December 01, 2003

Old Friends...

See, sometimes buying lunch can be a good thing!

A craving-that-would-not-be-denied led me to Mary Brown's Chicken (mmm!) today, where I met up with a good friend whom I haven't seen since high school, where we pretty much hung out together. He still looked the same (and I'm pretty sure that I look about the same), so I was pretty shocked when I learned he had just gotten married!

Sigh - I'm falling behind... that's the third one of my contemporaries to get married, and I'm not even dating. Ah well.

I lost track of S. back when he went to Korea for some sort of business school. I had left my new phone number with his mom, but I guess it had gotten misplaced (besides, it's changed in the years since I gave it to her).

S. is one of the few people who understand the terror that is being hunted by a certain girl named Anna. *shudder* Of course, I probably shouldn't say that: I'm not sure what his new bride's name is yet ... so it could be her! And wouldn't that just suck!

Anyway, I gave him the URL so:
Hi S., if you're reading this!

Posted by JAY at 12:18 PM

Tracking...

It's kind of late, but I figured that maybe I did want to track hits after all. Seeing where people are coming from is kinda neat after all. I found some nifty Perl scripts that take care of it for me.

I was hoping that my host (NearlyFreeSpeech.net) would provide something for me. Still, it was pretty painless.

From the stats log, I found that someone had yahoo searched my site for a review of Second City's Arma-get-it-on ... so I feel a bit sorry that I didn't bother with a full review.

Posted by JAY at 05:58 PM

December 03, 2003

Step AWAY From the Email...

Well! Nothing like embarassing yourself in front of all your peers. For those of you who don't know, I'm a LAN admin working for a federal department. Following is a series of emails that I sent regarding a service ticket, forgetting to change the reply section. (I actually remembered, but hit send anyway out of habit...)

__________
To: JAY
From: National Service Desk

P is getting message to change her password when she tries to login to Windows . Said that she did not change her Windows password recently . She can bypass the screen and keep working .

__________
To : National Service Desk <----- OOPS!
From: JAY

Hey P,
It just means you need to change your password.

I'll be out shortly, but right now I'm in my underwear waiting for my pants to warm to room temperature.

Long story...

J
__________
To: National Service Desk
CC: P
From: JAY

A long story that I just partially shared with the NSD, apparently.

Sorry about that, people.

It has to do with the swimming pool being closed this morning, and it's actually my swim shorts, not my underwear.
Hope I've managed to brighten your day with the oversharing of too much information!

JAY
__________

Embarassing, much?

I try to go swimming in the mornings, and I tend to wear my swim trunks to the pool, rather than change into them at the pool. It's winter here and the temperature is about -10 degrees Celsius, not counting the wind chill.

This morning when I got to the pool I found out it was closed for repairs, so I headed straight to the office and figured I'd change in my LAN room. But my pants were in my gym bag and they were freezing from being outside, so I figured I'd let them warm up first.

I'm not at my best first thing in the morning. Sigh. I just know this email is going to get passed around National Headquarters. I kinda wish I could see their faces!

Posted by JAY at 08:33 AM

December 04, 2003

Linda's Cheesecake Brownies


Akemi's mom, Linda, gave me this recipe for Cheesecake Brownies.

The great thing is that they take only 20 minutes to make, but they taste wonderful! To save time, I've changed one little thing: instead of melting the butter and chocolate over hot water, you can use the microwave with some care.

Recipe follows

Linda's Cheesecake Brownies

Brownie Mixture:
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cheesecake Mixture:
1 pkg cream cheese (250g), softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup of chocolate chips (the rest of the package)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a 9x9" pan

Chop the butter into 4 pieces and melt it in the microwave with 1 cup of chocolate chips. Use 3 minutes at 40 percent power, but stir it vigorously every 20 seconds after the first 2 minutes. When the mixture is barely warm, stir it until the chocolate chips melt in the warm butter.

Alternately, melt it in a pot over hot water.

Set it aside to cool further.

Beat the cream cheese with the sugar and add the egg.
Beat it some more and stir in the 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.
Set aside.

Back to the chocolate!
With a fork, vigorously stir in the eggs (one at a time) and sugar.
Then stir in the flour, baking powder and salt.
Stir only until just mixed. It'll be thick.

Spread 1/2 (or slightly more of) the brownie mixture on the bottom of the pan.
Pour the cheesecake mixture over it.
Spoon the remaining browie mix in blobs around the top.
Swirl with a knife (you might need two knives to break up the blobs).

