The Wolf Among Us Episode 2: Smoke and Mirrors

Kim @ Tranquil Dreams:

Check out my post over at That Moment In for the continuation of The Wolf Among Us series. This time, its about Episode 2 called Smoke and Mirrors.

Originally posted on That Moment

The StoryBigby is held in custody by the NYPD in questioning for the death of Snow, whose decapitated head was found at his apartment building. With the help of Mr. Crane, who uses a secret weapon, he is released. Crane and Bluebeard then back Bigby as he questions Tweedledee (or The Woodsman depending on your choice in the previous episode). At this moment, Snow suddenly appears. We learn that the real dead girl was glamoured to look like her. This leads him down a path to a club called Pudding-N-Pie, where the deceased girl worked, to talk to cocky club owner, Georgie. Georgie sends him to the Open Arms Hotel where they discover the crime scene.

Episode ReviewThis next episode picks up right off from the shocking and dramatic ending of the last. Right away, a sense of despair comes over us as we wonder whether we made a bad…

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Lunch: Fried Rice with Shrimps and Yin-Yang style Vegetables

I’m sure we all have that issue at some point or another. Preparing lunch in advance is always a huge difficulty for me.  I usually stick with leftovers and whatnot.  Most of my meals are interchangeable between lunch and dinner.  In this case, one week night, I thought about how I haven’t had shrimps in a long time and I conveniently had just bought some frozen Yin-Yang style stir fry vegetables from the grocery store.  Typically, using overnight rice is the best results but I didn’t have that so we made a tub of rice in the morning and cooled it down so I could cook it at night. I haven’t made fried rice in forever so forgive me if its not exactly presentable.

Fried Rice with Shrimps and Yin-Yang Style Vegetables

Fried Rice


2 bowls Steamed Rice (overnight is the best)
Shrimps, defrosted and peeled
Fresh or Frozen Vegetables (I used Arctic Gardens Yin-Yang Style Stir Fry Vegetables)
1 Egg, beaten
1 tsp Garlic, minced
salt or soy sauce, for taste

How to make it:

1. Heat some oil in a pan. Add some minced garlic. Cook shrimps.  Remove from pan once cooked thoroughly. Set aside.
2. Cook frozen vegetables (or fresh ones) until they are thawed and heated.  Once ready, remove from pan and set aside.
3. Heat up rice and add beaten egg. Mix together until egg is cooked.
4. Add back the vegetables and shrimp. For taste, add in a dash of salt or a bit of soy sauce. Mix it together until its blended.
5. Remove from pan.  Put in a bowl and its ready to eat!

Fried Rice

I’m bad at teaching people how to cook.  My mom taught me cooking from improvisation so measurements are more instinctive than exact.  I tried my best to give you approximations. For mine, I forgot to add in the salt or soy sauce so I added that later.  But, please do.  Or else, its going to be really bland. Unless you like the natural non-seasoned tasting.  That works also.

In a fully unlazy me way, I’d use fresh vegetables.  However, improvising me only uses what’s on hand and defrosting shrimps felt like this was the best recipe.  As you may notice, I don’t cook shrimp very often but fried rice is also one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a meal. I’ll try experimenting a little further.  Maybe I’ll be back with chicken and beef fried rice.  Who knows, right? The one I want to learn to make has to be with pineapples and whatnot.

Do you like fried rice? What recipes do you make with shrimps?

Netflix A-Z: Veronica Mars (2014)

Next letter is V! I love it when things go my way! I had wanted to add Veronica Mars (the movie) to wrap it up this month and I just couldn’t figure out where to put it, then one day last week, it just got added to Netflix. Its rare I’m so lucky but man, I’m excited. Veronica Mars ended the series in this middle of nowhere situation and I just couldn’t handle being left stranded wondering.  I can’t wait to see Veronica Mars and the crew even after 9 or 10 years or whatever.  I mean, to me the series ended like a few months ago.

