Local Restaurants in Auburn

So I know I made a facebook status at some point saying I want to make a post on my thoughts on healthcare reform.  However, I have not gotten around to collecting my thoughts, so I haven’t.  I still plan on writing something on it at some point, just not yet.  As for now, I want to write a post on a wonderful local restaurant in Auburn called the Seafood and Creole Shack (or something similar to that).  I’ve wanted to try it ever since I’ve first seen it, because it is always busy.  So tonight I did.

They of course serve Cajun food (and bread pudding even though tonight they were out of it).  Let me just say though, this place is tiny.  There were about 8 tables total in there and they were close together, which is my only big complaint.  I also wish they had a bit larger of a selection, but that’s okay.  The food and service were both amazing.  I decided to get an appetizer of fried pickles, Jessica’s recommendation.  I ordered the seafood jambalaya for dinner and it came with fried green tomatoes and french bread.  Everything was amazing.  So that was one of the many local restaurants I have sought out to try.  I highly recommend this one though.  With the appetizer we paid about $12 so I think it’s a good price considering the quality.

I’ve also recently tried Ming Garden on Opelika Road (also in Auburn).  I went to the lunch buffet and they were pretty good, but I wasn’t overly impressed.  I did really like their fried dumplings though and wished they had steamed ones as well.  The service was pretty good and the atmosphere was neat (they played real Chinese music).  The price was also very good and I think I paid something like $6.50-$7.  So the price was very good.  I wouldn’t mind eating there again, but I’m still in search for a really good local Chinese place.

The last one is sort of an older favorite of mine, Chappy’s Deli.  It is a sandwich shop on Glenn.  I love the food.  I was a bit disappointed last night when they took my favorite sandwich off the menu, but I ordered something else and it was wonderful.  They also have yogurt with granola and fruit and all sorts of wonderful things.  The service is also good and friendly.  The only thing I don’t like about it is that there are mirrors everywhere and you can see like a million of yourself if you find the right spot.  Most people I have talked about Chappy’s with complain that it is too expensive, but I really don’t see where they get this.  My meal last night was around $8 which is around or maybe even cheaper than Subway.  Not to mention the fact that I got fresh fruit which added around $1.25 to my total.  So the price is actually really good.

Anyway, that’s about all I have to say on this.  I want to eat at some more exotic restaurants like Indian or German.  Let me know if you have any suggestions leave them in a comment or e-mail me.

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Another 3 Movie Reviews

Okay, so I have been watching a crap ton of movies here lately (due partially because as of right now I have a good amount of free time and partially because I work at a movie theater).  2 of the 3 I’m reviewing tonight as in theaters, although one won’t be there much longer.  In case you’re wondering, the three are Julie and Julia, The Lovely Bones, and The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.  No, I still have not seen Avatar, but I may give in soon because I have so many people telling me it’s wonderful.  So without further ado…

Julie and Julia: Okay, so the main reason I watched this movie was because I was at a redbox just looking at what they had and a lady comes up behind me and waits in line.  Well, I was in the middle of looking and didn’t want to be a prat and just have her wait for nothing and I didn’t want to lose my spot either.  So I finished looking and discovered that there wasn’t anything I really wanted to watch in the Redbox.  I had heard that this was a cute movie so I picked it.  It was kind of cute I guess.  There wasn’t much of a story to it, and there wasn’t much resolved by the ending.  So I wouldn’t call it a bad movie.  I liked the parts that focused on Julia Childes, but the parts focusing on Julie Powell, well, there just wasn’t a whole lot going on in those.  I don’t know, there wasn’t much really to say about this one.  So I’m going to give it a high 2.

The Lovely Bones: There has been a lot of hype over this movie, and as my brother-in-law said, I’m sort of anti-hype.  But I went with one of my friends to watch a movie yesterday and she wanted to watch The Lovely Bones.  So I thought I would give it a shot anyway.  The story wasn’t a bad one, if anything it mostly focused on how a family deals with the death of a child.  Sure there was the creepy murderer and the not so much of a twist plot twist at the end, but to me I felt the focus was more on how the people around her (the girl who died) dealt with things and how she herself deals with her own death.  I don’t want to give too much away here, but I feel like the trailer sort of told the whole movie.  The effects were pretty good, as was the acting.  And most people I know that have watched it have cried through the whole movie.  The only thing that gets me was the ending.  I hated the ending.  I didn’t feel like there was a total resolution and I guess it also went a little too teen romance movie-y for my taste.  So I give it a 3.

