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October 29, 2014
by Gerry
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What Should I Be?

So I have a dilemma, I hate this dilemma too, it’s not life damaging or anything, but it happens every year. What should I dress up as for Halloween? Now some could argue “Gerry, you’re 42, grow up.” To them I say, no, why don’t you grow up!!! Halloween is just too much fun and clearly it’s not just for kids. Go to any bar or pub this weekend and see how many “grown up” adults dawn their what should be scariest apparel. I say, should be scariest, but for some, sadly it will be their skimpiest. I harp on this every year just like so many other things have to be mentioned every year. I’m not opposed to a woman walking around in thigh highs and heels and a short dress as a “sexy” whatever-fill-in-the-blank. Hell if you have the body for it, fellas, feel free to do so as well. All I ask, all I am pleading for;  it’s just one day, please scarify your look. You can be a sexy whatever, just add some open wounds, some blood dripping from your eyes or perhaps zombify yourself. Come Monday, you can dress as skimpy as you want, god bless ya, I won’t oppose. I just think it’s time time to remember the reason for the season and put the scary back in Halloween. This brings me back to my original dilemma, what to be for Halloween? I could be all cliche and hypocritical and go as a sexy chef, but how would that be different from what I am everyday? HEY-OHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!………I’ll just get to making lunch now. See you at noon.

You can be a ho hum sexy cheerleader.......

 

 

....OR a SEXY ZOMBIE CHEERLEADER!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s Halloween Fact: Most people know orange and black are traditional Halloween colors, but might not know why. Orange represents the fall harvest and black represents the darkness associated with death of summer.

Isaac Farrah Watch: Next up the Saints travel to Ft.Mac on Friday. Isaac’s Stats:  8 GP 2G 1A. 3 Pts +5

THE PASTAS: includes Garden Salad w/House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Caesar Salad & Garlic Toast

Baked Pasticcio  $10.50

Shells Alfredo $10.50

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $10.50

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $10.00

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

Italian Wedding or Cream of Mushroom

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.40

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.60

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

Cannoli  Almond or Cherry Cream $2.50

October 28, 2014
by Gerry
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Chickens & Rabbits

I wouldn’t be planning any parade routes just yet, but the Oilers did win their 4th in a row last night, impressively thumping the Montreal Canadiens 3-0. The win moves them up in the standings, but still firmly in place a position I call Port-land. They play again tomorrow night against Nashville….So, I was chatting with my friend Sarah Stevenson last week, we go back, way back, all the way back to Cranbrook in fact. You see, Sarah is in the running to be one of these confounded urban chicken farmers/owners. Apparently people in Edmonton are eligible to raise chickens in their back yard. A good way to develop some fresh raised /layed eggs. I’m not sure about the whole parameters that have to be followed, but it’s something her and her husband are into. Apparently, there’s even some kind of deluxe chicken coop one could buy with a little drink station, feeding station, spa station with treadmill and yoga studio. It’s not that I am opposed to the whole idea. I guess really it just brings back some tough memories for me. You see, I grew up in what was at the time the Little Italy section of Cranbrook, BC.  Well, I was 9 years old & one day my dad came home with a cute little bunny rabbit. I named him Zi’ Vincenzo which translates to “Uncle Vince”. We built him a nice little coop with some  plywood and chicken mesh, and by “we” really it was my dad doing most of the work, he was a hell of a carpenter, but I did help. Anyways, I took great care of Zi’Vincenzo, made sure he always had some fresh water and lots of grass to eat. My gosh he grew so big. One day, I went to go feed him and I noticed he got out of his coop. I ran into the house to tell my dad we had to go look for him. As I went down the stairs, I quickly realized, I didn’t have to look far. There he was!!!!! In my dad’s hands…..slowly being turned into our supper. Apparently with a little white wine marinade, some garlic and oregano, over a charcoal fire, rabbit tastes pretty good. That’s not the point of my story. I guess, the real lesson here is, parents,  please don’t mislead your kids as to what the intent of those chickens are and maybe don’t get so emotionally attached that you give them a name and all. Needless to say, there is no rabbit on our menu and won’t be anytime soon and the chicken we do serve  has no family — nobody knows that the chicken was cooked here. It’ll be as if it never existed. All that’s left is your lunch. Actually there is no chicken on the menu today either, but it’s still pretty good.

