Street Couture + Sports = UNDEFEATED Inc.

Love street couture? Love sports? If you answered yes to both, then UNDEFEATED is for you! UNDEFEATED makes great clothes that are influenced by the world of sports. Weather it be basketball, baseball, football, hockey, skateboarding, etc., Undefeated is into it too.

Last week I went to their new store that just opened in San Francisco. For those of you that are up on street couture, their location is the old HUF on Hayes. It was sad to see HUF close its brick and mortars in SF, But UNDEFEATED fills the gap nicely! I’ll tell you what, the store is sleek! On the wall where the sneakers are displayed, they have a huge mural with some of sports greats (you can see a little bit in the slideshow). This is a great new location! Now that they are in Northern California, I don’t have to travel to get my UNDEFEATED fix.

If you’ve never been to UNDEFEATED, you have to go check them out. The storefront in Vegas is always a stop for me when I’m in the Sin City (located across the street from the Hard Rock). Welcome to Northern California UNDEFEATED Inc.!

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Most photos courtesy of UNDEFEATED INC.

Brand Vitals

Website: www.undefeated.com

Twitter: @UNDEFEATEDinc@UNDFTDLV

Facebook: UNDEFEATED INC.

Locations:

California

112.5 South La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA. 90036
(323) 937-6077

3827 West Sunset Blvd # F
Los Angeles, CA 90026-1594
(323) 668-1315

2654 Main St # B,
Santa Monica, CA
(310) 399-4195 ‎

516 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA. 94102
(415) 437-2800

Nevada

4480 Paradise Rd # 400
Las Vegas, NV 89169-6535
(702) 732-0019

Japan

2-9-2 Gofuku-cho Aoi-ku
Shizuoka JP 420-0031
03-5772-2680

2F HOUSETON B.L.D.G 4-28-2 Jingumae Shibuya-ku
Tokyo JP 150 0001
+81 3-5772-2680 ‎

As Fresh as Breakfast Can Get: Bette’s Oceanview Diner

My Mother and my Sister had been bugging me to try this place in Berkeley called Bette’s Oceanview Diner for quite some time. Well, I finally made it out there this past weekend, and boy was it great! I’m upset with myself for taking so long to try it out. But now I know!

I tried the Maryland Breakfast, which is house made corned beef and hash, with poached eggs, and your choice of muffin, toast, or a scone. It was delicious! The best hash I’ve ever had (no exaggeration here)! The poached egg was on top, so when you cut into it, the yolk just oozed through the hash. Oh My Goodness! I ordered a fantastic cranberry and orange scone to go with it. I also tried a few bites of their pancake souffle too. It’s a pancake that is made with beaten egg whites and cooked in the oven. It is the lightest pancake to grace the face of this planet! Probably the coolest thing about this place is that the fruit and vegetables are grown by the owners themselves, Bette and Manfred Kroening, on their farm in Sebastopol, California.

The service is friendly and quick. You’ll probably have to wait a little bit to get seated, but that’s how all the greatest restaurants are. Don’t worry though, because you’ll be entertained by the host, Manfred Kroening, the owner himself. He is hilarious! His humor is well worth the wait. Our server was great too. My coffee and water were filled to the brim the entire time.

They also sell muffin, pancake, and scone mixes to go. So, you can have a little taste of Bette’s at home. This diner is a must! When you’re on your way to the bay area, or if you live there, stop by and grab a bite. It will become one of your favorite places to eat instantly!

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Photos courtesy of Bette’s Oceanview Diner

Diner Vitals

Website: www.bettesdiner.com

Twitter: @Bettesdiner

Facebook: Bette’s Oceanview Diner

Address: 1807 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

Phone: (510) 644-3230

Hours of Operation: Mon – Fri:6:30 am-2:30 pm, Sat – Sun:6:30 am-4:00 pm

 

California Culture: The Hundreds

I’ve been waiting to post this for a while! This is my favorite clothing brand hands down! Not that I don’t like or wear other brands, but The Hundreds is the shit!

Every single season they release quality garments that put across many messages representing me and where I have come from. It’s California culture! Growing up in California, I have traveled to all four borders of the state. I love the west coast! You can tell that The Hundreds feels the same way!

