Saturday, 22 October 2016

The Public House Gastro Pub, Toronto, ON

Gord and I had supper this evening at the Public House Gastro Pub (at Queen Street W/Euclid Avenue).  It just opened about two months ago.

Lots of renovations from the previous establishment

All food is $5.99.

Gord and I both ordered a burger and we split an order of mac and cheese.  The burger was good as was the mac and cheese.  They tasted like they were freshly made from scratch.

KC's tree, Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto, ON

Gord and I went for an 8km walk this afternoon.  We stopped in at Trinity Bellwoods Park.

We saw a rare white squirrel.  I haven't seen one in the park since November 2012.

The park looks gorgeous with the leaves starting to change colours.

Book ~ "The Twelve Days of Christmas" (2016) David Rosenfelt

From Goodreads ~ Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter usually tries to avoid taking on new cases at all costs. But this time, he’s happy - eager, even - to take the case that’s just come his way. 

Andy’s long-time friend Martha “Pups” Boyer takes in stray puppies that the local dog rescue center can’t handle, raises them until they’re old enough to adopt and then finds good homes for them. Not everyone admires the work Pups does as much as Andy does, however. With Christmas just around the corner, one of Pups’s neighbors has just reported Pups to the city for having more than the legal number of pets in her home under the local zoning laws.

Andy happily takes Pups’s case and he feels confident in a positive outcome. Who could punish someone for rescuing puppies, after all, especially at Christmastime? But things get a lot more complicated when Randy Hennessey, the neighbor who registered the complaint against Pups, turns up dead. Pups had loudly and publicly threatened Hennessey after he filed his complaint and Pups was also the one to find his body. 

All the evidence seems to point to Pups as the killer, and suddenly Andy has a murder case on his hands. He doesn’t believe Pups could be guilty, but as he starts digging deeper into the truth behind Hennessey’s murder, Andy may find himself facing a killer more dangerous than he ever imagined.

Andy is a criminal defense lawyer who doesn't want any clients.  Because of the millions his father left him, he is able to not work and spend his time with his friend, Willie, running the Tara Foundation, a dog rescue that he and Willie formed.  Andy and Laurie have recently gotten married and adopted an eight-year-old son, Ricky, so he is enjoying family life.

Martha "Pups" Boyer is a fellow animal lover and takes in rescue dogs and puppies and finds homes for them.  One of her neighbours, Randy, files a complaint against her because she has more than three dogs in her home, which is against the zoning regulations.  She fights it in court and hires Andy as her lawyer.  Andy is more than happy to help out.

When Randy is found killed a couple days later, Pups is arrested and tried for the murder.  Not only was Pups seen leaving the scene of the murder but it's discovered that it's tied into the unsolved murders of her husband and a gang member eighteen months ago.  Needless to say, this is one case that Andy is looking forward to fighting because he believes his friend is innocent.

This is the fifteenth in the Andy Carpenter series (I've read them all).  I enjoyed this book and am really enjoying this series.  Even though it is part of a series, it works as a stand alone (so you don't need to have read the ones before it to know what is going on).  I like the writing style of this author as it was funny, sarcastic and amusing.  It was written in first person perspective in Andy's voice but at times it was also written in third person perspective when the focus is elsewhere.

I like Andy ... I think he would be a hoot to be around.  He loves his dog, Tara, and thinks she's the most wonderful dog in the whole wide world.  He also has another dog named Sebastian who came with Ricky.  Part of Andy's team is Laurie, his wife and former police officer and now his investigator.  Hike is his associate who is the most depressed and downer person ever.  Marcus, an investigator with persuasive reasoning skills, continues to provide protection when it's most needed (which is often since Andy is a self-professed coward).  Sam is his accountant who is also a computer hack but wants to get more action like shooting people.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill, Milton, ON

I had lunch today at Swiss Chalet on Market Drive.

It was fairly busy at lunchtime.  Wanda, my server, said it's because it was raining and it will probably be busy tonight too.

I was hungry and ordered what I always order ... a half chicken dinner with mashed potatoes.  Everything seemed hot and fresh.  The mashed potatoes were hot and not salty.

Swiss Chalet Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Book ~ "Three Christmas Wishes" (2016) Sheila Roberts

From Goodreads ~ Riley Erickson, her pregnant sister, Jo, and their friend Noel are all wishing for the same thing: the perfect man. Or at least men who are perfect for them. Riley's hasn't turned out to be too impressive, dumping her for her bridesmaid three weeks before the wedding. Jo's husband is being perfectly stubborn. And Noel has given up completely.

