Episode #64 (Air Date 5-18-18) Pancakes & Booze Art Show, LA Restaurants, Jaguar 400 Sport
On this episode Brad Fanshaw and Dave Marek discover the Pancakes & Booze Art Show. This nationwide event series allows local artists to show work along side music, drinks and pancakes. An eclectic group of attendees and artists made this a great event. Also, the two take you to one of LA's oldest Mexican food establishments and a local bar.
Brad will also tell you all about his week driving the new Jaguar 400 Sport F-Type. This 400 horsepower sports car is a well endowed English gentleman.
WHAT TO SEE
Pancakes & Booze : As you may have guessed, this is an art show, but not your typical art gallery. Since 2009 they have been filling the best venues in over 30 cities around the world with favorite local artists, photographers, bands, and DJ's. They focus on keeping the work on display local and original to help artists of all types sell their work while they're still alive (why does it take dying to gain recognition?). Each show usually features between 50-150 local artisans, a unique lineup of live musicians and/or DJs, live painting, body painting, along with other forms of entertainment. Oh, and of course PANCAKES!
The show seeks to bring the art community and those outside the community together by creating an upbeat art show that appeals to the masses. Through the shows they create an environment where artists, potential buyers, and pancake fanatics alike can make connections with several different types of people within their own communities. For a current list of their locations around the world visit their website. PANCAKESANDBOOZE.COM
WHAT TO EAT / DRINK
EL CHOLO : All of the El Cholo® restaurants feature authentic and traditional Mexican dishes, many of which have come from family recipes dating back to 1923. Their distinctive menu offers classics such as our famous green corn tamales, enchiladas, irresistible nachos and sizzling fajitas. The famous El Cholo® Margarita Recipe has become a “must taste” for visitors to Southern California! To find their locations and hours visit their website. ELCHOLO.COM
R BAR : One of Dave's favorite bars in L.A. is R Bar, an American speakeasy in the heart of Koreatown. Great food, drinks and company! They have karaoke on Wed,Th & Sun. Dave hopes to see you there very soon! P.S. - You will need the password to get in. You can find that on their website / Facebook page here.
THE ORIGINAL PANTRY : Brad recommends The Original Pantry in downtown L.A. This casual cash-only diner has been open since 1924 and dishes up ample portions of American eats around the clock. Visit their website at PANTRYCAFE.COM
RIORDAN'S TAVERN : Dave recommends Riordan's Tavern in downtown L.A. Owned by former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan this downtown bar serves steaks, cocktails & draft beer in a clubby, dark wooded interior with LA sports memorabilia. Visit their website at http://riordanstavern.restaurant/
Episode #62 (Air Date 5-8-18) The Long Beach Grand Prix with Brad & Dave
With Heather away for this episode, the boys set out on a little adventure! Brad Fanshaw, and Dave Marek took a trip to the worlds loudest beach party, The Long Beach Grand Prix. This annual race that features Indy Cars, Drifters, Vintage and everything in between takes place on the downtown streets of Long Beach, CA. It's always a party and the unofficial kick off for the summer! Listen as Brad and Dave give you a peek at all the fun in the sun!
WHERE TO STAY
Hilton Hotel Long Beach : If you want to be right in the heart of the action during race time than this is always a perfect spot!
Westin Hotel Long Beach: This hotel is another favorite for race fans that want to stay on top of the action and it is steps away from the track.
Terranea Resort: Although this hotel is not right in the middle of the action, it is a great retreat for a day spent at the track. As Los Angeles' premier oceanfront resort, Terranea Resort offers spectacular views of the Pacific.
WHERE TO EAT / DRINK
Kings Fish House: Relaxed chain offering an extensive menu of fish & seafood, plus beer, wine & cocktails.
The Federal Bar : Hip gastropub in a former bank building with high ceilings & chandeliers offers bar food & drinks.
Moonshiners : This hip bar with American fare & cocktails becomes an over-21 club with DJs at night.
Sevilla : Sevilla Nightclub and Cafe on Pine Avenue in Long Beach is a Spanish Cafe with live Latin music downstairs with a popular dance club above.
Shannon's on Pine : Shannon's On Pine is downtown Long Beach's best Irish Sports Pub.
WHAT TO SEE
The Queen Mary : Just a short distance from the track is a must see for any visitor to Long Beach; The Queen Mary. If a “pop star experience” isn’t for you, board the Queen Mary Hotel for an experience unlike any other. Once a world-class ocean liner, the Queen Mary, now permanently stationed in Long Beach, offers a real glimpse into what transatlantic travel was like during the 30s, 40s and 50s.