This past weekend, I took a trip to San Francisco to visit one of their storefronts (they have four total: Los Angeles, Santa Monica, New York, and San Francisco). It’s such a great shop. The design of the shop is a architectural ode to the cave from The Goonies. It’s lined with skull infused black rocks and the floor is black concrete that has been clear coated so that it looks like water. They even have the HUGE skull shaped rock on the back wall of the shop. Their main logo is a bomb character that goes by the name Adam Bomb. The shop is small, so it’s kind of easy to miss, but the TH crew put an Adam Bomb sign peeking out from above the shop’s door (check it in the slide show below). Also, since their symbol is Adam, the front door of the shop is an actual bomb proof door! Such a unique concept! The Hundreds attention to detail is unparalleled. You have to check it out for yourself.

Their clothing is fantastic! Quality shirts, jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts, hats, denim, eyeware, accessories, and shoes. Their shoes are named after famous Los Angeles athletes and their denim pieces are named after streets in LA (The Hundreds started in LA). Everything they make is infused with California in some way or another. Click on the links that I’ve posted to check out their full line-up.

The co-founders of this brand, Bobby Hundreds and Ben Hundreds, are doing things right! I’ve been wearing The Hundreds for about seven years now and it just gets better with every season that passes. Keep it up TH crew! I’ll be rocking this brand even when I’m an old ass man!

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Last photo courtesy of The Hundreds

Brand Vitals

Website: http://thehundreds.com

Twitter: @thehundreds, @THSkate, @bobbyhundreds, @benhundreds

Facebook: THE HUNDREDS

Locations:

The Hundreds Los Angeles
7909 Rosewood Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 807-1754
thla@thehundreds.com

The Hundreds San Francisco
585 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 817-9912
thsf@thehundreds.com

The Hundreds New York
96 Grand St.
New York, NY 10013
(646) 558-3114
thny@thehundreds.com

The Hundreds Santa Monica
416 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(424) 268-3905
thsm@thehundreds.com

Delicious Mobile Food in Sacramento: Mini Burger Truck

Think of one of your favorite restaurants. Now think about how great it would be if that restaurant could come to you. Sounds amazing, right? Well the Mini Burger Truck is just that. Fantastic food on four wheels!

You’ve probably seen the Food Network’s show The Great Food Truck Race. But, what you probably didn’t know is that the Mini Burger Truck is a possible contender for the next season. I’ll tell you what, they deserve to be on that show!

Their menu is simple, but perfect. They have four regular burgers that they serve plus a special. The four regulars are the OG (what the name implies, original gangster, or maybe goodness in this case), Da’ Philly (grilled mushrooms and onions, provolone cheese, and roasted red pepper aioli), Cowbell (bacon, pepper jack cheese, grilled onions, and BBQ sauce), and my favorite, The Ninja (Asian slaw, pea shoots, lotus chip, and sriracha aioli). They also offer fries, sweet potato tots, a great selection of refreshments, and organic cotton candy for your sweet tooth. A 2 pack of burgers is $6 and a 3 pack is $8, mix and match.

How do you know where the Mini Burger Truck is going to be serving up tastiness? Check their twitter! They’re all over social media, making them very easy to locate. So give them a follow, find out where they’re going to be posted up, and try it out for yourself. No disappointments here!

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Photos courtesy of Mini Burger Truck

Truck Vitals

Website: www.miniburgertruck.com

Twitter: @MiniBurgerTruck

Facebook: Mini Burger

Custom Fixed Gear Bicycles by Mission Bicycle in San Francisco

The staff here at Mission Bicycle will craft you the bicycle of your dreams! Full customization! Their bread and butter is fixed gears, but now they offer all the way up to an 8 speed internal geared hub. The options are endless!

They offer parts from proven manufacturers to upgrade your bicycle in any way you want. They carry Brooks Saddles, Vittoria Rubino tires, Thomson Elite stems, Chris King headsets, and Sugino cranksets to name a few. Also, their shop has a plethora of accessories to go on or with your bike. Tire pumps, patches, stickers, locks, clothing, etc.

