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Last Post For Today

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As usual, I slack at posting for weeks, and suddenly I act all ADD and post multiple posts in one morning - this is the last one for today, picture taken the night before I came back to the U.S. from my vacation in Tokyo and Hakone. Pictures will have to wait a bit, as I am updating my site authoring software right now.

The Best Sushi I Have Ever Eaten In My Life

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Even though I have been going to Japan (every other year or so) since I was 15 I have never been to Tsukiji Fish Market - even though everyone tells me I must go take a look (c'mon - what's the excitement over waking up at 4:00am to go see people buy/sell fish? Especially when you are IN THE WAY of them doing business, while bothering them by taking pictures and walking slowing through their narrow hallways). My brother and I finally made it there, but just a bit late (got there at around 11:00am, when most of the fish stands have already closed for the day). For those who are still interested to check Tsukiji Fish Market out click here.

The REAL reason why I am writing this post is for Sushi Yamasaki. I should note that while I was reading my copy of the March 2008 issue of GQ on the flight to Tokyo I read this article by Alan Richman, who said that the best oo-toro (fatty tuna) in Japan is found at Sushi Dai at the Tsukiji Market. I told my brother about the article and we decided to go check it out...

When we walked to Sushi Dai we instantly noticed a stupid-as-heck line that is longer than a Hanna Montana concert pre-sale ticket line. While we stood in line I realized that almost everyone in line was a tourist - Korean, Chinese, American (one even had the issue of GQ in hand), and Japanese tourists from out-of-town - everyone had a copy of some tourist guide... that's when I realized that SUSHI DAI IS NOT WORTH WAITING AN HOUR FOR, and got out of the queue...

With my newfound task of finding an alternate restaurant, I had one criterion - the LOCALS MUST LOVE IT - I didn't travel thousands of miles just to eat at a tourist trap! We did a full circle around Tsukiji only to come back to Sushi Dai, but noticed a Tsukiji employee (they have uniforms and badges) taking some suit-wearing men into a smaller restaurant next door called Sushi Yamasaki (やまさき) - this only meant ONE THING - not only is this place good enough for the local fish market employees, it is also good enough to bring *their* clients to! Once we realized that we queued up in line (3 people in front of us instead of the 40+ at Sushi Dai) and I HAD THE BEST CHU-TORO (medium-fatty tuna) AND UNI (sea urchin) I HAVE HAD IN MY LIFE SO FAR.

For those who would like to check Yamasaki out - here is the address of Sushi Dai - just go there and walk next door ;) Although they have set menus (good for those who don't speak Japanese), I would recommend finding a friend who can translate and order a la carte. You won't regret it.

Guadalajara, Mexico

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This year our company sales meeting became "International", as we invited our counterparts from Japan, Germany, and South America to Guadalajara, Mexico to share ideas on how to push our company to the next level (and do some R&R together). After three days of non-stop meetings, we took an excursion to Jose Cuervo's Distillery in Jalisco. This picture was taken right after our tour, with Motonori Nagai, director of CGS Japan.

Big Bear Snowboarding

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Forgot to post this picture, taken in January when some friends and I boarded at Snow Summit in Big Bear Lake - I've been there once more since then - it's only 2-hours away from L.A. so it makes an easy weekend trip! I hope to go again before the season ends... With the warm weather in L.A. the past week that could be very soon - bummer because I just bought myself a brand new Burton Custom board and new bindings!

Finally - as the season is coming to an end - I have to give props to Sierra Snowboard for the awesome discounts, as well as Whiskey Militia for their daily fill for my gear-shopping-addiction.


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