Thursday, 18 April 2019

Union Chicken, Toronto, ON

I had a late lunch today at Union Chicken at Union Station.  I had lunch there last week and it was good.

I ate in the restaurant
There is a take-out part

Monday, 15 April 2019

Free samples at - April 2019

A couple weeks ago, I had answered an emailed survey from SampleSource and a box of free goodies (free!) arrived today.  This is the ninth box of samples I've gotten from them over the years.

Here's what I received ...

Looks like some fun stuff for Gord, Crumpet, Muffin and I to try ... there is something for us all!

Topbox - April 2019

My April 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 I received ...

  • Sebastian Professional Dark Oil: Hair Styling Oil
  • Brune Nail Polish (#05) 
  • Hadaka Butterful Harula Butter Cream (Marula)
  • Yves Rocher Concentrated Shower Gel - Mango Coriander 
  • Saturday, 13 April 2019

    Book ~ "Emily, Gone" (2019) Bette Lee Crosby

    From Goodreads ~ 1971. When a music festival rolls through the sleepy town of Hesterville, Georgia, the Dixon family’s lives are forever changed. On the final night, a storm muffles the sound of the blaring music and Rachel tucks her baby into bed before falling into a deep sleep. So deep, she doesn’t hear the kitchen door opening. When she and her husband wake up in the morning, the crib is empty. Emily is gone.

    Vicki Robart is one of the thousands at the festival but she’s not feeling the music. She’s feeling the emptiness over the loss of her own baby several months before. When she leaves the festival and is faced with an opportunity to fill that void, she is driven to an act of desperation that will forever bind the lives of three women.

    When the truth of what actually happened that fateful night is finally exposed, shattering the lives they’ve built, will they be able to pick up the pieces to put their families back together again?

    It's 1971 and there's a big music festival happening on a farm outside the small town of Hesterville, GA.  Lots of "hippies" invade the town and there's loud vibrating music all weekend.  The townsfolk complain but there's nothing the local sheriff can do since it's outside the town.

    The Dixons live not far from the festival.  Tired from not getting a lot of sleep all weekend, the rain comes masking the sound of music and Rachel and George finally get a good night sleep.  When they wake up the next morning, they discover their baby, Emily, is missing.  The sheriff investigates, posters are put up, a reward is collected and ads are placed in newspapers but Emily is never found.  Hoping for the best, it takes years for Rachel and George to move on and they pray that Emily is being raised in a loving home.

    Vicki and Murph are at the festival.  Stoned and hungry on the last night of the festival, Vicki convinces Murph to stop at a dark house so she can ask for food.  The door is unlocked and Vicki walks in.  Instead of taking food, she discovers Emily asleep in bed.  Vicki had given birth to a stillborn whom she named Lara a few months earlier and thinks God is replacing Lara with Emily ... and Emily grows up as Lara.

    I thought this book was okay.  I loved the concept of the story ... a baby is taken, the girl grows up and discovers she was kidnapped at birth.  I was interested to know how it was discovered and what were the repercussions.  Then the "how" happened.  Up until that point, the book was a solid 4/5 as I was enjoying the story and the writing style (it's written in third perspective).  When the "how" was revealed, I thought "SERIOUSLY?"  It was way too coincidental and I wasn't buying it.  The happy ending was nice but it was too neat.  It dropped to a 3/5 for me.

    If you are looking for a nice clean wholesome story, you will like it.  I've read many of this author's books and this is her style.  Though I am not religious, the characters in this book are. 

    The Craft Brasserie & Grille, Toronto, ON

    Gord and I had supper this evening at The Craft Brasserie & Grille in Liberty Village with some friends.  Gord was celebrating his recent retirement and his recent birthday.

    Below are Dawn, Liz, Darlene, Craig, Alfred, Kevin, Gord, Sox, Christine, Rosemary, Rona, Jacob, Roger and Martin ... Ian joined us later.

