Saturday, 21 October 2017

"Bat Out of Hell The Musical", Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto, ON

Gord and I saw Bat Out of Hell The Musical this evening.

The streets are heating up as young, rebellious leader Strat falls in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the most powerful man in post-apocalyptic Obsidian. 

Originally written as a musical, "Bat Out of Hell" went on to become one of the most iconic and successful albums of all time. Forty years later, Jim Steinman’s critically acclaimed love story for the ages 'brings the theatre and its audience thrillingly alive' (The Stage). 

The story is about Strat, who is the leader of The Lost, an underground group of kids who never grow older than 18.  He falls in love with Raven, who is the daughter of Falco and Sloane, who don't get along at all.  Falco is not a nice man and is very protective of Raven.

It is playing at the Ed Mirvish Theatre on Yonge Street (just south of Dundas Street E).

There were some photo ops.  There was a Harley in the lobby ... I thought it is in an odd spot as people were lining up to get their picture taken with it, which meant it was hard to get around them.   Here's Gord as a Bat out of Hell on the upper level!

Here is the stage before it started.

ihalo Krunch, Toronto, ON

Gord and I took a walk to Trinity Bellwoods Park this afternoon.  On the way, we stopped it at ihalo Krunch on Queen Street W (just east of Strachan Avenue).  When they first opened a couple months ago, there was always a line-up.  Today there were just a few people.  Gord hadn't been so it was time he checked it out.

He got a Bean There, Done That and I got a Vanilla Nut.

We took them across the street and ate them on a bench at the park.  The cones, which they make onsite, are black and are infused with activated charcoal.  There was a hole in the bottom of the cone, with a bit of Fluff.  It's a fun ice cream to try.

Ihalo krunch Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, 20 October 2017

Pizza Di Nonna, Grimsby, ON

I was heading home from a conference in Niagara Falls, ON, and stopped at Pizza Di Nonna for lunch (a colleague had recommended it if I was ever in the area).

I ordered a small pizza with pepperoni, bacon and fresh tomatoes.  Though this is a take-out restaurant, there are three stools along a ledge that had a couple small dead flies on it.  I ate my pizza at a picnic table at a nearby park.  I took some home for later.  It was a good pizza.

I had also ordered a pop but there are no drinks.  Instead you have to go to the convenience store next door.

Pizza Di Nonna Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Hilton Fallsview Hotel, Niagara Falls, ON

I spent the last three days at the CPBI (Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute) conference.  It was held at the Hilton Fallsview Hotel.

Here was the view from my room when I arrived ...

The America Falls

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery, St. Davids, ON

The 2017 CPBI (Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute) is having its annual conference in Niagara Falls, ON, this week.  I'm the chair of the entertainment committee.  Our gala night was held nearby at Ravine Vineyards Estate Winery.

We started in the cellar with the tasting of three wines ... a bubbly, a white and a red.  All were delicious.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Book ~ "G is for Gumshoe" (1990) Sue Grafton

From Goodreads ~ Good and bad things seem to be coming in threes for Kinsey Millhone: on her thirty-third birthday she moves back into her renovated apartment, gets hired to find an elderly lady supposedly living in the Mojave Desert by herself, and makes the top of ex-con Tyrone Patty's hit list. 

It's the last that convinces Kinsey even she can't handle whoever's been hired to whack her and she gets herself a bodyguard: Robert Dietz, a Porsche-driving P.I. who takes guarding Kinsey's body very seriously. 

With Dietz watching her for the merest sign of her usual recklessness, Kinsey plunges into her case. And before it's over, she'll unearth the gruesome truth about a long-buried betrayal and, in the process, come fact-to-face with her own mortality.

Kinsey Millhone has just turned 33-years-old and is a private detective in Santa Teresa, CA.  She is hired by Irene, to find her elderly mother, Agnes, who lives in a trailer in the desert is missing.  Kinsey finds Agnes in a local hospital and Irene arranges to have her brought home to Santa Teresa.  Agnes is scared to go home and rambles on to Kinsey some story that she doesn't take seriously.

In the meantime, Kinsey finds out that a dangerous criminal she helped track down a few years ago has hired a hitman to kill her.  She hires Robert Dietz, another private detective as bodyguard.  They figure out who is trying to kill Kinsey and start tracking him down.

I thought this book was just okay.  I liked the writing style.  It is written in first person perspective in Kinsey's voice.  I found the "whodunnit" confusing as there were lots of people from the past brought up and I couldn't keep them straight and the "why" didn't seem plausible.  As a head's up, there is swearing and adult activity.

This is the seventh in the "alphabet series" featuring Kinsey Millhone.  I discovered this series in the mid-1990s and have been a fan since and have read them all.  Since the series will soon come to an end, I am starting at the beginning and rereading them.  They are all set in the 1980s before everyone had a computer, cell phone, people still smoke in public places, etc.

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Niagara Falls, ON

I had supper this evening at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville.

Yvette was a fun greeter

There is a store where you can buy souvenirs.

Here is the restaurant on the street level.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Book ~ "No-One Ever Has Sex On Christmas Day" (2017) Tracy Bloom

From Goodreads ~ Don’t you always plan the perfect Christmas?

Don’t you always think it will be the best one ever?

And doesn’t something – usually one of your loved ones – always come along and screw it up?

Katy’s been spending too much time in the office and not enough time with her family so she wants it all: snow (fake or real), the Michael Bublé Christmas album, whatever it takes.

There’s only one thing missing as far as her husband Ben is concerned: another baby to complete their family. Katy isn’t so sure.

Ben may be playing the role of Master Elf in the pre-school nativity but he is struggling to master his own family life. With romantically-challenged friends, an ex who refuses to go away and Katy's mum's 64-year-old toy boy thrown into the mix, Christmas looks like it could be going off the rails.  Never mind family planning, can Katy and Ben even plan to make it to the end of Christmas Day?

Katy and Ben are married and have a three-year-old daughter, Millie.  Katy has a great job that she loves but it takes up a lot of her time.  Ben was a stay-at-home dad until he decided to go back to work at Millie's preschool.  They have recently bought a house and Ben thinks it's time they start working on baby number two.  Katy is undecided but because she is forty, she knows she doesn't have a lot of time left to have a baby.

Ben's friend, Braindead, is ready to pop the question to his long-time girlfriend and he works with Daniel, Katy's gay colleague, to make it splashy.

Katy's 70ish mom has left her husband (Katy's dad) and has a new boy toy (a Spaniard in his 60s).  They are planning to stay with Katy and Ben over the Christmas holidays and Katy's not looking forward to it.  She's got enough going on in her life.

Matthew and Allison are expecting baby number four.  His divorced friend, Ian, is ready to settle down and has his eye on someone that could disrupt Matthew and Allison's life, which doesn't make Allison happy (she doesn't like Ian at the best of times).

This was the second book I read by this author and I enjoyed it.  Though it is the third is the No-One Has Sex series, you don't have to read the first two to know what's going on.  I'd read the first one but not the second one ... I actually liked this one better than the first one.  I liked the writing style ... it was well-paced and was a quick fun read.  The language at times is for mature readers.

I look forward to other books in this series.

Topbox - October 2017

My October 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 is what I received ...

Total value = $32.14 value

Junked Food Co., Toronto, ON

I had lunch today at Junked Food Co. on Queen Street W, west of Spadina Avenue.