Ravings and Rantings

Welcome to my cloud! It's got a nice silver lining somewhere.....Some ranting, some raving--mostly positive stuff,lots of jokes (I can't stay serious). Nothing going on here that a pina colada or mohito can't fix.

Sunday, December 04, 2005


Black Box Lyrics (partial)
courtesy of
: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/b/blackboxlyrics/fantasylyrics.html

Every man has a place
In his heart there's a space
And the world can't erase his fantasies
Take a ride in the sky
On our ship fantasize
All your dreams will come true right away
And together,
Until the twelfth of never
Our voices will ring forever, as one.
Come to see, victory,
In a land called fantasy
Loving life for you and me

World, how are ya?
We had the prettiest snow making the ugliest mess out here. Big soft sparkly snow making slick ice..can't wait to see what happens to tomorrow's commute (ha ha ha).

Finally found a pet store that sells the good kind of canned cat food. And it happens to be across the street from where I work YAY! Going into that store is great because they let pets come in and even had a Santa for the doggies/kitties to visit. It is a cool place. If you like dogs and cats as much as I do. Bought a TON of food and they even have a discount card.

Got half of the other household stuff done (you know, changed linens, litter, did recycling, filled the car with gas, that kind of stuff). The Most Spoiled Cat In The Universe spent a lot of time sleeping. Finally got most of my jokes sent out (had two complaints that I'd been quiet/slow lately). Laundry? Not yet. Cooking? HA! No. Christmas shopping? Tee hee hee not yet either but getting there.

Did see 7 deer on the way home. They were just a block or two away from my house. A set of 5 and 2. Lots of geese too. Some of the deer were quite small (fawns I guess). It's so great to see them so close to home. There's an elementary school about 1/4 mile from my house into which a bear wandered two years ago. That wasn't cool. And this is not exactly the country...but oh well. They have to go somewhere! Must start carrying a camera in the car so I can post for you guys.

Hope M starts to work with us soon. Am becoming very impatient about it (like kids and Christmas I guess). Just want him to be here for Christmas...hopefully next week.

Mom and I went to the Worst Restaurant In The West End of O Town tonight. First of all, it 'replaced' the Outback, which we loved. Turns out that the Outback's profit margin wasn't high enough according to the folks who owned it (and who also own Kelsey's). Well, that meant whatever replaced it would be pricey, and this place is. $108 for two people including 1 cocktail (a GREAT bellini) and a 1/2 litre of house red wine (also good). The FOOD tho....first of all, they had something to replace Yorkshire pudding. Forget what it was called but it was just plain gross. looked like a gross huge wedge of cheesecake and tasted worse than it looked. The New York cut of sirloin that I had was so full of salt that it came with 'gravel' on it. Scraping it off helped, but the sauces that came with it would have killed anyone older than I (54). Home-made Worchester (very hot), Kobe mustard and some indescribable green stuff. If you've guessed 'fusion' by now you'd be right. Oh yes, garlic mashed potatoes with suspicious other stuff in it. The veggies, which I hate anyway, included something very long, stringy and green with buds at the top. Leggy, starved broccoli? Heaven knows. Plus slices of onion and, food to which I am extremely allergic--peppers! I ordered a skewer of shrimp on the side which tasted exactly like steak.

Sound great? Ohhhh it wasn't. The appetizer we ordered was a spinach dip (Mom's supposed to increase her iron intake) that came with warmed nacho chips. COATED IN SALT. OK, Kanata has one of the highest concentrations of senior in this area (who are bound to have high blood pressure issues--ie are eating LOW salt-- and youngsters sure can't afford those prices--so just at whom are they pitching themselves? Beats me but man...ick. Wasn't the server's fault but did mention the saltiness was a bit tough on us two heart patients. The spinach dip included garlic (great) artichokes (even better) and had a soup base (FULL OF SALT). It takes a lot for me to complain about restaurant food, since I"m so grateful for the ability to drink when I'm out with Mom (tonight it was very necessary) and the lack of dishes is a miracle I still get heart flutters about.

