“Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success.” Denis Waitley

Great weather, great weekend, and as Phil Robertson says, Happy, Happy, Happy!

Life has a way of just happening. No warnings, you just wake up and stuff is there to deal with. You can plan your best to make sure the bumps and the pitfalls are minimum, but in the long run, stuff happens.

Keeping a positive outlook is hard sometimes, but the flip is a negative one and going down that road is a soul sucking defeatist route that brings you to your knees.  Accomplishing even the smallest goals becomes overwhelming! Stay positive! Stay on your path! Don’t let the naysayers take control of your thoughts. Do what you know is right and stay away from the “realistic people”.

Everyone has heard the comment” I’m just being realistic,” and then someone lists off all their realistic points. Pay attention to their comments and see how many of them are negative. Most realistic people are actually just negative thinkers. Being realistic means looking at both sides positive and negative and dealing with them as elegantly and effectively as you can.

This weekend the food was fun. Having experienced the deliciousness of rotisserie chicken on the gas grill, we decided that to try a cousin of Mr. Chicken and introduced Mr. Duck to the Napoleon. Simply rubbed with ground coriander, salt and pepper and stuffed with lemons. I had duck bones in my freezer, (doesn’t everyone) so Mr. Duck had a Pinot Noir and duck stock reduction to complete him.

Red rice made an introduction too. Prepared in the duck stock instead of water and finished with toasted almonds and grated apple.

Since the trolls had friends over and we needed to stretch the quantity, over the charcoal short ribs in a honey/soya/sesame blend hit the Weber.

Vicky created a wonderful Kale and Grapefruit salad to complete the meal.

Weekend good! Week to come will be good, after all it’s not what your dealt, it how you deal with it.

Be well and eat well!

Scott

Duck,Duck, Pork!

Duck,Duck, Pork!

“…A community needs a soul if it is to become a true home for human beings. You, the people must give it this soul.” Pope John Paul II

So what is The Taste of the Danforth (#tasteofthedanforth ) about? Food? Music? Fun? All of the above but in my mind it’s about community. That’s one of the best parts of living in Toronto. We are a honeycomb of different ethnicities and truly a melting pot of the world at large. But somehow we manage a blend of new culture while retaining our unique cultural heritage.

This past weekend Taste of the Danforth celebrated its 20th year of sharing the love and culture with not only Toronto, but the world. Its first year brought approximately 5000 people together, this year in excess of 1 million people graced the streets, shared the food, and danced with the exuberance of Zorba himself.  No drama, no incidents (well there was Rob Ford), just fun, love and sharing.

My highlights included an amazing gyro from Alexandros, Loukomades, and a cold beer at Dora Keogh. Watching impromptu dances and face painted children rounded up the day. There was also a Vulcan sighting! Thankfully I had my phaser with me.

Applauds and kudos to the organizers. Can’t wait till next year.

Be well and eat well!

Scott

Taste of the Danforth 2013

Taste of the Danforth 2013

Beautiful day at TofDanforth

Beautiful day at TofDanforth

Best Gyros!
Best Gyros!

Food glorious food!

Food glorious food!

Smile please!

Smile please!

Still hungry?

Still hungry?

A little Band from the band.

A little Band from the band.

Lunch please and thank you!

Lunch please and thank you!

Saving the universe one festival at a time!

Saving the universe one festival at a time!

Pilaros Taste of the Danforth Kicks Off Its 20th Year!

What are you doing this weekend!

Feel like some good food, a walk through a great community.

What about the chance to participate in a Guinness World record!

Taste of the Danforth showcases Toronto’s Hellenic cuisine and culture.  Walking the street you can experience different foods and feel the love of the community.

20 years ago the first Taste of the Danforth, #tasteofthe danforth, took place with 5,000 attendees. It has growth over the years has expanded to 1.3 million visitors over the 3 days and 2 nights. People come to enjoy the food, the culture and the music. It has evolved to become one of Canada’s premier community events.

This year festivities start Friday August 9th through Sunday August 11th. Check out their site for times and events. http://www.tasteofthedanforth.com/tasteofthedanforth.php

This year there are two Guinness challenges. The Worlds Largest Zorba the Greek Dance on August 10th at 1:30 that you can participate in (lessons on line at  http://ow.ly/nFa0K ), and The World’s Largest Yogurt Bowl on August 11th at 12.

Make sure you check this out on one if not all three days.

For more information you can go to:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PilarosTOtheDanforth

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Taste_Danforth

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/PilarosTOTheDanforth

 

See you there.

http://www.tasteofthedanforth.com/tasteofthedanforth_map.php

Be well and eat well.

Scott