April 2, 2012 § 14 Comments
Saturday morning | thriving succulents | earth hour
hash skillet | brunch at Barque
I don’t have much to report from this weekend other than the usual schtick. It was low-key and wonderful, with a touch of party thrown in for good measure. I bid two of my best friends goodbye as they take off on their next adventures (tear) and finally got around to seeing The Hunger Games (addicted). The best part? After a few weekends on opposite schedules, Justin and I finally got to spend some quality time together. Hooray! Oh and I may have found my new favourite brunch spot. It was all I could do to not lick my plate clean at the end of my meal (and it was well worth the trek from our east-end condo). A successful weekend, methinks.
How was yours?!
March 26, 2012 § 14 Comments
tulips from Justin | Saturday (moccasins and popcorn)
finally getting around to making a few changes in our bedroom
driving with the sunroof open | shopping
In comparison to last weekend, this weekend was extremely productive. We’ve finally launched operation-get-bedroom-decorated and I’m excited to announce that we’ve made quite a bit of headway already. Apart from staining side tables and picking up bits and pieces around the city, I snuck in a pitcher of sangria with a girlfriend, and headed out to see the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi (which I highly recommend, by the by). It’s all about balance, you know? Happy monday you guys!
March 19, 2012 § 28 Comments
homemade pasta | what became spaghetti alle vongole | kitty!
gearing up for st. patricks day | spring at kensington market
I would be lying if I told you that I accomplished anything productive this weekend. Apart from purchasing a bag of chia seeds (which had be on my to-do list for a while), it was slacker central in these here parts. But isn’t that what weekends are for?! I did manage to spend Friday cooking with my mom, sister and aunt (which is my favourite form of quality time); and while no green beer was ingested on Saturday (I know.) green shoes and regular coloured beers were present (success!) As for Sunday, when we finally arose from our slumber, Justin and I headed to Kensington Market with no real plans in sight. We found lunch, and chia seeds, and a fun little sidewalk garden but really just needed an excuse to be outside and enjoy the spring-like weather. I think it’s safe to say that this weekend was a success.
ps today marks one year since Justin and I officially moved in together. An apartmentaversary, if you will (it’s a thing!) This excites me.
Happy monday folks!
March 12, 2012 § 23 Comments
views from the plane | beautiful Halifax | Justin & I
fresh smoked salmon | a family friend’s backyard | olive oil tasting shop
When we found out that my brothers basketball team had made it to the National Championships this past weekend, we quickly packed our bags and headed to Halifax to support them from the stands. Although they made a valiant effort (and I’m so proud of my little brother who won player of the game!) they didn’t make it past the first round. Fortunately, this resulted in ample time to explore the city at will. Indulging in fresh seafood of all kinds was definitely the highlight of the trip. And what Nova Scotia lacks in cute shops and coffee spots it makes up for in surprisingly good pubs, and kindness unlike I’ve ever seen*. All in all it was a wonderful weekend, and it’s amazing what a little getaway with the family can do for one’s soul.
*From strangers on the street who’d call a friend if they couldn’t help with directions, to traffic that would completely stop should you stand on the sidewalk and even contemplate j-walking, I was blown away by people’s friendliness. The security guards at the airport were not only smiling, but laughing and making jokes (although I’ve been told Torontonians are surprisingly friendly, this is unheard of). I can confirm that what they say about the Maritimes is 100% true and it’s possible I’ve been hauled up in big city life for a little too long.
March 5, 2012 § 18 Comments
sushi | chandelier at One | eggs benedict
shopping | chocolate chip banana muffins
March 2, 2012 § 23 Comments
colourful meringuesbowls of hot chocolate
neon-pink kitchen accessorieschandeliers made from velcro stripsand this collection of Ladurée “L’Art de Recevoir” books
Happy weekend poptarts!
February 27, 2012 § 36 Comments
tulips at the market | french baguettes
olive oil & balsamic vinegar samplers | crêpe fixins’ | brunch with the girls
With Justin away at a hockey tournament, my girlfriends and I took it upon ourselves to take over the condo for a mini-dinner party, followed by a slumber party (and brunch the next day). Together, we spent Saturday evening attempting to make buckwheat pasta* and digging into my stash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar samplers. Naturally, we paired both with a bottle (or two) of prosecco and made sure to follow with dessert.
After a crêpe brunch on Sunday, we finished off with pedicures and a long afternoon nap**. Now adorning fuschia-pink toes (ready for an early spring!) we definitely tipped the scales towards an indulgent few days. I’m so glad I have such a great group of ladies to keep me company while Justin isn’t able. They make wonderful substitutes, though, I must admit, I am glad to have him home.
How was your weekend? I’d love to know!
*it only kind of worked
**Sundays should always be conducted in this fashion
ps. I started painting as per my February resolution. I’ll be sure to show you the results once it’s complete (which could be months from now – time is at a premium at the moment). I forgot how much I enjoyed this process