Marvel Anniversary Lemonade

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So… I somehow lost the notes I made on the Emerald City Comicon Official Starbucks Drinks this year.  But from what I recall, the Grande Coffee Frappe was named after Spider-Man, and the Grande Vanilla Bean Cream Frappe was named for Captain Marvel.  The Spider-Man drink tasted like leftover milk after sugary breakfast cereal.  Appropriate for a blend named after a teen.  But whether it tasted more like Captain Crunch or Cinnamon Toast Crunch residue, I couldn’t say.  Nor can I describe how that Grande Vanilla Bean Cream Frappe with Coconut Milk, Raspberry Syrup and Mango Dragonfruit tasted… much less memorable.  Mostly just fruit and cream.  Kind of meh in contrast.

So naturally I did what I’ve done before, I made a new drink of my own.  Since there was a landmark film upcoming (you may have heard of it) I figured an anniversary special was in order.  So I looked at the logo they had when I was growing up…

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…and I looked at a current logo.  Red with yellow, and white on red.  So something with some yellow, some white, and So.  Much.  Red.  So I came up with a strawberry and banana lemonade.

Version one of the Lemonade features blended 1 banana, 1 strawberry puree, 2 raspberry syrup pumps in a venti lemonade.  Version two is the same, but for 2 strawberry purees, instead.

While remarkably similar, the drinking experience has some marked differences. Version one has less strawberry and therefore is sweeter and goes down smoother.  And I’d say it has ideal texture.  What a difference one less serving of strawberry puree makes.
But the Mark II has a bit more oomph and its thickness and it’s very tart it makes you feel it across multiple sentence. There’s that sense you’re getting your money’s worth with this one.  Ample servings of fruit, albeit no vegetables.

I trust if you’re reading this, that you’ve already seen Avengers: Endgame.  Please tell me in the comments section what your top 5 highlights from the movie were.

 

 

 

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Strawberry Yogurt Extravaganza

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I had a very hard time distilling the difference between Yoplait and you’ll play Lights. Probably do the chunks of fruits in them but the real difference is in the nutritional facts. They’re both low on fat but it’s a light yogurt is fat free and has only one less gram of protein and half the sugars. But it’s 1% less carbs. Makes me wonder what all the other carbs are from.

Icelandic style low-fat strawberry yogurt tastes a lot more like yogurt than it did like strawberry, could definitely have used some sweetener but it wasn’t as harsh on the census as the purest yogurt I’ve had. 31% of protein, 5% cholesterol 10% saturated fat all in only 130 calories. No fiber 9 grams of sugar 10% added sugar 4% total carbs.

And the almond based yogurt was brown, runny, and left more waste on the lid than anything I have encountered.  I tried stirring it to adjust consistency, but the difference was marginal.  It even tasted like almonds.  So I have to say this was the worst nut based dairy substitute I can recall.  But what about nutrients?  17% fat, 4% protein, 12% Dietary Fiber, Vitamin D 15%, Calcium 10%.  So, it’s decent as a side, but not a snack.

Marvel Zombies Vs. Capcom Intro (dedicated to the late Stan Lee)

So it’s a little late, but I have been trying to organize my thoughts.  There’s going to be a lot of entries in this series, that will be too long to post in a single article.  I have to address the ending of MVC 3.5’s story mode.  And determine which changes to playstyle I want.  So how does this fit in to my Mortal Kombat versus Capcom Challenge Series or as a tribute to the late Stan Lee?

Well for the former, I want to shift the command inputs in ways that coincide with MK Inputs.  There’s also the fact that these are rotting people-eating variants of returning characters.  Their win poses would involve eating someone (Pet characters like Ryu are gonna have to sit this one out, or be drastically changed).  Now if this could be published as T for Teen in the comics, then it could be published as T for Teen in a video game.  That was the rating of Darkstalkers Resurrection, and look at all the blood in those animations.  Since Mortal Kombat prefers to save its gore for the end of the match, and this features spreads it out more thinly throughout.  More blood, lower rating.

Meanwhile life and death are really not that big a deal in Capcom story modes these days. And while the original MK Timeline treated death like something optional even when it was canon. Let’s go with middle ground again. This will be an A.I.M.Brella outbreak, with it’s own rules dealing out it’s own damage. Human population will be down to 40%, and dropping. And the team of characters you start with in Arcade Mode will likely not be the same as the ones you end with. In this story, Death. Sticks. She even appears as a Story Mode supporting character.

And for the latter, special attention will be paid to characters personally created by Stan the Man, and the era of 1970s Marvel. That is when the world that he made truly hit its stride in my opinion. And since into the spider-verse recently hence digital release, I’ll also be paying special attention to Spider-Man variant characters plus characters from Marvel and Capcom alike who have a spider motif.  The second Black Widow had her brain inserted into a Super Adaptoid that took the form of its superhuman opponent.  That would be a good option for a CPU opponent.

