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Fun Times on the Steven and Chris Show

Last week I got an email from the CBC PR team inviting me to a taping of Steven and Chris happening on Monday afternoon. I know I have a lot of readers who are not from Canada, so if you are not Steven and Chris savvy, it is a Canadian talk show that airs on CBC hosted by, fittingly, Steven and Chris.

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Aren’t they beautiful? I love their love. Yes, they are partners in life as well as in their career, and they are the cutest couple I can think of right now. Their show tackles home decor, beauty, health, food, style, etc. And they are hilarious, so that is always a bonus.

I was pretty excited about the invite, and yes and please was my immediate reaction. However, it was a work day and my work is pretty busy right now, so to be honest I nearly declined. I mentioned it to my coworkers and they were all “ARE YOU INSANE?! Go! You have to go! If you don’t go I will go in your place!” And with that peer pressure backing me up, I accepted. I am so, so glad I did.

I roped my good friend Emily into joining me (she didn’t need a lot of convincing, I knew when I was reading the invitation it would be a dream day for her), and the two of us met downtown near the CBC building. As soon as we got out of our cars it started downpouring, and the wind was so bad we felt like we were in a hurricane. I had a movie moment where my umbrella actually turned inside out and I was nearly lifted off my feet like Mary Poppins. But we are troopers. We donned our babushkas and we made it there safely.

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Emily still in her babushka.

The rain was really great for our hair. We appreciated it.

After waiting in the wrong lineup for about 10 minutes, we found the group of other bloggers and joined up with them. There were about 12 of us and I felt like we were famous. The CBC staff were so incredibly nice to us, and they seemed to be genuinely interested in us. As we were being led into the studio the digital team came out of their offices to introduce themselves to us, and I just felt very welcome. One of the better events I have been to for this very reason.

The two producers/audience experience coordinators (who, it needs to be said, are VERY enthusiastic, and their enthusiasm was definitely infectious) took us to the Steven and Chris set, which was beautifully decorated for Christmas.

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We were filming the holiday kickoff show, so this set hasn’t been seen yet. SURPRISE! It was GORGEOUS. I don’t think that I have a lot of decorative talent, so this blows me away.

We were lucky to receive a guided tour of the set by the designer (I am really kicking myself for not remembering her name…), and she explained how she chose her pieces and put it all together. It was impressive, and I would like for her to come and decorate my house.

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I was also impressed by her outfit. Boyfriend jeans do not look that chic on me. When I see other people wearing them flawlessly like this it is apparent that I am doing them wrong.

Some more set pictures because, well done. Slow clap.

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I don’t know what to do with my arms in pictures by myself, sorry.

We were so happy to be there!

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They also let us know that for another holiday show they added fake ice to the set and Kurt Browning came in and skated on it.

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KURT BROWNING!

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He was not on the show we were on though. So jealous they got to meet him. Oh well, I’ve met Elvis Stojko, so I guess I have that.

After our Q+A period, the enthusiastic audience coordinators Michael and Alexis brought us to our seats. We scored second row, which was perfect. Not in the front, but still very close to the action.

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The rest of the audience piled in and the audience coordiantors went through explaining to us how we were a big part of the show, since our hype = excitement for Steven and Chris, and therefore more fun for them to film. I can totally see that, again – excitement is infectious! We did some demo clapping and cheering and I was actually getting really into it.

And then out came our friends.

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Steven and Chris in the flesh. I don’t want to spoil too much of the episode for you, since this show does not air until Monday, December 15th (you mark those calendars! CBC, 2:00pm!), but it was a great show, I laughed many times, and we had so much fun! Emily said it was one of the best days of her life and I don’t think she was exaggerating! I am so grateful we were a part of this. A few highlights…

They wheeled out this set of a full kitchen and then proceeded to make ALL THE FOOD with Chef Lynn Crawford. I was dying over how good it smelled, I really had to hold myself back from running up there and eating it all.

Also, the kitchen.

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We are currently redoing our kitchen, as you know, and now that I see this I may be dreaming of a white kitchen. I love the look of that.

