Is the Super Nintendo Classic Mini worth it?

So I am having a bit of a dilemma…

Nintendo released a miniature version of the Super Nintendo on the 29th of September 2017. The Super Nintendo is my favorite console of all time and of course I became interested in this tiny cute console. In America this console was on sale for $70 dollars (£70 in England) which wasn’t a bad price in my opinion. When I checked the price in other countries I found out that this tiny console was charged 3 times more. $200 dollars, $200 freaking dollars, yes that’s insane. You can actually buy the original Super Nintendo on eBay and other retro sites for less. I do actually own the original Super Nintendo as well. So in the back of my head I was thinking “Is it worth getting it for $200 dollars?” The answer was of course no but then a voice came in my head saying “but it’s limited edition”…I hesitated once again.

I did miss the opportunity of getting the NES Classic Mini and I do regret that. I hate having regrets, especially when it comes to video games.

Sigh, so did I end up getting it? Yes I did. Would I recommend getting this fellow console? Yes and no. If you’re young and living in a generation with the newer consoles then yes, I don’t see why not if you want to give it a go. Although, if you’re a 90’s kids like me (or older) then I would suggest you to get the actual original SNES. Why? Because the cartridges gives that retro feeling to it. So worth it.

Why did I get it? Because I am an idiot…and I love Limited Edition products. Although I must say, I would not have gotten it if I didn’t already own the console because then I’d rather just get buy the real deal.

Unboxing post will happen when I receive it.

– Siara

California – May 2017

For those who didn’t know, I was away during May. I was in California, mostly in Los Angeles. I had a lovely time with my other half and I spent time with my best friend who I had missed dearly. Two whole years since I saw him and it meant the world to me to see him again.

I met some of my friends who I had also missed dearly. I didn’t have a lot of time so I wasn’t able to see everyone which was a shame. Doesn’t mean I don’t like them less or anything it was just lack of time and place. For those who were able to meet me, I was very happy to catch up.

We rented a car and traveled all over the place. The longest route was to San Francisco. I had been there before so it wasn’t anything new but I went there to see my friends and to explore once again. I went to San Jose for the first time and it was quite warm compared to San Francisco. I was so surprised. The place we were staying at was in San Bruno and it was foggy AF there, like Silent Hill foggy. I was not fond of that weather at all. The place we stayed at had a indoor pool so I was freezing when I went to point A to B just for that swim. As soon as you leave that area, the fog is gone and you see the sun shining through, crazy. Not staying there next time I am down. *Shivers*
I think I lost time of how many times I went to the Cheesecake Factory but one thing I was disappointed was that I didn’t have my cheesecake : ( of all the things to miss. Vanilla Bean and Oreo Cheesecake…I will get you next time.

I had my Korean BBQ though, bless. I love Korean BBQ and we don’t have that self frying pan, whatever you call it here and I am mad disappointed. All you can eat BBQ is like heaven, gosh I am drooling just writing this. Calm down Siara.

Tender Greens is nice too. Not the comfiest place to sit and eat but the food is worth it. Kinda healthy…I guess.

The only fast food I actually enjoy eating is In N Out, nothing beats that. It’s not AMAZING like everyone says it is, because I feel like everyone is overrating it but it’s definitely a go to place if I would pick a fast food place. The animal style fries…yes please.


Okay I just realized that I am writing about food again which is a bit depressing. I did do other things than eating food. I went hiking in west LA, I went to the beach, hired a bike and biked around the boardwalk. I also went to the Santa Monica Pier (my hoooood) and went to the small cozy Santa Monica arcade like the good ol times.

I went to Little Tokyo in Downtown LA and had Japanese Udon noodles. (damn it food related again)


All of this made me so emotional and it’s crazy how my three years in LA went by so fast. It’s a place I adore and it will always be my home no matter where I am in this world. I have moved to a lot of places and whenever I wonder back on memory lane, LA pops into my mind. I will never let that go, it’s my happy little place and I was blessed to be able to live there.

I hope this post didn’t get cheesy and too much food related. There is also a video montage if you’re interested to watch. Hope you enjoy.

