Monday, March 30, 2009

The Gladstone - There is no such thing as too much theatre

The Gladstone made its way into the ranks of Ottawa theatre houses in the Fall of 2008. If you build it, they will come. I was at a party Saturday evening where someone said they have not been sitting in a crowded theatre when they have gone to their performances. I made it my resolution to attend the upcoming performance of A Guy Named Joe, starting Wednesday, April 15. We need this venture to succeed. Call up an old friend with whom you have lost touch and make a date to go to The Gladstone. Then two good things will happen that day.

A New Dirty Little Chocolate Secret That Is Growing Fast

I recently experienced Koko Chocolates by Lori Sword and her husband, Jon. Lovely people and getting phenomenal press it seems. Their name is popping up everywhere. (Or am I just noticing since I now know the name.) If someone offers you the Margarita or the Thai Chili, don't turn it down.

True Loaf Bread Company - New Artisan Bread in Ottawa

The True Loaf Bread Company opened on March 12. They are on Gladstone, east of Bronson. Beside The Red Apron. I stopped in there last week to try it out when I drove by. We had a nice cherry and pecan loaf, a sourdough baguette and a fougasse. It was hard to choose from their broad selection. We had a positive experience.

I toasted a slice of the cherry and pecan loaf for a student like dessert. First Nutella, then crunchy Skippy peanut butter, long thin slices of banana and topped with a spread of leftover 7-minute frosting, which tastes like marshmallow in a fluffy sort of way.

Does This Blog Have a Theme?

I live in Ottawa and have for the many years following my university days in Waterloo. I am a self-confessed foodie that enjoys reading and the arts - galleries, movies, theatre, concerts, etc. My professional career was in senior management for a large financial institution running their I/T Services organization. What a departure from how I spend my time now.

My sense is that there is a niche here in Ottawa to get the word out about food and the arts that is somewhere between a Twitter and a full out blog. More like a noticeable tickle. I know I am too distracted to be complete but as I experience things, it just seems nice to share.

I have found a number of food related blogs here in Ottawa and they all seem to have a different feel. Some are reasonably content rich and some are long on author personality. Maybe there is something similar about the arts. My blog isn't about me, about the attention I need, about my charming wit, about my character pros and cons. It needs to be about the content. Get it to you. Make it timely. Maybe thoughtful too in the hopes that it sticks with you and can be useful. Don't over talk it. Respect your busy lives. And if by chance you have comments, I welcome any and all that show respect for the conduct of good debate.

That's me. I just want to be a Tickle.
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