Geeking with Star Wars Jedi

Life is good for geek fans of the Disney XD animated series Star Wars Rebels. The series  finale ended with a growl when they introduced the ultimate big bad Darth Vader. Like fans the world and (am sure) the cosmos are wating on the edge of their couch. Happily I was one of the lucky legion of fans at the Star Wars Celebration 2015 in Anaheim where got to watch the season premier. The entire audiance was screaming over this episode that is taking our band of warriors into overdrive. I don’t want to give too much away but we get some major truth bombs about Kanan and the Clone Wars. We had gotten a few hints in the first season with his wanting to now open his heart, his inexeperience as a Jedi Master and why he’s still alive after the massacare!

Now some of you might still be a little mad that CN – Clone Wars ended so abruptly after George Lucas sold the whole kit and kaboodle to Disney. It made me wonder had the Empire really won the way! Happily the team is still fan boys and fan girls who approach every project with ‘What Would George Do?’ (WWGD) It is why as the fist season of Jedi went along with all of these new characters they were focused on allowing us to get to know them. You had to understand their story and WHY they are fighting the empire instead of hiding out and waiting for someone to save them.  As Freddie Prinz Jr. said ‘Star Wars teaches you that the hero doesn’t always win and that no matter how hard you try sometimes you fail’.

What has Star Wars taught you? Leave a comment below….

Geeking about Game of Thrones

Am so excited but apprehensive about the new season of Game of Thrones since they have finally left my beloved novels behind after speeding through George R.R. Martin’s glacial writing pace. Now I have to admit I was lucky enough to see a sneak peak of the tonight’s premier episode last week at #USC. It was really good a nice episode that gives an overview of the new storylines as we finally get to see Dorn (Spain) with an influx of characters that seem quite intriguing. Now I’m not going to be a jerk and say ‘nah nah nah’ with book spoilers or even sneak peak spoilers but I will say that no more ‘well I’ve read the books’ smirks can no longer be dropped like mics. We are ALL in the dark going forward on this journey across the Seven Kingdoms with Whitewalkers, rather the Starks (unlikely), Lannisters or Targaryen or some other family will finally end up on the Iron Throne. If you’ve been reading the books you know that George has no loyalty to any character and allows the story to dictate who lives or dies rather you love them or not. I remember when he killed the wolves and how it broke something in Arya and I (bitter tears over a sister’s disloyalty, a cruel young man and how powerless she felt). One of the things that I enjoy about GOT is that the female characters are quite rich in personality and how they survive. Some by being lucky enough to be in a noble house, others with cunning and a few by the ability to fight. It’s how many women feel even today that since we are not physically strong we have to use other gifts.

Who knows maybe I’LL end up on the throne looking like a boss! <guffaw> no I’d just end up dead!

King Joffrey has nothing on me!
King Joffrey has nothing on me!

Who are you hoping to see this see this season on GOT? Let me know in the comments below.


I’m all about the pork! COCHON 555 Los Angeles

I’m so excited about this year’s Cochon 555 national tour all across the US that’s making a stop right here in Sunny Los Angeles this coming year. If you haven’t heard about Cochon 555 than your missing out on a night that’s all about the pork. Not the pork you get at the grocery store but heritage breed pigs with wine and spirits that taste like well the way a pig should taste! Cocoon 555 is a culinary experience unlike any you’ve attended  before that features five top chefs in a one-of-a-kind culinary competition featuring over 36 dishes prepared from locally-raised whole heritage breed pigs with endless wine, brews and spirits. The competing chefs include Tony DiSalvo of CAST at the Viceroy Santa Monica  Official Host & Hotel, Ricardo Zarate of Chef Zarate, Walter Manzke of Republique, Kris Morningstar of Terrine, and Steven Fretz of The Church Key. The five chefs, champions of whole hog utilization, will prepare a maximum of six dishes with hopes to win votes from a crowd of hungry gourmands and celebrated judges.  Ray Garcia, 2014 King of Porc, and chef at soon to open Broken Spanish will help select LA’s “Prince of Porc.” The winner goes on to compete for the title of “King or Queen of Porc” at the tour finale, Grand Cochon at Snowmass/Aspen in June. The grand champion will be rewarded with a 4-day wine experience in Rioja, Spain’s most prominent wine region. And, new in 2015, the winner’s kitchen countertops will be resurfaced with Wilsonart® Quartz decorative surfacing, a remarkable, beautiful engineered stone material from America’s countertop leader.

Cochon 555 has an entire weekend of world class level chef’s competing and we get a taste! The weekend kicks off on Friday with a dinner that will be DIVINE! It’s the Chefs Course Dinner with Ray Garcia & Wines of Germany from 7 – 10pm. (tickets).

