Saturday, October 17, 2020

Take Out Only

 Weekend Cooking is now hosted by Marg at The Intrepidead Rer!

October 2020 - Toronto ON

Adelaide West Toronto 

I am bored with counting the self-isolation weeks (32) in the title! So I will track the weeks here and write more inspiring titles, food related.

I should have kept with the self-isolation weeks as a title since we are back in a modified lockdown!!! Indoor dining of any sort is closed for a month. Even food courts, although you can pick up your food, there is nowhere to sit.


This makes me sad. I spent most of my working years in Toronto using the PATH.
Even now it is my favourite way to get around downtown, no traffic and idiot drivers, no smokers.
For those who don't know Toronto's PATH:

The PATH is a mostly underground pedestrian walkway network in downtown Toronto that spans more than 30 kilometres of restaurants, shopping, services and entertainment.
The walkway facilitates pedestrian linkages to public transit, accommodating more than 200,000 business-day commuters as well as tourists and residents. The PATH provides an important contribution to the economic viability of the city’s downtown core.

But sadly in these pandemic times it is deserted underground. BlogTO recently published this sad commentary.

Another sobering article about the impact of Covid and it became clear the burden of the illness is being carried by racialized communities, Black communities, people who are vulnerable and poor,” said Safia Ahmed, executive director of Rexdale Community Health Centre (RCHC). “So the rest of us can stay home, these people find themselves in situations where they contract COVID. People are worried about rent, about food. These people don’t have the luxury to take time off work. What systems do we put in place to support people like that?”

And then there's this, south of us...


We don't normally go out on the weekends but it was a gorgeous day so we headed out early 10AM and took the car. We're staying away from public transit during this first week of modified lockdown.
I usually put together a plan of where we are going for this kind of outing.

First stop was Chester Hill Lookout. How did we live in the east end for all those years and not know about this.
Get a great view of the Don Valley Parkway and the downtown core from Chester Hill, located off Broadview, north of the Danforth.

Brick Works - look at those murals we have to check out!

Some of the houses in the neighbourhood.

Back in the car driving down Broadview.

Parked on Queen St. East which is getting very gentrified. 

We are now in a neighbourhood known as Riverside.

Check out these balconies. The building has been converted into condos.

The very renovated Broadview Hotel, on our list to try once we can dine indoors safely.

A coffee stop.

We had their lovely patio to ourselves.

The Conboy Company made the transition from the horse and carriage era to the automotive era since they built composite bodies on Hudson and Rolls-Royce chassis. In the early years of the automotive industry, the purchasers of upscale automobiles often arranged to have the car bodies custom built for them by local firms. Conboy also built the first production bodies for McLaughlin-Buicks on the introduction of that car in Canada. The company evidently did not survive World War I, which curtailed automotive manufacturing in favour of the production of military materiel and vehicles. By early 1916, the building was described as an “unused factory”. By the time the war was over, car companies had become much larger and automotive assembly lines handled the complete manufacturing process for their products.

As you come along Queen Street East from Toronto’s downtown core, you enter Riverside as you come over the Queen Street bridge. Formally named the ‘Queen Street Viaduct’ and affectionately called the ‘Riverside Bridge’, the Viaduct, represents the past, present and future of Riverside. It has always been an important passage to the East end, originally built in 1803 as a wooden bridge operated by the Scadding family, which owned all the land east of the Don from the lake to present-day Danforth. In 1911, the bridge was updated to the steel truss structure you see today, and you can still see the makers mark on the steel trusses that were imported from England. This bridge is also higher in elevation than previous bridges here, and Queen Street on each side of the river was graded higher to meet this new elevation. The bridge greets those who venture into the once-wild east side, where tanneries, glue factories, brick yards and slaughterhouses were sited away from the genteel noses in the west end.

In 1996, the Riverside BIA commissioned a public art project and Eldon Garnet (among others) contributed their artistry to Riverside with the installation of the ‘Time and a Clock’ series. Most notably, “This River I Step In, Is not The River I Stand in” was installed atop the Riverside Bridge. The artwork not only made this an iconic landmark in Toronto but sparked a revitalization of the Riverside neighbourhood and unified the people within the community. The art references the Greek Philosopher Heraclitus’ notion that you cannot step into the same river twice.

Johann Albrecht Ulrich Moll, who adopted the name William Berczy, was born in Wallerstein, Germany, in 1744. Leading a group of settlers to York in 1794, Berczy, an artist, architect, writer and engineer, created the first roads and buildings in the town, built Yonge Street and founded Markham Township. In 1803 he drew the plans for a wooden suspension bridge for this location. It was 33 m long and 7 m wide and of a very advanced design.

On June 5th of 2015, the Riverside Gateway Bridge Project, a 3-year $500,000 capital improvement project was completed to stylishly illuminate the bridge, including the iconic art, each night. The colourful Riverside wayfinding art on the posts you see on each side of the bridge was also added at that time.

This was taken on the way home on Queen St. West, simply because I liked the colour.

Sunday, Monday - Thanksgiving, and Tuesday were spent at home.
We did the increase in cases we are limiting our outings.

John went for a walk.

Instead of the plain green stands for the share a ride bikes they've decorated them.

On our grounds by the lake.

Wednesday John golfed.

I went to get my flu shot at the Atrium and do some shopping.
For the first time they are offering a high dosage for "seniors". I was surprised by the number of young people I saw signing up for their flu shot.

I had planned on checking out the new Farm Boy at College Square but there was a line up.
It was so hot inside I took the outside route to Farm Boy on Bay.

