Chatting with Casey 0005 — You Don’t Want to be That Guy

Everything falls a little behind when it comes to Father’s Day.

On the third Sunday in June each year, Father’s Day falls smack in the middle of a million other things. The first glimpses of summer for those of us too used to dealing with winter. Wrapping things up in the last days of school, especially if you have exams. Or if you’re the busiest Dad Blogger in Toronto, it means trying to fit thirty hours into 24-hour days, realising that while trying to do everything might be possible, it probably isn’t healthy.

Chatting with Casey 0005 — You Don't Want to be That Guy — The Flight Pack

With plenty of content this week showcasing my life as a Dad, I wanted to try something a little different for Father’s Day. With the help of some of the contacts I’ve made so far, I put together a couple of interviews looking at different aspects of fatherhood. ROGUESTORIES’ Gloria Chik talked about the Flight Pack, a modular toiletry kit for travel that’s both super-stylish and functional. And Chris, a Wish Dad with the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, who let me know all about the organisation and what it means to him and his family.

My goal is to get us thinking about fatherhood in ways we normally fail to consider—I feel like this episode’s a step in the right direction!

Enjoy it!

Until the next,

–case p.

Get Meat That’s Sure to Pop at the Paramount Butcher Shop!

Once you go rack, you never go back.

Get Meat That's Sure to Pop at the Paramount Butcher Shop — Cuts of Meat

The problem with eating delicious meat is that lesser cuts just don’t taste the same once you have!

When Paramount Fine Foods invited myself and a few other tastemakers to the grand opening of their Yonge & Eglinton Paramount Butcher Shop location (pun intended), I expected good food. I’d hit my share of butcher shops over the years, so I figured my taste buds were ready for whatever might come my way.

I couldn’t be more wrong—they most definitely were not.

Chatting with Casey 0004 — It’s Hard Out Here for a Dad

“Just because he got her pregnant doesn’t mean he needs to be a Dad.”

“How do you know she wasn’t trying to trap him into a relationship? These women will go to extremes to lock a brother down!”

“Why does he have to change his life because something unexpected happened?”


The allegation that Drake may have fathered a son has brought out an ugly side in people I thought I knew. Men who want to shirk the responsibility of fatherhood when it stares them in the face, preferring to live in pursuit of fun instead of going for something perhaps more meaningful. Guys who see women as objects and children as burdens—who’ve yet to mature enough to understand the value of family and the joys it can bring you.

These worrisome thoughts took me back to my second keynote at Parenting 101—”It’s Hard Out Here for a Dad”, my talk on what it’s like to be a Dad, and why we all need to get a better understanding of it!

I hope you enjoy it!

Another week in the bag, and until next week, I remain,

–case p.

Chatting with Casey 0003 — Give Me Some Room to Fail

Work at something hard enough, and you eventually hit a point where everything starts to click.

I’ve been grinding away especially hard at the blog, the job, and everything in between of late, trying to make sense of everything and cut down on the clutter that’s always in the way. And after working my way through requisitioning a purchase order at work and finally getting a few elusive posts within mere sentences of completion, it all finally came together. What I should be doing.

And it’ll take so much writing to get there!

Chatting with Casey 0003 — Give Me Some Room to Fail — Casey at FanExpo's Artist Alley

So the plan is this—we’re gonna keep creating ’til the wheels come off. Sarah has this dream—that one day I’ll be able to exist without my mind always thinking about what I’ll next use to fill my content calendar.

And you know what? It’s entirely possible… I just need to get ahead. Schedule content ahead so I can step away for weeks at a time without worry. Get back to seeing the people I haven’t managed to connect with in ages.

Short-term pain. Long-term gain. We can make it happen!

Chatting with Casey 0002 — No Terrible People Allowed!

I was naïve to think a podcast would somehow give me less writing to do every day! If I thought writing solid thousand-word posts were a challenge, imagine how I felt when I realised that there’re ten thousand of ’em in an hour-long podcast! I’d become pretty accomplished as a writer, sure, but I didn’t do that overnight. I still needed to train my podcasting brain so I wouldn’t need to write my thoughts out first… I just wanted to get on the mic and make the magic happen.

But until we reach that day, practice will just have to make perfect, and it’s with that approach in mind that I bring you the second Chatting with Casey!

Chatting with Casey 0002 — No Terrible People Allowed! — Casey at The Poet CafeIf you notice a slight change in tone this episode, let’s just say I’ve learned my lesson—don’t record your podcast anywhere you’re not comfortable just being yourself.

I wasn’t finding the time to record at home, so I found a quiet spot to get my thoughts out and get on the ball for episode two!

Yeah, big mistake. I sound entirely subdued like I just had a bad day at the job. It’s a lesson well-learned that I don’t plan to need twice, so here’s hoping you stick around for week three!

As for this episode, it features an interview with Tracy Molyneaux, who among the various other hats she wears, currently manages Coffee Public at Bay and College in downtown Toronto!

