Loving…

There are very few things more terrifying than realizing that half of another year has gone by. It’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it type thing that gets me every time. On the other hand, it’s also pretty indicative of all the great, not-so-great and indifferent things that have happened in the past 6 months.

Listening:

Two Frenchmen rocking it out, 70s style, with Pharrell. It doesn’t really get better than that.

Wanting:

This double-painting from Urban Barn.

bike

Craving:

This super simple and delicious raspberry-rhubarb pie.

pie - strawberry/rhubarb

Fruit pies are one of the best things to “master”, in my opinion. The crust recipe can remain largely the same (my favourite remains the one I referenced here and here – it is dangerously delicious), and you can get creative with the filling. You just need to follow the rule of 3/4 cup sugar + 3/4 cup flour + vanilla extract (1 tsp) + enough fruit to fill the pie and be properly covered by the sugar/flour mixture. In this case, I used a container of strawberries and about 350g of rhubarb. To add a little extra goodness, I like to paint the crust with melted butter and sprinkle sugar over top before putting it in the oven (typically at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and left for about 20 minutes or until the filling starts to bubble).

Using:

PicLab and Snapseed – by far my two favourite iPhone apps for adding font to photos and editing them, respectively.

Relaxing:

This weekend for Canada Day. Extra-long long weekends are the best… Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canucks!

muskoka chairs in muskoka

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Loving…

With a quick two-day jaunt to Ottawa for a certain someone’s graduation (my boyfriend is a master, y’all!), this week has flown by. And, judging by my evening plans over the coming weeks, seems like summer time is in full swing once again.

Listening:

This song makes me think of a cooler, slightly rainy night by the beach. I’ve been hearing it on the radio a lot lately and it’s made its way onto a few playlists already.

Craving:

I have mentioned Town restaurant before (when I said Ottawa is a foodie delight), and the celebratory lunch we had the other day more than lived up to my internal hype of the place. The food is beyond delicious, but there is one particular dish that I could eat over and over again: Mortadella Crostini. I don’t actually have a picture of it (I did find one taken by a Yelp user), but it’s meaty, it has nuts, it’s on toasted bread and it comes with an egg (in sandwich form) – I don’t think I need to sell it any more. One of my favourite dishes of all time, hands down. I sure will miss it!

Anticipating:

Hitting the golf course with my dad on Sunday for a nice round of golf and some cold beers on Father’s Day!

Wanting:

To finally take the plunge and buy a camera. I think my iPhone has taken me as far as it can…right now, I’m looking at something in the Canon family (aka “the known entity”). I like the Rebel series, and their new EOS SL1 seems to be super lightweight and offers the right digital SLR qualities I’m looking for.

Loving:

This view of my fair city (taken last weekend from a boat my friend rented for his moving away party!)

toronto skyline

 

Happy Father’s Day and have a great weekend, everyone!

Loving…

The day spent outside yesterday at the Arts & Crafts Field Trip Festival. 2013 marks the 10 year anniversary of this amazing Canadian label (which launched acts like Broken Social Scene, Feist, Metric and Bloc Party) and they put on an incredible party to celebrate. Held at Fort York in downtown Toronto, the festivities took place on Saturday from noon until 11pm, and included some amazing collaborations: Uber Toronto and Scion Canada got together to offer free rides to the festival (a sweet perk in and of itself, but there was musical trivia as you rode and getting 5 songs right meant you get a ticket upgrade to VIP – which came with its own viewing area and food stations), Toronto Underground Market offered up a ton of awesome food all over the venue (from food trucks like Gourmet Gringos and Caplansky’s to food vendors like La Carnita and The Saucy Pierogi) and the Drake General Store and various Etsy vendors were on hand in case you wanted to commemorate the day with shopping.

After a Friday that had us waking up to a very punctured car tire which had to be replaced, this festival was a welcome distraction. Oh, and beach chairs? Best investment ever for day-long events.

field trip festival

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Loving…

Not to be a cliché or anything, but can you believe it’s June 1st tomorrow!? We are almost halfway through the year. I guess the old saying of “time flies when you’re having fun” rings true. Now that I was able to crack out my first skirt/t-shirt combo of the season, I’m finally starting to get excited about summer. There will be a lot going on over the next couple of months, not least of all my upcoming birthday (disclaimer: it’s still about a month and a half away, but I like to start the countdown early).

Listening:

Without fail, this song is always in my top 5 favourites. The ups and downs, and Eddie Vedder’s voice, make it such a dynamic track – I can listen to it on repeat for hours.

