Monday, March 30, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Two things I do have to say:
- Liberty City - the current GTA IV incarnation - has been perfectly scaled down to the DS. All the parts of the city - except for Alderney - are in the game. Having spent *cough* a few hundred hours driving around L.C. on the XBOX 360 has made finding my way around in GTA: CW quite a bit easier.
- GTA:CW is intuitively interactive. The DS is an excellent format for this game. Zipping through the PDA, searching for information, and simply tooling around the "mini-games".
GTA:CW is great. If I didn't have GTAIV: TLAD and Puzzle Quest: Galactrix to take up my time I'd be playing GTA: CW right now. Of course there's this whole going to work and school thing and tests I should be focusing on.
By the by:
You heard it here first: I bet you that GTA:CW is going to be the template for the new DLC for GTA IV. Yeah, it's that expansive.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
- Chart Room, 300 Chartres St. Great bar, decent jukebox, cash only. Miller High Life on draught which definitely makes a world of difference in drinkability - $2.50 for a big frosty mug doesn't hurt either. Small and pretty low key the Chart Room seems like a good chunk of the patrons are restaurant and hotel staff. All in all a great time. Beware the tea infused vodka. Ask Amanda how they were.
- Ye Olde Original Dungeon, 738 Toulouse St. We were looking forward to finding a bar/club that played old industrial and goth. We found an awesome bar with kick ass drinks, wicked, hella bitchin' atmosphere, fucking awesome staff, and a galactic wizard asston of Metal. Metal played at very high decibels. Pretty solid jukebox downstairs though. We ended up there most nights. Unfortunately we spent most of the night before we were going to leave NOLA at the Dungeon, let's put it this way - those of you who know me will get this joke - I got singing drunk. Amanda and I were not in the greatest of shape Friday morning.
- One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St. A music venue in the French Quarter. We just sat in the front and hung out bullshitting with the bartender most nights while waiting for The Dungeon to open. Nice quiet spot to lay low. Solid jukebox.
- French Market Restaurant, 1001 Decatur St. This place was expensive (our big blow out meal of the trip) but it really wasn't that bad considering the amount of food we (I) ate and the quality of the oysters and crawfish. The oysters were local and hardly had any grit to them. The mudbugs were just shy of too spicy and had chunks of lemon in the boil. The hush puppies were solid and plentiful. I think the French Market was our best meal in NOLA. Plus the staff was cool and even though they were short handed they didn't drag ass or act like dicks.
- Acme Oyster House, 724 Iberville St. Acme Oyster House can suck it. The oysters were extra gritty and bland. The chargrilled oysters were decent - Amanda didn't like them because she has an aversion to charred food. The "craw puppies" were okay, nothin' to write home about. Personally I hated the atmosphere. We were in the back section of the restaurant and it was wall-to-wall neon, mirrors, and ugly, noisy tourists. With so many options for oysters within walking distance I recommend skipping Acme.
- Cafe Fleur-de-lis, 307 Chartres St. A small breakfast place that was pretty good. It was breakfast. In all honesty, I was so fucking hungry when we went there I would eaten a nutria raw and enjoyed it.
- The Alpine, 620 Chartres St. This is the first place we ate when we landed Monday night. It was open, we were hungry. It wasn't bad. Their "signature" BBQ shrimp was good but too thyme-y. The corn & crab bisque was pretty good, not worth seven bucks for a bowl but it didn't make me angry.
- Coop's Place, 1109 Decatur St. We were wandering down the street, being cranky because we were hungry and couldn't agree on a place to eat. When we checked the menu and saw rabbit on the menu we were sold. The rabbit was in a jambalaya and therefore didn't stand out against the rest of the dish. Our meals were still damned tasty - except for their fried chicken. The fried chicken was, I don't know, off somehow. It was just texturally and flavorally skewed. I take fried chicken very seriously so this was a major disappointment.
- Clover Grill, 900 Bourbon St. I wish I had known that this place was open 24 hours after we - ahem - gracefully made our exit from a lovely watering hole into the balmy evening. Clover was awesome. It's the kind of place I would eat if I lived in the neighbourhood. Burgers were solid, fries were piping hot, and my strawberry shake was just the right consistency. Word of advice - don't waste your time with a Lucky Dog - get your hot dog fix at Clover's. Big beef dogs, no fuss, no muss. Damn I wish I could eat there now.