Examples of Stan Lee originals include adding Ravage 2099 (one of Stan’s later works) to the team of Exiles sent to backup the Marvel heroes in repelling the zombies, that Exiles team being composed mostly of Spider-Men.  Iron Fist getting an upgrade based on the time that he impersonated Daredevil to cover for Matt Murdock (Daredevil created by Stan Lee), and all of the founding Avengers and Loki having roles to play in the main story mode.  Finally have Fred Frederickson II (one of his famous cinematic cameos) from the ending of Big Hero 6 be playable in a DLC pack (see below).

Finally I will be addressing how the X-Men (Also made by Stan Lee) got shafted in the last 2 MVC games. The most special attention will be paid to assessing which non-mutant characters from various X titles could be added to the roster, and which mutant characters from non-X titles would also be added to the roster. Now that Disney has bought Fox, who knows how long it’s going to take to untangle the mess they made who is distributing the X properties and other such. For now this would probably be the best we could get.

This project will extend to imagining DownLoadable Content packages, mostly the rosters.  One of the ideal DLC character roster Stan Lee original characters, Ultimo Stripperella Firestar, stuff from outside of Marvel.  Up to and including Nightcat.  Though I should probably draw the line there…

New Year, New Plans, New Drink

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January is almost over, and Chinese New Year is right around the corner.  Now that we’ve made our resolutions and we’re just about to go through the last New Year according to one calendar or another, we should be sober enough… to say “Oh, what have I done?”

As for myself, I asked for a venti green tea frap, same as the original Sakuracino was based on.  I then added quadruple matcha, 3 bananas (not my usual 2), and ask them to enter the contents of at least two mint Melody tea bags. Not brewed tea, just empty and insert their minty contents the before blending.  They are no longer carrying protein. So 1 ingredient removed to make one of my recipes impossible in advance. Normally this kind of thing happens after I post one.  The initial taste is (naturally) very rich in banana, though through a filter of matcha.  The aftertaste is a little more mint than matcha, though I’d call the difference marginal.  But at least it’s not bananas twice.  Next time I tried asking for 8 bags Mint Majesty.  I couldn’t get Mint Majesty, but even with 8 bags of Jade Citrus Mint, it was no less dominated by banana, perhaps even more so.  And on that note, a barista mentioned to me that one customer had them insert an ENTIRE bag (paper and all).  So naturally, they remembered me the next time they saw me.

The picture is off because I had to run to my appointment, drinking one of them along the way. Well the whipped cream on the other one sloshed around a bit.  I will try to do another one.  All I had do was order one drink, and fill 2 venti cups with it.  Good for date night, but I’d recommend it for any cons you’ll be attending this year.  Speaking of which, I have an engagement that has come up over Easter Weekend.  And so I will be unable to cover Sakuracon this year.  Figures that it’s also the first year that the area’s local Blue C Sushi will be out of business.  Many have already loudly missed it, I wonder how many will miss me.

Botch Cookies and Dairy Free Milk

 

A year or two ago, on my old channel, I tried out for you Simple Truth Almond Milk from Kroger Stores.  I also critiqued Boysenberry Shortbread cookies (available at more stores than that).  And in the time since, 1) I have shaved; and 2) I have sampled many other milks, none of them dairy.  So if you have milk allergies or your system has inevitably stopped produced the gut fauna that lets people consume milk as children, I hope this list helps you.  Not everything on it is from a Kroger store brand, so even if you don’t have one around you this is useful.  I also 3) grew my hair back out again, and 4) I tried to make an original cookie recipe

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These were supposed to be unfrosted “bloody spearheads for Bart” based on a throwaway line from a Simpsons Christmas Special in the late 90’s, where Marge decorated his cookies different from what the girls had.  I couldn’t find the clip, I’m afraid.  Same shape, different color scheme.

I had the idea to mix in black tea and lemon into cookie dough, but the best I could find was Lemon Lift black tea from Bigelow brand.  Stirring it in (sans bag) dried up the dough a bit.  And I was having a hard time cutting the dough into tree shapes.  So I packed it into the cookie cutters, but then they came out the size of scones.  Maybe that has something to do with replacing powdered sugar with blue agave nectar, and the butter with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Better for your blood sugar, and packing more nutrients.  And they still didn’t have the color I needed for the “blood” in time for the Christmas Cosplay gathering I was bringing these to.  So, tree shaped scones made from cookie dough that tasted like lemon poppy seed muffins.  If you want to call this a Christmas miracle, given the time crunch and pressure I was under, I’ll take it.

