Primates of Park Avenue: Charmed Women, Sad Lives, Semi-Fiction

I just finished Primates of Park Avenue, a “memoir” by Wednesday Martin, published a couple of years ago.  Written in a  satirical manner, the book criticizes the lives of Upper East Side women, particularly mothers, from a “transplant” perspective – as in someone who is not really “from” there, but instead, moved in after her […]

TTC/National Ballet of Canada vs. Body Image Shows Our Lack of Interest in the Arts

By now, everyone in Toronto has heard about the TTC “We Move You” ad, featuring the National Ballet of Canada, which has caused controversy among many body image activists.  The latter are saying the dancers project a negative body image, causing many people to feel badly about their shape.  Say what?  It takes years and […]

Royal Conservatory of Music Gala with Lang Lang

Wow, what an experience!  An extremely well-known 30-something classical pianist from China, someone who has as much fame and following as a member of a circa late 90s/early 2000s boy band member, playing at a small venue like Koerner Hall in Toronto – when the guy typically plays with symphonies at larger venues like the […]

Chopped Canada is Back and Recipe Idea From Their Mystery Basket

Chopped Canada’s fourth season started on Food Network Canada on September 3.  Mystery ingredients for various courses premiere included haggis, mountain yam root, gai lan (Chinese mustard greens) and fruit ring cereal (i.e. Froot Loops – YUCK!!!).  For my meal idea, I’ve decided make a (fake/fantasy) main course out of the round 2 basket, consisting […]

Food Network Star: Is Joy Being Exploited for her Cuisine Ignorance?

My husband and I have been watching Food Network Star this season and I think I have an idea who the finalists will be.  I won’t say whom just yet, though.  However, I want to talk about one contestant – Joy.  I often wonder WHY she’s even on.  Her cooking style is very…mom-like.  People who […]

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

A charming musical tale of a poker faced serial killer with tongue-in-cheek lyrics, fast-paced direction by Darko Tresnjak and a star-making performance from character actor John Rapson, makes Mirvish Productions’ A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder a must-see theatre run at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto. A Gentleman’s Guide trailer Based on […]

Chopped Canada, Season 3, Episode 19: Sweet and Spicy Breaded Halibut Sandwich with Turnip and Sweet Potato Fries

The main course ingredients on this episode were candy powder dipping sticks, halibut, sweet peas and baby turnips, and thus, the first thing that came to my head was, well, fish and chips (okay, so the baby turnip “chips” will look more like turnip hash browns, but still!).  The candy powder can easily be mixed […]

Chopped Canada, Season 3, Episode 18: Asparagus Stuffed Guinea Fowl

Ingredients for the main course were as follows:  guinea fowl (gamey poultry), purple mustard seeds, barbecue flavoured rice crackers and green asparagus – pretty simple compared to other weeks.  As soon as I heard about the ingredients, I thought of breaded guinea fowl – stuffed with asparagus, sundried tomatoes and goat cheese.  Why not? The […]

Chopped Canada Season 3, Episode 17: Fresh Horseradish? Elk Ribeye?

Hmmmm….what can you do with those?  And nacho cheese flavoured chips?  And seaweed sheets?  I mean, I could go all pubby, slow cook the elk and  then make nachos with it.  However, that wouldn’t really be a main course.  I would cook the elk, wrapped in seaweed and then serve it with a fresh horseradish, […]

Chopped Canada Season 3, Episode 16: Macaron Crusted Pork Tenderloin Skewers

The appetizer round ingredients for episode 16 consisted of cassis flavoured macaron (one faux pas I heard during the episode – at least ONE contestant (a professional) pronounced it MACAROON.  If you’re in the culinary industry, shouldn’t you KNOW it’s MACARON?  Macaroons are a different species entirely), jalepeno peppers, pork tenderloin and loquats.  The first […]

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