Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Sunday Drive

One of the beautiful rock fountains at Humber Nurseries

This morning Mr.D invited Mr.T and I out for a drive to the Outdoor Exhibition held out by the airport in the International Centre. The place is a huge collection of exhibition halls surrounded by endless miles of parking lots. While the place is big, the Outdoor show was actually really small, it didn't even fill half of one of the exhibition halls. Mr.D and Mr.Z are looking to rebuild their deck in the backyard and were hoping to find a couple of guys for quotes, but in the end we were all a little disappointed at how little was actually on display. 

Because we were out in the west end of the city Mr.D suggested we head over to the Humber Nurseries to see what they had available. Although it is still early in the season, the weather has been really nice and it encouraged not only us but lots more people to head out there to check out what they could begin planting. Mr.T bought a few hardy herbs and some veggies we can't usually find downtown. We will keep them warm in the mudroom until we are sure we can plant them all in the next couple of weeks. 

After Mr.D and Mr.Z dropped us off at home, Mr.T picked up some falafels for dinner, because I really didn't feel like cooking and we settled in for a quiet night at home. It was nice to get out for a drive on such a beautiful day and to catch up with friend. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Saturday Walk

The industrial chic of the Waterworks Showroom

Although this morning was a little cool, it was bright, and sunny. After making our way to Kensington Market to pick up our dry goods and veggies for the week we decided to walk back through Kensington to Home Sense on Spadina. On the way we spotted a showroom for a new condo development that is going to built over the old Toronto Waterworks building on Richmond Street just west of Spadina. The building itself is a really beautiful piece of architecture with nods to industrial Art Deco in style. The showroom for the new condo, which has yet to break ground, was located through a courtyard, inside the south part of the building. The developers had dressed up the space with that industrial chic style to try and market the appeal of the space and the building. We listened to the sales pitch from a young salesman who peppered his speech with lots of catchy and pithy phrases, and while the prices were insane and there was nothing really for us I was impressed by how they were styling the space. 

After escaping the sales pitch we walked east to Spadina, then to Home Sense and Winners, before making our way north on Spadina. I needed a new glass pitcher for the lemonade I like to make every summer, the old one broke, and I new we could find one at Tap Phong. Whenever we need anything kitchen related it is my goto place to check out first. They have a great selection and I can usually find what I need before looking anywhere else. 

After playing around the garden for awhile and soaking up some much needed sun we decided to walk over to Fiesta Farms on Christie Street to check out their garden centre. While it is still early, they were starting to put out the more hardy herbs and veggies. We picked up a blackberry vine for the backyard and a bunch of seeds that we will plant. Walking back home we wanted to have something for dinner and spotted a poke bar on Bloor Street, Big Tuna Poke Bar. 

While the place is a little hidden it turned out to be a real gem. Located on the south side of the street just a little west of Bathurst Street the awkwardly placed door which sits at a right angle to the street leads into a really small space. The decor is simple and straightforward with exposed brick on one wall and bead board on the other. Along both of the interior walls are bar stools and two counters to have some food. The serving area sits in the back section of the shop while a window lets in a little light from Bloor Street. While the place is small, the food was actually really delicious. They have a number of pre-made poke bowls, with marinated fish on rice or make your own options from a menu of choices. I had the Big Katuna while Mr.T had the Ninja salmon bowl. The food was the perfect combination of flavours for a warm spring-like night and will definitely become one of summer dinner options. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ear Worm

This ear worm, because of this documentary. Funny enough I had forgotten about it all these years, but Boy George's documentary brought back a flood of memories.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A Sunday Walk

Mr.T's a big fan of the new Anne 

This morning was promising to be a really nice day until the afternoon, so Mr.T and I decided to go for a short walk. We walked east along Harbord Street to Philosopher's Walk then up to Bloor Street. We walked east to Yonge Street then south on Yonge Street. I hadn't explored that area for some time and while I knew the area was experiencing condo boom, I didn't realize how drastic were the changes to the actual street. Walking south to College we then walked west to Spadina, making a little detour through Kensington Market before heading home. 

Happy Bunny Day

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Rainy Saturday

This morning turned out to be a rainy day. After making our way to Kensington Market for our veggies and dry goods, we spent most of the day inside because it rained all afternoon. In the afternoon, Mr.T went for a walk to the Dufferin Mall to pick up some toilet paper and paper towels while I spent some time working on my book. I am up to the 1960s and discovered a few of the people from my assessments by just googling their names. It is exciting whenever I discover any other information about anyone in the assessments and as I move further into the late 20th-century I am finding more online information creating for richer portraits of who lived in the neighbourhood. For dinner, Mr.T picked up some sushi from Sushi on Bloor, then we settled down to watch my favourite campy classic for this time of year, The Ten Commandments.