Saturday, 16 June 2018

Barcelona Tavern, Toronto, ON

After Gord and I left the Toronto Wolfpack game, we headed to Barcelona Tavern in Liberty Village for supper.  They just opened in March ... we'd planned on going a couple times in April but it didn't happen.

They have a large area upstairs that opens onto a patio

Toronto Wolfpack 64, Dewsbury Rams 12, Lamport Stadium, Toronto, ON

The Toronto Wolfpack RLFC is a Canadian professional rugby league club, based in here Toronto, which competes in the British Rugby Football League system.  In 2018 the club is competing in the Championship, having begun to play in 2017 in League 1 and won a promotion in its inaugural season.  The club is noted as being the first North American team to play in the Rugby Football League system, the first fully professional rugby league team in Canada and the world's first transatlantic rugby league team.  Their home stadium is Lamport Stadium (aka "The Den"), which is just a couple blocks from where we live.

The Wolfpack were in first place and the Rams were in ninth place heading into this game.

Here are the Wolfpack Cheerleaders.

Here are me and Gord before the game began.  We sat on the west side of the stadium (we usually sit on the east side).

God Save the Queen and O Canada were sung before the game.

 And the game began ...

Book ~ "Scrappy Little Nobody" (2016) Anna Kendrick

From GoodreadsEven before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like "Pitch Perfect", "Up in the Air", "Twilight" and "Into the Woods", Anna Kendrick was unusually small, weird and “10 percent defiant.”

At the ripe age of thirteen, she had already resolved to “keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.” In "Scrappy Little Nobody", she invites readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations.

With her razor-sharp wit, Anna recounts the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture as only she can - from her unusual path to the performing arts (Vanilla Ice and baggy neon pants may have played a role) to her double life as a middle-school student who also starred on Broadway to her initial “dating experiments” (including only liking boys who didn’t like her back) to reviewing a binder full of butt doubles to her struggle to live like an adult woman instead of a perpetual “man-child.”

Enter Anna’s world and follow her rise from “scrappy little nobody” to somebody who dazzles on the stage, the screen, and now the page - with an electric, singular voice, at once familiar and surprising, sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious). 

I like reading bios/autobios.  Though I'm not a fan of Anna Kendrick (I don't dislike her), this book was popular when it came out so I thought I'd check it out.

Anna Kendrick is an American actress and singer (born in 1985).  She began her career as a child actor in theater productions.  Her first prominent role was in the 1998 Broadway musical High Society, which earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She made her film debut in 2003.  She rose to prominence for her supporting role as Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga (I've never seen them).  She came onto my radar in the 2009 movie Up in the Air (in which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress).  I've since since her in Pitch Perfect, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and Table 19.

It was interesting to get a behind-the-scenes look at what it was like when she was a struggling actress (living with roommates, driving a beater, etc.), what's involved in shooting a movie (both small independent movies and big-screen movies), being on the red carpet and award shows, etc.  The chapter she spent in great detail telling about the parties she wants to throw was boring.

I thought this book was okay.  She's only 32 so hasn't got that much of a story to tell.  I thought the writing style was okay but thought she was unlikable at times.  I found her a bit annoying and whiny but I think it was perhaps her attempt at being humorous?  As a head's up, there is swearing and adult activity.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Ipsy Glam Bag - June 2018

My June Ipsy Glam Bag arrived today.
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Thursday, 14 June 2018

Book ~ "In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox" (2016) Carol Burnett

From Goodreads ~ Who but Carol Burnett herself has the timing, talent, and wit to pull back the curtain on the Emmy-Award winning show that made television history for eleven glorious seasons?

"In Such Good Company" delves into little-known stories of the guests, sketches and antics that made the show legendary, as well as some favorite tales too good not to relive again. Carol lays it all out for us, from the show’s original conception to its evolution into one of the most beloved primetime programs of its generation.