    Everyone ordered a variety of dishes.  I had a Grilled Chicken Club sandwich (minus the onions and lettuce) with a side salad.  My sandwich was good as was the salad.

    Everyone seemed to have a good time and it was great to see everyone.  Brigin was our server and, though it was busy and we were a big group, she took good care of all of us.

    The Craft Brasserie & Grille Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Friday, 12 April 2019

    Toronto Rock 13, New England Black Wolves 12, Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON

    Gord and I are season ticket holders for the Toronto Rock lacrosse team games ... the Rock is a professional lacrosse franchise in the National Lacrosse League (NLL).  This is our sixth year going to the games and our fifth year having seasons tickets.

    Tonight the Rock were hosting the New England Black Wolves.  Toronto had already secured a playoff spot.  This was the last home game of the season.

    We got there early enough to watch the teams warm up.

    Tonight the Rock retired Jim Veltman's #32 in a ceremony before the game ... he was the first captain of the Rock.

    Thursday, 11 April 2019

    Book ~ "Daisy Jones & The Six" (2019) Taylor Jenkins Reid

    From Goodreads ~ Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity ... until now.

    Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

    Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant and, with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

    Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

    Daisy Jones was a young groupie in the late 1960s and living the life of drugs, booze and sex.  She had everything she wanted including money and freedom and her parents seemed more caught up in their lives than hers.  When she is about twenty, she records a record that is a big hit.

    During this time, Billy Dunne and his brother, Graham, have started a band called the Dunne Brothers, eventually renamed The Six.  They are also on the rise.  Billy has been dating Camila and she moves with him to L.A. when the band relocates.  The band starts to draw attention and head out on tour.  Camila discovers she is pregnant and though Billy loves her and marries her, the fear of being a good dad gets to him and he gets wild on the road with booze, drugs and women.  Camila eventually makes him make a choice ... clean up or he loses his family.

    A producer suggests that Daisy and The Six get together to record a record for even greater success.  They do and they become Daisy Jones & The Six.  While Billy struggles with sobriety, Daisy is out of control on drugs and booze, yet there is a creative spark between them.  Their record and popularity explodes and they have to deal with this on the road.

    This book is the story of how Daisy & The Six came to be, their internal struggles, their tours and the eventual break-up of the band.

    I liked it this book.  I found the writing style interesting and it worked for me.  It is the compilation of interviews the "author" had done in researching for the story of the band.  The book is laid out in chronological order of events and is told in chunks from interviews with the band members, Camila, the producer and even a hotel concierge.  This worked for me as I got the different points of view of the events from different perspectives.  For example, at times Billy thought everything was great whereas band member, Eddie, was extremely pissed off at the same situation.  As a head's up, there is swearing and drug use and drinking.

    Wednesday, 10 April 2019

    Union Chicken, Toronto, ON

    Union Station has spent a lot of money and years renovating.  One of the benefits is that there is now lots of choice of  places to eat.  They now have a foodcourt and restaurants.

    Today I had lunch at Union Chicken.  It's been open for about a year.

    There is a take-out part
    I sat in the restaurant

    I'm back on Weight Watchers, which encourages you to eat protein rather than carbs, so I ordered the Spit-Fired Rotisserie half chicken.  The chicken was good.  The spices from the skin (I didn't eat the skin) and the dipping sauce had a bit of a kick, which was fun.  It came out rather quickly and that showed as the chicken and dipping sauce could have been hotter.  The pickles were tasty.  I didn't eat the slices of bread.

    Sunday, 7 April 2019

    Open Cribbage Tournament, Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 31 Mount Dennis, Toronto, ON

    Gord and I enjoy playing cribbage.

    We discovered that cribbage tournaments are held every few months at the Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 31 Mount Dennis.  We went to the one in January and had fun so went again today.

    There was a big turnout ... 70 teams!  They had to keep bringing up tables and chairs from downstairs to accommodate everyone.