Chad

Chad

Movie: Robin Hood: Men in Tights

  
You may call it a parody, a comedy, a musical, or a love story, but this movie is amazing. I’m not sure how many times I’ve seen it now. It’s been a lot. This was my go to for single’s d- I mean “Valentine’s Day”. It will have you laughing and crying (because you’re laughing so hard). I can’t decide which part is my favorite. There’s so many good ones, I think think I’ll have to go with anytime they break the movie wall, the men in tights song, or the implication that Larry King is old (and this movie is over 20 years old).

  
The story is very typical, but it’s not OVERLY predictable since they do break the barrier. Mel Brooks, you are a comedic genius. I salute you.

Rating: 5 out of 5 paws!

 

Chadian Banana Date Squares: Delicious. The dough is like a cookie, layered with Dates and banana slices. It tastes like banana bread the most, but the dates add a good chew. This is definitely a recipe to try again and since it has fruit, you can at least FEEL like it’s not too bad for your diet!

Thanks for reading, happy (late) Valentine’s Day!

   

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Indonesia

Indonesia

This week’s movie: Hercules 

  
Hey readers. Sorry it’s been so long since my last post. I’m back and starting with this 2014 flop.

This movie is just jam packed full of look-alikes.

1. A Nicole Kidman 

2. A Kimberly Williams Paisley

3. The guy from Lost WITHOUT the guyliner

4. Fluffy! Remember Fluffy from HARRY Potter?

5. Dumbledore?

6. A fairly convincing Angelina Jolie (Hercules’ kids’ mother)

7. A guy who looks like Dwayne Johnson, but without the ability to act

Okay, honestly. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of The Rock, but this movie is a HUGE let down to his fans. I’m not sure if he just didn’t care, or if he thought the character didn’t, but this is some of the worst acting I’ve ever seen him do.

I’ve read a bit on Greek myths, so I had a TINY bit of information going into the movie. While I appreciate the whole effort of trying to show us a new chapter in the book of Hercules, I would have rathered the twelve-trials version, maybe with a bit of this thrown in at the end. 

Even though The Rock does take his shirt off multiple times, the  story just isn’t there. 

If you enjoy action movies with very little plot, you will probably love this movie. There are so many battle scenes they all blend in to one after a while. It’s gory, and doesn’t hold back, but come on guys, the animals too? If you can’t handle animal abuse, I’d sit this one out.

Also, it may be just me, but when he put on the lion coat and got his club, this was all I could think of:

  
I’d rate this movie 2 out of 5 paws.

Moving on to the food:

  
I scaled back a bit for this movie night, making two items.

1. Coconut chicken strips: these are actually very good, and although I didn’t have the mango sauce to go with them (my mango spoiled before I used it), I’d have to say they are some of the best chicken strips I’ve ever had. I thought the coconut might throw me off a bit, the it just adds a nice sweet crunch to the chicken!

2. Indonesian Bubur SumSum: this dish is a porridge made with rice flour, coconut milk, and Palm sugar. This is the second dish I’ve made with rice flour, and I have to say they are very similar. (The other being the Hong Kong dish) I’m not a huge fan of the rice flour. It has a strong, yet bland taste, if that makes sense. I feel like these dishes are just throwing other tastes on top of it, trying to make it taste good, but it doesn’t deliver. Overall, not BAD, but not one to make again.

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East Timor/ Netherlands

East Timor/ Netherlands

Double Movie Night: Transporter, Transporter 2

  
This movie was definately not as bad as it could have been. It’s full of action and the story, although it can get a little confusing for a moment with all the foreign aspects, was pretty good. The start was a little slow and rough. The beginning slowly started to remind me of Lethal Weapon, but it transitioned into more of a “die hard” type. Jason Statham’s character is well played and the level of action that he alone puts into it, is pretty darn impressive. I did notice a few technical errors, but for the most part, very well done.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  
Transporter 2 was a bit more interesting. It adds a family aspect to the point where we think this “transporter” may actually be capable of feelings. Usually the sequels are not as good as the original, but this movie had just as much action, story, and explosions as the first. It is essentially a story about saving a kid from kidnappers, but it’s done in a cool, unique way that I haven’t seen in many other movies, if any. My only complaint is the hench-woman. She couldn’t find any more fabric laying around?

