Winterlicious starts today and runs until February 13. Get out there, eat some delicious food. Participating restaurants and menus can be found here.
Winter camping was absolutely an Adam add to our list; I hate being cold so much. Our original plan was to rent a yurt at one of the Ontario Parks that remains open year-round. Turns out they are booked ages in advance and all the way through May. Rookie mistake. So the next plan was to go to one of the same parks and pitch our little tent and just do it. Not surprisingly, I was not a huge fan of this plan, so Adam found these Winter Camping packages at Atelier Arboreal near Wiarton. The package included a night in a yurt (with wood stove!), dinner, breakfast, lunch and activities. Perfect.
So this past weekend we headed up to Wiarton; driving through white-out conditions almost the whole way. These are temps for the past weekend (I don’t know if it was that week we had at -30C, but -15C just didn’t sound that bad).
When we arrived, we were shown to our yurt by the proprietor Steve, set up with snowshoes and set free to explore until dinner. We trekked down the boardwalk (trying unsuccessfully not to fall of the edge), checked out the sauna near our yurt, and then settled in for some reading. Dinner was excellent, and then we hit up the sauna before heading to bed. We woke up to hot coffee delivered right to the yurt, and then headed up to the house for another delicious meal. After breakfast we met Steve’s horses, and then he took us on a hike on the Bruce Peninsula to check out some caves. Then it was back for lunch and then off to Toronto.
Overall a great experience, but not something I would do more than once a year.
Details: We stayed at the Atelier Arboreal near Wiarton. Information about packages and contact information can be found here.
This Sunday we went skating again at the Sam Smith skating trail, and then made home-made lasagna to warm us up. We didn’t use a recipe (#yolo), but sort of made it up as we went along (I’m pretty sure it’s difficult to mess up pasta, cheese and sauce, we aren’t culinary champions or anything). Super delicious but holy heck was our kitchen a disaster afterwards. This is a once in a while indulgence for sure.
We’ve been told we should try curling a number of times, so on the list it went. My friend Trevor is a curler and was able to get us ice at the High Park Club, and offered to teach us. Adam has curled before, and I never have (I may have referenced Trevor as one who “plays curling” yesterday). So we wrangled up two teams and went for it. My brother Eric and I were the first to wipe out as we tried throwing a rock for the first time (Eric managed to end up flat on his front, and I was on my butt a foot off the launcher bit). Otherwise, everyone stayed on their feet and we had a great time.
Thank you to Trevor for teaching us and setting up the ice time, and to Sara, Jamie, Eric, Will and Sam for joining in the fun!
Details; High Park Club is at 100 Indian Road. Information about membership and group events can be found here.
Back in January 2013, at the start of our 100 Things quest, we got a book from The Monkey’s Paw Biblio-Mat; a book vending machine that shoots out random and quirky books for $2.
There is a gent here in Toronto who has got a new and random book every week for the last year, read them and wrote reviews on them. He also blogged all about it here. The Monkey’s Paw is celebrating this brave man by declaring Sunday, January 19th as Biblio-Mat Fanatic Day and having a cocktail party at the store in his honour. Details about the event can be found here.
This weekend we treated each other to breakfast in bed. Adam cooked on Saturday, and I cooked on Sunday. Overall, a delightful start to each day!
Adam made lemon-poppyseed-ricotta waffles with strawberry puree, fresh fruit & maple syrup; I made fresh bread, scrambled cottage cheese & eggs, potatoes and fresh fruit.
The deep cold we’ve had this past week finally lifted to a balmy 0 degrees yesterday, so to celebrate we hit up the Colonel Sam Smith skating trail. Really nice ice, and the figure eight shaped trail is large enough to keep it interesting for a while. Thumbs up from us!
Details: The Sam Smith skating trail is at 3145 Lake Shore Blvd (near Kipling). There is plenty of parking, and a nice heated change space to put on your skates. More information can be found here.
We have a pot of succulents that are the only plants to have survived our care from the Spring. Their resiliency made us love them, so we decided to expand our collection to fill our bedroom window. Adam’s Mom gave us a giant box of beautiful teacups to re-purpose as planters which was a great starting point.
Details: All the teacups and a couple of the plants were given to us for Christmas, collected in the Niagara region. The rest of the plants came from Botany Floral Studio at 626 College Street (at Grace). Information about Botany Floral Studio can be found here.
Honest Ed’s is a giant discount store that opened in 1948. In 2013 it was announced that it was on the market, and then later in the year it sold. Not sure what will happen to it, but residents of Toronto have pretty strong opinions one way or the other (check out the comments in this BlogTO article). Adam had never been inside (which is quite an experience), so on the list it went. Mostly we determined we can’t resist a mirror selfie (especially in midway mirrors).
Details: Honest Ed’s is located at Bathurst and Bloor. Information can be found here.
After reading this BlogTO article about Momofoku Milk Bar’s Crack Pie, we wanted to give it a try. It is definitely tasty, and fulfils the sugar drenched in more sugar hype, but neither of us think we’d be able to handle the resultant sugar high again.
Details: Momofoku Milk Bar is at 190 University Avenue, above the Momofoku Noodle Bar. Hours and menu can be found here.