Tuesday, August 20, 2013

FYI - Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay

Some things in life just need to be known, so the following is an FYI.

Maybe you’re already familiar with this next little tidbit. I wasn’t. If you weren’t aware, all you movie buffs should enjoy this.

I noticed it when I started watching Armageddon the other day.

The opening credits started and a very familiar name popped up.

Jerry Bruckheimer’s name popped up. I had no idea he produced Armageddon!

The revelations didn’t stop there.

Armageddon was directed by Michael Bay!

The man who went on to help make the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise popular and the future Transformers director worked on the same movie – way back in 1999!

As far as I know Bruckheimer and Bay haven’t been involved in the same project since. I don’t know if that’s by design or if their careers just went in different directions.

Nonetheless, it’s kind of cool to see where they started out and where they ended up going.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Cupcakes with a Cause - August 24th in Lincolnton

Happy National Cupcake Day! If you haven’t celebrated it accordingly yet, then you have another opportunity to do so this Saturday in Lincolnton, North Carolina.

There’s a fundraising event called “Cruisin’ for a Cause.” Profits go to four different agencies: Relay for Life, Hesed House of Hope, Amy’s House, and the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Center.

From 5 pm until 10 pm, you can cruise around the court house in Lincolnton.

One of the fundraising activities they will feature at the event is a local version of cupcake wars.

Participants will be judged on three different categories: best tasting, best looking and best “cruisin” theme. For example, you may see a cupcake with a theme from the 1950’s, when teenagers would cruise the loop.

A prize will be given in each category.

Anyone who doesn’t have a cupcake entered into one of the categories can vote and choose the winner.

Each cupcake will be sold for $2 or you can get three cupcakes for $5.

Check out the link below for more information:

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Charlotte Cupcakes - Maddy's Fatty's

Even though I was in Cornelius months ago, specifically looking for a cupcake shop, I somehow missed Maddy’s Fatty’s.

It’s located a mile or two west of exit 28, off I-77.

When I walked in I noticed, right away, that they were the creative type. There were a variety of flavors that weren’t the usual suspects you see when you go into a bakery.

I can see why they made it onto Cupcake Wars, which reminds me. I said in one of my earlier reviews, that Cupcrazed was the only bakery in the Charlotte area featured on Cupcake Wars.

That’s evidently not the case. Maddy’s Fatty’s can be added to that list.

Besides the several cupcake flavors, they have a variety of other treats. I’m not sure exactly what this is in the photo to the left, but it looks delicious. It appears to be some kind of cake/cracker sandwich with filling and frosting on top.

I was there for the cupcakes though, so I passed on the other goodies.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Wolverine - reviewed.

I’d been meaning to post this review a while ago. I saw The Wolverine two and half weeks ago already, but didn’t get around to writing this review. I guess that may be an indication as to whether the movie was good or not, huh?

It wasn’t bad actually. It didn’t live up to my expectations though.

Considering it was filmed and set in Japan, there wasn’t an epic sword-fight at any point in the movie. There were some impressive battles between characters with martial arts training, but nothing that really stood out as ‘Holy crap! Did you just see that?!’

Monday, August 12, 2013

Charlotte Cupcakes - Splat! Cakes n Such

Of all the cupcake shops I've been to this year, I think this week's business has the most creative name:
Splat! Cakes n Such.

The owner of the shop says the name was inspired by her kitchen: "Well, it is simply a fun word that colorfully describes what my kitchen looks like while I'm baking..."

Splat is located right on the main street in Lowell, North Carolina.

Of all the cupcake shops I've been to this year, this one also had one of the largest selection of flavors -- or at least the most unique.

Every flavor isn't offered every day -- that's how they keep you coming back -- but there were about a dozen different flavors to choose from on the day I went.

With so many choices to choose from, I had no problem picking out four different cupcakes.

Bubble Gum Cupcake

They nailed the taste on this cupcake! It seriously tasted exactly like Bubble Yum – both the cupcake and the frosting.

They got the taste dead on -- unfortunately.

It wasn’t a flavor that worked well in a cupcake – at least in this case.

I didn’t finish the cupcake because the taste was just too overwhelming. I tried to finish it a little later, but even then, I couldn't. It wasn't that there was too much sugar (the frosting was way too sweet though).

It wasn't that it didn't taste like bubble gum.

It's that it tasted too much like bubble gum. I guess some flavors aren't meant to be made in cupcake form.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

It's Miracle Treat Day - go get some ice cream!

It's one of my favorite days because you get to eat ice cream and donate to a good cause.

Love it!

It's second only to IHOP's National Pancake Day, which also donates money to the Children's Miracle Network.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Charlotte Cupcakes - Berry's Bakery

It was kind of deceptive. Even though the store was, more or less, sparse, there were several options to choose from: a lemon cupcake, a vanilla cupcake with white frosting, a vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting, a vanilla and chocolate cupcake with white and chocolate frosting, a chocolate cupcake with white frosting and a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting.

Get all that?

I went with a lemon cupake and a vanilla/chocolate cupcake. I was going to stop there, even though the cupcakes didn’t cost much, but I was told there was a $5 credit limit.

So, I got another cupcake and a slice of cake. For five dollars, you can get quite a few cupcakes at Berry’s Bakery.