New Thing #2: T&T Supermarket



Growing up in Grimsby, Ontario I had a lot of jobs: paperboy, fruit picker, greenhouse worker, etc. But where I spent most of my employed time was Lotus Gardens, the local Chinese restaurant. Originally from Hong Kong, the owners had spent time in The Netherlands and mastered Indonesian cooking as well. When they moved to Canada they opened a hybrid Chinese Canadian and Indonesian food restaurant that brought in patrons from around the province. It also meant that I got to eat some kickass food every night for free.

I started there as a dishwasher in high school and paid my way through college on a waiter’s salary and tips. After seven years I was more family than employee. 

I delighted in Ma Pao Tofu, Bami Goreng and a host of other dishes nightly. And although I never went near a wok I think my love of cooking started there.

So today I went to the T&T Supermarket off Cherry Street in Toronto. They specialize in Asian products and ingredients, and boy, they don’t disappoint.

I spent an hour wandering the aisles, picking up a few things here and there for a stir fry I plan on making tonight. I also found countless new things to try that I had neglected to put on my list like blue chicken. Others, like marinated shredded pig’s ear will be a definite treat when I run out of things to try.

To top it all off, the shopping baskets can either be carried or pulled along on wheels . A fantastic little touch to a great shopping experience.



New Thing #1: Shave My Head


To get this project started I said I was going to shave my head and tonight around 8:00pm I did just that. Actually my friend Andrew did most of the shaving but I think it still counts.

And for the most part, I think I like it. My head is now fun to run my hand across. My daughter thinks it’s funny and my wife hasn’t left me and tomorrow’s shower routine should be a whole lot quicker. I might be singing a different tune when I have to go outside in sub zero temperatures, but for the moment I think it’s kinda cool.

Check out the gallery of shots from the whole experience below. So, what do you think? 


Countdown to February 27th


So what’s this all about then? It’s pretty simple actually, and hopefully it’s going to be a lot of fun. When I turn 36th at the end the month I’m going to start trying one new thing a day for a year and sharing it here.

It might be big, it might be small, but I’ll try to always make it interesting. Of course you have to start these things off with a bang or they’re pretty meaningless. Here’s a sneak peak into New Thing #1:

On February 27th I will shave my head.

That means that you have exactly 19 more days to get those hilarious receding hairline jokes in before you can switch over to hilarious bald ones.

I hope you’ll stick around for the ride and maybe offer up a few new things for me to try along the way.