– Siara

Dish of the Month: Eggs Royale @ Muriel’s Kitchen (April)

(Note that this was written in April and published in May)

Name of Resturant: Muriel’s Kitchen
Location: United Kingdom, London
Dish: Eggs Royale
Price: £10.50/120 kr/€11/$14
Size: One Size
Gluten Free: No (might have gluten free bread)
Vegetarian: Yes
Lactose Free: Yes (exclude sauce)

Menu: poached eggs, smoked salmon and fresh spinach served on a sourdough toast

This was my first time trying out this place and I went there during breakfast hours. I am really fond of Salmon so I wanted to give this a try and I was not disappointed with my choice. The only thing I want to complain about this dish is the portion. Other people might think it’s enough as a breakfast but I felt like it was a bit too small for me. I would be able to eat another one without any problems for sure. I had my breakfast with some tea (like always).

I am not fond of sourdough but this bread did not taste like a typical sourdough bread which made me happy. You can eat this as “two” breads by separating the top and and the bottom bread, it also makes it easier to eat that way too.

Pricing was a bit too much in my opinion. £10.50 for breakfast in that portion = meh. I am curious about their lunch menu though so perhaps I will go back to taste something else from that menu.

Overall I think the dish itself was tasty but the portion and the size wasn’t the best combo. If you eat less than me then I would recommend it, or you can order two : )

– Siara

London Town

As some of you already know, I went to London recently to see Bruno Mars live in the O2 Arena. Yes, I flew oversees just to see him #datdedicationtho. Before I actually saw him I was strolling around London, spending time with friends and eating out (#foodporn).

I usually don’t go to tourist:y places in London due to being in there too often. So seeing “Big Ben” and the whole parliament to me is just nothing special but wanted to take photos for my blog and I decided that the best place to take London photos would be at that location so that’s why we went there.

After that we went to grab some Boba tea at my favorite boba tea place, Chai Time.

mm chocolate boba tea….

After spending some time around Soho it was time to head to Nando’s to grab some dinner. Nando’s is probably my go to place whenever I don’t know what to eat. The restaurant can be found almost everywhere and I never get tired of it. They’re known for their tasty chicken.

mm Foodporn

I did go shopping too (#Primark4Lyfe) not clothes though, it was just random items that I needed and some make-up from The Body Shop. I got a really cool t-shirt thought that says Nintendo 64 on it though and I love it. Although I got it at the male section. I’m not fond of men size t-shirts, it looks like a potato bag when I wear them so I am going to use my lame skills and create a different look with the tshirt that I bought. I hope I won’t mess it up.

Next post will be all about Bruno Mars! Stay tuned.

– Siara

Is it Impossible to get Over a Fear?

Is it impossible to get over a fear?

Is it really? Or is that something we humans have put into our brain so that we don’t dare to face them? There are many questions regarding this and usually the case in this scenario is that people ignore their fears rather facing them. Why? It’s because it’s “easier” to just ignore it and pretend like nothing is wrong in the first place.

I’m here to tell you that fears are not impossible to overcome. I used to be one of those who’d rather ignore it and just get along with my life but due to a certain decision in my life I had no other choice to face that particular fear.

In 2012 I had decided that I wanted to move to America, California, LA. The distance from Sweden to LA is 8827 km, and it takes about 16 hours to get there with an airplane, including one layover. I have a fear of being “trapped” (not literally) as in, being inside an airplane for X amount of hours without being able to leave. That freaks me out. If I ride a bus I know that I can get off whenever I want on whatever stop but an airplane is a different story. I had never been on a long flight alone before too which made the whole experience even more difficult. I had no other choice than just get along with it. I decided to move and that was the sacrifice I had to make. I’ve taken about X flights within 2012-2017 and I never thought it would be able to get used to flying oversees back and forth from America to Europe. Today, I am way stronger than I was back in 2012 and that’s because I dealt with this fear rather than ignoring it.

So what’s my point with this post? Just to prove to you that a fear can dealt with as long as you are brave enough to face them. Don’t let that stop you from achieving a dream or getting stronger. You will learn and grow out of this.

