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I almost missed my Polski Piątek segment, by which I meant I at least remembered before the weekend ended. I could blame it on feeling run-down, I could blame it on allergies, school anything else I can think of. Or it’s all the junkfood I have been eating. Either or, my stomach has been killing me, which slightly links to today’s Polish idiom:

  • Wiercić komuś dziurę w brzuchu.
    To drill somebody a hole in their stomach. (To keep on at somebody, to nag somebody.)

Yeah, like I am going to post a picture of a stomach/drill/hole. Gross.

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2011 in Polski Piątek

 

Roti Anyone?

The sun came out yesterday, which meant I was running about like mad yet again, trying to shoot as much as I could before it rained on me, I had come to expect it. It did not in fact rain on me this time.  Not to say it all went smoothly, two of my locations were unavailable. One was a temporary film set, the other scene was full of cop car bumper, cop monitoring the film set. After hours of shooting and doing work, legs killing, stomach empty, I met up with Brent for the best roti from Gandhi Roti. As I pictured it, I thought roti was a small tiny piece of naan bread wrapped around some saucy meat. What I got instead was a giant piece of thin naan bread, filled to the bursting point with chicken tikka masala (I changed my mind from the usual go-to of butter chicken). Being adventurous, I ordered hot. And it was hot. My eyes started watering, my throat burning. Thankfully I had the previously mentioned Irn Bru to down it with. It was insanely too big for one person to eat. I got halfway through eating it, well ripping off pieces of it, no way could I hold it and bite into it. (My hands still smell like curry).

For dessert we had marshmallows from Nadege (voted the best by Toronto Life). They were delicious, very light & fluffy and not ungodly sweet. They were lemon flavoured but I admit it the flavour was a tiny bit fake, but not that noticeable. As if that was not enough, we also gorged on some candy I had bought from Sugar Mountain. I went in there looking for Irn Bru and walked out with chocoalte covered: cookie dough, caramel popcorn and gummy bears. A delicous feast to go with huilarious Halloween television (NBCs comedy Thursday).

 

Twas Grrrrrrrrreat

As mentioned before, Brent was in Scotland for a bit. He is back now. And he did not arrive alone. He had in tow, a giant sack of candy for me!! Thankfully I had 4 other people to share my riches with. He brought me an assortment of chocolate bars, some potato chips, sorry… crisps, cookies and shortbread. Oh and Jelly Babies. Rather than ration my stash, I dove in and pigged out. The prime rib chips, sorry again, crisps, were kind of weird. It was like chips seasoned with Vegeta. The Sour Cream & Cheddar were much better, it was like onion rings crossed with cheesies, it was as if two snacks in one. The Jelly Babies did not look appetizing, they were covered in a weird powder. They looked like jujubes, but when you bit into it, it was like a chewy gummy. Hands down the greatest chocolate bar was the Double Decker. It was like a Whatchamacallit with marshmallow whip on top. Simply divine it was. The other chocolate bars were just pretty much the same as we have here, Aero and Mr. Big. The Jaffa cakes were just like Delicje, except with a smaller jelly top.

Brent did not bring soda, but he has gotten his friends who stay behind for a few extra days to bring me some. He was raving about it so much, I just had to see what all the fuss was about. I went out, did a bit of googling and found a shop in Toronto that sells Irn Bru. And this was the good kind, bottled in Scotland. It tasted like cream soda crossed with bubblegum. I really wish I had more, but man was it ever expensive. Too expensive to be addictive, at least for now. Ditto on Double Decker.

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2011 in Adventures of Pinka!, Uncategorized

 

I Feel Like… Pancakes!

Fabio and I met up yesterday for we had both been craving pancakes for some time now. Pancakes were sounding real nice right about then given I was manically running around the city trying to photograph as much as I could before it (inevitably) rained on me. I say inevitably because every time I have gone out to shoot for this one project (at least 3 times) it ended with rain. And like clockwork, it rained. At least it was at the end of my shoot.

For pancakes it was decided we would go to Mitzi’s on College because they have the best pancakes. We got there, went in and it was rather empty, not too odd given it was a Tuesday afternoon. Then the waitress told us that they were closing. Damn it all. Hungry, rain-soaked and craving pancakes we set off along College. I decided that crepes were the next best thing. And wouldn’t you know it, we were only a few blocks away from I Feel Like Crepe. Almost half a year later, but I finally got to go there!

Honestly, it was nothing outstanding. The place was pretty much deserted so the service was fast. It was also rather dark in there, not so great for the table-top food photography. The crepe I ordered had mixed berries and maple syrup and crushed hazelnuts in it. It was delicious and reasonably priced, it went well with the Monte Cristo coffee I ordered (I was curious about it since in Shrek 2 when the fairy godmother orders one).  As I was cutting off a piece, having started at the wide end (it was folded like a triangle), some blueberries popped out the narrow-end opening. I burst out laughing, it was as if my crepe had pooped out blueberries.

