Powerful Getaways for the Power Ranger in All of Us


With the all-new big screen adaptation of the classic 90’s television series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers set to premiere in a few weeks, nostalgia is in overdrive.

While I missed out on the Power Rangers phenomenon because of my age, one of my best friends growing up LOVED the Power Rangers and would totally love the love and all that goes with it.

I’m sharing this post because, to be honest, I loved it.  I like the creativity behind it, I like the tying in of the colours to the Power Rangers and I believe that creativity needs to be appreciated.

That being said…

To satisfy these fond memories of spandex-wearing superhumans, Booking.com, the world leader in connecting travellers with the widest variety of incredible places to stay, has put together the top accommodations inspired by their favourite colour-coded superheroes.

Whether you consider yourself brainy like Billy Cranston (the Blue Ranger) or kind-hearted like Kimberly Ann Hart (the Pink Ranger), you’ll discover your match with these inspired getaways. Go Go Power Rangers!

 

Blue Ranger – Ovolo Woolloomooloo – Sydney, Australia

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Billy might not be a social butterfly, but his quick wit and sharp mind, make him vital to the heroic team. Any fan of this ranger would opt for a stay at the Ovolo Woolloomooloo as the property’s location is practical and walking distance to the city’s must-go to locales. Of course, its bright blue exterior flush on the blue skies and clear blue water along the pier, matches his signature warrior outfit. After a long day exploring the city, escaping to your own private room complete with a free minibar, WiFi, luxurious bedding, a 27-inch LCD TV, is just what’s needed. Although it’s the awe-worthy views of the Sydney skyline that will make you want to book your stay here, the free happy hour is just the type of thing a nerdy superhero needs to make new friends.

 

Yellow Ranger – L7 Myeongdong by Lotte – Seoul, South Korea

Trini, the Yellow Power Ranger, is quirky, mysterious and extremely bright. If you find yourself relating to her qualities then stay at the L7 Myeongdong by Lotte where even the toilet paper is yellow! Relax in your spacious and brightly lit room and then unwind at the foot spa and enjoy a delicious meal at the Villa de Charlotte restaurant. Round off the evening with a cocktail at the roof-top bar or at the Bubble Lounge and Bar.

 

Pink RangerDon CeSar Hotel – Clearwater, Florida

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Nicknamed the Pink Palace for its exterior and grandeur architecture, the Don CeSar Hotel is a fit for the Queen Bee of the Rangers, Ms. Kimberly. Like any teenager in with the “cool kids”, impressing your clique is of the utmost importance. This extravagant beachfront hotel certainly won’t disappoint. With two heated pools, three lounges, a world-class spa and remarkable unguarded views of the Gulf of Mexico, the property is sure to excite. And just like Kim, this property is no stranger to the limelight. The 227-room Gatsby-esque and fun locale has had its own starring role as the backdrop for several movie sets throughout the latter half of the 20th century.

 

Red Ranger – The Library – Koh Samui, Thailand

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Defeating arch nemesis Rita Repulsa is no easy task but thankfully these superheroes have a strong leader in the Red Ranger. Much like the principal fighter, The Library stands out from the crowd and makes you look twice. Against the stunning backdrop of Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach, you’ll find the luxury beachfront property offering spacious suites complete with iMac computers and modern designs. But the real show stopper is the property’s dramatic centrepiece – the blood-red tiled pool. For an accomplished athlete like Jason, the Red Ranger, swimming laps is the ideal full body workout. Once you’ve exhausted yourself, its time to indulge in Thai culinary delights or fall deep into fiction at the property’s library.

 

 

Black Ranger – Armani Hotel Milano – Milan, Italy

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Bravado and swagger perfectly describe Zack, the Black Ranger. On the outside, he’s tough and keeps his cool but on the inside, there are many layers. Likewise, there’s more than meets the eyes of this famous Milano hotel. Behind the sleek façade and contemporary black and white designs, you’ll find state of the art facilities sure to appease your inner Black Ranger. Looking to get your heart pumping? The Armani/Spa is home to Technogym’s world-class equipment and impeccable service and features a Finnish sauna, steam bath, ice cascade and a relaxation pool. The rooftop relaxation area not only offers magnificent views of the city, but is also an ideal look out spot for incoming dangers.

 

The Absolute Best Hockey Instructor on the Planet: Dusan Kralik’s Creative Hockey development


I just signed up my middle and only child who plays hockey for March break hockey camp with the absolute best hockey instructor on the planet, Dusan Kralik, and his Creative Hockey Development program.

My son, you see, is entering his 3rd year in organized hockey, his 4th year skating at all, and all of his improvements have been due to his desire to get better (certainly not to my pushing him) and because Dusan is an amazing human being.

Dusan, has a very lengthy background in hockey, and he would have been a fantastic pro player if it wasn’t for injuries.

Instead of moving past hockey, Dusan moved to Canada from his native Slovakia and wound up playing on my ball-hockey team where we won a whole bunch of championships.  Playing with one healthy hip, Dusan was magical in the arena, and when I finally got to see him on the ice, I was in awe.

He’s incredibly talented, unbelievably gifted, and he’s trained many, many current NHL players whom you might have heard about – Subban, Tavares, the Tanev brothers, just to name a few.  In fact this past April, he trained Conor McDavid prior to the World Cup.

If he can train them, he can train my son.

Dusan is not just an on-ice genius, as he has presented at International Coaching Symposiums, has had many a conversation with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, and each summer he travels to Carolina to train the Carolina Hurricanes prospects.