Reading:

Anything and everything I can about gardening. I tried to plant the indoor mini-herb garden I got as a housewarming gift and it’s been 48 hours, with nothing sprouting. Either I did it wrong or I just don’t know how long sprouting should take. Thus, trying to educate myself.

There should be a question mark here...

There should be a question mark here…

Craving:

Macaroons from Bobbette & Belle. Oh, and their cupcakes, too.

b&b macaroons

Planning:

To get some things done around the house this weekend. And finally try Ed’s Real Scoop – how  have I not yet tried the ice cream that is literally around corner from me!? Something about summer makes me want to eat dessert, which kind of goes against the whole “bathing suit season” mentality. Go figure.

Happy June, everyone!

Loving…

I don’t know how it happens, but there are certain weeks where it feels like I barely see the inside of my own house. The last week has been busy with the long weekend, lots of friends visits, and work creeping up, but I’ve loved getting more and more into the swing of summer (even though we have yet to do much to our balcony…soon, though!)

Listening:

In honour of the Cannes premiere of Ryan Gosling’s new film with the director of Drive, I’m re-listening to the amazing soundtrack from that wonderful movie. The pseudo-80s, techno feel of the songs is all sorts of right. While I’m hoping that the new collaboration – Only God Forgives – will be as epic, it got negative reviews so far (who boos Ryan Gosling!? I mean, really!?)…

Decorating:

My iPhone case with these tongue-in-cheek stickers (made from REAL wood!). Thanks, Alli, for sharing these with me.

From Indigo

From Indigo

Craving:

Some food truck food (thinking: Toronto Underground Market (TUM) style). There’s something about food on-the-go from a quality vendor (not hot dogs) that just makes my mouth salivate. I was so happy when I heard that there would be food vendors at the Field Trip Festival in June – can’t wait!

Wanting:

A bathroom tray to hold the odds and ends that seem to accumulate…as simple as it may seem, I’ve been on the hunt for one for quite some time.

c/o West Elm.

c/o West Elm.

Happy last weekend of May (where does the time go!?)!

Loving…

You know what’s not fun? Getting sick twice within a month, AND when it’s just starting to get warm out. Total first world problems. On that note, though, I am excited to get this weekend started.

Listening:

I heard this song for the first time in “Pitch Perfect” (a movie I will fully admit to watching more than once), but I have liked whatever I heard from the Naked and the Famous in the past. Their songs remind me of driving in the summertime with the windows down and shades on.

Craving:

A pie…like this

pie

Planning:

A big spring cleaning! I definitely have to do something about my hot-mess of a closet situation (make room for new clothes?), and now’s the perfect time. One thing about cohabitating is that you suddenly have half the clothing storage space you used to have…

should i stay or should i go

Wishing:

All the mommas out there the HAPPIEST Mothers Day! I know it’s said time and time again, but they are amazing and I don’t know how they do what they do. Mine especially – she’s pretty awesome!

Last year's high tea celebration at MoRoCo.

Last year’s high tea celebration at MoRoCo.

Loving…

I’m calling it – it’s officially patio season! We couldn’t have asked for a better week of weather – it’s like we forget what warmth feels like sometimes, but I am so glad it’s that time of year again. This weekend, I hope to get started on getting that balcony of ours  cleaned up a little so we can begin enjoying it.

Listening:

One of my absolute favourite covers of all time. It’s been on various  playlists of mine for almost 2 years now, and yet I never grow tired of it.

Reading:

Back issues of Vanity Fair on my iPad. I’m a little behind, but love catching up in week-long binges.

c/o Vanityfair.com

c/o Vanityfair.com

Thanking:

The fine people at BlogTO for doing what they do. I’ve found so many favourites all over the city because of their lists, the most recent of which is my new salon, Flaunt Boutique. I’d been with the same salon for the better part of a decade and, since I now live in quite the opposite direction, I finally decided it was time for a change. I was first-date nervous before going in (a lot can go wrong when it comes to hair!), but the experience was absolutely amazing! Plus, they have this giant sign hanging in the entryway, which made it for me…

flauntboutique

Planning:

The first vacation of the year – a trip out west to Vancouver (and environs)! I am so excited to go away for a week and, more importantly, to visit that part of Canada. I’ve only ever made it as far west as Banff, so this will be a whole new (and promisingly fantastic) world to discover.

