Thursday, 22 June 2017

Breakfast at Over Easy, Hotel Victoria

Yesterday morning I had a very early doctor's appointment downtown and afterwards stopped into Over Easy located in the century old Hotel Victoria on Yonge Street.

The place was quite full. The photo above does not show the entire area as most of the dining room is to the right of the picture.

When you order a coffee, you receive a full carafe. The coffee was very good, so yes, I helped myself to a second.

There is a lot of variety to choose from for breakfast but Egg in a Hole, not with toast, but a bagel sure caught my eye.

It was as delicious as it looks. The bacon was done perfectly and I figured that there would be a little salt from the bacon and bagel that would come through, which it did, so I was glad I didn't add any extra.

Being downtown, it is a little more expensive than breakfast places that I usually would go but I will be back to this place, just to have this!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Take Out at Baba's Doner House, Queen St West

Last night Teena and I walked to a new place that had opened in our neighbourhood, Baba's Doner House. Not to be confused with a shawarma shop, the doner originates from Turkey, where, Ali, the owner, is originally from.

Baba's serves theirs as a sandwich on pita bread or as a meal. We had the meal.

The shop is extremely clean and Ali (the place is named after his father who brought the business over from Istanbul) is very friendly and chatty.

It is all about the taste and this is a very tasty meal. I had the chicken, which marinates overnight and is cooked slowly for four to five hours, is full of flavour. The rice was very nice and fluffy and the salad had an excellent tang.

My only regret is that they have something called a Pistachio Roll, which I did not get. I will the next time I am there, which I can see happening sometime next week.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

The Trinity Bellwoods Flea

The Trinity Bellwoods Flea is a local market that operates out of the Great Hall which is in our neighborhood.

We are a monthly curated local shopping event that allows vendors to sell locally and shoppers to buy locally. We strive to a have a good mix of everything and something for everyone. We focus heavily on diversity. Our goal is to connect local shoppers with Toronto's best and on trend fashion, vintage, handmade, home decor and food vendors. Hosting a curated collection of 40+ vendors and artisans each month. We are sure whatever it is you're looking for can be found locally at The Trinity Bellwoods Flea.

For some reason, this is my first visit. I don't know why as I believe in supporting local. There are some vendors outside and many more inside.

Teena and I tried samples from Salty Paloma. They make different flavours of glass rim salt for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. We tried ours with lemonade and it was quite tasty.

Lucy Pelletier was selling unique ceramics that could be used for candle holders or, as she said, egg cups. Great idea!

OK, I didn't see the dogs in the scarves behind the baskets, just the baskets, so you can excuse me for assuming the bow ties were for people, not dogs. In my defence, the owner of Lucky Dog did say that she has modified them for people in the past.

I was too full to try the macarons.

Teena bought some sauces from Nerpy's Nice it Up.

This is my favorite stand of the day.

I love cacti and Home Body Collective had some great ones that came with very creative vases.

In fact, I liked it so much, I came home with this one.

The market runs monthly and I'll be sure to head up for the next one.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Sunnyside Beach Bathing Pavilion - June 15, 1922 and Now

Last Sunday, Teena and I had lunch on the patio of the historic Sunnyside Beach Bathing Pavilion.

The pavilion opened to the public in 1922. It was built, according to a Globe article which ran the picture and is on the the Toronto Public Library website, as over 300,000 bathers visited the beach the year before.

Above is a photo of the pavilion taken on June 15, 1922. The building is still beautiful as this picture taken last Sunday shows. If I had known this picture would pop up on the Historic Photos from around Toronto website, I would have taken one.

This is one of my most favorite places to visit in the city. I'm glad nobody ever came up with the idea to have it torn down.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

An Afternoon Walk at Sunnyside

This afternoon Teena and I went for a stroll along Sunnyside Beach and had lunch at the historic pavilion. I have been watching the news on TV about the rise in water levels on the Great Lakes and around Toronto but this was the first chance I had to see it for myself.

There is a breakwall to protect the shore from erosion and calm the waters for the people to use. Normally they rise about two to three meters out of the water. They are now under water and one can only see where they are by waves that still are semi broken by them or the odd piece that still remains above the waterline.

This duck said to hell with the choppy water and decided to spend its time in the pool.

As usual, there were many people at the beach but this weekend was also Paddlefest which meant many booths on shore and paddle craft in the water.

Many just came to enjoy the great afternoon.

Usually people catch rays on the rocks below this wall.

This is usually a beach.

People enjoying the water.

Birds enjoying the water.

Here we are just enjoying a great afternoon together.

I love going to Sunnyside. It's so beautiful down there. We didn't make it as far as we usually do along the boardwalk but will next time as Sunnyside is always worth more than one trip in the summer.