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Published: Mon, 15 Aug 2011 00:09:24 GMT

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Copyright: Copyright 2005 Randy Charles Morin

Real Sports Bar & Grill, Toronto

Mon, 15 Aug 2011 00:09:24 GMT

Located next to the ACC, Real Sports is one of the, if not the top sports bar in Toronto. Check out the 30 foot big screen.


Lots of beer on tap. This was some kind of London stout.


Meatloaf was awesome and looks even awesomer. Fried onions on top. Potatoes great! Presentation perfect. Mmmm.


I had the chicken fingers. Suicide. I didn't get much for $10. 3.


One kid had the butter pasta. Love the bowls. She loved the pasta.


Son had the mini burgers. Loved 'em. Fries weren't that good. Overcooked.


Gotta have more than one beer and of different varieties. Lot's on tap.


Desert was OK.


Overall, great experience. A little expensive. Wouldn't go here often, but worth the experience at least once.


Red Lobster

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 18:03:27 GMT

We love Red Lobster. If it wasn't so darn expensive, I think my fam would eat there almost every day. Usually we go to the Red Lobster on Queen St in Brampton.


Ya start off with drinks and they almost always have my fav Rickards Red on tap. Then they bring the biscuits. These are evil. They will bring as many as you can eat. They taste great and you can easily kill any hunger with them. Be careful not to ruin your meal. Done that.


My caesar salad.


Stuffed sole is my fav. It's cheaper. It's also very rich.


If ya got bucks, then they have the best seafood platters. Garlic shrimp. Friend shrimp. And a lobster tail.


The kids lose the crab legs. And the mashed potatoes.


And the youngest is crazy about brocoli.


The kids also love the popcorn shrimp.


Makes you almost wanna go back. Except with drop $100 every time :(


Osso Rucco, Brampton

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 17:13:45 GMT

On Valentin's Day, my wife took me to Osso Rucco on Bovaird, near Hurontario, in Brampton. This is a fancy, yet reasonably priced restaurant in Brampton.

The specials menu is a large board, which they have plenty of for all the guests. Different. I had the Spaghetti & Meatballs and the wife had Seafood pasta off the regular menu.


Overall, great food. Great atmosphere. Great service. I should'a taken some more pics of the food and front door. Never can have enough pics.


Applebees, Brampton

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 17:04:01 GMT

One of our fav restaurants in both Canada and the U.S. is Applebees. We started going about the time the movie Talladega Nights came out (the movie featured the restaurant). We were just getting into NASCAR as a family and it was fun to go to Applebees like they did in the movie. Except we don't get thrown out. Over time, we've come to make this our prime regular restaurant.

My wife usually has one of the chicken stir fry dishes.


I have the chicken bites, buffalo suicide style. The chicken is the exact same in both the stir fry and bites. I wish they'd put more sauce and spice it up. I often have to ask. That said, they are great chicken pieces.


Sometimes we get rings, but not usually. The rings tend to be overcooked, but usually great.


Kid's like the pogos, which are quite often overcooked, but the wife always gets them to re-cook them when they are. Fries are pretty good, not great.


They also like the MacNCheese. Always good.


In Brampton, they always have Rickard's Red (or maybe it's Keith's Red) on tap. That suites me fine.

East Side Marios Oshawa

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 16:36:20 GMT

Last month, while attending my son's hockey tournament in Oshawa, I took him to the East Side Marios at the Oshawa Centre.


East Side Marios is my son's fav restaurant, but this one had horrible service. The worst part is that there was plenty of empty tables, yet a wait at the entrance to be seated. The greeter was either told to make everybody wait 10 minutes before seating them or she was incompetent. Even with a near empty restaurant, we waited in line to be seated. A couple girls who came after us waited for 20 minutes while half the restaurant sat empty.

Once we sat down, the food was typical great ESM. I had the wings, of course. My son has the kid's Cappelletti (two actually). Table service was OK.

Gateway Chevrolet

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 18:52:46 GMT

Tuesday, I purchased a new Cruze at Gateway Chevrolet. I picked up the car on Friday. I have been completely amazed the quality of service and this car. It's now one of passions of my life; along with my kids, their mom, Starbucks, GoodLife and beer.

Several salesmen and woman at Gateway helped me feel comfortable about my decision. They gave me 1900 off the price.

I got the basic LS, no air, standard trans. I'm luving driving my stick Cruze. I'm sure the novelty of driving stick will wear off, but for now I'm excited.

Buffalo Style Perogies

Tue, 15 Jun 2010 18:19:59 GMT

Last week, I had Buffalo Style Perogies at Kelseys in Brampton (Queen near Airport). Amazing. That's now my dish whenever we return. Total recommend.


Brunswick Bramalea Lanes

Tue, 04 May 2010 21:09:55 GMT

Went bowling at Brunswick Bramalea Lanes last week. I didn't do so well. Been awhile since I've played.


Ontario Schools Suck

Mon, 26 Apr 2010 13:25:43 GMT

The most important part of your life is your schooling. I take this very seriously when it comes to my kids. I put them in the best school I can afford. One year, I put my eldest daughter into Catholic school, which in Ontario is a public school system. After about a month, I regretted that decision and she was back in private school for the next school year.

