. But now, I can't wait to get it checked.

Big props to my wife, for pushing me to really make the time to take care of myself.

I want to also attribute, my new kitchen for my renewed enthusiasm for cooking tasty healthy food. No more Krispy Creme bacon cheeseburgers for me, jk.

Also, in case you didn't get the Street Fighter II reference in the title, here you go.

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Gyenari Korean BBQ and Lounge, More Culver City Eats

On Friday, my wife and I had a date night. We decided to DVR the Olympics and went out for dinner and a movie. We were planning to see Dark Knight at the Imax at Howard Hughes Pkwy, but all early shows were sold out, so we decided to go and see what was going on in downtown CC.

On our way there, I remembered that Gyenari Korean BBQ and Lounge had just opened a few weeks ago, next to the movie theater in downtown. So we decided to check it out and see if we could get a table without reservations. The wait for a table inside the restaurant was going to be an hour, but fortunately we found a perfect table for 2 in the patio. They serve a full restaurant menu there, so it totally worked out. The service was pretty good, very friendly, and interestingly the wait staff was mostly female.

Since we had a movie to catch, my wife and I both ordered quick dishes. My wife ordered the Asian Tacos and a lemon drop martini, and I ordered the garlic noodles with a Sapporo. The food arrived promptly and smelled great. My food was delicious, all the flavors were there. However, I couldn't help but notice that some of the noodles were undercooked. I've heard of al dente but this was ridiculous. I couldn't break the noodle with my teeth. Since we were in a rush, I didn't bother to complain. Besides it tasted very good, just difficult to eat. I had a bite of my wife's tacos, and they were also good, very light and fresh. Hopefully we can come back soon and try more of the gourmet dishes.

Afterward, we went next door and caught Mama Mia. Yes, I know, what was I thinking? Surprisingly the movie was a lot of fun and I actually enjoyed it. I guess Batman will have to wait until we can see it on the Imax screen.

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