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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday

Well, without my meaning to, the last two guest blog posts I did had food lists - foods I know are bad for me but don't want to give up at Love Bytes Reviews, and top five comfort foods at My Fiction Nook - so I thought I should continue the theme.

So, I was pretty picky as a kid - I still prefer my food not to touch on the plate. If I want it mixed together, I'll do that myself and stuff like stew, I will eat all the potatoes, then all the veggies, then the meat. I'm still kind of picky. Or at least that's what I thought because of my experience as a kid, but when I really think about it - I will try anything at least once and I wind up liking a lot more than I think I'm going to. Still, it's sometimes a surprise to me when I like a food.

Top Ten Foods I Was Surprised I Liked (with the least surprising at 10 and the most surprising at 1)

10 - Cheddar Jalapeno Cheetos - I always avoided these because I am not a spicy chip fan. Or so I thought. I had a taste once at a get together where these were the only option and I was feeling munchy, so I figured I'd try. OMG. So good. It's chips, I should have known.

9 - Octopus - I didn't expect to like this (although as I like calimari, I'm not sure why) but I did. I've had it prepared both hot and cold and have enjoyed it both ways.

8 -  Mocha cake - I hate coffee - I know, that makes me a weirdo, but I just don't like the taste and I'm not even that fond of the smell, so I have always avoided cake with mocha because usually any cake that has coffee in it makes me go ew. But I had a small tast of a mocha cake at The Keg and wound up having more because it was surprisingly good.

7 - Spinach - I disliked spinach like whoa as a kid. Turns out I actually like spinach raw and somewhat wilted, what I don't like its when it's had the hell cooked out of it - because then it tastes like grass with dirt. But raw or only slightly wilted? Bring it on.

6 - Leeks - not a fan of onions growing up, I was suprised to learn how much I like cooked leeks with butter. Yum.

5 - Pickled Herring - it's fish, I'm not going to like it, I was in my late thirties before I actually tried it. I'm just sorry I waited so long to try it. I also love the onion slivers that are pickled with it. Love it on rye bread.

4 - Steak and Kidney pie - kidneys, ewww, right? Actually, if cooked properly they're great and really added to the flavor of this meat pie.

3 - Aloo Matar - this is an Indian potato dish. I like Indian food okay, but I'm very picky about it and I am not the biggest fan of potatoes as a main, nor am I a big fan of tomato based sauce, but whoa, this is delicious and I went back for seconds

2 - Baba Ganoush - I am not a fan of eggplant, like at all. I'd eat it if I was starving and that's all there was, but otherwise no. And yet, somehow, I enjoy baba ganoush.

1 - Haggis. Now granted, if it's not a 'good' haggis, I don't like it. I don't hate it, but I find a lot of times it's very mealy. However. I have had good haggis that I thought was honestly delicious. There's a restaurant here in town called The Highland Pub and their haggis is honestly good.

What foods were you surprised that you actually liked?

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Movie Monday

Okay, so this isn't exactly a movie, but I binged all but the last two episodes yesterday evening and have a date for those last two episodes tonight. Episodes of what? The New Legends of Monkey.

This story is in the same vein as The Legend of Hercules and Xena the Warrior Princess. Three gods, and a girl posing as a monk go on a search for ancient scrolls that are supposed to save the world.

It's cheesy as hell, and it's all out fun. And with episodes only a half hour or so long, it's easy to move through the whole thing.

I highly reccomend this fun romp of a show.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Movie Monday

A Tale of Two Movies

Picked up the new Grinch movie. Loved the little mini minion movies that came with it - I love those little yellow dudes of joy.

But the actual Grinch movie? What a disappointment. I turned it off about 20 minutes in. And I LOVE the Grinch. It's like they took everything that was wonderful about the source material and threw it out. Blah.

So instead of watching the rest of that, I watched Christopher Robin. This movie took everything that was wonderful about the source material and celebrated it. It was a beautiful movie about finding your joy again. The pace matched the books, there were many scenes that were essentially from the books. And I loved it.

So, the moral of this story? Don't bother with the Grinch, but give Christopher Robin a chance.

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