Rating: 5 paws out of 5.

  

Garlic Cheese Fingers: these were okay, but next time I’m really going to pile on the cheese. The thing is, the best part about garlic fingers is the dipping sauce, which I didn’t have. Next time I make them, I will have to find a recipe for that as well.

Strawberry dole whip: this was actually better than I had expected. A lot of times the strawberry over powers the whole recipe and almost makes it sour, but this one is very smooth. The only thing I didn’t like was the tiny seeds, but that’s strawberries for ya. I don’t think there’s any avoiding it.

Chicken pesto Sandwich: Pretty good. It tasted a lot better than it looks. You can load it up with the veggies you want too, but I like mine simple.

Cookies n’ cream hot chocolate: This might be my favorite bit. You use hot chocolate mix, but use milk instead of water. I’ve heard of this before but haven’t really tried it. It adds a creaminess to the drink and the toppings are great too.

For my around the world recipes, I had a recipe from East Timor and a recipe from the Netherlands.

East Timor: (in the shape of ghosts) Pudim de Coco. This recipe seemed to be a little eggy to me, but overall a pretty nice dessert. I’m having an issue with the caramel though. Once you turn them over and empty them out, they basically look like a flan. The caramel doesn’t stick to the pudding though. It slides of in one big chunk. It would have been nice for the two to meld together.

Netherlands: I made a dessert called “hangop” which to me sounds like “hang up”, which is what you do. It’s basically a dried yogurt. You hang it up, drain the water, and that’s it. It takes a long time to do. You are supposed to leave it over night. My issue is that as a dairy item, should this be left out over night? I had a sample, and I do enjoy the texture, the flavor doesn’t really change. It ends up like a cream cheese with the flavor of the yogurt you use. Here is my “hangop” during the process:

  
Transporter Refueled:

  
The new Transporter movie is in theatres now and although it doesn’t include Jason Statham anymore, the series can survive. The new guy does a good job of imitating Statham’s unique style and his body even looks like his! You can tell this one has a bit more of an accent, but we’ll forgive him. There is a bit of everything in this movie. The usual action adds a family twist when the father is added in the mix and relationships develop with the new lady characters. I have to say though, my favorite parts were the nods to the previous films. This movie could easily stand alone, but it also likes to bring us back to the greatest moments from its predecessors. A must watch for lovers of action, movies, and revenge.

Rating: 4.5 paws.

  
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The Scorch Trials

The Scorch Trials

Okay, I don’t normally review new movies, but this one has to be done.

  
Why did you have to ruin this franchise!?

The books are hard enough to follow, what with the constant flash backs and memory loss. The good thing about reading the books that are made into movies is that you have the background stories to help you understand the characters’ behaviour. Not the case with these movies. Yes, the first one started to get a little of track with their maze, but it seemed as though it would all come back to the same ending. There were a few things left out here and there, but it wasn’t a major loss. This movie completely goes off the rails. Not only does nothing that you’ve wanted to happen, happen, but the “Scorch Trials”? They don’t happen either. Yes, they are in the scorch for a PORTION of the movie, but there is no trial. Where’s the trial!?!?!?!

I have to admit, before there was even talks of this movie, I didn’t know how they would go about it, given that half of the book is just them walking and running out of water, but there is so much that could have been done while keeping the integrity of the books. Your favorite parts of the books that you wait for, forget it. It doesn’t happen.

Wasn’t Thomas supposed to be on the brink of death at one point?

And the best part, that the entire book leads up to? The epic battle between man and machine-things? Spoiler alert: it doesn’t happen. I waited the entire movie for it and then the credits rolled. I’m so completely dissatisfied with this movie. If I had paid for my ticket, I would have demanded my money back.