Bake them in the 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes.
Let cool on a rack, refrigerate overnight and then cut into squares.

If you can't wait, take a spoonful before putting it in the fridge, but the cheesecake does need some time to set fully.
These don't really need icing.

Posted by JAY at 01:04 AM

December 07, 2003

Flames in the Kitchen

Yesterday I was told that I should eat with the family, as they were cooking a prime rib roast. I had thought that my mother was cooking, but she was at work, and it was my father and sister, who don't usually cook big meals, who were at work in the kitchen... *cue the ominous music*

When I got home, the house was full of smoke and my sister was waving around a cut finger! Apparently, the oven was full of flames (grease fire, apparently) and she had managed to cut her finger with the chinese chopper while cutting carrots!

It soon became apparent that no one was seriously hurt. The roast was a bit dry, but in their defence, the meat thermometer is a bit off and they didn't realize it. They had made the Yorkshire Pudding according to the recipe I posted earlier (I left the recipe on the fridge), but when the oven caught fire they got a bit scorched. They had puffed properly, though.

And in all the excitement, they hadn't managed to make any gravy, which the dry meat really needed. Today Mom made some gravy, and the leftover meat was much more palatable.

Both my sister and father swear they're never cooking any big meals ever again!

Posted by JAY at 12:52 AM

December 08, 2003

Toshiba Magnia SG20 Review

In November, I bought a Toshiba Magnia SG20 for $250CAN. It was my hope to use it to replace my W2K Server, my Linksys router/firewall and my D-Link hub. In the advertising copy, it claimed to be able to do things like packet filtering, port forwarding and web/ftp services.

And it can.

But.

It's about to get a bit more technical.

The Magnia runs a full fledged, but modified, version of Redhat 7.3. It's primary interface is through a series of administrator web pages that you can access through your LAN connection. And therein lies the problem.

The Magnia's admin webpages allow you to control basic functionality of the device. You can create users, delete users, open up some predefined firewall ports and run backups. And that's pretty much it.

I needed a bit more than that... to replicate the functionality of my current set up, I needed to have

  • Guest FTP access
  • Remote Desktop port forwarding
  • Shell access

The good news is that since the Magnia is running Linux, all of this and more is possible, and with the very best implementation. The bad news is that you're stuck doing all of this through the command prompt/shell access. And first you need to figure out how to give yourself shell access! My l33t Linux skills are non-existant, so I was basically going from scratch. Luckily, Linux and it's various open source programs (apache, wu-ftpd, netfilter) are all thoroughly documented. The Linux Documentation Project also provides extensive documentation on Linux. And usenet via GoogleGroups hoards a vast amount of questions and answers on various problems.

Of course, the custom software of the Magnia makes it a bit more difficult. Many of the usual configuration files (passwd, groups, ftpaccess) are auto-generated by the Magnia software templates. Thankfully, all of the templates are gathered in a single directory structure that is pretty easy to navigate.

Giving myself shell access, for example, involved tracking back the autogenerated passwd file to the Magnia's configuration file and altering the shell line.

As far as FTP goes, the Magnia either allows anonymous FTP, or it doesn't, depending on what you set the firewall settings on the admin page. Removing anonymous access and configuring guest access was pretty tricky. First came the HOW-TO (if you're doing this, make sure to read the addendum before starting, it'll save you some time). Then came the need to give a real default shell script that wouldn't give actual shell access (see above). Then the /etc/ftpaccess file needed to be tracked down to it's template.

The hardest thing to do (and I just got it done!) is configure the firewall to allow remote desktop access via VNC/pcAnywhere, which uses the standard NetFilter. Using iptables is HARD. It took me hours of reading to successfully port forward the necessary ports.

Then of course, the iptables are autogenerated by Magnia templates that are stored in the firewall directory with the rest of the templates. These templates are inserted into the scripts that generate the firewall when changes are made via the admin website. Arrgh!

But the cool thing is that once you successfully install the rule into the templates location, you can turn it on and off via the admin website. That's much easier than the standard alternative of custom programming the script to do that for you! And that also gives you the ability to play with the firewall via the iptables command line without worrying that you won't be able to restore your default configuration. The best thing about the setup, though, is that (unlike common Linksys/DLink routers), you can change the firewall/port forwarding settings without losing your connections - the device does not need to reboot.

