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  • The end of the beginning - A farewell to the Bastard Pug

    I wasn’t sure if I was meant to be laughing or crying.

    As my chariot for the past 5 years sputtered, coughed and stalled its way to a trade-in, I couldn’t help but reflect on our journey...

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  • My Love Affair

    Turns out it wasn't love at first sight, but more of a journey... How many first dates didn’t involve food? Not many I would guess. In Std 5 (grade 7 for those younger than me) my best friend and I went on a double date. 12 years old and with ears and noses growing faster than the rest of our face. We watched Beetlejuice at the movies and then sat at Milky-Lane and had waffles. Dating in high school for me was a bit of a write off. I was poorly behaved and preferred the company of a close group...

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  • On empty cups and slow learners...

    I once heard a tale of an employer who didn't accept any resignations from employees between August and the end of the year. Does that apply to employers too I wonder? '11 Fridays till Christmas' Will Ferrell's annoying Elf face tells us on Facebook. There's a slight season silliness starting to creep in… It's October and it's downhill from here. But... that also means it's our season, hospitality peeps! While we paddle like crazy under the surface for most the year, we can enjoy the gentle bopping-up-to-breathe the season brings. And by bopping up I don't mean we sit back,...

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  • A thousand days...

    I recently had the opportunity to share at a business brunch a little bit about the journey that brought me to a Regional Business Achievers Award nomination. Unfortunately none of my close friends or family could be there on the day so I promised that I will share my story with them in the form of a blog post. It's been nearly a month since and I've stalled and used every excuse in the book not to! It is so very personal to me and I'm not sure if I really want it out there?! Until this morning when I...

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  • Moms, I'm with you.

      A very good friend often says to me (normally round about suicide hour):     It is so unfair that you have 2 chefs in your household...it's a waste of supper-time talent. :-) Now while most of you think we probably create the most amazing 5-star suppers for us and the kids each night, I feel this is probably a good time to set the record straight... We don't. We hardly cook at home. My job has me working in our production kitchen all day everyday. Cooking and baking, in between doing admin with one eye on the cooking and baking,...

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  • DON'T. STOP. BELIEVING.

    Anyone who appreciates 70's and 80's rock music will be familiar with the song, Don't Stop Believin'. One of the greatest rock anthems. Its opening keyboard riff is unmistakable. It's a fire-in-your-belly kind of song. More recently it was the theme song for Rock of Ages featuring a wild-eyed Tom Cruise as a disconnected rock god. It was released back in '81 and somehow never cracked a no1 on any billboard ever??? Hard to believe then, that in 2009 it became the most downloaded song in itunes history. Even the greatest musical gems, the ones that will survive long after...

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  • From food issues to fat issues..

    So my last blog entry about my kids' food issues ended on a ever-tighter-fitting-jeans note. While some thought that was funny, I'm sure some of you identified and knew that it was only half funny...and that maybe there were more food issues in my house than merely my kids not eating veg! A month later and the said jeans now need a belt to hold 'em up! No diet. So what changed? A few eating habits have changed... I started banting. There I said it! Now before you roll your eyes (you see I'm also guilty of that!), please do...

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  • The Food Issue

    Everyone knows the joke about the pastor's kids being the naughtiest, the shoemaker's barefoot offspring, the doctor's sickly lot and so on.... But what do they say about the chef's kids? They say not an awful lot. Cause there's not much left to say, really. When you are at your wits end with your kids' eating habits, you rather not say. Who will believe you when you say they hate good food about as much, maybe more, as you love good food? I know one shouldn't lie to kids but who says eating your sausages won't let you turn into...

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  • And the rest as they say...

    It’s a great line isn’t it? The punch-line to a story filled with trials, filled with obstacles and challenges. A story that ultimately ends in success. And when finally you look back at the road travelled and the successes now apparent, you get to mutter......”and the rest is history”.Well that’s all good and proper but right now the only thing that is history is the job I’ve been in for the last 7 years. The General Manager title, company car, cell phone allowance, the perks and the corporate ladder nicely lined up. All history. There is something very humbling being...

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