Articles by " JD Vizza"
6 Apr

The Joy of Burritos

Who doesn't love a deliciously packed burrito? Just look at that. The types of ingredients can vary so much, it's almost mind-boggling. Choose beef, poultry, fish, veggie; add avocado, beans (pinto, black, kidney or even refried), lettuce, tomato, corn, onion, and rice (white or brown). Don't forget cheese, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and pico de gallo. Do you like your cheese saucy or crumbly? Do you like your salsa chunky or smooth? Not to mention spice level. How spicy would you like it? What sort of spicy? Hot jalapeno? Smokey chipotle? Chile? Perhaps a hint of sweetness? How about your tortilla ... would you like white or wheat? It's all up to you.

Ever had a breakfast burrito? Yeah, I said it. Breakfast. Burrito. Eggs, bacon, and cheese wrapped up? Uhh, yes, please. But again, your options are endless. Switch out the bacon for sausage. Throw in some veggies. Make it spicy. Try a crepe instead of a tortilla. I know it sounds amazing, but try not to cry.

    Behold, the dessert burrito

Or how about some of your favorite berries topped with fresh whipped creme, all wrapped up? Delicious, of course! Dessert burrito.  You're welcome.

A go-to of my own is the PB&J burrito. It may sound unusual, but it's just as satisfying and easy to make as any sandwich that utilizes bread. Already "been there?" Try switching out the jam for a banana. Add some honey if you like!

Are you hungry yet? Mouth watering? Head out to your favorite burrito stand or restaurant. Better yet, hit the market for some quality ingredients and have yourself a Burrito Buffet with all of your friends.

Sangria anyone?

19 Feb

Son of a Bat: The Story of Damian Wayne

Not every superhero is lucky enough to have a family. In fact, it's often the lack of loved ones that propels a "Mask" into the battle, as it were, and what pushes them to keep searching for justice.

We know Bruce Wayne lost his parents at a very young age due to violence, and Batman has never been one to show much emotion. He's reserved and quiet when it comes to his feelings on...feelings. However, every now and again we get a peek into the softer side of the Bat. Especially when it comes to his son, Damian.

There's a father-son bond between these two that isn't often seen in the many worlds of comics. Bruce was unaware of his son's existence; Damien was brought up by Talia al Ghul and trained by the League of Assassins to be able to destroy Batman. The plans went awry and Damian ended up being adopted by Bruce and trained as his next Robin. Bruce worries about his son in the way only a man who has lost his whole family can, and vice versa. They keep each other in line. It can be quite dramatic and even adorable to see their interactions together.

But where Bruce is very strict and straight-laced, Damian is easy-going and loves to laugh. Damian's sassy attitude is quite amusing and his rule-breaking can often get him into trouble with Bruce and the other members of the Bat-family. There was always a conflict within Damian that had him, on one hand, looking to Batman as his father and mentor, but on the other hand, looking to his grandfather Ra's al Ghul (the Demon's head) as an influence. It's all too easy to kill your enemies and walk away. Damian struggles with his inner demons on a daily basis.

Because Damian has chosen to stay with Bruce and chosen the path of not killing, Talia and Ra's want revenge. They feel that he has betrayed the family and all of their teachings, so they set out to assassinate him and to hurt Bruce in one terrible moment.

The assassination plot a success, Damien is killed, but as long as the Multiverse flourishes and the Lazares Pits boil, all is not lost...