Thursday, February 3, 2011

Book Review: Little Princes

So apparently I have a review blog. Where I review things. Clearly.

I mean I know it's been awhile but I sort of want to get back into it and at least chat a little bit about the things I've been reading and seeing and eating. So here we go.

My first review back is for a book that sounded interesting, was sent to me, I read it, and turned out it was quite interesting (amazing I know).

Little Princes by Conor Grennan follows his journey from a mere volunteer in Nepal to actually creating a home for orphaned children and reuniting them with their families. Amazing right? Almost makes you feel like you need to do something big too? Yes.

Anyhoo, a more legit description of the book goes something like this:
Conor was initially reluctant to volunteer, unsure whether he had the proper skill, or enough passion, to get involved in a developing country in the middle of a civil war. But he was soon overcome by the herd of rambunctious, resilient children who would challenge and reward him in a way that he had never imagined. When Conor learned the unthinkable truth about their situation, he was stunned: The children were not orphans at all. Child traffickers were promising families in remote villages to protect their children from the civil war—for a huge fee—by taking them to safety.

For Conor, what began as a footloose adventure becomes a commitment to reunite the children he had grown to love with their families, but this would be no small task. He would risk his life on a journey through the legendary mountains of Nepal, facing the dangers of a bloody civil war and a debilitating injury.
Like I said: Amazing.

When I was sent this description I wasn't exactly sure what I was getting myself into. The last book I read that was somewhat similar hadn't exactly captivated my attention the whole time, so I was a little skeptical. However, I found myself unable to put this book down at all. I wanted to know more about Little Princes home and life in Nepal and the food Conor was eating and the kids stories (ohmygosh I am a sucker for adorable kids) and yes, I wanted to know it all. So I kept reading and I kept telling Matt about it and I stayed fascinated and I laughed (I mean who would have thought a book about Nepali orphans could actually be humorous?). And I finished the book and I loved it.

Anyhoo, the point here is that Little Princes should be added to your reading list right this second.

Check out Conor's blog or Facebook page for more info on his Nepali endeavors.

I was sent this book from Harper Collins free of charge. And nope, they didn't ask me to write about it but I did and I lurved it.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Food Review: P.F. Chang's Home Menu

A couple weeks ago I was contacted asking if I'd like to try one of P.F. Chang's new frozen meals and I mean how can I say no to P.F. Chang's? Tonight I finally got around to trying it and man am I glad I did!

P.F. Chang's has come out with eight different frozen food meals based off of their delicious in restaurant and I had the pleasure of trying General Chang's Chicken.

I gotta say it was pretty easy to make and didn't take long at all (eleven minutes on the stovetop) although I did manage to burn the pan (yes, I know, it's ridiculous and I have no idea how I did it). But it definitely a nice treat since I didn't really feel like cooking and tasted just about as good as if I went to P.F. Chang's itself (I just wish it came with a fortune cookie, haha).

Basically P.F. Chang's saved my sanity tonight and you should probably check it out for yourself.

I was sent a coupon to try this meal for free but the opinions are just all miiiiiine.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Game Review: Vacation Isle Beach Party

A couple weeks ago I was contacted asking if I'd want to try out a new game for the Wii and seriously who am I to say no to a Wii game, especially when it involves the balance board!?! So Vacation Isle Beach Party was sent my way and oooh man what a funny game this is.

Not only can I test out my horrible surf skills but I can water ski and ride the wave runner but I can do all sorts of ridiculous water sports using the Wii balance board, the remote and the nunchuck (it gets everything involved). I think my favorite game so far has been the fire dancing, basically because I wasn't half bad and it was sort of like DDR which I'm not horrible at, haha.

Pretty much Matt and I had a great time trying this game out and basically laughing at me because I have no coordination skills but it was still pretty dang funny.

So if you can't get away on an island vacation this year, try the game instead, haha okay that sounds lame. Basically give the game a whirl and let me know what you think if you do.

You can buy it on Amazon here.

*I was sent this game for free to review, but I wasn't paid to say anything schnazzy about it, that was all me*

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Show Review: KA

So remember when I first started this review blog and the very first thing I reviewed was Cirque du Soleil's KA? Well we've come full circle kids because I had the pleasure of seeing the show yet again last weekend when I was in Vegas.

Although it was my second time seeing the show I was still completely blown away. Every Cirque show I've seen has been amazing and I can never get over how the performers move so fluidly and at ease and I definitely gasped several times but seriously, just wow.

Seeing this show a second time definitely allowed me to be on the lookout for certain parts as well as keep my eyes open for things I might have missed watching it last year. I definitely loved the humor in some scenes, especially on the beach with the sand creatures.

I also enjoyed every scene involving the moving stage. There is one stage where people are literally running up and down the stage as it is moving diagonally and it's flipping and "arrows" are hitting it and it is just nuts, but all sorts of amazing.

Pretty much next time you're in Vegas you should check out this show and then thank me later. :)

Also check out Jessica's review of the show as well since she was a first timer to the show :)

I was provided a ticket to see KA free-of-charge to provide an honest review. The opinions are mine and were not influenced by any source. I was not compensated monetarily to advertise this show.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Food Review: The Grilled Cheese Truck

Last Thursday I heard that the Grilled Cheese Truck was going to be in Pasadena, so naturally I had to go. And I didn't go alone, I dragged Matt and my neighbor Erica along with me. Basically we got there 20 minutes prior to the opening hours and we waited a full hour until we were served, but my cheese loving heart thinks it was totally worth it.

Matt and I both ordered the Cheesy Mac and Rib which is just as delicious as it sounds and was very much my favorite. It had macaroni and cheese with BBQ pork and grilled onions, aka amazingness. We also order the havartichoke special of the night which was grilled chicken, havarti cheese and an artichoke spread. Pretty much it was delicious and I will definitely have to track that truck down again. Yummmmm.

mmmm what a cheesy dinner.

the fully loaded heavenly sandwich.

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