To celebrate 24 months in a row of brunching, GGB Pittsburgh hosted a Studio Ghibli Brunch! That’s approximately 730 days of mimosas, waffles, omelettes, bloody marys, and the geekiest conversations this city has ever seen! It’s quite an accomplishment hitting the 24 brunch mark, and we can’t wait to see what the next two years have in store for us.
To celebrate the milestone, we gathered at local restaurant Smallman Galley for a Studio Ghibli themed brunch that had been in the works for ages. Sometimes 1 brunch a month isn’t enough for all of the nerdy fandoms we want to celebrate. Our Studio Ghibli brunch sat on the back burner for awhile, but we finally were able to give it the spotlight it deserved.
Smallman Galley is the perfect place for us to meet because it contains four separate restaurants and two separate bars. There is something for everyone! We order some delicious waffles, breakfast pizzas, potato hash, mimosas, and bloody marys, and then sat down to discuss our favorite Ghibli films.
It seems everyone has their own favorite Ghibli film. Actually, it seems everyone has their own favorite way to pronounce “Ghibli”. Half the girls pronounce it “Ghib-lee” while the other half soften the G to “Jib-lee”. While debating pronunciations, we also tossed around arguments over what made My Neighbor Totoro such a strong film, whether Kiki was inherently good or inherently bad, and which film we thought was the weakest in the bunch. Common themes of flying, talking cats, and witches soon emerged around the table, as well as what deals Hot Topic had on Ghibli themed shirts and sweaters. (Hot Topic coupons are almost a currency exchange at brunches these days!)
Our swag grab consisted of some awesome Ghibli items, including a Kiki themed lunch box (!!!) and some fun Totoro stills. We also found a pretty sweet wish.com deal that let you order the Studio Ghibli boxed set for $24!
To finish our Ghibli month off right, Officer Lis also hosted a movie night at her house in September. Nine ladies from around the city came to watch movies together, complete with yummy food and wine. Our first movie, Kiki’s Delivery Service, was a favorite to many, and we loved trying to find the weird plot holes in the film. Our second movie Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind was a fun 1980s throw back that not too many of us had watched before.
As we head into autumn, we’re gearing up for a lot of fun events together as a group, including our Horror-filled October and our first ever Geeks-giving special! We can’t wait to see what the end of 2017 brings!