The staff here is very helpful. I purchased a fixed gear from them in 2008, and throughout the process of them constructing my bicycle, they kept me in the know about everything that was going on. Their mission statement is:

To those cycling our streets: We salute you. You are the vanguard, reinventing how we commute through American cities. You inspired us to start this company.

Mission Bicycles are made of steel, weigh less than twenty pounds, and are built to last a lifetime. Each one is custom built, part by part, in San Francisco, California.

We will build you the bicycle of your dreams.

Signed,
Mission Bicycle Company

Go to their website or storefront and mess around with the customization process. Once you do, I guarantee that you will purchase one soon after!

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Photos courtesy of Mission Bicycle

Mission Bicycle from Karen Abad on Vimeo.

Shop Vitals

Address: 766 Valencia Street, San Francisco, California 94110

Phone: (415)683-6166

E-Mail: info@missionbicycle.com

Website: www.missionbicycle.com

Twitter: @mission_bicycle

Facebook: Mission Bicycle

The Brooklyn Circus: Taking Men’s Fashion to the Previous Level

Founder of BKc, Ouigi Theodore, has created something fantastic in the fashion industry! He has gone forward with fashion by looking back at it. This retro-sexual brand has taken influence from classic designing techniques and pushed them full force into the world we live in today.

BKc makes shirts, jackets, cardigans, pants, hats, and accessories. Everything you need in your arsenal to look fresh. These pieces of clothing are made here on the wonderful shores of the United States of America. A true American brand! The Brooklyn Circus has flagship storefronts in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco.

One thing that I think this brand does well is the meshing of classic clothing with technology. It’s 2011 folks, and if you’re a small business, you absolutely need to fully utilize the technology at hand! BKc has an online shop and they are also using social media to it’s fullest potential. Keep it up fellas!

Gentlemen, you need to check this brand out. If you’re a lady, make your man’s next gift something from BKc because I know you want him to look fly!

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Photos courtesy of The Brooklyn Circus

Video courtesy of TheForecastDotTV

Brand Vitals

The Brooklyn Circus NYc
Address: 150 Nevins St., Brooklyn, NY 11217

Phone: (718) 858-0919

Hours of Operation: Closed Monday, Tuesday-Sunday 12:00PM-7:00PM

The Brooklyn Circus SF
Address: 1521 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94115

Phone: (415) 359-1999

Hours of Operation: Closed Monday, Tuesday-Saturday 12:00PM-7:00PM, Sunday 12:00PM-6:00PM

Website: The Brooklyn Circus

Twitter: @TheBKcircus, @TheBKcircusSF

Ladies Handmade Jewelry by AVGVSTA & AVGVSTVS

This one is for all the classy ladies out there! This new company AVGVSTA & AVGVSTVS (pronounced Augusta and Augustus) is ran by two creative minded sisters named Julia and Samantha Vaughn. The Vaughn sisters have traveled to many places over seas, but now their home base is Southern California.

These pieces of wearable art go far beyond gorgeous! If you’re a lady looking to make a statement and a lasting impression, you will be able to do it with any piece from their collection. The AVGVSTA & AVGVSTVS shop just recently launched and at the moment they are offering eight necklaces ranging from $325 to $525.

The inspiration for their jewelry collection comes from their experiences over seas and also Julia’s husbands passion for restoring classic motorcycles (check the video down below). When describing what AVGVSTA & AVGVSTVS is all about they said it best by stating, “With a mixture of past and present, destruction and creation, imagination and the dull reality, Avgvsta & Avgvstvs is a brand to awaken your long lost childhood royalty.”

Don’t sleep!

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Featured shots staged by Tina Yang, courtesy of AVGVSTA & AVGVSTVS

AVGVSTA & AVGVSTVS PART I from AVGVSTA & AVGVSTVS on Vimeo.

Brand Vitals

Website: AVGVSTA & AVGVSTVS

Twitter: @AVG_AVG

Doonan’s Barbershop

This barbershop is owned by some dear friends of mine. We’ve all known each other since we were causing trouble in junior high. It’s owned by the Doonan family: Tony, Brian, and Chad. The master barbers are Brian, Eric, and Grant (who has been cleaning me up for a long time). Chad is an up and coming apprentice barber.

The environment is so laid back! They have a large LCD TV in the lobby with super comfortable seating and all the refreshments you need, water, coffee, and a keg full of beer (free with the cut). They also have TVs at every chair.