This really just seems like a sell out to me. They took away all the good parts and filled it with empty explosions, the stereotypical, dramatic “hold on!” Scenes, and fireworks.

Thus proving that just because you have money, doesn’t mean you can make a movie.

Utterly disappointed.

2 paws out of 5.

P.S. If you are jumpy, you might want to close your eyes when the cranks show up. A job well done to the arts department for those terrifying creatures though.

Top Movies of the Summer

Top Movies of the Summer

There have been quite a lot of new movies in theatres this summer. I rated the 19 I’ve seen (out of 5). Let me know if you agree!

   
19. Mad Max: Fury Road:

Where to even start with this one. Well, if you like non-stop action, and I do mean NON-STOP, so much so that you can’t tell who’s doing what or what’s up and what’s down, you might enjoy this movie. It got to a point where my eyes were screaming “NO!” at me. The futuristic masks and war paint are terrifying and the story is severely lacking. I heard that this movie was loved by women because it was “empowering”. EMPOWERING? It’s not empowering when you start them off as baby making slaves or milk machines and have them fight their way out of it, potentially losing some on the way. It’s just cruel. There are SO many deaths in this movie too and they don’t hold back. It’s a little too realistic and gruesome. The biggest problem I have with this one though is the story. This woman decides to try to free the king’s wives, knowing full-well that she’s going to have to fight her way out of it, and she didn’t bring any back up! You got to know your chances are slim. Then, I won’t spoil the ending, but the whole journey does seem to be pretty pointless. If there was no action in this movie, it would have been maybe ten minutes long. AND MAX! He’s such a minor character in this story. Honestly I was excited to see Tom Hardy in another movie, but I was majorly disappointed with the screen-time he got.

Rating: 1 paw.

 
18. Fantastic Four:

First of all, I’m not even sure why we needed another remake of this. We JUST had one with Chris Evans and Jessica Alba…

The whole movie is probably 3/4 back story, 1/4 actual action movie. Yes, it is nice to have the back story of the characters, but do we need ten minutes of children in the classroom/ at the science fair, etc, etc. there’s just way too much getting ready! We already know what’s going to happen! We can tell by the movie poster who turns into what, so let’s get this show on the road! 

The only other thing I want to mention is this “other world” they travel to. What!? Where did this come from? No. They go to space. That’s where it happens. If I was a fan of the comic books, I would have lost it. As it stands, I’m just very diappointed.

Rating: 1 paw

   
17. Hitman: Agent 47:

Sadly, the best parts of this movie were in the trailer, so I wasn’t surprised with anything good. Although the story picks up in the last twenty minutes or so, for the first hour or so I was very bored. Again, this movie has included too much backstory. The problem is, it’s needed to understand the plot, and while it does include a lot of information, it throws it all at you during the opening credits, making it hard to catch everything you need. I found the greater half of this one very hard to follow for that reason. The ending was left open, possibly for a sequel. I’ve heard this movie is based on a video game, so maybe somethings were lost in the transition. There were a lot of plot twists and I couldn’t decide which team I was supposed to be on. As the movie ended, I still didn’t know.

Rating: 1.5 paws

 
16. Trainwreck:

The title nailed it. This movie is a trainwreck. You have to be a fan of Amy Schumer’s comedy style to appreciate this movie. It was way too inappropriate. Even as a full grown adult, there are somethings you can just never unsee. While I love Bill Hader, and I do think he played the role well, he and Amy just don’t fit in a romance together. The romantic scenes just felt so awkward, they made me feel uncomfortable just watching. Also, WAY too many sex scenes. We don’t need to see all that. I understand sometimes you need to add them into the script for a little extra something, but you really don’t need that many. It’s just uncomfortable for everyone. The storyline was pretty generic when you think about it, but with a bit of a role reversal which is nice, but the also tends to go off on random tangents. Get it together!

