Thursday, April 15, 2010


These are Macadamia Ginger Crunch Drops - made with candied ginger cookies from Vegan Cookies Invade your Cookie Jar...another winner with the Jazz FM staff - that is the tenuous jazz connection here...the spicy hit of the ginger is a delightful surprise. I am slowly making my way through the cookbook to the enthusiasm of numerous tasters.

Speaking of tasty - just got some divine Key Lime Coconut Scrub from Lovefresh - a new product line to my fave salon - Lush and Lavish on Ossington. They have scents/flavours that smell good enough to eat and apparently one of the staff tried it - just to see. The locally made bath and body products include Grapefruit/Tangerine, Pomegranate, Water Lily, Pear, Lemon Verbena to name a few. The scrub is actually moisturizing - which will be especially nice in summer - no body lotion necessary - although you might want to anyway after you get hooked on these scrumptious aromas.

Visit to check out the entire line.

Now that I have addressed taste and smell how about sound? This coming week there is as usual a number of events to choose from - Irene Altman is in town to perform at the St. Lawrence Centre along with Guido Basso, Reg Schwager at the Pilot on Saturday 3:30, Fern Lindzon's Quartet at Chalkers, 6 p.m. Pat Collins Quartet is at the Rex for the 9:45 show on Saturday, Dan Bodanis trio at Azure, natch today through Saturday 5:30 - 10:30 for your listening and dining pleasure (there - 2 senses in one go) , Jane Bunnett and the Cuban Piano Masters at the wonderful Koerner Hall 8 p.m. Saturday, Tova and Amy play Bossa Nova at Coffee and All that Jazz (Howard Park and Roncesvalles) 12:15 on Sunday and then at Joe Mama's on King - the Nathan Hiltz trio with guest vocalist Bradley Harder...whew!

Oh and on Tuesday the great big band "Blunt Object" is at Tranzac playing the charts of Carla Bley and original tunes from 10 - midnightish.

Canadian Jazz Archive is up and online - some of my work is up there - the brief bios of many jazz greats.
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