Talking with parents at the hockey rink always reassures me that I'm still doing the right thing. "My son never has homework," says a mom to me yesterday. I told her Brayden always has homework, but that's the school. These kids are in grade 4 and they never have homework? What are public schools in Ontario? Glorified day care? No homework?

I almost hate talking with other parents about schooling, because my tendancy is to belittle the public system. I don't want them to feel like I'm bragging about sending my kids to private school, but in a way, I do. The public school system in Ontario and most likely everywhere has failed our kids. Parents need to know that their kids are getting a sub-par education.

This makes me wonder what to do when my eldest moves into grade 9. Her school only goes to grade 8. Can I put her back into the public system? Do I need to find a private high-school? Will she get bored in the public system?

Melgor Trophies

Fri, 27 Nov 2009 20:34:43 GMT

Every once in awhile, I encounter a business that blows my socks off. Let me introduce Melgor Trophies in Brampton. These guys are total professionals. Total! I just got my jerseys back for my 9 yr olds rec-league hockey team. These guys rocks. Don't go otherwhere if you can go out of your way and see these guys first. WOW!!!

Jack Astors, Queen St and 410

Thu, 22 Oct 2009 02:00:15 GMT

I'm amazed just how many restaurants in my circle of the woods are turning to crap. The latest is Jack Astors on Queen St near the 410 in Brampton. Service has hit bottom. They only put one bartender to serve the entire bar area, which is quite large. It took 5-10 minutes before he realized he had a new customer and found the time to serve me. He gave me two expired WiFi passwords and a 7 dollar beer. I left 20 minutes later having been served only one beer and expired passwords. It wasn't always this way, they use to provide good service, but I assume they cut back on staff to maximize profits short-term and lose customers long-term. Good plan.

Moxies, Brampton

Mon, 19 Oct 2009 16:09:37 GMT

Last night, I stopped by Moxies in Brampton for a couple beers. This restaurant opened in the last few days near the corner of Queen and Dixie, at the Bramalea City Centre. It was more like a club than a restaurant. They had way more staff than necessary working that night and stepping on each others shoes. The staff was all young hotties, mostly female, but some males.

The beer was expensive. I had their house amber. They did have the football game on numerous widescreen TVs in the bar area. I didn't try the food. No WiFi sealed the deal for me. I won't be going much.

I prefer the Walkers Brew pub across the street. Even with the new restaurant opening, Walkers was absolutely packed on Sunday for football.

Boston Pizza Team Deal

Fri, 16 Oct 2009 18:00:16 GMT

Today, I went to Boston Pizza for lunch. The one near Queen and Torbram in Brampton. Even though they have free WiFi, I usually don't go because their WiFi is unreliable and their beer is expensive. It was 6.29 plus tax today. But, I had a discount card that gave 10% off plus 10% to my son's hockey team. That's 20% off; caveat, before tax. This makes Boston Pizza a lot more viable as a lunch time option for me.

I did have some problems. They told me the card was misprinted, but that I'd get the discount anyway. They also took y card and wrote up the total before they took my credit card. I was gonna have another beer, but I decided to avoid the hassle. Then, when I got the bill, it didn't include the discount and we had to void and re-charge my card. Sloppy, but the lower price might get me there more often.

Wild Wing, North Brampton

Fri, 16 Oct 2009 17:44:39 GMT

Thursday night, slightly before 8PM, I stopped by the Wild Wing restaurant on the north end of Brampton. I sat at the bar and started working on my smartphone. The bartender walked by a half dozen times ignoring me. I tried to flag her down and she somehow didn't see me. Two waitresses talked in the corner and another was in deep conversation with a patron. There was slightly more customers than staff. After ten minutes, the bartender walked by again and I raised my hand to get her attention and she walked by ignoring me again. I stood up and walked out. Pathetic service. The entire staff should've been fired on the spot.

Driving Queen St, Brampton

Thu, 24 Sep 2009 10:22:41 GMT

Video from the dashboard of me driving on Queen Street near Dixie in Brampton.

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Clancy's Sports Bar Sucks

Fri, 17 Jul 2009 18:25:43 GMT

The closest sports bar to my house in Brampton is Clancy's Sports Bar. I go there beacuse it's a short walk from my house. It's owned my Bill Reed, an x-hockey player who played for the Johnstown Jets. The Jets were the team who were captured on film as the Charleston Chiefs in the movie Slap Shot. Bill played with the Hanson (really Carlson) brothers and possily Paul Holmgren and Bruce Boudreau.

When I first went there it was a pretty good sports bar, but it's gone completely downhill in the last year. They have five taps; Canadian, Coors Light, Alexander Keiths, Budweiser an 50. Only Canadian and Coors Light have worked for the last ew months. They use to have Rickards Red, but it wouldn't pour properly from their taps and they discontinued it. Now I get Canadian and that tap doesn't pour properly either anymore. They have to discard 6 inches of head per beer and it taste like flat crap.

