Archive for February 2014

we'll make it through

In my fourth year/graduate seminar on Thursday, the professor ruminated on an interesting human behavioral psychology phenomenon. With the Olympics having taken place recently, it's obviously something that's been on everyone's mind. But in any case, as we were speaking about [social science research] methodologies and how some decisions and constraints are, at the core of it, arbitrarily chosen, she brought up the point that it's a human construct that we have three medal places. Way back, it used to be only gold and silver. Later on, bronze was added in. And stemming from that, to place in the top three is to medal - to come fourth suddenly seems like a significant difference.

And even more interestingly - as a result of this - people who win bronze tend to be happier than people who win silver. Because those who come second almost came first, so it's a bittersweet mix of being proud of the accomplishment, and disappointed at being so close. But for those who get bronze, it's yay, placed!

Some interesting thoughts. Anyway. Not that this is entirely align-able, but February is the second month of the year, and this one has been very rough, to say the least. But there's no point in letting what can't be controlled create a pervasive negative influence, and focus instead on making that which can be controlled as positive as possible.

As always, tomorrow's a new day.

*Photo of a sticky note found in a bathroom stall on campus. Cute.

Bannock: Winterlicious 2014

So Toronto has annual themed food festivals: Winterlicious and Summerlicious, wherein participating restaurants offer prix fixe menus for lunch and/or dinner. One of my exec teams and I hit up Bannock today, and the food was very good, especially considering the price. Bannock is known for "Canadian comfort food" - I've actually been once before, albeit for their regular menu. On the note of Oliver & Bonacini restaurants, I've also been to Biff's Bistro previously.

The kale caesar salad, with dulse, horseradish and Bannock croutons
The pig + chips, with Ontario pork shoulder, roasted garlic fries and mustard greens kimchi
The cheesy chocolate cannoli, with chocolate peanut sauce, brittle, and Ontario cream cheese

So there were seven of us (H, R, L, N, F, M and I), and there was a bit of a wait (although honestly, it really wasn't that bad, and we managed to keep ourselves occupied so we didn't really mind), and they gave us two of these complimentary s'mores cakes to make up for it, which was a super pleasant surprise. And super delicious! The marshmallows were the perfect degree of melted.

The staff were friendly, the food was good, and the atmosphere was nice. Plus the Winterlicious lunch menu is only $15 to boot! Definitely worth checking out, especially if you're a fan of locally sourced ingredients.

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