Rob's RC Hobbies

I have been playing around with helium balloons and my Gopro so that I can get into the world of aerial photography. Filling up balloons and attaching my GoPro to the is one way to get up in the air but it makes for very poor video. I realized that I was going to need to go with my original plan of learning how to fly a quadcopter that can actually carry a GoPro that can go up really high and not be effected by the wind and other conditions.

I was at the Golden West Swap Meet when it hit me. I have to go to a hobby shop. After a quick search of the internet, I found that Rob’s RC Hobbies was right there so I went inside. I felt pretty overwhelmed when I walked in because there are so many cool toys. I went straight for the helicopter section and started check that stuff out. Michelle was behind the counter and I told her what I wanted to do and she shared her thoughts with me.

Basically she suggested that I start with a basic helicopter that has three rotors, then go to one that has just the two and then go to the quad copters. Of course I wanted a quad copter so I asked her to point me in the direction of a nice entry level one. The Heli-Max 1SQ has a camera in it as well which really ended up being terrible but I have been flying it for 5 days now and I am getting pretty good at it.

After I play around with this for another week or so I will go back and get something a lot bigger that can carry a go pro. Rob’s staff is knowledgeable and friendly and I walked out with the perfect training quad copter.

Written by Louie Baur

Thai Talay

I went to Thai Talay for the first time last night and I popped on over there with a party of 6 from a small convention that was going on at the Marina Del Rey Marriott.

Four of us drove in one car and two in the other. The four of us arrived first and we were starving so we ordered some appetizers. Here are the things we ordered to get us started.

Chicken Satay – Served with peanut sauce and cucumber salad dressing
Tuna Tartare – Finely diced tuna toss with spicy and sour sauce
Dumpling Delight – Homemade dumpling loaded with chicken, shrimp and crabmeat

We gobbled that stuff up as fast as it came out. My favorite thing was probably the Chicken Satay, I really loved the peanut sauce that they use!

The remaining two people found their way to the table and then it was time for the main course. I went with the Surf & Turf Fried Rice which is Rice, filet mignon, shrimp, bell pepper, and cashew nut topped on yellow rice. To be honest the only thing I really enjoyed was the steak part of it. I didn’t really enjoy the rest of the dish to much but like I said, I was pretty starving so that worked.

The ambiance in the restaurant was mellow and the server was very nice and didn’t screw up our order even thought one member in our party was very picky about the way he ordered up his dish. I would be willing to go back and try a different dish because I think it was just that yellow rice that I didn’t like all that much.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

I like five guys burgers and fries and this is my second trip but the first one to this particular location. They have a very straightforward approach to ordering and I thought they communicated well with me.

I got a very good burger and yes I would have to say that this burger was better than the ones I get at In and Out. There are a lot of folks that compare the two but two me there is no comparison.

Hartley Medical Building

The Hartley Medical building is a building that has quite an importance to the people of Long Beach. The building is located right off the 710 freeway on Victoria street. The building itself is a standard box shaped building that has many stories of medical offices located inside. The building is dark brown and the surrounding area has plenty of parking.

I visited it at night which made the building much better looking being all lit up and much more attractive. The Hartley medical building is not a landmark in Long Beach but is a go to choice for many long beach citizens who need medical care. The surrounding area is not that great and is located just south of Jordan High School.

Beverly Hills Porsche

I was invited by a friend of mine to attend the Social Media Club La meeting which was held at Beverly Hills Porsche last night. I was there mainly because Liz Strauss was speaking and I think she rocks and I wanted to hear what she had to say but I also wanted to catch up with some friends and meet some new people.

One of the first things that struck me about this event was the fact that it was at a kick ass Porsche dealership in Beverly Hills. Like they moved some cars out of the way and put some seats in there and they where really behind this project. This struck me as kind of odd because I know a few car dealers that get Social Media but that is just a few out of thousands.

So I started walking around the parking lot and taking artsy fartsy pictures of all the nice Porsche’s that they had out in the parking lot and in the showroom and I started posting them to Instagram. I mean what else do you do when you are in the Carporn business?

After I got some pictures and tweets going I noticed that there was a sign sitting there on the dealership floor that was encouraging people to take pictures and put them on Instagram and there were hashtags and the twitter address of the dealership. So simple but yet so hard for people to grasp. Have super high end cars, encourage people to come in and take pictures of them and then broadcast those pictures out to the world. This is genios. I personally love taking pictures of awesome cars but I have never had the urge to roll up onto a Mercedess Benz dealership and start taking pictures of their cars because I know a salesperson will come out and start sweating me to buy a car or they will tell me to beat it. Actually today I am going to head down to Long Beach Mercedes Benz and try exactly what I was doing last night and I will let you know how that goes.

I am left scratching my head until Jay Huffschmidt the Director of Marketing grabs the microphone and starts talking about what they have going on there. Wow that was mind blowing in itself I almost had a tear in my eye. Hot cars and pictures is such a no brainer and I finally walked into a dealership that feels the same way.

