WE’RE LIVE-BLOGGING, BABY!
UPDATE: Inspired by Anson’s post on Vietnamese coffee houses where the waitresses are scantily-clad women, some of us Offenders decided to do some “research” and investigate a few of these establishments. I decided to blog about our afternoon in real time. The Offenders who were with me–Anderson, Anson and Emmie–have also promised to post their own blogs in the near future (with additional photos, of course).
12:10 PM: I’m here with two of my fellow Offenders Anson and Anderson at Cafe Di Vang in Garden Grove enjoying a nice cup of Vietnamese coffee. More detailed blogs to come later but thought I’d just do some updates throughout the afternoon. Stay tuned.
12:16 PM: Offender Emmie called to say she is on her way so that this does not turn into just a sausage fest.
12:20 PM: Anderson is the “expert” on these establishments and he is filling us in on his experiences. He says people come here and hang out all day and it looks that way. It’s pretty packed on a Saturday afternoon. People hanging out playing Chinese chess and keno.
12:24 PM: FYI, this is where we are (see video below). But the waitresses aren’t wearing bikinis today like in the video 🙁 More of a lingerie thing:
12:26 PM: Coffee’s pretty good. And free all-you-can-drink tea. Free wi-fi. Free second-hand smoke.
12:30 PM: Talking Offenders business with my peeps. Looking at new mock-up of changes we might make to our site.
12:31 PM: I ask Anderson, “how often do you frequent these establishments?” He hems and haws and stumbles for the right answer. Finally the truth comes out: “Everytime I go to Little Saigon.” Long pause. “But it’s not an every day thing!”
12:35 PM: Anderson wants to make a correction. The waitresses aren’t wearing “lingerie,” they are wearing “sexy” ao dai. Well, excuse my cultural ignorance.
12:36 PM: When Emmie gets here, I think she will be the only woman in the place that is not a waitress.
12:38 PM: Hey, there are two white guys here! Way to represent.
12:43 PM: Oops, only one white guy. The other “white guy” turned out to be an Asian with deceptively Caucasian features from the distance. Anson on the waitresses: “They’re pretty tall. Average size is 5’9″. Average bust size is Cs or Ds.” I, of course, don’t notice these things. Anson agrees the coffee is great.
12:44 PM: Anderson looking for the owner.
12:50 PM: Anson got back this week from two months in Thailand. I ask him if he hooked up with any lady boys while out there. He doesn’t give me a straight answer, but says he “stumbled” on a lady boy pageant. That’s him below with one of the contestants.
12:52 PM: The owner went out to lunch. Want to ask him if we can “interview” one of the waitresses (need permission) so hoping he comes back soon.
12:54 PM: Emmie went to the wrong place. Heading here now.
12:57 PM: When Emmie arrives, will hit up another place close by.
12:59 PM: Emmie arrives. The sausage fest portion of the afternoon officially ends.
1:01 PM: Emmie says, “the girls are pretty.” At least the two she has seen so far. Emmie warned us that she would get pissy if they weren’t pretty. Emmie complains the women are wearing too much clothing. The girl wants to see more skin. “More boobs,” is her command. Anderson says they wear less clothing in the evening. Emmie wants to see that or she will be disappointed.
1:06 PM: Heading to next location. Back online then.
2:40 PM: Took a lunch break and now here at Cafe Temptation. Mr. X, an “expert” on this scene, has joined us.
2:44 PM: We ask Mr. X how much these places pull in a month. About $50,000 a month. The girls working at these coffee houses make about $10/hour, $25/hour with tips.
2:46 PM: Here we are blogging at Cafe Temptation:
2:50 PM: Emmie proclaims the girls here are pretty and more scantily clad than the other place which is a plus. But she wants more “panties” instead of short shorts. She wants more ass cheek showing.
2:56 PM: Anson says this big ass fish in the fish tank is worth at least $60,000-$70,000. Damn!
2:59 PM: Emmie is trying to find a girl to talk to; she’s got questions she wants answered!
3:03 PM: Emmie talked to one of the waitresses. She said she was a student and has been working on and off at these coffee houses for the past two years. Emmie asked if the guys who come here are slimy and the waitress replied that everyone is “nice” and loves working here. Come on, we need some dirt.
3:05 PM: The girls here are pretty hot! Emmie is chatting up another waitress.
3:06 PM: Anderson’s chatting up a cutie. He is the man!
3:09 PM: Check out the Cafe Temptation Facebook page. Diana, one of the waitresses (the cutie Anderson is chatting up), is really friendly.
3:12 PM: On a good day, Diana says she makes $100 in tips. The waitresses get paid more here and each girl gets paid on a “success” fee–how many people you bring in. They opened in October and all the “best” girls came here. Like I said, they’re pretty hot and Emmie has given them her seal of approval.
3:14 PM: One of the waitresses prepping coffee in the back:
3:17 PM: Emmie talked to another waitress who said she’s been working here a couple of months. She said she was wary at first, but it ended up being nothing like she expected. Emmie asked if there was anything going on “on the side” at these establishments (the burning question she’s wanted the answer to). Answer is no.
3:19 PM: “Oh my God, that girl has no ass!” Emmie blurts out. Is this good or bad?
3:21 PM: Emmie: “The girls at the other place had bigger boobs.”
3:23 PM: Emmie likes big butts and she can’t deny…
3:25 PM: Anson talks about theory that Vietnamese girls have biggest boobs of all Asians. Anderson, our token Vietnamese Offender, thinks this is true. Is it? What about Filipinas?
3:26 PM: Emmie asks us if we like big boobs on women? Or is it enough if they’re just scantily clad? Anson says most important quality he looks for is “a good personality.” Yup…
3:31 PM: Heading over to one more place before we call it a day. Meanwhile, Anderson is served one final drink:
3:51 PM: Now at Cafe Miss Cutie. All the waitresses here in bikinis–the most scantily-clad waitresses so far. It doesn’t make a difference to Anson because, of course, all he cares about in a woman is her personality. But Emmie is a happy camper.
3:52 PM: “Damn, are those real or fake?!”
3:55 PM: Emmie thinks the girls’ outfits are cool. She also likes the name–Cafe Miss Cutie. Debating which of the three places everyone prefers. I refuse to choose. It’s like Sophie’s Choice–don’t make me choose between my kids.
3:59 PM: Mr. X tells us there used to be many of these coffee houses in San Jose but they closed down because of gang shootings. There are few of these places anywhere else except in Orange County.
4:00 PM: One of the Miss Cutie’s in action:
4:02 PM: These coffee places do not exist in Vietnam. These are distinctly Vietnamese American establishments according to Mr. X and Anderson. The first one opened 15-20 years ago. Does anyone know how and why they started? Emmie says the bathrooms are ghetto. She says there are stripper shoes in the restroom. We are sending Emmie in with the camera to take photos.
4:05 PM: Damn, I’m hopped up on caffeine!
4:06 PM: “Nice tattoo!”
4:20 PM: We’re out! Had a fun afternoon. Thanks to Mr. X for being our guide into this brave, new world. Finally, as promised, here is the photo of the women’s bathroom:
UPDATE: Anson’s post about our field trip is now up. Click here.
UPDATE: Emmie’s post now up. Click here.