Collecting the Con drinks and doing some Fundraising.

Before we begin, I’d like to raise awareness of my fundraising for the Lung Force Walk in Seattle on May 6th.  More details in the video, and below it.  It’s a short video, but I don’t start with that.  So please also check that out, or just duck on below.

Unicorn Frap tie-in

(https://dailymotion.com/video/x5j8wv9) YouTube is pulling the rug out from under independent creators, so I’m looking for other sites to endorse.  So, we can break up the existing monopoly and continue to have a sustainable presence online.  We are not going away.

Though likely you are on YouTube instead.  If that’s the only venue you’re going to watch this on, the least you could do is subscribe.  As this is a cancer research fundraising video on top of a product sample, I invite you to share this as far and wide as you can.  All it takes is $300 to reach my fundraising goal.  As for what I’ll do if I hit that $300, you’ll just have to watch the whole 6 minute vid.  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Rg6PIrrN30&lc=z13ojrwrtq3ycvijj04ccf2qwl22gx5ae5w) If you want to donate, please click here:  http://action.lung.org/site/TR/LUNGFORCE/ALAMP_Mountain_Pacific?px=5488151&pg=personal&fr_id=14372

And if you’re interested in the Unicorn Frap, check out it’s official page, and if you want to get one still, check out a Starbucks stand within a larger store, like a Safeway: https://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/frappuccino-blended-beverages/unicorn-frappuccino-blended-cr%C3%A8me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now before we get through a list of drinks I had specific to all the Cons I’m slated to attend this year (though Atomic Comicon in the Tacoma summertime is still up in the air), I found something else trouble in the crawling around and exploring I’ve been doing. When I was out yesterday to confirm the position of Seattle’s Japanese consulate, went by the entrance where there was a Tully’s without door access then I pass it on my way out the floor beneath the lobby where there was a Starbucks. Almost directly below a Tully’s Coffee. And then when I made the intersection I saw this city center shopping complex with the nearest Corner boldly featuring a Starbucks. Fearing the long lines at the usual conventions Starbucks today, I went there to try a new blend I had devised, only to find that not only did they have the same Comic-Con fair and deals that the usual convention spot had but is that on the floor below there was another Starbucks Outlet in the same deals and offers. Seattle. You are The Shining Jewel of the county in which I have spent most of my life. You held and fed my sister well when she lived here comma and you were like a big play place I was being guided through when I made those infrequent visits as a little boy. I love you, but that’s exactly why we need to talk…

 

Groot Coffee

Group coffee it was something I was very glad I only had in a small size. I will try to be honest and objective, but I do not like espresso or black coffee in general.  So seeing how this was coffee on coffee flavor, there wasn’t anything for me. But if you do like the taste of coffee, I would describe this as a cold, “coffee squared” experience.  If applying exponents to flavor makes any sense to you.

Meeshe’s cream based Groot: The coffee flavor is replaced with a whipped and fluffy sweetness.  It was hard to make out the mocha drizzle.  By taste I mean.  Obviously, it stands out against the whipped cream by sight.  The first batch was a tad flavorless.

Starbucks: Modifying the Groot frap, use same amount of whole milk, then add “cream base” syrup and two hazelnut syrup pumps (for tall, 3 pumps for larger sizes).  And then the same plain cream and mocha drizzle topping.  Say “I know what I’m drinking before Guardians of the Galaxy 2.”  Also, the convention coincided with a company-wide event called “Buy one Share one” where customers could buy any Macciotto between the hours of 2 & 5PM and get one free.  I explored a couple of the outlets I knew where cashing in on the con, and while I didn’t see anyone seeming to take part in the offer, I spied some con attendees who’d made the same discovery I had.  I also couldn’t help but notice two new Machiotto flavors being promoted at the same time.  I’m sure that had NOOOTHING to do with promoting a buy one get one offer exclusively for Machiottos.

The new flavors were “Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk” and “Coconutmilk Mocha.”  My thoughts on them were as follows:  In the Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk, I could only taste the cinnamon and the espresso.  It flowed a little thicker, but was still very fluid.  Though it would have thinned considerably if I’d given all that ice time to melt.  As for the Coconutmilk Mocha, it claimed to be mocha…  But mocha is a combination of coffee and cocoa.  And all I tasted was espresso.   It’s nice and thick, though.  And the Almond milk had not only leaner consistency, but also cinnamon to make it easier to digest.

