Way back in January I started a job at The Toronto International Airport working on a big project in the IT department. Part of my job is securing event locations for large offsite meetings. This is a constant pain in the ass because it’s hard to sift through all of the shit to find a decent spot, so I figured I would put my decent finds all in one place.
The Corporate Event Centre at CHSI
5110 Creekbank Road
Notes: The booking process is a bit cumbersome in that you have to fill out an application before being able to book space.
Roma’s Hospitality Centre
Notes: This is primarily a wedding reception place, but a co-worker got very excited at the prospect of holding meetings here. I am going to check out the space tomorrow, I will update after my visit.
The International Centre
6900 Airport Road
Note: This place has been trying to book stuff with the GTAA (my employer) for a long time and it’s never really worked out. But at least I now have a direct line to Kevin who will be my go-to guy for future bookings.
The Vue Event Venue
195 Galaxy Blvd.
Notes: This space has a fantastic view overlooking The Royal Woodbine Golf Club. I’d seriously throw a party at this place just because, it looks amazing!
The Alt Hotel
6080, Viscount Road
Note: Their space has really clean lines and their meeting rooms all look fantastic. I’ve tried to book space here a few times now and it’s just never worked out. They don’t have an onsite kitchen but they do have a catering partner who brings in food for them everyday.
Just because! I propose there be more of this!!
I’ve been told my handwriting is so nice it was deserving of a font. I assume it’s so someone can steal my chequebook and steal all of my money. HAHA, jokes on them cause I’m broke!
As this font get’s passed around some additional helpful information has been coming to the surface, I’ll add anything that comes up here:
- Install this font on your android device (apparently only works on rooted driods)
- If you pay $1.99 (to ifont?) it can be set but limited to certain Samsung devices
I was chatting with a friend about the fictional realities of living in a writers commune if we were all to quit our jobs and just write for the rest of our lives and our imaginations went to the obvious drudgery of keeping the household going and all of us fed…I wound up writing this, and I felt it deserved more than to be lost as a comment forever on the internet.
A weekend just isn’t a weekend for this working family without pancakes!
Because I’m super lazy I always use a mix (I mean really, who has time for this shit from scratch? Not I!). I’ve tried the usual Aunt Jeremiah, and the somewhat better Bisquick pancakes, but they aren’t amazing really, they just fill the void with dough.
Awhile ago The Man decided he wanted to try going gluten free, much to my dismay. Tell the grocery shopper of the house you want to completely change your diet and watch the look of horror pass over their face. Try it, it’s fun!
He’s since given up on it, but for a time I brought home all kinds of disgusting gluten free shit, not on purpose, it just worked out that way cause I had no idea what the hell I was doing! Out of everything I brought home, kinnikinnick pancake mix is the only thing I still buy regularly. It’s my kids favourite pancake mix, it always tastes fantastic, the box doesn’t lie!!! If you prefer using a mix for your pancakes I can’t recommend this shit highly enough! If you can’t find it in your local grocery store you can order it from them online.
Now I’m going to give you some tips on making the most of your pancakes.
Tip #1. Always collect your bacon grease! I realize that maybe if you’re the type of person to use gluten free pancake mix, you’re maybe not the type of person to eat bacon. But if you are, and you’re just dumping that grease out, it’s a wasted opportunity for using it as a pan lubricant for pan frying pretty much anything. Save the butter or oil for other things! I have a small glass jar with an air seal lid I collect it in, you can usually find something similar in a dollar store. I pour it though a kitchen funnel lined with paper towel and then store it in the fridge.
Tip #2. Use a cast iron pan on almost low (if your cook top has it numbered, like a one or two setting). If you don’t have a cast iron pan, get one! It takes a bit to get it seasoned properly and it’s a bit of a learning curve to use, but once you’ve got it you’ll wonder why the fuck you were ever cooking on a “non-stick surface” in the first place. BONUS: Cast iron is great to take with you camping too, if you’re into that sort of thing. I’m not, but I go anyway.
Tip #3. Make more mix than you require. Leftover pancakes are a godsend on a busy school morning!
Tip #4. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup and rubber spatula to pour your pancake batter into the pan. I know this sounds a little neurotic, and possibly OCD, “All my pancakes must be of uniform dimension!”. But it’s for a really good reason, and I’ll explain more in a moment.
Tip #5. Because you’ve made all of your pancakes to a size that stores perfectly in a medium Ziplock bag store your leftover pancakes in a medium Ziplock bag! Keep your pancakes separated with some wax paper, or parchment paper to avoid them sticking together when you’re ready to use them.
Tip #6. Because you’ve made all of your pancakes to a size that fits perfectly in the toaster, put them in the toaster to reheat them. I guarantee they taste even better than when you first made them!
Now go forth and make pancakes bitches!
So I started going to the gym and trying to eat
right better. Part of my routine now is mixing this smoothie up for “second breakfast” every morning. Ya, that’s right, weight training has turned me into a Hobbit! My first breakfast is a chicken drumstick while I walk the dog at 5am.
Blend it all till you don’t hear the blades catching on any chunks anymore.
I found a bag of organic frozen strawberries on sale and I think it’s ruined me for the regular ones. I don’t care how much people say there’s no difference, the organic ones taste and smell better!
I like using Bolthouse for a little extra protein (they also have Protein Plus Chocolate I’m thinking I might try), but if you can’t find Bolthouse anywhere just sub it with any libation you think might taste good or you have handy. Rum works, I won’t tell anyone ;)
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