Thursday, April 29, 2010

eye exam


























































no food today, random sightings instead.
this window display has not changed in years
and i like how the eye chart has been carefully
repaired. the hat shop is amazing and one day
i will go in. the ice cream sign is one of my
favourites. the significance of the
pot hanging over a vacant shop is a mystery
to me.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

fresh lunch




































































































it is always a delight to
have lunch at fresh.
they have a number of
locations so we are
never far.
the menu offers
a good variety of
vegetarian dishes
and it is all very tasty.
today's lunch
was: black bean burrito,
deluxe veggie burger
and sweet potato fries
(we were hungry)

Monday, April 26, 2010

i spy a new café


















































































































the belljar café.
the café opened a few
weeks ago
adding ambiance
to the neighbourhood.
we ordered
one americano, one cappuccino
and a brownie.
we liked it
and plan to return.

work in progress














on my work table:
after a masking tape
incident
and
changing papers
twice
this drawing series
is progressing
slowly.
must continue...

Saturday, April 24, 2010

weekend
















a perfect start
to the weekend,
visiting friends
for dinner
and sitting
by the fireside
on a chilly
evening.

Friday, April 23, 2010

pizza












































using a basic pizza dough recipe
with whole wheat flour
and whatever is on hand
peppers, mushrooms, olives, tomatoes,
artichoke hearts.
quick, easy
and
rustic.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

earth day
















happy earth day,
my offering,
a delicate
sanguinaria
from my tiny
dark garden.

Monday, April 19, 2010

secret knowledge












































david hockney is
one of my favourite
artists,
i have been wanting his book
secret knowledge
ever since it was published.
this weekend to my
delight i was given
a copy.
the works of the old
masters have always
amazed me, and i too
wondered how did they
do it?
this book is so interesting
and beautiful,
i can't stop reading and
looking through it.


Sunday, April 18, 2010

magnolia
















at my mother's house
there is a small magnolia tree
that i am fond of.
i have only seen it in full bloom
3 or 4 times.
due to unpredictable spring
rains, high winds or sudden heat
waves i would often miss the
big flowering event.
this year due to cool weather
the flowers waited
for my visit.
funny how things like that
can be so significant.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

brigadeiros, a brazilian treat











































inspired by a recipe in the guest cooks'
portuguese language textbook.
flavours: rose water pistachio,
coconut lemon and cocoa.
brigadeiros make a chewy and fun
to make treat.

Friday, April 16, 2010

polaroid, the reporter

















while cleaning out
my closet
i rediscovered
my father's camera
the reporter.
no film.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

good morning
















it is not only about
pastries and cappuccino
here.
i am always on the lookout
for ways to make simple
and healthy foods at
home. Commercial
breads are often
disappointing
and not fresh.
inspired by sarah
i baked these buns.
the dough was started the night
before and in the morning, voila
fresh buns!
her beautiful blog can be
found here. please visit.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

to be demolished






























this house
is to be demolished
(despite neighbourhood protest)
to make way
for an oversized
gaudy McMansion.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

unfurling






























i love this time of year,
when the trees
threaten
green
and
pink blossoms
burst.

floral tribute
















i love you forsythia,
your bold yellowness,
a beacon of joyful
colour
on grey rainy days.
that said,
i have two forsythia shrubs
in the garden,
sadly i can't seem to
trim them properly,
thus creating an
exuberant mess.

Monday, April 12, 2010

sunny day at the beach











































sunny day
at the beach.
airplanes
heading to the
island airport.
a closed lifeguard
station
and
kite boarders
enjoying the brisk
breezes and chilly
water.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Saturday, April 10, 2010

happy birthday, mr. resident































i cannot take credit for this cake,
baked by the guest cook,
an alice waters recipe, the 1-2-3-4
cake from the art of simple food
with a buttercream icing and a
raspberry jam filling.
excellent.

Friday, April 9, 2010

another new café


























































like a moth
to a flame,
a new café
opened two weeks
ago,
nicely done,
very busy,
the cappuccino
was watery.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

paradise








































































the city
is its own place
scraps here and there
no films at the cinema
bagels in darkness
new neighbours
looming
disappearances
changes
and stillness.