Saturday, May 28, 2016

A Hot, Humid May Day

As per usual for Toronto, winter gave way to summer with out really a proper spring. The past week every day has been well over 20˚ with the temperature and humidity rising daily. Yesterday after yoga I decided to go for a bike ride down to Cherry Beach and on my way back riding up Parliament I stopped in at the Sultan of Samosas to pick up some veggie samosas for lunch. Riding back home was exhausting because of the heat and humidity and I found myself not wanting to go back out again. 

This morning after making our way to Kensington Mr.T and I decided to head up to the Dollarama on Bloor Street to pick up some tomato cages for the 4 cherry tomato plants we have in pots in the back yard. The cages will help keep the tomato plants from breaking off and moving around. In the garden we have the other tomato plants wrapped around twisty metal poles, also from the Dollarama, but these just don't work in the pots.

(Images: Caroline Aksich)
We then walked back through Kensington back to Seven Lives Paleteria so I could have their pineapple float. It consists of pineapple juice, pineapple soft serve, a maraschino cherry and a little umbrella and is the perfect vegan treat on a hot, humid day. We then walked down Spadina to Home Sense and then Winner's before heading back home because it was just to hot to be out and about. 

For dinner we decided to head down to College Street to try a new take away place called Curry Love. We had been watching as the place renovated what was a small greek place that never really opened before closing last year. The new place is located on the north side of the street between Borden and Brunswick. A small place with the cash located at the front and a service counter than runs down the length of one wall. The place has a simple, clean style with lots of cooking pots providing decoration on the wall behind the counter. 

Like a lot of other quick serve places you choose your base, a selection of rice or roti, then your protein, a choice of curries and then dress that with a selection of available toppings. It is a really good idea and I am hoping it will be quite popular because we were happy with everything that we ordered. I had a roti with shrimp, which while small were really tasty, the thick (peanut) curry with cilantro, basil, carrots and onions. Mr.T opted for some jasmine rice, beef, red curry and most of their toppings. Everything is placed in recyclable containers for take away because there is only one small counter that seats two at best for eating in situ. Because it is a soft opening they are still working out the kinks but I have to say the place has a nice atmosphere and really friendly service. I would love to see the carrots and cucumbers sliced more matchstick style and maybe some chopped peanuts and bean sprouts added to the available toppings. 

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