Saturday, February 26, 2022

Latin Cafe

February 2022 - Toronto ON

Bloor St. W Toronto

We all know that the main story this week is Russia's invasion of Ukraine.


Another big story this week, right after I posted my Chip Off the Old Block post.

Saturday we were glued to the TV watching the police dispel the protesters in Ottawa.

Another quiet week with lots of weather, rain and snow, also quite cold and windy.

We worked on our hobbies, did chores, had an afternoon at the movies.

Tuesday we went out for burgers and some mural hunting but then it began raining and was just miserable.
There was nowhere to park and I realize from the photo that it runs along the wall as well. 

Yes, I am that nerd...

We had a light burn out in the kitchen so John got a replacement package of 3, but they are labelled DAY, he went out again and got more to replace all of them. What a difference, we finally have decent light. After buying three sets of under counter light sets, we don't really need them!

We hung my embroideries in the bedroom.

John decided we should have a tequila shot on Thursday, who am I to say no?


We watched the series In From the Cold, an American spy thriller television series. The series follows a divorced mother and ex-Russian spy, living secretly in the United States, as she is forced back into her old life after the CIA learns about her real identity.

I watched the movie The Most Hated Woman in America, an American biographical drama film. It stars Melissa Leo as Madalyn Murray O'Hair. I knew nothing about this woman or the fight to remove prayer from American schools. I found it interesting and would like to read more about her.

I also watched The Last Czars, a six-part English-language docudrama that premiered on Netflix on July 3, 2019. The series follows the reign of Nicholas II, the last emperor of Russia's Romanov Dynasty, from his accession to the throne in 1894 to his assassination in 1918.

I also watched Halston which I enjoyed because I didn't know anything about him, and it starred Ewan McGregor. It was fun to travel back in time throughout the 70s and 80s and the fabulous fashions.

We watched The Misfits, more than enough said.

The Informer was great. It is a 2019 British crime thriller.

We have a couple more episodes of The Cleaning Lady to watch.

I watched  Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened is a 2019 American documentary film about Billy McFarland and the failed Fyre Festival of 2017.
I would never have bothered with this until I saw Inventing Anna and there is a scene where she is staying with Billy and later makes fun of his Fyre Festival.


Monday I had two over ripe bananas sitting forlornly on the counter. Should I bake or should I freeze (I already have a dozen frozen) or throw them out? I couldn't bring myself to throw them out so I made a  banana cream cheese loaf.
Hot turkey sandwiches and peas.

Tuesday turkey lettuce tomato sandwiches

Wednesday mushroom Bolognese with spaghetti and Caesar salad. We always forget how much we enjoy this, so easy.

Thursday salmon, broccolini, roast potatoes and a mustard sauce (too runny, not much flavour), I should have used my usual Marcus Wareing recipe.

Friday steak, broccolini loaded potato.


I read  The Last Time I Saw You by Elizabeth Berg very quickly, skimming over much of it. Not my taste. It was recommended by a blogger who has very different taste in books than I do, so I shouldn't have been surprised. These characters, in their late 50s were so juvenile and silly.

I started This Little Light by Canadian Lori Lansens, a much better read. 
Taking place over the course of 48 hours in 2024, This Little Light draws readers into a universe of born-again Christians and celebrity worship where abortion is once again illegal and both religion and surveillance run amok.


  1. Ha, ha on the poster at the top. EXACTLY!

    Good job on the kitchen bulbs. Ironically, we too recently discovered "day" bulbs and had the same experience. I had no idea my kitchen could be so bright!

    I've been meaning to watch Halston -- maybe tonight.

    I've been on a thriller kick lately (reviews on goodreads & storygraph w/ quick takes on IG stories/highlights), but they've all been a little meh.

    1. I just can't get over how bright these lights make my kitchen, either!

  2. A weight lifted last weekend here when the police moved them out. I wrote a follow up on it at my other blog.

  3. One of the pictured leaders saves lives. The other finds them quite expendable.

    I don't understand the forty five bags of spinach.

    We throw so little out but I did throw out an over ripe banana. Maybe I should have been more creative...or maybe not.

    1. The spinach pic refers to the fact that when you cook fresh spinach it becomes almost nothing once you squeeze the water out. It has a 90% water content. Buy some, and check it out.

  4. I’m always amazed you get so little spinach out of a pile. Chard can be that way.
    Love the blog banner - frozen falls.

    We have those type of lights and it’s like daylight in here!

  5. Ahhh, the saga of spinach. The labeled light bulbs is intriguing, I have horrible light in my little apartment...

  6. It was gray and cold and miserable here most days last week, too. I'm eager to get out into the warmth and sunshine soon...maybe next week.

    Beautiful mural. We've had two more murals put up in my little town, so there's that.

    I do like the idea of banana cream cheese bread. I've got one old banana here, so maybe...

  7. I am so glad the silliness of the Ottawa trucking fiasco is finished. What were they thinking? And compare their "bravery" to what the people of Ukraine are doing! My Sunday Salon post

  8. Beautiful photos of the mural. Your kitchen and embroideries look great. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.

  9. We went to a town called Sheffield while we in Tasmania and it calls itself the town of murals, and there were a lot! They have a mural competition every year so the murals change regulary too.

  10. Cool mural! I'm laughing at the spinach meme. It's always disappointing to dump a whole bag in the pan and end up with barely anything to eat. :(


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