Tuesday, April 22, 2014

pot and coffee

Easter Sunday was interesting.   We went to a rally for the legalization of marihuana at Toronto's Dundas Square.  This is a kind of event that takes place April 20th - that is, on 4/20, 4/20 being slang for pot - at which people demonstrate against current legislation by lighting up and getting high in public defiance.  Funny thing is, this city is so liberal and so tolerant of pot (well, I mean, the mayor smokes crack, right? crack!) that an event like this feels like anything BUT alternative or challenging of authority.  I mean, they took up a stage, posted enormous signs here and there, and people were selling cannabis seeds and cookies and the like at Toronto's most popular square, eh?

Afterwards, respectful and grateful of this city's tolerance but slightly underwhelmed by the event itself, we headed for a very simple pleasure at a place I haven't been to in a couple of years:  Café Balzac.  One amazing thing about this place?  The medium sized coffee is gigantic.  And it comes in a bowl.  A bowl!  Excuse me, but that's the only proper way to drink coffee that's not a tiny espresso - a big, round, heavy bowl.  Love it.   And I didn't mind at all they had a "café canadien" with, what else, maple syrup.  Oh, and the cute waiter.

Cool city, methinks. 

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