Festival food is amazing - most people eat it occasionally and in celebration, so it's already got the advantage of being a positive part of an event. That being said, I thought I'd ask about the best of the best; what other people's favourite festival foods and what they predicted would be next. I polled through Facebook (definitely a convenience sample, I hope you won't mind), and these were some of the quality replies I received:
Favourite existing festival food?
· The deep fried pickles with hot sauce because I love pickles, and adding the greasiness of the deep fryer and a touch of spicy hot sauce makes it so unbelievably delicious. –LD
· Mini donuts. –ED
· Crispy french fries forever and always. –MG
· Deep fried cheesecake, hands down. Perfect texture contrast, with chocolate syrup for sweetness. -JS
· Funnel cakes with strawberry sauce and whipped cream. It's the perfect combination of things. You've got your hot, salty and fluffy dough with sweet strawberry sauce and a dollop of creamy goodness. It's like the 5.0 version of a waffle. –RL
· I'm a big fan of the classics, things like soft ice cream, caramel apples and hot dogs. Its like the original, vintage county fair food that brings back memories. -MT
· My favorite food is definitely the mini doughnuts – I’m a sucker for the classics. Getting handed that bag (or bucket) of hot, gooey, sugary deliciousness is what dreams are made of. -MP
· Smarties caramel apple because it's amazing and it's basically healthy for you. -KH
· My favourite fair food would have to be either the mini drinkable watermelons (with the little tropical umbrellas) or the bacon wrapped foot long hotdogs. -JB
Dream festival food?
· My dream festival food would probably mini doughnuts, which they already have, no one can go wrong with mini doughnuts. –LD
· Deep fried poutine. –ED
· Pita and hummus because it's so yummy and also somewhat healthy sometimes? –MG
· Old fashioned onion rings. For some reason I could only find strange versions at the festivals I was at this year. –JS
· Not typical fried food, probably dim sum to go. But I suppose that's my favourite food anytime and anyplace... -RL
· For me, because of what I like, the ideal or dream festival food kind of already exists. -MT
· My dream food would be a something to do with a pierogi and poutine combo – love me some cheese and potatoes. -MP
· The issue is that there's so many delicious things I can't choose just one, but it's all so expensive you have to. I want more combo options, because it'd be sweet if I could get a mixed platter so I could enjoy the deep fried cheesecake, Oreos and churros all together.
· My dream festival food would be cheese filled smokies wrapped in bacon and sprinkled with bacon bits and onion bits with sour cream, kinda like a baked potato. -JB
Predicting the next crazy festival food?
· Next year I think that the Calgary Stampede will have nachos, but instead of chicken or beef being added they will have alligator meat or some kind of meat you wouldn't find at many restaurants. –LD
· Still deep fried poutine. –ED
· I feel like those spiralized fried potatoes are the next big thing, but then again maybe they already are. Potatoes are great. –MG
· Probably deep fried blueberry pie. I've got a strong feeling about this one. -JS
· I'm guessing deep fried lobster. Deep fried anything they haven't already made! –RL
· I think the next crazy festival food will probably be something new and really weird that's deep fried. Stampede is all about the whole "the bigger the better" thing, so anything that is oversized or that you would dare someone else to eat will be really popular. -MT
· Probably something excessive, like a deep-fried-cheesecake-ice-cream-sandwich-with-a-burger-patty-in-between monstrosity. –MP
· I think they're going to start bringing in weird meats, like snake on a stick or kangaroo tail, things that you'd only eat for the bragging rights. –KH
· I think the next crazy food at the Stampede should be a one up from the scorpion pizza, so maybe like tarantula or cobra pizza? If that's even legal. -JB
Do you want to vote for which food trend you think will be next?
The release date of this production by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk is October 7th 2015 on FX, with specials running in time for Halloween. To add to the thrill of the show, American Horror Story may be basing episodes on events that occurred in the Cecil Hotel, built in the 1920s in Los Angeles (now dubbed Stay on Main, an ineffective attempt to shift the focus from the hotel's gory past). In 2013, a UBC student died mysteriously in the Cecil Hotel - her name was Elisa Lam, and the circumstances of her death are definitely enough to inspire American Horror Story. Some other comments and footage point towards the Cecil Hotel being in the forefront of the season - according to popsugar.com, Ryan Murphy commented to the Television Critics Association that the hotel in the show, Hotel Cortez, is also set in downtown Los Angeles, while designntrend.com states 'the idea for "Hotel" was inspired by a surveillance video from a Los Angeles-based hotel that surfaced in 2013' and that 'the footage showed a girl in an elevator who was never seen again.'