With its impressive history and tradition of excellence, the ship is more than just a place to rest one’s head. It’s also a place where you can take historic tours, see paranormal attractions, browse shops, enjoy a massage at the full-service spa, relax on the spacious sun deck or enjoy fresh seafood at Chelsea Chowder House & Bar.
Even in the rooms you’ll find an impressive history, rich tradition and old world elegance. The ship’s 346 original first-class staterooms and nine suites, adorned with rich wood paneling from all over the world, Art Deco built-ins and original artwork found on the ship during her heyday, all pay homage to a bygone era. Enjoy one of the last luxury ocean liners of its kind.
EP61 MSA Field Trip to the Kona Lanai Bar at Stubhub Center L.A.
It's episode 61 and the Man Seeks Adventure crew takes another field trip out of the studio. Brad Fanshaw, Dave Marek and Heather Storm were invited by our friends over at Kona Brewing to come and experience the VIP Opening of the newly opened Kona Lanai Bar at the Stubhub Center in Los Angeles. The Stubhub Center is the home of the LA Galaxy Soccer team and the new Kona Lanai Bar serves all of the best Kona Brewing beers including the Lychee Lager, Kanaha Blonde Ale and KoKo Brown Ale. The beautiful new Lanai Bar is a traditional Hawaiian style lanai with open sides and it is located at the south end of the main councourse.
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The highly curated app-led tours are an amazing way to explore wherever you are as they showcase the very best bars, pubs, brewtaps and breweries with tours designed to take you past as many city landmarks as possible.
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#partylikeaman - For our #partylikeaman segment our globe trotting host Dave has a new bar he loves. When in NYC Dave recommends visiting The Skylark. Set thirty stories up in the heart of Times Square South, The Skylark delivers a classically-styled cocktail lounge with expansive panoramic views of the Hudson River, Hudson Yards, Times Square, The Empire State Building, and the best of Midtown Manhattan. To see what it's all about, visit their website: TheSkylarkNYC.com
#BeEntertainedLikeAMan - Brad's excited to recommend the upcoming movie Deadpool 2! Scheduled to be released on May 18, 2018
Let's Blow That Cash - With tax season about to wrap up and some people getting big returns the group decided to do a round table discussion on what they would Blow That Cash on if they had the chance?!
McIntosh MT2 Precision Turntable $4,000 - For the serious "audiophile" we suggest this turntable. Polished and tempered steel (along with brass and a bit of ambient light) adorn this vinyl player, an "entry level" model from the hi-fi wizards at Mcintosh that nonetheless will absorb shocks and give you flawless, noise-free playback of that old Phil Collins No Jacket Required 12". Check them out online at: Mcintoshlabs.com
Honomobar $20,000 - This is a bar made out of an old shipping container! The design gurus at Honomobar will take an old shipping container and turn it into a 100 square foot mobile bar with all of the fixings and then ship it anywhere in North America. This description isn't doing it justice, so go see them for yourself at: Honomobar.com
The Macallan 60 Year Old $760,000 - Two vintage whiskies will hit the auction block in May and they are really going to put a dent in the wallet! The Macallan Peter Blake 1926 60 year old and the Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 60 year old. These rare gems feature labels designed by iconic pop artists Peter Blake (of Sgt. Pepper's album cover fame) and Valerio Adami. “Only 24 of these bottles were produced, and the sale is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for collectors to acquire the holy grail of Macallan," said auction house Bonhams head of fine wine and whisky in Hong Kong, Daniel Lam.
#TravelLikeAMan - Brad's travel recommendation this week is the book "Mountain View: Nature Retreats" - This, the first title in a new series, Nature Retreats, which presents the most beautifully-designed holiday homes, with stunning mountain views. Travel journalist Sebastiaan Bedaux gathered 30 of the most stylish hideouts in the world in Mountain View. Despite the great variety of styles, different price tags and unique geography of the houses, they do have one thing in common: they are the stuff of dreams.
The series will celebrate architecturally elegant hidden gems, surrounded by nature - deep in the woods, high up in the mountains, or built by the water - and all available for rent! Find some peace and quiet and let the splendor of the building and the unique landscape around it inspire you. You can find this on Amazon now.
#DrinkLikeAMan - Heather's recommendation this week for #DrinkLikeAMan is to visit Rainey Street in Austin TX! Renovated houses turned into bungalow bars reign supreme on this increasingly popular tucked-away street. Day or night, you’ll find relaxed bar-goers strolling from bar to food trailer to bar again, often with their dogs in tow looking for a kicked back sip and a bite. A couple of her favorite bars were Unbarlievable and Craft Pride.