Veronica Mars (2014)

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Director: Rob Thomas

Cast: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Chris Lowell, Percy Daggs III, Tina Majorino, Krysten Ritter, Martin Starr, Gaby Hoffman, Jerry O’Connell, Ryan Hansen

Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown – just in time for her high school reunion – in order to help her old flame Logan Echolls, who’s embroiled in a murder mystery. –IMDB

The BEST way to wrap up this Veronica Mars business.  I mean, if they had a sequel, I’d be down for it.  Seeing as it was for fans, made by fans, it definitely helps.  There are so many little things that pay tribute to parts of the series.  Veronica Mars is still has her attitude.  She hesitates on whether she wants to get too involved in her past again but just the act of coming back shows that she is still has loyal as ever to her friends.  She is in fact a marshmallow.

The mystery itself was legitimately good.  It reminisced on what the cases used to be like and it involved the crowd.  The best part is that a lot of the same roles were retained by the same cast from the series, save for a few smaller characters that honestly, I didn’t even remember until I searched them up.  Other than that, they skillfully replaced the new faces with new roles and identities.  All that brings back a sense of continuity.  I wish more of my cancelled favorite shows had the following to make something like this to give it a more rounded ending.

What was great was that it emphasized on the few aspects that was important to the show (at least to me).

First thing was: Friends

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Reunion time is around the corner.  Wallace and Mac are both in solid careers with links to past relationships.  Its had to escape the rich folks of the 09ers elites and whatnot, right? Still, the sarcastic humor and little comebacks work so well together.  They are a silly bunch together and its just such a feel-good moment whenever they are together.  Plus, these friends know Veronica even after being apart for so long. Regardless of the situation, they still help her out.

Second: Her Dad

Veronica Mars

Nothing quite makes up for the fun relationship that Veronica has with her dad.  I love Enrico Colantoni.  I love him a lot in Flashpoint and as Veronica’s dad, the chemistry is different.  While they are really open and talk about many different things, he always looks out for her.  However, no matter what does happen, he still has thoughts that differ from Veronica’s.  He knows whats good for her and actually this time, Veronica knows what good for her.  She just doesn’t necessarily know how to pull her out of certain situations and maybe the thrill of the chase isn’t quite over for her.

Third: (and the BEST aspect) LoVe

Veronica Mars

You know what? I like a lot of on-screen ships and this one rings out chemistry the absolute most.  I love Jason Dohring.  Logan has the most growth in this.  He’s caught up in yet another mess. Veronica’s here to help again. But he’s changed.  He fights for the country now and is a lieutenant. He still has the same sort of drab sense of humor that he carries with him.  And he always picks the wrong girl but how can anyone be right when we know that while he’s a little dark and attracts all sorts of crazy to his life, that he is the perfect match for Veronica.  The chemistry was built so well here.  They seemed strange at first but then we saw the looks and glances.  I just love them! SO MUCH! :)

*takes a deep breath* Excuse my fangirl moment… I’m back to normal.

Point is, Veronica Mars stories have a little twist to them all the time but they are also a little predictable.  What I loved the most about Veronica Mars was her character and all the other characters, the chemistry and the attitude balanced each other well.  It just works good together.  This movie did exactly that.  At the same time, it paid tribute to the movie that if you are a fan of the series, you’d notice those little things. And if you’ve seen this, that last scene with Logan and Veronica got me right away.  I fell in love with them all over again. So yeah, I like Veronica Mars and went on to play it a few more times instead of writing NaNoWriMo or drafting blogs. That’s all I’m going to say.  I’ve tucked it away for a bit but I’ll take it back out again to watch it again. The ending makes a statement of Neptune and everyone involved that I do quite enjoy.

Are you fan of Veronica Mars? What did you think of the movie?

The Wolf Among Us Episode 1: The First Choice

Kim @ Tranquil Dreams:

Check out my post over at That Moment In for the game The Wolf Among Us! First impressions and the first episode and the moment.