Written with all the charm and humor fans expect from a masterful entertainer like Carol Burnett, In Such Good Company skillfully highlights the elements that made the show so successful in a competitive period when TV variety shows ruled the air waves. Putting the spotlight on everyone from her talented costars to her amazing guest stars—the most celebrated and popular entertainers of their day—Carol crafts a lively portrait of the talent and creativity that went into every episode.

This book is Carol's love letter to a golden era in television history through the lens of her brilliant show which won no less than 25 Emmy Awards! Get the best seat in the house as she reminisces about the outrageous tales that made working on the show as much fun as watching it.

Now in her mid-80s, Carol Burnett is an American actress, comedian, singer and writer. She is best known for her TV variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, which ran from 1967 to 1978. She has achieved success on stage, television and film in dramatic and comedy roles.

This book is Carol telling stories with a focus on The Carol Burnett Show ... the cast (Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner and Tim Conway),  guest stars and friendships (including Dick Van Dyke, Lucille Ball, Roddy Mcdowell, Jim Nabors, Bernadette Peters, Betty Grable, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth and Betty White), the people behind the scenes (like Bob Mackie, her costume designer, the dancers, orchestra, writers, cameramen, etc.), the show’s opening Q&A, her favorite sketches, boopers and more.  Some of the stories are repeats from This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection.

I like reading bios/autobios.  I thought this book was a light but interesting read.  I liked the writing style ... Carol's personality comes through.  She's not mean or gossipy.  The chapter/stories are quick and she doesn't go into a lot of detail (the stories are pretty high level).  After reading this book, I'd like to rewatch some of the shows to see if they stand the test of time.

Salvatore’s Trattoria E Ristorante, Point Edward, ON

I had a late lunch today at Salvatore’s Trattoria E Ristorante, on the outskirts of Sarnia, under the bridge that takes you to Michigan.  They have been around for over 20 years.

I had looked for a restaurant near my client meeting and my GPS directed me to Salvatore's.  I will admit that when I saw the outside of the restaurant, I kept driving.  But I was running out of time and decided to give it a chance ... and I'm glad I did because my experience was fabulous!

Everything is made in-house.  Tara, my server, started me off with some fresh bread.

I ordered beef lasagna.  It was only $11.50 and the portion was HUGE!!  Not only that but it was delicious.  I would definitely get it again.  As I said, everything is made in-house including the tomato sauce and noodles.  I knew right away I wouldn't be able to eat it all so I cut it in half and asked Tara for a to-go box (I'll have it for supper tonight).  The half portion was more than enough for lunch.

Seacliffe Inn, Leamington, ON

I spent last night at the Seacliffe Inn in Leamington (about 3.5 hours SW of Toronto).  I stayed here for a night two years ago.

It is across the street from Lake Erie, where you catch the ferry to go to Pelee Island.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Ray’s Ribhouse, Leamington, ON

I had supper this evening at Ray's Ribhouse.  It was a busy spot when I got there.

Book ~ "This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection" (2010) Carol Burnett

From GoodreadsCarol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. "The Carol Burnett Show" was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won twenty-five Emmys in its remarkable eleven-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another - reading it feels like sitting down with an old friend who has wonderful tales to tell.

In engaging anecdotes, Carol discusses her remarkable friendships with stars such at Jimmy Stewart, Lucille Ball, Cary Grant, and Julie Andrews; the background behind famous scenes, like the moment she swept down the stairs in her curtain-rod dress in the legendary “Went With the Wind” skit; and things that would happen only to Carol - the prank with Julie Andrews that went wrong in front of the First Lady; the famous Tarzan Yell that saved her during a mugging; and the time she faked a wooden leg to get served in a famous ice cream emporium. This poignant look back allows us to cry with the actress during her sorrows, rejoice in her successes, and finally, always, to laugh. 

Now in her mid-80s, Carol Burnett is an American actress, comedian, singer and writer. She is best known for her TV variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, which ran from 1967 to 1978. She has achieved success on stage, television and film in dramatic and comedy roles.

