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3 Books You Should Read Now

Happy Hump Day! I’ve been so busy at work that I had zero idea what to write about for today, so here’s a quick little post on my reading recommendations:

Yes Please. If you still haven’t read Amy Poehler’s hilarious book, you are seriously missing out. It stands out from all the other celebrity part-memoir-part-blog books with its sincerity, hilarity and just plain wonderful-ness.
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The Night Circus. I had been holding off on reading this book but I finally succumbed to peer pressure. The consensus was right. It has mystery, romance, magic…how is this not a movie yet?
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Paper Towns. Read it before the movie starring Cara Delevingne comes out (the poster just got released). Just like The Fault in Our Stars, this book features a quirky but cool lead characters that you’ll fall in love with.
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Keep calm and read on!

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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone! Finally, it’s Friday. I don’t know about you, but for me, this week went by at a snail’s pace. My boss is off to Mexico next week, lucky her. Meanwhile, winter is getting on my nerves. Hopefully she’ll bring some warm weather back with her. Here are a few things that are getting me through these dreary months:

An alternative to Jenga, this hit Korean game is surprisingly fun:
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Definitely enjoyed staying at the Eaton Chelsea for our last conference:
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Our close friend’s awesome board game-themed birthday party:
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Currently finishing up this beauty of a book:
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I wish we can have these pancakes every weekend:
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Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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“Shoot, Quick!” Episode 6

Experiencing Flash & Arrow withdrawal? Look, no further.
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In what may be our best episode yet, we’re slowly but surely getting the hang of this podcast thing, here is our roundtable discussion of the mid-season finales of The Flash & Arrow. It must’ve been hard to follow the awesome crossover episodes, but the Berlanti-verse delivered. Click here to listen.

Happy Hump Day!

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Happy Friday one and all! Here are a few things I’m loving right now.

Some awesome posters from the burrito place next to my work:
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Last night’s play that I really enjoyed. You should definitely go see it if you can!
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I just finished reading this and it’s become one of my favorite books ever.
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Still thinking about the amazing chocolate and beer from last week’s Beer School.
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There’s only one class left, so don’t miss out!
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Hope you all had a great week and an even more wonderful weekend!

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Movie + Food Pairings

Inspired partly by this post and partly by The Hundred-Foot Journey (just read the novel and am planning on watching the film), I got to thinking about what movie and food pairings I would actually take the time to prepare then consume while watching. The important part for me would be that I’d need to really like the food that went with the movie in order to go through the effort of making it, instead of just microwaving some popcorn. I’ve narrowed it down to three movies, two I’ve seen, one I haven’t but heard good things about, with food pairings that range from beginner to expert. Here are my top three recommended movie + food combinations:

Beginner
Fotor110417074Drinking Buddies + Beer
This requires little to no effort. You just need to buy beer, open a bottle and turn on Netflix. I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this movie yet. Watched it a couple months ago when we were bored and it is such an amazingly underrated gem. It’s just a funny and honest film with a terrific cast. Go watch it. Here are some new beers out this month at the LCBO.

Intermediate
Fotor1104171035The F Word/What If + Fool’s Gold Loaf
My love for this movie is no secret. It’s coming out on DVD this month so I suggest you grab a copy and follow this recipe. They talk a lot about Elvis’ favorite snack in the movie and I’m dying to test it out. Bread, good. Jam, good. Peanut butter, good. Bacon, best. Put them all together and it has to work, right?!

Expert
Fotor1104171230Chef + Cuban sandwiches
Ever since I missed out on seeing this film in theaters, I’ve been waiting for it to come out on DVD. Finally my wait is over and I can devote an entire date night to making Cuban sandwiches, since apparently you can’t watch this movie without craving one. Here‘s a recipe I might try…or if all else fails, I’ll just head to La Cubana to get my fix.

Happy Hump Day!

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Friday Favorites

Happy Halloween one and all! Looking forward to a relaxing night, playing board games and watching my go-to Halloween movies. But first, here are a few of my favorite things:
The best co-worker ever left a surprise on my desk!

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A trip to IKEA to replace our bedroom lamp wasn’t complete without having Swedish meatballs (complete with chocolate milk in honor of our close friends, Chris & Megh, getting engaged)

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The boyfriend says “I’m sorry” with books (comics included)

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Two very good and very Halloween-appropriate brews that I recommend (for more, click here):

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And last but not least, this week, I encountered the legendary ghost train during rush hour. I had a seat! There was this much empty space:

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Have a happy & safe Halloween weekend everyone!

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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! It’s looking to be a sunny weekend which is great since last one was kind of a bust. I’m super excited since I’m helping out at Toronto’s Festival of Beer on Saturday then watching my first Toronto FC game that night, plus having brunch with a girlfriend that I haven’t seen in years on Sunday. This week has also been pretty eventful…

First off, it was Batman Day on Wednesday to celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary. Naturally I watched Batman: The Animated Series and raided my boyfriend’s comic book library for some of the best Bat books ever written. I’ll definitely gush about some of them in a review later on…
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I also attended Crystal Luxmore‘s last Beer School of the summer and learned all about saisons aka farmhouse ales. Loved tasting all the different beers with the cheeses and charcuterie, especially Goose’s Sofie, which is available in the LCBO.
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And as if the universe was in tune with my new soccer obsession and impending first TFC game, the World Cup coin that I won on Twitter from CIBC arrived in the mail this week as well. I don’t collect coins but it’s still a pretty nice memorabilia from my first World Cup experience.
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Hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend!

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