You learn something new every day. For a few weeks now I have been palpitating with excitement to go and visit Table 17, one of the new bistro wine bars on Queen Street East in Riverside. Sometimes I wake up on Saturday or Sunday and I feel I am missing Noah’s boat because I don’t “brunch.” I don’t do this because I have no one to go with and I can’t do this kind of activity alone because it only takes me two seconds to read a newspaper courtesy of my Grade 6 teacher who decided to teach a select few *gifted* students how to “speed read” which was all the rage in the 1970s. Stupid idea, and the precursor to all the information overload, overstimulation of the modern world. Yes, Mrs. Drury, I am so gifted, I always have ants in my pants, fidgety fingers, and I confuse right from left. If I read slow, I would eat slow. If I ate slow, I would poop slow. If I pooped slow, I would read more. So yeah, reading fast has not done me any favours, thank you very much, Mrs. Drury. Anyway, brunch in a trendy Toronto bistro/wine bar is for the elite few who have people props or are able contain themselves with reading material for 45 minutes or longer. Somehow on Sunday, I managed to wrangle a slow moving posse together and by the time we arrived, we were so starving (and cranky) we would have eaten each other (except one of us was on her lady time). I got a free Mimosa for checking into Foursquare for the first time in weeks. I am weening myself off social media because I think it is causing my insomnia; Facebook, you are still my wife, and Twitter, you are my mistress 4evah, #loveyoubaby.
I ordered something called a “Scotch Egg,” not knowing what it was, nor caring at that point. It had to be good because cheese and charcuterie came with it. And I was right! It turns out a Scotch Egg is a hardboiled egg, peeled, then coated with sausage meat SOMEHOW! It is magical! Then another coating of breadcrumbs and deep fried. Holy Oprah: I have found my new food obsession. I will try this at home and report back. In the meantime, I will bring a really thick book to Table 17 and go again soon.
And finally, my local Blockbuster is closing its doors. Super sad! I still don’t get “watching the computer FOR FREE” with these all these tease sites that bung the computer up then make me you pause for 20 minutes. I AM TRAINED FOR SPEED! I CANNOT POSSIBLY WAIT AROUND FOR THINGS TO RE-LOAD! And that Netflix is probably owned by the Taliban, don’t kid yourself. I loved my Blockbuster and the funny dudes that worked there and their extreme knowledge in all things Will Farrell. I will miss it terribly. Right now they are selling off all their stock and I got “Inglourious Basterds” which I watched last night. Even during those cringing head-scalping scenes, all I could think of was that Scotch Egg, and I probably need a better kitchen knife. And a deep fryer.