It’s nice to see the talented group at CityBites are getting back into the launch party tradition to celebrate new-issues. A civilized way to do business and live a little. Good stuff. I went with our editor, Ashley, and painter Chris Bacon. Chef Michael Pataran co-hosted the event with Lo Zingaro, a cozy ristorante that serves up Pizza Roma style.
It was a delightful time and chance to mingle and share the latest with John Szabo, Tony Aspler, Magdalena Kaiser-Smit, Ashley Singer, and Chris Bacon. Photo by Rick O’Brien.
The baroness and I are lunching at Plank Restobar. The location is beautifully set on Lake Ontario at Fishernan’s Warf. Stephanie serves us efficienty and with a genuine smile. The seafood chowder and smoked turkey sandwich with brie are perfect. The beer choices are not the usual uninaginative stuff found elsewhere (today it’s 2 Stiegl from Austria. Last time it was Belgian Delerium).
And now to the decadent: a pistachio saffron ice cream plate (she says: “best dessert I’ve had in ages”) and mini brownies in a glass of ice cream.
Manager Joe Martineau runs a great establishment. The staff are delightful. Friendly and efficient, every one of them.
PICTURED BELOW (Exterior, view through the giant wall mirror, the desserts, Joe and some of the talented kitchen staff).
Chef Mark, @LaPiazzaAllegra Italian restaurant, puts thought and passion into his food creations and wine list. I’m also excited about the new wines Mark is bringing in. A tempranillo from western Spain, 2 new chianti (one is organic), a negroamaro that wins everyone’s heart who tries it, and a chilean superstar sauvignon blanc that’s made by a brilliant young New Zealander winemaker.
Château Rauzan-Ségla 2007. A worthy Margaux with a rich complexity and good length. Owned by the Wertheimer family of Chanel since 1994, the winery is again producing excellent wines. This one still has lots of room to mature. It displays aristocratic notes of blackberries, currants and spring flowers. Well worth the effort to find one.
Here Comes the Boom, co-written and produced by it’s leading actor Kevin James, is a winner. It’s a story about fighting for a cause, and it tells it with feeling. It’s entertaining, inspiring, and offers feel-good satisfaction. Nicely cast with Salma Hayek and Henry Winkler. Newcomer Bas Rutten provides excellent humour as Niko, a retired Dutch MMA fighter.
We watched it on PPV tonight.
Good review of this movie in Film Journal International -By David Noh at http://bit.ly/XEDs84
Medium plum red, stunning lively perfume of black cherries, blackberries, and forest floor, with leather, and fresh spring meadow. Medium-bodied, with silky smooth texture and a long finish. A brilliant wine. This ’08 follows the blockbuster “07, which is also still available. Both can be purchased directly from the winery.