Friday, September 29, 2006

Fresh by Juice for Life

Lunch at Fresh on Crawford -894 Queen Street West Northeast corner of Queen and Crawford. As ever, the place is buzzing with prompt, helpful service and great specials.
"At Fresh, we create a gourmet vegetarian dining experience out of wholesome ingredients & delicious, non-traditional recipes. Our cuisine is influenced by the flavors and styles of many cultures around the world, all served in an atmosphere that is warm, relaxed and welcoming. All of our juices, dishes & desserts are vegan, with dairy options throughout the menu. Fresh's extensive juice bar offers a range of mouthwatering vital fluids, energy elixirs, power shakes, super power shakes, lassis, fruit smoothies & vegetable cocktails." See their website for more.
Next to The Paper Place - 887 Queen Street West -to see what's new. From gorgeous chiyogama to handmade notebooks and quirky gift ideas, there is always something of interest.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Wasaga Beach

Wonderful weekend at Wasaga. Nice to get out of town to cycle, walk on the beach and catch up with good friends. The beach is eerily quiet after the summer crowds have gone.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The Tomb of Harwa

Attended a lecture at the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) given by Dr. Francesco Tiradritti, director of the Italian Archaeological Mission to Luxor. Supported by an excellent powerpoint presentation, Dr Tiradritti outlined the Mission's excavations in the Tomb of Harwa near Luxor, Egypt since 1995. "Harwa was an important official in 7th Century BC Egypt, during the reign of the Nubian pharaohs of the 25th dynasty. Harwa held the position of Great Steward of the Divine Adoratrice of Amun, controlling huge resources of the temple estate of god Amun-Re in Karnak. "
Dr Tiradritti explained how the tomb was a metatext for the journey through life, death and rebirth. With detailed examples, he explained how the 7th century BC can be considered the Egyptian Renaissance. He related how a biscuit wrapper and newspaper left in a robbers lair in the tomb during the Second World War helped his team recover stolen fragments of wall decoration.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Distinguished Artists Series: Colin Mochrie

To the Assembly Hall (Lakeshore Blvd at Kipling) for a live taping of an interview show where it feels like I'm the only member of the general public in the audience amongst Humber College students. Series host Lorne Frohman spent a hour and half interviewing "snack fairy" and improv giant Colin Mochrie - and the time just flew by. Mochrie was engaging, candid and very funny. Future tapings in the series: Sept 13 Mark Breslin, Sept 26 Shirley Douglas (doors open at 2pm)

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Taste of the Kingsway

They could not have been disappointed with the turn out for the Taste of the Kingsway on Friday night. Met friend Jessica at Second Cup at 6 pm when the midway and vendors were still setting up. By the time we left, just after 9 pm, Bloor Street (closed to traffic from Montgomery Road to Prince Edward) was teeming - mainly with teens. Spotted the smart car promotions stand among the auto dealers present. Sampled the wares of The Green Mango. Dessert by ViBo was awesome - half a fresh Ontario peach flamed in Brandy topped with vanilla ice cream and cinnamon sugar.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Motoring Legends at Halton Hills

Drove out to Halton Hills, Ontario (near Milton) to visit Legendary Motorcar where even the parking lot (pictured above) is interesting.
Their building at 8242 Fifth Line is currently home to the the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame which operates a Museum there. Go here for more on the CMHF.
Enjoyed chatting with self-confessed motorhead Tim Miller author of NASCAR Now and Vroom! an autosports book aimed at 8 - 10 year olds.

Air Show Open House

Nearly fifty guests atttended our first party in the new condo. Folk were as interested in a tour of the appartment as they were in the Canadian International Air Show of which we had a wonderful view from the terrace.
Judging by the phone calls and emails we recieved, a great time was had by all.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival Parade

High Park Walking Tours

Learned much about the Black Oak Savannah ecosystem and controlled burns in High Park on this interesting walking tour. The the High Park Nature Centre, the High Park Community Advisory Council, High Park Initiatives and Colborne Lodge collaborate to offer walks focused on various topics re the natural environment and history of the park.
Fall session walks start at 1:15 on Sundays and meet at the benches across the road from the south side of the Grenadier Café and Teahouse in High Park. Suggested donation $2 per person. Walks last one & a half to two hours.
Fall 2006 Schedule

Tinto Coffee House

Discovered this veggie friendly restaurant on Roncesvalles by searching the Toronto Vegetarian Society's listings. They specialize in fair trade, organic and Latin American fare.
Burro al Trote, Altiplano & Parima grilled wraps were all delicious. Vegan Chocolate Cake was the proverbial icing.

Tinto Coffee House
89 Roncesvalles Avenue - Toronto, Ontario M6R 2K6
416-530-5885 Directions
Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.