Kohsin Hong

Images by Toronto artist Kohsin Hong. I love the last one, it makes me think of my office and then I laugh out loud at the cubicle politics. Look at that guy who dropped into the laptop with work frustration! We’ve all been there. I want a print of this to frame for my cubicle, and then if the politics get to be too much I can look at that picture and laugh it off.

Working from home today.

Found via BldgWlf.

Macaron

This is a video for the beautiful Nadège Patisserie. It’s dangerously close to where I live. Another shop that sells macarons in downtown Toronto is Petit Thuet, dangerously close to my work, with an amazing espresso macaron.

My friend Lisa home-made me a giant box of lemon and mint chocolate macarons for my birthday last week. They only lasted 2 days. It was amazing and just what I wanted.

When I was little I remember hearing people talk about these french pastries, these ‘macarons’… I thought, who cares, they aren’t that good. My grandma makes them at least eight times a year! Of course, I was thinking of ‘macaroons‘, those chocolate and coconut mounds that have been brought to every family gathering since before I can remember.

Cheers to foods.

Camp Funtime

This weekend I am going to catch up on some sleep… and also have a pre-birthday party… Not sure that those two go together.

During Mardi Gras last week I had made a ‘recession piñata’* at the office but we forgot to use it so I’m bringing it home to hang up to hopefully then be destroyed/eaten on Saturday. Right now I am eating a Blue Raspberry ring pop that I took from the loot before stuffing it. I’m greedy like that.

In other news: I can sort of whistle now (this is BIG BIG NEWS, for me)! I have to pretend that I am blowing on a make-up brush for it to work, but gosh darn-it it works!

Have a great weekend!

Sidenote: we should start using ‘camp funtime’ as some kind of euphemism. As in, “Hey, what did you and Molly get up to this weekend?”, “Not much, just pitched a tent at ‘camp funtime’ and watched The Shawshank Redemption.”

Image of Deborah Harry found posted in Arcade Agency’s News section. Yonge Street Subway Station, 1966, image from the Toronto Archives, via Blog TO.

*A Recession Piñata: is when you make a piñata out of the most basic supplies available. My version was two pieces of paper stapled together to create a sort of pouch which was then reinforced with more paper and more staples, then hung with a string.

The Butcher

Sorry vegetarians/vegans. I have a weird fascination with butchery and displays of meat. You guys may want to just look away.

Many meats for sale at The St. Lawrence Market in the seventies. Now I’m even more excited for the ribs and peameal bacon I bought yesterday*.

Photos via BlogTO.

*Sometimes I don’t buy meat for weeks, FYI.

Blogtober?

Apparently it’s Blogtober?

I miss my computer. SP has been letting me use hers when she is out, so that’s nice. And on that note, maybe you should visit the internet places of some of my friends because they are awesome…

Seasonal Fruit – Nostalgic film photos from the life of the mysterious Elissa Pearl Matthews (Photo above by her too).

Bicyclette – Follow energetic Paige as she builds an independent fashion boutique from the ground up. Street style meets fairytale.

Iveta Karpathyova Blog – Fashion and photography inspiration plus some of the most fucking amazing fashion illustrations done by Iveta herself.

Pizzaburritto – You’ll find music, baby animals, foods, funnies, boys, Canadiana, and arts things.

Scarf Turbans and Sequin Brassieres – A very detailed account of world travels from the perspective of a fashion grad.

Koolberg – Comedy, culture, music things, and videos that are actually funny.

The Puritan Impulse – Discussions on fashion, lifestyle, film, modernity, feminism… Not safe for work.

Role Models – Inspiring reading about distinguished ladies.

Kavisolo – Music and culture bits and pieces from days and nights in the life of Torontonian, and man-about-town, Kavi.

Bits and Bobs – Sandy Joe photographs her outfits and gives you a serving of wit on the side.

Photo by Elissa.

Eating! Fill in the blank

1. Today for breakfast I ate: Scrambled eggs, home fries, peameal bacon, toast and OJ. My first brunch at Aunties and Uncles.

2. My go to/never fail recipe: French toast. Anytime.

3. Something I eat that other people think is weird is: Peanut butter sandwiches bits dipped in fruit punch.

4. My worst cooking disaster ever was: Often. Usually I am trying out a new recipe, during a time crunch while I am running late for a pot-luck/picnic/barbecue. It is a stressful but fun kind of challenge. I end up doing a lot of substitutions but they all turn out delicious.

5. If I could only eat one flavor ice cream for the rest of my life it would be: Rolo iceream with chocolate bits, caramel and pecans.

6. One food I hate and avoid at all costs is: Bell peppers… because they hate my stomach back.

7. My favorite meal is: Breakfast! Bread, bacon, sausage, eggs, orange juice, french toast, pancakes, waffles, fruit, waffles, potatoes, need I continue?

Fill in the blanks from The Little Things We Do.

Food! Fill in the blank Friday

1. If I could choose my last meal it would be: Thanksgiving dinner, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, broccoli, cheese sauce, and STUFFING.

2. My favorite person to share a meal with is: the people who cooked it with me, or a potluck style antipasto party.

3. The best meal I’ve ever had was: C5 inside the ROM’s Crystal during summerlicious (adventurous) and an amazing steak and potatoes meal from a place I don’t remember in Kitchener (simplistic) AND a delicious pear soup from a middle of nowhere town on the way to New York City.

4. The one food that makes me feel instantly better when I’m having a bad day is: Sour cream and onion Ruffles.

5. My absolute specialty in the kitchen is: Puff pastry and stew… usually separately.

6. The city that has the best food is: wherever home is.

7. My favorite healthy snack is: pita and apricot hummus.

8. In my opinion the nationality which has the best food is: Italian?

9. If I could learn to cook anything in the world (and be really good at it!) I’d choose: macaroons.

10. The most outrageous dessert I’ve ever had was: 3 servings of ice cream. Usually I don’t eat desert, I just go for thirds. Yum.

Fill in the blank Friday from Paper Pastries.

By the way

Did I mention I saw The September Issue, which was amazing and comforting and so blissful that I curled up on my seat and forgot I was in a theatre. Oh yes, and Jeanne Beker was there!

Beforehand we (friends and I, not me and Jeanne) went to 7 West and it was so good. Great little rooms and perfectly spaced tables in a cozy 3 storey house. The drinks were a little more expensive than I am used to but, it redeems itself by being open 24 hours a day seven days a week. I recommend it for a night out or a cute date. Sometimes I get quite pissed when the music in restaurants is so loud I can’t hear anything, but  it was perfect there…

I’ve lived in Toronto for almost 4 years, but I know few hole in the wall places. Share your favorite place?

image: I think from misswallflower