Monday, April 17, 2017

When did you last get a hug from a restaurant owner? You don't get that from large chains. The story: I got a ride from Ottawa to Toronto with @superstarr_sammy and his 5-year-old son Zach today. Before leaving Ottawa, Sammy wanted to stop at Di Rienzo's, which Sammy has been going to since he was a kid. I asked Paul the owner what the best sandwich was and he said he would make me a special combo. Paul gave us all the sandwiches for free, and then threw in pastries when Zach asked for chocolate. πŸ₯– #Ottawa #restaurant #Italian #Italianfood #sandwich #pastry #foodblog #foodie πŸ§€ I am a: #celebrityinterviewer #entertainmentreporter #radiohost #tvhost #comedian #actor #voiceactor #singersongwriter #cartoonist #screenwriter #filmcritic #travelblogger #lifestyleblogger #foodblogger #entertainmentblogger #fashionblogger #mommyblogger #YouTuber #podcaster #digitalnomad


I got a ride from Ottawa to Toronto with @superstarr_sammy and his 5-year-old son Zach today. Before leaving Ottawa, Sammy wanted to stop at Di Rienzo's, which Sammy has been going to since he was a kid. I asked Paul the owner what the best sandwich was and he said he would make me a special combo. Paul gave us all the sandwiches for free, and then threw in pastries when Zach asked for chocolate. πŸ₯– #Ottawa #restaurant #Italian #Italianfood #sandwich #pastry #foodblog #foodie πŸ§€ I am a: #celebrityinterviewer #entertainmentreporter #radiohost #tvhost #comedian #actor #voiceactor #singersongwriter #cartoonist #screenwriter #filmcritic #travelblogger #lifestyleblogger #foodblogger #entertainmentblogger #fashionblogger #mommyblogger #YouTuber #podcaster #digitalnomad


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Saturday night, Marina invited me for burgers and beers with her friend Gustavo, a gay linguistics professor. He had interesting stories about the gay dating apps like Grinder and Scruff. It's a whole other world. I'm jealous. Marina works at the currency museum. Sounds fun - I like money. I had fun joking around with the waitresses, though they weren't lucky enough to get a cartoon from me. And I had the Chez Lucien burger - Bacon, sauteed onions and cream cheese. And it comes with fries AND salad. And cups of creamy dressing and mayo. Good thing I jogged along the canal earlier. πŸ” #Ottawa #restaurant #burger #beer #foodie #foodblog 🍺 I am a: #celebrityinterviewer #entertainmentreporter #radiohost #tvhost #comedian #actor #voiceactor #singersongwriter #cartoonist #screenwriter #filmcritic #travelblogger #lifestyleblogger #foodblogger #entertainmentblogger #fashionblogger #mommyblogger #YouTuber #podcaster #digitalnomad


Saturday night, Marina invited me for burgers and beers with her friend Gustavo, a gay linguistics professor. He had interesting stories about the gay dating apps like Grinder and Scruff. It's a whole other world. I'm jealous. Marina works at the currency museum. Sounds fun - I like money. I had fun joking around with the waitresses, though they weren't lucky enough to get a cartoon from me. And I had the Chez Lucien burger - Bacon, sauteed onions and cream cheese. Good thing I jogged along the canal earlier. πŸ” #Ottawa #restaurant #burger #beer #foodie #foodblog 🍺 I am a: #celebrityinterviewer #entertainmentreporter #radiohost #tvhost #comedian #actor #voiceactor #singersongwriter #cartoonist #screenwriter #filmcritic #travelblogger #lifestyleblogger #foodblogger #entertainmentblogger #fashionblogger #mommyblogger #YouTuber #podcaster #digitalnomad


On Saturday, my sister @dianarachlis wanted me to film her reading a speech she wrote about how she stays positive with Parkinson's disease. I realized I'd forgotten in Toronto the clip to attach my microphone to my little microphone stand. So I improvised my taping it to an ashtray that my dad uses as a candy holder. Then I got a box of bags, and put a popcorn maker on it, and put a Leonard Cohen CD on that as a platform for my iPhone tripod. My mom says that if someone walked into the room, they wouldn't be able to guess what I was doing with this stuff. Haha! (Afterward, I made her a Facebook page, called Diana Rachlis: Staying Positive With Parkinson's. She's enjoying trying it out.) πŸŽ₯ #youtube #filming #filmstudio #recordingstudio #travel #tourism #travelblog #Ottawa #Parkinsons πŸŽ₯ I am a: #celebrityinterviewer #entertainmentreporter #radiohost #tvhost #comedian #actor #voiceactor #singersongwriter #cartoonist #screenwriter #filmcritic #travelblogger #lifestyleblogger #foodblogger #entertainmentblogger #fashionblogger #mommyblogger #YouTuber #podcaster #digitalnomad