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus: most of you probably only know about this movie because it was Heath Ledger’s last project.  It didn’t get much publicity and originally had a limited release.  But it finally got to Auburn, and honestly, I wouldn’t have seen it if a friend hadn’t wanted to go.  All in all I was really glad I did.  I was taken by the story.  I think it sort of takes a new spin on the power of imagination, even though a lot of movies have been made about it recently.  The acting was good as well, and they handled Ledger’s death quite well working the other actors into the plot instead of just changing actors and pretending no one would notice.  This film was not a digital film, but rather on a reel.  To be honest, I’m very impressed with that and it only added to the movie.  There was special effects and they were handled quite well.  Inside the imaginarium was beautiful, but a few times looked a bit cg.  There is only one complaint I have about this movie, and that is that the ending felt a bit rushed.  Don’t get me wrong, I thought it was a good ending, but it a little out of pace with the rest of the movie (or at least I felt it was) like they were trying to end it at 2 hours even if it could have gone a bit longer.  All in all I am taken by this movie and I plan on buying it when it is released.  So a 5 out of 5 from me.

My Funk (This is not an interesting post)

Just as a note, this post was written more for myself than anything else.  I won’t be upset if you don’t read it.  In fact, if you don’t read it, I would be happier.  I just needed to write down my thoughts and feelings today.  I will have something much better to write about soon heh heh.

Okay, so I have to be honest.  Today was a horrible day.  I hardly got anything accomplished and what I did get accomplished did not come easy.  I’m not sure why I’ve been in such a horrible mood.  I did my German homework today and laundry, and that’s about it.  Oh, and I canceled my plans with my friends this evening.  Oh course they texted me to tell me how much fun I was missing out on, which put me in an even worse mood.  But really, I’m not mad at them and I know they wanted me to come.  There is only one other event to take note of today, which just made my day worse.  I found out that I have to rake my yard and bag up the leaves by Thursday.  Of course since it is such short notice, I have no one to help me.  So tomorrow I will wake up early and get to business.  Hopefully I can get done by the time I have to go into work.  If not, I will have to finish it after I get done with class on Wednesday.  Part of me almost wants to pay the $100 fine, but alas, I’m too much of a penny pinch for that.

I’m sorry, I know I’m being a Debbie Downer again.  But I’ve been falling into another funk as of late.  It started to bother me some time in the New Year time frame.  Of course before that there was the sadness from Shun leaving, but that was a different sort of feeling.  Now, I just don’t feel motivated at all.  I don’t feel like I can actually achieve goals and I’m starting to become a recluse again.  People in general (except maybe a few) just sort of irritate me.  I think it sort of stems back to my mood which can make me more or less patient.  So if I get short with you or do anything that makes you irritated (or have done for that matter), I am sorry.

I’m trying to think of the ways I have pulled myself out of these funks before.  I know in the past (and even these last couple of weeks) I have tried to surround myself with friends.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t get rid of my bad mood so much as it puts it off.  I might just need some alone time for a while.  The only thing with that is the fact that I can’t ever turn my brain off.  Therefore when I’m alone I think of all the things that bother me, which can sometimes make it worse.  I think the only thing I really can do at the moment is to have some alone time, but give myself a project to be done so my mind is busy, but I can feel like I’m actually doing something.

This leads me to the whole idea for a project thing.  I’m not really sure what I should do, but one of my 2010 resolutions was to get some hobbies back.  So I may try and get back into an artistic project of some sort.  I’m not sure just yet what I want that to include, but I will think on it this week and come up with something.  Thanks for reading if you did, and if you didn’t, well that probably saved you about five minutes of your life that you could have spent doing something better heh heh.