It’s worth listening to the podcast to hear Tracy’s story! Amidst her side hustles/passions in makeup artistry and jewellery making and managing a ridiculous number of social media accounts, I’m glad she found time to talk to me!

You can check episode two out below!

Chatting with Casey 0001 — Am I Black Enough?

Inspiration can hit you from the strangest places.

A Podcast, A Podcast, My Kingdom for a Podcast!!!

After a lengthy Facebook debate on race and where my Blackness fit in when I married white, I took some time to get my mind right.

And get my mind right I did. With the frustrations of that conversation fuelling me, I finally did what I’d been putting off for far too long—starting my weekly podcast.

Chatting with Casey Widescreen Image

Chatting with Casey brings all my world’s pillars together—family. Food. Travel, fashion and tech. It’s going to be the most honest expression of my soul as I look to chat with others about their passions while sitting with them in one of their favourite places!

I hope you’ll join me each week to chat it up!

Until the next,

–case p.

Hallmark Knows Moms — Why I’m Leaving Mother’s Day to the EXPERTS.

I see you out there—you’re just like me: horrible at Mother’s Day. This woman went to all the trouble to bring you into this world, and on the one day each year to honour her, here you are shopping for a gift the week before Mother’s Day! (*Okay, two days—she had a birthday, too. **Okay, three days—you probably do Christmas or Hannukah or something, so hey. You get the point, right?)

And don’t forget: Mom probably knows you better than you know yourself, so this isn’t some gift you can figure out at the last minute! She’ll thank you, but that’s one guilt trip just waiting to happen somewhere down the line!

Which is why you—and all non-planner types like me—need help. We need someone skilled in all things Mother’s Day to guide our ways and help us get the gifts our Moms will love.

And so, enter Hallmark.

The Hamilton Beach Sound Shield 950 — The Perfect Blend to My Cooking Conventions!

People often underestimate just how much of a difference a robust set of culinary skills can make in your life! As one who routinely goes out for lunch every day, eating the same ol’ same ol’ gets tiring pretty quickly—you shouldn’t let your neighbourhood dictate what food winds up on your plate, and that’s precisely what happens if you refuse to cook for yourself!

And that’s my problem—after realising how limited I was as a cook when working for my Dad and how inefficient I am when compared to Sarah, my motivation for cooking was… minimal.

But I’m not a teenager cooking chicken for the masses anymore. And I’m certainly not the same man as Casey the bachelor a decade ago. As I grew older, my palate grew along with me, and the simple fare that once did the trick just didn’t cut it anymore. A quick slice at Pizzaiolo made way for authentic wood-fired Neapolitan-style pies. Chipotle burritos replaced by the authentic Mexican fare at a local joint. My renewed interest in ingredients meant my takeout tastes couldn’t keep up… it was time I returned to the kitchen!

But you come to learn that great cooking requires some great tools, which makes it great that Hamilton Beach is backing me up with the appliances that’ll help me take my skills to the next level!

Hamilton Beach and Me — This Delicious Food Isn’t Going to Make Itself!

The Hamilton Beach Sound Shield 950 — The Perfect Blend to My Cooking Conventions! — Hamilton Beach Canada Logo

So yes—I’ve joined up as a Hamilton Beach Ambassador, which means I’ll be posting throughout the year about the awesome things they have to offer to get your culinary game on point. They’ve got tools and appliances to complement just about any culinary style, so I hope you’re good and ready to get in your kitchens and experiment—things are about to get tasty!

Comfort’s Away By a Hop, Skip and a Dance Thanks to Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants!

As a highly logical person, I’ll tell you this—a second kid isn’t double the trouble at all.

They’re so much more.

Comfort's Away By a Hop, Skip and a Dance Thanks to Pampers Easy Up Training Pants! — Casey and His Second Son

The approaches and techniques you use to raise them won’t be exactly the same the second time around—you’ll probably actually improve on them where you can—but you’ll already know which tricks and tools you need to give your kids absolutely everything they need.

Getting Boredom in Order with the PLAYMOBIL Arctic Expedition Headquarters!

I think it’s time my four-year-old start reviewing his own toys.

Getting Boredom in Order with the PLAYMOBIL Arctic Expedition Headquarters! — The Boys and Their New Toy

I apologise to Swerve PR, but I’ve struggled to write a review of PLAYMOBIL’s Arctic Expedition Headquarters, an elaborate playset designed to get kids’ imaginations running wild. Struggling not because it’s a bad toy—trust me, it’s got more than enough facets and features to go around—but because I’m not the one playing with it!

See, I’m in the business of telling great stories, and stories work best when they’re about things you’ve experienced for yourself. I might acquire the toys—if needed, I’ll even assemble them—but the experience is the boys’ and the boys’ alone… so who better to tell you about it?

It was time to kick the authenticity up another notch.