Alter Ego: Guest Food Blogger #4

Bill Staley and Hayley Mason over at The Food Lovers’ Primal Palate recently invited Ruby Reduction to review their cookbook Make it Paleo, a collection of over 200 grain-free recipes.

When our copy arrived in the mail, we couldn’t wait to begin.

I should preface this by saying I don’t classify our lifestyle as being Paleo (at least not in the full-fledged, card carrying sense).

Granted, the meals we prepare generally follow many of the principles that form the Paleo or Primal diet: lots of vegetables, a high quality protein source, and a healthy serving of fat.

We also tend to eschew grains and legumes; limit our intake of sugar (including high-sugar fruits); and avoid processed foods altogether.

However, despite the similarities in dietary choices, we still love the occasional pizza or cold pint (or pitcher) from one of our favourite craft breweries. (Just kidding, try this one).

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Extra Credits

This past weekend my wife and I had the chance to work with the tremendously talented people at Say Ten Productions as they shot a one-minute short for the upcoming Digi60 Seconds competition. The competition–organized by the Digi60 Film Festival and Invest Ottawa–challenges local filmmakers to find creative ways of showcasing some of the more unique locations our Nation’s Capital has to offer.

The opportunity to be a part of the short is due to our colleague Beth, a screenwriter in her spare time who happened to work on developing the screenplay for the short. When the need for extras arose, she asked if we were interested in helping out. The answer was simple: of course we were!  And if we needed any further coaxing, the filming would take place at Le Cordon Bleu and would force us to dress up.

Oddly enough (at least for me), this was the second time in two weeks that I have been an extra in a production, the first being for the web-series Scream All You Want. Though work as an extra is far from glamorous–it’s true that it can be a fair amount of hurry up and wait–being behind the scenes gave me an enhanced appreciation of the degree of effort required to produce even a single minute of television or film. It truly is amazing.

I have been fortunate both times to work with casts and crews on sets that were equal parts friendly and supportive; I understand that is not always the case, particularily for larger productions. At any rate, it was an enormous amount of fun being even a small part of the local arts scene. I wish both success and can’t wait to see the final products (and I hear I’ll even have an IMDb credit or two to my name. Nice!)

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IMG Gallery: Iceland Airwaves

The following collection of photos were captured during the 2009 edition of the Iceland Airwaves music festival. From October 14 to 18, various venues throughout Reykjavik played host to approximately 150 local and international acts, including Metronomy, The Drums, Kings of Convenience, FM Belfast, and Alaska in Winter.

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Alter Ego: Guest Food Blogger #1

The following is an excerpt from my recent turn as guest food blogger for my wife’s site, A Ruby Reduction. If you prefer your food full of flavour and your food blogs light on pretense, then her site is definitely for you.

Shortly after Connie launched A Ruby Reduction, I briefly entertained the thought of creating a companion blog focused entirely on the hamburger.

It seemed like a splendid idea at first … until I began to realize that in order to maintain such a site, I’d have to eat an (almost) ungodly number of burgers (and buns) on a regular basis.

Hey, I love hamburgers, but a man’s got his limits.

So, rather than subject myself to the perpetual “meat sweats”, I offered to submit the occasional post on hamburgers to A Ruby Reduction. From a health (and creative) perspective, it’s probably a more reasonable rate.

The rest of the piece is available at (originally posted 02 March 2012). Featured in the entry are two original hamburger creations inspired by comedian Bill Burr.

You can also follow Ruby Reduction on Twitter: @Ruby_Reduction

In the Press: Gatekeeper: The Fighting Life of Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge

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In thirteen seconds–roughly the time it will take to read this sentence–Gary Goodridge delivered eight consecutive elbow strikes to the unprotected head of Paul Herrera, the second blow knocking his opponent unconscious.

To spectators, it was a sight that was as dramatic as it was terrifying; the ultimate first impression in a sport where the line between athletics and violence has always been blurred.

In thirteen seconds, Gary Goodridge became a star.

Check out for the review of Gatekeeper: The Fighting Life of Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge.

Gatekeeper: The Fighting Life of Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge. By Gary Goodridge and Mark Dorsey. ECW Press, 189 pages, $21.95 CDN, $18.95 US.