About Ritzy Periwinkle

dreamer on that hustle and grind

Korean BBQ Truck competition


Since I wasn’t able to attend any of the many Memorial day bbq’s, “mi osito” and I decided to go to Korean Kitchen Hibachi BBQ in Little Tokyo last Sunday to get our fix. On our way out we saw the truck pictured above from afar and were like “oh there’s the Kogi truck” but as we got closer we noticed it was a Calbi BBQ truck.  Their signage is similar, the major difference was there was no crazy line for it.  I was wondering who’s the originator Kogi or Calbi? Has anyone tried Calbi BBQ?

JOE: The Origami man.


joe the origami man

joe the origami man

This past Sunday was the first time in a while I wasn’t on a crazy deadline and chained to my computer.  With the fantastic weather I wanted to venture out (that’s rare for me).  I stay downtown and saw that the Little Tokyo Cherry Blossom Festival was going down until 5pmers.  The Argentines, K Pep and her brother Bobby swooped me up to roll out.

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My Kogi Experience


kogi truck line

kogi truck line

Sometime last year my homegirl Karen told us about the Kogi truck and she had asked if we were hip to the game. We weren’t.  When I asked Karen how she liked the tacos she said it was “BOMB” (that’s exactly what she texted me)

One day back in Feb. I was on my daily blog stroll and read that the Kogi truck was going to be right around the corner, in front of the Golden Gopher at 9pm. My man and I decided to see what all the hype was about. The truck didn’t arrived until about 9:30-ish.  The line was already to the corner.  The line did not move for a long ass time. We were starving and I’m not in the best of moods when I’m that hungry. 

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Afternoon of crafts, fashion, books and good times!

Toros Pottery, Lady and Read Books present

4962 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Good food, refreshments and live jazz. Come join us for an afternoon of crafts, fashion, books and music.

Live Jazz from 5PM – 8PM with DREAMSVILLE featuring Jack Maeby on organ, Ed Wing on Guitar, Clarence Johnston on drums and guest vocalist YVONNE BUTLER.

*make sure you ask where Jen Kuroki aka Jen E’s area is at and purchase some amazing ceramics!

The 2nd International Indigenous Hip Hop Gathering

The 2nd International Indigenous Hip Hop Gathering

September 14, 2008
The 2nd International Indigenous Hip Hop Gathering
Music, Vision, Unity, Tradition
Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90039
3pm workshops / 5pm to 11pm show
$25 General / $18 Youth
Tickets: www.fordtheatres.org
Presented in collaboration with Los Angeles Indigenous Peoples Alliance & Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural

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“I’m a hang with white people.”

sgt. poke from Generation Kill
“From the creator of “The Wire”, HBO brings you “Generation Kill“, the true story of the highly trained Marines of First Recon Battalion; following them through the first 40 days of the Iraq war.”

Above is a photo of Sgt. Tony “Poke” Espera played by Jon Huertas.
First Recon
Age: 30
Rank: Sgt., Assistant Team Leader
Humbee 2 Bravo: Passenger, Front
Hometown: Riverside, CA

I tried finding this clip on YouTube but no luck. In one episode, he’s talking to Evan Wright, writer for Rolling Stone and says, Continue reading

Is your hood currently suffering from a hipster infestation?

photo from adbuster article

My friend “Bagel” sent me a link today to an article that breaks it down about hipsters or as “Bagel” calls them hamsters. ADBUSTERS’ main article and cover title are “HIPSTER: THE DEAD END OF CIVILIZATION”

You can read the entire article HERE.

Side Note: My man aka “Mi Osito” mentions, “When hipsters move in, property values go up but so does rent unfortunately. Hipsters are much better protected by police which could make it safer for everyone in the hood. Culture, however, is under constant threat.”

Speaking of Cheech…Save the date, August 16

AP photo by Tom Gannam

LACMA West rooftop + After-hours viewing of Los Angelenos/Chicano Painters of L.A.: Selections from the Cheech Marin Collection + music + live art + food + drinks = GOOD TIMERS!

Muse ’til Midnight
Saturday, August 16, 2008
8:15 pm–12:00 am
Get tickets here

“Party with Muse as we celebrate Los Angeleno/Chicano culture with an after-hours viewing of Los Angelenos/Chicano Painters of L.A.: Selections from the Cheech Marin Collection.

Enjoy a special musical performance by East L.A. Chicano rock legends Quetzal, live art by Unification Theory featuring guest artist Ritzy Periwinkle, traditional music by Conjunto Los Pochos, and other activities that celebrate Los Angeles’s vibrant Chicano culture.

Tickets now on sale! Ticket prices—which include free drinks and appetizers—are $25 for Muse members, $35 for LACMA non-Muse members, and $40 for the general public.”

**** HOT TIP**** Use the promo code “CHEECH” when purchasing your general public ticket and you’ll get the Muse price of $25 buckaroos.

“La Crisis”

fruit cart

After I deposited some long over due client checks at the ATM outside of Lucy’s Laundry Mart, I went over to the fruit cart to get my custom bag of fruit with lime, salt and chile. I hadn’t been in a minute. I was excited.

As a solopreneur, I have for sure felt the blow of this f-ed up economy. I figured its summer timers and the fruit cart biz must be a booming, right? WRONG!

I started up convo with the fruit cart man and asked him what time he’s usually done for the day. He said that sometimes he’s there until 6pm. I was like really?! I told him I thought with it being Summer timers he’d be done by mid-afternoon. He said that most summers its like that but not now with “la crisis”, making people pinch every penny.