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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Don't steal from deadly monks



In the monk village of Nong Pradu, a former monk turned ganster steals the head of their buddha Ong-Bak. Ting(Tony Jaa) volunteers to retrieve the head of the buddha. He quickly finds out how corrupt the city is, and to retrieve the head he must fight his way up to the gang leader. The movie is filled with great scenes of Tony Jaa whoppin' ass in style. He uses Muay Thai, which uses a lot of elbows/knees and this makes for some very cool fight scenes not seen before. There are replays in the movie, but rest assured, it does not disrupt the flow of the fight scenes. It gives you a chance to see Jaa's agility which is insane! There are comic elements in the movie which give it a nice touch as well. The only thing that annoyed me was when the leader being in a wheelchair speaks through an electronic device that detects the vibrations in his throat. He also smokes through his throat. Woo..scary.


If you like action movies, you'll like Ong-Bak.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Alcomohol is bad, mkay?

I'm going to start adding movie "reviews" to my blog.
First review is for....*drum roll*....




Finally got around to watching this movie a decade later. I ended up buying both Barton Fink and Leaving Las Vegas for 22$ at HMV. Good thing I did, it's a wonderful movie, albeit a bit depressing.


This is the 2nd time(2nd being The Shining) in recent memory that i've put off watching a movie for so long that when i finally get around to watching the movie, it really surprises me and surpasses my expectations.


Ben(Nicholas Cage) goes to Las Vegas with the goal to drink himself to death. He runs into a prostitute named Sera(Elizabeth Shue) and ends up having an awkward relationship with her. Most of the movie from that point shows the problems involved in such a relationship between a hooker and a full-time alcohol, and how they accept one another's habits knowing that the good times can't and probably won't last forever.


Props to Nicolas Cage for being such a convincing drunk.
Very touching movie. Recommended.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Tarragon...You failed me.

The Hello/Picaso program would not let me sign in to the blogger to upload pictures, talk about frustrating. Then my PC wouldn't detect my digicam...used my iBook to import the pictures and upload it to a geocities webpage that i use just for dumping pictures and files into.


Well, here is my first recipe post! *hears the crowd cheering*
I got the recipe from
epicurious which is a great place to browse for recipes and look through the reviews for problems that could arise and ways to improve the recipe. I chose the Leek, Potato, and Tarragon Soup because of its simplicity and yet there were so many great reviews for it. I've never tried Tarragon (maybe at a restaurant, but i wouldn't know) so i decided to give it a shot. The only thing that i didnt follow was the addition of yogurt and cream at the end, I don't know if it is an Asian thing because we only have broths, but i don't like adding whipping cream to soups...it just ruins that healthy taste that i love.


I tasted it before adding the tarragon at the end, and really..i wasn't able to taste much of a difference after the addition of what i hoped was a miracle herb to add some flavour to a good but plain soup. I was disappointed.



There was something missing in the texture of the soup too so i mushed the potatos which helped but in the end, i threw it all in the blender. The pureed soup was very much improved. It tasted like a really healthy Cream of [pick-a-vegetable] Soup, without adding any cream..it was great!



Next time, i'd add a bit more potato for a thicker puree.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Welcome!

Welcome to my blog!
I'm from vancouver, canada and i love food (surprise!)! i love to eat and i love to cook. Each time i cook, i will post the recipe, a picture and general thoughts about it. I love watching movies as well, so i'll be putting up movie 'reviews'.
Enjoy.

 
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