Friday, September 30, 2011

fall has the best colours

[silk shirt - club monaco; big knit sweater - american eagle; red skinnies - h&m; toms; arm party - casio watch, assorted bracelets] 

with the drop in temperature
i've been craving big thick knit sweaters to pile on my self in search of warmth and comfort
i wouldve loved this sweater more if it was long sleeved
but for now, it'll do

had a surprisingly busy week off from school
running back and forth to different meetings with different people is a ton more confusing than attending classes
dragged my self out of bed this morning (at noon) for a quick teleconference on campus and am now burried under the covers again
seriously no more going out on thursdays

western homecoming this weekend, but i'm surprisingly not feeling it
the combo of cold weather, rain, and muddiness has really put me off
instead of being out and dressed in copius amount of purple
i'll probably be in bed nursing a steaming cup of tea
i can probably reliably take this as a sign of my advanced age

so happy news to report; i'm done recruiting!
had the most hectic and stressful week of my life
but in the end i learned so much and it was worth it 100 times over


Sunday, July 31, 2011

FRANK Restaurant @ the AGO

seafood ceviche

jambon persillade with housemade cassis mustard and baguette toasts

pan seared, crisp skinned rainbow trout nicoise with fingerling potatoes, french green beans, cherry tomatoes with olive, anchovy vinaigrette and lemon anchovy aioli

grilled lamb and lavender house made sausage with warm du puy lentils and grilled summer vegetables

he <3 suits

summer berry pudding with strawberries, raspberries, red currants and vanilla whipped cream

sour cherry and almond cobbler with amaretto crème fraiche

enjoyed a wonderful summerlicious dinner at the FRANK restaurant at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
i had not heard much about the restaurant previously, so knew little of what to expect

the clean modern interior was much larger than anticipated,
with multilevel seating and an open kitchen where we could see chefs in action
the trademark AGO light wood paneling was upheld throughout the restaurant,
allowing it to feel like a natural extension of the gallery space

i had heard quite a few stories of summerlicious menu items not living up to par of the restaurant's reputation
but was very pleasantly surprised with both the taste and the presentation of the dishes
it was obviously crafted with much attention,

my favourite dishes were the seafood ceviche and the grilled trout
i'm a big seafood person
and am a fairly good judge of freshness
the seafood ceviche was beautifully presented and very light
a great way to prelude a meal
the grilled trout was warm and buttery
with a delicious seared crust

i would definitely recommend the restaurant to those looking for a nice bite after a visit to nearby galleries
the atmosphere was unpretentious, and dressing up was definitely not a perquisite!

summerlicious dinner menu: $35 dinner

Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5T 1G4

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Restaurant Chartier

quite a line forms by 9pm

dont let the small front fool you...

its MASSIVE inside!

Museau de boeuf vinaigrette & Jambon de pays et saucisse seche

escargots! so delish we did two orders. plus it comes with really fun specialty utensils

Filet de colin creme de champignons  

Pied de porc grille frites

Confit de canard pommes grenailles

Baba au rhum chantilly

lime sorbet

Poire melba chantilly

to cap off our last night in Paris, 
i had dinner at the wonderful gem Restaurant Chartier 
situated near the grand boulevards metro station 
the restaurant has been serving delicious authentic french cuisine at an insanely affordable price since the turn of the century (1900s, not the 2000s)

the decor of the large bright dining hall doesnt seem to have changed much in the past hundred-odd years
with beautiful detailing from the bell epoque and waiters clad in classic wait-staff ware 
the atmosphere of the restaurant is as much of the experience as the food 

the large dining hall is cheerful and unpretentious 
with waiters scrawling orders onto your table cloth 
and food that comes way faster than you'd expect for a restaurant that seats hundreds 

- like many older parisian establishments, central air-conditioning is none existent. Be prepared for the restaurant to get heated on a hot day, despite the best efforts of the ceiling fans
- the menu is in french with no english translations. waiters are passable in english, but don't expect them to be able to explain every dish. brush up your high school french, or just close your eyes and point. you likely wont be disappointed 
- come early if you don't want to wait. if you're a party of two, be prepared to share a table with another couple. on the bright side, its a great way to meet people. or at least copy your table partner's orders if you can't decipher the menu 

three course dinner for 3 with alcoholic drinks: roughly 70 euros 
Restaurant Chartier 
7 rue du Faubourg Montmartre 75009 PARIS 
01 47 70 86 29 

Sunday, June 5, 2011

ballerina aspirations

canada's national ballet school

celia franca: founder and former artistic director

old & new

lozinski house

patio for rent

original havergal college campus, now the academic building

Doors open toronto is something i look forward to every year
however, sleeping in on saturday mornings is something i look forward to every day of the week
so sadly i only managed to visit one building this year

growing up in a predominantly british environment
i had long held a fascination for ballerinas and the ballets
my dreams pretty much accumulated with a few years of classes when i was younger
but i never had the determination to commit to learning pointe
when i saw that the national ballet school of canada was on the list for doors open this year
and the amazing building it was housed in
the school was on top of my list
and consequently the only place i visited

the ballet school hosted guided tours around their gorgeous facilities
which had undergone a multi-million dollar renovation in the 2000s
it was fascinating to learn that even their floors had been carefully constructed to best support a growing dancer's body
we also came across associate level classes in the light filled studios (many of them had an entire wall of windows)

the school hosts three distinct programs:
- the professional program, which requires yearly auditions and trains highschool aged dancers for a life in a professional ballet company
- the associate program, which requires auditions but is more extracurricular
- the adult program, which is open for anyone interested of all ages

so what do you think?
should i rekindle my childhood dreams and enroll in some adult programs?


sunday in the park

[romper - f21; belt - h&m; flats - aldo; hat - gap; purse - coach; jewelry - assorted] 

abundance of weddings around queen and university

talented & adorable kid street band. so brave!

queen west on a gorgeous summer day; love the crowds!

cupcake specialty shop


delicious fish and chips

impromptu picnic in the park

chocolate coconut?

key lime pie love


abundance of bikes and puppies

trinity bellwoods park 

after a pretty abysmal month of rain
the sun finally came out for a day mid may
of course i grabbed the chance for a stroll downtown
one of my favourite things to do on a relaxing summer day

quite a few couples had the amazing foresight to book their weddings for that day
and we came across about four wedding parties within one block
of course i tried to stare at the wedding dresses and bridesmaid attires as discreetly as possible

i first ducked into duffet pastries for a snack to tide me over until dinner time
but the bf had the genius idea of taking our goodies to the park for the picnic we've always talked about but never got around to doing (once in a while he does have a good idea or two) 
so along the way to trinity bellwoods we accumulated more food
and i got a chance to satisfy my fries craving and check out the well deserved hype around chippys*

while untraditional, the picnic was very enjoyable
there's something magical about eating outside that just makes everything more tasty
although next time i will definitely buy some fabric from one of those stores on spadina to use as a blanket

i've been completely addicted to rompers lately and have been accumulating them en mass
i wrestled between loving and hating the pattern of this one for a long time before i finally bit the bullet and bought the thing
and now im totally in love
the only thing to make it more perfect would've been a sweetheart neckline

hope everyone's having a phenomenal june so far!

893 Queen St. West
Be prepared to be overwhelmed by the amount of choice offered. A variety of fish is offered, and scallops and shrimps are also on the menu. A huge variety of dipping sauces are also available. Do give yourself a bit of time to wait for your order though, as all fish are coated and deep fried to order.