Okay, So I Will Make a Movie Review Post…

I know that I made a status update on facebook saying that I would not make a movie review for the past couple of movies I’ve watched.  However, the other night I watched Youth in Revolt and I kind of want to do a review while it is still fresh on my mind, so I’m doing the past four movies I’ve recently seen (Paranormal Activity, Imprint, Old School, and Youth in Revolt.)

I guess I’ll start with a review of PA.  I actually went into this movie thinking it was going to be like most American horror movies (meaning it would drag things out) and well, it kind of did.  I think it would have made a better short film rather than full length.  It started out slow, which is fine, but it kept a slow pace up until about the end.  Scenes were thrown in there which were kind of annoying, and the lead male character just needed to be thrown out the window.  I also agree with my brother in law when he says that the lead female deserved a bigger part in the movie other than pleading with the male character who has some control issues.  Sure it is paralleling an abusive relationship, but honestly, I think it would have been fine without that, or at least a bit more subtle.  I also would have liked for the plot to be moved along by more than bad decisions, but oh well.  Don’t get me wrong, I know I’m bashing it pretty hard, but it’s one of those that’s fun to make fun of (mostly because of the Ouija board), but I actually kind of like it.  It had some good scare scenes and when the lights were out, there were creepy moments.  I also think they handled the demon part (sound effects and such as well) very well.  I also think it’s neat just because there are a total of three characters (and the third only briefly shows up.)  But there are still other things that bother me (which I won’t get into since this is supposed to be short.)  So overall, I guess somewhere in the mid to low 3 from me.

The next movie I watched was Takashii Miike’s Imprint which was included in the Masters of Horror series on showtime.  I’m a pretty big fan of Takashii Miike’s horror, sometimes.  I really enjoy Audition and Chakushin Ari (One Missed Call).  I also enjoyed this movie.  It had a pretty good plot twist at the end, which is something I dig, but the logic doesn’t quite make sense to me.  Miike kind of does that to a lot of his films though, so it wasn’t unexpected.  It wasn’t a very high budget movie which is kind of apparent, but in some ways, I think that makes movies better.  The special effects were not used that often, but when they were, they were not very realistic looking.  The main thing that bothered me was the English.  I’m not sure if it was written in Japanese and then dubbed for America, or if the actors really spoke English, but in some places the acting wasn’t quite good because of the English trouble.  All in all, I’d say this on is a low 4, but mostly because the acting trouble the English caused.

The next movie is an American comedy called Old School.  I’m not linking a trailer because it’s pretty much every comedy ever in America.  There are three guys and it’s basically the story of how it’s lame to be married and a responsible adult.  There is a frat house involved and so many scenes mirroring Fight Club.  It pretty much followed the rules of how these movies go down to a T.  Not to mention Will Ferrel is in it, and that just takes away.  There was pretty much no originality to it and way too much of a naked Ferrel.  I can’t really think of any reasons I would recommend this movie, so a 1.

Youth in Revolt was the last movie I have seen as of late.  I was pretty excited to see it, mostly because Micheal Cera is involved.  I was really hoping he could break out of his type cast at least a little bit with this movie.  Ever since Arrested Developement he has played the awkward teenager who wants to get the girl, and ultimately does.  Most people I have talked to about this movie say it is only worth watching for its one line jokes, but I disagree.  Yes, it has some good one liners in it and yes it is worth watching it for those jokes, but I also have some hope for Micheal Cera’s acting career mostly because of the character Francois (sp).  Looking past the fact that most of Cera’s time was spent in the Nick character, Francois did give him a chance to step outside of the box.  While watching the movie I could actually see Cera playing a more serious role, and doing well in it.  So back to the movie aspect.  It didn’t do much creativity, which kind of sucks.  There were also some sub stories that weren’t quite resolved.  And I felt like the ending was a little bit rushed as well.  Of course there was some good music involved and some good jokes as well, but aside from that there wasn’t too much to gain from this movie.  I would probably give it a solid 3, but I would like to note I would watch it again just because of Francois.

