LA Adventure with Stephen! – Part 3 (Dinnertime with New Friends at Robata Jinya)

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Picking up from last time  –

I went to dinner with Stephen and his friends Orin and Becca. Orin was also a former student and is now a big time professional music guy with a home studio, plaques, certificates, and all that jazz. (Whoa. Cool, huh?)

We went to dinner at this place Robata Jinya. I’d never been there before. I’d never even noticed it. Though, yet again, it’s a place I’ve passed many times (on the way home from WeHo Bar Method).

We ordered a bunch of food for the table and everyone shared. They even do this thing there where they make tofu at your table!

(While the idea of that is super cool, that tofu itself wasn’t necessarily anything to write home about. So, if you’re going there, I say, sure, try it for the novelty. But don’t try it for your first time eating tofu. Or at least, I wouldn’t recommend doing that.)

I felt slightly weird when they asked, “Is there anything you don’t eat?” And meekly, I was all, “Well, I’ve been a vegetarian for about 6 months…”

For some reason, I feel the need to tell people how long I’ve been doing it, like maybe they shouldn’t talk me seriously. Or I don’t know. I don’t know why I feel the need to always point out I’m still pretty new to it, but I totally do.

Anyway, even though I’m often afraid to say the word vegetarian, as everyone always does, they embraced it and found a bunch of nice vegetarian options to compliment the meat things we’d be getting. (I still felt a little weird needing to be accommodated, but it is what it is I suppose…)

After dinner, Orin took us to his home studio and we listened to some of the stuff he was working on. How long has it been since I’ve been in a studio? Too long. That’s how long. So, that was pretty incredibly lovely.

What an interesting night full of interesting people. I loved being around musicians, hearing them talk all about that stuff. I also love being around people completely out of the entertainment industry, which is what Becca brought to the mix.

As if the evening wasn’t lovely evening wasn’t enough, next up, we were off to visit yet more interesting person!

This is where I’ll pick up next time.

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