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Here’s some stuff from the week of 7/27-8/.2 that I found to be interesting and dope. Take your time to read ’em because it is Sunday and it’s Monday tomorrow. wah.

  • A taste of the Philippines. Profile piece with a Filipino American chef in SD. YO. It’s our year right? (SDU-T)
  • Turns Out, Almond Milk Has No Almonds In It. The milk contains less than 2% of almonds. BRAH, WTF. (Yahoo/Thrillist)
  • Michael Ruhlman’s Pasta with Tomato Water, Basil, and Garlic. The recipe is basic and looks promising to make with my CSA box. (Food52)
  • Traditional or Not, There’s Technique at the Heart of Teriyaki Burgers. I low-key beef with this recipe because Kua Aina burger kills it with their Teriyaki burger. But the recipe calls for togarashi…interesting. (Seriouseats)
  • To Shed Pounds, Going Vegetarian Or Vegan May Help. There’s more reason to do that Meatless Monday yall. (NPR: The Salt)
  • Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops. There is a reason why avocados are expensive and also why North County stepping up their wine game. (NPR: The Salt)
  • Cold Brew Wasn’t Invented Yesterday, So Here’s Some Historical Perspective. It’s hot and you’re going to be tired. There’s historical perspective of the “season’s latest trend”. (Daily Coffee News)
  • Dead Salmon, climate change and Northwest dams. WE’RE KILLING OUR SALMON SUPPLY. (Seattle Times)

LAZY SUNDAYS: A Weekly Blog Roundup

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Here’s some stuff I didn’t write but I think is hella dope. Take your time to read ’em because it is Sunday fam.

  • The Specialists: Franklin Barbecue. Good Texas BBQ takes time and dedication. I’m not waking up at 1am to write this blog. (Lucky Peach)
  • How The West Coast-Style IPA Conquered The World. YO. WEST COAST IPA INTERNATIONAL LIKE DR DRE AND SNOOP. (FirstWeFeast)
  • Food & Sh*t– Sariwa. Seattle Filipino food popup, Food & Sh*t, is hosting a vegan dinner tomorrow night because KRS-ONE. (Food&Sh*t)
  • Making Pies For Pi Day: Think Inside The Circle. Pi Day is over. I’ve had enough of the food porn. But NPR wants your Pi(e) game to step up. (NPR)
  • It’s Time to Kill the Meal Frequency Debate and Just Eat When We’re Hungry. Too many people talking about how many meals to eat. You’re an adult, make choices fam. (Munchies)
  • Phil’s BBQ Expands Meat Empire to Rancho Bernardo. PHILS BBQ BOUT TO TAKE NAMES IN RB. (Eater San Diego)
  • Carl’s Jr.’s New All-Natural Burger Makes The Rest Of Their Menu Look Toxic. What’s the point of having one item that’s “all natural” when the rest of the menu is crap? (Foodbeast)

Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself

Yo. It’s been awhile and I’ve been writing for a year+ now. I’m participating in this month’s WordPress Blogging 101 to help me jumpstart my blogging again. I’ve slacked off and I want to get back on the personal and insert myself into the conversation on food/beer/coffee/whatever consumable.

My first post here summed up what I wanted to do here– write unforgivingly. That was 2013. I’ve written a few things here and there through 2014, but not at the consistency that I initially wanted. I want to do more with this blog but at the moment I am hitting a block and haven’t gotten to working on cranking out posts for this blog.

Long story short– I wasn’t giving any fucks…about this blog. My fucks were given somewhere else in 2014. That’s life, but I still want to up you on what I eat, the blown up spots in SD, and what new breweries have my attention.

So it’s back to the core of this site’s mission– to not give a fuck.

Whose Blog is This?

Thanks for dropping by. I’m Erwin Mendoza, a freelancer who does a lot of different things that co-relate.

My food game weak, I’ve suggested to my homies to write a blog. Wattup coolkids, talk about what you that phở spot you keep secret or that off-Convoy KBBQ spot. I consciously decided to stay away from food blogging because it’s all the same to me– fucking noise. Of course I have blogs I keep tabs on, but no immediate need for me to add more noise.

Then Eddie Huang’s Fresh off the Boat came out.

I swear to you I heard Nas’ The World is Yours off Illmatic while breezing through his book. Not only because of the hip-hop and NY connect, but his stories were similar to my kick game, parental disapproval of friends, and ideology when it comes to collegiate Asian organizations. Mainly his voice was my voice, hashtags and all. Eddie Huang spoke how he wrote and vice versa.

That has been my approach to any kind of writing since signing into blogger ’01.

Okay I should really start a food blog. Eddie’s made a living just being himself, even with his ethos (law degree, chef, media personality). I think it’s time I get over my anxieties and just write.

So after contemplating over a month from those tweets, I do have a goal and focus: to not give a fuck. Giving a fuck is nice when it’s focused like social justice, but it’s a distraction when you’re trying to push your sensibilities. This is me writing about food, sharing my spots, blowing up yours, and (home) cook life.

Let’s get that Vice money.

– ½ filipino ½ dope