Saturday, August 31, 2019

Ode to a Cuppa Coffee

We were going to Montreal for the weekend but John ended up going on his own as I was nursing a head cold.
I spent the day lounging around and watched season 3 of Divorce. Meh.
But I came across an incredible 6 episode BBC series Years and Years. You can find it at Dailymotion.

Sunday was more of the same.
Dinner - marinated lamb chops (olive oil, lemon juice, thyme, rosemary, sea salt, garlic and cayenne) with potatoes au gratin and sauteed cauliflower with honey.

Flowers in our lobby.

I went downtown to pick up John's new pants and bought myself a dress into the bargain.

 Just some random shots, nothing new.

This looks like Viola Desmond, the first woman on a Canadian bank note.

Viola Irene Desmond (July 6, 1914 – February 7, 1965) was a Canadian civil rights activist and businesswoman of Black Nova Scotian descent. In 1946 she challenged racial segregation at a cinema in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia by refusing to leave a whites-only area of the Roseland Theatre.

Another look at Under the Clouds in Brookfield Place.

In a flower shop.

Tuesday was a rainy day and we had a memorial service to attend.

Jesh at Jesh Studio asked me to post a photo when I wore my new shoes!


A glorious day for a mural hunt on Queen St. West.

Coffee counter in Lavish and Squalor, Pennystock Press.

A reminder, for John, they do gluten free.

Corner Spadina and Queen.

This section of Queen West between Spadina and Bathurst contains at least ten stores supplying fabric and cotton threads, silk jerseys, or gemstone beads.

This mural was being painted a few weeks ago.

Jane Jacobs OC OOnt (née Butzner; May 4, 1916 – April 25, 2006) was an American-Canadian journalist, author, and activist who influenced urban studies, sociology, and economics. Her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) argued that urban renewal did not respect the needs of city-dwellers. It also introduced the sociological concepts "eyes on the street" and "social capital".

On our list of ice creams to try.

Nugateau is a the first éclair-only patisserie in Toronto with a choux pastry menu that reflects the multicultural flavours of the city with a menu boasting Japanese Matcha, Brazillian Coconut, Tahitian Vanilla and Maple Bacon.

It is next door to Bloomer's, a vegan bakery which also has gluten free options.

I made steak tacos and this cilantro crema that was delicious.

We had our plans cancelled so we hemmed and hawed about going to the EX, Canadian National Exhibition, click here for our 2016 visit.

We decided against the Ex, opting for lunch instead.

We headed to Stackt, which opened in the spring click here for that initial visit.

The sidewalks have been decorated.

I had great expectations for this place. Chen Chen's Hot Chicken is supposed to be chicken thighs. While the coating was good, where was the meat??? Very sad.

The cauliflower was excellent, tasted like chicken, go figure.

Getting ready for this weekend's mural painting party.

✅ another ice cream spot iHalo Krunch on Queen West.

Purple yam (like taro) and subtle coconut mixed with activated charcoal. Green (in bottom on right) is pandan nut.

It takes up the entire side of a building at Queen West and Claremont—and it’s no accident that building is home to Sanko Trading Co, which, in operation now since 1968, is one of the oldest Japanese-Canadian-owned businesses in the city.

Here it is in 2014 and 2015.

Mural by Tensoe.

Planter beds hold a mix of pollinator, edible, and medicinal plants primarily native to Southwestern Ontario.

Much of the Trinity Bellwoods park land was originally purchased from a Janet Cameron (sister of Duncan Camerson whom first lived here) of Gore Vale in 1851 by Scottish-Canadian Bishop John Strachan, an influential Anglican deacon who wanted Toronto to have a private school with strong Anglican ties, partly in opposition to the recently secularized University of Toronto. Buildings were soon constructed (Gothic Revival structure by architect Kivas Tully) and students began attending Trinity College in 1852. After federation with the University of Toronto in 1904 and completion of the downtown Trinity campus in 1925, the school left this location. The original buildings were then sold to the City of Toronto and most were demolished in the early 1950s. The destruction of the Trinity buildings marked the beginning of two decades of extensive heritage destruction in Toronto. Of the college itself, only the stone and iron gates now remain, at the Queen Street park entrance facing south on Strachan Avenue.

Seems there are some white squirrels in the park. Across the street is the White Squirrel Coffee Shop and another mural around the corner also has a squirrel.

Toronto's Lovebot team painted this in 2016.

Friday was a grocery day and steak for dinner.


Starbucks (formerly Britnell Books) Yonge St. Toronto

I finished Ordinary People within the 7 day loan period, did I love it, no.
The characters of Connell and Marianne were unlikable and boring. If this is how 18-20 year olds "enjoy: their college years, I hate to see how they will like real life and relationships. There wasn't a likable character in the book.

I started The Borrower, cute so far. I'm finding it hard to get into a book lately, must be my choices.


Bang Bang 2018 Ossington Ave
Taiyaki NYC Japanese Dundas W
Dainties Macaron ice cream macaron sandwich Spadina
Arctic Bites Thai stir fried ice cream rolls Baldwin St.
The Dessert Kitchen chocolate fondue Harbord St.
iHalo Krunch Queen St. W

Beth hosts Weekend Cooking where you can post anything food related.
Saturday Snapshots is hosted by A Web of Stories.
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  1. Beautiful photos and one is more interesting than the next. My husband would love those eclairs! Hope your cold is doing better and have a great week!

  2. I should have gone into Brookfield Place when I was down there in July.

  3. Did you taste that Ice cream with the activated charcoal???

    1. Absolutely! It was delicious, very light.
      My mission this summer to try all kinds of ice cream.

  4. I love the tree mural -- Love it! So much great art. It's incredible how many GF options are available now. I remember about 10 years ago it was almost impossible for GF people to eat out.

  5. That’s some ice cream cone! Looks good. Love the art work/murals you post.
    The Brookfield place looks like something I would like to explore.

  6. I need to have a summer of ice cream. Wow. Love the look of that purple ice cream.

    You always find the beautiful art. What a wonderful place you live.

    I'd love to visit the bakery and the coffee shop, too.

    Have a great week.

  7. I always love scrolling through your weekly photos from around town - such a colorful, vibrant & lively place! One of these days, we will get back up there for a visit.

    An eclair-only bakery?? Yum! We just had an AMAZING gluten-free chocolate cake for my son's birthday from a local bakery - truly outstanding.

    Hope you enjoy another week of good food and adventures!


    Book By Book

  8. Seeing your week, makes me want to live n the city, all the fun things to visit, art, and an ever new stream of new bakeries, sandwich place, snd restaurants, for a moment forgetting, why we moved to the country side, the traffic lines never letting up, except for midnight, and the noise and congestion. Yesterday when we drove home from Sacramento (which I consider to be s town, not a city), I noticed the trees and the large amounts of shade, reminding me of always longing to be in nature, while living in L.A. Okay, my dream of the city faded quickly. But nevertheless, I love "under the Clouds" at Brooks place. And the ice cream place you showed, I would frequent. And the fun of the paint party of the murals! Last, but not least, your new shoes look very fashionable and fabulous on you, Jackie! Thanks for showing life in Toronto to All Seasons - with a definite vibe of its own! Enjoy your week:) Jesh/Junieper

  9. You two have too much fun ;)))......what a great City! Love the signs and the ice cream and the flowers and the food....and all of it really!

  10. Thanks for the city tour. I love all the murals. Our little town is starting to get some on the older buildings and the back side of our new library. Sadly for that location you can't really see it through the large trees on the lot next door. For a small town, we have a lot of interest in artistic and cultural activities. And the new library is a hub for many of those endeavors. - Margy


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