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Lunch Blog

If what I’m eating, or where I’m eating is blog worthy, then I’ll blog about it.

Spring Love at the Multi Use Park

Spring Love at the Multi Use Park

I just witnessed one of the coolest things ever. It seems the park bench I chose to sit on, in the shaded section of an urban strip park comes with a show. The park is approximately the width of a street, and I suspect at one time it probably was, or a service lane that often exists behind a more commercial main road. You can find the...

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Sundaying

Sundaying

I like the idea if Sunday, even if it isn't actually Sunday. I often post on my Facebook wall that "I am Sundaying"  as an expression of laziness. Perhaps laziness isn't the right word. When done right,  a Sunday isn't about being lazy so much as just setting aside a day to not do the stuff you do the rest of the week. For those of you that work...

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Wahlburgers Toronto

Wahlburgers Toronto

My review. http://wahlburgers.ca/  This is basically a hamburger place where you sit and order from menus. It's downtown in the trendy Entertainment district across from Wayne Gretskys 99 Blue Jays way. This is the restaurant based on the reality TV show Wahlburgers, run by three of the Wahlburg brothers you can see in movies and TV. The place is...

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Two Minute Warning

Two Minute Warning

Your soup is ready... but it's not. The microwave Macaroni and Cheese you can smell just beeped - but wait. I am blogging about this exact situation while I am forced to wait that extra two minutes after my food has taunted me. It's beeped the ready warning bell, but the box says no. I must not eat it yet. I must wait. I hate that wait. It's not...

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Friends I haven’t met yet.

Friends I haven’t met yet.

In general, strangers don't talk to each other.  Few ever strike up a random conversation with me. It almost never happens, so I am never sure how they react when I start one with them.  It's funny, because in my life, I have trouble starting conversations with people. I am seldom the ice breaker at a party. I'm much happier when you start the...

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McDonalds. Free Entertainment

McDonalds. Free Entertainment

I have an attitude in life that has served me reasonably well, especially in depressed time. Failure can sometimes be funny, and anger is almost always funny... if you look at them from a different perspective. Just now, I have returned home from what some people would call a frustrating visit to the local McDonalds, and rather than describe a...

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I finally did it.

I finally did it.

A while ago, I transitioned my late night journal writing hobby to video. I started talking into the camera instead of writing things down.  For the first year, I saved them on my hard drive, but I wasn't sharing them.  January is traditionally a month of new years resolutions, and so I started a new project. I found a site to motivate me. It...

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Pigeons

Pigeons

I am sitting outside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, having a quick Polish Sausage for lunch in a nice treed Park area. In front of me, walking around observing me in one lone scruffy pigeon. He's not a pretty one at all, multi coloured in no set pattern, and with feathers ruffled like he's just list a fight. He is a scout. He knows I am...

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Waiting vs Selling

Waiting vs Selling

I’ve worked in the support industry and the retail sales industry, but never did food service and I've never been a waiter. I have a great respect for the people who work the counter at fast food places. It’s a hectic stressful job that I don’t think I’d do well at. It’s fast and furious and you’re often dealing with angry people who believe...

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Parking Lots are not Book Covers

Parking Lots are not Book Covers

I arrived at 11:45 for lunch, just a little before the lunch rush shows up. The parking lot was empty, and that is usually a bad sign. When there are no people inside, the Pizza Hut buffet doesn’t change. Surprise. A kids party with 20+ kids, and lots of pizza selection. Good stuff. Never judge a the busyness by it's Parking Lot....

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My First Perkins

My First Perkins

This weekend, I find myself living the life of a traveling salesman, right here in my own city. I am living out of a hotel room, and eating Sunday breakfast in the hotel family restaurant. It’s a Perkins chain, although this in the only one I know of in this area. It seems more an American chain. Just sitting here, taking in the atmosphere of the...

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I tried Green Olvies

I tried Green Olvies

I ate green olives today, probably for the first time ever. I say probably, because the event was so un-memorable, it is conceivable, I have done it before, and just forgot. The taste had a slight familiar feel to it, almost as if I thought was green olives ‘should’  taste like, from their smell and texture. It was on a pizza, at a buffet, so I...

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Bloggin’ The Hut

Bloggin’ The Hut

Second weekday at my new lunch spit and I’m already the Four Square mayor. My last visit was on a Friday, and today is a less busy Wednesday at noon, do we will see what difference a crowd makes to the variety and quality of an all you can eat buffet. The guests this week are seated far away, just outside of my optimal overhearing distance. One...

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Story Gifting

Story Gifting

I have written many times about the power of stories,  but today I will give an example of how they can be used to change embarrassing situations into joy. I am seated in a lunch restaurant a fair distance from my home, with my back to the dining room. As I was eating,  I dropped some crumbs on my shirt, and when I looked down, I happened to...

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Spontaneous conversation observations

Spontaneous conversation observations

I was having an early breakfast at a McDonalds this morning. I often enjoy the breakfast crowd, because the conversations I overhear are often quite different than other times during the day. Today I got a treat. A women seated next to me was enjoying a big breakfast platter alone and content, when another woman walked by and recognized her. ...

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Pizza Hut Bloggin

Pizza Hut Bloggin

May the fourth be with you. It’s funny how memories of past traditions can almost force you to carry them on. I am sitting on a Pizza Hut in Toronto. It’s the first time I’ve had a buffet in a very long time, since do few of their restaurant locations still have dining rooms, and even fewer have the lunch buffet. I moved back to the city in...

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Eating Alone at McDonalds

Eating Alone at McDonalds

Eating alone is something you get used to after a while.  You find ways to amuse yourself, or feel less self conscious. I used to only ever eat alone at counter-pay places, but never at restaurant where I sit and order from wait staff. Today, I was eating breakfast at McDonalds. One of my favourite things to do us just sit,  watch and listen....

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Table for One

Table for One

The job I have is one I do alone, and it means I usually lunch alone. Through the week, I work an uneven mixture I’d days at hone, and days on the road to places all over the area. I am often available to share a lunch with somebody, but not always in the right place at the right time. In the past few years, I have become far mire comfortable...

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