Tuesday, June 15, 2021

T for Tuesday

Random coffee signs around Toronto.

Tuesday Treasures

 Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.
Timeless Thursdays is hosted by Stevenson Que

May 2021 - Toronto ON

 Back in Cabbagetown this week.

Al Purdy Lane - after Al Purdy who was born in 1918. Purdy is considered by many to be the most accomplished Canadian poet of the English language though his history of work includes written work in broadcast media of radio and television. Born in Wooler, Ontario, Purdy came to Toronto and resided at 435 Sackville Street in his youth. He is said to have enjoyed spending time people watching at the Riverdale Zoo. Purdy spent 6 years in the RCAF. Over the course of his career, Purdy penned 33 books. He received Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award in 1965 for Caribou Horses and once again in 1986 for Collected Poems. He received the Order of Canada in 1982. He died on the morning of Good Friday, 2000 at the age of 81. 

Yen Lane - after J. L. (Allen) Yen PhD who was born in 1925 in Canton, China. Yen was first appointed to the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto in 1952. There he became a Professor of Electrical Engineering and contributed to the theoretical and experimental advances made in the new fields of signal theory, communication and digital signal processes. In 1967, Dr. Yen shared in receiving the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Rumford Medal for advances in Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI). Yen was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He died in 1993. 

Edensmith Lane - after Eden Smith who was born in 1858 in Birmingham, England. Smith and his wife Annie were residents of Toronto at 34 Salisbury Street. In 1882, Smith began his practice of architecture. At first, he designed several churches to service the growing population of Toronto. Among his designs to take form were TheChurch of St. Thomas on Huron Street,

 The Church of St. Cyprian in Seaton Village and St. John the Evangelist on Portland Street. 

After 1888 his work shifted to residential designs. His work includes many homes in Toronto’s early municipalities including Wychwood Park, Rosedale, The Annex and Forest Hill. Smith favored and was influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement. His “state of the art” design of the public housing complex on the corner of Spruce and Sumach Streets in Cabbagetown was built in 1913 and stands as a rare example of early public co-operative housing projects. Smith died in 1949.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Monday Mural

 I'm linking up at Monday Mural

June 2021 - Toronto ON

I had shown this when it was a WIP a couple of weeks ago. It is in Yorkville and we took this photos the day before the lockdown eased and outdoor dining/patios were allowed to open (June 10).

American artist Nina Chanel Abney and Toronto curator Ashley McKenzie-Barnes unveiled their new 120-foot mural in Yorkville in June. With both women identifying as black queer females, the mural explores themes of social justice, humanity and spreading love, not hate.

Coinciding with the beginning of Pride Month in June, the mural incorporates words and phrases like “love,” “stop” and “don’t kill” in acknowledgement of the acts of hatred and racism happening at home and around the world. The artists hope the street art gives passersby pause and a chance to reflect on the racial, cultural and gender-based violence occurring regularly on a global scale, and how people can come together to overcome these acts of hate.

Titled “Generally Speaking,” the mural is also designed to engender hope and joy in the Yorkville community as the city works towards recovering from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It seeks to remind people of the need for social justice and reform in all areas, while highlighting themes of alliance, humanity and togetherness.

Yes, John's feet are in each of his shots, and I was too lazy to crop them out!

And my feet!

Aerial view courtesy of The Vibe.

Sunday, June 13, 2021


 One Word Sunday

St. Catharine's Ontario

IS THIS MODERN SOCIETY? Artist: Jupiterfab Year: 2016 as part of the Niagara International Mural Festival.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Sculpture Saturday

 Sculpture Saturday

June 2021 - Toronto ON 

This is a commission by Ken Lum for a commercial realty development in Toronto. The site is directly behind City Hall and involves a long corridor (passageway) from Bay Street to City Hall. Two bronze sculptures are placed on either end of this corridor signaling historical immigrants to this area in the form of two children from different eras. Pinned lettering in oxidized bronze reading: “Across time and space, two children of Toronto meet…” are attached to the wall that spans between the two sculptures.

