This year saw the return of Shaz to Fanime! Hooray! The Terrible Cult is reunited once again! Sadly, this may have also been our last Fanime, as two members seem to be over it, which bums me out to no end because I look forward to Memorial Day Weekend every year, and I know we’ll never get our act together for a regular meet up otherwise. Fanime gave us an excuse and a solid date for meeting up every year.
This was also the year that Fanime FINALLY got their act together re: registration, and there was ZERO LINE. Seriously. Last year and the year before we waited like 3 hours for our badges. It was obscene. I was dreading this year, and wondering how they would mess it up. This year was a breeze and I loved it. So thank you Fanime!
Onto the con!
Ok, so one of my resolutions is to update this blog more regularly (EDIT: BOY DID I FAIL THIS), although my focus will be changing to more of a food blog than a book blog. I’ll probably still talk about random geek stuff occasionally (like conventions!), but want to try cooking more this year. Was feeling pretty blah about cooking and ate a lot of mediocre meals last year (chips and salsa is a meal, right?).
Anyway, starting the year off with a traditional Japanese food, ozoni.
Just a brief food post.
Apple cheddar scones. Recipe from smitten kitchen. I had some granny smith apples that needed using, and I don’t normally eat those kind of apples plain. Honeycrisp and Fuji are my eating apples.
Slightly overdone. Also, my cheddar wasn’t sharp enough, as I could barely taste the cheese baked into it. These are much improved when eaten with a slice of cheese on top of it. I may forego the sugar sprinkling on top, too, to get away from a sweet scone.
Random food post here! But it’s my blog, so I’ll do what I want!
Out of curiosity, I decided to make Serious Eats’ ramen pizza. I won’t post the recipe here, so if you’re interested, you can click the link and head over there.
I was grumpy/stressed during this entire convention. You can tell because I didn’t take a single cosplay photo. That happens sometimes, and I always regret it later. Plus I ended up getting sick. Really sorry about not getting any cosplay though. Boo.
One thing I really really hate about Fanime, which automatically starts the con off on a bad foot is their HORRIBLE badge system. 40K people attend, and they have seriously about FIVE people checking people in. By hand. Very slowly. Lines to get in take 2-3 hours. Standing in the sun. It is AWFUL. I’ve been going for ten years now, and watched it get worse and worse as the con gets more and more popular, and they still do the SAME THING. All of my other cons have switched to barcodes. YES it means you don’t get a nice fancy badge because the badge is printed up on the spot, but hey, if it means waiting in a 20 minute line instead of a frigging three hour line, then BY ALL MEANS, switch to paper badges!!
Anyway, on to the pics.
A documentary about a sushi chef so masterful, Japan considers him a living national treasure. He is the oldest chef to receive 3 Michelin stars, which means, “a restaurant so amazing, it’s worth traveling to the country just for that restaurant and nothing else.”
The Gaslamp District is a HUGE reason why I would not want SDCC to move to another location, even though it kinda desperately needs to. It’s a great area, tons of places to eat (we’ve hardly even made a dent), and it’s really nice (at least until the party element comes out, and then it gets suuuuper skeevy with buttcheek-showing, skintight, strapless dresses and 6″ spiked heels and a bunch of drunken bros). But during the day, it’s nice, especially if you move off of 5th Street which is where most of the crowds and promo-pushers are.