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KaTsZoNe Newsletters > KaTsZoNe - Issue 9 - August/Pooh/Birthday Calculator/Summerlicious

1 Aug 2005

   Issue 9                                                    By Katherine Kiang                                              August 1, 2005


It’s All About August

August, to most of us in the Western World, is the 8th month on the Gregorian calendar.  Formerly called Sextilis in Latin, it was renamed August, in honour of the first Roman Emperor, Augustus Caesar – Augustus actually named the month after himself.  Sextilis was the sixth month on the Roman calendar, which started the year in March.  Those of you whose birthdays are in August, your flower is the poppy; your birthstone is the peridot.

Those of you who have read the March issue of KaTsZoNe and therefore, recall my “Irish roots” will hopefully indulge me when I say that on the Irish calendar, August is known as Lunasa and August 1st is regarded as the first day of Autumn.

Your birthdays/anniversary – What happened on that day in history?

I love finding out what happened on a particular day in history and famous people born on the day when I was born or when someone I know was born.  Since I know the most people born in August, I thought this might be cool to list.

August 1 – Vera D.; my dad (his official birthday-yes, like Queen Elizabeth II, but in dad’s case, he mistakenly made Aug. 1 instead of July 1 his birthday when converting his Chinese lunar calendar birth date to the Gregorian calendar)  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_1; http://www.datesinhistory.com/cgi-bin/bigphp.phtml?v1=aug01

   1774 – The element oxygen is discovered by Carl Wilhelm and Joseph Priestley

   1776 – Formal signing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence

   1960 – Chubby Checker brings out “The Twist”

   1964 – Beatles’ “Hard Day’s Night” single goes to #1 spot on the charts


August 6 – My parents’ wedding anniversary   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_6

   768Constantine ends his reign as Catholic Pope

   1914Serbia declares war against Germany; Austria-Hungary declares war against Russia

   1926 – Gertrude Ederle becomes first woman to swim across the

English Channel

   1945 – Atomic bomb codenamed Little Boy dropped by Americans on

Hiroshima, Japan 


August 17 – Nigel C.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_17; http://www.datesinhistory.com/cgi-bin/bigphp.phtml?v1=aug17

   1807 – R. Fulton’s first American steamship leaves N.Y. City for Albany, N.Y. on Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial 

               steamboat service in the world  {My dad was a sea captain.  We love boats!}

   1962 – Beatles replaces Pete Best with Ringo Starr {You must know by now that I like the Beatles}

   1896 – Gold is discovered on Klondike River {I have to mention the gold, of course!}


August 21 – Victoria N.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_21; http://www.datesinhistory.com/cgi-bin/bigphp.phtml?v1=aug21

   1816Quebec has an early snowfall {No kidding!}

   1841 – Venetian blind is first patented in U.S. by John Hampson  {Blinds are cool, but Hampson didn’t tell us how to clean them!}

   1972 – First hot air balloon flight over the Alps

   2017 – Next solar eclipse visible

N. America  {Threw in a future event.}


August 23 – Sumi S.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_23; http://www.datesinhistory.com/cgi-bin/bigphp.phtml?v1=aug23

   1305 – William Wallace was executed {Remember the story, Braveheart?  One of my favourite movies of all time, starring Mel Gibson}

   1617 – First one-way street is established in London

   1798 – Napolean leaves

Egypt for France en route to seize power

   1839 – The U.K. captures Hong Kong in war with China

August 24Lorraine (my niece)   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_24; hthttp://www.datesinhistory.com/cgi-bin/bigphp.phtml?v1=aug24

      79 Mt. Vesuvius erupts

  1456 – Printing of Gutenberg Bible is completed

  1847 – Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is published

  1853 – Potato chips first prepared by Chef George Crum in Saratoga Springs,


  1869 – Waffle iron invented

  1891 – Thomas Edison patents motion picture camera

  1912Alaska becomes a U.S. territory

  1932 – Amelia Earhart is first woman to fly across U.S. non stop (from Los 

              Angeles, Calif. to Newark, N.J.)

  1991 – Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of the Communist Party of the

              Soviet Union



August 29 – Chet (my nephew)   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_29; hthttp://www.datesinhistory.com/cgi-bin/bigphp.phtml?v1=aug29

   1885 – Gottlieb Daimler patents world’s first motorcycle 

   1896 – Chop suey is invented in New York City

   1898 – Goodyear tire company is founded

   1919PEI removes ban on automobiles after several years of no cars

   1964 – Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins is released

If you wind up being a contestant on “Jeopardy”, remembering these facts could come in handy!  So, check out the birthdates of your friends and family. 