Unbarlievable - Unbelievable. Decidedly offbeat, shrouded in eclecticism and whimsy – it’s a show and a space that forbids you to take anything seriously. Its imagination meets bar top; a place for revelry and marvel. All are welcome to charivari. Join the chaotic happiness, curated with intention to make perfect sense. The house offers a mix of indoor and outdoor arenas, food from on-site grease joints, special events, a full bar and creative cocktails. No gags, just unbarlievable entertainment.
Craft Pride - Situated in the burgeoning Rainey Street district in Austin, Craft Pride is a unique Texas-only craft beer bar serving up the highest quality beer from regional breweries. Fostering the community’s commitment to supporting local business and sustainability, everything from the design, décor and construction to the local beer and wine selections further emphasize Craft Pride’s implementation of these values.
Drink of the Day - The Lychee Lager from Kona Brewing
Episode #60 (Air Date 4-09-18) Eating & Drinking at BacariGDL With Man Seeks Adventure
On this episode of the Man Seeks Adventure podcast we take a trip to the Americana in Glendale, California where a new restaurant has opened. BacariGDL, owned by Robert Kronfli is a blend of comfortable setting, incredible tastes and wonderful drinks. Chef Lior Hillel prepared a large selection of tasting plates for Brad, Dave and Heather to sample and Mixologist David Williams created the tasty cocktails.
Visit the location with us and indulge as each of the dishes is described by the Chef and we hear tales of underground restaurants at USC and getting a start in the rough and tumble restaurant business.
To learn more about the documentary "Paladar" that follows the Pop Up Underground restaurant in Robert Kronfli's apartment while attending USC, visit: Click Here
To learn more about BacariGDL visit their website: bacariGDL.com
Below are a sample of items that we tasted on this episode!
Daves "This or That - Top 5"
This week Dave played the "This or That - Top 5" with our guests from BacariGDL
1. James Corden or Corden Bleu - Winner: James Corden
2. Golden Road or Road to Bremmen - Winner: Golden Road
3. Cubs or Trojans - Winner: Cubs
4. Best Marshall Grad? Pat Nixon or Rob Kardashian- Winner: Rob Kardashian
5. Shock Top or Shakshuka - Winner: Shakshuka
Drink of the Day - The Brown Butter Sour
This week Bacari's resident mixologist showed Heather how to mix the Brown Butter Sour.
Ingredients (Makes One Cocktail)
1.5 oz brown butter infused whiskey
1/2 oz dry curacao
1/2 oz simple syrup
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
1 egg white
Add all ingredients to shaker tin and dry shake (no ice). Then add ice and shake hard. Strain into coup glass. Garnish with cranberry bitters & shaved nutmeg.
EP59 Downtown Los Angeles - Grand Central Market
It's episode 59 and the Man Seeks Adventure crew takes a field trip out of the studio. Brad Fanshaw, Dave Marek and Heather Storm explore food and drink in downtown Los Angeles (DTLA). They begin with spicy bloody Mary's in the newly renovated Hotel Figueroa bar. Next, it is a side trip for a ride on the historic Angel's Flight railway to Bunker Hill.
#travellikeaman - To start their day out the crew stops by the newly renovated Hotel Figueroa. Once an exclusive women’s hostelry and later a local haunt for Moroccan-themed soirees, Hotel Figueroa on S. Figueroa Street in Downtown Los Angeles re-emerges from a two-year restoration inspired by its original 1926 Spanish Colonial splendor.
Reclaiming its legacy in DTLA, the 14-story luxury hotel features 268 rooms & suites, 10,000 square feet of event space, locally sourced art, and an iconic coffin-shaped pool within a botanical hideaway.
The downtown Los Angeles hotel spotlights two destination restaurants, Breva and Veranda, conceived by James Beard Award nominee Chef Casey Lane from Tasting Kitchen and Casa Apicii. Dushan Zaric, New York City's Employees Only cocktailer, pours a progressive spirit into the hotel's bars including Bar Figueroa, Rick's, and the reservations-only Bar Alta.
Check out the Hotel Figueroa online at: www.hotelfigueroa.com
Next up the crew headed over to the historic Angels Flight. The 117-year-old funicular takes passengers on a short ride between Hill Street and Grand Avenue on Bunker Hill. Originally opened in 1901, Angels Flight® — the world’s shortest railway — has given more than 100 million rides along its hillside track.
Learn more about this L.A. Landmark at: https://angelsflight.org/
#eatlikeaman - While in downtown the crew popped in to the historic Grand Central Market, a downtown landmark since 1917, that brings together the cuisines and cultures of LA.
