“There’s Cafe Hiro, if you look inside your heart,

You don’t have to be afraid of what you are.
There’s an answer, if you reach into your soul…”
LOL! Had to throw that in..

In Cypress, in another small strip plaza lies a restaurant that serves a blend of different types of food. Serving an eclectic range of cuisines,from French to Italian to Chinese, all with touches of the chef’s Japanese roots. A modern style of cooking, it is a fusion of European and Asian influences. By using ingredients from your native country or with food that you grew up eating, the chef was able to create a diverse menu of dishes that left me wanting to come back and try other new dishes.

$50 per person was spent including some beer for 2 people, but i am sure you can get out of there much cheaper. The group of friends i tend to eat with usually orders way more than the average person.

Hope you try it.
Enough BS writing and on with the pictures.


Fried Jidori Chicken

Beef Tataki

Uni Risotto

Osso Bucco

Tonkatsu with Homemade Curry (this ain’t no House brand curry!)

Ume Shiso Pasta

Spinach Bacon Pasta

Miso Black Cod

Banana & Filo Dough

Panna Cotta

Cafe Hiro
10509 Valley View St.
Cypress, CA 90630
(714) 527-6090

Artist Profile: Dj Shakee

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Before photography was my passion, Dj’ing was my full time obsession. I became part of a local Monterey Park DJ crew called Livitup Productions in 1996. The crew’s member at the time was James “Hey Mesa” Woo, Alex “Dj Rewind” Sarrio & Jordan ” Dj Shakee” Abrantes. My first ever gig was this Filipino debut banquet I helped on. Jordan literally gave me my first break at this event. That night was my first ever “premiere” spinning for some kids. I don’t even think I got paid but I didn’t care, I was spinning!

I have since turned in my headphones and started my new venture in photography. Dj Shakee though, is still belting out tunes on the wheels of steel at clubs, lounges or at the Livitup “Lab” where thousands of vinyl he and all former members collectively accumulated over the past 18 years are neatly organized.

Here is a recent interview I did with this Dj vet.

Vushots: When did u start Djing?
Shakee: 1991 with Livitup Productions.

Vushots: Whats the first record you ever bought?
Shakee: First record owned was a Disney record from when I was about 3 years old. First record bought
with my own money was either Feels Good by Tony Toni Tone, or Miss You
Much by Janet Jackson. Not really sure.

Vushots: What was the most memorable event you spun at?
Shakee: There’s a lot of those. Its probably a tie between the 90s Reunion show at the
Inglewood Forum, and the Hancock Wrap party at the Sony studios.
The 90s reunion show was cool, cause I got to DJ at the Forum and that
is where I saw one of my first concerts. Also, the crowd was going
nuts for every record I dropped. The whole place was doing the dance
when I dropped the Bird by Morris Day and The Time. The first person
to give me props on a good set was my friend Ivan. That was the last
time I saw him alive, cause he passed away in a car accident a few
months later.

The Hancock party was awesome, cause I got to open for DJ Jazzy Jeff,
and Doug E Fresh. At one point I was even on stage with Will Smith.
There was a big stage, and each DJ had his own set up. Spotlights and
the whole nine.

Vushots: What are you current projects?
Shakee: I always have a mixtape/CD idea in
mind. Its just a matter of sitting down to do it. Also getting more
in video DJing. And I have some friends who have a singing group. I
have a track with them that we’re in the middle of working on.

Vushots: What is your dream set list(name 5)
Shakee: That definitely varies…
Michael Jackson – Rock With You
De La Soul – Keepin The Faith
Prince – Erotic City
Run DMC – Peter Piper
New Edition – Cool It Now

Jordan is also video editor and has done some work for various online magazines such as TurntableLife.com . You can find some of Shakee’s free mixes on his website and blog DjShakee.com .

Sittin’ at The Park on a Sunday afternoon…

actually it was a friday night. (but it made for a good title from an old skool LSOB song. HA!)
Enjoyed a great meal here and you can’t beat the price of $20 for their Friday Supper Club. A meal that includes an appetizer, an entree and a small dessert. A small place where you won’t need a reservation and where their menu will surprise with a variation of flavors using seasonal ingredients.
I will definitely come back for a price like this, it cant be beat with the caliber of food that they serve.

Drive slow on Sunset because you might just miss it. There is no parking lot so you will have to find street parking and watch out for the weekends, it also gets crowded.

Wednesdays is also $5 burger night, which makes it the perfect price for a poor broke-ass like me.

the water.

the butter poached lobster.

the eggplant involtini

the szechuan calamari

the pan seared duck breast

the Park burger

The Park
1400 Sunset Blvd
Echo Park, CA


Angel’s Point / Elysian Park – Monsieur Egg Brunch

A great day to be out in the sun, driving up the windy road that leads to Angels point in Elysian park i am reminded why I love L.A.

The wife and I got to eat some delicious breakfast fare here with a bunch of other people who were able to find the place and make it to the brunch. I would have loved to mingle and talk with everyone, but without some liquid courage my anti-social personality ruled the day.

I was also a considerate anti social douchebag since M.Egg was offering seconds and i turned it down even though i wanted to eat more. Other people were still waiting for their meal, i should have waited and got my seconds. Damn!

anyway some crappy pics by me:

A hazy sunday, Downtown L.A. could have looked a little better on a clear day. I would have wanted a better picture than this.

Thanks for the great food, great time and great location Monsieur Egg – Jaime Turrey

Bacon, perfect runny scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, homemade croissants and scones. (shade and shadows in pics…my bad)
Crabby crab cakes! Que?