As of Late…

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i’ve been enjoying my ice cream maker

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20120612-202324.jpg the weather has been crazy – lots of rainy days

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20120612-204420.jpgwaffles with Kylie, Kathy, Sean and Cindy

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As of Late

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20120527-182051.jpg kathy threw a fabulous bbq, and i have a new sangrilla recipe as a result. champagne + frozen pinneapple + mango + raspberry oj cubes + peach nectar + malibu rum. None of that sugarey sweetness that comes from soda – just natural fruit yumminess and BOOZE.

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20120527-182257.jpg lovely weekend with buds – brunch with D&M, lunch with the wife, and happy run-ins at SJCB. A new brunch joint to add to the list, and it’s right down the street!

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NYC Jaunt

Last weekend, a quick trip to NYC thanks to a Porter flight sale and an apartment loan by a generous friend. I’d never flown on a friday night before, and was pleased as punch to indulge it the classic free porter booze (they pour you a pint of wine) so I was feeling rather pleasant when we met our handsome buds Mark & Daniel at PDT for a hot dog and some of the yummiest cocktails I’ve ever barely been able to afford. But whocaressowhat?! I had a bourbon that tasted of smoke and bacon and contained the most beautiful giant ice cube I’ve ever seen, with some of my favourite men and chased it with a late night roast beef sandwich. What’s up, new york, i love you.

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Seth, my ultra-generous supa-lovely new-york-boy-version-of-me bud was away seeing his ultra-lovely otherLauren in London, so we got to crash at his amazing SOHO apartment, Rage Mountain, with the killer rooftop view and the giant white loftyness (and the 5 story walk-up to help work off the weekend indulgences). Thanks Seth, you’re the man.

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Saturday was over to Brooklyn for brunch at Egg (Eggs Rothko with a side of roast tomatoes and shaved ham/candied bacon WHAT?!), coffee at Blue Bottle, a very restrained lemonade at the Smorgasburg/Brooklyn Record Fair, Brooklyn Flea (where I was very good, thankyouverymuch). Dinner at Seth’s recommendation, Vinegar Hill House, and further cocktails with Frank and Melody at the Dressy Bessy show. No rest for the weekend warriors.

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Dinner was unreal – I wanted to weep each time a dish ended. My duck breast with rhubarb, kohlrabi, peanuts, oats, and cracklings was just amazing. Kevin had the lamb on smashed purple potatoes with feta, and we split a sweet-bread ravioli with porcini and chickpeas. Seriously, I will from this day forth take everything Seth says as truth. When we finished up with a coconut sesame cake with goat cheese sorbet and pickled rhubarb (and a big glass of Kronan swedish punch) it was all I could do not to fall apart. Kevin had the cheese plate – no shock there. Dude is cheese crazy.

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Sunday was all shopping at the usual haunts (Muji, Uniqlo) and we definitely broke the bank, but the deals were amazing and we never shop so whatever. A trip to the baths with Gord (I guess all of Toronto were in the city if they weren’t at the cottage) and a 3 hour dinner at Bohemian with Mark, Daniel and our new friend Kelly and we were done.

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Flight home was beyond brutal – after 2 days of PERFECT weather, a storm made for a rocky trip back, and we were nearly hit by lightning on the flight which was as scary as it sounds. A few days later, I’ve slept it off and can just think back fondly on the weekend. I hope everyone had a similarly wonderful Victoria Day.

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As Of Late

Breakfasts with K at High Park, trotting out my new ice cream maker to try my hand at raspberry basil sorbet (success!), working weekends at my best gal’s lovely home, a serious shindig complete with oyster bar for the contact photography festival opening at Mjolk, Sunday brunch at home, a lemonade stand, a cinco de mayo dinner date with own of my fave families around.

Busy days, but in the best way – food and friends.

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Weekend Warriors

A box of strawberries, with a tangible sent and an excellent price point, can inspire a whole weekend. Nothing makes me feel as sprightly and springy and the deep blush of a ripe berry, more buoyant than a bowl of freshly whipped cream. Add sunshine, one of Toronto’s best lattes, a birthday present in the mail (ice cream!!), a surprise 50% porter sale that ended in tickets to see one of my favorite bands of all time in one of my favorite cities, some time with old and new friends, a garage sale hosted by my bff, a significant steak, copious amounts of champagne drunk out of jars, a house party/ album release for an old bud, sunday brunch with the prettiest eggs with the husband, an equally rosey dinner at home with my wife – I’m pretty sure I win at last weekend.

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Late Twennies

So, I’m older. Officially in my LATE twenties, if that means anything. Getting older is all skewy for me, because K is always going to be significantly older than me, and make me feel young by contrast. Yet, these youthful musicians I like to work with so much… ya, the gap grows ever larger. I feel like I don’t have many friends my own age, and my perception of where I should be at this point (arbitrary as that is, I know) is pretty much lost on me. My facebook fills up with pictures of sonograms and wedding photos and I don’t know what to think. Is my life all that different than it was when I moved to Toronto? Aside from some better jewelery, not so much. Or is it? Oh, the effects of a birthday are funny.

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I had planned for a big pancake breakfast in the park, but it was grey and cold and threatening rain, so I moved it inside. Which is fine, I would have been such a schlep, as my mom would say. So we did pancakes indoors. It was nice and laid back. I was pleased. Only daytime bday parties for this old gal.

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It’s funny – there are few new additions to my friend circle this year, as well as my ol’ standbys, which I’m tickled about. I have new buds! I am better friends with old buds! My best buds are still there! These are things to be grateful for.

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My birthday coincided with record store day (neat) which because of the day-party thing meant I missed some great bands I love (Plants and Animals, Born Ruffians, Army Girls) but not the one who counted most (take a wild guess). Kev and I also did some shopping at our favorite record store.

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His haul.

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My haul.

20120423-175058.jpg and I got a mix tape – joy!!! There’s nothing I like more than a good mix tape – particularly one with strong transitions. This one’s got good transitions up the yang! Whatever that means; it’s a solid mix. If I get permission from the maker, maybe I’ll share the wealth.

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Easter

I’m a bit under the weather, and not much in the mood to do to much chattering, but I’ll say that I’ve just returned from a lovely (sleep-filled) Easter weekend away in Ottawa with the in-laws. Yummy home-cooked meals, chillin’ out with the bro-in-law, walks around suburbia, reunions with old friends (hi Robyn!!) and much-needed sleep. Which is great, because the next 2 months are bananas busy. Hope you had an equally peaceful weekend.

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