Comic-Con 2011 Costume Spotting (Day 3)

Comic-Con 2011 is being held from July 21-24 this year and like last year, I’ll be costume spotting some of the best and most wacky costumes to be seen! I always get a kick at seeing what people decide to dress up as to Comic-Con. My favorite from Day 3 has got to be The Phantom – a great photo by Joe Osterloh!

*All photos belong to their respective owners. I’ve provided links back to the original photos and links back to the photographers official website when possible.

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1. Terminator, photo by James Lin. He’s baaaaack! Visit Chumby.

2. Catwoman(s), photo by James Lin. Yikes, multiple Catwomans! Visit Chumby.

3. Rogue, photo by James Lin. Visit Chumby.

4. Jessica Rabbit, photo by Daniel Lugo.

5. Alternate Galactus and Captain America, photo by Ewen Roberts. Is that a Native American Captain America?

6. Umbrella SWAT Team, photo by Ewen Roberts.

7. Dr. Doom, photo by Nelly Putnam.

8. Star Wars, photo by Eddie Dennis. Visit Death Trooper.

9. Harry Potter, photo by Kevin Baird. Why hello, Harry! Visit Green Desert Productions.

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Comic-Con 2011 Costume Spotting (Day 2)

Comic-Con 2011 is being held from July 21-24 this year and like last year, I’ll be costume spotting some of the best and most wacky costumes to be seen! I always get a kick at seeing what people decide to dress up as to Comic-Con. My favorite from Day 2 has got to be Obi-Wan Kenobi walking amongst those muggles!

*All photos belong to their respective owners. I’ve provided links back to the original photos and links back to the photographers official website when possible.

If you stumbled on this blog via Twitter, Facebook or elsewhere then welcome! Please feel free to peruse the site and if you like what you see then I’d recommend adding Co-Tee TV as a friend on Facebook so that you can stay up-to-date on future posts!

1. Wonder Woman, photo by Onigun. Why hello, Wonder Woman.

2. Popeye, photo by Peter Alau. I think that Popeye might need to eat more spinach! Visit Moko Blog.

3. Ghostbusters, photo by Peter Alau. Excellent group of Ghostbusters! Visit Moko Blog.

4. Captain America, photo by Peter Alau. An all-American duo? Visit Moko Blog.

5. Monty Python and the Holy Grail, photo by Sgt_Kelo.

6. A Clockwork Orange, photo by Davann. Being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are rape, ultra-violence and Beethoven.

7. Doctor Who, photo by Davann.

8. Green Lantern & Friends, photo by Lydia Diaz. Because Superheroes hang out with super friends.

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San Diego/Las Vegas Trip Day 5 + 6

Day 5 Shirt of Choice: Bears, Beets, Battelstar

The San Diego Zoo is one big zoo and it houses an extraordinary amount of animals! But I’m getting ahead of myself. We first had breakfast at Hash House A Go Go, a place were big food is the norm. The portions at Hash House A Go Go are, in the words of the New York Times, gastronomic! And from firsthand experience, I know that they aren’t kidding. The portions here were huge and definitely a little daunting. It’s a great place to go on a hungry stomach or to share a plate with a friend. I ordered the Andy’s Special, which consisted of Ham Steak and a biscuit on a bed of mashed potatoes topped with spinach, tomato, ham, scrambled eggs, cheddar and covered in chili cream. The dish was good (and a little on the spicy end) but for some reason I probably did not enjoy it as much as I should have simply because of the enormity of the serving. 

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That monstrosity is the Andy’s Special at Hash House A  Go Go!

After breakfast we headed over once again to Balboa Park en route to the San Diego Zoo. Again, I cannot stress enough the size of Balboa Park, at just about 1,174 acres big, you would definitely need at least two days minimum to see (or try to see) everything it has to offer. We snapped a few pictures and then made our way to the zoo entrance and eagerly jumped onto the first of many zoo trails, the monkey trail. Our favorite part of the zoo had to be the new Elephant Odyssey, which had opened just a few days prior. It’s a massive area of the zoo that was created just for the elephants. By the end of the day we had done all of the trails, rode on the Skyfari Aerial Tram twice, did the guided bus tour and saw a whole lot of animals!

San Diego Zoo

Me posing next to an ancestor.

And finally, for our last night in San Diego, we walked to the Little Italy district, which was just 9 blocks or so away from The Sophia Hotel. I’ve been to a couple of Little Italy’s in different cities and this one was a little subdued compared to the others. We had dinner at Filippi’s Pizza Grotto. What’s interesting about Filippi’s is that you must walk through their “cash and carry” Italian grocery store and deli, stocked with cheeses, pasta and a lot of various imports from Italy before ending up at the restaurant. The line was out the door, so we knew it had to be good! The servings at Filippi’s were huge. I ordered the Spaghetti with Sausage and Meatball and Michelle had the Chicken Parmigiana with Spaghetti. This Filippi’s is actually the first of this California chain and has been serving excellent pasta and pizza for over 50 years now. By the time we left Filippi’s, it was dark out and the Little Italy district had picked up steam, was lively and filled with people, drinking, eating and having a merry time. 

