URBNSPN Review: deKEFIR

According to the website: Kefir is made from milk and kefir grains. It’s similar to how yogurt is made, only kefir contains a wider range of bacteria and yeasts that are friendly to your stomach.

It’s a nice treat

A good alternative to yogurt or soft-serve icecream. It’s tasty and I quite enjoyed it. For me, it’s a light mid-afternoon 3pm snack. It’s got a bit of a sour taste to it, which I liked!

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Toronto Underground Market – October

FYI for all those that didn’t get a chance to check it out last month, there is another this month!

When: Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 6pm to 11pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue (ebw.evergreen.ca)
Cost: $5

Please note it’s a 19+ event.


U of T Munk School of Global Affairs Presents: Taiwanese Cuisine: Intimate Politics in Film

 

As the weekend slowly…slowly creeps its way towards us once again (can’t wait!), I couldn’t help but find out what’s happening in our fair city Friday to Sunday.

This weekend the Munk School of Global Affairs will be hosting the Taiwanese Cuisine: Intimate Politics in Film. Running Friday night and Saturday, the event will be showing 3 Taiwanese-based films:

  1. Night Market Hero, Directed by Tien-Lun Yeh
  2. Eat Drink Man Woman, Directed by Ang Lee
  3. Kuei‐mei, A Woman, Directed by Yi Chang

These films are accompanied by some scholary lectures and discussions around Taiwanese food, culture and of course, film. You need not to worry if you don’t understand Mandarin, because all films will have English subtitles.

Please note though that you must register for lectures, galas, films & panels. Otherwise, it appears seating is first come, first serve.


Bloor Ossington Folk Festival

I’m going to do something different aside from food today because I can!

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Today wasn’t the prettiest day in Toronto and honestly, sometimes I wonder how on earth I survive the winters…

Thankfully I live in a pretty bustling city and on this early evening, Conan and I decided to head to Bloor and Ossington for the first ever Bloor Ossington Folk Festival. This festival is organized anonymously by, I’m assuming, local residents/music lovers and includes a number of venues and local resident homes. It’s a pretty cool festival with a grassroots atmosphere promoting local and national folk artists/groups as well as, local Bloor/Ossington businesses.

So on this gloomy fall day, we jammed ourselves into Saving Gigi cafe, ordered a cappuccino, a latte, the Toronto Star (some reading whilst waiting for the performances to start) and grabbed a seat. I couldn’t help but notice how different Conan and I were from everyone else. I felt like I had stepped into hipster past and present, surrounded by old technology made anew, beards, skinny man jeans, big plastic glasses frames, long unkept hair, plaid shirts, bulky sweaters and prairie skirts. I suppose that’s the great thing about great music, it brings everyone together!

First performance we saw was of Lake Forest, a one man band with some really neat musical toys at his feet. In the first few seconds of his performance, I immediately got  smacked in the face with Canadiana, as if the weather wasn’t enough. The music was eerie, expansive and experimental; the lyrics were descriptive and illustrative. I must say, I was quite entranced. There was no doubt his music screamed Canada, and he didn’t even need to sing it. All I could see was the vast endless landscapes of our country and connected every lyric. It was awesome! There was a little bit of a technical blip in his last song…ears blown from a looped recording of feedback, but that was alright!

The next performance was from Eamon McGrath with 2 others, one on violin, another on keyboard and a country harp (?). And according to Conan, he sounds a lot like Bruce Springsteen but a lot better. His music was ALSO very Canadian. The music just reflected the weather, temperature, the colours outside and the feeling of being warm and toasty inside perfectly.

After those 2 performances we left to wander the cold streets. We stumbled into this art gallery, but I had no idea who was playing. I think that’s one of the weird things about Canadian music, it’s so hard to find out who everyone is, where they come from and where they’re playing next. It’s even hard to find them on the internet! However, when you do get that chance to see some great Canadian music artists, it’s never a disappointment.

Thanks to everyone involved in organizing the folk fest, it was awesome!


URBNSPN Review: The George Street Diner

Love the breakfast!

One of the things I enjoy most about the GSD is the breakfast. What differentiates GSD from other breakfast/brunch places in the neighbourhood is its fabulous Irish soda bread and homemade marmalade. Absolutely DELICIOUS!!