In between segments the audience coordinators did fun things with us to keep us occupied. Like a good old fashioned game of keep the balloons in the air.

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They gave away many, many prizes. There were two prizes that I genuinely really wanted, an electric blanket and a really awesome chef’s knife (because that would have made Evan’s life), so when they asked for audience volunteers for a game I was all over it. Turns out I volunteered for hula hooping.

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I am not a good hula hooper, that picture just caught me at a good time. Give me a Skip-It and I will show you what’s what! With the hula-ing though, I resorted to this:

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And no this is not on camera, this was a between segments thing. But, very exciting, I won a BOX OF TAPE!

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ALL THE TAPE!

I was legitimately excited about that box of tape.You can never have too much tape!

Another fun game was guess the picture that’s on your hat.

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Brad Pitt. That guy got it, he did pretty well.

I have to tell you that we got an insane amount of free stuff. Like $750 worth of swag. We could barely carry it out of the studio. It was insane! A lot of the prizes they introduce on the show, so I will stay quiet about them for now. But let me tell you they were fabulous. Unexpected and fabulous.

After the show, the audience cleared out and we bloggers got to have a reception with Steven and Chris, Chris’ Angels, and their producer and staff. It was awesome. You want to know what was the most awesome? Yeah you do. They wheeled that delicious-smelling food right on back in and we got to eat it!

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This would be a brie “Christmas tree”, so warm brie with nuts and things between the brie layers (I wasn’t paying attention to what else was between the layers, my mind just saw brie and shut off), and meatballs wrapped in thinly sliced zucchini.

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Shrimp!

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They cooked this right on set so I will wait until the show airs and you can see it/get the recipe for yourself. I can vouch that it was delicious. It was all delicious.

And these cookies. Ridic.

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And this cranberry cocktail!

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It actually had booze in it. I didn’t realize until I was half done my glass. Sneaky. I like it.

We had a great time chatting with the other bloggers (Hi Amber and Yashy!), and also with Steven and Chris and their crew. We were able to ask Steven and Chris questions, so I asked Steven and Chris how they met. They told us all that when they were 21 they met at a club, and have been together since. That was 27 years ago. I think that is amazing. Such lovers. Again, I love their love.

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This might be my favourite photo ever taken. I think it might have to be this year’s Christmas card! For THEM! haha. Ah, I love it.

And so, all this to say…if you are thinking of getting tickets to be in the audience for something, Steven and Chris is the show to do it! Highly recommend. We had so much fun!!! Again, Monday, December 15th, 2pm, CBC, watch for my and Em’s TV debut! Hopefully we get some airtime. But even if we don’t, the show will be great.

Thank you for having us Steven and Chris and team! I don’t know how I got on your media list, but please don’t ever take me off!

Afterwards we went out for dinner. I had salmon.

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…followed by all the sushi.

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Good times.

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Ladies Night

My mommers is already gone! She left early yesterday morning so was only here for a total of 10 days that went by way too fast. I miss her already and Evan and I were talking this morning about how weird it feels not having her in the house.

On Friday my friends from high school were all going out in the evening to celebrate a variety of things…an impromptu bachelorette for Emily, our friend Crystal was visiting from Calgary (it was the only night I even got to see her! I am disappointed about that), etc. Just a general night of shenanigans. We had been planning it for a while and I know my mom would love to see all the girls so I brought her along. She even let me do her makeup and straighten her hair for our big night on the town.

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My hair is always straight but my mom was blessed with luscious curly locks. I thought she looked so beautiful. We were saucy zebra twins.

We went to Pravda, a Russian vodka bar (but I drank beer!) downtown, where we went last year for a night out as well. I did think last year that Pravda wasn’t really my scene, and it certainly is not my mom’s scene, and actually I don’t even think it is the rest of the girls’ scene… It’s a little bit too, what is the word….pretentious, maybe? But you know my friends will have fun in a bus depot so we made it a fun time.

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And it was fun to get all dolled up for the occasion. My mom LOVED seeing those crazy girls!!!

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And they loved seeing her. She knows my friends quite well, and has always been very open and easygoing with them. She is a cool mom.

