Monday, November 22, 2010

God Jul!

At -5, glögg (Swedish mulled wine) and pepparkakor (Swedish ginger snaps) at Harbourfront Centre's Swedish Festival is just the right medicine...

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Saturday, November 20, 2010


By Robert Lepage, at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. A performance that steadily progresses until the absolutely intense end where two gender essences part ways upon death...

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Friday, November 19, 2010

soothing soft golden glow over lake

(yes, yet another post on views, but I find the lake's different moods fascinating and beautiful)

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

more beautiful sunsets

one of the advantages of late autumn: sunsets everyday from my office window

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Allan Gardens Conservatory

The one from "Chloé" (the film), and a delightful mix of plants and flowers in a cold autumn afternoon.

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WiFi, Quinoa, nuts, dried fruit and soy milk @ Canteen

(King & John, Entertainment District) Few, but real good, vegan options.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Little Poland

on a pleasant north-south stroll on Roncesvalles Ave. you can check out the old Revue Cinema...

stop for some German marzipan at The Old Country Shop...

sip a cup of coffee and munch on vegan treats at Alternative Grounds...

get a book with another view of things at Another Story Bookshop...

and finish with a Polish donut (pączka) at Granowska's...

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Sunday, November 07, 2010

in case you miss manakeesh!

Lebanese manakeesh with zaatar. For those of you who miss this simple Lebanese treat!

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Friday, November 05, 2010

more Rauchbiers!

continuing with my exploration of smoked beers (Rauchbiere): Rauchbier by Les Trois Mousquetaires, at C'est What?

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Monday, November 01, 2010

Red leaves, zombies and fetish: all in an October's to-do list

October in Toronto is quite an interesting month, not only do you start with the fantastic all-night event Nuit Blanche, but you finish with Church St.'s Halloween party, where the streets are closed to traffic and thousands flock to show of their finest and most outrageous Halloween wear.  And, in-between, there's at least three other interesting things to see/do/attend:

Leaf Peeping

Granted, quite a few Torontonians (and Canadians in general) are not that crazy about leaves turning yellow, orange and red since, after all, they've lived with that all their lives.  For me, coming from Mexico City, where that change simply doesn't happen, and having lived in Beijing, where you have to jostle through impossible throngs of avid "peepers" in what must be the most stressful leaf watching ever, going for a stroll at a park, enjoying the peace of nature, and simply appreciating the play of colours and light is unbeatable.

The first set is from two weeks ago and the second one from today, both at High Park:

Zombie Crawl

For the less nature-inclined folk, and for those that like horror movies (especially zombie movies), Toronto is overrun by a zombie mob every October.   The loathsome brain-starved creatures gather in their thousands at Trinity Bellwoods Park before launching their attack on hapless Toronto... I myself was ruthlessly attacked by a zombie couple I got too close to; they pinned me down against the trunk of a car and would have torn my limbs and feasted on my brain if they hadn't been distracted by, well, my hysterical laughter! (I would have payed to have that filmed!)

Vanilla? fetish party

BUT, if you are into costumes, but of a less gory, more sexy kind... if you're mostly vanilla with just a tiny bit of kink thrown in, or even if you hold an advanced degree in fetish, then why not mingle with a sizable crowd of similarly minded people at the biggest fetish event of the year,  "Vanilla?" and maybe even discover a a liking for something you had never imagined, like leather, latex, kilts, ropes, leashes, lashings, sexy underwear or even sexy office-wear!  And for the shy, believe it or not, these parties tend to be extremely newbie-friendly places and you won't find yourself playing slave for anyone unless you want to (and are ordered to, of course! lol).

So, whether your into contemporary art, nature, zombies, kink or any combination thereof, October is definitely a great month to spend in Toronto, and I most certainly enjoyed it.

one last go at autumn colours in Toronto's High Park

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