Pancake Bob at Lost Lake Cafe and Lounge

2 Sep

PAX Prime 2014 came and went.  The Hubby and I are on our 7th year of consecutive PAX Prime attendance.  I say that with some pride because as conventions go, PAX is dedicated to gaming and gamers.  Although it’s not the only convention for gamers by gamers, it’s the only one we attend.  PAX debuted in Bellevue, Washington in 2004, and it took us 3 years before we attended one.  In 2010, we got a real treat at the Saturday concert when MC Frontalot and friends marched off from the stage to the beat of his “Yellow Lasers”.

For PAX Prime 2014, we got to hang out with Sims for EA’s promotion of The Sims 4, and for a “Simmer” like me, being surrounded by bright green plumbobs and seeing one of my favorite games imitated by life makes for an exciting event.

While at the Washington State Convention Center, weaving in and out among the crowds, we looked for EA’s booth to no success.  The EA booth was at the top of my list to see because of the upcoming release of The Sims 4.  The Hubby knows about my enthusiasm for the game (see my last post regarding The Sims) so he ensured we would find EA by searching tweets for EA’s location and talking to the peeps at PAX’s info booth.  After all that, we learned that EA parked itself in a Capitol Hill café.  It’d have been strange but then again there were other off-site events, so we supposed it was nothing out of the ordinary.

Finding EA’s location was an adventure in itself, and partaking in its promotion of meeting Pancake Bob and also getting free yummy pancakes was an adventure of its own.

Thanks for the pancakes, fun, and the memories, EA.  Pancake Bob, u da bomb!  Or better yet… You the plumbob!

Katsu Burger

19 Aug

How would you feel like if you found a restaurant, or any place at all, that you really like and then find out several days later that it has closed?  A real bummer, huh.

Katsu Burger Seattle

Katsu Burger has been on our list of “restaurants to try” for a couple of years and we didn’t get around to checking it out until over a weekend ago.  This out-of-the-way (for us) Japanese pop culture themed, eccentric joint, in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, serving Japanese style burgers burrowed its way into my burger lovin’ heart.  Of course, the fried burger does my heart more bad than good, but that’s besides the point.

Katsu Burger Seattle

When I went to Katsu Burger’s site earlier and saw the notice that it’s now closed, I felt a mixture of slight shock and disappointment.  As the notice stated, the restaurant closed its doors because they didn’t have enough staff to cover and they didn’t want to serve below quality foods, and ergo, lower their standards.  If you look at Katsu Burger’s Yelp page, you’ll see high ratings – sure the restaurant has its 1-star and 2-star ratings, but it’s way outnumbered by its 4-star  and 5-star ratings.

Katsu Burger

For our first visit at Katsu Burger, and also the last visit due to its closing, The Hubby chose the Godzilla Attack, while I chose the Wabi Wasabi.  We opted for beef burgers though there’s an option to substitute for chicken, pork, or tofu, at no charge.  We asked for fries and wasabi coleslaw on the side.  I also asked for extra jalapenos which they were more than happy to accommodate.

Katsu Burger - Wabi Wasabi

The Wabi Wasabi consisted of natural beef patty, cheddar, wasabi mayonnaise, and tonkatsu sauce, with lettuce and tomatoes.  It was very simple but very good.  The fried burger had a nice crunch and yet was juicy, and the buns were large enough not to disintegrate from the generosity of the burger, fixin’s, and sauces.

Katsu Burger - Godzilla Attack

The Godzilla Attack was made of natural beef patty, pepper jack, 12 spice blend, jalapenos, spicy mayonnaise, and tonkatsu sauce, with tomatoes and lettuce.  Doubling up on heat or using different sources of it could sometimes lead to off-putting flavors, but the spiciness of the Godzilla Attack didn’t have an overwhelming presence, at least not for us.

A burger’s best sidekick is fries.  Hands down.  So for me, the fries could have some effect on how I’ll judge the burger.  Katsu Burger’s fries were just right.  Our fries disappeared fast and I wish we ordered more.  And when I say “more”, it could make The Hubby a bit nervous because it could mean two or more orders of it.

There are tons of burger places in Seattle and the Greater Seattle area but I still find it unpropitious that one of the gems closed.  And so I make a votive offering to the buger gods that someone worthy resurrects Katsu Burger.  Please.

Hello The Sims 4

7 Aug

Like any loyal Simmers out there, I can’t wait to say “Sul sul” to The Sims 4!  Having been a player of The Sims since the rollickin’ early 2000’s and having experienced the game play improve with each new generation, I’m over-excited about The Sims 4.  I had a blast with The Sims 3 and even made short videos.  Missed seeing them?  Here, click on the links: “Cooking with the Sims“, “Summer Isle with the Sims 3“, and “How to make wine with the Sims“.  I also made a couple of private short videos as gifts for friends… they’re private so no links for you.

Promotion for EA Maxis’ The Sims 4 is ramping up.  The Hubby pointed my attention to The Sims 4 – Weirder Stories Official Trailer opening up with “the least most interesting Sim in the world”.  But hot damn, can he make pancakes.

I don’t know how to say pancakes in Simlish, but chumcha is pizza, and shurb for shake, while being “so hungry” is zo hungwah.  You can now say, “Hello, so hungry. Pizza. Shake.” in Simlish: “Sul sul, zo hungwah. Chumchah! Shurb!”  Okay, dag dag.


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