Wednesday, July 09, 2014

If You Leave

A lot of people have emailed me about where I've been, since I haven't been posting anything new. I'm sad to say that this is the end. I've blogged at justJENN rants for well over 10 years and it's hard to say goodbye but I've been slowly consolidating everything into one overall blog at

Some of the old posts that were here have already moved over, and anything new I write that would have been here will now be on justJENN recipes filed under the travel/lifestyle tab. That includes crafts, Disney trips, restaurant reviews and general rant-ery. Sad to say, but yes this blog will eventually be deleted.

Hopefully you'll follow me over to the new and improved site for more recipes and geekery. I can't thank you enough for reading all these years!

Monday, May 05, 2014

Sons Of Geekery: Custom Painted Shoes

If you follow my friend @geektrooper on his twitter feed, you'll find a fan who loves Star Wars, comics and pop culture. Lately he's been able to take his love of fandom and translate it into his talent for painting.

A few years ago when his son was born, he created an impressive nursery centered around a mural inspired by artist Skottie Young's "Marvel Babies" variant covers for Marvel Now! He went into detail about how he painstakingly created the mural and while the step by steps make it seem easy, believe me it's all about talent.
Now he's taken his art to canvas, as in canvas shoes! On his etsy store Sons Of Geekery (great pun) you can see that even on a small scale, his work is amazingly detailed. From fandoms like Stars Wars to Adventure Time, he brings character to life with lots of color and movement. For such a small scale he does a great job at using space and creating a flow within the parameters that he's given.

I was excited and surprised when he gifted me with my own pair of custom sneaks! When I say custom, I mean it - not only did he recreate my @justjenn twitter icon: Hello Kitty Wolverine, a character I created myself, but he also added on one of my life loves. That's right, donuts.
The other shoe reveals even more custom work, as he recreated some of my greatest hits from my food blog, Shave Ice Cupcakes, Boba Fett Ice Cream Sandwiches, Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies and my most fave Disneyland treat, Dole Whip! I would say my favorite detail would be on the tongue of the shoe where he placed Hello Kitty's bow with an X-Men symbol in the middle. That's pretty much my House Sigil right there.

@geektrooper does incredible work and you can see all the love he puts into his pieces just by looking at the unique details. You can order custom work from him online at Sons Of Geekery on etsy or better yet, follow him at SonsOfGeekery on instagram or pinterest to see his amazing, unrivaled toy collection.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Free Comic Book Day 2014

This weekend is Star Wars Day, May The 4th but it's also Free Comic Book Day!

Free Comic Book Day is when comic book shops across America give away comics for free! It's a great way to learn about new artists and books and support your local comic store at the same time. Most stores have other activities that day and encourage browsing and questions about comics you might not know about otherwise.

It's a great way for kids to get inspired and it's all free! Find your local comic shop and stop by this Saturday for all the great events!

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Star Wars Crafts For May The 4th

Coming up this week is the biggest holiday of the year! Not Easter, not your mom's birthday -- no, it's Star Wars Day, May The 4th Be With You! To celebrate May The 4th there are so many fun things you can do with your kids: rewatch the movies, dress up like Jedi, make fun treats like Yoda Soda or Princess Leia Cupcakes and of course, crafts!

Star Wars crafts are some of the most fun because the inspiration is endless. Here are a few creative DIY Star Wars crafts created by Bonnie Burton, all free for download on the official Star Wars blog. Also check out her book, The Star Wars Craft Book which is filled with even more amazing creations that range from easy to difficult, for kids of all ages! May the 4th be with you!

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Disneynature Bears

Disney invited me to a screening of their new True Life Adventure movie, "Bears." In the movie we get to know Skye and her two little newborn bear cubs Amber and Scout as we follow them throughout their first year of life. From the freezing snowcaps to peaceful ponds the lives of bears consists of a constant hunt for food with threats all around them.

The familiar voice of Wreck-It Ralph's John C. Reilly provides the narration over the scenic views of coastal Alaska. Disneynature did a wonderful job capturing the majestic scenery that provide a stunning backdrop for the bears and their great adventures.
Seeing the bears coexist with friendly birds and fish as well as deadly predators gives you an inside look at animals in their natural habitat. I especially enjoyed the credits where they showed just how up close and personal the crew had to get to capture all the amazing shots.
Olivia Holt, Dylan Riley Snyder, Piper Curda, Paris Berelc
This Disney event was particularly fun because we watched with the movie along with some of our favorite Disney Channel stars! The screening was hosted by Olivia Holt of the new Disney show "I Didn't Do It" and formerly of "Kickin' It!" (one of the kid's favorite shows). Olivia also sings the Bears  theme song "Carry On."

Bears opens in theaters on April 18, 2014 just in time for Earth Day.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Keeping busy in Disneyland lines

Waiting in line at Disneyland can be anywhere from a few short minutes to hours. While a well stocked bag of snacks can only last so long, it always turns into the inevitable child rally cry: "Mom? Can I use your phone?"

