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A thrifty weekend

The husband and I drove around the outskirts of Ottawa yesterday and found all kinds of great stuff, which is not typical because thrifting around here typically blows. Aside from a dresser we are converting into a sink cabinet and a wrought iron floor vent that I did not photograph, here is what I found:

Plant stant/ashtray? from Rideau Antiques for about $28. 

Steel industrial office cabinet from the Almonte Antique Market for $60. 

Brass lamp from the Gore Street Flea Market in Perth for $76. 

Beautiful dark toned Jesus and Mary portraits for $70 also from the Gore Street Flea Market.

West German plant pot and vases, stoneware vase, Hornsea small black vase, brown bowl, silver vase/goblet/?, Alvar Aalto glass vase.


Sometimes it isn't just about the ceramics's the man behind the ceramics


Eric Landon is a Danish-American ceramicist and co-founder of the Tortus Copenhagen ceramics studio in Copenhagen. I could watch him all day. :) And as a bonus, he actually is talented and his ceramics are gorgeous. 


Listen to this


New in my living room....

....details and more photos coming next week!


Carben Food + Drink

Sunday was husband's birthday so he chose to go to a restaurant we had been wanting to try since it opened. Carben Food + Drink is located on Wellington St. about a 5 minute drive from our house. It's simply designed and I have always loves the space because it's quaint and has large windows along the road for great people-watching over the warm summer months. 

Lights are by Muuto and Bend, from The Modern Shop. The chairs are the Emeco Broom by Philippe Starck from A Modern Space (they are SO comfy - would make for awesome patio chairs). 

We started with some cocktails. I had the 'I Want Moore' - 100% Rye + honey syrup + coconut oolong tea + coconut. Jeff had 'The Mexican' - tequila + lime + agave syrup + prosecco.

My beet salad appetizer was so gorgeous I didn't want to eat it. But of course i did. :) sheep's milk yogurt + pickled & raw beets + cucumber mint purée + fresh peas + puffed amaranth + pearl onion petals + pistachio brittle + chili oil. This was fantastic. 

Jeff's main was scallops - beet splash + blood orange + compressed rutabaga + chai tea figs + pork belly. He loved it. 

My main was sturgeon loin - foie torchon + caramelized onion purée + arugula + radish + lemongrass asparagus + black garlic aioli. This was yummy, but I was a bit disheartened about the portion size. 

Jeff's main was the short rib - espresso celeriac purée + red pepper gel + pearl onion + sun chokes + leeks + smoked potatoes + jus. He loved this too. 

My dessert was really good - 'Bananas On The Side' - chocolate sponge + nutella mousseline + roasted banana ice cream + caramelized bananas + coconut gel + soft banana wafer + honeycomb.

Jeff's dessert was 'The Orange Carrot' - swiss carrot cake + guava splash + vanilla cream cheese ising cloud + orange blossom water + guava jelly cubes + cinnamon feuilletine + asian pear and thyme sorbet + carrot lace tuile 

I wore head to toe Rick Owens. Because I had a cold and Rick always makes me feel better. :)