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Things to Do in San Diego This Week Besides the Con?

The annual San Diego Comic-Con starts with Preview Night on Wednesday July, 8 and runs through Sunday, July 12. Maybe you don’t have a badge for every day. Maybe you know you’ll spend the night waiting in line for Hall H and want to plan something away from the convention center after your “must see” panel is over. If so, you’re in luck, there’s a lot of things to do in the area surrounding the convention center and the rest of San Diego.

First in the immediate area:

There’s usually something going on in the space between the convention center and the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Last year there was a Gotham-themed zip line.

The Hello Kitty Cafe food truck will be at the Petco Park Interactive zone from July 8 to July 12.

On Friday and Saturday July 11 & 12, The Walking Dead Escape will be across the street at Petco Park. You can try to evade the zombies ($40 per ticket), be a zombie ($75 per ticket, includes being zombiefied by a professional makeup artist), or just watch ($20).

Also at Petco Park, there’s been an interactive zone the past few years. This has includes an Adult Swim fun house, a place to meet Hello Kitty, and assorted promotions for upcoming TV shows and movies. You will need to be 18+, have a Comic-Con badge, and get an Adult Swim RSVP (free) for some of the attractions.

MTV Fandom Fest is in Petco Park on Thursday with a concert (All Time Low and Flo Rida), free food, games and giveaways. 7:00 – 10:45. Tyler Posey and Bella Thorne will host the MTV Fandom Awards.

Nerd HQ has a free hang-out spot for nerds plus Conversations for a Cause panels with favorite celebrities. Most of the panels sold out very shortly after going on sale, but you can still hang out at the New Children’s Museum from July 9 to July 12 with fan parties on Thursday and Saturday. Watch the video to find out all of the (FREE!) things they’ll be offering.

The 39th Annual Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive will be at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in Ballroom C. You’ll get a t-shirt, swag, snacks, cool water and the chance to help someone, maybe help save a life.

The Nerdist Conival at Petco Park, July 9 – 12. There will be a Borderlands-themed laser tag, panels, game playing, and robot building. Follow the link to see the schedule and details.

FX Fearless Arena will be in the Hilton Bayfront Park. There will be interactive experiences for The Strain, American Horror Story: Hotel, Fargo, and The Bastard Executioner. You must be 18+ for most of them. July 9 – 12.

Free Assassins Creed Obstacle course across the street from the Convention Center. July 9 – 11.

The Central San Diego Downtown Library with have a gallery display of the Art of Comic-Con. Free.

Play LEGO Dimensions at the Hard Rock Hotel with photo ops and exclusives.

Cat Cafe Coffee and Kitties Comic-Con Special. $20 will get you 30 minutes of cat visit time, a souvenir, and a drink or food item.

Line Webtoons‘ US launch will be at Lou & Mickey’s on Friday and Saturday with free give-aways, comic inspired make-overs, and free drinks. They’ll also have free charging stations for your phones.

Donate a comic book for US Marines serving overseas. The first 400 donors will get a special lanyard that will get them a 20% discount at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Free screening of the movie Vacation. Register for tickets in advance.

The next generation of Griswolds is at it again. New Line Cinema’s ”Vacation,” starring Ed Helms (”The Hangover” films) and Christina Applegate (the ”Anchorman” films), takes the family on the road for another ill-fated adventure. The film marks Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley’s directorial debut. Following in his father’s footsteps and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Applegate), and their two sons with a cross-country trip back to America’s ”favorite family fun park,” Walley World.

A Little Farther Away:

Gam3rCon, July 8 – 12. Table top games, classic arcade, panels, parties, art exhibit and cosplay. $60.

Hop-Con 3.0: The w00tstout Festival

Tickets are $75 but include 10 4 oz. samples of craft beer, a commemorative glass, complementary gourmet food stations, and the company of fellow geeks.

 Chris Hardwick will be doing a live Nerdist podcast on Saturday, July , 2015 at the Balboa Theatre. Sir Ben Kingsley is expected to be the guest for the 7:30 pm show. There will be a second show at 10:30 pm.

The tickets for the 7:30 show are for sale now for $37.50 each. Tickets for the 10:30 show will go on sale June 5.

Legend of Zelda Concert at the Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall. Prices range from $35 to $75.

Take the Coronado Ferry across the bay from the Convention Center Marina to Coronado Island.

The San Diego History Center has an exhibit of the art of Dr. Seuss. Museum admission is $10.

Zombie Attack Total Combat Paintball July 10 and 11. $30 per ticket if you buy before July 6, after that it’s $50.

Herbs to Grow for Cooking and Health?

Here are herbs that you can use to liven up your cooking. Some people claim that they have health benefits too. Even if you don’t have a garden, you can grow herbs in a planter on a deck, patio or balcony. Some will even do well inside on your windowsill.

Health: It’s supposed to reduce flatulence and improve the appetite. (I have to admit, that warm, spicy flavor is appetizing!)
Cooking: Use to season soups, stews, and sauces.