Rating: 2 paws

   

15. Vacation:

This movie, as it’s said in the preview, does “stand alone”. You can follow along without having to see the first one. While I wouldn’t exactly give this highly inappropriate movie a 5 paw rating, it did exceed my prior expectations, although they may have been pretty low.  The movie is basically a road trip gone bad, just landing us to comedic new situations. I must mention what a pleasant surprise Chris Hemsworth was. I had no idea he could be so funny. The plot is unoriginal, the jokes are R-rated, but you can’t help but laugh at it. Note: Vegans- beware!

Rating: 2.5 paws
  

14. Ted 2:

Since we’re already talking about inappropriate movies, let’s throw this one into the mix. These guys are obviously on the “legalize marijuana” train. As a movie enthusiast, I’m going to keep this one rather low on my summer movie list, but stoners, this one is for you. To me, the plot seems to be much more exciting than the first. It’s still a very inappropriate movie with its humor and pot references (like the first), but there seems to be more happening. The cameos are Ah-mazing. I don’t want to spoil anything, but the supermarket cameo almost had me in tears I was laughing so hard. The movie does seem to drag out the ending though.

Rating: 2.5 paws.
  

13. Home:

It’s cute. It’s funny. It’s animated. This movie is a great choice for children. One down side though is that, as an alien, “oh!” doesn’t speak perfect English. It’s not exactly teaching children how to be Shakespeare, but if they are over that stage, I see no reason not to see this movie. I was really surprised by Rihanna. I wasn’t sure what to expect with her voicing a main character, but she did a pretty decent job. The ending seemed a bit intense for a kids’ movie, and the whole thing is pretty sad, but I do think this movie was underrated. 

Rating: 3 paws.
  

12. Shaun the Sheep:

This is definately a kids’ movie and to be honest the only reason I saw it is because I’d seen everything else, but wow. I was really surprised at how this movie which was animated to look like claymation and who’s only line is “baa” hit every note with a bang. I laughed, I (almost) cried, then then I laughed some more. With a few jokes thrown in for adults, a decent plot line, and an adorable baby sheep, this one is a movie I would reccomend (for most people).

Rating: 3 paws.
  

11. Paper Towns:

Another hit from Mr. John Green. If you liked the Fault in our Stars, there’s a very good chance you’ll enjoy this movie. Although it doesn’t follow the book as much as I had hoped, I think this version may be even better. I enjoyed this adventure because the kids seem like real people. Unlikely circumstances, yes, but possible nonetheless. The thing I don’t understand is how is it that these kids just take off for a night or two and none of their parents notice? The book explained that a bit, but the movie kind of skips over that altogether. 

Rating: 3.5 paws.
  

10. Antman:

And a new hero is born (on the big screen). Antman starts off pretty slow. Of course we have to get the full backstory before the adventure can really start, but it quickly picks up to be a high-paced, action-packed adventure. If you’re not sure if you want to see this movie in 3D or not, you should. The effects are worth it. Paul Rudd adds his hilarious charm to this movie, and Evangeline Lilly kicks it up a notch. Overall, although I did find a few plot holes, it’s a pretty fun adventure. There is lots of room for a sequel and maybe even a new addition to the avengers?

Rating: 4 paws.
  

9. The Man from U.N.C.L.E:

Wow. So much happens in this movie, it’s unreal. Although the movie does seem to be rather long and dragged out, the story did not disappoint. There’s a little bit of everything in this movie. And can we talk about the eye candy for a minute? Yes, Armie Hammer plays a very attractive Russian man, but Henry Cavill, with the suit, the eyes, and the accent, gets my vote for sexiest man alive, that’s for sure. I know the accent isn’t real, but a girl can dream. Just, wow. Add to that a poised 70s girl we’ve all wanted to be at one time or another and you’ve got yourself a pretty good movie.

My question now is: Who IS the man from U.N.C.L.E?!

Rating: 4 paws.
  

8. Inside out: 

Pixar has a pretty stellar reputation when it comes to their mega-movie-blockbusters. The merchandise alone from this movie has probably made millions upon millions, but I have to say, I was a little disappointed. I’m not saying it was a bad movie, because it certainly wasn’t. It wouldn’t have made it up this high on the list if it was. It is however missing that little extra “umph”. I mean, the imaginary creature is pretty ugly and creepy. It’s not cute at all. The plot is kind of weird too. The story could have ended a lot sooner. Had Joy just used her brain.