My 2010 Resolutions

I haven’t really thought much into my 2010 resolutions so far. I know I said I would in my post on New Year’s Eve, but I should really learn to stop saying I’m going to post stuff, because, well, things happen and they turn me into a liar. Heh heh, not to say that I won’t have resolutions this coming year, I’m actually toying with a few ideas. But I feel like last year’s were a success (see my previous post) and I would like to continue the trend.

I know that I want to make some time this coming year for things like hobbies and working out again.  I really miss that free time and I think every semester I will have time to pick things back up again, but then there is always that one class that causes me far too much stress so I don’t.  So this year, I’m not going to anticipate any easy classes.  I’m just going to assume they will all be hard and I’ll see how reverse psychology works on the universe.  I know, it probably won’t.

I also want to work on “cleaning up” my life.  And by that, I want to make limits on some unnecessary things and some people.  I don’t mean anything bad by this really, I just want a more organized and healthy life so things like bad foods and alcohol will be cut down on.  I’m not going to limit what I’m going to clean up in the things department by listing anymore.  I’ll just play it by ear and see what all has been done at the end of 2010.  As far as the people thing goes, I don’t want to rid myself of them so much as set up certain boundaries and make sure we are on the same page.  It’s nothing serious and 98% of you won’t be affected at all by this because I tend to pick some pretty awesome friends.

The last one that I can really think of (and the least general of the bunch) is to save some money.  For those of you who know my spending habits, you may be wondering why I would need to work on this at all.  Just to give you an idea my grandma once said that I don’t pinch pennies, I hold on so tight I strangle them.  I’m not saying I won’t spend money on people or frivolous things.  I’ve actually gotten better about that, but I have motivation now to save all of it I can.  So I plan on doing things like only eating out twice a month and putting my grocery budget back into place.  (I haven’t really had one since I had my job in the summer.)  The reason for this may or may not be obvious, but I want and need (for my education) to travel.  The want to travel is to Japan and the need to travel is to Austria and Germany.  Even though I know there are scholarships and financial aid, things like plane tickets are extremely expensive, so this is why I’m going to do it.

So I think that is all for my 2010 resolutions, even though they are broad (which I did that for a reason, mostly to make them more flexible and achievable.)  Let me know what your 2010 resolutions are by commenting or e-mailing!

Sister Post to What Scares Me

So I was talking to my brother-in-law and a conversation came up where he suggested I write a sister post to his about what scares him.  admittedly, his is a the better post because, let’s face it, I have a number of irrational fears which includes but is not limited to Manta/sting rays.  And I’m not scared by the barbs either, because I am equally terrified by the debarbed ones…  I don’t know.

But I sort of agree with him on the statment that I’m not always scared by horror movies.  Men with masks and chain saws don’t freak me out.  I guess I am more scared of things that can’t be explained.  Things like ghosts and such can also creep me out, but for the most part, I’m not actually scared.  This is part of the reason I like House of Leaves so much.  It’s basically a horror novel, and let’s face it, the fact that the house is bigger on the inside than on the outside and is a host to a extremely large maze built around your own fears is kind of a terrifying thought to me.

It can’t be explained away by something like, oh, he killed her so now she is coming back to get her revenge.  When I know why something happens, I can find a solution, or I can prevent it altogether.  That’s not terrifying to me.  And sure, you can always move away from above monster house, but every day there will be that same nagging fear of, could this house be the same?  Could every house be the same?  What made that last house so different from this one?  Is it even different from this one?

I do this in real life as well, not just books and movies.  If you know me, you may or may not have noticed I get nervous when I don’t know how to do something.  Of course this is to a much less degree than what I was talking about above.  I’m obviously not terrified of this, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to function.  But it does make me nervous.

I guess another thing that sort of scares me is the idea of a black hole.  I’m not so much scared of the whole dying thing (because as Socrates said, either our soul goes to another place for eternity or we know no existence).  I’m more scared of the theory of time stopping forever.  To forever be that stretched out noodle they predict we would become.  Because for some reason I imagine myself being conscious the whole time.  The fact that a second is no longer fleeting, but permanent, I don’t know, it freaks me out.  I could even stretch this a bit and say I’m a bit scared by the idea of immortality.  I guess it is similar to what my brother-in-law said in his post, even though he focuses on a different aspect of this.

