Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mackinac Island - Re:Cycling Part 2

My souvenir of the Island.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Garden Gnomes

Some new "gnomes" that I bought as my own birthday presents. This happens every year. I go out for breakfast with a dear friend and then we hit our favourite shops on the Danforth and then Bill's on Pape.

I should have cleaned the table first!

And some new solar lights!

Monday's Child - Buffalo

Taken at the Buffalo Food Festival which is one the the most awesome, organized events I havee ever attended. No lineups, super clean, garbage cans everywhere and lots of volunteers. Toronto Greek Festival should take note.
Would love to know how this conversation went.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Late Summer Garden

Here's some shots of our garden. It is time to start dividing some of the overgrowth and go shopping for new plants!
Taken on a very rainy weekend

Sunday Skies - LAX Sunrise

Taken while waiting for a flight home for LA.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Saturday Shoes - Mackinac Island

As Katy over at my Facebook photos mentioned:
The next time I put my foot in my mouth, I want to be wearing one of these shoes. Just sayin'!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Ohmygawd!! You have got to read this post about Taste of Melbourne 2010. KitchenWench's photos and descriptions of the food are to die for, my mouth was watering and wanted to literally climb into my PC and start nibbling!!

Mackinac Island - Re:Cycling

I wanted to post some photos we took of all the bikes on the island. It is hard to imagine until you have been here, you take your life in your hands whenever you step out. There are so many tourists that haven't been on a bike in donkey's years and just start off on Main St.
There many bike shops to rent from on Main St.

This is one of my favourite photos from this trip.

All kinds of bikes and people enjoy the Island

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Toronto Thursday - Landmark Update

On July 29 I lamented the fact that The Corned Beef House was being demolished to make way for yet another condo development downtown.
Why can't they incorporate the facade of these old buildings into the new design?? I know, I've worked as a financial analyst so I can envision the business case that it wouldn't be worth the cost.

Well good news as we passed it the other day to go to another favourite haunt (also likely to fall under the hammer) for lunch, there is a poster on the door (you have to peek through the fence to see it, though) that they will be opening at 250 Adelaide.
This is the view of the condo being built from our office window. The pink walled building is our other haunt.

We are all curious how Champs manages to continue to be in operation. This place supplies all the street vendors with their street meat i.e. hot dogs and buns.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday's Child - King for a Day

In honour of my nephew who turns 16 this week!!! This was taken in 2005 in Dingle, Ireland.

And this is the frozen cake his Mom baked and will be sent to him at camp this week!
It depicts his summer camp.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Recipes to Try - Scones

Savory Cheese and Scallion Scones

Mackinac Island T-shirts

So technically DH is wearing this T-shirt on Mackinac Island. I love the take on the Guinness label. We bought this at the Honolulu Zoo

The rest of the T-shirts were spotted on Mackinac Island.

Photography Ideas

Make a Light Box

Photoscape software

Sails Meeting - Day 1 Mackinac Island

You board the ferry either in St. Ignace or Mackinaw for a 20 minute ride to the Island. If you aren't a "day tripper" and have luggage then they will tag your luggage at the ferry and it will be delivered to your hotel either by bike or horse and cart, depending on your hotel. Of course if you are staying at the Grand Hotel then it will be transported by a liveried attired carriage driver. Ours went by bike.


There are many ferry lines available - we took Star Line. Mackinac Island is nestled in the Straits of Mackinac where the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan meet. It was a hot overcast day as we headed over.

The island is a national historic landmark and only horseback, biking or walking are permitted modes of transportation.

The island is 3.8 square miles. The season is May to October and the hotels, shops and restaurants hire seasonal employees to accommodate the 15,000 tourists daily.

Our first impression of Mackinac Island when you step off the ferry was that we were in Disneyworld. It reminded me of being on Main Street with the horse and carriages and the swarms of tourists.

Of course the camera was very busy immediately. We walked to our hotel Chippewa Hotel, it was early and we didn't expect our room to be ready, but upon entering the lobby the Jason Mraz song, I'm Yours was playing (the first song on my soundtrack for this blog) so I knew it would be and it was!

Our room was facing Main Street and decorated in a very pretty old-fashioned yellow with an iron headboard.

Then it was time to explore and get some lunch. We chose Sinclair's Irish pub, it was crowded (as most places are during the day) but we grabbed a couple of seats at the bar. Over pints of Guinness and Irish Red we selected our lunches. Shrimp for me and an Irish club for DH which had corned beef as it's foundation.
Lunch was good, but nothing special.
This town is so pretty, everywhere you turn are quaint houses and inns, all gaily painted with flowers blooming everywhere. Will do a separate post for the houses and flowers.

We spent the rest of the day just wandering around. The day remained overcast with a colourless sky.

                                                            Stopping for libations
We decided on Goodfellows for dinner and munched on wings and sliders.