So the other place that was home to my favorite burger has now been dethroned, my favorite burger in Toronto is now at the most charming restaurant in the Annex neighborhood- The Harbord Room.
I am not sure what they put in it but it definitely feels pre marinated of sorts because the flavors just explode in your mouth… an orgasm of flavors. The term “food porn” comes to mind, isn’t that how you would describe your favorite burger if you had one?
If you don’t take my word for it, the same people who voted me Toronto’s Best Dressed on numerous occasions also voted this burger #1 in Toronto. You can’t argue with their impeccable eye for the things that shine
Yes, even I have style icons like everyone else. I have already revealed my love for Amanda Lepore. I really admire how she recreated herself into what she had envisioned…despite being mostly what people would call skimpy, she is always on point with everything.
THEN, there is the one who I have never revealed. The one and only, Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran. Her look is also one of extreme elegance and regal splendor. I would describe it as tasteful opulence.
Even though one wears more revealing clothing while the other is very modest in dress, I feel like their styles are very similar. I envision their clothes as coming from the same persons closet.
My dream closet would basically consist of Farah’s gowns and jewelry combined with Amanda’s lingerie and shoes. Yes, dream, one can only dream.
So there you have it, those are the only two people whose sense of style I admire. Here are pictures of me below to give you an idea of how it comes to translate.
This recording of Josephine Baker from 1927 doing her infamous Banana Dance must surely be the earliest video recording of what is now affectionately known as twerking.
I was really feeling festive this holiday season after reconnecting with my grandfather who lives in a small village in a very rural party of Kenya. I thought it would be nice to send him a Christmas gift but since it was already 5 days till Christmas, I had run out of time. This is when I remembered that I had seen an advertisement on TV where Western Union had promised instant and easy money transfers anywhere in the world. BINGO!
I walked to the Western Union location in Toronto and filled out the forms and sent a mobile money transfer to my grandfather on the 21st of December. When I called to tell him, he was almost in tears since this was the first time he had received a Christmas gift from anyone in his entire life…I think he is in his 80’s or something- imagine?
Would you believe me if I told you that on this day, the 30th of December, my grandfather has not been able to collect the money I sent him for Christmas on the 21st of December? His poor hopes of having a Merry Christmas were cruelly taken away from him by Western Union’s incompetence and shady business practices. I have been calling Western Union everyday since the 21st to try and get his gift to him by the 25th and I am just crushed and devastated. Since he doesn’t have the money… and neither do I, I feel like I was set up and fleeced- I was robbed!
The worst part about this whole ordeal is that my grandfather (who has arthritis) had to walk for many hours back and forth under the hot African sun to go to the Western Union. He has done this a few times since the 21st, today I had to wire him more money (NOT through Western Union) so that he could get arthritis medicine.
As for Western Union, I have contacted customer service many many many times, and even tried to tweet them many many times. Basically, every time I contact them, they immediately lie and tell me that the money I sent has been paid to my grandfather BUT, when I ask them to show me proof, they tell me to wait 15-20 days while they investigate.
Personally, I have written this off as a life lesson, I consider the funds I sent lost or stolen aka, neither my grandfather nor I will ever get to see them. My experience will however not be in vain if I can warn and teach others to view this as a cautionary tale. I plan to have Facebook discussion and also make a YouTube video about this tragedy featuring my grandfather.
It will be titled, Western Union, The Grinch Who Stole My Grandfathers Christmas. Currently in production, look for it on YouTube this weekend.
Update: I just received a call from Moses at customer service, FINALLY someone with clear concrete answers who knows what they are talking about. It is a little premature to say but I feel like Moses has everything under control and maybe this time my grandfather will be able to collect the funds that I sent 9 days ago.
I have been posting many pics from my cellphone this month. I have basically not been carrying my camera at all and I think those cumbersome things are going extinct. Mainly because it is so convenient to just use a cellphone camera, they have really gone high tech these days.
Anyway, here is yet another cellphone pic.
I also went to a fun party where I danced and recorded this video from behind the DJ booth. So much fun!
My Christmas was a little different, it was pseudo Jewish and filled with love, movies, food and gifts.
For the second year in a row now I could not be with my family over Christmas, for the second year in a row I was invited to Christmas eve dinner by a lovely German family. I can safely say that I have been officially been accepted as a member of the family.
May your holiday season be bright and jolly wherever you are. Even though I am in freezing Toronto, I feel warm knowing that I am loved, a wonderful feeling. I only wish that you may experience the joy that I have, it is my only wish.
Thank you all for the support.
Here are some pics I took on my cellphone over the festive season. I have not been carrying my regular camera. I will try and get a new layout for the blog for the new year. I will be back in full swing soon- I promise!
Talk about the find of the day, check out this African mask/head brooch by Cartier. It is a vintage piece from the 1950’s era.
The details fuse together intricately to create a very complimenting finished product. I especially love the earrings and the neck rings, not to mention the construction in the back.
I love me some Badu! For more on miss Badu for Givenchy, click here.