A normal cut is $15 for and adult, $10 for seniors, and $13 for kids. If you don’t need a full cut, you can just go for a line-up which costs $5. They also offer a straight razor shave for $15. If you want to go for the whole head, you can get a cut and shave for $28. Oh, also for military, police officers, and firefighters it’s $13 per head.

So, go by and hang with the fellas while getting cleaned up. I’ll be there. See you at the shop!

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Shop Vitals

Address: 5080 Foothills Blvd, Roseville, CA 95747

Hours of Operation: 9:00AM-6:00PM Tuesdays-Fridays, 9:00AM-5:00PM on Saturday, closed Sundays and Mondays.

Facebook Page: Doonan’s Barbershop

Skatetown Ice Arena

This is my first post of a sports place. Skatetown in Roseville is the spot for hockey! It’s conveniently located right off highway 80 on the Riverside off ramp. Anything hockey, they hook it up. At Skatetown they have two NHL size rinks, and they keep the ice in fantastic condition!

They have stick time, which is practice, 6:15AM-8:15AM Monday-Friday. I go to stick time three days a week at least. It’s $12 per hour. They offer stick time at other hours, but those are always changing, contact them to get a full schedule. They also have hockey classes, one session a week, that lasts a few months. If you have a busy life, just go for the private lessons and get on the ice with an expert whenever it fits your schedule.

For actual games, they have drop-in and multiple levels of leagues. Drop-in is real fun. Just sign up the week of, preferably a couple days before, and bring a light and dark jersey. Drop-in runs 12:15PM-1:45PM Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 7:15AM-8:45AM on Saturdays. They also have drop-in at other times, but these days are the most consistent. The next league starts in September. The cool thing is you can join with a team by putting one together, meeting players at stick time, or get put on the free agent list. I can’t wait for the next league to start up!

Also, Skatetown has a great pro shop. They offer great brands such as Bauer, Easton, Reebok, and are soon going to start carrying Graf skates. Everything you need is here, protective gear, skates, sticks, and accessories. Oh, and just a heads up, if you’re playing hockey at all, you have to be fully geared up! They also offer lots of figure skating activities and gear, but I would contact the rink for more details.

Come check it out, and as Chaz Michael Michaels says, “Lets kick some ICE!”

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Rink Vitals

Address: 1009 Orlando Ave., Roseville, California 95661

Phone: (916)783-8550

Hours of Operation: 6:00AM-10:00PM Daily

Website: Skatetown Ice Arena

Guy Fieri’s Johnny Garlic’s

I’m pumped about this post! I’m trying to return the favor to Guy Fieri. For those of you who don’t know, he is the host of Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. In the show Guy travels the U.S. to find the best mom and pop restaurants. Well, many people don’t know that Guy is from my neighborhood, Northern California. His restaurant Johnny Garlic’s started in Santa Rosa and Windsor. He just recently expanded to Roseville.

I’ve been going to this place for years! Everything at Johnny Garlic’s is to die for. First of all, they give every table fresh warm foccacia bread and a side of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I could seriously just eat the bread and be satisfied! For entrees, they offer salads, burgers, multiple cuts of meat, and pastas. My personal favorite is the chipotle shrimp and hotlinks pasta.

A unique thing that they offer is a daily special called “The Hunter’s Creation.” This changes everyday and includes rare types of game. Elk, alligator, quail, boar, ostrich, etc. If you like to live on the edge, this is the special for you. Might as well have a great restaurant cook something unique for you if you don’t leave your comfort zone too often! Oh, and one thing you need to remember about this place is that you have to save room for dessert!

Also, the service is always phenomenal. Great food, great service, just the kind of place that I love! If you’re ever in Northern California, make sure you stop by Johnny Garlic’s. It’s only in California, so take advantage of it if you’re passing through.

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Restaurant Vitals

Santa Rosa

Address: 1460 Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa, California 95405

Phone: (707)571-1800

Windsor

Address: 8988 Brooks Rd. So., Windsor, California 95492

Phone: (707)836-8300

Roseville

Address: 10505 Fairway Dr., Roseville, California 95678

Phone: (916)789-2000