1981 Volkswagen Rabbit
The 1981 VW Rabbit, which had a crank sunroof, was free. "The Rabbit was sitting behind the sewage plant, at the Dept. of Public Works in Sandwich. Somebody abandoned it. A friend of mine was like, 'Hey, my dad works at the plant. If you want, have it towed to your house."'
He poured in the money he made selling the Jeep.
"I had to totally redo the electrical system. VWs didn't have an alternator. It had a generator and it had this thing called a voltage regulator and it took me six months to figure out what was wrong with this car," he says. "It was this little stupid-ass $50 part. I could not get this car to work and I finally did because it was this stupid voltage regulator that was busted."
He drove the Rabbit in college at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. "My dad said here's the deal: 'I don't want you to have a car your freshmen year because if you have a car, you'll leave, you won't stay on campus and go to class.' So he made me a deal, said 'If you sell that car, I'll buy you a new car if you get a 3.5.'"
First semester Goldman got a 3.48 GPA, just short of 3.5. "I'm like, 'Dad, Come on - 3.48!' He's like, 'The deal was a 3.5.'" The next semester he made the cut and his dad bought him a white two-seater 1994 Honda CR-X. "And I loved this car. I loved it, man."
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
Several years ago, Goldman's dad bought a 1962 Corvette. "It's this car that he wanted his whole life," he says. "This is his dream car. When he was in high school, like the coolest kid had the '62 'Vette. So he buys one and then realizes that he's an old man and he can't drive this thing anymore. There's no power steering. They're built on a 1940 truck frame. The technology is from 1940. So these things are not comfortable."
So his dad gave the car to him. "He says, 'Here, you drive it, because I know how to take care of cars,'" Goldman says. He took the car apart and began working on it. "The only thing I didn't do was the transmission. I sent it out to have somebody do it."
But when he recently moved to Los Angeles and had the Corvette shipped, it was stolen from his brother's driveway. "They dropped it off at my brother's house," he says. "I was in Canada when they dropped it off. And somebody f--king lifted that shit!"
Goldman gave us a photo of the black Corvette with red interior, in case anyone reading this happens to see it.
Favorite road trip
Locally, Goldman loves riding his Ducati to visit his brother in the Valley from the Westside, by taking Sepulveda Boulevard. "That's a good road for a motorcycle," he says. "There's something about going to my brother's house, going to see my brother and I know that road really well. One of the cool things about Sepulveda is that when it's really hot in the Valley and you come up and you go through that tunnel, right when you get out of that tunnel, it drops like 30 degrees in an instant."
He's road tripped so many times, that he has many favorite drives. One drive is Highway One from Los Angeles to Sonoma, because of the anticipation of going to a track day at Sonoma Raceway, formerly called Infineon and Sears Point.
Although he prefers to ride his motorcycle alone, he often goes to track days with fellow chef Lorenzo Logoreci, owner of Allegro Romano in San Francisco. "That's the thing about riding. I don't do it with people. I don't hang out with people who ride motorcycles," he says.
Goldman riffs about another favorite strip of road locally that he enjoys, but only late at night. "You know what I love too? I love late night on Santa Monica Boulevard. I live on the west side, so going that way at 10, 11, or midnight, I'll get a buck 70 in front of the Mormon Temple."
Although he doesn't recommend anyone drive 170 mph on what is normally a congested street, he says he only does it when there's no one around. "It's actually better when there are a few cars on the road because you get an idea for how fast you're going," he says.
Goldman doesn't like straightaways when it comes to racetracks. He prefers the more technical courses. "When you go to Sears Point, the fastest you're going to go is like 70. Maybe 110. Like Willow, how fast are you going to go on Streets of Willow? What's awesome is sitting like this and wondering if my shoulder's going to hit the road. That kicks ass," he says leaning to the side, and then starts to laugh.
Cakemix and Charm City Cakes West
Cakemix is a bakery and DIY cake shop in West Hollywood where people can design their own cakes and cupcakes. If you just want to buy cakes and cupcakes already decorated by the talented people here, you can do that also. When he's in town, Goldman is often at the shop and will pose with fans for photos, as we noticed during our visit.
In the hallway, Goldman spray-painted the word "Cakemix" and drew a colorful cake and cupcake in his graffiti art style. Charm City Cakes West is next door to Cakemix. This is where all the unusual custom cakes are made, just like at the original Charm City Cakes.