San Diego's Little Italy

Until I make it to the real Italy, these Little Italy’s will have to do for now.

Tomorrow: Las Vegas, NV

Day 6 Shirt of Choice: No shirt, just a standard polo :(

This was our last day in San Diego and our first day in Las Vegas! The morning consisted of some last minute packing, returning of the rental car and shipping some stuff back home via the United States Postal Service. After those errands we had a quick breakfast at The Cheese Shop were I had the breakfast sandwich and Michelle the eggs & sausage. 

The flight to Las Vegas was short, just about an hour, but was worth it considering that a drive to Sin City would take a considerably longer. 

It only take a few seconds after leaving the flight deck to be enamored by the Las Vegas lifestyle of cha-chings! Even in the airport you can hear people gambling their money away. We swiftly picked up our luggage, found our shuttle bus and headed to the Bellagio. After a mishap with the rooms, we found our way to our guest room in the Spa Tower of the Bellagio with a view of the famous Bellagio fountains, Bally’s and the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel. The view from our room was superb!

The Bellagio Conservatory

This is a peak at the Conservatory within the Bellagio. It’s always packed with people. 

We spent little time in the room, though. After quickly unpacking we headed out to Las Vegas Boulevard and went straight to Caesar’s Palace for dinner at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill. Unfortunately, the place was packed and they didn’t serve tables of two until after 9pm. So instead, we walked to the Fashion Show Mall and afterwards checked out the Forum Shoppes at Caesar’s. By the time we finished shopping we were just in time for our 10:00pm reservations at Mesa Grill. I have to admit that the wait was definitely worth it! We both ordered steaks – I guess we were both craving some red meat! I had the Black Angus New York Strip Steak with Homemade MESA Steak Sauce. Michelle had the Coffee Rubbed Filet Mignon with Mushroom-Ancho Chile Sauce. My medium cooked steak came out so tender and juicy, it was an absolute delight! The bread was also a welcomed surprise. The bread basket consisted of a three types of breads with my favorite being the jalapeno parmesan. 

Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill

And my steak at MESA Grill. So delicious!

After dinner, we checked out Serendipity 3 in Caesar’s Palace for desert. Serendipity 3 is a New York based restaurant known for their deserts, especially their frozen hot chocolate. And I can honestly say that the frozen hot chocolate was a massively decadent mouthgasm! It was so good that we came back for more (but more on that later). 

Tomorrow: The Phantom and Mario Batali’s B&B Ristorante

San Diego/Las Vegas Trip Day 1 + 2

This is the first of a couple updates that I’ll be doing during my trip to San Diego/Las Vegas. I thought it would be cool to keep you guys up to date as to what I’m up to and what tee I am wearing! If you want to checkout the tee that I wore just click on the orange links.

Arrival T-Shirt of Choice: The Caduceus Tee by Found Item Clothing

So we landed in San Diego from Honolulu late Wednesday night and decided to grab a bite to eat after checking into our hotel. Luckily, The Sophia Hotel is a cute little boutique hotel located in Downtown San Diego and just minutes from the Gaslamp Quarter. Despite the large number of eateries in the area, most of the kitchens were closed. Who needs food when beer is plentiful? We did, however, happen to find a nice little Thai restaurant on 5th Avenue in the Gaslamp Quarter called Royal Thai Cuisine. The staff there were friendly, the ambience was nice and the food was good! I’m just glad they were open late!

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Me and Michelle at the airport headed to San Diego. You can see just a piece of the Caduceus tee from Found Item Clothing.

While we were walking around 5th Avenue someone mentioned, as they walked passed me, “Nice Shirt! I love Ferris Buller!” You can pick up The Caduceus Tee from Found Item Clothing for just $21.95.

Day 1 T-Shirt of Choice: Otter-Tude by ReThink Clothing

Our first full day in San Diego – I knew my feet would take a beating but I was game! The first stop of the day was the Embarcadero and a ferry ride to Coronado Island. Coronado Island is a small beach community with an island feel and is located just across of the San Diego skyline. After some photo taking we had lunch at Peohe’s on Coronado Island. Peohe’s is a Hawaiian themed seafood restaurant but the only thing Hawaiian about the restaurant is the name (which many of the employees had a difficult time pronouncing). The food was just ok for me, nothing great despite having a fairly high yelp ranking I would definitely suggest you check out either Alan Wong’s or one of the many Roy’s restaurants for far superior Hawaii/pacific rim fusion food fare. The one thing that was great about the restaurant was the awesome view of the city.

