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every type of american cooking show contestant
  • the amateur chef that likes to cook for fun and doesn’t know how they made it that far into the show
  • the struggling chef with a tragic backstory
  • the loud italian that won’t stop making italian food and announcing that they’re italian every chance they get
  • the chef that’s only good at making desserts and panics when it’s an entrée
  • the southern chef that goes on about fried chicken, sweet potatoes, pies, corn, and their family of 40 all the time
  • the care-free charismatic chef that’s just there for the experience and is okay with going home
  • that one chef that always does everything last minute and can’t manage their time even if their life depended on it
  • the chef that’s always safe and never wins anything and then the one time they try and do something different they get eliminated
  • the one stressed-out chef that never knows what the hell they’re doing but manages to succeed and pull-through with their dish every time
  • the overconfident hardcore chef that wants to destroy everybody there and tries to cheat if they get the chance
  • the asian chef that makes delicious dishes and plates them in a gorgeous way every time
  • the edgy chef with tattoos up and down their arms that no one really has a problem with
  • an extremely experienced chef that shouldn’t even be there
  • the chef that won’t stop taking risks and putting twists on all of their dishes
  • the chef that we barely get to know and gets eliminated first and can barely remember that they ever existed by the end of the show
  • the hipster that always talks about their blog/food photography and gives an “urban” and “rustic” look to all of their dishes for aesthetic and sometimes names their dishes too
  • that one chef that’s a klutz, won’t stop messing up almost every single one of their dishes, always forgets ingredients, and completely doesn’t belong there yet somehow made it farther than most people for no reason whatsoever
  • the californian chef that won’t stop making mexican food and seafood
  • the foreign chef that’s just excited to be on the show
  • that one vegan/vegetarian chef that complains a lot
  • the mom that has kids at home and won’t stop mentioning how she’s cooking for them

Petition to change the name of the show to Downworlders and just make it 45 minutes a week of Warlocks/Vamps/Werewolves engaging in a variety of reality competition show style challenges to determine which species is The Best Species™ (Seelies organize the events and run elaborate gambling pools for everyone to bet on their local faves) 

Featuring - 

  • Team captains Raphael, Magnus, and Luke   
  • Warlocks getting disqualified from the Top Chef round for magicking food instead of cooking it
  • Vamps somehow winning the Top Chef round without being able to eat
  • Werewolf on Werewolf football game turning into an episode of the Puppy Bowl
  • Vamps with personally tailored Givenchy haute couture team uniforms
  • Magnus in a Eurovision song contest style performance
  • Simon coming in clutch for Team Vamp with that pop culture trivia ft. victory kiss from Raphael
  • ft. Shadowhunter Cheerleaders (Alec with pom poms enough said)
On gate-keeping, “real witchcraft”, and...cooking?

Maybe it’s just the select posts that end up crossing my dash, but I feel like there’s been an uptick in posts in the witchcraft community about who’s a “real witch” and who isn’t. A lot of these posts also seem to propose that there’s some value in gate-keeping who qualifies as a witch or not.

I compare my witchery practice to cooking a lot and here’s another damn instance of it. 



Some folks are lucky enough to end up under the mentorship of top-notch chefs and get to absorb all that knowledge and experience. The number of folks who get to do that is TINY compared to the number of folks who are learning to be cooks.

Some folks are able to go to culinary school and learn a particular tradition or style of cooking, which gives them a base skill set to take with them into the restaurant world.

Some folks learn to cook by watching the TV shows on PBS or the Food Network and that’s how they get their initial instruction on the “right” way to do things. Some people learn to cook from their grandmothers or aunts and learn specific family traditions of cookery.

Some people learn from trying out recipes from the internet or reading recipes out of books.

EVERYONE IS STILL COOKING.

Not everyone *wants* to train under an expert chef and run a Michelin-starred restaurant. Not everyone *wants* to spend all of their time going to culinary school and working in the restaurant industry. Some people are happy being able to cook nice food on the weekends, or are happy to learn a few skills that noticeably improve their execution of otherwise mundane recipes.

ALL OF THESE PATHS ARE VALID.

Folks from different regions cook differently and use ingredients differently or use entirely different ingredients. Folks from other countries have different food traditions. Folks from areas that have been colonized may have had their food traditions interrupted and their recipes now aren’t the same as their ancestors’. What all these people do? IS STILL COOKING.

There are literally a million ways to make a dish and every person will do it a little or a lot differently. THIS IS OKAY. If you don’t like how someone made a dish? That’s fine, personal preference. But you don’t get to say they can’t cook just because what they did wasn’t to your taste.