The Pint

June 2021 - Toronto ON

April 2021 - Wishful Thinking Front St. Toronto

A sad and despicable news story this week from London ON.
The attack was horrendous: Three generations of a Muslim-Canadian family killed, leaving a 9-year-old child orphaned as they were at an intersection on their evening walk.
The motive was horrific: Police say the 22 year old white pickup driver, who mowed into them, targeted them because of their faith.

People return to the scene to leave flowers and light candles after a vigil for the Salman family.Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

A smile...

Where did the week go? We're in lockdown until Friday when we go into a stage 1.
The reopening plan will allow non-essential retailers to open at 15 per cent capacity while permitting bars and restaurants to serve customers on their patios.
No hair cuts or pedicures yet!!!

John golfed Wednesday and Friday.
Monday we did some errands, a stop at Cloverdale Mall, post office, and then we had planned on going to see the rhododendrons at Bruckner Park, but by then it was super hot and humid plus the parking lot was full.
Instead we went to Lloyd Manor Metro where we got more potting soil.

Tuesday we thought we would do the rhodos early morning but it was raining and foggy until after lunch. We headed out and must have gotten the only hour in the day with a little sunshine which quickly passed into fog and cool. We just got back into the car and it started raining.

The peonies were also in bloom.

And the fog rolled in for the rest of the day.

John's birthday scotch of the month arrived, far left. Then he treated himself to a special for the scotch club - an 18 year old. They also had a special on Irish whiskies.

Wednesday and the Royal York hotel is getting ready to open their patio with Pride colours.
I went back to Telus to figure out the issue with our billing for the first month for our new phones. Mystery solved.

Back home I did some rearranging of the plant corner.

The balcony with the new rug.

Thursday turned out to be a walk of over 10,000 steps as we strolled around.
Interesting sign on the subway for Indigenous month.

Yorkville library Pride flags are a little different this year. Normally all columns wear the rainbow colours.

Trans Pride Flag — Monica Helms, an openly transgender American woman, created the flag in 1999. The light blue and light pink are the traditional colors for baby girls and baby boys, respectively, while the white represents intersex, transitioning, or a neutral or undefined gender. According to Helms, the flag is symmetrical so “no matter which way you fly it, it is always correct, signifying us fnding correctness in our lives.”

Took John to see the now finished mural on Belair. It will be impossible to get decent photos after Thursday as the street opens up its outdoor dining.
Perfect day to be out, the humidity had passed us by.

Dragged John into Eataly.

A stop at Nani's for gelato.
John's flavours - salted olive oil candied pecan pistachio, toasted coconut, saffron cardamon kulfi
Jackie - lychee lassi and Ontario strawberry sobbreto.

Ice cream, as implied by its name, is higher in fat content with about 25-30% fat by volume compared to gelato.
Gelato is much lower in fat content at 4-8%. The main ingredient in gelato is milk whether dairy or non-dairy milk.
Sorbetto is also called sorbet. Unlike like gelato, sorbetto is always a dairy and egg free frozen treat. It is, therefore, the lowest fat content of the three treats.

Kulfi is similar to ice cream in appearance and taste but denser and creamier. Unlike ice cream, kulfi is not whipped, resulting in a solid, dense frozen dessert similar to traditional custard-based ice cream.
Lassi is a blend of yogurt, water, spices and sometimes fruit.

Nani's Gelato is right beside this stunning mural. 

Over on Church The Hair of the Dog pub is looking very verdant!

After I posted the that the Ryerson monument was spray-painted with words and had paint splashed across the statue over the last week following the discovery of the bodies of 215 children in a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C.

On Sunday evening a sit-in convened on Ryerson’s downtown campus near the statue of Ryerson. Shortly after the demonstration broke up, a truck with a rope attached pulled the statue of Mr. Ryerson off its plinth and down into the street.
Plywood fencing has been erected around the statue area.

Anticipating the return of outside dining!

Dundas Square.

Massey Hall's facelift is progressing.

Outside city hall the Canadiens hockey team flag is flying.
Calling it one of his toughest tasks as mayor, lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan John Tory raised a huge Montreal Canadiens flag at Toronto city hall.

