Saturday, February 5, 2022

Café-Bar Espresso

February 2022 - Toronto ON

Niagara on the Lake ON

I'm sure everyone has seen the disgraceful debacle over the last week in the Ottawa area due to the Freedumb Convey. If not, you can read all about it here. They have held the city of Ottawa captive with their honking, attacking workers in a mall, businesses have had to close, the window of a coffee shop flying a Pride flag was broken, food was taken from a homeless shelter, ambulances are being prevented from accessing emergency rooms, hospitals are offering to pay ICU nurses a $100 an hour if they come into work as people are terrorized on the street.

Well, now these dumbasses have decided to come to Toronto on Saturday. I hesitate to show their poster but you can see it here.

So the freedumb idiots are now here.

Photo from Twitter.

Thought Andrew would like this - a compilation of Toronto's old CLRV streetcars.

Here is a much longer one 1960s to 2004.

Saturday I had placed an order for pizza kits from our favourite pizza place, Libretto, that features gluten free pizza. The kits arrived mid-afternoon with everything needed, plus a bottle of wine. Each kit contains two pizza doughs, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, oil, chili oil, basil and tomato sauce. Absolutely perfect. 

The rest of the week passed uneventfully. John went to the golf simulator a couple of times. 
I actually went downtown on Tuesday the first time since before Christmas. I went to the $ store and Winners.
The streets are a mess, that snow we got has frozen.

I saw this as I walked through Union Station. Phone sanitizing station.

It is winter at the moment, as I stand in the $ store. Truth is, she probably lives in one of the condos attached to the PATH so she doesn't have to go outside to do her shopping, she has access to several grocery stores, $ store, drug stores, food courts and restaurants, services etc.

Andrew had posted about milk going sour before its expiration date and I said it didn't happen often. Well it did on Friday morning with an expiration date of March 1, so I got dressed, went downstairs and explained to Wren so she said just take another, I did bring her down the sour container later.


Anna is a 2019 action thriller film written, produced and directed by Luc Besson. The film stars Sasha Luss as the eponymous assassin, alongside Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, Helen Mirren, and Alexander Petrov.

I watched the short series The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window. It is a spectacularly bad spoof on psychological thrillers like The Woman in the Window and The Girl on the Train. She is even reading The Woman Across the Lake. So bad, and yet made me smile. I will think of it every time I see a Corning casserole dish!

I also watched a documentary The Mitford Sisters A Tale of Two Sisters, which you can also watch on YouTube.

My Son 2021 - well filmed and acted. But the ending left too many open ends.

MI-5 2015 

The Yards 2000 crime drama/corruption based on true events. Very good and with quite a cast! Mark WahlbergJoaquin PhoenixCharlize Theron, James Caan, Ellen Burstyn, Faye Dunaway.

Traffic 2000 crime drama explores the illegal drug trade from a number of perspectives: users, enforcers, politicians, and traffickers. Stars MIchael Douglass, Catherine Zeta-Jones, James Brolin, Don Cheadle, Luis Guzman, Dennis Quaid.

Alex Cross 2015 based on the 2006 novel Cross by James Patterson and is the third installment of the Alex Cross film series, which was considered as a reboot of the series. The title character was previously portrayed by Morgan Freeman in Kiss the Girls (1997) and Along Came a Spider (2001).

Rhymes for Young Ghouls is a 2013 Canadian independent drama film and the feature-film debut of writer-director Jeff Barnaby. Set in 1976 on the fictional Red Crow Mi'kmaq reservation, it takes place in the context of the Canadian residential school system.
We started the series Babylon Berlin is a German neo-noir television series, based on novels by German author Volker Kutscher. The series is set in Berlin during the latter years of the Weimar Republic, beginning in 1929. It follows Gereon Rath, a police inspector on assignment from Cologne who is on a secret mission to dismantle an extortion ring, and Charlotte Ritter, police clerk by day, flapper by night, who aspires to become a police inspector.


Saturday pizza kit as shown above.

Sunday roast pork, roast potatoes, mashed carrots and turnips, Brussels sprouts

Monday we made the second of the pizzas from the kit.