Dave Marek chose Horse Thief BBQ for his food choice. This offering specializes in authentic Texas BBQ, smoked meats & gourmet sides, plus outdoor seating. Dave recommends their amazing Beef Brisket Sandwich. www.horsethiefbbq.com
Heather Storms choice was Olio Wood Fired Pizza. This location features hand stretched 10” personal sized wood fired pizzas, made-to-order crisp salads, and savory wood fired appetizers. Olio Grand Central Market showcases hand-crafted pizzas available in our favorite combinations or you can craft your own from our collection of market-fresh ingredients. They also serve a selection of beers on tap and soft drink beverage options. www.oliogcm.com
Brad Fanshaws choice was Belcampo Meat Co. Tucked into the legendary Grand Central Market, Belcampo Restaurant & Butcher Shop Downtown Los Angeles serves Belcampo’s signature burgers in a modern-meets-retro cool vibe. Grab a seat at our chic, counter-service diner for Breakfast or Lunch to indulge in the best Organic grass-fed burgers while people watching and enjoying a glass of beer or wine. Brad chose their "100 Day Burger" and he highly recommends it!! www.belcampo.com
#partylikeaman - For our #partylikeaman segment our globe trotting host Dave has another deep dive musical suggestion. Dave recommends the iconic Los Angeles band Motorcycle Boy. They are Dirty Rock 'N Roll from the streets of Hollywood, CA.
#dresslikeaman - Brad recommends checking out David Beckham's new line of men's grooming products that have just launched! The brand is called "House 99". HOUSE 99, a complete collection of 21 innovative products to conquer every style ambition. The highly anticipated launch was created by David Beckham in partnership with L’Oréal Luxe to provide all the tools men need to experiment with their look in order to express their own evolving style and unique identity. HOUSE 99 takes a holistic approach to grooming, merging British barbershop culture and style with hair, skin, beard and tattoo creativity to build a home for every man’s next look.
#drinklikeaman - The crew had a few recommendations for some current favorite watering holes. First up is Salvation Taco at the Pod 39 Hotel in Manhattan. A collaboration between Michelin starred Chef April Bloomfield and acclaimed restaurateur Ken Friedman. Salvation Taco taqueria and cantina brings one-of-a-kind flavors to the New York hotel restaurant scene. The Pod 39 Rooftop features cocktails and light bites by Salvation Taco and is open seasonally, weather permitting. ThePodHotel.com . SalvationTaco.com
Also in NY we recommend a super chill spot located in Brooklyn called Hot Bird. They offer lots of craft beers from a cash-only bar in a former auto shop, with patio picnic tables & fire pit. Currently no website but you can find them at 546 Clinton Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238.
Finally Heather's favorite rooftop hang in Los Angeles is Perch. PERCH LOS ANGELES is an elevated resting place. A French inspired rooftop bistro that offers unobstructed views of Downtown Los Angeles that makes it feel as though you are floating at the skyline. PERCH offers two outdoor fireplaces, various fire pits, lounge and table seating both indoors and out. PerchLA.com
Drink of the Day - The "Sazerac"
Ingredients (Makes One Cocktail)
1/4 oz Absinthe
1 Sugar Cube
1 1/2 oz Rye Whisky or Cognac
3 dashes of bitters
Rinse a chilled old-fashioned glass with the absinthe, add crushed ice and set it aside. Stir the remaining ingredients over ice and set it aside. Discard the ice and any excess absinthe from the prepared glass, and strain the drink into the glass. Add the Lemon peel for garnish.
EP58 Spring Travel Tips, Food Festivals and Beer Rants
It's episode 58 and the Man Seeks Adventure crew has a little spring in their step this week!
With Spring comes Food Festivals, Hitting the Open Road for Adventure and of course a new Drink of the Day! Brad, Heather and Dave dive in and give you their picks for the best Spring eats, adventures and bars.
#travellikeaman - Brad gets things started with his suggestion for #travellikeaman. He recommends hitting the open road and doing some camping this spring with a cool tricked out ready to go camper van from Native Campervans. Native Campervans is a Campervan Rental Company with locations in Denver, Colorado & Salt Lake City, Utah. Equipped with comfortable beds, fully-stocked kitchenettes and camping accessories, they have included all the essentials to venture through the Rocky Mountains and beyond. Their fleet of Campervans are available for short or long-term rentals so you can enjoy Vanlife at your own pace. Check them out at: NativeCampervans.com
#partylikeaman - For our #partylikeaman segment our globe trotting host Dave has a couple of suggestions. The next time you are in NYC Dave recommends stopping into the bar Brass Monkey! Long before the glittery onslaught of flash-in-the pan clubs and boutiques, there was Brass Monkey. The destination at the very end of the street – Brass Monkey was built to be a warm and reliable outpost that anyone, at any time, could come to and know they will find a welcoming atmosphere with great food and drinks. A consistent favorite of local regulars and weekend revelers alike since opening our doors in the summer of 2004, we have remained true to our promise to keep our doors open from early in the day until late at night, seven days a week year round.