Rating: 4 paws.

  

7. Pixels:

First and foremost, the effects in this movie are incredible. Definately worth seeing in 3D, possibly the best of the summer. The movie takes all the classic arcade games and makes them bigger and better. The story line is solid and well-planned and the “trophies” are adorable. There’s so much action in this movie it kind of overshadows Adam Sandler’s trademark humor, but all-in-all, it’s still pretty funny and enjoyable.

Rating: 4 paws.
  

6. Terminator Genisys:

With amazing realistic defects, this movie adds to the Terminator franchise like no other. It starts off very similar (almost identical) to the first movie, which was a pretty cool trip back in time, but then there’s a huge twist as Sarah Conner takes the wheel, instead of playing the damsel in distress. While I did really enjoy this movie, I kind of feel like it’s more of a spin off than a sequel as it can now start a whole new line of movies, following this plot. If we’re to believe this story as what happened, it pretty much makes the old movies (more specifically, all sequels until now) pretty pointless. I had to laugh at the photo though. Obviously they couldn’t have the old Sarah Conner play the role again, thirty years later, so the iconic Polaroid had to be changed to suit the new actress. It’s a funny, but necessary change. 

Rating: 4 paws.

  

5: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation:

It’s funny. It’s smart, it’s sexy. The plot is full of great twists and Tom Cruise does amazing real-life stunts. I don’t have too many complaints about this one. The action keeps you on your toes, but the twists are somewhat predictable.

Rating: 4 paws.
  

4. Jurassic World:

The long awaited sequel to the Jurassic trilogy. If you were looking for any of the original cast to return, you will be sadly disappointed, but Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard make the new Jurassic world very sexy. A little too much so? Why does the girl need to be “sweating” (it doesn’t even look like sweat) so much? And why does her looks change so much, but without tearing or dirtying her clothes? The raptors are super adorable, but also terrifying at the same time. How do they do that? I’m not sure the intelligence of the new species was entirely explained either. There’s so much action in this film, and yes it can be a bit scary at times, but if I can handle it, most people should be able to. The ending is left open for other movies in this one too, but once the dinosaurs are all let loose, wouldn’t they just all eat each other anyway?

Rating: 4 paws.

  

3. Pitch Perfect 2:

This one had a lot to live up to after the first, but it didn’t disappoint. It’s “aca-awesome”! It took all of the much loved elements from the first one and then it kicked it up a notch. The riff-off has got to be the greatest thing though. It brought us booty shaking football players. The Green Bay Packers certainly made a fan out of me. And it brought us the best line of the movie which would have to go to Rebel Wilson with “I’d love to be the meat in that man sandwich”!

They were also able to introduce a new character into the movie. Although I was a little wary at first, I didn’t hate her. Kudos. 

Rating: 4.5 paws.
  

2. Minions:

Could you make these guys any cuter!? Who would have thought evil could be so cute? Although the 3D is not as good as it could have been, I still think this is one amazing, adorable movie. I’m not sure how they were able to make us cheer for evil, but they did it, and it doesn’t teach bad morals either. If you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s no wonder these guys are everywhere these days. BANANA!

Rating: 5 paws.

 

And my number one movie is: 

1. Spy:

This movie truly has everything. You’ve got comedy, action, adventure, mystery. Melissa McCarthy is at her finest. Jude Law plays the charming man Melissa has a crush on, and we can all relate. Who hasn’t had a crush on Mr. law at one point or another? Honestly. Jason Statham surprised me with his hilarious and outrageous remarks. But the biggest surprise in this movie is how completely hilarious Rose Byrne turned out to be. 

The action is intense with breaks of comedy and there is a moment of surprise nudity. Anything goes in this movie. It’s a funny “James Bond” type, although it doesn’t try to parody them either. Whatever they did, they nailed it, and I am hoping to see more in the future!

Rating: 5 paws.

