Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Pinky Taylor in the house!!! Pinky has been at our location the last couple of days painting a crazy mural. For those who aren't familiar with Pinky, he was a featured artist for Volcom, Lost, Burton, amongst other projects (click here to check out his site). The pic up top is a quick look at what he's doing, but once he's all finished, Ash and I will toss up more photos for you guys to take a peek at. Better yet, everyone's welcome to come on by tonight or tomorrow to see how thigns are coming along.
Check back soon for an update on the mural and some nice pictures of us getting blitzed at a Sake Expo ha ha.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Julie bamboozled Jason and Matt, well, mainly Jason to the left of her. They thought that we only walk about 1.5 - 2 miles per lunch shift. I was guessing 4 or more. Julie clocked in at almost 5 miles on her pedometer on a semi-busy lunch. What did she win? A bottle of our best sake, Mizbasho Junmai Dai Ginjo. Thanks for all the shots, suckas!!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Does that hole look like it's supposed to be there? I think not. This blog entry is a bit behind schedule, bear with me a bit. So a couple weeks back, Ash and I are in the office, we sit back in our chairs and finally agree that things are finally settling down. Things are fnally running smoothly. We can finally take a deep breath and relax a bit. In comes one of our employees, drags us out to one of the drains and points out that we're backed up. Thinking that our grease trap has somehow filled up, we walked outside and noticed there was a putrid stench outside. Uh-oh.
We called OC Plumbing down to pump the grease interceptor and guess what they found. MUD, YAYYYY! Not so much. There should be nothing but water and food waste in our 1200 gallon Honda Civic sized grease trap. They snaked a camera in and just found more mud where there should have been clean pipes. Joy. Right as this is all going down, who ends up coming by for a random stop? None other than our lucky charm:
In a nutshell, we had to jackhammer out around the entire grease trap to find out that the Ogre had screwed us once again. They never filled in the space with gravel, nor did they pack the dirt underneath the pipes. Once the concrete was poured on top of the grease trap and we rolled our cars on top *SNAP* the connections to the pipes go bye bye. Shaun and his boys had to reconnect all the piping and refill the entire hole. It was a lot of work and stinky time, but we're back in business! I'll spare you guys the details, but you can click on either of the images to check out some more pictures of what went down. Say "Goodbye" to moolah. Welcome to the world of owning your own business, I guess. Le sigh.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
So after only six (6) weeks *ahem*, we finally have our signs up! This was supposed to minimize the calls from people who drive by and have no clue where we are, but the day after the signs went up, I still had to go to the street corner like a hooker and flag down two (2) groups of customers. Maybe we should have made the sign flash or something, any suggestions?
Big ups for Steve Wang helping us get the signs printed and posted up (by himself because we ditched him to take care of customers ha ha).
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I just wanted to drop a quick note and let you guys know that Elmomonster swung by incognito style and threw down a review on us!
Monday, August 3, 2009
So we're carrying a bunch of new sakes - bringing the grand total, including the original ones, to a eleven (11). I'll follow up with a post soon letting you guys know of our special sake and beer offerings. The true reason of this post is to show everyone that the group above took down all eleven sakes in about an hour and a half (with some help from our staff, too ha ha). This may not seem like a lot, but we threw down multiple bottles of almost each sake - and some of the sake bottles were the 720ml fatties, not just the 300ml or the 180ml ones, mind you. So let's all give them a nice round of applause when you see them, yeah?
One last thing I wanted to show you guys. Below is a picture of Ash, a bit fearful before slicing Kobe for the first time at our spot:
Thursday, July 16, 2009
FINALLY!!! We have Kobe beef in stock to explode your taste buds with. There is some weird cattle shortage going on lately, so we were delayed about 3 weeks on this shipment and our prime beef shipments have been slowing down, too.
Anyhoo, we're not sure how long this stick is going to last considering people have been poking our ears for it and we've been making excuses about not having it in stock for far too long, but come on in and let our meat melt in your mouth *ahem*!
Kobe flavored smoochies,
Friday, July 10, 2009
So we had our first official "event" at our restaurant this past week. As odd as it may sound, we did a French Wine pairing with our food. We were lucky enough to have Pierrick Bouquet, SoCal French wine specialist, come host the event with us. Pierrick stopped in a few weeks ago with a good friend of ours, Evelyn, to try out our food to see how he thought it would pair with French wines and came out of the dinner as excited as we were. Click on the pic above for some more photos of the night.