Hulk Smash! Frappucino

Sakuracon faithful, I think you’re really going to like this one. It’s the green tea frap with chips that we get at the specialty drink for that con, the Sakuracino. But it’s more filling and less crashing because of the added protein. Also the stronger chocolate flavor on account of the mocha drizzle. I’m not saying I prefer one or the other.   It’s just a nice reminder.  Though the added protein does make it better lunch fare.

Sakuracino 2017

Speaking of which, this year was a very different Sakuracino.  Normally I’m used to White Chocolate Frap with Matcha Powder, but this time it was Strawberries and cream frap with toasted coconut and strawberry add-ins, topped with plain whipped cream and just a sprinkle of matcha.  Matcha is powdered green tea, if you’re wondering.  This leaves me with mixed feelings, though I’m not denying that the only constant is change.  On the one hand, I definitely miss the old one (and it’s signature flavored whipped Cream) this one is not only surely better for me (to whichever degree) I can also share it with my mother, who’s cancer drugs make her stomach sensitive to things like green tea.  (And if you’d like to help me raise research money to support her, please donate here: http://action.lung.org/site/TR/LUNGFORCE/ALAMP_Mountain_Pacific?px=5488151&pg=personal&fr_id=14372 No, I’m not afraid to shill.  Why do you ask? 😉 )

 

On one last note, some of my fellow foodies already know I have been trying to come up with original recipes based on Capcom Darkstalkers line.  This is about Darkstalkers’s own Viktor Von Gerdenheim.

In the Udon Comics he’s a big fan of hot chocolate with marshmallows. Thus a tribute to him should probably focus on that.  I’ve been trying to come up with something that is chocolaty has marshmallow topping and focuses on energy and strength. So it came to me when I was reflecting on the frappe chips in this drink. What if we combined frappe chips in a large hot chocolate like the largest available two proteins and whip cream with

I finalized my Victor von Gurdenheim cocoa on Comicon weekend, mixing various add-ins inspired by aspects of Victor with the hot cocoa.  To order one, add a quarter inch hot water to frapp chips first so that the chips will melt before they stir, and thus will not form sludge at the bottom.  You then steam in the cinnamon and the protein into the milk before you otherwise complete the process as normal.  The frapp chips symbolize Victor’s electric powers, the protein because he’s the “Big guy” of the cast, and the cinnamon to help the body consume it all.  Nutmeg, Chocolate, and Vanilla powders are also available to customize flavor if you’d like to.  Marshmallow Whipped Cream is available over the summer for the S’mores Frap, and Sea Salt over the fall for the Sea Salted Caramel Frap.  Which means this Franken-cocoa also has seasonal varieties.

Sorry I didn’t get other Darkstalker recipes up in time for Sakuracon.  I had a lot of stuff I was juggling, and I failed to deliver.  No excuses, even if I am new at this.  So my next written piece will catalogue my experimental hot drinks based on Dimitri Maximoff’s Midnight Bliss Move from Darkstalkers.

 

Now that we’ve gotten through a list of drinks I had specific to all the Cons I’m slated to attend this year (though Atomic Comicon in the Tacoma summertime is still up in the air), I found something else troubling amidst the crawling around and exploring I’ve been doing. When I was out yesterday to confirm the position of Seattle’s Japanese consulate, went by the entrance where there was a Tully’s without door access then I pass it on my way out the floor beneath the lobby where there was a Starbucks. Almost directly below a Tully’s Coffee. And then when I made the intersection I saw the City Center shopping complex with the nearest corner boldly featuring a Starbucks. Fearing the long lines at the usual conventions Starbucks today, I went there to try a new blend I had devised, only to find that not only did they have the same Comic-Con fair and deals that the usual convention spot had but that on the floor below there was another Starbucks Outlet in the same deals and offers. Seattle. You are The Shining Jewel of the county in which I have spent most of my life. You held and fed my sister well when she lived here, and you were like a big shiny play place I was being guided through when I made those infrequent visits as a little boy. I love you, but that’s exactly why we need to talk…

 

But that’s a talk for another time (P.S. did you know that Caffeine is a habit-forming consciousness tweaker that kills 20,000 people a year?  That’s 20,000 more than pot.)