Review: Toasted Gastrobrunch

On Monday, May 29, 2023, we ate breakfast at Toasted Gastrobrunch in Las Vegas, Nevada. The interior had a late 60’s style diner decor with a friendly atmosphere. I started with their Irish Coffee, served in a pretty glass.

I ordered the SHORT RIB BENNY, made with grilled sourdough, braised short rib, Harissa hollandaise, poached eggs, and pickled onions. The short rib was cooked perfectly tender, as well as the poached eggs. It was the pickled onions that gave the dish an exceptional flavor. 

The staff accommodated our needs; every interaction came with a smile.

If you’re looking for a spot with excellent food and great service, then Toasted Gastrobrunch is the place for you.

May 29, 2023

Over the weekend, I watched “Shazam: Fury of the Gods.” Many of the reviews for this film were spot on; however, it was a fun movie overall, not as bad as I imagined.

There was a lot of wrestling watched, WWE Night of Champions on Saturday, WWE NXT Battleground, and AEW Double or Nothing on Sunday: great matches, unexpected finishes, and storyline progression.

Last night, I watched comedian Wanda Sykes’s “I’m an Entertainer” on Netflix. Topics ranged from white privilege to hot flashes. She was hilarious.

Happy Memorial Day.

May 14, 2023

It’s Mother’s Day.

It was Mother’s Day 2018 that signified the beginning of the end of my relationship with my mother. The lies and manipulation; she’s done horrific things, and she is never wrong.

I watched “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3” yesterday. The story is about Rocket Raccoon, forced to return to his past to save his life. The film did a great job balancing each character’s screen time. Some moments nearly broke me. It was an emotional journey with a satisfying conclusion.

Happy Mother’s Day.

April 14, 2023

I am somewhat tired this morning. This month is psychologically unpleasant and symbolic of “April Showers.”

Yesterday, I watched “Star Trek: Picard” season three, episode nine, “Vox.” A generational culmination of episodes filled with fluid emotions. While I have grown weary of the Borg, it was the most nostalgic episode of the season for me, so far.

Happy Friday.

April 13, 2023

Bad news. You can’t live here anymore.

The Mandalorian (Sanctuary,” Season 1, Chapter 4)

Yesterday I watched “The Mandalorian” Season 3, Chapter 23: “The Spies.” We are finally getting to the payoff of the previous episodes. The Madalore factions come together to reclaim their homeworld. Grogu gets an upgrade courtesy of IG-11. Moff Gideon is working with the shadow counsel behind the scenes. This episode connects the pieces of Gideon’s escape and agenda involving Mandalore. It was one of the better episodes of the season.

Have a great day.

March 31, 2023

It’s cold this morning.

Our Home Owner Association must have elected new members; the crackdown has begun.

Yesterday, I watched “Star Trek: Picard” season three, episode seven, “Dominion.” The turning point took the fugitive crew of the USS Titan from worse to worst. We learn Vadic’s backstory; Jack becomes a telepathic Jason Bourne, and Data is at odds with Lore. The crew loses their ship and we end the episode on another cliffhanger.

I am enjoying this series season.

I didn’t get much sleep but thank goodness it’s Friday.

Have a good weekend.

Review: “The Last of Us” Season One

On HBO Max, Warner Bros released “The Last of Us,” season one. I played the video game upon its release on the PlayStation 3 in 2013. This video game adaptation into a nine-episode season initially made me skeptical. I watched the finale, and every episode was brilliant, from the writing to the casting and the landscapes. I applaud the directors and producers of the show; well done!

Warner Bros renewed the series for a second season.

March 6, 2023

Everyone is feeling better and getting back into their routines.

Last night, I watched “The Last of Us” episode 8, which was excellent. This series overall is well done. I am looking forward to next week’s season finale.

I didn’t sleep well due to wind gusts throughout the night. This might account for that strange vibe during my morning drive.

Have a great day and Happy Monday.

Review: Ant-Man & The Wasp – Quantumania

Yesterday, I watched the film “Ant-Man & The Wasp – Quantumania.”

Paul Rudd as Scott Lang was a reprisal of his plucky behavior but with a celebrity twist. A lot has changed since Avengers: Endgame. While the humor remained, there were moments when Scott showed how serious he could become. Michael Douglas as Hank Pym was great.

Jonathan Majors’ portrayal of Kang the Conqueror was brilliant. I could feel his antagonism and his arrogance. His condescending wit toward everyone elevated his conquering nature.

Michelle Pfeiffer played Janet Van Dyne with a pivotal role in the film. She carried many secrets along with the key to survival. She delivered some badass fight scenes. Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne and Kathryne Newton as Cassie Lang were the heart and soul of Scott.

In the end, it was the ants that saved the Quantum Universe. I noticed a couple of characters who reminded me of Korg and his beetle friend from the Thor franchise.

Overall, the film connected another piece of Kang to the multiverse saga permeating the Marvel Universe. There are two post-credit scenes you should not miss. I give this film a rating of 7.5 out of 10.

November 14, 2022

Another weekend evaporated.

Saturday, I watched Jo Koy and David A. Arnold on Netflix. I caught Dave Chappelle’s monologue on Saturday Night Live (SNL).

Yesterday, I watched “Wakanda Forever.”. I thought it was good and I will probably go see it again.

This morning, I left for work very early to drop my daughter off at her job. There were a few disruptions to my morning routine; the day feels off.

Happy Monday.

October 31, 2022

Happy Halloween.

My car passed an emissions test, which is good news.

Over the weekend, I created a reaction video on YouTube that went viral. Most of the comments were positive the ones that weren’t affected me deeply.

I watched Guillermo del Toro’s “Cabinet of Curiosity” on Netflix. My favorite episodes were “Lot 36,” “Pickman’s Model,” “Graveyard Rats,” and “Dreams in the Witch House.”

Today is my wife’s birthday.

Have a great day.

Review: Thor Love and Thunder

“Thor Love and Thunder” is the fourth film in the Thor franchise. The story is from two Marvel Comics storylines, Gorr the God Butcher and Jane Foster – The Mighty Thor. Thor returns to god-like form and must defend New Asgard from Gorr and his Necro Sword. Jane Foster becomes Thor because of a promise Mjolnir made to Thor to protect her. The hammer’s enchantment restores it; however, it remains fractured.

Taika Watiti directed the film and kept the humor and satire from Thor Ragnorak. Overall, I thought the movie was OK as I understood the references and watched from the perspective of being entertained. I share some of the fanbase criticism regarding Marvel Phase Four and how it pales compared to the first three phases.

I am waiting to see how the elements shown so far (Kang the Conquerer, the multiverse, celestials, gods, etc.) connect to the larger story. If you’re looking for a fun movie with some serious undertones, this is the film; if you’re looking for a well-crafted tale, significant effects, and a good message, skip this film.

Review: Stranger Things 4

I watched Stranger Things Season 4 volumes 1 and 2. If you haven’t watched the series, then you are sleeping on what I believe is the best storytelling on Netflix. This season provides the origin of the “Upside Down” and its connection to the town of Hawkins. Before there was Eleven, there was One.

We continue this journey in Hawkins, Indiana, Los Angeles, California, and in a Russian maximum security prison. This season connects everything back to the beginning and tells a great story of how it all began and why the town of Hawkins is doomed.

Each of the main character’s journeys forced a significant change within themselves and each other. Everyone’s Vedemons become relatable to the audience. Vecna’s backstory is powerful and explains why he is the villain in this series.

It takes everyone in three locations to stop Vecna, which comes with a cost. The ending is another cliff-hanger and sets up season five, the series finale. I imagine epic turning points and a lot of tears.