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Saturday
Feb222014

New (to me) restaurant

Last night my husband and I went to Taylor's Genuine Food & Wine Bar on Bank St. for dinner to celebrate his birthday. Neither of us had been there before but I had read some reviews that said the food was awesome but it was a bit pricey. I would have to agree with those reviews. The food was phenomenal, and I think the only negative thing I would say is that for the price, I'd expect a bit larger portions. But we left comfortably full and basking in the joy of the experience. It was damn good food. And we would absolutely have dinner there again. (The service was great too - our server, John, was great. He thought my husband's jokes were a hoot and called me Madame, much to my horror).

When I had reserved online, I added a comment that it was my husband's birthday. When we sat down we were handed gratuitous glasses of champagne to celebrate. A nice touch. :)

We split an appetizer of beet salad = Beet puree, roasted and pickled beets, goat cheese panna cotta, granola, cider vinny. This is a first - they actually split it on 2 plates. SO what you see above is my half. Again, nice touch. :) And it was phenomenal. (We heard the folks next to us ask where the amazing goat cheese was from = Micha in Papineauville)

My main was phenomenal. Pan seared Nova Scotia scallops and braised pork belly = Potato puree, baby turnips, bacon, purple carrots, spaghetti squash, jus. The crust on the pork belly was orgasmic and the scallops were cooked to perfection. MMMMMMMmmmm.

My husband had bacon wrapped Mariposa pork tenderloin = Potato croquette, parsnip and apple puree, brussel sprouts, sunchokes, kale, fleuron, jus. He LOVED it. 

My dessert was sticky toffee pudding = Calvados caramel, house apple caramel ice cream, apple chip. I am not a fan of really rich desserts, so this was fantastic because it was nice and light - a first for any toffee pudding I've ever had. 

Hubby's dessert, complete with candle was tiramisu our way = Chocolate espresso panna cotta, white coffee ice cream, coffee soil, mascarpone clouds, candied nuts, meringue chips. I don't really get what this has in common with tiramisu but whatever, it went down really quick, and every last morsel. 

Thank you folks at Taylor's Genuine - you made my husband's birthday memorable. See you soon. :-)

Sunday
Feb162014

Goodies from Mexico

I brought back some goodies from my vacation in Mexico. I've been to Puerto Vallarta about 8 times, so I'm sort of running out of things to bring back as all the shops seem to carry the same things year after year. This time we took a day trip to Sayulita (I had been there once before) where despite it being a fairly small town, I always leave with more stuff from there than my entire trip to PV. There were a ton of items in art gallery-type shops I would have loved to bring home but my house is over crowded as it is. Hopefully on my next trip I'll have a new house. :) I'll do another post of the trip in general, but in the meantime here's what I picked up for the house. (Clothing etc. I featured on closet rivalry here).

My favourite find this trip - a wooden chihuahua skeleton from Galeria Alpacora.

More Oaxacan black pottery. I already have a larger skull, vase with lid, rosary and wall hanging. Love this stuff. And it's cheap. 

A blanket bought from a guy on the beach in Sayulita. The only complaint I have about Sayulita are the amount of Mexicans that harass you on the beach to buy their wares.

There was a fantastic little store just over the bridge into the town that I don't know the name - I bought this rug there. The owner told me she gets these from a woman who makes them on the beach and she gives her crap all the time for being out in the sun. 

I bought this little mobile at the same shop as above - made from bits and pieces found on the beach. 

Some driftwood from the beach in Sayulita. 

And you cannot leave Mexico without an obligatory bottle of pure vanilla. Sure beats the shit they sell in grocery stores here. 

Tuesday
Jan212014

Living cube

LOVE THIS!!! Swiss designer Till Könneker moved into a apartment studio without storage room. So he made a minimalistic cube design with a shelf for his vinyl collection, TV, clothes and shoes. On the cube is a guest bed and inside is tons of storage space. He's brilliant. And I want his log rug! (Thanks to my BIL for this link from Treehugger)

Sunday
Jan122014

WOW

These are a bunch of kids...

Thursday
Jan092014

cool and tiny student digs

A big thanks to Debora for sending me a link to this very cool student housing unit build by Swedish architecture firm Tengbom. To meet the needs of students in a sustainable, smart and affordable way was the key questions when Tengbom in collaboration with students at the University of Lund was designing this student unit of 10 square meters. In 2014, 22 units will be built and ready for students to move into. The area in each unit is reduced from current requirement, 25 square meters to 10 square meters through legal consent. This truly compact-living flat still offers a comfortable sleeping-loft, kitchen, bathroom and a small garden with a patio. Through an efficient layout and the use of cross laminated wood as a construction material the rent is reduced by 50 % and the ecological impact and carbon footprints is also significantly reduced. I would LOVE this in my backyard as my new office! (Photos by Bertil Hertzberg)