Two people I respect and admire hugely are Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, hosts of last evening’s 70th Annual Golden Globes. I’m by no means a movie buff (in fact, I’d only seen a few of the nominated films, and by a few I shamefully just mean one – Les Miserables), but I had to tune in when I heard Tina and Amy were running the show. They could host the North American Microwave Meal Packaging Awards, and I’d still be excited to watch.
Here was the plan: some friends and I decided to have a viewing party with Golden Globe-inspired food. The first choice was pizza, not only because it’s often referred to as the diameter of a globe (isn’t it?) , but because it’s perfect for a group. We chose Tino’s Pizza at Williams and No. 3 Road, solely because it’s close to “Tina.” While we waited, Dana and I went next door to the Safeway and tried to be find any snacks with “Amy Poehler” written on them, but came up short, unfortunately.
Tino’s Pizza is a small, family-run takeout joint, with a few tables in front if people wish to stay and eat. Their menu is old-school; it’s solidly meat and cheese, with the most ‘modern’ flavour being Spicy Thai Pizza. Most variations on the menu, however, include tomato sauce, sliced meat, and/or mushrooms, with mozzarella cheese. They also have pizza subs, baked pastas, garlic bread, wings, salads, and ribs.
We chose two medium pizzas: an Athenian Delight ($14.85), with tomatoes, feta cheese, salami, and olives (but requested no shrimp), and an Aloha Pizza ($14) with Canadian ham, pineapple, and honey garlic chicken. They took about 20 minutes, and after we headed to Pine House Bakery in the Richmond Public Market for dessert. Because what do you get when you put two pineapple buns together? A golden globe, that’s what!
The medium pizzas were a fairly good size, and ended up being more than enough to feed five of us (with other snacks). If you’re starving, I’d suggest getting a third pizza, or just a few larges.
The pizzas from Tino’s weren’t as deep dish as the others I’ve had in Richmond, and while the toppings weren’t quite as plentiful as places like Round Table, the crust was one of the best I’ve had. You could taste the yeast in it, which is what I love most about fresh bread. Each pizza came with a little soft bread ball at its center, which I’m sure people fight over if they order Tino’s regularly. Of the two, I think I liked the Athenian more, and that’s probably because of the feta!
Once home, we tucked ourselves onto the couch with blankets, laid out our super-classy, celebrity-worthy spread, and turned on the telly. Congrats on the win, Anne!
Besides the pizza, treats included Golden Oreos,
Golden chocolate coins,
Harvest Cheddar Sun Chips (for no other reason than I love them, and thought orange was close enough to gold), the pineapple buns,
and red wine. This was a Sunday evening at its finest.
Throughout the show, Amy and Tina absolutely nailed it.
Via thestar.com, here are 8 (and a half) of their best lines:
1. “When it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent three years married to James Cameron.”
Poehler talking about Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow.
2. “I haven’t seen someone so totally alone and abandoned like that since you were on stage with James Franco at the Oscars.”
Fey, talking about Anne Hathaway’s performance in Les Miserables.
3. “Thank you very much! Goodnight! We’re going home with Jodie Foster.”
Poehler, closing the show.
4. a) “Wow! What an exciting special guest. That was Hillary Clinton’s husband.”
Poehler, after the former U.S. president introduced the film Lincoln.
b) Fey: “Bill Rodham Clinton.”
5. “We have no intention of being edgy or offensive tonight because, as Ricky Gervais found out the hard way, when you run afoul of the Hollywood Foreign Press, they make you host this show two more times.”
Poehler, talking about their predecessor as host.
6. “If they’re forcing you to do all that nudity, just tell us. Give us a signal . . . and we’ll call child services for you.”
Fey, talking to Girls creator Lena Dunham
7. Poehler: “Meryl Streep is not here tonight. She has the flu — and I hear she’s amazing in it.”
8. Fey: “The Hunger Games was one of the biggest films of the year, and also what I call the six weeks it took me to get into this dress.”
And everyone’s favourite moment of the night? Tommy Lee Jones’ complete and total un-love for Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell, who were hil-ar-ious.
With all this hilarity behind us, it’s time for me to venture out into the newly-white world. Be careful out there, everyone! I for one, will be leaving my bike at home and eating somewhere close to the Canada Line. Congratulations to all the Golden Globe winners from last night, and to anyone in Metro Vancouver who managed to make it to work on time today. Neither would have been an easy feat.
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