Superhot

Went to Superhot this weekend with Friend A (pictured) and Friend B (not pictured).
It’s a new hotpot+kbbq+dimsum restaurant that just opened in Downtown Mountain View. The restaurant concept was carefully crafted for maximum popularity. The first time I tried to go, there was a really long (2+ hour) wait. This time we arrived at 11:30am to avoid the wait.
$30 all you can eat in 90 minutes. Max 10 items ordered at a time. The waiter only comes once every 30 minutes unless you flail around excessively. Strategize accordingly.
100 items to choose from. Friend A really liked the unlimited dumplings.
Chinese fried donut.
Xiao long bao. Unlimited xiao long bao.
Friend A got tripe and pork blood. I’m not such a fan but he liked it.
Premium steak. Looks pretty premium.

Building a computer

After a long period of internal deliberation and debate, I decided to build a desktop. I built one before in high school, but ever since I left for college I’ve been using a Lenovo W530 laptop as my main computer. I decided that I’d like to potentially try a bit of gaming, and also be able to run both Windows and Linux simultaneously (rebooting is too much effort…).

This is the parts list I ended up with. Apparently RGB is all the rage nowadays, but I was looking for something quiet and dark so that I can sleep with it on.

Here’s some advertising.

I’m planning on running Unraid to simultaneously run Windows and Ubuntu (and maybe OS X) in the future. Unraid seemed a bit simpler than the KVM/QEMU on Ubuntu setup I was initially planning to do. Continue reading “Building a computer”

Marufuku Ramen

I’ve been wanting to go to Marufuku Ramen in SF, for a while now, but since they don’t have any vegetarian options it’s hard to go there when I’m travelling with N.

Fortunately, Friend M came to visit the Bay Area, so we decided to go try it.

They always have a really long line. Fortunately, you can put your name on a waitlist on Yelp. I’d recommend doing this 1-2 hours in advance.
Friend M pictured with his Off-White branded camera strap.
Chicken karaage. Pretty good.
Hakata Deluxe Ramen. Tonkotsu broth with chashu and kakuni.
I saw people doing this (lifting noodles out of bowl) on Instagram, so I decided to try it too.

Overall, pretty good. Would recommend.

Sichuan Hotpot

I went bouldering yesterday with Friend A. After we finished, we happened across Friend B at the gym, and the three of us planned to have dinner together.

Unfortunately, Friend A has decided as of late that his diet must consist solely of Panang Curry Chicken from Siam Royal. After much protest from Friend B and I, we managed to grudgingly convince Friend A to have homemade hot pot instead.

I haven’t been using my Sichuan seasonings at a fast enough rate, so I decided to make Sichuan-style hot pot. Here’s the recipe.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a table-top burner, so we had to make due with eating around the stove in the kitchen.
My kitchen isn’t so clean. Maybe a B health rating.
Friend A and B, shown here eating hotpot while critiquing r/MachineLearning (apparently it’s trash or something).

Overall, it was pretty good. And much cheaper than the Sichuan hotpot at Haidilao.

After hotpot, we watched the heartwarming new show Goblin Slayer. Interestingly, it seems like it’s a show about slaying goblins.

Electric Scooters in SF

We came across these electric scooter things all around San Francisco.
I tried renting the scooter, but it didn’t work 🙁
They sure put a lot of these things around. Even though the scooter I found didn’t work, I’m sure there’s a working one somewhere out there.

SF Laundromat: Laundré

An upscale laundromat in the heart of the Mission district.
Wow so fancy.
Millennials can enjoy their avocado toast while they wait for their laundry to finish.
For only $10 a load, you too can enjoy an exquisite laundry experience.

The LA Metro Experience

Looks pretty nice!
Wow, this is amazing!
I wonder when the Bay Area will ever invent card-dispensing technology.
It'll probably be the phone booth.
I’ll be patiently waiting for the day when one of these machines can give me a Clipper card.