Ryan Adams is Playing Massey Hall in November

Rock Out 20 August 2014 | 0 Comments

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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.

 

Working in Coffee Shops with Friends

In the 'Hood,Totally Random 19 August 2014 | 2 Comments

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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).

 

 

Where I’ll Be On Sunday

Eat Your Face Off,In the 'Hood 15 August 2014 | 0 Comments

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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.

I Took My 3-Year-Old to a Modern Art Gallery… And She Loved It

Get Your Art On 12 August 2014 | 2 Comments

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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.

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Our New Favourite TV Series

A Good Laugh,I Like TV 10 August 2014 | 0 Comments

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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.

Follow-up: Bourbon Lemonade Recipe

Totally Random 24 July 2014 | 0 Comments

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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.

 

 

Wow… Talk About A Vacation Rental With A View

Cool Dwellings,Wanderlust 23 July 2014 | 0 Comments

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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]

What I’ll Be Drinking All Summer Long

Totally Random 16 July 2014 | 2 Comments

I usually drink white wine in the summer, with the occasional beer, margarita or even a gin and tonic for variety. But a couple weeks ago I had bourbon lemonade (pictured above) at Hogtown Smoke with my pal Hilary. It was delicious.

I need to figure out how to make them so I can now drink bourbon lemonades all summer long. Do you have a good recipe? I’ve found some online that suggest using triple sec or maple syrup in addition to the lemonade and bourbon, for sweetness. Or this recipe on The Kitchn suggests using honey bourbon with lemon juice, sugar and water. I guess I’ll have to try a few different recipes to find which one I like best. Sounds like a fun experiment.

Family Day Out at Bluffer’s Beach

City Love 9 July 2014 | 0 Comments

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This past Saturday, Ian, Clara and I went to Bluffer’s Beach. It’s part of Bluffer’s Park (remember this post from 2010?) and it was amazing – seriously the best beach for young kids I’ve seen in Toronto. That’s because it’s man-made. No rocks, no algae… just clean, clear, shallow water with a sandy bottom.  We got there around 10:00am and were able to easily find a parking space (although the lots were all full when we left around 12:30pm – so get there early!). We set up our Sportbrella, put on some sunscreen, and set out to build sandcastles and wade in the water. Lake Ontario was cooooooold but it felt good and refreshing after sitting in the sun. A perfect way to spend a Saturday in the summer, and only a short drive from our house. Toronto is so cool sometimes.

Here are some more photos.

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A New Poster for My Office

Get Your Art On 25 June 2014 | 0 Comments

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I just ordered this print from Holstee – it’s an illustration of Maria Popova’s 7 Things I Learned in 7 Years of Reading, Writing and Living (a post on her delicious BrainPickings blog). It’s going to look awesome on the wall above my computer in my office.

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