I;m all set for winter. I also got John a hoodie.

The floor contractor and installer came to do the final measurements for our flooring replacement which will begin November 2! I finalized the paperwork for the condo office.

He lifted the threshold to determine the difference in height.

Taken in the afternoon.

Thursday, a rainy, grey miserable morning, John and I headed back to the Rexhall pharmacy in the Atrium so he could get his flu shot as the pharmacist had mentioned that they may soon run out of the high dosage. Then we dropped his old transponder at the Post Office as he had received his new one.
A transponder is a small electronic device that you attach to the interior of the windshield behind the rear-view mirror. It is used for travel on the 407 highway which is a toll based highway.
We went into Winners where I picked up packages of gluten free pizza and cheddar biscuit mixes as they were only $3.99.

Friday was a much cooler but very sunny day. John headed out to golf and I did a quick one hour shopping right downtown near the bus stop. I caught the 12:30 bus and returned on the 2 PM. We were two passengers going and coming.

Decided we needed some ice cream so took a walk.


October 2020 - Parliament St. Toronto

Saturday and we ordered pizza again. We've decided that we will do take-out some Saturdays. Our restaurants are dying with the latest restrictions of indoor dining.

I got the thicker crust this time and it was good.

It is Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and we have been advised to spend the holiday only with those in your immediate household. That works for me as I love cooking a turkey dinner. We had it on Sunday so we can have leftovers on the Monday holiday.

For dessert I used up the strawberries we had and topped them with whipped cream and chocolate.

I don't know if I've posted this substitution chart for eggs before. I often use this because I usually have leftover applesauce from something. I always have bananas frozen in freezer so it is a good way to use these up.
I made this cranberry pumpkin loaf using applesauce to replace the two eggs.
This had the best cream cheese icing recipe.

Wednesday I used the leftover turkey to make a stew with cauliflower, carrots and onions with gluten free cheese biscuits.

Thursday roasted pork and potatoes and carrots.

Friday steak, shared a baked potato, sauteed green peppers, onions and mushrooms.


Thanks to Marg, at The Intrepid Reader Facebook page, for this delightful meme.
As she said, we might have to buy some of these travel guides.

I read an interesting series of essays about Expo 67, I had a season pass for this, the Montreal World's Fair. How I wish we had digital cameras back then!

I tried reading Edna O'Brien's The Little Red Chairs but I couldn't get into it. The plot was so convoluted and the characters so ridiculous.

But then I started Save Me the Plums and I was enthralled.
Ruth Reichl's website includes recipes from the book along with excerpts of the chapters that featured the recipes.


  1. In 2021, I plan to reread all of Reichl's books -- in print or audio, I haven't decided. Don't remind me how horrible it is in the States now; the good news is that number of voters is UP and we can hope, pray, cross our fingers or whatever it takes to change the president. I've noticed quite a lot of Halloween decorations up in our neighborhood -- I think people are just trying to squeeze out a little fun from this year. Cranberry pumpkin loaf sounds WONDERFUL!

  2. Thanks for the magnificence of your post today. I love when I am familiar with so many of the areas, including The Path. In the dead of winter I could get into my car in my summer clothes and drive and park by The Path and enjoy the noon concerts and always run into people I knew.


  3. Great seasonal and fun photos! I'll have to show my husband the photo of the Riverside Bridge. He is a bridge engineer and loves bridge designs and old bribers!

  4. I always enjoy seeing your photos! Food-wise, everything looks and sounds delicious but you have me craving pizza and strawberries with whipped cream and chocolate now! ;-)

  5. I totally enjoyed reading about all things Toronto and seeing all your incredible photos. I enjoyed seeing your trip around the city, the Path, which reminded me of Seattle, but less grunge, and the food. You are on a roll.

    I also feel for the essential workers. They CAN'T stay home, but face life and death circumstances each day they are in the COVID environment. I am so glad you spotlighted them, because they need all the help we can give them.

    Sorry you are back to lockdown. Wish we would go FULL lockdown in the states. Maybe we will IF we take back our country after the election.

  6. Happy Thanksgiving to you! I have only ever cooked a whole turkey once, and it was challenging. It isn't something that we do much hear, although we always have turkey breast at Christmas.

  7. We're starting to wonder about the American Thanksgiving holiday next month. Sounds like good advice, but sad, too. Love the Lonely Planet books and all your other photos! I just finished Save Me the Plums on audio, read by Ruth Reichl herself. Now I've listened to all her books, including her novel Delicious!, except for Not Becoming My Mother (aka For You, Mom, Finally).

  8. You find beauty everywhere, even two sweaters on a shelf. So impressed. My Sunday Salon post with a focus on faith

  9. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! I wish the US had their Thanksgiving earlier as well. I love those pics. The beautiful fall colors are gorgeous. Love how some houses are getting into the Halloween spirit. So sad about PATH being deserted. I hope it can pick back up next year.

    We're staying home as well for Thanksgiving. This will be our first year doing Thanksgiving without family or friends while in the US. I'm trying to look up fun things to bake and make and hope it helps.

    Have a lovely week!

  10. I'm so sad to see that Toronto is shut down again. We do takeout one day a week, just to keep the restaurants going. I wouldn't dare eat at one of our restaurants. There's no telling what these cowboys would do here.

    The "travel" books are hilarious. And a bit sad.

    I can see that you would love the Ruth Reichl books. I loved her first memoir, too.

    Have a great week.

  11. Glad to see some people are getting into the trick or treat season.


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