Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Pizza Rustica, Toronto, ON

I had an early lunch today at Pizza Rustica (on Blue Jays Way at Wellington Street W).

I love love love pizza and ordered one with pepperoni, bacon and sliced tomatoes.  When it arrived, I noticed the bacon looked raw ... yep, it was.  It's like the cook forgot to put it on when he made the pizza and threw it on after it came out of the oven.  So I picked it off and started eating the pizza.  The server came over to see how everything was.  I told her the bacon was raw so I couldn't eat it and pointed to the pile of bacon.  She asked, "Do you like it?".  Um ... no.  She didn't apologize or offer have the pizza remade ... she just walked away.

The pile of raw bacon :(

When the bill came, I saw she had charged me $4 for the bacon.  Seriously?  When she came over to have me pay, I mentioned that I was being charged for the bacon.  She said, "Yes".  So I said that I had told her it was raw and hadn't eaten it.  She still thought I should pay for it.  No way!  I asked that she remove the charge because I wasn't paying for it.  She huffed off and came back to say that she couldn't remove it without cancelling the order but somehow knocked $5 off.

Needless to say, I won't be back for the bad customer service and raw bacon :(

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Monday, 18 November 2019

Book ~ "Someone We Know" (2019) Shari Lapena

From Goodreads ~ "This is a very difficult letter to write. I hope you will not hate us too much.  My son broke into your home recently while you were out."

In a quiet, leafy suburb in upstate New York, a teenager has been sneaking into houses - and into the owners' computers as well - learning their secrets, and maybe sharing some of them, too.

Who is he and what might he have uncovered? After two anonymous letters are received, whispers start to circulate and suspicion mounts. And when a woman down the street is found murdered, the tension reaches the breaking point. Who killed her? Who knows more than they're telling? And how far will all these very nice people go to protect their own secrets?

In this neighborhood, it's not just the husbands and wives who play games. Here, everyone in the family has something to hide.

You never really know what people are capable of.

When Amanda doesn't come home after a shopping weekend away with a friend, her husband, Robert, reports her missing.  It turns out she wasn't away with her friend after all and everyone assumes she has left her abusive husband ... until her body turns up.  Then the police start investigating.  It seems like all the men in the neighbourhood were attracted to Amanda (and she didn't discourage them) and because of this, their wives didn't like her.

In the meantime, Olivia and Paul's son, Raleigh, has been breaking into houses, not to steal anything, but to hack into their computers.  When Olivia finds out, she feels bad and sends anonymous letters of apology to the two houses she knows about.  This puts one neighbour on the hunt to find out who had broken into her house.

This was an interesting story with lots of twists and turns to throw you off and get you thinking in different directions about whodunnit.  The whodunnit was a surprise to me and I'm not sure I'm really buying it.  I liked the writing style, though.  It's written in third person perspective with a focus on wherever the action is.  As a head's up, there is swearing.

This is the second book I've read by this author and I look forward to reading other books by her.

Topbox - November 2019

My November Topbox arrived this week.

Get 4 hand-picked deluxe samples delivered to your door for $15 per month. It's the best way to discover the products you'll love.

Here's what I received ...

  • Sephora Banana Cream Mask - $10 value
  • Verb Ghost Oil - $16 value
  • Delia Organics Restore Treatment - $32.99 value
  • Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment - $18.67 value

  • Total value = $77.66

    Sunday, 17 November 2019

    Blue Mountain Village Christmas Gift Show, Village Conference Centre, Blue Mountains, ON

    Before Gord and I left Blue Mountain Village, we checked out the Blue Mountain Village Christmas Gift Show.

    A vibrant marketplace to celebrate the holiday season with Artisans, Crafters, Fashion, Body & Spa, Jewelry, Home & Décor, Christmas items, Art, Wood, Tasty Treats and more!

    Featuring over 100 vendors, free parking and shuttle service throughout the Blue Mountain Resort.

    It was yesterday and today.  It closes at 4pm this afternoon so you still have time to check it out.

    There was lots of great things to buy for yourself or as gifts and the vendors were really friendly.  I was tempted by the scented candle vendors but was able to resist (I have lots of scented candles right now).  If I had allowed myself to buy one, I would have ended up buying about 50!  Gord bought some socks, inserts for his shoes, dark chocolate and soup mixes.

    Mosaic, Blue Mountains, ON

    Gord and I spent Friday and last night at Mosaic in Blue Mountain Village.  We've stayed there a couple times before and liked it.

    We had a one bedroom suite again.

    Sunset Grill Restaurant, Blue Mountains, ON

    Gord and I had breakfast this morning at the Sunset Grill.  If you want a hearty breakfast, it's the only place to go in Blue Mountain Village.  It's a popular spot.  We got there about 9am and it was jammed ... and there was a line-up after that.

    I ordered three eggs and ham and it was good.  We'd gotten lazy last night and skipped supper so I was hungry ... and I ate most of it.

    Saturday, 16 November 2019

    Friday, 15 November 2019

    Copper Blues Bar & Grill, Blue Mountains, ON

    Gord and I had supper tonight at Copper Blues Bar & Grill.

    Mark, our server, started us rolls with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, which was yummy.

    Blue Mountains, ON

    Gord and I took a walk around Mill Pond, which is in Blue Mountain Village.  The air was freezing and fresh and they've had some snow.

    The ski was quite dramatic!