Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Last Week's Catch-Up

**I usually upload my photos sized medium. This time I tried it on large. Let me know in the comments which you prefer.
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When I last left you, we were gearing up for the hockey game. We took the GO Train in early and went for dinner at this really good Italian restaurant we happened to stumble upon by accident. I had the Linguine Pomodoro which was superb. All fresh vegetables and fresh made pasta. It was too dark at our table for me to take a photo. Maybe next time. Anyhow, I had my back to the entrance of the restaurant and Jim was sitting across the table from me. We were having some wine and enjoying our meal and I could see Jim intently looking at something behind me. He said "Holy shit. There's Doug Flutie." I turned around to see this nice looking guy hobbling along being escorted by the manager to the back of the restaurant. We continued eating and then Jim does it again. "Holy shit. It's Pinball Clemons." He was also being escorted by the manager, but he was smiling away like always. I swear he's one of the happiest people on this planet. Of course this whole time, my camera is in my coat pocket, so I dug it out and as luck would have it.....no one else came in. We inquired with our waitress and she said there had been some Argonauts alumni thing happening the day before or that morning. I guess they just came to hang out and have dinner.
We finished eating in good time to leisurely walk back to the ACC and wandered around the arena before the game. It turned out to be an excellent game with the Leafs beating the Senators 3-1.

He shoots, but didn't score on this one.

Tempers flare and boys are boys. This is always good for getting the crowd riled up.
Since this game was nationally televised, there were a few more commercial breaks than other times. While the TV station is doing it's thing, they show random stuff on the big screens on the time clock over center ice. During the third period, they were just showing shots of people in the crowd because we all like to be seen. Low & behold, Jim & I were up there! Wooooo! My 1.5 seconds of fame. Again, my camera was not ready, so no photo.

This is the Leafs mascot, Carlton. I love him. It was also Armed Forces night and it was great to see a lot of military men & women enjoying the game.

After, they were invited to come down onto the ice with their families and have their pictures taken. A great night all around.

A few days later, we got hit with snow. I took Simon down the the park for a walk and saw all these geese sauntering around.

As calm & blue & beautiful as it can be sometimes, Lake Ontario can also be grey, cold & dismal.

Simon has found something particularly interesting in this bush. Isn't he just so cute!

Less than a week after the hockey game, we were back on the GO Train, heading to Toronto for AC/DC!!

Another AMAZING show! We had better seats this time and were totally blown away again.

Angus delighted everyone with a KICK ASS guitar solo. If they are around your way, go! You will not be disappointed. You might have fuzzy ears for a day or so, but it's soooo worth it.
I have more pictures from the first concert and this one up on Facebook. If you use Facebook, but we haven't connected yet, look me up. I'll gladly add you as a friend.

Of course there has been recipe testing going on. Here is a sampling of what I've made.

Coco-manda muffins

Chocolate-Chipotle Chili

Bajan Rum Punch


Spaghetti Con Salsa Fresca


Focaccia



Pumpkin Risotto with Sage & Sun-dried Tomatoes


Smoky Split Pea Soup

Nouveau Pot Au Feu

Def-Jam Bars


Farfalle with Fennel

Poivrons Farcis

Sogni Dori ("Sweet Dream" Cookies) - Santa was very excited about these. Rudolph & Yukon Cornelius were just as impressed. Bumble was out of luck. He has no teeth.

9 comments:

Cafe Cyan said...

Talk about food overload! I was all ready to comment about the muffins, then the rum drink, then the peppers, then....well, it all looks awesome!

I'll look you up on Facebook too.

Tanya Kristine said...

hahahah...i love the rudolph figurines.

i'm so glad you had so much fun at the concert. i've seen ac/dc 3 times and i've NEVER been even slightly disappointed. they will rock until they';re 90.

VeggieGirl said...

Fabulous photos and food!!


**Just as a heads up: I will not be able to comment on blogs as often now, during this semester, due to work overload (I'm stressed already) - PLEASE know that I'm still loyally reading, but just won't have time to comment. I hope you understand!!

Robin from OK said...

Wow, you have a lot of yummy looking food on this post. I can't wait for Dynise's cookbook to come out.

I looked back at some posts and Simon as always is looking so cute in his little coats. I liked him in the red hoodie the best...wait, i liked the black hockey one too. Hmmm, i like him in all of them. Simon is a DOLL!

Vivacious Vegan said...

Taunting again, huh Carrie? I don't know if I can keep reading your blog if you keep teasing us with those tester recipes. ;-)

VEGAN TICKLES said...

Love your Yukon Conrelius figure....I just used mine on my Jan.5 post.

aTxVegn said...

I was going to ask if you got a new camera. Your food photos look terrific!

urban vegan said...

My goodness...your life is just so full and exciting, with both big events and nice, quiet moments.

Thanks, as always, for all the testing. You are the most prolific tester. And what fab photos!

Melody Polakow said...

I love the large pictures.. and wow.. where to start?

Everything looks great.. I can't wait for her book to come out..

I wish I could see AC/DC.. my kids would love it too.