Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

45. Runaway (Mr. Robot, S04E05)

Stray Observations

  • "Is it the 1980s, Petey?"
    "Uh, mm-mm, no sir."
    "Then who gives a shit about Rorschach?" (Watchmen, S01E03)

(Watchmen, S01E03)

  • "And where does God go when he dies? He goes to Hell." (Watchmen, S01E03)
  • "You've probably read half of Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon, and it's about 50/50 whether you own a snake." (Silicon Valley, S06E02)
  • "I was state-raised! You think I'm scared to catch a case of some bullshit?!" (Silicon Valley, S06E02)
  • Young M.A (Mr. Robot, S04E05)

(Mr. Robot, S04E05)

  • "Season finale" (South Park, S23E06)
  • "We're trying to listen to Creedence!" (American Horror Story, S09E08)
  • "Kajagoogoo is dead!" (American Horror Story, S09E08)
  • "No one is going to miss Kaja-fucking-googoo and their one hit single." (American Horror Story, S09E08)
  • "The '80s are over. People don't even do coke anymore. Eh, fashion is boring. Lots of flannel. Oh, and good luck finding an aerobics class. I love you, Montana. You're '80s forever." (American Horror Story, S09E08)
  • ♫: "Eye of the Tiger" (American Horror Story, S09E08)
  • "We do nothing, and we hope that our early successes make up for the embarrassing mess we've become, like Facebook or America." (The Good Place, S04E07)
  • "Now, this is a Rolex. It's the exact same watch Richie Sambora wears." (The Good Place, S04E07)

Still the AR™TV World Drama Champion: Succession
Still the AR™TV World Comedy Champion: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

My Christian heart cannot withstand the thundering arena

Collect the most properties, property sets, and railroad blocks before the tower crashes!

Greedy Jenga.

But players have to do this wearing a mouthpiece that makes it really hard to understand what they're saying.

Handicapped Taboo.

Players take turns knocking out plastic candies from the bottom row of the Connect 4 frame. Each time one gets knocked out, a new disc must be placed in one of the slots at the top of the frame. The plastic candy tokens keep moving out and dropping down as players try to get sets of 2, 3, or 4 candies adjacent to each other on the bottom row, or vertically up from the bottom.

Analog Candy Crush?

Players try to guess the suspect, murder weapon, and scene of the crime by asking yes or no questions about their opponent's cards in the grid.

Basic Clue.

The designated judge spins the spinner and calls out a challenge based on where it lands, and then chooses a starting letter. Then the twisting, shouting, and laughing begins! Players place their hands and feet on the mat to make a word. Then depending on where the spinner has landed, they try to be the first to shout out, spell out, or use the word in a sentence to win the round.

Should've swapped Jenga and Twister – Monopoly Twister and Scrabble Jenga.

Monopoly Twister: Mat of jumbled Monopoly properties. Spinner determines a body part, which you can place on any open property. Claim the most property sets before you collapse.

Scrabble Jenga: Scrabble tiles as Jenga blocks. Spell out words with blocks you remove. Highest word score when the tower crashes wins.

Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

44. A good time (AEW Dynamite, 10-30-19)

Honourable Mention

Stray Observations

  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Watchmen, S01E02)
  • "There are so many things I'd like to occur to you." (Watchmen, S01E02)
  • Blue penis (Watchmen, S01E02)

(Watchmen, S01E02)

  • ♫: Beastie Boys – "Eggman" (Watchmen, S01E02)
  • "Okay, so you touch down at Dulles, you turn off airplane mode, and then—"
    "Well, actually, we flew through Reagan National."
    "Reagan? But you love trams." (Silicon Valley, S06E01)
  • "What is Amazon anyway? Is it a river? Is it a giant woman? It's not clear." (Silicon Valley, S06E01)
  • "You're telling me that El Pollo Loco corporate has more employees than we do?" (Silicon Valley, S06E01)
  • Jon Glaser (Mr. Robot, S04E04)
  • ♫: Theodore Shapiro – "Ecstasy" (Mr. Robot, S04E04)
  • "Where you headed?"
    "First stop: Baltimore. I got a cousin name of Nathan, lives in the Lexington Terrace
    apartments on the west side. He needs my help." (The Deuce, S03E08)
  • Game of Thrones (The Deuce, S03E08)
  • ♫: Blondie – "Sidewalks of New York" (The Deuce, S03E08)
  • The Deuce Season Grade: C
  • Cats (Black-ish, S06E06)
  • "The mummy" (South Park, S23E05)
  • Doogie Howser, M.D. (American Horror Story, S09E07)
  • "Who are you?"
    "Oh, that's Kajagoogoo, you idiot! Limahl, are you gonna play 'Too Shy'? I love that song."
    "Oh, that's the only song we're going to play. It's our biggest hit. It's the only song anyone wants to hear."
    "Wait, just one song? What about 'NeverEnding Story'?"
    "Oh, it's from my solo career. I wouldn't dream of playing it with the band." (American Horror Story, S09E07)
  • Richard Ramirez killing Kajagoogoo (American Horror Story, S09E07)
  • Sum 41 (Saturday Night Live, S45E05)

