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Master Chef

Season 10 of Master Chef (U.S.) is down to 10 contestants. The last few people were whittled off during “Sweet Week” with several baking challenges including making macarons. I don’t like macarons and have never tried making them but they look hard. The guest judge for the macarons episode was Candace Nelson, owner of the famous Sprinkles Cupcakes in the States. I took a look at their website –...

Intentions

Five days after my last post, I signed a lease for a new store in Markham. The realtor said that the negotiation period was extremely quick. In my last post I’d complained how long it was taking. It’s not news that I am impatient but interesting that Ali would describe that particular deal as fast. I need to  remember this because pace was also mentioned in a conversation with a...

Protein Cupcakes Update

It’s been ages since I’ve mentioned our “protein fortified cupcake project”. It has been an ongoing project since November 2016 that’s included: A collaboration with George Brown College’s Food Innovation & Research Studio (FIRSt) to develop a protein fortified cupcake Continued testing and development over here at PGB Meetings with hospitals and foodservice operators to discuss the product...

Writer’s block

I suppose the title today could refer to this blog (I haven’t written since December 4th!?) but instead it refers to the difficulty I’m having with a book I’d like to write I am writing. I’ve discovered something: it is easier to write an instructional book than an experiential book. Although a lot of work, writing books on estate planning, leadership and cooking are at...

A Google search away…

In my last blog I mentioned that I was speaking to a group of business students at the U of T. What an impressive bunch! Over 95% of them are in the International Foundation Program which means that in addition to their regular studies they are studying English because it is not their first language. Pretty amazing that on top of all that, they’d come out to a non-mandatory workshop on...

Expectations

I was recently thinking that the biggest source of most frustration is hanging on to specific expectations. You may be thinking, well, if a contractor says that he will finish a project by X date or a friend says she  will show up by 7 pm, isn’t it only reasonable to expect those things to happen? Yes and no. It is reasonable to have a general expectation of  how something will unfold,  but...

On being overwhelmed

This weekend I came across an email that I’d printed out from my BFF Marilyn on June 20, 2011. I didn’t save the email I’d written to her first but clearly I was overwhelmed and asking for her advice on how to cope with everything coming at me. PGB had opened 2 months earlier. I’d just received an offer to open a 2nd store in First Canadian Place. And every waking moment...

Changing course 2.0

On the weekend Andrew read out from the newspaper that Jeff Bezos of Amazon says that he has had more failing ideas than winning ones. Sticking the chicken back in the oven, I replied that this is true but it sucks when you are smack dab in the middle of stumbling ideas. Once you’ve reached the $84 billion dollar mark (really, this is Bezos’ net worth, just checked), past failures must entirely...

And now over to McDonalds

I admire McDonalds as a corporation. I don’t often eat at McDonalds but it isn’t because I am on a soapbox of how bad it is for you. All things considered, a burger and fries is in the treat category  (like cupcakes) and some people prefer Big Macs and others would rather eat a hand-chopped craft-style burger topped with Brie. McDonalds is quicker to figure stuff out than other fast...

Aspirations for 2017

I love it on New Year’s Day when newspapers feature people’s goals for the year. (Readers of this blog will know that I like nothing better than a good list of goals. Whether the goals get achieved is beside the point!). So imagine my delight at being asked to provide my very own  list to the Toronto Star for its January 1st issue.  The specific request was for “4 inspirational...

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