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Okay well, maybe not cool to the same extent as Mrs. George, but she is cool.

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Pravda is quite crowded and that is annoying and made it hard to find people, but I have to say that it does have its redeeming qualities. Like girls hanging from ribbons from the ceiling…

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And these drummers who stand on the bar and play along with the Russian national anthem.

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That’s gotta be tough, hot work. But if they got too sweaty after their drum playing one of us girls was ready to lend a helping hand.

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I am trying to figure out…is that glitter on his shirt?

We also quite enjoyed this man who played the violin.

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We found a private table in the back where no one was and he protected it for us if we wanted to leave for a bit and go on an adventure. The only way to get to the table was to pass him, so he did not let anyone besides us through to steal our table. He was our gatekeeper. He was very nice.

So nothing too crazy, and it was a fairly early night, but definitely a good time with the girls.

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Can you tell that I try not to allow my face to get sun? Geez. Maybe it’s just a makeup thing combined with a camera flash, like Angelina Jolie’s makeup mishap.

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Anyway. It was a big night for my mom and I’m so glad she enjoyed herself and our antics.

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Without going into all the detail I have to say that my mom is doing the best I have seen in about 15 years, and that is cause for celebration. It is so great to see her like this. I have been thinking lately that the world would be a much better place if everyone had a bit of my mom in them. She’s a precious gem.

Blogger Brunch for Two

I had a sassy brunch date on Saturday morning with the beautiful Liz from One Twenty Five!

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Yes I know we are dressed the same, our jeans were even the same shade of denim, and no we did not plan it. She messaged me just before I arrived and said “Hey, I’m on the patio in bright pink!” (as if I don’t blog stalk her and wouldn’t recognize her), and I thought it was funny because I was also pretty in pink. But then when I saw her and I noticed that we both got the black cardigan + dark denim memo I just stared at her and pointed from her to me several times. We were twinning hardcore.

Anyway, the brunch was awesome. I have been reading Liz’s blog for a while now and we have been trying to meet in person for several months but it just hadn’t happened. We finally planned the meetup for Saturday and I honestly was really looking forward to it. For our first time meeting it was pretty crazy how much we already knew about each other (because blogs), and how much we have in common. She lives right near where I just moved from, we’re in a similar field, the online dating experiences (you may know my experience with online dating was hilarious, and then horrible, but eventually absolutely amazing). And of course we talked about blog stuff. It’s fun talking to another blogger who knows about blog things. I’m not really active in the blogging community so I don’t do that often. I could have stayed there talking all afternoon, and I think I interrupted her a few times because I felt like I had so much to tell her! It was like catching up with an old friend. Really, really nice.

Anyway, Liz took me to Origin at King and Church, which, if you follow Liz, you know is a frequent brunch spot for her. I have been wanting to go there since she started posting about it because her food always looks so amazing. Liz was pretty adamant that we needed to start with the scones, and I think the best way to start anything is with a carb so that was A-okay with me.

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They came with yogurt and jam and were seriously so good. I didn’t even think I was a scone person, but if all scones are like those ones yes I am!

In keeping with our twin theme, for our main brunch entree we both ordered the same, the tostada ranchero.

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Liz said it was in her opinion the best item on the menu, so I trusted her. Hiding in the above photo is salsa, guacamole, and black beans. It was RIDICULOUS. Seriously so good. When it first arrived at our table I was really worried about how I was going to eat it. I am the least elegant eater, am continually dropping food items on my (and down my) shirt, and I thought as soon as I tried to cut into those tostadas they would just break apart and everything would become a big mess. But I need not worry, all was well. I didn’t have any trouble and I didn’t even spill anything on myself. Still not sure how that happened.

Normally I am a speed eater and basically just shovel everything down, but I was talking so much that I was a little on the slow side for once.

We also scored free blood orange mimosas because Liz is famous.

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(picture jacked from Liz’s blog)

The best brunches are the ones that include mimosas.

