Monday, 11 November 2019

Quesada Burritos & Tacos, Stoney Creek, ON

I had lunch today at Quesada Burritos & Tacos (on Fruitland Road and Barton Street).

I love burritos and ordered a large chicken burrito on a white wrap. They heat up the wrap briefly before putting on the ingredients.  There were lots of ingredients to choose from and I got mine with chicken, cheese, refried beans, rice, salsa, corn, salsa and burrito sauce.  Then the burrito is put on another grill to heat it.  It was a good burrito.

The woman who made my burrito was very friendly.

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Remembrance Day

The federal department of Veterans Affairs Canada states that November 11 is of "remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace"; specifically, the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, and all conflicts since then in which members of the Canadian Forces have participated.

Remembering my father, Frank (1935 - 1971)
Honouring Gord's dad, Ken (1925 - 1971)
Honouring Gord's paternal
grandfather, Sid (1890 - 1963)

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Book ~ "One Man Grand Band: The Lyric Life of Ron Hynes" (2016) Harvey Sawler

From Goodreads ~ Author Harvey Sawler traces the life of Ron Hynes, one of the most respected singer-songwriters in Canadian history. Through personal conversations and interviews, Sawler captures the spirit of an artist whose stock-in-trade has always been authenticity over mere commercial acceptability, providing rare insight into the life of the man who penned some of the country’s best-loved music. 

Sawler guides us through the dark times of addiction to the triumphs of songs such as “Sonny’s Dream” and “Atlantic Blue” while capturing the true essence of Hynes and the source of his musical genius. 

Ron Hynes (1950 - 2015) was a folk singer-songwriter from Newfoundland and Labrador and was known as the Man of a Thousand Songs.  He wrote the song Sonny's Dream, which has been recorded worldwide by many artists and was named the 41st greatest Canadian song of all time on the 2005 CBC Radio One series 50 Tracks: The Canadian Version.  He was a founding member of The Wonderful Grand Band, one of Newfoundland's most popular performing groups (formed in 1978) and had released seven solo albums.   Hynes was a seven-time East Coast Music Awards winner and past Juno and Canadian Country Music Awards nominee.  In July 2012, Hynes was diagnosed with throat cancer and underwent treatment.  He died in St. John's in 2015 at the age of 64.

I didn't know a lot about Ron Hynes.  I knew he'd written Sonny's Dream and that was about it.  But I like reading bios/autobios and it sounds like Hynes had an interesting life.

The book included interviews with Hynes' friends and colleagues, in addition to the author interviewing Hynes many times.  While there was a lot of detail about his tours and the author would go off on tangents about non-Hynes things, it is written at a high level with not a lot of details about his personal life.  Apparently Hynes had been married at least twice and had four daughters but this was barely touched on.  To me, if you are going to write a book about a person, this would be important information to include.  Hynes' drug addiction took him to the dark side and he died destitute but this was also covered at a high level.

The editing could have been better.  I found the writing was a bit repetitive.  It seemed like the chapters were written individually for a newspaper article, for example, because the author would tell who someone was in Hynes' life (for example, his friend and guitar player) and then later on say who they were again as if this was the first mention of them in the book.  Plus some of the stories were told a couple times ... as if they weren't told earlier.  It was weird.  And there were some typos ... on the same page, the Barenaked Ladies is spelled correctly but in a couple paragraphs above was spelled Bare Naked Ladies.

Saturday, 9 November 2019

"A Christmas Story", Lower Ossington Theatre, Toronto, ON

This evening Gord and I saw A Christmas Story ... it's based on the movie of the same name, which we like.

Based on the perennial holiday movie favorite, A CHRISTMAS STORY chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.

An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish.

A CHRISTMAS STORY is a triple-dog-dare of a good time and it is sure to warm your heart this holiday season!

It has just arrived at the Lower Ossington Theatre, which is in our 'hood, and will be there until the end of December. 

We've seen many plays there over the years and this one was okay, not one of our favourites ... we found it didn't capture the enthusiasm and humour of the movie.  Adult Ralphie is the narrator and is almost always on stage.  The actors were good, with some playing various parts. 

The music was loud, though, so it was hard to hear what the actors were saying (we were in the second row in the centre) ... so maybe turn down the music or turn up the actors' microphones.