What we came up with was four (4) wines to be served along with fresh vegetables and a sampler plate consisting of beef, chicken, salmon, and shrimp. The event was a lot of fun, and by fun I mean buzzed, stuffed, and happy campers. It was a new experience for a lot of us to have French wines with Shabu, but we're hoping to do this again every few months with new pairings!
Our internet spies also caught us on the following sites for our event (OK, so we didn't headline the event section, but just scroll around and you'll see us there somewhere in tiny font):
Also, please take a peek below for Pierrick's site for more upcoming events and Evelyn's site for eye blinding jewelry design:
Sunday, June 28, 2009
For those who didn't get the reference, do yourself a favor and watch Kevin Smith's first movie, Clerks.
Do you see how desolate the restaurant looks? This was our first Sunday that we were open for lunch (June 21st, 2009 AD). Most of our normal customers don't know that we are open on Sundays for lunch since Wayne's OG California Shabu Shabu has Sunday lunch off. Anyhoo, now you guys know we're heeeeeeeerrrrrreeeeeeee!
FYI, our hours are:
Sunday - Thursday : 11:30 AM - 2 PM / 5 PM - 10 PM
Friday - Saturday : 11:30 AM - 2 PM / 5 PM - 11 PM
OK, I have to go set up the front of the restaurant while Ash preps meat for the day. See you guys soon!
Monday, June 22, 2009
I would like to start off this entry with a big "WOOT WOOT!" for all our friends and family that made time out for our two (2) little shin digs (especially my brother, Ivan,and Alex who drove down from Santa Cruz on Saturday afternoon and drove back up Sunday morning). Also, we'd like to apologize if we weren't able to chit chat too much with everyone who came, we were just so slammed and trying to make sure everyone was fed!
On Friday - June 12th, 2009 AD, our family and a few close friends who couldn't make it out for Saturday, swung by to act as our first set of official guinea pigs! Things were a little chaotic since we were still finishing up construction and cleaning up. We had initially planned on getting people seated at about 7 PM, but that rolled into about 8 PM, ick. It was melee when we first started, because it was the equivalent of having twenty-five (25) customers all sit down at the same time to order. Needless to say, there was a bit of a lag getting everyone their orders, but Ash manhandled the pressure and flung down the plates of meat to our stomach growling guests. Right when we thought everything was going to run smoothly, our induction cookers decided on switching on and off the entire meal, causing much confusion to us, the staff, and our family (we later tested it out and found out that the burners weren't being properly vented and have since cut large vent holes out of our counters. It looks like complete @$$ right now, but Morgan is working with us to brainstorm out some ideas to cover the holes with mesh). As wonky as the night went, it all turned out pretty good in the end. On to Saturday...
Funny as it may sound, we had about five (5) or six (6) times the amount of people on Saturday, and things went a lot smoother! It may have just been jitters on the first night or maybe just the overwhelming amount of people came forced us to get all tunnel vision with the restaurant and servicing our friends. We ended up using a makeshift solution for the cookers by propping up the back with little 1/8" nuts (again, get your mind out of the gutter) to allow for better ventilation. That seemed to do the trick since the burners were on the entire night to accomodate everyone that came in. I'll let the pictures do more of the talking for our little event, but just imagine what happens when beer and sake is flowing for free an entire night. Mayhem *cough STEVE cough CHUNG*.
We've been open now since Thursday - June 18th, 2009 AD, so if you haven't come by yet, SHAME ON YOU, I mean, hope to see you soon!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
So our Irishman has managed to save our buttocks big time - we officially passed all of our inspections on Thursday - June 11th, 2009 AD! After much heartache, affliction, sleepless nights, and holes burning through our stomach linings, Shaun pulled through for us.
Again, I'll let the photos (which are not in the correct order, but give me a break, I'm running on three (3) hours of sleep and its approaching 3 AM again) tell the story for us. Though we've been signed off on for all of our inspections, we still have some loose ends to tie up. So, we will be popping open our doors for the public at 11:30 AM Thursday - June 18th, 2009 AD, so come on by for a visit and let us stuff your mouths silly with food!
We went through a couple of soft openings this past weekend, come say "Hi" to the blog in the next couple of days to check out all the chaos from those nights. We look forward to seeing you soon! Need sleepy...
