Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas

This is a giant can of foie gras, fresh off the train from Paris. It is going to be awesome.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Brands and Packaging


There is only one kind of pappad brand worth buying, and it features a terrifying bunny and zombie child on its packaging. Thankfully, such an item can be found in Brick Lane.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday in London

My parents and L at the Columbia Road Flower Market on a Sunday morning.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Jeff Koons in Covent Garden

As part of the Jeff Koons show at the TATE Modern, this giant inflatable bunny has been installed in Covent Garden. It's fantastic.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

British Nostalgia

A couple of weeks ago, the Sunday Observer came with a reproduction of the 2000th Beano. The Beano's pretty important to me: on Saturdays after having completed the week's shopping, Dad used to bring home a copy from Hub Cigar on Whyte Avenue. I remember sitting at the kitchen table eating baguette, cheese and olives and dropping crumbs into the folds of the Bash Street Kids and Minnie the Minx.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

London Nerdness

In the upper stories of Europe's largest bookstore was this:

And it was awesome.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Wicked

Friends were in town recently and took us to Wicked. Hurray for floor seats and illicit phone snaps!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

On a Ledge

Walking up the street, I noticed these kids playing on a ledge. They seemed completely at ease with getting to that height and the drop behind them.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Around Holborn

Noticed this beautiful old hand-painted sign the other day.

Monday, August 31, 2009

A Day at the Races

After a couple of minutes of walking around Chester's centre, L and I began to wonder why everyone was so dressed up. Groups of women were bustling about in colourful dresses, all of them decked out in either hats or fascinators; men impeccable in suits. It wasn't until considerably later that, while following the Roman wall, that we came across the reason.

Chester has one of the oldest racetracks in Britain, and Race Days are still very much a special occasion. L and I had booked our trip without knowing this, although our trouble at finding accommodation should have alerted us. So we were lucky enough to be there for the race day, and happened to be in just the right spot to take a couple of photos.


Friday, August 21, 2009

Chester

L and I arrived early this morning and passed this gorgeous old mill
on the way into town.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Sunset in London

Sunset tonight from our rooftop.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Millenium Bridge

London's such a large city that it becomes really easy to end up spending your weekends and free time in your own area, without ever venturing into another post code. As such, it's a good idea once in a while to cross the Thames. It always seems to remind me that we live in this great big city, and that there's more to it than our own haunts.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

TATE Modern

The turbine hall at the TATE Modern is empty until October, and it's almost more impressive.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Street Art


The British seem to put fences around everything. And they don't just put up cute little picket fences to divide property – they put up 10' tall iron fences/walls with razor wire/spikes at the top. As a Canadian used to wide open spaces, public parks and people's lawns butting up against each other, this strikes me as unnecessary and odd.

As I was walking home the other day, I realized I'm not the only one when I noticed this piece of street art. It made me laugh out loud.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Random Quote

"Our fridge smells fragrant and fruity"

- Chris Sat 27 June 17:30

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Paris in May

I went to Paris in May while C was in Toronto getting his papers.

I took a bunch of photos. See them here.

One of the nicest things about visiting a place you've already visited is that there is no pressure to DO THINGS and SEE THINGS. Rach and I got out and about and did Stuff (Rodin Museum, boat ride) but there was nothing we had to do or see or go to, so it was the most chilled out weekend I've had in ages. Very much needed. Very much appreciated.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Freed of London

A million years ago I got my very first pair pointe shoes when a shoemaker from Freed of London came to do shoe fittings at an Edmonton dance store. It was so exciting- you can't even begin to imagine (think first pair of skates for someone who lived for hockey). I still have that pair of shoes.


So imagine my surprise when we walked by the Freed building (office, warehouse, factory?) while walking down a street not far from our home. So cool. I heart London.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Balcony Garden


I haven't had an outdoor space where I lived since... well, a long time. So it is with glee and barely contained excitement that I have begun to play in dirt in containers on the balcony, plant seeds and watch for things to poke out of the soil. I have no idea if any of these plants will ever actually turn into anything edible but I am so excited to have green shoots that I'm not sure it even matters.

Climbing beans


Radishes (since thinned out)


Sweet peas (not for eating)



We also have zucchini (sprouted but not fully through the dirt enough to take a picture. Well, I did take a picture but it looked like dirt so I decided against posting it here), mint, rosemary, lavendar, dill, chives, tarragon and parsley. I'll get a basil plant (and probably a tomato plant) when we come back from Canada.

If nothing else it makes the balcony a lovely and inviting place to sit and drink a glass of wine after work.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

POLKA DOTS

I didn't do this on purpose, nor did I notice until later in the evening.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Monument


Monument is a monument in the City of London dedicated to the damage and death that resulted from the Great Fire of 1666 that started in nearby in a baker's oven in Pudding Lane. It may have been arson- a French papist was hung (drawn and quartered?) for the deed but it turns out after the trial he wasn't even in London in 1666. But he was a French papist so in 1669 that would probably have been enough evidence to damn him.

Christopher Wren and a fellow architect who isn't nearly as famous designed the column and reportedly wanted to top it with a statue of King Charles II, but as he pointed out, he didn't start the fire so instead they topped it with a gilded urn of fire that looks like a pineapple.

It's been undergoing refurbishment in the last year but recently reopened so we went to visit on a sunny, relatively clear day.

There are an awful lot of stairs.
And you can see out over London at the top! There are a number of shots (St Paul's, Gherkin, et al) but I'm in lots of them and my hair looks funny so I won't be posting any here.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Snow Day!

video


No buses. Barely any tube. It's STILL coming down!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Berlin

I lived in Berlin for a year as an exchange student. Long ago. The wall was gone but Berlin was still finding itself and rebuilding. The whole city was under construction. Potsdamer Platz had the most cranes of any site in Europe.

Fast forward to my 2009 birthday weekend and a four day jaunt to the city where I first began to understand wine, had (almost) unlimited freedom and was exposed to more theater, museums and art than a girl from Red Deer would have ever thought possible. There is nothing like being 16 and in a foreign city to make you grow up.

Ron Telesky's Canadian Pizza

So C & I went back to this (for me) mythical place. We had Italian with friends of a friend (Thanks T&K!), who then took us to Ron Telesky Canadian Pizza. Sadly the restaurant was closed and we weren't able to sample the Gourmet Canadian pizza with chili maple syrup. Just one more reason to go back, I guess!

Brauhaus, Spandau, BerlinAte Turkish pizzas in Spandau (just like I remembered - the pizzas,not Spandau, that has changed SO much.) Had beers in the Brauhaus, just like the old days.

And then. Then we went for my birthday dinner. And oh what a dinner it was!

Pasta Divina. A tiny restaurant with maybe ten tables. The (rather good looking) chef in an open kitchen.

We knew we wanted a bottle of wine. There's no wine list. You tell the lady what you're going to order and she ponders the wall of bottles, picks one and yells at the chef who gives his opinion. We ended up drinking a Spatburgunder - a German pinot noir. It was surprising and lovely and delicious.

Reading the menu was a bit of a challenge. Though I got a compliment on my Germen (woot - still got it!) I wasn't entirely sure just what Gansekase (goose cheese?) or Rehrucker were but we ordered them anyway. (I think it was David Lebovitz who wrote that every time he ended up with something unexpected on his plate he considered it a language lesson.)

Dinner turned out to be spectacular. It was perfect for my birthday, perfect for me and perfect for a weekend in Berlin.

(There's a more food-centric post on Curiosity and the Cupcake.)