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Here’s me doing a jumping around on Coronado Island. You can see San Diego in the background. I promise that I’ve got Otter-Tude under that button up shirt.

After lunch we took the ferry back and walked to Seaport Village which is basically a bunch of touristy type shops. When I say touristy I mean very touristy. If I ever make it back to San Diego I’d probably pass on visiting this place.

One place that I definitely would visit over and over again is the Gaslamp Quarter, which was our next stop. Lot’s of cool shops and a ton of restaurants. This area of downtown seems to always be lively no matter the hour. We walked up 4th and 5th Avenue and then checked out Horton Plaza, a huge mall in the middle of downtown San Diego. Later that afternoon we caught Angels & Demons, which for me, was a huge disappointment. The book was definitely better and I wish they didn’t remove as many things as they did. After the movie I had to rush down to an AT&T to pick up a charger for my iPhone because I had left mine in Honolulu!

We decided to, again, hit up the Gaslamp Quarter for dinner and decided to dine at Sloppy Joey’s. The Margherita Pizza was amazingly good! By the time we finished up at Sloppy Joey’s it was about 11ish and since the girlfriend is not a drinker we didn’t do the bar hopping thing (which I don’t mind because I was pooped anyway) and instead of heading back to the hotel I convinced her into watching Terminator Salvation. I’m a huge fan of the Terminator series and have been anticipating this McG directed flick for some time now. I was not dissapointed – I loved it!

Otter-Tude is available from ReThink Clothing for $19.99, use the coupon code COTY for an extrace 20% off your purchase.

Day 2 T-Shirt of Choice: Wingtips by Manos Lakoutsis

Amazingly this was the first time I’ve worn Wingtips (other than the time I reviewed it on Episode 19 of Co-Tee TV).

The first half of Day 2 was all about shopping. We picked up a rental car and then drove to just about the Tijuana border to the Las Americas Outlet Mall. After a quick breakfast at IHOP (not original, yes, but right next to the mall). The outlet mall was amazingly huge and easily the largest outlet mall I’ve been too, and I’ve been to a couple in multiple cities. We spent about 6 hours at Las Americas and bought a LOT of stuff, ’nuff said!

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There’s Wingtips from Threadless! How do those white wayfarers look on me?

The second half of the day was spent at the ballpark! We checked out the San Diego Padres as they faced off against the Chicago Cubs at PETCO Park. We always make it a point to check out at least one sporting event whenever we travel which has been fun, especially since I’m a huge sports fan! We had great seats, 7th row, adjacent to first base. I must say that the fans here are very mild compared to ones I’ve experienced in both Boston and New York. The hotdogs were great as usual and enhanced, of course, by the setting and the firework show at the end of the game was a nice surprise. Oh yeah, and the Padres won 4-0.

Tomorrow: Sea World.

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At PETCO Park after the Padres and Cubs game.

TypeTees Slogan-A-Day Experiment Week 9

I might be on vacation but my TypeTees Slogan-A-Day Experiment continues! Hey Threadless this is Week 9 – will any of my slogans ever grace a Threadless tee! It’s okay, I’m in no rush because sloganeering is such a blast! To see all of my slogans and to vote for them check out my Threadless profile page. Vote for me and I will make you an awesome avocado burger if ever we meet in real life.

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Paper airplanes are better than the real thing.

Yeah, I think. Why? Because you can build them on a whim and if they crash it’s no big deal.

I like my peanut butter nutty.

Indeed I do. In fact, I like it extra nutty. 

I surf the sea of emotions.

I might not be able to surf the ocean very (ok, not at all), but, I do know how to surf a sea filled with wild emotions. I do that very well.

Static electricity keeps me grounded.

OK, this slogan probably does not make any sense from a physics point of view, but, I came up with it after I shocked myself while touching the door knob of my hotel room. I hate when that happens. Past experience tells me this will happen a lot more when I get to Sin City. 

I’ll bet you a dollar that you read this sentence.

Oh, this I came up with as I was walking 5th avenue in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. I saw a homeless man in a wheelchair coming towards me on the street while holding a sign. The sign said: I’ll be you $1 that you read this sign. I did read the sign and a slogan was born. 

Hand sanitizer: helping to create super germs.

Seriously, that’s what you’re doing every time that you choose to use hand sanitizer. You really don’t need to use hand sanitizer. It’s overkill. Sometimes germs can be a good thing.

Resistance is futile unless you are a part of The Resistance.

If you’re a fan of the Terminator series then you’ll get this slogan. By the way, I did see Terminator Salvation and I have to say that it was a gazillion times better than Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. It wasn’t as great as T2 but it was still a very good movie.