Jan 27, 2010

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin - Since I've Been Loving You

This is by far my favorite Led Zeppelin song. I can listen to it anytime regardless of what mood I'm in.
It's one of the most seductive songs I've heard. There's just something about the way Robert Plant sings with such despair and conviction, and let's not forget Jimmy Page's amazing bluesy guitar solo.

Interesting facts:

- Jimmy Page played this guitar solo in one take.

- Apparently if you listen carefully, you can hear the squeak of John Bonham's drum pedal.

Jan 25, 2010

The Fish House

7501 Woodbine Avenue
Markham, ON

For a recent UTSC gathering, we went to The Fish House on Woobine, just north of John Street. From Monday to Wednesdays, they have an early week special that includes an entree and one dessert, salad or soup for $15.99 or $18.99. After you select your fish, you can choose how it's prepared. It can either be blackened, broiled, poached, cedar planked, lemon peppered, grilled, pan fried, or simply jerked. They also have live music on select nights. The performer had scratchy vocals and sang a variety of covers ranging from Johnny Cash's Walk the Line to Rolling Stones' Angie.

Blackened Rainbow Trout. The fish was moist and not overcooked. The seasoning on this blackened rainbow trout was tasty, but I felt it overpowered the taste of the fish. It came with a choice of baked potato, garlic mash, rice, roast potatoes or fries. I got the baked potato and used the whole bar of butter plus all of the sour cream.
I wallowed in my guilt after.

Jerked Costa Rican Tilapia. I didn't try this, but she said she liked her dish!

Clam Chowder. The here soup was decent, nothing spectacular. All this talk about clam chowder is making me crave for one from The Soup Nutsy at TD Center. Those of you who have worked in buildings connected by the PATH will know exactly what I'm talking about. The line ups for the Soup Nutsy are crazy during lunch.

Coconut Raspberry Cheesecake. The cheesecake was a bit on the sweet side. Anything with coconut is good (with the exception of coconut hand creams, I hate that scent with a passion).

A list of fresh fishes it offers.

Overall, I think The Fish House offers pretty good specials. Usually $15.99 can only get you an entree at chains such as Moxies. At The Fish House, you get more value for your money and it's an okay place if you're a fan of fish.

Jan 20, 2010

Jersey Shore

Dear Jersey Shore,

I initially thought your show was dumb, incredibly superficial, and one of the most ridiculous shows created in television history. I thought you exploited these poor kids, dramatized the whole "guido/guidette" scene, and brought trashiness to a whole new level. I mean who has nicknames like "The Situation", "Snooki", or "JWWWOOOOWW"? After being constantly told how great this show is, I finally caved and watched an episode. It was love at first watch. I liked it so much I stayed up into the wee hours to catch up on 6 episodes in one night. Your show is sheer brilliance. It's not something that can be written or scripted. If it is scripted, the writers are literary geniuses. I fell in love instantly when I watched Vinny talk about his "fist pumping" and when The Situation, Ronnie and Pauly D went about their daily GTL routine (gym, tan and laundry baby!). It was also very endearing when Vinny freaked out over his pink eye from "particles that fell from dancing under that fat chick". This show is my guilty pleasure and I am thoroughly embarrassed that I'm so enamored to it, but I can't deny my love for Jersey Shore anymore. I misjudged you. I retract my hostile statements about this show. Vinny is my favorite, Mike comes up with brilliant phrases (i.e. committed a robbery, grenade, GTL), Snooki is like a cute/innocent yappy small dog, and I want a friend like JWoooww. The girl will throw down for you if someone calls you fat. I hope MTV brings you guys back for another season. You have provided me with hours of entertainment and laughter. Goodbye Jersey Shore. You will be missed.

Fist pumping!

My favorite. Vinny with his expressive eyebrows. I wonder if he plucks them, they look groomed.