- Evelyn's Place, 139 Chartres St. This was another great place that we just kind of walked past. We went the day after St. Paddy's. I had the corned beef on french bread and Amanda had a muffaletta. Both were awesome. What was best was the old guy taking orders. Another couple came in after we had been situated. When they ordered the couple asked, "What can you tell me about the corned beef sandwich?". The old guy started in on a bullshit history of corned beef and then said, "What the hell do you mean? It's a corned beef sandwich." Another place I would eat if I lived in the area.
- Country Flame, 620 Iberville St. A Cuban/Mexican/Spanish joint. I wanted a Cuban sandwich, I got a Cuban sandwich. Amanda got some chicken in red sauce. It was prefectly reasonable. Bland but perfectly reasonable.
- Cafe du Monde, 813 Decatur St. The one, the only, the much touted Cafe du Monde. You know what? I shut the fuck up once I had a couple of beignet and a large black coffee. I normally don't go in for pastries or sweets but these hit the spot. Here is a picture of me not enjoying my beignet.
- Lucky Dog vendor, corner of Bourbon & Toulouse Sts. I hate to say this because the vendor was such a nice guy but I know hot dogs Lucky Dog and you sir are a poor example of a hot dog. Sure it was a massive dog but bleh, tasteless, blanched, blech. No wonder they are slathered in crap - i.e. chili, pickles, etc., etc. - they need something to cover up the fact their dogs are weak. Get a dog from Clover Grill - they taste better and are cheaper.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Exile is not a masterpiece of HK cinema - however it hits all the right marks and is a genuinely enjoyable experience. The cast is solid, the story is familiar, the directing and gun battles are all sharp. Let's put it this way, if you're hankering for an HK fix then watch Exile. If you could care less about HK movies then don't bother.
It's difficult to sum up Paprika - the official press kit synopsis reads:
Dr. Atsuko Chiba is a genius scientist by day, and a kick-ass dream warrior
named PAPRIKA by night. In this psychedelic sci-fi adventure, it will take the
skills of both women to save the world...
In the near future, a revolutionary new psychotherapy treatment called PT has been invented. Through a device called the "DC Mini" it is able to act as a "dream detective" to enter into people’s dreams and explore their unconscious thoughts. Before the government can pass a bill authorizing the use of such advanced psychiatric technology, one of the prototypes is stolen, sending the research facility into an uproar. In the wrong hands, the potential misuse of the devise could be
devastating, allowing the user to completely annihilate a dreamer’s personality
while they are asleep. Renowned scientist, Dr. Atsuko Chiba, enters the dream
world under her exotic alter-ego, code name "PAPRIKA," in an attempt to discover
who is behind the plot to undermine the new invention.
That's the long and short. Paprika is typical of Kon's work - you can analyze his movies until you don't know which way is up or you can simply enjoy the spectacle. The animation is top notch and Kon's art design is as strong as ever. Susumu Hirasawa's score is exceptional - a blend of atmospheric electronics, classical elements, and some bizarre techno-layering that gives Daft Punk a run for their money.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Friday, March 06, 2009
Thank you making awesome pens.
As nerdy as it may seem I have a hard time finding pens I really like. I'm not a fan of ballpoint. Lately I've been taking so many notes in class pens just have a way of running out of ink very quickly. I've given the new Sharpie Pen a trial run and really like them.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Have fun checking out the new links and assorted goodness. Remember to tip your bartenders generously.
Monday, March 02, 2009
Sunday, March 01, 2009
- Voodoo BBQ
- French Market Farmer's Market
- Creole Creamery
- Tommy's Cuisine
- Joey K's
- The Joint
- West Indies Cafe
- ACME Oyster House
- Cafe Du Monde
- Mother's Restaurant
- Deanie's Seafood
- The Rusty Nail
- Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
- Aunt Tiki's
- Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery
- Kim Son
- Pho Quang
- The Red Sea
- Verti Marte
- Praline Connection
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