A Love Affair with Spam

Hawaii loves spam. I love spam. YOMYOMF loves spam. But, why is this canned meat so popular in the 50th state? Zagat explains it all in this informative video, interviewing historians, local chefs and food writers. It’s a fun mini-doc and yes, it makes me want to eat some spam. And eggs. And rice. Time for a midnight snack….

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season 2, Episode 10 – ‘What They Become’

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(Major spoilers ahead)

Whitehall and Coulson’s forces take part in an explosive confrontation that changes everyone’s fate; Skye uncovers about her past.

That sentence above is an understatement. The whole first half of the season was building up to this episode. For the most part, it succeeded, but with so many characters on the show, some parts felt rushed, including the demise of a beloved character (more on that later). There was a lot of running around in corridors, setting up bombs, shooting guns, but the last 10 minute were pretty thrilling and mysterious in a RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK kind of way, but with aliens. Should I have used KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL as a better reference?

OK, where to begin….

Toho will release new Godzilla film before Legendary’s Godzilla 2

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Toho, the Tokyo-based company that owns the rights to Godzilla, including producing 29 films that has been a kaiju legacy, will be producing a new Godzilla movie, separate from the already planned sequel to Legendary and Universal Pictures GODZILLA, which Gareth Edwards will return to direct (after completing the secret STAR WARS one-shot film). The new Japanese Godzilla will come out in 2016, two years ahead of the American sequel’s planned release date.

Was the Mona Lisa Chinese?

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In what may sound like something out of a Dan Brown airport novel (The Da Vinci Code 2: Chinese Puzzle), there’s speculation by an Italian historian that the famous Mona Lisa painting, by Leonardo Da Vinci, was in fact a portrait of his mother, who may have been a Chinese slave.

According to Complex, historian Angelo Paratico isn’t 100% sure, but according to South China Morning Post interview he gave, Paratico says, “”I’m sure to a point that Leonardo’s mother was from the Orient, but to make her an oriental Chinese, we need to use deductive method.” Um, okay.

Sushi, Egg Roll & Tortilla Swaddles for your baby will make you want to eat them

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And now for your “awwwwwww” moment on this Friday, check out these swaddles that can wrap your babies in three, delectable options — Nori (seaweed wrap), Egg roll, and Tortilla. First We Feast reports that these adorable swaddling sets are made by San Francisco-based Bon Vivant Baby. This definitely gives the definition of the “food baby” a new meaning.

The T-1000 is now Asian in new TERMINATOR Reboot

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Well, the first trailer for TERMINATOR: GENISYS was just unleashed online today and it looks like the franchise is getting the good ole’ JJ Abrams STAR TREK reboot/alternate timeline treatment. Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the T-800 and just from what I gathered from the trailer, it seems he was another Terminator who was sent back in time and raised young Sarah Connor when she was a little girl, and waited until the evil T-800 from the original TERMINATOR film popped up in 1984 and took care of business and obliterated it, hence the new timeline, which I assume the year 2029 John Connor (Jason Clarke) and the rest of the resistance doesn’t know about, creating a time paradox when they send Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back in time to “protect” Sarah Connor.

Cliff Curtis (aka the best actor working today) will star in THE WALKING DEAD spin-off

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Now this is promising news. Although we’re huge fans of THE WALKING DEAD (resident geek David and I write about the show on a weekly basis in the YOMYOMF TV Showdown), we were pretty suspect of the long in the works spin-off show. Sure, it’s a cash grab for AMC with the current series generating monster ratings as the top show on TV, even beating Sunday Night Football.

Then news started to trickle this week with two actors signed on-board and the working title of “Cobalt.” Blah, blah, nothing major or enticing to whet our appetites. Even though we love THE WALKING DEAD, it is one of the most depressing shows ever. Who wants a double whammy of zombie apocalypse on a weekly basis? The show, at it’s best, can be so tense that our blood pressure rises because of all the stress!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — Season 2, Episode 9 — ‘Ye Who Enter Here’

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(Major spoilers ahead)

SHIELD discovers the ancient city before Hydra, but uncovering the secrets may require one of Coulson’s team to make the ultimate sacrifice. Meanwhile, May and Skye race to get to Raina before Whitehall takes her.

This episode was jam-packed with pure awesomeness. There was so many things happening in this episode that it’s best to convey what I liked about it in a list. Here’s a quick rundown:

1. Skye vs. Evil May aka Agent 33: What an awesome idea to have an evil doppelgänger of Ming Na Wen’s Melinda May character! Aside from her being the hottest 51 year old around, it also is a classic trope in the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE or MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. vein. Plus Evil May has a robotic voice and a cool scar!

YOMYOMF’s TV Showdown — THE WALKING DEAD — “Coda” (Season 5, Episode 8)

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(Major spoilers ahead)

Rick and the group go face-to-face against Dawn and her officers in an attempt to save both Beth and Carol without any more bloodshed.

Anderson: The midseason finale, entitled “Coda,” was an improvement from last week’s setup episode, having Rick and the gang infiltrate Atlanta, kidnap some of Dawn’s patrol officers and get ready for their plan to spring Beth and Carol out of hospital jail. But, when it comes to these midseason finales, I thought this one was pretty weak, especially compared to last season’s big time shootout with the Governor. It’s weird, I thought this episode seemed like things and events were moving quickly, but at the same time, it felt sluggish too. Pacing was a bit off, in my opinion, and everything seemed so rushed at the end.

A Hawaii Thanksgiving Revisited

THANKSI’m back in Honolulu for the holiday season! I also want to update how my family celebrates Thanksgiving like any red-blooded Hawaii locals. I wrote about Thanksgiving in Hawaii years ago and how it’s very similar to an Asian American style Thanksgiving meal, except that even non-Asians from Hawaii eat like this too.

For this year (and luckily), with a successful chef for a brother, we had some very ono kine grinds (delicious food), which as always, a mishmash of East and West.

First up, the beautiful table spread:

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Looks “traditional” enough, right? We’ve got our carbs, we’ve got our proteins, we’ve got our fiber and foliage here. We definitely stepped it up as a family and moving it up as a lunch, instead of dinner, and hosting it at my brother’s restaurant. Here are the highlights:

YOMYOMF’s TV Showdown — THE WALKING DEAD – “Crossed” (Season 5, Episode 7)

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(Spoilers ahead)

While Carl, Michonne and Gabriel hold down the church, Rick takes a rescue mission to Atlanta, as Abraham’s group deal with the fallout from Eugene’s revelation.

David: Finally, back to good form! The cross story narrative is such a better format, but enough of that. I don’t think I need to tell the whole story of this episode because I feel after where everyone left off in their last appearance only moved like one pace forward. Abraham and the gang stays put by the road pondering and catches fish for food. Rick and gang move towards the hospital with a non hostile plan to get back Beth and Carol.

Cafe Lu: The Documentary!

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So, we’ve written up about the phenomenon of Vietnamese owned coffee shops in Orange County. In fact, a bunch of us went on a field trip some years ago and you can read up about it here. We wanted to check out hot, bikini or lingerie-clad girls serving us iced tea and/or iced coffee.

One of the most famous operations in OC is Cafe Lu. They’re so popular that they’ve just recently opened up a new location called Cafe Lu Lounge, which serves food and is more of a sports bar. The girls there are not bikini-clad but in more Hooters like garb. Well, either way, it seems to be doing fine and also garnering a reputation for being the flagship of coffee shops in the area.