Originally posted on That Moment

The Story: Based on the Bill Willingham’s Fables comic series but set before those events, Fabletown is where its residents have fled from their other world to 1980s Manhattan/New York City to live amongst humans. They have to follow the laws set where they must purchase something magical called Glamour that helps them keep their human appearance to conceal their fairy tale identity. Sheriff Bigby (aka The Big Bad Wolf) (voiced by Adam Harrington) is now the Sheriff designated to uphold the laws and make sure that everyone stays hidden in this human world, if not, he has to send them off to The Farm.

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Episode Summary: One night, Sheriff Bigby is sent to check on a racket at The Woodsman’s apartment.  There, he saves a prostitute from a drunk Woodsman. Later that night, her head appears on his apartment complex’s doorstep. He and Snow White…

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TV Binge: How to Get Away With Murder [Season 1]

How To Get Away with Murder is a show that launched in 2014 Fall season and man, the preview pulled me right in.  Except if you all know me well, I don’t exactly have cable or a PVR and I only use bunny ears (before at my mom’s, now I don’t even have that) and I’m all over the place, so no, I didn’t end up catching the show and then just fell behind. What’s great is that it landed on  Netflix a little while back. I made it my priority (after Veronica Mars) to get that done :)

Here we are! Let’s go!

How to Get Away with Murder [Season 1, 2014]

how to get away with murder

Creator: Peter Nowalk

Cast: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King, Matt McGorry, Karla Souza, Charlie Weber, Liza Weil, Katie Findlay

A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.- IMDB

First of all, in the intial concept of How to Get Away With Murder, its already a pretty successful premise in itself.  We have separate cases in each episode that builds around the main mystery murder that involves what happened to a sorority girl called Lila Stangard and then hiding another related murder that could cause them all a lot of trouble.  As the first season starts wrapping up, we start merging the past with the present and what happens afterwards.  We get a lot of plot reveals and the twists and turns as they work with Annalise Keating and reveals the secrets behind each of them also.

The first few moments as Viola Davis, her character Annalise Keating, walks into the classroom and we scan across the faces of the law students that will be the stars here, the set up is done really well.  Annalise Keating herself is a strong and independent character and an extremely tough lady.  You know right away she’s a strong character. Her course is Criminal Law 100 or something and she calls it: How to Get Away with Murder.

How to get away with murder

I think there was one moment when I was 10 that I wanted to be a lawyer and that’s because a Hong Kong TV series that went on for multiple parts (also one of the most successful) was just so awesome to watch.  That thought quickly went away when I realized the shy girl like me wasn’t going to break out of my shell and start arguing my way into wins.  I can’t even do it for myself.  So, for me, Annalise Keating may have her unethical moments but the show never fails to help us see that under all that lawyer powerhouse that she carries, she still is very much human when she deals with her husband, her students and her co-workers.  She has her burdens and they shaped her to be who she is now, just like we learn one by one that her students all have their own characters and their own stories that make them who they are.

how to get away with murder

Talking about her students, the stars that she chose to work for her law firm, we have the book smarts Michaela (Aja Naomi King), street smarts Connor (Jack Falahee), quiet shooting star Laurel (Karla Souza), overcompensating Asher (Matt McGorry) and waitlist Wes (Alfred Enoch). As much of a mixed bag as they are, they play off each other’s characters really well and creates some sort of balance.  We start off with Wes being somehow favored despite his lack of confidence and he turns out to be this guy who is all full of ethics and loyal.  It sounds bad but he kind of got on my nerves because while I can connect a little with his character, he was seriously so easily manipulated or at least it felt that way.  While, I can’t help but really like a very messed up Connor in all this unethical way because you know what, characters that start off bad have a way of developing the most. But then, I also like Laurel because while she is kind of annoying and really unsure of where she stands in everything and sits on the sidelines a lot, she has a mysterious personality that makes me wonder.  Aside from that, Frank (Charlie Weber) who is one of the assistants of Annalise are also incredibly fun to watch.  He has a little ship with Laurel and he is amazing.  I look forward to see how they continue his storyline in Season 2.

