OUT IN THE COLD
I attended the Michael Pollan lecture tonight (Wednesday) without a ticket. Well, I stood outside the ROM south entrance, stood outside braving the weather with my little hand crafted sign reading "NEED TICKET TO MICHAEL POLLAN CONCERT" and stood outside taking flak from those people who could not comptehend plain English, Those people who viewed me as a scalper trying to sell overpriced lecture tickets.
Finally, I met a very considerate Chowhound (with a bowtie on) named Eldridge. hwas with a lady friend Caro(l) and a male friend Robert.They were all great and friendly folks.
Eldridge had tickets for his friends and understood that he did not have enough friends who would show, than entrance tickets. When he saw me out there in the bitter night air with my sign he offered a ticket. "NO CHARGE" although I did offer him the $10 price. He would not think of taking it. What a guy! a real classy gentleman!
The lecture was a bit late starting but if you haven't experienced M. Pollan live you wouldn't know how personable he is and how he handles a restless crowd, so easily
with his personable brand of humour. He addressed the crowd initially and then the lecture moved to a general discussion/interview with CBC RADIO'S Matt Galloway
tossing out the provocative queries.
All in all it was a very entertaining evening of just over an hour and I got my copy of OD autographed and managed to get two questions in at the signing table.
OH, and btw I ate at "OKONOMI House" following the lecture.
a long time favourite. I had Chicken Teryaki, a bowl of noodle soup (cup of soup) and a Kirin Japanese beer. $15.+Tip
Finally, to those Chowhounds who would have liked to attend the Pollan Lecture but
like myself,did not have tickets and who may have considered going begging but were repulsed by the cold weather or otherwise I will just say one word....... "blooie"! You could've had a free ticket too..
Great review, fruglescot! Thank you for filling in the details for those of us who missed out. I saw Pollan on the City TV morning show and on CBC's The Hour, and when I saw how personable and entertaining he was I was even more disappointed that I didn't get a ticket. Maybe next time he'll speak at the Skydome (oops, sorry, "Rogers Centre") where we can all get in ;)
And to keep this on chow topic, the Okonomi House is great. I've only ever had their okonomiyaki -- glad to hear their other offerings are worthwhile, too.
Not that I'm attending... I always say if you want to eat healthy, eat like a farmer or at least like your grandma. In any case, I would think the most appropriate place to dine would be at home enjoying a home cooked meal from fresh, non-prepackaged ingredients. As an alternative, 2nd most appropriate near the ROM would be L'Unita. Locally sourced ingredients, Ontario wine, healthy Italian food.