People do witchcraft how they can and how they want. There are a million ways to caste a spell and not everyone wants to make being a witch the main aspect of their life. People moonlight. Some people take it more seriously than others. THIS IS OKAY. THESE PEOPLE ARE ALL STILL WITCHES.

Just because someone does something differently than you would or in a way that you don’t consider as witchy, doesn’t mean that the other person is doing it wrong. If you don’t like that someone else is doing, you don’t have to engage with them! But you don’t have the right to decide whether what they’re doing is real witchcraft or not.

10 of my favorite Korean drama couples

Roses are red, Violets are blue, Valentine’s day is coming up, so here are my 10 favorite Korean drama couples. (in no particular order)

Hong Nan Hee & Byung Hyung Tae - 9 Ends 2 Outs

If I had to choose my favorite couple of all time, Nan He and Hyung Tae would take the title. These two best friends turned lovers are still making my heart pound whenever I watch 9 Ends 2 Outs. Their knowledge and understanding of one another, as well as their constant need to protect each other was wonderfully portrayed. And Soo Ae’s chemistry with Lee Jung Jin was so on point I wondered if they didn’t date in real life.

Ban Ji Yoon & Yoon Dong Ha - A Witch’s Romance

Noona Romance are not new in kdramas but this one is probably my favorite. It was heartbreaking to watch Ban Ji Yoon fight her feelings for Dong Ha because of their 14-year old gap, but the mature take on the subject made it worth it. Plus, their kiss scenes were just too hot.

Na Bong Sun & Kang Sun Woo - Oh My Ghost

These two are just too cute. Introvert Bong Sun and top chef Sun Woo didn’t look like they were ever going to fall in love but thankfully our ghost Soon Ae helped a little. I particularly love how Sun Woo just can’t resist Na Bong cuteness. 

 Kim Bok Joo & Jung Joon Hyung - Weightlifting Fairy, Kim Bok Joo

A fan favorite and probably the best couple of 2016, Bok Joo and Joon Hyung have brought to light a realistic portrayal of a couple and their relationship. From strangers, to friends, to lovers they’ve showed us how a relation based on respect, communication and trust can work.

Cheon Song Yi & Do Min Joon - You Who Came From The Stars

If these two aren’t the definition of opposites that attracts I don’t know who could be. Using one of my favorite trope, neighbors/cohabitation, Cheon Song Yi and Do Min Joon’ love story was stellar. 

Choi Hee Jin & Kim Bong Do - Queen In Hyun’s Man

Another opposite attracts kind of story, Choi Hee Jin and Kim Bong Do made my heart pound and break and pound again. The idea that love is timeless and that 400 years of distance is not such an issue was one of my favorites out of all the love stories. 

Yoon Myeong Joo & Seo Dae Young - Descendants of the Sun

Set in the military, the obstacle they faced wasn’t just your usual parents disapproval. Seo Dae Young’ struggle to follow orders while trying to keep Yoon Myeong Joo from hurting was heart wrenching. But it’s Yoon Myeong Joo’ stubbornness that made this couple so lovable. This and their beautiful theme song.

Jang Dan Bi & Lee Do - Splash Splash Love

It was only two episodes but these two gave me feelings that some couples haven’t been able to do in 20 episodes. Their love story was short lived but so sweet that it will be remembered for eternity.  

Grim Reaper & Sunny - Goblin

Definitely the couple with the most painful story on this list, Wang Yeo and Sunny made cry like a baby. To be exact, it’s the innocent and slow approach this couple took only to find out the ugly truth that made cry. Like hurting in one life is already awful but can you imagine it being your destiny? Granted their reincarnation did get a happily ever after but it wasn’t the same. 

Go Eun Chan & Choi Han Gyeol - Coffee Prince

I love these two because not only did they do the romance but they also did the bromance. Their love story was really one that transcended genders, which was quite a feature for Korean drama. Han Gyeol struggle to understand his feelings for Eun Chan, followed by his acceptance of the situation gave me so many feelings. 

One thing all these couple have in common is how much they loved each other, they might not have made the best decisions all the time but their love is so big that it blinded me several times. 

On this note, I wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day whether you are in a relationship or single. For those of you who are in relationship, enjoy your time with your significant other. For those you who are single (like me) don’t feel desperate and just enjoy the day with yourself or your friends. Finally for those of you who don’t celebrate/care about Valentine’s Day…have a wonderful tuesday :)