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Chocolate Birthday Party for Adults v.2014

Chocolate Birthday Party for Adults v.2014

Posted by Gary Ploski on Nov 19, 2014

Just a few months after moving to Portland, Oregon it was time for a birthday chocolate fest. By chance I stumbled upon a chocolate and salt shop called THE MEADOW and knew that this year would be a year to remember! The Menu: (in alphabetical order) Blanxart – Dark Chocolate 60% with Olives Blanxart – White Chocolate with Strawberries (contains dairy) Endangered Species Chocolate – 72% cocoa, Lavender Mint créme filmed dark chocolate Endangered Species Chocolate – 72% cocoa, Sea Salt & Lime Créme Filled dark chocolate Equal Exchange Chocolates – 67% cacao, Mint Chocolate with a delicate crunch Equal Exchange Chocolates – 55% cacao, Lemon Ginger chocolate with black pepper Lake Champlain Chocolates – 38% cocoa Peanut Butter (contains dairy) Lillie Belle Farms Handmade Chocolate – 70% Madagascar Dark Chocolate ‘Ramblin Rose’ Madécasse – Espresso Bean – 44% cocoa, madagascar coffee with caramel notes (contains dairy) Madécasse – Cinnamon & Chili Pepper – 63% dark chocolate, ceylon cinnamon & sakay chili peper Seattle Chocolates – Rainier Cherry – Dark Chocolate Truffle Bar with Praline Pecans and Cherries Seattle Chocolates – Birthday Cake Batter, Milk chocolate Truffle Bar with confetti cake mix (contains dairy) Theo Chocolate – 70% dark chocolate, Fig Fennel & Almond Theo Chocolate – 70% dark chocolate, Orange Whole Foods – 60% cacao, Dark Chocolate Pear & Almond (contains dairy) Thinking Back The Ramblin Rose blew nearly everyone away. Considering its long list of ingredients, organic cocoa beans & organic sugar) you might expect very little. WOW! What a chocolate it is! This year’s accompanying snack food included 2 loaves of bruschetta and 2 bags of...

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A Chocolate Birthday Party is Exactly What You Need

A Chocolate Birthday Party is Exactly What You Need

Posted by Gary Ploski on Oct 19, 2014

Shortly before my 28th birthday I decided that I wanted to establish a regular experience for my birthday because birthday parties in adulthood just don’t offer the same enthusiasm as pre-drinking age birthdays. As a teetotaler I couldn’t care less about alcohol in my daily life and especially during celebratory times. I say this because if there is one thing I hear from other adults about partying is the need for some form of intoxicator. That’s just not me. So, what to do? What to do. The ideas of boardgames, movies, and other group like activities came to mind but they didn’t feel right so I kept at it until…. Chocolate! The Inspiration? A friend was turning 40 and invited us to his birthday party. He said that his wife had purchased a number of dark chocolate bars that she planned to cut up and put around the house for people to snack on throughout the gathering. It was a great time and the guests ate up the food and nibbled efficiently on the dark chocolate. =) The uniqueness of the day stood out and we left in great spirits. Chocolate was on the mind! Too Much Chocolate? Try this, grab 10 variations of a food/drink you like. Be sure to limit the possible differences to one or two. Next, try a small amount of each. If you’re a master taster you’ll be able to distinguish the differences. More than likely your sense of taste isn’t that refined. Just after you start eating the final sample you hear “Which one do you like best?” Good luck with that. In...

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Alt+Her Teaser Trailer

Alt+Her Teaser Trailer

Posted by Gary Ploski on Aug 7, 2014

I am  incredibly proud to present to you a teaser trailer for a the most recent film I directed for  flipmeover.com during the 2014 48 Hour Film Project in Portland, OR – Alt+Her. The short came out of a goal to meet creatives in my new home, PDX, and it turned out to be one of the best creative decisions I’ve made to date. The team was made up mostly of people who had never heard of each other before the flurry of emails that began the week before the project was set to kick off and yet you would have thought they’d known each other for years. It was an honor to be among such talented and professional people. Alt+Her premieres Thursday evening at The Hollywood Theatre in Portland, OR and I cannot begin to explain how excited I am. About Maggie tells a vivid account of the brutal assault of a star runner in her neighborhood, but her counselor requests one more thing: the whole truth. Teaser Cast and Crew Director: Gary Ploski Writer: Shawn Sorensen Producers: Gary Ploski, Tyler Rhys Robertson, Audrey Walker Cast (in order of appearance) Maggie: Jessica Geffen Dr. Perkins: Dan Liu Tina DuMonde/Customer: Alexis Miller Pedestrian/Customer: Nevan Richard Pedestrian/Customer: Darian Liu Passenger/Customer: Mathew Bostrom Driver/Customer: Scott Kelly Rapist: Gary Ploski Crew Cinematographers: Spencer Alexander, Fer Klug Editors: Gary Ploski, Tyler Rhys Robertson Motion Graphics: James Brown, Michal Trzaska Make-up: Amy Young Sound: Lisa Yimm Music/Composition Jamie Woolsey Gary Ploski is an actor, director, producer, FCP X editor, blogger, athlete and instructional technologist living and working in Portland, OR. Have questions/thoughts? Post a...

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