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.

Friday Newsletter – The over hype of winter and free fishing in Ontario

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.

Why are we afraid of snow? – It’s mid February and in Canada, that is known as winter. Yesterday Toronto had some snow. The first real snow of the entire season. In our area it was many 2-3 cm. But if you turn on the news or read social media, we apparently had a major snowstorm. Was it a storm? What counts as a storm these days? It snowed. In fact it was that big movie like snow that is peaceful and relaxing. I went for a walk. It was actually refreshing. If you want to see what as snowstorm is, maybe check out what’s going on in Atlantic Canada. Over the years, we have become more and more unable to deal with winter. Not because people are incapable. It’s because in my opinion the media has conditioned us that way. Putting the fear of God into everyone when there are flurries. Like I said, this was the first real snow of the winter. Instead of covering traffic accidents, transit pulling stops and all the negatives of what snow can do. Why not pump the breaks a little and treat it as normal. It’s winter. This is what happens. It snows, we clear the snow, we all do our best to deal with the snow and maybe we should try and enjoy winter. Look at kids as soon as it snows. They are in their gear and sledding down hills. Sure there is some inconvienence, but that’s life.

Friday Newsletter – I make my Super Bowl LVII pick

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.

Super Bowl weekend – Well the big game is here. Will Taylor win her first Super Bowl? Will the Brads and Chads throw shit at their TVs, will Usher have any surprise guests? We will wait to see. What you don’t have to wait for is my very important pick for the game. I was really cheering for the Detroit Lions to get in there just to have some new stories. The Kansas City Chiefs are the usual suspects. They are the LeBron James. It’s pretty boring. What’s even more boring is the San Francisco 49ers. I have not cared about them since the days of Joe Montana or Steve Young. So to me this matchup is boring overall. I don’t really care. So, just to make a pick, I want to see the Chiefs win. Why? Because it will blow the roof off the whole Taylor Swift discord to the point where the MAGA people of the world won’t know what to do. I want to see her hold the trophy and hear even more about how she is bad for the NFL. For the record, she is not bad for the NFL. She is bad for bros who can’t handle a woman being successful. Final score – Chiefs 32-Niners 24.

Friday Newsletter – The sun is shining

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.

Hello sunshine – As I sit here putting together this week’s Friday Newsletter, I am basking in the glow of the sun that is actually out this morning. This winter so far has felt more dreary than normal so when the light blasts in through the window, it is special. It makes me think about spring. We are not that far from it now. February will be over in a blink. It also helps that lately the weather has been pretty mild compared to other parts of Canada. This is great for getting out for long walks and closing those rings on the Apple watch.

New TV – With February upon us, that means more new TV shows starting to come out. On my radar this weekend is the premiere of the final season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. One of my all time favourites. Larry David has been making the rounds on talk shows and podcasts to promote and I have to say, it’s nice to have LD back in my life. He even had a moment with Elmo after Elmo had his big moment on X for mental health this past week.