So besides my many irrational fears (which I won’t name here heh heh) those are the bigger ideas that get to me.  Feel free to discuss.

Adventures in Huntsville

So Sunday I woke up semi early (and would have woken up sooner but it just so happens I can over sleep my alarm quite well) and headed up to my sister’s place.  The drive wasn’t bad and I made good time (a little less that four hours).  But anyway, this is all boring junk, I’ll get to the interesting things.

Once I got to my sister’s, we all went out to Viet Huong (sp?) which is a Vietnamese restaurant.  It was quite good and I’m interested in finding a Vietnamese restaurant semi-close to Auburn.  I would also like to try some more local restaurants in Auburn because I miss all the great local places in Huntsville.  (I know I want to try the seafood place on Shug Jordan, the Indian Place on Opelika Road, Ming Garden on Opelika Road, and the German place in Opelika so if you are interested in trying them with me or have other suggestions, let me know.)  Anyway, I’m getting off subject.  After that we went back to their apartment and watched two episodes of Doctor Who and two movies (Paranormal Activity and Imprint).

Monday my sister went into work and I watched Old School with my brother in law.  It wasn’t good, as I’ve already said, but it passed the time.  After getting dressed and such, it was about time for my sister to get home, so we just chilled.  Once she got back, we went to La Alameda (sp?) which is a Mexican restaurant.  I’m not sure what I ordered because they brought me something different from what I said.  It was fried with cheese, spinach, and red sauce, and it was really good.  Then I tried flan for the first time, which was amazing.  After that my sister and I went to a belly dancing class.  I felt really stupid at first because I was the only new person and it was not a beginner’s class, but it was fun and people helped me out.  Then we made cookies and that was about it.

The next morning I woke up early and went with my brother in law to Bojangles for breakfast.  I really wish there was a Bojangles in Auburn because their biscuits are good.  Then I headed over to the ‘rent’s and went to my eye doctor appointment.  Later I took a nap and then I went to go visit Chelsea and Ashton (her baby).  I ended up staying for two hours because when I arrived she had just finished feeding him.  But it was nice getting to visit her and hear the horror stories of child birth heh heh.

The rest of my visit was pretty uneventful.  There was a dentist appointment involved, and napping.  But that’s about all.  So classes start again on Monday and I’m hoping things go well.  If any of you that go to Auburn University have a free period between 11-12 in the afternoon and want to eat lunch, please let me know because most people I have talked to have a class then.  So that’s it for now!

Poem

I’ve felt a poem brewing inside of me for quite some time.  I started planning it out last night before I went to sleep (not bed, sleep, which is when I get my best ideas).  I was going to write it this morning, but I woke up super late, and I just not got to it.  I know how poems mean different things to different people, so I’m not going to tell you what I intended it to be about unless you ask (and tell me what you thought).  Feel free to comment and criticize because this is a rough draft (note the lack of title as well).  FEEDBACK (EVEN NEGATIVE) IS APPRECIATED ON ALL OF MY WORK!!!!  I hope you enjoy!

The Polished oak,
solid and strong,
with that new paint smell,
still fresh in the nose.
The masts were strung,
high and bounding,
white shimmering sails,
waving off to better days.

Two lovers meet,
once, twice, thrice.
Getting to know,
what they’ve missed,
their entire lives.
Falling into stupor,
some may call,
love.

The journey was set,
the wind whipped the ship,
urging it forward into the unknown,
the deep exploration of a horizon,
which one could never quite see.
The compass needle spun,
south, north, east, west,
the heavens were their guide.
And even though they didn’t know,
why the stars were aligned that day,
the ship had already set sail,
and could use only their light,
as guide.

Two lovers meet,
Hands hold hands,
and trespass,
over parts,
familiar,
unknown.
Eyes meet eyes,
a silent joke,
is shared,
in one glance.
Words,
have lost their place.

And then there was nothing.
The ship, glorious in the eyes,
of those who beheld its wonder,
was lost to the ocean.
In some distant land,
pieces of tattered oak,
broken and worn by the sea,
have washed ashore,
and curious natives,
can only imagine its splendor,
in days not so long ago.