Back to the Future Day Q&A Panel With Cast and Crew in NYC

L-R: Guy, Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Huey Lewis, and Bob Gale
L-R: Guy, Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Huey Lewis, and Bob Gale

Tonight I was lucky enough to attend a special screening of Back to the Future II at AMC Loews Lincoln Square in NYC. Somehow, someway, VIP tickets fell from the heavens and into my hands… OK, so maybe it wasn’t that dramatic but I got some dope tickets either way.  Fourth row wasn’t too shabby.

Special Edition BTTF newspaper by USA TODAY
Special Edition BTTF newspaper by USA TODAY

Fans and onlookers gathered around the modified Delorean parked on the red carpet. Security guards in suits and earpieces, along with a fair share of NYPD, spotted the building’s exterior. The event itself seemed a little hectic. The Q&A was scheduled to start at 7:30 but didn’t get going till a bit after (about 8 or so).

Light cosplay of fans wearing the infamous red vest could be seen all around. Some of the more extreme fans were decked out in heavy cosplay of their favorite characters. I’m sure everyone was thrilled when leaving the theater and receiving a special edition of tomorrows USA Today. Don’t worry! You’ll be able to pick up a copy of your own tomorrow!

The Q&A was hosted by a guy from a company I don’t remember. Something with a “B”. Blasting, maybe? Sorry guy.

TRIPLE EDIT HAT TRICK:  Turns out the company is Blastr and the guy in question is self-described “Nerd Gone Pro”, Mr. Aaron Sagers. Thanks for being a good sport! Hire me for stuff. This concludes Editgate 2015.

Panelists consisted of Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Huey Lewis, and Bob Gale. Please enjoy this almost full recording of the panel! I apologize for my lack of foresight but I didn’t start recording the Q&A session till about 5 minutes in.

EDIT: Sorry the initial upload wasn’t working! I re-uploaded the audio to my soundcloud. Please enjoy! Back to the Future Day – October 21, 2015 – Q&A Panel with Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Huey Lewis, and Bob Gale

DOUBLE EDIT: Apologies for giggling so loudly.

WARNING: The first 20 seconds I’m hitting the microphone while I’m moving the phone. Audio quality isn’t terrible but isn’t great either. Be aware there will be a few random pops from moving the phone and loud applause.

Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Huey Lewis, and Bob Gale
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Huey Lewis, and Bob Gale

It’s been quite a while since I watched Back to the Future II. Michael J. Fox is the brave and hot headed, Marty McFly. Christopher Lloyd as the lovable mad scientist, Dr. Emmett Brown. Lea Thompson as the queen of mommy issues, Lorraine Baines McFly. To be honest, I’ve never been the biggest Back to the Future fan.. After tonight I may be a convert.

Maybe it’s nostalgia. Maybe it was being surrounded by loving fans (shout out to the insanely excited guy behind me that quoted the whole movies). Maybe it was because I last saw it when I was 13. Whatever the reasons, I enjoyed Back to the Future II a hell of a lot more than I remember. Do yourself a favor and take a ride down memory lane for Back to the Future day!

Please check out The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research and consider donating!

Delivery Review: M-Thai

index_r1_c4I love Thai food.  Well, I love most southeastern Asian cuisines. I used to be a delivery driver for a now closed Thai fusion restaurant. Each shift included a free meal. I ate the hell out of that free meal. Every. Damn. Night. Those were my glory days…

I’ve tried a few Thai places in the Chelsea area but they can be hit or miss. For example, my previous go to Thai restaurant was Spice. It has been inconsistent in both quality, presentation, and taste.

I’ve walked by M-Thai quite a few times and it almost always has a fair share of people in it. So, the other night I decided to give their delivery a shot. The food arrived in approximately a half hour, if that. Well done tiny delivery man. Well done.

pad thai
Thanks to Jameelah S. for your picture on Yelp

We stuck with our usual orders. Both because we are creatures of habit and because it’s delicious. We started with the fried “dancing” calamari with a spicy Thai chili sauce. We also split an order of chicken Pad Thai and chicken Pad See Ew (named Rice Noodles here). After tax and tip it came to about $36.

The fried “dancing” calamari did not dance. This was disappointing. The cook was perfect. The squid was crispy and had the right amount of tenderness, not chewiness, to it. The spicy chili sauce that comes with it was tasty but far from spicy. I had written down that it was “sweet” before looking at the menu to find the proper name for it.

