October 23rd, 2014

Lime Truck

TLT Food (aka the Lime Truck Restaurant)

Avalyn had some iPic ticket vouchers she needed to use up, so we decided to go see Dracula Untold with inkbot tuesday night, and since it's in the same Westwood area we also decided to go by the non-mobile Lime Truck location, "TLT Food." (http://tltfood.com/)

It's been over 10 months at this point since i've made it to the Lime Truck, so i'm not really up to date with what it's doing. On top of not living in OC anymore it also seems that the truck has mostly switched to private catering, with only the occasional public appearance.

But anyways, the restaurant has a larger selection of options than the truck itself, not too surprising. I got the carnitas fries and a sweet and sour taco and the corn on the cob. Avalyn got some potato tacos and the kale salad. inkbot got the tofu nachos, which they were able to make vegan. I was a little sad that they didn't seem to have the "blistered boc choy" that the truck had been service consistently for months the last time i was there. I did ask if they ever did the cuban sandwiches that the truck used to server 3-4 years ago but the people at the restaurant had never heard of them.

Another advantage of an actual restaurant is that they serve booze there. I wasn't really interested in any of the beer or wine they had, but i decided to have a "loaded limeade", which is just their regular limeade with tequila added.

All in all the food was quite good, but the carnitas fries didn't taste quite the same as when you get them from the truck. I'm not sure if they prepare them a little differently or if it was just an off day or what. If/when we make it back i'll ask them about it.

Although the next time we go it may be early in the day on a weekend so we can try their brunch menu, which looked kind of interesting.

Dracula Untold

So about the movie itself. It should also be noted that about a week before the film's release that announced they'd done some reshoots to turn this into the first movie in their previously announced "Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe." (Which sounds a little redundant.) So it's now intended to be the start of a number of related movies that they hope they can use to mimic the Marvel Universe's success. Good luck with that?

As i'm sure everyone already "knows"[1], Bram Stoker's Dracula was theoretically very loosely based on Vlad III Draculea, the Impaler.[2] This is his origin story, so there's really not that much surprising in terms of story. We know he's going to end up becoming the Dracula of legend, so this is definitely one of those "it's about the journey, not the destination" movies.

As just an action movie with special effects it was pretty good. The main characters were somewhat fleshed out, but often in a way with total disregard to actual human psychology, and most of their actions seemed to be based on stupid. Historically they picked a couple dramatic points from history and connected the dots with VERY wide brushstrokes for about the first quarter of the movie before going completely off the rails.

So here are some specific nitpicks

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[1] There have been arguments made that Bram Stoker didn't know as much about the original Vlad Draculea as people now assume, and/or that there were other historical and "modern" influences on the character. That's almost certainly true, however it's a bit of a stretch to argue that the character in the book who was named Dracula and came from Transylvania and fought the Turks had nothing at all to do with the historical person named Draculea who was born in Transylvania and ruled neighboring Wallachia and fought the Turks. (Though some people do try to imply that: http://io9.com/no-bram-stoker-did-not-model-dracula-on-vlad-the-impal-1648969679)

[2] His father was Vlad II Dracul, and apparently an "ea" is a diminutive in the local dialect, so Draculea meant "son of Dracul."