Gord BBQed ribs for supper.
Monday, 31 July 2006
Sunday, 30 July 2006
We had Blizzards (a beer with hints of ginger, orange and coriander) at La Diable, a microbrewery (we later went back there for supper).
Then we took the gondola up the mountain. It is almost 900 metres at the top and there’s a great view.
the restaurant at the top.
They have chairs set up on the side of the mountain
so we spent some time enjoying the view.
Then we headed back down to the village again. This weekend there was a Latino festival going on so we enjoyed a couple hours of tunes.
The liquor laws in the pedestrian village are very relaxed … much different from Toronto. Here you can buy a can of beer at the liquor store and walk around with it. Or you can buy a drink from a vendor and take a stroll.
Saturday, 29 July 2006
We dipped north just inside the Quebec border and caught a ferry, thus bypassing the traffic around Montreal. We followed the big ferry signs to get to it … only to discover it’s actually a barge being pulled by a fishing boat. But it did the trick!
We are renting a one bedroom condo. And it’s amazing!! Everything we need is provided, even a washer and dryer. And the tub is awesome … big and deep.
We went for a swim once we settled in. There are two hot tubs, a pool, a lap pool and a waterfall.
We brought groceries with us and Gord BBQed steaks for supper on the deck. We had a bottle of wine that Mark and Monica had given us for our anniversary (thanks, Mark and Mon!). As we were eating, we saw a couple deer on the golf course we are backing onto.
After the long drive, we were happy to be here and relaxed. We’ll go exploring tomorrow!
Thursday, 27 July 2006
Monica, Susan and Trish
Wednesday, 26 July 2006
And because it was also my birthday, Michelle, our waitress, gave me a piece of cake.
with the birthday cake
Monday, 24 July 2006
Cute story that takes place not far from here in Little Italy.
Sunday, 23 July 2006
The view from our seats
It was a great game! They closed the roof just before the game started because there was rain coming :(
During the first inning, four people arrived and had problems with their seats ... they were taken already. We're not really sure why. There were two empty seats next to us so we offered to move (so the four of them could sit together) if the attendant found us two empty seats. For offering to move, the attendant gave us a couple game balls.
We ended up sitting about five rows down ... right in the middle of about 100 Yankee fans who had been bussed in for the game! So we cheered a little extra loud ... that wasn't hard considering the Jays kicked some Yankee butt!
Teena and Gord after the game
On the walk home, we stopped at the Old York for drink (Gord had a beer and I had water) ... we like their patio.
Saturday, 22 July 2006
As we were early, we started off with a drink on their rooftop Garden Patio. Gord saw they had mojitoes so had to have one to continue his mojito battle. It was okay, not great, so won't be added to his list of top three (theDrake is winning apparently). I had a bellini. They aren't at all similar to my favs at Milestones and was also just okay. But the patio is quite nice and we'll be back!
We had supper in the dining room downstairs. My appetizer was the salad of 20 different organic greens from cookstown in aged sherry vinegar and arbequinas olive oil (the dressing was a bit bland) and Gord had the white port-mushroom veloute with grilled wild mushrooms. We both had the grain-fed cornish game hen brined, then cooked under heavy things with arborio nero risotto, spring garlic oil, baby arugula. And for dessert, baked cru chocolate mousse. Very good, especially for $25 each. Czehoski has the second more expensive burger in Toronto ... $35! Fries are $5 extra!
We stopped at a couple bars on Queen Street W on our way home ... Squirly's and Done Right Inn (we've never been to either). Both had cool small patios in the back. And we finished the night watching karoake at the Gladstone.
Friday, 21 July 2006
Tonight I saw "Menopause - The Musical" - we were a group of 14 organized by my friend, Angie (thanks yet again, Angie!). There were five of us Seasons Sisters, my friend, Yvette and her sister and friends, and my friend, Deb and her three sisters. It was really funny and clever, especially to someone who is going or has gone through menopause.
The audience was invited onto the stage at the end
of the show to dance to the last song.
Those who went got pins ... which Kate and Michelle have strategically placed.
Thursday, 20 July 2006
A delightful collection of the author's stories about the dogs he has had over the years. Definitely a book all dog lovers should read.
I had chicken parm with Alfredo linguine ... it was very good. Jonathan, our waiter, talked Deb out of it and she had Buffalo Chicken Strips instead, which she enjoyed. As did Liz with her mushroom burger.
For dessert, Deb had some kind of banana cake or pie. I wasn't paying much attention because I was too busy devouring my peanut butter sundae with chocolate syrup and whipped cream (very yummy!).