Incidentally, I've also installed a second hard disk drive to take snapshots of the primary drive. This was easily done via the admin page and easy access to the case via thumbscrews. The Magnia supports up to 40GB hard disks, but it came with a 20GB primary. I've installed a 40GB secondary drive so that I can replace the 20GB primary at a later date when I have more money...

So would I recommend this device? Well, yes. But only to three groups of people:

1. People who don't know much but have only limited requirements, like a file server and intranet. These people won't need any features past those implemented via the website.

2. Experienced Linux administrators. The Magnia won't box you into substandard solutions - you can fully administer all features and even upgrade them yourself should you want to. Even the source code is available from Toshiba. The templates are self-explanatory and reasonably easy to work with.

3. People who don't mind learning both the Magnia software and the Linux OS at the same time. This is me. If this were some custom box with closed source software on it, I'd be pretty resentful over having to spend so much time learning the little things that make customization possible. Since it's all standard software, I feel that it's time well spent, because the Linux skills learned will be useful skills for future applications.

Posted by JAY at 02:16 AM | Comments (4)

December 09, 2003

15 Minute Steak Dinner


Well, 15 minutes with the help of a microwave and some leftover rice. If you don't have the rice, microwave a few of small potatoes for about 7 minutes before adding the brocolli to them and microwaving for about 5 more.

This meal takes 15 minutes, even including the cooking time!
Take your time the first time, though.

1 prime rib steak, 3/4" thick
thinner if you'd like it more well done
1 handful of mushrooms, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
some brocolli
some leftover rice
(see above to substitute potatoes)
salt and pepper

Heat a heavy pan or skillet that has been well coated in vegatable/canola/safflower oil.

Slice the onions and mushrooms if you haven't already (keep separate).

Put the rice (covered) in the microwave for 2 minutes on high.

Put the steak in the very hot skillet. It should sizzle loudly!
Grind some black pepper over the raw side.

Rinse the brocolli and put it in the microwave for 4 minutes on high.

After the steak has sizzled for about 4 minutes (juices will have started to appear on the raw side), flip it with the spatula.

Stick the onions in the pan if there is space.

Cook the steak to desired doneness. Test by touch. For medium, make a loose fist with your hand and touch the outside flesh (webbing) between your thumb and pointer finger knuckles. It should feel the same firmness as the steak. For rare, don't make the fist and for well done clench your fist.

Set the meat aside in a plate to rest. (It'll cook a bit more and juices will come out.)

If you haven't already, put in the onions and cook until they just start to get brown speckles. Add the sliced mushrooms and add more oil to lightly coat.

Add some black pepper/salt and cook while stirring for 2 minutes, until the mushrooms are barely soft. Throw in the heated rice and any juices that came out of the steak and mix thoroughly. You can see that I added some sprigs of thyme, just cuz they were in the fridge.

Put the rice and brocolli on the plate with the meat and serve.
If you cooked potatoes instead of rice, put the onions and mushrooms over it.

You can cook as many steaks as you have pan space for and just increase the amount of other stuff accordingly.

Posted by JAY at 09:32 PM

December 10, 2003

Lemon Cheesecake

So my friend's girlfriend wanted to learn how to make cheesecake, and he volunteered me... Unfortunately, it's been a while since I've made cheesecake, and my recipe was much more involved than the one on the cream cheese box. So we used the simple one on the box. I think it called for too much lemon juice - or our lemon was too sour. Either way, it was a bit too sour. My recipe called for about 1/4 the amout of lemon juice... I should've noticed.

Posted by JAY at 10:38 PM

December 11, 2003

Review: The Last Samurai

I don't intend to do a lot of mainstream movie reviews, because you can read about them everywhere else and it'll probably be better written. But The Last Samurai surprised me so I thought that I'd write about it. So it's not a review, it's a journal entry!

Ordinarily, I don't particularly like Tom Cruise movies, but at the office Christmas lunch today a co-worker told me that her husband and son really liked the movie, Tom Cruise notwithstanding.

So when my friends called and said they wanted to see it, I agreed with some reservations. To my surprise, I enjoyed it immensely.

The Japanese vistas were breathtakingly shot, and the story depicting the (highly fictionalized) end of the samurai era is poignant but avoids being overly dramatic. Anime fans of Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X in North America) will be amused. So will Lord of the Rings fans - look out for the Japanese Legolas, who also amused me.