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Senegal

Senegal

Movie: Descendants

  
Review: This movie is basically the children of heroes and villains having the same fight their parents had years beforehand. Although it’s a Disney movie, and there are a few good qualities, I have so many complaints about this one. Let’s break it down.

1. The actors- none of these actors, aside from maybe one, look old enough to play these characters. They are all very baby-faced. My problem with that is that back in the day, people would age much worse, not better, and it almost seems like the characters are too young for the content.

2. It’s a musical. I didn’t know that before I put it on. But it’s not just a musical. The songs are all very happy. These are villains! Why are they so joyous!?

3. Prince Charming- the offspring of Prince Charming and Cinderella would never be that spoiled. His mama would have taught him better than that.

4. The King and Queen. Why is the king and queen beauty and the beast? Of all heroes, what would make them the best choice? I much would have rathered seen Cinderella or Snow White be queen. In saying that though, I do see that the male lead in this one would need to be able to see the beauty in everyone.

5. Auradon: Besides rhyming or Oregon, what is the significance of this name?

6. The love spell (spoiler). The love spell just wears off and the prince just doesn’t care. I get that he actually really likes her anyway, but come on dude, even YOU have to be made over the deceit.

7. The “double-cross” (spoiler). The moment when you think Maleficent’s daughter grabs the wand and it turns out to be a hero’s daughter. Kind of a let down. It’s different than I would expect, but I still would have rathered see the girl having that crisis of identy instead of just saying, “nah, I’m going to be good”.

8. How did Maleficent get off the island?

9. Sleeping Beauty’s mom: I know there are different versions of all the fairy tales, but I’m trying to piece together her place in this story. It wasn’t well explained.

10. The ending: nothing really concluded. Obviously the big “battle” if you want to call it that was won, but they WERE right in the middle of something… They left it open for a sequel, but you should sum up most things, just in case it doesn’t happen.

11. WHERE IS SNOW WHITE’S CHILD? And is she named “Emma”?

The movie was also set in present day, but within fairy tale limits. There are a few glitches in this plot, but overall, I was an original idea. I will say, I think that if you are going to go with something that hasn’t been seen before, you really need to hit it out of the part, which this movie didn’t.

I know this movie was a big hit with kids this summer, and it had its moments, but I see so much more potential in this one, than what was done.

The dance numbers were impressive though. They were modern, but didn’t go outside of the characters either.

Side note: Does anyone else think the Evil Queen’s daughter reminds them of Demi Lovato?

Rating: 3.5 paws out of 5

  
Easy Garlic Chicken: This recipe is simple and delicious. It’s one of the best ways I’ve had chicken breast. It’s so simple and sweetened with brown sugar. I will be making this again for sure.

Chocolate soufflé: the soufflé is very simple as well. It looks like a heavy, dense cake, but once you stick a fork in it it seems similar to a light, airy mousse. Also a recipe to remember.

    
 Starbucks caramel frappuccino: this recipe seems to be a bit more complicated than it needs to be. Although it’s good, it’s not really a replica of Starbucks, and it seems to me more like an iced coffee.

Finally, for my around the world item, I made Senegal coconut cakes. What’s interesting about these cakes is that instead of baking them, they are fried. AND you can cut them into any shape you want. They are pretty dense as well. Taste-wise, they are pretty much just a dry cake, with a hint of coconut flavor. Although if I slathered them in icing, they would be very enjoyable.

    
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Belarus/ Madagascar/ Brazil

Belarus/ Madagascar/ Brazil

That’s right. It’s a three-in-one night.

  

Movie: We’re the Millers

Review: This movie has so many stars in it, it isn’t fair. First of all and most of all, Jason Sudekis. If you liked him on Saturday Night Live, you will love this movie. Period. He plays a drug dealer, trying to settle his debt. Jason Sudekis stays true to himself, putting his unique comedy style on the character. Bravo, sir.

Then you add Jennifer Aniston to the mix. Can we take a second to acknowledge how amazing she looks? She plays a stripper in this movie and she really does look incredible. She’s an amazing actress so I wasn’t surprised when she added a great flare to this movie too.