Isaac Farrah Watch: The Saints racked up 2 wins on the weekend, 6-0 over Grande Prairie & 4-1 over Sherwood Park.  Next up the Saints travel to Ft.Mac on Friday. Isaac’s Stats:  8 GP 2G 1A. 3 Pts +5

THE PASTAS: includes Garden Salad w/House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Caesar Salad & Garlic Toast

Jumbo Cheese Ravioli w/Tomato Sauce  $10.50

Mushroom Beef Rotini  $10.50

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $10.50

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $10.00

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

Italian Wedding or Cream of Mushroom

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.40

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.60

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

Cannoli  Frankenlime or Scary Cherry Cream $2.50

October 27, 2014
by Gerry
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Now That Was A Week!

My mind is in a bit of a fog today.  I’m coming off of one of the most physically demanding weeks I have ever had. Except for that time  me and my friend Trevor Doroshenko had to team up and fight Mr. Twister and his evil band of minions from taking over the world. We were also really hung over that time too, but we got the job done. You’re welcome by the way. Anyways, back to my previous week of activity. There were 3 business caterings, 3 hot school lunches, 5 very busy lunch rushes at the cafe, played in 2 hockey games, made about 90 Cannoli with some fantastic kids at Ronald McDonald House and oh ya, you can now add actor to my list of titles. I performed with the Deadmonton House crew on Saturday night as a Scarecrow. If you were around Grant MacEwan on Saturday night or around the downtown area, you may have picked up a rather nasty scent. That was the smell of everyone that had soiled themselves after going thru Deadmonton House. It’s that scary. My friend Rebecca who also performs at the house guided me thru before it all started and I got chills. It is spectacular and if you love to have some fun and a great scare, this is a Halloween must. Now, keep in mind, if you are drunk or on some thing else, you probably won’t get in. Another tip; don’t be a jerk.  The actors that perform are all volunteers and do a fantastic job, so no touching them. If all you’re there to do is show everyone how “tough” you are, maybe don’t come. It’s all for fun. To the scared lady that punched me in the chest, I know it was more reactionary and nothing personal. Deadmonton House runs 4 more times, Thursday thru Sunday starting at 7pm, and is located behind Grant MacEwan at 10505 106 Street. Tickets are $15 each.

Yep, that's me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tyler Busch & Isaac Farrah making cannoli with the kids.

I also had a great time Saturday afternoon at Ronald McDonald House making come Halloween Cannoli with the kids, and for this one we had some extra help come in.   A big thanks to Isaac Farrah, Tyler Busch and Connor James of the Spruce Grove Saints who came out to participate in some cannoli fun. We were even lucky enough to have Ben Scrivens from the Oilers come out and help with the Oiler Cannoli that we created. After meeting Ben in person, I was able to verify something I had suspected; he’s truly a class act and Edmonton is lucky to have one of their own representing the city. There was also one more awesome famiglia member that helped out immensely on Saturday; Scarlet Bjornson. Not only did her and her son Connor come and cannoli with us at Ronald McDonald House, but she also helped me prepare our new menu item today, the All Beef Meatballs!

 

Isaac Farrah Watch: The Saints racked up 2 wins on the weekend, 6-0 over Grande Prairie & 4-1 over Sherwood Park.  Next up the Saints travel to Ft.Mac on Friday. Isaac’s Stats:  8 GP 2G 1A. 3 Pts +2

THE PASTAS: includes Garden Salad w/House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Caesar Salad & Garlic Toast

Fusilli Alfredo  $10.50

Baked 3 Cheese Gemelli $10.50

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $10.50

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $10.00

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

Italian Wedding or Cream of Mushroom

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs ; Classic or All Beef  $1.40

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.60

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

Cannoli:  Frankenlime or Scary Cherry$2.50

October 23, 2014
by Gerry
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Strong & Free

THE PASTAS: includes Garden Salad w/House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Caesar Salad & Garlic Toast

Baked Tomato Mac N Cheese $10.50

Beef Ravioli Alfredo$10.50

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $10.50

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $10.00

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

Nonna Rosa Chicken or Tomato Beef Ravioli

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.40

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.60

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

Cannoli  $2.50

October 22, 2014
by Gerry
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My Son Is A Teenager Today, Very Scary

Oh man, 13 years ago today I became a father, the dad to my son Dylan Michael. Today he is a teenager, so that means I’m on easy street right? Probably not. It’s a lot to take in. I’ll cope in my own little way. All will be well, plus you have to know at some point cake will be involved. Hell, who am I kidding, even if it wasn’t his birthday I’m pretty sure some cake or other form of  pastry will be hitting my mouth. See you all at noon!

