why he thought this was a good idea...

I think this is the first time I've seen Felix up on the dining table. He only made it up there because I was in the process of vaccuuming and a chair was pulled out. That basket is Phoebe's. Mimin has one on the other side of the table next to my laptop. Phoebe is almost too big for it and she's HALF the size of Felix (or less). Why a 22 lb cat thought curling up in that basket was a good idea is beyond me. 


Latest music obsession




I have been a big fan of the Toronto shop Mjölk (owned by John Baker and Juli Daoust) and their blog Kitka for a long time (I've featured them in blog favourites posts many times in the past). Every so often I preuse their online shop to see what incredible new items they have in stock. If you dig Scandinavian, you'll certainly dig their shop. Here are my latest favourites. 


Holy sh*t


Back Lane Café - this time in person!

Back in November I blogged about a new restaurant that opened up here in Ottawa, a couple minute drive from my place in the 'hood of Hintonburg. It's called the Back Lane Café, and last night I finally got a chance to enjoy a meal there, with my husband and parents. It was FANTASTIC, and I think it's my new favourite restaurant in the city.

It's a fairly small restaurant and VERY busy so do make a reservation (which you can only do online which is convenient). Their online system goofed when I made our reservations so we were told we had to sit at the bar. This turned out to be a very much welcomed booboo as we quickly realized the best place to sit is at the bar. We were given the corner seats to facilitate conversation among the 4 of us which was perfect. Once settled we dug in. My mom wanted a diet coke, and to our shock we were told they did not carry pop, but they did have spritzers made from homemade syrups. My mom was in heaven. I had an incredible raspberry cosmo.

I was so hungry and so excited to eat I forgot to take photos of our appetizers, which of course were scrumptious. For the main course I chose a pizza with shrimp, fig and capicola. YUMMY! My husband chose steak (with to-die-for chips and cauliflower sides). My dad also chose a pizza and my mom had halibut. Each of us loved our choices. (We were a couple minutes into the dishes when I realized I need to snap some pics).

I was far too stuffed to select a dessert (which is highly unusual for me) but of course my dad and husband had room, choosing a pumpkin pudding and a chocolate bar. Again, both were heavenly.

This restaurant was awesome. The staff and owner were super friendly, the décor and ambiance is gorgeous and perfect, and the food was phenomenal. I am SO going back soon!