Friday, 8 November 2019

Holiday Inn & Suites Winnipeg - Downtown, Winnipeg, MB

I have been in Winnipeg since Monday and stayed at the Holiday Inn & Suites downtown ... it's on the corner of Colony and Portage.  I'd stayed here in August.  When I booked my room a couple weeks ago, there were only two hotels downtown that had space from Monday to Friday (there was a hockey game on Tuesday night and Fleetwood Mac were in town last night) and the Holiday Inn was one of them.

Here was my suite ...

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Book ~ "Paw of the Jungle (2019) Diane Kelly

From Goodreads ~ Police officer Megan Luz and her K-9 partner in crime, Brigit, are on all fours as they try to solve their latest Lone Star mystery.

The weather is beautiful, work is slow and her canine colleague could use a walk. What better day for Megan to take Brigit to the Fort Worth Zoo, where they can let loose and witness the law and order of nature unfold? But what begins as a fun field trip turns serious when a pair of rare hyacinth macaws named Fabiana and Fernando goes missing. Is the new custodian, a gentle soul who happens to be an ex-convict, to blame? Or is something far more sinister afoot?

The birds are worth thousands of dollars and the list of people on the premises who might have stolen them is long. Soon other animals start disappearing ... and Megan and Brigit have their hands and paws full of suspects. But when a rare black rhino is taken from the zoo, presumably for its black-market-friendly horn, time is of the essence. Can Megan and Brigit find out who’s behind the mystery - before they too become prey? 

Megan is a police officer in Fort Worth, Texas.  Her partner is Brigit, a German Shepherd.  She has two cases on the go.  Women are losing their rings and Megan is determined to find out who is stealing them and how.  The second case involves animals that are disappearing from a zoo and it's up to Megan and Brigit to figure out who is stealing them.

I've read many books by this author and I liked this one.  Though it's the eighth in the Paw Enforcement series, it can work as a stand alone and you don't have to read the others to know what's going on (there is enough background provided).

I liked the writing style ... it was amusing at times.  It is written in first person perspective from Megan's point of view and third person perspective from Brigit's point of view (which is funny) and the Poacher's perspective.

I like Megan.  She's gotten more confident as time goes on.  Brigit's funny and likeable and it's fun to get into her head.  Though she is a trained police dog, she can be naughty when she wants to be (like stealing tennis balls or being a bum at supper time).

Rudy's Eat and Drink, Winnipeg, MB

I had supper this evening at Rudy's Eat and Drink (on Graham Avenue).

Burrito Splendido, Winnipeg, MB

I had lunch today at Burrito Splendido on King Edward Street.

I love burritos and ordered a regular chicken burrito on a white wrap.  They make the wrap when you order.  They start with a small ball of dough and put it in a grill that flattens it in a few seconds.  Your protein is measured in a silver dish and all the ingredients (there were lots to choose from) are piled in the dish as you go down the line.  I got mine with chicken, cheese, refried beans, rice, salsa, corn and chipotle lime mayo.  Then the ingredients are folded in the wrap and put in another grill to heat it.  It was a good burrito.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Pony Corral Restaurant & Bar Downtown, Winnipeg, MB

I had supper this evening at Pony Corral Restaurant & Bar Downtown (on St. Mary Avenue).  Downtown Winnipeg restaurants were busy this evening because there was a Winnipeg Jets hockey game happening in town.  Once the game started, they cleared out.

Monday, 4 November 2019

The Peppermill Café, Winnipeg, MB

I had supper this evening at The Peppermill Café ... it's in the lobby of the Holiday Inn & Suites Winnipeg Downtown.

It was quiet and Boreal, the server/bartender, was doing double duty delivering food for room service.

Jollibee, Winnipeg, MB

Jollibee, a Filipino fried chicken restaurant chain, recently opened restaurants in Toronto and the line-ups had been crazy.  When I drove by one on Ellice Avenue in Winnipeg this afternoon, I thought it was a good chance to check it out for a late lunch.

You order at the counter and the staff was friendly, greeting me with a "Jolly afternoon".  After I paid, I was given a buzzer, which let me know to go pick up my order when it was ready ... it took about 10 minutes for my order to be ready.

I ordered a three piece spicy chicken dinner and my side was fries.  The spice doesn't come from the batter ... it comes from the spices sprinkled on afterwards.  I found it a bit too spicy so tapped the spices off.  The chicken was hot and fresh and juicy.  The fries and gravy (which was a nice surprise) were good.