Sunday, July 31, 2011

Comic Con!

Comic Con was a big success! I have to say, being able to accept credit cards on my phone is the best thing ever. I look forward to the day when cash is gone forever. I also had a few meetings and the future looks very hopeful.

This year was one of the best times I've had at the Con, mostly due to all the friends and parties. I also followed my own advice and Purell-ed whenever I shook hands or touched money ($$ are gross) and didn't come home with Con Flu. Yay for good health!

The Day After Comic Con is like Christmas around here. I come home late, lay out all the stuff I got for the kids...


then in the morning it's like Santa came to visit!

Harry Potter, Power Rangers and Phineas & Ferb - as well as the ol' standbys Star Wars and Batman - are big right now. All the new stuff has the kids inspired and they've been drawing and creating while I'm...sleeping.

Now I need to rest up for Geek Girl Con...

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dolla bill, ya'll

The Baby has a knack for 'finding' things. He's brought home twigs, rocks..used band-aids (what)....FINGERNAILS (double what). Yeah, he's like Nick from Family Ties, making trash out of treasure. Too old a reference for you? Guess what, I'm old.

So when we went to the beach and he said he was going to 'look for stuff' - I was slightly terrified as to what he'd find. Within minutes he came back with MONEY. I immediately sent him out to find more things. Next step: buy him one of those crazy metal detectors. Treasure is in our future. Or old fingernails. Ew.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Just play a bit of music and he falls straight asleep... I shouldn't have told you that!

What I miss the most about Hawaii is the soft, delicious shave ice. I'm always on the hunt for the closest thing that will cost less than a plane ticket back to the islands. So when I found out about Fluff Ice, it was so different, I couldn't wait to try it.

It's the only store of it's kind and it's located in Monterey Park. Think: the softest, fluffiest shave ice you've ever had...but flavored! Yes, genius - the ice already has flavor frozen inside of it, so there are no syrup toppings. What a concept! The 'fluff' is chunky and flavorful and the perfect bite of cold, sweet, goodness.

It's rather large, the small is like a bucket and the large, well - is gigantor. There's more than enough to share IF you are the sharing type. There is a variety of toppings and since this was a special treat, the kids got strawberry fluff with mini gummi bears and mochi balls. Ew. Sweet overload.

I would suggest going more middle of the road with the regular milk fluff or chocolate fluff and some fruit toppings. Or there is always the Japanese standard: green tea fluff with sweet red bean and mochi balls. Mmm, you can never go wrong with mochi balls.

Way over in the SGV it's a long haul (like 50 miles round trip) from the Westside, but worth it if you're heading that direction, OR you are just sick of the summer heat and looking for something different and delicious.

I hope Fluff ice expands to more locations across Los Angeles, because it's a truly inventive and refreshing treat.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Michael Scott:Before I go to bed I lay 6 strips of bacon on my George Foreman Grill. Today I got up, stepped on the grill and it clamped on my foot.

The Kid made this 'bubble chart' at school. I had to laugh because only my kids would know that much about bacon.

Heck, even Vegans buy my "Bacon Love" cards!
Here are a bunch of bacon recipes from the blog:

Bacon + Buttermilk Waffles
Maple Syrup Bacon
Chocolate Covered Bacon Ice Cream
Garlic Bacon Dip
Bacon + Egg Salad Sandwich
Bacon Wrapped Smokies
BLT - Bacon+Lemon+Tomato Pasta

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Comic Con!

This week I will be at Comic Con in San Diego! If you're going, stop by and check out some new product and pick up the O.G. cookbook/comic book. I will be in Small Press at table N-10 all week!

While I'm gone you can enjoy free shipping online as well as a giveaway at the recipe blog!

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Expeliamus!

You know, it's fitting that I'm on the 'Geeky Parenting' panel at Geek Girl Con in October. Because so often when I'm working, hear: "Hey Mommy come look," and this is what I find:

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

The boy who lived

It is Harry Potter crazy town around here. The kids are SO into it, we're watching the movies (over and over) reading the books and listening to the books on tape. So yeah - we're ready for the big finale.

Luckily everyone else is on a Harry Potter high too and right now there is a Harry Potter Tribute Exhibition at the Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra. It's a pretty far trek, but totally worth it. With two floors filled with Harry Potter art from over 50 amazing artists, fans will truly be able to relive the stories through artist's visions. It is easy to see the subtle touches and love that went into these pieces.

The overwhelmingly large Voldemort sculpture that 'greets' you as you walk in is definitely intimidating, but it's his larger than life presence that makes the rest of the work so intimate.

There were pencils, painting, sculptures and even paper work. One of my favorites was this whimsical Harry + Hedwig made out of paper.

A lot of the art has already sold. All the pieces can be seen online, though it doesn't do them justice. The brush strokes, color and 'magic' are all a must-see in person.

The show runs until the end of the month and is definitely worth checking out - if not only to buy your House colored scarf at the Whimsic Alley pop-up shop in the front of the Gallery. (The Baby's been eyeing that Slytherin scarf for months...)

Harry Potter Tribute ExhibitionLinkGallery Nucleus
210 East Main St.
Alhambra, CA

Sun-Thurs: 12pm-8pm
Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

To be or not to be - that is the question

In high school I took AP English and I remember one summer the assigned summer reading was the complete works of William Shakespeare. I really got into it - reading the plays over and over, the tragedies were flawed, painful - so very emo. Perfect timing for high-school.

The tales stay with you for years, they are so ingrained in our culture new renditions of the plays rarely stray from the tried and true formula. So when I heard that L'Enfant Terrible was going to do a series of Shakespeare tragedies for kids (?!) I couldn't believe it. Now this I had to see.

The Kid has developed and interest in Shakespeare from reading the Magic Treehouse books. So I felt like this would be the perfect time to introduce him to some of the plays.

The performances are through the month of July at the Bootleg Theater but my July is booked SOLID. So figuring out timing wasn't easy. Luckily I had one day free AND I won tickets from the great L.A. Story blog (my go-to resource for fun things to do with kids in L.A.!)

As you can tell by the titles, L'Enfant's performances are based on Shakespeare's most famous tragedies...but with a twist: King O'Leary. Titus the Clownicus. Macbeth the Monster. We chose to see Hamlet, Prince of Puddles. Hamlet?! The tragedy mired in death, delusion and betrayal? Just how was this going to play to the younger set?

I am happy to say it was FANTASTIC. The kids boo'ed Claudius and cheered Hamlet! It was funny, touching and whimsical - the actors gave such an entertaining performance. But how did the Baby (who's 5) and the Kid (who's 7) feel about it? They loved it. Every minute of it they were intrigued, laughing - enjoying the entire show.

On the drive home the kids were discussing the characters, the plot line - it was great to see. And they even asked if they could go back to watch the other performances! I'd say that's a successful intro to Shakespeare.

The plays run for the next three weeks through July 31st.

L'Enfant Terrible
Fun Family Festival of Tragedy
The Bootleg Theater
www.lenfantterrible.org

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Party Animals at Royal T!

Last Thursday I attended the VIP party for the debut of the new Party Animals show at Royal/T Cafe. Royal/t, the shop+maid cafe+art gallery in Culver City is one of my favorite places and whenever they change out the gallery for something new, you know it's going to fun!

While I enjoyed their last 'Facemaker' show, it was sort of nice to see the screened windows go away. Now that the windows are open and the space is full of light again, the art can really shine for the Party Animals exhibit curated by Lindsay Scoggins.
The FoodLibrarian came with me to check it out. The show is an eclectic mix of fun and whimsy. As you enter, the first thing that you see is a GIANT, I mean giant - it is so adorable you wish you could get in there, roll around and have a tea party!
With some of my favorite artists like Takashi Murakami, Jeff Koons, KAWS, and Yoshitomo Nara there was plenty to see, and it being a Royal/T party - there was plenty of fun! A photobooth, A Tribe of Zebras dj-ing, a face painter + balloon animals, inspired cocktails and lots of food.
The Dim Sum truck parked out back and the maids wandered back and forth serving the treats. There was an assortment of snacks but what stood out was a crazy twist on dim sum called the Cheeseburger Dumpling. All I can say is that it tasted like a deep fried In & Out Burger - which believe it or not is a VERY good thing.

The show is fun and unique and since the kids LOVE Royal/T for brunch, I know we will be going back very soon.

Party Animals runs from July 7th - September 24th.

Royal/T Cafe
8910 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA

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Friday, July 08, 2011

Hot fun in the summertime

Summertime. There's nothing better than packing up some Spam Musubi and kickin' it on the beach.

Spam Musubi recipe, here.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Ferris: The place is like a museum. It's very beautiful and very cold, and you're not allowed to touch anything.

I love museums and now that it's summer there's a lot more time to go. Luckily we are members of several musuems in the city which not only brings the cost down, but you get invited to special events and you're never bored on the weekend!

The Baby's favorite museum is The Natural History Museum in South Los Angeles across from USC. He loves animals - but here...the animals are no longer living. Oh well, there's still lots to learn...
I went here SO often as a kid on many a school field trip. While the main part of the museum hasn't changed a bit, same old dark hall o' taxidermied animals. Very reminiscent of Night at the Museum. I swear these things come to life at night.