Tomato Basil Soup
Salami, Oven-Roasted Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Omelette
Basil Pesto
Summer Chicken and Basil Stew

If you’re trying to grow your herbs in a small space – a planter or container garden – look for “Spicy Globe Basil”. It’s a more compact plant. Pick the leaves early, before it blooms, for the best flavor.

Health: They’re low in calories and high in Vitamin A, C, and K.
Cooking: They provide a light onion flavor. Chop them up and add to salads or scrambled eggs. Use as a garnish on potatoes or other vegetables.

Sauteed Chicken Breasts in Creamy Chive Sauce
Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes
Chrispy Herbed Shrimp with Chive Aioli

This is a grass-like perennial. You can grow it on your windowsill and just snip off some when you need it. Trim them back to soil level to keep fresh sprouts coming.

Health: It improves mood and sweetens your breath (which will improve the mood of those around you!) Traditionally, rosemary has symbolized remembrance and love. In Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Ophelia says, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.” Perhaps because of this tradition, people believe that it will help improve memory.
Cooking: It compliments chicken, beef, pork, and fish. It also works well with some vegetables.

Garlic Rosemary Chicken
Olive Oil Braised Vegetables
Ginger Rosemary Lemon Drop Cocktails
Make rosemary infused oil. Wash some rosemary sprigs and pat dry with towels. Let them sit out and finish air drying for a day. Drop the sprigs into a bottle of olive oil. Let it sit in a cool dark place (a cabinet or the pantry) for at least several days. The longer it sits, the more intense the flavor. Use in sauteing or in salad dressings. If you need the flavored oil RIGHT NOW!, heat a cup of olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add a few sprigs of rosemary – around 5 or so. Heat for about five minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to a bottle or cruet. Keep refrigerated when not using. Keeps about a month.

It will grow in a little pot, indoors or out. I see them at Christmas time in the grocery, trimmed to look like little Christmas trees. There’s usually at least a few on clearance after the holiday. If you see one, grab it because it goes well with winter comfort foods.

Health: Relieves throat inflammation. According to WebMD, “Sage is used for digestive problems, including loss of appetite, gas (flatulence), stomach pain (gastritis), diarrhea, bloating, and heartburn. It is also used for reducing overproduction of perspiration and saliva; and for depression, memory loss, and Alzheimer’s disease. Women use sage for painful menstrual periods, to correct excessive milk flow during nursing, and to reduce hot flashes during menopause. Sage is applied directly to the skin for cold sores; gum disease (gingivitis); sore mouth, throat or tongue; and swollen, painful nasal passages.” Wow. I’m impressed, all that and it flavors sausage too!
Cooking: It’s used in stuffing for chicken or turkey, sausage, cooking with pork, or in omelets.

Butter and Sage Sauce to serve over pasta
Pork Roast Stuffed with Apples and Sage (It also has thyme in it.)
Steamed Vegetables With Sage

Sage needs lots of sun, so it’s best to grow it outside. It can also become very bushy, so if you want to grow it in a container, look for a dwarf sage that will only grow 10 inches high. If your sage blooms, cut back only to beneath where it budded, not to the woody part of the stem. If you cut back too far, it may not come back.

Health: Thyme oil is an antiseptic and may help bad breath. It’s also rich in Vitamin A and C. Drink a tea made of it for use as a diuretic (increases urine flow).
Cooking: Rub chopped leaves over roasts before cooking.

Slow Baked Salmon and Lemon Thyme
Garlic Thyme Bread
Potato Gratin with Leeks and Thyme

Thyme needs full sun and likes to be slightly dry, so don’t over-water and make sure that the pot or planter it’s in drains well. Plant some outside to attract honey bees.

Health: It has Vitamins A, C, E, and K and fiber and is a potential anti-oxidant.
Cooking: Use it to make marinara or pizza sauce – or add flavor to sauce from a jar. If you’re cooking anything that has tomatoes in it, chances are it will be good with a little oregano in there too.

Meatball Vegetable Soup
Pizza Margherita (Also uses fresh basil.)
Grilled Chicken with Lemon and Oregano

It needs sun (at least 6 hours a day) and will grow in a pot but will need its space – it can be a foot tall. Pinch off leaves regularly so it will continue to sprout new ones and so it won’t take over your window/patio/garden.

A couple of articles you may want to check out:
Chow: How to Grow Herbs Indoors
Burpee Seeds: Growing Herbs for Drying

Top 20 Companies?

These are the top twenty ranked companies according to a Harris Poll that ranks them by consumer perceptions of social responsibility, emotional appeal, products and services, vision and leadership, financial performance, and workplace environment.