Vancouver city and mountains, c/o Wikitravel

Vancouver city and mountains, c/o Wikitravel

Happy Friday – I hope everyone gets outside this weekend, whether it’s to bike, to run or to walk to the nearest ice-cream shoppe!

Loving…

I think we can all agree that the last two weeks have been intense from a “WTF is happening in the world!?” perspective. This weekend will be all about taking it easy, calm, and hopefully enjoying some warmer weather.

Listening:

This song completely makes me think of the Arctic Monkeys, right down to the British accent when singing. Love the altern-rock-punk vibe of this band overall.

Reading:

I’m trying to stockpile a whole bunch of recipes I want to try out this summer, and, as a result, have been spending a lot of time on Spoon Fork Bacon. These ladies do it right – great recipe ideas (like this and this), fantastic photography, and a really fun vibe to their site.

spoonforkbacon

Dreaming:

Of a time when this ridiculous warm-cold-sleet-rain will turn to nothing but warmth so I can crack out the summer attire and commence sitting on patios. Oh, and so I can lounge here…

Planning:

Mother’s Day! It’s coming up on the 12th!

Happy Friday!

Loving…

Listening:

I stumbled on this song through the amazing We Are Hunted app in Spotify (the app was recently bought by Twitter and was launched yesterday as “Twitter #Music“, which is so far a super cool offering). The track reminds me a lot of Vampire Weekend and the almost island feel of the chorus makes me smile every morning on my way to work.

Reading:

Behind the Ktchen Door

I saw Saru Jayaraman on an episode of Bill Maher about a week ago and loved how passionate and knowledgeable she came off. Behind the Kitchen Door is a look at what goes on in the restaurant industry (focused on the US, naturally) behind what we all normally see – the powerful lobby groups, the “sustainability” trend that isn’t very sustainable, and the difficulties restaurant workers have living within the economic system. Really interesting read, especially for someone who frequents restaurants quite a bit.

Cooking:

Dinner tonight or lunch tomorrow will be one of my favourite salads: pear + arugula + blue cheese (with mustard-vinegar dressing). It’s such a refreshing salad with so many different flavours (I like to also add candied pecans for a bit of sugary sweetness to further cut the blue cheese). I’ve been craving it all week, ever since I had a meh salad at work on Monday, and I can’t wait to have it again. Bonus: it’s quick and easy to make and requires very few ingredients. Every time I have a salad, I can’t help but think of this.

My fave! via the Food Network.

My fave! via the Food Network.

Anticipating:

We recently purchased tickets to see The Lumineers on May 2nd, and I seriously can’t wait. Their album is pure perfection for me right now!

Lumineers

Happy Friday and have a lovely weekend!

Loving…

Usually, as soon as Friday hits, all I want to do is look forward to the little things (a book, a song, a trip to Ikea) that I will get to do over the weekend. With that in mind, welcome to the first installment of a new weekly post – Loving…(aka Friday Faves). Here you’ll find a brief list of things that are currently making me smile, or occupying my mind, or are just generally awesome.

Listening:

My “F you, winter!” jam.

Reading:

kelly oxford is my new hero

Kelly Oxford is hilarious in 140 characters on Twitter. She’s equally funny in a more free-form, unlimited book format. I got to meet her at a book signing earlier this week and she’s such a nice, funny woman that I’m an even bigger fan now. I’m almost done with Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar and can’t recommend it enough – if for no other reason than she’s a Canadian and references it proudly (you won’t get a Kids in the Hall callout from any other memoir). Totally in the vein of Tina Fey’s Bossypants and Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) – I love books by honestly funny women.

Baking:

I haven’t made these in a while, but I’m looking forward to whipping up a batch of Zucchini Muffins this weekend for next week. A lot of people make a crinkled-nose face when I mention these muffins, but they are amazingly delicious. Perfect breakfast food, unique flavour and the bonus is that they freeze really well (so you can enjoy for a bit longer).

Love this recipe from Martha Stewart - I would modify slightly by removing the banana and replacing the flaxseed with pecans.

Love this recipe from Martha Stewart – I would modify slightly by removing the banana and replacing the flaxseed with pecans.

Planning:

To plant a springtime, apartment herb garden. I’ve promised myself I will have a green thumb once we get a house (even if it kills me), so I’m going to start practicing now. Thanks to my other-other half (Alli) I’m all set up…

Get ready, pasta!

Get ready, pasta!

Wanting:

To be here right about now…

Paris

“Paris is always a good idea” – Audrey Hepburn

Happy Friday everyone!