GOOD TORONTO REVIEW IN USA TODAY...HOT/SPICY FESTIVAL IN T.O.
Nice words from writer Laura Bly in USA Today's travel section today.
Early on her piece she referrred to the upcoming film festival and wrote that "one of North America's most cosmopolitan and (typically Canadian) understated destinations is camera-ready."
Bly went on to talk about how U.S. passport rules have hurt Toronto tourism and how "even the weather conspired against the city, as an unusually cool, rainy summer frustrated locals and visitors who gravitate to Toronto's sidewalk cafes and inviting (really?) Lake Ontario waterfront."
She also got in some good lines about Daniel Libeskind, saying that folks refer to his ROM extension as either a downed jet or a "geometric tumour."
I hadn't heard that one.
Bly talks about Queen West as a hipster haven and recommends the peameal bacon at St. Lawrence Market. But she also talks about kangaroo burgers at the market, and that's a new one on me. Gotta check it out tomorrow....
EMILY IN SOUTH AFRICA
The Star's Emily Mathieu won't get her final chance to drop into a cage and look for great white sharks until Saturday. But she's making the most of her opportunities by giving readers a lovely tour of Table Mountain in South Africa; one of those iconic places we all would get to visit in our lifetimes if there was any justice in the world.
Check her out at www.thestar.com/travel. She's doing a great job.
WHAT TO BUY A PRINCE?
Apparently it's something of a royal no-no to surprise Prince Philip with a present on his birthday. Freelancer Janie Robinson tells the tale in the Saturday Travel section. You can read it online now at www.thestar.com. You also can log on and read her accompanying story, as well as a piece on the ultra-chic Hotel Missoni in Edinburgh.
SOME LIKE IT HOT
Had a great meal Friday thanks to Louisiana tourism folks, so thanks for that. They'll be down at Harbourfront this weekend at the Hot + Spicy Food Festival, so check out the great gumbo and other treats.
There's also Louisiana/Cajun music, including a 9:30 p.m. Sunday show by Irma Thomas, "the soul queen of New Orleans." Thomas will give a talk at 6:30 p.m.
Also appearing is Terrance Simien for a little zydeco music. And there's a face-off between chefs from Mexico and Louisiana on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
For more information, go to www.harbourfrontcentre.com
WHAT, ALL THE HOTELS WERE FULL?
Got a note from the Kauai visitors' bureau to say that actress Mitzi Gaynor is making a trip to the Garden Isle, the most beautiful island in Hawaii. What I don't get is this is her first trip since she filmed South Pacific up around Lumahai Beach on the north shore.
To which I'm thinking, "Mitzi, my girl, WHAT ON EARTH TOOK YOU SO LONG?" You couldn't get an invitation? You had to cut the grass?
JIM'S DEAL OF THE DAY
A three night stay at The Rosseau, A JW Marriott Resort and Spa will get you a $150 resort credit valid towards everything from dining and drinks to spa treatments, golf and purchases at the property’s Country Market. The deal is available through the end of the year and requires a weekend stay including a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night. The Rosseau, overlooking
It's like having your own cottage. Minus the dock repairs.
Have a great Labour Day weekend and see ya Tuesday.