Archive for the Review Category

Chef Tom’s Chicken, Tuba, and Carl

Posted in Food, life, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , on July 11, 2020 by segarini

Sami Tamimi is Yotam Ottolenghi’s business partner. His new cookbook is called Falestine (there is no letter P in Palestine). This is one of the first recipes I tried, and it was SO good!

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Bob – Writer’s Block, and The Story of Malibu Bobby

Posted in life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2020 by segarini

Dear Diary …

The current case of Writer’s Block continues well into its 2nd month. It is a horrible feeling, not being able to put words into sentences that tell a coherent story, staring at a blank monitor screen for hours on end, wondering if I will ever be able to write again.

It happens to writers on occasion. It is visual laryngitis , intellectual paralysis, which has no known cure. Like the common cold, all you can do is wait it out, taking steps suggested by friends that may have worked for them, but do not work for me. The words cannot be forced, bribed, or cajoled into forming sentences that eloquently, humourously, or intelligently convey what is on your mind.

It is like being trapped at the bottom of a well, unable to cry out for help.

…and rather than leave the page blank, I have, this week, decided to reprint a column from 2011, when the juice was flowing and I could write three of these a week. At least there are some new links and pictures for your dining and dancing pleasure.

There are still more stories to tell, laughs to share, and adventures and opinions to commit to paper …and as soon as I can …I will.

In the meantime ….

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Peter Stays Cool with Lucy the Fan

Posted in COVID 19, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2020 by segarini

This week’s column will be yet another potpourri. I have looked at several different topics to write about, but rapidly changing events and the dreadful heat which has gripped Toronto “by the throat” has made me decide to address a number of issues today.

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GRAN’S CANADA HIGHWAY – EPISODE 2: THE FIR TREES AND BEYOND by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Family, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2020 by segarini


Historic, and hysterically stereotypical, visions of Canada usually consist of Eskimos, dog sleds, igloos, Mounties, and clear tracts of land filled with snow-capped mountains and evergreen forests. Oh, and people going over Niagara Falls in barrels. Monty Python also made a huge deal out of our lumberjacks as well.

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Roxanne Tellier – Pande-Malaise

Posted in COVID 19, life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2020 by segarini

Got an email from a friend the other day, headed “Enough already!”  Like so many of us – especially we older folks – she’s sick and tired of being locked down, exasperated with the conflicting information we’ve received, really scared of leaving her home unless it’s absolutely necessary, and furious with the scoffers who put her health in danger with their refusal to wear a mask.

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Peter Proudly Shares His Pride

Posted in life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , on July 2, 2020 by segarini

I am writing this week’s column from the only point of view which I can claim any familiarity with, that of a happily heterosexual middle aged caucasian male. Most of the people who know me in real life like me because I am a nice guy, and my Facebook friends who don’t know me personally like me mainly because of my sense of humour. Most of society likes, or at least tolerates me, because I fit in. I am a typical ” straight ” white man.

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It’s Birthday Week for Hat and Pants! – The Canarican

Posted in Family, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 1, 2020 by segarini

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I am a Proud Canarican …or at least I will be again once President Flubber and His Band of Lost Socks are incarcerated or incinerated (choose one), and Adults are back running our Pants.

To celebrate, I offer up this heavily researched, thoroughly accurate FAQ sheet listing the differences between Our Great Land, and Our Once Great Pants.

Most of the following was originally posted in 2015, when the world was a different place. There was cleaner air, prettier sunsets, better television reception, and more than enough Gummy Bears. All of that changed after the advent of the Man Bun and Robot Bingo Callers. No…wait…that was a dream I had after a night of fish tacos and Metaxa.

Never mind….

Unlike the Man Without a Country, I am a man with TWO countries. The Country of my birth, the United States of America, and the Country I choose to live in and love with all my heart, Canada.

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GARY PIG GOLD WITH EIGHT QUESTIONS For NARDWUAR (The Human Serviette)

Posted in Interview, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2020 by segarini

The single greatest living Canadian since Stompin’ Tom, who loudly and proudly celebrates a Date of Birth once again on July Five, answers: Continue reading

Roxanne Tellier – I Me My Narcissism

Posted in COVID 19, life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2020 by segarini

Richard Nixon gave a defiant concession speech in 1962 that ended with …. “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference.”

The incredible narcissism and entitlement in that statement, coming from a man that was lucky not to have been tarred, feathered, and run out of town on a rail, sends a frisson up my spine.

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Pat Blythe – Women & Songs Redux….catching up…..and music

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2020 by segarini

I am currently spending some time with my mom…..trolling the local dollar stores for stuff neither of us needs, but enjoying the time out. The promised rain never appeared, which was probably a good thing as the air was already thick enough. We sat out on the front porch with a cup of tea and watched the fireflies the other night. It’s rather lazy days when I come to visit, although this week is a little busier with scheduled interviews for the series I’m working on. I’m also catching up with a few mutual friends of Greg Simpson’s and mine.

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