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Walked to @loblawson to help mom get groceries. I should move back home and be mom's grocery assistant. Ha ha. Relax, mom! I'm just kidding! (Sort of.) 🍌πŸ₯šπŸ₯’ #groceries #Ottawa #mom #family #entrepreneur #travelblog #travel #tourism #personalassistant 🍞 I am a: #celebrityinterviewer #entertainmentreporter #radiohost #tvhost #comedian #actor #voiceactor #singersongwriter #cartoonist #screenwriter #filmcritic #travelblogger #lifestyleblogger #foodblogger #entertainmentblogger #fashionblogger #mommyblogger #YouTuber #podcaster #digitalnomad


I jogged to visit @cece_momi and met her #sharpei #dog @queen_the_sharpei, who greeted me with love and kisses. Even though Cece taught me that Shar-Peis were bred to fight. Their loose skin lets them get bit and then still turn to fight. When Queen plays with the roommate's dog, she goes for his throat. I was about to pull off what I thought was a leaf on Queen's eye, but Cece stopped me because those are stitches that hold up the skin so Queen can see. 🐢 #Ottawa #sharpeipuppy #dogsofinstagram #dog #puppy #dogblog #runner #travelblog πŸ’‘ I am a: #celebrityinterviewer #entertainmentreporter #radiohost #tvhost #comedian #actor #voiceactor #singersongwriter #cartoonist #screenwriter #filmcritic #travelblogger #lifestyleblogger #foodblogger #entertainmentblogger #fashionblogger #mommyblogger #YouTuber #podcaster #digitalnomad


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I jogged to visit @cece_momi and met her #sharpei #dog @queen_the_sharpei, who greeted me with love and kisses. Even though Cece taught me that Shar-Peis were bred to fight. Their loose skin lets them get bit and then still turn to fight. When Queen plays with the roommate's dog, she goes for his throat. I was about to pull off what I thought was a leaf on Queen's eye, but Cece stopped me because those are stitches that hold up the skin so Queen can see. 🐢 #sharpeipuppy #dogsofinstagram #dog #puppy #pet #dogblog #runner #travelblog πŸ’‘ I am a: #celebrityinterviewer #entertainmentreporter #radiohost #tvhost #comedian #actor #voiceactor #singersongwriter #cartoonist #screenwriter #filmcritic #travelblogger #lifestyleblogger #foodblogger #entertainmentblogger #fashionblogger #mommyblogger #YouTuber #podcaster #digitalnomad


Yesterday as I jogged to @cece_momi's apartment to say hi, I crossed a bridge with futuristic silver balls on it. Had no idea that was there. It pays to go for a jog in a new direction. You discover new things. Also, maybe the aliens will beam me up via their silver balls. Bye, everyone! πŸ‘½ #bridge #river #Ottawa #RideauRiver #jog #exercise #runner #travel #tourism #travelblog πŸƒπŸΌ I am a: #celebrityinterviewer #entertainmentreporter #radiohost #tvhost #comedian #actor #voiceactor #singersongwriter #cartoonist #screenwriter #filmcritic #travelblogger #lifestyleblogger #foodblogger #entertainmentblogger #fashionblogger #mommyblogger #YouTuber #podcaster #digitalnomad


The @happygoatcoffee bathroom is all-gender. Which meant I had to join the long line-up with the women. Though there was only one toilet, anyway. So I guess the gender neutrality didn't make a difference. On the plus side, the girl behind me was joking to me about how long the girl in the washroom was taking and asked me to put her earring back on the hook. On the negative side, I later saw her on the dance floor with a guy. 🚽 #genderneutral #transgender #bathroom #feminist #travel #tourism #coffeeshop #nightlife #Ottawa #travelblog πŸ’‘ I am a: #celebrityinterviewer #entertainmentreporter #radiohost #tvhost #comedian #actor #voiceactor #singersongwriter #cartoonist #screenwriter #filmcritic #travelblogger #lifestyleblogger #foodblogger #entertainmentblogger #fashionblogger #mommyblogger #YouTuber #podcaster #digitalnomad


A girl invited me to her birthday at her co-op apartment and as we left to go dancing, I wanted to see the basement. She said there is a gym and stuff down there. I love cozy old brick basements full of secrets. πŸ‘» #Ottawa #travel #tourism #coopapartment #basement #travelblog #vlogger #antiques πŸ‘» I am a: #celebrityinterviewer #entertainmentreporter #radiohost #tvhost #comedian #actor #voiceactor #singersongwriter #cartoonist #screenwriter #filmcritic #travelblogger #lifestyleblogger #foodblogger #entertainmentblogger #fashionblogger #mommyblogger #YouTuber #podcaster #digitalnomad