Seriously, though, Cruise's performance as a disillusioned American soldier with haunting memories of slaughtering natives is quite adequate. Does that sound like faint praise? It's the highest praise I can really give. While Tom Cruise may have been the titular star of the movie, the movie's dramatic tension arises from the conflict between western capitalism and Japan's traditional values. However, Cruise is competent enough not to obstruct that.

Several of the Asian actors, however, do give great performances. Koyuki, in particular, gives a beautiful performance as the widow of a samurai that Cruise kills in battle. Her polite discipline emphasizes the conflicting emotions that her character can barely restrain.

In most respects, Cruise's character is simply an observer and that's just fine with me. And while Cruise does nothing wrong, it's just that he doesn't really add anything special. But it's ok, because he doesn't need to and he probably shouldn't.

Anyway, go see the movie - it's good!
Wow, what a boring journal entry. I don't think I'll be doing another movie review anytime soon.

Posted by JAY at 09:32 PM

December 12, 2003

Job Cuts?

So the Administration changes and announces the breakup of my department. That's a bit unsettling - just when I thought that I had a nice secure little job. Oh well, I'm not too worried... but I'd hate to lose my present location. We'll see.

There's a big conference call on Monday.

Posted by JAY at 10:32 PM

December 13, 2003

Restaurant Review: Funnel Cake! Update


Updated with pictures...
Mmmm, funnel cake!

The best deal at East Side Mario's is the funnel cake dessert. Just $4CAN! This didn't really start out as full fledged restaurant review - it's more in the nature of a public service announcement.

Read on for the full scoop!

You know those funnel cakes that you get at Canada's Wonderland for $8(CAN)? They're awesome, yeah?

Well, at East Side Mario's you can get an even better one for only $4! How are they better? Let me count the ways:

  • $4 cheaper
  • Nice seating so you don't have to balance it on your lap
  • Cutlery that doesn't break when you use it
  • Premium vanilla ice cream instead of soft serve
  • Strawberry sauce that actually has as much strawberries as sauce

I don't think I'll ever go to Wonderland again!


Also of note is the Scallop Carbonara, which has lots of lovely grilled scallops, some wrapped in crispy bacon in fake-but-still-yummy carbonara sauce. (Yes, it's a heart attack and a half.) I actually forgot to take the picture until I had eaten 2 skewered scallops.

For reference, real carbonara should be made with butter, cream, bacon and egg yolks... basically, the four food groups - fat, fat, fat and fat. Oh, and parmesan reggiano cheese is optional if you don't have enough fat already.

At the Newmarket restaurant, they usually forget to caramelize the spanish onions. The Richmond Hill franchise does caramelize the onions to a sweet golden color, making it even nicer. You can see in the picture that they actually did attempt to caramelize the onions this time! And a good (fattening) starter is the deep fried Extra Large Cheese and Spinach Ravioli. Both the pasta and the ravioli are reasonably priced.

I don't usually order more than one dish (funnel cake, pasta, ravioli) per visit, as any of them are enough for a full meal. I do get some odd looks when I order the funnel cake for dinner, though.

I used to dislike East Side Mario's, but now that I've found my three favorites I'm always available for a visit!

East Side Mario's
Various Locations including:
17175 Yonge Street
Newmarket, ON
905-830-6800

10520 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, ON
905-770-4000

Posted by JAY at 10:14 PM

December 16, 2003

False Alarm... For Now.

Well, even though my department has been dissolved and re-formed into 2 departments, it doesn't look as if there will be any immediate ramifications, which is good.

On the other hand, reassurances were directed at permanent staff (like me), so contract staff may not be so lucky. It'll be interesting to see how this 2-department-thing is going to work... though I'm told that the department tends to do a centralization-decentralization cycle every now and again.

Posted by JAY at 08:33 PM

December 17, 2003

Office Trifle


At my office, we take turns bringing in food and snacks in the days leading up to Christmas. I decided to make a large trifle (scroll down a bit) in a punch bowl. It was ok, but it could have used a bit more pound cake.

Co-workers brought in yummy French Onion Soup, tasty canapes, lasagna, meatballs, ceasar salad, chocolates and more! It's been a very yummy couple of weeks!

Posted by JAY at 12:53 AM

Movie: Return of the King

Went to see the last movie in the Lord of the Rings trilogy: Return of the King

I don't really have anything profound to say about it - it was very enjoyable but very loooooong. I think I liked it best out of the 3 installments. Though I've read the books, I enjoyed the movies more - an unusual opinion from this book-lover. At least I didn't have to deal with Tolkien's crappy poetry!

