Saturday, July 14, 2018

Novel Meals

July 2018 - Toronto ON

Indigo  Royal BankToronto ON

Six Word Saturday
Pink Saturday

We headed out to our local farmers' market early on a day that promised to be very warm as the day wore on.

It's a pleasant mile stroll along the lake to the market.

The market is larger than last year.

Cheese Boutique is our favourite place to shop and they had a tent set up here. After a sample of a brie, we bought it.

Chicken feet and bones.

We ended up with gorgeous asparagus, field tomatoes and gluten free chocolate macaroons.

Strolling back home.

Peonies and macaroons.

John pronounced these as excellent.

I put the ribs in the slow cooker for dinner.

Shadow Shot Sunday
Inspired Sunday
One Word Sunday
Cee's Odd Ball Challenge

Lounging around won over going out today.

The peonies are looking amazing.

Dinner - easy mozzarella chicken with balsamic asparagus and roasted mushrooms and tomatoes.

Monday Mural more Liberty Village
Foto Tunes

I headed out to capture the Brains at City Hall, the Brains Project is back for its third year.

Here's one done by BirdO, well known to Toronto mural lovers.

A view of City Hall from across the street.

Old City Hall looking majestic.

I took the subway to Dupont, why? I wanted to check out the art I had read about. And I discovered that Dupont is very close to Casa Loma, who knew?

 A mural, check back on Monday for details.

  What? The City o Toronto's Archives are here too?

Appointed City Archivist in 1960, Robert Woadden (1922-2010) transformed the attic of Old City Hall into the first municipal archives in English-speaking Canada. Before then, thousands of photographs on glass plates, and boxes of records dating back to 1834, were scattered around the leaky attic. Woadden recognized their historical value and began designing an operation that properly catalogued and preserved them. He introduced centralized records management to City of Toronto department heads, convincing them that records of enduring value should be preserved and transferred to the Archives. When the new City Hall opened in 1965, the Archives moved into the basement and gained much-needed space. Woadden directed the growth of the City of Toronto Archives until he left in 1975 to become the Deputy City Clerk. The Archives went on to win the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of American Archivists in 1981 - the first Canadian recipient and the first municipal archives to be so honoured. The City of Toronto Archives moved to this location when it was merged with the Metropolitan Toronto Archives in 1998.

The Archives has over 1.25 million photographs and over 10,000 maps in its collection. Many of these have been digitized and made available to view online.

The oldest record in the Archives is a map of Toronto Harbour dated 1792,and the newest one is a DVD of the previous month’s Toronto City Cou ncil meeting. Of the 1.2 million photographs within the Toronto Archives collection, the oldest are a set of twenty-five prints of the city taken in 1856-57 by the firm of photographers, Armstrong, Beere and Hime. These are the earliest known photographs of Toronto.

Click here to view the photos as there was too much reflection for me to photograph them.

There are exhibits open to the public.

The post-war suburbs transformed our national ideal of the good life. The farmland outside the city suddenly sprouted houses, schools, apartment buildings, community centres, shopping malls—all of it new, all of it promising something different: the best of both the city and the country, offering privacy and quiet and space, but with the excitement and opportunity of downtown only a short commute away.

More recently, suburbia has been criticised as conformist and car-dependent. But when these photographers turned their cameras on the suburbs, they saw more than parking lots and lawns.

This exhibit from the City of Toronto Archives features the work of official city photographers, as well as freelancers and amateurs, as they documented people raising families, building communities, working together and celebrating together in the wide open world known as the suburbs.

I made a stop at Spadina subway to find a piece of art but didn't find it so will have to go back.

Dinner - liver, mashed potatoes and onions with gravy.

Tuesday Treasures Liverpool

John had a dentist appointment so I went downtown with him and looked around the sales before picking up ingredients for dinner.

We checked out the Brains Project in Brookfield Place.

