This past weekend, Clara and I did a little craft project together. Or, more accurately, Clara fluttered in and out of the room while I did the craft project (she’s only 3.5 so her attention span isn’t very long). We did a Cate and Levi “Be the Maker” kit, and made a dog hand puppet out of reclaimed wool. It took about 4 hours from start to finish, and I used my sewing machine (it would take longer if you were hand stitching the whole thing). Now that it’s done, Clara loves playing with her new puppet!
Ian, an avid home-brewer, is participating in Indie Alehouse’s Home Brew Tap Takeover for the second year in a row. He’s been working on a beer of his design for the past month or so with Jeff (head brewer at Indie, and pictured with Ian above) and it will be available next Sunday, September 14 in a special session from 1-4pm at Indie’s Barrel House. Last year the event was packed, so this year they decided to sell tickets in advance. Read more about the event and book online here. And if you’re going to be there, let me know so we can say hi!
Image above of Ian and Jeff Broeders, and Ian’s beer from last year’s Home Brew Take Over. That’s not this year’s recipe – it’s a secret!
I cannot wait until the Drake Devonshire Inn opens later this month (it’s a hotel in Prince Edward County, by the same people who made the Drake Hotel in Toronto). They released some sneak peek photos of the new hotel, and it looks fantastic. See all 32 sneak peek photos here.
Their website isn’t set up for reservations yet, but you can call and book by phone for anytime after September 15.
Ryan Adams is playing Massey Hall on November 12 and there’s a LiveNation presale tomorrow at 10am. We’ve seen him live a few times, and it’s always amazing. Watch him perform his latest song on Jimmy Fallon’s website here.
PS – Did you know that Ryan Adams is married to Mandy Moore? You know, from Tangled? That baffles me somehow.
I’ve been feeling unmotivated at work lately, and have been procrastinating and slacking off. I think it’s end-of-summer malaise. To shake things up a bit, I wrote to a couple of friends who also work from home, and asked if they’d like to meet up in coffee shops and work there instead. The change of scenery is great, and casually co-working with friends is fun. Today we’re at Brickyard Grounds in Leslieville (pictured above).
My neighbourhood, Leslieville, is totally the place to be in Toronto on Sunday. The Leslieville Flea will be on at the Ashbridges Estate, and the Leslieville Farmers’ Market is just down the street. Hitting up both is always a treat, but this Sunday August 17 is extra special… it’s “BaconFest” at the Farmers’ Market. There’s a competition featuring chefs from the Ceili Cottage, The County General Riverside, Glas, Rashers, Skin + Bones, East Side Social and more. You know where to find me on Sunday!
PS – This is my 800th blog post. EIGHT HUNDRED. Whoa.
Last Saturday morning, Clara (almost 3.5 years old) and I went on a date in the city. I wanted to check out the Toronto Flower Market, on Queen Street near Ossington. I realized that was near the new Artscape Youngplace building, where Penelope Stewart’s Vanitas exhibit was on display at the Koffler Gallery. A friend works at the Koffler, and she told me the exhibit is family-friendly. So I thought, what the hell, I’ll take the kid.
Ian and I have been watching the most delightful television show. It’s called Moone Boy and it’s by Chris O’Dowd (remember him? The cute guy with the Irish accent from Bridesmaids? Kristen Wiig’s love interest? Yeah, him). He plays the imaginary friend of a pre-teen boy who lives in a small town in Ireland with his 3 older sisters, parents, and goofy best friend in the early ’90s (the costume designer NAILED it). O’Dowd created and co-wrote the series, based on his own childhood in Ireland.
The only downside is that it’s really difficult to Moone Boy. It aired on Sky in the UK, and then disappeared. We’ve been watching it on this weird/awesome channel that comes for free with our satellite package. They don’t have it at the Toronto Public Library. If you’re in the States, you can watch it on Hulu (there’s the Hulu trailer below), but it’s nowhere in Canada. If you happen to come across Moone Boy anywhere… rent it, download it, buy it. And then let me borrow it.
Last week I wrote about wanting to make bourbon lemonades, so Kinnon and I gave it a whirl on Monday night. We followed the Smitten Kitchen “Vermontucky Lemonade” instructions and used bourbon, water, lemon juice, and maple syrup, and they were amazing. Here’s the recipe:
Mix in a pitcher:
1 cup lemon juice (if you’re too lazy to squeeze lemons, get the good stuff at the grocery store)
2.5 cups cold water
0.5 cups maple syrup (again, use the good stuff)
Put ice and however much bourbon you want in a glass, and then pour the lemonade mixture over top to fill your glass. Stir slightly, and enjoy. Mmmmmmm. We used Bulleit Bourbon, and next time we’ll try Knob Creek or Four Roses.
Here are two vacation rental properties (link one and link two) I found on Airbnb recently during one of my semi-regular wanderlust-induced browsing sessions. These are both in Muir Beach, California, which is only about 15 miles from San Francisco. Could you imagine relaxing on the deck of one of these places and looking at that view?!? Dreamy.
[first 2 photos from this rental property; last 3 photos from this rental property]