One thing that caught my attention (and the little feminist inside of me’s attention): the menu. The savoury crepes (meats, cheeses, veggies etc…) all had male names while the sweet crepes (fruit, nutella, ice cream etc…) all had female names. Some mild and very weird sexism at hand? Why would you give crepes people names anyways?!

     

 

Fossil Rock Anyone?

I just wanna say: I am freakin’ awesome! I am in the Internet Archive!! http://web.archive.org/web/20081012222640/http://kanysh.spaces.live.com/

 

AHAHAHAHAHHAHA! That’s what I get for blogging for 7 years?

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

TV Saga Cont.

The previous post about TV shows, well in it I totally forgot to mention the dilemma that set the whole thing off (it was more than just boredom). Some of my dear shows are coming to an end and thus I have a spot to fill with more shows. And of course the spare time to fill as well. The IT Crowd is no longer going to have one last season, it has been canned. Breaking Bad will be going into it’s last season as well. United States of Tara was only 3 seasons long, and I finished it last night (so good!).

What to do? On Friday, Camilla and I chanced upon the brilliant idea to browse TV shows at HMV. We wrote down the titles of what peaked our interest and then I scurried home to get them from the library. Alas there are only a few shows, and for almost all of them it is going to be a while before I am up in the queue. The ones I did get on hold: Nurse Jackie, Mad Men, Big Love, Damages and Torchwood. That is barely even half of the list we had come up with!

Torchwood is up first, it should be here soon. It turns out that the one summer when Brent and I had watched it, there was more to it! He had told me his co-worker recommended the show as a mini-series. So we watched, and it was good. But now it turns out that we had watched season 3. And then there were still 2 TV-movies of it as well. The library only has season 1 in their collection and I am not a big enough fan to go out and buy it.

I got hooked on Boardwalk Empire after receiving a free promo copy of the pilot episode. And all for nothing because I have no way to continue watching it! Oh the agony!

It looks like for now all I have is my one Simpsons Halloween DVD, at least until Tuesday by when hopefully *fingers crossed* Torchwood will be in.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

YogenFruz

YogenFruz is disgusting. I am sorry to say, but man did I piss away my money on that crap. It was too rich and too much like ice cream crossed with pudding. I was expecting a nice light snack. Not some horrid dense thing that occasionally had ice crystals in it. No thank you, never ever again. Only Yogurt Spoon for me.

 

♪ It’s Friday, Friday… ♫

This week has proven to be the most fun week I have had with the Polish language. In interpreter school we covered how to translate obscenities, insults, swear words etc… Fun yes, but also difficult. My phrase that I had to translate was “piss up a flagpole” to which I still cannot find an entirely proper equivalent, so I had just said something akin to “piss off”. Anyways, there was much giggling on my part in class.

So in the spirit of the week, today’s Polish idiom for Polski Piątek is:

Spity jak bela

Drunk as a log (drunk as a skunk)

Having added the above image (again, from Google Images)… it hit me, this Polski Piątek segment, of one little lesson plus a dorky picture, it bears an odd resemblance to the elementarz (the standard Polish textbook we all had to learn from).

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2011 in Polski Piątek

 

ZombEyes

The fall TV season is just about in full swing (save for the two laggards: Bones and 30 Rock). Other than Breaking Bad finishing up and The New Girl taking a hiatus until Nov. 1 it is a pretty full schedule. And yet… I find myself in need of more shows to watch. A while ago I had started watching United States of Tara (streamed online) but a quarter of the way through season 2 I gave up, watching it online was simply irritating what with all the pop-up ads and it only allowing you to watch so much. United States of Tara is one of those shows that you cannot simply watch just one episode. In each one a small piece of the puzzle is revealed, just drawing the viewer in even deeper. I have since gotten the DVDs from the library and am now a few episodes in to season 3. This worries me because, well, this is the last season and I fear that it might end up abruptly rather than be written to end. All those little clues to the mystery, all for nothing! The mystery remaining unsolved! I cannot have that.

Another show from my repertoire soon to be end is The IT Crowd. It is going into season 5 (series if you are in the UK) which is going to be the final one. This sucks. IT Crowd is one of my go-to shows. I have watched it over & over again, so many times. It is just that good! Another good show that is also coming to an end is Breaking Bad. The thing is, with Breaking Bad I am not as sad about it coming to an end. The storyline can only be drawn out so far before they write themselves into a corner and the storyline becomes convoluted and ridiculous (a-la Weeds, when Nancy ends up pregnant with the Mexican drug lord’s child, I stopped watching. It was such a good show, it did start to lose steam around the time her neighbourhood got burnt down, but I still watched for a while). Breaking Bad has consistently been getting better, but how far could it possibly be drawn out, given the complications of Hank being in the DEA and the tensions involved therein. Breaking Bad did end on a high note, slowly starting to wrap things up. Spoiler alert: when Gus walked out of that retirement home room after the explosion I actually screamed out “HOW CAN THAT BE?!” and for a split second I was truly afraid that they were going to bring in some science-fiction elements but before I could even finish that thought… the camera turned around Gus…. and I gasped in horror at his gaping blown-up face. An unusual amount of gore for Breaking Bad, but damn do they know how to end a season. I think this is one of the few times, maybe the first, that Breaking Bad has not ended on a cliff-hanger ending. Spoiler alert: save for the fact that Walter poisoned that little boy and convinced Jesse that it was Gus thus setting the whole explosion incident in motion. Small peanuts compared to how previous seasons have ended with me screaming out for more, for an explanation. Even just a hint.

