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4 Vegan and Gluten-Free Websites Perfect for Your Convention Prep

When you have food allergies or restrictions, attending any event—including your favorite conventions—often involves bringing your own food. And of course, at a con, food that’s easily portable and can be eaten at room temperature or stored in a thermos is ideal. For some healthy snacks and light meals, here are a few website staples to check out. 1. Post Punk Kitchen Isa Chandra Moskowitz, who started a vegan cooking show in 2003, has built quite a brand for...

Let’s Talk about Minnesota Fan Fest’s Cosplay Policy

When the organizers of Minnesota Fan Fest—a new comic and pop-culture convention coming to the RiverCentre August 19 and 20—released their costume, prop, and weapons policy last month, the local cosplay community reacted quickly on social media. Many cosplayers wrote that they felt portions of the policy were sexist, seeing that they specified which parts of the female body needed to be covered, and that the prop limitations seemed absurdly over the top. After watching a heated discussion about...

A Coffee Geek’s Review of the Crowdfunded Arctic Cold Brewer

Back in January, Facebook had one of those rare moments when its targeted advertising was actually well targeted and let me know about the Kickstarter for the Arctic coffee system. A cold-brew pitcher was one of the few brewing methods I didn’t have at home—I would consider myself a midlevel coffee snob, and my kitchen was already stocked with a stovetop Yama siphon brewer, an AeroPress, an Alessi moka pot, and a French press. All of them are great...

Roller Coaster Challenge Is Problem-Solving Fun for Young Players

When I saw that ThinkFun had started a Kickstarter for Roller Coaster Challenge, a brain-teaser game that lets you build your own roller coasters, my only question was what I should pick for my backing level. Should I just get the base game, or spring for the extra challenges and bonus car? My geekling is a budding roller-coaster enthusiast who also loves the challenges from Robot Turtles, another critical-thinking and logic game from ThinkFun, and this game had her...

My First Cosplay

I nervously lace up the boot on my right leg—an uncomfortable angle when you have five-inch platforms on the bottom and the bed is too short. But I get it done. Now to do the other boot. My roommate gives me an incredulous look, somewhere between understanding and “Do you know what you’ve gotten yourself into?” The other boot takes a little more time, because the angle is even more awkward than the first one, but I’m going to...

5 Things Not to Do When You Meet a Cosplayer of Color

CONvergence is here! And, just as with other cons, thousands of cosplayers will be sitting on and in panels, competing in games, hanging in the smoking area, and circling the party rooms. I’ve been going to conventions for many, many years, and while cons of all types have been getting better in numerous ways, one aspect still seems to be confusing for some of our fellow con-goers: interacting with cosplayers of color. As you can see in the photo...

5 Easy Recipes for Your Summer Snacking

Summertime is meant for spending time outdoors and spending as little time in the kitchen making hot food. Quick and easy summer recipes are my preferred method, especially with CONvergence in mind, picnics, and potlucks. I’ve compiled a few recipes from various sources that are amazingly delicious and pretty easy to make: Sandwiches of Sweet Tomato-Currant Chutney and Smoked Turkey Breast Crunchy Potato Salad Cucumber Cups with Picnic Tofu Salad Curried Carrot Dip Rosemary Roasted Potatoes Sandwiches of Sweet...

Delight and Imagination at the Newly Reopened Minnesota Children’s Museum

Under a stormy sky, the wind gusted as my son and I hurried through the streets of downtown Saint Paul, hoping to get inside before the rain began to fall. It was around 8:50 a.m. on Sunday, June 11th, and the Minnesota Children’s Museum had been reopened for exactly three days. We were excited to experience the magic. Though it was still 10 minutes to opening, families crowded into the foyer of the museum, patiently (and, in the case...

Build a Support System with Geek Tribe Parenting

If there is one bit of parenting advice that has made my life as a parent so much better, it is this: find a geek tribe and nurture the heck out of it. Think of a geek tribe as your extended family, like extra siblings, parents, and cousins but bound together by friendship and common interests instead of blood. These are the people with whom you have a close friendship—you likely share a number of mutual friends, and chances...

Sleeve Tattoos and Sage Salmon Come Together in Knives & Ink

If you are a chef or author of food-related things, the International Association of Culinary Professionals is a pretty big deal. The organization as it is now is a 1990 merger between the International Association of Cooking Professionals (which has been around for 40 years) and the Food Marketing Communicators organization. It has both hosted conferences and given awards in a number of categories over the years. They have seven main categories of awards on various aspects of food—impact on community,...
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