as we gathered for marvel night last week, i realized we had started this journey one year ago. i do not know which stuns me more: that another year has passed or that we are now just two movies away from the end of the infinity saga! both are pretty unbelievable, and it’s incredible what you can accomplish in 12 months’ time. i mean, i promise i did more in 2021 than just watch a bunch of superhero movies, but even that is time well spent!
we all were glowing with that new year energy and excitedly gathered around the table for cuban. i was pretty unsure what i was in the mood for, but trusty yelp suggested sandwiches and then directed us to tortugas cuban grill. jenn and i both went for the media noche, and i scarfed that thing down with minimal hesitation and even less manners. i mean, i’m not sure i was taking a breath between bites, only pausing to declare how delicious my dinner was. it had the right amount of zippy mustard with crunchy, briny pickles, all atop perfectly soft, fresh sweet cuban bread. i usually have leftovers during marvel night but left nothing in my box this time. even phillip was jealous of my meal, and that hardly ever happens! that’s not to say his pan con bistec sandwich wasn’t good, too, but this media noche really was a step above.
i also ordered a side of tostones for the group and will say it was a huge serving for only $4.25. the tostones were big (there were about 12 of them), and that green dressing/sauce that came on the side was heavenly. i only wish there had been more of that to go around!
dave was craving something a little more substantial and tried the pescado a la tortuga. to be honest, i’m still not sure how he felt about it, lol. the fish portion was generous, and there were lots of shrimp hiding in the secret sauce, but it seems it was a little underwhelming. perhaps it needed more flavor? perhaps it would be better in the restaurant? we may never know. all i will say is that if you said, “hey, kelsey, let’s meet at tortugas,” i’d be in the car before even replying to your message.
after washing up and refilling our drinks, we settled into our regular spots, this time to watch captain marvel. before i get into the details, i’ll say i thought this movie was fine and hope that marvel is going to play a key role in endgame, otherwise, what was the point? even before we clicked play, it confused me that they would introduce a new character so late in the game. but hey, what do i know?
well, for starters i know what i liked about this film, which includes…
- all the 90s references
- learning more about nick fury
- getting to see agent coulson again (if you don’t love agent coulson, i’m uncertain if we can be friends)
- goose the cat
- the soundtrack (i’m always happy when no doubt comes on)
and there are the things i didn’t so much care for, like…
- the fact that it took me a while to unravel exactly what was going on and who was really who (that may be more on me, but perhaps it is due to confusing storytelling)
- all of the unclear flashbacks with lawson
- that they found lawson’s space lab so quickly
- how fury loses his eye (really, they couldn’t think of anything else?)
all feelings aside, though, we are somehow just about done! will i be emotional when we watch endgame next week? will our next meal dethrone tortugas? will i wonder what to do with myself now that we are done? how will 2022 possibly live up to all i saw in 2021? we are only one 3-hour movie away from finding out, and i am excited to see how things end.
- trader joe’s
- sweet octopus
- gordo’s pizza
- alebrije mexican restaurant
- burger 21
- jerusalem bakery
- armando’s caribe
- sonny’s bbq
- cue barbecue
- lon u
- rose and olive
- wayback burger
- 2 nyers pizza
- tokyo shokudo
- iron man
- avengers: infinity war
- spider-man: homecoming
- guardians of the galaxy
- captain america: the first avenger
- black panther
- thor: ragnarok
- thor: the dark world
- captain marvel
- captain america: civil war
- guardians of the galaxy vol. 2
- avengers: age of ultron
- captain america: the winter soldier
- doctor strange
- iron man 3
- the avengers
- iron man 2