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  • pixeltheatre 6:40 pm on February 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Maria Liberati, Second Life,   

    Maria Liberati and The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Visiting Second Life 

    Maria Liberati - SL Writers Club RoundtableMaria Liberati, former super-model, now celebrity chef, stopped by Athena Isle today, as guest speaker for the Writers Club weekly meeting. She has just launched her second book, The Basic Art of Italian Cooking, available in stores and online at Amazon.

    The format of a roundtable made this particularly enjoyable. Before long, there were quite a few of us sitting around Cybergrrl Oh’s magical table (a new chair appears every time someone sits on one). Maria proved to be very comfortable fielding questions and moving around. Considering this was her first time in Second  Life, I was impressed. We touched on various topics, from the use of fresh ingredients as the key to Italian cooking, to the Slow Food movement, very common in Europe, and now gaining a foothold in North America. Maria explained that her book is not so much a collection of recipes, as a story, or a collection of stories related to various dishes and foods in Italy.

    Maria has a few plans in store, including a podcast and a television series featuring celebrities talking about what they like to eat and favorite recipes. The full transcript of the chat will be available a little later this week on the Second Life Writers Club website. Maria is one of the latest author to make Second Life a stop on a book tour.

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  • pixeltheatre 10:44 pm on November 30, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: chocoholic, , CSI: NY, foodie, Games, Second Life,   

    Games for the connected chocoholics 

    I’ve never been much of a computer-based gamer. I’ll play the odd game of solitaire or backgammon. I doChocolatier wander the virtual landscape of Second Life, these days looking to solve the CSI:NY SL murder mystery. But I’ve never been into this whole Doom/DOD and other multiplayer computer-based games. The idea of destroying stuff to win never appealed to me. So when I came across the game of Chocolatier in an article on macnn, my curiosity was piqued.

    The game is the brainchild of PlayFirst games. According to Macnn, Chocolatier

    “…maintained a Top 20 position on several casual game sites for approximately five months.”

    PlayFrst was now releasing the sequel to that game, Chocolatier 2. I took a look at the first version of the game and liked what I saw:

    Chocolatier“Oh the gloriously rich and delectable life of a chocolatier! Constantly surrounded by mounds of chocolate bars and boxes of mouth-watering truffles! Become a master chocolatier one ingredient at a time as you travel the world to find the best prices and maximize production…but don’t forget about those conniving competitors who wish you poorly! Do you have what it takes to conquer the world through chocolate?”

    There was a 60-minute free trial you could download to test it. I did just that and became hooked. I’m not sure where those 60 minutes disappeared, but before I knew it I was frantically looking for my credit card and signing up for the registration key. Reasonably priced at $19.95, it has been my time sinkhole for the past couple of days. Despite its simple graphics, I have found myself totally submerged in the story and its environment. Dashing from city to city, buying ingredients, factories, retrofitting them for special recipes, discovering new recipes through a deep stable of characters around the globe, making new recipes, selling chocolates, the whirlwind never stops. You are sent on special assignments, delivering letters, special orders of chocolate bars or squares – I haven’t made it to the truffle level yet, all the while accumulating and spending money. You get special awards and titles as you move up the chocolatier ladder. You can then upload your high scores and awards to the FirstPlay website to see how you stack up against other players. I was ranked 167 last I looked. Still a ways to go for me…. 🙂Chocolatier 2

    Chocolatier 2 looks a little slicker than its predecessor, the UI a little cleaner. The PC format of both versions of the game also comes with the Together feature. Unfortunately, not so for the Mac version. There are also forums for players to interact on the FirstPlay website, with tips and tricks. I still have lots to do with Chocolatier before I will need to upgrade to Chocolatier 2. But, as I contemplate a 10-hour flight over the holidays, I may just give myself another small Christmas present before I board that plane… 😉

    • Sue 7:05 am on December 1, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Looks fun. I’m looking for a game for my PC. And i’m not into the guns and killing stuff either. I will download the free demo. Thanks for the tip !

    • pixeltheatre 3:22 pm on December 1, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      You’re welcome Sue! As chocolate, this game can be pretty addictive… 🙂

    • Julius 1:27 am on December 2, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hi LizG,

      Yikes! Another form of chocolate addiction.

      Head’s up: Edible BC at the Granville Island Supermarket has this fabulous gift box of Thomas Haas chocolates. It would make a great gift… for one’s self. 🙂

      Also wanted to let you know, I named you as a meme successor in my blog. Totally optional of course.

      Hope your December is starting off on a good note.

      Julius from Occasional Baker

    • April 12:25 pm on December 6, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I love this game!! It truly is addicting!

    • pixeltheatre 11:29 pm on December 6, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Julius: Thanks for the headsup, Julius! I’ll definitely check out Edible BC.

      @April: Yes, it definitely is. Time just slips away when you start playing…Thanks for posting! 🙂

    • home inspection Nassau County Long Island 11:31 pm on January 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hello there! Do you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers? I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any tips?

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