On Saturday they are having the Large Format Feast at Broken Spanish Preview with Ray Garcia “2014 King of Porc” & St. Francis Winery.

Large Format Feast – Los Angeles

March 28, 2015 at 7pm – 10pm
Broken Spanish Preview w. Ray Garcia “2014 King of Porc” & St. Francis Winery


Ray Garcia, Broken Spanish


Katie Madigan, Winemaker


Jake Tyrrell, Vineyard Manager



The weekend concludes with Sunday’s Pork Feast with chef’s dazzling attendees with dishes using the entire pig from snout to tail and the opportunity to mingle and taste to your heart’s content. The night will be at the Viceroy in Santa Monica with cool ocean breezes and the opportunity to enjoy dishes that will titillate your tastebuds.(tickets) as you watch the local culinary competition.


Fans of this epic culinary competition can satisfy their hunger in other ways by getting in on the action and entering any of the live Cochon contests. Visit and sign up to win your chance at a Cochon monumental experience, which includes unforgettable trips and extravagant prizes that are worth more than $25,000. Lucky winners will be rewarded with prizes that include an epic trip to the Rioja Wine and Tapas festival in Chicago on May 2, a newly resurfaced dream kitchen sponsored by Williams-Sonoma, Wilsonart, Shun, Chefs Feed & Food Republic and a four-day trip to Mexico. The Mexican getaway, presented by Mezcales de Leyenda, Simmer, Panna Cooking and Cochon 555, asks contest participants to share their favorite Mezcal recipe using the Simmer App on their iPhone. It’s time for Cochon fans to get treated! Don’t miss out on these unforgettable opportunities and sign up today.

About Cochon 555

Cochon 555 was created in 2009 by Taste Network’s Brady Lowe in response to the lack of consumer education around heritage breeds. Each year, the COCHON US TOUR – a 20-city, premium good food tour, draws from the biggest names in the hospitality industry. The series of hyper-local events support education, awareness and growth of family farms raising heritage breed pigs. Since its launch in 2009, Cochon 555 and its programs, such as Chef’s Course, have created a responsive movement nationwide with people who care about local food made by honest people. The tour has invested over 1 million in farms, culinary schools and charities across the country and they are only getting started. For more information about the cause, visit or follow the conversation @cochon555 on Twitter.

I’m screaming for Ben & Jerry Free Cone Day on April 14 2015

SCREAM it’s free cone day at Ben & Jerry on April 14th! So mark the calendar and grab friends, family, co-workers for a free cone! Bring some cash so that you can tip your servers who are volunteering for various local charities!

Free Cone Day is Coming!!

Save the Date! Free Cone Day is Coming!

Free Cone Day is coming April 14th12:00-8:00 pm!
So close you can almost taste the FREE ice cream.  Learn more.

Introducing Wayne’Swirled: The newest SNL Batch

Introducing Wayne’Swirled™: The newest SNL Batch

In celebration of the show’s 40th anniversary, we’re giving the two hardest-rocking residents of Aurora, Illinois—Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar—their own flavor!
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Clean Energy by 2050!

Call on Your Leaders: We Need Clean Energy by 2050

2015 may well determine whether the world is capable of coming together to fight global climate change. Now more than ever, we must act. And we must convince our leaders to lead.
Act Now!

Spectacular Speculoos™ Ice Cream Truffles

Recipe: Spectacular Speculoos™ Ice Cream Truffles

These little bite-sized scoops of chocolate-drizzled ice cream will have you
falling in love at first bite.  Read more.

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TeenWolf Reveals Season 5 Secrets at 2015 Paleyfest

The entire gang was at the 2015 Paleyfest and talking about major secrets to a room full of rabid fans. MTV’s first scripted series IMG_6972TeenWolf made it’s first visit to Paleyfest with the cast and creator who took the time to talk about the basis of the show. It’s not six packs and pecs but is friendship. Friendship between Dylan and Tyler. Scott and Stiles. Lydia and Stiles … well maybe more between them as season 5 progresses.IMG_6988

The panel was moderated by Jarett Wieselman (BuzzFeed) who got Jeff Davis (Executive Producer) to spill a few spoilers about the new season. The writers have a season where they are really focused on the senior year and all the changes that brings to any young person on the cusp of adult independence. Graduation is a time where the gang is thinking about the future. Will they loose touch with friends? A new mystery is a foot and our dynamic duo is getting some serious investigation time at the local asylum. It’s a friendship love triangle with Liam, Stiles and Kira as the repercussions from Allison’s death are still felt in Get into college or stay home and get a job? I mean who would want to move away from a town of supernatural acceptance? Can you imagine how hard it is to gain the freshman 15 AND worry about shaving your entire body??? One of the ones that got the fans excited was that Lydia might finally find love this season! Jeff said that we’ll have to wait and see who she’s dating since Lydia might not end up with the person you thing .. hmmm so many handsome guys and beautiful girls on that show it’s hard to know WHO I want her to end up with! Now all of those curious about Stiles name will likely have to wait. They know the first letter, that it’s a real name, but not how to spell it AND Jeff is debating to save the big reveal for the final episode!  IMG_6970IMG_6969IMG_6973 IMG_6978 IMG_6984