I think next time, I will add 1 cup of Arnold Palmer bottled tea to the eggs and beat them all together first.  This will address the color and dryness shortcomings.  Putting in the dry leaf from 10 bags dried up the dough a bit.  So if we put another 10 bags into a more liquid mix and let it sit before adding it, we can avoid sogginess AND the dryness.  Then for the “Blood,” I’ll just puree 2 tablespoons paprika and 2 tablespoons red sprinkles to 1 cup frozen mixed berries dusted with paprika, and another cup mixed berries, also dusted with paprika.

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Simple Truth Almond Milk

Taste: Somewhere between almonds and milk, this is a light flavor, noncompetitive with the cereal you add it to.  Sadly you cannot say the same about adding it to tea.

Nutrients: 40 Calories; 30 Fat Calories; 3gTotal Fat (5%); 0.5g Polyunsaturated Fat; 2g Monounsaturated Fat; 180mg Sodium (8%); 190mg Potassium (5%); 2g Total Carbohydrates (1%); 1g Dietary Fiber (4%); less than 1g Sugars; 1g Protein; 10% Vitamin A; 45% Calcium; 4% Iron; Vitamin D 25%; 50% Vitamin E; 2% Riboflavin; 4% Phosphorus; 4% Magnesium; 2% Zinc.

Simple Truth Chocolate Almond Milk

Taste: see video above

How do the nutrients differ from Simple Truth Almond Milk: 120 Calories; 25 Fat Calories; 150mg Sodium 6%; 250mg Potassium 7%; 22g Carbohydrates 7%; 20g Sugars; 6% Iron; 6% Magnesium;

Simple Truth Coconut Milk

Taste: It’s definitely thicker than almond milk. A little bit sweeter too.  I found it was great for cooling off salsa that could burn the mouths of gods.  Made it taste like Thai soup.  Which is spicy, but many are made with coconut milk.  I find it very useful outside of beverages (but I haven’t tried it in Mac & Cheese yet).

Nutrients: 80 Calories; 50 Fat calories; 5g Fat 8%; 5g Saturated Fat 25%; 55 mg Sodium 2%; 7g Total Carbohydrate 2%; 6g Sugars; 1g Protein; Vitamin A 10%; Calcium 45%; Iron 4%; Vitamin D 25%; Vitamin B12 50%.

Silk Chocolate Almond Milk

Taste: a little sweeter and not as intense as the Simple Truth variety.

Nutrients: 100 Calories; 20 Fat Calories; 2.5g Total Fat 4%; 1.5g Monounsaturated Fat; 230mg Sodium 9%; 130mg Potassium 4%; 19g Total Carbohydrate 6%; 17g Sugars; Vitamin C 35%; Iron 8%; Vitamin E 20%; Magnesium 6%; (Phosphorous and Zinc not listed)

Blue Diamond Cashew Almond Milk

Taste: not much to go on.  Tastes a little chalkier than some others, but is thicker with a creamy texture.  But it’s still a leaner alternative to Almond milk that keeps the benefits.

Nutrients: 25 Calories; 15 Fat Calories; 2g Total Fat 3%; 1g monounsaturated fat; 170mg Sodium 7%; 160mg Potassium 5%; 1g Total Carbohydrate 0%; Phosphorous 4%; (Riboflavin and Zinc not listed)

Simple Truth Chocolate Soymilk

Taste: Not very sweet, but that brings out more of the “Organic Cocoa processed with Alkali” (Literally the 4th ingredient listed.  On another note, the consistency is so thick that this not only pours slowly, but also, every bubble is surrounded by what looks like a lump.  Combined with the actual flavor, this seems closer to having chocolate pudding as a beverage.  Not too shabby.

Nutrients: 140 Calories; 3.5 Total Fat; 0.5 Saturated Fat; 105 mg Sodium 4%; 350 mg Potassium 10%; 23 g Total Carbohydrate 8%; 2g Dietary Fiber 8%; 19g Sugars; 5g Protein 10%; Calcium 30%; Iron 8%; Vitamin D 30%; Vitamin E not listed on package; Riboflavin 30%; Folate 6%; Phosphorus 4%; Vitamin B12 50%; Magnesium 10%; Zinc 4%

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze unsweetened Vanilla Almond Coconut Blend

Taste: Sea almond coconut blend is actually very rich in flavor, while many of these nut milks I’ve tried tend to be chalky and try to taste like regular milk this is definitely a mix of actual coconut in with the blandish Almond stuff. Very guy who really doesn’t like coconut, I do like this. Texture is bit just a little bit thicker than actual milk but not as thick as cream. Still plenty drinkable.