I really had such a fun time. Our first hangout of very many, for sure! And if you’re in Toronto you gotta go to Origin for brunch. It was fancier than the type of brunch places I frequent (there are few things in life I enjoy more than a greasy spoon), but the prices weren’t too bad and I thought the portion was a decent size. I probably could have gone for potatoes (there are also few things in life I enjoy more than potatoes), but I was fine without them. Though I certainly would not have been complaining had my meal included potatoes…

Anyway, good times!

And my love for Jack Johnson lives on

So I mentioned before that Jack Johnson was coming to Toronto and I scored tickets for Evan and myself… Last Wednesday was the big day, so we headed over to Molson Amphitheatre after work for some sweet JJ action.

I really love Jack Johnson, he is a rare true artist, and he’s just my favourite. So I was excited. That might actually be an understatement, I was a little beyond excited.

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I was smiling so hard that my eyes were just a squinty mess. Also this is the first time I have ever bought a concert T-shirt. I have seen a lot of live bands that I love over the years; Incubus, Foo Fighters, Weezer, Blink182 (we got them to strip down to their boxers on stage, but that is a story for another time…), KoRn (the moshpit was the most insane experience of my life), Deftones, Silverchair, Hole (haha!), Dallas Green, etc. etc. etc. but I have never bought a concert shirt because they are always so insanely expensive that I just can’t justify it. The Jack Johnson shirt I am wearing in the above photo set me back $35, but I have no regrets about that. JJ is the best musician I have seen live and I wanted to have something to remember my experience. I still regret not buying a shirt when I saw him four years ago. Also, that’s my favourite colour. It brings out my eyes, when you can actually see them. So I had to get it.

We hadn’t eaten dinner yet and I had just been planning on getting a jumbo hotdog or something, but then I noticed The Poutinerie food truck… Annnd I can never resist poutine, so that also had to happen.

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Pulled pork poutine! Fries + cheese curds + gravy + pulled pork. Amazing. I ate the entire thing and had I been dining in the dark I would have been sticking my face in that carton to lick it afterwards. Delicious.

We settled in with our dinner to watch the opening band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

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We didn’t have the greatest seats, as you can see. We were in the last row before the lawn, but last time I saw Jack Johnson I was behind a pillar so I figured this had to be better. I would have preferred to be up front on the floor, but all good. However I do have a slight beef… On the Monday before the concert the venue actually released 100 extra tickets that were RIGHT up front and only $10 more per ticket than I paid, so I tried to call and upgrade my tix but Ticketmaster told me it was too close to the event and they couldn’t do it. I was pretty bummed about that and kind of annoyed that I had purchased my tickets so far in advance and someone could come in last minute and essentially get front row seats. Of course, life isn’t fair and what can ya do. I was really tempted to just buy two more tickets and try to sell my original ones, but in the end I just kept ours.

Anyway, Edward Sharpe and friends were really great! They kind of remind me a bit of Arcade Fire, as there are so many members of their band and there are two leads, Alex Ebert and Jade Castrinos (and like Arcade Fire those two are either dating or were dating previously). They are definitely hippy-esque, which I enjoy, and they were so good live and SUPER interactive with the audience. Alex invited people from the floor area on stage with them, and they let one random guy play their guitar for an entire song.

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The guy in the white is a random fan

See, this is why it’s good to be on the floor. You never know when you might get asked to come up and be a part of the band. I’m pretty sure this experience made that guy’s life.

If you’ve never heard of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, I recommend listening to 40 Day Dream (really great song probably my favourite of theirs), and Home:

Also quite nice. I like them a lot.

But of course not as much as my (platonic) love JJ. My excitement really hit when Edward Sharpe finished up and it was Jack Johnson time.

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He’s up there somewhere!

It was kind of cold outside so Evan and I bundled up and snuggled in for the show.

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#coldandnerdy

I like the cut of Evan’s jib. He was the best concert buddy.

