Shark Surfing

Like most red-blooded Americans, I spent last night watching Sharknado 2. Who wouldn’t want to watch Ian Ziering and Tara Reid run about Manhattan while being nearly eaten by giant sea creatures? My initial wariness over the near-impossible plot-lines were quickly overshadowed by the utter glee that watching such a spectacle wrought within me. I can only compare my elation to that of a child getting their first taste of cotton candy at a fair. “What is this? It looks…strange. Ok, I’ll try it. WHY HAVE I EVER CONSUMED ANYTHING ELSE EVER????”

I may have cheered when the shark flew into the plane and ate Tara Reid’s hand. I cheered even louder when Ian Ziering found said hand at the end of the film, and rescued the ring from it. Ahh, romance. So sweet.

Watching this wonderful piece of American cinema has made me curious what other movies could be viewed with similar hope for mankind? If Finn could use his girlfriend’s rigored hand holding the gun she also lost, to shoot that evil fish, what can’t humanity do? Solve world hunger? Bring peace to Congress? ELIMINATE CAMEL TOE? The possibilities are endless.

I decided to scroll through my options on Netflix and see what I could find. I struck gold. Here are my top 5 pics, and I’ve even included one you can watch with your kids. Because, summer. (we can only watercolor and play soccer so much.)

I have a confession. My favorite movie snack is really unhealthy. Spicy almonds, dark chocolate M&Ms, red hots, and buttered popcorn all thrown together in a bowl. The calorie count huddles around 4986945867304. I can only blame myself. I started this in high school (when spicy peanuts was all that was available) and I’ve never switched anything more than the nuts.

It was time.

I made a recipe for kettle corn that hit most of the notes of the original mix, but with about 1/6 the calories.

Coconut Chipotle Kettle Corn — It’s a win.

Coconut-Chipotle Kettle Corn Coconut-Chipotle Kettle Corn


Coconut-Chipotle Kettle Corn

by Cat Bowen

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: side snack vegan gluten-free kosher soy-free

Ingredients (12 cups)

  • 1 cup popcorn kernels
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt


in a LARGE stockpot combine oil, sugar, spices, and salt on medium.

stir until dissolved

add in kernels


as soon as you hear the first pop, start shaking every 10-15 seconds

when the popping slows to 1-2 seconds between pops, it’s done.

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Though Netflix sponsored these posts, all opinions and recipes are my own.
Though Netflix sponsored these posts, all opinions and recipes are my own.

4 thoughts on “Shark Surfing

  1. OMG gorgeous...this looks amazing. I have so far resisted the urge to watch either of the Sharknado movies. My 6 year old nephew very animatedly described the plot to me and I felt like that was all I really needed on the Sharknado front. Although, I do kind of want to see Tara Reid get her hand bit off.
  2. LOL! I guess I am blue-blooded or maybe purple-blooded because I didn't watch Sharknado LOL!!!!!!! I need to though, but I need to watch with a bunch of friends so we can all just go nuts and laugh our asses off! ;)
  3. I am more of a foodie than a Sharknado fan. Interesting how our entertainment appetite evolves just like our food appetite evolves. I enjoy ethnic foods of all types...and just as I have developed a wider repertoire of foods, developing a wider repertoire of cultural and entertainment choices has evolved over time for me.

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