Still the AR™TV World Drama Champion: Succession
Still the AR™TV World Comedy Champion: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Eater's Digest: Toronto 6

Previously on Adam Riff™:

September 2019
le swan / smoke bar and kitchen / short and sweet / reyna / r&d / the daily dumpling wonton co. / wvrst / guu izakaya / convenience / bang bang ice cream / sara / grand cru deli / seoul shakers / death in venice / donut monster / chen chen's hot chicken / sud forno / centrale bergham / bang bang ice cream / té / bake shoppe / the clubhouse / quetzal / wong's ice cream / holy chuck / maker pizza

Beer Ramen (Guu Izakaya)
cold ramen noodle, wakame, sweet corn, scallion, menma, naruto, in sapporo big mug

^ Cold ramen that looks like beer. Big mug is big. Sweet corn is odd.

(R&D): Fool me twice, shame on me. And I had to pretend the food I ordered was good because my server was the executive chef!

French Onion Spring Roll (R&D)
beef short rib, caramelized onions, swiss cheese, beef jus
—Tasted foul.

Chili Crab Okonomiyaki (R&D)
soft-shell crab, savoury japanese pancake, r&d chili sauce, yuzu aioli

^ "Where's the chili sauce?" I wondered.

Sichuan Osso Buco (R&D)
fermented chili, sichuan peppercorns, cabbage, shiitake, lo mein

^ "Where's the fermented chili and Sichuan peppercorns?" I wondered.

Squid Chŏn (Té)
pan-fried savoury pancake made with squid and chives, served with a vinegar-soy dip

Kimchi Falafel (Té)
kimchi-spiked falafel and hummus drizzled with housemade tahini, served with toasted naan wedges

Toasted Kimchi Ravioli (Té)
handmade jumbo ravioli squares with a kimchi-spiked ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan filling; panko-crusted and finished with honeyed wasabi pesto

Fish and Taro Chips (Té)
tempura battered haddock fillet, homemade taro chips, and kimchi slaw; served with a trio of housemade tartar sauces: original, kimchi-spiked, and japanese-style barbecue

Didn't try (Té)'s kimchi deviled eggs or kimchi-spiked tomato salsa.

Roast Kimchi Chopped Cheese (Seoul Shakers)
chopped ground beef patty, roasted kimchi, pickles, sauce, lettuce, onions, yellow cheese

Among Leemo Han's Toronto dining ventures, (Oddseoul) > (Hanmoto) > (Seoul Shakers) > (Pinky's Ca Phe).

Mongo Squid Yukhoe (Seoul Shakers)
beef tartare, sliced mongo squid, korean pear, egg yolk
—The squid didn't add anything. Nori is a poor vessel for tartare.

Hwe Dup Bap (Seoul Shakers)
albacore tuna, yellowfin tuna, salmon, sweet shrimp, mongo squid, tobiko, ikura, scallops, fresh mixed vegetables, red chili pepper house sauce

^ Fame this bowl.

Tempura Salt Cod (Seoul Shakers)
nanban sauce, green sauce, tartar sauce, lime

(Le Swan) is boring food done well. Among Jen Agg's Toronto dining ventures, (The Black Hoof) > (Le Swan) > (Grey Gardens)

Corresponding dishes

Onion Rings (Le Swan)
—With a mysterious sweet liquid drizzled on top.

Frites (Le Swan)

^ Go through a labour-intensive two-day process involving a brine, two blanches, and freezing overnight before flash-frying to order.

Hand-Cut Crispy Fries (Holy Chuck)

Ketchup Curly Fries (Grand Cru Deli)
—Ketchup chips, but curly fries.

Tater Tots Bravas (Smoke Bar and Kitchen)
tater tots, manchego cheese, spicy tomato aioli
—Patatas bravas, but tater tots.