Dave also had an interesting pick this week for his favorite band of the moment. This one is a bit of a deep dive, but well worth checking out. The band is called the Flat Duo Jets. Flat Duo Jets is an American psychobilly band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Athens, Georgia. They were a major influence on several bands of the 1990s and 2000s, including The White Stripes. In interviews, Jack White (the White Stripes' lead singer and guitarist) has often acknowledged Dexter Romweber's influence.
#shoplikeaman - Brads pick for #shoplikeaman is a new service that Amazon.com has added to their website called $10 and Under. It features Amazon's newest, best rated, and sale items with free shipping for $10 & under! Learn more at Amazon.com.
#drinklikeaman - This week you get a double dose of "Drink of the Day". Adam Carolla sent us over some of his "Endless Rant" Lager for us to try! Everyone swooped in and tried can and the unanimous opinion was a enthusiastic "Thumbs Up! It was very flavorful and not too heavy.
Drink of the Day - The "Pisco Sour"
Ingredients (Makes One Cocktail)
1 oz Lime Juice
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
3 oz Pisco Porton
Put all of the ingredients in the shaker dry (no ice) and shake well. Add ice and shake again. Pour into a shallow glass and add a couple drops of bitters
Episode #56 (Air Date 2-21-18) Adam Carolla joins Man Seeks Adventure
This is episode 56 of the Man Seeks Adventure podcast and Brad Fanshaw, Dave Marek and Heather Storm are excited to have the podcast master on the show.
Adam Carolla joins for a spirited talk about his passion for racing, comedy, his liquor brands and his shaping of the media world. Heather has created a drink of the day using the Carolla Drinks Mangria.
If you would like to learn more about Adam Carolla you can visit:
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Daves "This or That - Top 5"
This week Dave played the "This or That - Top 5" with our guest Adam Carolla
1. Paso Robles or Paso Doble - Winner: Paso Robles
2. Cash Hole or Jack Hole - Winner: Jack Hole
3. The Thrilla in Manilla or The Bleeda in Reseda - Winner: Bleeda in Reseda
4. Borg Warner or Pop Warner- Winner: Pop Warner
5. Desperately Seeking Susan or The Affairs of Susan - Winner: The Affairs of Susan
Drink of the Day - The "Man of the Hour"
In honor of our guest this week, Heather came up with her newest Drink of the Day - The Man of the Hour
Ingredients (Makes One Cocktail)
1 oz Bourbon
1 oz Mangria
1/4 oz Campari
Stir with ice
Add one large orange and one large lemon peel and twist
Episode #49 (Air Date 9-10-17) HillBilly Adventure and Dating Advice for Men
This week the crew gets together for episode 49 and they have a lively discussion about Heather's upcoming road trip across America in her classic 1965 Mustang. Next they interview special guest Stevie DuPin aka The HillBilly Genius about his book the TransAm Diaries and his personal story about going from being a stand up comic to having cancer and coming out the other side. Finally Brad tells of a missed encounter and Heather provides her insight on how to tell if a woman is hitting on you or if it's just your male ego.
If you would like to learn more about The Hillbilly Genius Stevie DuPin you can visit:
Daves "This or That - Top 5"
This week Dave played the "This or That - Top 5" with our guest Stevie DuPin
1. Cheryl Ladd or Troy Ladd - Winner: Troy Ladd
2. Fuck Cancer or Fuck Cancer - Winner: Fuck Cancer
3. Smokey & the Bandit or Kitt - Winner: Bandit
4. Cardinal or Wildcat- Winner: Wildcat
5. Skyline Chili or KFC - Winner: Skyline
Drink of the Day - The "Hillbilly Tea"
In honor of our guest this week, Heather came up with her newest Drink of the Day - The Hillbilly Tea
Ingredients (Makes One Cocktail)
1 Mason Jar
1oz Peach Schnapps
Sun Tea and Ice
Add a generous portion of Sun Tea and Ice to your mason jar. Add the Moonshine and Schnapps to the mix and squeeze the juice of 1/2 a lemon. Stir well and garnish with a lemon wedge.