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The third season of "Only Murders in the Building" now is in the books, and while I think it had some slow points in the middle, it finished off strong and made me already look forward to a season four.

If there was a problem with the current season, it was that the writers conspired to separate the three true crime podcasters played by Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez;  they were preoccupied with their own pursuits, which created tension in their various relationships.  But by the end - spoiler alert - the series and the three marvelous leads found their footing, which gave their amateur investigation into yet another murder fresh and invigorating traction.

The guest cast was wonderful - Meryl Streep and Paul Rudd brought big screen charisma and acting chops to the proceedings, and there were plenty of small cameos to keep the enterprise on course and moving quickly.

"Only Murders in the Building" always has had charm to spare, and I recommend that you catch up with it when you get a chance.

When in Toronto this past weekend I had a chance to enjoy a meal while sitting at the bar at Ki, a contemporary Japanese restaurant with wonderful food.  It was late - I'd had a long drive from Connecticut that started out in last week's drenching rainstorms - and so while I didn't want too much, I did want it to be delicious.

And so I had Salmon Ceviche, served with yuzu green grape, sea asparagus, sriracha miso and basil mint oil, along with a bowl of garlic fried rice.  And the wine was perfect - a very cold unoaked chardonnay from Canada, the 2021 Closson Chase “The Loyalist." 

It was wonderful.

That's it for this week.   Have a great weekend, and I'll see you Monday.