November 23, 2017: This ‘n That!

Quick, get in! ¬†Next stop = Slumber Land! Hey, if you're thinking of making our dogs new outfits, Akemi offers up the following doggy measurements. ¬†I think she does a fairly good job of capturing Suji's trademark wide-eyed wonder, and Lulu's general furtiveness. Who feels like kaka for dinner? ¬†Pardon me? ¬†Happened across this sign…

November 17, 2017: Busy, but never too busy for tapas!

While I may not be as busy as I was while Dark Matter was in production, I find myself surprisingly busy for someone without a show to run. ¬†Most of my days are spent reading comic books and reviewing anime...for work! ¬†In addition, I've got a little over a half dozen "things" percolating, from being…

July 16, 2017: I like it spicy!

"He ordered the souvlaki with hot sauce,"my friend informed me. ¬†"His nose bled all night!" "All night?" ¬†I was dubious. "All night!"she insisted. I suppose it was intended as a cautionary tale but the first thought that entered my mind was: "I've got to try that hot sauce." I've always been a fan of spicy.…

May 17, 2017: Back in the Vancouver swing of things!

Now that I'm back home, it's time to hit up all of my favorite places and check in on many of my old friends. ¬†Like Marginni at Jack¬†who gave me a new summer do, Hodie at Xoxolat¬†who helped me stock up on Ecuador dark chocolate bars, and Darlene and co. at The Book Warehouse and…

May 2, 2017: Some of the delicious things I’ll miss when I leave Toronto!

When I head back to Vancouver in a couple of weeks, these are the Toronto treats I will miss most... The sushi omakase at Yasu Sushibar. The tacos at Campechano. The corn soup and veggie wrap combo at Ravi Soups. Scallops conserva in Galician sauce at Bar Raval. The grilled whole octopus at Bar Isabel.…

April 9, 2017: Toronto Dessert Tour 2017 – Part 2!

It was an even better turnout for Part 2 of our Toronto Dessert Tour that saw thirteen of us hit five different sweet, sweet spots... STOP #1 MOMOFUKU MILK BAR: cereal ice cream, cookies, crack pie. 190 University Avenue -¬†noodlebar-toronto.momofuku.com Sampling: cereal soft serve, crack pie soft serve, crack pie, corn cookies, compost cookies, double…

March 26, 2016: Toronto Dessert Tour 2017, Part 1

Mission Objective: Hit five of Toronto's best dessert spots over the course of an afternoon. STOP #1 SUD FORNO: Italian pastries. Seven stalwart eaters joined me on this dessert op. Mean Jean Brophey starts things off with a double espresso. ¬†She would need the caffeine boost. On deck: Mini rhum babas, mini chocolate rhum babas,…

March 12, 2017: Things I’ve enjoyed of late!

Today, the whole family headed over to¬†Off Leash Studio¬†where photographer Kevin Sarasom spent the better part of an hour snapping singles and group shots of our muttly crew. ¬†Lulu and Suji were naturals, sitting pretty, preening, and occasionally mugging for the camera while Bubba required a little more work to bring out his natural derpishness.…

February 25, 2017: The Hiatus Culinary Highlights!

Those I remembered to photograph anyway... Banh Mi Boys: Crispy squid taco, fried chicken bao, pork belly bao, and tofu taco. Le Gourmand: Chocolate chip cookie. Yasu Sushi Bar: Katsuo nigiri Yasu Sushi Bar: Tuna trio (otoro, chutoro, akami) La Banane: Liver & Onions (chicken liver mousse, cippiloini onions, hen of the woods mushrooms). La…

February 20, 2017: Hot sauce! Directors! And our Android!

My third and final batch of hot sauce (habanero, shallots, garlic, salt, pepper, smoked Chilean merken pepper, organic apple puree, apple cider, honey, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar) is a lip-smacking (in both senses of the word) masterpiece. ¬†It's a scorcher...but delicious as well. ¬†A true culinary capsicum achievement. ¬†I don't know whether to…

December 22, 2016: Pigging out at Au Pied de Cochon!

It's a (Joe) Mallozzi Christmas tradition! ¬†Dinner at one of my favorite restaurants - Au Pied de Cochon - with my sister and Daisy. But beware! ¬†It's not for the fainthearted! Akemi and I being affectionate. Les cromesquis - deep-fried morsels bursting with liquid foie gras. And, for Akemi - the mackerel. The French onion…

October 22, 2016: Toronto’s Best Katsu Curry and Ice Cream Sandwich Coffee!

While in Osaka this summer, I had one of the greatest katsu curries ever at Rika Shokudo. ¬†Katsu curry, for those not in the know, is thinly sliced pork fried to golden perfection served a bed of rice and alongside Japanese curry which is a thicker, somewhat sweeter version of Indian curries. Today, I discovered…

September 17, 2016: Tokyo Day #3! Oh, and that Dark Matter season finale!

Tonight, following the season premiere of Z Nation, it's the season 2 finale of¬†Dark Matter. This episode changes everything. ¬†Trust me. ¬†Fans are going to be feeling passionate after this one. And, while you're all watching¬†Dark Matter, I'll be continuing my Tokyo travels. Yesterday, we took the shinkansen from Osaka (arriving in a lightning 2.5…