The following photos are stolen from aux.tv because I was just too far away to get anything decent…

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I could see him well on the screens though, and I could hear him perfectly. He was so amazing, as I knew he would be, of course. He played all my faves (except Go On, but he played it last time I saw him so it’s okay). Here is the setlist if you want to check it out. I fangirl’d out a few times and my voice was nearly gone the next day because I was singing so loud the entire time. I am so glad we went, and I’ll never forget it! Evan had a really great time too, and the next day he downloaded a bunch of JJ’s albums 🙂

I found some videos from the concert on YouTube, and this one of Jack singing Radiate from his new album is really good quality:

(it’s dark until about 10 seconds in, and then it’s all good!)

I just really like him.

You watch this video (not from Wednesday) and you tell me Jack Johnson isn’t a stand up gentleman.

I love how much of a family man he is and the obvious love he has for his wife. I love their love!

Wednesday was such a great time with my own love.

Bolded question time! What is the best band/artist you’ve seen live? Worst?
It is a dream of mine to see Neil Young, so please don’t tell me he’s not good live!

Island Picnics and Beaching (with fake one-legged ducks)

Sunday was by far the nicest day of the year. About 25C and perfectly sunny. All I wanted was to GET OUTSIDE! Evan and I decided to recreate our picnic that got rained out last weekend, so we roped our friends Ian and Dorothy into joining us on Toronto Island (and if you’ve read my blog for any length of time you know I love the island, example here, here and here). So we took a quick jaunt on the ferry over there.

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Well, kind of quick. We took the bus and then the subway to get to the ferry so it kind of felt like a long time, but the ferry itself was quick.

I love that the island feels like cottage country in the city. On the water, and tons of green space.

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That was our picnic, and this photo really does not do it justice. We had three different kinds of cheese, salami, prosciutto, crackers, bread, grapes, and hot fruit beef jerky. I know that sounds like a very weird combination but I love a good beef jerky and I enjoyed it quite a lot. Evan also made the amazing bean dip he made for us last weekend and we had all the vegetables for dipping. And some drinks, as you can see. I have really been digging cider lately.

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Such a good picnic. And of course no trip to the island is complete without a photo in front of Toronto’s beautiful skyline.

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Sometimes I really enjoy Toronto. Sometimes I’m frustrated with the sheer amount of people who are everywhere all the time and I wonder why I don’t still live in the middle of nowhere…but it has its moments and sometimes I do really love it. Especially on summer evenings, ’cause there’s tons to do.

It was so nice to see all the people out enjoying the weather.

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Grass! I have missed you!

After stuffing our faces we wandered over to the other side of the island to the beach. Not the clothing optional beach, just the family beach.

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The clothing optional beach is actually a bit nicer (has great views! ha), but it’s further to walk there and we just wanted to get started on some leisuring.

We laid out our blankets and ate the rest of our picnic foods. It was a dream.

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I ate some sweaty prosciutto after it had been sitting in the sun for a while and that was not a good call at all. It did not taste good. Don’t eat sweaty prosciutto.

While we were hanging out on the beach we saw a little one-legged female duck hanging around near us.

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Poor little duck. She just stood there balancing on one leg for the longest time and seemed to be looking at us sadly. And we were all “How do you think that duck lost its leg?! Think of the stories that duck has to tell!” We would have thrown bread to her for sure if she wasn’t surrounded by those gluttinous seagulls. It’s one thing to feed a one-legged duck, but seagulls are ruthless bastards and would definitely harass us for hours if we threw even a tiny morsel of bread over there.

Even though we resisted, we figured that people probably feel sorry for the one-legged duck and give her food all the time, and this was probably why the seagulls chose to surround her and follow her around. One-legged duck = meal ticket.

And as we were discussing all of this we kept watching the duck, and that tricky minx put her other leg down.

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She has two legs! WTF is this, duck? So sneaky. That one-legged gimmick was totally just to lure us in for food. I wonder how many suckers have fallen for this act.

Eventually we packed up shop at the beach and headed over to Centreville, the amusement park in the centre of the island. It’s a small scale park that is pretty much exactly the same as it was 25 years ago, so I like it. Basically all kiddie rides, like a carousel, bumper cars, log plume, and SWANS!!!!

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But there is one ride that I was very adamant we all had to go on. The Scrambler.