When I'm standing in line I'm usually trying to work on something at the same time so using my phone isn't always an option. When we were kids, we didn't have smart phones! We just dealt with boredom! How? Well, I don't remember but we dealt with it!

Now Disney is coming up with fun ways to keep kids busy in line, and it has nothing to do with modern technology!
While in line for Toy Story Mania the CM's handed out mini Etch-A-Sketchs to the kids. I wondered how this old school toy was going to go over considering the kids can't even recognize a payphone.

I was happy to see that the kids loved it! My kids love to draw so they had fun seeing what they could accomplish by turning just two little dials and in one shake they could start all over again. I jokingly told the kids that Etch A Sketchs were the original iPad.

The line moved swiftly and at the end all of the Etch A Sketchs were collected to distribute to guests at the beginning of the line. It was fun to see the kids being creative with a toy that didn't require a battery pack. Such a fun treat provided by the park for the kids to enjoy during their wait!

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Monday, March 17, 2014

The Bun Shop

The Walking Dead. Buns. Two things my friends and I like and now they are finally together as one! Well...sort of. Steve Yuen aka Glenn from the Walking Dead is an investor in The Bun Shop, a restaurant opened by his brother Brian and chef James Seok.

Originally a food truck, The Bun Shop recently opened a brick and mortar located on Western Ave. in the heart of Koreatown, holding court across the street from the popular Koreatown landmark, Biergarten. A self proclaimed "Bao and Brew" spot, on a recent visit with a few friends and we ordered everything on the menu and I have to say, nothing disappointed. Everything was fresh, flavorful and delicious!
The buns are ordered by the twos or threes plus a side and are a lot more filling then they look. I suggest starting with two and then adding another bun or sides if you're still hungry. The requisite Korean favorites are there, the Korean marinated "Beefy" and the "Spicy Pig", a modern ode to daeji bulgogi. Flavorful meat nestled into a soft, airy bun is my idea of Korean pub food perfection.

There are also "Pork Belly" and "Spam" buns but the "Katsu" bun is a absolute standout. Panko crusted chicken, lightly fried, paired with a slaw and special BBQ sauce will leave you wishing you had another. There are also vegetarian buns which I always consider a plus, the fried avocado "Temp Veg" and the "Tomanako", panko fried tomato bun. Both of which are tasty and just as filling as their meat laden counterparts.

While the meals come with sides of edamame or pasta salad, the fries are really where it's at. Perfectly fried and seasoned, one side fed three of us in addition to our bun meals. Ba'Corn Cheese, Sticky Wings and Wontons round out the sides but I really wanted to try the Dosirak. Sadly, they were sold out and my heart wept at the loss of tasting their version of one of my faves, Korean fried rice with kimchi.
For dessert there are custard buns and deep fried Oreos and it hurts me to say it but as a person who basically lives off of a diet of desserts, I say skip these. The savory buns are definitely the focus here.

Another important thing - the service is fantastic. Always jovial and helpful, the kindess is much appreciated and sometimes lost nowadays in restaurant service. It's definitely a reason to keep coming back. The Bun Shop has become one of my favorite places for a leisurely weekday lunch or late night snack, a great addition to the Koreatown food scene.

The Bun Shop
Mon-Sun 11:30am-10pm
151 N. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90004

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Free Captain America Activity Sheets

If you've been missing seeing your favorite Avengers on the big screen, the wait is almost over! Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes out in just one month!

In anticipation of the countdown to April 4th Disney has provided a 16 page Captain America activity sheet set download for free! Not only that, there's a brand new tv spot that showcases something I've been looking foward to, Falcon's amazing costume!

Check out the clip, download the activity sheets and go see Captain America: The Winter Soldier in theaters everywhere April 4th!

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Thursday, February 27, 2014


LA has been on #Stormwatch2014, sandbags, T-rails we are prepared! Then of course, nothing happened and it looked like this.

Whenever it rains in LA I think of the LA rain parody movie Rain H2O...No. It's ridiculously accurate because we all know wet jeans = the ultimate disaster. Of course sometimes it really does rain in LA but we'll just have to wait and see.

"People are putting on light sweaters and fleeing to Mexico."

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Muppets Most Wanted Free Drawing Activity Sheets

Back in August when I went to D23 I was excited to see a large area dedicated to the Muppets! Kids of all ages were crowded around a giant chalk wall, all learning how to draw their favorite Muppet!

It was fun to see the progress of the wall through out the day, some of the art was so good I'm just know some kids will be animators in the future! If the chalk wall was too intimidating, activity sheets and colored pencils were provided on the surrounding tables for you to give it a go on your own. 

Now I have these sheets available for free to download so that you can draw Kermit, Miss Piggy, Animal, Beaker or Fozzie, at home! These are a great activity to have on hand for rainy/snowy days indoors! MUPPETS MOST WANTED opens in theaters everwhere on March 21st!
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