Friday, August 20, 2010

Going to Japan Tomorrow

I'm going to Tokyo Japan tomorrow for a week.

Jeff and I are staying right smack in the middle of the city.

He can't wait to see the old world, shrines and temples and I can't wait to go to the ninja restaurant that has exploding menus.

I haven't been back to Japan in over 12 years so we are both super excited.

I'm assuming I'll have fantastic internet there because the Japanese are like Jetsons when it comes to technology so look for daily blogs and photos.

As I've said a million times at the request of my Rosetta Stone teachers....

SA-YO-U-NA-RA

P.S. Jeff and are are doing an improv show next Friday night 8/27 at a place called the Crocodile in Tokyo. Apparently the Japanese love improv.



Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Liliko'i


This year in Hawaii I discovered the most delicious tasting fruit called the Liliko'i.

It is one of 500 different species of passiflora otherwise known as passion fruit.

Lilikoi tastes like a passion fruit but is a little more tart.

It's almost like a passion fruit and lime hybrid.

So far this trip I have had liliko'i: lemonade, relish, jam, butter, juice, shaved ice, creme brulee, and cupcakes.

I can't get enough!

They don't have any liliko'i on the mainland so I'm filling up now.

If you know where to get liliko'i anywhere please tell me!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Roger Rabbit Nintendo Game


Something I enjoy doing when I'm home on vacation is revisiting a video game from my youth and attempt to beat it.

I really love video games.

My favorites are what I like to call "happy" video games for example Mario Brothers.

I don't like any of those real life video games or anything too dark or scary.

I like fluffy clouds and coins!

And since I've been playing video games since I was 8 I think I can say with confidence that I am really good at them.

What's funny is when your younger all video games seem impossible.

I remember endless nights of Mario 1, 2, and 3 for NES sitting in my basement with my little brother by my side trying to figure out how to beat levels and advance to the scary 8th world!

I was always first player.

Being the oldest I felt it was up to me to lead the way.

My brother would patiently watch and add vivid, play by play commentary.

Over the years we slowly conquered Mario 1, 2 and 3 but could never beat Bubble Bobble, the original Zelda, Roger Rabbit, TMNT Manhattan project or the original TMNT.

We kinda stopped playing NES for a while and didn't upgrade until Nintendo 64 came out.

We loved Mario 64!

I remember a few embarrassing moments in 7th grade when I skipped my usual basketball recess game and wondered over to the guys trading Pokemon and Magic the Gather Cards and said "Can I ask you guys a few questions about Mario 64?"

They snickered and in a very cocky tone said "What do you need to know?"

"How do I activate the green switch?" I asked.

More cocky snickers.

"You have to ride the sea monster till you get to a door. Ground pound on his head so he'll let you off. Enter the door but be careful not to fall in the water. Jump on the small islands till you see then green switch."

I wrote down all the instructions on a napkin and walked away feeling like a real idiot.....why hadn't I tried riding that sea monster...it made perfect sense.

After Nintendo 64 we got the first playstation.

I really enjoyed that Tony Hawk skateboarding game but I was off to college and didn't think much about video games for a long time.

Winter break of my 2nd year of college I came home with a mission.

I called my brother and said "Get out the old NES we are beating Zelda."

And within 8 hours we had it beaten.

I can't tell you how victorious we felt.

The next break I had we conquered Bubble Bobble.

We kinda stopped revisiting games after that and I went on to graduate college and move out.

Two years ago I got a DS an quickly beat all the Mario games I bought for it.

Playing video games always reminds me of my brother and over my last break I walked into a classic video game store in Chicago and picked up an old nemesis.

Roger Rabbit for $7.

I took it home and showed he and he immediately started laughing.

We began playing over my break between cruise ship gigs and found the game to still be really annoying and challenging.

We made great head way but the song was so annoying and prompted us to hurry things along a bit and we got some cheat codes but overall we just weren't having any fun playing it.

"This game is so not for kids." I remember saying.

"I mean look how long the passcode is to start where you left off. If you don't have a pen and paper by your side you're ruined." I said as I pulled out my iphone just in time to take a photo of the TV screen.

"This game is taking forever." My brother said.

And with that we put it on the back burner.

Its so crazy playing old timey video games for NES because it's like a blast from the past.

The graphics look even worse on the super nice flatscreen my parents have.

But I will always love video games.

They always make me think of good memories, lazy weekends and endless summer nights.



Friday, August 6, 2010

Hint Water


I've recently decided to allow myself to buy new and interesting drinks at Whole Foods.

There are some days where I love drinking water and other days where I hate it.

I try and tell myself "What's there to hate? You have clean, good water for you to drink. I mean some people would love to have this water and here you are sitting and complaining about drinking it. Shame on you!"

After I get over my guilt I usually reach for a soda because that's what I really wanted in the first place.

Then I'll feel a little guilty because people say that sodas bad.

"But I drink diet." I'll say.

Then they roll there eyes and say "Even worse."

It is at this point in the conversation where I think to myself "Do I even want to be friends with this person anymore? I mean look how self righteous they are being about soda. How was I ever friends with this person prior to this conversation."

Then I feel guilty for thinking that.

Well I pleased to announce that I have found a drink that solves all my problems.

Hint Water!

It's delicious and refreshing.

I don't know how they make this water because as soon as you twist off the cap you get a subtle hint of flavor aroma.

The aroma smells so fresh it's incredible and then with every sip you get this light hint of fresh flavor.

It's so well balanced.

Most flavor waters are saturated with a heavy flavor and often times have lots of calories.

I mean why would I ever drink water with calories in it.

Are you crazy?

Hint water has zero calories and uses nothing artificial.

So far I've tried cucumber, black raspberry, and watermelon.

I plan to try them all.

Now if only I could find this chocolate water somewhere.