Friday Newsletter – The all Toronto edition

Every Friday I fire off a list of things I think you need to know. Want me to know something in return? Leave it in the comments.

It’s Jamaican Patty Day – I love Jamaican beef patties. But I had no idea there was an actual Jamaican patty day in Toronto. Well it’s today. Here is the back story. 39 years ago Toronto authorities determinded that the term “beef patties” was too misleading when referring to the tasty Jamaican patties. They said vendors could no longer call them beef patties. As you can imagine, it did not go over well. It created some serious negotiations between the city and Jamican beef patty vendors. Eventually the vendors won the right back to call them beef patties. Guess what day that happened? Yep, February 23. So that is why in the city of Toronto, today is known as Jamaican Patty Day. Another little tidbit I did not know – Toronto consumes more beef patties than anywhere else in the world other than Jamaica. This is just another reason why Toronto rules.

Want all the Toronto food news? I suggest following Suresh Doss.

My interview with NBA broadcast legend Mike Breen

This is not a real interview with Mike Breen, however it is me seeing how realistic ChatGPT can be. Spoiler alert, it’s pretty good.

For those not familiar with Mike Breen, he is an American play-by-play sports commentator. He has been the lead announcer for NBA games on ABC and ESPN since 2006, including the NBA Finals. He is also the lead announcer for New York Knicks games on the MSG Network. Breen previously called NFL regular season games for both NFL on Fox and NFL on NBC, as well as New York Giants preseason games.

You most likely know him for yelling “BANG”, when a player hits a big shot.

Why did I choose to fake interview Mike Breen? Well, he is a well-spoken guy with a distinct voice and style and I figured that would be a good kind of person to use ChatGPT with.

So without further explanation, here is my fake interview with Mike Breen.

Travel tactics: Mastering the family vacation when you have teens

Embarking on a family vacation with teenagers can sometimes feel like navigating a maze blindfolded. As a parent, you’re torn between excitement for the journey ahead and the inevitable eye rolls and sighs that may accompany your well-intentioned plans.

As we all start to plan our summer vacations, fear not, as I am going to try and lend a helping hand. With a dash of humour, a sprinkle of dad wisdom, and a pinch of patience, you can turn your family vacation into an unforgettable adventure for all.

Spring is near, let’s all keep laughing

We are at the point of winter where it just starts to drag. While I admit Toronto has had a pretty decent winter so far, I still am counting down the days until spring. Today it’s supposed to be sunny and a high of 8 C. Perfect day for a long walk somewhere.

The sun is a sure bet to get people through winter. Another is just having a good laugh as much as possible. Laughter cures all.

Today on X I saw this post from Ricky Gervais and to me it’s so true.

Quick reference guide: Cooking temperatures for perfectly grilled meats

Achieving the perfect doneness for your favourite meats is an art, and mastering the right cooking temperatures is the key. I swear I Google this information every time I cook or grill chicken, beef or pork. Whether you’re firing up the grill or using your oven, having a quick reference guide can make a world of difference. In this post, I will quickly break down the recommended cooking temperatures for various meats, ensuring your next meal is cooked to perfection. I also won’t bore you with some story ahead of time as I know you are here for the straight goods.