Tag Archives: Food

Which Witchy ‘wich is Best with this Kickstarter?

28 Sep

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Card game creators Janelle Jones and Sanji Moore ‘wich you can help by contributing to the Kickstarter here. Okay, now that bad pun is out of my system, I can say this sandwich making card game is on its last week to sailing to success. It’s always fun to unlock the stretch goals in these crowdfunding campaigns, and what’s offered are thank you’s to everyone who contributed to this party card game. The idea is certainly perfect for moms and creative types looking for new ideas to craft up for their kids next meal (or themselves). I’m sure they’ve heard enough whines of not peanut butter and jelly again. The question I have is if jellyfish is a valid condiment? As an Asian, some of us do love this treat!

In addition to the staple ingredients, there’s impossible to eat stuff like glass (unless it’s made of candy) that you have to include in your final product which you have to convince players is the best. Gordon Ramsey, look out!

There’s no magical djinni to transform the weird to the fantastic, and nor is there Wesley, the farm hand from Princess Bride to take on every request from the lovely Buttercup. I can’t help but wonder if Fezzik the giant would eat anything presented to him, but this game isn’t about a certain Life brand cereal. Mikey wouldn’t eat the ideas made up here.

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The Vintage Tempest’s Picks of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

18 Sep

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film FestivalBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)


Runs Sept 24 to Oct 31

The complete lineup of the 36th Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is here! The list is extensive and to figure out what to see for its virtual event took more than days to figure out. Because of this event being region specific, most of these movies are geolocked to those residing in the county to see. However, with a lot of film festivals offering an online component, it’s safe to assume that these films will become available for another region in no time. Failing that, some works are already available on home video for purchase in the country it was made.

Over 225 filmmakers will be featured in the five weeks which starts very soon! There’s three feature film world premieres and plenty of shorts to see.

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Meditating on Zao Dao’s Cuisine Chinoise

16 Jul

Amazon.com: Cuisine Chinoise: Five Tales of Food and Life eBook: Dao, Zao,  Pruett, Adam, Schutz, Diana: Kindle StoreAvailable to Purchase on Amazon USA
Dark Horse Comics

Food, Fantasy and Fusion gets fantastically mixed up in Zao Dao’s Cuisine Chinoise. Two worlds collide in this graphic novel, which is not always a fable, but perhaps a farce to laugh at. It’s tough to say exactly what genre this collection of illustrated works fits into.

This artist uses the avant-garde–mixing traditional brush art with modern styles (and also using digital)–to give life to the supernatural narratives at hand. The watercolours can be transparent or heavy. Her visuals and use of textures are zen-like, and the narrative can just as equally reveal a state of mind of not only her creative consciousness but also of the characters she creates. One of them is Yuzi, a white-haired cook of an unusual caliber that few gourmet eaters can appreciate.

When the undead meet him, he’s a five Michelin star chef.

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A Nerd & Foodie Survivor’s Guide to ECCC (2019 Edition)

15 Mar

nullBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Emerald City Comic Con is in full swing and to make the most of the show means strategizing. Honestly, there’s no fun in that, but when some are only attending for a day than all four, to soak in everything is nigh impossible. This event requires at least two days, and whether that’s to shop till you drop, attend industry panels or meet fellow fans or the cast of your favourite television show, planning is required.

Four years ago, I wrote a survival guide to how to best navigate Emerald City Comic Con. Lots have changed since then and that article is a lengthy read. This show will only become bigger and have attendees confused in where to go for specific events. Not everything is happening at the Washington State Convention Center. Thankfully, the major panels will be streamed by SyFy WIRE and become available on YouTube at a later time.

Some points from my lengthy article are still relevant but a revision is in order. Offered in point form are my notes on how to tame, not train, Emerald City Comic Con. These suggestions also apply to any other convention one wishes to attend, as they all share a similar experience.

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