TODAY’S Scary Facts: The movie The Strangers was one of the last movies that scared the crap out of me. Seriously, I walked out of that theatre clenching my butt cheeks and doing that slow waddle step out to my car. This was the movie poster, love it, very spooky with that guy back there.

Isaac Farrah Watch: The Saints 7 game win streak was snapped in Drayton Valley last night 5-4. Isaac getting two thirds of a Marty Howe hat trick with and assist and a penalty.Isaac’s Stats:  7 GP 2G 2A. 4Pts +2

THE PASTAS: includes Garden Salad w/House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Caesar Salad & Garlic Toast

Lalalalasagna (Order it just like that)  $10.50

Fettuccine w/Rosee Sauce $10.50

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $10.50

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $10.00

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

Nonna Rosa Chicken or Tomato Beef Ravioli

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.40

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.60

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

Cannoli  $2.50

October 21, 2014
by Gerry
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Time For Some Tears

So ya, I found this yesterday, and it brought a tear to my eye. Now, you can have one too. Rudy has nothing on this kid.

 

TODAY’S Scary Facts: So as we begin the stretch towards my second favorite day of the year, I present to you my Top 5 Favorite Horror Movies of All Time. If you don’t agree, so be it.

#5. The Lost Boys

#4. Sinister

#3. The Strangers

#2. The Shining

#1. Halloween

Isaac Farrah Watch: The Saints are rolling with 7 wins in a row including two shoot out wins over Brooks and Okotoks on the weekend. Next up in Drayton Valley tonight. Isaac’s Stats:  6 GP 2G 1A. 3 Pts +2

THE PASTAS: includes Garden Salad w/House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Caesar Salad & Garlic Toast

Penne Alfredo  $10.50

3 Cheese Tortellini $10.50

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $10.50

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $10.00

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

Nonna Rosa Chicken

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.40

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.60

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

Cannoli  Almond or Cherry Cream $2.50

October 20, 2014
by Gerry
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Halloween Time Is Here

Welcome to my dandy little website. Well, really, it’s not mine personally, it’s the site for that little diamond in the rough known as Little Italy Pasta Panini & Catering. I hope you had an enjoyable weekend and took in something fun and somewhat festive. I have my eyes set square on the Deadmonton House. It’s a haunted house set up at 10505 106 St, with an entire theme and back story to it. I can’t explain more of it, since I haven’t attended, but from what I have seen and heard, it’s incredible but not for all ages. Tell you what, check out their website for more details. deadmontonhouse.com It’s just a matter of picking which night to go and get a great scare on. Plus, much like all those Christmas specials in December, the next two weeks will have an abundance of classic scary movies on various channels. LOVE IT!  Also, I think we’ll try and have some festive fun around here too. Ok, it’s going to be a busy day and a busy week, time to get started. See you at noon.

TODAY’S Scary Facts: So as we begin the stretch towards my second favorite day of the year, I present to you the Top 5 Best Horror Movies of All Time according to Rotten Tomatoes.Com If you don’t agree, take it up with them. For the record, I have seen none of these. Tomorrow, my top 5!

#5. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

#4. King Kong (1933)

#3. Replusion (1965)

#2. Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror (1922)

#1. Das Cabinet Des Dr. Cagliari (1920)

Isaac Farrah Watch: The Saints are rolling with 7 wins in a row including two shoot out wins over Brooks and Okotoks on the weekend. Our man Isaac was back in action, finger snaps to #9. Snap Snap! He didn’t do a damn thing apparently.                              Isaac’s Stats:  6 GP 2G 1A. 3 Pts +2

THE PASTAS: includes Garden Salad w/House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Caesar Salad & Garlic Toast

Fettuccine Alfredo  $10.50

Baked Pasticcio $10.50

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $10.50

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $10.00

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

Nonna Rosa Chicken

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.40

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.60

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

Cannoli  Almond or Cherry Cream $2.50

October 17, 2014
by Gerry
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Driving & The Oilers Getting More Handsome

