July 25, 2019: The waiting is the hardest part!

People (Generally, those not in the industry) react with amazement when they find out I'm juggling multiple development projects.  I'm sure they imagine me working 24/7, going from one project to the next, with little room for rest.  Sadly, however, this couldn't be further from the truth.  Much of "development" is waiting. Waiting for someone…

November 17, 2018: The Projects, Poll, and Fried Chicken Update!

Well, this past Thursday afternoon, we pitched Untitled Awesome Project to a broadcaster.  As you may (or may not) know, I'm especially excited about this one as it's a notion that (like Dark Matter) was many years in the making.  And by "many years in the making" I mean that, like Dark Matter, I came…

November 8, 2018: Toronto’s Top 5 Mochas!

As a fan of mochas, lattes, and various chocolate/coffee drinkables, I make it a point to sample as wide a variety as often as possible.  For research purposes mostly.  And, having done my due diligence over the past year, I offer up my Top 5 Toronto Mochas... #5. Bar Buca This place boasts a host…

October 6, 2018: Guess Where?

Peppers before. Peppers after. A progression of peppers... Hot! Hotter! Hottest! Crab mousse. Sweet canneloni. Lamb and sausage. Pistachio Friendship Cake.  Best version ever! Sis bearing gifts! Matching outfits and collars for the girls. Maple candies for Akemi and ghost pepper chili powder for me. P.S. Mom says hi.

The World’s Saddest Sandwich!

The World’s Saddest Sandwich!

Today was the second day of the UF Writer's Room and I'm pleased to report things are coming along nicely.  So far as the show's creative is concerned anyways.  Lunches, on the other hand, are a work in progress. While I appreciate the sentiment of catered lunches ("Ooooh, catered lunches!"), I am forced to point…

Out and About – The Toronto Edition!

Squeezing in as much fun (aka food) as humanly possible ahead of this Monday when I will be swallowed by the black hole known as The Writers' Room. Packing it in...and on... Choose a flavor (matcha or black sesame), then a filling (red bean, custard, or nutella), then your toppings.  Snap your instagram-worthy pic, then…

Night out with the guys and gals!

Night Out With The Guys And Gals!

I love reunions! So, a couple of weeks ago, Roger Cross (Dark Matter's SIX/Griffin Jones/Kal Varrick, and every other show's everyone else) sent out a Toronto-wide text to let everyone know he'd be in town shooting one of his innumerable productions. Last night, we finally got together for a feast of steak, sides, steak, wine,…

Recent Eats!

Recent Eats!

Given the fact it's impossible to get an Impossible Burger here in Toronto (ironic, no?), I thought we'd try the next best thing: the meatless burgers at Planta Burger. To be honest, they were...okay.  Texturally uninspired (I was hoping the "crab cake" would, at the very least, be crispy) and underwhelming in flavor.  The cauliflower…

The Sunday Report!

The Sunday Report!

Hey, who is that throwing another shrimp on the barbie? Why, it's former Dark Matter line producer Norman Denver, host of the (soon to be) Annual Norman Denver Invitational Barbecue and Booze Fest.  On the menu today: shrimp, steak, sausages, Chicken Adobo, corn, broccolini, assorted Italian pastries, and an 18-year-old scotch I didn't get around…

June 8, 2018: Anthony Bourdain

Very saddened to hear of Anthony Bourdain's passing.  While I've never considered myself a "fan" of celebrities, he was one of the few Akemi and I genuinely loved for his honesty, cutting sense of humor, and the obvious empathy he had for others. Anthony always had a way with words.  These are my favorite Anthony…

May 24, 2018: Fried Chicken Fight – Toronto Edition (Round 1)!

Sure, I enjoy Iberico pork and shaved Alba truffles on risotto as much as the next guy,  but sometimes you want to take a break from the wagyu and o-toro and just enjoy the simpler things in life.  Like Nutella.  Or cabeza tacos.  Or, as was the case over recent days, some fried chicken. I've…

May 12, 2018: 10 Times Richie Rich Was A Dick!

Look, as a foodie, I'm the last person who is going to criticize someone's menu selections.  If you want to shell out an extra $50 to top your scallops with Osetra caviar or spend $150 to finish that risotto with white truffle shavings, why not? Who am I to say anything?  On my first trip…