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Don’t worry, Dorothy was tall enough. But she had her big friend with her just in case. The three of them were seriously questioning me the entire way to the ride. They kept asking what I was getting them into and I’m pretty sure they thought I was leading them to some lame kiddie dragon coaster. But I promised I was not leading them astray. They needed to trust me. The Scrambler is a life-changing experience, because it is not any old Scrambler ride, it is this:

(this movie, Take This Waltz, was filmed on this same Scrambler Ride)

It is disco scrambler. My best friend Lisa said it was the highlight of her life when I took her on it. We were both just giddy afterwards. When we were there in the summer they played Video Killed the Radio Star as well, so I was sure they played that song every time. But this time they played Gives You Hell by the All American Rejects, and I just don’t feel like that song is of the same calibre as Video Killed The Radio Star. So that was disappointing. But Evan, Dorothy and Ian did all assure me that it was still awesome, totally worth the $4.25 we paid to go on it, and actually really was kind of a life-changing experience.

So, a super fun island double date. I’m hoping to get back there a few times this summer, and you better believe The Scrambler will be part of every trip! Love that ride!

In other news…I’m seeing JACK JOHNSON TONIGHT!!!!! Bahhhhhh I’m so excited!!! C’maaaaaaan 7:30!

Dining in the Dark (O.Noir Review)

On Sunday evening, Evan and I had a double date with our good friends Emily and Corey.

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That is two separate pictures next to each other, to clarify. Also, the one of Emily and Corey on the left was taken with Cork’s iPhone 5s and the one on the right was taken with my old but trusty iPhone 4, so just some comparison for ya.

It was Emily who suggested O.Noir aka dining in the dark (at Church and Wellesley) and I seemed to recall hearing of it before but not really paying attention, so if you are new to the concept like I was I will tell you, you dine in the DARK. Not just with the lights off, I mean totally, 100%, black out dark. Zero light whatsoever.

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The restaurant is in a windowless basement, and promised to be a sensual dining experience. Since you can’t see, your other senses (importantly TASE!) are heightened.

I was reading reviews before we arrived at the restaurant and many people were saying that dining in the dark was a life changing experience. Also, and this is something I really like, the entire waitstaff actually is legally blind.

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When you walk into the restaurant at first, you enter the bar area, and while it is dim, it is not yet dark. You place your order in the light when you can actually see the menu. The four of us all got the prix fixe menu which included a starter, entree and dessert for $39.95.

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Emily, Corey and Evan all ordered the filet mignon for their entree, but I decided to live dangerously and order the surprise entree. I figured that I like pretty much everything and I don’t have any allergies, so why not. As long as they didn’t bring me a steaming pile of crap I figured I’d be fine (though I might not even know what it was…) I also told the servers that I would not be unhappy if my entree wasn’t fish. I like fish, but I don’t think I like surprise fish. I certainly don’t like surprise fish when I am hoping my surprise is not going to be fish (it wasn’t fish).

We were instructed to turn our phones completely off, get rid of any watches that held light, and to ditch our glow sticks before entering the dining area. Alright just kidding about the glow sticks, but we did laugh later at the idea of someone bringing glow sticks in there and how big of a jerk move that would be.

To get into the dark dining room we had to follow our server (whose name was Tracey) single file while holding onto the left shoulder of the person in front of us. I held onto Tracey, Evan held onto me, Emily onto Evan, Corey onto Emily. It was like a blind, ridiculously slow and shuffley conga line. You actually enter another black room before the BLACK room so that the door to the main part of the restaurant can shut before you open the door to the BLACK room. They are really serious about not letting any light in.

Shortly after we entered into the pitch black we had some minor trouble in paradise… Emily is pretty claustrophobic and is not a fan of tight spaces, so as she entered the darkness a feeling of panic came over her and she immediately noped back out of there without us.

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I didn’t know what happened since I was at the front of the conga line, but Evan just said “We lost Emily…” so we conga’d back out and found her in the bar.