Visually, it was stunning - but that was to be expected.
Minor quibbles aside, it was a good movie.

Posted by JAY at 11:40 PM

December 20, 2003

Mr. Greenjeans

At the Eaton's Centre in Toronto, we went to Mr. Greenjeans (www.mr-greenjeans.com is down) for lunch. (I was keeping a friend company as he finished off his Christmas shopping.) I had a Wildcat Burger with their home-fried potato chips.

The atmosphere was pretty neat, the bar/restaurant is on 3 or 4 floors with an entry from outside and inside the mall. There was a great view of the church that is nestled on the Eaton's Centre grounds. Surprisingly, there wasn't any wait for a table, though they were pretty busy with other Christmas shoppers

Though they claim to cook the burger "to your specifications" on the menu, it came well done with no trace of pink, even though I ordered medium. I guess that's understandable from a food safety/regulations point of view. It was still juicy and tasty and the buns were lightly toasted. The tiny tomato slice was kinda silly though - a slice that covered more of the burger would've been nice.

The chips were ok, but they could have been so much better had the kitchen salted them when they were taken out of the hot oil. By the time they reached the table, they were dry and salt from the table shaker just rolled right off them. For 99c more you can get "fresh cut fries", which are hopefully better.

Service was nice and quick. Prices were reasonable ($10 + tax/tip).
With salted chips and a bit more tomato, it would be a perfect lunch.

Mr. Greenjeans
220 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON
(416) 979-1212

Posted by JAY at 12:54 AM

December 25, 2003

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

My family doesn't really exchange presents - we celebrate mostly with food. So today (after I get some sleep!) it'll be a rib roast dinner with all the trimmings. We're not very religious, either, so Christmas is really just a family gathering time.

However you are celebrating the holidays, I hope you're having fun!

Posted by JAY at 01:20 AM

December 26, 2003

Christmas Menu

I was too lazy to take pictures... won't bother with recipes, either, it's a holiday!

My parents finished it off with most of a bottle of wine that Dom gave me for Chistmas - judging by the speed at which it disappeared, they must have really enjoyed it! Thanks, Dom!

Suffice it to say, I'm stuffed...

Brunch

  • Pancakes
  • Fried Eggs
  • Sausages
  • Smoked Turkey

The pancakes were from scratch: 2 eggs, 1 1/2 cup milk, 1/3 cup melted butter, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 4 TBS sugar, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and enough flour to make a batter-like consistency. (Whisk in a bowl in order of appearance.) This recipe makes flexible pancakes that can be rolled (tilt the oiled pan in a circle to make them slightly thinner than normal pancakes).

The smoked turkey was a pretty nice alternative to ham - less salty and more tender.

Snack

  • Shortbread
  • Cranberry-Date squares

Mom made both of these before I had even woken up. Shortbread is very fattening, but very very good. This was the first time she has made the squares - she got the recipe from someone at work. It was very good - usually date squares are too sweet and cranberries are too sour, but together they balance each other perfectly!

Dinner

  • Prime Rib
  • Yorkshire Pudding
  • Veggie Stirfry
  • Gravy
  • Steamed Lobster Tails
  • Dom's Magnotta (Ontario) Rose Wine

After the Flames in the Kitchen incident, we threw out the non-functional meat thermometer. Apparently, though, everyone is buying a new meat thermometer - my parents couldn't find a store with any left. So I just guestimated the amount of time the roast needed to be in the oven (2.25 hours) and luckily it turned out fine.

The lobster tails were a bit tough. I don't know if that's because they were frozen first (I've only ever had live-steamed before this) or if I over-cooked them. No-one else seemed to notice, but it WAS tough!

The puddings weren't as puffed as they should've been. I was lazy and didn't heat the muffin trays. As a result, the top cooked in the oven before the bottoms did, making a "crust" that inhibited expansion. The crusts DID finally pop off, but they were only 2x the uncooked height, rather than 3x.

The 'rents drank quite a bit of wine, which is unusual. Thankfully, they were cheerful (though very talkative) drunks! I tasted it too. As Dom told me, it was quite sweet, which is good for non-alcohol drinkers like me.

We finished off the evening with more of the snack stuff.

Posted by JAY at 02:01 AM

December 27, 2003

Bad Movie: The Medallion

Watched a bad movie with friends while writing that last post: The Medallion. Man, was it ever bad. Thank goodness I had my laptop and it wasn't a TOTAL waste of a couple hours. Not quite as bad as City Hunter, another Jackie Chan movie, but still.

