Friday, August 11, 2017

Tea Time

August 2017 - Toronto ON

inSPIREd Sunday
Six Word Photo
University Avenue Sculpture

Saturday and Sunday passed in a blur of household chores, cleaning, laundry and such. We both enjoyed reading, watching shows/golf and some cooking/baking.

John made an awesome omelet for breakfast on Sunday filled with onions, green peppers, mushrooms and cheese.

I baked maple Earl Grey tea cake which is a keeper. It is so moist even though it doesn't contain any eggs.

Dinner on Saturday was roast pork, mashed carrots and potatoes with Brussel sprouts.

The pork became curry on Sunday along with onion bhajis.

More Midland Murals
Good Random Fun in Midland
Foto Tunes Adele Humber Bridge

 A gloomy day, which was disappointing as it was a holiday.
We went to a friend's place for the afternoon, great food and fun chats.
And no photos!

We made pizza for dinner. I think we finally have a gluten free crust recipe that we both like.

More university Ave. sculptures
Civil Rights Museum Memphis TN

Was a gorgeous day and we headed out at 9:30 to Davisville as John had contacts to be checked. I went along to see if we could find more of those sculptures that I didn't find last week.

This walk clocked almost 14,500 steps which is six miles or ten kilometres. It also included two subway rides and two bus rides.

Along the way we found lots of random stuff.
Historical plaques, a cemetery, a church or two, a mural...

At 50 Merton Street east of Yonge north of Mount Pleasant Cemetery can be found this Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque. Here's what it says:The Girl Guides is one of the largest youth movements both in Canada and around the world. The Guiding program is based on the scouting principles of Lord Baden-Powell which emphasize the outdoors, character-building, good citizenship and self-reliance. Since 1910, the organization has provided Canadian girls and women with strong inspirational role models in order to nurture responsible, service-oriented citizens and community leaders. Headquartered in Toronto, Girl Guides of Canada has units in every province and territory, and has been largely funded throughout much of its history through the sales of its famous cookies.

Who else was a Girl Guide, I certainly was.

Painted utility box part of the City of Toronto's street art initiative, Out of the Box.

You'll have to check back on Monday for the incredible mural we captured.
This mural was in the laneway below the mural mentioned above.

The entrance to Mount Pleasant Cemetery that merits a trip of its own.

Christ Church Deer Park Anglican. It wasn't open.
In 1909, Deer Park was incorporated into the city of Toronto. The area around Avenue Road and St. Clair was booming and many houses were being built east of Avenue Road.

We boarded the subway at St. Clair to Union and then took the bus to the Distillery District to have lunch.
On our  way in outside an antique store.

Lunch spot, on a patio in the sunshine.

John's tacos, they passed muster but just.

Marinated shaved pork, pineapple, diced red onion, cilantro, salsa verde

I had a ceviche, I had a different one last summer that I liked but it wasn't on the menu. This was a very different ceviche from Mexican ceviche, it was good and spicy but not the most interesting as it was one dimensional.
Also the neon yellow was a bit disconcerting.
Leche de tigre, or tiger's milk, is the Peruvian term for the citrus-based marinade that cures the seafood in a ceviche. It usually contains lime juice, sliced onion, chiles, salt, and pepper — along with a bit of fish juice. Doesn't sound that yellow to me.

So it sounds like the colour is coming from the native to South America, aji amarillo is a bright-orange, thick-fleshed chile with a medium to hot heat level. It's ubiquitous in Peruvian cuisine, working its way into soups and sauces, which are used in pretty much everything.

Cooked shrimp marinated in leche de tigre, aji amarillo, avocado and cilantro puree, red Peruvian peppers

And of course I was on a brain mission and scored some.
Distillery District Brains

Travel Theme - Words

TIFF signs up already!

In Brookfield Place is a plaque to Sam Pollack.

Commerce Court had some lunchtime entertainment.

I had picked up some ribs yesterday as we haven't had them all year! I went to my trusty recipe box and used my slow cooker ribs recipe. With that we had Greek salad and biscuits (gluten free mix I bought a while ago).

This was a better biscuit mix than the GF Bisquick.  But it called for three eggs which made it too wet so I had to add more mix than it called for.

Doors in the distillery district.

WOW yet another hot sunny day, this is a record for this summer.
John was golfing with a friend so I put on my exploring shoes and headed out at 10:30. I wrote a post on my walk as I took so many photos, you can read it here.

As soon as I stepped off the bus this lovely young lady was playing a lively version of the can-can or its proper title The Infernal Galop!

As I mentioned I decided to use the PATH along Front St. rather than getting aggravated with rude drivers. Andrew of High Riser blog reminded me I should have posted a map of the PATH.
The City of Toronto describes it as:
PATH is downtown Toronto's (mostly) underground walkway linking 30 kilometres of shopping, services and entertainment. Follow PATH and you'll reach your downtown destination easily in weatherproof comfort.

I wasn't underground rather it was a raised walkway. I came outside at the CN Tower and had to take some shots although I probably have bazillion photos from every viewpoint in the city!

Another, closer tease of this sculpture:
“Dedicated to the Chinese railroad workers who helped construct the Canadian Pacific railway through the Rocky Mountains of Alberta and British Columbia thus uniting Canada geographically and politically.”

I came across this street name when I took the tunnel underneath Spadina St.

I learned it was named for Toronto Evening Telegraph/Telegram 1866-1971.Toronto Telegram

I finally reach Canoe Landing Park, my destination for today, along with other spontaneous stops along the way as I tend to do.
I will post lots more on the park at another time.

A cast of the heart-shaped stone that Terry Fox's brother picked up at the spot Terry ended his run in Thunder Bay called A Touchstone. 
Terry Fox (July 28, 1958 – June 28, 1981) was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on an east to west cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 mi), and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy. The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research; over C$650 million has been raised in his name.

Bobbers' Park which is supposed to be a splashpad but the city seems to be doing some work around it and the water was turned off.

Iceberg Benches. BTW there is a street close by called Iceboat Terrace.

Once a no-man's land, this area is now home to 13,000 condo dwellers.

Puente de Luz, Bridge of Light is a bright yellow amid the concrete skyline.
that connects the Concord CityPlace condo development to Front Street West in Toronto

Lunch at the Firkin was nothing to write about but the decor was fun.

Look! A Banksy!

There were lots more goodies but I am saving those.

John returned from golf and another friend came by and the four of us went for dinner in our condo restaurant.

Weekend Reflections
Weekend Green

It was too good to last, Friday was overcast and humid with a threat of rain most of the day.
I set out to meet my BFF at 11 and John headed out to get the car serviced.

We decided to head to Harbourfront as we hadn't done that this year. I had only been down there with John to see the Rubber Ducky.

Outside the Power Plant, a contemporary art gallery was this piece.

The description read:
Objects contain meanings beyond their materiality, meanings that we bring to them or receive from them. Objects are the result of an action, entail a trace of a human gesture, and trigger reactions and memories. They have the potential to be read collectively or personally.

This commissioned photograph Bound, Hupfield 2017 (2017) depicts a seascape painted by Hupfield’s late mother Peggy Miller when she was a young woman. The painting is shown “bound” with felt, a material frequently employed by the artist. In its classical sense, the figurative painting can be viewed as a window onto another, pictorial world. Positioned on the gallery’s south facade, the photograph assumes the role of a window, where the felt acts like a curtain revealing the canvas. Simultaneously, the painting reflects the external world, mirroring the view of Lake Ontario.

We decided to visit the latest exhibit. I wouldn't be surprised if we have nightmares tonight! This display deserves its own lengthy post.

Here 's a little sample.

From there we found three brains. 

Then to lunch at the Amsterdam, where we always complain about the service but enjoy the food.

I had pork tacos which were ok but no spice other than the bottle of Sriracha she plopped on the table.

We then strolled to check out the Music Garden.

John and I had our usual Friday night steak with baked potato and broccoli.


I finished The Torment of Others which was a good read. I started Her Turn to Cry which is good but not quite a gripping story as the cover claims. Having grown up in the 60s the references to fashion and music are entertaining. You also forget how different mindsets were about certain issues.


Weekend Cooking hosted by
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  1. Jackie, what a wonderful array of photographs! The food all looks delicious and the murals and other artwork you have captured are just amazing! I would love for you to add some links to my weekly link up parties (every Tuesday and Friday)! Thanks for stopping by my page and it is a pleasure to meet you! Have a lovely weekend.


  2. Your city should be paying so for your promotion! Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

  3. That Earl Grey tea cake sounds good. I was a girl scout (as we say here in USA) too. I really love those lock mosaics / sculptures. They are so cool. I always love the murals you find, and a Banksy! Love garden too.

  4. Interesting place and photos! Wow... what a variety.

  5. Am trying to ignore all the goodies you ate last week, because my stomach has started screaming it wants food! I love that place with all the momentos on Love, etc. An am very curious about the last exhibit - it looks really worth visiting! A full and lovely week, Jackie

  6. Another happy week with Jackie! Many thanks for linking up :) :)

  7. So many treasures in this post. I may have lingered a bit too long over those al pastor tacos.

  8. Wow - what a wonderful bunch of experiences and photographs!! Thank you for sharing. :-)

  9. Wow - what a wonderful bunch of experiences and photographs!! Thank you for sharing. :-)

  10. The Milliners' Daughter exhibit looks odd!

  11. What an interesting life you lead! I saw more of Toronto here than I saw the only time I visited there, because I spent most of my time with a friend in the suburbs.
    Beautiful photos!
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  12. Hi Jackie, all that mentioning of food has made me quite hungry! Love the photos as usual.

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.



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