“This one, I will admit, was painful,” said Tory who on Thursday fulfilled terms of the bet he lost with Montreal Mayor ValĂ©rie Plante over whose NHL team would win their first-round playoff series.

Back home we had three parcels waiting!
A box of Promise gluten free bread, we are tired of driving to various Metros to find only one or two loaves on the shelves, shipping is free over $50.
I also ordered a digital measuring cup and spoon for baking in metric. I already have a scale.

Samples! That's a sight we haven't seen in 15 months!

And there's water in the fountain!

The whole city is under construction!

Patios open!


I took responsibility for this week's selection which required a shopping list.
The Barista from this month's LCBO magazine. It calls for Pravda, however in speaking to the sales rep at the LCBO she said they hadn't carried that for a while. She googled and found Jumping Goat coffee flavoured vodka at the Spadina and Dundas store so I headed there. Aperol was also on the shopping list but that can be found anywhere. The mint came from my balcony.
We both liked the Jumping Goat (kind of tastes like Kahlua) and thought it would be great over ice cream or in a Frappuccino replacing the milk! 

Makes 1 drink
2 fresh mint sprigs, divided
1 1/2 oz Pravda Espresso Flavoured Vodka Jumping Goat coffee flavoured vodka
1 1/2 oz Aperol
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
1 cup (250 mL) cubed ice
2 cups (500 mL) crushed ice
Lemon wedge for garnish

1. Put leaves from 1 mint sprig in the base of a cocktail shaker and gently crush with a muddler or wooden spoon. Add vodka, Aperol, lemon juice and cubed ice, and shake for 45 seconds.

2. Overfill a large rocks glass with crushed ice and strain drink into glass. Garnish with lemon wedge and remaining mint sprig.


Mai Tai with orgeat which is new to us
Tequila Sunrise
Rob Roy required bitters which we had never bought
New York Sours 
Gin Fizz
Rusty Nail
Vodka Sidecar
Vodka Cosmopolitan
The Perfect Storm
Side Car
Jalapeno Margarita
The Godfather
Peach Cosmo - FAIL


Saturday burgers with potato chips. I made gluten free buns with this recipe. They were good as a bun and dense enough to hold together, but I thought they were too heavy, although John said they were better than any bought buns.
I used Steve's GF Bread Flour for the first time. There is a hamburger bun recipe on that site that I will try.
In looking over her recipe video again my dough was not as wet as hers appears to be, hers look a lot softer. Might be worth another try.

Sunday Chinese curry chicken with pakoras chicken wings and fries.
I did bake this gluten free lemon drizzle cake. It called for 3 eggs but I substituted 1/4 cup of applesauce to replace 1 egg. I also didn't use all the drizzle.
John's seal of approval.

Monday Chinese curry chicken with pakoras. Roast BBQ chicken quarters, roast potatoes and carrots.

Tuesday Chinese curry chicken with pakoras. Got lazy and we ordered Swiss Chalet chicken.

Wednesday Chinese curry chicken with pakoras. Finally!

Thursday garlic lemon butter shrimp and salad.

Friday STEAK and broccolini and mushrooms.


NOW Magazine featured a list of 14 must see movies this summer.

Loved this year's Kennedy Centre Awards !

Finally watched Tenet and it was certainly full of eye-popping gimmicks to keep you watching. But as many people, and us, said, it needs to be watched a second time to fully understand the convoluted concept of time travel/inversion.

We binge-watched Season 1 of Blackspace. Thanks, Judee A to Z Gluten Free for telling me about this, we loved it.

Jungleland  2020 was a surprise good watch.


On my laptop Spices and Herbs - not a book to browse, rather a book on your shelf for consulting.

I loved The Bad Muslim Discount for those who asked!

Started and finished His and Hers. LOVED it! 

American Dirt and wow I can't believe the controversy about this book on Goodreads. Cartels and a mother and son harrowing trip to the US. Somehow I don't think I will be finishing this one.

Instead I started A Good Neighborhood which is thought provoking and has me interested.