July 26, 2010
One small spoke for Toronto. One small leap for simple ideas? muh. Jarvis got a bike lane today, going from 5 lanes to 4. We’ll see how it goes, but I think it will be nice for those cyclists.
ergo de facto, I’m your boss. Capacity 2,100. Busiest traffic much less. Even with margins of error, still looking good. Numbers don’t politicize, you disappointingly poor mayoralty candidates you.
via Twitter @larrylarry.
July 12, 2010
Everything they say is true. This place is a blast, and the food is absolutely brilliant. One of Toronto’s bests.
Guu Izakaya, the Vancouver Japanese pub institution, exports the greatness to Toronto. Toronto tries to kidnap the best of all Canadian cities – the rise of gourmet poutine and Japanese food is no coincidence. Our own insecurity feeds this buzz, so we can stay south of Steeles and quell any cockiness from the justifiably proud Montrealers and/or Vancouverites.
You may know how it goes – the hostess stays outside and minds the 20 or so in line (always a line). Once she pries open the weighty front door, it’s instant surprise party. Loud, smiling, chanting. Almost exclusively communal tables (we sat on the end so impact was minimized). Small $5 plates, $15 Sapporo pitchers. Love it.
- Takoyaki – deep fried octopus balls w mustard mayo and an Asian style BBQ sauce
- Okonomyaki – deep fried pancake w mustard mayo and BBQ
- Kakuni – sweet miso braised pork belly with boiled egg
- Grilled saba – simply the best whitefish I’ve ever had the pleasure of ingesting
- Homemade udon noodle w kimchi
- Salmon natto yukke – salmon sashimi, garlic chips, diced veg, raw egg yolk all mixed together and put in nori.
Just get those, I promise you will flip. Go. And go early, and be patient, and be tolerant of the 2hr time limit.
Go to foodpr0n.com’s post on Guu, they have some great photos. Go.
July 12, 2010
They are the handmade photoshoppers, the analog airbrushers.
Part interesting insight into commercial food styling and hand modeling (Costanza!), part transparent appeal for “authentic, honest branding” (marketing barf). Their marketing department probably overused the words “social media” and “Millenials” in their TPS reports.
I appreciate the candor and I’ll be more than happy to try your “new” pizza. But you probably still make shitty pizza.
July 6, 2010
Just think of Wayne’s World, cause this cat can really wail. Although I’m guessing this cat’s voice is remarkably similar to Brian Johnson from AC/DC. Because he sounds like a hoarse cat.
July 2, 2010
I’m starting a new job at the Ministry of Environment soon. I get to look at water quality science on a provincial scale. HI. Excited is a large understatement. To celebrate, Cara and I went to Globe Earth in Rosedale.
Their ethos is local food (with a bit hypocrisy with many international wines, but I digress). They source all ingredients from local suppliers, very responsible, bourgeois, Rosedalian but reasonable prices. No complaints.
Here’s our rundown:
- Norman Hardie Prince Edward County white
- some of Rodney’s famous oysters
- Crispy ewenity curds (photo above) – deep fried cheese curds with house made ketchup. Think of the best possible mozza stick fritter with some nice curd mouthfeel. It’s all about the squeaky bouncy.
- Sunday roast special – lamb w chorizo, fingerling potato salad, tomato relish.
- Beef tenderloin with charred asparagus salad – whenever asparagus hits a grill, there is magic.
- Had some fruit ginger crumble with some amazing Niagara late harvest to finish it off. The server made a mistake so it was on the house! If you dislike ice wine or port, try late harvest. It’s the perfect happy medium. Not too sweet, super delicious.
Bill wasn’t too damaging, especially for a nice place in Rosedale. Great service, vibe a bit too modern but very comfortable. Definitely will return.
July 2, 2010
You just noticed gas is 10 cents more. You’re probably pissed. Maybe you’ve seen the list. The list of what’s getting taxed and what’s not. Gas realistically should cost way more anyway, because (almost always) the environmental costs are externalized.
Before you go on an Atlas Shrugged tirade, know some things. Based on reductions in your income tax (which we probably didn’t notice), the nominal HST rebate cheques, and upcoming HSTness, the burden on the average consumer is minimal. Rich people will pay more, boo hoo. It’s true that some new costs are burdened on the consumer’s shoulders. However, lower income status Ontarians will face the smallest brunt.
The thing that really rubs wrong is how Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak is vehemently opposing the HST. This guy is supposed to be a pro-jobs, pro-business, economy-centric conservative. When economists from around the world believe it’s the best way to maintain competitiveness and help Ontario businesses, completely inane politicization ensues. Don’t tell me you’re an NDP man of the people Mr. Hudak. He is disagreeing simply because political parties should never actually agree right? The infuriating, terrible 2s, GOP method of NO.
I totally gave Hudak a chance. If he was reasonable, this would be an interesting political race. But this HST opposition is proof that he’s exactly the worst person for the job. When you instantly contradict yourself right out of the gate, I’m out. Read a great Globe article on the HST here . This is your education. Then if you want, read why economists like it here and here. Happy wading.
July 2, 2010
TV is (still) the best.
Recently finished Six Feet Under with C from start to finish. No blogger hyperbole, I just think this is one of the most important shows. A family owns a funeral home in LA. Classic themes of family, love, loss, and trying to find your place in the universe. Truly amazing performances, gifted casting, and constant emotional pummelling. I grew up in a tear-granting household, ok? I took advantage of this allowance, full stop.
Totally an investment risk reward scenario. 50 minutes per episodes, 60ish episodes (5 seasons). Loin pulling, quasi-masochistic drama. I promise that if you can handle intensity, you will be rewarded.
You probably recognize Michael C Hall in that photo. You probably like Dexter. You should not like Dexter. Dexter is one solid actor/character with awful (awful) actors/characters around him. It’s like CSI Puerto Plata Punta Cana. How many derivative cop clichés can you stomach? You probably will say “I can’t imagine him as anyone else but Dexter”. Take the MC guarantee – his character David Fisher blows Dexter out of the Bay Harbour Butcher water.
Watch it, it’s torrentable. Feel real things from television. It can happen.
July 2, 2010
via The Guardian:
Billionaires plan to put the world to rights following secret supper - Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are among those signing up to the greatest private donation in history
… The meeting was called the “first supper”. There have been, according to Fortune, second and third suppers since then. Finally, a strategy has emerged around a “pledge” whereby billionaires who sign up promise to give away 50% of their net worth. If it works, the group will be the greatest private philanthropic effort in history.
You definitely can’t say these guys aren’t doing something with their money. More importantly, these lords of lords are exactly the two people that need to lead this movement. Hmm… almost exactly like China and the US not doing anything about climate change. COUGH.
July 1, 2010
Dominion Day, Canada Day, birthday! I am a happy Canadian camper. We just need a couple of small things. Stephen Harper needs a haircut, some public speaking lessons, and some smile tutorials. Stephen, I’m sure you can go on YouTube for some smile tutorials. Less 8 year old boy, more international leader. You’re a smart man, you’re an economics geek. I can get behind most of that. Just don’t hold dissenters in contempt, and don’t give me the creeps everytime I see you shake hands with honourable people. It’s a petty request, but it matters.
To my fellow Canadians – care more about your country, learn more about your country. Canadians can act like whiny teenagers, sulking while inheriting a social and political system that (still) takes blood sweat and tears to uphold. Just count your blessings, be grateful, be even-handed, be nice.
Take a worthwhile Canada quiz c/o the National Post. History, landscape, politics, etc. If you pass, I’ll give you 10 spacebucks.