5 Fandom Friday

Comfort Foods

As Thanksgiving approaches, BEFORE Christmas (ahem, ahem retailers), our minds start to turn to scrumptious, homemade, comforting foods. Turkey and stuffing and pie and potatoes. In  honor of the approaching holiday The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick‘s 5 Fandom Friday topic today is favorite comfort foods. So here are mine…

1. Homemade Cookie Dough

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Why wait for the cookies to bake when you can put that dough in the freezer and eat it systematically over the course of the season. My Aunt Dot’s recipe was always my go-to for the best cookies and the bestest cookie dough around. But if you need some in a pinch and don’t have time for all the baking that comes along with getting homemade cookie dough, then Tollhouse or Pillsbury will do in a pinch. There are even websites that will send you tubs of flavored cookie dough. Check out David’s Cookies.

2. Macaroni and Cheese

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Photo Credit: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

This one is a given. And as a child I used to love good old Kraft mac and cheese from a box. Then I graduated to the Velveeta shells and cheese. But these days, when I have a craving for macaroni and cheese, I turn to Annie’s Homegrown for their White Cheddar mac and cheese. They have many different flavors of delicious mac and cheese. And you can feel a little better about eating it because the ingredients are organic. Though I don’t recommend eating a whole box (but who are we kidding… I could definitely eat the whole box!!)

3. Popcorn

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When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do with my family was pile on the couch and watch a movie together (back when people still did that.) We’d pick out the movie, get our bowls of popcorn ready and then proceed to have family night. So nowadays when I eat popcorn, even if just for a snack, it always reminds me of times watching Star Wars or Jurassic Park or Indiana Jones with my mom, dad and brother.

4. Spaghetti

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I don’t wanna brag, but my mom’s spaghetti is amazing!!! She used to cook all kinds of things for us when we were younger, but it’s her spaghetti that stays in my childhood memories. It was that sauce… it’s always about the sauce. And hers was magical. Family dinners, also sadly a thing of the past these days, would often be spaghetti at our house. It’s delicious and easy… nuff said!

5. Bread Dough

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Photo Credit: Blue Sage

My mom may be good at the spaghetti, but my dad is the bread man in the family. He even has his own homemade bread oven that he built in the backyard out of brick and clay. Living far away is not an easy thing, especially since I do not have a bread oven in my New York apartment to recreate his delicious breads. So when I’m home for the holidays, it’s the bread that I make sure to save room for… no matter what!! I will mow people down to get to that bread. (Ok not really. But it’s THAT good!)

 

What foods are comforting to you? I’d love to hear about it and Happy Friday!!!

5 Fandom Friday

Top 5 Halloween Movies

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Graphic from The Nerdy Girlie

It’s time for another 5 Fandom Friday topic from Super Space Chick and The Nerdy Girlie. Today’s topic is Top 5 Halloween Movies. Now, personally, I hate scary movies!! There’s not one that I’ve seen that I actually enjoyed. A friend of mine is always begging me to see the latest scary movie with him and about every 2 years I indulge him. And I always regret it afterwards. I don’t really understand why people like to be scared. I’d rather be laughing. But that’s just me. That being said, I LOVE Halloween! I love to dress up and I love to watch non-scary Halloween movies. So here’s my list of non-scary Halloween movies for those of you out there who are like me and don’t really like to experience fear and terror!!

1. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

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This is an obvious first choice! It’s fun and funny and filled with nostalgia. If you’ve never seen this movie, then I worry about your childhood. Was it a happy time for you? Go watch it and make up for lost times!! Seriously. Don’t spend another day having not seen this movie! It’s great for all the kids out there and for the adults who still act like kids!

2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Truth be told, any of the Harry Potter movies are wonderful to watch on Halloween. But out of all of them, Azkaban is the most Halloweeney of the bunch. Could be director, Alfonso Cuaron’s unique take on the franchise. The talking shrunken heads, the “Something wicked this way comes” song. It’s a perfect choice for Halloween.

3. Nightmare Before Christmas

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What’s great about this one is that chances are pretty good that your mind is already starting to drift towards the Christmas season. It’s inevitable and seems to start a little earlier every year. Nightmare brilliantly  melds Halloween and Christmas, making it the perfect holiday gateway movie! Also, it’s safe to say that Tim Burton could be named King of Halloween and no one would object!

4. Casper

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Ok, so he’s not the spookiest ghost  out there, but he’s probably the cutest! And when I was 13 years old and first saw this movie, I immediately loved it. The presence of teen heart-throb, Devon Sawa didn’t hurt matters! That scene when he walks down the stairs after becoming human, looking all dashing with his blond 90’s bowl cut… be still my heart!!

5. Zombieland

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Last, but not least. It would be wrong not to have a zombie flick on the list. Zombieland has all the blood, guts and hard hitting double taps you could ever want. But it’s also hilarious! Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin make the perfect quartet of zombie killing bad asses!

What will you be watching this Halloween? Let me know in the comments below. And check back next week for another 5 Fandom Friday topic!

Once Upon a Comic Con

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Stepping off the subway at 34th and Broadway, you can sense in the air that this is not your typical Thursday in New York City. Something special is going on.

Those in the know are aware of what that something is. But the lay people of NY may be confused by the sight of Gandalf the grey on their train. And really confused by Two-Face Gandalf the Grey and White. But hey… it’s New York. So maybe they chalk it up to the quirks and oddities that come with everyday city life.

But then comes Princess Peach and Darth Vader. A Jedi My Little Pony walks by followed closely by an Optimus-Bumblebee hybrid. (Hybrids were very big this year. Click HERE for a laugh about it from College Humor.) Maybe characters they don’t even have a name for. These are the unique, non-mainstream costumes that only those of the “nerd” persuasion can identify and truly appreciate.

Yes… this is New York Comic Con.

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A place where Harley Quinn and Iron Man can be seen walking hand in hand. A magical land where Bronies and Deadpools and Stormtroopers all belong. And where you can find a unique interpretation of Elsa around every corner. Basically it’s nerd heaven!

The second you walk through those big glass doors, after making it through the never ending line that finally ends and you have your bags and weapons checked at the door, you do one of two things… 1. Quickly race to the first panel of the day or 2. Head straight up to the showroom floor. Either way you head there will be another line waiting for you. But it’s a line filled with Poison Ivy’s, Slave Leia’s, 10th Doctors and Disney Princesses… so is this line the end of the world? Nope! Just another day at the office.

If you have any Comic Con Spidey sense, you brought your snacks, wore the proper footwear and have leisurely mapped your day out, incorporating ample people watching time. Because that in and of itself is a beautiful and fascinating thing.

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Witnessing people in their natural element is an amazing treat and these people, my people, are most at home here at the Con. Among thousands of other like minds who understand their fandoms and passions. I can fall as easily into conversation with the Cumberbitches as I can with the Whovians. And the Trekkies and the Hookers (a newer one for sure.) And even with the DC universe vs the Marvel universe… here at the Con we are all nerds in this together. No warring factions here.

And for the first year ever, we have eclipsed the staggering mythological numbers that SDCC pulls in every year. And why not? After all, we are no red-headed step child. We are NYCC. A tour de force, a tidal wave of nerd culture. And in New York City we never do anything small!!

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