Month: January 2012

Eating out in Toronto: Cheap Snacks, Sushi, Ethnic & Vegetarian Cuisine [quick list]


Last week, I asked Reddit’s Toronto experts [Link] to give me recommendations for cheap, tasty food in downtown Toronto:


I love sushi – preferably all-you-can-eat. My favourite places?


Other favorites?


Here’s what the Reddit crowd had to add / recommend:


  • Aji Sai [Link], Queen & Spadina [all-you-can-eat sushi lunch]
  • Sushi Xtra [Link], Queen & Spadina [“On Saturdays and Sundays, has 1/2 price sushi between 12pm and 4pm. Love the black dragon roll.”]

Chinese, Korean & Vietnamese:


Pub Food, Burgers & Sandwiches:

  • WVRST [Link], King & Portland [“you gotta try their duck fat fries, and they’ve got some exotic sausages as well (Kangaroo, Elk, Wild Boar)”. Plus: “Sometimes WVRST carries Dieu Du Ciel’s beer, I highly recommend it.”]
  • Belly Buster Submarines [Link], Yonge & Glen Echo Road / Yonge & Lawrence [“simple, but great subs”]
  • The Burger’s Priest [Link], Queen East & Coxwell
  • Five Guys Burgers & Fries [Link], Warden & Eglington, Scarborough [“Best part is that there are a ton of things to try on the menu. First time I went there I think I planned out what I was going to try on my next three visits.”]
  • Uncle Betty’s [Link], Yonge & Albertus, north of Eglington [“the grilled cheese is pretty effing good”]
  • Jim’s Restaurant [Link], Queen East & Logan, Leslieville [“Ask for the Westen special for 7.00. A 2inch western with homefries and a coffee.”]

Shawarmas & Vietnamese Sandwiches:

Breakfast & Brunch:

  • Caplansky’s [Link], Clinton & Henderson, Little Italy [Jewish / Deli / brunch]
  • Maggie’s [Link], Lippincott & College, [breakfast and pub food, “cheap big breakfast, great garlic fries”]


  • Banjara [Link], Bloor & Crawford / Christie Pitts
  • Little India [Link], Queen & Duncan [buffet]
  • RaviSoups [Link], Adelaide & Widmer [“you can get a gourmet wrap and soup combo and they’re always amazing – you’ve got to try the curried apricot & red lentil soup.”]


Other recommendations? Leave them in the comments!


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…nominiert für den Oscar: Academy Awards, 2012 – die Nominierten


Die nominierten Filme für die 84. Academy Awards [26. Februar, Link].

  • grün: gesehen und gemocht
  • blau: gutes Gefühl, will ich sehen
  • rot: schlechtes Gefühl. Nicht sehenswert?


Bester Film

“War Horse” [imdb: 7.4]
“The Artist” [imdb: 8.5]
“Moneyball” [imdb: 7.8]
“The Descendants” [imdb: 7.9]
“The Tree of Life” [imdb: 7.1]
“The Help” [imdb: 8.1]
“Hugo” [imdb: 8.2]
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” [imdb: 6.2]


Beste Regie:

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Terrence Malick, Tree of Life
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris [imdb: 7.8]


Bestes Drehbuch:

“The Artist”
“Bridesmaids” [imdb: 7.0]
“Margin Call” [imdb: 7.2]
“Midnight in Paris”
“A Separation” (deutsch: “Nader und Simin: Eine Trennung”) [imdb: 8.6]


Beste Adaption:

“The Descendants”
“The Ides of March” [imdb: 7.4]
“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” [imdb: 7.4]


Bester Film, international:

“Bullhead” [imdb: 7.6]
“Footnote” [imdb: 7.5]
“In Darkness” [imdb: 7.1]
“Monsieur Lazhar” [imdb: 7.9]
“A Separation”


Bester Animationsfilm:

“A Cat in Paris” [imdb: 7.0]
“Chico & Rita” [imdb: 7.1]
“Kung Fu Panda 2” [imdb: 7.4]
“Puss in Boots” [imdb: 6.9]
“Rango” [imdb: 7.4]


Beste Nebendarstellerin:

Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs [imdb: 6.6]
Octavia Spencer, The Help


Bester Nebendarsteller:

Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn [imdb: 7.5]
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Christopher Plummer, Beginners [imdb: 7.2]
Nick Nolte, Warrior [imdb: 8.3]
Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


Beste Darstellerin:

Viola Davis, The Help
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo [imdb: 8.2]
Meryl Streep, Iron Lady [imdb: 6.2]
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn


Bester Darsteller:

Damien Bichir, A Better Life [imdb: 6.7]
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Gary Oldman, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy


andere Filme, nur in Neben-Kategorien nominiert [vollständige Liste hier]:


Beste Dokumentation:

“Hell and Back again” [imdb: 6.2]
“If a Tree falls” [imdb: 7.5]
“Undefeated” [imdb: 6.8]
“Pina” [imdb: 7.6]
“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” [imdb: 8.3]


Kurzfilme, die interessant scheinen:


vielversprechende Filme 2011/2012, nicht nominiert:


meine Favoriten also, auf einen Blick:

“The Artist”, “Moneyball”, “Hugo”, Midnight in Paris, “Nader und Simin: Eine Trennung”, “The Ides of March” , “Footnote”, “Monsieur Lazhar”, My Week with Marilyn, Beginners, The Girl with the Dragon Tatto, Drive, Rise of the Planet of the Apes , “Pina”, “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”,“Incident in New Baghdad”, “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”, “Shame”, Take Shelter”, “50/50“, “Weekend”


verwandte Links:

  • Liste meiner Lieblingsfilme [Link]
  • vielversprechende Romane, 2012 [Link]
  • imdb, Goodreads etc.: Nutzen (und Risken) von Online-Wertungsportalen [Link]

Underdog Literature, January 2012: 15 fresh or amazing, off-the-wall titles


Here are 15 books that caught my interest lately.

Fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious titles that might deserve more attention:


01: MATTHEW NORMAN, ‘Domestic Violets’, 352 pages, 2011.

02: PIERS BRENDON, “The Dark Valley: A Panorama of the 1930s”, 848 pages, 2000. [History]

03: JEANETTE WINTERSON, “Why be happy when you could be normal?”, 256 pages, 2011. [Memoir]

04: JORDAN ROSENFELD, “Make a Scene: Crafting a powerful Story one Scene at a Time”, 272 pages, 2007. [Creative Writing]

05: CAROLE MASO, “The Art Lover”, 176 pages, 1990.

06: JANE GARDAM, “Old Filth”, 289 pages, 2004.

07: BRIAN FARREY, ‘With or without you’, 368 pages, 2011. [Young Adult]

08: ANDREW SMITH, ‘Stick’, 292 pages, 2011. [Young Adult]

09: SUZETTE MAYR, ‘Monoceros’, 280 pages, 2011.

10: ALEXANDER MAKSIK, “You deserve nothing”, 323 pages, 2011.

11: CAROLINE PRESTON, “The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt”, 240 pages, 2011.

12: ANNA FUNDER, “All that I am”, 370 pages, 2011.

13: MICHAEL LESY, “Wisconsin Death Trip”, 261 pages, 1973. [Art / Photography.]

14: ALAN FLETCHER, “The Art of Looking Sideways”, 534 pages, 2001. [Art / Design / Neurology / Cultural Studies.]

15: EDEN ROBINSON, “Monkey Beach”, 384 pages, 1999.


Here are five books that made me curious enough to buy them:

01: MARILYN FRENCH, “The Women’s Room”, 544 pages, 1977.

02: HANS FALLADA, “Wer einmal aus dem Blechnapf frißt”, [German pre-WW2 classic], 584 pages, 1934.

03: TUCKER SHAW, “Everything I ate: A Year in the History of my Mouth”, 496 pages, 2005.

04: NAOMI KLEIN, “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism”, 588 pages, 2007.

05: DOUGLAS KENNEDY, “The Pursuit of Happiness”, 656 pages, 2001.


…and finally, here are three books that I read – and that were really good:

1: 4 of 5 stars: W.G. SEBALD, “Die Ausgewanderten” [US: “The Emigrants”], 354 pages, 1996.

2: 4 of 5 stars: JERRY SPINELLI, “Milkweed”, YA Holocaust Novel, 208 pages, 2003.

3: 4 of 5 stars: ELIZABETH McCRACKEN, “An exact Replica of a Figment of my Imagination”, Memoir, 192 pages, 2008.


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Best Books of the Year: My personal Top 20


(After a quick teaser / similar list in October [Link]…)

…here are the 20 very best books I’ve read in 2011:


20: LEIF RANDT: “Schimmernder Dunst über CobyCounty”, (German) Novel, 2011.
Schimmernder Dunst über Coby County

19: JASON: “I killed Adolf Hitler”, Norwegian Graphic Novel, 2006.
I Killed Adolf Hitler

18: JEAN KWOK: “Girl in Translation”, Young Adult / Memoir, 2010.
Girl in Translation

17: GRANT MORRISON: “We3”, Graphic Novel, 2005.

16: TEREZIA MORA: “Der einzige Mann auf dem Kontinent”, Novel (German), 2009.
Der einzige Mann auf dem Kontinent: Roman

15: A.S. KING: “Please ignore Vera Dietz”, Young Adult Novel, 2010.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz

14: JONATHAN FRANZEN: “Freedom”, Novel, 2010.

13: SUSAN J. DOUGLAS: “Where the Girls are: Growing up Female with the Mass Media”, Cultural Studies, 1994.
Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media

12: KATHRYN STOCKETT: “The Help”, Novel, 2009.
The Help

11: DAVID MAZZUCCHELLI: “Asterios Polyp”, Graphic Novel, 2009.
Asterios Polyp

10: JENNY ERPENBECK: “Visitation”, Novel (German), 2008.

09: JULIE ORRINGER: “The Invisible Bridge”, Holocaust Novel, 2010.
The Invisible Bridge

08: KEIKO TOBE: “With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child”, Self-help Manga, 2000-20010. (I wrote about it here, Link)
With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child (With the Light, #1)

07: WALLACE STEGNER: “Crossing to Safety”, Novel, 1987.
Crossing to Safety

06: DANIEL CLOWES: “Ghost World”, Graphic Novel, 1997.
Ghost World

05: EVAN S. CONNELL: “Mrs. Bridge” – Novel, 1959.
Mrs. Bridge

04: GARY SHTEYNGART: “Super Sad True Love Story” – Satire / Novel, 2010.
Super Sad True Love Story

03: AYN RAND: “Atlas Shrugged” – Novel / (pretty insane) Treaty, 1957.
Atlas Shrugged

02: TOVE JANSSON: “Summer Book” – Finnish Seaside Childhood Tale, 1972.

01: GABRIEL BÁ, FABIO MOON: “Daytripper” – Graphic Novel, 2011.


For a complete list of books I’ve read in 2011, please go here [Link].


In comics, I’ve also enjoyed Ed Brubaker’s “Catwoman” books [Link], Bryan Q. Miller’s “Batgirl” [Link], large parts of Peter Tomasi’s “Green Lantern Corps” [Link], John Ostrander’s “Suicide Squad” [Link]

…and Kiyohiko Azuma’s amazing kid’s series “Yotsuba&!” [Link].

Have a good 2012! More to come!


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