The Birthday Week Begins

Beer Bistro
So, the birthday week celebrations for 2007 have begun! Woohoo! … Saturday night we headed down to Beer Bistro for a Winterlicious dinner. We had not been to Beer Bistro since its days as Zoom. Despite the change in ownership good things continue to happen here. First, BEER! Mmmmm and I do love beer. Beers by the draught-full and every type under the sun. It was nice to have a dinner that matched courses with beer rather than wine. Good fun that. G and I shared:


  • Wild Mushroom Soup, shallots, London porter & truffle cream; and,
  • House Beer Cured & Smoked Salmon, white beer cream cheese and toast


  • Braised Veal Cheeks with Belgian ale, carrot and turnip purée; and,
  • Grilled Flat Iron Steak, caramelized beer onions, redskin smashed potatoes & tarragon butter


  • Apple Cranberry Crumble with cherry beer, an almond crust & honey whipped cream; and,
  • Belgian Chocolate Mousse, Strawberry Früli beer & fresh fruit

It was all very good and we’d certainly go back. We sat right by the open kitchen; me facing the kitchen, G facing the restaurant and I was eyed the entire time by one of the sous chefs. What’s with that! G thought it was my imagination but I think it was more my funky, highlighted haircut courtesy Leo Estay Saturday afternoon.

The open kitchen at Beer Bistro

Stick It
This Disney film effort from 2006 does get (a little) better as the movie progresses. It stars Jeff Bridges (yes, he’s still around acting) as Burt Vickerman, a has-been gymnastics coach burdened with taking on a fomer National star (now juvinille delinquent) Haley Graham (played by a buff
Missy Peregrym). It’s sort of a Karaeke Kid moved to the vault, beam and floor routine world but about not nearly as good. My rating 4 out of 10.


So G and I finally saw Babel today down at Market Square. I thought it had good editing. That about sums up my thoughts on this film. After watching all 2.5 hours of it I thought: yeh, so what?!
Alejandro González Iñárritu has now made three films which are all exactly the same (this film, 21 Grams and Amores perros). And this somehow warrants an Academy Award nod?! Hmmmmmmm me thinks not. As you probably know, this film traces three stories that eventually interconnect (the Tokyo story line is tenuous at best).  Brad Pitt struggles (as always) trying to act while Cate (I’ve-been-in-every-movie-made-in-2006) Blanchett does her best mostly lying in a bedoiun hut with a bullet in her shoulder.  The Tokyo and Mexico storylines are the best and we do have to give nods to both Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi for fine performances. The editing is outstanding and absolutely worthy of an Oscar nod. In particular three cuts stand out: the cut from Chieko’s hairy vagina to the goats; the cut from Santiago decapitating a chicken to Cate’s blood and the cut from Cate’s screaming as she’s stitched up to Chieko’s silent deaf-mute world were brilliant. My rating 5 out of 10.

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6 Responses to The Birthday Week Begins

  1. Fatcat723 says:

    Happy Birthday Week!!! Love the menu, yummy.

  2. willariah says:

    hun, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! i honestly feel your review of Babel is a little harsh – as a story, the film is quite well tied together and original; if you think about it, they took 5 different languages and told one fluid story with it; that’s an accomplishment in itself. never before i have i felt such disconnection in the race for Best Pic category; I don’t really feel any of the 5 are deserving – although we will have to see Iwo Jima first.

  3. Happy b-day btw…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Happy Birthday Brent! I have to get out more this winter and the Winterlicious festival is a great excuse.

  5. So, is that 3stars for editing, 1 star for Rinko and 1 star for Adriana?  hahaha… 
    I struggled with Babel as well but ended up putting it on my hot list for 2006 because it provoked the most thought.  I absolutely LOVED Adriana and Rinko in this film.
    Gosh, you are certianly on a tear watching so many movies.  I guess it’s good to do when one needs to hibernate from -22C!

  6. kunhuo42 says:

    ryc: hahah no, all that talk of diamonds is NOT a hint to anyone =P

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