Monday, September 10, 2012

TIFF and a spent weekend

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Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) going on here, and my first time attending a screening. Watched Pusher, an English language remake of Nicolas Winding Refn’s 1996 film. Decent, if a bit predictable. The director, producer, and one of the actors (Agyness Deyn) showed up for a quick Q&A at the end.

Eating and drinking in Toronto is expensive. We try not to frame it in terms of absolute cost, but we are looking for value for money. And with prices like $7 for a tiny glass of Asahi, or $10 for a weak mojito . . . you tell me how much value add you get for that (and you guess the two restaurants we drank each). But Bellwoods Brewery on Ossington - a winner. Starting first with a Lost River Baltic Porter, a dense, compact brew with all the bitter roasted notes you want in a true porter. And then I saw the Saison Dupont on the list. Just couldn't resist. Happiness in a glass, that citrusy, hoppy character, lots of rich, yeasty aromas, a full and round palate. For $8 and $10, respectively, a great example of real value for money.

Because in all things, when you spend money, it has to be worth it. What's your favourite value for money place?

DF

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