Stevio...LA LA Lovin' It?

I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

London nights out on the town

When in London it's all about the curry.
I met with David and Rachel on Tuesday night and only said "no Mexican, Japanese or Chinese food please..." After all, I get plenty of that in LA. We went to a spot in Marble Arch I'd only ever walked past before. La Portes des Indes is a colonial-style mega restaurant that's part of the Blue Elephant group (nope, never been there either). Not mega like Conran's Mezzo, but more like Rainforest Cafe: tropical, and sprawling on several levels. The food was good, but the table was tiny! All those plates had nowhere to go?! "Anyone seen the paratha?"

Thursdays are the new Wednesdays?
Thursday night I met up with Inkie for a beer or two. We headed to his exhibition at the Notting Hill Arts Club in west London. Ragga Twins were in the house and my old acquaintance Sinden was spinning. He said he's spinning in LA soon....What a small world?! I was meant to meet my cousin (once removed), but in the end she got lost in the mix.

The weekend is here
After work on Friday, I headed over to Covent Garden to catch the Warhol vs. Banksy exhibition. Odd that some of Banksy's work was cut out off of hoardings and sold to collectors who in turn 'lent' these stolen pieces to a gallery?! Ironically, increasing the value again. The art world. Bless 'em!

After a beer and a chinwag with Dex I headed back to Bermondsey to hang out with Steve and Becca, my traveling buddies from Argentina. They were the two folks who persuaded me to ride on a coach for 13-hours north from Buenos Aires to Iguazu, near the Brazilian border. The waterfalls were amazing. These two troopers were also the ones who taught me a drinking game that will remain with me forever ;-)

Saturday was my free day (and last day in the UK). After I discovered the hotel didn't have a pool, I packed and checked out of my hotel and headed over to Shoreditch to meet Nosca to collect my Lady Pink canvas. It was weird walking around there during the day. No party revellers, no shouting, slag girls or dodgy cabbies. The only hint of what kicks off there after dark was the kebab shop with smashed window and the flyposting craziness! I miss east London ;-)

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