Category: Reviews

[Review] Motorola Moto X 2014

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My first phone was a Motorola. I still remember that Motorola C333.  We’ve come a long way since then, but my love for Motorola hasn’t wavered. If anything….with the addition of Android, it’s grown! I was very happy to get my hands on a Moto X 2014 to take with me on my trip to Japan earlier this month. I’m already a happy owner of a Moto X first generation.

One of the things that I loved about the Motorola X in the USA was that you could customize the back with wood, leather, or whatever colour you wanted. I was a little disappointed that in Canada, the first gen Moto X only came in black and white. When I was sent a Moto X with a bamboo back, I was thrilled! (Get one here!) (more…)

Blog Tour: The Truth Commission by Susan Juby

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I think that Susan Juby could write anything, and I would devour it. Her topics are always so varied -a chicken farm, a teen P.I, a young girl coming of age in BC- and all addictive. I even read her autobiography (I typically don’t read non-fiction) about alcohol abuse, and really enjoyed it.

In her new book,The Truth Commission, Susan brings her sharp humor, loveable characters and trademark wit to Green Pastures Academy of Art and Applied Design.

Normandy Pale has tasked herself and her friends with chase the truth…no matter the cost. They aim to get to the heart of gossip, and to discover secrets.

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In true “Truth Commission” fashion, here are my two truths and a lie.

1. I was stuck in Egypt for days during the revolution in 2011.
2. I missed my connecting flight to Japan from Detroit.
3. I tried to get into the wrong car at a subway kiss and ride…repeatedly.

Find out the lie after the cut! (more…)

HBO Game of Thrones & Digital Downloading

gotAre you excited for the return of Game of Thrones? I’ve read all of the books, but was a latecomer to the HBO show. I’ve been scrambling to catch up, and what’s been really helpful has been getting Game of Thrones on DVD!

Sometimes I just want to lie on my couch and watch TV on my actual television, not a computer. Other times, I want to stream from my phone or just lie on my bed and watch it from my Android. HBO has the perfect two in one solution for both scenarios.

I picked up HBO Games of Thrones, Season 4. The best part of the DVD is the digital download feature. You can download the episodes to your iTunes account, or to your Flixster account to watch online or on your phone on the go. It’s awesome!

So, if you’re struggling to catch up before season 5, and you like to collect DVDs, pick up the set!

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[Review] At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

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I received an ARC of Sara Gruen’s “At the Water’s Edge”. Having read and liked one of her previous novels (“Water for Elephants”) I was looking forward to reading this novel, and I was not disappointed. “At the Water’s Edge” is a great story about a trio; Maddie, her husband Ellis, and their friend Hank, who go hunting for the Loch Ness monster during WWII in an attempt to redeem themselves to their disapproving families. Neither man was able to serve in the war, a point that has not gone unnoticed by society in a time when everyone is expected to do what they can. After a harrowing boat ride to Scotland, they land only to find that their problems have followed them. Things come to a head after attempts to find the monster don’t go as planned and Maddie begins to worry that things are not what they seem. (more…)

Food on Film at TIFF

Food on Film is back at TIFF! This series marks the beginning of spring for me.

The series kicks off with a film I really wanted to see at TIFF a couple of years ago, but was unable to: The Lunchbox. Check out the trailer.

New this year, Whole Foods Market will sample food inspired by the film being screened. Awesome, right? For The Lunchbox, vegetable pakoras will be featured.

The six-event series is hosted by Matt Galloway (Metro Morning) ​​features a​ lineup of ​internationally​-​known ​culinary experts who will discuss topical and timely food themes, following a screening of a film​ that is used as a springboard for the discussion​. Discussion topics will include food gleaning, processed grain health impacts, rise of urban gardens, green meal​-d​​delivery methods, ​and more.
See below for the entire film series.

March 11 — Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala on The Lunchbox

Indian-born chefs, cookbook authors and restaurateurs Vikram Vij ​(Dragons’ Den) ​and Meeru Dhalwala present the award-winning festival hit The Lunchbox, exploring the art behind crafting Indian dishes and the popular rise of integrating homestyle cooking into restaurant cuisine.

April 1 — Naomi Duguid on The Gleaners & I

James Beard Award-winning travel writer and culinary anthropologist Naomi Duguid discusses the beloved documentary The Gleaners & I, and examines unique approaches to food gathering and agriculture — from the French countryside to Toronto’s organic urban gardens.

April 22 — Jordan Salcito on Somm

Momofuku’s beverage director and Master Sommelier candidate Jordan Salcito presents the documentary Somm, sharing her expertise in wine curation and providing her personal insight into the hallowed halls of the competitive Court of Master Sommeliers.

May 13 — Wylie Dufresne on Delicatessen

Wylie Dufresne, James Beard Award-winning chef and the leading American proponent of molecular gastronomy, introduces the post-apocalyptic comedyDelicatessen and discusses his playfully artful and boldly experimental approach to cooking.

June 3 — Chad Robertson on The Grain Divide

Chad Robertson, James Beard Award-winning baker and co-owner of San Francisco’s legendary Tartine Bakery, presents the intriguing new documentaryThe Grain Divide. He’ll delve into the topical gluten debate and discuss the health impact of over-processed grain consumption.

 June 24 — Jonathan Waxman on Meatballs

California cuisine pioneer Jonathan Waxman pays tribute to Ivan Reitman (his partner in the Toronto restaurant Montecito) with a screening of the comedy kingpin’s classic Meatballs, and will discuss the art and business behind successful collaborations.

Hurry, cause the 150 series subscribers receive a $50 gift card to Momofuku Toronto and a one-year print subscription to Toronto Life magazine.

Snag tickets here: http://tiff.net/winter2015-series/food-on-film

[ Review ] The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins was a good read. Although it’s being compared to another book at the moment (ahem – Gone Girl), I thought that this one was unique. The story is told from the perspective of 3 different women; one alcoholic ex-wife, one currently married woman, and one victim. The timeline jumps around a bit because the victim has to tell her side of the story at the same time the other two are trying to move forward in their lives, so there were a few times I had to go back and look to see what time I was supposed to be in. The characters were complex and not all likable. (more…)

Favourite Books for February

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1. My American Duchess by Eloisa James (Eloisa James is definitely one of my guilty pleasures.)

2. Displacement by Lucy Knisely (I loved her graphic novels, French Milk & Relish. This one seems good too!)

3. Paris for One by JoJo Moyes

4. Get in Trouble by Kelly Link (She writes fantastically creepy fantasy stories, so this should be good.)

5. Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman (I LOVE Neil Gaiman. Looking forward to this short story collection.)

6. The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead (I’m so sad that this is the last book in this series. Super addictive and I’m in love with Adrian.)

7. Shadow Study by Maria Snyder (I’m so happy that this series has a new book! Excellent series for fantasy and romance lovers)

8. Sweet & Simple by Canadian Living (Filled with comforting recipes and desserts, perfect for winter.)

9. The Glittering World by Robert Levy

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