It’s kinda funny writing about this because I’m actually on a plane right now heading to London. It just popped up into my mind.

 

– Siara

Pugsly the Pug

This post is going to be dedicated to my favorite dog that I used to know. I know that this post is not the typical post I make on my blog but I really wanted to write this.

5 years ago, I met my first friend in Los Angeles, who is currently one of my best friends. He then introduced his pug named Pugsly to me. Before I met Pugsly, I wasn’t fond of Pug’s. I thought they were a bit…ugly? Harsh I know but that’s what I thought back then. But, when I met him for the first time, I just fell in love with him. He was the most adorable dog I’ve ever met. His personality changed the way I thought about Pug’s. Ever since I gotten to know him, I started liking pug’s and every time I would see one outside I would always pet them and think about Pugsly back in California. I’ve never had a dog before but I felt like Pugsly was a big part of my life ever since I gotten to know him. I saw him almost everyday for two years when I was living in the same apartment complex as my best friend. The third year wasn’t as much but I was still around him often. I was dog sitting every time my friend had to go somewhere or even leave town for a while. I called him my “Ugly little monster” (in a good way). I had my best friends house keys on me all the time if I ever felt like seeing Pugsly, that’s how close I was/am with my best friend.

Yesterday, my best friend called me and told me that Pugsly had passed away. I thought it was a joke because it was first of April. So I laughed and said “Good one, but you can’t fool me on this day”, then he said that he swore on his life and his family that he wasn’t joking. I got speechless and said once again “Are you not joking? Really?” His voice changed and I could hear how he is trying to remain calm while talking to me. I started to cry, trying to hold it in but I failed hard. Even write this now is making me cry. I just couldn’t accept it nor believe it. The sad thing is that, I bought a ticket to LA not too long ago because I knew that Pugsly was sick and I was worried I wouldn’t see him ever again. So hearing that yesterday made me feel so sad. I wasn’t suppose to go to LA until Fall but I didn’t want to risk the wait and bought it for the end of this month. One month too late, that’s what keeps repeating in my head right now. I wish I went last year, I shouldn’t have waited this long. I regret it so much, I really wanted to see him again. It’s hard writing this without holding my tears back. I loved Pugsly so much that every time I would see anything pug related I would buy it because it reminded me of him. I even have a picture of him framed on my shelf. Is this is how it feels to lose a dog you’re close to? It feels horrible. 15 years with someone and then they’re gone, it’s heartbreaking.

I hope this post didn’t make you sad but I wanted to share my love for Pugsly the Pug and how much he meant to me.

– Siara

Unboxing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Limited Edition! (EU Edition)

I wanted to share with you all my excitement and joy regarding this big box. There will be a lot of photos and a video at end if you want to see my reaction when I open it. I hope you will enjoy it!

The box is MASSIVE. I was not expecting it to be that big. It’s because I was comparing it with my previous limited Edition box with Skyward Swords, that box was tiny compared to Breath of the Wild. So when I saw it, I was quite surprised (if you watch the video at the end you will see how many times I say the word huge).

The first thing you see when you open the box is the CD. The CD contains all the music from Breath of the Wild. I haven’t heard anything so far (it’s because I haven’t played it yet, yes I know I am crazy, here I am writing this and editing videos for you guys instead,  the dedication is real). The CD is very simple in design, just black all around.

Underneath the CD you will find the actual game. Some of you already know but Nintendo decided to go back in time and cartigees once again. It kinda like the 3DS/DS carticges. I’m not complaining at all. Smaller size means easier to carry around and travel with which is quite awesome.

The picture of Link at the front as you can see, very cute (handsome AF, Link bae) and the back is just like any regular game you buy. There is a thing going on with people licking the games because they taste weird and Nintendo stated that they did use some sort of a chemical/taste to prevent children to eat them/chock on them. Glad to hear that Nintendo so aware of that and sorted it out, unless some kids enjoy the taste (I can’t say myself, I haven’t licked it…and no I won’t either).