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This #Merrickville store window has #retro #ettheextraterrestrial stuff. I have no idea why. Also, I realize that stuff that seems normal to me, like a big button phone and a VHS tape, is now retro. I need to phone home and return to my planet. πŸš€ #movie #80s #80smovies #smalltown #smallbusiness #Hollywood #alien πŸ‘½ I am a: #celebrityinterviewer #entertainmentreporter #radiohost #tvhost #comedian #actor #voiceactor #singersongwriter #cartoonist #screenwriter #filmcritic #travelblogger #lifestyleblogger #foodblogger #entertainmentblogger #fashionblogger #mommyblogger #YouTuber #podcaster #digitalnomad


This #Merrickville store window has #retro #ettheextraterrestrial stuff. I have no idea why. Also, I realize that stuff that seems normal to me, like a big button phone and a VHS tape, is now retro. I need to phone home and return to my planet. πŸš€ #movie #80s #80smovies #smalltown #smallbusiness #Hollywood #alien πŸ‘½ I am a: #celebrityinterviewer #entertainmentreporter #radiohost #tvhost #comedian #actor #voiceactor #singersongwriter #cartoonist #screenwriter #filmcritic #travelblogger #lifestyleblogger #foodblogger #entertainmentblogger #fashionblogger #mommyblogger #YouTuber #podcaster #digitalnomad


At @mrsmcgarrigles, I tried #garlicexpressions and it was garlic-riffic! It's so good, I would even eat it before a date. Fortunately, no woman will date me, so it's not an issue. 😷 #garlic #Merrickville #Ottawa #foodie #foodblog #smalltown #smallbusiness #travel #tourism πŸ˜‚ I am a: #celebrityinterviewer #entertainmentreporter #radiohost #tvhost #comedian #actor #voiceactor #singersongwriter #cartoonist #screenwriter #filmcritic #travelblogger #lifestyleblogger #foodblogger #entertainmentblogger #fashionblogger #mommyblogger #YouTuber #podcaster #digitalnomad


Saturday, April 15, 2017

If you're a #mustard lover like me, you have to hit @mrsmcgarrigles in #Merrickville, and try their row of samples. Who wants to come with me? (I have been known to put mustard on a pickle, and mustard on cheese.) 🌭 #smalltown #foodblog #foodie #Ottawa #Ontario #travel #tourism πŸ‘… I am a: #celebrityinterviewer #entertainmentreporter #radiohost #tvhost #comedian #actor #voiceactor #singersongwriter #cartoonist #screenwriter #filmcritic #travelblogger #lifestyleblogger #foodblogger #entertainmentblogger #fashionblogger #mommyblogger #YouTuber #podcaster #digitalnomad


Yesterday my parents drove me to my friend Christine's place in Kemptville to pick up her @bell pvr hard drive. She happened to record the @ctv_television interview I did about my Elizabeth May song a few years ago and it's the only copy that exists and I'm going to try recording it off her drive at a store. She also recorded my Come Date With Me Canada episode. So I'll get a file of that too. Because the show won't give me a copy. On the way back my parents stopped in #Merrickville and we walked around a bit. What a beautiful little town. The main street has this old red phone booth. Give me a call, ladies. ☎️ #smalltown #Ottawa #Ontario #antique #phonebooth #travel #tourism ☎️ I am a: #celebrityinterviewer #entertainmentreporter #radiohost #tvhost #comedian #actor #voiceactor #singersongwriter #cartoonist #screenwriter #filmcritic #travelblogger #lifestyleblogger #foodblogger #entertainmentblogger #fashionblogger #mommyblogger #YouTuber #podcaster #digitalnomad


Yesterday my parents and I ate at @awcanada. My mom was impressed with their glass mugs and ceramic tea cups. She said they're really trying. But I have a question. At this Ottawa location, you have it right - A blue box in the Recycling section, and newspapers on the plastic divider. But at the John and Mercer location by my condo in Toronto, they put that newspaper holder under the recycling sign. That never made sense to me. Maybe this Ottawa location serves some recyclable packaging and the Toronto one doesn't? Or does the Toronto one need a blue box and proper instructions? ♻️ #recycle #environment #restaurant #Ottawa #Toronto #burger #foodie #travelblog #foodblog πŸ” I am a: #celebrityinterviewer #entertainmentreporter #radiohost #tvhost #comedian #actor #voiceactor #singersongwriter #cartoonist #screenwriter #filmcritic #travelblogger #lifestyleblogger #foodblogger #entertainmentblogger #fashionblogger #mommyblogger #YouTuber #podcaster #digitalnomad