Famous August Birthdays

Yves St. Laurent –
Aug. 1, 1936

Martha Stewart – Aug. 3, 1941

Neil Armstrong – Aug. 5, 1930

Lucille Ball – Aug. 6, 1911

Mata Hari – Aug. 7, 1876

Jean Piaget – Aug. 9, 1896

Cecil B. DeMille – Aug. 12, 1881

Alfred Hitchcock – Aug. 13, 1899

Steve Martin – Aug. 14, 1945

Napolean Bonaparte – Aug. 15, 1769

Sean Penn – Aug. 17, 1960

Gene Roddenberry – Aug. 19, 1921

Count Basie – Aug. 21, 1904

Mother Teresa – Aug. 27, 1910

LeAnn Rimes – Aug. 28, 1982

Shania Twain – Aug. 28, 1965

Leo Tolstoy – Aug. 28, 1828

Warren Buffett – Aug. 30, 1930

Richard Gere – Aug. 31, 1949

Itzhak Perlman – Aug. 31, 1945

So much more famous birthdays, of course.  So, check out the website at:  http://www.famousbirthdays.com/.


Birthday Calculator and

What Does Your Name Mean?

What day of the week were you born on?  How many days until your next birthday?  How many candles will be on your next birthday cake?  And, so then, how many ounces of water can those numbers of candles on your birthday cake boil? (Uh oh, don’t count mine yet!)  What is your birth tree? (Cool!  Make it a big tree which gives plenty of shade, please!)

Try out this free website and find out some interesting facts on the birthday calculator:


At a related free site, find out what your full name means:


Interestingly, when I type in my full name, it reveals that my number is 3 – which has always been my favourite and rather lucky number.  How accurate is this?  Well, it says that the characteristics of #3 include expression, verbalization, socialization, the arts, the joy of living.  An expression of #3 produces a quest for destiny with words along a variety of lines that may include writing, speaking, singing, acting or teaching; entertainers, writers, litigators, teachers, salesmen, and composers.  So, how accurate is this? Well, the only thing I haven’t tried is acting.  I’m not a litigator, but, I do work with one (does that count?). 

Out of curiosity, I also tried typing in a name which I was first given at birth, which was “Elizabeth”.  Well, my number would have been #9.  Characteristics of #9 include humanitarian, giving nature, selflessness, obligations and creative expression.  My destiny would be to be like a “big sister” – work well with people with potential to inspire.  Hmm… that’s interesting. 

So, “What’s in a name?”  Try typing Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague; or, maybe, the names from which it was based, Mariotto and Gianozza.  Hmmm….


I just love Winnie-the-Pooh.  Since his birthday is in August, I’d like to share some stuff about Pooh and his friends.


Christopher Robin Milne:  August 21, 1920
August 21, 1921
Tigger:  October 1928

Owl and Rabbit:  October 14, 1926
December 25, 1921 (according to author A.A. Milne)
Piglet:  Specific date unknown – born between 1922 and 1925




Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet:  100 Aker Wood West
Tigger:  100 Aker Wood North (lives with Kanga and Roo)
Eeyore: The House at Pooh Corner, 100 Aker Wood S.E., Eeyore’s Gloomy Place
Owl:  The Wolery, 100 Aker Wood S.W.




Winnie-the-Pooh:  Honey
Piglet:  Haycorns
Tigger:  Extract of malt. Hates honey, haycorns and thistles
Eeyore:  Thistle
Christopher Robin:  Birthday cake



Make some Pooh Sandwiches, Rabbit’s Burgers, Piglet’s Cakes and more simple recipes.



In this Winnie-the-Pooh guide, try the “Poohsonality Test” and see which character you resemble most.  Guess I hang out with Pooh so much, that’s why I resemble him the most!  Aw…my Pooh!!!






 At this year’s “Summerlicious” (in July), I had the opportunity to experience great looking, great tasting food at some fine restaurants in the GTA.  Of course, “Summerlicious” is not the only time to experience fine dining.  Sometimes, even on my “date zeroes”, I will be wined and dined, okay, so, maybe I will eat and tell.

Rosewater Supper Club (French, International)
19 Toronto Street, Tel: (416) 214-5888

Picture yourself going out on a relatively formal first date.  Your hair is clean and neat.  Your make-up is done just right.  You may be wearing a colourful dress (or nice blouse and skirt).  Your shoes are clean and polished.  Gosh, you look good enough to eat!  LOL….Well, if you are a “see food” lover (and I don’t mean lobsters, shrimps and fish), then, you will appreciate fine dining at the lovely Rosewater Supper Club where stars have hung out.  Perhaps, the waterfall in the restaurant, or the glass wall of roses will impress you – different indeed!  And, that’s not all. My lunch time Summerlicious experience started with a very nicely put together salad with petit greens, marinated asparagus, mushrooms and pinenut vinaigrette. My food journey then brought me to a delicious lemon & thyme rubbed veal loin with fingerling potato & smoked bacon hash, salad of summer beans & young fennel with Zinfandel reduction & mustard drizzle. Someone, take a picture please!  And, don’t’ forget to include the finale, a mouthwatering chocolate & navel orange mousse with hazelnut & caramel drizzle.  Having 20/20 vision is great for this “see food” lover and I think my taste buds also became 20/20!