I guess pitch black can trigger an almost panic attack because you really cannot see your surroundings at all. I don’t know how to explain it, but I even had a feeling of anxiety for the first few minutes, and that sort of thing does not usually bother me. I thought of Emily when I was first reading reviews about this place, but I thought since she suggested it she would be A-okay. She was A-okay though. Back in the bar she was all “I’m fine! You guys go ahead without me! I’ll just go find some street meat or something,” but obviously we were not going to leave her behind. With the help of Tracey we ended up convincing her to come back, and Tracey brought her in separately one-on-one after she got the rest of us seated. Once Emily was sitting down at the table with us she said she felt more comfortable. She also said she kept her eyes closed most of the time and that really helped. It didn’t really matter anyway since it looked the same in there whether your eyes were open or closed.

You literally could not see your hand in front of your face. Evan was seated right beside me and I could not even make out his outline. It was just black. I could hear everyone’s conversations clearly from across the restaurant, like they were right next to me, like my other senses really were heightened! We had a lot of “Corey, stop touching me under the table!” (from Evan), etc. as we were getting settled.

We used the time before our drinks and food came to familiarize ourselves with the table and where everything was. I was really concerned with knocking over my drink (since that is something I would do in a completely lit restaurant), but our table was HUGE so I set up a little drink area to the left of me and I never knocked it.

I think the trickiest part was buttering my bread. I couldn’t see the butter, I couldn’t tell if it was on my knife, and then I couldn’t see the bread I was trying to butter. Not easy, but I got ‘er done. For my starter I ordered the roasted red peppers and seasonal vegetables with goat cheese (because GOAT CHEESE), and it was seriously delicious. I have no idea how much was on my plate, but I was able to get it all into my mouth. This is no easy task when you can’t see what you’re doing. I would go to stab a vegetable on my fork and come back with nothing. Getting the food to my mouth once it was on my fork was no problem at all though, I always knew where my mouth was, so eventually I started manually putting the vegetables onto my fork with my other hand. And sometimes I just ate directly with my fingers. What, no one could see me! Tell me you wouldn’t do the same thing.

When my surprise entree came, it looked like this.

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So that looked promising. But…it was really good! I figured out the green beans, cherry tomatoes and quinoa on my plate, and I was 100% positive the meat I was eating was steak. I was sure it was steak. Would have bet my life I was eating steak. But when Tracey came over and asked me what I thought I was eating and I said steak she said “NOPE!” I honestly had no other guesses. Evan tried it and also said steak. But apparently it was pork. It was really good pork I guess, since I thought for sure I was eating high quality steak. I again cleaned my entire plate (and I was really tempted to lick my plate since no one could see me). I should mention they pre-cut the meat for you like you’re a toddler so you don’t have to struggle with a crazy steak knife and cut your fingers off. No bones to worry about either.

I asked Evan if I could try a piece of his filet mignon, and that went like this:

Evan – Sure, I’ll put a piece on my fork for you.
Me – Thanks… (takes fork from him, eats bite) I think that was a potato.
Evan – Oh sorry, here.
Me – Thanks… (takes fork, eats bite) That was a green bean.
Evan – Oh sorry, here.
Me – (takes fork, eats bite)

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Me – EVAN, THAT WAS BUTTER.
Evan – Oh sorry…

But no one could tell if I was stealing food from their plates!

I ordered the chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream for dessert and it was DELICIOUS, but tricky to eat as well. I wanted to get a good cake to ice cream ratio on each spoonful and that was really difficult to do. I again had to use my fingers to just feel around and make sure my cake and ice cream were making it onto my spoon okay. My hands were clean I promise… but when I got out of there my fingers were all chocolatey.

Everyone else got the surprise dessert and it was different types of cheesecake. They all said those were good.

I really think they need to invest in some infrared video cameras in the dark dining room because I’m sure people just look hilarious trying to eat while not being able to see. I think I was sitting there the whole time with a crazy-eyed expression because I thought if my eyes were open wide enough I would be able to see some sort of light. Alas, no.

After about two hours in the dark, we again followed Tracey in a weird, slow conga line back out into the main restaurant.

This was definitely an experience I won’t forget! These dark dining restaurants seem to be in every large city, so I would definitely recommend checking one out if it’s near you. I’m not sure if I would go again for a while, but it’s a different thing to do at least once.