Our only complaint was that the music was too LOUD and we had to YELL to talk.
Deb's husband, Ron, recently had bypass surgery ... get well soon, Ron!!!
Monday, 17 July 2006
- Getting yourself into a successful frame of mind
- Using failure as an advantage
- Mastering self-discipline and resisting the urge to quit
- Developing long-term goals that drive your daily activities
- Building and finessing a great, moneymaking list
- Developing great leaders and associates
- Following up effectively
- And much more
Interesting and informative book for any sales and/or marketing person (like me!).
Sunday, 16 July 2006
We have to climb how high?
Our seats were in row 30 (7 rows from the top)
The view from our seats
We moved in the second inning to the first row of the 500 level seats, just behind first base. Much better seats!
It was a great game. We left after the tenth inning, though, when the game was tied. It was really hot (34C) and we'd been sitting in the sun for more than three hours. We went to a nearby pub with a/c to watch the end of the game.
It was Dog Days at the Rogers Centre today. Everyone was invited to bring their dog to the game. There were almost 29,000 people in attendance and 409 dogs (the most dogs since the promotion started four years ago).
The doggy section was just on the other side of the Mariners' bullpen
(between the Pontiac and Pizza Pizza signs).
If you brought your dog, you got two seats ... one for you and one for your pooch. KC would have hated it. She's not interested in baseball and doesn't like hanging out with other dogs. She was better off at home with the a/c.
Book ~ "Unaccompanied Women: Late-Life Adventures in Love, Sex, and Real Estate" - Jane Juska (2006)
I saw this book at Chapters in the new release section and it sounded interesting. And it was. It was interesting to read the day-to-day accounts of a woman almost 30 years older than I am who is still looking for love.
Saturday, 15 July 2006
We're glad we went. I started with the Jazzy Salad (mixed greens with a raspberry dressing and cajun spice ... a nice contrast). Gord started with the shrimp cocktail. We both had jambalaya ... nice and spicy with junks of chicken, ham and sausage. My dessert was pecan pie with vanilla ice cream and Gord had frozen cappucino yogurt. Both was also good. All this for $25 each! A great deal! I was so full afterwards.
Friday, 14 July 2006
My appetiser (mixed green salad) was good. I enjoyed my bacon wrapped fillet mignon (and Gord enjoyed his duck) and my brownie with ice cream was yummy (Gord's raspberry sorbet and lemon tart was good too!)!
Afterwards, we started walking home and stopped at Gino's at Dundas W/Howard Park (we'd never been there before). We were having a drink on the patio when a woman with the biggest boobs I've ever seen walked by. I ran into her (her name is Nadine) in the bathroom twice and we ended up sitting with her and her friends.
Thursday, 13 July 2006
The Kool Haus is basically a big ole warehouse. There's no seating and the place holds a couple thousand people (the concert was sold out). We ended up way in the back in the bar area.
Surprisingly I didn't see too many people dressed in pink. Me, I dressed for the occasion in a pink shirt and pink skirt. Ha!
Wednesday, 12 July 2006
Tonight, Joe, our property manager, treated us (the condo board) to Mildred Pierce, a fancy restaurant at the end of our street. We introduced him to this restaurant a couple months ago and he loved it. Unfortunately at the last minute he couldn't make it but he said for us to go anyway and he'll pick up the tab. So we did!
Tuesday, 11 July 2006
The pattern is called "Feather and Fan" (it's in multiples of 18 stitches plus 2) and I thought it would be cool for an afghan. Here's what it will sort of look like (mine will be all one colour).
Cast on 308 stitches.
- Knit 10 rows
- First row of pattern ~ Knit to end
- Second row of pattern ~ Purl to end
- Third row of pattern ~ K1, *[k2tog] 3 times, (yf, k1] 6 times, [k2tog] 3 times ... repeat from * to last stitch, k1
- Fourth row of pattern ~ Knit to end
- Repeat the four rows of pattern over and over and over and over.
- Knit 10 rows
August 8 update:
Ocober 10 update (finished):
Sunday, 9 July 2006
Book ~ "Compassionate Knitting: Finding Basic Goodness in the Work of Our Hands" - Tara Jon Manning (2005)
Interesting selection of patterns with sidenotes of instruction, the folklore of aran stitches, etc. There are colour pictures of the projects at the back and the patterns don't seem too difficult.
I've been knitting for 25 years and this is definitely not a book for beginners! I found it confusing and the explanations aren't done very well.
And though the projects sound cool, they don't put full pix of most of them and the pix are artistic but hazy. There was an afghan I was interested in but they only showed a small small piece of it and it was artistically out of focus :(