Thursday, 5 December 2019

Fionn MacCool's, Vaughan, ON

I had lunch today at Fionn MacCool's (Hwy 7/Hwy 27).

I ordered Butter Chicken Curry.  I love curry and this was good, though the rice was a bit crunchy in places.  I'd get this again.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Quesada Burritos & Tacos, Woodbridge, ON

I had lunch today at Quesada Burritos & Tacos (Hwy 7/Hwy 27).

I love burritos and ordered a large chicken burrito on a white wrap. They heat up the wrap briefly before putting on the ingredients.  There were lots of ingredients to choose from and I got mine with chicken, cheese, refried beans, black beans, rice, salsa, corn, mild salsa and burrito sauce.  Then the burrito is put on another grill to heat it.  Though there were a couple of weird chewy pieces of chicken, it was a good hearty burrito.

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Book ~ "Twisted Twenty-Six" (2019) Janet Evanovich

From Goodreads ~ Grandma Mazur is a widow ... again. This time her marriage lasted a whole 45 minutes. The unlucky groom was one Jimmy Rosolli, local gangster, lothario (senior division) and heart attack waiting to happen ... well, the waiting's over.

It's a sad day but if she can't have Jimmy at least Grandma can have all the attention she wants as the dutiful widow. But some kinds of attention are not welcomed, particularly when Jimmy's former "business partners" are convinced that his widow is keeping the keys to their financial success for herself.

As someone who has spent an entire career finding bad guys, a set of missing keys should be no challenge for Stephanie Plum. Problem is, the facts are as twisted as a boardwalk pretzel with mustard.

Stephanie's grandmother has just gotten married to a mobster named Jimmy, who passes away 45 minutes later in a casino. His ex-wife isn't happy because now she's been cut out of the will. His mobster friends aren't happy because he had the keys and they figure he had given them to Grandma. What keys?! But he didn't but that doesn't stop everyone from coming after Grandma to get them.

Stephanie works for her bail bondsman cousin, Vinnie, and is questioning her life.  Lulu is a former 'ho who works with her. As usual, they have a couple people they have to track down who didn't show up for their court date. Stephanie and Joe, a police officer, are still together and Ranger, her former colleague, is still hot and lusting after Stephanie, which is tempting.

This is the 26th in the Stephanie Plum series and I've read them all. As in previous books,Evanovich continues to follow her formula:
  • Stephanie is lusting after Morelli and Ranger ... check
  • Lulu talks about food all the time and talks about going on a diet ... check
  • Stephanie goes home to mooch meals from her parents ... check
  • Ranger calls Stephanie "Babe" and just wants to have sex with her with no commitment ... check
  • Ranger has his employees tail Stephanie to keep her out of trouble ... check
  • Something happens to Stephanie's car so Ranger lends her a nice one ... check

I liked this book better than the last few..  It was nice to see Stephanie's dad do more than just grunt, eat, watch TV and watch to kill Grandma.  It's written in first person perspective from Stephanie's point of view. There is some swearing and adult situations.  Since it's basically the same story over and over, though, I stopped buying these books a long time ago and now borrow them from the library. It's a mindless familiar read.

Pickle Barrel, Vaughan, ON

I had an early lunch today at the Pickle Barrel in Vaughan Mills Mall.

I ordered Chicken Parmesan, which came with soup or salad.  The soup was creamy tomato and that's what I choose ... I'm not a big soup eater but it was good soup.  The chicken and pasta was good too ... the chicken was a bit burnt on the bottom so I scraped off the burnt part.  Everything arrived really hot.

Monday, 2 December 2019

St. Louis Bar and Grill, Vaughan, ON

I had an early lunch today at St. Louis Bar and Grill (Hwy 27/north of Hwy 7).  It's been a while since I've been to one.

I ordered what I always get at St. Louis ... a pound of plain wings (with mild sauce) and fries.  My server wasn't sure what "mild saucy" meant, which is what I ordered.  I wanted something fairly mild that wouldn't conflict with the dill dipping sauce. I discovered St. Louis over 20 years ago ... I used to go to the Yonge/Eglinton location often before they started franchising.  Though the wings were good, I find they aren't as good as they once were.

St. Louis Bar & Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, 30 November 2019

Cat Shelter Building Workshop, Toronto Street Cats, Toronto, ON

I was at a cat shelter building workshop today organized by Toronto Street Cats.  The workshops are held every two weeks throughout the fall and winter season in the garage of the Toronto Humane Society ... today was the third one of the season (I was at the first one at the beginning of November).  I went to most of the workshops last year ... it's so nice helping the kitties in Toronto keep warm and dry during the cold winter.

Our mission: improve the lives of Toronto’s homeless cats by offering spay/neuter services, free for feral cats, and building overwintering shelters. We are also working to increase public awareness about Toronto’s homeless cat population and the importance of spay/neuter and trap/neuter/return (TNR). 

We are part of the Toronto Feral Cat Coalition, working together to implement strategic TNR programs to sterilize Toronto’s feral cats, decrease shelter intake and reduce euthanasia rates.

In eight years of building shelters, Toronto Street Cats has made over 6,000!  In the 2018/19 season, 700 shelters were made and 6,040 have been made since they started in the fall of 2010!  In addition, to selling the shelters (they are available to caretakers and colonies for $15 and refurbished ones are $5), they also hold free feral spay/neuter clinics and welcome donations.

Today there were 48 volunteers and we made 134 new shelters and refurbished seven previously used ones.

One of the volunteers and Kali, a coordinator, checked people in

Here were the bins which would soon be made into the cat shelters.

Big sheets of insulation were cut for inside the bins.

Friday, 29 November 2019

Book ~ "A Stranger in the House" (2017) Shari Lapena

From GoodreadsKaren and Tom Krupp are happy - they’ve got a lovely home in upstate New York, they’re practically newlyweds and they have no kids to interrupt their comfortable life together. But one day, Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished - her car’s gone and it seems she left in a rush. She even left her purse - complete with phone and ID - behind.

There's a knock on the door - the police are there to take Tom to the hospital where his wife has been admitted. She had a car accident and lost control as she sped through the worst part of town.

The accident has left Karen with a concussion and a few scrapes. Still, she’s mostly okay - except that she can’t remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. The cops think her memory loss is highly convenient and they suspect she was up to no good.

Karen returns home with Tom, determined to heal and move on with her life. Then she realizes something’s been moved. Something’s not quite right. Someone’s been in her house. And the police won't stop asking questions.

Because in this house, everyone’s a stranger. Everyone has something they’d rather keep hidden. Something they might even kill to keep quiet. 

Tom comes home from work late one night and discovers the door is unlocked, Karen, his wife, is gone, her car is gone but her phone and purse are in the house.  Then he gets a call that Karen has been in a car accident and is in the hospital.  He rushes to the hospital ... Karen is battered but okay but has amnesia.  It's a good thing she has the support of Tom and Brigid, her best friend from across the street, to help her through this.  Then a dead body is found near where Karen had her accident and the police are looking at Karen for murdering the man ... the problem is, though, that Karen can't remember that night, why she was even in that 'hood and if she did indeed murder the man (and why).

I liked this book and as with this author's other books, there's always a weird twist at the end, which I liked in this one.  I liked the writing style ... it's written in third person perspective with a focus on wherever the action is.  As a head's up, there is swearing.

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Union Chicken, Toronto, ON

I had supper this evening with my pals Deb, Franca and Rona at Union Chicken at Union Station.  It was a busy spot.

Deb and Rona had Uncle Ray's Fried Chicken.  Deb had hers with sweet potatoes and Rona had hers with fries.  The meal looked monstrous and good.