January 2016 Archives

Richmond Hill Curling Club | Richmond Hill

Last Saturday my gang at the radio station had the best time curling at the Richmond Hill Curling Club. With the exception of Rob and Debra, we are all curling neophytes so Marlene and Dawn who are members of the club were kind enough to show us the basics. We had so much fun it was ridiculous. The club is awesome and there is a very comfortable lounge with a very lovely bar that was a great spot to hang out after for a drink. Curling is a really fun way to bond with your work peeps and it feels very good to say you took part in Canada's national pastime! Rosie :)

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"Learning To Drive" DVD Giveaway

Learning to Drive starring Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson comes out on DVD today and I have a copy to give away to one lucky good-movie-loving reader! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by midnight this Saturday January 23rd and a winner will be randomly chosen. This wonderful romantic comedy debuted at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and was the first runner-up for the Audience Award.

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India 360 | Scarborough

American economist Tyler Cowen recently made a bold declaration about the dining scene in Scarborough. After eating at four different restaurants in the area, he concluded that "Scarborough is the best ethnic food suburb I have seen in my life, ever, and by an order of magnitude." (I've included his blog post below.) Working on the border of Scarborough and Markham means having an amazing variety of lunch spots to choose from. I don't know if India 360 was one of the spots Cowen tried out, but to me it is a perfect example of why it's time we all start dining more east of the DVP.

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Me and my work gang went into India 360 for lunch after being continually enticed by a co-worker's deliciously fragrant butter chicken. We were blown away by the buffet which offered an excellent selection of both vegetarian and non-veg options.

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We tried a little bit of everything including chicken vindaloo, lamb rogan josh, butter chicken and veggie masala. One of my colleagues had never eaten Indian cuisine before and he loved it. Here is his plate which he cleaned except for one tiny little bone.

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The food was spicy and delicious and the service was great; the owners are so proud of their lovely restaurant and we can't wait to go back. There is also a location in Stouffville at 18 RIngwood Drive. Rosie :)

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Is Scarborough, Ontario the dining capital of the world? - Marginal REVOLUTION

Federick Restaurant | Markham

Welcome to Federick in Markham. This is where me and my work peeps eat lunch when we are in a happy mood and want to take our joy to the next level. Jordan is waiting patiently for our usual order of mixed vegetables, Hakka noodles, Manchurian fried rice and General Tso beef and chicken.

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I am continually impressed by the patience of my friends who wait calmly for the food photo shoot to take place before we can dig in. Well sometimes the spoons do get in there first. This amazing food photography in this post is courtesy of my co-host Mike.

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Federick's serves Hakka Chinese cuisine, which is a blend of Indian and Chinese cooking styles and seasonings. This Markham location is the second Federick Restaurant in the GTA; the first location in Scarborough is credited with bringing Hakka food to Toronto. It is well known for their pakoras, a popular Indian fried snack of meat or vegatable. Federick's in Markham is located at 160 New Delhi Drive, in the Costco plaza. Lots of parking. Rosie :)