This past Sunday I headed West over into Hiroshima for a small event with my guys from Kameoka. Masa and I hopped into the Toppo and started the 3 hour drive:

It also worked out well since we had to leave around 6am….I was able to catch up on sleep in the back using a beanbag:

Misaki in his Carina also made the trip up with us. Mad tucking 14″ like nothing:

Once we got to the event (Syarinmura) we found a decent number of notable cars despite the small size. Like this Corolla wagon:

This Datsun 510 on old style equip 01:

There were also a good number of bikes. This custom Harley using a rear 330/30-17 on air with full digital cluster would be decent to roll around on:

Or even this scooter using a modified hub on a 4-lug 10″ SSR MK2 originally intended for a Mini Cooper:

Without question however, best car of the show was this 1976 Mitsubishi Galant on air. Longchamps for the win:

And lets not forget, there were a good number of trucks around as well. These two caught my eye. The black one on Hayashi would make for a fun daily no doubt:

And of course, the return home must include some fine foods and drinks. This night was a stop for some Horumon Yakisoba, a famous dish in the Hiroshima area.

Big Spendin’

I decided to take Mayu out for her birthday…like 2 months late. I’m not a total jerk, there were just things that kept getting in the way of our plans. Mainly me only being in Japan for about 2 weeks out of the last 2 months. But anyway. I decided to take her out to one of the highest rated, most popular Italian places here in Kyoto, Lista Giorgio Pinchiorri. Being in the Pontocho area of Kyoto, it has an awesome view of the Kamo river… well as the pricetag that goes along with that. We started with a nice glass of white wine, the brand of which I sadly do not recall. But went well with the small snack you see there next to my glass, while we went over the menu.

After we ordered, while we waited, were were given this small plate of goodies. On the left is a cherry tomato wrapped in a white pasta in some sorta delish sauce. The cube in the middle is a chocolate coated bit of foie gras that despite my somewhat iffy thoughts on the stuff, turned out to be amazing. And on the right was a pea souffle that I wish I had gotten more of:

We decided to stay away from the courses, and just split some dishes to get a better taste of what they had to offer. We started with an appetizer, warm asparagus & clam salad with a topping of melted parmesan cheese. The clam I thought would put me off, but the taste was quite subtle and the cheese was awesome.

Next up came the pasta, this fine dish was a pasta alla Chitarra with veal shank in a ragu sauce. The pasta was cooked so perfectly, and the veal too was super tender and made for some of the best pasta I think I’ve ever had.

The fish plate popped out next. This was a good cut of white fish with a basil puree and black olive sauce along with rockfish clams and mussels. Not a huge fan of clams and such, but the sauce for this was delish, and I ended up using as a dip for the bread at the table.

Then was onto the main dish. Black wagyu fillet with mini eruca and macadamia nut salad. I have no qualms in saying that this was the best cut of meat I have ever had. So tender, it virtually melted like butter. Although the pictures shows otherwise, there was actually a good portion there, and I made sure to take my time. I’d almost go back just to order this dish alone. I may have issues going to $20 all your can eat bbq after this….

Fishing up the meal, was this variety of strawberry dolce. The jello looking deal of the left and the sorbet on the right were fantastic. And that says happy birthday in Italian btw.

And as if we weren’t already overly full, they also brought out this assortment of candies and sweets. That handmade caramel thing in paper was possible my favorite. The orange slice dipped in dark chocolate maybe? Not sure, but all of them where good.

And you have to end with a nice tiny glass of espresso:

And a shot of the bday girl and myself.

Fat Low & Slow

Super nice bug from a fellow in Oslo, the color and steel wheels are perfect.

Super nice install of the air stuffs up front. For the whole build, check out the thread at VW Norge

Origin new stuffs

Seems like Origin is jumping on the GT styled aero now as well, with their new Origin Racing line. I’d have to say I think this looks decent on the 180 though. Better than I thought it would look, thats for sure. Looking forward to other chassis versions in the near future:

Interested? Be sure to ring up the fine gentlemen at Origin USA

I’m no Evo guy but

Stance/TF Works’ ’10 RL Time Attack entry is looking damn fine in my books. Let it run like wind boys! Best of luck to the team for the rest of the season!

Kyoto from above

Riding out enthusiasm from our climb of Diamond Head in Hawaii, Mayu and I decided to climb the Daimonji here in Kyoto this past weekend. Daimonji proved to be a bit more of a pain to climb, but well worth the view of Kyoto:

I tried to do that whole panoramic thing, but I failed to line it up correctly…oh well.

It’s spring in Kyoto

and I’m back in Japan and finally caught up with work and other things

Time to get back on this blog!

Where I’ve been

In a place called paradise….