City Grill (International)
Eaton Centre, 220 Yonge Street, Toronto, Tel: (416) 598-4454

Since I work in the Eaton Tower, City Grill has been a favourite for years.  But, it has been a while since I had been there, so, my friend and I tried their Summerlicious dinner menu.  The baby greens with raspberry vinaigrette is one of my past favourites.  And, I lost count the number of times I ranted and raved about the bacon wrapped filet mignon with garlic mash potatoes and vegetables.  Finally, the fresh berry eton mess – it may be called a “mess”, but it is nothing short of amazingly deeelicious!  Woohoo!!  My past experience with desserts at City Grill is, frankly, speechless – your mouth will be too full of that mousse cake or cheese cake – they are simply “to die for”!!!  City Grill is popular with those who work in the area, tourists, and theatre-goers.  In the summer, diners can relax and eat out on their spacious patio.  And, to my friend, M.S., yes, there are booths!!

Assaggio Ristorante (Italian)
2711 Yonge Street (between Lawrence Ave. and Eglinton Ave.),
Tel:  (416) 484-1717   www.toronto.com/assaggio

I’m not sure what you generally expect at an Italian restaurant.  For my third Summerlicious meal this year, I was pleasantly surprised with the different breads and lentil chip acoompanied with some hummous with a kick.  My shrimp salad with fresh papaya, served with champagne horseradish aioli – very nice – but, and not what I expected at an Italian restaurant either.  The main course of veal tenderloin rotolo with honey mushrooms & hazelnuts, with a sheaf of Swiss chard, finished with a Frangelico demi glaze was breathless -- think I’m in love!  But, save room for dessert.  Place that French vanilla ice cream tightly wrapped in the crepe with a raspberry coulis drizzled on top….that’s sweet!  And, as I thanked and said good-bye to the owner of the restaurant, I told him, “I’ll be back”!  I wish all of you can experience Assaggio Ristorante too.  I would not wait for a special occasion.  If I went there on a “date zero”, guess how impressed I’d be! 
Ready…. set…..go!


Some of you have asked me about various restaurants I have tried – i.e. Japanese, Chinese, etc.  and, you may have faced my reaction, such as, “Unless you’re my enemy, I would not recommend it.”  So, here’s a list of six reasons why I would only recommend such restaurants to my enemies.

1.  I (or someone I know) got food poisoning there and you might too.  Once is just one time too many.

2.  I (or someone I know) have discovered food moving when it’s not supposed to (and it’s not exactly as pretty as jiggling jello in your bowl) or perhaps, there there were creepy crawlers (i.e. cockroaches) being dinner guests, I’ll say “Adios” and there will be no next time!

3.  My server made me see red.  Why go out to eat and be subjected to rudeness unless I am asking for a bad day?  I’ll make that a definite recommendation to my enemies.

4.  The supposedly hot food is lukewarm by the time it gets to my table.  Generally, this has been some of my buffet experiences and, I do not go to buffets often.  However, one can learn to just be more selective.

5.  The “meat” tastes like chicken and you think you hear a possible meowing or barking (no, it’s not the “singing chicken”), you might not be too keen on “camouflaged” meat. I’d rather take the imitation crab meat any day.

6.  The restaurant does not have what is supposed to be on the menu.  I had one such experience at a café which soon shut down after that – gee, I wonder why.  If I have to say, “So, what do you have?” then, it’s thumbs down! 



Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West, T.O.)  From Hot & Spicy Food Festival to East Coast culture to dance dance dance!  Check out these events in August at Harbourfront.

Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) – Aug. 19 – Sept. 5, 2005    It used to be an annual tradition for my parents and I to go to the Ex.  Can’t tell you how many great memories I’ve had – incl. shopping (of course). So, bring your kids (or your parents), go with friends, or go and make new friends (you never know). 


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_National_Exhibition (history)


See You In September…
I love hearing from all of you about what you liked about any episode of KaTsZoNe.  If you would like to share your ideas or make  recommendations, please let me know.


(J.S., thanks again for the lovely notebook from the U.K. and for suggesting that I use it for my ideas for KaTsZoNe!)