I don’t even know where to start this gem, from my daughter…
I had cut a watermelon into chunks and was in the process of putting them into Pyrex so I could put them in the fridge when my daughter sauntered over to warm me about the perils of eating watermelon seeds;
Boo: “Daddy, be careful when you eat that watermelon not to eat the purple or the pink seeds”.
Me: “Errr, okay. I won’t eat the purple or the pink seeds”.
Boo: “Remember my other brother, the third one (she only has 2 brother’s)? He ate the pink and purple seeds… The pink ones! And he turned into a watermelon and we all ate him. Do you remember that? I do”.
Boo: “Yeah, I remember him. I miss him, but he tasted good. His name was, ummm, Josh. Yeah. Josh”.
Me: Still laughing.
Boo: “So, yeah, Daddy… Please don’t eat the pink or purple seeds. Think of poor Josh”.
Away she walked.
I was sent a video for a product – not to promote the product, but instead to see the ad, and to learn more about the agency behind the ad.
The ad is brilliant and for me, as a Canadian, I found the skating part, and then the water part to be the best. I am still smiling and I’m going to watch it yet again.
So I wanted to share it.
If you have been following this blog since 2004, you would know how much I love to garden. Love it! Granted, I can’t seem to keep indoor plants alive, but I love to get outside in the spring, turn the soil, feel it in between my fingers, pull out of the weeds and other debris (sticks, glass, rocks, etc.)
Then I plant! Oh, and I remember to water every now and then, I’ll check the plants, pull weeds, and wait until the fruits and veggies come and enjoy the fruits of my labours as it has been said before.
As a kid, our neighbours behind us had a massive garden – they were 2 older Macedonian women – and they taught me to farm, so I went from a patch with 4 tomato plants and a zucchini plant to a large “L” shaped garden with 64 tomato plants, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers, water chestnuts, and whatever else I could buy, borrow from them or grow from seed..
Now, living in Urban Toronto, we have much less space in our backyard, but since we’ve moved, this could very well be the best year for gardening in about 8 years. Forgetting about all the seeds I planted which died, My garden already has a plethora of raspberry plants, strawberries, blue berries and currents growing, plus one clove of garlic. The front garden has onions, garlic and potatoes growing, and already this year I have dug out the back garden and framed it so I can top up the bed with 3-4 inches of black soil, peat and compost in order to have the perfect bed for asparagus, peppers, peas, beans, and loads of tomatoes.
My deck already has chives growing and I hope that either the chamomile, mint, lemon balm or basil come back so I can add the thyme and oregano to it and watch the herb garden grow.
Last year I grew: Dill, Sweet Basil, Spicy Globe Basil, Onion Chives, Garlic Chives, Rosemary, Sage, Verbone Lemon, spearmint and Chamomile. The kids would take a sprig of mint for their smoothies or for lemonade, or they would just pluck out the herbs and eat them as they walked by. I love seeing Stewie eating the chives. Linus all the other stuff.
Hopefully my love of gardening will continue with them.
I want to keep the raspberries in check this year (they really do grow like weeds) and have the kids join me in the guerilla gardening in the park or ravine near the house so that in a couple of years there will be a massive patch of berries for everyone in the community to enjoy.
Do you grow things on your patio? Or in a garden? Do your kids try everything too?
Did you know that Saturday April 5th is National Caramel Day?
Neither did I, until I received an email regarding – what else – Caramel, from the fine folks at Theo + Jacobsen Salt Co.
Theo Chocolate has salty, sweet and full-bodied caramel treats to snack on and they ship throughout the US and their treats are available here in Canada at fine retailers such as Whole Foods.
As the first Organic, IMO Fair Trade Fair for Life and NON-GMO certified bean-to-bar chocolate maker in North America, Theo Chocolate make great chocolate and make our world a better place.
Based in Seattle, with a whole lot of social responsibility, these chocolates are delicious and responsible and I know that because I’ve eaten them before (nothing has been provided to me in compensation for writing this post) and I am just learning of the different way they make their chocolates – not at the expense of anyone else.
In their words; “From the cacao farmer in the Congo, to the truck driver in Seattle, to the chocolate lover in Philadelphia—there is a thread that runs through us all. Theo believes in celebrating those connections, in strengthening them and in finding inspiration within them—inspiration to change the world. We know that every action has a result. That the choices we make here in Seattle, Washington touch lives across the planet in real and lasting ways. That knowledge, and that responsibility, is what drives us to do things differently, to help make the world a better place. We think about every choice we make, every action we take and how it will impact our interconnected world.”
Next time I am in Seattle, I am taking The Urban Daddy family on a Factory Tour!
In the meantime, to celebrate National Caramel Day, here are some treats to order / run out and buy;
· Theo + Jacobsen Salt Co. Sea Salt 4 Piece Caramel Collection
o This truly unique combination of buttery Theo Caramel, rich Chocolate, and crisp Jacobsen Salt Co. sea salts – harvested from the Oregon Coast – lets you wet your feet with four revitalizing fillings: Citrus, Verjus, Lemongrass Curry, Mesquite. ($12)
· Café Vita Caramel Collection
o Café Vita Coffee + Theo Dark and Milk Chocolate + Luscious Carmel = Happiness. Enough said. ($8.80)
· Artisan Sampler Caramel Collection
o Still not taking any sides? This SOFI Gold Winning sampler contains four of our most popular Caramel-infused flavors: Ghost Chili, Grey Salted Vanilla, The Café Vita Caramel and Pink Salted Caramel. ($8.80)
In addition, at the dinner table it[‘s time to have this conversation with the children: Is it Car-mel or Car-a-mel?
I say Car-a-mel. What do you say?
My 9-year-old son’s friend told me today that he is a “food blogger”. The mastermind behind Kids Food Fanatic, a blog aimed at giving a kids view of restaurants to other kids. The blog takes into account the food, décor and some other interesting factors.
“Really? Awesome!” was my reply.
So while him and my son were hanging out at our place on a play-date, I decided to check out his blog. I was immediately impressed, so I decided to interview him for The Urban Daddy (TUD), to help him get more readers and more comments and so he will be hooked on blogging like so many of us have become. His blog is called Fun Food Fanatic, and he is the Kid Food Fanatic (KFF).
Here is the interview:
TUD: “Why do you blog? What got your started?”
KFF: “I love rating food, and I want kids to have the feeling they can make good choices about restaurants they want to go to and they know the food there is a great, and kid-friendly”.
TUD: “What was the best restaurant experience you have had so far?”
TUD: “What did you like about them?”
KFF: “The atmosphere. It was very funny. The food was also rock solid delicious. Did you get that? Rock Solid Delicious. It was burger galore at the Works.”
TUD: “How do you decide where you go next?”
KFF: “I don’t decide. I grab my notebook and write about where we go as a family.”
TUD: “Have you been to places you hated?”
KFF: “No, not yet”.
TUD: “What is your favourite type of restaurant / food?”
KFF: “I like restaurants with good burgers which have good, fast service. I also like restaurants with creative decorations I can look at while eating.”
TUD: “What if you went to a restaurant and the food was terrible. Would you post that?”
KFF: “I would tell them why I thought the food was terrible. I would say something like, “nice try” and “please do not make that mistake again” and then I would blog it because kids have to know this.”
Big thank you to the Kids Food Fanatic.
His blog can be found here;
or here if you prefer to paste and click on your own.
Please pay him a visit and welcome him to the blogosphere.