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2010-03-26 12:21 pm

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Yesterday Oyce and I drove to Torrance for the excellent Korean fried chicken at Kyochon, and it was... closed! OH NOES! Seriously, I am baffled by this. It's a popular chain and certainly seemed busy every time we were there before.

So we drove to Sue's Kitcher, a Chinese place, and got fried fish (best eaten on the spot, not as take-out, I now realize), noodles, scallion pancakes, and various sides of greens, pickles, tea eggs, mabo tofu, etc. Very good. We will have leftovers for lunch today.

While eating, we watched Top Chef Masters, the episode which introduces bad-ass chef Anita Lo, she of the infinite range of dour expressions. She made truffled eggs in the half-shell with one hand tied behind her back - literally! She made steak tartare enclosed in a braised daikon atop a seascape with wave noises! She chopped onions at lightning speed without looking down and while carrying on a conversation! The other three chefs occasionally glanced at her with the expressions of gunslingers in the presence of the Man With No Name.

When she said, "Hmmm," Oyce pointed out that if you gave her glasses, a gender-switch, and slightly longer hair, she would be Jin from Samurai Champloo. Oyce then noticed that her chef's top was actually a gi!

We then went to Clementine for afternoon tea, featuring delicious tea sandwiches (gravlax, turkey with sun-dried tomatoes, egg salad, and cucumber) and currant scones with clotted cream and extraordinary, spoon-licking homemade soft strawberry preserves. Due to Sue's Kitchen, we have leftovers (not of the cream or jam).

And then! We met up with [personal profile] yhlee and her lizard (child), and took them to dinner. I kind of liked Sue's Kitchen better, but was thrilled with free surprise soup dumplings, even if they were not up to Din Tai Fung standards. The lizard, even more surprisingly, was also thrilled with the dumplings and ate three. While driving back, the lizard happily murmured about "Legendary Flamingo," which ought to be a shounen attack. "Lengendary Flamingo! Engage!"

And THEN, Oyce and I watched the first episode of Project Runway ever! She had never seen first season (so please don't spoil her.) We were delighted by Austin Scarlet, who seemed to have escaped from From Eroica With Love. (By the way, that must take incredible courage for a guy that age to have already constructed a persona like that - even in New York City.) We also want to know how he gets his hair to do that.

Also, we boggled at Heidi Klum in a KISS T-shirt and models in jeans, and were appalled by Wendy Pepper's candy bikini and other horrors, like a five-minute shower curtain dress. And also how everyone kept ignoring Tim Gunn! We hope they will soon appreciate his awesomeness.
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2010-03-25 11:16 am

Houston, we have Oyce!

[personal profile] oyceter is here! We had to lurk near my house yesterday, because I was on call and, should I be summoned, would have to leave on a moment's notice. This led to me leaving her the following message before she arrived:

"If you get here and I'm not here, I've left the house keys under the pot with a dead plant. Under the dead plant. ... In the smallest pot with a dead plant."

Luckily I was not summoned. Either nothing bad happened in Culver City last night, or nobody needed counseling because there were no survivors.

We went to Fatburger, where I inhaled a burger with a fried egg (so delicious!) and extra-crispy fries in record time, with one eye on my phone.

Then we returned to my house and re-watched the episode of Project Runway in which Emilio is forced to construct an eye-bleedingly horrific bikini made of washers and pink twine. I don't know if my very favorite moment was Emilio counting the washers for the third time in the hope that they had spontaneously multiplied, or Anthony remarking, "I don't think it's in the best of taste... Being a lady will never go out of fashion."

The fact that the trainwreck occurred to the imperturbable Emilio, hitherto known for good and rather conservative taste, made this episode a Project Runway classic. If you recall my "anime personality" analysis of reality TV characters, Emilio is clearly a Shigure-esque mild-mannered secret mastermind... having a very, very bad day.

Today we may have to re-watch the "cat in a sling" episode. I suggested to Oyce that she learn to vid so she can vid PR's most "what were they thinking" moments, of which Amy's hair breast bowl and clown fish pants should figure prominently. Also Melvin's pregnant bird (Tim Gunn: "But Melvin, do women want to look like they have chicken thighs?") and Wendy Pepper's candy bikini (which Emilio's pink washer horror strongly resembled.)

Then we watched a hilarious Korean movie, My Girlfriend is a Secret Agent, in which a highly competent and hot-tempered female agent, first seen firing a gun from a speedboat while wearing full bridal regalia, is involved with a highly incompetent but very sweet man who is also a secret agent. Needless to say neither knows of the other's secret identity. The "bb-gun" and "lobster mallet" and "horse-riding" scenes were comic gold. The male lead reminded me of the young Steve Martin, back when he did more physical comedy.

And then, since my on-call time had elapsed, we rushed to Beard Papa for coffee cream puffs (Oyce) and chocolate molten cake (me). Across the street was a Korean taco truck! But not the famous Kogi, a rip-off different Korean taco truck. We ran to it just in time to obtain a kimchi quesadilla (Oyce) and Korean barbecue pork taco (me.) They were quite good, especially with the sweet-and-sour dipping sauce.