So how’s the short week working for you? That was the last long weekend of the year unless you manufacture your own, so hopefully you all enjoyed yours. Now, of course with long weekends, comes traffic, lots of it. Keep in mind, there’s always a great chance you will hit some construction on the roads. Now a few of us were talking about a particular scenario we see often. You have 3 lanes merging into two, and so you have the long line of cars but you also have the empty lane, the lane that people will drive along  until it runs out. Well, some will argue that it is perfectly ok to fill that lane completely and you create the courteous alternating car merge. Others say, or scream rather “Screw you asshole, trying to cut in front of everyone, you can wait!”  The more I thought about it, the more it made sense. It’s not like those self centered folk that drive along a shoulder to skip the cue. These are the ones that are on the road, and just driving up to the merge point, in essence, shortening the traffic jam. How come they never talked about this in driver ed? Maybe the city can start a campaign with some of  the $43 Million in photo radar money they “earned” last year. Seeing as that’s apparently the type of thing the money is earmarked for, about a $1,000 of which was “donated” by yours truly. Why not, educate people as to how to handle it properly, or not. and lets see how that goes. Oh and while I am on my driving rant today, hey Albertans driving into BC, you’re not in Alberta anymore, settle down and quit driving like dinks in my home province. Seeing so many aggressive drivers on the roads into BC last weekend and sure enough they had Alberta plates, settle down, please…..Things really start getting fun after today. After a few weeks off, tomorrow night I return to my team the Klondike Maulers. I’ll be back on the ice chasing my unfulfilled dreams of hockey glory, and seeing as I play defense, and the current plight of the Oilers, maybe, just maybe the Oilers blue line could get a bit more devilishly handsome. I may not be as silky smooth a skater as I used to, ( I am 42 after all) but it couldn’t be that much worse with me back there, right?  Plus,  I would bring in some panini for after the game. Oh sure, they may have to be low fat free range chicken with quinoa, sprouts and light mayo on 58 grain gluten free torpedo buns, (because that seems like what Dallas Eakins has them trying to eat) and they would go so good with the warm water and room temperature milk they get after the game (at least that’s what I think they’re drinking). Than again, maybe not, I’ve read what people say about some of the Oilers on Twitter, I couldn’t handle that. No, I’ll just keep doing my own thing, the Oilers will have to get better and more devilisly handsome on their own.

TODAY’S UberFact: Researchers have found that the average person will form about 400 friendships during a lifetime, but only 33 will last.

Isaac Farrah Watch: The Saints are on a road trip to Brooks and Okotoks this weekend. Isaac could be back in the lineup.           Isaac’s Stats:  4 GP 2G 1A. 3 Pts +2

THE PASTAS: includes Garden Salad w/House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Caesar Salad & Garlic Toast

Baked Shells Alfredo  $10.50

Baked Ziti $10.50

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $10.50

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $10.00

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

Cream of Mushroom or Italian Wedding

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.40

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.60

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

Cannoli:  $2.50

October 16, 2014
by Gerry
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Everyday is The Superbowl

Happy Thursday one and all. Today I am coming off the high of an amazing day yesterday. It was insanely busy with a hot school lunch and 3 caterings, plus our regular services. We were prepared and we rocked it. Everyday is the Superbowl, you need to be ready to go. True, some days are easier than others and some days I shit the proverbial bed, but not yesterday, The crew and I were magnificent. Let’s see how today plays out. Oh and I need a Halloween costume, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Have a great day, see you at noon.

TODAY’S UberFact: People who don’t count on their fingers as children become better at math later on in life.

Isaac Farrah Watch: The Saints are on a road trip to Brooks and Okotoks this weekend. Isaac could be back in the lineup.           Isaac’s Stats:  4 GP 2G 1A. 3 Pts +2

THE PASTAS: includes Garden Salad w/House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Caesar Salad & Garlic Toast

Cheese & Spinach Raviolli  $10.50

Chicken & Peppers Rigatoni Alfredo $10.50

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $10.50

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $10.00

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

Italian Wedding or Cream of Mushroom

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.40

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.60

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

Almond or Nutella $2.50

October 15, 2014
by Gerry
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Tough Times In Oiler Land

The way I see it folks, things are bad right now, but I’m not truly able to put into words what the Oilers need to do, but Rocky is…..


 

If that doesn’t help, you can always look on the bright side of life……

 

TODAY’S Oilers Fact: The Oilers are really bad.

Isaac Farrah Watch: The Saints are rolling with 5 wins in a row. They beat the Calgary Canucks 8-3 and the Camrose Kodiaks 4-3 on the weekend. Next up is a road trip to Brooks and Okotoks on the weekend. Isaac is still watching while his shoulder heals.      Isaac’s Stats:  4 GP 2G 1A. 3 Pts +2

THE PASTAS: includes Garden Salad w/House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Caesar Salad & Garlic Toast

Baked Cheese Gemelli  $10.50

Mushroom Cream Linguine $10.50

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $10.50

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $10.00

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

Tomato Beef Raviolli or Nonna Rosa Chicken

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.40

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.60

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

Cannoli  Almond or Nutella Spice $2.50