A Valentine’s Dinner With Friends!

Anthropomorphic Valentine, circa 1950–1960

Anthropomorphic Valentine, circa 1950–1960 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is my first post related to cupid, sweets and loooove!

Stefano Faita is my brother and he has a cooking show in Canada called In The Kitchen With Stefano Faita. He has selected some yummy recipes that could be used to have a Valentine’s dinner with friends…fun right?

Click here and access all the recipes from In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita  but read the vocabulary section below first.

Vocabulary Boost:

  • count down : counting the number of days remaining before an event
  • candlelit : lit with the light of candles…romantic!
  • grub : food
  • show off : to try to impress someone with your ability or possession
  • an apron ; clothing that is worn on the front part of the body to prevent from getting dirty
  • Share  your favorite Valentine’s recipe with us. We love food & sharing recipes.

    My favorite is homemade  eggplant parmesan:-)


    Video Watch: Oprah & Strombo Talking Beyoncé


    Oprah and Strombo are two of my favorite talk show hosts. When I read he was chosen to interview Oprah on the Canadian leg of her tour, I was ecstatic and proud to be represented by such an awesome Canadian. This part of the interview is related to the scandal about Beyoncé lip-syncing at President Obama Inauguration Ceremony.

    Here’s the transcript :


    OPRAH, ANUS. ANUS, OPRAH. (Photo credit: nayrb7)

    “I don’t get that. We’re a culture – you all not, Canadians, I do not put you all in that. Even looking at television here, television is calmer here in Canada. I don’t see the nastiness that I see in some of the TV shows.

    But we just like to complain about things. And we love to, when somebody does something, you know, particularly when people are on top, and this is the truth – if it happens to people who are quote celebrities, or being celebrated, or of fame, and for me, my definition of fame is the only difference between being famous and not is that more people know your name, cause as you all can see I’m just like you, except you know my name. I don’t know yours, but it’s the same.

    You know feelings are the same. So if you want to pull somebody down, oh she lip-synched the song – it was her voice. I could see if she was using Mary J. Blige’s voice, Alicia Keys’ voice, it was her voice! What is the – why is everybody upset about that?”

    Click here for the original link from Strombo Tonight

    Vocabulary Boost:

    • put you all in that – consider you all the same
    • nastiness – meanness
    • pull somebody down – to cause someone to become sad or depressed
    • lip–synched – pretended to sing a song
    • to be upset – to be angry, unhappy or to have an unpleasant feeling

    Conversation Builder:

    What do you know about Oprah Winfrey? Do you think Beyoncé ‘s lip-synch was that big a deal? Is television nasty in your country?

    Directing the Canadian Prime Minister

    Yannick Bisson directed Stephen Harper on a tv show.

    Take a look!

    Key Phrases:

    • It’s kind of cool! > it’s quite/pretty amazing.
    • frisking & dog sniffing> under rigorous inspection
    • It came to be. > It happened.
    • I felt at ease. > I felt relaxed.