In recent years, I’ve longed to compete in Canada Reads, CBC’s annual literary contest, in a manner fit for someone who likes fiction and is not a published author of note or a Canadian celebrity. I’ve endeavoured to read the five shortlisted books before the week-long event so as to fully understand the arguments of each book’s advocate. In 2017, I was in another country … Continue reading Canada Reads 2018: Two memoirs that opened my eyes
Café Amoré is located in an unassuming part of St. Catharines. It’s not on Facer Street – the street that has so many ethnic food choices it feels like a mini-Europe – and it’s not in Port Dalhousie – one of the city’s potential-filled tourist areas. The restaurant is smack dab in the middle of a strip mall in a residential neighbourhood. When I think of great cuisine I never think “strip mall.” That said, Café Amoré defies the situational expectations and offers a delicious experience for anyone who enjoys Mediterranean inspired meals. Continue reading Café Amoré: Review
What would you do if you lost everything? Me, I’d yell, cry and probably throw my last something at a wall. As much as we’d like to think we aren’t ruled by our possessions, I believe certain items like letters and photos of loved ones carry a lot of value. As these items become increasingly digital, the risk of loss increases while the perceived risk decreases. You might be thinking that your digital files are safe and nothing bad will happen to them. But, according to the video below 60 million computers will fail this year. That’s comparable to every Canadian losing their computer, finding it and then losing it again. Continue reading Backing up: Not a fool’s errand
Every city deserves a quality brewpub. A place that offers delicious food and unique beers in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere can be a haven for locals and visitors alike. So far, I haven’t found many options in Niagara but The Merchant Ale House does offer that experience. Continue reading The Merchant Ale House: A stout brewpub
When I moved to Ontario a friend asked me if I was going to write reviews of the local restaurants like I did in Halifax. I was flattered to find out that not only do people read my blog, but they have hopes for what I might write about. I can’t remember what my response was, but I certainly haven’t reviewed any restaurants since moving … Continue reading New series: Niagara restaurant reviews
“Now is the winter of our discontent!” said every Canadian cable TV customer upon seeing the ugly face of the new “skinny” packages. They are riddled with fees, requirements and consumer loathing. Continue reading The skinny on new Canadian TV packages
These messages and subtext are troubling. They are routed in prejudiced thought that often shows itself in uglier ways. I’m sure the author of this piece has a few friends who are nerds, but that doesn’t excuse his dumb and prejudiced characterization of nerds.
No blog post this week because of reasons and such. Instead I thought I would share a video which I think is a great exploration of one of my favourite things: music. Watch the video, I’ll be back with a new post in two weeks.
Who do you trust more with your information: your government or corporations? Does privacy even matter or is this just how our lives need to operate now? It’s fine if you don’t mind being tracked by ad companies but I encourage you to be aware of what you are consenting to and its implications. Continue reading Someone is watching as you read this, is that fine?
FIFA has been facing an enormous corruption scandal and they are not handling it well. They are focused on their own interests and not the interests of the beautiful game nor its fans.