Also still there - the huuuge bird exhibit. UGH. "Mommy hates birds" is the first sentence I taught my kids yet they still find it hilarious to drag me in there. Gross.

The museum recently underwent a huge renovation and I was pretty shocked. Perhaps it's showing my old age but man, it was amazing! Now the exhibits are interactive, with touch screens like iPads and on the spot answers. It was crazy.

Back in the day you weren't allowed to touch anything at a museum but now it's encouraged since they've obviously realized that kids learn more by being involved. Now the exhibits are bright and open and so much more inviting.

There's a whole touchable children's section with animal parts and dinosaur bones. The Baby LOVED this because for once I wasn't yelling at him to not touch stuff.

The museum is still undergoing changes, one of the big ones being the cafe downstairs. It was ok, but now that they've closed up completely it's just awful. Sad, dimly lit - it reminds me of the worst office lunchroom ever. Not to mention the incredibly unhealthy snacks at exorbitant prices.

Since I'm broke - I MEAN prefer healthier options, I packed our own lunches. Meat for the Baby, cheese for the Kid and whatever was left for me. Typical Mom lunch.

The sad lunch area worked out fine, since we were just eating quickly but I can't wait for the new Cafe to reopen.

Also coming soon is the new Dinosaur Exhibit which is supposed to be AMAZING. I can't wait and the kids are already asking to go back.

This bear doesn't stand a chance:

Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone: (213) 763-DINO

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Monday, July 04, 2011

We don't have no plastic L.A. friends

Happy 4th! Eat something red, white and blue!

Broken Glass Jell-o Pie recipe, here.

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Sunday, July 03, 2011

AM2: Anime, Manga, Music

This 4th of July weekend there were two anime conventions in town - the grandaddy of them of all: Anime Expo, and AM2: in it's debut year. Basically, the southland was filled with cosplayers.

The choice to go to AM2 was pretty easy since the entire thing was free. Free entry? Unheard of for cons.

AM2 stands for Anime, Music, Manga. All three were well represented. It was held in Orange County at the Anaheim Convention center, right across the street from Disneyland. There was relaxed parking, relaxed entry, the whole thing was...easy! While it was crowded, there was still plenty of room to walk around and a lot to look at.

The main floor consisted of a small vendor area filled with a good variety of items, from plush to cosplay clothes. Copic Markers had a nice booth for artists, filled with beautiful, drool-worthy pens.

Also on the first floor: a small stage where J-pop bands were scheduled all day, gaming areas, autograph areas, card gaming areas and in the very back, I'm talking long haul, no really...

....LONG haul...

there were food trucks parked throughout the day. It was BLAZING hot outside so it was nice that the long path was perfectly air conditioned.

There was also a carnival type area with games that were similar to what you'd find at a Japanese Obon, simple, yet tricky - the games paid off in tickets where you could buy prizes. That's all my kids needed to hear.

They had a blast shooting cans and getting bean bags through hoops - all for the payoff of the big prize table.

While *I* eyed the Manga Studio software, it was the kid's choice so we took home some Gundam models and Bleach trading cards.

I love the Anaheim Convention Center because it's so roomy. Upstairs were rooms for individual panels and even an arcade area. The kids were in awe of the Dance Dance Revolution game, an old skool staple.That's the Baby going nuts on a Dance2 machine with no money it in, btw. I thought it was hilarious that even without quarters, he could still be entertained.

In addition to the downstairs food trucks there were also the standard convention food vendors but the Con went a step further to incorporate the theme and they set up a maid cafe! An ani-maid cafe. A smart choice considering the heavy cosplay crowd. I didn't go in, but it looked like a Royal/T type pop up.

On the third floor was the big hall where they held concerts. Since the second 'M' stands for music, there were a lot of acts booked with performers that flew in from Japan. I'm not too familiar with these groups but the fans sure were. They packed the hall and enjoyed the shows.

It was heavy cosplay Con, with lots of people dressed as familiar (and not so familiar) anime characters. Steampunk was represented as well as LOTS of Lolitas. Petticoats and hair bows galore, Lolitas are where the $ are at.

AM2 was a small but comfortable Con, and for the price of FREE you couldn't go wrong. The Con staff - as well as the attendees - were polite and accessible. A nice change from the giant almost corporate Cons that are the norm now. I think they did pretty well for a first run and I have to say I can't wait to see how they step it up next year.

The AM2 Con runs through today, July 3rd until 7pm.
Am2 Con
Anaheim Convention Center
July 1 - 3

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