Monthly Archives: February 2012

Review: Cool Hand Luc

I heard about this place when it opened and since changing jobs to the city, I’ve walked past it a handful of times.  With a clever name as this, I knew I had to try it.  I finally decided to stop in yesterday for lunch – a small soup, a grilled cheese sandwich and drink for $7.50.  A tad expensive for the description, but I was willing to give it a shot.

The grilled cheese was basic and good (cheddar on white bread) – though I challenge you to mess up a grilled cheese when you have a panini press.  I ended up getting the tomato bacon soup because the guy behind the counter said it had a kick to it, and who doesn’t love bacon?  He was right – the soup was pretty much all kick and no flavour.  You could barely taste the tomato with all the spices mixed in, and when you could taste it, it resembled tomatoes straight from the can.  Much too acidic for my liking.  The bacon although plentiful also had no flavour.  Very disappointing.  That being said, I’d probably go back for lunch, but just for the sandwich at a somewhat decent price of $3.50.

Tomato Bacon Soup and Basic Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I am intrigued to come back for their ice cream, which I will probably do when the weather gets nicer.  It is a very cute shop and their staff is a big reason why I would return.  The guy who helped me was very friendly and personable and he struck up a natural conversation while waiting for my sandwich to grill.  For me, in a day of busy people shoving their way to get where they’re going, it’s nice to find a place that is relaxed and friendly.  Definitely worth a second chance.

Restaurant Details:
545 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 1M1
My Yelp Rating: 2/5


Super Bowl 2012 Recap

Every year, my friends and I get together to watch the Super Bowl.  I’m apparently the only person in the world who doesn’t watch football, but I go along for the betting, friends and food (in that order).  My friends will bet on anything and everything (including NBC’s The Voice) and the prop pool has become and annual staple.  It was my first year picking and I came out with a respectable 3rd place – not to shabby if you ask me.  Special thanks to Kelly Clarkson for keeping it under 1:34.

Since I couldn’t offer much support in terms of football knowledge and enthusiasm, I figured I’d make it up by bringing food to the event.  On the menu: 3 layer jello shots (with and without alcohol), football shaped pizza and poutine pizza.

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But of course, all these paled in comparison to Scott’s Prophet Cookie.  Every year it’s a big unveiling as the cookie predicts who will win the Super Bowl.  Unfortunately, the cookie faced its first defeat and the record stands at 2-1.  Nonetheless it didn’t fail in its presentation.

Gronkowski spiking the ball anyone?

Another year has passed, some of my friends are happy, others lost some money and I now know what a helmet catch looks like.  Until next year…

Be Nice, It’s Fun.

Today on the train I saw someone accidentally bump someone only to turn back and make a genuine apology to that person.  I thought it was really nice and polite of that man to do that, and it was obvious that both people felt better afterwards.  It then occurred to me that moments like these wouldn’t strike me so much if it wasn’t that rare a sight.   Most of us have seen the commercial with the guy offering his subway seat to the pregnant woman.

By People for Good

We all have busy lives and it seems at times that we don’t have time to breathe let alone smile.  That being said, I’ve come to believe that this could be to our advantage.  Our expectations of our fellow person have become so low that the smallest positive thing can change the trajectory of their day.  So I challenge you to smile or wave at a random, hold the elevator door open for someone,  let someone in front of you in line or at an intersection – bonus points if you can do it without coming off as creepy. People might look at you weird for being nice, but find comfort in knowing you’re not a douche.

Keanu Reeves – Douche or Gentleman?

POTD Catch Up

I’ve been slacking on my POTDs… here’s a little catch up.  I’d like to promise I’ll get better at this, but we all know that’s a lie.

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