Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Review: Garbage Perform in Toronto 05/28/2012

Last night, Garbage stopped in Toronto on their Not Your Kind of People tour and they played to a packed crowd of die-hard fans at Toronto's Phoenix Concert Hall. The tickets for this show sold out in a matter of minutes and I was fortunate enough to snatch up one of these highly coveted tickets a few months earlier. This was my second time seeing the band perform live, and Shirley Manson and the boys truly did not disappoint.

The band have just returned from a seven year hiatus, but they're back in true form and they've never sounded better. It was delightful to see the group back on stage and they played a mixture of their hits including: Only Happy When It Rains, Cherry Lips, Queer, I Think I'm Paranoid, Stupid Girl, Why Do You Love Me and many, many more; plus we heard a bunch of tracks from their new album too.

Shirley Manson kept the crowd engaged the whole night with her killer vocals, her charm and her sincerity. At one point in the show, the band's monitors had to be rebooted, so Shirley used this time to meet some of the fans in the audience and to genuinely express the band's gratitude towards us, the fans, for our continual support. I was touched by this gesture and when their monitors came back up--Garbage ROCKED out the rest of the evening and showed the audience exactly why we love them so much. Check out my pics and videos of the show below!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Vegas Uncork'd 2012

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of traveling to Sin City to cover the annual Las Vegas Uncork'd Food and Wine Festival for Food Network Canada. The fabulous city of Las Vegas has definitely become a foodie's paradise and a one-stop destination for luxe vacationing and fine dining.

I stayed at the stunning and AH-MAZING Caesar's Palace and I thoroughly enjoyed my time basking in the extravagant digs that is Caesar's. When I wasn't dining at one of the many famous Caesar's Palace restaurants, I was outside trying to catch as many rays as possible in the immaculate Garden of the Gods Pool. Life can be sweet!

Garden of the Gods Pool

Over a span of three days, I tried a multitude of dishes that were completely out of this world; caught up with celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Susan Feniger, Rick Moonen and Hubert Keller; caught a Cirque show; did yoga with the dolphins and so much more. Vegas is truly a city that never sleeps and when you're there, you won't want to waste anytime shutting eye and missing out on all of the glitz, glamour and fun. Check out my pics below and see part of my interview with Bobby Flay for Food Network Canada below--enjoy!

Susan Feniger & I by day...

Chef Ryan Scott

Chef Timothy Henderson

Mesa Grill's Shrimp and Grouper Ceviche with Mango Habanero and Pickled Red Onion served in a halved coconut

Chef Rick Moonen and I

Celebrity chef poker tournament

Yoga with the dolphins!

Catching some rays at Caeser's Palace pool!

Susan Feniger and I by night...

At Alain Ducasse's Mix lounge at Mandalay Bay--what a view!

DJ Confit (AKA Hubert Keller)
DJ Hubert Keller and I
Chef Bobby Flay and I