Things That I Like (or not)

I Love to Dance

January 29, 2023

I love to dance. This is not something new for me. I can’t remember when I didn’t like to move to the music. My first memories of watching others dance come from my childhood in Cape Breton where I would watch the adults square dance. Then, there were the step dancers who would often accompany […]

Les Délices de la Gare Valois

November 1, 2022

123 Avenue Donegani – Valois Pointe-Claire, QC, H9S 4P8 1-(514)-694-6161 I am a big supporter of local retail. However, the owners have to get it right. Les Délices have done just that! They opened in a spot ideal for success but that had seen failure after failure . Predecessor cafés never opened at the same […]

I Hate Tim Horton’s!

October 4, 2022

Since I don’t have a category for things I don’t like, I am sticking this here. I hate Tim Horton’s! Why do so many Canadians like this horror show of a – ummm – I am not sure. Is it a coffee and donuts shop? A sandwich place! Oh, I think they now have all-day […]

Shadow Lines

February 10, 2022

Shadow Lines – a Finnish Spy Story! Helsinki of the 1950s was the focal point of the Cold War. The US and the USSR had different ambitions for Finland. The US wanted a clearly pro-western government and the Soviets ultimate goal was annexation or installation of a puppet government. Shadow Lines tells the story of […]

Really Good Indian Food!

September 13, 2021

I love really good Indian food! When I visit the United Kingdom, I have to get my fix. My cousin lives a five-minute walk from Akash Tandoori at 500 A Edgeware Road (Maida Vale), London. A small restaurant with a really good neighbourhood feel, Akash delivers big on taste. Chakra at 33 C Holland Avenue, […]

Primo & Secondo, Montréal

August 10, 2021

I can’t remember when I first ate at Primo & Secondo, but it was a memorable occasion. Probably, it was just before Canadian Open tennis matches at nearby Jarry Park. The tennis was nice but I thought dinner the highlight of the evening. I have gone back many times – before watching tennis matches; with my […]

Hommage to Good Bar Bands

April 16, 2021

I really miss good bar bands. I was 16 when I started going to dance-bars in Sept-Iles. It was 1966 and while 20 was the legal drinking age in Québec, I always looked older than I was. I hope that the opposite is true now. I had little interest in the booze. I went to […]

I got hooked on Shtisel !

April 3, 2021

Many of us have increased our TV screen time during these prolonged periods of shutdown. The “third wave” will provide even more time to have a drink, eat popcorn, and find something else to watch. So, it is time for  another Netflix recommendation. Shtisel is a pearl. Seasons 1 and 2 were shown in Israel […]

Dix pour cent (Call My Agent)

March 25, 2021

I have just finished watching the final episode of Dix pour cent (“Le Dix”).  I just loved watching all four seasons. The entire fabric of Call my Agent is luxurious. Charm, humour, drama, atmosphere, top-quality acting, this series has it all. It was co-created, co-written, and produced by Dominique Besnehard.  The story line Besnehard managed […]

Borgen (The Castle)

March 19, 2021

I am looking forward to 2022 for many reasons. We should be able to travel again, walk the streets unmasked, and eat in restaurants. I could keep going but by now you will know all the other things I have been missing. Also, Borgen will be back for a fourth season. Filming has started in […]

Les Bouillons de Paris

February 9, 2021

Pierre-Louis Duval, a Parisian butcher, created the  “bouillon” concept in 1855.  His inspiration came from a soup vendor, M. Boulanger. Legend has it that Boulanger went on to open the first restaurant in Paris in 1765. To feed market hall workers, Duval would make a single meat dish to be served with a soup or […]

Il Santo Bevitore, Florence

February 6, 2021

Beautifully simple food, great atmosphere