Thursday, November 7, 2013

Banksy in NYC

Yep, you guess it, "Ryan" came in for a haircut today. Walked out looking sharp as a tack. I'm a man of my word, so I have to honor my promise. It was good timing because I stumbled upon something a couple days before that I thought would be blog-worthy. I don't know how many of you follow "street art," but if you don't, let me introduce you to a British street artist named Banksy, who took the month of October to do an "artist in residency" in New York City. Now, street art is one of those delicate and controversial subjects that spawns many a debate. Is it art or is it vandalism? Are these folks geniuses or criminals? I, too am not free of the struggle of this complex dichotomy. I love to look at it, but I'm not sure I would like to have it show up on the side of my house. So, have a look, walk the fence, and regardless of which side you come down on, I think you'll find Bansky's NYC blog musings provocative.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Monkey Bridge

Have I ever sung the praises of Monkey Bridge? Well, if I haven't, this is the sound of me clearing my throat. We just polished off a delicious Vietnamese dinner of fresh rolls, bahn mi, and chicken bun. The beauty of Monkey Bridge is that they have transported all the tastiness of 12th & Jackson right to the gateway of beautiful downtown Ballard. Great atmosphere for a sit down meal, but also an easy spot for take out. If you like what I'm singing, put it on your list of place to go.

Monday, September 2, 2013

New Plan + Pike/Pine

As you can tell, I'm not a frequent "poster." I have a client (I wish to protect his name, so let's call him "Ryan") who razzes me every time he gets his haircut that I need to step up my posting. Thus, in an effort to appease my massive fan base, my new plan is to write a new post each time Ryan gets his haircut. Who knows? Ryan may start getting his hair cut more often just to put me to the test.

This is a nice nudge, because I've been meaning to shout out a couple of Pike/Pine eateries that I absolutely love. The first is Marination Station, situated just above the QFC at Pike & Broadway. Marination started off as a food truck and met with wild success, so now they have two brick and mortar spots - this one, and one on the West Seattle side of the water taxi. We treated ourselves to an all shop lunch there earlier this year, and it satisfied everyones' taste buds. The second is Big Mario's Pizza, just two blocks east of Marination on the south side of the street. I'm a huge fan of the large foldable slices topped with pear and gorgonzola. On a visit before a show at Neumos, my slices were complimented by a delicious Manhattan prepared with orange bitters.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Bones Brigade

I'm further digging Netflix streaming for skateboard movies. From the man who brought us the dynamic documentary "Dogtown & Z-Boys," Stacy Peralta is back again with another one. Whereas "Dogtown" introduced us to the 70s skate scene, his latest, "Bones Brigade" rolls us right through the 1980s. Peralta hesitated to make this one because he felt it was a conflict of interest, in that the story of the Bones Brigade is not just the story of those who rode for the Powell Peralta team, but at the end of the day, it's his story. And, after much convincing from the Bones crew, here it is.....