Now, I don't know about you, but I'm a skeptic when it comes to the paranormal. However, what really makes something creepy for me is when it's relatable or seems probable. The fact that this happened to a UBC student (like myself) in Los Angeles (where I vacationed this summer) makes this series of events, and possibly the American Horror Story Season 5, that much more creepy. Now that I've freaked myself out, I want you to decide what you think, based on the information I can give you about the show and the case.
First, to start with Elisa Lam, a link to UBC. While she was staying at the Cecil Hotel (now Stay on Main), she was filmed acting bizarrely in an elevator.
She proceeds to exit and enter the elevator with choppy movements, presses all of the buttons in the elevator, gestures mysteriously with her hands, and may have a conversation with someone (or something) down the hotel hallway... and later is found dead in the water tank on the roof of the Cecil Hotel. Elisa Lam was found several days after her death, and therefore the guests of the Cecil Hotel (Stay on Main) drank contaminated water for days. Oddly enough, the autopsy later revealed that Elisa had no drugs or alcohol in her system. Some are sure there must have been a paranormal or cursed event to make her act this way, while others are adamant that her bipolar disorder and history of depression caused the episode. However, the unexplained remains that the roof was both alarmed and locked by an 'employees only' key, and firefighters had to saw open the water tank she was found in in order to get her out - how did Elisa Lam close the cover on herself, let alone get in?
Beyond the Elisa Lam case, the Cecil Hotel (Stay on Main) has numerous gory occurrences for American Horror Story to incorporate into 'Hotel.' According to roadtrippers.com, the Cecil Hotel housed 'The Night Stalker', serial killer Richard Ramirez, who murdered 13 women in 1984-1985. A copycat, Jack Unterweger, also killed while staying at the Cecil Hotel - he murdered a total of 3 female prostitutes. Furthermore, news.com.au and Splash News Australia note other grim events at the Cecil Hotel. These include the suicide of Pauline Otton out of her window in the hotel is one, and this resulted in the death of George Giannini, the man she landed on. In addition, nicknamed the 'Pigeon Woman', Goldie Osgood was found stabbed, strangled and raped in her room of the Cecil Hotel. Now, some of this could be a consequence of the location of the Cecil Hotel (this building is located near Skid Row, an area of Los Angeles associated with poverty and high crime rates) but something cursed or paranormal could also be the case.
^ if you aren't convinced
According to IMDb, the cast for American Horror Story 'Hotel' will have an impressive list of actors. This includes Lady Gaga, rumoured to have contacted Ryan Murphy and asked to be a part of the show, Matt Boman, American Horror Story veterans Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson, as well as many others; the talent (but allegedly no singing) will be present this season.
Will Hypodermic Sally be based on transients from Skid Row housed at the Cecil Hotel? Will the serial killers/killers to be investigated by character John Lowe resemble Richard Ramirez or Jack Unterweger? I guess we'll see on October 7th!
I absolutely believe in aliens.
Of course, you’re welcome to contradict me, but I look at it in terms of probability. Word is that our observable universe is currently about 13.8 billion light years, and that’s just the sphere that we can see. If one light year equates to 9,461,000,000,000 km, saying our universe is big is a massive (bigger-than-our-universe kind of huge) understatement. If a sphere that big doesn’t contain at least SOME kind of life, I’d be baffled.
My lovely friend is an exuberant speaker, loud, emphatic and hilarious. Getting her talking aliens is always entertaining, she truly believes that they’ve been to Earth and have been instrumental in most of mankind’s great accomplishments. The pyramids? Aliens. The Renaissance? Aliens. Stonehenge? Aliens. Personally, I don’t know if I can give extraterrestrial life that much credit, but this story from my friend surprised me with its complete conviction.
Now you’ve heard something like this stuff before, I’m sure. But the part that really got me was listening to a friend of mine tell me about her experience with aliens.
Take it or leave it, but I still believe.
Unwinding is something we all do differently, and those with a busy schedule will agree that time off is something golden and to be cherished. ISCI’s all about making connections in science, so I connected my knowledge of well studied psychological benefits and applied it to…. slacking. Just kidding – but you can use knowledge to cognitively re-frame (or think of) taking time off as being productive, which it is! Yes, “you do you”! What did you do over the weekend? Stress release!
Short bursts of stress = healthy. Prolonged stress = detrimental
Bottom line: use preventative measures on stress, like (1) being prepared for challenges and (2) feeling socially connected, and remember to break up prolonged stressful times with (3) exercise and (4) relaxation.