Then there’s a few kids. I know them only as Julia Roberts’ niece and the other guy from Narnia. They made pretty funny additions though, I must say.

Some warnings, there is a lot of nudity, strong language, and of course, drugs, involved. Heed the rating on this one.

All in all, a pretty funny movie, but the bloopers overshadowed the story.

Rating: 4 paws out of 5

   
This Belarus concoction uses rice, raisins, and honey. I’m not a huge fan of rice, so I didn’t quite enjoy this one, but I’m not sure these three flavors really go together anyway.


Shrimp pesto: this was my first time making pesto, and I have to say it was fantastic. This was a creamy linguine version. I really enjoyed it and see much more of it in my future.

  
Then we have Brazilian truffles. The batter of which did not hold together very easily. The taste was pretty bland too, with only three ingredients. How about adding a little citrus in there?

The Madagascar clafoutis was made with cherries. It was the tastier of the bunch, although it’s still not a favorite of mine. It’s basically cake poured over cherries. I would like to try a different type one day though.

I washed it all down with an iced caramel coffee. It was good, but if I’m going to drink anything iced, I would prefer it blended.

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Turkey

Turkey

   
Movie: Speed Racer

Review: Speed Racer, apparently it’s a comic book? For starters, it’s looks comic-y. The backgrounds and settings are very cartoonish and unrealistic. It sort of reminded me of that show “lazytown” (I think it’s called). I was expecting there to be puppets at any second. The acting is pretty mediocre, even though there are a few well-known names thrown in there. Also, the family name. You couldn’t think of anything better for a racing family than “Racer”? That’s literally their names. The protagonist in this movie is literally “Speed Racer”…

Anyway, the story, very predictable. I knew right from the beginning what the “big twist” was. Am I good, or is it lazy writing?  The story is long and dragged out. Honestly it could have been done in half the time and been way better. Like I said, I am not a fan of the comic, nor had I heard of it before this, so I can’t say what they stayed true to or didn’t. But I certainly cannot understand how this movie was able to rake in so much money at the box office.

Pretty boring if you ask me.

Rating: 2 paws out of 5.

Food:  

 
Turkish delight: from Turkey! It’s a really hard form of jelly, coated with sugar. The problem is, these guys start to melt very quickly. Then they soak up the sugar and become very slimy to handle. Nice tasting though.

Mocha milkshake: this surprised me. I didn’t think it was going to be that good, but it really was. It’s a good idea for someone to have in the morning instead of plain hot coffee. Again.

Chocolate mousse: I wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out, but it was very delicious. It was very similar to a chocolate pudding, but a lot lighter. I will be adding this one to my book.

White wine mussels: I love mussels. These were done quickly in a wine and garlic sauce. They were good, but I have to say, I still like them plain. I think mussels have enough flavour on them that anything you add is just unnecessary and a waste of time.

  

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Movie: Cinderella

  Review: The effects in this movie are extraordinary. There are so many versions of this story, it’s hard to find a way to make it different. Aside from the effects, the story is very much the same as the version we all grew up with. It skips the gory, “Grimm” details, making it suitable for kids. I think it is an excellent story for kids to see,  so hopefully they will believe in a little bit of magic and love.

It has great underlying messages as well.

As for the actual MOVIE, there is no filler. This means since the creators only have so much story to tell, the scenes do end up being pretty dragged out.

Rating: 4 out of 5

   

S’more Pops: These are a nice chocolatey treat, however, the combination of graham cracker and harden chocolate, makes them pretty hard to bite into.

 
Costa Rican Orange Pudding: this is an interesting one. The only two flavours are orange and cinnamon. It’s not bad, but pretty bland.

  
This is a cheesy chicken taco with a lettuce she’ll. I poured an Italian dressing over it. It’s very creative and tasty.

I made a Frozen Hot Chocolate to go with it. The recipe used both cocoa AND chocolate. It was okay, but next time I think I’ll skip the cocoa.

Thanks for reading and send me your suggestions!