Further, they use to have a bunch of sports pics lining the wall. A half year ago, they renovated and never returned the memorabilia to the walls. I use to go there weekly in the summer. Now it's monthly. This place sucks. If they had competition in the area, then they would go bankrupt.

5 Drive-In Rocks

Fri, 17 Jul 2009 18:09:28 GMT

Last night we went to the 5 Drive-In in Oakville. We wanted to see Ice Age and Transformers, but they were sold out. We arrived more than half-hour early. We watched Harry Potter and The Hangover instead. We started going to the 5 Drive-In a few years back. Then, it was a hole with disgusting washrooms and sparsely attended movies. Each year I've an improvement in the cleanliness and attendance. Yesterday, it was full. There were cars parked a dozen spots from the front row. The concession stands had lineups weaving thru the parking lot. In previous years, there was empty spots in the front row and not all the concessions were open. The drive-in is back. It might be the economy. It's only $15 for a car load on Thursday and $5 per person on Tuesday ($2 for kids).

Castlemore Golf Course

Thu, 25 Jun 2009 22:23:10 GMT

I golfed at Castlemore in Brampton this morning. This use to be one of the best golf courses in Brampton. They've resigned down from 27 holes to 18 and likely lost most of their best holes. The land was redeveloped as housing.

The course is still nice, but it's evidently falling into disrepair. Some sandpits are growing weeds between the harpan dirt. The sprinklers were running even while we golfed thru. The ground crew renched a green just before we played it. The back nine has a lot of 300 yard par-4 holes.

On the positive, it was 40 dollars with cart and he greens are very challenging/fast.

Canadian Tire Sucks

Sun, 21 Jun 2009 18:31:14 GMT

Canadian Tire customer service is awful and getting worse. Today, I wanted to buy their zero-G folding chair. I went to the location at Airport an Queen in Brampton an they only had the floor model. The clerk was uninterested in helping me. I had to beg her to look up her inventory on the old AS400 style terminal. The terminal was frozen. Common CT, upgrade your software.

I then went to the Trinity Commons CT and they didn't have any on display. I aske a clerk and they didn't know what I was talking about. I told them it was on the website, so it had to be at the store. She looked it up and with a lot of help from me, she found it. There was 20+ of them in storage and none on display or on shelves. Ten minutes later, she brought two out for me to pick from.

Ask yourself how many customers would have driven to two Canadian Tires and pushed their clerks to get this. One. Just me. It's for my wife. Our 15th anniversary is this week.

Hoops, Sports Bar and Grill

Sun, 14 Jun 2009 18:19:33 GMT

Today, I visited one of the most ridiculous sports bar EVAR! The bar is located near the intersection of Derry and Hwy 10. I entered the bar just after 1PM today and it was completely empty. The bar itself is gorgeous with big flatscreen TVs located on every wall. I asked the bartender for a Rickards Red and she needed help pouring the beer from the manager. When I paid, the bartender asked if I needed exact change, because they didn't have pennies. I asked the manager and bartender if they had WiFi. I could see a signal, but it was password protected. They thought they did, but they didn't know anything about it.

Then a group entered. The bartender and manager didn't know how to make a Caesar or pretty much any other mixed drink, nor did they know where to find the ingredients. One of the customers took the initiative and started making the drinks himself. He had to search thru the 10+ fridges for Clamato juice as the bartender and manager watched him do their job.


Three month ago, this use to be a St Louis Bar and Grill. It was a fantastic looking bar back then as well, but I remember the service was just as ridiculous. I also remember that nobody was their when I visited either. I'm amazed they are still in business. I have to assume they have a great staff at the dinner hour.


Boston Pizza WiFi Sucks

Mon, 08 Jun 2009 00:13:12 GMT

Boston Pizza (I'm there right now) has likely the most unpredictable WiFi of any restaurant we go to. It works about 50% of the time. And I'm not just talking one franchise. I've been to several that don't work. I usually ask the waitress or bartender and they often confirm that sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

Overall, we love the restaurant, but I just wish they had more reliable WiFi.

Walkers Brew

Thu, 04 Jun 2009 19:02:15 GMT

Found out today that my favorite pub has WiFi. It's just around the corner from my house at the intersection of Queen and Dixie, south west corner. WOOT! Great food prices.

Montreal Deli and Fox and Fiddle, Richmond Hill

Wed, 03 Jun 2009 18:32:47 GMT

Today, I had lunch at the Montreal Deli near Hwy 7 and the 404 with some old friends. Awesome sandwich for an awesome price. I could get the free WiFi from the Fox and Fiddle next door. I stoppedat the Fox and Fiddle afterwards for a beer. Beer was a little pricy but affordable.

Jack Astors on Queen in Brampton

Wed, 13 May 2009 16:13:05 GMT

I'm at the Jack Astors on Queen near the 410 in Brampton. Beer is watered down and expensive. They have password protected WiFi and they provide a one day password free of charge. Wings were OK. If the beer wasn't watered down, then I'd consider returning. I jogged here (about a mile from my house). I'm still looking for a bar within jogging distance that serves both WiFi and good beer. I live in Bramalea Woods.