SCI Team’s ‘Get Into Volunteering' Event
Volunteering can be doubly beneficial; a feel-good event for both the receiving individual(s) and for the volunteer. Furthermore, I want to become a physiotherapist, and like many other programs, it requires involvement in the community. This event last week featured multiple booths offering volunteering opportunities, some of which that include “Right to Play” and “Learning Buddies Network”. In addition, they also had a guest speaker give advice on what to do to get involved. Events like this might not seem like direct stress relief, but feeling prepared to meet future goals (applications, being well-studied for finals, etc, can definitely minimize stress). SCI Team hosts numerous events throughout the year, so to get involved/attend events check out:
SOCIAL ASPECT (2) + EXERCISE (3): (Not to be confused with avoidance coping, for all of you out there in psychology)
The Calendar’s “Digital Zoo” Dance Party
If I had one word for my music taste, it would be eclectic. My iPod is the jack-of-all-trades, good for a bit of everything. So the insistent techno/electronic beats were a bit redundant for me, but it did mesh with the “digital” theme. However, I loved seeing so many fellow students I knew, and it was definitely a way to connect, celebrate and let out some energy.
But how do I know about these events? UBC Calendar of course! Check them out if you want to "shake it off, shake it off".
EXERCISE (3) + RELAXATION (4):
Time to get a little (a lot) sweaty. In the Vancouver, the city that brought you lululemon, you’ll find yoga studios are almost as easy to spot as sushi vendors. Recently, I’ve tried one nearby UBC in Wesbook village, called ‘Hot Box Yoga’. They’re newly started and offering a promotion; like them on Facebook and they’ll give you a free session, so of course I had to go stretch it out.
The session I attended was called ‘Detox’, run by Alyx Kottmeier. Armed with towel, mat, and gigantic water bottle, my first thought was ‘unusual’ – mirrorless, upbeat music infused studio. Turns out, unusual was the definitely the theme; the instructor balanced maintained poses with quick transitions, creating a session that had an interval-training feel. We balanced in poses that should be reserved for figure skaters...
I felt like Julia Lipnitskaya, I felt like I deserved a medal after surviving that one! (kidding, don't worry, what we did was fun.) Alyx instructed us to help hold our neighbour’s leg in the air while doing this pose:
I came precariously close to tumbling everyone (domino effect!) while my friend struggled not to be grin at my less-than-stellar bending skills) but even with that said, I enjoyed my sweat session and left feeling spectacularly refreshed.
In summary: never feel guilty about finding time for yourself. For whatever amidst work or school aspirations you’re putting copious amounts of time and dedication into, remember that a touch of time off will keep you laughing.
On that rather cheesy note, good luck with your finals, you can ace ‘em!
'THE HAIRSTYLE, I SWEAR I MEAN THE HAIRSTYLE!' (said Nicki Minaj, never)
Anonymous UBC Confessions contributor, I commend you. I've been seeing this everywhere, and the first couple of times I thought, 'well, unique is interesting, I guess.'
Then I saw it again... and again a week later, until now I've been seeing it almost every day during my wanders on campus. So I figured, what are the opinions on this one? Is this going to be as big as the parade of Hunter boots around campus for the sheer functionality of it? I mean, if you can avoid getting your hair cut for months on end, as you commit to a hip new look, that's a win-win situation, right? (Haircut costs made up in elastics lost all over the place, don't say I didn't warn you.)
I was walking with a wonderfully sassy friend of mine and spotted one of these fabulous looks, and interrupted the flow of conversation to ask, with perfect subtlety and absolute discretion, with a nod in his direction,
"So, what do you think of man buns?"
WELL, I got about a million and a half sidelong glances from everyone in earshot for that one (GUYS I SWEAR IT WAS IN CONTEXT, PLEASE BELIEVE ME, I CAN'T HELP MY LOUD VOICE). Gold star for me, my life is actually a game of how many times I can be on
My friend never did answer me on that one, she was too busy laughing. Really though, these man buns are all over the place, even Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is rejecting that fantastical flow..
for something much more fun (hair in the eyes, please, he's above that).
The man bun, or the mun, or whatever you feel like calling it, may have shown up a while ago (and been somewhat pioneered by Hollywood in general) but I'm thanking all of you lovely UBC students who rock this one everywhere. I'm not taking credit for the compliment, but I'm definitely a fan.
MID-TERMS: (which are surprisingly not at the midway point in a term but simply in the middle of one)
See also: Tears, drowning in the seas of Overwhelm, dental appointments.
RECOMMENDED READS: CATEGORIES "MENTOR SPOTLIGHTS" AND "ALUMNUS INTERVIEWS"
About Me: My major is Integrated Sciences; I'm integrating physiology and psychology, and completing a minor in kinesiology. The movie 'The Imitation Game' blew my mind, and every piece done by the artist Alex Cherry is spectacular. Also, if you look up the definition of a bookworm, you'll find me.
Integrating Physiology and Neuroscience!
I like hanging out at Tower Beach but you can usually find me studying at Ponderosa even though I don't live there.