Friday, November 21, 2014

Fat Bastard Burrito Co., Etobicoke, ON

I had a couple seminars to conduct in Etobicoke this afternoon so I had lunch at Fat Bastard Burrito, which is a couple blocks from where I had to be at 12:30pm.  We have a couple Fat Bastard Burritos in our 'hood and I like their chicken burritos.

It seats just six people on stools along the window and I managed to grab a spot in the corner.

I ordered a big (which is their medium) chicken burrito with rice, beans, cheese, salsa and burrito sauce.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Book ~ "The Job" (2014) Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

From Goodreads ~ He’s a charming con man and she’s a dedicated FBI agent, and they’re about to drive each other crazy ... again!

The FBI had one demand when they secretly teamed up Special Agent Kate O’Hare with charming con man Nicolas Fox - bring down the world’s most-wanted and untouchable felons. This time it’s the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire. The FBI doesn’t know what their target looks like, where he is or how to find him but Nick Fox has a few tricks up his sleeve to roust this particular Knipschildt chocolate–loving drug lord. 

 From the streets of Nashville to the back alleys of Lisbon, from the rooftops of Istanbul to the middle of the Thames, Nick and Kate chase their mark. When they find themselves pitted against a psychopathic bodyguard and a Portuguese enforcer who gets advice from a pickled head, they decide it’s time to enlist some special talent - talent like a machete-wielding Somali pirate, a self-absorbed actor, an Oscar-winning special effects artist and Kate’s father Jake, a retired Special Forces operative. Together they could help make this Fox and O’Hare’s biggest win yet ... if they survive.

Nick is a former con man who is supposed to be working with Kate, an FBI agent, to help the FBI catch the most-wanted criminals.  But evidence shows that he has been back to his old tricks again ... or has he? This leads Nick and Kate on a quest to capture a sadistic drug lord who has disappeared off the face of the earth.

Nick and Kate put together their team which includes Jake, Kate's dad, along with his elderly cronies, an actor who takes his parts too seriously, a dad who build treehouses and an awarding winning special effects artist who is on the brink of bankruptcy.  Can they pull it off?

This is the third in the Fox and O'Hare series ... I've read all three plus a novella and enjoyed them.  I liked this book and the story ... it was interesting to see how they pulled this scam together.  Yes, it's far-fetched at times so I had to leave my sense of belief at the door and go with it ... and I was okay with that.  I liked the writing style and thought it flowed well and found it amusing.

I liked Kate and Nick and enjoyed their interactions and banters.  I also enjoyed the interactions between Kate and Jake, her dad..  The supporting characters were likeable too such as Willie (the big-busted redneck) and Boyd (the actor who really gets into his roles).

I'd recommend this book.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Butter Chicken Roti, Toronto, ON

Since he-who-doesn't-like-curry (aka Gord) was having supper with friends tonight, I thought I'd check out Butter Chicken Roti, a new roti restaurant in our 'hood.  They have another location on College Street and just opened this one last week.  They are at Queen Street W/Dovercourt where Burger Bass was for a few seconds.

The guy with the red hoodie leaned against that wall and chatted
with the guy taking orders the whole time I was there ... not cool :(

The Burger's Priest, Etobicoke, ON

I had lunch today at the Burger's Priest on the Queensway/East Mall in Etobicoke. I'd never had one of their burgers before but had heard they were good so thought I'd check it out.

I got there just about noon.

I ordered a High Priest burger (minus the cheese, lettuce and onions) and a Diet Coke.  The fella taking my order asked if I wanted to make it a combo (so add fries) and I said okay.  It came to about $16 including tax.

Whether you eat in or take it out, your meal comes in a bag.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Topbox - November

My November Topbox arrived today.

For only $12 a month, you will receive a Topbox with 4 carefully selected, indulgent, beauty products. Then test the products in the comfort of your own home.

Here's what was in it ...

Total value = $27.23

beautybox five - November

I received my November beautybox five 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 was in the box ...

Total value - $14.12US

    Sunday, November 16, 2014

    Book ~ "#GIRLBOSS" (2014) Sophia Amoruso

    From Goodreads ~ At seventeen, Sophia Amoruso decided to forgo continuing education to pursue a life of hitchhiking, dumpster diving and petty thievery. Now, at twenty-nine, she is the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million e-tailer that draws A-list publicity and rabid fans for its leading-edge fashion and provocative online persona. Her story is extraordinary - and only part of the appeal of #GIRLBOSS. 

    This aspirational book doesn’t patronize young women the way many business experts do. Amoruso shows readers how to channel their passion and hard work, while keeping their insecurities from getting in the way. She offers straight talk about making your voice heard and doing meaningful work. 

    She’s proof that you can be a huge success without giving up your spirit of adventure or distinctive style. As she writes, "I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let The Man get to you. OK? Cool. Then let’s do this.”

    I hadn't heard of Sophia Amoruso or Nasty Girl but someone I'm friends with on Goodreads had added it to her to-be-read pile and it sounded interesting ...and it was (I like reading bios).

    Nasty Gal is an American-based and owned online retailer, founded by Sophia Amoruso in 2006, which specializes in fashion clothing, shoes and accessories for young women. She originally launched an ebay store in selling vintage fashion that she would find at secondhand stores.  In June 2008, she moved Nasty Gal Vintage off eBay and onto its own site ... and she hasn't looked back.

    It was interesting to read her story.  She didn't like high school so quit and had a lot of jobs from working at Subway to selling shoes to rich women to working in the lobby of an arts school.  She didn't have passion or commitment for these jobs and would eventually quit or get fired.  At times she had to resort to stealing and dumpster diving to survive. She sounds like an interesting no-BS person.  The conventional rules didn't work for her so she made her own rules.

    Besides telling us about herself, she also gives advice on how to become a #GIRLBOSS ... like staying true to yourself, creating an effective resume and cover letter, and the importance of being nice and polite.  In addition, there are portraits of #GIRLBOSS such as Madeline Poole of MPNAILs and Norma Kamali.  As a head's up, there is swearing.

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

    The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Toronto, ON

    Gord and I went to The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (The Royal) today.  It's at Exhibition Place from November 7 'til tomorrow.

    The Royal is Canada's most prominent agricultural event within both the provincial and national scopes. Its mandate is predominantly trade-related, featuring wine and food shopping as well as the livestock, machinery and foodstuffs displays. Entertainment includes an international horse show, cattle shows, chef competitions, rodeo, and President's Choice SuperDogs.  The first show opened in November 1922.

    There is something for everyone!

    There is a huge foodcourt.  We had an early supper there.  I had wings and fries from St. Louis and Gord had a humungous chicken schnitzel sandwich.  The prices for everything seemed reasonable.

    There is lots of shopping including horse supplies, clothing, hats, boots, jewelry, sweets, cooking supplies, soaps, etc.

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

    Ipsy Glam Bag - November

    I received my November Ipsy Glam Bag today.
    • 4 to 5 beauty products in a collectible makeup bag 
    • Monthly videos showing you how to get the Look 
    • Win free products in contests and giveaways

    Subscriptions are $10US a month or $110US for a year.  Shipping is free in the U.S. and $4.95US per month to Canada.  It was $187.87CN for the year which worked out to $15.66CN a month.

    Here's what was in it:

    Total value: $34.29US (excluding the bag)