Tuesday BBQ roast chicken quarters, mashed potatoes and buttered cabbage

Wednesday air fryer pork belly bites with a citrus glaze from the Chasing Flavor with Thai peanut noodles using GF rice noodles. I made this a year ago and said it was delicious so trying not to reinvent the wheel. I also cooked broccoli.

Thursday lamb shepherd's pie with sour cream mashed potato and cauliflower.

Friday because we got up late and had bacon and tomato sandwiches for breakfast I made us a treat for afternoon coffee. Gluten free lemon cheese Danish, very good although I would not say it had a real Danish feel, it is definitely my kind of pastry.

Note to self - add almond extract also spread it a little flatter so you get more of the cheese feeling in each bite.

Steak baked potato (shared) mushrooms


Surprisingly, I enjoyed Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict, a NYC lawyer who dreamt about writing hidden historical stories of women. This book also explained the social hierarchy in New York at the time that I am seeing watching The Gilded Age.

The Heart: Frida Kahlo in Paris anyone who knows me knows I have an obsession with Frida! You can read it here.

Why? Because I was thinking of an embroidery project.


  1. A friend of mine in Cape Breton first alerted me to the Convoy. UGH. And I've been to the Falls in the winter too -- so incredibly beautiful!

    I like the idea of those pizza kits. I've written down a bunch of the shows and movies you watched. I love the Mitfords, so I must find that documentary. Hope you like Miss Eliza better than I did. I should have loved it, but I found it only okay.

    And, finally, Now I want a lemon Danish!

  2. Some of those criminals have come to you from the US, I read somewhere. I'm not sure why they are being let in, though you have plenty of your own. What a mess they are causing. Really unfortunate that nothing is being done to stop violent, anti-social, highly disruptive behavior. By no stretch of the imagination is this a peaceful protest -- it's a parody of peaceful demonstrations from the past.

    best... mae at

    1. You are right, Mae. There are stories about this being funded by American money and one that says this is a rehearsal for a large demonstration in DC. It is crazy that anyone would be flying Confederate flags here.

  3. The pizza kits are a great idea- especially if they include the wine. Stealing food from a homeless shelter??? Is that supposed to encourage people to support their cause? Shame on them.

  4. oh yeah we have stupid people here like that too, more concerned with their own rights than working together as a team, it's pointless trying to reason with them.

  5. As someone living downtown in the capital, I feel under siege. I despise those people. I'm blogging about it on Monday.

  6. I'd heard of this "protest," but didn't understand the full effect of it. It is happening to a lesser degree in the states. too.

    I've heard about the Babylon Berlin shows. I really want Netflix. I was saddened to read that Alex Cross was a bomb.

    Sounds like those pizza kits are worth looking into.

  7. I will need to check out the book on Fridia.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

  8. The horrid great unwashed is still an apt term in 2022. But we are told that calling them as such is not helpful. They are beyond help.
    Thanks for the YT clips. I've saved them for later. I am quite impressed by Toronto You Tuber RMTransit, without always agreeing with him.
    Our pizza delivery place we've used for nearly twenty years perhaps once a month has told us in future it will be a minimum order of $35, and not the usual $23 for a large pizza which we round up to $25 as a tip for the delivery person. We have to rethink.
    Lol, your milk can hardly be going off because of sitting in hot sun on a loading dock.
    I'll watch anything Mitford related. Thanks.

    1. Seriously, Andrew? You can afford the pizza price increase, times have been tough on these businesses!
      I said the same thing to the store owner, it's not like we had a heat wave!

  9. I want to read Miss Eliza's English Kitchen at some point.

  10. The Cafe sign you open your coffee share is a lot of fun. The pizza kit looks fun too, I didn't know that was a thing. The finished product looks tasty. Great coffee post, thanks for sharing.

  11. I'm always on the lookout for something that will make me smile, so I will look for The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window.

    The pizza kit sounds like a lot of fun.

    I've heard a little about that awful protest. Hearing about such things is disturbing to me. It's very sad.

  12. I've never heard of a pizza kit but it sounds very useful. oh yes those truckers! unbelievable stuff. we have protestors too at Parliament House in canberra. Maddening really. I have a frida kahlo and a Mitford sisters obsession. I think i've read every book on the mitfords there is. i will hunt up that doco.
    keep safe


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