When the three women visit a shopping-mall Santa on a lark, the guy is full of predictions. Riley's going to meet her perfect man in a memorable way. Noel is going to get a good man to go with that house she's trying desperately to buy. And Jo, well, a new man is about to come into her life. What on earth does that mean? She already has her hands full with the one she's got. As for Riley and Noel, they have some holiday challenges to meet.

But Christmas wishes can come true, as these three women are about to discover. Because in spite of romantic setbacks and derailed dreams, this truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

This is the story of Riley, Jo and Noel, who are friends (Riley and Jo are also sisters).  Riley was planning a Christmas wedding but is unexpectedly dumped by her fiancé for someone else.  Jo is married to Mike, who is in the navy.  She is pregnant with their first child and wishing that Mike was around more ... she's thinking about giving him an ultimatum.  Noel is a writer who has been renting a house and hoping the owner will eventually sell it to her when she gets enough money saved.  She is shocked and saddened when the owner sells it to someone else who plans on renovating and reselling it, at a price that will be out of her range.  Noel's goal is to convince the new owner to not make any changes and sell her the house.

When they go to the mall, they visit with Santa Claus who predicts that Riley's going to meet her perfect man in a memorable way, Noel is going to get a good many to go with her house and Jo is about to have a new man enter her life.

This is the twelth book I've read by this author.  Written in third person perspective, the focus shifts among the characters and you get to know what they are thinking.  I liked Riley, Jo and Noel.  I found it a bit unbelievable, though, that Riley would bounce back as fast as she did after Sean, supposedly the love of her life, broke up with her.  But it is a romance novel.

I'd recommend this book if you are looking for a nice "feel good" story.

beautybox five - October 2016

My October beautybox five arrived today.

Beauty Box 5 is a subscription-based, beauty sampling service that delivers 5 deluxe samples and full-sized products right to your door every month.

Subscriptions are $12US a month or $99US for a year.  Shipping is free.

Here's what I received ...

Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill, Ajax, ON

I had supper this evening at Swiss Chalet on Bayly Street W.

I ordered what I always get at Swiss Chalet ... half chicken dinner with mashed potatoes.  The chicken and dipping sauce were good.  The mashed potatoes were good too ... hot and not too salty.

Richard was my server.  He was friendly and took good care of me.

Swiss Chalet Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

meowbox - October 2016

Morgan and Crumpet's October meowbox arrived yesterday.

meowbox is a cat subscription box full of surprises, delivered to your door every month. Your meowbox is brimming with yummy cat treats and fun cat toys, specially selected for quality and uniqueness, to cater to your cat’s discriminating taste. 

We carefully research and select items that are high quality and unique. We pick food and treats that are either made with natural ingredients, are tasty, nutritious, grain-free, organic or locally made. You won’t find just the regular run-of-the-mill stuff in your meowbox. Our goal is to excite kitty and put a smile on your face. 

The cost is $22.95 a month and shipping is free.

We believe that if we have the opportunity to give, then we should share what we have. This philosophy comes packaged neatly within the heart of every meowbox. For every meowbox you buy, we give a can of food (or monetary equivalent) to a shelter cat on your behalf. One box can make a difference.

This month, Morgan and Crumpet's donation of a can of food (or monetary equivalent) is being sent to the Last Hope Animal Rescue in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Here is what they received ...

Artwork by Fiona W.
Even kitties can celebrate Halloween!

Trius wine club - October 2016

I picked up our October Trius wine club box at the post office today ... they tried to deliver it on Monday but we weren't home.

Gord and I have been members of the Trius Wine Club for almost fifteen years.

Every month, 2 bottles of our best wine will be delivered to your door along with Winemaker Craig McDonald’s tasting notes and Executive Chef Frank Dodd’s recipes.

The cost is $46 a month and it's only available in Ontario.

Here is the newsletter ...

Here is what we received ...

  • Trius Showcase Wild Ferment Chardonnay (2013) - $36.20 - the recipe included it's paired with is Parmesan and Bacon Bread Sticks.  We're not fans of chardonnay so will be gifting this bottle.
  • Trius Gamay Noir (2014) - $16.95 - the recipe included it's paired with is Lamb, Leek and Pecorino Cheese Pizza

Courtyard by Marriott, London, ON

I had two seminars to conduct last night at 10pm and 11pm and another this morning at 7am for a client in London.  I spent last night at the Courtyard on Exeter Road.

There is a bistro in the lobby

Here was my room ...

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill, London, ON (Wellington Road)

I had supper this evening at Swiss Chalet (the Wellington Road location).

I was hungry as I hadn't eaten since breakfast and ordered a half chicken dinner with mashed potatoes.  The chicken was good as was the dipping sauce.  The potatoes were okay ... a bit salty and cold.

Tammy was my server.  She was friendly and quick.

Swiss Chalet Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato