Saturday, January 27, 2018

Short Order Cooking

January 2018 - Toronto ON Week 4

September 2017 - Denver CO

Six Word Saturday Niagara Falls

I baked this triple berry bread using gluten free all purpose flour. Two cups of berries is too much in this batter.

Shadow Shot Sunday
Inspired Sunday
One Word Sunday

It goes without saying that it was football Sunday!
I finally finished that initial pile of old papers that needed to be shredded.
And backed up my 2017 photos.

We have been working on eating out of the fridge/freezer this weekend.
Last night was frozen meatballs and spaghetti sauce.
I made a pot of turkey soup for lunch.
To use up some chicken I tried this soy chicken thighs and it was horrible.

Monday Mural

It has gotten really warm and all the snow is gone!
John met friends for dinner.

Tuesday Treasures
Foto Tunes

We headed out to run some errands on a really sunny warm morning.
We found a mirror for the bathroom and had lunch at Burger's Priest, rated the best burger joint in town. They do a gluten free bun.

Came home and hung the last of the pictures left down after the painting.

Then to the movies to see The Commuter which was fun and action-packed.


After lunch we headed down to Harbourfront to see the Ice Breakers outdoor display. It was a sunny cold day.


Winter Fan Fare

Black Bamboo

Root Cabin

Through the Eyes of a Bear

We also found one of the polka dot streetcars! The TTC is going dotty for the upcoming AGO Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors . We have our tickets!

We then headed downtown to meet John's son for dinner as he was in town on business.
We went to Quinn's in the Sheraton Hotel where I had tuna tataki and John had mussels and fries.

Thursday Doors

I met a friend for lunch.
WE then met up with friends and went to the Festival of Lights at the Distillery District.

John photobombing!

It was chilly, mainly our fingertips since we kept taking photos!
So we stopped for coffee and tea at Balzac's. Photo from their website.

Dinner at a "new to us" restaurant Cluny's and it feels like a real French bistro.

Steak for three and liver for me. As well as a Caesar salad with crispy chickpeas instead of bread croutons.

Weekend Roundup
Weekend Reflections

I have bought Nate's gluten free bagels from What a Bagel on Spadina in the past. It dawned on us to look them up and discovered they are a local totally gluten free bakery that make many types of bread.

So that was this morning's mission. They are about thirty minutes away from us.
We walk in and the baker says "ignore that fridge" and gave us an order form along with a freshly baked wrap that was incredible!

We bought wraps, foccacia, French bread, bagels, mini pizza crusts, ciabatta.
Then a sample of blueberry waffle, delicious and two additional bagels thrown into our order.

Then I wanted to check out a new grocery store Nations Fresh Foods which just opened in Toronto. This is a 155,000 sq ft grocery store that carries an incredible selection of food from around the world with good prices. It also has an arcade, playground and all day dim sum. The food court already seats 300 will more to come.
Forget your grocery store's "international aisle" this is the world at your fingertips.

We have yet to become big sushi fans but we decided to try theirs for lunch and might have become converts!

We tried the Nate's pizza crusts for dinner and they were perfect!


April 2015

Total 2018 - 7 YTD

For a change of pace I finished The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox. It wasn't hard to see where the story was going, not an easy book to read and it just ends abruptly but I still enjoyed it.

Lying in Wait blew me away from the first sentence. I am a sucker for any book set in Dublin. This is a deeply disturbing psychological thriller and I loved the way Lydia manipulated everyone and everything.

I am now reading The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell and really enjoying it.



  1. I always love seeing all the fabulous street art you find. The Commuter looks good -- intriguing. I have Bone Clocks on my list, glad you're enjoying it. And, I don't know why, but those French fries spilling of their container really caught my eye. Now I have a craving.

  2. Gorgeous photos of the Festival of Lights. I'd love to see that. Your food pictures always make me hungry. I wish we had an international grocery near us like Nations Fresh Food. Sounds like a fantastic place to shop with lots of variety to choose from. My kind of place.
    My Saturday Snapshot post features Discovery Park and Chittenden Locks (Seattle).

  3. That distillery district is quite a treasure!

  4. Like the idea of bookish coffee. Cheers

  5. A busy and interesting week. I think the lack of enthusiasm for sushi is age related. We just can't get into it all.

  6. Brilliant captures Jackie! I always get so lost in your posts. Makes me want to pop over on the plane with my DSLR and go exploring!
    The festival of lights looks fab.

    Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC. Have a great week x

  7. Great photos! I totally want to see the commuter too!

  8. Our annual festival of lights is really a Christmas parade. I like Toronto's so much more. A polka dot trolley, love it! I also like your new market.

  9. What a vibrant city you live in, so much to explore. Thanks for the preview of the Commuter, I hadn't heard of it but I am a fan of Liam Neeson.

  10. What an eventful week, Jackie! Loved the birds at the festival of lights. And the orange-yellow sculptures - not to forget where you two took a selfie with the eye of the Bear:):) Great you shared it with us at all Seasons! That French bistro is where I would like to eat - have a fun week!


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