Last Night in T.O.
September 11th, 2009

My mom is here! And we ate Jamaican patties and ice cream at The Big Chill (I had pralines ‘n cream!!). Then we had tea and fries at Sneaks. It was a pretty neat place to hang out with your mom (see above).

As for my time in the big T.O. I’d say it was pretty darn good. A little rocky perhaps, but I have no regrets. And as brett said, I “have collected all the items in world two” so I guess that means I did a pretty good job at being Canadian. Catch you on the phillyside.

Lakeview Diner
September 11th, 2009

Last night, the guys from work took me out to the Lakeview Diner, which I have always wanted to eat at because they have a really trendy sign. I had a fantastic tuna melt with all kinds of stuff in it and some super fries. Oh, and I even rode a bike there! I was transporting it for someone else. I’m gonna have jelly legs for months when I start riding in Philadelphia. I’m gonna miss these guys.

Goodbye Pho
September 11th, 2009

I wrapped up my pho eating marathon by having a last lunch with Alex and Jerry before I left. I’m going to miss them quite a bit I think. I’m looking forward to a return visit sometime in the future.

Cameron House
September 10th, 2009

I met up with Jerry and a couple from his work for some drinks and fries at the Wellington. Fries are delicious. The couple left and we headed (back) to the Cameron House, which has officially won my vote for best atmosphere in town. The front room has roughly painted “fresco” on the ceiling with all sorts of vines which turn the bar into a cave. They play all sorts of eclectic music, last night was actually Bluegrass. The back room has a ceiling woven with fake flowers. It’s just a very textured place.

Then we headed down to the Charlotte Room (which apparently still has a torture wheel in the basement from it’s gay club days that no one seems to be able to remove) for a few games of pool, where Alex eventually caught us up.

Orig.

Wine and Phô
September 8th, 2009

In my effort to cram in as much socializing as possible by Friday, I met up with Alex and Jerry for lunch at a Vietnamese restaurant. I had beef noodle Phô for the first time, which apparently is a mean feat when you live right in Chinatown. It was very pleasant, even though they forgot our order and we had to wait a pretty long time.

After work I walked up to Ossington to spend time with Matt. I got some wine and we sat on his porch with a few other people. Everyone else was started watching Mad Men, so Matt and I went and got… more Phô. I’m doing a decent job at catching up for lost time.

Breakfast
September 6th, 2009

After a wine-induced late start, I decided that I should probably pay someone to cook breakfast for me, so I went to a corner cafe in the market. It wasn’t the best ever, but for $4.25 and a nice sunny window to people watch from, it was pretty great. I attempted to shop in the hipster stores, but was thwarted once again by my own unwillingness to spend clothes that are that ridiculous. Since the weather was phenomenal today, I went to sit in the park, where a small child assaulted me with a supersoaker. Kids are so brazen these days.

Skinny's Bday
September 6th, 2009

After shadily lurking at the foot of the fire escape, unsure if I was at the right house, Arv and Sonia showed up and saved me from my own awkwardness. The patio was completely amazing (right down to the votive candles). Skinny’s brother is a really cool dude and his friends were playing all the best music ever (aka all the Americana I grew up with). They even sang the “tiger by the tail” song, which could not possibly have made me happier. There was also delicious cake and sparklers.

The Big Chill
September 3rd, 2009

For $4.80 I got a gigantic heap of black raspberry cheesecake ice cream in a freshly baked waffle cone with a mini oreo on top. It was a proper ton of ice cream and the baking waffles smelled sooooo good as we sat on the brightly colored, mini-sized kid furniture they have outside the shop. How many more times can I eat dinner here before I leave?

Bloor Cinema
August 31st, 2009

Bloor Cinema was playing Harold and Maude tonight. Not only is it an awesome dark comedy from the 1970s, I think the reel of film they played was actually from the 70s because it was all damaged and authentic looking. The theatre itself is really neat with lots of red persian carpets and general old-timeyness. And the movie is so bizzare that very rarely did the whole audience laugh at once, but instead every person would laugh really loudly by themselves at a particular joke. Classic.

Friends of Bellewoods
August 30th, 2009

Tranzac was hosting an all day show with a huge line up. We went at one to catch The Great Bloomers, which was super fantastic. Then we came back in the evening and caught Bellewoods- who blew my entire mind. I love when you see a new band in concert and they make you thing deep intense thoughts their whole set until you realize you are scowling because you are so over come with emotional connecting. Then we were treated to the musical stylings of Lisa Bozikovic, which was really interesting. She finished with a cover song that consisted of her swaying under the pressure of an accordion singing “teacher teacher sexy creature”, therein proving that she is the kind of girl everyone in that room wants to marry. Lastly I got to see Emma McKenna again. She is a really talented girl who lives in my neighborhood and she writes excellent lyrics.

Here is a zip of what I am calling the Toronto Indie Music Sampler. I’ll leave it up for about a week.