Monday, June 8, 2009
You guys will have to bear with me, though, as the story is a bit long. Actually, click on the photo below and you'll be bounced over to an album which will delve into more details on just how badly we were put in the tree chipper, but I'll give you a few of the lowlights.
My eyes are feeling droopy, but it may be due to all the epoxy fumes I've been sucking into my poor lungs the last few days (I'll explain that in the next post). Man, I am all over the place today...let me reign myself back into this thing. Let's see, where was I? Ah, ok. So, around the end of March, our Ogre disappeared on us. That's right, he up and abandoned the project - please pick up your jaws from the floor. For those of you who want to know the story, it's pretty crazy, but I don't want to air out someone else's dirty laundry all over the dub dub dub, so you'll have to come in and ask Ash or I =). After the Ogre pulled his best impersonation of Lance Burton on us, Ash and I were sent spiralling into a Twilight Zone state of mind. We ended up going almost two (2) weeks hitting up contractors that we spoke to in the past and some new contractors that were referred over to us. There was literally a parade of contractors coming in and out of our doors for a week straight. All we needed were some flashing lights and furries and we would have been lit up like Disney's Main Street in Costa Mesa.
As the fire flamed out, from the ashes arose...Shaun Gallagher - our little Irish phoenix.
Look out really REALLY soon, cross my heart (my eyes are getting watery just thinking of Pixar's UP - you guys all need to watch this and you'll know what I mean), for an entry on how Shaun has saved our collective rumps in the past month and a half from all of the Ogre's epic failures. Have you realized I can't even speak his name? From this day forward, that who we do not speak of shall now be known as the Ogre.
See you all on the site super soon and at our restaurant soon after that!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The Two (2) Hour Dining Culprits and Photographers
Thursday, January 8, 2009
2) Washing and prepping vegetables. You can't imagine how much potential "food" gets dumped because customers expect the highest and freshest quality plants on their plate. Ash and I have been toying around with a few possible recipes for some stews which we may donate once or twice a week to soup kitchens, the animal shelter, and/or any other organizations that can benefit from perfectly edible, yet offensive looking vegetables.
3) De-veining (*cough* de-shitting) shrimp. It was a mess. When is feces not a mess?
4) Massaging and rubbing giant breasts...of chicken.
Not as Easy as it Looks
God, Look at My Hair. It has Since Been Repaired
This is a very condensed list of what goes on in the back. I never realized just how much work goes into making those little nine (9) inch plates of vegetables look so magical. There is no wizard in the back waving his wand around, just a bunch of very hard working guys who made time melt away with their humor and happy-go-lucky attitude. The crew, for the lack of a better description, really does work like a well-oiled machine. Hi fives go out to Sabino, Ricardo, and Oscar and an "Adios" to Worker X.Check back soon for an update on the divorce of Ash and I in the drama filled sequel to Training Day.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Some...scratch that, most of you have probably picked up a copy of the OC Weekly some time or another to check out new restaurants, upcoming shows, yadda yadda yadda. Some of you might have even hopped on to their site and poked around a bit. My old friend and fellow blogger, Ed Wu, happened to be bouncing around on the OC Weekly food blog and...wait for it...wait for it...came across an entry about us! If you're interested *shaking fist at face* take the leap on over and check it out here:
The blog is pecked out on keyboards practically daily by Edwin and Gustavo. For all of you closeted and outed foodies out there, do yourself a favor and drop on by their blog. There's an ease to their writing, almost as if they were friends telling you about the restaurant they tried last week or ranting about how terrible service was during a night out. Guys, if you're out there and are reading this, slap me at firstname.lastname@example.org, we'd love to extend an invitation for you guys to come out for our grand opening which should be coming up in (oh please oh please) about 3-4 weeks.
A few of you guys know that Ash and I have been putting in some ridiculous hours lately training at Wayne's shop in Fountain Valley. Some of you have swung by to partake on a tasty meal and throw a few back with us while we're out on the floor. One of you even came just to see me hustle and to point and giggle at me (YES YOU, LINDA). We've had a few photos of us snapped while we have been schooled by headmaster Wayne and will post them up for you guys soon!
It's been a rough few weeks, Ash and I are heading out to Mesa tonight for a few drinks. Anyone want to buy me a Kettle Tonic and tell me everything's gonna be all right?