Dusan, is a future GM in the NHL, so it’s best to get him while he’s still training!  Dusan travels worldwide to train – I know he trained the Israeli Hockey team, as well as the men’s and woman’s hockey teams for Seneca College.

His website is under construction, but I strongly recommend you follow him on Facebook, here; https://www.facebook.com/CreativeHockeyDevelopment/

If I’m lucky, he’ll let me assist at the camp as I did last year with some of the coaching (not on ice), or I’ll just look forward to watching the expert work his magic with a bunch of wide-eyed kids.

 

The Amazing South Street Burger Co. Experience


My kids and I were invited to attend a local South Street Burger Co., for the launch of their “Dinner Just got Better” campaign, which was fantastic and quite informative.

Back on October 28th, South St. Burger launched a new creative campaign that distinguished the brand as the ‘better’ dinner choice, focusing on their commitment to best-in class burger customization, fresh, high-quality ingredients and top-notch sides as essential differentiators in a highly competitive market.

This event proved that to be true, and then some…

We learned that South St. Burger’s core philosophy is “Better Burgers. Fries. Shakes.”  We also learned that there is no need to compromise for ‘fast,’ when it comes to eating well.  We learned that the toppings are fresh, the food so tasty and the shakes get both adult and children’s approvals.

Jay Gould, the founder and President of South Street Burger Co., said “We know our target is strapped for time at the end of their day, but keen to find ‘better’ meal options for their families that include fresh ingredients and don’t compromise on taste.”

The campaign highlighted all the ways South St. Burger makes dinner ‘better’ – from its fresh, 100% Angus beef, additive-free burger raised without the use of hormones or antibiotics, to its gourmet topping combinations and use of garden-fresh ingredients, to fresh-cut fries and hand-scooped milkshakes.

Does it make a difference?  Hell, yes.

Can you taste the difference?  See above.

Is it worth visiting again, and again and again.  Yup.  So very worth it.

I’m sure you have seen their eye-catching product photography and cheeky headlines, such as ‘A burger a day keeps the Kale away’ and ‘Like Frozen Burgers? Keep Walking’ on their Facebook, or Instagram pages.

So, I took my middle child to the event because, well, he LOVES his food, and not just in that – he’ll eat large quantities of anything, kind of way – and for a week prior to the event he kept checking in to ensure we were still going, and the night of the event, when it was time to create our own burger, he already knew how many toppings were available and what was good on the menu to eat with the burger because he “researched” that.

So we made burgers, had professional pictures taken of them, and then ate, ate, ate.

My son’s has a knack for building the perfect burger – he called it the “Boss 2.0” and it photographed well, but tasted even better.  The food was incredible and we learned what differentiates South Street Burger Co. from all the rest, and that is the quality of the products they serve.

Our experience was so pleasant that we’ve been back every week since then for a burger and have not been disappointed in the quality of the burgers or the quality of the toppings.  It really opened our eyes to what we should expect in a burger and gave us a few locations to visit and eat well.

ABOUT SOUTH ST. BURGER
South St. Burger serves premium food in a contemporary, loft environment. The menu features fresh 4oz and 6oz beef patties made with 100 % Angus beef, are additive free, and raised without the use of hormones or antibiotics. Grilled chicken breasts, veggie burgers as well as Oktoberfest sausages and all-beef hot dogs are also on the menu. Sides include hand-cut french fries and poutine, and hand-scooped milkshakes made from real, premium ice cream. With 30 traditional and gourmet condiments, from dill pickles to dijon horseradish, guacamole and mango chutney, customers can personalize their orders at no extra charge.

Premium toppings include a selection of five real cheeses, grilled ginger glazed pineapple, Applewood smoked bacon, and sautéed mushrooms.

There are 35+ restaurants in Canada including six franchised restaurants in Alberta; plus a location in Dubai. South St. Burger was recently named one of Canada’s Best Managed Private companies for their fourth year in a row.

For more information on South St. Burger, please visit http://www.southstburger.com.

With great food, healthy food and great press like that, how can you not give SSBC a try.  You won’t be disappointed.

Disclaimer: Along with the pleasure of being introduced to SSBC, we ate like royalty and were give a gift card to return to the restaurant.  My son, has a new favourite place to eat and he lights up whenever he sees a restaurant because he knows he might have the opportunity to eat a delicious meal / snack.

 

Jazz.FM91 Jazz in July Concert Series – The Andrew Scott Trio: Tribute to Henry Mancini


Had the opportunity to see the Andrew Scott Trio and their Tribute to Henry Mancini at Hugh’s Room last evening as the JAZZ.FM91’s Jazz in July Concert Series kicked off.

The Andrew Scott Trio paid homage to one of the most versatile talents in contemporary music, Henry Mancini –  whom I heard a great deal of growing up because my father was a huge fan.  Who doesn’t like the Pink Panther theme, Peter Gunn theme, Moon River, Breakfast at Tiffany’s or Days of Wine and Roses?

The concert was, as expected, fantastic, and I’m not just saying that because the guitarist, composer and educator, Dr. Andrew Scott is a close and personal friend of mine, but because Dr. Andy, as I call him, is a Canadian jazz icon because of his talents and knowledge of everything jazz and music in general.  He has magical hands and fingers, a soothing voice and he now only wowed the crowd with his music, but with his knowledge.

Andrew-Scott-TrioMany times during the show, I wanted to sit back, close my eyes and let the music overtake me, but if I did that, I would miss the spectacle of watching Dr. Andy play.

The room was packed, the crowd was lively and very much into the music, and in awe of Andrew Scott’s immense talents.

A great time was had by all.

 

JAZZ.FM91 presents Jazz in July – The Andrew Scott Trio: A Tribute to Henry Mancini