1. Wegman’s Food Markets – privately-owned supermarket in the Northeast US.
2. – largest internet-based retailer in the US. It began as an online bookstore but now sells everything that’s legal to sell. Except Confederate flags.
3. Samsung – South Korean conglomerate company, popular among consumers for its electronics.
4. Costco – American members only warehouse club.
5. Johnson & Johnson – American medical and pharmaceutical products company.
mac and cheese
6. Kraft Foods – American food manufacturing company, best known for its bright orange macaroni and cheese. (Update: Kraft merged with Heinz, owned by #11, Berkshire Hathaway on July 2, 2015, becoming the fifth largest food and beverage company in the world.)
7. L.L. Bean – retailer of outdoor apparel and equipment. Preppy.
8. Publix Supermarkets – employee-owned supermarket chain based in Florida and operates in several states in the Southeast US.
9. Apple – maker of iPhones, iPods Mac Computers, and Apple TV.
10. Google – American technology company, probably best known for its search engine (which we love). It has also developed several excellent products including Chromecast, Google Fiber (fiber optic communication, not a breakfast cereal), and Chromebook, plus too many other products, apps and services to list here. Let’s just say Google is everywhere and we love it, but not in some weird Stockholm Syndrome way or in some we’re-just-sucking-up-to-get-better-PageRank-way, because that would be wrong.
google beta
11. Berkshire Hathaway – conglomerate that owns Dairy Queen, GEICO, Fruit of the Loom, Helzberg Diamonds, BNSF, FlightSafety International, NetJets, Lubrizol and interests in several other companies.
12. The Walt Disney Company – American media and entertainment company, best known for its animated movies, theme parks (Epcot is best!), and former child stars who get featured regularly in the tabloids.
13. Sony – Japanese conglomerate producing electronics, movies, music, and games.
14. CVS – US pharmacy chain.
15. Microsoft – American technology company that makes computer software, Xboxes, and the Bing search engine.
microsoft office
16. Lowe’s – American home improvement/hardware and appliance stores.
17. Kellogg Company – American food manufacturing company that makes snacks and breakfast foods, including cereals.
18. Chick-fil-A – American fast food restaurant with the best chicken nuggets ever.
19. The Boeing Company – American company that makes airplanes, rockets, and satellites. It’s the largest aerospace and defense manufacturer in the world.
20. Intel Corporation –  American technology company that makes semiconductor chips.

Other Ways to Say Someone is Drunk?

inebriated, foxed, boogaloo, decks awash, half seas over, hosed, totaled, stinko, intoxicated, polluted, soused, bent, jolly, pissed, in one’s cups, blind drunk, elevated, high as a kite, shot, bombed, boozey, boozed up, on a jag, jagged, oiled, buttered, lubricated, stiff, on a binge, hitting the bottle, zonked, plotzed, soaked, stoned, buzzed, cock-eyed, legless, zonked, liquored up, mellow, sloshed, groggy, snuffy, full as a goat, full as a tick, potted, bombed, stinking drunk, fried to the eyebrows, fried to the gills, lush, tight, feeling good, feeling no pain, pixilated (that sounds like one that should be from the computer age but it’s from the 1850s), plastered, have a snoot full, flooey, busted, crocked, half-crocked, shit-faced, spiffed, squiffed, blotto, shellacked, swackered, juiced, tanked up, woozy, pie-eyed, boiled, shickered, pickled, lit, lit up like a Christmas tree, ossified, wasted, hammered, tipsy, blitzed, crapulous, sozzled, three sheets to the wind, trashed, buttoned, bibacious, flushed, had one too many, hooched up, off the wagon, red-nosed, and seeing double.

10 Best Video Cooking Channels?

Hilah Cooking – Nice basic recipes, easy to listen to and easy to follow along. If you don’t know how to cook, start here. The videos will make you feel like you’re hanging out with a friend while she teaches you some great recipes. She also a blog.

Food Wishes – Video instructions, plus blog, for making lots of tasty dishes. Do I really need to say anything other than “Loaded Baked Potato Dip”?

Wantanmien – Chinese cooking. The videos are narrated in Cantonese but have English subtitles.

Maangchi – Lots of traditional Korean food cooking videos. I wish I had known about this channel when I was watching the Korean drama Let’s Eat. I would have been checking after every episode to see if I could find the recipes for some of the dishes they had. Fortunately I found it in time for Let’s Eat 2! And something that I’ve seen in more dramas than I can count, seaweed soup, a traditional birthday fare.

Epic Meal Time – I nominate this channel to be “the one with the most recipes that will kill you, but you will die happy.” For example, the Couch Potato…or Potato Couch.

Ochikeron – A variety of Japanese recipes, including some very impressive bento box lunches, with instructions in English.

Sorted Food – Four tasty looking British guys share their recipes. Four British guys share their tasty looking recipes.

Cooking With Dog – Japanese dishes with step-by-step descriptions “provided by” a cute French poodle named Francis.

How To Cook That – Ann Reardon demonstrates how to make spectacular and unusual looking desserts. She also has a blog where she writes out the recipes she shows in the videos.

Manjula’s Kitchen – Indian Vegetarian dishes, including some that are gluten-free. You can find her blog here.