Friday, October 30, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Reds Bistro & Wine Bar

I met my friend Karen from university for dinner while I was in Toronto. We went to Reds Bistro & Wine Bar.


To start, we shared the Seared East Coast Sea Scallop, Pan Roasted House Made Bacon, Sweet Pea Puree, Foie Gras And Scallop Boudin, Carrot Relish. Biggest scallop ever. So tasty!


Karen had the Chilled Maritime Lobster Salad with Sweet Peas, Buttermilk Creme Fraiche, Shallot and Mint Vinaigrette, Smoked Ham Hock Terrine.


I had the chicken. Or as they called it, the Breast of Voltigeur Hen with Fennel & Garlic Crust, Smoked Bacon, Wild Mushroom Pappardelle, Roasted Chicken Marjoram Jus. It was amazing! The pasta was very good and the bacon boosted all the flavors.


For dessert I had the Burnt Butter Crepes with vanilla gelato, golden honey and warm peach compote. So good!


Karen had the Cheesecake Semifreddo with stewed cherries, almond streusel and candied almonds.


It was a great meal. Great service and we were able to talk and talk and talk. I'd definitely go there again but probably only for a special occasion... it was a little pricey!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Star Walk Buffet


Last weekend my parents took me, my brother, sister, and her husband out to dim sum. There was also sushi and sashimi, salad bar, dessert buffet at the Star Walk Buffet in Mississauga. It was good and I think Max missed out. Guess he'll have to wait until the next time we go up to Canada.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Eggspectations

I've been to Eggspectations before so I knew that it was pretty safe to take my Mom there for breakfast. An added bonus is that since we went to the Toronto location, you could get peameal bacon as a side. YUM!

My Mom had the smoked salmon eggs benedict, which came with cantelope, asparagus, toast and potatoes. She only ate about half because it was so much food!



I had the banana crepes with banana sauce. I ate most of the peameal bacon but my Mom had a piece as well.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Chefs' House- George Brown College

Another great meal!

My Mom and I went to The Chefs' House- George Brown College for lunch as part of our trip to Toronto. The prices are very reasonable and the food is fantastic. The only disclaimer is that you need to be patient for your meal. Not only is the kitchen staff mostly students, but the wait staff as well.



There was freshly baked bread to start. Crusty on the outside, soft on the inside, and warm. Served with whipped butter.



I had the onion soup, which was good but a little greasy.



My Mom had the crab cake, which she seemed to enjoy very much.



For the entree, I had the house made pappardelle pasta with braised duck, parmesan and pine nuts. The pasta was fantastic!




My Mom had the grilled salmon fillet steak with feta, cucumber, and olive salad. She really liked her dish as well and completely cleaned her plate.



For dessert we both had the Ontario apple strudel with caramel sauce and cardamom ice cream. The ice cream was delicious and the strudel pastry was so light and flaky that I am sure that it must be made fresh on site.



A great meal and I would definitely go there again.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Mercatto

Went with my Mom as part of our trip to Toronto. Great meal! Thoroughly enjoyed our antipasto plate of garlic fire roasted peppers, marinated & charred artichokes with pecorino cheese, bresaola, Niagara proscuitto, burrata, and taleggio.



We also shared the gorgonzola, fig & arugula pizza and the gnudi. The pizza was my favorite.



My Mom was very impressed with their cappucino - very frothy!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Cellphone service at Metro stations

Oh no! I hope it will not expand to the trains as well. It would be fine if it was just for checking email but having all those people talking on their phones all at once (and you know they will!) - it could make commuting even that more unbearable. Who's in for teleworking??

Read more of the story here.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

More rows

Made some progress on the baby blanket...

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Also working on a steelers scarf for a certain little boy. More on that later.

Monday, October 19, 2009

On the couch

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My Mom has her blanket and it's on the couch. She seems very happy with it... though "it could be larger..."

For now, I'm working on the baby blanket that has become my travel project.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Driving update

Two achievements yesterday:

1) Drove through my first bit of construction. Not letting people in was just as stressful as actually passing the construction itself but I handled both parts fine.

2) Drove into my garage. A tight fit but I did it! No problem.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Hodology KAL



On Saturday, I was contacted by Karen Gilbank, president of the Fraser Valley Knitting Guild

I just love your hat pattern! In fact, loved it so much, that our Fraser Valley Knitting Guild (a group here on Ravelry) are going to have a Knit along with it! It is a very clever little hat, that should see some more action. It is perfect for those wanting a little more cable work. Thank you so much for sharing such a lovely pattern with Ravelry. We are a small, but growing knitting guild in Surrey/Langley area of BC Canada, just outside of Vancouver.

I'm so psyched!

Here's the link if you're interested in joining the knit-a-long.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

BRABO

Great food, and they make a great cosmo too! The restaurant is lovely and the service is wonderful. Is there a better way to celebrate a milestone? Sorry for the grainy photos. I forgot my camera so we took the pictures using Max's phone.

Duck confit raviolis with green Peppercorn and orange cognac sauce


Roasted chestnut soup with housemade venison sausage



Seared Chesapeake rockfish with potato gnocchi, baby artichokes, and wild mushrooms



Moroccan spiced lamb tenderloin with almond mint couscous and roasted red pepper sauce



Spiced pear Pomegranate cobbler with black Pepper ice cream



Brabo Belgian waffle with cinnamon apple compote and apple butter ice cream

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Colour

Look at this colour!

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I love knitting with this yarn and it's perfect with this pattern... the colours change gradually from the beginning to end of each row... and so does the thickness, which I also really like. Adds texture. The ball is probably about half the size it was before I started and the project is about 8 inches wide when it's really stretched. I'm guessing that it will end up as a scarf rather than a Shawl but it will be a great accessory!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Driving update

This morning I drove to work. Despite having to wear sunglasses because of the sun in my eye, the stop and go because of traffic, I did fine! Sweaty, but fine.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Feather and fan

I finally decided to make something for myself. Using the yarn I bought in Lancaster in June, Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball. It's fingering weight but I'm using a size 8 needle to extend it. Hoping for a shawl but might only be a scarf. We'll see.

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Easy stitch pattern. Cast on lots of stitches so each row is very long.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Fall in Lancaster

This weekend, Max and I went up to Lancaster, PA with our friend Missy to run a 5k race and spend some time with her family. It was a busy weekend - and a lot of fun!

Hands-on House 5k

Day started out very foggy but the sun came out just before the race started. Great weather throughout!




Official Results
230/360 Max 31:29
231/360 Missy 31:25
324/360 Liz 38:55
323/360 Nicole 39:16

In the afternoon, we all went to Missy's nephew's soccer game to cheer him on. Afterward, the girls and guys split up to run some errands to get dinner on the table. I drove the girls to the grocery store and then back to Missy's sister's house. No problems! After dinner we roasted marshmallows on a campfire. Yum!