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. 

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