Sweetbread Nuggets (Grand Cru Deli)
gribiche, honey mustard
—Popcorn chicken, but thymi and pancreata.

Poutine Le Rouge (Centrale Bergham)
french fries, poutine sauce, cheese curds, and tandoori chicken

(Centrale Bergham) is a Montreal chain. The soda fountain at the one I visited didn't have an ice dispenser.

Sandwich Supreme (Centrale Bergham)
marinated chicken thigh topped with kebab spices and merguez

^ Halal sub.

Mortadella Meatball Hoagie (Grand Cru Deli)
marinara, mozzarella, peppers

Carolina Cubano (Smoke Bar and Kitchen)
hogtown pulled pork, house bacon, swiss, carolina yellow sauce, dill pickle, flatbread

"Melon" Ham and Cheese [The Meloumi] (Smoke Bar and Kitchen)
smoked watermelon "ham," grilled halloumi, avocado mayo, peppery greens, mint, potato bun

^ I don't get the pairing of watermelon and halloumi.

Reyna's Famous Lamb Baklava (Reyna)
kataifi, lamb shank, saffron, burnt honey aioli

Duck Sausage (Wvrst)
maple, foie gras

Jerk Turkey/Chicken Sausage (Wvrst)
scotch bonnet, all spice

(Sara)'s $55 Monday prix fixe "Journey" meal is worth seeking out.

Squash Latkes (Sara)
smoked salmon roe, chive cream, kombu maple

French Fries (Sara)
schmaltz, kewpie mayo, kimchi, bonito salt

^ Grated russet potatoes confited in duck fat.

Crispy Squid (Sara)
mango slaw, nuoc cham, garlic peanuts

Chopped Salad (Sara)
kale, fennel, celery, grapes, mint, thai basil, quinoa, poblano cashew cheese, wasabi peas, nori, tamarind vinaigrette

^ "This is on par with (Rasa)'s chopped salad," I thought, not realizing that (Sara) is from the people behind (Rasa).

Shaved Rib Eye (Sara)
corn, mushroom, wild greens

^ "This is on par with (OMAW)'s hanger steak," I thought, not realizing that (Sara) is from the people behind (OMAW).

Among The Food Dudes' Toronto dining ventures, (Sara) > (OMAW) > (Rasa).

Miso Pot de Creme (Sara)
bananas foster, butterscotch, sesame tuile

Frank's Best Pizza (Maker Pizza)
caramelized onions, goat cheese, mozzarella, parmesan, rosemary, sea salt, organic honey, sesame crust

^ I have been chasing this pizza since I tried it.

Tostada de Atún (Quetzal)
yellowfin tuna, salsa macha, mole verde, pickled shallots
—Raw fish and mole? Works!

Empanada Oaxaqueña (Quetzal)
smoked chicken, mole amarillo, cilantro, crema, salsa cruda

Prohibition Nacho (Convenience)
bourbon root beer pork, spiked habanero lemonade, sour cream, tequila salsa, avocado crema, pickled red onion, grilled pineapple
—Sweet and sour nachos. Not sure how the lemonade was used.

Peanut Butter and Bacon Sliders (Convenience)
beef slider, peanut butter, house pork belly, sweet chili mustard, onion
—Peanut butter and bacon burgers are sublime.

Venus My Nutty Cow Burger (Holy Chuck)
a single patty on a gluten-free bun topped with warm nutella
—Nutella on a burger doesn't work as well.

Nutella Bomboloni (Sud Forno)

Nutella and Cookies Gelato (Death in Venice)
Pistachio, Yogurt, and Baklava Gelato (Death in Venice)
Black Garlic Vanilla Gelato (Death in Venice)

Sour Cherry Chocolate Gelato (Death in Venice)

Banana Puddin' Ice Cream (Bang Bang Ice Cream)
Matcha-Genmaicha Tiramisu Ice Cream (Bang Bang Ice Cream)

Chocolate Yuzu Ice Cream (Wong's Ice Cream)
Boozy Egg Tart Ice Cream (Wong's Ice Cream)
Condensed Milk Pineapple Bun Ice Cream (Wong's Ice Cream)

Peach Earl Grey Fritter (Donut Monster)
chunks of fresh ontario peaches with an earl grey glaze


Lobster Mountain (Fishman Lobster Clubhouse)

^ 52 pounds.

Big Slice (Lamanna's Bakery)

^ 24-inch radius.

The Unicorn Poutine (The Enchanted Poutinerie)
fresh rainbow quebec curds, multi-colour gravy