Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Love this idea

old mirrors assembled in one big piece, by antique boutique
We have a wall in our mudroom that desperately needs something just to liven up the wall. Originally I was thinking just a mirror, but seeing this I have fallen in love with the idea. Imagine being able to repurpose old mirrors in such a beautiful way. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

A Summery Salad

Today was another really warm, humid day and because it was too hot to cook I decided to try and make a version of an avocado salad that both Mr.T and I love. The original we discovered at Greens Vegetarian restaurant located on the northwest corner of Denison and Dundas Streets, just south of Kensington Market. It is really yummy and while it changes with whatever the restaurant has on hand I wanted to make my own version. 

Avocado Salad

1 Jicama
2 Avocados
1 Red Pepper
2 Tablespoons Lime Juice
1 Tablespoon Chilli Powder
Pumpkin Seeds
Sesame Seeds

Peel and slice the jicama into really thin strips. 
Marinate the jicama with the lime juice for a couple of hours. 
Roast the red pepper on a grill, until blackened. 
Peel the pepper, deseed and slice into thin strips, matching the jicama. 
Lightly toast all the nuts. 
Dress them with the chilli powder

When ready to assemble, add the sliced peppers to the jicama. 
Slice the avocados into long strips and mix with the peppers and jicama. 
Add any greens you have around. 
Dress with the roasted nuts. 
Before serving drizzle with a little apple cider vinegar. 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

A Sunday Walk

Some lovely clematis. 

While it rained last night and this morning, the sun came out so Mr.T and I decided to head out for a nice Sunday walk. We walked south the Spadina, checking out the Winners along the way before heading down to the lake. From there we walked west following the trail to where Strachan met the C.N.E. grounds. 

Strachan looking east at skyline.

We walked north on Strachan then through Trinity-Bellwoods Park before heading up Grace Street to Dundas then College Street. We explored a little of the Taste of Italy before making our way north to Bloor Street, because Mr.T was craving some gyros and the only place he knew that had it was on Bloor Street on the Northwest corner of Manning Avenue called Greek in the Village. The place was a bit of a dump, but it satisfied his craving. We then walked a little east before making our way home for some nice lemon ice. 

Really beautifully designed townhomes on Strachan just south of Queen Street. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Saturday Street Fairs

This morning after picking up our dry goods and veggies at Kensington Market, Mr.T and I decided to head over to the Taste of Italy street fair on College Street. Walking down to Bathurst street we walked through the festival which closed off College from Bathurst to Shaw Street. There was lots of food and while we were early there were a quite a few people out exploring everything the fair had to offer. 

After walking through the festival we walked north to Bloor Street where we caught the subway to Broadview Station. Mr.T heard there was a BBQ festival on the Danforth so we decided to explore it. Sadly, while the street was closed down, you had to pay a fee to enter, which we didn't pay, never knowing how much BBQ either of would eat. We walked through the festival then made our way back on the south side of the Danforth hugging the shadows to stay out of the sun. 

Walking east on the Danforth, we made our way to Church Street, which was also closed off for an early Pride festival. Church was closed from College to Isabella, and while there wasn't really a lot happening we walked north a little, then walked south to College Street, before making our way home along College Street. 

Retro Selfie

Friday, June 16, 2017

A Hot Friday

Today, Mr.T took another Friday off work and after morning yoga with Mr.D, Mr.V and Mr.M, we walked slowly along Dundas Street. We were both craving the wonderful avocado salad from Greens Vegetarian but they didn't open until 11:30 so we had to wait a bit before they opened. While the salads are subtly different every time you go they are always yummy and the perfect food on a warm day. At the same time Mr.T was playing phone tag with his doctor which was frustrating him. 

After making our way home, he then made his way over to his doctor's while I sat down finally finishing some hard edits on the book about the house. Later after Mr.T came home we walked up to Bloor Street for some sushi at Sushi on Bloor, because it was the only food we could think of eating on a really hot, humid day. Finally, while we were watching the reunion show on RuPaul's Drag Race the heat broke with a summer-like thunderstorm. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

A Saturday Drive

This morning while shopping for our dry goods and veggies at Kensington Market, Mr.D and Mr.Z invited us out for a drive to St.Jacob's. It was promising to be such a beautiful day that it was the perfect day for a drive. While the markets didn't have a lot to offer because it is so early in the season, it was nice to walk around and see everything offered. Mr.T and I had a couple of fish sandwiches before we all made our way back into the car for the drive back to Toronto. 

Mr.T and I wanted to introduce Mr.D and Mr.Z to our new favourite pub, East of Brunswick on Spadina so we parked just a little south so they could try it out. Sadly, the place was packed and we arrived at the same time as a couple of loud, tables so they were not at their best. While our server was young and her inexperience showed it took forever for our food to arrive which didn't make the best impression on Mr.D and Mr.Z. I guess as the place becomes more popular we may have to think of other pub-like options. It was nice however, to spend time with Mr.D and Mr.Z and to get out of the city for the afternoon. The perfect way to enjoy a lovely, summery day.