Avoid this movie.

Oww...

Posted by JAY at 12:00 AM

Movie Night At Vince's


Vince has set up an awesome movie theatre in his basement! Some friends and I went over after work Tuesday to check it out and watch Terminator 3. It took him about a year to build - definitely time well spent.

I forgot my digital camera, but luckily Sean had his new Canon A80. I post this today because Sean just FTPed me the files.

There'll be more about the visit in a later post.

More pictures below...


He's got a digital projector set up in an enclosed projection room. The projector shines through a a slot in the wall into the theatre (pictured left), which consists of 3 rows of 4 seats with an aisle up the middle. You can see the entrance to the projection booth in the first picture. The pictures don't really do it justice - the flash washes out the cool lighting.

The screen is a painted super-flat wall surrounded by dark curtains. The projection on the wall is really crisp. The blurring in the last photo is because I wasn't using a flash and didn't have a tripod, so the camera was shaking.

So yeah, the whole thing was pretty inspiring. Rather than buy a big screen TV, I'll definitely get a projector setup instead. It'll cost about the same and you get a kick-ass experience out of it. Vince's setup looks like a lot of work, though... I'm surprised that his kids aren't down there every night!

Posted by JAY at 01:00 AM

Visiting Vince

Because who am I to resist alliteration?

I also got to meet Vince's cool family: his wife Nives, older daughter Nyssa and younger son Julian. (Hi Jules!) I probably have some of the names misspelled...

Julian joined us watching T3 and chomping on yummy pizza during intermission. He's in some sort of high school arts program and I saw a bunch of his sketches. He's into anime, which brings back memories... Oh, and I also told him I'd look up my old art website, which I couldn't find and thus had to reload.

Sidenote: I verified the site with some w3c validators for both HTML and CSS to fix some errors, but I still haven't tested them with anything other than Internet Explorer. Still, according to the validators, it's standard w3c code...

Nyssa introduced us to the friendly pet budgie (whose name escapes me - leave it in the comments, someone!). Budgie would cheerfully perch on our fingers but had an unreasoning attack-on-sight prejudice against thumbs. She seemed particularly taken with Sean (and his red sweater).

We were also introduced to their pet lizard, Osama, who steadfastly refused to eat crickets for our amusement. (And therefore no animals were harmed in the production of this journal entry... so far.)

I should've taken pics of the pets, but I kinda forgot. I didn't think the family would've appreciated pics of them posted on the internet - not that they're unattractive or anything, just for privacy. ;-)

Posted by JAY at 02:56 AM | Comments (1)

December 29, 2003

Movie: Big Fish

Went to see Big Fish.

It was a very enjoyable movie - it kind of took Tim Burton's trademark wierdness and put it into a sort of logical framework. Is this a good/bad/indifferent thing? I don't know, but I did enjoy the movie. Good performances by everyone involved.

What I didn't enjoy was the people behind us talking throughout the movie! One pair of women were old enough to know better. "Oh look, Trudy, it's Danny DeVito! That's Danny DeVito!" The other was a 7 year old girl who was discussing the movie with her father. Note to parents: teach your kids to SHUT UP at the theater!

Posted by JAY at 10:09 PM

Restaurant: Alice Fazooli's

After seeing Big Fish, we went to Alice Fazooli's for dinner. I had the Spicy Chicken and Seafood (left).

Read on for the rest of the review.

It was pretty bad, overall. They seemed to be short staffed, and service was very slow. Glasses took forever to be re-filled and we waited about 20 minutes for the bill. The server did apologize, though.

The appetizer, shrimp in a lot of spicy sauce, came long after the bread was finished - it would have been better with the bread so that the sauce could be sopped up.

The chicken was very dry (almost hard) and the sauce, though spicy, wasn't particularly flavorful. The shrimp were good but the scallops were pretty much drowned out by the spicy sauce. The wild rice was nothing special, though nothing was actually wrong with it. The mixed vegetables were in a light cream sauce that was actually pretty good.

Looking back on it, I guess I'd have to say that I'd prefer Swiss Chalet, even if Swiss Chalet is less than 1/2 the price! ($30/person, not including drinks)

Meh.

Alice Fazooli's
20 Colossus Drive
905-850-3565

Posted by JAY at 11:32 PM