Moderator: Jarett Wieselman, BuzzFeed

Tyler Posey, “Scott McCall”

Dylan O’Brien, “Stiles Stilinski”

Holland Roden, “Lydia Martin”

Dylan Sprayberry, “Liam Dunbar”

Shelley Hennig, “Malia Tate”

Arden Cho, “Kira Yukimura”

Jeff Davis, Executive Producer



Can I just say that I REALLY wish I was rich and had won the Lotto a few months ago? So many items that I grew up loving that I really really want to have in my collection. They have a lot of great items but here’s my curated list of dream collectibles that would make my life my world and my nerd geekette dreams come true. Especially the Leonard Nimoy signed photo with William Shatner now I’ll never meet Mr. Spock! My only comfort is that I’m going to the Star Wars celebration in a month. But the idea of even one of these pieces will be haunting my dreams!

William Shatner & Leonard Nimoy Signed Star Trek TOS Photo18William Shatner & Leonard Nimoy Signed Star Trek TOS Photo

14 in. x 11 in. black & white semi-glossy photo featuring Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock from Star Trek The Original Series, signed by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.
Disney Star Wars Weekend 2004 Original Randy Noble Drawing21Disney Star Wars Weekend 2004 Original Randy Noble Drawing

Original blue pencil drawing by Disney artist Randy Noble for Star Wars Weekend 2004. The drawing plays homage to the iconic Star Wars poster with Min
Set of 3 Limited Edition Star Wars Lithographs Signed by Artist Dave Dorman 199622Set of 3 Limited Edition Star Wars Lithographs Signed by Artist Dave Dorman 1996Set of three 16 in. x 22 in. limited edition color lithograph featuring STAR WARS artwork by Dave Dorman. The artworks are entitled “Obi-Wan Ke…

Don Post Star Wars Darth Vader Collector Helmet Signed by Dave Prowse Twice23Don Post Star Wars Darth Vader Collector Helmet Signed by Dave Prowse Twice

Signed by Dave Prowse, who portrayed Darth Vader in the original trilogy, twice – on the forehead underneath the helmet and at the neck. In fine condition. From Private Collection.
Don Post Star Wars C-3PO Vintage 1977 Mask Signed by Anthony Daniels & Bill Malone24Don Post Star Wars C-3PO Vintage 1977 Mask Signed by Anthony Daniels & Bill Malone

Original vintage 1977 Star Wars C-3PO soft rubber mask by Don Post Studios. Signed by Anthony Daniels, who portrayed C-3PO in all six Star Wars films…
Don Post Star Wars Boba Fett Helmet Signed by Jeremy Bullock25Don Post Star Wars Boba Fett Helmet Signed by Jeremy Bullock

Star Wars Boba Fett mask/helmet, cast from the original mold by Don Post Studios. Signed on the left side of the helmet by Jeremy Bullock, who portray
Prop Replicator and Conceptual Art Print from Stargate SG-1 Episode "Small Victories"29Prop Replicator and Conceptual Art Print from Stargate SG-1 Episode “Small Victories”

Conceptual art print from Stargate SG-1 (MGM Television, 1997-2007) Art Department. Mounted with an original prop Replicator used during the production ….
Movie Sci-Fi & Fantasty AuctionOnline OnlyA collection of props & costumes from Sci-Fi and fantasy themed movies, ranging from TerminatorStar Trek and Starship Troopers to X-MenJurassic Park and Star Wars.Provenance: Private Collections

All items come with a Blacksparrow Auctions certificate of authenticity.

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The Art of Patron Contest for $10,000

All you need are a few Patron bottles and creative eye for design to try to win $10,000. All you have to do is reimagine the iconic bottles to design something new. Last year’s winner made the ultimate game coffee table complete with a delight chess set with tiny bottles. I don’t know about anyone else I would love to have an excuse to have a major Patron party with Patrón XO Cafe Incendio, Patrón Añejo, Patrón Citrónge, Patrón Citrónge Lime,  Roca Patrón Reposado and Patrón Silver to name some classic favorites and new ones to try! I usually stick with Silver and XO but do have a weakness for Patron Margaritas. I’m not the most handy person but could maybe reimagine a bottle into a tiny herb garden hmmm but is that art? What would you make to win $10,000 from Patron?

Patron 2015 Margarita of the Year

Enter the Art of Patron contest

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previous grand prize winner - Brandon Montgomery



Geeking in color!


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