How to Get Away with Murder

We already started talking about familiar faces.  First, we have Matt McGorry in the main cast that was in Orange is the New Black.  Just like one of the prosecutors here are also from there as well. Then we have a few episodes with the wildly talented Marcia Gay Harden, playing as Annalise’s sister in law. Then we have my favorite character on this show, Ophelia played by Cicely Tyson as Annalise’s mother. That lady had some serious character.  That episode in particular revealed a lot about Annalise’s past making it one of the best episodes in Season 1.

I’ve tried to keep this completely spoiler free.  The setup and premise and even the character development were very intriguing.  There are some parts that drag a little but it usually manages to pick right up.  It manages to keep a relatively balanced storyline for us to connect with each of the characters. How to Get Away with Murder is a pretty good show and I look forward to catching up with Season 2 eventually.

Have you seen How to Get Away with  Murder? What do you think about it? Who is your favorite character?

Dinner: Pork Chops & Potatoes in Tomato-Basil Sauce

We’re back again with another recipe.  I don’t do a whole lot of improvisation but you know, buying groceries are expensive and I’m trying to use what I have at home to work something out.  One thing my house has a lot of is potatoes.  My friend gave me a ton so now we’re working hard on finishing it all up.  We tried to mix things up a little last weekend and ended up with this little pork chops and potatoes dish.

Super uncreative name but here we go…

Pork Chops and Potatoes in Tomato-Basil Sauce

pork chops potato tomato-basil sauce


6-8 pork chops
(you  might want to use a bigger oven dish than this one)

5-6 medium potatoes

1-1/5 cups tomato sauce
(we used Classico Tomato-Basil and Sundried Tomato mix)

minced garlic
Italian seasoning

bay leaves, to garnish

How to make it:

1. Preheat oven at 400F.
2. Layer pork chops at the bottom.
3. Pour the sauce over the pork chops.
4. Layer sliced potatoes on the top.  Try to keep it basted in the tomato sauce.
5. Season on top with minced garlic and Italian seasoning. Put the bay leaves on top, if you choose to.
6. Place it in the oven to bake for about 45 minutes. Be sure to check whether the pork chops and potatoes are cooked through if you need to add a little more time.

Pork Chops Potato Tomato Sauce

I like quick dinner solutions.  Usually anything with baking is quick because preparation is about 15 minutes or something. Cutting the potatoes take the longest.  Unless you want to peel it, then it’ll take even more time.  Mine was in there for a little extra time so it ended adding a little bit of crispiness to the top of the potatoes.  It worked out pretty well. Honestly, I had my doubts especially because it didn’t look that appealing but the results worked good.  The pork chops flavored well with the tomato sauce.

For something thrown together with leftover sauces in the fridge and adding some meat and veggies, it was a really good mix. I was pleased with the results.

If I were to change it up, I suggest to use less pork chops and layer with more thinly sliced potatoes and only one single layer. Just little tips to think about when putting this together if you give it a go. Any sauce works as long as you like it.  If you change the sauce, you should go with some matching seasoning.

How do you like to make pork chops? What do you suggest to use up those potatoes?

TMI Podcast: The Random Chat Show: The All-Time Greatest Animated Films Ever. Period.

That title! We’re asking for some talk about this one ;)

We’re back with this week’s That Moment In Podcast presenting our segment: The Random Chat Show.  This week we’re talking about animated films. What inspired this? Finding Dory trailer, the upcoming theatrical release of The Good Dinosaur and the already released The Peanuts Movie. We’re going to talk about our impressions of the trailers.  Then, we step back into nostalgia and talk about our Top 3 greatest animated films growing up.  We have a new random segment thrown in the mix and Melissa has a DIY for you.

Enjoy! I promise its tons of fun! :)

What are your favorite animated films when you were growing up? Did we talk about a few that you enjoyed?