Only Yesterday (US 2016 Release)

“There will come a time will only yesterday will get you to tomorrow. Don’t let yesterday become too far away.” -Zachary Nathan Smith

Intricately woven, Only Yesterday will transport your mind and heart to the days where purity and simplicity took lead. The script is expertly crafted and invokes a personal journey. During this journey, I found my soul recovering memories of the younger self, processing vivid memory clips, and unearthing them to present day for adult life application: A crossroads of yesteryear and present year colliding at breakneck speed. The past offers much clarity to the present and even the future… A repeat of our mistakes, or an alternate decision that conjures new roadway ahead.

Our grade school years are a time of infinite discovery, though we yearn for the freedom and complexity our adult life will bring. In all irony, our adult life can be dull, repetitive and a swirling void of dissatisfaction if we’re not doing what we love to do. This is why Only Yesterday is such a beautiful film. In two hours, Isao Takahata revolutionizes the importance of our passion for life, our memories of the past and how we choose to allow them to shape our future.

Never allow your mind to cease travel backward. For when that day comes your path ahead will be one that is dimly lit and void of the very innocence, grace and raw character that your soul has become. Never fully grow up inside your heart and mind, despite what others may say or do. Be true to yourself through and through.


Piquant Apple-Honey Korean Curry Stew

This is a great recipe that I learned from a famous Korean Chef up in the Bay Area with a tiny, creative twist or two of my own. The recipe will easily serve 7-9 servings, and is perfect for a small family that is on a budget but prefers unique, dynamic taste(s).


1.5 lbs. Stew Meat (your preference)
2 Cups of Organic Brown Rice
Six Golden Potatoes
Two Organic White/Yellow Onions
One Bag of Organic Baby Carrots
One Fried-Egg per serving

Vermont Hot Curry (any spice level is fine)
Three Tablespoons of Peppercorn/Pepper
Three Tablespoons of Himalayan Pink Salt/Sea Salt
One Tablespoon of Cayenne Pepper
1/2 Cup of Michiu Cooking Wine
1/4 Cup of Soy or Maggi
One Tablespoon of Wasabi Paste
One Tablespoon of Garlic Paste

(Optional but recommended)
Two Tablespoons of Korean BBQ Seasoning

Step One

Brandish your favorite adept slicing knife, and carefully cut the six Golden Potatoes down into small cubes, followed by two Onions, and finally the Bag of Baby Carrots.

Toss them into a large mixing bowl, then add:

– Two Tablespoons of Peppercorn/Pepper
– Two Tablespoons of Himalayan Pink Salt/Sea Salt
– 1/2 Cup of the Michiu Cooking Wine

This is now the part where we will proceed to “roll up the sleeves” and equip your favorite apron. In this case, I now will place on my Los Pollos Hermanos apron, slide my fingers into the mixing bowl, and be sure to thoroughly mix the vegetables with those three ingredients.

Once complete, place some Foil or Cling Wrap over the bowl, and set it in the fridge.



Step Two

Clean Two Cups of Organic Brown Rice (yes, it is essential you clean in cool water because rice has tiny [invisible] “bad guys” on each speck) then place in your beloved Rice Cooker on the Brown Rice Setting, set aside on move onto Step Three.


Step Three

Defrost the Stew Meat of your choosing (I prefer Calf Flank from H-Mart) to the point where it is barely malleable, then add the following topping(s) as such:

–  One Tablespoon of Peppercorn/Pepper
– One Tablespoon of Himalayan Pink Salt/Sea Salt
– 1/4 Cup of Soy or Maggi
– One Tablespoon of Wasabi Paste
– One Tablespoon of Garlic Paste
– One Tablespoon of Cayenne Pepper


Yes, the Garlic-Wasabi Smile does indeed infuse vital “gleeful” flavor into your final product… Science Can Do It!

Now, rub all those awesome flavors into the meat on both sides, cover with Foil or Cling Wrap, and place into the fridge to marinate for at least 3-4 hours.

Step Four

Preheat your Crock Pot to High.

Remove your veggies from the fridge, place in a large pot with water, bring to a boil, then simmer on Low-Medium Heat for 14-16 minutes.


On the opposite side of the stove-top, we will brown the meat. I prefer to slice the meat into horizontal section(s) before cooking in order to receive a better cook. Sometimes stew meat can be tough, especially if you chose to go with Bison, Buffalo, or something along those lines. Brown on Medium Heat to Medium-Rare then remove.

Step Five

Place all your awesome Veggies, tender Meat, and box of Vermont Curry into the Crock Pot for 1-2 hours.


Come back after said time frame, and take count of those that desire a Fried-Egg on top of their dish… It is rather important to the meal, so let’s go ahead and assume everyone does. The only method to frying an egg is a non-stick pan and a touch of Olive Oil. Cook lightly, as we want the yolk to break apart on-top of the Curry.

Place the desired amount of Brown Rice into a serving bowl, then the Curry, and finally the Fried-Egg.




Spectre Theme (Bond 24)

MI6’s dashing antihero has taken a three-year layoff, but has now returned to the MGM silver screen to debut his latest wares. As with every Bond film, the intro theme is as crucial as the main characters; placing an early framework module that will either propel the title to success, or pummel to eventual failure.

Now, I want to make it clear as Richard Kiel’s skydiving goggle-lenses, (’79 Moonraker) that in no way, shape or form was Sam Smith’s theme (Writing’s On The Wall) a failure. No… The track was actually quite successful; evidence in the eerie, melodic genius of utilizing subtle echos of string and brass in the backdrop, while an elegant alto sounds-off falsetto’s with natural ease. As the opening intro cues, his lyrics and tone fit the visual retelling rather well. All-in-all, everything lines up.

However, enter Thom Yorke and Radiohead’s unreleased theme–now released, just 48 hours ago. Have a listen if you have not:

Radiohead Spectre Single

Yes… Allow those lyrics to sink-down within your core for a few moments… The haunting reverberations of the single dispatch ever-committed (invisible) rays of creative magnificence into your soul, causing each and every human being’s four-chambered beating meat sack to pump with fervor and an intensity that this theme does lack with Sam Smith.

Void of passion–yes. That fickle, overused and regurgitated noun that seemingly guides the creative plane to glory or depression. Sadly, we will never know why Barbara Broccoli and The Wilson’s elected for the route of Sam Smith. No offense to you Mr. Smith (I am also a Smith) but Radiohead killed this theme in every way, and was robbed (irrevocably) of having their named stamped alongside Bond 24.