The exceptionally slow service was the icing on the cake (maybe they were trying to protect us from the food for as long as possible). There were folks whose service was worse than ours (hard to imagine), who didn't look too happy when the food finally showed up. They make you apply your own pepper since each table has one of those huge mills. So I think the salt and the slow service were a ploy to get patrons to drink fast and keep drinking. You had to ask for water to get it to, and no bread/rolls were in sight. Did not see anyone in the kitchen (mind you it was a limited view) over 24 years of age.

Where was this place? Well, let's put it this way: I would not recommend any restaurant in the Pinecrest shopping centre.

I give this dump 3 months, tops. Even if their drinks are fantastic...just not worth the trip. It sure wasn't $108 of food, I can tell you that. Mom was having another issues night, stuck on the same target thoughts, mumbling a lot...I love her dearly. And was patient, which sooooooo does not come naturally. But that's over for the week.

So the week's gotta pick up from here, M will be arriving soon...things are looking up despite the overdose of NaCl we had tonight.

Happy/Safe driving world. Hope that you are dry, warm and safe.

Hugs, Bridg


  • At 12/04/2005 10:36:00 PM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said…

    OK - spill the beans, Bridg: what place is this? And the Outback at Pinecrest is kaput? HMPH. Kelsey's was OK in a pinch, and Montana's is also OK in an emergency (I frequented the ones at South Keys because I worked at the Crapters there and we had a lot staff stuff at both places). But I cannot believe the Outback is gone out there! I would have thought that a cheapish steak house would have been doing great business there! Well, nothing's forever.

  • At 12/04/2005 11:22:00 PM, Blogger DrinkJack said…

    Oh, I cooked the best ribeye tonight. Perfection as in melt in thy mouth. Add to it, some oven baked diced potatoes with onion soup mix and we have a meal.

    Sorry to hear that you have had your salt intake for the month of December. But then again, you have a beautiful snow fall to enjoy and if you had been quicker, deer in the freezer.

  • At 12/05/2005 12:37:00 AM, Blogger Bridget Jones said…

    WC the name of this dump is Milestones (soon to change to Millstones lol). It's part of a chain that had yet to open in the west end.

    The staff etc. at Outback made it a good place. One day Mom and I went there for a Sunday dinner and not only was it closed, the whole shootin' match was gone and in its place is this Milestones place! ICK.

    Have had very bad service at Montana's...the type where they take 45 minutes to notice your existence, then overcook your order and bring you the wrong food in the first place.

    Argh bring back OUtback!!!

    Of course there's always the Keg, thank heavens.

    DMJ do I hear an offer to host dinner next weekend?

    Hit those lovely deer???? Are you MAD??????

    Noooooooooo thanks.

    The snow and sight of the deer was offset enough, sigh. It takes a lot for me to complain about food, especially food I don't cook...

  • At 12/05/2005 04:18:00 PM, Blogger tshsmom said…

    Smearing crap on steak seems to be the current IN thing to do.
    I'm a steak purist myself. Save the crap smearing for a cheap cut of meat!

  • At 12/05/2005 04:19:00 PM, Blogger Avery's mom said…

    a bear wandered INTO? an elementary school?

  • At 12/06/2005 12:53:00 AM, Blogger Bridget Jones said…

    tshsmom, totally agree. It's a dangerous sign when expensive meat shows up with junk all over it...

    Avery's mom--yep right into an elementary school playground. No one was hurt, the whoever-they-were (police, animal control) showed up right away and tranquilized the bear.

    No one knew that they (bears) were around before that!

    This is a pretty big suburb. Odd huh?

  • At 12/06/2005 11:48:00 AM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said…

    Milestones? Really? That's a popular chain out west here. There is an excellent one on the Inner Harbour in Victoria and I love it! I have also had great food at one in Vancouver. A shame you had a bad experience. I have never had one at any. Sorry about that.

  • At 12/06/2005 06:42:00 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said…

    Well, it could be the local management at work trying to sell a lot of alcohol (like the movies do with popcorn?). The local newspaper's website has a spot on it for tips. I suggested that they send a restaurant reviewer to that place.....


  • At 12/06/2005 10:43:00 PM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said…

    They do have the best bellinis. At the Victoria one, you can get this cool drink in a fishbowl! Not a bellini, but something else just as divine.


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