Anyway Liz came on shortly after and I really enjoy listening to what she had to say. She is a wonderful story teller and I got into an exchange with her about her long boots that was absolutely hilarious and I really want to see some footage of that. Perhaps Todd Zebert @ToddZebert will show it to me once he gets it edited:) Anyway Liz had some really awesome things to say but here are a few of my favorite quotes from the night.

Build your network before you need it. Start with the people that love you. ~ @lizstrauss #smcla

Celebrate your heros. They will make you a better person. ~ @lizstrauss #smcla

I was able to laugh with Liz and spend some good quality time with her after the event was over and we got to talking a bit. The first time I met Liz was at SXSW at an Empire Avenue meet up earlier this year in Austin, Texas and I liked her then. Now that I got to know her a little more I love her. She is the kind of person that wants to help you be a better person. Those types of people are hard to find!! Love ya Liz! @lizstrauss

Kohls

Kohls is a classic low end department store. The few times I have been to Kohl’s I was greeted by not too happy employees but hey at least I was greated and the selection there was decent. I have to admit that they have unbelievably cheap prices on everything. I decided to pick up some blank white t-shirts at the Kohl’s located on Carson in Lakewood.

There was plenty of parking on a Wednesday afternoon when I went for a visit. Upon entering I smelled the classic department store rubber and polyester smell filled my nostrils. The place was surprisingly clean and had very clean floors. While it wasn’t Nordstrom’s it still held its own in affordable selection and somewhat new and trendy clothes. I checked out with a really talkative and unique cashier and I was on my way. Not much to say about this place, but if you want some essential clothing like socks , shoes, or t-shirts give Kohl’s a look, you will probably find a unbelievable deal. Kohl’s can definitely hold its own in the mid range department store rankings.

MVP's Grill & Patio

MVPS has always been a powerhouse in the burger and sandwich game of the greater long beach area. With names like Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, and Sandy Koufax as their sandwiches and burgers you know they are a homerun. MVPS is located on 4th street just past Grand. Parking can be absolutely horrendous but believe me once you take a bite of these burgers, its worth it. I came here with two buddies and we both unamiously ordered the same thing The Duke burger with spicy Cajun fries. This place doesn’t take cards so remember to bring cash!

After about ten minutes we ordered our food and just about cried it looked so delicious. The burger was piled high with pineapple, bacon, avocado, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and dressing. The first bite was pure heaven. The pineapple and burger were very juicy and bacon was crisp and not overcooked.

Mar’sel

Holy pork cheeks Batman! We are not ones who do “fine dining” very often but after our experience at Mar’sel, we might be heading down that road more often. Located in the Terranea resort, Mar’sel offers locally sourced food and breathtaking views of the Pacific ocean. We were told to make a reservation as the place is pretty popular around these parts and we were glad that we did. We managed to get a late dinner reservation and landed the best seat in the house with a front and center view of the ocean. After having our napkins placed expertly on our laps for us, we ordered drinks and checked out the menu. The menu was pretty impressive but given the late hour of our reservation we decided to settle on starters for a main course to keep it light.

My wife ordered the slow braised Idaho pork cheek that came with mushroom barley risotto, a poached egg and black truffle butter. I got the little gem lettuce salad which came with avocado, bacon and heirloom tomatoes. The pork cheek was fall-apart tender and the poached eggs added a creamy deliciousness to the dish. The salad was so fresh and light, you could tell that the ingredients were freshly picked. Some friends joined us later on and we shared the brown butter blueberry crisp and vanilla ice cream with salted caramel sauce for dessert. The blueberry crisp was warm and rich but not overly sweet. The salted caramel sauce was probably my favorite thing on the table, I just wanted to put a straw in it and drink it! We had bought a pre-made smores kit earlier in the day and brought it along with us to dinner in case we found a fire pit, and lucky for us, Mar’sel happened to have one. We ended our evening sitting in the big comfy chair around the fire pit roasting marshmallows and catching up with friends. A memorable evening to say the least! Make sure and say hi to Chef Michael Fiorelli and General Manager Neil Hedin. They are both very nice and are interested in your feedback.

Catalina Kitchen

The wife and I are staying at Terranea (which is a beautiful resort in Rancho Palos Verde) for the weekend. Our first morning here was started off right with breakfast at Catalina Kitchen. Catalina Kitchen is located on the second floor of Terranea and is right next to the family pool with views of the ocean from any of the outdoor seats. We were seated right away and made a beeline for the buffet. The buffet here is unbelievable!! I have been to a lot of buffets in my life but never have I seen one like this. The selection is endless, including a carved meat station (what? for breakfast? okay!), a bakery selection and an omelette station. I went for the eggs benedict (yep, also part of the buffet), sausage, bacon, potatoes and waffles to die for. I went back for waffles twice, they were that good!

 

The staff here is super friendly and made sure that our drinks were refilled, they also replaced our silverware every time they cleared a plate off of our table, which is pretty damn impressive! Overall a great way to start our weekend, we’ll definitely be back tomorrow for more!