Author

WP Staff

Browsing

WATCH: Jason Segel and Paul Rudd are hilarious (and might be stoned) in this interview

While doing press for the 2009 film I Love You Man these two stars, buddies in real life, gave what might be the funniest interview of all time. Full of utter foolishness the two stumble through the interview giggling and talking about food, making up imaginary friends, and making just barely enough sense to try and promote the movie.

Take a look and let us know what you think, are these bros hilariously stoned or has their bromance transcended ration and logic?

#TOpoli with @ThomsonTO, @TravMyers, and @PaisleyRae

Join host Sarah Thomson with Travis Myers as they discuss the most important topics in Toronto this week with panel guest and Toronto social media maven Paisley Rae.

The group covers topics including: possible legal issues surrounding the Dean Blundell Show’s homophobic remarks by Derek Welsman, the latest in Rob Ford revelations(from ‘hezza’ to the change in City Hall preformed press releases), nailing down funding tools for transit expansion, the possibility of toll roads in Toronto, the future of the OMB in Toronto, and much much more.

Christmas reading list — Part 2

By Danielle Christopher

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

This is a classic for every new generation. When Marilla Cuthbert’s brother, Matthew, returns home to Green Gables with a chatty redheaded orphaned girl, Marilla exclaims, “But we asked for a boy. We have no use for a girl.” It’s not long before the Cuthberts realize how they could have ever done without young Anne of Green Gables–but not for the original reasons they sought an orphan. Anne “confesses” to losing Marilla’s amethyst pin (which she never took) in hopes of being allowed to go to a picnic, and when Anne accidentally dyes her hated carrot-red hair green, Marilla says to Matthew, “One thing’s for certain, no house that Anne’s in will ever be dull.” No book that she’s in will be, either.

Lucy Maud Montgomery is remembered as a Canadian author, best known for her series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908.

How to Train your Dragon by J. Bright

The book and movie are a great and rare complement to each other. All young Vikings must prove they are fierce and strong enough to fight dragons. But Hiccup isn’t as brawny as his friends and fails miserably at dragon training. He devises a new secret weapon that can take down the fiercest dragon in the sky—and when it actually works Hiccup has a choice to make. Can he really kill a dragon? Or will he make a new friend?

For the next two recommendations I asked Alexandra Rea for guidance (daughter of Natalie Rea Women of the Week Sept 27, 2010). Thank you. I enjoyed them.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (first book in the series)

Lying in the ruins of a place once known as North America is the nation of Panem, a shining capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games: A fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Everyone has something to hide—especially high school juniors Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna. Spencer covets her sister’s boyfriend. Aria’s fantasizing about her English teacher. Emily’s crushing on the new girl at school. Hanna uses some ugly tricks to stay beautiful.

But they’ve all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Alison vanished.

 

 

CONTEST: Win a Ste. Anne’s Spa package for two!

Win a spa day for two at the fantastic Ste. Anne’s Spa!

The spa package is valued at $440 and includes $120 in spa allowance per person, 3 course lunch, afternoon tea, and full use of the facilities!

For more information about Ste. Anne’s Spa, read our feature here.

Enter below for your chance to win!

Contest Rules & Regulations:
Contestants must reside in Canada (excluding Quebec) to be eligible to win
Contestants must be 18 or older
Contestants are eligible to enter 1x daily (further entries will not be counted)
Contest closes on Dec 31st, at 5 p.m.

This contest is now closed. Thanks for entering!

Christmas reading list

By Danielle Christopher

Spoiler warning! These summaries contain plot points.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Millennium Trilogy)

Harriet Vanger, a member of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families, disappeared without a trace more than forty years ago. All these years later, her uncle continues to try to discover what happened to her. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist recently sidelined by a libel conviction, to investigate. Blomkvist is aided by the pierced and tattooed computer prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together, they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption on their way to discovering the truth of Harriet Vanger’s fate.

This book is a great start to the triology. It can stand alone or intrigue – either way, you’ll want to keep reading the next two books. As always though, read the books before seeing the movie. You will miss tons of gems and twists in the story. In the second book of the triology,The Girl Who Played with Fire, Mikael Blomkvist, also a publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are murdered, and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to friend, Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist, convinced of Salander’s innocence, plunges into an investigation of the murders. Meanwhile, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse which forces her to face her dark past.

This book has many disturbing scenes, I had to put it down several times. Keep on reading though, you will be surprised right to the last page.

In the final and third book, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition, in the ICU of a Swedish city hospital with a bullet wound to her head. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one; if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable (like herself) to suffer abuse and violence. On her own, she will plot revenge against the man who tried to kill her, as well as the corrupt government institutions that nearly destroyed her life.

This third book wraps up the trilogy very nicely. The ending was not for me but I will not spoil it. I still recommend reading all three before seeing the Swedish or American versions of the films.

Stieg Larsson (born August 15, 1954 in Skelleftehamn, Sweden as Karl Stig-Erland Larsson) was a Swedish journalist and writer who passed away in 2004.

Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

If you are a fan of the Shopaholic series, or just need a break from business proposals, this book is easy on the eyes.

Becky Brandon figured motherhood would be a breeze and that having a daughter was a dream come true – a shopping friend for life! But it is trickier than she thought as her two-year-old Minnie has a quite different approach to shopping. The toddler creates havoc everywhere, from Harrods to her own Christening. She hires taxis at random, her favourite word is Mine, and she even starts bidding for designer bags on eBay. On top of everything else, there is a big financial crisis in the world. People are scaling back, including all of Becky’s personal shopping clients. She and Luke are still living with Becky’s Mum and Dad. To cheer everyone up, Becky decides to throw a surprise birthday party on a budget, but then things become really complicated. Who will end up on the naughty step, who will get a gold star, and will Becky’s secret wishes come true?

A great way to read is as follows: fireplace is on, Chardonnay at your side, and the kids are asleep! I laughed and related to her struggles in motherhood. A great gift for a fan of this author.

 

All books are available at all major bookstores and online.

 

TRAVEL: Cruises can be so Epic

By Murtaza Adamjee

For over 40 years, Norwegian Cruise Line has been the leader in innovative cruise travel providing guests with some of the most contemporary ships at sea. Particularly, the introduction of freestyle cruising has provided guests with a greater degree of freedom and flexibility when on board one of Norwegian’s 11 cruise ships.

Norwegian’s latest, the Norwegian Epic, launched mid-July with record breaking sales amidst its inaugural festivities in Europe, New York, and Miami. Upon closer examination of the cruise ship, it is apparent the Epic offers a truly innovative and unique experience.

Built for 4100 passengers and weighing in at 155, 873 gross tons, the Epic has been deemed the world’s largest floating entertainment venue. Here is a closer look at some of its key features:

Accommodation:

Accommodations include a variety of suites – from the largest villa suite complex at sea, to studios designed for the solo traveler, to spa suites that offer a complete spa vacation. The ship also includes two private decks at the top of the ship that offer private restaurants, bars, and pools, and family-friendly accommodations.

Family:

The Epic offers a number of family-friendly activities: An aqua park with three multi-story waterslides, six bowling alleys, Nickelodeon at Sea which offers Nickelodeon-themed entertainment and programming, a sports complex, a rock-climbing wall, and supervised activities when adults need a little getaway.

Dinner:

The Epic includes 20 different dining options inspired by the world’s leading culinary destinations. The cruise ship offers an upscale steakhouse, authentic Teppanyaki, Italian and Chinese fare, sushi, a salad bar, and its signature French restaurant.

Entertainment:

The Epic offers world-class entertainment for its guests on board. Norwegian Cruise Line is the official cruise line of Blue Man Group, best known for their theatrical shows that combine music, comedy, and theatrics. For the first time, Blue Man Group performs their act at sea aboard the Epic. The ship also features Cirque Dreams & Dinner, an interactive theatrical dining experience with music and mayhem, and is the official cruise line of Legends in Concert, The Second City Comedy Troupe, and Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos.

The ships nightlife includes SVEDKA, one of only 14 ice bars in the world and the first ice bar at sea, along with Spice H20, an Ibiza-inspired beach club. Throw in a full-action casino with a high-roller ambience, and the Epic is sure to offer something for everyone.

The Norwegian Epic is currently sailing her first Eastern Caribbean cruise which departed from Miami on July 10, 2010 with visits in St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Nassau, Bahamas. To book a cruise, or to find out more information on Norwegian Epic, visit www.rosedale.cruiseshipcenters.com.

 

Follow Women’s Post on Twitter at @WomensPost.

LISTEN: WP editor Travis Myers loses it talking about Rob Ford’s homophobia (#TOpoli Nov. 25, 2013)

Listen to this short clip from today’s #TOpoli Radio Show where Women’s Post Editor Travis Myers blows his stack while talking about Rob Ford’s homophobia in his time on Council and as Mayor of Toronto.

Listen to the full podcast of this week’s show here.

 

Follow Travis on Twitter at @TravMyers.

Follow Women’s Post on Twitter at @WomensPost.

RECIPE: You do make friends with salad

By Rachel Bulatovich

Simple and clean, this Greek chicken and horiatiki (“village”) salad is the ultimate weeknight dinner. Original recipe serves four.

You’ll need:

CHICKEN

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp oregano (dried)
  • 1 tsp basil (dried)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pinch of pepper

SALAD

  • 2 pints grape tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup olives
  • 2 red peppers
  • 1 sliced red onion

DRESSING

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brine from feta cheese
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 375⁰C. In small bowl, combine 3 tbsp olive oil with oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Mix until combined. Using a silicone brush, cover the chicken breasts with the mixture and place in shallow roasting dish. Bake for 30 minutes. Once the chicken is in the oven, combine all salad dressing ingredients in large serving bowl and whisk. Slice tomatoes in half and cucumber/peppers into large chunks. Place prepared vegetables in bowl with olives. Toss with dressing. Remove chicken from oven, slice and serve.