Monthly Archives: February 2012

“We Need To Talk About Kevin” – Lionel Shriver: A Book Review


Check out my latest book review on Lionel Shriver’s epistolary novel “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”  A haunting read, it forces parents and society to answer questions about children.  It is a sociopsychological suspense that entrenches its reader from conception on.  For the full review here.  Please read an exerpt below;

“Shriver succeeds with this novel by providing many instances throughout where it is left up to the reader to argue whether it was Eva’s fault that Kevin turned out the way he did, or if Kevin, was born evil. Her focus on this theme is demonstrated by the characters themselves; Eva, and her ambivalence toward motherhood, Frankin, the high hope, “my child can do no wrong”, optimist, Kevin, the antithesis to a loving child.   The characters themselves are so well developed that you will feel yourself being pulled into the story…”

We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver

The Queen of Hearts


The Queen Of Hearts

The Queen of Hearts

She made some tarts,

All on a Summer’s day.

Illustrated by W.W. Denslow

The Knave of Hearts

He stole those tarts,

And took them clean away.

Illustrated by W.W. Denslow

The King of Hearts

Called for those tarts,

And beat the Knave full sore.

Illustrated by W.W. Denslow

The Knave of Hearts

Brought back those tarts,

And vowed he’d steal no more.

Anonymous Author April 1782


Winterlicious has hit Toronto!


I had never heard of Winterlicious until this year.  A few of my coworkers wanted to go for dinner and suggested we go to the restaurants that are participating in Winterlicious.  I asked them what it was, as I had never heard of it.  Winterlicious is 175 of some of Toronto’s hottest restaurants that have lunch and dinner menus for a reduced price.  Lunch specials range from $15, $20, & $25 and Dinner Specials range from $25, $35, or $45.  Each special comes with a starter, a main, and a dessert.  I was astounded!  When was the last time anybody went to a sophisticated restaurant and had a 3 course meal for $35?!

Toula Ristorante & Bar

I did last night!  I went to Toula’s, a fine dining restaurant on the 38th floor of the Westin Harbour Castle.  This restaurant is chic and the atmosphere was soft, inviting, and romantic. I sat near the window and got to experience the night skyline of Toronto.  The staff was helpful without being too overbearing and the food was amazing!

This was my view

I started off with the hickory wood smoked Atlantic Wild Salmon with caramelized sweet red onions & fresh capers finished with lemon & extra virgin olive oil emoltion .   My main was the  Paccheri Pasta with fresh P.E.I lobster in a lightly spicy roasted plum tomato sauce topped with a fresh P.E.I Lobster Tail.  And the real jewel of the night was Toula Strawberry Cheesecake.  It was the BEST Cheesecake I have ever had!

I especially loved this night out because for $35 plus taxes and gratuity, I got to experience a restaurant thats food is delicious, the atmosphere was warm and inviting and for a price that doesn’t put a dent in my wallet.

Child Friendly Hair Salon and Stylist


I love, love, LOVE having my hair done.  Since I was old enough to get my hair, dyed, permed, straightened on my own choice, trips to the salon were my favourite things to do.  My hair has been dyed numerous colours, it has been several lengths and styles.  But when my daughter was born, all of a sudden things changed.  I didn’t have that extra cash to go and get my hair done as often as I liked.  And when I found a salon that I really enjoyed, they weren’t exactly “child friendly”.  It was my first mother’s day and there was a salon near my home that was promoting $20 haircuts for mother’s on mother’s day.  I called a booked an appointment.  I loved it when I walked in and there were strollers and kids all around and it was a professional salon.  I was sold!

Cattiva Hair Salon is located on 270 The Kingsway in Toronto, tucked away in the Stath Humber Plaza, and has been my sole salon since I have lived here.  It was rated the 2nd best salon in Toronto by the Toronto Sun.  It was one fateful summer that I was outside playing with my daughter when I met a neighbour of mine whose son was the same age as my daughter.  As we began to talk, it turns out that she worked there.  I asked her about her life as a hairstylist.

Julie at one of her shows

Julie has worked in the business for 16 years and has worked for some major hair companies like Loreal and Schwarzkopf.  She has worked for magazines, has herself worked on fashion shows and has worked and traveled the globe.  She put all that behind her and returned to the salon when she became a mother herself.  She has 2 young sons, whom I know and adore, and works 6 days a week tirelessly making ragged moms like me look good.  She is truly talented.  I have never ever walked out of her chair without being absolutely happy with my hair.

Cattiva also has Mommy Monday’s where you can bring your tot and strollers in while you get your hair done.  It is reasonably priced and that alone you can’t go wrong.  You can call and book an appointment 416-239-7741.  Be sure to ask for Julie, you won’t regret it.