Sunday, July 24, 2005

I am eating some seriously yummy bread.

I bought it last night at My Market Bakery on Baldwin St. in Kensington Market. Although I quite love Kensington (and the Moon Beam Cafe decaf iced latte that I finally got to try), I find it a little expensive compared to the Chinese markets about 5 seconds away. You really need to know your prices.

However, this bread is AMAZING! Some sort of wholegrain deal with a crusty outside and magically moist and soft inside.

Of course, it helps that I'm eating it with garlic-basil infused olive oil. Mmm!

Last night I went on a gourmet expedition and brought Alex some olive and roasted red pepper sourdough with jalapeno havarti. No surprise that he liked it.

I got myself some really expensive aged Gouda at the cheese shop. And some grape tomatoes. And perfect strawberries for dessert. What a lovely summer meal.

Then we went to see Kid Koala perform (for free!) at the Harbourfront Centre as part of the Dim Sum Chinese festival held there this weekend. If you've never heard of this guy (I'll admit I was a sketchy on his details) then you have GOT to check him out! He's a turntablist and, if asked, I would have said I wasn't into it.

I am a changed woman.

He was so amazing! My jaw literally dropped (yep, they call me slack-jawed Cathy) at some of the stuff he was doing. Anyone who doesn't think that this is real musical talent really has to see one of these shows and understand what's going on there. I'd wager that a turntable is the most difficult instrument to master. I couldn't believe the stuff he made it do!

In short, I was glad we went.

In other news, I FINALLY checked out the Distillery District for the International Circus Festival.

This meant 2 things:
1. I got to see some pretty cool performers
2. I got to try out Balzac's coffee again!

Since I'm cutting down my coffee intake, I had to really hold out for the whole rest of the day, just to partake. It was hot and strong - just like I like it. FINALLY!

I also managed to try some of Soma Chocolate's freshly churned lemon ice gelato ("artisan gelato churned everyday in our chocolate lab" - seriously, what does that really matter?). (No, I didn't try the chocolate - I had priorities!) The lemon ice was tart and refreshing and expensive and it's now making my mouth water just thinking about it. Did you know that the secret of good gelato is that it's very dense and flavourful? Anyway, I guess that's why it costs more than a whole 2-litre tub of Chapman's ice cream.

And if you've held on throughout all this talk of food, I think it's fair to say that you're rather interested in me and deserve to know the BIGGEST news of the weekend: I BOUGHT A COUCH!

My good friend and style aficionado, Anita, had recommended the place she got her couch to me. She got a custom-made futon couch that's gorgeous for really cheap. So I finally got around to paying them a visit.

And now I, too, will have a custom-made pull-out loveseat for my darling apartment! I'm so excited!

I'm a little nervous about the fabric I picked - it should be interesting to see how it will look with my green walls and blue kitchen chairs. But I got it all, plus delivery, for $560! Damn I love it when I'm a good shopper!

Now, this place is a little out of the way, but it's so worth it. If you need a couch, pay Tony a visit at Liberty Home Furnishings - 2906 Dundas Street West. It's so cool, they don't even have a website.

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