The Pad Thai was on the sweeter side. This is far from a complaint in my book though I know some people may be turned off by it. I would have enjoyed a slightly better chicken-to-noodle ratio but I was satisfied nonetheless. Don’t mistake me, I demolished that Pad Thai. Which is why all the pictures in this post are taken from Yelp.. It had the perfect amount of ground peanuts and bean sprouts. I HATE too many peanuts, but I love me some bean sprouts.

pad see ew
Thanks to Anon A. for your picture on Yelp

The Pad See Ew wasn’t my favorite at first. It was not bad by any means but I felt that it could use a bit more flavor too it. The noodles were a tad under cooked in my opinion. It was decent but could use a little pick me up. Like jazz hands or cocaine. I preferred the Pad Thai to the Pad See Ew but my partner was the of the opposite mindset. We had some Pad See Ew left overs and I have to say I enjoyed it significantly more the day after.

I was happy with the price point and the portion sizes. To compare, both noodle dishes would be smaller portions and cost $12 at Spice vs. $8.98 here. Lunch specials start at only $7.98 and include a small appetizer as well. Considering price point, speed of delivery, portion size and food quality I will be revisiting M-Thai. I think I found my new go to Thai place in the area. As long as the quality stays consistent anyway. If you’re craving Thai food and in the Chelsea area, M-Thai is worthy of your attention.

Restaurant Review: The Grey Dog

Thanks to Brian A. on Yelp for the photo

After a lovely sunset walk along Chelsea Pier, my partner and I were craving some food. We figured we’d pass something on the way home. On and on we go until we reach 8th Ave and still haven’t found the right spot. We wandered around for a few more blocks. Then a few more. Just as we’re about to turn around and get the usual, we spot a sign for The Grey Dog on 16th St between 7th and 8th Ave.

The atmosphere is that of a chill coffee shop targeting a younger demo. You wait in line to place your order at the counter and are then free to grab any table you wish. Soon thereafter you will see a food runner wandering around trying to find you. He will be yelling your name in the feeblest of whispers.

Burn the bridges
I feel you.

There is ample seating inside and a handful of tables on the sidewalk. I felt welcome and comfortable inside. The decor features beautiful brick walls, ample artwork, and old school lighting. The vibe is fun, relaxed, and inviting. The artwork features vintage photos of women with flowers exploding from their faces. The tables are old maps of the surrounding area. Also, there was a handsome husky mix laying out front. Probably not the Grey Dog the restaurant is named after but I appreciate their dog friendliness. Shout out for being a noble pup.

A sandwich with sweet potato fries(extra), fish tacos, two soda, plus tip set us back about $37.

Not quite cheap but not too shabby for the area. My partner got the Cubano sandwich with a side of sweet potato fries. I was having trouble deciding between their three fish tacos. The fedora wearing young lady taking our order suggested the shrimp and jalapeno popper tacos.

Fish Tacos
Sorry I ate half of them before realizing I should take a picture

Bruh. These tacos tho. If you told me cheese, shrimp, and jalapeno were a good combo I wouldn’t have believed you. I have seen the light. Hallelujah! The flavor was unreal. Thank you fedora lady. The tacos have an insane combination of flavor. Sweet, salty, crunchy, and umami all in one. I have not yet eaten today as I write this. This was a bad idea.

As much as I loved the flavor of the tacos, I was left a little disappointed with the portion size. I didn’t pay attention to the shrimp-per-taco (or SPT) of each taco until the end. I noticed my last taco only had two shrimp and one popper. Hmm. Maybe that one was a fluke but regardless I’d enjoy larger tacos in place of the sub par side salad that came with it.

I can’t say that either of us enjoyed the Cubano sandwich much. It was just kinda bland. The pork was overcooked and on the dry side. It just seemed to have no flavor on its own. The sandwich was just… boring. Thank the food gods that she was smart enough to get sweet Cubano and sweet potato friespotato fries too.

Bruhbruh. Hands down the best sweet potato fries I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying. A perfect combination of crispy outside with a soft gooey inside. Add a bit of salt to your liking and get ready to violate yourself while shoving them down your gullet.

All in all I enjoyed The Grey Dog and I’ll certainly be back. Their breakfast menu looks enticing. During the day I can see The Grey Dog being a nice quiet place to get some work done or study. It’s got the local cafe vibe down. I recommend checking this place out and enjoying good food with good people in a (relatively) quiet and cool atmosphere.