Of the new shows in the fall season, there is not much. I have been watching The New Girl and Pan Am. But Pan Am is more-so a family, camaraderie setting. The show itself is OK, it does have the potential to be a good show. As of right now though it is kind of slow, they are still developing the characters and the back stories. It has been 3 hour-long episodes thus far and there has not been a lot of development of an over-arching storyline. There are hints here & there, especially with the espionage during the Cold War. I still find it hard to pay attention towards the end, I start to fidget and walk about. The New Girl is also the same deal, albeit there is less need for an overarching storyline given that it is a half-hour sitcom. The episodes have progressively gotten better but Zooey Deschanel is really the only one holding the show together, all the other characters are either dull or irritating. If she goes, the whole show goes. It’s not like The Office, which is somehow still going despite Steve Carell’s departure. The Office does still manage to garner some laughs (mostly due to Dwight & Jim’s antics) but nowhere near the hilarity of previous seasons. And the new boss, I hate him. He is just irritating, he almost makes me want to give up on the show. Really though, Dwight is the main reason I even watch the show but honestly I wish they would just finish it, just wrap everything up and let it go. That sentiment rings especially true for The Simpsons. Stop trying to milk a dead cow. Honestly. And while I am being honest: SHUT UP TED! How I Met Your Mother started out as one of my favourite sitcoms with a hilarious cast that all played off of each other really well. Somewhere along the way, one annoying failed girlfriend after another, Ted started to get really irritating as a character. I find myself almost unable to enjoy the episode whenever he is in a scene, talking some gibberish nonsense. I find myself yelling at the TV “shut up Ted!” and quite frankly, they better start polishing up the writing on that show. Stupid Ted.

At the other end of the spectrum we have the knock-outs! Number one of the fall season (Breaking Bad I consider more of a summer show) is Walking Dead. Outstandingly brilliant, one of my all-time favourite shows! When I heard about the sweeping changes of the front-line crew all getting canned and the budget being tightened I got really worried. All I could picture was bad writing and less gore. Not what you want in a character-driven zombie apocalypse show. Thankfully none of that was evident in the season opener. This is one of the few shows I actually wish was longer than an hour. It fixes that itch you get after watching a zombie movie. You know, where nothing really gets resolved and you are left wondering did they fly off in the helicopter safely or did they all die in a fiery crash about 2 minutes after the credits finished rolling? Walking Dead is like an ongoing zombie movie. And there is no shortage of gore in the season opener. Spoiler alert: there were some deep bloody gashes in arms, arrows from the back of the head through the eye ball, screwdrivers repeatedly plunged into eyeball and socket, machetes to the head and gun shots through a deer…. That last one. Oh man. The final scene, at first I was like “who shot the deer?!”… and then the camera pulled out a little and my jaw dropped. I was left with goosebumps. And not just because it was cold in the house. On the lighter side of things there is Modern Family one of the few sitcoms that is consistently funny. I cannot even remember having ever truly disliked an episode. There are some episodes that were better than the others, but even those lesser ones were better than the best episodes of some other sitcoms (the last few seasons of The Office come to mind). And of course, who wouldn’t mention Community? I was not a fan of it at first. And watching the pilot episode did not help. As the seasons progressed though, the show has gotten much funnier.

Well then, now I am craving TV again. Back to United States of Tara!

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2011 in television, Uncategorized

 

In Case You Haven’t Noticed…

There haven’t been many cupcakes posts lately. Partly because I finished my collection for now (the book is to be 10-20 images, I have 10 so far). But more-so because the cupcake shoppes I still need to go to are all closed on Mondays! The one day of the week that fits in my schedule the best and I cannot go. In any case, I took to working on the book some more (OK, fine, had to, due dates and all). Going through all those cupcake photos has just made me crave them all over again! Ack. I want a cupcake.

So much so that for one of my other projects I have also decided to make it dessert themed. Part of it was that I had wanted to make the desserts myself (and of course eat them, that is a given). But when I started thinking of desserts I wanted to photograph… things got complicated. For one, creme brulee would make a really nice still life. Alas, I do not have a torch or those ceramic bowls needed for it. Well, there is one of those bowls in the house. The cat drinks water from it, it is her water dish. If I *had* a set, that would be awesome. I have now lost my train of thought…

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

 
 
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