We returned to my apartment and watched American Idol, which except for Siobhan and the Melissa Etheredge-esque Crystal Bowersox, I am not impressed with.

Finally, I want to note that though my apartment has been spider-free since Oyce's last visit, a large shelob appeared on my bedroom wall and began to menacingly approach the bed. I attacked it with a telescoping thing (I just asked Oyce what she thought it was, and she didn't know. Some sort of scrubber on a pole), but it telescoped, propelling the spider, possibly still alive, to parts unknown. I hid under the covers, leaving Oyce to her fate.
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2009-03-31 01:32 pm
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How Project Runway is like anime

I sucked [livejournal.com profile] oyceter into Project Runway because I happened to have a Netflix disc of Season 3 at my house. It's so much better when you can fast-forward the irritating backstage drama and sniping at each other, and just watch the designers designing, stitching, losing their minds, and presenting their outfits.

Things we learned from watching this show:

1. Gluing anything but beads or Twizzlers never ends well.

2. Always make the shirt and pants before the jacket, in case you run out of time. A perfect shirt and pants is much better than pants, a jacket, and a bolt of cloth draped around your shoulders.

3. Words one never ever wants to hear used to describe your outfit: Milkmaid, Dairy Queen, sofa, and maxi pad.

It is like a shounen tournament design anime in which character is expressed through competitive fashion!

We especially realized this in this classic shounen moment:

Laura (red-headed pregnant designer, about her main rival): "I don't want Jeffrey to get kicked out because he broke the rules. I want to beat him fair and square!"

Shounen Laura: "I will not kill you while you're weak, Jeffrey! Go home and nurse your wounds and come back stronger, and THEN I'll kill you!"

That season also has a classic shoujo heroine, the colorful print-obsessed designer Uli. (Michael Kors: "Wow... That didn't have a print.") She is always perky and cheerful and looking on the bright side.

She came from East Germany, where it was sad and repressive and gray, and dreamed of living somewhere colorful and bright. Then the Berlin wall came down, and she was able to fulfill her dream of being a designer in Miami. Now she wants to bring color and happiness and life to the world via clothing!

When the sullen, Sasuke-like designer Jeffrey, who didn't get along with anyone, has an emo shounen moment and wept on Uli's shoulder - and she very sincerely hugged and comforted him - we realized that Uli is Tohru Honda!

Season 4's Christian not only is a shoujo/shounen crossover hero, the prodigy with mad skillz who is emotionally twelve, he even looks like an anime character!

Season 4 also has Chris, the fat guy who at first seems like the comic relief, but turns out to be heroic and awesome and makes a comeback when all hope seems lost. He is Naruto's Chouji!

Who else is secretly an anime character?

Please do not spoil the winners for any seasons.
rachelmanija: (Default)
2009-03-31 01:32 pm
Entry tags:

How Project Runway is like anime

I sucked [livejournal.com profile] oyceter into Project Runway because I happened to have a Netflix disc of Season 3 at my house. It's so much better when you can fast-forward the irritating backstage drama and sniping at each other, and just watch the designers designing, stitching, losing their minds, and presenting their outfits.

Things we learned from watching this show:

1. Gluing anything but beads or Twizzlers never ends well.

2. Always make the shirt and pants before the jacket, in case you run out of time. A perfect shirt and pants is much better than pants, a jacket, and a bolt of cloth draped around your shoulders.

3. Words one never ever wants to hear used to describe your outfit: Milkmaid, Dairy Queen, sofa, and maxi pad.

It is like a shounen tournament design anime in which character is expressed through competitive fashion!

We especially realized this in this classic shounen moment:

Laura (red-headed pregnant designer, about her main rival): "I don't want Jeffrey to get kicked out because he broke the rules. I want to beat him fair and square!"

Shounen Laura: "I will not kill you while you're weak, Jeffrey! Go home and nurse your wounds and come back stronger, and THEN I'll kill you!"

That season also has a classic shoujo heroine, the colorful print-obsessed designer Uli. (Michael Kors: "Wow... That didn't have a print.") She is always perky and cheerful and looking on the bright side.

She came from East Germany, where it was sad and repressive and gray, and dreamed of living somewhere colorful and bright. Then the Berlin wall came down, and she was able to fulfill her dream of being a designer in Miami. Now she wants to bring color and happiness and life to the world via clothing!

When the sullen, Sasuke-like designer Jeffrey, who didn't get along with anyone, has an emo shounen moment and wept on Uli's shoulder - and she very sincerely hugged and comforted him - we realized that Uli is Tohru Honda!

Season 4's Christian not only is a shoujo/shounen crossover hero, the prodigy with mad skillz who is emotionally twelve, he even looks like an anime character!

Season 4 also has Chris, the fat guy who at first seems like the comic relief, but turns out to be heroic and awesome and makes a comeback when all hope seems lost. He is Naruto's Chouji!

Who else is secretly an anime character?

Please do not spoil the winners for any seasons.