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Toby’s Birthday Dinner

I had the honor of hosting my dear friend Toby’s birthday dinner party and I asked him what he would like me to cook, as it was his birthday. French cuisine perhaps? some crème brûlée for desert? Maybe some classic Canadian cuisine? or even some authentic Chinese food? Well, no, no to all of that instead to put it in Toby’s words: “Burgers and fries, dude”

Well I couldn’t really complain, me cooking everyone dinner counted as my gift to him which was a relief. Toby is the easiest yet hardest person to buy a gift for. The only thing he likes, loves, cares about, is music. He collects vinyl so you’d think buying him a gift would be easy, nope, because not only is he a massive music snob but he also seems to own every record known to man.

Last year I got him an original pressing of a Neil Young record, to which he replied “Thanks, Sean, I already have three of these but four can’t hurt” so I was happy to cook a few burgers if it made him happy.

Whenever I make burgers I always make them from scratch. I hand mold grounded beef into patties with tiny slices of jalapeno peppers, and onions mixed into the meat to give them that extra kick and flavor. Another tip is seasoning the fries so they are not boring and using real mature cheese and melting it on the beef while its frying on the pan.

It was a fun night filled with great food and even better friends and I’m glad to say I can’t remember much of. I do remember that Toby received a signed Beatles record which he greeted with apathy, we have decided that he has no heart.


The Night Of The Lazy Takeaway

I love my job, I really do. Working for an online casino website really keeps you on your toes. Working at SlotPrince.com you can guarantee there will never be a dull day. The online casino world is so competitive that no one can be sure that they are secure, I’ve seen business fall, and fall fast. It sounds scary but it truly fuels the creative juices, keeping one step ahead of the competition brings out great things in all of the staff.

While it’s often inspiring, it can also wear you out both mentally and physically, so when (again) I completely forgot that I had planned a dinner party, and instead passed out on my  couch half-way through a thrilling episode of Grey’s Anatomy, waking up to my hungry friends knocking on my door was a little embarrassing.

Mr David Gent was nice enough to suggest a takeaway dinner party. That was the greatest idea I had heard all day! The only problem was that whenever a group of people decide to order take out they can never decide on exactly what to order. On this occasion Angela wanted Chinese but Toby had Chinese for lunch, David wanted sushi and Angela would be up for that but Toby felt more like burgers and this went on for a while.

I literally fell asleep again waiting for them to decide what to eat. I was just glad I didn’t have to cook anything. Finally I woke up to Toby holding a large slice of pepperoni pizza below my nose. It was one of those great moments you have in life when you realize exactly why you love all of your friends.

Pasta Bakes And Canadian Bacon

I had a hard day at work and I was really looking forward to cooking, mainly because a pasta bake is one of the easiest dishes to cook and I just wanted to relax with some friends. I had already made the pasta so all I had to do was add the sauces, meatballs and Canadian bacon, yes, Canadian bacon! That sounds awesome I hear you scream, well, you’re not wrong.


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There is a little know secret in Canada, which basically is adding Canadian bacon will make anything greater. I put the bake in oven and waited for my guests.
First to arrive, as always, was Angela Bennett. We have been friends for years and she also works at SlotPrince.com. Then Toby Dean, who manages bands, followed by my good friend and perpetual late comer, Eric Andersson. Eric is the senior developer at BrowsingAnonymousOnline.com and seems to not only take his work home, but everywhere he goes.

As always Toby picked a record to set the party mood and spent five minutes mocking my record collection. “Kings of Leon, Sean? Come on you’re better than that!” we decided on some Jazz and I brought out some Canadian ales I managed to get on a trip to Quebec, the Molson Export’s did well to numb the pain of Toby’s teasing.


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We spent the evening tucking in to some great pasta bake and everyone was talking about how much they loved their jobs. Which I do, working at SlotPrince is super competitive which can be hard but trying our best to stay one step ahead of the competition is where the fun and creativity comes in. Angela agreed with me and we all seemed to be really happy with our jobs, which is a rare luxury, or maybe it was all the ales we were drinking.