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Sometimes all you need is dim sum.

I love dim sum. It’s the best. My favourite part about it, though, isn’t even the food. It’s all about the people. It’s meant to be shared and it’s the quickest way to make a group of friends feel more like family, even when you welcome new friends to the fold.

Dim sum in the winter is especially delicious and enjoyable. There’s something about delicious bite size food keeping you warm in the cold and wet of winter that just makes you forget about the conditions outside. And did I mention the people? They’re the best. You talk about anything and everything at the dim sum table with friends. And you laugh at all of it. And the only silence you experience is the wonderful food silence that happens because all of the delicious occupying your mouth. Ah, food silence. It’s the most comfortable silence in the world.

My advice? Order everything. At least once. I haven’t done it yet, but one day, with a group of dim sum loving friends (read: all friends because who doesn’t love dim sum?), all the items will be on the table. All of them. Even the ones that I don’t like, because someone will inevitably try it and finish it. (Chicken feet lovers, you know who you are.) Admittedly, it’s a little harder on friends who are vegetarian/vegan. Okay, it’s a lot harder for those friends to enjoy it since nearly everything is meat based, but even then they can enjoy a couple of delicious elements of dim sum. Not much of it, unfortunately, but again, it’s about the people you bring to the dim sum table than it is the dim sum.

Don’t get me wrong: bad dim sum sucks. But unless you’re getting dim sum from the wrong places (i.e. not restaurants), it’s really hard to have bad dim sum. Even store bought, frozen-food section dim sum is good in a pinch. Really, there’s just good dim sum and great dim sum.  I don’t even know how I can say that “bad dim sum sucks” because I can honestly say I’ve never had dim sum I didn’t enjoy somewhat.

But then again, I always have good people at the dim sum table, and, again, that’s what it’s all about.

Go have some dim sum. There’s never a bad time to do it. And then invite me. I’ll be there.

And don’t forget that your fortune cookie fortunes aren’t complete sentences until you say “in bed.”

-Mickey

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Hear that? That’s the winds of change.

So, Monsters, Inc. was my favourite Pixar movie of all time (until Up came out). Post title explained, partially. But it wasn’t because of that quote that I fell in love with that movie. I loved that movie for many reasons: a different world, fully-developed in detail; Boo, the most adorable computer-generated toddler at the time; the good ol’ Pixar/Disney charm at its finest, essentially. I think that movie touched me because of its heart. And yes, over the arc of the film, it was indeed winds of change that turned everything around for the better.

Cut to the present, Toronto, 2013. Winds of change are all around me. Literally and figuratively. It’s really effin’ windy outside today. I’m looking out my window right now, and it looks like a tornado could be ripping through The Junction any second now. I can hear low howls that sound like a dragon flying right by my house. (And yes, I know what flying dragons sound like. Ok, not really.) Winds of change, indeed. Changed the street into a swimming pool for garbage bins and recycling bins to splash around. Changed the sky from cloudy to clear to cloudy to clear, over and over again. Changed my mind about changing my mind.

I had a wonderful coffee-date-turned-dinner with a good university friend who I haven’t really spent time with in about five years. We caught up over a dinner by a warm fire, perfect to fight off the cold wind. We talked about our day-to-day. We shared the ups and downs of years past. We laughed about our (sometimes altered-state-of-mind) moments from our university past. We expertly maneuvered a potentially awkward conversation into an open conversation of understanding human psychology (kinda). All in all, it was a great time, the experience of which centred around change. Brought about by…wind. (I’m reaching here, for sure.)

But really, that’s what I’ve been about for a few weeks now. Change. It’s been in the works since before the new year started, but those clouds are moving now, whether it be to clear the sky, or strategically into place, depends on the day. But they’re moving. Damn it’s windy.

Vague ambiguity alert: I’ve been debating with myself how to approach a situation. I’ll probably write an entry about it when I’m a little braver. Or I might turn it into some lyrics. I’ve already started writing it. In fact, I kind of wrote it already. Almost three years ago. I’ve even performed it. But it needs more. Fuck, I’m blabbering again.

I’m watching this right now. Roommate’s idea. But she went to bed.

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Royale with cheese, motherf*cker.

– Mickey

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