Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Malt 'n Salt Fish and Chips, Pickering, ON

I had lunch today at Malt 'n Salt Fish and Chips.  It's in a little strip mall.

I had the haddock lunch special with a side of gravy.  The batter was light, which I like, but I found that the fish and fries tasted the same ... like grease.  I saw a fella hand cutting fries in the back so I know they are fresh but they didn't taste like potatoes.  I ate the fish out of the batter and it didn't have a lot of flavour.

I won't be back if I'm in Pickering.

Malt N Salt Fish & Chips Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Comfort Inn, Pickering, ON

I'm conducting enrolment seminars and one-on-ones today and yesterday in Pickering and spent last night at the Comfort Inn.

Here was my room ...

The bed was comfy

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Lone Star Texas Grill, Pickering, ON

I had supper tonight at Lone Star Texas Grill (on Kingston Road).

"Rangler" was my server and she started me off with some warm tortilla chips and salsa.  Yum!

I ordered Southern-Fried Chicken Fingers with medium sauce.  They were good.  They were tender and the sauce had a nice bite.  Because of the free tortilla chips, I didn't need to order fries.

Rangler was great.  I had had a busy day talking retirement with people from 9:30am to 7:30pm.  She was very friendly and silly ... just want I needed after a hard tiring day.  Thanks, Rangler!

Lone Star Texas Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, 23 April 2018

Pizzeria Libretto, Toronto, ON (University Avenue)

I had supper this evening at Pizzeria Libretto (University Avenue, just north of King Street W).  It was surprisingly busy for a Monday night.

Free samples at - April 2018

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

Here is what I received along with some coupons.

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

Easy Restaurant, Toronto, ON

I had an early lunch today at Easy Restaurant on Queen Street W, just east of the Roncy/King Street W/Queen Street W intersection.

Easy is know for their breakfast and I was torn between having breakfast or lunch ... and went with lunch.  I ordered the grass fed burger (but without the cheese, onions or peppers).  There were no condiments for the burger so I used what I'm assuming was chipotle mayo on it.  It was a good burger.  The fries were good too.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Book ~ "Indefensible" (2016) Pamela Callow

From GoodreadsWhen Elise Vanderzell plummets from her bedroom balcony one gorgeous summer night, her children awaken to a nightmare.

Their mother is dead.

Their father is charged with her murder.

Lawyer Kate Lange knows all about nightmares. She’s survived the darkest period of her troubled life and the wounds are still raw. Now she’s been handed a case that seems utterly unwinnable: defending her boss, high-profile lawyer Randall Barrett. A prosecutor’s dream suspect, Randall is a man who was cuckolded by his ex-wife. A man who could not control his temper. A man who had argued bitterly with the victim the previous day in full view of his children.

With limited criminal law experience, Kate finds herself enmeshed in a family fractured by doubt. Randall’s teenage son is intent on killing him. His daughter wants only to feel safe again. And the entire legal community would like nothing better than to see Randall receive a public comeuppance. As Kate races to stay a step ahead of the prosecution, a silent predator is waiting for the perfect time to deal the final blow. 

Elise and Randall had been married and have two children, Lucy who is twelve and Nick who is fifteen.  When they split up, Elise stayed in Toronto and Randall moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and started his own law firm.  Elise brings the children to Halifax one summer to spend some time with their father.  Randall arrives unannounced where Elise is staying the day they arrive.  Randall and Elise have a big argument and that night Elise is found dead.  Nick swears he saw his father toss his mother over the balcony to her death and Randall is eventually arrested.  This takes up a big part of the book.  With few options, Randall asks Kate, a lawyer in his firm, to represent him.  With no criminal experience, an unlicensed partner and an attraction to Randall, Kate begrudgingly takes on his case.

This is the second book I've read by this author and I enjoyed it.  I liked the writing style.  It is written in third person perspective with the focus on wherever the action is.  The editing could have been a bit tighter, though, because Randall's dog is Charlie yet later in the book it is referred to as "Scrubby" a couple times.  As a head's up, there is swearing and violence. 

The author was raised and lives in Halifax (I was born and lived in Nova Scotia until I was in my twenties ... my sister lives in Halifax).  I liked that the author set the story in Halifax and didn't make it look like it was Any Town, USA ... there are local references such as Kate's colleagues going to a pub called the Lower Deck and a bar called the Economy Shoe Shop (I've been to both) and she goes jogging in Point Pleasant Park (I've been there too).

This is the second in the Kate Lange series (so far there are four and I read the first one last month) and I look forward to reading the others in the series.

Café Diplomatico Restaurant & Pizzeria, Toronto, ON

I had supper tonight at Café Diplomatico (College Street/Clinton Street).  I've been there a couple times over the years but for some reason have never blogged about it.

It was nice to sit on the heated patio

I ordered a personal pizza with pepperoni, bacon and sliced tomatoes.  I love love love pizza and this was a good pizza.

GDous Juicy Chicken House, Toronto, ON

I had lunch today at GDous, a Shanghai fried chicken chain on Spadina Avenue just north of Queen Street W.  They recently opened but apparently haven't had their official opening yet.

A lot of their menu items aren't available.  I ordered the Crispy Chicken Steak combo.  I was told it would take 7 minutes to make but it was actually 25 minutes.  The fries were kind of cold.  The chicken was good.  It looked like a boneless chicken breast until I got to the end, which was hidden in the bag, which was actually just bones.  Surprising considering the cost plus that's what the pictures on the wall look like.  I would be inclined to make it a boneless chicken breast.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Duke Of Cornwall, Toronto, ON

I had supper this evening at the Duke of Cornwall (on University Avenue, just north of Queen Street W).  It just opened about three months ago.

I ordered chicken wings (medium) and fries with Ranch sauce.  They were good.

Erin was the server/bartender.  She was friendly and took good care of me.

Duke Of Cornwall Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato