When Francis D'Souza, Citytv's CityPulse reporter and
CityPulse Weekend anchor, is off work, you'll probably
find him in the midst of a globe trotting adventure. So,
it seemed fitting to invite him for a celebrity dinner
date at Monsoon, a restaurant specializing in marrying
foods from countries throughout Asia and Southeast Asia
affected by torrential monsoon storms, including India,
where D'Souza's ancestors hail.
began the evening with a Monsoon Martini -a vodka, mango,
lemon and cranberry concoction suggested by server Laura-Lynn
Bolan. While sharing appetizers of Peking Duck with Citrus
Segments, Baby Green in Pappadum Cup and Shiso Grilled
Tiger Prawns in an Asian Guacamole Cup, we talked about
D' Souza's life in news.
I anchor, I get to show the viewers my personality, when
you do hard news you can't. As an anchor, I like the public
to perceive me as light-hearted. I like to consider myself
somewhat funny and very openminded," says D'Souza,
who co-anchors with Merella Fernandez. Coincidentally,
both anchors trace their roots to Goa in southwest India.
a self-professed news junkie. I love my job because every
day it is different. When I report, I really get to craft
my work - I write and produce the story, and I get to
meet new people every day. You have to be somewhat emotive
when you tell these stories. I've seen bodies on the ground
and interviewed people who have lost their children, you
have to have a strong mind and be able to deal with it
head on. I often talk about it with family and friends,
so that helps
you look at news - it is about storytelling. Jeannie Moost,
from CNN, is one of the best television storytellers.
The way she crafts stories with pictures and matches them
with words is incredible," says the Mississauga-born
and raised newsman.
Chef Winlai Wong accompanies D'Souza's entrée of
Organic Beef Tenderloin with Spun Miso Mashed Potatoes,
in Pink and Green Peppercorn Jus to the table to discuss
her culinary creation. The exotic flavours of the food
brings the conversation to world travel. "I love
to travel, I saw the sunrise over the Taj Mahal, swung
on vines in Venezuela's Amazon Jungle and climbed Dunns
River Falls in Jamaica. I've been to Africa, Asia, the
Caribbean and Europe," says D'Souza.
dessert, we sampled Infused Crème Brûlée,
Mango Monsoon Sorbet and Chocolate Heaven - a warm chocolate
cake with a silk soft centre served with devil's ice cream
and raspberry coulis.
décor and atmosphere at Monsoon is very relaxing,
the food presentation is excellent - the food has a very
unique taste," adds D'Souza.
D'Souza reporting Wednesday to Friday on City- Pulse and
CP24 and anchoring CityPulse Weekend at 6 p.m. and 11
p.m. on Citytv. Call Monsoon, 100 Simcoe
St., at 416-979-7172, for reservations.