Do things happen for a reason. Is there such a thing as 'a sign' ?
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
More winter essentials
- Sexy V-neck cashmere number from Kenneth Cole. Wearing it with belts, over bright skirts or clean cut jeans
- The next great belt, to follow in the steps of my limited Marc Jacobs number
Monday, November 26, 2007
In the evening, and the next day, there was more catching up. Two friends I have not seen for 1.5 decades and another for a few years. It will never cease to amaze me how some people you do not see or talk to for years, and when they are standing in front of you, it is like no time has passed. You slot right back into it. Times and lives may have changed but the bond is there, and will always be.
The next night we celebrated D's success. I listened to his friends rave about the adventures and his clients about his talent. Left me with a smile on face. Fantastic to see my friends happy in their lives. When you think about it, it is really all that matters.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Return to Toronto
It has been nearly 15 years in the making. And now on the eve I am ... nervous
P.S. Yep, definitely nerves ... I need to leave for the airport in 4 hours and I'm still up watching SATS reruns.
Catching up with an old friend is always exciting. I just never imagined it would be so ... My second visit to Public ... being Friday and tired, I polished off a lentil salad, the tender lamb main and the chocolate plate ... accompanied by a white, a red, then a glass of dessert and a macchiato. The sensible one would have called it a night then ... but it was much more fun to move on to a nearby bar ... laugh and catch up some more ... drink pomegranate mojitos ... one and then another ... Should have really headed home at that point ... instead we were summoned to a nearby VIP room ... champagne, more conversation, G&T ...
The finale will always stay with me ... 3am, cab ... we are both babbling, not sure anyone could understand what the other was saying ... I think one of us was talking on the phone ... Ahh, 'til next time.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
This week's notable quotes
Me: It starts at 59th StK: Oh 59th is the one that does the ... (K goes a hand squiggle) ... right by the park?Me: (dubious) Yeah, that's the oneK: (very unimpressed) Oh yeah, I don't like driving on that one
So I was laughing and making jokes as we were doing it ... He was not happy ... apparently 'we did not know each other well enough to joke during sex' Phuff! Whatever!
Me: (pointing to a nearby field) Look a flock of ducksK: They are geesMe: Aren't gees white?K: No, these are Canadian geesMe: You are making this up*
K: I am going to try and make it less spicyMe: What spices do you use?K: cayenne pepper, chili powder ...Me: (confused) Oh, mine isn't spicy ... (realising dumb mistake) oh yeah, it's vegetarian nachos, not chili ...K: (laughing) This is so going on your blog ....
Saturday, November 10, 2007
I think I was drunk last night ...
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Satsko was recently listed in NY TimeOut's Tony 100 aka the New York Foodie Bible, which E devours religiously. In her words ... 'this place jumped out at me'. So there we were, five friends - some have known each other for years and others relatively new to the group. None of that mattered last night. We all share the passion for good food, quality sake and not letting the drafty door distract us from our evening.
Our cute waiter was full of suggestions and the hot bartender kept the sake flights coming, in an attempt to satisfy K's discerning palate. Rice varieties, regions and fermentation methods were discussed opening my eyes to an unknown world. I listened intently, took a taste of each small glass and tried to remember what I should look for when confronted with a comprehensive sake list. After many tasters we settled on the "Demon Slayer” Wakatake Onigoroshi junmai daiginjo (Dry).
The food came, with slightly lenghty delays between courses. To start we sampled the tender Hamachi tuna, grease-less Calamari, Sesame Tofu Salad and Mango Salad. All came in perfect tiny bite size bits. It took even the most motivated (me!!) a long time to get through them. What followed was even more divine ... Ill tempered Bass accompanied by Pumpkin mash which in words of cute waiter 'makes out with your tongue' ... Pistachio Crusted Yellowfin Tuna, over sweet potato daulphoinoise ... and a Risotto like I have never tasted before. Instead of chicken stock they used a kelp stock, the base of most Japanese dishes ... Yum. At that point as I am ready to give up sex for a month if it means eating like this every night, our waiter appears and surprises us further. Dessert ... homemade ice-cream, including the 'best green tea ever' and 'aged sake' flavours ... warm ginger cake, which was just like sticky toffee pudding only ginger. By now you are probably wondering about the chef ... Sean Bath, a Kiwi!! Why is it the chefs that impress me the most lately are from Australia or New Zealand? Something about the unmatched quality of Asian fusion they have mastered.
While we were immersed in the wondrous flavours and textures presented before us, the restaurant around us was a constant moving space. People coming and going, a lot of locals greeted by name as they passed the threshold of the tiny restaurant. They would gather around the bar for impromptu sake bomb competitions. Come midnight, the music volume went up five notches and the steady stream of sake bomb lovers continued.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Finally it's the weekend