This book is Carol telling stories about her life ... each chapter is a different story.  She was  born in Texas and lived with her grandmother, Nanny, and sister, Chrissy, in Hollywood from the time she was a child (her parents were alcoholics).  They were big fans of movies and would see them often.  As such, Carol had dreams of being on Broadway.

The stories include her childhood, her first successful role in a play called Once Upon a Mattress, becoming regular on the Garry Moore Show, anecdotes from her shows and specials, famous people she's met and was in awe of, her friends and family (husbands and children), buying her first computer and more.

I like reading bios/autobios.  I thought this book was a light but interesting read.  I liked the writing style ... Carol's personality comes through.  She's not mean or gossipy.  The chapter/stories are quick and she doesn't go into a lot of detail (the stories are pretty high level).  I was too young to remember her earlier roles but did watch The Carol Burnett Show.  After reading this book, I'd like to rewatch some of the shows to see if they stand the test of time.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries, London, ON

I had lunch today at Five Guys Burger and Fries (Richmond Street/Fanshawe Park Road West).

While you're waiting for your meal, you can indulge in free roasted salted peanuts.

I ordered a bacon burger with mustard, ketchup, tomatoes and pickles (there are lots of condiments to choose from) and a regular fries.  There were a lot of fries ... there was another cupful in the bag!  I'd get them again but I should have ordered a small order as I ended up not eating all the fries.  The burger was a good burger and I'd get it again.  I ordered a regular pop and there are free refills on the pop (why would you order a large?).

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Island Foods, Toronto, ON (King Street W)

I had supper this evening at Island Foods (Dufferin Street/King Street W), which is in my 'hood.   I've been a fan of theirs since I moved to Toronto over 30 years ago and have been many many times.

I got what I always get ... a boneless chicken roti.  I don't think I've ever ordered anything else from them as I love their rotis!  And it was delicious as usual.

Island Foods Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Hendriks Restaurant & Bar, Toronto, ON

I had lunch today at Hendriks, which is in the Eaton Centre.  It just opened in March.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Book ~ "The Perfect Couple" (2018) Elin Hilderbrand

From Goodreads ~ It's wedding season on Nantucket. The beautiful island is overrun with summer people - an annual source of aggravation for year-round residents. And that's not the only tension brewing offshore. When one lavish wedding ends in disaster before it can even begin - with the maid of honor discovered dead in Nantucket Harbor just hours before the ceremony - everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect. 

As Chief of Police Ed Kapenash digs into the best man, the maid of honor, the groom's famous mystery novelist mother and even a member of his own family, the chief discovers that every wedding is a minefield - and no couple is perfect. 

It's the July long weekend and Celeste and Benji are getting married at Benji's parents' home in Nantucket.  They had met about a year ago and come from different backgrounds.  Celeste's parents barely got by but raised Celeste with a lot of love.  Benji's parents are rich and Benji never lacked for anything and still leads that kind of life, which is foreign to Celeste.

The night before the wedding, Merritt, Celeste's best friend and maid of honor is found dead.  Needless to say, the wedding is cancelled.  As the police investigate, they discover affairs and secrets.  Was Merritt's death an accident or was she murdered?

I liked the writing style of this book and thought it was an interesting story.  It is in third person perspective with the focus on the different characters including Celeste, Greer (Benji's mother), Tag (Benji's father), the police officers and others (the chapters are labeled).  This way we find out what was going on from their perspective and what they were thinking.  We don't find out until the very end what happened to Merritt.

I thought there were a lot of things left unfinished by the end of the story, though, so I'm assuming there will be other books involving these characters to tie up the loose ends.

Hero Certified Pizza, Toronto, ON

I spent the day near Stock Yard Village and thought I'd head there for lunch as I knew they had a few restaurants.  I saw Hero Certified Pizza ... apparently they have been open since March and this is the first one.  I've been to Hero Burgers and was curious to see how they'd do pizza.