Nutrients: 40 Calories; 3.5g Total Fat; 1g Saturated Fat; 0.5g Polyunsaturated Fat; 1.5g Monounsaturated Fat; 120 mg Sodium; 170mg Potassium; 1g Total Carbohydrate; 4% Dietary Fiber; 1g Protein; 10% Vitamin A; 4% Calcium; 4% Iron; 25% Vitamin D; 50% Vitamin E; 2% Riboflavin; 2% Phosphorus; 4% Magnesium; 2% Zinc; 2% Copper; 6% Manganese;

Silk Chocolate Cashew Milk with a touch of Almond Milk.

Taste: Smoother and a bit lighter than the Chocolate Almond Milk described above.  I also tried making mac & Cheese with it, but no.  Didn’t balance quite as well.

Nutrients: 90 Calories; 3% Total Fat; 1g Monounsaturated Fat; 200 mg Sodium; 130 mg Potassium; 18g Total Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 16g Sugars; 1g Protein; 10% Vitamin A; 45% Calcium; 8% Iron; 25% Vitamin D; 20% Vitamin E;

Wreck It Ralph 2 Questions Section

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So as I said here, I had enough technical difficulties that I had to SCRAP my Wreck-It Ralph 2 video completely.  But I did promise to post the written counterpart that was supposed to be released at the same time.  And here it is.

In the first movie, we see that Vanellope is on the the arcade cabinet of her game Sugar Rush, but not playable for a bit then she is playable with a glitch, then she fights back against the game’s player and the cabinet’s steering wheel brakes, then a new steering wheel comes along (from somewhere unspecified) and as soon as that happens she’s not there anymore. How does this Sugar Rush cabinet go 6 years without being unplugged for its Myriad issues? And what happens with Vanellope gone?

Can Ralph ever have any adventure with Vanellope without going out of his way to sabotage her ambitions?
This is a Disney Movie!  They own Marvel.  When will we ever have a Marvel Vs. Game in here?  We keep seeing Capcom’s Street Fighter II characters featured prominently in these films (especially Zangief, see more on him below) after all.
Will Spamly have increased access with connections to Vanellope?
Will Vanellope now be in the Disney Princess line-up, and does she belong there given that she openly abandoned her duties and Princess position at the drop of a hat? Will having her in there in any way shift the qualifications for being a princess for the company?  (jump to 11:27 in video)
Kevin was never put back in his box.  Once he got out of Slaughter Race, he turned Ralph’s character flaws into rampaging virus.  What kind out of damage will he do in the meantime?
Whenever Zangief is onscreen, he’s standing next to Chun Li.  Are they a couple!?  What did we miss in the past 6 years?  And what does this mean about Bad Guy Stigma after Vanellope and Ralph’s bond and adventure?
And now for the Dinner part of my Dinner and a Show format.  When my mother and I saw this, we went out for dinner later.  To Topocki Pocha in the strip mall by the Transit Center.  According to the Comics & Toys shop that has moved out of the stripmall, the strip will be torn down in 2019.  To make room for a pending stop along the Sound Transit Light Rail, whenever that comes.  So get on this quick.
The hot pot was between warm and hot temperature wise and carried a lingering zing on my tongue. After we had mostly greens and the solids were gone, they were nice enough to let us have fried rice to sop all the remaining sauce up.  And keep in mind, this was the ONE star option.  When I first saw it I thought the rice cakes were the fish cakes and the fish cakes were the rice cakes.  So yeah, eating this for the first time was a bit of a challenge.  You see that spoon there in the third photo, we each had one.  Dishing with it was tricky.  But eventually we got through enough to enjoy our fried rice.

Another overdue project for 2019

#FireDidio Currently both Marvel and DC are both unknowingly sabotaging their products. When Marvel made this mistake in the 90’s, they nearly killed the whole industry on their own.
#MakeMineMaybe Now I personally ditched the Marvel Publisher after Ultimatum around 2009 (trigger warning). And I was never that big into DC. But I do know that many retailers and distributors (and most importantly JOBS) collapsed in the 90’s market. And we’re falling headfirst down that hole again.  With many voicing open NOSTALGIA for the 90’s.  Back when I was still reading, 90’s were a punchline worthy only of scorn.  (although it doesn’t get much more 90’s than Hawkeye’s mask purple cowl with exposed blonde hair in that trigger warning)
My way to address this involves covering #Backissues here on my WordPress. I also want to review #thirdparty publishers. Not DC, Not Marvel. Now I know CrossGen was also bought by Disney like Marvel Was, but they were dismantled. And Marvel did this to Malibu, so no helping them.

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But I can nurture collector speculation, revive some brand awareness, and encourage purchasing power at outlets that help them weather this storm. Even if temporarily. You can find them at https://fandomfoodie.wordpress.comin 2019, when I’m not working on whichever Stan Lee tribute project you choose.