Soccer fever is rampant in the city, crowds are gathered wherever there is a TV.
Bank of Montreal had the game on in the lower level.

Air Canada Centre or ACC is being rebranded over the coming weeks as the 18-year-old home of the NBA's Raptors and NHL's Maple Leafs undergoes its first name change to Scotiabank Arena.

Outside the building, some Scotiabank Arena signage will have the ability to change colour and incorporate full-motion video. Red lighting could be used when the Raptors are playing and blue when the Maple Leafs are in action.
In addition, the eight-year-old video screen by Maple Leaf Square — a popular gathering spot during playoff games — will be upgraded.

Dinner - a longtime family favourite from the 80s chicken divan  freshened up with homemade chicken soup rather than canned, healthier and tastier.


These clouds were drifting across the perfect blue sky when I glanced out the window.

I headed out with no plans.

More soccer mania in Brookfield food court.

I did go back to Spadina and tracked down the piece of art I was looking for as well as a couple of signs that I need for Weekend Roundup as I am featuring the TTC, or Toronto Transit sites.

Dinner - ginger beef and rice.

Thursday Doors

We went out to friends in Burlington, about 55 km from us.

We visited for a while and looked at her gardens.

We stopped at the Dieppe Memorial.

We drove to Hamilton, another town close by for lunch by the lake in a converted church.

A former church for lunch.

Then a walk along the lakefront.

Bill Le Blanc, a retired steelworker, chiseled these stumps.

We thought we might have room for ice cream, but there were no takers when we got to Hutch's.

Weekend Roundup
Weekend Reflections
Cee's Which Way Challenge

Our weekly neighbourhood exploration took us by streetcar to Ossington, the stretch between Queen and Dundas.

Click here for the long version of our day.

Testing out another gluten free pizza crust at Pizzeria Libretto on Ossington. 
Consensus - better than Queen Margharita last week. Everything about it was better, and everything was a few dollars cheaper, great servers and ambiance.

DIAVOLA  CA$18 with gluten free crust +$4
spicy salami, chili, onion, kalamata olives, basil, mozzarella

PEPPERONICA$17  jalapeno, basil, mozzarella

Time to meander back to Queen St.

A stop for ice cream at Bang Bang with flavours such as coconut mango pudding ice cream, topped with warm coconut sticky rice and set inside an eggy, made-to-order Hong Kong waffle or "Maltease Me," "Love Oolong Time," "Bellwoods Beer and Brown Bread"?
We shared a key lime pie.

September Squares


Indigo Book Store Bay and Bloor Toronto

I forgot to include the blog for the book Eight Flavors by Sarah Lohman I perused last week Four Pounds Flour. She had a link to one of her intern's blog which is definitely worth checking out Bitter Butter.

Too busy for reading, it seems. Still working on  as In a Cottage in a Wood, may not bother to finish it.

On the other hand, I finished Gentlemen and Players, as always Joanne Harris kept me highly entertained and it took me quite a while to figure out whom the culprit was and what a surprise that was!


Wednesday Around the World at Communal Global


  1. The War Museum's section on World War Two includes a considerable display on the Dieppe Raid.

    I always like seeing interior shots from Brookfield.

    And I find the endless branding rights of buildings like that arena to be extremely tacky.

    1. I agree, William, this changing names drives me crazy, too. Just heard that the Ricoh Arena is now Coca-Cola.

  2. Quite an eventful week= the peonies are magnificent

  3. So many beautiful blue skies - great photos of your lively week.

  4. Looks like you've had some warm sunny days. LOVE the peonies. Gorgeous.
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    Sandy @ Writing With a Texas Twang

  5. Your food always does look appetising, Jackie. Wish I could summon more enthusiasm for cooking. :) :) Many thanks, hon!

  6. A cookbook sale would be my downfall!! The market looked great (but I'll pass on chicken feet). The archives look fascinating. And now I have a craving for pizza!! (I was out of town so I'm late to respond.)


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