The last thing in the box is the Master Sword statue. It was quite heavy. It was another box in the box so I had to take it out. I must say I was quite impressed. It looks pretty on my shelf (I am actually looking at it at this moment) I did notice some glue around the sword which made it look shiny and not matte like the rest of the area around the platform which was a little disappointment. Not sure if  I can fix that myself or not because I don’t want to ruin it, I am a master when it comes to that…I am not proud of it.

The price of this set was £89 which I think was worth it. I enjoy game play music and I have a big master sword on my shelf so heck yeah, going to make people jelly…by people I am talking about my imaginary friends : ).  But I must say, my life sized Master Sword and Hylian Shield was better than this sword but I do like collecting beauties like these.

I hope you enjoyed my unboxing post. I did also make a video so make sure to watch that too if you want to see my reaction when I open the box for the first time.

– Siara

Dish of the Month: Chicken Gyros @ Meat Greek (March)

It’s time to post the Dish of the Month for March!

Name of Resturant: Meat the Greek
Location: Sweden, Gothenburg
Dish: Pita Chicken Gyros
Price: 69 kr/£6/€7/$10
Size: One Size
Gluten Free: Yes if ordered without the Pita.
Lactose Free: Yes. Without Sauce (might be mayo)

This a place that I have fallen in love with since Summer last year. They have a lot of other things to offer in their Menu but the one I have settled with (for now) is their Chicken Pita. If you haven’t had Greek food before, then you have been missing out for sure.

I don’t remember the last time I had Greek food before I found this place, so I can’t compare it with other places which is a bit tricky when it comes to rating this dish. There might be other restaurants out there that tastes even better than this one and I am not a pro when it comes to rating dishes but hey, I am the writer so I’m just going to go with the flow.

The sauce that they use in this dish is something I haven’t had before which makes the dish even more special. They add chips/fries inside the Pita and it tastes delicious. Drink is not included with the price, I ordered water which was free.  Almost all of their ingredients are imported from Greece!

I can’t complain about anything with this dish so I have to give it a 10/10. It’s a dish I never get tired of and I always look forward to eat there whenever I decide to go. This dish deserves a medal.

If you live around Gothenburg, then I definitely recommend you to try this. If you are allergic to Gluten you can order the dish without the bread and go with the salad instead, although it’s the bread itself that makes the whole dish perfect but more chips/fries is good too. This dish is also suitable for people who have problems with Lactose. Although, I am not 100% sure if  their sauce contains milk. Note that other dishes comes with yogurt that contains lactose. I am just reviewing this particular dish.

– Siara

 

Twitch did WHAT??!

(no, I couldn’t align the video to the center smh)

This post might be a bit different of what I usually post but I really wanted to make this post. So it was International Women’s last week and I decided to stream. Out of the blue some guy named Kyle came into my stream with a weird icon (a wrench) next to his name, I’ve never seen it before so I was a bit confused. I eventually found out that he was part of the Twitch Staff. With my lame sense of humor, I started joking about hiding the drugs (very funny I know) but he eventually explained to me what he does and apparently he handles on the social media accounts for Twitch. He also explained to me that he used to work for IGN’s social media in the past. So he was the person who retweeted my tweet months ago for IGN about a Snapchat tweet I did. Man the world is so small. It was a coincidence that he was in my stream though, not sure why he clicked on my stream of all the others. It could be because my title was Happy International Women’s Day! Perhaps, I still don’t know for sure. Anyways, let’s continue the story. After a few minutes of talking, he mentioned why he was in my stream. Apparently he was going to tweet out my stream on Twitch’s official Twitter page and post it on their FB page. I was like What? WHAT? I was not expecting that to happen at all. So Kyle worked on his magic and BAM it was UP! My chat went crazy for a while, a lot of people stopped by that evening and I kept panicking haha. Regardless, it was a fun experience.

Thanks #KyleBae

– Siara

5 Retro Games You MUST Play!

There are so many good retro games out there that hasn’t been played/heard of or discovered by people. I decided to make a video of one of my favorite classic games that I recommend anyone who is interested to play. Of  course, I have a lot of other games on the shelf that deserves to be on that top 5 but fear not! I will make more of these. I just wanted to choose some games that were on three different consoles/platforms rather than just one.

If you want to know more about this list then go ahead and watch it.

– Siara