New website coming soon

Lately I’ve been gathering the analytics of my websites and I’m starting the process of the dreaded redesign.

I have some sketches and wireframes that I’ve been working on – so get ready for a new site to be launching soon.

The best French Toast in Toronto

The best French Toast in Toronto

After our trip to Quebec City and researching and eating the best French Toast I’ve ever eaten – sorry mom – at Panache, I decided to embark on a mission to find the best in Toronto.

Panache French Toast

Panache French Toast

My research led me to School in Liberty Village. I ordered the Crunchy French Toast. After waiting for what seemed to be hours (likely about 25-30-minutes), and watching the staff bring delicious food out to other customers, the food arrived.

First off, there were two pieces on the plate, and after further examination each piece was actually two-slices of loaf chalah together. It had a slight citrus taste and had what appeared to be fried Rice Crispy bits on it. It was very good, but I highly doubt it’s the best in the city!

If Panache is the benchmark, being a 9.5/10 (I need to leave room for someone to one-up Panache), then School’s Crispy French Toast was about a 7.5/10. My apologies to Brad Moore, executive chef at School, but the dish needs something more. Maybe some fresh cream or fruit slices with it. Also, machine cut chalah? Really? Your chef’s couldn’t muster the effort to hand cut?

What made Panache better? Well, for starters, they use brioche. Then amazing local maple syrup, chopped almonds, and fresh local strawberries and orange slices. I would say that the 9-hour drive just for the French Toast is worth it!

Onward and upward…

Anywhere you suggest that I try next?

Heart & Stroke Foundation – Big Bike ride! Donations needed ASAP!

Wow! What a tremendous show of support for such a great cause. Because of your donations, my original goal was completely destroyed! I’ve surpassed the original $500 goal, and upped it to $750. Well, that $750 goal has come and gone, and now I’ve set a new goal, and I’m hoping that those of you who have not yet donated can help me hit the $1000 mark!

$1000 will…

  • teach 25 families how to save a life with CPR;
  • teach 30 classrooms of children the foundation for heart-healthy living with the HeartSmart Kids program;
  • administer 2 Automated External Defibrillator training courses that could save lives; or
  • equip a doctor with a blood pressure monitor to help keep patients healthy.

Please have your donation completed on this Sunday (June 5) as I’m doing the ride on June 6.

To sponsor me, please visit: https://davidpisarek.com/bigbike/

(This page is a redirect that will forward you to the secure donation page)

If you’ve already donated, I just want you to know how much I appreciate it. Those of you who have not donated, it’s not too late. In either event, please pass this on to everyone you know.

Remember, donations over $10 will receive a tax receipt.

Thank you so much for your amazing response!

Canadian political debate on CBC was less than impressive

Let me start off by saying that I don’t care what anyone’s political views are. That’s not what this post is about.

This evening on CBC was the much talked about, seemingly annual, political debate. The Conservatives, Liberals, NDP, and Quebecois parties were represented. As ruled by the courts, the Green party was not allowed to participate – I don’t want to get side-tracked by the reasoning behind that.

Over the two-hours there were six questions asked by Canadian citizens to the politicians, approximately 20-minutes given to each question. Two candidates were pitted head-to-head against one another, and then the other two candidates were allowed to give their side.

I thought the format was really good, but I’m less than impressed with the responses.

Overall, I feel less enchanted by the whole political process. None of the candidates seemed to have “won” the debate, heck it seems like none of the questions were even answered.

I think that I have less respect for the candidates. Not one of them, in my opinion, did anything memorable. It was all political jabs at one another. More of the same, but this time televised with all of them in the same room. Sure, they reiterated what’s been covered by the media for the last few years and more-so in the last couple of weeks – so for those people who haven’t paid attention to the media it might be seen as “insightful”.

I have a sour taste in my mouth. Is this what our citizenship wants as leaders? People who are relatively petty? People who cannot work together?

I’m not suggesting for a moment that we need politicians to sing Kumbya. I understand the need for debate and getting alternative views on the table. But tonight appeared to solely be verbal spew. Nothing to take to heart.

Leaves me with one question – why bother with the debates at all?

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2010 is coming to an end

2010 is coming to an end

I want to take this time to reflect on the past year.

May this upcoming year be filled with joy, happiness, love, health and properity – not specifically in that order.  🙂

Last year I took the time to make a great word cloud based on the keywords used to get to my website. I decided to do the same this year. So here it is…

 

David Pisarek's website word cloud for 2010

David Pisarek’s website word cloud for 2010

 

 

What is wrong with the Canadian Federal Government re: Vaughan By-Election

It doesn’t matter who Rosalee or I voted for. That’s not the point of this article.

The situation

No, this has nothing to do with Jersey-shore characters.

Back in 2007 we received the keys to our brand new house in the brand new sub-division we bought in. We officially moved into the house in mid-January 2008, and shortly afterwards we both updated our addresses for our passports (they needed renewal anyways), OHIP and Driver’s Licenses.

We both knew about the By-Election that’s happening today – from media coverage, mass mailings we’ve received and all of the phone calls from the various candidates offices asking for our support.

Earlier today I had a thought – I wondered why we hadn’t received a voters registration card or any details in the mail, so I went to this page to lookup where to vote.

Once Rosalee came home, we both headed over to the venue. Immediately we were greeted by a gentleman who asked if he could assist. We told him that we never received a card in the mail. He pointed out a booth to his right for us to walk over to.  We went to the booth, and gave our driver’s licenses. The lady flipped through her binder, and found Rosalee’s name, but it had the wrong address. It had an address that’s one street behind ours – but it had the right house number and the right postal code! I don’t get it! From everything that I can find, our postal code is valid for only even numbers on our street, and odd numbers on the street behind us.

When she went to look-up my name, I wasn’t in the book at all. My cousins are – they moved into the area within the last year, and we’ve been here nearly three.

How can the municipalities have our details right and not the fed’s? We received all the information for the municipal election without any problem. There is absolutely no reason why I wasn’t on the federal list for today’s vote.

My opinion on the solution

There needs to be a unified connection and communication between database systems and storage procedures. Once someone updates or applies their address for a vehicle registration, health card, driver’s license, tax submission, marriage license, etc it needs to trigger other updates to happen. The government MUST start a system to gather census details, and merge it with the appropriate areas. Yes, that’s a very high-level overview as to how the systems should run, and yes, there are a lot of technical details and processes that would have to be ironed out. And yes, it will cost some serious cash to make it happen. but it’s a one-time deal. Once the system is up and running, it should catch nearly all of the changes, and make for a more customer-focused experience for all Canadians.

Conclusion

No system is perfect. There will always be someone who has a strange exception and won’t be put through.

The time to start on it is now. The population growth is increasing at such a rate and the cost of services are increasing, it only makes logical and financial sense to get started on it now.

Want to know how the electorial race is going? Visit the Elections Canada website for preliminary results.

Follow-up

What do you think?
Can the government get something like this going?
Should they invest the money to get it going?

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