Social Media Notes (#41) – Links for the Week of September 8 – 14

Social Media Notes

Here’s this week’s round-up of social media (& tech) news. Come by each week for what I hope to be a fun & informative blog post on social stories that caught my eye throughout the week!

  • I haven’t really had a chance to play around with the Hyperlapse app yet (now that I think of it, I should have used it at the Beagle Mania party I was at on the weekend! So many beagles!!!) but check out this list of 10 really cool Hyperlapses.

Thoughts on these stories? Tweet @ me or leave a comment below!

Linda


Alberta Primetime: Pop Culture Panel (September 11 2014)

Alberta Primetime (September 11) Pop Culture Panel

Alberta Primetime (September 11) Pop Culture Panel

After a summer hiatus, I am excited to be back on the Alberta Primetime Pop Culture Panel! Click the image above or the link below to watch the September 11 Alberta Primetime Pop Culture Panel (#PTPopCulture). We talk about Apple’s new iPhone 6 and other awesome product announcements, CANCON/Netflix/Pick and Play TV, Facebook meme books and hashtag apologies.

Click here to watch the September 11 Pop Culture Panel

I was on the panel with University of Calgary’s Dr. Tom Keenan and Edmonton author + playwright Marty Chan! Marty was hilarious and dressed up as the Purple Scarf Guy from the Apple event. Who wears it better?

Scarf Guy vs. Marty Chan!

Scarf Guy vs. Marty Chan!

Alberta Primetime airs weekdays at 6 and 11 on CTV Two channels across Alberta as well as on a few satellite channels nationally. The Pop Culture Panel airs on Thursdays, with the segment link posted online on Friday.


Linda

Review: Pazzo Pazzo

Pazzo Pazzo Italian - Edmonton

Pazzo Pazzo at 10016 103 Avenue.

A couple weeks ago Mike and I went to Pazzo Pazzo (10016 103 Ave) for our good friend Mike Tighe’s surprise birthday dinner!

Pazzo Pazzo Italian - Edmonton

Inside Pazzo Pazzo Italian

Pazzo Pazzo is right in the downtown core, attached to a parkade and office building space. As we walked to the restaurant we could smell some amazing scents wafting up into the parkade!

The restaurant describes itself as fine dining Italian cuisine. Unfortunately I didn’t think the experience was very fine.

Pazzo Pazzo Italian - Edmonton

Prosciutto e’Bocconcini at Pazzo Pazzo – Bocconcini balls wrapped with Prosciutto de Parma baked with tomato sauce and topped with fresh basil – $14

This is what I believe about Italian, Chinese, and Japanese restaurants in Edmonton. There are SO many of them here that you need to be really good – or have something to positively set you apart – for me to want to come back and/or rave about you. Otherwise you get lost in the mix. I feel like Pazzo Pazzo is lost in the mix.

Service was extremely, extremely slow and the food was just okay.

The Proscuitto e Bocconcini (pictured above – $14) was the tastiest dish overall for me. Loaded with delicious tomato sauce and great seasoning, these were perfect appetizers.

Pazzo Pazzo Italian - Edmonton

Pasticcio (Five varieties of pasta noodles with two types of cheese and tomato-cream sauce, baked – $17) at Pazzo Pazzo

Mike Tighe got the Pasticcio (Five varieties of pasta noodles with two types of cheese and tomato-cream sauce, baked – $17) and his wife Rachel got the Chicken Parmigiana (lightly breaded 10 oz. chicken breast topped with tomato sauce, Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses, baked – $25). They’ve been to Pazzo Pazzo before and have always enjoyed it. This time’s service was worse than what they usually experience.

The portions at Pazzo Pazzo are really generous so the quantity is absolutely top-notch here. Plus generous portions of pasta always make for fantastic leftovers. But I found the quality faltered for my dish.

Pazzo Pazzo Italian - Edmonton

Chicken Parmigiana (lightly breaded 10 oz. chicken breast topped with tomato sauce, Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses, baked – $25) – at Pazzo Pazzo

My angel hair Chicken Breast Alla Panna (fresh 10 oz. breast of chicken marinated in olive oil and cognac, lightly sauteed and topped with cream suace, broccoli, onions and mushrooms – $25) came with too much sauce on the pasta and too much oil on the chicken. As I mixed things around I just kept getting more and more grease. Again huge portion, but that’s only good if the food is good right?

Pazzo Pazzo Italian - Edmonton

Tomato-cream sauce over angel hair pasta at Pazzo Pazzo

Mike’s Carbonara (pasta sauteed with chopped bacon, Italian sausage, mushroom, garlic, parmesan cheese and egg, topped with fresh basil – $20) was actually the best of the night I thought. It was really quite tasty, the pasta had a great texture, and the dish wasn’t overly sauced up or oily. Of course I would forget to take a photo of the best dish of the night. (Rookie move!)

Pazzo Pazzo Italian - Edmonton

Chicken Breast Alla Panna (fresh 10 oz. breast of chicken marinated in olive oil and cognac, lightly sauteed and topped with cream suace, broccoli, onions and mushrooms – $25) at Pazzo Pazzo

I think it didn’t help that I had just eaten at Porta Romana in Spruce Grove the day before, and had a really awesome, fresh-in-my-mind experience to compare Pazzo Pazzo to, but overall I just wasn’t impressed with the food (and especially not the service).

Pazzo Pazzo Italian - Edmonton

Our dinner dates were lovely though! Mike, Chase, Rachel.

Like I said, with so many Italian restaurants in Edmonton, you need to give people a great experience for them to want to come back – otherwise they have so many other places to choose from.

I think some of the important qualities of what makes restaurants ‘fine dining’ – excellent service, delicious food, beautiful plates – were lacking here.

There’s so many terrific Italian / pasta options here, and my experience at Pazzo Pazzo was so lacklustre, I won’t likely be back.

If you do try Pazzo Pazzo, I recommend the Proscuitto e Bocconcini and the Carbonara!

If you have tried Pazzo Pazzo… tell me – what did you think??

Linda


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