Saturday, February 22, 2020

Half Baked

February 2020 - Toronto ON

Commerce Court Lounge - January 2020

A quiet week with a couple of very cold days,
Chores got done, car taken in for service, day out shopping and lunch with BFF, Costco, cooking, dinner out with John's son.

William from Ottawa Daily Photo will be very impressed with some of the Union Station changes that took place this week!

The tunnel that we have been using to get to the subway was closed off this week.

BTW the roof was also part of the renovations, this used to be open to the elements.

The Bay Concourse has been closed since the end of Toronto’s PanAm Games in 2015 for a total overhaul has opened, although there is still a lot of work to be  done.

As of Wednesday, February 19, 2020 a route change between the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway station and Union Station will begin.
In order to move forward on the next piece of work in the Front Street Tunnel, there is a need to temporarily close it to allow for the completion of concrete work, underground mechanical work, and the installation of pavers, railings and public art in the tunnel.
To connect from the TTC to Union Station, commuters will now walk straight across the moat between the two stations. This route opened in December 2019 as an alternate route between the two stations and has being widened to accommodate increased pedestrian flow. This route meets accessibility requirements, and includes escalators and an elevator.

This used to be so dark and dingy, tiles everywhere in shades of orange, grey, brownish maybe taupe?

I found some photos online of what it used to look like!

I did go to the Toronto Reference Library to see this exhibit.

Construction continues across from the library, # 1 Yorkville is being touted as one of the toniest addresses in this very pretentious neighbourhood. Their ad states   "This is a building that will stand out not only because of its stunning architecture and exquisite finishes, but also because of its magnificent amenities and exclusive services. It will be like staying in a 6-star hotel at a 6-star location."
The finest of Toronto will be within walking distance of the front door of 1 Yorkville. Strolling through Hermes, Gucci, Holt Renfrew, dinner at the Four Seasons across the street, a glass of Moet at the Hyatt’s Roof Lounge - whether it's luxurious shops or a selection of the city’s finest restaurants – the options are endless. And 1 Yorkville is conveniently by the Bloor and Yonge subway lines and PATH.
It is being built above the fully restored Yorkville Village buildings that date to the 1860s. This meticulous preservation work — overseen by ERA Architects, Toronto's premier heritage specialists — will involve the retention of not just the graceful historical facades but the entire original structure of the 19th century buildings. This is where the condominium’s boutique retail offerings will be housed.

I took this photo in 2011 with the historical buildings on this block.

February 2020

A friend gave me a recipe for bourbon brownies that she had tried and loved. I didn't have corn syrup so I substituted with molasses (dark) and I found the molasses overwhelmed the flavour, we also thought they were too sweet.

I made this recipe banana cranberry bread and it turned out well. Bonus the recipe makes two loaves.


Liver and onions, mashed potatoes

Roast prime rib

Homemade meat sauce and spaghetti. I used the cherry tomatoes from Eataly.

And my never fail gluten free biscuits, but I used cheddar cheese instead of the mozzarella and it worked perfectly.

Dinner out at Quinn's in the Sheraton Hotel we both had steak frites

Crispy baked haddock, a new recipe that I would definitely use again on any fish, but I would cut the butter and breadcrumbs in half. Served with a new salad mix.

Curry chicken

Steak, baked potato and broccolini


Toronto Reference Library - February 2020

I've been watching My Kitchen Rules Australia 2020 so I didn't get much reading done.

The format has changed this year.

I started A Good Enough Mother but it hasn't captured my interest, a feeling that most reviewers seem to share.

Beth hosts Weekend Cooking where you can post anything food related.


  1. So many great bookish things this week: love the book murals and I would have loved to have seen the book exhibit. I'm going to have to give those biscuits a try for my GF brother next time I'm in Ohio. I also need to check out the new Kitchen Rules.

  2. I love all the decorative covers on those books!! The banana cranberry breads and the gluten free biscuits look delicious!

  3. The station looked awful in your early photos and I wonder who decided on the decoration, which probably happened over a number of years.

    1. It sure did, dark, dingy and drab. It was opened in 1979 and I guess it never got an upgrade. There used to be a LCBO, Liquor store in there as well. There was also a tunnel to the Royal York Hotel across the street. I wonder if they will open that back up?

  4. I'll be interested to hear what you think of MKR. It's bombed big time in the ratings so I am wondering if this will be the last year. If not, there'll have to be another major revamp next year. we've given up. Now we wait for Masterchef and see how that is with the new judges. They've announced that all the contestants are returning from previous series.

  5. I love the changes made to the station. It looks bright and inviting now. We don't have such things here (sadly) though they are slowly starting to create some mass transit.

    What a great exhibit at the library. I hope it goes on tour and comes to Houston.

    Hope you enjoy the new season of My Kitchen Rules. I love the Great British Baking Show best.

    Have a lovely week!

  6. to have a roof on the Union station is a real asset, since so many months it's cold in CA:) Oh, I love pretty books, like the page of "miniatures" you posted.Never thought I would need flourless recipes, but hubs male problems has me looking for gluten free and vegan recipes. These biscuits look delicious, Jackie!Many thanks for your always interesting contributions to All Seasons. hope for you the weather will look up soon!

  7. The subway renovations look great! The book exhibit also looks fascinating :) Have a great week!

  8. I walked through that area in January and wondered if it would ever be done.


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